from Michael Davies Book "It is the Mass Matters"
For 1500 years the rite of Mass developed in a natural and
almost imperceptible manner,
with the addition of new prayers and
ceremonies that gave ever clearer liturgical expression to its
sacrificial nature, but always in
conformity to the fundamental principle of fidelity to tradition.
The sixteenth-century Protestants rejected the principle of fidelity to
tradition in favor of the principle of the destruction of tradition.
The fact that the Mass of Pope Paul VI as it is celebrated in so many
parishes today constitutes a breach with authentic liturgical
development has been confirmed by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect
for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith:
J. A. Jungmann, one of the truly great liturgists of our time, defined
the liturgy of his day, such as it could be understood in the light of
historical research, as a "liturgy which is the fruit of development".
What happened after the Council (Vatican ll) was something else
place of the liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated
We abandoned the organic, living process of growth and
development over centuries, and replaced it, as in a manufacturing
process, with a fabrication, a banal on-the-spot product. 13
Msgr. Klaus Gamber sums up the effect of the
post-conciliar reform in one devastating sentence: "At this critical
juncture, the traditional Roman rite, more than one thousand years old,
has been destroyed." 14
The post Vatican
II has brought no good fruits whatsoever-----only, as
Msgr. Gamber puts it, "a liturgical destruction of startling proportions-----a
debacle worsening with each passing year." 15
13. Preface to the French edition of The
Reform of the Roman Liturgy by
Msgr. Klaus Gamber .
14. The Reform of
the Roman Liturgy (RRL),
K. Gamber (Roman Catholic Books, P.O. Box 255, Harrison, N.Y. 10528,
15. RRL, p.9.
admit it is a master blow of Protestantism to have declared war on the
sacred language. If it should ever succeed in destroying it, it would
be well on the way to victory. Exposed to profane gaze, like a
who has been violated, from that moment on the Liturgy has lost much
its sacred character, and very soon people find that it is not
worthwhile putting aside one's work or pleasure in order to go and
listen to what is being said in the way one speaks on the marketplace.
. . ." -- Dom Prosper Gueranger, Liturgical Institutions, 1840
"It is now theologically possible for
to use the same Mass as Catholics." -- Max Thurian, Protestant
theologian, on the New Mass, 1969
"At this critical juncture, the traditional Roman rite, more than one
thousand years old, has been destroyed." -- Msgr. Gamber, considered
be the greatest liturgist of the 20th c.
"Let those who like myself have known and sung a Latin-Gregorian High
Mass remember it if they can. Let them compare it with the Mass that we
now have. Not only the words, the melodies, and some of the gestures
are different. To tell the truth, it is a different liturgy of the
Mass. This needs to be said without ambiguity: the Roman Rite as we
knew it no longer exists." -- Fr. Joseph Gelineau