Post-Vatican Two liturgical reform slammed by then-future Benedict XVI

It’s a loser, said the cardinal.

“The liturgical reform, in its concrete realization, has distanced itself even more from its origin. The result has not been a reanimation, but devastation. In place of the liturgy, fruit of a continual development, they have placed a fabricated liturgy. They have deserted a vital process of growth and becoming in order to substitute a fabrication. They did not want to continue the development, the organic maturing of something living through the centuries, and they replaced it, in the manner of technical production, by a fabrication, a banal product of the moment.”

(Ratzinger in Revue Theologisches, Vol. 20, Feb. 1990, pgs. 103-104)

The ineffable arrogance of the we-know-best school. Fixer-uppers interrupted the process. Didn’t even just speed it up. Nagging suspicion: They knew what they were doing.

3 thoughts on “Post-Vatican Two liturgical reform slammed by then-future Benedict XVI

  1. Assuming you are supporting the reformers here, I agree…especially insofar as anyone in the Church who speaks to and for the notion of greater simplicity, interpersonal connectivity, and re-energizing the sandal-shoed compassion of Jesus


    1. Indeed I do not. Rather I see much insight into what Ratzinger-later-Benedict wrote and support what he did as Pope, reinstating what was destroyed in the aftermath of Vat 2.


      1. I have come to believe that all institutional religions tend to lose the message of their founders/foundations…to me religion has become more a heart than a head thing…put it this way:L were Jesus to return today he would likely reject the Vatican like he did the Jewish Temple…but I admit I know too little to know


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