Mysterious . . . unless . . .
Why important? Because they referred to council fathers’ reasoning behind liturgical changes, positioning them in the history of such change, from Pius X to Pius X.
[T]he idea that the council was a continuation of work already begun was obscured by numerous commentaries that treated [Sacrosanctum
Concilium, the document in question] as a departure from the past, the beginning of a “new” liturgy for the “new” post-Vatican II church.
This brave new world concept, was declaimed happily by Joseph Gelineau, S.J., in his book The Liturgy: Today and Tomorrow (New York: Paulist Press, 1978): “the Roman rite as we knew it exists no more. It has gone. Some walls of the structure have fallen, others have been altered; we can look at it as a ruin or…
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