18 March 2017

The Aetas Bugniniana

The most eagle eyed of my readers may have noticed me trying out a new piece of terminology a month or so ago.

The 'reforms' to the Liturgy with which so many Latin Catholics now have to live were not, as many traditionalists have been led to think, the result of "the Council". One could argue that they started with the changes to the Psalter under S Pius X or even with the Barberini corruption of the hymns; but, substantially, what I have in mind is the string of changes which began under Pius XII with the root-and-branch 'reform' of the Easter Vigil and continued through to the 'post-Conciliar' 'reforms'. One could make a case that, if the Council had never happened, but Pius XII had lived for another twenty years, the 'reforms' might have been even worse. But that's another question!

In my need for an uncumbersome phrase to describe concisely this period and this process, I had toyed with the phrase "the Pio-Pauline interferences". But this, of course, elides the role played by Papa Roncalli.

So I am now suggesting the interferences of the aetas Bugniniana vel brevius the Bugninian interferences; because, of course the late Hannibal was a Promoting Spirit of all this stuff pretty well from beginning to end.

And now ... the apparent prospect of a new liturgical Dark Age, with the participation of Bad Marini, Bugnini's spiritual son. The Aetas Bugniniana Altera?


mark wauck said...

I've come late in life to this whole matter of what happened to the liturgy: who did it, when did it begin? Nevertheless, for all the mistakes of P12 that I'm aware of, I still find it difficult to believe that, had he lived another 20 years, he would have inflicted a worse wound on the Church than Paul6 did. This seems important to understand--could you expand on it?

Michael Leahy said...

Trying to provide a note of optimism, could the long-term consequences of this renewed bugninism be a tidal wave of movement to the Extraordinary Form?

E sapelion said...

Would it be unreasonable to say that the overwhelming view of the Bishops at VII was an endorsement of the reforms which they had already seen? If the changes to Holy Week had been generally unwelcome they had ample opportunity to retrench.

Stephen said...

Hope you are soliciting thoughts on the subject....would ask that you consider NOT dispensing with references to Popes Pius and Paul, inasmuch as they were, simply and clearly, in charge. Anything a Bugnini or Marini did, does, or will do is both at the pleasure and the bidding of the boss. To NOT recognize these truths - even minimizing them in a catchall phrase - would be, and is, deleterious in the extreme.

Auriel Ragmon said...

Father, I have been looking at the changes that Pius XII made to the Easter Vigil, but have not found anything in detail. Can you give me an inkling as to what they were,or a source where I can see what actually changed? I'd be grateful for any information.

James Morgan
Olympia WA USA
Auriel Ragmon is a thingy used mostly by my dere wyfe Laurie (you can figger it out, I thinke!)

Prayerful said...

I really hope the Pope will see the error of the Marini effort, this dogmatic anti-dogma. The New Mass was erroneously translated in English for many years (like the English version of the Missale Romanum decree of 1968 or so), years in which the Church has experienced collapse. Translations in some other languages, like Polish, are said to have been far more accurate from the start. I don't think it's a co-incidence that the Faith among Polish Catholics is much stronger. If a Mass teaches error, or at least ambiguity in the liturgy, what hope have Catholics? Pope Benedict oversaw the correction of most of the most glaring ICEL errors. It has been a long, long time since I assisted at an NOM in any way but the most passive for funerals and weddings, but BXVI did good work with it. I pray it isn't reversed.

Gerry Davila said...

Search the newliturgicalmovement.org website for a thorough breakdown and comparison of the pre- and post-1955 Holy Week rites.

Steve T. said...

Take a look at http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2010/07/reform-of-holy-week-in-years-1951-1956.html

Begging your pardon, Father, for presuming to answer a question asked of you.