Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quotes to reflect upon (8)

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Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani

"Recent reforms have amply demonstrated that fresh changes in the liturgy could lead to nothing but complete bewilderment on the part of the faithful who are already showing signs of restiveness and of an indubitable lessening of faith...errors against the Faith are not so much insinuated but rather an inevitable consequence of liturgical abuses and aberrations which have been given equal recognition. To abandon a liturgical tradition which for four centuries was both a sign and pledge of unity of worship is, we feel in conscience bound to proclaim, an incalculable error."

The Ottaviani Intervention - A Short Critical Study of the New Order of Mass. A letter by Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani and Cardinal Antonio Bacci sent to Pope Paul VI on 25 September 1969.