Saturday, December 14, 2013

CDF Prefect Müller: V-II liturgical reform helped stem tide of de-Christianization of West

"CDF prefect praises liturgy reform and Vatican II" (Tablet, December 13, 2013):
Without the Second Vatican Council’s liturgy reform, dechristianisation might have forged ahead far faster than it has, Archbishop Müller said at a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy [ITAL]Sacrosanctum Concilium[UNITAL] at Würzburg.
See Louie Verrecchio for comparisons to " strikingly similar ... dismissive proclamations of those global warming freaks who claim the matter settled even as it’s being reported that Antarctic sea ice has been growing at a record pace."

Still, he recognizes that the comments are no laughing matter:
Make no mistake, he isn’t simply expressing his personal opinion here; he is letting us know that “the mind of the Church,” read, the mind of those now running the show in Rome, has changed. No longer do we have a pope who recognizes, as Pope Benedict did, that the so-called “reform” of the sacred liturgy following Vatican II has been a disaster.

In other words, no longer is the state of the liturgy understood as a problem to be solved, it’s considered the solution, and more than this, you can be sure that this presumed “success” of the liturgical reform will form a substantial part of the bedrock upon which the “reform” of the Church’s structures to come will be constructed.


JM said...

"Without the Second Vatican Council’s liturgy reform, dechristianisation might have forged ahead far faster than it has…"

I don't know Europe, but as for America, anyone who says this sounds a bit like a fool.

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Ahhh, the Ben Tre reforms...

From Wiki

Bến Tre city on 7 February 1968:

'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it', a United States major said today. He was talking about the decision by allied commanders to bomb and shell the town regardless of civilian casualties, to rout the Vietcong

George said...


In Europe, where hardly a Catholic is to be found anymore, Mueller's statement would even make less sense.

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Today at the Lil' Licit Liturgy, Msgr Basso (He is an instructor at the local Seminary) told us that John the Baptiser (yup) really didn't know that Jesus was the Messias and so that is why he sent his followers to ask Jesus about who He was etc.

Then Msgr Basso, Seminary Teacher, told us that all of us - every single one -was greater than John The Baptist and that is the truth because that is what Jesus said in today's Gospel.

Shitteth me thou?

Since Mass I have reminded the Bride I am greater than John the Bapstist.

Had it not been for the liturgical reform, I might not have ever known this.

Charles said...

I'm glad he has a crystal ball that enables him to magically discern what would have happened if the liturgical reform had been impeded from doing its work. Dude needs to review his logic textbooks.

JM said...

And to muddy the waters even more, this is the handpicked choice of Ratzinger...

Chris said...

I'm reminded of two things:

1) A Quantum Leap episode, in which Al claims that, in November of 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald shot Mrs. Kennedy too, so even though the president died, things were better than they could have been.

2) Infallible teachings are quite limited, and must be clear to be infallible. This teaching, even from the CDF, doesn't appear to have the value or the characteristics of an infallible teaching.

Ralph Roister-Doister said...

If Muller is talking about Third World Catholics, he may be right. It has been remarked by Geoffrey Hull that the suppression of long-established local traditions in orthodox liturgies throughout the world has finally reaped the Novus Ordo whirlwind: the liturgy of a millenium suppressed by inflexible modernists through the instrument of a bizarre nouvelle antiquarianism. Now, in the absence of a controlling liturgical tradition ANYWHERE in the world, anything goes. But people cannot abide the current state of permanent novelty, endless anti-liturgy, forever. They will get profoundly sick of it. At that point Muller, if he is still topside, may have second thoughts.