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Were the liturgical
reforms of Pope Paul VI similar to those of other popes?
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No. In fact, the liturgical reforms of Pope Paul VI were
unprecedented in the entire 2,000 year history of the Church. As Michael
"But there is no possible comparison with what Pope Paul VI
has permitted and the revisions of these other Popes. To repeat a point that has
already been made, if a martyr priest of England or Wales could have been
transported from the sixteenth century to any Catholic Church of the Roman Rite
in 1961, even after the reform of Pope John, he could have followed the Mass or
celebrated it without noticing that four centuries had passed. Had he been
transported to a vernacular Mass using Penitential Rite II and Canon II in 1971,
he would have rushed from the church in horror within a few minutes, seconds
probably, convinced that he had been present at a Protestant service. To compare
a revolution of this magnitude with, say, an attempt to restore order to a
Calendar that had become chaotic is, to put it mildly, to ask not to be taken
Did you know? It is still possible –
thanks be to God! – to lawfully attend the Traditional Latin Mass. The
Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs from the 1960's Novus Ordo Mass in
many & significant ways (try
here for more information). To locate a
Traditional Latin Mass in your area, try
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