Saturday, June 2, 2007


Please don’t depend on men to do your Father’s will. At least send a Jonah. Will we have to wait for the men of Nineveh to rise in judgment?

It is customary to object that in the Latin liturgy the people are detached from the act of worship and that there is none of that personal and vital participation which the reforms are aimed to produce. But as against that, there is the fact that for centuries the popular mind was full of the liturgy, with the speech of ordinary people being full of words, metaphors and solecisms drawn from Latin. Anyone who reads Giordano Bruno’s Candelaio, with its vivid portrayal of the life of the masses, will be amazed at the knowledge people of the lowest classes had of the formulas and ceremonies of the liturgy, not always of course properly used, and often bearing a twisted meaning, but attesting nonetheless the influence the Church rites had on the popular mind. Today such influence has entirely vanished, and popular speech takes its style from anything rather than the liturgy, especially from sport. The reform is an important linguistic phenomenon that has changed the ritual language of half a billion people, and has removed the last traces of liturgical influence upon ordinary speech.
— Romano Amerio, Iota Unum, Paragraph 277.

The most striking and obvious effect of the reform was that people stopped going to Mass.
— Romano Amerio, Iota Unum, Paragraph 283, Footnote 41.

Surely you do not want another Luther to rise.