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'Ottaviani Intervention'

Cardinals Ottaviani & Bacci

Cardinal Ottaviani

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Novus Ordo Mass

Short Critical Study of the Novus Ordo Missae

Criticism of Novus Ordo Mass

1960's Mass

Second Vatican Council

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The "Ottaviani Intervention" refers to a writing signed by Cardinals Ottaviani & Bacci ("Short Critical Study of the Novus Ordo Missae"). It concerns the Novus Ordo (New Order) Mass promulgated in the wake of the Second Vatican Council of the 1960's and shortly afterwards imposed on the faithful. Among other things, it states that...

"...the new liturgy will delight all those groups hovering on the verge of apostasy who, during a spiritual crisis without precedent, now wreak havoc in the Church by poisoning Her organism and by undermining Her unity in doctrine, worship, morals and discipline."

It also says that:

"[T]he Novus Ordo Missae - considering the new elements, susceptible of widely differing evaluation, which appear to be implied or taken for granted - represents, as a whole and in detail, a striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Holy Mass as it was formulated in Session XXII of the Council of Trent, which, by fixing definitively the 'canons' of the rite, erected an insurmountable barrier against any heresy which might attack the integrity of the Mystery."

And finally, it states that...

"To prepare a complete study of all the pitfalls, dangers and psychologically and spiritually destructive elements the new rite contains, whether in texts, rubrics or instructions, would be a vast undertaking."


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