Holy Water Post Vatican II
Holy Water After the Second Vatican Council
Novus Ordo Holy Water
Effectiveness of Post Vatican II Holy Water
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Question / Issue:
"I have been told of a
statement that said that the Holy Water only blessed in the Latin or ancient
rite is effective against the devil. Water blessed in the Novus Ordo rite was
not effective at all. That was supposed to have been said by the exorcist for
the Vatican. I have been trying to find the source of this statement. Can you
help me with this?"
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question, the closest thing we have is on the page
here. It says...
of Holy Water - The new rite may entirely exclude both a blessing and the
traditional exorcism! One priest ('Fr. X') has stated that '[The Book of
Blessings] is a book of non-blessings. To take but one example, the 'blessing'
of holy water outside of Mass contains no actual blessing of the water. The
closest thing to it is a prayer to God asking for certain effects by the use of
this water. The so-called 'Prayer of blessing' (in Latin and English) refrains
from using the word 'bless' even once, and there is no Sign of the Cross made
over the water. The Devil must have laughed when that 'Book of Blessings' was
issued. The traditional exorcism of water and salt, and all the other Roman
Ritual's traditional prayers against the devil and his influence were almost
Obviously this is not
good. Yet, I have read a number of books on exorcism and although I can recall
strong criticism of the new rite of exorcism, I can't specifically recall an
exorcist saying that post-Vatican II holy water is "not effective at all"
against Satan, even though the new rite may be 'greatly deficient'. To locate
such a statement, it would be helpful to know who said it and when. I would
think a legitimate quote like this would be pretty easy to find online, but I
was not able to locate it. If it was actually true that post-Vatican II holy
water had "no effect at all" against Satan, I would think there would be a
strong movement to entirely abolish the new method. Again, I did not find
evidence of this online via a quick search. Given the 'Fr. X' quote above,
however, common sense suggests that the new rite would not be as effective or
powerful against Satan. Just as laity are free to request Sacraments under the
old rites, they should also be free to request holy water blessed using the old
rite. IMHO, this is a very good idea.
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