My friend Jeffrey Tucker at The Chant Cafe has found something interesting. There is an online database of responses given by the Holy See in Notitiae.
Here’s Mr. Tucker:
Steven van Roode drew my attention to a wonderful online database of Notitiae Responses that has appeared online. These had been previously very hard to find. It was nearly the case that you had to be a PhD student digging through the postconcilar archives to find them. Now they are available to anyone. They are interesting because, as the official journal of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, they provide insight into the mind of the Church following the Second Vatican Council.
There are some interesting points in here, such as the claim from 1966:
“News is sometimes spread around about an imminent reform of the Order of Mass or a definitive reform of the whole Mass, which lacks a serious foundation. The liturgical restoration needs many efforts and years of study.”
Hmmmm indeed. Even though so many things were done now here and now there, with confused communications, purposely or not confused, experimentation with permission or without, Vatican II “spiritualists” on their iconoclastic march…. what chaos there was.
We need greater clarity from the Holy See about certain questions. This applies also to the Extraordinary Form.
But that quote, above, also reminds me of the lead up to Summorum Pontificum and then Universae Ecclesiae.