In conjunction with reading Peter Kwasniewski’s new, provocative book (which rather reads like this blog in many respects), I just reviewed three old PODCAzTs I made at the time of the 40th anniversary of the implementation of the Novus Ordo for Advent of 1969/70. I used music that was on the charts at that time, as well as a few ditties that came after the Novus Ordo. It is pretty jarring sometimes, but I meant it to be.
In the second of the triptych I gave a roundup of what was going on in the world at the time Paul VI was speaking in these General Audiences and when he imposed the Novus Ordo on the Latin Church.
It was really interesting to read the combox under the three entries with the podcasts.
Frankly, I found review of these podcasts pretty useful, especially as the terrain is shifting again today. Pope Paul’s commentary on what was going to take place was for me – 45 years later – surreal. It was as if Rod Serling were reading the texts, and not the undersigned. (Wasn’t Night Gallery playing in 1969/1970?)
We are 45yrs out now. 45 years.
Is what Paul VI described, what we actually got? As he lists in anticipation certain criticisms and gives some defenses… how do the arguments sound to you?
“So do not let us talk about ‘the New Mass”. Let us rather speak of ‘the New Epoch’ in the Church’s life.”
In those days, optimism oozed from every crack. I am not convinced that it was justified.
Check these old PODCAzTs:
- PODCAzT 93: 40 years ago… Paul VI on the eve of the Novus Ordo
- PODCAzT 94: PART II – 40 years ago… Paul VI on the eve of the Novus Ordo
- PODCAzT 95: PART III – 40 years ago… Paul VI on the eve of the Novus Ordo
There is some lively discussion going on under a couple of these entries.