You may recall my post entitled “Pages removed from Vatican’s online 1960 “Acta Apostolicae Sedis”: Rubrics of Breviary and Missal.”
Page were missing from the Vatican’s online archive of Acta Apostolicae Sedis precisely where the rubrics for Mass in the Extraordinary Form should be.
Various reasons were advanced for this.
I received an e-mail about this which, in fairness, I must share with you.
Dear Fr Zuhlsdorf,
thank you for your blog. I am a daily reader of it.
From 2005 to 2010 I worked in the Vatican and I happen to know the person who scanned the whole AAS collection which is now on th website. It might be a useful backround information that:
1) This was the work of a voluntary helper (more than 100.000 pages of “manual” scanning, one page after the other, all done by one person).
We should thank him.
2) When one person of the website team heard about these files, he decided to publish them. There was no time and personell to do corrections and they acted according to the principle “better this version than nothing; if we get something better in the future, we can still replace it”.
3) About AAS 1960: The voluntary helper consulted three copies in two libraries and all of them were incomplete. For now he just did not find the missing pages. I have informed him about your article and he told me that he will search in other libraries.
So, there are no second intentionts or conspiracies in all this (…
but it could still be useful to invite your readers to send messages to the Vatican about the missing translations of Summorum Pontificum on the website and other issues). I am sorry that this was and is “above my paygrade”.
When you’ve had a tough day scanning thousands of pages from the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, fingers cracking from the paper, mind numbed by the scanner going back and forth… back and forth… back and forth…. breathing in dust with very little hope that anyone will thank you, why not take a break and enjoy a WDTPRS mug filled to the brim with Mystic Monk Coffee?
Frankly, introduction of Mystic Monk Coffee at the Vatican’s Secretariate of State would have a salubrious effect on the whole Church. Think of the advantages to not having so many zombie-like officials half asleep at the switch?
They need it by the 5 lbs. bag!
Too much to ask? Sure.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed all the time.
Refresh your supply of coffee now! You know you want to.