B – CREATION OF THE NEW MASS

We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Protestants. Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, main author of the New Mass, L’Osservatore Romano, March 19, 1965

When Pope John XXIII announced the creation of the Second Vatican Council (also known as Vatican II) in January 1959, it shocked the world. There hadn’t been an ecumenical council — an assembly of Roman Catholic religious leaders meant to settle doctrinal issues in nearly 100 years

Many people maintained that with the definition of papal infallibility in 1870, councils were no longer needed. So it was a big surprise, Georgetown University professor Rev. John W. O’Malle,

Returning to the myth that Protestant observers did not contribute in creating the New Mass, to hold this position is to deny the obvious not only in fact, but also in substance. In the first place, an ecumenical liturgy that would no longer offend Protestants was Fr. Annibale Bugnini’s intention from the getgo as he declared in 1965:  We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Protestants .  .  .   {my emphasis}

While we learn from the close confidant of Pope Paul VI, Jean Guitton :

The intention of Pope Paul VI with regard to what is commonly called the Mass, was to reform the Catholic Liturgy in such a way that it should almost coincide with the Protestant liturgy. There was with Pope Paul VI an ecumenical intention to remove, or, at least to correct, or, at least to relax, what was too Catholic in the traditional sense in the Mass and, I repeat, to get the Catholic Mass closer to the Calvinist mass {my emphasis}

To accomplish this ecumenical goal, the Consilium  enlisted the help of these Protestant observers :

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                             THE SIX PROTESTANT MINISTERS

1) A. Raymond George (Methodist)   2) Ronald Jaspar (Anglican) 3) Massey Shepherd (Episcopalian)                               

             4) Friedrich Künneth (Lutheran)                               5) Eugene Brand (Lutheran)                                                                     

 6) Max Thurian (Calvinist-community of Taize)    7) Pope Paul VI     8)  Fr. Annibal  Bugnini  (no shown)   

 

Their contribution in creating the New Mass was immortalized in a picture taken of them during an audience with Pope Paul VI after thanking them for their assistance. The image was subsequently published in L’Osservatore Romano on April 23, 1970 with the title : Commission Holds Final Meeting, Pope Commends Work of Consilium.

 

Complete articles:

1) What happened to the Catholic Church – http://overcomeproblems.com/catholic_church.htm

2) A Catholic Analysis of the New  Mass – http://www.catholicapologetics.info/modernproblems/newmass/newmess.htm