When I went to be trained in the Tridentine Mass, I was extremely surprised to be told that Eucharistic Prayer II was created at a restaurant. I really did not believe it.
In all my priestly formation, I had been told over and over again, that the Eucharistic Prayer II was the oldest and purist Roman Canon. It is the shortest of all four Eucharistic Prayers in the Novus Ordo Missal. So, like most priests, I would almost exclusively use it at every mass. I used it because I knew that people like a quick mass, (“in and out”, “fast” so that they could get on to what was “important” and needed to be done that day).
In the Novus Ordo “Ordo”, (The Ordo is a small book that all bishops, priests, and parishes use as a guide to what mass or Liturgy of the Hours is to be prayed on that day), you can find this commentary for the feast day of St. Callistus on Oct 14.
“Hippolytus, † 235/236; disputed author of Apostolic Tradition; Roman priest and stern rigorist; opposed Sabellianism and milder penitential discipline of Pope St. Callistus [† 222]; first anti-pope (217-235); exiled to Sardinia with Pontian; source of Eucharistic Prayer II.”
But now, the truth has come out in the “Mémoires” of the theologian and liturgist, Louis Bouyer, (1913-2003) that was published this last summer by Éditions du Cerf. Here are some excerpts from this book published on Rorate Caeli.
“Brought up as a Lutheran and later a pastor in Paris, Bouyer converted to Catholicism in 1939, attracted mainly by the liturgy, in which he distinguished himself before long as an expert authority with his masterpiece “The Paschal Mystery”, on the rites of Holy Week.
Called to be part of the preparatory commission for the Second Vatican Council, he understood immediately and instinctively its greatness as well as its poverty, and he got out of it fast. He found the cheap ecumenism “from Alice in Wonderland” from that age unbearable. Among the few conciliar theologians spared by him was the young Joseph Ratzinger, who gets only praises in the book. And vice-versa, among the few high churchmen who immediately appreciated the talent and merits of this extraordinary theologian and liturgist, the one who stands out most is Giovanni Batttista Montini, who was still Archbishop of Milan.
On becoming Pope and taking the name of Paul VI, Montini wanted Bouyer on the commission for the liturgical reform, “theoretically” presided over by Giacomo Lercaro, “generous” but “incapable of resisting the manipulations of the wicked and mellifluous” Annibale Bugnini, Secretary and factotum of the same organism, “lacking as much in culture as in honesty”.
It was Bouyer who had to remedy in extremis a horrible formulation of the new Eucharistic Prayer II, from which Bugnini even wanted to delete the “Sanctus”. And it was he who had to rewrite the text of the new Canon that is read in the Masses today, one evening, on the table of a trattoria in Trastevere, together with the Benedictine liturgist, Bernard Botte, with the tormenting thought that everything had to be consigned the following morning.”
Bouyer recalls the peremptory “the Pope wants it” that Bugnini used to shut up the members of the commission every time they opposed him; for example, in the dismantling of the liturgy for the dead and in purging the “imprecatory” verses from the psalms in the Divine Office.
Paul VI, discussing with Bouyer afterwards about these reforms “that the Pope found himself approving, not being satisfied about them any more than I was,”asked him. “Why did you all get mired in this reform?” And Bouyer [replied], “Because Bugnini kept assuring us that you absolutely wanted it.” To which Paul VI [responded]: “But how is this possible? He told me that you were all unanimous in approving it…”
Rorate Caeli also notes; “For the record, Bugnini’s personal secretary, Piero Marini, would then go on to become the director of pontifical ceremonies from 1983 to 2007, and even today there are voices circulating about him as the future Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship....”
There is another excellent documentation by Fr. Cassian Folsom O.S.B. titled “From One Eucharistic Prayer to Many: How it Happened and Why“. Anyone interested in exposing the terrible destruction of Catholic liturgy needs to study this document. To read it in its entirety click here: Adoremus Bulletin
The other important fact that has come out in the last four years, is the bad translation of the Novus Ordo Mass from Latin into English. This was purposely done with the humanist, progressives agenda in mind. This is simply a fact that has been ignored. Why did we have to re-do the translation if this was not true? Every Catholic in the English speaking world knows that we now use a different translation for the mass than what was used since 1969.
The new translation is much better and includes important Catholic beliefs that had been removed; like; “consubstantial”, “grievously sinned” and the “mea culpa mea culpa mea culpa”. There are evil agendas at work in the Church. To ignore these facts, that have now been made know, is wrong. We must acknowledged them and condemned them.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to be willing to suffer to bring the truth out.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.