When I was just discovering Catholic tradition, I read one of Michael Davies books. It had a big impact on me because it was what I had experienced as a Vatican II Catholic. It struck me so true when he described the destruction of holy altars that martyrs had previously been tortured, imprisoned and killed while trying to save them during the Protestant Reformation. I also love so much his book, “For Altar and Throne” about the massacre of the Catholic Vendees during the French Revolution.
He was highly respected by Pope Benedict who wrote the following shortly after his death on September 25, 2004, 10 years ago. All those who label us heretics for criticizing the terrible effects of Vatican II on the Church, need to reflect on what Cardinal Ratzinger wrote about a man who strongly criticized Vatican II and the new mass.
“I have been profoundly touched by the news of the death of Michael Davies. I had the good fortune to meet him several times and I found him as a man of deep faith and ready to embrace suffering. Ever since the Council he put all his energy into the service of the Faith and left us important publications especially about the Sacred Liturgy. Even though he suffered from the Church in many ways in his time, he always truly remained a man of the Church. He knew that the Lord founded His Church on the rock of St Peter and that the Faith can find its fullness and maturity only in union with the successor of St Peter. Therefore we can be confident that the Lord opened wide for him the gates of heaven. We commend his soul to the Lord’s mercy.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 9 November 2004
Michael Davies wrote this: “Many members of that English remnant (Time of King Henry VIII), gave all that they had, including their lives, rather than abandon the Mass of St Pius V. If the Mass matters to us as much as it did to these heroic Catholics, there should be no sacrifice that we are not prepared to make to hand it down to future generations just as we have received it.”
Michael Matt, a very close friend of Michael Davis said this; “And yet, lest anyone mistake that effort for the swapping of principle for a tenuous unity, let us remember that Michael Davies, to the bitter end, remained a fierce critic of the New Mass, which he refused to attend and which he considered an abomination; he lambasted Vatican II for the reign of terror that it had imposed on the Church; and he frequently stated in public that, thanks to Vatican II, the New Mass and the disastrous current pontificate, the Church today is well beyond crisis and, humanly speaking, well beyond hope…” Remnant Magazine Sept. 25, 2014
Yes, even after publicly stating all this in his talks and books, Pope Benedict praised him. Before you damn all of us traditional Catholics, please read Michael Davis’ books. They are short and to the point. Thank You Michael for all you suffer for tradition and Jesus’ Church.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.