Many Happy Returns?

Tomorrow (the first Sunday of Advent) is the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction, throughout the Church, of the Novus Ordo.

So what is there to celebrate?

A precipitate decline in Mass attendance? The virtual destruction of a centuries old musical culture? The replacement of Latin by a less than elegant vernacular? Doctrinal dilution?

Though it is true that none of these was a necessary (or even implied) consequence of the Second Vatican Council, it is nevertheless the case that the misguided ideologues who seized the reformist agenda after the Council have a lot to answer for.

Prayer for them (living or departed) – if necessary in the truncated argot of the new liturgy – is incumbent upon every faithful Catholic.

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