Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 49

It should be noted that the ultimate justification for the liturgical reforms proposed by the Council Fathers is that “the sacrifice of the Mass…may achieve the fullest pastoral efficacy.” In other words, the reforms are not intended as exercises in antiquarian recovery, as restless desires for novelty, as inculcations of particular theological or political agenda, or as experiments in aesthetic uplift.

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