OMG. One of our readers just discovered excerpts from the 2010 Received Text of the Roman Missal – leaked at WikiSpooks. This was bound to happen. It is an exact copy of pages from the Missal which Pope Benedict received on April 28, 2010, at a luncheon with officials of Vox Clara and the Congregation for Divine Worship.
Keep in mind, this is not the final text. (I know, I know, we’ve had so many final texts already, it’s getting hard to keep track of them.) After this “Received Text” version was produced, the Congregation screwed up the doxology and changed a few other things. We’re pretty sure that the final version of the Order of Mass is really final – it’s posted at the USCCB website and publishers have printed up Mass settings based on it. But the final version of the proper prayers (collects, prefaces, etc.) is now being revised in Rome. So the value of this leak of an earlier “final text” is that it documents how bad a text approved by Rome can be.
I’m sure many of you will have comments on this text. For now I’ll just note two things.
Check out the music on page 328 (text 2 in the leaks). Does the priest chant “baptized in John…” in two-part harmony, and then chant “the fountain of baptism” without any pitches?? This doesn’t quite look like the restoration of beauty and holiness some were expecting under Pope Benedict XVI.
Then check out the intonation of the Credo on page 479 (text 3 in the leaks). The term “Intonatio communis” does not appear in any Missal since Vatican II – with one exception. The Latin Missals published by Midwest Theological Forum, which is run by Opus Dei, retain the old term for some reason. And here it is in the Received Text!
Msgr. Moroney told me that Opus Dei had nothing to do with the printing of the missal presented to the Pope, and so I deleted the claim from one of my posts last summer. Hmmm, it seems they left behind some rather damning footprints. But I suppose they didn’t print it – that was probably done in Rome.
Do you ever get the feeling you’re seeing a Dan Brown novel transpire around you??