V2-50th Anniversary I: “The Liturgical Movement and Sacrosanctum Concilium: Unread Vision, Constant Hope”

“One ‘side’ bemoaned the ‘loss of transcendence,’ while another ‘side’ waited impatiently for ‘true social activism.’ Fifty years after Sacrosanctum Concilium, both sides continue to be disappointed. The liturgical movement, however, had bigger plans than promoting either beautiful liturgy or social activism; its eschatological hope could see no separation between the two.” – Katharine Harmon

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Yves Congar, My Journal of the Council, Part XVI

“In the afternoon, a good visit from Fr. de Lubac. He told me that last week’s L’Espresso spoke of one school (Lubac, Congar, Chenu) against the Ottaviani-Parente school . . . He also told me that he had heard that, during a lecture, Piolanti had said that some people had been invited to the Council so that they would not do what Döllinger did in 1870; peeved at not having been invited to the Council he caused a schism. They had been invited in order to keep them in the Church.”

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Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 66

Because various elements of the liturgical celebrations marking the catechumenate (such as exorcisms/scrutinies, anointings, the ephphetha ceremony, etc.) had been inserted into the rites of adult Baptism, the Council Fathers directed that both the simple and the solemn rites of adult Baptism had to be revised in order to take into account what belonged to the essence of the baptismal rites proper.

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