Terrific Interview

This is a terrific interview of Robert Moynihan. He thinks this new challenge will cause the movement for the traditional liturgy to awaken and grow.

He talks quite a lot about Annibale Bugnini, the bête noire of the liturgical reform. The Christian name today makes us think of a cannibal in the Hannibal films! We should read Louis Bouyer’s work, especially when he challenged Bugnini’s approach.

Watch the interview, several times as necessary. I found it fascinating.

Why do I continue to feel concerned about a Church to which I no longer belong? It is an analogy of the “brave new” secular Anglicanism. It occurred to me that this dialogue is still replete to the theme of conversion to the “true church”. The facts show that Roman Catholicism is no more true (or at least exclusively true) than Orthodoxy, Old Roman Catholicism and continuing Anglicanism. We are called to conversion to God through prayer, spiritual life and repentance from our sins. The Episcopate and the priesthood exist in several institutional churches, and the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church subsists in them all. Indeed we are each day called to conversion to the Church, in whichever institution it might subside. I feel quite repelled by the traditionalist RC institutes, but they do uphold a spiritual view of Christianity. However, they are shrill about matters which could be dealt with by kindness and care for persons in different situations in life. We seek conversion and to be better Christians  in the Old Roman Catholic and continuing Anglican Churches. We are called to conversion where we are.

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3 Responses to Terrific Interview

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Thank you for drawing my attention to this! It does invite rewatching – there are fine things said about the Mass and public liturgy which I want to ‘look up’ again.

    My curiosity stirred, I tried to find out about any Saint Hannibals and ‘Hannibal’ as a Christian name, but the only people I could find were Annibale Carracci (1560-1609) who certainly painted altarpieces and other Biblical works, Hannibal Potter (1592-1664) who, as a clergyman of the Church of England, (to quote the Wikipediast) “was removed as President of Trinity College, Oxford in 1648 by the Parliamentary visitors, regaining the position in 1660”, and St. Annibale Maria di Francia (1851-1927), who was as recently as 1989 Venerated, 1990 Beatified, and 2004 Canonized.

    • Here is something about the name Hannibal. It seems significant that the name was given to the fictitious psychopath cannibal played by Anthony Hopkins.

      • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

        Thank you!

        I just encountered another one in a recent blog post by the Rev. Dr. Antoine Bodar, a Dutch art historian become priest: he notes that in 1577, Gregory XII assigned Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina, maestro of the Cappella Giulia, and Annibale Zoilo, maestro of the Cappella Sistina, to put together new songbooks, purifying, improving, and revising the Gregorian melodies (!) – which, in the event, they did not manage to do, with a committee of six as sequel, which produced the two volumes, Graduale de Tempore and Graduale de Sanctis, printed in 1614-15 on the presses of the Medici family. (He directs the reader for further information to Karl Gustav Fellerer, ‘Das Tridentinum und die Kirchenmusik’ in: Das Weltkonzil von Trient. Sein werden und wirken. Herausgegeben von Georg Schreiber, Band I (Freiburg 1951) 447-462.)

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