The more I read about Paul VI, the more frustrated I become. I just can’t understand why he did what he did. From all accounts, including Bugnini’s, his hand had to be forced to acquiescence when it came to the Liturgy.
I hope one day a native English speaker writes a real biography of the man. I so very much want to understand.
Jon: He really was a strange man. He kind of let things get carried away. Sometimes, he defended things: I.E. because of him the ancient Roman Canon was preserved as Eucharistic Prayer #1 in the new rite. They wanted to get rid of it entirely!
Montini really did not have much aesthetic taste, which was more evident during the later years of his pontificate. His obssession with simplicity (plainess atcually) and ugly modern arts is beyond comprehension.
Well, he *had* to keep the Roman Canon. It is the oldest Eucharistic Prayer (Anaphona) in East and West… and it was the only thing that was part of the “primitive liturgy” people talked about in those days. Other stuff they “restored” were not really restorations, were just part of the Mass at a later period, wwere combinations with something else or just something borrowed from Eastern practices.
When you think about it, the Tiara was the first thing that was modern (at his coronation). If you look at the pictures (and the video – there’s one, but I haven’t found it, yet!), everything is traditional (except that he opted not to wear the “falda” and be crowned on the piazza and not on the loggia).
The Tiara given to John Paul II (I hear it was a gift from the people of Hungary, but, of course, it was never worn and it was not that public) seems to have been made a little like the one Paul VI wore, but a little more ornate, not as heavy, and in a way, a little more traditional.