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Michael Davies' book, Cranmer's Godly Order has long been carried in the old-SSPX bookstores and is currently still offered by the Angelus Press.
The Destruction of Catholicism through Liturgical Change
-Taken from the Author's Introduction, 1976
"The Church is at present undergoing what is certainly the greatest crisis since the Protestant Reformation, quite possible the greatest since the Arian heresy. Pope Paul himself speaks of the smoke of Satan having entered the Church . . . vocations continue to decline . . . Mass attendance is plunging throughout the Western world; the most outlandish beliefs are put forward as Catholic teaching . . .There is hardly a traditional belief or a traditional practice which has not been questioned or reversed. Priests who for decades had been telling their people why the Mass must always be in Latin now appear to believe that any of the parishioners who ask for a Latin Mass may be of dubious orthodoxy. Priests who for decades had been explaining why we could never take part in non-Catholic services now insist that taking part in such services is the prime duty of a Catholic. Not only that but our own . . . are coming to resemble those of Protestants more closely, with each successive stage of the liturgical reform . . . An examination of the new Catholic Mass has been changed in a way which comes close to what Cranmer did, and for which he has been censured by Popes, theologians, and Catholic historians. How can changes which have been regarded as reprehensible for centuries suddenly become admirable.
An equally important question is the manner in which these changes have come about. The obvious and accurate answer is-----as a result of Vatican II. But how could this Council have resulted in such a startling breach with Catholic tradition and practice? . . . Must anything coming in the name of Vatican II be accepted uncritically?
[The purpose of this book] is to deal with the Protestant Reformation. It explains what happened and why . . . In order to appreciate the significance of the liturgical changes made by the Reformers it is necessary to have a clear grasp of Catholic teaching on the relevant doctrines-----particularly those of Grace and Justification. In their turn, these doctrines can only be appreciated within the context of the doctrine of the Mystical Body and the Incarnation. A chapter has also been included on Catholic Eucharistic teaching.
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SOLA FIDES JUSTIFICAT
THE MOST HORRIBLE BLASPHEMY
THE REFORM AND THE MISSAL OF ST. PIUS V
ENGLISH LIFE UPON THE ACCESSION OF EDWARD VI
AN INGENIOUS ESSAY IN AMBIGUITY
" GODLY ORDER" OR "CHRISTMAS GAME?" [WESTERN UPRISING]
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Some of the books referred to in the notes have been abbreviated as follows:
CCT Catechism of the Council of Trent, translated by McHugh and Callan (New York), 1934.
CDT A Catholic Dictionary of Theology, ed. J. Crehan, S.J. (London, 1962).
CT The Church Teaches (Documents of the Church in English Translation), translated by J. F. Clarkson and others (Rockford, Illinois, 1973). This is an English version of the Denzinger Enchiridion Symbolorum and references to Denzinger in the notes, indicated by "D ", can be located in this book.
CTD Concise Theological Dictionary, Rahner & Vorgrimler (London, 1965).
CW The Works of Thomas Cranmer (two vols.), Parker Society.
D See: CT above.
DCD Development of Christian Doctrine, J. H. Newman.
DEV Devon, W. G. Hoskins (Newton Abbot, Devon, 1972).
EBCP Edward VI and the Book of Common Prayer, Gasquet & Bishop (London, 1890). In the interests of brevity, only the first of the authors is mentioned when reference is made to this book.
ESR Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Reformation, F. Clark (Oxford, 1967).
FSPB The First and Second Prayer Books of King Edward VI, D. Harrison (Dean of Bristol) (London, 1968).
PHR The Reformation------A Popular History, P. Hughes (London, 1960).
PS Parker Society.
RIE The Reformation in England, P. Hughes (three vols.) (London, 1950).
RMP The Reformation, The Mass, and the Priesthood, E. C. Messenger (two vols.) (London, 1936).
RS The Recovery of the Sacred, J. Hitchcock (New York, 1974).
TCC The Teaching of the Catholic Church, G. Smith (London, 1956).
TE Tudor England, S. T. Bindoff (London, 1952).
TM The Mass, A Study of the Roman Liturgy, A. Fortescue (London, 1917).
TR The Reformation, O. Chadwick (London, 1972).
TUD Tudor Rebellions, A. Fletcher (London, 1973).
VAC A Vindication of the Bull 'Apostolicae Curae', The Cardinal Archbishop and Bishops of the Province of Westminster (London, 1898).
This and subsequent excerpts adapted and taken from here.