Thursday, 17 November 2011

A new book...

I don't read The New Liturgical Movement much anymore. I daresay I find the tendency of that 'blog to elevate form over substance quite irksome (you know, ''look at the lace!'' or ''bishop celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in the usus antiquior with beautiful Roman cut red vestments'', and blah, blah, blah), though I daresay that every so often they post something of interest. Gregory DiPippo's articles are always worth reading, possibly because cloaked beneath the tact and the diplomacy is someone with eyes that see both deep and far - much like Rubricarius, and very unlike our now-dormant liturgical pimp friend. I wonder if the writers of The New Liturgical Movement know I exist? Oft am I taken aback at the reports Sitemeter generate for me everyday.

Anyway my friend sent me news today of a new book about that illustrious man Dr Adrian Fortescue. The Latin Clerk: The Life, Work and Travels of Adrian Fortescue by Aidan Nichols promises to be an interesting read, and something which dispels the myth of the Sackville-Bagginses that Adrian Fortescue was some kind of proto-Traditionalist (though some hold to the view that he was a ''Modernist'' because he rejected the Oath against Modernity!). See here.


  1. 'Our Apostolick Lord [Pius X] is going to die this year, which really is the best thing he can do. A holy nun has had a revelation, saw all the heavenly host crying "Come along Pius Puss, Puss, Pius." So he's got to go. When I am Pope I shall canonise the nun.'

    Adrian Fortescue, DD, letter to Mrs. Crickmer, 27th February 1912.

  2. He was Old Roman Catholic through and through! ;o)

  3. ''though some hold to the view that he was a ''Modernist'' because he rejected the Oath against Modernity!)''.
    Dear Paticius,
    perhaps you meant the above deliberately, perhaps not. Be that as it may, it was the oath against modernism, not oath against modernity! Modernism - ''ism'' betrays its meaning of syndrome - is a composite of various heresies appearing together in modern times, hence ''modernism''. Has nothing to do with being ''modern''.... Some of the components of ''mdoernism'' are rationalism, jansenism, indifferentism, false oecuemnism, demythologisation, the anti-liturgical heresy, biblicism, etc., which, thrown all together into a poisonous soup, was served up to us in the years following the Second Vatican Council. Professors of seminaries and catholic higher schools used to have to take the anti-modernism oath (Juramentum anti-modernisticum) at the beginning of the academic year.