Saturday, June 29, 2013
BISHOP RUDOLF GRABER ON VATICAN II
BISHOP RUDOLF GRABER (1903-1992)
AUTHOR OF "ST ATHANASIUS AND THE CHURCH OF OUR TIME"
....A few years ago, Bishop Rudolf Graber asked, "Where do the conciliar texts speak of communion in the hand, for example, or where do they enjoin the so-called altar facing the people (which is scant testimony to that `giving perfect glory to God' which the Liturgy Constitution says [in Par. 5] is the goal and purpose of worship)? The answer is: NOWHERE. This good bishop went on to mention a number of other things which fall into the same category: elimination of the subdiaconate and the four minor orders the monotonous enumeration of "Sundays in ordinary time" _ while the Protestants of course have retained the pre-Lenten season and the Sundays "after Trinity" <de facto> abandonment of Latin as liturgical language of the Western Church; elimination of the second imposition of hands during priestly ordination, and many others.....