THE BUGNINI FILE (Le dossier Bugnini)

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THE BUGNINI FILE (Le dossier Bugnini)

Message  Javier le Lun 25 Sep 2017, 12:52 pm

THE BUGNINI FILE: A STUDY IN ECCLESIAL SUBVERSION

John Kenneth Weiskittel


Hannibal Bugninius, magnus architectus novae liturgiae, non solum Novi Ordinis Missae sed etiam Hebdomadae Sanctae "instauratae" anni 1955, ipse iam vivens colendi Magnum Architectum Universi accusatus est. Quamvis evidentia non sit certa, nihilominus gravia argumenta mentem inducunt ad credendum Bugninium massonem fuisse, et conscienter, tamquam agentem inimicorum Ecclesiae, sacram liturgiam diruisse. Evidentiam huius accusationis auctor loannes Weiskittel adducit, simul cum ea praebens historiam coniurationum societatum secretarum quae ut se inter clerum Ecclesiae Catholicae insinuerent iam abhinc ducenti annos sibi proposuerunt.

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Re: THE BUGNINI FILE (Le dossier Bugnini)

Message  Javier le Mar 26 Sep 2017, 12:19 pm

In April 1976, a book stunned Italian Catholics, and sent shock waves throughout Christendom. The work, printed in Florence and entitled Nel Fumo di Satana. Verso l'ultimo scontro ("In the Smoke of Satan. Towards the Final Clash."), was a penetrating critique on the state of the Church since the Second Vatican Council. 1 Singled out for direct strike was "Archbishop" Annibale Bugnini, C.M. (1912-1982), the Secretary of the Conciliar Congregation for Divine Worship who had presided over the fateful "reform" of the liturgy.

"The reform has been conducted," charged the book, "by this Bugnini who has been unmasked at last; he is indeed what we long expected: a Freemason." 2 Few allegations made since Vatican II have been more biting -- a top Church official accused of being an enemy of the very Church he is sworn to defend. What makes it all the more credible is the author. Tito Casini was no muckraker, but a writer of good reputation, particularly noted for his works on the Mass.3

This revelation did not originate with Casini, however, who was merely reporting an incident from the previous summer, when a priest visited "Pope" Paul VI’s office, plopped on his desk a dossier identifying Bugnini as a Lodge brother, and warned he would go public with the information if action was not taken immediately. Paul appointed Bugnini to the post of Pro - Nuncio of Iran, an assignment as far from scrutiny as was possible, and dissolved the Congregation.

To no one's surprise, this "papal" solution did not rest well with traditionalists, and the threatened disclosures were forthcoming. A month before Casini's blockbuster, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre declared in his Letter to Friends and Benefactors: "Now, when we hear in Rome that he who was the heart and soul of the liturgical reform is a Freemason, we may think that he is not the only one. The veil covering the greatest deceit ever to have mystified the clergy and baffled the faithful, is doubtless beginning to be torn asunder." 4 In addition, the June 1976 issue of the Italian publication SI, SI, No, No, and four months later, the October edition of the French journal La Contre-reforme catholique, among others, carried the news. 5


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Message  Javier le Jeu 28 Sep 2017, 12:14 pm

Meanwhile, Bugnini (pronounced Boo nyee' nee], who vehemently denied ever having set foot in a lodge, was getting acclimated to life in the Islamic country where he was to remain until shortly before his death.6 The controversy soon abated and was forgotten, but, as he writes in his memoirs, there were some intent on beating a "dead horse":

The "bomb" thus fizzled out, but in the ensuing years there was still a desire, especially on the part of the authorities, to conduct a thorough examination of the charges. It was not possible, after all, simply to let doubts, hesitations, and suspicions stand unchallenged; justice and a love of truth [sic] could not accept that. V. Levi's denial, "Riflessioni di fine settirnana," L'Osservatore Romano, October 10,1976, elicited further charges in Si, Si, No, No. (The question arises of how such a poisonous, anti-conciliar publication, filled with lies and calumnies, could have prospered, even if directed by a priest, at Grottaferrata, so close to Rome.)7

But last year, a decade after the death of the much-maligned "archbishop," signs of life have been detected in the old nag, and the bomb is heard ticking again. An Italian-based Conciliar magazine, 30 Days, raised the issue over the summer. A twelve page section, intriguingly entitled "Dossier: Freemasonry and the Application of Liturgical Reform," promised to answer the controverted question. Did it?


Code Name: "Buan"


"Dear Buan [alleged Masonic code name of Bugnini — JKW] ," the letter, dated July 14, 1964, began:
[W]e inform you of the task that the Council of Brothers has established for you in agreement with the Grand Master and the Princes to the throne and we charge you:.,.to spread de-Christianization by confusing rites and languages and to set priests, bishops and cardinals against each other. Linguistic and ritualistic babel means victory for us, since linguistic and ritual unity has been the strength of the Church...Everything must happen within a decade. 8


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Message  Javier le Lun 09 Oct 2017, 4:32 am

An incriminating document to be sure, perhaps damning. But even more so was the reply allegedly made on July 2, 1967, by Bugnini:

Peerless Grand Master...the steps towards deconsecration are being taken rapidly. Another Instruction has been issued which went into effect on June 19 last. By now we can claim victory, as the vernacular is sovereign in the whole of the liturgy, even in the most essential parts...There is maximum freedom of choice in the various formularies, allowing for even personal initiative and...chaos...In brief, I believe I have sown the seeds of maximum license with the document, according to your instructions. I had to fight bitterly and make use of every wile to have it approved by the Pope, in the face of my enemies in the Congregation for Rites. Fortunately for us, we won immediate backing from our friends and brothers in the Universa laus, who are loyal. I thank you for the sum sent and in the hope of seeing you soon, I send you my embrace. Your Brother Buan. 9

And what does the article's author, Andrea Tornielli, think of the documents? He at first voices the same uncertainty that many would have in evaluating them:

Are these documents — highly compromising for the man involved, who always denied any contact with Freemasonry — authentic or forgeries? It is impossible to know since the letters were typewritten, then photocopied by a mysterious "mole" said to have leaked them to certain bishops and cardinals, including the Archbishop of Genoa, Cardinal Giuseppe Siri and the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Dino Staffa. If they are authentic, the letters denote a deliberate attempt to erode Catholic doctrine and liturgy from the inside. But they might also be forgeries, cunningly leaked by someone eager to create rival "factions" within the Curia. There is no doubt that the wording of the two missives seems too crude and blunt. But the outcome of Bugnini's reforms fully matches the intention expressed in them. 10

In the course of the study, however, these ambivalent features are neatly, if obliquely, "resolved" to absolve Bugnini, Paul VI, and company from any wrong doing (mention is made of the "valuable diplomatic work" by Bugnini during his exile in Iran, coincidently the same period of time in which the Shah was overthrown by the Ayatollah Khomeini). In fact, before the article is half over the whole issue seems to be forgotten by the writer. Far more space is devoted to examining how the post—Conciliar liturgy switched from Latin to the vernacular than in exploring the Bugnini affair (Tornielli, having reflected that the "reforms" matched the stated intention of the "Dear Buan" letter, could have gone into this in more depth when talking about the Conciliar liturgy).


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Message  Javier Aujourd'hui à 6:24 pm

Not that the discussion is uninteresting. Quite the contrary, for the material covered includes incidents from Bugnini's earlier career, as well as his working relationship with Paul VI. Tornielli writes:

Immediately after the Second World War, Fr. Annibale Bugnini was Secretary of the Liturgical Commission set up by Pius XII to shape the reform of the Holy Week rites. But his reformist bent was of earlier. In 1944 he had asked Msgr. Arrigo Pintonello to translate certain texts on renewal of the liturgy written by German Catholics and Protestants.... 11

In 1962, Bugnini, who was Secretary of the Pontifical Preparatory Commission on the Liturgy, suffered what he called "my first exile," when first, the Commission's head, Cardinal Arcadio Larraona, dismissed him, and then Pope John XXIII "relieved [him| of his post as teacher of Liturgy at the Pontifical Pastoral Institute of the Lateran University." 12  An unidentified "elderly prelate" told 30 Days:

"They got rid of the secretary because he wanted to change things that were not to be touched [italics added — JKW] and especially because he was not fit tor the task."13 The "exile" would be brief, however, and Bugnini would later be able to state: "I was a faithful executor of the wishes of Paul VI and of the Council."14

At times, though, it appeared that Paul VI was the faithful executor of Bugnini's wishes. Tornielli recalled how in 1967 the "pontiff" requested (through the Vatican Secretariat of State) that "daily and feastday missals should always contain, if in a smaller font, the Latin text alongside the vernacular translation." 15 This intervention was rejected for "technical reasons." Why? The answer is supplied by Paul's loyal innovator, Annibale Bugnini: "The principle, good in itself, ran into enormous difficulties: the excessive size of liturgical books, technical difficulties, especially for certain countries that do not even use Latin characters...." 16 In the end, the latter position won out.

This episode is enlightening for a number of reasons. From the standpoint of the "reformers," the faster Latin was jettisoned, the faster their novel lex orandi could fully replace the real Catholic liturgy. Since an all-vernacular new "Mass" was the ultimate goal, and ancient, venerable Latin prayers were cast aside to make way for modern ones (which had, at best, only a tenuous relationship with former traditional orations), why should these liturgical editors even consider the additional fuss and expense involved with publishing bilingual volumes? If the whole purpose of the "reform" was to dispense with Latin completely, why bother to include it in the new sacramentaries at all? As for Paul VI's reaction, it was the subterfuge typical of Conciliar "popes" in every area of religious life. Despite the fact that he lived for more than a decade after this intervention, "Pope" Montini did nothing to halt the liturgical revolution. Far from making anything resembling a comeback, Latin was pushed further and further into the background, a policy that John Paul II — his televised Latin Christmas "Masses" notwithstanding— has done nothing to change.


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