This organization called the International Committee for English in the Liturgy is one of the bad fruits of the "spirit of Vatican II" which has diluted and often changed the meaning of the Word and consequently confused the faithful while serving as a hearing board for the dissident groups within the Church. Notice we said "bad fruits" and that follows with what Jesus said in Matthew 7: 18, "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them." What we are stating is that the Second Vatican Council was of the Holy Spirit and can bear only good fruit. However, the "spirit of Vatican II" was not of the Spirit but rather His adversary known as lucifer and can bear only bad fruit. This has abundantly been proven over the past thirty years. What is meant by "spirit of Vatican II?" It means those who didn't get their way at the Council decided to take matters into their own hands and formulate a new liturgy and new rules, so to speak. They took advantage of the confusion and vast changes proposed after the Council in 1965 to include their own agendas under the guise that it came from the Council Fathers. When one researches and reads the Vatican II documents one can see 90% of the changes were not advocated by them but snuck in by unofficial sources that managed to get themselves "officialized" by liberal elements within the Church, headed by many bishops who railroaded drastic changes that have, to put it in the most basic of terms, protestantized the Roman Catholic Church.
Many say the confusion and chaos happened when the Mass was translated into English. They maintain that had we kept Latin these changes would never have taken place. That could be true but don't forget we had Latin Masses and the same teachings of the Church during the pontificate of Pope Alexander VI who spanned the fifteenth and sixteenth century and who was probably the most immoral pope in the history of the popes. The most accurate description of this Borgia pope was that he was the Bill Clinton of his time and because of Alexander's moral laxity the serpent of enlightenment and Protestantism slithered in. So to say the lack of Latin is the culprit wouldn't be fair. Besides, if one looks at the original Novus Ordo the meaning of the Mass was not changed. But the overused word coined by Pope John XXIII "aggiornamento," which is Italian for "renewal or revitalization," created a monster. Four hundred years after the Council of Trent decreed on December 4, 1563 that the Liturgy for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Latin would be said "in perpetuity" a New Mass was instituted, called the Novus Ordo. This and subsequent changes that went into effect, in effect went against what Pope Saint Pius V perpetuated in his papal encyclical "Quo Primum" on July 14, 1570 in which the holy Pontiff published the final findings of an exhaustive study of archives of the Church assigned by the Tridentine Fathers of the Council in providing and "Preserving incorrupt the public worship of the Church" and "relating to the said sacred rites, thus restored the Missal itself to the pristine form and rite of the holy Fathers."
The most perplexing question in the whole aftermath of Vatican II has to be the validity of Pius V's encyclical for according to his words, and he is a saint and spoke these words as the holy pontiff at the time, that "in order that all everywhere may adopt and observe what has been delivered to them by the Holy Roman Church, Mother and Mistress of the other churches, it shall be unlawful henceforth and forever throughout the Christian world to sing or to read Masses according to any formula other than that of this Missal published by Us." Note, the Pope said" forever! That didn't mean until a Council decides something better comes along. Forever means just that, especially when it comes from the Vicar of Christ who is the living representative of the Alpha and Omega Himself - Jesus Christ. Confused? We have to admit we are, too. Numerous times in St. Pius V's landmark encyclical he used the word "to be said in perpetuity" which only reconfirms the "forever" aspect.
We have to admit even more consternation when we see the shifting of the liturgy to the Protestant flavor. This is especially true of the Lord's Prayer. In the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy that Pope Paul VI promulgated on December 4, 1963 the Novus Ordo released was merely a direct translation of the Latin Mass approved in "perpetuity" by St. Pius V. Pope Paul VI's approval was not a change from Pius' directive but merely a translation into the vernacular of the Mass approved by Trent. Yet it all went downhill from there. As an example, the Our Father in the Novus Ordo was not changed a bit. It ended with the priest breaking the Bread at the Libera Nos after the people finished "...but deliver us from evil." Nowhere, we repeat, nowhere was there the Protestant-created refrain "For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours, now and forever." That was another invention of ICEL as was the change of the Domine, non sum dignus which is taken from the prayer of the centurion in Matthew 8: 8, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. Say but the word and my soul shall be healed." Somewhere along the way "anima mea" - "my soul" was eliminated as was roof, and shortened to "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed." Not only that, but we only say it once whereas in the original Novus Ordo it was intended to be said three times as is the Agnus Dei. Speaking of the Agnus Dei, some of the faithful have been taught to say "Who takes away the sin of the world." Wrong. It is and always will be be peccata mundi translated to mean "sins of the world."
There are many other changes, some more subtle than others. But two of the most obvious were the "bookends" of the Holy Sacrifice with the elimination of Psalm 42 Introibo ad altare Dei at the beginning of the Mass and the elimination of the Last Gospel of Saint John. Possibly one of the most devastating eliminations that allowed satan to penetrate the sanctuary, as Pope Paul VI attested to on his deathbed, was the disappearance of the powerful prayers ordered by Pope Leo XIII that included the "Salve Regina" or "Hail, Holy Queen" prayer and the Prayer of Saint Michael which was composed by Leo himself and which was to be prayed specifically for protection against the devil. Yet, for reasons we will never understand and which touch only the tip of the iceberg in respect to the infiltration of the Church by evil men, this powerful prayer was eliminated thus freeing satan and his evil spirits to "prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls." Poor Leo must be turning over in his grave as the man with the pitchfork rejoices at the rotten fruit being harvested for the phyrric victory before he finally will be chained by link that binds - the Holy Rosary. That is why those prayer groups who continue to pray the St. Michael Prayer after each Mass followed with recitation of the Rosary help balance the apathy in the rest of the Church regarding satan's influence. Leo had intended to remind everyone of the devil's existence with his well-phrased words, but beelzebub has succeeded in pulling off the greatest deception of this century: that he doesn't exist. We're here to tell you he does and he's right under our noses. Leo knew this, Pius V knew this and John Paul II knows this. Paul VI realized it after it was too late and John XXIII, bless his soul, quite possibly never realized it for if he had, he quite possibly would never have published his motu proprio "Approprinquante concilio" in which he opened the Council to too many periti or experts, some of whom could rightfully be called spies for the opposition. Whatever happened from that moment on January 25, 1959 when John XXIII made the announcement at St. Paul's Outside-the-walls in Rome until today remains a mystery but we can tell you one thing, in light of the aftermath of Vatican II and the confusion and changes wrought, we are no aficionado of aggiornamento!
Whereas amongst other decrees of the holy Council of Trent, We were charged with revision and re-issue of the sacred books, to wit, the Catechism, the Missal and the Breviary; and whereas We have with God's consent published a Catechism for the instruction of the faithful and thoroughly revised the Breviary for the due performance of the Divine Office, We next, in order that the Missal and Breviary might be in perfect harmony, as is right and proper (considering that it is altogether fitting that there should be in the Church only one appropriate manner of Psalmody and one sole rite of celebrating Mass), deemed it necessary to give Our immediate attention to what still remained to be done, namely the re-editing of the Missal with the least possible delay.
We resolved accordingly to delegate this task to a select committee of scholars; and they, having at every stage of their work and with the utmost care collated the ancient codices in Our Vatican Library and reliable (original or amended) codices from elsewhere, and having also consulted the writing of ancient and approved authors who have bequeathed to us records relating to the said sacred rites, thus restored the Missal itself to the pristine form and rite of the holy Fathers. When this production had been subjected to close scrutiny and further amended We, after mature consideration, ordered that the final result be forthwith printed and published in Rome, so that all may enjoy the fruit of this labor; that priests may know what prayers to use, and what rites and ceremonies they are to observe henceforward in the celebration of Masses.
Now therefore, in order that all everywhere may adopt and observe what has been delivered to them by the Holy Roman Church, Mother and Mistress of the other churches, it shall be unlawful henceforth and forever throughout the Christian world to sing or to read Masses according to any formula other than that of this Missal published by Us; this ordinance to apply to all churches and chapels, with or without care of souls, patriarchal, collegiate, and parochial, be they secular or belonging to any religious Order, whether of men (including the military Orders) or of women, in which conventual Masses are or ought to be sung aloud in choir or read privately according to the rites and customs of the Roman Church; to apply, moreover, even if the said churches have been in any way exempted, whether by indult of the Apostolic See, by custom, by privilege, or even by oath or Apostolic confirmation, or have their rights and faculties guaranteed to them in any other way whatsoever, saving only those in which the practice of saying Mass differently was granted over 200 years ago simultaneously with the Apostolic See's institution and confirmation of the church, and those in which there has prevailed a similar custom followed continuously for a period of not less than 200 years; in which cases We in no wise rescind their prerogatives or customs aforesaid. Nevertheless, if this Missal which We have seen fit to publish be more agreeable to these last, We hereby permit them to celebrate Mass according to its rite, subject to the consent of their bishop or prelate, and of their whole Chapter, all else to the contrary notwithstanding. All other churches aforesaid are hereby denied the use of other missals, which are to be wholly and entirely rejected; and by this present Constitution, which shall have the force of law in perpetuity, We order and enjoin under pain of Our displeasure that nothing be added to Our newly published Missal, nothing omitted therefrom, and nothing whatsoever altered therein.
We specifically command each and every patriarch, administrator and all other persons of whatsoever ecclesiastical dignity, be they even Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church or possessed of any other rank or preeminence, and We order them by virtue of holy obedience to sing or to read the Mass according to the rite and manner and norm herein laid down by Us, and henceforward to discontinue and utterly discard all other rubrics and rites of other missals, howsoever ancient, which they have been accustomed to follow, and not to presume in celebrating Mass to introduce any ceremonies or recite any prayers other than those contained in this Missal.
Furthermore, by these presents and by virtue of Our Apostolic authority We give and grant in perpetuity that for the singing or reading of Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal may be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment or censure, and may be freely and lawfully used. Nor shall bishops, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious of whatsoever Order or by whatsoever title designated, be obliged to celebrate Mass otherwise than enjoined by Us. We likewise order and declare that no one whosoever shall be forced or coerced into altering this Missal and that this present Constitution can never be revoked or modified, but shall for ever remain valid and have the force of law, notwithstanding previous constitutions or edicts of provincial or synodal councils, and notwithstanding the usage of the churches aforesaid, established by very long and even immemorial prescription, saving only usage of more than 200 years.
Consequently it is Our will, and by the same authority We decree, that one month after publication of this Our constitution and Missal, priests of the Roman Curia shall be obliged to sing or to read the Mass in accordance therewith; others south of the Alps, after three months; those who live beyond the Alps, after six months or as soon as the Missal becomes available for purchase.
Furthermore, in order that the said Missal may be preserved incorrupt and kept free from defects and errors, the penalty for non-observance in the case of all printers resident in territory directly or indirectly subject to Ourselves and the Holy Roman Church shall be forfeiture of their books and a fine of 100 gold ducats payable by that very fact to the Apostolic Treasury. In the case of those resident in other parts of the world, it shall be automatic excommunication and other penalties at Our discretion; and by Our Apostolic authority and the tenor of these presents, We also decree that they must not dare or presume either to print or to publish or to sell, or in any way to take delivery of such books without Our approval and consent, or without express permission of the Apostolic Commissary in the said parts appointed by Us for that purpose. Each of the said printers must receive from the aforementioned Commissary a standard Missal to serve as an exemplar and agree faithfully therewith, varying in no wise from the first impression printed in Rome.
But, since it would be difficult for this present Constitution to be transmitted to all parts of the world and to come to the notice of all concerned simultaneously, We direct that it be, as usual, posted and published at the doors of the Basilica of the Prince of Apostles, at those of the Apostolic Chancery, and at the end of the Campo dei Fiori; moreover, We direct that printed copies of the same, signed by a notary public and authenticated with the seal of an ecclesiastical dignitary, shall possess the same unqualified and indubitable validity everywhere and in every country that would attend the display there of Our present text. Accordingly, no one whosoever is permitted to infringe or rashly contravene this notice of Our permission, statute, ordinance, command, direction, grant, indult, declaration, will, decree and prohibition. Should any person venture to do so, let him understand that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.
Death of Saint William of York, archbishop who was removed by one pope ( the Cistercian Pope Eugene III) and reinstated by another (Pope Anastasius IV). Seventy five years later Pope Honorius III canonized William in 1227.
Richard the Lion-Heart, king of England, arrives in Acre with his crusaders during the Third Crusade.
The masterful sculpted stone of "David" by Buonarrotti Michelangelo is placed in the Palazzo in Firenze, Italy, gaining the immediate attention of Pope Julius II who would actively seek him out to complete Saint Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.