55 Jurist 897 (1995)
Ecclesia Dei and Ecclesial Communion Revisited

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Shorter Studies
ECCLESIA DEI AND ECCLESIAL
COMMUNION REVISITED
As Saint Pius V sought to implement the Council of Trent by intro-
ducing a worthy and dignified celebration of the Eucharist for a unity
of rites among Catholics in the Western Church, Paul VI responded to
the call of Vatican II to simplify the celebration of the Eucharist to meet
the needs of his age and maintain the unity of worship and ecclesial
communion.
In approving the reform of the Roman Missal in 1969, Paul VI
asserted that his desires were the same as those of Saint Pius V, who
introduced his reform of the Missale Romanum in 1570: as the in-
strument of liturgical unity and the expression of a pure and reverent
worship in the Church.... Our expectation in no way differs from that
of our predecessor. It is that the faithful will receive the new Missal as
a help toward witnessing and strengthening their unity with one
another. ....' I
In an earlier short study, Ecclesia Dei and Ecclesial Communion,
I dealt with the same subject.2 As a follow-up to that article the present
study considers the response by the Holy See for an unlimited use of the
former rites.
1 Paul VI, apostolic constitution, Missale Romanum, April 3, 1969: AAS 61 (1969)
217-222; English trans., International Commission on English in the Liturgy, Docu-
ments on the Liturgy, 1963-1979, Conciliar, Papal, and Curial Texts [DOL] (Colle-
geville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1982) 458-461.
2 THE JURIST 53 (1993) 199-209. In that article I also considered some mistakes
in the translations of Ecclesia Dei published in the various editions of L'Osservatore
Romano. These inaccuracies have unfortunately led to misunderstandings and false
emphases. An example of this is found in the translation of the word decemimus in
the promulgated Latin text with by virtue of my Apostolic Authority in all of the
L'Osservatore Romano translations except the German one. This mistake has been
repeated by Una Voce/USA, The Traditional Mass Society, in promoting the use of the
1962 missal.

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