Cardinal Pacelli's WarningWritten by Gene Michael
There is a famous quote attributed to Cardinal Pacelli regarding the danger of altering the liturgy. I have long wondered if this quote is accurate because it seems almost too convenient for those of us who believe the Novus Ordo Mass is deficient.
I have conducted some reserch into this and discovered that the quote is taken from a book titled "Pie XII devant l'Histoire". That appears to be the only source for this remarkable quote.
Below you will find a copied text of a critical response to this book and the quote. I wonder if anyone on this blog has done any independent research on the quote that would strongly support the accuracy of the quote as reported in the aforementioned book.
If it can be determined with absolute confidence that the future pope really said this then it should continue to be shared. I know the quote is a powerful weapon for us in the battle against the evil forces within the Church but it is more important to be truthful lest our credibility be challenged.
Below is the critique with a link to the web page from which it originated.
Thank you very much.
Gene Michael, Rochester, NYThe quote:
“I am concerned by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. Mary’s persistence about the dangers that menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul…. I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject her ornaments and make her feel remorse for her historical past.
A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken Him?’”
The quote is a translation from the French. The original text can be found on p. 52 of a book published in 1972 entitled, “Pie XII devant l’Histoire”, by Georges Roche and Philippe Saint Germain. The authors claim that these words were a confidence made by the Pope to Enrico Pietro Galeazzi. The book was given a scathing review by Emile Poulat at the time of its publication in “Archives des sciences sociales des religions” (vol. 33, no. 33, p. 292-293). Poulat called the work “invraisemblable, dans tous les sens imaginable du mot,”, ie. improblable, bearing little resemblance to the truth. He criticized the authors for ignoring the secondary literature, for giving no blibliography for the primary sources they supposedly consulted, for thinking that documents drawn from the Vatican Archives and prepared for publication by the Jesuits were documents drawn from the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus, for claiming published records were as yet unpublished. Poulat says that the authors’ work is riddled with minor errors, as well as with other errors less minor. “Tout est de la meme encre fantaisiste”–all from the same fanciful ink.