The life-like structure expressing the character of the Hours has fallen victim to the enforcement of a principle contrived at the office-desk. The structure that had been followed by 500 Office rites through 1500 years of liturgical history has been rejected, indeed prohibited (!) by the 501st Office. Do the votes of 500 count so little against 1? Can this inconsiderate procedure claim our inner loyalty and affection beyond external compliance? The adinventiones suae, defying the overwhelming majority, are audacity; if, however, they are aimed at eliminating the majority, an impudence; and if for achieving this my obedience to the Church is required, then, violence. 

The Constitution on the sacred liturgy states that no innovations should be introduced unless the genuine and actual benefit of the Church demand them (Art. 23). Is there anyone who can prove that upsetting the ancient structure of Lauds, Vespers and Compline has brought notable spiritual advantages to the Church in the past twenty years?

Laszlo Dobszay, The Bugnini-Liturgy and the Reform of the Reform (2003)

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