I do not deny that a reform of the Roman liturgy was topical at the end of the 20th century. Neither do I claim that a reform should have been based on the Tridentine rite by all means. Yet in reality it should have started from the Tridentine rite as a status quo and a liturgical order worth honoring, yielding much fruit in the life of the Church even in our century, a cult deeply rooted in the hearts and connected with the piety of the people. But the Tridentine rite is no more than one and perhaps not the most perfect form of the Roman liturgy. In a true “reform” the medieval traditions of the dioceses and the orders, the relics of the Old Roman rite and, of course, certain requirements of our age should have been taken into consideration. All this could have been achieved without abandoning the domain of the “Roman liturgy.”

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


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