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Fastest turnaround in the history of a Publishing House

As we revealed yesterday, it seems that the new director of the Vatican Publishing House (Libreria Editrice Vaticana-LEV), Don Giuseppe Costa, SDB, did not really know what he was saying when he declared, 18 days ago, in an answer to the question, "have you reprinted the Missal of 1962?"

"We have not reprinted anything, only the motu proprio. The eventual reprints depend on the episcopal conferences. If these do not demand it, we reprint it, but if there no such demand, we do not reprint it; no demands have arrived so far."

The series "Monumenta Liturgica Piana", at the care of Manlio Sodi, SDB, and Alessandro Toniolo, started with this year's volume, the Missale Romanum (1962) - surprised, Don Giuseppe? The Pontificale Romanum (Editio typica 1961-1962) is in the process of being printed. The Breviarium Romanum (1962), in one volume (Totum), will probably be published in 2008, and the Rituale Romanum (1952), probably in 2009.

Exactly as La Croix had reported three days after the publication of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum...

18 comments:

Ambrosius said...

Perhaps the Bishops of the world, upon seeing his comment, simply inundated him with requests? I'm sure the USCCB put one in right away ...

Anonymous said...

What does "Edizione anastatica" mean?

New Catholic said...

It means "facsimile edition" - hardcover (cartonata).

Ottaviani said...

I hope this is an exact facsimile edition and nothing else. Not one with unnecessary "introductions", "amendments" and accretions, in light of the last 45 years that extol the virtues of the new rite.

Anonymous said...

the 'totum' breviary will be handy.

alsaticus said...

We have to be careful. Prof. Fr. Manlio Sodi sdb is a ... litnik and staunched Bugninist. He gave an interview on the motu proprio for Zenit (in Italian) last 16-17th of July. He is expressing his contempt for the ... extraordinary form and underlines all possible "problems", wishing things will be revised in 3 years.

Here is the meaning he is giving to the reedition of the "Tridentine" liturgical books :
"La riedizione di questi libri – personalmente ne curo una nella collana “Monumenta Liturgica Piana”, edita dalla Libreria Editrice Vaticana (diffusione@lev.va) – sarà un momento importante per verificarne i limiti rispetto agli attuali libri liturgici, e per apprezzare meglio la liturgia riformata secondo le indicazioni del Vaticano II." (Zenit, July 17 2007)
[the reedition of these books - (...) - will be an important event to realize their limits compared to the present liturgical books [NOM] and it will contribute to better consider the liturgy reformed according to the guidelines of Vatican II]
In the first part of the interview, he went saying :
"
Sodi: Non voglio identificarmi con il termine “discredito” perché stiamo parlando della voce della Chiesa che è sempre nostra Madre, di tutti. Di fatto, però, l’operazione se non è ben gestita costituisce un vulnus alla riforma liturgica del Vaticano II.
[I don't condone the word "discredit" because we speak from the voice of the Church [the pope] which is the Mother of us all. But by consequence, this decision [the motu proprio] if it is not well managed represents a "vulnus" (a blow, harm) against the Vatican II liturgical reform] "vulnus" is a very strong word because Pius XI used it to speak about the racial antisemit laws of Mussolini, they were a "vulnus" against the Lateran pact !

In a recent paper, Fr. Sodi explained that "inculturation" (i.e. absolute foolish creativity in the coded dialect of litniks and neo-modernist theologians) has not yet ... begun ! Everything was still to be done in this matter, substituting local creative "celebrations" everywhere. He explained too that the abolition of Latin was a key to open the doors to this freedom ...

henry said...

A comment by Father Z at wdtprs.com:

"A couple weeks ago in Rome I picked up the vile little book, Il Messale di Pio V [by M. Sodi]. It was a condescending screed intended to put people off any interest in the older Mass.

"If this is the same Manlio Sodi, I must ask what role he had in this edition and what sort of introduction it would be. His vile little book was merely a sort of blind panegyric of the newer form of Mass while deprecating the limitations of the pre-Conciliar form."

New Catholic said...

Both Alsaticus and Father Zuhlsdorf are correct: Fr Manlio Sodi, SDB, is a most despicable liturgist and his introduction to the text is probably biased.

Nonetheless, the edition is being published and the previous clueless declaration by the new director of the LEV is quite unacceptable.

Vincent Uher said...

Of course, prayers for Fr Sodi are in order -- along the lines of the Damascus Road experience of St. Paul I should think.

Anonymous said...

thank you "new catholic".

Anonymous said...

The Salesian Order that Fr. Manlio Sodi belongs to is almost as corrupt since Vatican II as the Jesuits. And it is declining just as fast.
1964 membership: 20,906 Salesians
2007 membership: 15,102 Salesians

There are barely 200 Salesians in training in the whole world, and less than 50 in Europe!! Before Vatican II, there were almost 1,000 seminarians for the Salesians in Italy alone!! ( That is the novitiate/pre-seminary, college seminary and Theologate).
People like Fr. Sodi, Archbishop Piero Marini et. al are a dying breed in the Church. They know they are fighting a loosing battle against the Tridentine Latin Mass, and will try every dirty trick possible to destroy it.

Anonymous said...

To the Anonymous 22 October, 2007 21:59

Do you have the numbers of 2003,2004, 2005 and 2006 ?

Anonymous said...

No, I don't have the numbers for those years. But I did look on the Salesians' international website to find the disasterous stats for the number of aspirants world wide for the Order. It's a catastrophe! Of course people like Fr. Sodi wouldn't think so. It's the "Springtime of Vatican II"

By the way, don't trust the Salesian Sisters either- Figlie di Maria Auxilatrice (Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians).
They were, up until about 1984 one of the very last major Orders to still wear the floor length traditional habits. Before Vatican II, they had about 22,000 sisters (roughly a little more than the Salesian priests).
IN around 1984, they modified their traditional habits, and adopted the typical short black dress and small veil. Their numbers fell quickly. In the USA, vocations dried up, and from about 400 sisters in the USA in 1984 (down from close to 800 before Vatican II), they now are at about 180 in the USA. Before they modified their habit in the early 1980's, they were still taking in 10-20 postulants a year (down of course from the pre-Vatican II years), but still respectable considering. Today, they have maybe 1-2 in training.
I viewed their own international website, and here and there, (in Italy and France etc.), the sisters are starting to wear layclothes!! Very sad. Once one of the very last large traditional Orders.
Look for them to decline even faster now. They are down to about 14,000. But expect an even bigger drop. And a consoladation of the 2 USA provinces (1 in NJ), into 1 because of shrinking numbers.
World wide, both the Salesian Fathers and Brothers, and the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians have lost their way. They will go the way of the Jesuits, etc.

david said...

Well said, anonymous. They are indeed a dying breed. This is the Paxbook listing page for the '62 Missal... Notice just the cheesy look of the cover:
http://tinyurl.com/2f6lbq

david said...

No, I am sorry. That listing is for a different 1962 Missal edited by Cuthbert Johnson, OSB, and Anthony Ward, SM. Yet this is the only "1962 Missal" that shows up on Paxbook right now. Either these people are completely clueless or they are ingenious liers.

Anonymous said...

...Check out Fr. Z's blog for an update on this story...

New Catholic said...

Yes, it is a "study edition", but as any edition it may be put to liturgical use... It is up to the priest. If one is concerned about aesthetic details, one may just have it rebound in red leather...

The question asked to Don Giuseppe Costa was not limited to a "high-quality large altar edition of the Missale Romanum"; he had been asked about a possible reprint of the Missale. And it has certainly been reprinted (the Ward-Johnson edition had not been prepared and printed by the LEV itself, so this new edition remains the first reprint by the LEV).

In the old days, good altar editions of the liturgical books were not published by the LEV or by the previous official publishing houses of the Holy See, but by private companies authorized by the Congregation for Rites: Mame, Marietti, Benziger, and so many others... Therefore, the reprint by the LEV (especially of the Breviary-Totum, as soon as it is available) is still a major event.

Anonymous said...

This is really a news, and a miracle:
"Ordo Missae. Rito della Messa. Secondo il Rito tridentino", EDIZIONI SAN PAOLO!!!!, october 2007.