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By Charles Coulombe, Crisis Magazine, May 21, 2024

Charles A. Coulombe is a contributing editor at Crisis and the magazine’s European correspondent. He previously served as a columnist for the Catholic Herald of London and a film critic for the National Catholic Register. A celebrated historian, his books include Puritan’s Empire and Star-Spangled Crown. He resides in Vienna, Austria and Los Angeles, California.

The papal tinkering of the liturgy, begun by Pope Pius X, has had unfortunate consequences not foreseen by any 20th century pope.

Charles CoulombeWriting this column in early May, I am aware of three very ancient feasts that are not being celebrated this year even in most Latin Mass communities: the Finding or Invention of the Holy Cross on May 3, St. John Before the Latin Gate on May 6, and the Apparition of St. Michael (at Italy’s Monte Gargano) on May 8. Although each commemorates a dramatic and noteworthy event, their summary ejection from the calendar received little attention when it happened. Moreover, this was not during the great mangling of the ecclesiastical calendar in 1969, but by Good Pope John in 1960—hence their absence from the 1962 Missal used by the FSSP, ICKSP, SSPX, and the like. …

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