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An Open Lesson to a Bishop Paperback – January 1, 2009


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  • Paperback: 33 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books and Publishers (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089555142X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895551429
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,100,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Davies, who lived from 1936-2004, was a Catholic writer who authored various works following the Second Vatican Council, in addition to unifying Una Voce America, a conservative group. Previously an Anglican, he converted to the Catholic Church in the 1950s, and went on to compose such works as The Liturgical Revolution, The Order of Melchisedech, Partisans of Error, For Altar and Throne, and The Wisdom of Adrian Fortescue. Upon Davies??? death in 2004, Pope Benedict XVI called him a man of deep faith who was ready to embrace suffering. His Holiness went on to say, ???...We can be confident that the Lord opened wide for him the gates of Heaven. We commend his soul to the Lord???s mercy.???

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CatholicInGA on March 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
I will keep my review as brief and to the point as Davies' booklet. It is straightforward and does not pull punches. Davies shows just how the unnamed bishop's criticisms are incorrect and inconsistent with Church teaching while remaining as respectful as possible. Worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Bergin on May 15, 2012
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Another work from one of the English-speaking world's greatest liturgical enthusiasts and defenders. In this pamphlet Davies begins with a critique not only of the liberal bishops who refuse to uphold the teachings of the Church, but, perhaps more appropriately, all of the bishops who stand on the sidelines allowing their flocks to tear down and reinterpret the faith while criticizing and attacking so-called "traditionalists" who often want nothing more than to worship in the manner allowed them by the Church.

The first half introduces the problem at hand and briefly presents several important omissions/misrepresentations in liturgical practice of the twentieth century. The second half is a summary of the development of the Roman Rite, and an interesting discussion of why the composition/implementation of the Mass of Paul VI was without precedent, establishing key differences between its origin and that of the Mass of Pius V that many point to as a similar implementation process. This discussion importantly includes reference to other liturgical documents cited to defend the changes of the Mass of Pauli VI, notably Cum Sanctissimum, Si quid est, and Divino Afflatu, as well as later ones from the twentieth century, notably Mediator Dei, In cotidianis precibus, and Maxima Redemptionis. The important and frequently forgotten/misrepresented bull Quo Primum Tempore also receives a fair reading.

Several Parts of this essay are also found in Davies' other essays, particularly A Short History of the Roman Mass and On Communion in the Hand and Similar Frauds.
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