Monday, August 21, 2006

Lambert Beauduin OSB

Don't let the kindly face of this old monk deceive you. He was second only to Annibale Bugnini in his influence of the modern Catholic liturgy.

I have his biography (over 1000 pages). Every mistake modern liturgists now make was suggested by him prior to the Second World War. Posted by Picasa


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papabear said...

Which biography?

Gillibrand said...

Un Pionnier, Dom Lambert Beauduin, 1873-1960:
Liturgie Et Unite Des Chretiens
by Raymond Loonbeek
ISBN: 2-930309-05-9 / 2930309059
Title: Un Pionnier, Dom Lambert Beauduin, 1873-1960: Liturgie Et Unite Des Chretiens
Author: Raymond Loonbeek
with Jacques Mortiau
Publisher: College Erasme
Country: Belgium
Edition: Softcover

Praise in his Roman Diary from the ex-Jesuit arch-liberal Robert Blair Kaiser says it all. (Jadot by the way suggested Rembert Weakland for high office when he was Apostolic Delegate 73-80 see Archbishop Jadot At 93)

Same was true for Archbishop Jadot. I phoned Jadot out of the blue on a Sunday afternoon, and spent more than an hour with him on Monday. He said he wanted to see me because he liked my Diaries, which were being forwarded to him by a friend in Seattle, Sonya Quitslund. Just a week before, Sonya sent me one of her only two copies of a celebrated book she had published in 1973 about a Benedictine monk named Lambert Beauduin. Sonya’s title, Beauduin: a Prophet Vindicated, was right on the money, for it was Beauduin who planted the seeds of the Council with the nuncio to Paris Angelo Roncalli beginning in 1945, Beauduin who predicted Roncalli would become pope in 1958, and Beauduin who predicted he would call an ecumenical council, one that would address itself to Christian unity. And, just to prove how small a world this is, I found that Jadot himself had had a long correspondence with Lambert Beauduin going back as far as 1928, when Beauduin was sent into a 20-year exile from his monastery and forbidden to publish anything on his favorite subject, ecumenism. Ever since his student days, Beauduin had been pushing contacts with Anglicans and Orthodox. He worked four years on the Malines Conversations between English Catholics and Roman Catholics, with Desire-Joseph Mercier, the famed and much honored cardinalarchbishop of Malines-Brussels. This was in the early 1920s, during an age when Roman paranoia about “the others” was running high. It wasn’t until years later that Beauduin was identified as the real author of the most radical paper delivered during the last of the annual Malines Conversations. That paper suggested that nothing really prevented the Anglican Communion from coming over to Rome whole and entire, “united, but not absorbed,” with its own ancient liturgy, its own married clergy, and its own archbishop of Canterbury. As conceived by Beauduin-Mercier, England would have its own autochthonous church – home bred, home spun, home made – but united to the rest of the Catholic Church through the pope. That was too much for many in Rome to tolerate; the leaked speech even offended many conservative Roman Catholics in England, who had made fighting with the Anglicans a way of life. Pius XI even commissioned an encyclical condemning ecumenical contacts, Mortalium Animos, finally published in 1928. That would remain official doctrine until John XXIII called a council on January 20, 1959, saying as he did so that his move was “a sudden inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” We know now that if it was that, the Holy Spirit was speaking, as She often does, through great souls like Lambert Beauduin. Scholars can read all about it now in a new work, Un Pionnier Dom Lambert Beauduin (1873-1960) Liturgie et Unité des chrêtiens, by Raymond Loonbeck and Jacques Mortiau, professors on the faculty at the University of Louvain-Leuven. And I do mean “all.” The book runs 1,612 pages. I was able to browse it Wednesday morning in the parlor of Jan Grootaers at Avenue des Coccinelles 49, in Brussels where I had spent Tuesday night. Grootaers was a journalistcolleague of mine during Vatican II, a visitor during my Sunday night buffet suppers, and a link to some of my Belgian sources in conciliar Rome. Those who know about Vatican II know that the Belgians, as a group, were among the most open, and the most learned men [sic] at the Council. Rome, August 15, 2002

Gillibrand said...

Mortalium animos (06/01/1928)remains in full vigour