A reader writes:
Hi there-I just found your site a couple weeks ago. I am a traditional catholic that would like to do more research on our faith and why we believe what we believe. I grew up going to the Tridentine Latin Mass and my wife was brought up in the Novus Ordo mass. I would like to learn more about why the Novus Ordo mass came along, the Vatican councils, etc….I purchased the book the Heresy of Formlessness, am a quarter of the way through it, but am having a really hard time following along. Can you recommend any other books possibly written in more plain text? Thank you very much!!
From time to time, we get emails like this. And while yes, we’ve done posts on this before, I think it’s good to start new threads every now and again so that those who weren’t here before can be a part of the conversation. I know that at my FSSP chapel, there are a lot of new faces in the past couple months. Yours may be the same. They need help figuring out the transition.
Personally, I always recommend the book he has — The Heresy of Formlessness. Of course, there’s the quintessential critical study, The Ottaviani Intervention. Also excellent for those beginning their study of the changes to the Mass because it’s short, well-documented, and completely approachable is Liturgical Timebombs in Vatican II by the late Michael Davies. In terms of pro-TLM resources, I now own, but have not yet read, Fr. James Jackson’s Nothing Superfluous, about which I hear very good things. I am ashamed to admit I have not read any of our own Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s two most recent books, Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages and Tradition and Sanity: Conversations & Dialogues of a Postconciliar Exile – a fact for which he is entitled to give me a perpetual hard time until it is remedied.
In the comments, please feel free to offer your own favorite resources, as well as other helps, methods, and approaches to understanding the Traditional Mass and historical perspectives on what happened with the Novus Ordo.