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Father Louis Bouyer : Even the good things in the liturgical reform were applied in a way that made them dead letter. Never has the religion of priests or their absence of religion been imposed in such an impertinent way on the laity.
I wrote to the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, to tender my resignation as member of the Commission charged with the Liturgical Reform. The Holy Father sent for me at once:Father Bouyer : That is, my dear friends, how the liturgical reform was done!
Paul VI : Father, you are an unquestionable and unquestioned authority by your deep knowledge of the Church's liturgy and Tradition, and a specialist in this field. I do not understand why you have sent me your resignation, whilst your presence, is more than precious, it is indispensable!
Father Bouyer : Most Holy Father, if I am a specialist in this field, I tell you very simply that I resign because I do not agree with the reforms you are imposing! Why do you take no notice of the remarks we send you, and why do you do the opposite?
Paul VI : But I don't understand: I'm not imposing anything. I have never imposed anything in this field. I have complete trust in your competence and your propositions. It is you who is sending me proposals. When Fr. Bugnini comes to see me, he says: Here is what the experts are asking for. And as you are an expert in this matter, I accept your judgement.
Father Bouyer : And meanwhile, when we have studied a question, and have chosen what we can propose to you, in conscience, Father Bugnini took our text, and, then said to us that, having consulted you: The Holy Father wants you to introduce these changes into the liturgy. And since I don't agree with your propositions, because they break with the Tradition of the Church, then I tender my resignation.
Paul VI : But not at all, Father, believe me, Father Bugnini tells me exactly the contrary: I have never refused a single one of your proposals. Father Bugnini came to find me and said: "The experts of the Commission charged with the Liturgical Reform asked for this and that". And since I am not a liturgical specialist, I tell you again, I have always accepted your judgement. I never said that to Monsignor Bugnini. I was deceived. Father Bugnini deceived me and deceived you.