Ecumenism a third rail for liturgical movement, but remains part and parcel of its mystique. Church politics at its finest . . .

The intriguing Beauduin led anti-German underground, mystified his superior, got banished for his trouble . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

Ecumenism is the third rail of traditionalist criticism. The universal church prays for Christian unity, that all may be one, Father, etc. So what kind of Catholic would choose such a wary, un-Christian approach? A fool or a charlatan or an all-round mean person. That kind.

And yet traditionalists have been wary, boldly claiming to see a problem in the business of uniting somehow, some way, with the separated brethren, suspecting a watering-down of the true Church, its values and in the case of liturgical change, its everyday ways of praying and worshiping.

Be that as it may, as the liturgical movement flourished in the 1920s, it began to absorb this presumed given of contemporary Christian life that in the view of many seemed to undermine and contradict true Catholicism.

At the heart of this movement within a movement was a man whose penchant for activism led him during theā€¦

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