Saturday, May 10, 2008

Ronald Knox Society


It is offering a CD OF 4 RONALD KNOX RADIO BROADCASTS,$10 POSTPAID. I would like to hear his actual voice.

From the comments section for this NLM post.

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The Belief of Catholics - Google Books Result
Knox's Translation of the Vulgate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pastoral and Occasional Sermons - Google Books Result

Regarding Msgr. Knox's liturgical preferences, Fr. Symondson, S.J. writes:

Mgr Ronald Knox was primarily a Low Mass man. If you read Evelyn Waugh's biography you will see how he avoided all but the most necessary ceremonies when he was Catholic chaplain at Oxford. 'Incense was used only once a year. "On Shrove Tuesday he [the Chaplain] will institute a search in the attics to find out where the thurible, incense boat, incense, charcoal and aspergillum have been packed away"': page 218. The last is a quotation from a sixty-five pages long document for his successor: 'The Whole Art of Chaplain-craft'. He was bothered by the Dominican Rite: 'The 10-30 or conference Mass is said by one of the Dominicans. The bother is that the Dominicans insist on saying an odd kind of Mass, which needs a server accustomed to the rite.':page 217. Benediction was not given because it could be found elsewhere in Oxford.

Later, when he was living at Mells, in Somerset, his daily Mass said in the private oratory of the house was also a Low Mass. There were no opportunities for ceremonial.

As an Anglo-Catholic he seems to have enjoyed ceremonial a little more but his autobiography, 'A Spiritual Aenied', implies that, after ordination, the grip of Low, rather than High, Mass seized him. He wanted to avoid the taint of merely being 'High Church'; he preferred 'Low Church' Catholicism. But he seems to have enjoyed the Baroquerie of his Anglo-Catholic associates. This evaporated after his conversion.

He did not for a minute begrudge the splendour of the liturgy but felt happier with reserve in a splendid setting. Nobody can doubt his orthodoxy, nor can he be tarnished with the brush of post-Vatican II minimalism as he died in 1957 long before there was the hint of a council. He was not interested in liturgical movements. Knox's is now a rarely found position because so much has changed but it was shared by many other priests at the time.

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