THE ORDER OF MELCHISEDECH
A Defence of the Catholic Priesthood
by Michael Davies
Sacredos in æternum
secundum Ordinem Melchisedech
CHAPTER I: THE CATHOLIC
CHAPTER II: THE
CHAPTER III: NEW
IDEAS AND OLD MISTAKES
NULL AND UTTERLY VOID
CHAPTER V: THE
AGREEMENT ON THE MINISTRY
THE NEW CATHOLIC RITE OF
CHAPTER VIII: AN
TOWARDS A COMMON ORDINAL
CHAPTER X: BLURRING THE PRIESTHOOD
APPENDIX I: THE SUBSTANCE OF A
PARTICIPATION OF PROTESTANT
OBSERVERS IN COMPILATION OF NEW LITURGICAL TEXTS
APPENDIX IV: THE
APPENDIX V: THE
POWER TO CONFIRM AND ORDAIN
PAPAL DOCUMENTS RELATING TO ANGLICAN
SACRIFICE AND PRIESTHOOD IN THE
ARCIC-----THE VATICAN RESPONSE
APPENDIX IX: THE
REVISED ORDINAL OF 1989
APPENDIX X: THE
INDEFECTIBILITY OF THE CHURCH
APPENDIX XI: THE
FORM FOR THE ORDINATION OF A
VIEW AN IMAGE OF ABRAHAM AND
On 30 June 1968, pope Paul VI pronounced his Credo in which the doctrine of the
Sacrifice of the Mass "celebrated by the priest in the Person of Christ
in virtue of the power he received in the Sacrament of Order" was very
clearly, unambiguously, and correctly expressed. Twelve days earlier,
Pope Paul VI had signed the Apostolic Constitution in which he approved
and imposed the new ritual of the ordination of deacon, priest, and
bishop. In this book the author examines the new rite of ordination to
the priesthood and exposes its differences with the former one used in
the Roman rite for a number of centuries, enjoying the highest
There can be no doubt of the validity of the New Rite but there are
certain features which the author deplores. A number of prayers and
ceremonies have been suppressed which, in the Old Rite, served clearly
to express the most essential character and duty of priesthood: to
offer the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass. This is a sign of a
tendency which can be observed in other official liturgical innovations
(not to mention illegal ones). It is a matter of great concern for many
Catholics that this and similar things are done at a time when the
sacrificial character of what is now commonly called the "celebration
of the Eucharist" is questioned or even denied by many who do not leave
the Catholic Church.
Mr. Davies gives an impressive exposition of the facts and the meaning
he attaches to them in the light of Trent, the Pontifical letter Apostolicae Curae of Pope Leo XIII,
other official documents, and also the Canterbury Declaration on Ministry and
Ordination in the Anglican and Catholic Churches. He rightly
rejects the latter completely as a totally ambiguous document.
This is a rich and scholarly book which should be in the hands of all
who study post-conciliar developments in the official Roman Catholic
Church, the Church of Christ.
J. P. M. van der Ploeg, D.P.
Nijmegen (Holland), 11 May
NOTE: Professor van der Ploeg is a Doctor and
Master of Sacred Theology, Doctor of Sacred Scripture, Professor of Old
Testament Studies in the Catholic University of Nijmegen, Holland, a
Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of the Netherlands, and a
leading authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Some of the books referred to in the notes have been abbreviated as
AMO Anglican Methodist Unity----I, The Ordinal
AOWF Anglican Orders----A Way Forward? E. Yarnold, S.J.
CCAO The Catholic Church and
Anglican Orders, F. Clark, S.J. (CTS 1962).
CCT Catechism of the Council of Trent,
translated by McHugh and Callan (New York, 1934).
CD Catholic Dictionary, Addis
and Arnold (London, 1928).
CDT A Catholic Dictionary of Theology,
ed. J. Crehan, S.J. (London, 1962).
CGO Crammer's Godly Order, M.
Davies (Angelus Press, Kansas City [to be reprinted in 1994]).
D Enchiridion Symbolorum Denzinger
ESR Eucharistic Sacrifice and the
Reformation, F. Clark, S.J., (Oxford, 1967).
IAWA I Am With You Always,
M. Davies (Neumann Press, 1986)
LPE Lay Presidency at the Eucharist?,
T. Lloyd (Grove Books, 1977).
OIR The Ordinal and its Revision,
P. Toon (Grove Books, 1974).
PAC The Popes and the Ordinal,
A. Barnes (London, 1896).
PJC Pope John's Council, M.
Davies (Angelus Press, Kansas City, 1992).
QAO The Question of Anglican
Ordinations, E. Estcourt (London, 1873).
RMP The Reformation, the Mass, and
the Priesthood, E. C. Messenger (2 vols., London, 1936).
TCC The Teaching of the Catholic
Church, ed. G. Smith (London, 1956).
VAC A Vindication of the Bull
"Apostolicae Curae", The Cardinal Archbishop and Bishops of the
Province of Westminster (London, 1898).
WP Why Priests? H. Küng