The Traditionalist Movement: a Bibliography

After I posted my list of works consulted on Liberation Theology, I remembered making a similar list for the series on the Traditionalist movement. Normally when I do a podcast like this, I try to access the most recent academic work on the subject. But Catholic Traditionalists have received very little attention from scholars, so I had to scour the internet for sources. As a result, my references are pretty scattered, and these only represent the ones I utilized the most. Enjoy.

Works Consulted


Leo Darroch, Una Voce: History of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce 1964–2003 (2017)

Klaus Gamber, The Reform of the Roman Liturgy: its Background and Problems (1993)

Annibale Bugnini, The Reform of the Liturgy, 1948-1976 (1990)

Yves Chiron, Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the Liturgy (2018)

Dietrich Von Hildebrand, Trojan Horse in the City of God (1967)

——— The Devastated Vineyard (1973)

Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Marcel Lefebvre (2002)

James Hitchcock, The Recovery of the Sacred (1974)

Fr. Louis Bouyer, The Decomposition of Catholicism (1969)

Michael Davies, Apologia Pro Marcel Lefebvre (1979-1982)

Peter Seewald, Benedict XVI: A Life, 2 Vols. (2020-2021) [only volume I was available for the podcast]

Ecclesial Documents

Quattuor Abhinc Annos (1984), JPII’s indult

Ecclesia Dei (Motu Proprio establishing commission for traditionalists) 1988

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on “Ten Years of Ecclesia Dei” (1998)

Cardinal Ratzinger’s Remarks on the Lefebvre Schism (1988)

Sacrosanctum Concilium (1964), Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican II

Paul VI, Missale Romanum(Apostolic Constitution establishing the new liturgy) 1969

———“The Mass is the Same,” General Audience, November 18, 1969

———“Changes in the Mass for the Greater Apostolate,” General Audience, Nov. 26, 1969

———Homily on the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (“Smoke of Satan” Homily), June 29, 1972

———Allocution to the Cardinals in Consistory (Lefebvre comments), April 24, 1976

Benedict XVI, Christmas Address to the Roman Curia, 2005

———Summorum Pontificum (On the Roman Liturgy), 2007

Francis, Traditiones Custodes, Motu Proprio Banning the old Rite, 2021

Translation of the definition of the mass from 1969 Instruction for the Roman Missal, Rorate Caeli


Appearance of Michael Davies on Firing Line (1980)

Michael Davies, “The Catechetical Revolution” (?)

Michael Davies, “The Spirit of Vatican II” (?)

John Rao, Lectures on the History of the Traditionalist Movement (Roman Forum, 2021)


Susan Benefoy, “The Day the Mass Changed,” Parts I & II, Adoremus Bulletin (2010)

John Casey, “Rediscovering Traditionalism,” Open Democracy (2008)

William M. Dinges, “Ritual Conflict as Social Conflict: Liturgical Reform in the Catholic Church,” Sociological Analysis, (Summer, 1987)

Brian Sudlow, “The Frenchness of Marcel Lefebvre and the Society of St. Pius X,” French Cultural Studies, 2017

Anonymous priest, “Cancelling Pope Benedict,” Rorate Caeli (2021)

Primary Sources

Hubert Jedin’s Memorandum to the West German Bishops, 1968

Cardinal Ottaviani, “A Brief Critical Study of the New Order of the Mass,” 1969

Fr. Louis Bouyer, “The Catholic Church in Crisis,” (1977) at Rorate Caeli

Fr. Gommar DePauw, The Rebel Priest (1966)

Yves Normandin, Pastor Out in the Cold  (1978)

Articles by W.H. Marshner from Triumph Magazine

Post Decem Annos: Ten Years of the Latin Mass (Pittsburg Latin Mass community), 1999

Rorate Caeli website

Society of St. Pius X Founding Documents

SSPX Asia, Document Library

The English Indult: a RecollectionLatin Mass Society UK (1971)

Vatican Radio Interview with Jean Danielou (1972)

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