Sunday, July 8, 1951 -- a bolt of lightning in a fierce early morning storm -- and the cherished little home of God was reduced to ashes. All day and into the next, the fire smoldered -- like a gasping organism unable to die. All day heavy gray clouds rained down their sorrow onto the glowing embers, joining the warm tears of the parishioners who realized the end of an epoch, the severance with the historic past.And... a story in pictures....
I am struck by when these changes happened(as I've found in my other research as well). This style is not the result of the Vatican II Council as some often propose, it is the result of the culture within the Church decades before the council even began. Vatican II didn't happen in a vacuum. The reality is that there was a crappy liturgical movement present far before the council from which we finally in our time have hopes of recovering.