This text is an English translation of the Doctrinal Note written in French in 1970 by Dom Gérard Lanford and sent to Cardinal Ottaviani (among others). The Doctrinal Note was approved and praised by Cardinal Ottaviani who thanked Dom Lanford for his work in a reply (which is here cited and included). Text in light blue (like this one) is my own commentary.
* It is also found in the Gallican Rite, which is traced back to St. Polycarp.
* James Likoudis and Kenneth Whitehead, in their book The Pope, The Council, and the Mass, quote Max Thurian saying: "In fact, if anything, we had been agents of Catholicism within our own confessions." Likoudis and Whitehead add: "Deciding to follow his heart and his spirit and unite with Christ's Real Presence in the sacrifice of the Mass, Brother Mx Thurian became a Catholic and was ordained a priest in Naples in 1987." (James Likoudis and Kenneth Whitehead, The Pope, The Council, and the Mass, Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2006, p. 93.)
Very Reverend Father [Dom Lafond],
I received your letter of 23 January and the Doctrinal Note, dated January 29. I commend you for your work, which is remarkable for its objectivity and the dignity of his expression. This was not always, alas, the case in this controversy in which we saw ordinary Christians, genuinely offended, mixed with those who use disorder souls to increase the confusion of minds. For my part I only regret having been abused in a way that I did not wish, by the publishing a letter that I sent to the Holy Father without allowing anyone to publish it. I was very pleased to read the speech of the Holy Father on the issues of the new Ordo Missae, and especially its doctrinal clarifications contained in the Public Addresses of 19 and 26 November, after which, I believe, no can honestly be shockedAs for the rest, a prudent and intelligent catechetical work must be undertaken in order to remove a few legitimate perplexities which the text is capable of arousing. In this sense I wish your Note Doctrinale and the activity of the Militia Mariae widespread diffusion and success.
Sincerely, Most Reverend Father, the expression of my distinguished honors, accompanied by a blessing for all your employees and members of the Militia.