the faithful, is doubtless beginning to be torn asunder."
In addition, the June1976 issue of the Italian publication SI, SI, No, No, and four months later, theOctober edition of the French journal La Contre--reforme catholique, amongothers, carried the news.
Meanwhile, Bugnini (pronounced Boo nyee' nee], who vehemently denied everhaving set foot in a lodge, was getting acclimated to life in the Islamic countrywhere he was to remain until shortly before his death.
The controversy soonabated and was forgotten, but, as he writes in his memoirs, there were someintent on beating a "dead horse":The "bomb" thus fizzled out, but in the ensuing years there was still adesire, especially on the part of the authorities, to conduct a thoroughexamination of the charges. It was not possible, after all, simply to letdoubts, hesitations, and suspicions stand unchallenged; justice and a loveof truth [sic] could not accept that. V. Levi's denial, "Riflessioni di finesettirnana," L'Osservatore Romano, October 10,1976, elicited furthercharges in 5i, 5), No, No. (The question arises of how such a poisonous,anti-conciliar publication, filled with lies and calumnies, could haveprospered, even if directed by a priest, at Grottaferrata, so close toRome.)
But last year, a decade after the death of the much-maligned "archbishop," signsof life have been detected in the old nag, and the bomb is heard ticking again. AnItalian-based Conciliar magazine, 30 Days, raised the issue over the summer. Atwelve page section, intriguingly entitled "Dossier: Freemasonry and theApplication of Liturgical Reform," promised to answer the controverted question.Did it?
Code Name: "Buan"
"Dear Buan [alleged Masonic code name of Bugnini — JKW] ," the letter, datedJuly 14, 1964, began:[W]e inform you of the task that the Council of Brothers has established foryou in agreement with the Grand Master and the Princes to the throne andwe charge you:.,.to spread de—Chrisdanization by confusing rites andlanguages and to set priests, bishops and cardinals against each other.Linguistic and ritualistic babel means victory for us, since linguistic andritual unity has been the strength of the Church...Everything must happenwithin a decade.
An incriminating document to be sure, perhaps damning. But even more so wasthe reply allegedly made on July 2, 1967, by Bugnini: