Thanks! Yes, having the whole thing made a lot more sense. Some of the comments too. And of course, Pope St. Pius’ papacy was 1903-1914, only 11 years. It is certainly possible that there were things he might have done --regarding confirmation, for example, that he just never got the time to do.
One of the comments spoke about the length of orchestral Masses. Today when a lot of parishes have only one Sunday Mass and perhaps a Saturday vigil it might not be a bad thing for a 3 hour Sunday service, but back in the day when even the little rural churches, not to mention the big city churches where you would have the population to play the instruments, would have had 4, 5, or 6 Masses on Sundays; you just wouldn’t have TIME, even for the ‘12:30 late Mass’ Sunday to have a potentially 3 + hour Mass. What is more surprising is that there seemed to be about 60 years before we saw ‘more’ (although some of what we see in modern settings I’m not so thrilled with as Schumann, Mozart, et. al.), but then again, we had WW1, then the Jazz Age, then the depression, then WW2, then the rebuilding of Europe along with communism and the Cold War–so there was a lot of stuff going on in the world !)
I did find the idea about the ‘removing with the stroke of a pen’ and the decisions taken by later Popes to be quite enlightening!
Thanks for sharing. I can see that’s another blog I will have to add to my reading list!