Davies Works Related to the Holy Eucharist:
THE BARBARIANS HAVE TAKEN OVER
COMMUNION IN THE HANDS AND SIMILAR FRAUDS
CRANMER'S GODLY ORDER: THE DESTRUCTION OF CATHOLICISM
THROUGH LITURGICAL CHANGE
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ROMAN MASS
THE ORDER OF MELCHISEDECH: A DEFENCE OF THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD
THE LITURGICAL REVOLUTION
THE CATHOLIC SANCTUARY AND THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
EXCERPTS FROM LITURGICAL TIME-BOMBS IN VATICAN II
IT IS THE MASS THAT MATTERS
A PRIVILEGE OF THE ORDAINED
Michael Davies Works: Tradition and History
THE GOLDFISH BOWL
POPE LEO XIII ON TRUE LIBERTY---An Article
ST. JOHN FISHER, BISHOP AND MARTYR---Book Excerpts
POPE JOHN'S COUNCIL---Book Excerpts
Michael Davies Works: Christ
THE REIGN OF CHRIST THE KING
Michael Davies Works: Our Lady
WHAT'S WRONG WITH MEDJUGORJE?
Michael Treharne Davies: BRIEF BIO-SKETCH
Died: September 25, 2004
Michael Davies is perhaps the best known writer in the English-speaking world on the effect of Vatican II on the Holy Catholic Church, especially the Mass. His trilogy, Liturgical Revolution, was and remains a virtual encyclopedia of the triumph of the spirit of the world that seized the Church. Until the "New Mass" of Pope Paul VI, Mr. Davies was a little known Welsh school teacher. The picture linked to the phrase, school teacher, sits on my hall table; Mr. Davies sent it to me many years ago and I have cherished it ever since. It was taken before the age of the digital camera and the resolution is very small so it was hard to scan.
Michael Davies had converted to the Catholic Church and was an ardent defender of Tradition, so much so, that he enjoyed a prominence and authority in traditionalist circles and even in the Vatican, matched by no layman and few clerics. From 1993 to 2003, he served as President of the International Una Voce Federation, helping to promote the Traditional Roman Mass in thirty countries.
Like my family, of Scot descent on my father's side, his family had been devout Protestants: his, Baptist and mine, Presbyterian. His keen appreciation for English Reformation history led him right into the Church. He recognized the eerie parallel between that period of history and the aftermath of Vatican II. He would later write articles and give lectures on the French Revolution. He wrote a book on the Counter-Revolution in the Vendée in the 1790s which was a neglected aspect of French history in English language texts. In the words of one web site testimonial following his death: "Mr. Davies similarly brought the story of the Prayer Book rebellion in Cornwall and Devon in 1549 to a wider audience. This popular reaction against the new liturgy imposed by Edward VI and Thomas Cranmer resulted in the slaughter of 50,000 people in the West Country. It is an aspect of the English Reformation not dealt with by respectable historians until very recently."
I first met Michael Davies in Boston when I was the editor of THE GUARDIAN, a small Catholic journal for traditionalists in Maine. He was the guest speaker at NEW ENGLAND CATHOLICS. Soon after he was one of a panel of speakers at a Keep the Faith forum in New Jersey. We struck up an acquaintance; before he left to go back abroad he asked me to substitute for him as a guest columnist for THE CATHOLIC, an Australian traditionalist paper of the Society of Pope Pius X leanings, which I did. I had as yet a lot to learn.
He was very kind to me, taking me, a neophyte, under his wing for a short period. I will never forget him nor his books, all classics by now. In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that by the grace of God I met him at the appointed time and that if I had not I may not even be a Catholic today because the breakdown I experienced after Vatican II became the only reference point for the majority of Catholics I knew, especially Churchmen.
Rest in peace, dear saint.