p. 25: By all accounts it was characteristic of Muratori
[starving transcriber begs indulgence of Gentle Reader as temporarily cannot find Eduard Winter’s great work. Izvinite]
Quant aux fragments de Frédéric Schlegel et Novais, il s’agit d’un genre nouveau, du moins par l’usage qui en est fait, le fragment romantique exposant la vérité universelle, non sous forme de traité ou de système, mais à l’état de facettes innombrables dont chacune reflète la lumière de l’unique vérité.
—– Sur le genre du Fragment, cf. GUSDORF, Fondements du savoir romantique, Payot, 1982, pp. 447-463
[ah, I found it: it was underneath Robert McGown’s self-published Astronomy of the Emerald Isle]
By all accounts it was characteristic of Muratori to persist with at least as great a constancy once he recognized the right way; and so he published in 1723 two more books, both of which were closely conceptually connected to the first and which stirred up even greater disturbance within Barock Catholicism.
The one was entitled Della carità regolata divizione del christiani; the other, dedicated to Emperor Charles VI [died 1740], Della carità christiana in quanto essa è amore del prossimo.
Of particular importance to Reform Catholicism was the book on Catholic devotion in which in powerful and candid language he displayed the abuses and excesses of Barock reverence. The uselessness of the piety of the 17th century, with its search for the miraculous [thanks to P.D. Ouspensky for this turn of phrase — MM] and its many prayers and devout observances, to the middle of the 18th century, was evident to all. Already in its Foreword Muratori acknowledged himself obligated by the call of the Council of Trent [1545-1563] to a Reform Catholicism.
As that Foreword made clear he did not adopt the stance of those who assert the abuses of bygone times [make the system that produced them] untenable, but rather sought instead to found a piety and pious observance appropriate to the 18th century. To that end he privileged as the ceremony of ceremonies the Sacrifice of the Mass as the central point of pious worship. (In this way Muratori, who primarily concerned himself with liturgical history, became the founder of a movement to modernize the liturgy.)
After the Mass he preached a Word of practical Christianity: this practical Christianity is to what first of all he devoted his second book on Christian caritas, published in 1723.