"In the nineteenth century there was a concerted effort on the part of liberal revisionists to undermine the Church's history by challenging the veracity of the Acts of the Martyrs.
Some miraculous events associated with the lives of very popular saints, whose names were canonized in the Roman Missal, were treated with ridicule by scholars more concerned with documents than the living evidence of common tradition.
It was righteous indignation that moved Abbot Dom Gueranger to defend the cause of Saint Cecilia, whose holy celebrity had spanned fifteen centuries. The abbot's strategy was to validate the traditional accounts of all the martyrs' lives by exonerating just one.
He achieved this in the holy virgin Cecilia's case by presenting in book form every morsel of factual evidence available, especially that which modern archaeological excavations offered. As a result of his labour, there arose a refreshing new devotion to the young martyr and, at least for a time, the cynical scoffs of the proud were silenced".