Before I am labeled as a “Schismatic, Pharisee, a know it all, a sedevacantist etc.” as I was from the Liberals within the Catholic blogosphere and other social media websites I would like to ask you to consider the following questions:
- Is the Novus Ordo Mass a rite of the Catholic Church, yes or no?
- Did the Pope have the authority to compile a new rite?
- Is the Novus Ordo Mass in continuation with Apostolic Tradition?
After reading these three questions in which I have appointed above one may argue ‘yes’ for all three, and that’s fine. However, I would like to ask the fellow reader to consider the following points that I will make by referencing the statements of the Popes (be it infallible or subjective), the Saints, and the canons of the Councils of the Church. So let’s get started!
The Second Vatican Council in the document ‘Sacrosanctum Concilium’ paragraph 1 states the following:“This sacred Council has several aims in view: it desires to impart an ever increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful; to adapt more suitably to the needs of our own times those institutions which are subject to change; to foster whatever can promote union among all who believe in Christ; to strengthen whatever can help to call the whole of mankind into the household of the Church. The Council therefore sees particularly cogent reasons for undertaking the reform and promotion of the liturgy.”As we examine this specific canon of Sacrosanctum Concilium we must determine if this is continuing with apostolic Tradition or if it is giving flexibility to the evolution of worship and indifferentism. We sadly would have to assume the latter since not only does this statement state “to adapt more suitably to the needs of our own times” but it continues with “to foster whatever can promote union among all who believe in Christ” following with “The council therefore sees particularly cogent reasons for undertaking the reform and promotion of the liturgy”.
The issue with this is that not only does this insist we change the liturgy in order to get with the times, it insists that we change it in order to “promote union among all who believe in Christ” which is heretical since:
- The Catholic Church is the sacrament of unity since She alone is the Kingdom of God upon Earth as a result of being Christ’s Holy Bride.
- This insists that we must change the liturgy in order to please heretics, such as the Protestants, in order that they may come into the Church as a result of having a liturgy that suits them;therefore the protestant elements of the Novus Ordo Mass which is identical to a Lutheran Liturgy.
If we as Catholics uphold such an absurd position in which insists that we must change the Church’s liturgy in order to get with the times and to please the Protestants to “promote unity”, then we must argue against the statements of the Pre Vatican 2 Magisterium.
Pope Pius X, Pescendi Dominici Gregis, Excerpt 26:
“To conclude this whole question of faith and its various branches, we have still to consider, Venerable Brethren, what the Modernists have to say about the development of the one and the other. First of all they lay down the general principle that in a living religion everything is subject to change, and must in fact be changed. In this way they pass to what is practically their principal doctrine, namely, evolution. To the laws of evolution everything is subject under penalty of death — dogma, Church, worship (emphasis added), the Books we revere as sacred, even faith itself”.
Pope Leo XIII addressing the Americanism heresy his encyclical Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae:
“The underlying principle of these new opinions is that, in order to more easily attract those who differ from her, the Church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit of the age and relax some of her ancient severity and make some concessions to new opinions”.
One may argue that the above quote of Pope Leo XIII is not upon the Liturgy itself, however, is not the liturgy the center of our Catholic faith since it is because of the liturgy (when celebrated validly and in accordance with the rubrics approved by the Church) that the Eucharist becomes the Body and Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, therefore touching upon the dogma of transubstantiation? Does not initiating protestant worship within the liturgy cause innovations and challenges to the real presence, the prayers for the souls in purgatory etc., therefore the removal of prayers within the Novus Ordo rite itself? Is not Saint Thomas Aquinas’ “Lex Oriendi, Lex Credendi” still in effect?
Pope Leo XIII on Christian unity:
“But the true church is one, as by unity of doctrine, so by unity of government, and she is catholic also. Since God has placed the center and foundation of unity in the chair of Blessed Peter, she is rightly called the Roman Church, for “where Peter is, there is the church.” Wherefore, if anybody wishes to be considered a real Catholic, he ought to be able to say from his heart the selfsame words which Jerome addressed to Pope Damasus: “I, acknowledging no other leader than Christ, am bound in fellowship with Your Holiness; that is, with the chair of Peter. I know that the church was built upon him as its rock, and that whosoever gathereth not with you, scattereth.”
Since Protestants do not unite with the Church due to heretical doctrines that were invented by heretical founders, how can we promote such a unity with all “Believers in Christ” if they oppose Dogma? How is it that we can now construct new rites when the Sacred Infallible Councils opposed such an idea?
The Council of Trent in Session 7 Canon 13 states: “If any one saith, that the received and approved rites of the Catholic Church, wont to be used in the solemn administration of the sacraments, may be contemned, or without sin be omitted at pleasure by the ministers, or be changed, by every pastor of the churches, into other new ones; let him be anathema”.
Pope Pius V, the Pope in charge of the council of Trent after the death of Pope Paul III, repeated this in his encyclical Quo Primum:
“We specifically command each and every patriarch, administrator, and all other persons or whatever ecclesiastical dignity they may be, be they even cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, or possessed of any other rank or pre-eminence, and We order them in virtue of holy obedience to chant or to read the Mass according to the rite and manner and norm herewith laid down by Us and, hereafter, to discontinue and completely discard all other rubrics and rites of other missals, however ancient, which they have customarily followed; and they must not in celebrating Mass presume to introduce any ceremonies or recite any prayers other than those contained in this Missal.
Furthermore, by these presents [this law], in virtue of Our Apostolic authority, We grant and concede in perpetuity that, for the chanting or reading of the Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment, or censure, and may freely and lawfully be used. Nor are superiors, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious, of whatever title designated, obliged to celebrate the Mass otherwise than as enjoined by Us. We likewise declare and ordain that no one whosoever is forced or coerced to alter this Missal, and that this present document cannot be revoked or modified, but remain always valid and retain its full force notwithstanding the previous constitutions and decrees of the Holy See, as well as any general or special constitutions or edicts of provincial or synodal councils, and notwithstanding the practice and custom of the aforesaid churches, established by long and immemorial prescription – except, however, if more than two hundred years’ standing”. (Note – The Novus Ordo is 46 years old since its 2015)
Pope Paul VI was very familiar with this canon and infallible encyclical. This is why on April 3,1969 he stated “The Missale Romanum was promulgated in 1570 by our predecessor St. Pius V, in execution of the decree of the Council of Trent”: therefore the exact reason why he did not codify it for the Church since he knew that he would put himself in ipso facto schism.
Since this is binding for all time upon pastors, including the Pope since he is a pastor of the Church as the Vicar of Christ, Primate of Italy, the Patriarch of the West, and visible head of the Church, how can we conclude that the novus ordo mass is from the Church herself when it was constructed by 6 protestant ministers and the proven to be freemason, Archbishop Bugini, who repeated that it was his intention to remove the prayers of the Church in order to please the protestants? He insisted that “We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Prostestants.” – Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, main author of the New Mass, L’Osservatore Romano, March 19, 1969
Jimmy Papist Moment –‘But Didn’t Pope Paul VI suggest that Latin be used?
I think you are over reacting!’Actually, Jimmy, he said the contrary to the general audience on November 26, 1969 when he said “It is here that the greatest newness is going to be noticed, the newness of language. No longer Latin, but the spoken language will be the principal language of the Mass. The introduction of the vernacular will certainly be a great sacrifice for those who know the beauty, the power and the expressive sacrality of Latin”