The Old Mass is a Threat to Their New Religion
It is unfortunate to see so many Catholics deeply traumatized from the recent restrictions imposed by Rome on the traditional liturgy. It would not be overstating the impact to say that a vast swath of the traditional Catholic world has been in a daze and despairing ever since the Vatican released the motu proprio Traditionis custodes (TC) and the ensuing dubia.
Many Catholics are genuinely confused by the complete lack of Christian charity or pastoral concern demonstrated by this pope, his advisors in the CDF, and many bishops around the world. Even those who do not consider themselves “traditionalists” have openly questioned the nastiness and punitive nature of the restrictions against the liturgical patrimony of the Church.
The question that so many are asking is, “Why?” For those who have been paying attention, however, none of this is surprising.
None of this should be confusing to anyone. There is no need for thoughtful analysis or deep soul searching at this point. There is no benefit of the doubt to grant Francis and his cohorts, no assuming that they must at least believe this is for the good of the faithful; for the good of the Church.
In the recently released book, From Benedict’s Peace to Francis’s War: Catholics Respond to the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes on the Latin Mass (Angelico Press, 2021), editor Peter Kwasniewski presents the reader with nearly 70 articles from various Catholic writers and publications released in the wake of the motu proprio.
“The old Mass is a threat to their new religion. Once you’ve understood that, you’ve understood everything.”
Such is the observation of a traditional order priest writing anonymously at Rorate Caeli just days before TC was released. (His is one of the essays featured in the book). In that same article we are reminded that Francis and other likeminded bishops were never going to allow the traditional Mass to continue. Quoting an Italian bishop from back in July of 2007 (upon the release of Summorum Pontificum):
“This day is for me a day of grief. I have a lump in my throat and I do not manage to hold back my tears…It is a day of grief, not only for me, but for many who lived and worked in the Second Vatican Council. Today, a reform for which so many labored…has been cancelled.”
The irony here of course is that Benedict XVI never cancelled the Novus Ordo (even going so far as to juridically rename it the Ordinary Form). However, with Francis we do indeed see cancel culture within the Church, except it is the Church canceling herself, her tradition.
So this is what we must recognize and remember: do not search for goodwill or pastoral motivations behind these current and increasing restrictions upon our liturgical tradition. You won’t find them.
Lex orandi, lex credendi. How we pray (worship) is how (what) we believe. Their new religion has to have the new Mass. The Traditional Mass requires conformity, it supports orthodoxy and fosters it.
The old Mass is a threat to their new religion. Once you’ve understood that, you’ve understood everything.
Posted on February 10, 2022, in liturgy and tagged Catholic Church, extraordinary form, latin mass, motu proprio, novus ordo, Peter Kwasniewski, pope benedict, pope benedict xvi, pope francis, roman rite, second vatican council, summorum pontificum, traditional latin mass, traditional mass, traditionalists, traditionis custodes. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
When did The Holy Sacrifice of JESUS, become The Holy Sacrifice of the MASS? The word “Mass” is a strange synonym for the Name of Jesus. I love the old form of The Holy Sacrifice, but I always wished that it was in English.
The Ite Missa Est is a dismissal. There are 7 turns in the Holy Mass. Two of them are complete circles; at the Offertory and after the Ite Missa Est. They are invitations to enter eternity and exit eternity. The faithful are thus instructed by the Ite Missa Est to take the faith into the world and spread the Holy Faith. Durandus, perhaps the greatest liturgist, insists this is the most ancient form and very high Latin.
We say Mass because that is what the early Church said. You really do need some new material. Jesus is mentioned many times during Mass. There are such gigantic problems in the Church that need our rapt attention. You probably couldn’t find one Traditional Latin Mass attendee who wouldn’t know that the Mass is about Jesus. Please, stop wasting time with a problem that doesn’t exist within the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The Novus Ordo church is the false church that Bl. Anna Katherina Emmerich saw in one of her visions. They needed a new “Mass” for their new “Church”. So, they invented it.
Hi Brian, what is going on with your pictures and my feed? I have you under my blogroll on Vox Cantoris but your picture takes up my whole screen. It is for this post and one or two before. I don’t know if this is something in your settings? I don’t think it is on my end. I simply have it set for “snippet”, I think. Using blogger. David Domet
Not sure David. I don’t see it in your blog list any more.
That is it plain and simple. It is much easier to connect the dots if you attended Mass prior to the post vatll version. The desecration that followed was obvious and orchestrated. One other reason they hate the TLM is that the men who attend are confident they can trust the priest with their sons.
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