The Orthodox Roman Catholic

Whoever wishes to be saved must, above all, keep the Catholic faith. For unless a person keeps this faith whole and entire, he will undoubtedly be lost forever. Creed of St Athanasius

MISSALE ROMANUM I--THE IMMEMORIAL LATIN MASS OF TRADITION


The battle for the orthodox Roman Catholic today, as prophesied by the late great Pope Pius X, to save the Church from the lethal grip of Modernism is essentially a liturgical conflict which will only end with the return in glory of the immemorial Latin Mass of tradition--the Missa Latina Tridentina.  

This elusive, yet inescapable, truth has gradually become so apparent to those who have witnessed the great liturgical explosion of Pope Paul VI's Novus Ordo Missae (New Order of the Mass):   the harbinger of the vernacular Mass and the key element in the disunification of common worship for the Roman Catholic world.  Most unmistakable of all, the Novus Ordo Missae has not only been the dysfunctional catalyst for the collapse of traditional reverence for the Sacred Mysteries and for the Missale Romanum by the diminution of the sacred words and gestures of the priest during Mass, but it has also militantly besieged this same reverence by an often total disregard for the Reposition of the most awesome and adorable Holy Eucharist after Mass.  


Nor can one honestly look upon this decimation of the Missa Latina Tridentina as some accidental


The battle for the orthodox Roman Catholic today, as prophesied by the late great Pope Pius X, to save the Church from the lethal grip of Modernism is essentially a liturgical conflict which will only end with the return in glory of the immemorial Latin Mass of tradition--the Missa Latina Tridentina.  

This elusive, yet inescapable, truth has gradually become so apparent to those who have witnessed the great liturgical explosion of Pope Paul VI's Novus Ordo Missae (New Order of the Mass):   the harbinger of the vernacular Mass and the key element in the disunification of common worship for the Roman Catholic world.  Most unmistakable of all, the Novus Ordo Missae has not only been the dysfunctional catalyst for the collapse of traditional reverence for the Sacred Mysteries and for the Missale Romanum by the diminution of the sacred words and gestures of the priest during Mass, but it has also militantly besieged this same reverence by an often total disregard for the Reposition of the most awesome and adorable Holy Eucharist after Mass.  


Nor can one honestly look upon this decimation of the Missa Latina Tridentina as some accidental happening of Church history, when one considers how the Novus Ordo Missae also manipulated an unholy coup to deromanize the sacred rubrics of the traditional Latin Mass, including all the current dilutions and disruptions of the priestly role by the laity, and especially the inclusion of
Communion in the hand as well as its concomitant inundation of sacrileges throughout the once orthodox Roman Catholic world. 

Nor does this devastation stop here when one considers how the experts under Pope Paul VI manipulated untraditional and unorthodox prayers into the corpus of the Novus Ordo Missae with the simultaneous dislocation and eradication of significant doctrinal truths, as the traditional prayers of the Missa Latina Tridentina in English translation from the Latin were jettisoned.  Truly, the original new mass under Paul VI barely resembles today's variations with the pillagers of change ever at work to innovate more and more versions. 


Finally, we must observe the collateral damage of this destruction caused by the Novus Ordo Missae and its cohort of scholars under Paul VI:   the elimination and downgrading of sacramentals, the rosary, holy water, benediction, exorcisms, confession, blessings, icons, and even churches themselves.   One asks why we must have today-- and at no other time in Church history--two masses, two priesthoods, two lectionaries, two rubrics, two traditions, two theologies, and two catechisms?  Indubitably, the explanation is to be found in the intense liturgical warfare since the conclusion of Vatican Council II and Pope Paul VI's reign that has pitted the new mass against the traditional mass in an unholy and unfortunate competition.           


Clearly, we live under the veil of a divided liturgy, divided Church, and divided flock that is floundering about and praying for the decisive control of a strong shepherd's hand. What shall we do? 

                             
 --to be continued-- 

 J.H. Dunphy