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THE GREAT SACRILEGE
D. The Act part one
It the reader has begun to reach certain disturbing conclusions after having studied Pope St. Pius V's Apostolic Constitution, Quo Primum, let him, with prayer if necessary, steel himself to complete the task. Let him know that he is not the first person to arrive at them, however reluctantly. St. Pius, speaking with full consciousness of his authority, says in his decree that anyone who attempts to say Mass in a way which is radically different from that set forth in the Missale Romanum commits a very grave sin. Likewise, anyone who presumes to alter the "Missale" or to replace it, in order to have others say Mass thus differently commits a very grave sin. Such acts would be grievously sinful no matter who committed them because , of their nature, they would be totally antithetic to the True Mass and to the will of God, to Whom Mass is offered. These very things are what the presently-reigning Pope has done. He has begun to say Mass in a new way. He has thrown aside the Missale Romanum and put another book, called the Novus Ordo Missae, in its place, which book contains the formula for a completely new "mass". And he has informed the Catholics of the Roman Rite that the Old Mass is of no more use. From now on, he is saying, "This is your Mass" (cf. Exodus 32:4), speaking of a bureaucratically manufactured and recognizable Affair, which we now refer to (for want of a better name) as the "New Mass." Pope Paul VI has done exactly what Pope St. Pius said no one must ever do, what no one could ever do licitly, and what no one could ever do without most certainly inviting upon himself and all who take part in his sin the terrible "wrath of Almighty God and of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul" (Quo Primum).
"And he (Elias) said: I have not troubled Israel, but thou and thy father's house, who have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and have followed Baalim." 3 Kings 18:18
Let me assure you that I know the magnitude of what I am accusing. Am I magnifying things? Look again, and see what St. Pius' decree says. For it says what it says, even if no one pays attention!
The whole gigantic, sinful Act is before us all, no matter how reluctant we are to see it or to call it by its true name. Out of the great reverence for the Papacy and their love for any man whom Christ chooses to be His Vicar, all but a very, very few have refused to admit the truth, even to themselves: The presently-reigning Supreme Pontiff (Paul VI) has perpetrated a direct attack on the all-holy Mass; he has committed the great and unspeakable Sacrilege! With his painstaking gradualisms, with plotted procedure, in consort with men not even of the Faith, he has engineered (or allowed the engineering of) the piecemeal dismantlement of the True Mass in each of its parts; he has cloven the indivisible-which is butchery-and replaced it with a Contrivance a mere Shell and Charade.
The Pope's Act is one of the great sins of all history, surpassing even those of Luther and Cranmer in its enormity, in its scandal, and in its infidelity, and rivaling those of Adam and Judas! From the day of the installation of the "New Mass," to this present one, the whole Church lies like a wounded animal, and the whole world watches in stunned disbelief. The disruption is complete. The churches are the scenes of countless, indescribable profanations, and the behavior of many Catholics, particularly many priests and religious, borders on total madness. At the sight of the appalling and ever-increasing disorder and immorality, many pious souls are unable to suppress the question which until this present era seemed mystically unreal: Could this be the time and could the so-called Novus Ordo Missae be that thing, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet in his Eighth Chapter?
"And it (the Revolution) was magnified even unto the strength (True Mass)
of Heaven (the Church); and it threw down of the strength (Mass) and of the stars
(bishops) and trod upon them. And it was magnified even to the prince (the Pope)
of the strength; and it took away from him the continual sacrifice (the Mass) and cast
down the place of his sanctuary. And strength was given him against the continual
sacrifice, because of sins; and truth (the Faith) shall be cast down on the ground, and
he shall do and shall prosper. And I heard one of the saints speaking, and one
saint said to another, I know not to whom that was speaking: How long shall be the
vision, concerning the continual sacrifice and the sin of desolation (the "New Mass")
that is made; and the sanctuary and the strength be trodden under foot? And he said to
him: Unto evening and morning, two thousand three hundred days; and the sanctuary
shall be cleansed." Daniel 8: 10-14
And could this namebearer of the Great Apostle be that mysterious personage spoken of by the far-seeing Eagle among the Evangelists:
"And I saw a star fall from Heaven upon the earth, and there was
given to him the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless
pit: and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace;
And the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit. And
from the smoke of the it there came out locusts upon the earth. And
power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power: And it was
commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth,
nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who have not the sign of
God on their foreheads." Apocalypse 9: 1-4.
Can it be that this Pope is the "star" fallen from the holiest Office which a man may hold in the Church ("Heaven"), and with the "key" of his "New Mass" have opened up the "pit" of Hell, from which now leap forth every sort of blasphemy, irreverence, and sacrilege? We are witnesses of it: what abomination has not been committed in one or another of the Lord's sanctuaries, where the Eternal High Priest was but recently wont to renew His perfect Oblation. And all in attendance would say, "My Lord and my God!" And at the sight of the almost total renunciation of the Faith on the part of the Hierarchy of the Church and the lamentable confusedness of the clergy, we cannot help wondering how it is that our much-offended God has not already loosed His Avenging Angel. How will the prophecies be fulfilled? When and how will this incredible epoch end?
In order to accomplish the task of introducing the "Novus Ordo," the Pope found it necessary to proceed methodically, to engage in a Program of hypocritical deception. Before the final form of the Mimic-mass was unveiled (as if what we have now were the final form), Pope Paul stood by while his "liturgists" picked apart the Mass of the Saints. And with every step, he pacified and cajoled the faithful with words of piety and religiosity, sanctuarying himself the while with the inviolability of the august Papacy and the doctrine of papal Infallibility.
Does this accusation shock you? That it should is understandable because it is against our every inclination to see any fault at all in the Pope. You are confronted with the plainly visible fact, however. The intrinsic wickedness of this Act is clearly epitomized in the "New Mass," which, so it is being preached, you must attend, at least every Sunday and holyday - while the True Mass has been made "illicit" (as if that were possible by any power on earth or under the earth).
It was ever the scheme of the Revolution to do the incredible, so that those who make the accusation will never be believed. And this scheme is aided by the muddled thinking about Papal Infallibility on the part of most Catholics. Added to this, in what is referred to the "conservative camp", many have labored these last few years in an effort to circumvent the obvious and undeniable. Some have striven to find an excuse for the great Mockery, which is the "Novus Ordo;" others have felt bound to construct elaborate theories to exonerate or excommunicate or illegitimatize Pope Paul. Their ragged efforts have contributed to the creation of various persuasions and factions within the Church. But most of their theories satisfy their authors and a few others only, because parts were always left over. The "parts" were those Pope Paul himself played in bringing off this incredible Transplantation.
Why is it necessary for anyone to theorize at all, so long as he keeps his catechism answers in mind? You and I are under no obligation to judge the conscience of Pope Paul VI, less perhaps his than that of any other human being. And the Act of abolishing the True Mass is too plainly visible for anyone to deny. To put it bluntly, as has happened in the past, a Pope has failed the Church. (Were such a thing not possible, we would never pray for him.) It is not ours to say how knowing or how guilty he is because we cannot know the state of his mind. I do not mean by this, however, to disparage his sanity, which seems unquestionable, and which it seems presumptuous to deny, as some have. I mean that we can judge only the material evil of the Act. This we can hardly keep from doing because, as I said above, the Thing is right here in front of us. That we must make a decision concerning it is a matter of our own faith and salvation.
Does my accusation shock you, I ask again? Let me pose to you a further question: Does Pope Paul VI truly consider his "Novus Ordo" a Mass, or the Mass? If he does, why does he continue to permit every form of profanation of it? If, as is obviously the case, his bishops are either indifferent about or incapable of stopping its defilement, which is so rampant as to be one of its hallmarks, what is the Pope's excuse?
Does His Holiness lack the authority to bring such profanations to a halt? If he has the authority to sweep away the laws of all other Popes, saying the while that he does so under the influence of the Holy Spirit and according to the "authentic traditions" of the Popes, does he not have the authority to order mere bishops to see that such abuses cease? (A brief note from his desk will incapacitate a bishop permanently!) Certainly not! Yet he has complained of them repeatedly, even in tears.
Has he no idea what he might do about them? You could not make even yourself believe it! He has proved himself both shrewd and competent enough to do what no one would ever have dreamed possible; he has performed one of the most flagitious hoaxes of history - akin, terrible as it is to say, to the Black Mass. If the question of either its possibility or its permissibility had been posed to any Catholic theologian or historian or scholar, fifteen years ago, each would have said, unhesitatingly, the very thought of such a thing were itself a profanation toward the Mass and an affront to the Papacy. It was just this very wonderful veneration of both the Pope and the Mass on the part of all Catholics, great and small, that was exploited for the accomplishment of this sinister Act.
The Pope has not done this single-handedly, of course. The Vatican in recent years has taken on the appearances of the Federal Government of the United States: one never knows who is really in power. For many years now, he who has authority in this country has had no power - if he values his life.) However, in the case of the danger of the least desecration of the Mass, Christ Himself would expect any Catholic to suffer torture and death rather than abet or aid it. More, he must endure anything rather than permit such an iniquity.
No, you must admit it: This monstrous Transgression is the Pope's own, at least to the extent that what only the Pope could do, what he alone had to do that it be accomplished, that much he did. Those who wanted not renewal, but revolution in the Catholic Liturgy knew well they would require the services of the Pope, and Pope Paul's have been abundantly and (apparently) enthusiastically available. 24
24. Giovanni Baptiste Montini was one of the most articulate advocates of liturgical reform before he became Pope. Evidence of this can be easily gathered. A noteworthy instance can be found in Worship, Vol. 33 No. 3, a pastoral letter of his entitled: "Liturgical Formation." Nothing would be made of this were it not so inexplicable how most of the people who were campaigning in what was called "The Liturgical Movement" in those days (1958) have long since become silent and are nowhere to be found. Pope Paul is one of the few remaining spokesmen who has not become disenchanted, proved too conservative, or become unwelcome among those who continue to formulate ideas and agitate for further "renewal," and who now seem to have things very much their way. The article referred to appears to be harmless enough. It is concerned with steps to be taken for the education of the people into the "liturgical renewal" that they might participate as an intelligent community in the sacred rites. The remarkable thing is that the methods suggested there by the brilliant (then) Archbishop of Milan have since been employed, not for the sake of the ancient Liturgy, but for the introduction of its preposterous Paradigm.
And if my accusation does shock you, let me ask why. Is it not because accusing the Pope of such a misdeed seems to you more sacrilegious than what he has done to the Mass? If such be the case, could it possibly that the whole grand program for your subversion has had its debilitating effect on your own sense of value? Contrary to what you once believed, do you now accept the notion that the august Sacrifice of Christ, that mediatory act by which all the prayers of men are capitulated in ("gathered up into") the Sacrifice of the Cross, is subject to any shape, any value, and any meaning this Pope or anyone else pleases to give it?
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D. The Act continued
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THE GREAT SACRILEGE
by Fr. James F. Wathen, O.S.J.