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Chapter Four

Part Ten


See EDITOR'S NOTE for an explanation of this work.

The Dishonoring of Mary

   And, in this connection, we should call attention of the mere token deference given in the "New Mass" to Mary, the Most Blessed Mother of God. It must be recognized that the few begrudging mentions of her represent nothing more than vestiges of the loving attentions paid her in the True Mass. The few references made to her in the "Novus Ordo" were kept only in order to placate the faithful, you may be sure. There is no more place in the "New Religion" for Our Lady than there is for Christ Our Lord. This is a point which needs further comment.

    First however, I cannot emphasize strongly enough that the ultimate purpose of all the sacrileges, the trickery, the lawlessness, the discord, and the scandal in religion, as well as of the overthrow of governments, the terrorism, the cruelties, the imprisonments, the murders, and the ruin of souls in the social realm, which are the stock and trade of the Revolution - the ultimate purpose of them all, I say, is the everlasting blasphemy of the sweet Name of Jesus, the God-Man. For the doctrine which inspires in Revolutionaries the most unmitigated hatred and provokes all their audacious perversities is that of His sacred divinity. Once you become aware of this fact, you will be able to comprehend the (poorly) disguised intentions of the "New Mass," and, to be sure, of the whole drive for "renewal" in the Church.

    Now, according to the logic of the Revolution, Mary must at every opportunity be slighted and ignored, and if possible, reviled. It goes without saying that the Revolutionaries cannot endure her presence she being the Immaculate One and they being interiorly depraved. It would suit the purpose of the Revolution if we would do either one of two things: on the one hand, forget all about Mary - cease to pray to her or sing her praises; or, on the other, give her divine worship. Either error will deflect from the glory which she shares with and the love she inspires for her divine Son and will serve well enough. It is a lamentable fact that many will tolerate greater insolence towards Her Son than towards her. They will rise to her defense with admirable courage; whereas they will participate with docility and in some cases with enthusiasm in the unspeakable Insult to Her Son which is the "New Mass." Nothing could displease her more. Her place at Mass has been usurped and her fervent votaries should have noticed it (not that she would ever attend the Spectacle). But if anyone has, through the centuries always been thought to "preside" at the Eucharistic Sacrifice of Her Son, it is she, just as she did on Calvary.

    All of us should have been put on our guard a number of years ago when the genuflection was taken from the Creed of the Mass at the words, "Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto, ex Maria Virgine, et homo factus est" ("And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man"). The enemies of Christ realize the significance of these little acts of reverence, even if we do not. Mention of the Incarnation and the Virgin Birth fills them with revulsion, even if it does not fill us with pride.

    At the same time, they achieved a still greater triumph. It was no aesthetic concern for Liturgy which dictated that the Last Gospel, the magnificent Prologue of the Gospel of St. John, had to be refined out; rather, it was the vicious repugnance which Revolutionaries are taught to feel for the very mention of the Incarnation and the Divinity of Our Lord. This triumph, indeed, they counted as one of their most unexpected and most symbolic victories in their long-range Program to destroy the Mass completely.

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