Because the New Mass is not an unequivocal Profession of Catholic
Faith (which the traditional Mass is), it is ambiguous and Protestant.
Therefore since we pray as we believe, it follows that we cannot
pray with the New Mass in Protestant fashion and still believe
2. Because the changes
were not just slight ones but actually "deal with a fundamental
renovation ... a total change ... a new creation." (Msgr.
A. Bugnini, co-author of the New Mass.)
3. Because the New
Mass leads us to think "that truths ... can be changed or
ignored without infidelity to that sacred deposit of doctrine
to which the Catholic Faith is bound forever."*
Because the New Mass represents "a striking departure from
the Catholic theology of the Mass as formulated in Session
XXII of the Council of Trent" which, in fixing the "canons,"
provided an "insurmountable barrier to any heresy against
the integrity of the Mystery."*
Because the difference between the two is not simply one of
mere detail or just modification of ceremony, but "all that
is of perennial value finds only a minor place (in the New
Mass), if it subsists at all."*
6. Because "Recent
reforms have amply demonstrated that fresh changes in the
liturgy could lead to nothing but complete bewilderment in
the faithful who already show signs of uneasiness and lessening
7. Because in times
of confusion such as now, we are guided by the words of our
Lord: "By their fruits you shall know them." Fruits
of the New Mass are: 30% decrease in Sunday Mass attendance
in U.S. (NY Times 5/24/75), 43% decrease in France (Cardinal
Marty), 50% decrease in Holland (NY Times 1/5/76).
8. Because "amongst
the best of the clergy the practical result (of the New Mass)
is an agonizing crisis of conscience ..."*
9. Because in less
than seven years after introduction of the New Mass, priests
in the world decreased from 413,438 to 243,307—almost 50%.
(Holy See Statistics).
10. Because "The
pastoral reasons adduced to support such a grave break with
tradition ... do not seem to us sufficient."*
Because the New Mass does not manifest Faith in the Real Presence
of our Lord—the traditional Mass manifests it unmistakably.
12. Because the New
Mass confuses the REAL Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
with His MYSTICAL Presence among us (proximating Protestant
Because the New Mass blurs what ought to be a sharp difference
between the HIERARCHlC Priesthood and the common priesthood
of the people (as does Protestantism).
14. Because the New
Mass favors the heretical theory that it is THE FAITH of the
people and not THE WORDS OF THE PRIEST which makes Christ
present in the Eucharist.
15. Because the insertion
of the Lutheran "Prayer of the Faithful" in the New Mass follows
and puts forth the Protestant Error that all the people are
16. Because the New
Mass does away with the Confiteor of the priest, makes it
collective with the people, thus promoting Luther's refusal
to accept the Catholic teaching that the priest is judge,
witness and intercessor with God.
17. Because the New
Mass gives us to understand that the people concelebrate with
the priest—which is against Catholic theology!
Because six Protestant ministers collaborated in making up
the New Mass (George, Jasper, Shepherd, Kunneth, Smith and
19. Because just
as Luther did away with the Offertory—since it very clearly
expressed the sacrificial, propitiatory character of the Mass—so
also the New Mass did away with it, reducing it to a simple
Preparation of the Gifts.
20. Because enough
Catholic theology has been removed that Protestants can, while
keeping their antipathy for the true Roman Catholic Church,
use the text of the New Mass without difficulty. Protestant
Minister Thurian said that a fruit of the New Mass "will perhaps
be that the non-Catholic communities will be able to celebrate
the Lord's Supper using the same prayers as the Catholic Church."
(La Croix 4/30/69)
Because the narrative manner of the Consecration in the New
Mass infers that it is only a memorial and not a true sacrifice
22. Because by grave
omissions, the New Mass leads us to believe that it is only
a meal (Protestant doctrine) and not a sacrifice for the remission
of sins (Catholic doctrine).
23. Because the changes
such as: table instead of altar, facing people instead of
tabernacle, Communion in the hand, etc., emphasize Protestant
doctrines (e.g. Mass is only a meal, priest only a president
of the assembly, etc.).
24. Because Protestants
themselves have said "the new Catholic Eucharistic Prayers
have abandoned the false perspective of sacrifice offered
to God." (La Croix 12/10/69).
25. Because we are
faced with a dilemma: either we become Protestantized by worshipping
with the New Mass, or else we preserve our Catholic Faith
by adhering faithfully to the traditional Mass of All Time.
Because the New Mass was made in accordance with the Protestant
definition of the Mass: "The Lord's Supper or Mass is a sacred
synaxis or assembly of the people of God which gathers together
under the presidence of the priest to celebrate the memorial
of the Lord." (Par. 7 Introd. to the New Missal, defining
the New Mass, 4/6/69).
27. Because by means
of ambiguity, the New Mass pretends to please Catholics while
pleasing Protestants; thus it is "double-tongued" and offensive
to God who abhors any kind of hypocrisy: "Cursed be ... the
double-tongued for they destroy the peace of many."
28. Because beautiful,
familiar Catholic hymns which have inspired people for centuries,
have been thrown out and replaced with new hymns strongly
Protestant in sentiment, further deepening the already distinct
impression that one is no longer attending a Catholic function.
Because the New Mass contains ambiguities subtly favoring
heresy, which is more dangerous than if it were clearly heretical
since a half-heresy half resembles the truth!
30. Because Christ
has only one Spouse, the Catholic Church, and her worship
service cannot also serve religions that are at enmity with
31. Because the New
Mass follows the format of Cranmer's heretical Anglican Mass,
and the methods used to promote it follow precisely the methods
of the English heretics.
32. Because Holy
Mother Church canonized numerous English martyrs who were
killed because they refused to participate at a Mass such
as the New Mass!
33. Because Protestants
who once converted to Catholicism are scandalized to see that
the New Mass is the same as the one they attended as Protestants.
One of them, Julien Green, asks "Why did we convert?"
Because statistics show a great decrease in conversions to
Catholicism following use of the New Mass. Conversions,
which were up to 100,000 a year in the U.S., have decreased
to less than 10,000!
35. Because the traditional
Mass has forged many saints. "Innumerable saints have
been fed abundantly with the proper piety towards God by it..."
(Pope Paul VI, Const. Apost. Missale Romanum)
Because the nature of the New Mass is such as to facilitate
profanations of the Holy Eucharist, which occur with a frequency
unheard of with the traditional Mass.
37. Because the New
Mass, despite appearances, conveys a New Faith, not the Catholic
Faith. It conveys Modernism and follows exactly the
tactics of Modernism, using vague terminology in order to
insinuate and advance Error.
38. Because by introducing
optional variations, the New Mass undermines the unity of
the liturgy, with each priest liable to deviate as he fancies
under the guise of creativity. Disorder inevitably results,
accompanied by lack of respect and by irreverence.
39. Because many
good Catholic theologians, canonists and priests do not accept
the New Mass, and affirm that they are unable to celebrate
it in good conscience.
40. Because the New
Mass has eliminated such things as: genuflections (only three
remain), purification of the priest's fingers in the chalice,
preservation from all profane contact of priest's fingers
after Consecration, sacred altar stone and relics, three altar
cloths (reduced to one), all of which "only serve to emphasize
how outrageously faith in the dogma of the Real Presence is
41. Because the traditional
Mass, enriched and matured by centuries of Sacred Tradition,
was codified (not invented!) by a Pope who was a Saint, Pius
V; whereas the New Mass was artificially fabricated.
42. Because the Errors
of the New Mass which are accentuated in the vernacular version
are even present in the Latin text of the New Mass.
Because the New Mass, with its ambiguity and permissiveness,
exposes us to the wrath of God by facilitating the risk of
invalid celebrations. "Will priests of the near future
who have not received the traditional formation, and who rely
on the Novus Ordo with the intention of 'doing what the Church
does,' consecrate validly? One may be allowed to doubt
44. Because the abolition
of the traditional Mass recalls the prophecy of Daniel 8,12:
"And he was given power against the perpetual sacrifice because
of the sins of the people" and the observation of St. Alphonsus
de Liguori that because the Mass is the best and most beautiful
thing which exists in the Church here below, the devil has
always tried by means of heretics to deprive us of it.
45. Because in places
where the traditional Mass is preserved, the faith and fervor
of the people are greater, whereas the opposite is true where
the New Mass reigns. (Report on the Mass, Diocese of
Campos, ROMA, Buenos Aires, #69, 8/81)
Because along with the New Mass goes also a new catechism,
a new morality, new prayers, new ideas, a new calendar—in
one word, a New Church, a complete revolution from the old.
"The liturgical reform ... do not be deceived, this is where
the revolution begins." (Msgr. Dwyer, Archbishop of
Birmingham, spokesman of Episcopal Synod).
47. Because the intrinsic
beauty of the traditional Mass attracts souls by itself; whereas
the New Mass, lacking any attractiveness of its own, has to
invent novelties and entertainments in order to appeal to
48. Because the New
Mass embodies numerous errors condemned dogmatically at the
Council of Trent (Mass totally in vernacular, words of Consecration
spoken aloud, etc. See Condemnation of Jansenist Synod
of Pistoia), and errors condemned by Pope Pius XII (e.g. altar
in form of a table. See Mediator Dei).
49. Because the New
Mass attempts to transform the Catholic Church into a new,
ecumenical Church embracing all ideologies and all religions—right
and wrong, truth and error—a goal long dreamt of by the enemies
of the Catholic Church.
Because the New Mass, in removing the salutations and final
blessing when the priest celebrates alone, shows a disbelief
in the dogma of the Communion of Saints.
the altar and tabernacle are now separated, thus marking a
division between Christ in His priest-and-Sacrifice-on-the-altar,
from Christ in His Real Presence in the tabernacle, "two things
which of their very nature, must remain together." (Pius
Because the New Mass no longer constitutes a vertical worship
from man to God, but instead a horizontal worship between
man and man.
53. Because the New
Mass, although appearing to conform to the dispositions of
Vatican Council II, in reality opposes its instructions, since
the Council declared its desire to conserve and promote the
Because the traditional Latin Mass of Pope St. Pius V has
never been legally abrogated and therefore remains a true
rite of the Catholic Church by which Catholics may fulfill
their Sunday obligation.
Pope St. Pius V granted a perpetual Indult, valid "for always,"
to celebrate the traditional Mass freely, licitly, without
scruple of conscience, punishment, sentence or censure.
(Papal Bull "Quo Primum").
56. Because Pope
Paul VI, when promulgating the New Mass, himself declared,
"The rite ... by itself is NOT a dogmatic definition ..."
57. Because Pope
Paul VI, when asked by Cardinal Heenan of England, if he was
abrogating or prohibiting the Tridentine Mass, answered: "It
is not my intention to prohibit absolutely the Tridentine
Because "In the Libera Nos of the New Mass, the Blessed Virgin,
the Apostles and all the Saints are no longer mentioned; her
and their intercession thus no longer asked, even in time
in none of the three new Eucharistic Prayers (of the New Mass)
is there any reference ... to the state of suffering of those
who have died, in none the possibility of a particular Memento,
thus undermining faith in the redemptive nature of the Sacrifice.*
60. Because we recognize
the Holy Father's supreme authority in his universal government
of Holy Mother Church, but we know that even this authority
cannot impose upon us a practice which is so CLEARLY against
the Faith: a Mass that is equivocal and favoring heresy and
therefore disagreeable to God.
61. Because, as stated
in Vatican Council I, the "Holy Spirit was not promised to
the successors of Peter, that by His revelation they might
make new doctrine, but that by His assistance they might inviolably
keep and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith
delivered through the Apostles." (D.S. 3070)
Because heresy, or whatever clearly favors heresy, cannot
be matter for obedience. Obedience is at the service
of Faith and not Faith at the service of obedience!
In this foregoing case then, "One must obey God before men."
(Acts of the Apostles 5,29)