On the Issue of the Liturgy


The Holy Trinity, Symbol of Unity

Chapel’s Note:  On the Issue of the Liturgy

t is to be admitted that the Liturgy remains to be a dividing issue among, and a source of confusion for, many traditional Catholics.  This could very well be one of the sad and unique features of the end times tribulations that Christians  must endure [for a time].

The CMRI follows the rubrics of Pope Pius XII, the last legitimate pope of the Catholic Church before the “eclipse” caused by of the Second Vatican Council [1962–1965].  Others follow the rubrics of Pope [Saint] Pius X.  Others follow the 1962 missal of “Pope John XXIII.”  These are the most common missals used by many who profess to be traditional Catholics in the post–Vatican II era.

In our humble opinion,
being proponents of the dogma of Papal Infallibility, only the rubrics of Popes [St.] Pius X and Pius XII can be considered with valid authority over the Church – being promulgated as they were by true Catholic popes.  However, it is not the purpose of this note to go into argumentative details or polemics (as to which is correct or better) because, in truth, both rubrics can be justified [i.e., accepted] from a Catholic point of view, given the amount of confusion and internal persecution that all Catholics have to face.

Our [only] intention in laying out the foregoing is simply
to provide awareness of the sad situation/reality of division/confusion that exists among Catholics today, caused primarily by what is unmistakably a usurpation of the Holy See by the enemies of Holy Mother Church; and which situation is taken advantage of, regrettably and shamefully, even by some traditionalist clergy destroying whatever unity remains in the remnant flock, and adding to the sorrows and wounds of the Church.

Thus, it is our firm belief that sincere traditionalists should not fight bitterly over the [issue of] Liturgy, nor use it to foment division, because, at the end of the day, and after all that is said and done, the situation rests on the following consideration: THAT ONLY A LEGITIMATE POPE CAN TRULY SETTLE THE MATTER [definitively].

Under present circumstances, we are simply doing what we can, and rationally at that, to survive as Catholics and live our Faith, until such time that God will show us mercy and restore the Church and the Holy Father to us.  It is good to be reminded that our priority is the rule of Faith; the Liturgy [only] comes next.  What is important and truly necessary is for all Catholics to keep the Faith, and to live a holy Christian life (as much as that is possible to be achieved, individually and/or as a community.)

We are thus calling for mutual respect on this issue while we patiently await the inevitable triumph of the Church.  Contending over something THAT NEITHER ANY PARTY CAN AUTHORITATIVELY RESOLVE proves time and again to be a futile exercise.  We find it quite wise to follow the counsel commonly attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo:

In things necessary [what is essential], Unity.
In things doubtful [non-essential or secondary matters], Liberty.
In all things, Charity.

However, it must be noted that the case of the “1962 missal” (with the insertion of the name of St. Joseph in the Canon and the abolition of the third Confiteor for those receiving Communion), and the so-called “New Mass” (which is a complete deviation from the Catholic theology of the Mass), is entirely different – and they cannot be accepted in conscience by any good Catholic.
  It is primarily because, considering the matter from a correct and proper theological perspective, these missals have no binding authority whatsoever, having been promulgated by Modernist impostors [heretics/antipopes] of the false [robber] “Ecumenical Council” Vatican II,
and breaking the Church’s Tradition of more than 1,500 years.

Final Reflection
The Liturgy Anchored on the Authority of the Pope

It is also to be noted that no member of the Church, no matter how much regarded or high–ranking he could be (including even the popular and well-respected Abp. Marcel Lefebvre), has authority whatsoever to change, alter or issue a [new] Missal – as this belongs solely and entirely to the office of the Pope.

It is thus against
Catholic theology and principle, and contrary to Catholic tradition and piety, as it is completely preposterous, to “reject,” “resist” or “modify” the liturgy officially promulgated by the Church and sanctioned by the authority of the Supreme Pontiff.

Hence, the fundamental and unavoidable importance of distinguishing and [at least] morally establishing a true pope from what is obviously and unmistakably an 
antichrist and an antipope, particularly for these end times we are living in when it was prophesied by no less than Our Lord Himself * that false prophets will arise to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

*  “
For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.”  –  Matthew 24:24

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