The Holy Trinity, Symbol of Unity
Chapel’s Note [On the Issue of the Liturgy]:
It is to be admitted that the Liturgy remains to be a dividing issue among many traditional Catholics. This could very well be one of the “sad and unique” aspects of the “end times tribulations” that Christians must endure [for a time].
The CMRI follows the rubrics of Pope Pius XII – being a legitimate pope of the Catholic Church. 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 [Saint] Pius X and Pius XII can be considered with “valid authority” over the Church – being promulgated, as they were, by real Catholic popes. However, it is not the purpose of this note to go into argumentative details [of which is correct or better] as, in truth, both rubrics can be justified [accepted] from a Catholic point of view [and no “rivalry” should exist between the two]. Our intention in laying out the foregoing is to simply provide awareness of the [present] sad situation/reality of division and confusion [among Catholics], 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 real and sincere traditionalists should not “fight bitterly” over the [issue of] Liturgy, nor use it to foment division, because, at the end of the day, the situation only warrants the following [serious] consideration: THAT ONLY A LEGITIMATE POPE CAN TRULY SETTLE THE MATTER [definitively]. Let us be reminded that our priority is the rule of Faith; the Liturgy [only] comes next. What is important [and truly urgent] is for all Catholics to keep the Faith first and foremost – and to live a holy and 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.” The Church is so much wounded and divided, and 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 this counsel commonly attributed to St. Augustine [of Hippo]:
In things necessary [what is essential], Unity.
In things doubtful [or what is secondary], Liberty.
In all things, Charity.
However, it must be noted that the case of the 1962 missal [with the insertion 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 Catholics because, considered in the first place, 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].