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, 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 real 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 [accepted] from a Catholic point of view [given the amount of confusion and “internal persecution” that all Catholics had to face, and are still facing today].
Our [only] intention in laying out the foregoing is simply to provide awareness of the sad situation [reality] of division and 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 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, and after all that is said and done, the situation only warrants the following [serious] consideration: THAT ONLY A LEGITIMATE POPE CAN TRULY SETTLE THE MATTER [definitively].
Given the present circumstances, we are doing only what we can, rationally, 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 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 the 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 the name of St. Joseph in the Canon and the abolition of the third Confiteor for those receiving Communion), and the so-called “new [or modern] 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.
A 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 no authority whatsover to change, alter or issue a [new] Missal – as this “office” belongs solely and entirely to the person 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