ANSWERS ON THE INDULT MASS
by Fr. Ronald Brown
My main objective in this article is certainly not to cast doubt upon,
nor vilify the persons involved with Ecclesia Dei or the Indult Masses.
Neither do I doubt their sincerity, integrity or their true devotion to
the Roman Catholic Church.
It is unfortunate however, that many of those involved with Ecclesia
Dei or Indult Masses vilify and cast aspersion upon those who have decided
against the route of compromise with modernism.
For the most part, I assume that those promoting the Indult Masses
do so with the very best of intentions; they desire to see the traditional
Rite of Mass made available to as many of the faithful as possible. They
also wish it to be made available under what they consider to be legitimate
auspices as in opposition to those whom they feel are illegitimate
and illicit, that is, those who attend the traditional Mass in traditionalist
Chapels. This would sum up rather correctly the position of Ecclesia
Dei and the Indult people.
While at first glance, on the outside, it seems to be reasonable. Certainly,
Catholics would wish to attend Mass and receive the Sacraments from those
who are operating under certainly Catholic auspices. For Ecclesia Dei and
the Indult promoters, the "legitimate" authority means to follow
the local Diocese and hierarchy, which they claim is the only manner in
which one can truly be "in union with Rome."
However, the issue is much more complex as we shall see, and despite
the sincerity, the Ecclesia Dei position is clearly and sincerely wrong,
and not founded in Catholic concepts.
My focus is rather upon the authority and hierarchy Ecclesia
Dei and Indult supporters would have us be under, and in union with. For
any authority within the Catholic Church to be accepted as such, we must
be certain that such is truly a Catholic authority.
So the question is for us, and for Indult Mass supporters: Are these
Indult Masses being offered under Catholic auspices? If they are
not, then may a Roman Catholic feel free to attend such Indult Masses?
These are the two questions that I shall deal with.
As we are all certainly aware, the "newest" mark given the
Conciliar Church or Novus Ordo Church is that of plurality and liberality.
The Novus Ordo Church would like to make room for everyone or "for
all men." Thus in direct opposition to the Church Magesterium and
Popes before Vatican II we see the so called ecumenical movement, long
rejected by Rome, embraced so lovingly by the hierarchy today. We see religious
indifference en masse -it matters little what one adheres to today, men
may reject Our Lord and His Church freely, with no eternal punishment to
be concerned about. The Roman Catholic Church is no longer seen as the
One True Church, outside of which one cannot be certain of his eternal
destiny. The Church today is promoted as, and is now seen as merely one
of the many entrances to Heaven. The Protestants, Jews, Moslems and Pagans
have little to worry about now, because they are all going to be saved
"as is" --despite their rejection of Jesus Christ and His Church.
HIGH CHURCH ... LOW CHURCH ANYONE?
In contradiction to the Magesterium we have a modernist Magesterium
in place, and in full control of the establishment. Judge for yourself.
The modernist Church wishes to embrace "all men" and thus we
see the reason for the great plurality, equality, liberty and freedom of
conscience in the new Conciliar Church.
The intentions of the Modernists were simply to bring "stubborn
Rome" into the light of a new age, or the modern world. The circle
seems now to be complete. Catholics can now pick and choose: how often
do we find laity who must travel great distances searching their Diocese
for the most "conservative" Parish, in which they can find some
semblance of a Catholic Mass and orthodox teaching? It seems the model
is the Anglican/Episcopal Sect. If you are of the High Church frame-of-mind
you will attend a High Anglican Church in which is offered all the outward
appearance of a Catholic Mass, complete with Vestments, Incense, Bells
and Chant. It has all the Catholic window dressing but is neither
Catholic nor valid. You will even find in the High Church some very
fine "conservatives" who accept many Catholic doctrinal teachings.
The problem is, they are in a heretical Church and they follow heretical
Bishops, or Bishops in name only, as the Anglican/Episcopal Church has
no valid Clergy.
On the other hand, if you are of the Low Church mentality or
leaning, you can attend the Bible/Communion Service of Protestants which
is found in the low branch of the Episcopal Church. The Low Church does
not believe in the Sacrifice of Calvary, and is more loyal to the Protestant
leaning of her founders ... all who were formerly Catholics. However, both
the High Church and Low Church are accepted within the Anglican/Episcopal
Sect, despite their apparent contradictions in doctrine and worship choices.
But because they accept the idea of liberalism and equality so well, they
have no problem with each other. One of the reasons the Catholic Church
always had a problem with them.
The point being made is this: Both the High and Low Church form a part
of the Anglican/Episcopal Church. Recently they accepted the ordination
of women ... but no problem you see ... those "conservative"
Parishes who (rightly so) abhor the idea of women Priests do not have to
Unfortunately this is the mentality of Ecclesia Dei and the Indult
Mass. Now Catholics will have the options also. If you are of a "High
Church" mind in the Novus Ordo Church, you can attend Indult Masses
... while those of a more "Low Church" mentality will feel comfortable
(as always) in their Parish Church. If you want Altar Girls and Communion
in the hand, just attend your Parish as always. If you want a Catholic
looking Mass, you can find your nearest Indult. However, the Indult Mass
supporters are getting ripped off, as will be shown.
THE INDULT MASS OR... INSULT?
While some might feel an exaggeration in a
comparison with the Episcopal Church with the Ecclesia Dei/Indult Mass
mentality, in all honesty it is a most fair one. For example, I would fail
to see the difference between the Indult Masses and the Charismatic
Mass centers, or even with the special children's Masses most Parishes
offer now. The Charismatics love a good "spirit filled" Liturgy
complete with dancing, speaking in tongues, clapping, as well as any number
of odd liturgical antics. Certainly if the hierarchy can accept and promote
the Charismatics so well and openly, it would only make sense that they
would now promote the Latin Mass. Chaplains are assigned to service the
Charismatic groups, most Diocese around the world have special Charismatic
Renewal Offices. Some prefer the Children's Masses, and certain Priests
have this as a special Apostolate, because they really relate with the
kids. I recently saw a "Missal" with over 100 different Eucharistic
Prayers (Canons) for these Masses. Most Parishes have one (1) such Liturgy
each week. The Homosexual groups very often have their own Church, where
they have a "special" Liturgy each week ... and they don't
even need an Indult for it!
It would only seem fair that the hierarchy of modernism
extend a hand and an Indult towards the Latin lovers, and offer them their
piece of the modernist pie. Again, the circle would not have been complete
without it. For many years the traditional Roman Catholics found the hierarchy
had "no room in the Inn" for them. After the revised version
of the Mass, or the Novus Ordo of Pope Paul VI was put in place of the
traditional Mass of Pope St. Pius V and Quo Primum, many of the
faithful began to be aware of the resultant chaos around them -destruction
of Churches- -loss of sacredness and respect- -loss of vocations- -liturgical
and doctrinal abuse- When those with a Catholic sense began to further
question the modernism and liberalism of the hierarchy, they soon found
that they were treated as though they were in fact disobedient rebels or
could not adhere to the directives of the Church that supposedly required
all the changes instituted. Soon after the New Mass, many found others
of a like mind, these in turn banded together and found Priests faithful
to the Mass and Sacraments of tradition. This began the movement to retain
the Catholic Faith, to retain that which rightly belongs to Catholics,
and in fact was a birthright stolen from them. Often Catholics met
in homes and rented centers, or purchased Chapels where the True Holy Mass
could be offered, the certainly valid Sacraments administered.
Some among the hierarchy spoke out against the false
renewal. Archbishop Dyer of Portland, Bishop Fulton Sheen, Bishop Adrian
of Nashville, just to name a few in America. On the international scale,
some of the more notable who did more than just talk were Bishop
Kurz of China, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Bishop Castro de Mayer. Under
the capable leadership of these truly Catholic members of the hierarchy
were formed various associations of Priests and Laity who were united in
Catholic action. These Societies were formed for the preservation of the
Traditional Latin Mass, the traditional Sacraments as well as the teaching
and doctrine of the Church. Seminaries were begun, Religious communities
formed. Under the capable leadership of Catholic Bishops, the Church would
continue for the salvation of souls into the future.
THE INDULT MASS.... AN ANSWER TO THE CRISIS OR JUST MORE
Before one considers attending, or offering their support towards the
work of Ecclesia Dei or the Indult Mass, I would hope they might also consider
Since Vatican II Council and the New Mass, coupled with the introduction
of modernist theology, we have seen the Faith slowly diminish.
Is it not true that in most of the Diocesan jurisdictions where the
Indult Mass is offered, with the blessing of the modernists of course,
that the same freedom and latitude given these "privileged" groups
and diabolic enterprises, very often in the same Church of the Indult Masses.
Under the Diocesan jurisdictions we still continue to find:
The above is only a sample, not to mention the various invalid Masses,
taking place on the average daily basis in each and every Parish: Women
Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers (why do the "conservatives" avoid
the lay-ministers ... it is allowed is it not? Communion in the hand, sign
of peace, drinking from the Chalice etc. Various groups can now find their
little corner within the establishment, and the ones out of place and
causing the disruption are those who fight from within this non-Catholic
How could I have forgotten the Altar Girls? Found in many Churches
... despite the fact that even modern Rome said NO. You see, the
Bishops are preparing the minds of the laity for the eventual ordination
of women. It was a very neat trick of psychology: Have the girls
serve at the Altar, distribute the Eucharist, dress them up in liturgical
clothing ... and the minds are now prepared for the day when they will
stand before you pretending to celebrate Mass dressed in Priestly vesture.
Now, on equal status we have a new group added:
8. The INDULT MASS and Latin lovers.
- Intercommunion Services with non-Catholics. (Communicatio in sacris)
- Joint heretical Ecumenical Services.
- Various joint interfaith services which cause scandal, and for all
purposes, deny the true Faith.
- Homosexual groups are often given a welcome and special Liturgies are
held for them with Chaplains et all. One such group is called DIGNITY.
- The Divorced and remarried are often encouraged to form "self
help" groups in Parishes and they are invited to special Liturgies
and celebrations, as well as to Holy Communion.
- The so-called CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT, very large in numbers and followers
now, have their own special Masses, meetings and liturgical practices,
as well as Chaplains assigned to minister to their particular (peculiar)
- Children's Masses and their particular style of worship, catered towards
their worship needs.
ECCLESIA DEI/INDULT MASS: NO ANSWER AT ALL
Even if grateful for the restoration (in part) of the Traditional Latin
Mass, and the right to worship God in the most pleasing manner to Him,
the Mass is but only a part, when we consider what is not offered and
where you are required to find it.
For the most part, the certainly valid Sacraments are not offered at
If you have a desire for the Sacraments, Catechetical training, or
if you are sick and need a Priest, or preparing for marriage, you will
be required to attend your own Parishes for these essentials of Catholicism,
and thus, you are back to the very place you tried to escape from.
We are aware that some Indult Masses, the Priests who offer them
may be orthodox, and often will "give in" to the request of the
laity for traditional Sacraments, but this is not permitted them under
the guidelines of Ecclesia Dei. What happened to their obedience to
the hierarchy in these matters?
- The certainly valid and traditional Rite of BAPTISM is not offered
to you at all.
- The traditional Rite of PENANCE is not available to you.
- The traditional Wedding and Requiem Masses are often not allowed.
- The Sacrament of EXTREME UNCTION (last Rites) is not used, but
instead, the dubiously valid "Last Anointing" which is not the
Sacrament of Extreme Unction at all.
- The traditional CATECHISM IS NOT USED FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF
THE YOUNG, but rather the modernist books, and thus, the young do not learn
the true Roman Catholic Faith at all.
- Marriage Instructions in accord with traditional norms not available,
but rather the new morality is often given place of honor.
ATTENDING TRADITIONAL CHAPELS THE WHOLE LOAF OF BREAD
Often and rather unfortunately the members of Ecclesia Dei and the
various Indult Mass groups will advise that you do not attend an "illicit"
Mass which is offered by a traditional Priest who is not under the jurisdiction
of the modernist hierarchy. The implication is that to follow a traditional
Priest, or to attend his valid Mass, or receive his Sacraments is somehow
wrong and disobedient to the Church hierarchy. Can you imagine that? If
you follow those who have tried to show a positive and Catholic way out
of the crisis, you may be guilty of schism! In many instances, Bishops
and Priests who have led the battle for truth since early on, those completely
loyal to the teachings of the Church on Faith and Morals ... these might
lead you astray. However, and rest assured, if you follow Ecclesia Dei
and the Indult Masses, in "full union" with the modernist hierarchy
(that even Ecclesia Dei often opposes) you will be in complete accord with
the Church. This is so ridiculous and not worthy of continued argument.
The question most important and central is this: To whom shall we turn,
and who is in fact preserving the complete Catholic Faith? Who has a "new"
Faith and a "new" Liturgy? Have the traditional Roman Catholics
merely kept the Faith or have they changed the Faith? Have the traditional
Priests and Parishes adopted a different Faith? The answer is obvious,
the traditional Chapels, as well as the Priests and Laity who follow the
traditional Magesterium and traditional Mass have preserved the entirety
of the Catholic Faith while the Indult Mass only offers a small
part, and this under compromise with a modernist hierarchy.
The new Conciliar Church has adopted a nw Liturgy and Sacraments, fully
approved by the Hierarchy. They have changed, we have not. Traditional
minded Roman Catholics desire the approval of a truly Catholic hierarchy,
to whom they gladly would submit their works and Apostolates. On the other
hand, it would be a deadly spiritual mistake to submit to a pseudo-Catholic
hierarchy imbued with modernism. If you walk in the rain, you must
expect to get wet. Further, we must remember the old adage: Nemo dat quod
non habet, that is to say, you cannot give what you do not have. The modernish
hierarchy has more or less placed themselves outside of the Church, outside
of the right to demand obedience from the faithful. We cannot take the
chance of placing ourselves under an authority that is certainly suspect.
We need no new-fangled Indult, as we have a perpetual Indult from His
Holiness Pope St. Pius V in his Quo Primum of 1570. What more do
Because the Hierarchy has not remained faithful to their Pastoral Mandate,
to protect and guide the flock, defend the Faith, and by their very words,
actions and deeds allowed modernism to be promoted by those under their
jurisdiction, the traditional faithful can not possibly look to them for
their approval or their Indults.
Because most of the laity do not have the theological knowledge so
as to discern the situation clearly -to see past the confusion- I would
only offer a few suggestions or guidelines.
Despite the problems that may exist in some traditional Chapels (often
due to zealots, politics, fanaticism) on the whole, you are safer attending
the Mass and receiving the Sacraments in a traditional Chapel than attending
a modernist Parish or an Indult Mass. Let us consider why:
If you have additional questions about a particular Priest or Chapel,
you might wish to inquire into the following:
- The Priest offers a certainly valid Mass.
- He adheres completely to traditional Faith & Morals.
- The traditional Catechism is used for instruction of the young.
- The certainly valid Rites for the administration of the other Sacraments
- The complete traditional life of the Church is offered to you, without
compromise with modernism.
The Bishops have led the flock astray -if the blind continue to follow
the blind will they not both fall into the pit?-
Because of even the suspicion of heresy on the part of the hierarchy,
as well as the followers of said hierarchy, besides the many documented
cases of actual (formal) heresy, the continued flirtations with heretical
liturgical experiments, the promotion of many of the idea of women in the
Priesthood etc., we can safely assume that the hierarchy is in formal heresy
and in schism with the Church of Christ. For that reason alone, we should
not endorse nor support in any manner those Priests who are in communion
or subjection to heretical Bishops of the hierarchy. We cannot attend the
Masses (of the New Rote or Old Rite) in Parishes that are under the jurisdiction
of modernist Bishops. We must remain Roman Catholics, and not part of a
"high Church" mentality now being offered in the form of an Indult.
If the above Canons do not prove the point, that is, the loss of authority
on the part of the modernist Bishops, we must close the subject with these
Modernism is the condemned doctrine that truth is constantly
in a state of evolution. It teaches that doctrine is only symbolic
and changes according to modern needs and interpretations. For Modernists
the Sacraments are merely symbols or signs. The authenticity of
Holy Scripture is held up to question, teachings on Morals are debated,
because, so they think, the norms adopted by modern society change, and
moral law must be updated to suit current standards. Thus, birth control
is now permitted, Homosexuality is seen in a different light, as well as
pre-marital relations. Church teaching is "interpreted"-authority
can be freely questioned and then interpreted according to current needs.,
Christ, for the modernist, did not found a particular Church and He is
further reduced to a mere man. Thus the resurrection is often held out
as being a mere myth. As can be seen, this is the language of modernism,
which is now clearly entrenched in every Diocese.
The heresy of Modernism was given the death-blow by the holy
Pope St. Pius X, in his Encyclical Pascendi of Sept. 7th, 1907.
It has also been condemned by subsequent Popes. The fact remains: one cannot
be a Catholic who is a modernist, and that being the case, a modernist
cannot be a member of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, since he ceases to
be a Catholic.
In the Code of Canon Law (Canon 188) we find the following:
There are certain causes which effect the tacit resignation of an office,
which resignation is accepted in advance by operation of law, and hence
is effective without any declaration. These causes are: (4) if he has publicly
fallen away from the Catholic Faith.
Those who have adopted a heresy such as modernism have "publicly
fallen away from the Faith" and thus, they continue to hold ecclesiastical
Office in a material sense at best, or more likely at least illicitly.
- Is the Priest validly ordained ... and by whom?
- Does he offer exclusively the Traditional Mass?
- Does he administer the Traditional Sacraments?
- Does he preach the orthodox Faith?
- With what groups is he associated?
CANON LAW TO THE RESCUE OF THE CHURCH
The Code of Canon Law contains the rules laws and decrees, definitions,
which concern the Christian faith and life. The Canon Law guides the visible
structure of the Church -contains the rules and regulations under which
the Clergy functions. In short, the Canon Law is that which governs
the Catholic Church. Those who would claim to be Catholic are subject to
the Code of Canon Law.
In reading the Canon Law we see that it states that all apostates,
heretics and schismatics are ipso facto excommunicated from the Church.
Simply put, it means that any who are heretical or schismatic, cease, "by
the fact" to be a part of the Church. Thus it is with Abortion:
those who procure an Abortion, or those who aid in it, are "by the
fact" (ipso facto) excommunicated and separated from the Church. Excommunication
admits of various degrees of excommunication, some more serious than others.
Suffice it to say, excommunication means you are outside the Church, the
censure leveled because a particular action was committed that warranted
the penalty. Some excommunications are made official (by name) and formal,
others are "ipso facto" and automatic, simply because of a crime
that was committed.
Please keep in mind that the Church teaches us that apostates, heretics
and schismatics receive an automatic excommunication with no further
pronouncement needed from higher ecclesiastical authority.
How can one be considered as "suspect" of heresy? We only
need to look at their actions, words and deeds. If an individual is suspect
of heresy, after a period of time lapses, they also are considered to be
heretical, and subject to the penalties of Canon 2315. Those who
either promote or in any manner assist in the promotion of
heresy are also suspect according to the Code in Canon 2316.
Now is the difficult part for some, and does require that we make a
few distinctions. Heresy is a very "heavy" word to toss around
and calling a person heretical should be done with some hesitation: we
should not be too quick to judge.
We would not be so bold to say that the entire hierarchy is in heresy.
But then we must admit that the vast majority of the hierarchy is in formal
heresy in one form or another. Formal heresy is that which is deliberate
denial of Catholic teaching. Material heresy is that which is the
outcome or result of ignorance; Protestants are material heretics, because
they are ignorant of the truth. Once exposed to the truth, and rejecting
it with obstinacy, the heresy would become formal.
Catholic Bishops have received a pastoral mandate to tend to the flock
of Our Lord, that is, to teach, govern and sanctify. Are the modernist
Bishops doing this? Or do they, in actions, words and deeds promote various
heretical teachings? Can we not say that they are guilty of formal heresy,
and that to them can be attributed the law in this regard?
To simply prove this, read your local Diocesan "Catholic"
Press. Very often they contain and approve the works of various pseudo-Catholic
authors, as well as numerous "advice" and question and answer
sections where blatant examples of heresy and denial of fundamental teachings
on faith and morals are tolerated, or perverted in meaning to the point
of not being in line with the Magesterium of the Church. Very often the
Diocesan Press is the very font of heresy. We must keep in mind that the
local Bishop is in each Diocese the editor of his Press organs.
The blame for heresy falls directly at his door. From there, one only needs
look at the local Parish scene: Priests publicly deny the Faith
on various levels from the pulpit, often they instruct young couples that
"Birth Control" is permitted, so long as they "follow their
conscience." Remarried & Divorced are often encouraged to receive
the Sacraments and, in effect, the Priests recognize civil divorce and
civil marriage -unless the couple has gotten a "Catholic divorce"
under the guise of "annulment." Or you may perhaps attend one
of the many "discussion groups" offered in your Parish, often
headed by some "weird" lay person or Nun. In these Parish discussion
groups the Faith is often mocked and questioned: Papal Infallibility, the
Eucharist, Hell and Purgatory are the certain topics for denial by the
modernists, all quietly explained away to the gullible, often with Parish
Priest in view. Forget "Birth control" -as most "Catholics"
in this Country take it for granted that it is one of those items shelved
as antiquated by the enlightened Church of Vatican II.
And if that was not enough, attend a "Catechism" session
in your Parish ... the books stink with heresy and if that was not enough,
they simply do not teach Catholicism and fundamentals important to the
proper spiritual direction of the young. If you want your child's faith
destroyed completely, continue to send them to a modernist school -and
on top of this- they will even teach non-Catholic "sex education"
-all that and much more.
Honestly, we are all aware of the horror stories, including those who
are now attending the Indult Masses. The heresy and denial of the Faith
is so obvious to the eye and soul of a Catholic, that we fail to see it
need be proven further. The fact is the Bishops willingly allowed or
promoted all of the above under their very capable pastoral care and
guidance -the vast majority of Priests and Religious simply implement
on the lower level what had come down to them from on high. It is as simple
and as clear as that. We must also add here the guilt of the conservative
Bishops and Priests who simply say they can do nothing, when they certainly
could have -in fact- they had a duty and an obligation to do something
... one can be conservatively heretical. The Conservative Clergy
are guilty of malicious silence and have remained part and parcel of the
crowd, thus sharing the guilt themselves.
Where one will find the "parting of the way" is on how to
confront the issues that face the Church today. Often the advice given
by Indult Mass promoters is for the members of traditional Chapels to leave
their Chapel and find some "conservative" Parish in which they
can attend Mass, and simply overlook the abuses and profanations taking
place around them. So what if the Mass in the New Rite is doubtful, or
that sacrilege takes place ... did not Our Lord suffer they will say? The
Indult Mass and Ecclesia Dei supporters can be likened to those who would
shout fire -and then forbid anyone to put the fire out, or save
themselves from being burned.
Of interest, you will find many of the Ecclesia Dei and Indult Mass
supporters who would agree with these statements. In fact, if the above
were not as equally true for them as it is for us, they would not be working
toward the restoration of the Latin Mass, nor would they drive the long
distance to attend a Catholic looking liturgy. If their Parishes were thoroughly
Catholic, they would have no reason to attend an Indult Mass at all.
THE PRIESTLY FRATERNITY OF ST. PETER?
Those who support the INDULT MASSES often point to the Newly-founded
Fraternity of St. Peter as their proof positive of the good-will of the
Most traditional Catholics are not aware that, before the changes in
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (the traditional Mas was changed by a gradual
process) were those changes in the Rite of Priestly Ordinations
and Episcopal Consecration in 1968. While it is not my intention
to prove the invalidity of the new Rites, suffice it to say, they are doubtful
at best, and in accord with the sound theology of the Church, we cannot
proceed on a doubt. Seeing that the new Rites are dubious as to validity
(due to lack of form and intention) one cannot be positively certain of
any valid ordinations of either Priests or Bishops since 1968.
So you have it, a "conservative" Priest ordained by a "Bishop"
of the new Rite of Consecration may not be a Priest at all, simply because
the Bishop was not a true/valid Bishop! The implications of this are frightening
to say the least.
Many of the newly ordained Priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter were
ordained in the traditional Rite. However, they were ordained by Cardinal
Ratzinger and Meyer, who themselves were consecrated according to the
New Rite. So now we have a situation of a "traditional" Fraternity
with "traditional" Priests(?) who in fact may not be validly
ordained at all.
The Fraternity was founded merely to win the followers of Archbishop
Lefebvre back into the fold. It will not have a major impact, and certainly
has not received encouragement on a large scale.
In regard to Diocesan Priests requesting INDULTS for the Latin Mass,
an interesting article appeared in a recent edition of the Latin Mass
Magazine, which is a pro-Indult/Ecclesia Dei publication., It seems
a number of Diocesan Priests in England formed a Latin Mas Association,
and requested Indults so as to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass. These
requests were denied. Why? These were Diocesan Clergy, and not traditional
Priests. It would seem that someone in Rome does not wish the Indult to
have any far-reaching effect or application, but simply in particular areas
of large traditional Catholic populations. Certainly the Indult was not
meant for the "average" Catholic, nor is it encouraged for them,
as cases prove this time after time.
WHAT DO WE THINK OF JOHN PAUL II?
Many would proclaim John Paul II as a conservative Pope. Perhaps during
the first few years of his pontificate we had good reason to think this,
or at least hope that it might be so. In reviewing his pontificate, we
mkust conclude that John Paul II is very liberal, and certainly more so
than those who came before him. In fact, his ecumenical activity has caused
great scandal to the faithful, such as his giving praise to Martin Luther,
or his receiving the "sign of Testa of the Tilak" during his
1986 visit to India, from a Hindu Priestess, or his participating in the
animist Rites in Togo in 1985 with pagan Priests, or his meeting with world
Religions ink Assisi in 1986, where he allowed the Buddha to be enthroned
above a tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament. When we see such activities
as this, the Catholic must certainly have a broken heart. It must be mentioned
that, during his Cardinalate in Poland, John Paul II allowed Billy Graham
to preach in his Cathedral, as well as being the one who invited the Charismatic
movement into once Catholic Poland. I would hope the laity would take the
time to read his writings, before they make a judgment in this regard.
According to the February 1992 issue of the conservative Catholic
World Report, in an article by a Robert Moynihan, it states that "The
Pope privately acknowledged his perplexity at the passionate attachment
of the traditionalist to the traditionalist Mass...He personally does not
We would wonder why a Pope thought to be a conservative, and favoring
the old Latin Mass, upset over the doctrinal and liturgical abuses (we
were told) would not "understand" and or be "perplexed"
as to why some would be so attached to the traditional Rites of the Church.
Perhaps this explains why John Paul II has never publicly offered the
traditional Latin Mass?
On the other hand we must avoid the various extremes that some well-meaning
Clergy have fallen into this regard, that is, the Papacy. We must avoid
the extreme that over-extends the infallibility of the Pope, as well as
that which would advocate a type of Donatism. Donatism was the heresy into
which poor Savonarola fell. Savonarola said Pope Alexander was such a bad
Pope that "he is not a Pope; the Pope could not possibly be such a
sinner and still be Pope." This was Donatism at best. It advocated
that because someone sins, he could not be a member of the Church. Carried
to an extreme, the Church would be empty!
We can only pray and have hope that son we shall have Popes who will
have courage to proclaim sound doctrine and denounce heresy. When sound
doctrine is once more proclaimed from the Holy See, how soon the rest will
be returned to us. However, to accept a Latin Mass without doctrine is
not a Catholic answer, but will only continue to confuse the issue.
We do not wish to create our own jury and judge John Paul II, or propose
that we or anyone else are capable enough in matters of theology or Canon
Law to declare anyone deposed. We can look to the future when the hierarchy
is reconstituted, and these matters can be judged by those certainly competent
to do so. However, facts are facts, and it would be seriously wrong to
pretend under the guise of obedience or ignorance that these problems do
not exist, or that questions around these issues should not be raised.
But we must keep charity in all this, and respect private (non-dogmatic)
opinions, and not let these separate ourselves from cooperation and unity.
Let us simply agree that doubt exists, and it is safer to avoid communication
with those in the hierarchy who are of doubtful Catholicity.
We have St. Thomas Aquinas as our guide, in that he reminds us "not
in all things are prelates to be followed, but only in those things which
accord with the rules which Christ has laid down" or that "it
sometimes happens that the commands issued by Prelates are against God.
Therefore not in all things are prelates to be obeyed." (Summa/II-II
Quest. 104 art. 5)
In closing, after all these years of the "self destruction of
the Church" as Paul VI called it, and seeing the dedication of faithful
Roman Catholic laity, those who have fought the good fight and kept the
Faith, those who have valiantly preserved the holy Catholic Apostolic Faith
-Mass and Sacraments of tradition - for themselves and future generations...why
would they possibly desire or wish to deflect to those who have carried
out the destructive campaign of modernism? Why do some wish to turn to
those who have worked to destroy the Mass and Catholic Faith?
The question needs to be asked, before anyone can consider attending
an Indult Mass sponsored by the modernist Hierarchy: Have they converted?
Has the Hierarchy of Modernism and liberalism come home to the Catholic
Faith? Have they denounced the rampant Heresy around them, often
fostered and even encouraged by them over the years? Is the Hierarchy no
longer encouraging false Ecumenism condemned by the Popes? Has the Hierarchy
rejected the false Catechisms...replaced them with sound Catecheticals?
Have they denounced the new perverted Moral theology (immoral theology)?
Has the Hierarchy called for an end to the profanation of the Church...an
end to the sundry liturgical abuses (Communion in the hand, Altar
girls etc.)...And the most serious of all liturgical abuses, the Novus
Ordo Mass, has it been replaced by the certainly valid traditional
The answer to the above is certainly readily available: one only needs
to look no further then their Parish Church and read the Diocesan Press,
get a copy of the local Catechisms etc...it is a resounding NO.
We will not even touch the issue of Seminary reform or that of the religious
life, nor will we mention all of the "Nuns" now (quietly preparing)
for their future "ordinations" to the Priesthood. In light of
this, we wonder why the sudden change of heart on the part of the
Bishops around the Country?
The truth of the matter is that the modernists are merely being true
to the liberalism they have long espoused: they wish to be generous with
all, they desire to find room for everyone in their New Order Church. If
a few Latin Masses will bring us back, you can bet they will find room
in their big liberal hearts for you and your wallet.
If the modernist Hierarchy has learned anything over the years, they
have learned that threats of excommunication and expulsion have meant little
to the Faithful. Simply, the threats have not worked in closing traditional
Chapels, Schools, Seminaries or Religious Houses -if anything- these often
are the catalyst behind the tremendous growth of traditional Catholic centers.
The Priests and Laity will not be frightened from their truly Catholic
resolve, nor will they be fooled into accepting modernism, even if in a
mild form, under the quise of a few Latin Masses here or there.
What was the hoped for outcome of the Indult Mass? In light of the
above evidence, the only possible answer is as follows: Should the Indult
Masses succeed, the outcome desired by the Hierarchy would be the following:
the closing of traditional Chapels, traditional Schools, truly Catholic
centers of learning, the traditional Religious Orders and Seminaries. Why?
Because, with Indult Masses, the faithful would no longer have a reason
to attend those Chapels, support the faithful Priests and Religious. Vocations
to the traditional Seminaries and Religious Communities would then also
cease. The Modernist Hierarchy would have succeeded in destroying the last
vestige of Catholic resistance, by a cleverly crafted and implemented
I would sincerely hope that the poor war tired laity will not let their
guard down at this point, when so much has been accomplished, and perhaps
victory for the true Faith is only around the corner. At any rate, we do
not need any new-fangled Indult, when we have the certainly valid and perpetual
Indult from Pope St. Pius V. Why do we need more asurance than that?
We continue to remain faithful, knowing that Our Lord Jesus Christ
has promised that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against His Church.
Let us now continue to place our hope and trust in Our Lord and the Blessed
Mother, knowing that they shall not abandon us, solong as we remain true
Sons and Daughters of the Church. Continue to attend the true holy Sacrifice
of the Mass, in the traditional Latin Rite, participate fully in the Sacramental
life of the Church, know and study your precious Faith by reading only
those materials and Catechisms which support the traditional teaching magesterium
of the Church. Make your home a good and holy home -a Catholic home- and
keep the model of the Holy Family as your own -set a god example for your
Only by following truly Catholic leaders, and by discontinuing any
support for those who have compromised the Faith, perverted the Mass and
Sacraments to the point of being doubtful, and on the whole are responsible
for the world-wide apostasy we now see so evident in all corners, perhaps
the good Lord will have mercy on us and restore to us in His good timing
a truly Catholic Hierarchy. However, this will not come about if we go
backwards and not forward in the truth. Traditional Catholics must not
turn to those who can no longer represent Christ, simply because they have
separated themselves from the truth. The modernist Hierarchy and Clergy
have compromised the Faith so as to "make a deal" with the enemies
St. Paul warns us of, that is, the World, the Flesh, and the Devil. Ask
yourself honestly, outside of the granting of a few Latin Masses, have
the Bishops returned to the integral Catholic Faith...these same Bishops
continue to promote heresy and schism, sacrilege and abuse. They have not
changed dear brethren, but merely changed their strategy.
Let us continue to pray for John Paul II and the Hierarchy under him.
Rather than heap condemnations upon them, let us pray for a return to truth.
Let us also hope that those who support the Indult Masses, Ecclesia Dei,
and the newly formed Fraternity of St. Peter, will soon realize that they
are simply being used as pawns in the modernist game of chess. To the Indult
Masses we must firmly say: "Thanks -but no thanks."