As we examined in our previous video, “What
is the Novus Ordo Missae?” The New Mass was created after Vatican II, under the influence
of Fr. Annibale Bugnini and Pope Paul VI, both of whom wanted a liturgy that was ecumenical
and would not be a “stumbling block” to Protestants. This goal was accomplished with the new liturgy
by obscuring or even removing from its prayers the Catholic doctrines concerning the propitiatory
nature of the Mass, the sacrificial and mediatory character of the priesthood, and the dogma
of the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. It was these alarming theological deficiencies
that caused Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci to write in September 1969 to Pope Paul VI
what was called the “Ottaviani Intervention.” In Part 6 we read: “It is evident that the
Novus Ordo has no intention of presenting the Faith as taught by the Council of Trent,
to which, nonetheless, the Catholic conscience is bound forever. With the promulgation of
the Novus Ordo, the loyal Catholic is thus faced with a most tragic alternative.” And that the New Mass departs from the Catholic
Faith “as a whole and in its details.” Along the same lines, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
affirmed, “that the New Mass, even when said with piety and respect for the liturgical
rules, is subject to […] reservations since it is impregnated with the spirit of Protestantism.
It bears within it a poison harmful to the Faith.” With the deficiencies in the rite itself,
Archbishop Lefebvre also pointed out the danger to the Faith coming from bad preaching and
liturgical abuses. In itself the rite of the New Mass does not
clearly express the Faith precisely on the points of doctrine denied by the Protestant
heresies. In itself therefore this new rite of the Mass constitutes a danger to souls. It is a fact that this new liturgy has confused
or destroyed the Faith of millions of Catholics since the 1970’s to the point that most
churchgoers today have an erroneous understanding of the Catholic doctrine of the Mass and sometimes
do not even believe in the real presence. The Church cannot ask her members to endanger
their Faith. This is the reason why Catholics are not obliged to attend the New Mass to
fulfill the Sunday Precept. In fact, for those who have knowledge of its inherent problems,
the New Mass is to be completely avoided, as they understand that it is also an offense
to God. When a traditional Mass is not available,
or when the Faith is endangered by the preaching or opinions of the priest, one is dispensed
from attending Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day. In such cases, the Church recommends the faithful
to sanctify Sunday by dedicating a time for prayer, alone or in the family: one could
read the Mass of the day, pray the rosary, and make a spiritual communion. If a duty of charity obliges one to attend
a New Mass, for example, for a wedding or a funeral, the attendance should be passive.
Passive attendance consists in being present without participating. It is legitimate to
do so occasionally if there is no danger of scandal. One could pray the rosary during
the ceremony, for example. For any particular situations and questions,
please consult an SSPX priest close to you – or contact us directly at the District House. For further insight and understanding, we
recommend reading “The Mass of All Time” by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre – which can
be found at AngelusPress.org Another great source we recommend is “Priestly
Holiness” also by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. And, “Pope Paul’s New Mass” by Michael Davies.
As well the “Ottaviani intervention” – a Short Critical Study of the New Order of Mass.
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