The arguments are of unequal value but manifest
the problem posed by the reformed liturgy to the Catholic
the new Mass is not an unmistakable Catholic profession of faith
(what the traditional Mass is), it is ambiguous and Protestant.
So since we pray according to what we believe, it follows that
we can not pray with the new Mass in the Protestant way and
still believe as Catholics!
the changes were not small details but were in fact "related to
a fundamental renovation ... a total change ... a new creation".
(Bishop A. Bugnini, co-author of the new Mass)
the new Mass leads us to believe that "truths ... can change or
be treated as if they did not exist, without there being
unfaithfulness to the sacred deposit of the doctrine to which
the Catholic faith is bound forever .
the new Mass "departs in an impressive way from the Catholic
theology of the Holy Mass, as it was formulated at the XXIIth
session of the Council of Trent" which, by fixing the "canons",
provided a "
insurmountable barrier to any heresy that would attack the
integrity of the Holy Mysteries.
the difference between the two masses is not purely a matter of
detail or a simple change of ceremony, but "so many eternal
things are relegated to a minor place (in the new Mass) - as
long as they are there.
still find a place.
the "recent reforms have sufficiently shown that new changes in
the liturgy can not be made without leading to the utter
disarray of the faithful who already show signs of unrest and
decline of faith.
in times of confusion such as ours, we are guided by the words
of Our Lord: "You will know them by their fruits".
The fruits of the new Mass are: a 30% drop in attendance at the
Sunday Mass in the US (NY Times 24/5/75), 43% drop in France
(Cardinal Marty), 50% drop in
Holland (NY Times 5/1/76).
"in the best art of the clergy the practical result (of the new
Mass) is a torturous crisis of conscience ..." *
less than 7 years after the introduction of the new Mass,
priests in the world have gone from 413'438 to 243'307 ... a
drop of nearly 50%!
(Statistics of the Holy See).
"the pastoral reasons advanced to justify such a break with
tradition ... do not seem to us sufficient.
the new Mass does not manifest faith in the real presence of Our
Lord, while the traditional Mass unequivocally manifests it.
the new Mass creates a confusion between the real presence of
Christ in the Eucharist and his mystical presence among us
(which is close to the Protestant doctrine).
the new Mass blurs what should be a marked difference between
the hierarchical priesthood and the common priesthood of the
faithful (as does Protestantism).
the new Mass favors the heretical theory that it is the faith of
the people and not the words of the priest who makes Christ
present in the Eucharist.
the insertion of the Lutheran "Prayer of the Faithful" in the
new Mass follows and highlights the error that all the faithful
the new Mass removes the Confiteor from the priest - making it
collective with the people - thus promoting Luther's refusal to
accept Catholic teaching that the priest is judge, witness, and
intercessor with God.
the new Mass gives us to understand that the people concelebrate
with the priest, which goes against Catholic theology.
six Protestant ministers collaborated in the development of the
new Mass: George, Jasper, Shepher, Kunneth, Smith and Thurian.
just as Luther suppressed the Offertory - because he expressed
very clearly the sacrificial and propitiatory character of the
Mass - so the inventors of the new Mass suppressed it, reducing
it to a mere preparation of the Oblates.
enough Catholic theology has been removed that Protestants can
use the text of the New Mass without difficulty, while keeping
their antipathy for the true Roman Catholic Church.
Protestant minister Thurian (co-counselor for the New Mass
Project) said that a new Mass fruit "may be that non-Catholic
communities will be able to celebrate the Lord's Supper using
the same prayers as the Lord's Supper.
The Vatican :
"Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is
not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward
an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be
seen as an objective disorder. Therefore special concern and
pastoral attention should be directed toward those who have this
condition, lest they be led to believe that the living-out of
this orientation in homosexual activity is a morally acceptable
option. It is not."
The ordination of women
On the excommunication of seven women who called themselves
priests: "... the penalty imposed is not only just, but also
necessary, in order to protect true doctrine, to safeguard the
communion and unity of the church, and to guide consciences of
On same-sex marriage
"Call[s] into question the family, in its natural two-parent
structure of mother and father, and make[s] homosexuality and
heterosexuality virtually equivalent, in a new model of
On rock music
"[A] vehicle of anti-religion"; "the complete antithesis of the
Christian faith in the redemption."
"[A] more dangerous threat than weapons of mass destruction."