Harm of the Novus Ordo Missae
Thomas A. Droleskey
articles of mine have focused on the inherent harm of the Novus
Ordo Missae. The soon-to-be-published G.I.R.M. Warfare,
which analyzes every single paragraph of the 1997 edition of the General
Instruction to the Roman Missal, discusses this inherent harm in
exhaustive depth. The purpose of this particular commentary is to exhort
all Catholics, but especially those who understand the importance of
restoring the Traditional Latin Mass as normative in the life of the
Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, to flee from the harm of the Novus
Ordo once and for all. Indeed, The
Remnant has posted a very important letter from
the great champion of Tradition, Michael Davies, to Father Patrick Perez,
the pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Garden Grove, California,
about the necessity of avoiding the Novus Ordo entirely. (The
letter can be viewed by clicking on the link above.)
Here is simply
a summary of basic points that I want all Catholics who are devoted
to the restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass to consider:
1) The Novus
Ordo is harmful in whatever language it is offered, including Latin.
Some of the reasons for this were spelled out in "When Will Our
Turn Come," published in the June 30, 2004, issue of The Remnant.
(A collection of such articles is being appended at the end of G.I.R.M.
2) People who understand that the Novus Ordo is harmful must
act on the knowledge God has given them.
3) The Traditional Latin Mass is, as Michael Davies has pointed out,
the baptismal birthright of every Latin Rite Catholic.
4) Quo Primum stats in law what the actual fact of the matter
is: that the Traditional Latin Mass is beyond the ability of any bishop,
including the pope, to forbid, either for a priest to offer or for a
member of the laity to assist at. No Latin Rite priest can be forced
to offer Mass in any other form, including the Novus Ordo.
5) There is thus no need for a diocesan “indult” for the
offering of the Traditional Latin Mass.
6) The conditions attached to the “indult” Masses are unjust
and invalid on their face.
7) An acceptance of the necessity of attending only “indult”
Masses to the exclusion of those not "sanctioned" by local
a) an acceptance
of the Traditional Mass offered only at the whim of a particular bishop
or chancery office;
b) an acceptance of the immoral conditions placed on children for the
reception of the sacraments by the local bishop;
c) an acceptance of the mentality that the authentic patrimony of the
Catholic Faith can be protected without the complete and unfettered
restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass with all of the sacraments;
d) a rejection
of the absolute, perpetual and universally binding nature of Quo
e) a rejection of the plain fact that a State of Emergency exists in
the Church that justifies Catholics taking extraordinary measures to
sanctify and save their own souls and those of their family members.
As I have noted in many other commentaries recently, the “indult”
Mass has served unintentionally to be a “bridge” by which
many of us have found our way back to the fullness of Tradition. For
others, however, it has been something of a trap, deceiving them into
thinking that the Traditional Latin Mass is a nice thing to have but
not a necessity for the transmission and the protection and the preservation
of the Faith of our fathers whole and uncorrupted by the influences
of Modernism and modernity. Catholics who do not see the harm of the
Novus Ordo and who do not see how the Faith has being undermined
by the regime of novelty of the past forty to forty-five years thus
surrender themselves to the unjust and arbitrary whims of bishops and
chancery factotums at a time when we need the courage of the English
The late Father Frederick Schell helped me to see all of this so clearly
when we met with him for the first time on March 11, 2002. It was almost
as though scales had been lifted from my eyes. He spoke bluntly but
lovingly as a pastor of souls about the true state of the Church and
why he had done what he did to make the Traditional Latin Mass available
to Catholics in southern California outside of the normal ecclesiastical
channels. It is time to recognize the plain truth: the approach taken
by Father Schell (and many others like him) is what is needed today.
That his important work is being carried on so well by Father Patrick
Perez at Our Lady Help of Christians in Garden Grove, California, speaks
volumes about how well Our Lady will take care of her Divine Son's flock
in times of crisis in the Church. Our Lady provides refuges for her
children. It is amazing that some of her dearly devoted children will
not avail themselves of these places of blessed peace and total fidelity
to the Deposit of Faith and to the Church's authentic Tradition.
It remains my prayer that all traditional Catholics, both priests and
laity alike, will come to recognize that what is happening at Our Lady
Help of Christians--and other such chapels around the nation and the
world--is proof that Catholics will take all necessary measures to protect
themselves from the harmful influences of the Novus Ordo Missae
and the conciliarist religion it embodies and propagates.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.