This article, 62 Reasons
Why… In Conscience, We Cannot Attend the New Mass, by a priest in the
archdiocese in Campos, Brazil I think is pretty unintentionally funny.
23. Because the changes such as: table instead of altar;
facing people instead of tabernacle; Communion in the hand, etc., emphasize
What was Jesus thinking when he instituted the Eucharist? The Apostles were
gathered around a table at the last supper and received using their hands. Not
only that but Jesus faced them when he talked to them. Shouldn’t he have know
that he was supposedly going against the Council of Trent?
28. Because beautiful, familiar Catholic hymns which have
inspired people for centuries, have been thrown out and replaced with new hymns
strongly Protestant in sentiment, further deepening the already distinct
impression that one is no longer attending a Catholic function.
What do these modern hymns have to do with attending the new Mass? This would
just be a function of the parish as to what hymns were sung. I have heard the
older familiar hymns at Mass in some places. This is really a very weak
32. Because Holy Mother Church canonized numerous English
Martyrs who were killed because they refused to participate in a Mass such as
the New Mass!
The English Martyrs refused to participate because of the issue of authority
and the fact that the English Church went into schism. The martyrs did not
accept the King of England as head of the church. The form of Mass did not
immediately change there, but over time changes were made to more and more
separate themselves from the Catholic Church. Because of the changes of the
understanding of the priesthood they also came to loose apostolic
33. Because Protestants who once converted to Catholicism
are scandalized to see that the New Mass is the same as the one they attended as
Protestants. One of them, Julien Green, asks: “Why did we convert?”
This one is just plain wacky. I am somewhat familiar with forms of Protestant
worship services and I don’t think I could ever confuse them between the newer
form of Mass. Maybe some high church Lutherans and Anglicans would be somewhat
familiar with it, but nobody else.
39. Because many good Catholic theologians, canonists and
priests do not accept the New Mass, and affirm that they are unable to celebrate
it in good conscience.
What is the definition of good “Catholic theologians, canonists and priests?”
I guess it is the ones who agree with your viewpoint. I don’t think even radical
traditionalist would want to go by popular opinion when it comes to liturgy. I
don’t believe that St.
Athanasius would agree with this.
48. Because the New mass embodies numerous errors
condemned by Pope St. Pius V at the Council of Trent (Mass totally in
vernacular, words of Consecration spoken aloud, etc. See Condemnation of
Jansenist Synod of Pistia), and errors condemned by Pope Pius XII (e.g., altar
in form of table. See Mediator Dei).
Mass in the vernacular is bad? What about when Latin was the vernacular
language. The Latin translation of the Bible is called the Vulgate because it
was translated into the vulgar (from vulgus, �the common people�) language of
the people. I guess they should have used a dead language to conduct the Mass
in. Vatican II nowhere said that Latin was to be eliminated from the Mass.
60. Because we recognize the Holy Father’s supreme
authority in his universal government of Holy Mother Church, but we know that
even this authority cannot impose upon us a practice which is so CLEARLY against
the Faith: a Mass that is equivocal and favoring heresy and therefore
disagreeable to God.
Those gates of hell must have slammed down upon the Church despite Jesus’
words. If the Pope in union with the Bishops can give us a heretical Mass, then
we have a lot more to worry about then just the format of the Mass.
I personally like the Latin Mass, but I also can pray the new Mass also when
it is done reverently. I favor the combination Latin/English Mass that is shown
on EWTN and I think it is more in keeping with the reforms of Vatican II. But
bad music and some bad translations will not keep me away from the highest form
of worship on earth.