Vatican Attacks Latin Mass In Letter To all Bishops

From Gloria TV:

Archbishop Arthur Roche, the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, who has been sidelining now retired Cardinal Sarah, has launched an attack on the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).

UnaVoceScotland.org (February 21) published the English translation of a February 19, 2020 essay written by Roche which was forwarded to all bishops.

The essay makes the unlikely claim that the New Mass is an “authentic development” of the Roman Rite, and calls its implementation an “ecclesiastical duty”.

Roche further claims that the Novus Ordo contains “more sacrificial vocabulary than was the case in the 1570 Missal” while the TLM needed to be stripped of alleged “repetitions” and “accretions.”

He believes that the introduction of the Novus Ordo was necessary due to the reception of the “theological content” of Vatican II which was aware of “a world that had changed.” However, Vatican II was only a pastoral council, and the “world that had changed” had greater need than ever of a liturgical ‘sense of the sacred’.

Roche criticises a solely “clerical vision” of the liturgy, in which the “clergy alone” are active and the faithful “passive” and where the “priest alone” celebrates. This reflects nicely the Novus Ordo reality, e.g. funerals and weddings, were the priest talks to himself because the audience doesn’t even know the most basic liturgical responses.

CP&S comment – Archbishop Roche would do well to reflect on the words of Pope Benedict XVI at the time of the publication of his Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum:

What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.  It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place. 

With regard to the perceived need for ‘active’ participation at Mass, here too Bishop Roche might benefit from Pope Benedict’s teaching:

If you go back to Sacrosanctum Concilium, the word used is not “active,”  but instead “actuosa.”  This word encompasses both external action and internal action. Pope Benedict XVI asserts that “actuosa” is properly understood as a participation of one’s being, to be engaged on all levels. For Catholics, this means that we are to pray the Sacred Liturgy with our heart and mind first and secondarily with our bodies and voices. In essence, it is a humble admission that the real work of the Sacred Liturgy is the work of God upon my soul, to which I respond with faith and devotion. This demands that I actually do less at the Holy Mass so that God can do more by the power of His grace. This disposition of receptivity and an openness to the Lord’s work calls for a spirit of adoration and a quieting of the soul, which the Holy Mass allows for, if we took advantage of key moments in the Sacred Liturgy where it is provided. For example: silence before the Holy Mass; a letting go of the world and entering into the heavenly liturgy at the Collect (the opening prayer), which calls for a moment of silence; adoring the Lord at the elevation of the sacred species or at the words, “Behold the Lamb of God;” foregoing music at times after Holy Communion to commune inwardly with the Lord; and time for silent prayer and worship before the closing prayer.  In essence, the real work of the Holy Mass takes place at a deeper level in our soul, where the Lord invites us to share in His divine life. Pope Benedict XVI believes that if this deeper level is neglected because of an emphasis upon “activa” in the Mass at the expense of “actuosa” then we will be bored at the Holy Mass and spiritually famished. Sadly, we will hear over and over again, “I am not getting anything out of the Mass,” and, unfortunately, there will be truth in this sad refrain. 

Of abuses in celebrating the Novus Ordo Mass, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, said:

“In the place of liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated liturgy. We abandoned the organic, living process of growth and development over the centuries and replaced it – as in a manufacturing process – with a fabrication, a banal on-the-spot product.”

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4 Responses to Vatican Attacks Latin Mass In Letter To all Bishops

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    My immediate reaction to this article and the objective of Archbishop Arthur Roche was here we go again, more doing away with the traditional tried and proven methodology and practices that were fine for centuries but now it’s time for the progressive radical movement to even step into our personal worship practices of our Catholic Religion. And so far as his argument that the world had changed I totally disagree because it’s the people that have changed, and, God and Jesus are the same always so our communing with them in Holy Mass remains static, or plainly our souls are just that which we truly are; not our exteriors of body/flesh or daily life on earth; and therefore that is what we want to awaken to the mystical power of the Holy Spirit the focusing of our inner souls to the mystical presence of God and be totally receptive to Jesus Christ and through Him the Father to grow our deep heart felt faith not alter appearances or procedures as this New Age approach is planning to do! In this case especially in life, less is more; that which is not contrived or noisy but simple and peaceful coming from our core is all we need to bring to the ceremonial alter of the Mass!
    I won’t be interested in such alterations and I know that my soul has been very moved and inspired when I partake in the Full Latin Mass; as I know from experience Jesus is there and I feel His Holy Spirit coming down from heaven with the Father to join us in the Mass, blessing those who are participating in this most Divine inspired true way of expressing our devotional love for our Lord Savior Jesus and the Father in heaven! I’ve had many tears in this traditional Mass at times and they are always tears of sweet joy that are coming to me from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, because the Lord really touching my soul at that time most intimately and acknowledging His presence and love for me, as in no other setting can this occur to this degree; which nothing on earth can compare to this realization that my God is with me and will not abandon those who believe/worship Him in this way! Amen.
    Lawrence Morra III

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  2. I pray he has no power over the TLM. May God prevent it!!

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  3. That was beautiful Lawrence Morra IiI

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  4. RemnantchildofMary …Thank you for saying what you said and moreover for what you believe; that which you do is a precious beautiful gift to the world! We see eye to eye and heart to heart with Our Lord Jesus Christ and each other; of this I have no doubt! I’m so sad that the attacks upon our Lord Jesus and His Church continue to escalate or intensify this way; as never before have the enemies of the them been so emboldened as they are now with NWO spreading throughout and a heretic Pope Bergoglio who is now absolutely as I see it, capitulating with the crooked ways of the world along with Islam. The spiritual warfare has always been ongoing but now the actual day to day physical life is being attacked as never before from without and within, even down to how the faithful in the Church worship, which is being approached by wolves in sheep’s clothing to tear it apart. We have our Lord Jesus to depend on always who built His Church upon Himself the Rock of Ages; and we know nothing can take it away!
    Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
    By all the power of heaven from our Father, the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit accompanied by our Holy Blessed Mother of the Church Mary with all the angels and saints there is absolutely nothing to fear; that the Church will prevail over all evils and darkness but in accordance with the Father’s plan and will; as it should and must. What we the faithful must do is remain vigilant and true to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through our faith in Him with all of our strength until the end. Our Most Blessed Lady Mother Mary is always there to comfort and assist in the Father’s will. Here it is for us to see and hear so we understand all through our being; mind, heart and soul to our very core!
    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
    Amen.
    God bless you.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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