I found this video so incredibly sad.
First of all, I have always had great respect for Fr. Tom Vander Woude who is the pastor at Holy Trinity in Gainesville. In a previous post, I mistakenly said the congregation at Holy Trinity was being abandoned because the Montessori school is in the boundaries of All Saints in Manassas. However, it is the priests of Holy Trinity who will care for that very large Latin Mass community -- at least until the next act of suppression is implemented.
And, yes, it's wonderful that the priests of Holy Trinity will continue to celebrate the Mass for the exiles, but that doesn't change the fact that the TLM is on the chopping block! This is a temporary permission only allowed for two years. Essentially, the bishop's policy establishes reeducation camps for the exiles to try to convince them to embrace the Novus Ordo (NO). The plan to ban the TLM altogether remains, and the policy, which alters the norms, is obviously part of the reeducation campaign.
Here are some of the draconian elements of the policy to phase out the TLM:
- No priest ordained after July 16, 2021 is allowed to say the TLM. Those ordained prior to that date must have special permission from the bishop and must request that permission before the end of this month. No priest who refuses to concelebrate the NO will be allowed to say the TLM. These rules tend toward the ultimate abrogation of the Mass. The pope wants it gone, and the bishops are enablers! (Read Sharon Kabel's article The Untold Story of the Death of the Old Mass.) Here's what Benedict wrote in Summorum Pontificum defending the TLM and dismissing the claim that it causes disunity:
Art 1. The Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI is the ordinary expression of the lex orandi (rule of prayer) of the Catholic Church of the Latin rite. The Roman Missal promulgated by Saint Pius V and revised by Blessed John XXIII is nonetheless to be considered an extraordinary expression of the same lex orandi of the Church and duly honoured for its venerable and ancient usage. These two expressions of the Church’s lex orandi will in no way lead to a division in the Church’s lex credendi (rule of faith); for they are two usages of the one Roman rite.
It's a fact that, here in the Diocese of Arlington where 21 parishes offered both masses, we did not, in fact, experience division. People worked in the parishes side by side regardless of the Masses they attended.
The Vatican lied about the results of the bishops' survey that supposedly showed they opposed the charitable treatment of TLM communities under Summorum Pontificum and Ecclesia Dei. The survey was simply a ploy to provide an apparent justification to wipe out the TLM from the face of the earth. The actual results were never released publicly, but Diane Montagna has reported on them and, like the ministry of truth in Orwell's 1984, the reality is the opposite of what the Vatican claimed.
We are living the reality of England under Henry VIII, Cromwell, Elizabeth, and all their evil minions. But the Mass of the Ages continues in the U.K today. The evil tyrants could not wipe it out, and the orthodox faithful have a history of fidelity even under severe persecution. While the pope and the bishops appear to be the philosophical descendants of tyrants, the faithful are the philosophical descendants of the martyrs. We are the pope and bishops' good servants, but God's first.
To continue with the bishop's instruction:
2. Parishes may not publish the times of the Masses in the bulletin or on their social media sites and no new groups outside those presently formed may be enacted. The bulletin ban is ridiculous, but it fits with the agenda of trying to make sure no new adherents join the exiles. I can testify from the growth of the SSPX chapel in Linden that not advertising will not prevent people from finding the Mass. The ban on advertising is just silly and vindictive. One wonders if the bishop will have his team of Topcliffes reading parish bulletins and social media to identify any violations. Will priests be sentenced to rack and rope if they let a notice slip through?
3. The policy in accordance with the motu proprio and the dubia responses dictates that the readings must be proclaimed in the vernacular. At a TLM Mass the readings are read in Latin at the altar, but generally read again in the vernacular before the homily. Suppressing the Latin reading is presumably one more tactic to separate the people from the ancient Mass. Ironically, of course, use of Latin, the language of the church for centuries was a unifying factor. You could go to Mass anywhere in the world and worship with others who spoke the language of the Church in unison. Not now! It's a tower of Babel!
4. Chapter nine of the policy states that many of the faithful attend both forms of the Mass. The implication is that suppressing the TLM is no big deal and the faithful will get with the program since they are already halfway there. The same with the priests. During the battle with Archbishop Lefebvre, the Vatican tried to get him to say the NO once. He would not.
All of these machinations are leading my husband and me to discuss whether we should ever attend the NO again. Perhaps on September 8th our birthday gift to the Blessed Mother will be to shun the NO altogether from this time onward except in special circumstances like a bad snowstorm. What's happening is evil and perhaps the best way to react to the evil is to stop playing the game. I stopped teaching CCD after the Dallas bishops' meeting when the shepherds initiated policies to shift blame about sex abuse from themselves and their irresponsibility to the parish priests and the laity. I simply would not go to the VIRTUS "safe touch" meeting which lies that homosexuality isn't a problem or get fingerprinted to make the bishops look like they are doing something substantive. VIRTUS was never about protecting the children. It was always about protecting the assets. It brings in a great return for the stockholders of the National Catholic Risk Retention Group, the parent company. As always, the strategy was about money and VIRTUS, the "cadillac" of the safe touch programs is about liability. The "owners" are bishops and dioceses. Are you surprised?
Maybe it's time to stop playing the game. Yes the NO is valid, but it's being used to bludgeon the faithful.
The draconian measures against the TLM were never about unity; they are about the agenda -- to crush the Latin Mass.
Why such zeal to stamp out the Latin Mass when there are so many other forms and rites?
I suspect we are dealing with deep Church forces that hate the faith. What more effective way to destroy her than to attack the liturgy? That would certainly explain the ban on saying the TLM during the holiest times of the year - Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. No Mass for you if you won't attend the NO Mass.
In Protestant England there were financial penalties for those who refused to attend Cranmer's Mass. Here we have spiritual penalties for missing Mass. You can almost hear the satanic cackle. "Those orthodox folks don't want to miss Mass on Easter; it's a mortal sin, so we'll tell them, 'If you don't attend the NO, you will have no Mass at all.'"
God save the Church.