The how-to manual has been written for a long, long time. But the ones in charge don't want to read it.
Thank you, Peter, for initiating your substack with such a "loaded" piece--loaded with your own fulsome thoughts and with those you quote. You do read extensively. I thank the Holy Spirit for putting you in our corner. Please continue as you've started.
Amen. Your observations are spot on. The heresy of Modernism has taken over the Church. Is this something new? Go to Genesis 3. Satan to Eve. To paraphrase….you can be like God! What if parenting children took the same course? You don’t need to obey the 4th commandment. It’s quite alright to call your father “dude” and your mother. “Yo bitch!” Then 50 years later tell children to respect their parents but also tell them that they don’t have to change their actual behavior.
Is this at all similar to cycles in the history of the Israelites? They worship idols. Their nation falls into chaos and is conquered by a pagan nation. They repent and God restores their nation.
A remnant remained faithful. A remnant. Oh well. I guess that’s our lot. So be it. Remaining “faithful” will involve sacrifice, ridicule and scorn. So be it. Since when has being a Christian been “easy”?
Jesus was crucified. Believers were martyred. Being lukewarm has never been an option.
Your words hit home. Thank you. I am forwarding to my TLM community, as many of us seek consolation. We are too much in need of validation for our beliefs and hope for our future. Thank you, Dr. Kwasniewski.
As one might expect, you come right to the point. Excellent in every way.
This morning I read the following in morning meditation and I think it drives home exactly what you say in your article.
" The splendors of the liturgy are more efficacious than documents of the ecclesiastical magisterium and even more important." Pius XI
You could probably replace the word 'optional' with 'discouraged' in the chart and it would be more accurate. Especially in regard to receiving kneeling and on the tongue. A priest in a nearby parish wanted to use a kneeler during Communion but was overruled by the other priests. People there must kneel directly on the floor without any support getting down or up. I would love to receive kneeling but, without an altar rail or kneeler for support, fear losing my balance attempting it.
Thank you. I am a new convert (2022) but it has become so clear to me that you can't make people believe in the real presence by raw repetition, whether at the pulpit or at a Eucharistic Congress. Displays of irreverence or even indifference within the Mass will continue to undermine this fundamental part of our faith. It's tragic and grief-worthy. This pairs well with your recent article at Life Site News about the myth of ancient communion in the hand. Thank you for what you do.
"We owe a lot to Francis the Clarifier."
IIRC Hilary White was one of the first (if not the first) to call Pope Francis"the Great Clarifier":
You, Hilary White and other traditional Catholic writers are like the color bearers keeping the standard held high for everyone to see.
Thank you and God Bless!
V2 was sewing new cloth on an old garment. Jesus said no one does that. But they lost reason in the sixties. God keep you safe Dr. K.
Spot on Dr. K
Does the "laity handling the holy elements" including distributing the Eucharist? It's appalling to see women (in Portland, Oregon it was a pretty woman wearing a miniskirt and walking before the
altar obviously delighted with the general. appreciation) or just women distributing while the priest sat in a chair. It should be noted also that to my knowledge, only in the Traditional parishes are the men active; in the choir, teaching multitudinous servers (male) ushers, committees etc. Maybe concern for the laity doesn't include men?
God bless you. Please offer some guidance to the Novus Ordo priests that are trying to implement the TLM. These mostly younger priest I suppose get little if any support from their bishop who themselves have no practical knowledge of how to celebrate the true Mass. What I have noticed is that these priests have a false notion that they can, as with the Novus Ordo Mass, kind of freewheel it. Freewheel it as in add something here or skip something there. I call it the "Novus Ordo Creep". Therein lies a hidden danger of a parish offering both the NO Mass and the TLM. It seems as though the Sunday Bulletin should be replaced with a Sunday Menu. What you end up with is more confusion and sheep that don't know if they are coming or going. Maybe that is part of the plan by the deep church to destroy the Holy Sacrifice
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I believe the pope and his modernist allies desire diminution of the Eucharist to establish a 1 world common religion based on Masonic principles of “ man centricity” and disbelief in the Real Presence to attract Protestants. That is why they want the Latin mass and it’s theology destroyed
Excellent article. Can the Dr. expound on the ways the Novus Ordo mass can be “ corrected” to make it more in line with Catholic tradition?