Newsletter of the District
assistance at the New Mass is an issue that always comes up when
we visit new people. No doubt it is a crucial question that arises
at least once a week when there is no traditional Mass nearby.
Archbishop Lefebvre published some clear directives in 1979 stating
the official position of the Society of St Pius X on this issue.
The Archbishop made it very clear: “We do not hold to the absurd
idea that if the New Mass is valid, we are free to assist at it”.
The confusion in so many minds lies on the meaning of the word ‘valid’.
‘Valid’ does not necessarily mean ‘good’: the conditions required
for the validity may be fulfilled (matter, form, intention and validly
ordained priest), in other words, the consecration may take place
and the rite may still be displeasing to God. Such is the case
with the Masses of the Greek Orthodox: their Masses are valid but
since they are celebrated outside the fold of the Catholic Church,
these Masses do not please God.
must never forget that the Mass does not consist of the consecration
alone, there are rites, actions, before, during and after the consecration,
there is the sermon, there is the general atmosphere in the church.
How frequently Catholic dogmas are omitted or, worse, denied, in
sermons? I like to ask people when was the last time they heard
a sermon on hell! The answer usually is: “I don’t remember”. The
dogma ‘Outside the Church there is no salvation’ is another one
often denied explicitly by modern ecumenism: ‘it does not matter
what is your religion as long as you are sincere’. What shall we
say about the lack of respect towards the Most Holy Sacrament?
‘Ordained’ (sic) eucharistic lay ministers (no longer extraordinary),
communion in the hand (in South India, in the State of Tamil Nadu,
it has been imposed by the Bishops only this last Easter Sunday,
March 30, 1997), the lack of reverence in the churches, the lack
of silence... By attending the Novus Ordo Missae (the new order
of Mass) one becomes insensibly numb to these scandalous words or
attitudes and after a while, they are taken for granted. The New
Mass, in a communist fashion, i.e., by its praxis, by the force
of habit, by the repetition of Protestant attitudes, makes Protestants.
That is the reason why it is so harmful, even in the case when it
is valid (which is rarer and rarer in our days).
Catechism teaches us that we must avoid the near occasions of sin.
Let everyone then pray to understand the true nature -- poisonous
-- of the New Mass and to have the strength to avoid it.
for some news of the District, I don’t have much to say except that
since the consecration of the church, last March 1, it has been
“go-go-go”, non-stop, with retreats, Holy Week ceremonies, travels
to visit the various Centers. I could highlight however the fact
that Fr. McMahon gave a talk to 50 doctors and Nurses in Mindanao
on the subject of the dying. Please God this is the first of a
series of talks to these professionals. Also, three of our young
men have entered Holy Cross seminary -- the visa problem was finally
solved -- two to become brothers, one a priest. Meanwhile, in Manila,
we are already preparing the next batch, perhaps as high as eight
candidates, for spring of 1998. Our priests in India are doing
fairly well too with three to four candidates so far.
praying for the Missions of Asia. We remember all our readers and
benefactors in our daily Masses and rosaries.
God bless you all,