The Examiner, November 22, carries a detailed programme, November 28 thro’ December 07, to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the 38th. International Eucharistic Congress, with a monstrance on the cover and an editorial: “Sacrament par Excellence.” Ordinarily, this would be a very laudable commemoration meriting unquestionable patronage for spiritual refurbishment and Catholic solidarity. However, I have certain reservations which I am required, in conscience as a Catholic, to express, namely:
Although the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) was convoked and opened as a Pastoral Council, it passed two dogmatic constitutions, one being “The Dogmatic Constitution of the Church,” (21/11/1964) or Lumen Gentium, which, in chapter one, section 8, paragraph 2, states that the Church of Christ “subsists” in the Catholic Church headed by the pope and bishops. Earlier Councils had regarded the contemporary Catholic Church and the Church of Christ to have been one and the same, i.e., congruent. Through the sinister insertion of the word “subsist” a new church, in effect, has been launched which departs from the 1,900 year old Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ in orthodoxy and orthopraxis. In fact, the Church of today is not the same Church of 50 years ago.
To meet the tenets of this New Church, there has been a slew of post Vatican II drastic revisions and innovations which has seen the re-writing of all the sacramental rites from Baptism to Extreme Unction, started with the ordination rites (of which the average Catholic is quite unaware), the revision of priestly formation in seminaries, re-writing of the constitutions of religious orders, a New Code of Canon Law, a New Catechism of the Catholic Church, New Rosary, new catechisms for school children, and an Ecumenical Directory of 1993 which has made all Catholic churches, shrines and chapels multi-religious, all of which have taken Rome far beyond the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation.
Catholic theologians of the highest order, headed by a confessor of Pope Pius XII, in a document called The Ottaviani Intervention, or Critical Study of the (Latin version of the) New Order of Mass, have stated that: “The Real Presence of Christ is never alluded to and belief in it is implicitly repudiated.” On the revised ordination rites mandated to take effect from April 6, 1969, late Michael Davies, convert from the Anglican to the Catholic Church (before Vatican II), has observed in his book, The Order of Melchisedech: “Every prayer in the traditional rite which stated specifically the essential role of a priest as a man ordained to offer propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead has been removed. In most cases these were the precise prayers removed by the Protestant Reformers or, if not precisely the same, there are clear parallels.”
Does not the following binding dogmatic decree of Pope Leo XIII apply to Novus Ordo ordinations?
“In the whole ordinal there is no clear mention of the sacrifice…of offering sacrifice…every trace of these things …has been rejected, removed and struck out.”
(Pope Leo XIII: Apostolicae Curae, September 18, 1896, which declared Anglican rites null and void for the same reasons)
Where then does the “Sacrament par Excellence” come from in this forthcoming celebration, or has come from at any time from Advent 1969 when the New Mass came into effect?
Holy Father Francis, Bishop of Rome, is a sworn enemy of the immemorial Traditional Mass from which the “Sacrament par Excellence” derives.