Tuesday 18th January 2022

Home » Our Catholic Faith » Currently Reading:

The Vatican II Mandate 

January 6, 2022 Our Catholic Faith No Comments

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK

We are living through a tragic chapter of life in the Church, in which legitimate Catholic freedom is being violated for specious and even perhaps malign motives.
A cascade of documents has been launched in the wake of July’s Traditiones custodes (TC), the first move to limit the free and generous use of the traditional Mass. That motu proprio by Francis aims to toss Pope Benedict’s honest emancipation of the source and summit of sacred tradition, which can never be abrogated, into the dustbin of Church history.
Summorum Pontificum was a reasoned, theologically sound and wise intervention on the part of Benedict to acknowledge a wound in the life of the Church. It was necessary for unity to teach that what was sacred and prayed by everyone in the Latin rite before Vatican II “remains sacred for us too.”
All Catholics found peace as they worshipped freely under either option, the traditional Mass or the Novus Ordo as the post-Vatican II Mass is also known. A new peace was won as our bishops were freed to put their time and efforts into many other more important tasks, the energy formerly drained by the plague of futile liturgy wars now conserved. 
The fathers of the Second Vatican Council offered the traditional Latin Mass every day before, during and, for a period, after the conclusion of the Council. Some of them continued to offer the usus antiquior after the new Mass was created following the conclusion of the Council by Bugnini’s committee and after the bishops had returned to their home dioceses all over the world.
The vision of those bishops has been betrayed by the implementation of what was a simplification and reinvention of the traditional Mass in response to Council deliberations but which was never intended by them to be a mutilation of the Church’s sacred prayer handed down by the Apostles and their successors for nearly two millennia.
Today the liturgical vision of the Council Fathers is in many places yet unrealized, with gratuitous talking, irreverence, and even sacrilege occurring regularly in the name of sacred worship, using the new Mass as an excuse.
The Latin, Gregorian chant, and organ specifically mandated in the documents of the Council by the Fathers is in many places neglected and even rejected in preference for innovation and worldly and horizontal compromises.
For many observers with experience of both the new and traditional liturgies, the latter appears to conform more with the Council’s vision. Many Catholics, because they accept Vatican II and its teaching as set down in writing, precisely for that reason gravitate toward the security and dependability of the traditional liturgy which is not a plaything subject to the whims and caprices of priests or committees.
Each new document further implementing TC is more restrictive than the last. We’ve moved from restricting the offering of the Mass to certain locations to further limitations forbidding its celebration on certain days.
Laity have in Catholic freedom the right to say and do something about the fact that a liturgy cobbled together by committee after Vatican II and in the name of Vatican II has not solved the problems noted by or fulfilled the promises of the idealistic dream with which it was launched a little over 50 years ago.
The two liturgies are not the same. If they were you would have silence before and after Mass with faithful remaining to give Thanksgiving afterward instead of chattering. The faithful would wear suits and ties and Sunday best instead of jeans and shorts and bathing suit type clothing. And the list goes on.
The traditional Mass inculcates a culture of faith and life. It fosters relationships that go beyond worship and communal lunch at the hall together on the Lord’s Day. It’s a web or network of relationships and friendships between individuals and families that sustain us. It is not an artificial and stilted association limited primarily to physical proximity in the pews on Sunday. Or Saturday night.
One could mention further the collapse of the incidence of confessions among Vatican II Novus Ordo Catholics and the complete opposite among traditional Catholics, many of whom go to Confession more than once a week.
Collapse of belief in the real Presence of Christ on the part of those who have been formed primarily by means of the new Mass is the most damning indictment.
We pray as we believe. When we believe in God and in His truth, our way of prayer infallibly reflects what is to be believed and is then, for that reasoned, lived.
Truth, the sacred and reverence are infallible signs of the Catholic. The true, the good and the beautiful must all have a place in our official prayer as Catholics if we are to assent with intellect and will to the Lord and all that is necessary for salvation.
It’s certainly above the pay grade of this writer to determine, but the fault for this erosion of belief is either with the liturgy itself, which seems to invite manipulation away from Catholic sacredness, or with those unfamiliar with the Church’s sacred liturgical tradition and thus unable to properly interpret the ambiguous ars practica of the new Mass.
Whatever the reasons for this implosion of belief, it is now necessary that all Catholics have unfettered access to the traditional liturgy in order to make the needed ecclesial course correction away from the lack of unity threatening the vitality of the Church resulting from dissent and disbelief.
The Bishop of Portland has found a way forward by declaring the truth that traditional Catholics are not a source of disunity and so he will not restrict the traditional Mass there.
But the Church at large is now experiencing a harsh and futile mandate akin to the vaccine mandates disrupting work and families, shortening careers and even lives. Reckless and dangerous, experimental vaccines are a crime against humanity and a source of destabilizing and disruptive division.
The Vatican II mandate, robbing good and humble Catholics of the traditional Mass and legitimate spiritual sustenance, now propounded by Archbishop Roche and Cardinal Cupich among others, will only cause further division and heartbreak.
Cupich is taking the punishment for imagined offenses against unity much further than what is required by Pope Francis, in banning the traditional Mass on the first Sunday of every month, the Triduum, Easter, Christmas and Pentecost in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
The cruel and draconian strictures may result in great division, hardly the unity claimed as the goal of this new and rash project. The proponents of this illegitimate and violent vandalism speciously claim that unity is only possible if everyone is forced into total physical compliance with the new liturgy. 
The immemorial Mass was supported by popes before and after the Council, and even “allowed” in the vision of Bugnini, the architect of the new Mass, to coexist with the old. It will not disappear from the earth, though it may for a time disappear from view in our churches.
And great disunity will result the more this legitimate and venerable means of worship is attacked by men who, as spiritual fathers should feed, not this starve, the flock so loyal and loving toward them and their sacred office.
Please pray for the pope and all of our bishops.
Praised be Jesus Christ now and forever. 
Thank you for reading and, if you’ve enjoyed my columns and would like to support faithful Catholic journalism, please subscribe to The Wanderer today.

Share Button

2019 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Pro-Life Group Calls for Removing Fauci After He's Caught Funding Aborted Baby Parts - https://t.co/kqxQXGgoG8

LifeNews.com - The Pro-Life News Source

.

LifeNews.com

Load More...

Vatican and USCCB leave transgender policy texts unpublished

While U.S. bishops have made headlines for releasing policies addressing gender identity and pastoral ministry, guidelines on the subject have been drafted but not published by both the U.S. bishops’ conference and the Vatican’s doctrinal office, leaving diocesan bishops to…Continue Reading

Biden says Pope Francis told him to continue receiving communion, amid scrutiny over pro-abortion policies

President Biden said that Pope Francis, during their meeting Friday in Vatican City, told him that he should continue to receive communion, amid heightened scrutiny of the Catholic president’s pro-abortion policies.  The president, following the approximately 90-minute-long meeting, a key…Continue Reading

Federal judge rules in favor of Gov. DeSantis’ mask mandate ban

MIAMI (LifeSiteNews) – A federal judge this week handed Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis another legal victory on his mask mandate ban for schools. On Wednesday, Judge K. Michael Moore of the Southern District of Florida denied a petition from…Continue Reading

The Eucharist should not be received unworthily, says Nigerian cardinal

Priests have a duty to remind Catholics not to receive the Eucharist in a state of serious sin and to make confession easily available, a Nigerian cardinal said at the International Eucharistic Congress on Thursday. “It is still the doctrine…Continue Reading

Donald Trump takes a swipe at Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him

Donald Trump complained about Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him in 2020. The former president made the comments in a conference call featuring religious leaders. The move could be seen to shore up his religious conservative base…Continue Reading

Y Gov. Kathy Hochul Admits Andrew Cuomo Covered Up COVID Deaths, 12,000 More Died Than Reported

When it comes to protecting people from COVID, Andrew Cuomo is already the worst governor in America. New York has the second highest death rate per capita, in part because he signed an executive order putting COVID patients in nursing…Continue Reading

Prayers For Cardinal Burke . . . U.S. Cardinal Burke says he has tested positive for COVID-19

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said he has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. In an Aug. 10 tweet, he wrote: “Praised be Jesus Christ! I wish to inform you that I have recently…Continue Reading

Democrats Block Amendment Banning Late-Term Abortions, Stopping Abortions Up to Birth

Senate Democrats have blocked an amendment that would ban abortions on babies older than 20 weeks. During consideration of the multi-trillion spending package, pro-life Louisiana Senator John Kennedy filed an amendment to ban late-term abortions, but Democrats steadfastly support killing…Continue Reading

Transgender student wins as U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs bathroom appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to a transgender former public high school student who waged a six-year legal battle against a Virginia county school board that had barred him from using the bathroom corresponding…Continue Reading

New York priest accused by security guard of assault confirms charges have now been dropped

NEW YORK, June 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A New York priest has made his first public statement regarding the dismissal of charges against him.  Today Father George W. Rutler reached out to LifeSiteNews and other media today with the following…Continue Reading

21,000 sign petition protesting US Catholic bishops vote on Biden, abortion

More than 21,000 people have signed a letter calling for U.S. Catholic bishops to cancel a planned vote on whether President Biden should receive communion.  Biden, a Catholic, supports abortion rights and has long come under attack from some Catholics over that…Continue Reading

Bishop Gorman seeks candidates to fill two full time AP level teaching positions for the 2021-2022 school year in the subject areas of Calculus/Statistics and Physics

Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic School is a college preparatory school located in Tyler, Texas. It is an educational ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler led by Bishop Joseph Strickland. The sixth through twelfth grade school provides a…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Catechism

Today . . .

Alice von Hildebrand . . . Catholic Icon . . . Dead at 98

The readers of The Wanderer have been blessed to read the wisdom and the vast understanding of the Catholic faith that Alice Von Hildebrand shared in her columns with the readers of The Wanderer for over four decades. Her contribution to the Church and to the defense of Catholicism is immeasurable. The countless people she touched in her witness to the Catholic faith will not be fully known until the end of time. Her words are even more valuable today as our…Continue Reading

Brazil to have a statue of Jesus larger than Christ the Redeemer

A statue of Christ is being built in Brazil that will be larger than the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro. The image, which has been under construction since 2019, will be called Cristo Protector and is being erected on the Cerro de las Antenas, a hill near Encantado in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The project was planned to be completed by the end of 20

Vatican orders forced concelebrations, new restrictions on traditional Mass and sacraments

The document released restricts the traditional celebration of the sacraments, hints at a future withdrawal of permission to celebrate the traditional Mass at all , and issues penalties for priests who will not concelebrate.

Top European court rules all EU countries must recognize same-sex parents

(LifeSiteNews) – The top court of the European Union ruled Tuesday that all EU countries must recognize homosexuals and their legal children as family members regardless of national laws on same-sex parenting or homosexual “marriage.” In a ruling that applies to the entire 27-nation bloc, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in Luxembourg declared that member countries must allow a same-sex couple to move and reside freely with a child legally recognized as their son or daughter…Continue Reading

Court won’t stop Texas abortion ban, but lets clinics sue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday left in place Texas’ ban on most abortions, though it ruled that clinics in the state can sue over the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. The decision, little more than a week after the court signaled it would roll back abortion rights and possibly overturn its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, was greeted with dismay by abortion rights supporters. They said the outcome, by limiting…Continue Reading

COVID Gloom Shadows World

By JOHN J. METZLER As the New Year brings hope and possibility for a global reset and renewal, the tragic reality remains that COVID-19, with all its deadly variants, continues to plague the planet now fully two years after the malady emerged from Wuhan, China. Thus, despite much justified optimism over wider vaccinations, the pandemic…Continue Reading

Voter ID Requirements Make Sense

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY A young man who looks like a teenager walks into a liquor store and pulls a bottle of cheap whiskey off a shelf.He puts it down at the checkout counter and pulls out his wallet.The clerk at the counter looks at him skeptically. “Can I see your ID?” he asks.“Yes,” says…Continue Reading

The Road To Emmaus

By DONALD DeMARCO The road that stretched from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus, as Luke informs us (Luke 24:13-35), was about seven miles (60 estadia). What transpired in the story of the “Road to Emmaus,” however, has a far richer meaning than the route on which two people, and then a third, traveled. It…Continue Reading

Where Does NATO Enlargement End?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Warsaw Pact dissolved, the breakup of the USSR began. But the dissolution did not stop with the 14 Soviet “republics” declaring their independence of Moscow.Decomposition had only just begun.Transnistria broke away from Moldova. South Ossetia and Abkhazia seceded from Georgia. Chechnya broke…Continue Reading

Our Entire System Of “Sexual Liberation” Depends On The Abortion Industry

By JONATHON VAN MAREN (Editor’s Note: Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as in print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator, and others.) + + (LifeSiteNews) — If…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Spirit Of The Lord Is Upon You

FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Neh. 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-101 Cor. 12:12-30Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 In the second reading today, St. Paul states: “You are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.” This truth is of great importance to all of us, but we need to look at the Gospel reading to see what God teaches…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. Are archaeologists still looking for the original pieces of Christ’s Cross? – J.B., Pennsylvania.A. No, the true Cross was found by St. Helena in Jerusalem in the fourth century, and pieces of this holy relic can now be found in many churches and shrines throughout the world. Helena was sent to Jerusalem by her son, the Roman Emperor Constantine,…Continue Reading

Practicing Catholics: The Moral Connection

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A Catholic acquaintance recounts having been asked, while being interviewed in preparation for hiring by a particular agency concerned with national security, “Have you slept with your friend’s girlfriend or wife?” His impulse was to answer, “No, I’m Catholic,” but only yes or no answers were allowed.That reminded me of an occasion in the Army…Continue Reading

From The Christmas Cycle… An Overlooked But Powerful Reading

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Pope posted this commentary on January 4, 2022 and it is reprinted here with permission. His website is msgrpope.com.) + + There is a Scripture reading proclaimed at the Christmas Liturgy that usually gets overlooked. And yet it should elicit considerable reflection since it is proclaimed at the Christmas Midnight Mass, one of…Continue Reading

Our Lord Gave Himself Entirely

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 62:1-51 Cor. 12:4-11John 2:1-11 In calling Israel into a covenant relationship with Himself, God took His Chosen People into a relationship that is akin to a marriage. This marital relationship is mentioned many times in the Old Testament. Often it is because Israel was like an unfaithful…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Vincent Mary Pallotti (1795-1850)

By DEB PIROCH He lived during a different era . . . the same as the Curé of Ars. He attended a special Jesuit high school, the Collegio Romano where St. Aloysius Gonzaga had been schooled. And like his fellow alumnus, he came from a large family and was called early to religious life.One of ten, as a child Vincent…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… The Blessed Carmelites Of Compiègne

By DEB PIROCH There are those who make the capital error of equating France’s French Revolution with the American one. Bastille Day may have liberated the people from autocracy, but beyond that, the Revolution was vile. While phrases like “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” were bantered about, it was actually only one motto used and it really had nothing whatsoever to…Continue Reading

Advertisement(2)