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and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24)
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This site is dedicated to the Catholic belief of lex orandi,
lex credendi, translated into English as "the rule of prayer dictates the
rule of belief". In other words, the way you pray shows what you believe; what
you exhibit externally reflects what you believe internally. As Archbishop
Fulton Sheen once said, "If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by
believing as you behave."
The Catholic Church, as the true Church of Christ, has always prayed in a way
that reflects what She believed - up until now. In the Latin rite, certain
liberal and modernist influences have affected the way people pray. Priests turn
towards the people, thus confusing the notion of the Sacrifice of the Mass.
People handle the Blessed Sacrament, thus inevitably lessening belief in
transubstantiation. The liturgy has been destroyed (according to one progressive
liturgist), emptying our churches of a sense of the sacred and the people as
On this site, I aim to counter some of these problems and to reaffirm this
age-old Catholic axiom: How we pray should reflect what we
If you are concerned if I regard myself as a "traditionally minded Catholic"
or even a "traditionalist", then please read my Statement Towards the Current
Crisis in the Church, so that no misinterpretations may arise.
Crisis? What Crisis?
An Illustration of the Statistics charting the decline of the Church since the
Second Vatican Council.
Changes since the Second Vatican CouncilMany of the changes since
Second Vatican Council (1962-65) that are immediately apparent to the laity were
never mentioned in the documents of the Council, let alone mandated by them.
Changes that have altered the way we pray and threaten what we
The Sacred Liturgy of the Latin Rite
"Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm
Since the Second Vatican Council, the Sacred Liturgy in
the Latin rite of the Catholic Church has been radically changed. It is not just
the orientation of the priest and the introduction of the vernacular: the entire
liturgy was completely re-written, simplified and even "Protestantised" in the
opinion of many (see below). This is often in stark contradiction to the
documents of Vatican II, especially the Constitution on the
Sacred Liturgy, which states that Latin is to be preserved, Gregorian chant
be given pride of place and that all rites should be fostered in every
The New Order of Mass: Confusing the law of faith through
"An enemy has done this" (Matthew 13:28)
- The New Liturgy
compared to the Old Compare the text of the new liturgy, side by side,
against the old (English translations). It is not just the celebration of the
New Mass that should be of concern to us, but the watering down of the base
- The Ottaviani
Intervention Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci, on behalf of a dozen of their
peers, submitted a letter, accompanied by a critical study, to Pope Paul VI in
1969 severely criticising the new order of Mass (the original Latin) as well
as the General Instruction which introduced it. After this criticism, the
Instruction was changed; the Mass, however, was not.
- 25 reasons why I avoid the
new Mass Even though I consider the new Mass as valid as the traditional
Mass, I have many reasons for not attending it.
- Has the Roman Liturgy
been Protestantised? Not become Protestant, but
Protestantised, i.e. influenced by the Protestant reformers of the 16th
century, rather than a true authentic Catholic spirit. Let us compare the
changes of both "reforms".
- Eucharistic Prayer II
and the ancient Canon of Hippolytus We are told that Eucharistic Prayer II
is from the 3rd century. Compare the texts for yourself.
- Authoritative essays
and quotations on the deficiencies of the new order of Mass Cardinals, an
archbishop, priests and an eminent theologian, including Joseph Cardinal
Ratzinger, Prefect of the Doctrine of Faith (together with his predecessor),
give their thoughts on the shortcomings of the New Mass and how the reformed
liturgy does not represent the thinking of the Council Fathers.
Concilium: A Lawyer Examines the Loopholes The New Rite of Mass may well
contradict parts of the Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, but did
the language of the document itself pave the way to the storm that
- The New Order Succeeding
the Old: A greater realisation of heaven on earth? A short essay examining
whether the new order of Mass has brought us closer to the goal of perfect
heavenly worship in this world through the liturgy.
- Creating a heaven on
earth? Modernists seem to think they are building a heaven on earth,
making people's lives better and opening up the sacred so that the world can
understand and participate. Is this true?
The Traditional Latin Mass: Where the law of prayer = law of
belief..."Thus says the LORD: 'Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for
the ancient paths, where the good way is;
and walk in it, and find rest for
your souls' " (Jeremiah 6:16)
Official Vatican documents on celebrating the traditional liturgy:
And an unofficial Vatican document:
- "Norms" of 1986
Unpublished, but very important document created by a commission of cardinals
appointed by Pope John Paul II regarding the status of the traditional Latin
Writings of author Michael Davies
Michael Davies - the foremost
author in English on the changes in the Catholic liturgy - has made the
following essays and booklet excerpts available to internet readers. The last
three items are taken from his latest booklets - full versions are available
from the publishers indicated (cheaper too - TAN offers the booklets from as
little as $0.35 each!)
- The Right to
Beauty Davies examines the nature of a "right" within the Catholic Church,
and explains that the traditional Mass is truly a "birthright" to every
Catholic within the Latin rite.
- An Unexpected Defence
of Tradition During the creation of the new order of Mass, six Protestant
advisors were consulted, one of which was Max Thurian - a brother at the Taize
community. Later he converted to Catholicism, and less than a month before his
death he created a considerable stir by criticising the Mass he previously
helped to formulate.
- A Short History of the
Roman Mass Davies gives a "compact history of the Roman Rite of the Mass
from the Last Supper to the Traditional Mass ("Tridentine Mass") as it is said
today." The full booklet is available from TAN Books.
- The Catholic Sanctuary
and the Second Vatican Council Since the Council, the face of our Catholic
Sanctuaries has changed drastically. Was this mandated by Vatican II itself?
Davies reveals the shocking truth. The full booklet is available from TAN Books.
- I am With You
Always On the indefectibility of the Church. Can the Church officially
teach error? Can a Pope fall into heresy? Have the post Vatican II popes
erred? Davies tackles these thorny issues and more in this new edition of his
booklet aimed at the error of "sedevacantism". The full booklet is available
from the Neumann Press.
- A Heretical Pope? A
shorter article on sedevacantism illustrating the inherent problems in the
Writings of Leo Darroch
Author, poet, defender of the traditional liturgy and the right of Catholic
children to be taught the precious Catholic faith. I feel privileged to present
some of Mr. Darroch's essays on these critical topics.
St. Philomena, pray for us!
|"O God Our Father, Your faithful servant Pope Pius the
Fifth helped to build-up your Kingdom through the good-ordering of
Catholic worship; grant we beg you, through his intercession, that the
traditional Latin Mass may be made freely available throughout the Church
Christ founded, for our good and His greater glory, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen"
© 1997 - 1999 David Joyce.
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Just like the traditional faith and the Latin Mass it represents
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