An indisputable truth from the last 50 years (that also applies to
the current SSPX) is that if you compromise with Modernism under the
illusion it will not affect you, history has proven that you will gradually
falter and become a Modernist, as 99% of former Catholics Post-VC II.
From time to time traditional Catholics have to explain why they do
not take part in, or have anything to do with, the Conciliar church.
This series is designed to help traditionalists with just such a needed
explanation: to avoid compromising their religious principles, plus
keep peace in the family and with friends. It’s recommended that the
explanation be put in writing to avoid spur-of-the-moment, unpleasant
defensive reactions. Feel free to use some or all that is suggested
here to help in writing that letter you need to send.
First in the series of fictitious situations
Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s oldest son Ray has a new job in an eastern city.
He has no car, and to help with expenses Ray will be able to stay with
his Aunt Mary, a conservative Catholic who attends the indult Mass on
Sunday. The traditional (non-indult) Mass is an hour away and not accessible
except by car. The Smith family, including Ray, is unwilling to compromise
their traditional principles by his attending an indult Mass. What follows
is the necessary letter to explain why attending the indult is not possible
if Ray stays with his Aunt Mary.
It was so generous of you to invite Ray to stay with you when he starts
his new job in September. Ray was delighted and we all thank you
As you know, we are traditional Catholics and only attend the Tridentine
Mass. Our informed consciences will not allow us to attend the indult
for the following reasons:
- When you attend the indult Mass, it is implied that you accept the
new Mass and Vatican II, because it is allowed only under those conditions.
- It is reasonable to assume the priest offering the Mass does not love
and respect the Tridentine Mass and says it only because he is ordered
to do so.
- The church one visits to attend an indult is usually stripped of traditional
furnishings: proper altar, Communion rail, kneelers, Corpus from the
cross, Stations of the Cross, making a protestant feel right at home and
diminishing the religious fervor of a Catholic.
- By attending the indult in a Modernist church you give bad example
to those who try to avoid the Conciliar church.
- When you attend the indult, you get a Faith-destroying sermon. Who can believe a priest trained in Modernist schools and seminary
for his whole life would give a Faith-strengthening sermon? Not a chance. Which puts your Faith in jeopardy.
- By attending a parish with the indult, you “confess” face-to-face,
reconciliation-style, with a Modernist priest who may doubt there is
such a thing as sin.
- Any money contributed would all go to help the new Conciliar faith.
- At an indult, I fear that Ray would associate with young women with
a Modernist mindset which would cause big problems if things got serious in the
future. Putting his Faith in jeopardy.
I hope the above reasons for not attending the indult will help you
reconsider your attendance, thus allowing Ray to accept your generous
offer to stay with you.
Please advise of your decision as soon as possible.
You can be assured of our daily prayers for you and your family.
We hope to see you soon.
Frank and Molly