The new mass is intrinsically evil and therefore no one should ever attend it. This is a basic Traditional Catholic principle, without which a person is not a genuine Traditional Catholic. How could it possibly be otherwise? The new mass is the principal liturgical embodiment of the new conciliar religion and expresses the core heresies and evils of this new religion.
Of course, we don’t judge the subjective culpability of those who deny this principle (and who say a person should attend the new mass if it helps him). However, they are objectively wrong.
About ten months ago, Bishop Williamson made the scandalous and grave error of publicly telling a woman that she should attend the new mass if she felt it helped her.
At the time, few people publicly opposed his terrible error. We wondered which Resistance bishops and priests really resist liberalism and affirm the core Traditional Catholic principle that no one should attend the new mass because it is inherently evil. So we decided to ask them.
We wrote various Resistance bishops and priests to see how they would respond when asked about this principle. One of us personally wrote the following letter to each one:
Dear Father, [and to each bishop: “Your Excellency:”]
Happy and Holy Easter!
As you know, there has been quite a lot of controversy in the Resistance during the last nine months, based on the scandalous idea that a person should attend the new mass if he feels it helps him. That idea is completely opposed to our core Traditional Catholic principles.
I do not judge anyone’s subjective culpability for what he does in ignorance. But Catholics simply state (as they should) that “no women should wear a bikini in public”, without confusing the issue by talking about her state of mind. Likewise, it is true that no one should attend the new mass regardless of his possible lack of subjective culpability arising from ignorance.
In an effort to do the little I can to reassure Traditional Catholic souls looking for clarity (to make them confident that it is always bad to attend the new mass), I am writing to ask your help.
Please be so kind to affirm that you agree that:No one should ever attend the new mass because it is inherently evil.
I would like this clarified for purposes of sharing your position (which is also my position) with others, to assure them that they are on the right track holding this core Traditional Catholic principle.
Thank you in advance!
Yours in our Risen Lord,
We did not receive replies from some whom we wrote. So we sent a follow-up letter a week later, as follows:
Dear Father, [or Your Excellency:]
As you know, I wrote you a week ago (see below) asking you to assist in bringing clarity to a question much discussed among the Resistance laymen, viz., attending (i.e., participating) in the new mass. I hold that:No one should ever attend the new mass because it is inherently evil.
For the love of our dear Lord’s Mystical Body, and for the good of souls, please kindly respond!
Thank you very much, in advance!
In the Holy Faith,
To those that did not answer the second email, we then sent a third email identical to the second email except noting the passage of another week.
We are glad to say that the following bishop and priests clearly affirmed that no one should ever attend the new mass because it is inherently evil:
Dear Reader, please understand that we are neither trad-ecumenists nor are we “taking a vote” to determine the truth regarding this core Traditional Catholic principle, viz., that no one should ever attend the new mass because it is inherently evil.
A Catholic who is faithful to Tradition needs to beware of bishops and priests who do not hold this core principle, just like he needs to beware of those who deny that Pope Francis is our pope. Those two positions are necessary but not sufficient litmus tests for Traditional Catholicism. Those tests exclude bishops, priests and laymen who either are very confused or pernicious when they claim to be Traditional Catholic.
Regarding the priests on the list above, we are not asserting that they all agree with each other on everything or that they are all correct on every point. We are merely providing information to faithful Traditional Catholics identifying these priests as willing to plainly uphold the core Traditional Catholic principle that no one should ever attend the new mass because it is inherently evil.
Likewise, we want you, the Reader, to know which clergy claim to be faithful to Catholic Tradition but who refused to commit themselves to this core Traditional Catholic principle.
Williamson and Fr. Patrick Girouard both responded refusing
to take a stand one
way or the other. That reminds us of Our Lord’s warning:
would thou wert cold or hot. Apoc. 3:15. To those who are
neither, Our Lord declares that He
will begin to vomit them out
of His Mouth. Apoc. 3:16.
How can a layman count himself as Traditional Catholic if he will not take a clear position on attending the new mass? Much more, how can a bishop or priest fail to commit himself? We must all be ready to affirm the plain truth whenever asked!
A person might wonder why Bishop Williamson would not commit himself since he wrote on December 13, 2014 that no one should attend the new mass:
Take for instance the Novus Ordo Mass. ... [I]t is as a whole so bad that no priest should use it, nor Catholic attend it. ... [I]f I say that the new Mass must always be avoided, I am telling the truth ....
Eleison Comments #387 (emphasis added).
Further, in a conference on the new mass, Bishop Williamson correctly stated:
The new mass is in any case illicit. ... If it [the new mass] is valid, illicit, may I attend? No. I may no more attend a valid, illicit [new] mass than I may attend a satanic mass.
Listen at minutes 0:49 and 2:38.
In the past, Bishop Williamson also plainly stated that the new mass is “intrinsically evil”.
But then on June 28, 2015, Bishop Williamson contradicted himself and publicly stated:
Do whatever you need to nourish your Faith. ... I would not say that every single person must stay away from every single novus ordo mass.
If Bishop Williamson’s first three statements are “hot” and his last one is “cold”, then they result in lukewarm. We had hoped to avoid this analysis of Bishop Williamson’s contradictory and scandalous words. If he would have been willing to take a Traditional Catholic stand, our plan was to help repair the damage he caused by simply printing his name on the list of Resistance bishops and priests who stand for the truth. Regrettably, he would not.
Besides the persons identified above, we asked Fr. Gerardo Zendejas to affirm this core Traditional Catholic principle that no one should ever attend the new mass because it is inherently evil. Over three weeks, Fr. Zendejas received our three requests in his email box (previously confirmed and tested). Fr. Zendejas also received our phone call and voice mail on his cell phone (previously confirmed and tested).
He did not respond.
Fr. Zendejas failing to respond for weeks, that he upholds this basic Traditional Catholic principle, reminds us of Our Lord’s words:
Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven.