The Holy Mass is the central act of Catholic worship. As such, it is not surprising that the liturgical actions, gestures, and prayers must reflect the true Catholic Faith to a tee. In all its details, the Catholic Mass reflects what Catholics believe, and vice versa: What Catholics believe is reflected in the Holy Mass. It therefore follows that if someone were to change the liturgical actions or prayers of the Holy Mass, this would necessarily change or impact the belief of Catholics. A common Catholic adage is that the law of prayer is the law of belief: "Lex orandi, lex credendi." Therefore, whenever changes were made to the Catholic Mass, these changes were minor and never substantial, and complete orthodoxy was always ensured so that the faithful would always have pure and sound doctrine in this principal act of worship to the Most Holy Trinity.
The Catholic Church teaches clearly that she is infallible/indefectible and spotless in the promulgation of her sacramental rites and sacred laws imposed upon all. It is not possible for the Catholic Church to promulgate a sacramental rite that is invalid, impious, harmful to souls, or evil. In fact, the Council of Trent has hurled an anathema ("let him be excommunicated") against anyone who would dare to suggest that the Church's sacramental rites are an incentive to impiety:
Council of Trent, Session 22, Canons of the Sacrifice of the Mass, promulgated by Pope Pius IV in 1562:
Canon 7: "If anyone says that the ceremonies, vestments, and outward signs which the Catholic Church uses in the celebration of masses, are incentives to impiety rather than stimulants to piety, let him be anathema."
Likewise, Pope Pius XII taught authoritatively:
Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Mystici Corporis, par. 66 (1943):
“Certainly the loving Mother [the Church] is spotless in the Sacraments, by which she gives birth to and nourishes her children; in the faith which she has always preserved inviolate; in her sacred laws imposed on all; in the evangelical counsels which she recommends; in those heavenly gifts and extraordinary graces through which, with inexhaustible fecundity, she generates hosts of martyrs, virgins and confessors.”
There are many other examples of this kind, but these suffice to make clear that the sacramental rites of the Catholic Church are without blemish and are of themselves conducive to the salvation of souls. This should not be surprising, given that the Blessed Lord Jesus Christ Himself established the Catholic Church, and promised that the gates of hell would never prevail against her. If this Church could promulgate sacramental rites that are harmful to souls and even invalid, the gates of hell would definitely have prevailed.
As all practicing Catholics assist at the Holy Mass at least once a week (on Sundays), as far as they are able, it is clear that the Faith is taught them principally and most often specifically in the liturgical rite of the Holy Mass. It stands to reason, therefore, that in order to change the faith of Catholics, to change what they believe and how they believe it, it was necessary to change the liturgical rites and prayers of the Holy Mass. The modernistic takeover of the Vatican in 1958 could never have been successful if they had only changed the beliefs on paper. Most Catholics are not familiar with papal encyclicals (which are addressed to bishops, anyway, and not to laymen), nor do they read conciliar documents; but all practicing Catholics assist at the Holy Mass at least once a week. Just as the secular-sexual revolution of the 1960's was transported into every home via rock music on the radio, and mostly thereby took abundant evil fruit, so the New Faith of the modernists could not spread into every Catholic heart and soul except by imposing on the faithful a "New Mass" that would longer be an expression of the pure Catholic Faith but of the new modernistic faith that was officially introduced and sanctioned by John XXIII and his successors, especially Paul VI.
When MODERNISTS build a church…
Divine Mercy of our Lord “Catholic” Church in Mesquite, Texas (2007)
Guess which one of these is considered by the Vatican to represent a “New Springtime” in the Faith!
The contrast between the true Catholic Faith and the Modernist Vatican II religion is strikingly visible:
On the other hand, genuine Roman Catholic architecture is beautiful, majestic, reverent, awe-inspiring, sacred — and always raises the mind to heavenly things, for which reason alone it refreshes many a soul. Real Catholic churches are designed to be a worthy house for the Lord, who dwells truly and physically in their tabernacles.
Thus the difference between the Catholic Church and the Novus Ordo Vatican II Sect can be seen not only in their contradictory teachings and disciplines, but also in the very architecture that gives expression to their respective beliefs. This lends even more credence to the fact that there is a substantial difference between the two religions, and any talk of “continuity” is foolish and ultimately deceptive.
The Modernist churches, together with the “New Mass” of Paul VI, proved to be the perfect mix to catapult the New Religion into the souls of every church-going Catholic in the 1960s and beyond. Few people ever read the conciliar documents or the new catechisms — it was the new liturgy and church architecture, more than anything else, that made the Novus Ordo religion so successful.
Lex orandi, lex credendi — how we pray shows what we believe. Compare what today’s “Catholics” believe with what the Catholics under Pope Pius XII and his predecessors believed, and you will find two essentially different religions, as we prove time and again on this web site.
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