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Martin Mosebach at the Brompton Oratory

At the request of Father U.M.Lang, we announce that the presentation of the English version of Martin Mosebach's book "The Heresy of Formlessness" will take place on December 7, in St Wilfrid's Hall at the London Oratory.

"The Heresy of Formlessness", for those who do not know it yet, is a collection of essays on the liturgy and its recent reform not from the perspective of a theologian, but from the perspective of a literary writer (excerpt here). The book helped to bring the debate on the liturgy to a wider public in Germany.

Martin Mosebach, who will be present at the event, is a well-known and award-winning German author who has published novels, stories, and collections of poems; he has also written scripts for several films, opera libretti, theater, and radio plays. He is a regular contributor to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and also writes on art and literature for other newspapers and journals. Most recently, Mosebach has been awarded the Großer Literaturpreis der Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste.


  1. For what it's worth, I can recommend this outstanding and very moving book. It is unlike anything I have ever read on the Old Rite. The observations he makes are at once practical, commonsensical and also poetic.

  2. The Pauline liturgy contains most of the seeds of the darnel which have been sown among Catholics today. The consequent weeds have asphyxiated the life of The Church. It has brought disaster to the seminaries & priesthood and soulless emptiness to church buildings. It has deprived nearly two generations of Catholics of the necessary oxygen of the true Roman Catholic Mass.

    The NO service is indeed a formless mess which has been imposed on The Church by people who had no right whatever to depart radically from Roman Catholic liturgical norms. The fact that it can so easily be abused and "inculturated" stands as a testimony to its nefarious and delinquent purposes. Protestants & freemasons had a hand in fabricating it - these are facts which can no longer be denied.

    Also, we need to be more precise - a virtue detested by modernists. The Latin Mass of All Times is not "Tridentine", as such. It is much more true to speak of it as The Latin Mass of Pope Gregory The Great of which the roots, as Fr Adrian Fortesque tells us, can be traced back to The Apostles. So, media nonsense about The Mass which is 400 years old is clearly untrue as it implies it is of relatively recent origin.

    As the Martyrs of Henrician & Elizabethan England have demonstrated to us, it is a liturgy worth dying for. This has been the case elsewhere in the world. Frankly speaking who would want to die for the mostly liturgical garbage, and its so-called music, generated by 45 years of misdirection and un-Catholic disorientation?

    Martin Mosebach's book provides a very welcome addition to the rapidly growing corpus of writings which advocate a return to traditional sensus fidelium where the liturgy of The Mass is concerned. The time for dithering is past. We can see the damage done by the vulgar-tongued NO service, on Christendom. We can also see who the enemies of The Roman Liturgy are in the true light of day. No wonder there is a great stir fomenting The Church.

  3. See my quotations from his book, where he says that the argument that it is possible to celebrate the Novus Ordo reverently is the weightiest argument against the new liturgy in my September 27, 2006, post.


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