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The Mass of the Council


Concede nobis, quæsumus, Domine, hæc digne frequentare mysteria: quia, quoties huius hostiæ commemoratio celebratur, opus nostræ redemptionis exercetur. Per Dominum... (Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may worthily frequent these Mysteries: for as often as the memorial of this Victim is celebrated, the work of our redemption is accomplished. Per Dominum...)

The first quotation of Sacrosanctum Concilium - in fact, the first quotation of any document of the Second Vatican Council - is the beautiful Secret of the Mass for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost:

This sacred Council has several aims in view: it desires to impart an ever increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful; to adapt more suitably to the needs of our own times those institutions which are subject to change; to foster whatever can promote union among all who believe in Christ; to strengthen whatever can help to call the whole of mankind into the household of the Church. The Council therefore sees particularly cogent reasons for undertaking the reform and promotion of the liturgy.

For the liturgy, through which, most of all in the divine Sacrifice of the Eucharist, "the work of our redemption is accomplished," ("Liturgia enim, per quam, maxime in divino Eucharistiæ Sacrificio, 'opus nostræ Redemptionis exercetur'": 1 - Secret of the ninth Sunday after Pentecost), is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church.

On this last ferial day in July 2007 (month of Summorum Pontificum), on which the Mass for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost is celebrated, it is appropriate to recall what was the "Mass of the Council": the ancient Mass, which was "never abrogated".


2. Does the criticism of Summorum Pontificum by Cardinal Martini, SI, deserve any comment? Just one, we believe:


3. Two liberals go to the traditional Mass: one loves it ("In my desire to return to church, I see the Latin Mass as an acceptable solution: ... Bring back the Latin, and bring back an embattled believer"); the other tolerates it ("Smart, devout, ambitious Catholics ... will have their Mass. The rest of us... will have ours.").

Quite a progress for two "progressives"! Cardinal Martini could learn from them.


Martini picture source: Father Blake.


  1. Is the figure on the right in Cardinal Martini's mass a man or a woman?

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  3. Whenever I hear Cardinal Martini speak like this I think this is simply bitter grapes from one who thought himself Papable. Since now it has passed him by he is bitter and it shows in his comments which he issues against the one elected whom he stood against in the conclave.

    There again he is a Jesuit!! Do pray for him as I believe he has Parkinson's disease.

  4. Anonymous1:25 PM

    Thank the Lord and Our Lady that Martini was not elected pope. If he is quoted accurately he would appear to object to any Latin mass in principle not just the mass of Blessed John XVIII: though he no doubt especially hates the Old Rite.. If he had been elected he would probable have made the exiting NO even worse, banned Latin, revoked the existing Vetus Ordo indults and declared that the VO was banned. He would also have destroyed the Church’s vitally important consistent pro life stance. Had such an arch Liberal, tradition and life hating man become Pope the Church would probably have dissolved into schism and all traditionalist would have had to joint SPX or become sede vacantists!. Indeed how such a person was allowed to become and remain Archbishop of Milan by John Paul II remains a mystery to me. Lets us give renewed thanks for the Pontificate of Benedict and pray with renewed vigour that he have a long long reign.

  5. Anonymous2:21 PM

    This is more of the same and not to be bothered with. Card. Martini is the Anti-Pope. When was teh last time he said something meaningful and edifying? Thank God he is both "retired" and over 80.

    Any lesson here should be restricted to a contstant reminder of the ever-presence of the Evil One in our midst, the need for prayer, and guarded watch against its influences on the unknowing.

  6. Anonymous3:09 PM

    Why can't this awful man just go away. Hasn't he done enough?

  7. "Smart, devout, ambitious Catholics ... will have their Mass. The rest of us... will have ours."

    That's really, really evil (yes I do know what the definition of evgl is).

    *Weeps* That it should come to this.

  8. "Smart, devout, ambitious Catholics ... will have their Mass. The rest of us... will have ours."

    Say what??!! "Smart, devout..."??

    And I thought that all these years of assisting at the SSPX Orders' Masses, preserving the Faith AND the Mass, DAILY, so other traditional Orders could move into the cities and fields where we were well estabished and preserving the Catholic Faith in its entirety and sending our 10 children through their schools was because we were just merely "nostalgic and attached"!!


    For neurotic-psychotic
    “Attached” to the old,
    We give you a hireling
    To take care your fold.

    No need for the shepherds,
    Who seem so much keener,
    They’ll tempt you with dreams
    Of pastures much greener

    And say not to mimic
    Past, tolerant-barters,
    So heads were cut off,
    Who could dialogue with martyrs?

    The shepherds tell fables,
    ‘Bout a man, hated, hailed,
    Like you, just “attached”,
    Don’t believe He was nailed!

  9. Anonymous6:21 PM

    "His state of health precluded any chance of succeeding John Paul II after the Polish pope died in April 2005."


  10. Anonymous11:22 PM

    This may be an opportune time to repost the link to the international database of priests and laity interested in starting Traditional Latin Masses under the provisions of the Motu Proprio:


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