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The Franciscans of the Immaculate, Bill Buckley and the Old Latin Mass
Michael J. Matt POSTED: 8/1/13
Editor, The Remnant  


If this video doesn't stir your Catholic soul then someone has already achieved remarkable success in robbing you of your Catholic identity. If you hate this video you have become, at least to a degree, a self-loathing Catholic with a semi-Protestant identity.

If you know nothing about this Mass, please understand that it is the Mass of all the saints, martyrs, virgins and doctors of the Church.  It is the Mass of your grandmother and hers and hers. It is your liturgical patrimony; it is your Catholic birthright; it is the great jewel of Christendom and the most beautiful thing this side of heaven. If you don't know it, you don't yet know what it truly means to be Catholic because, through no fault of your own, you have been cut off from your Catholic roots by the very thing which should be the touchstone of the Catholic Faith: The Mass

Restore this Mass and Catholic identity will be restored along with it. Learn this Mass, love this Mass, and your faith will not fail you in the days and nights to come.  As the Catholics of the Western Uprising in England cried out over and over again as they gave their lives for this Mass--"It's the Mass that matters!"

Anti-Catholic revolutionaries have always hated this Mass. Freemasons, tyrants and heretics outlawed it in 16th century England, deformed it in 17th century Germany, banned it in 18th century France, and crushed it in 20th century Mexico. Modernists even tried to abrogate it from the very heart of the Catholic Church after Vatican II. But they failed.

The old Mass has survived and is now available to millions, even as the whole world prepares for yet another persecution of all things Catholic. Pope Benedict XVI of happy memory restored this Mass, and changed the course of history. Over our dead bodies will it be taken away from us and our children again. The future of the world and the salvation of our souls depend on the survival of the ancient Latin Mass of the Catholic Church. Why? Because lex orandi lex credendi. The law of prayer is the law of belief. How we pray is how we believe. And everywhere where this Mass is celebrated no more the Faith is dying.

As the late William F. Buckley wrote of the Mass back in 1979, "As a Catholic, I have abandoned hope for the liturgy, which, in the typical American church, is as ugly and as maladroit as if it had been composed by Robert Ingersoll and H.L. Menchen for the purpose of driving people away. Incidentally, the modern liturgists are doing a remarkably good job, attendance at Catholic Mass on Sunday having dropped sharply in the 10 years since a few well-meaning cretins got hold of the power to vernacularize the Mass, and the money to scour the earth in search of the most unmusical men and women to preside over the translation. The next liturgical ceremony conducted primarily for my benefit, since I have no plans to be beatified or remarried, will be my own funeral; and it is a source of great consolation to me that, at my funeral, I shall be quite dead, and will not need to listen to the accepted replacement for the noble old Latin liturgy. Meanwhile, I am practicing Yoga, so that, at church on Sundays, I can develop the power to tune out everything I hear, while attempting, athwart the general calisthenics, to commune with my Maker, and ask Him first to forgive me my own sins, and implore him, second, not to forgive the people who ruined the Mass."

Indeed, and let us see to it that their spiritual sons will not do so again.

Long live the Traditional Latin Mass of our fathers!

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