Editor, The Remnant: Three weeks ago today
I celebrated my last Novus Ordo Missae. Attached is the letter I sent to
my Bishop explaining why. I offer it to you for publication with the
prayer that priests and laity in your readership who might be on the
fence can see a succinct summation of the arguments in favor of
Please pray for me and all priests—and especially for the final coming
of the priestly reign of Christ the King
sicut in caelo et in terra.
God bless you,
Father Lawrence C. Smith
Why I have done what I have done…
No one has the authority or the right
to impose a new Mass on the Church.
Sacrosanctum concilium neither
intended nor mandated the fabrication of the Novus Ordo Missae.
It is impossible for the clergy or
the laity to be bound to worship at such a Mass.
The missionary mandate of the Church
from our Savior requires her to evangelize all people.
Eastern schismatics, protestants,
Jews, Muslims, and pagans are in need of the Sacraments, ecclesial
unity, and faith in Christ Crucified for the salvation of their
The Magisterium has denied, obscured,
and attempted to alter this teaching, thereby misleading countless
souls into error regarding the need for, the means to, and the
source of salvation.
Sin is an offense against the Divine
Majesty and without repentance sinners will be damned.
The United States of America and the
western world at large have given legal sanction to child murder,
usury, and sodomy—sins which cry out to Heaven for vengeance.
No action has been forthcoming from
the hierarchy of the Church to publicly, consistently, and
unambiguously condemn these sins, and to levy ecclesial penalties
commensurate with the gravity of these crimes against Catholic
lawmakers complicit in their commission.
I can not in conscience give support to this woeful state of affairs.
Neither by word nor by silence, not by action nor by inaction will I
permit myself to be allied with principles and practices injurious to
the faithful and perilous to my own salvation. Degraded worship, false
ecumenism, and cooperation with abominations are not part of the
patrimony of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church; none may
participate in such outrages against Our Lord.
Henceforward, I will seek the Sacraments, dogma, and practice of the
Roman Catholic Church in fidelity to her Tradition received from Christ
the Lord through His Apostles and handed down in unbroken continuity
through the ages. His Holiness and the episcopate will receive my
respect in keeping with the dignity of the offices they hold, as well as
my prayers, penances, and mortification for their sanctity and the grace
to persevere in the Truth. My life shall be devoted to holy poverty,
study, contemplation, and witness to the Gospel of Christ Crucified. I
ask for your prayers for me in tandem with mine for you. May Our Blessed
Mary, St. Joseph her spouse, St. Michael, and Sts. Peter and Paul guard
and guide us always in keeping with God’s will and His supreme law of
Father Lawrence C. Smith
23 September 2003