Newsletter of the District
New Rite Vs. The Old Rite
On June 18,
1968, Pope Paul VI promulgated a new rite for the priestly ordination.
and the form of the sacrament 
remained almost the same as in the rite promulgated by Pope Pius
XII in November 1948. There are only two small changes in the form,
which do not however affect the meaning of the sacrament; in fact,
they specify it better.
The novelty and
danger of the new rite consists especially in the abolition of the
two ceremonies by which the bishop clearly explains the powers of
the Catholic priest:
In relation to the power to offer Mass:
the power to offer the Sacrifice to God and to celebrate Masses
for the living and the dead.”
our Lord Jesus Christ, whom the Father anointed by the Holy
Ghost and by fortitude, guard you in order that you may offer
the sacrifice to God and sanctify the Christian people.”
relation to the power to hear confession:
second imposition of hands along with a quote of Our Lord
Himself: “Receive the Holy Ghost, whose sins you shall
forgive, they are forgiven them, and whose sins you shall
retain, they are retained.”(John 20:22)
These two ceremonies
in the traditional rite of ordination indicated clearly that the
priest has two powers:
1. The first,
on the physical Body of Christ, consisting in offering the Sacrifice
for the living and the dead.
2. The second,
on the mystical Body of Christ i.e. the sanctification of the faithful,
especially by the forgiveness of sins in the sacrament of Confession.
two powers are mentioned in the new formulas, it is not done very
- The Sacrifice
is no longer for the living and the dead.
- The sanctification
of the faithful does not come firstly by the forgiveness of sins,
which puts souls in the state of grace.
WERE THESE CHANGES MADE?
It is now manifest
that the intention leading all these changes in the new rite of
ordination is the same intention which lead all the changes in the
new order of Mass, i.e. the desire to get closer to the Protestant
founder of Protestantism, “To be a Christian means to have the
Gospel and to believe in Christ. This faith brings forgiveness
of sins and divine grace.” 
· Also for
him, the Mass is only a simple commemoration of the Last Supper,
and not the unbloody renewal of the unique Sacrifice of Our Lord
on the Cross, applying the merits of the Passion for the remission
of sins. All of this is useless according to him because faith
is sufficient in order to be saved.
· There is
no need of the Sacrament of Penance because our faith in Christ
is sufficient to obtain the forgiveness of sins.
· And the
priest is a simple preacher.
To answer these
errors of Luther, the Council of Trent promulgated the following
“If anyone says that the sacrifice of the Mass is one only of
praise and thanksgiving, or that it is a mere commemoration of the
sacrifice consummated on the cross but not a propitiatory one, or
that it ought not to be offered for the living and the dead, for
sins, punishments, satisfactions and other necessities, let him
be anathema.” (Canon 3 on the Sacrifice of the Mass)
“If anyone says that justifying faith is nothing else
than confidence in divine Mercy, which remits sins for Christ’s
sake, or that it is confidence alone that justifies us, let
him be anathema.” (Canon 12 concerning justification)
The abolition of this precision in the new rite of the priestly
ordination (even if the rite remains valid in itself by the unchanged
matter and form) makes the doctrine expressed by the new rite dangerously
close to the Protestant doctrine. This is not surprising since
the end of all the liturgical reforms after the Vatican II Council
Something else, which is also not surprising, alas, is that now,
many new priests do not know anymore what the priesthood is. Consequently,
this leads to all priestly problems, such as married priests (at
least 70,000 priests have abandoned their priesthood since the last
And do the bishops themselves know well what a priest is? We hope
so, because with this new rite, some bishops could have an intention
opposite to the intention of the Church when they ordain priests,
and in that case the ordination would be invalid, or at least doubtful.
The Facts About Luther, by Msgr. O’Hare, TAN