Some, if not all of the “resistance” priests, including Frs. Pfeiffer and Hewko, are telling us not to attend SSPX Masses. We are told, furthermore, not to attend masses offered by Ecclesia Dei communities. Nor are we to attend Sede masses. Of course, we should not attend NO masses either. That goes without saying.
I reprinted a tract below, published by Christian Renewal in Clovis, CA.
Please read all the promises recorded therein. If true, it would appear that those of us who no longer attend any of the aforementioned kinds of Mass celebrations miss out on quite a bit. The writer of this tract informs us, for example, that assisting devoutly at one "Holy Mass" here on earth is worth more than all the Masses that may be said for us after we pass. Also that each Mass we attend here diminishes our temporal punishment in Purgatory. Are these teachings supported by solid Catholic theology? If so, then some of us may be sacrificing graces which we need for our eternal salvation. Some of you with good theological formation may be able to help us out here:
Tremendous Value Of The Holy Mass
At the hour of death the holy Masses you have heard devoutly will be your greatest consolation.
He forgives you all the venial sins which you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all your unknown sins which you never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.
Every Mass will go with you to Judgment and will plead for pardon for you.
By every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less, according to your fervour.
By devoutly assisting at Holy Mass you render the greatest homage possible to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord.
Through the Holy Sacrifice, Our Lord Jesus Christ supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.
By piously hearing Holy Mass you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.
One Holy Mass heard during your life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.
Through Holy Mass you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass.
During Holy Mass you kneel amid a multitude of holy Angels, who are present at the Adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.
Through Holy Mass you are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.
When you hear Holy Mass devoutly, offering it to Almighty God in honour of any particular Saint or Angel, thanking God for the favours bestowed on him, etc., etc., you afford that Saint or Angel a new degree of honour, joy and happiness, and draw his special love and protection on yourself.
Every time you assist at Holy Mass, besides other intentions, you should offer it in honour of the Saint of the day,
Thank-you , Hollingsworth. This is a beautiful quote especially at this time of year.
We must bear in mind that Fathers Hewko and Pfeiffer are not saying do not attend Mass. They are saying "do not attend a phony mass-- do not attend a mass being said by people who have accepted a protestant notion of the Catholic Mass". Archbishop Lefebvre, early in the battle against the Vatican Council and the Novus ordo "Mass", was begged by emissaries from Rome to offer "just one Mass" (a novus ordo mass). " Just celebrate with us ONE Novus Ordo mass-- just one, that's all we ask, Monsignor; and all the 'troubles' (he was facing suspension at the time) of the Society (of Saint Pius X) will go away!" What a powerful, persuasive argument to the archbishop to celebrate justy one lousy, tiny, teeny-weeny, little mass. They could have done it hidden away, out of the limelight, away from the glare of the cameras, without any rabble-rousing rhetoric.
And the Archbishop, strengthened by the choirs of Angels and Archangels, mindful of his mission as a bishop "to pass on that which I have received", the heir of two thousand years of Catholic saints and martyrs, followed Our Lord Jesus Christ when Satan brought him to the top of the mountain and said "All of this will I give you if you will just bow down and worship me!"
There would be no worshipping Satan for Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. He refused to say "just one novus ordo mass". His reply was "If the novus ordo mass is evil, I cannot, and will not, celebrate it!"
Now the SSPX says , as Father Goldady said this past week, that "you can attend the Novus Ordo Mass and fulfill your Sunday obligation!" After forty years of fighting the battle against "this evil protestant (bastard is what ABL called it) mass", the "new" Society of St Pius X says you can fulfill your Sunday obligation by going there. ("Of course, it fulfills the letter of the law, not the spirit of the law, we say", Fr. Goldady added).
Yes, because they are trying to get the faithful to accept the new pres-by-ters into the Ridgefield Retreat House, and convince them that there is no need for conditional ordination of these pres-by-ters, the party line HAS to be that the masses these pres-by-ters have been saying for the past 25-40 years have been valid! If they haven't been saying valid masses, perhaps they weren't really priests; if they are not priests, what are you doing bringing them onto our altars and into our confessionals?
So, we must understand clearly the CONTEXT of the beautiful post above, a reprint from Christian Renewal, on The Value of the Holy Mass: "Through the Holy Sacrifice .. you kneel amid a multitude of Holy Angels..."
Well, the Archbishop certainly did not believe that there were any
holy angels at the bastard masses of the novus ordo; nor are there any at the masses in SSPX chapels said by pres-by-ters; nor are there any holy angels at SSPX Masses where they pray "in unison with Bergoglio", who has said that jews, atheists, communists, all go to heaven if they are "good." "You render the greatest homage possible to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord..."
, by attending just one holy mass, says the post. But Archbishop refused to say even one Novus Ordo Mass-- because he knew that he could not please Our Lord, let alone could it possibly render any homage to Him! Rather, the Archbishop knew that one un-holy Mass does just the opposite: it brings down upon the attendees the curses of Almighty God, for false worship and blaspheming, all under the guise of the "public prayer of the Catholic Church"
We must be exceedingly careful how we look at things and analyze them. For forty years, many, many Catholics have totally by-passed the "local" "Roman Catholic " churches, and driven tens of hundreds of miles to attend the true sacrifice-- and are now being told that we could attend, forty five years after the introduction of the Novus Ordo, the new mass, and it would satisfy our Sunday obligation!
So, yes, attend daily Holy Mass, if at all possible. What Fathers Pfeiffer and Hewko are saying is: "don't put your soul in jeopardy by attending what you THINK is a true Mass, but is one celebrated by a priest who has adopted the conciliar religion (and therefore the protestant belief that there is no sacrifice present), or is a mass actually "said" (as father Robinson admitted training pres-by-ters) by novus ordo pres-by-ters who have never been ordained to offer a sacrifice (because in the Novus ordo there is no sacrifice).