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                  March 13, 2011

"Cardinals" Burke and Canizares, Meet the Council of Trent

by Thomas A. Droleskey

Is brevity becoming a strong suit of the articles on this site? Maybe. Time will tell.

What I can tell you today, the First Sunday in Lent, is that this article will be very brief.

Two conciliar "cardinals," Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura in conciliar captivity, and Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the Prefect of the conciliar church's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, have said that liturgical abuses weaken the Faith of ordinary Catholics. Although some websites that sensationalize and all too frequently distort and misrepresent the news have reported that the two conciliar "cardinals" focused their remarks on the abuses that take place in the liturgical abuse par excellence, the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service, "Cardinal" Burke said that he was referring to both the so-called "extraordinary form" of the Roman Rite, the modernized version of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service, and the "ordinary form," the Novus Ordo.

It is nevertheless the case that both of these curial "cardinals" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism were focusing primarily on the Novus Ordo service, oblivious, it would appear, to the truth that this hideous liturgical service is an abomination in the sight of God and that it does in se engender one liturgical abuse after another because its entire aim, as reiterated just a few days ago in Obeying The Commands of a False Church, is to replace the Faith of our fathers with the synthetic faith of conciliarism. Monsignor Klaus Gamber, who was not a traditionalist, made this point very directly in The Reform of the Roman Liturgy:

Not only is the Novus Ordo Missae of 1969 a change of the liturgical rite, but that change also involved a rearrangement of the liturgical year, including changes in the assignment of feast days for the saints. To add or drop one or the other of these feast days, as had been done before, certainly does not constitute a change of the rite, per se. But the countless innovations introduced as part of liturgical reform have left hardly any of the traditional liturgical forms intact . . .

At this critical juncture, the traditional Roman rite, more than one thousand years old and until now the heart of the Church, was destroyed. A closer examination reveals that the Roman rite was not perfect, and that some elements of value had atrophied over the centuries. Yet, through all the periods of the unrest that again and again shook the Church to her foundations, the Roman rite always remained the rock, the secure home of faith and piety. . . .

Was all this really done because of a pastoral concern about the souls of the faithful, or did it not rather represent a radical breach with the traditional rite, to prevent the further use of traditional liturgical texts and thus to make the celebration of the "Tridentime Mass" impossible--because it no loner reflected the new spirit moving through the Church?

Indeed, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the prohibition of the traditional rite was announced at the same time as the introduction of the new liturgical texts; and that a dispensation to continue celebrating the Mass according to the traditional rite was granted only to older priests.

Obviously, the reformers wanted a completely new liturgy, a liturgy that differed from the traditional one in spirit as well as in form; and in no way a liturgy that represented what the Council Fathers had envisioned, i.e., a liturgy that would meet the pastoral needs of the faithful.

Liturgy and faith are interdependent. That is why a new rite was created, a rite that in many ways reflects the bias of the new (modernist) theology. The traditional liturgy simply could not be allowed to exist in its established form because it was permeated with the truths of the traditional faith and the ancient forms of piety. For this reason alone, much was abolished and new rites, prayers and hymns were introduced, as were the new readings from Scripture, which conveniently left out those passages that did not square with the teachings of modern theology--for example, references to a God who judges and punishes.

At the same time, the priests and the faithful are told that the new liturgy created after the Second Vatican Council is identical in essence with the liturgy that has been in use in the Catholic Church up to this point, and that the only changes introduced involved reviving some earlier liturgical forms and removing a few duplications, but above all getting rid of elements of no particular interest.

Most priests accepted these assurances about the continuity of liturgical forms of worship and accepted the new rite with the same unquestioning obedience with which they had accepted the minor ritual changes introduced by Rome from time to time in the past, changes beginning with the reform of the Divine Office and of the liturgical chant introduced by Pope St. Pius X.

Following this strategy, the groups pushing for reform were able to take advantage of and at the same time abuse the sense of obedience among the older priests, and the common good will of the majority of the faithful, while, in many cases, they themselves refused to obey. . . .

The real destruction of the traditional Mass, of the traditional Roman rite with a history of more than one thousand years, is the wholesale destruction of the faith on which it was based, a faith that had been the source of our piety and of our courage to bear witness to Christ and His Church, the inspiration of countless Catholics over many centuries. Will someone, some day, be able to say the same thing about the new Mass? (Monsignor Klaus Gamber, The Reform of the Roman Liturgy, p. 39, p. 99, pp. 100-102.)


"Cardinals" Burke and Canizares are unwilling to face the reality that the Novus Ordo has been and continues to be a means to evangelize in behalf of the false religion of ecumenism, especially as it relates to false ecumenism and to a de facto acceptance of the falsehood known as "universal salvation" that was near and dear to the heart of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's beloved mentor, the late Father Hans Urs von Balthasar. "Cardinals" Burke and Canizares do not understand or are unwilling to admit that the Novus Ordo liturgical service is itself responsible for the loss of the Faith on the part of countless millions upon millions of Catholics worldwide, a point that has been made on this site repeatedly (for a sampling of a few of the articles on this subject in the past fourteen months or so, please see With Perfection Staring Directly At Them, Turning Perfection Aside For A More Perfect Banality, Taking The Obvious For Granted, Enough Spin To Make Our Heads Spin, Calling Cesar Romero, Calling Cesar Romero, part two, Transforming the Extraordinary Into the Ordinary and The Better Mousetrap.) One can see that the two "cardinals," while decrying liturgical abuses, do not understand that the Novus Ordo itself is at the root of the abuses engendered by its revolutionary spirit against Catholic Faith and Worship:

A weakening of faith in God, a rise in selfishness and a drop in the number of people going to Mass can be traced to liturgical abuse or Masses that are not reverent, two Vatican cardinals and a consultant have said.

US Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s supreme court, said: “If we err by thinking we are the centre of the liturgy, the Mass will lead to a loss of faith.”

Cardinal Burke and Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, spoke yesterday at a book launch in Rome.

The book, published only in Italian, was written by Fr Nicola Bux, who serves as a consultant to the congregations for the doctrine of the faith and for saints’ causes and to the office in charge of papal liturgies.

The English translation of Fr Bux’s book title would be, How to Go to Mass and Not Lose Your Faith.

Cardinal Burke told those gathered for the book presentation that he agreed with Fr Bux that “liturgical abuses lead to serious damage to the faith of Catholics”.

Unfortunately, he said, too many priests and bishops treat violations of liturgical norms as something that is unimportant when, in fact, they are “serious abuses”.

Cardinal Cañizares said that while the book’s title is provocative, it demonstrates a belief he shares. “Participating in the Eucharist can make us weaken or lose our faith if we do not enter into it properly,” and if the liturgy is not celebrated according to the Church’s norms, he said.

“This is true whether one is speaking of the Ordinary or Extraordinary form of the one Roman rite,” the cardinal said.

Cardinal Cañizares said that at a time when so many people are living as if God did not exist, they need a true Eucharistic celebration to remind them that only God is to be adored and that true meaning in human life comes only from the fact that Jesus gave his life to save the world.

Fr Bux said that too many modern Catholics think the Mass is something that the priest and the congregation do together when, in fact, it is something that Jesus does.

“If you go to a Mass in one place and then go to Mass in another, you will not find the same Mass. This means that it is not the Mass of the Catholic Church, which people have a right to, but it is just the Mass of this parish or that priest,” he said. (Cardinals: liturgical abuse weakens the faith.)


Unfortunately for "Father" Bux and the two "cardinals" who provided support for his new book, the General Instruction to the Roman Missal itself provides priests and presbyters in the counterfeit church of conciliarism who stage the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service with a potpourri of "options" that they can use in the staging this abomination in the sight of the Most Blessed Trinity.

Those who stage the Novus Ordo service can say a few "introductory" words at its beginning after they make the Sign of the Cross as they face the people. It is interesting to note that the Immemorial Mass of Tradition begins with the priest addressing God with the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar. The Novus Ordo begins with the "presider" speaking to the people.

Those who stage the Novus Ordo service can choose one of several "options" for what is called "the Penitential Rite." They can use the modernized version of the Confiteor followed by the Kyrie eleison. They can simply recite the Kyrie eleison. Or they can make up words of their own choosing ("For making us so wonderful, O Lord, we give you thanks, Lord have mercy. . . ." yes, I have heard this with my own ears).

Making this article as short as I can, I will only mention one other example: the "options" available for what is called the "Eucharistic Prayer."

In the United States of America for example, there are, in addition the four "Eucharistic Prayers" that came with the original "cracker jack box" in which the Novus Ordo was contained as the "surprise" for those who love junk liturgy, three "Eucharistic prayers" for children's Masses (see: Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children I - III) and two for "reconciliation" (see: Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation I-II). There are also four other "Eucharistic prayers," derived from the now infamous "Swiss Synod Eucharistic Prayer," for "various needs" (see:Eucharistic Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions I - IV). Among those "other" needs are (1) "The Church on the Way to Unity," which means, once again for the slow learners out there, that the Mark of Unity does not exist in the Church of Christ that is the Catholic Church; (2) "God Guides the Church on the Way to Salvation;" (3) "Jesus, Way to the Father;" and (4) "Jesus, the Compassion of God."  

These facts are readily available. Indeed, I had known about the "nine" "Eucharistic prayers" personally from my years of unfortunate involvement in the Novus Ordo world, suffering through a variety of "offerings" this abomination throughout the United States and Canada before withdrawing from that world of confusion and sacrilege and ceaseless revolutionary novelty and change. I must admit, however, that I had not known until four years ago that the so-called "Swiss Synod Eucharistic Prayer," which was composed in 1974 and received approbation from the Modernists in the Vatican in 1994 for use universally in the counterfeit church conciliarism, served as the basis of four additional "Eucharistic prayers," bringing the total number of such "approved" "prayers" in the United States of America to thirteen. Any talk of a stable liturgical rite, even absent an admission of the Novus Ordo service's invalidity, that is capable of communicating the immutability and transcendence of the Blessed Trinity is absurd in the context of the synthetic novelty known as the Novus Ordo service, which cannot help but breed instability and uncertainty in parish liturgical life. And this is to say nothing of the gross sacrileges that have taken place in the context of so-called "papal" liturgies around the world in the past thirty years or more. How can anyone speak of liturgical "abuses" without mentioning how Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI participated in one sacrilegious event after another for all the world to see?

In other words, "Father" Bux and his "cardinal" enablers fail to understand that it is the fact that options galore are made readily available in the General Instruction to the Roman Missal that makes the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service a singularly apt device to destroy the Catholic Faith as it was designed by its architects to do in the very first place. It is the Novus Ordo's war against Catholic Faith and Worship that has driven millions of Catholics away from the true Church and that has swelled the ranks of various evangelical and fundamentalist Protestant sects, and it is the Novus Ordo's war against Catholic Faith and Worship that has destroyed the sensus Catholicus of many, although far from all, of the Catholics who expose themselves to this offense against the Most Blessed Trinity on a weekly, not daily, basis (see They Like It!).

All one needs to do to understand the revolutionary spirit with which the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service is imbued is to read Paragraph Fifteen of the General Instruction to the Roman Missal:


The same awareness of the present state of the world also influenced the use of texts from very ancient tradition. It seemed that this cherished treasure would not be harmed if some phrases were changed so that the style of language would be more in accord with the language of modern theology and would faithfully reflect the actual state of the Church's discipline. Thus there have been changes of some expressions bearing on the evaluation and use of the good things of the earth and of allusions to a particular form of outward penance belonging to another age in the history of the Church. (Paragraph 15, General Instruction to the Roman Missal, 1997.)


Acts of outward penance belong to every age in the history of the Catholic Church, unless, that is, Our Lady herself, the very Mother of God, was wrong when she said:

"Penance! Penance! Penance!. . . .  Kiss the ground as a penance for sinners." (Our Lady's Words at Lourdes.)

"Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the conversion of sinners? (May 13, 1917.)

"Then you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort." (May 13, 1917.)

"Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them." (August 19, 1917.) (Our Lady's Words at Fatima.)


"Cardinals" Burke and Canizares (and Father Bux, too!), meet the Council of Trent:

CANON VII.--If any one saith, that the ceremonies, vestments, and outward signs, which the Catholic Church makes use of in the celebration of masses, are incentives to impiety, rather than offices of piety; let him be anathema. (Session Twenty-Two, Chapter IX, Canon VII, Council of Trent, September 17, 1562, CT022.)


As I noted a few days ago, the liturgical revolutionaries were honest enough to tell us very openly, very publicly that it was their direct intention to destroy the traditional liturgy of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. Why do we tarry to believe them?

We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Protestants." (Annibale Bugnini, L'Osservatore Romano, March 19, 1965.)

"[T]he intention of Pope Paul VI with regard to what is commonly called the Mass, was to reform the Catholic liturgy in such a way that it should coincide with the Protestant liturgy.... [T]here was with Pope Paul VI an ecumenical intention to remove, or at least to correct, or at least to relax, what was too Catholic in the traditional sense, in the Mass, and I, repeat, to get the Catholic Mass closer to the Calvinist mass" (Dec. 19, 1993), Apropos, #17, pp. 8f; quoted in Christian Order, October, 1994. (Jean Guitton, a close friend of Giovanni Montini/Paul VI. The quotation and citations are found in Christopher A. Ferrara and Thomas E. Woods, Jr., The Great Facade, The Remnant Publishing Company, 2002, p. 317.)

Let it be candidly said: the Roman Rite which we have known hitherto no longer exists. It is destroyed. (Father Joseph Gelineau, an associate of Annibale Bugnini on the Consilium, 1uoted and footnoted in the work of a John Mole, who believed that the Mass of the Roman Rite had been "truncated," not destroyed. Assault on the Roman Rite)


Well, look at this! It is later than I think given the fact that Eastern Daylight Saving Time begins officially in a few hours. What more can be said.

Perhaps it is futile, humanly speaking, to keep writing about this topic. One never knows, however, when a someone who is new to this site may happen upon a particular article within the Providence of God. Perhaps someone who has read past articles but remains unconvinced will now take a second look at the subject as I was forced to do when I continued to participate in the Novus Ordo service. Even if there are no tangible results from the vantage point of human sight, of course, no effort that we make is ever "futile" if it is done with a pure motive to please God as one surrenders himself to Him through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. That is is all that matters. The Immaculate Heart of Mary will indeed triumph in the end.

Keep up your Lenten penances this coming first full week of Lent. Continue to pray as many Rosaries as your state in life permits. Remember that it is a privilege to live in these challenging times as this is the time from all eternity that God has appointed for us to live and thus to know, love and serve Him through His Catholic Church in this time of apostasy and betrayal.

Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.


Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.

See also: A Litany of Saints


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