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 Contents - Jul 2003AD2000 July 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The pivotal roles of Saints Peter and Paul - Michael Gilchrist
Archbishop Hart defends woman in euthanasia case - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Books: AD2000 to distribute Ignatius Press titles in Australia from July - Peter Westmore
Homily: Bicentenary Mass celebrated in Sydney - Archbishop George Pell
Events: Seeking the face of Christ through the arts: Carnivale Christi goes national - Nicholas Rynne
Orthodox Anglicans close ranks to preserve faith - Nigel Zimmermann
Catholic Literature: Hilaire Belloc's 50th anniversary: is he 'yesterday's man'? - Br Christian Moe FSC
Brisbane Synod ends: Archbishop Bathersby to announce pastoral programs - AD2000 REPORT
The concentration camp prisoner who became a Queensland priest - Warren Losberg
How to start a parish apologetics group - Mavis Power
School sacramental programs: evangelise Catholic families first - Fr John Speekman
TMC: Adelaide Thomas More Centre Autumn School a success - Emma Benz
Letters: Apostolate (letter) - Fr Adrian Head
Letters: Obstacles to confession (letter) - M.G.A. De Wolf
Letters: Catholic heritage (letter) - Sue Russell
Letters: Church design (letter) - Michael Baradinsky
Letters: Lenten program (letter) - Robert Osmak
Letters: Success in WA (letter) - Deidre Lyra
Letters: New Mass (letter) - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Misunderstood (letter) - Elsie Cunningham
Letters: New religion (letter) - Br Jim Ward CFC
Letters: Catholic visionary? (letter) - Richard Congram
Letters: Pell biography feedback (letter) - Mary Lou Corboy
Letters: Catholic books (letter) - F. Carleton
Letters: Research help - Dolores Lightbody
Letters: Conversions (letter) - Margaret Holgate
Books: Marriage And Modernization, by Don Browning - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: The Prenatal Person: Ethics from Conception to Birth - Dr Ted Watt (reviewer)
Books: Europe: The Exceptional Case: Parameters Of Faith In The Modern World - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Great books at the best prices! - Anthony Cappello
Reflection: The meaning of vocation for baptised Christians - Archbishop Philip Wilson

The simplistic criticism of Paul VI's New Mass, as evidenced by Philip Robinson (June 2003), misses the essential fact that the culture which has produced so much dissent has similarly produced disobedience regarding the rubrics. This followed on from dissent against Humanae Vitae (1968), for example, and was associated with erroneous ideas concerning the sacrifice of the Mass and the sacrament of the Eucharist.

The fault lies with abuses in celebration and not with the New Mass per se and derives from the erroneous formation of seminarians or re-formation of mature priests. Those bishops who have renewed seminary formation in keeping with Pope John Paul II's Pastores Dabo Vobis, and keep the dissenters away from "re-forming" their older priests, have faithful priests who adhere to the rubrics, preach well, and thus celebrate and re-present a valid, licit, and holy sacrifice for all who wish to join with them. Such fidelity can be further underlined with a return of Latin responses and chant as decreed by Vatican II for the Ordo Missae.

While the Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium permitted introduction of the vernacular it also called for the retention of Latin, Gregorian chant and the traditional heritage of sacred music (Nos 36, 114, 116), and specifically decreed: "Nevertheless care must be taken to ensure that the faithful may also be able to say or sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them" (54).

Many faithful Catholics encounter abuses in the liturgy from those who distort Vatican II. The value of the faithfully celebrated New Mass may be gauged from the fact that few of the high-profile faithful converts of the last 15 years have chosen the much-revered Tridentine Mass in preference to the New Mass.

PETER D HOWARD
Springwood, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 6 (July 2003), p. 15

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