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THE STATUS OF THE NOVUS ORDO MISSAE

A recent discovery of tapes of the late Fr Gregory Hesse S.T.D., S.J.D. has precipitated this addendum to the arguments against the novus ordo rite of celebration of Mass.  Previous papers on this website attacked the rite through its effects.  This paper looks at its causes and finds them bereft of any legitimacy.  more


LENT

Nox præcéssit, dies autem appropinquávit. Abiciámus ergo ópera
tenebrárum, et induámur arma lucis. Sicut in die honéste ambulémus.

                                                                                                        Romans 13: 12-13

One of the things that annoyed the writer intensely about the novus ordo’s re-writing of the liturgy for Lent was the suppression of the above lines from St Paul.  It wasn’t the only thing.  There was the reduction to blandness of the splendid lines from the prophet Joel following his invocation to his hearers to be converted in fasting, weeping and mourning:

“Rend your hearts and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God again for He is gracious and merciful, and ready to relent…”


There was the suppression, too, of the antiphon accompanying the application of the blessed ashes on Ash Wednesday which, in translation, runs: “Remember man that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return”.  This was all part of the price to be paid for John XXIII’s “opening of the doors of the Church”.  In came the influence of the secular to which the prospect of death and the ideas of penance and propitiation for sins are anathema.  In came the smoke of Satan: we have Paul VI’s assurance of it!

Another Lent in which to lament our sins by doing penance for forty days, to place us with Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the eternal sacrifice whose daily repetition is the only reality which preserves the world from falling into the perdition it richly deserves.  The virus that afflicts its members is part of the workings of Divine Providence to urge them to turn from the drugs of pleasures and possessions and to recall that their days are numbered; that a final judgement awaits at a date that is fast approaching; that soon time will cease, to be replaced by a ‘now’ which they will spend either in union with God, or separated from Him—forever.


Michael Baker
February 17th, 2021—Ash Wednesday

THE PRICE OF ATHEISM

The blind attachment to ‘progress’ in the modern world assumes that progress is always for the better.  Its proponents fail to understand the threshold issue that every progress is measured by its term.  Where is the modern world’s dalliance with atheism leading it?  That is the question that demands an answer.  more

NEMESIS & THE NOVUS ORDO

The organisation Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce has performed for the Catholic Church and the Catholic faithful a singular service in providing a report of statistics from around the world on the impact of the old rite, or extraordinary form, of Mass among the Church’s dioceses.  This is a comment on an article by its Secretary, Dr Joseph Shaw in the Homiletic & Pastoral Review detailing the results of the statistics.  more


THE PROBLEM WITH VATICAN II

This is a book length pdf file comprised of various papers published on superflumina on the vexed topic of the Second Vatican Council.  The reader can download it freely.  He can navigate via the Index to any of its chapters.  He can have his computer read the text aloud while he labours at some task in the house, or as he drives the car.  It is hoped to produce it in several additional ebook formats in due course.This is a revised and shortened version of the original publication.  more

DO FOLLOWS BE

The principle contained in this maxim is fundamental to common sense and to sound philosophy.  Mention of it leads to a consideration of nature and the natural order that constrains us.  more

ABDICATION ?

We reproduce here the latest comment from Archbishop Vigano on Pope Francis’s heterodox words and actions and ask the question whether the Pope has not abdicated de facto, if not de jure, the papal office.  more

WHY SHOULD WE STAY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

This is a supplementary answer to that given by Dr Peter Kwasniewski to an enquirer published recently on onepeterfive.com . more

THE REVOLUTION OF VATICAN II

Nothing we have published on superflumina.org can match the critique of Vatican II issued by His Grace Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano on October 24th last.  more

IS THE POPE A CATHOLIC?

How fortunate we are to have the frequent interventions of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano to assist us in dealing with the frequent theological misdirections of Pope Francis.  more

THE SMOKE OF SATAN

It is worth contrasting psalm 95 v. 5 in the Vulgate with the Grail version read in the Novus Ordo.  St Jerome was in no doubt that dallying with gods of the heathens was the same as dallying with the devil.  The line casts another light on Vatican II's Dignitatis Humanae.  more


 THE POMPOUS ATHEIST

This ebook addresses the endemic modern problem of atheism—belief in no-God.  Atheists assert that they are above superstition, the ‘superstition’ of religious belief, but it is not true.  Not only are they believers, they are believers without the slightest evidence of that in which they believe.  They are the real exponents of ‘religious liberty’ for they insist on the freedom to believe there is no God.  Their every action involves acceptance of causation.  But, obsessed with an idea, they choose to deny causations’s reality when it comes to their own essence and existence.  In this series of essays we have endeavoured to make it plain just how stupid is the atheistic thesis.
 
It is reasonable to believe in God, no matter how confused one’s belief may be.  The fundamental issues are these: 1. I did not bring myself into existence; 2.  I do not keep myself in existence; 3.  in this world of reality I am one of the privileged beings for not only do I know singular things, like brute animals, but I know their very natures;  4. nothing exists without an adequate cause—and that includes me!  Moreover, 5. the one who caused me must be living and intellectual, as I am living and intellectual—but an immensely greater being.
 
It is hoped that the presentation of these essays will assist the reader in resisting the temptation to embrace the atheistic virus.  more


HOW THE UNIVERSE OPERATES

This is an ebook in pdf format which encapsulates the content of various papers on this website.  It takes the facts about the universe and its operations exposed by modern science and analyses them in accordance with a metaphysical, rather than materialistic, view of the universe; that is, one grounded in Aristotle’s doctrine of causality and his division of being into substance and accidents.
 
We are all of us affected by the current philosophical errors—materialism and subjectivism—and tend to view the universe through the eyes of modern science in conformity with those errors.  The view propounded here is radically different from modern science’s view.  In particular, it addresses the nonsense of a self-existent ‘nothing’—a scientific view grounded in the imagination rather than in reality; the remarkable fact that the heavenly bodies operate in a fashion which is the reverse of the way bodies operate under gravity’s influence; that gravity is NOT caused by a species of attraction but by a force of repulsion; and that, consistent with this view, the phenomenon of the tides is readily explained by the barycentripetal force of the Earth-Moon coupling.  Its most radical assertion is that c, ‘the speed of light’, is not the speed of light at all, but the speed according to which light’s proper substance, Aristotle’s ‘heavenly body’ or aether, dictates that light (and all other electromagnetic forces) shall operate.  more

PROFESSOR SOLOMON'S LESSONS IN PHILOSOPHY

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