March 15, 2010

First of all I would like to extend my best wishes to each and every one of our members both here in the New York area and our out of state members a healthy and happy New Year. Also, I want to extend my gratitude to all for the many thoughtful Christmas wishes to me personally. I only wish there were more hours in a day so I could thank each and every one of you personally.

It has been some time since our last news update so I would like to bring all of our members up to date on what has been going on at the Catholic Traditionalist Movement’s center here in Westbury.

This past October 11th, we observed the 91st anniversary of the birth of Fr. De Pauw. We started the morning off with a high Mass followed by a procession to our memorial to Fr. De Pauw where a wreath ceremony took place. After this, members enjoyed a breakfast at our annex.

Also celebrated that morning was the canonization of Belgian born Fr. Damien, who spent his entire priestly life taking care of the lepers in Hawaii. He was a true hero, not just for Belgians, but for Americans as well.

On November 2nd, the commemoration of All Souls day was kept alive with the Traditional 3 Masses offered. All members who died the past year were remembered as well as all members’ relatives who died.

The Advent and Christmas season were observed at the Ave Maria Chapel in the Traditional manner. Members were urged to make Advent wreaths for their homes thereby keeping alive another tradition of lighting the Advent wreath candles together as a family. All shared in the true Christmas spirit with the unchanged Sacrifice of the Mass and the Christ child as the center of the feast. All members of the Catholic Traditionalist Movement worldwide were remembered at Mass on Christmas day.

Thanks to the continued generosity of all of you, we were able to accomplish major repairs to several of our buildings including a new walkway at the Chapel entrance.

The final news point I wish to convey to you is that on December 31st, the Catholic Traditionalist Movement entered its 47th year for the fight for “Truth and Tradition”. It’s hard to believe that we are fast approaching half a century since our founder, Fr. De Pauw first sent the Catholic Traditionalist Manifesto to the Pope, all curia cardinals, all American bishops and selected bishops throughout the world.

As we take stock of what is left of our Church after almost half a century of destruction, we can find no solace in the miniscule and ineffective moves that have been made to put our Church back in the right direction. These moves can only be best described in the words of our founder, “as amounting to nothing more than rearranging the furniture on the Titanic.” While many in so-called Traditionalist circles saw the light at the end of the tunnel with the Motu Proprio on the Mass, the Catholic Traditionalist Movement took a more sobering look at it and takes no pleasure in being proven right. Lacking the same papal forcefulness and penalties that accompanied the decree Quo Primum, the Catholic Traditionalist Movement saw that it contained the loopholes to allow bishops to do whatever they wanted without repercussions. Although many took encouragement from the news headlines this past fall that the present head of the Apostolic Signatura offered the Traditional Latin Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, any hope for a complete return to the True Mass was dashed by his sermon in which he called for the co-existence of the True Mass with the new Mass. There can be no co-existence as Fr. De Pauw told us in his WARNING ON THE NEW MASS because the new Mass is in the words of the late Cardinal Ottaviani “an incalculable error which deviates most seriously from the theology of the Catholic Mass”. Today we address the same words to Pope Benedict in the same spirit as our founder addressed them to Pope Paul VI in 1967, “Be thou Peter” “and call an end to the failed agiornimento and return to the Church of old”. As our founder also warned, until the Church returns to the True Mass, not the new Mass and true Mass living side-by-side, not some mix of the 2 forming another Mass, but only a return to the one and only True sacrifice of the Mass. Until that happens, the Church will continue to live under the curse of St. Pius V.

My fellow loyal Roman Catholics, the fact remains that until the Pope himself offers that Mass publicly and orders, not requests but orders all cardinals, bishops and priests to do the same, the True Mass will not return to our Church.

Sincerely yours,

Richard A. Cuneo, President Catholic Traditionalist Movement