I stole the title from one of the slides in Ann Barnhardt’s spectacular video on Diabolical Narcissism HERE. The video itself is three hours long, and worth every minute of your time.
I’ve been meaning to write for some time about the root cause of all the madness – the inversion of the First Commandment (title of this post). Note well, not the expungement of the commandment, but rather its diabolical inversion at the command of the satanically influenced secular world to worship self as if we were god. The root goes wayyyy back, more than 500 years, and we won’t trace all that in this post. Let’s just focus on the current phase of the collapse, which is the entirety of the Second Vatican Council – all of it – but especially its attack on the Mass.
Which brings us to the current event of Cardinal Sarah’s appeal for ad orientem, and the ensuing admonishment from his boss.
Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat. This is not a trivial event. On the contrary, it is most revealing, both in the subject matter and in the way it played out. Don’t let anyone tell you this is about style, preferences, fashion, etc. Don’t let anyone tell you this is just rearranging deck chairs. I mean, of COURSE it’s rearranging deck chairs, but that doesn’t mean we should shrug our shoulders and waste the teachable moment.
This is about the most diabolical change in the Mass of Paul IV… and that’s really saying something, because there sure is a lot to choose from. It doesn’t matter that the change wasn’t mandated, and it doesn’t matter that the rubrics suggest the change wasn’t made at all. The only thing that matters is that the priest standing at table facing the people was the end result, almost instantaneously in all the churches of the world. Paul VI himself was doing it in Rome before the missal was even promulgated. No time for citations… go look it up.
The change to versus populum flattened the liturgy, led us to focus on the priest and on ourselves instead of God, supported all the SJW nonsense by making it about “the community”. There are a hundred books written about this. It’s so obvious, that even with no knowledge of history, if someone sees ad orientem for the first time, and you explain that we are all facing God and worshipping him together, and this person has at least a shred of Sensus Catholicus, THEY INSTANTLY GET IT, and wonder how it had never occurred to them before.
So yes, what I’m saying is that this is the actual most destructive thing about the N.O.
Not communion in the hand, though also an abomination.
Not EMHCs, though also an abomination.
Not female altar boys, though also an abomination.
Not the awful music, though also an abomination.
Not 27 “Eucharistic Prayers”, though also an abomination.
Not the butchered Offertory, though also an abomination.
Not the loss of Latin, although lamentable, especially the near loss of chant.
Not the removal of tabernacles, although a corollary to versus populum.
No. None of these has had a more devastating effect than versus populum. None of these has contributed more to the dethroning of God and the deification of man. And it’s exactly as the marxist masonic modernist infiltrators wanted.
Now back to current events.
I want to make an appeal to all priests. You may have read my article in L’Osservatore Romano one year ago (12 June 2015) or my interview with the journal Famille Chrétienne in May of this year. On both occasions I said that I believe that it is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction—Eastwards or at least towards the apse—to the Lord who comes, in those parts of the liturgical rites when we are addressing God. This practice is permitted by current liturgical legislation. It is perfectly legitimate in the modern rite. Indeed, I think it is a very important step in ensuring that in our celebrations the Lord is truly at the centre.
And so, dear Fathers, I humbly and fraternally ask you to implement this practice wherever possible, with prudence and with the necessary catechesis, certainly, but also with a pastor’s confidence that this is something good for the Church, something good for our people. Your own pastoral judgement will determine how and when this is possible, but perhaps beginning this on the first Sunday of Advent this year, when we attend ‘the Lord who will come’ and ‘who will not delay’ (see: Introit, Mass of Wednesday of the first week of Advent) may be a very good time to do this.
Cardinal Sarah, speaking at a conference, in an unofficial role, made an appeal to priests for a return to ad orientem as part of the effort of “reform of the reform”, a project he says Pope Francis encouraged him on. He noted it is already permitted. So no rule change, and no mandate, only an “appeal”.
But he is the prefect of the CDW; why didn’t he just mandate it? Hahahaha. I don’t think so. This was the only way he could get it out there, and it was brilliant.
Now let’s look at the very revealing reaction. At warp speed, and for only the second time in this pontificate, +Lombardi is sent out to issue a retraction (the other time was the “denial” supposedly from the lips of the pope emeritus regarding Fatima shenanigans). The retraction didn’t even bother to get the facts of the matter right, and actually made the situation muddier. But what it tells us about the heretics in charge is this: They get it. They know, with absolute certainty, that the imposition of versus populum was ESSENTIAL to destroying the rite, the dethroning of God, and the deification of self. There is no way they can allow even a suggestion of a return to ad orientem, because that would threaten the whole paradigm.
Then, +Sarah doubled down by authorizing the publication of the full text, UNEDITED, even after the rebuke. HERE
It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens this Advent. I know this seems like a circus sideshow given everything else going on under the big tent, but I’ve already explained why that’s not true. Priests and bishops now have air cover from +Sarah, should they dare to embrace it. Since we really are talking about an effort that will produce conversions, we could see a movement. Those priests and bishops also know that they will be persecuted without mercy. But hey, we’re only talking about the salvation of ACTUAL SOULS.