The "New Mass"

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

The Novus Ordo Missae

The Catholic Church has celebrated Holy Mass in the Western (or "Latin") Rite using essentially the same ceremonies since at least the sixth century. Possibly there were substantial changes in the rite of Mass prior to that period, but with the lack of surviving documents it is difficult to come to any secure conclusion about what, if any, changes may have been made up until then. What we do know is that from the Patristic Era the Holy Catholic Church has never established a "new" rite of Mass. And yet in the latter part of the nineteen sixties Paul VI commissioned Annibale Bugnini to literally write a new "Mass" from scratch. This we know as the "Novus Ordo" or "New Mass".

There have been many and varied criticisms of this document since, including that visible protest made by those who simply refuse to participate in it. Undoubtedly this is the most eloquent of all criticisms which a faithful Catholic can make. Many took this action, which in many cases meant they could not attend Holy Mass at all, because they doubted the validity of this new thing which had been imposed so ruthlessly by "rome" and the bishops.

This section chiefly contains documents by Patrick Henry Omlor proving that the "New Mass" is no such thing. That is, it may be new, but it is not a Mass.

The Invalidity of the Novus Ordo, in Brief

A philological response to Michael F. Duddy

A Precis of the Invalidity Thesis

Questioning the Validity of Masses Using the New, All-English Canon

Questioning the Validity of McCarthy's Case

Monsignor McCarthy Again : Another Fiasco

Summa Theologica, Part III, Q. 78, Article 1

The Necessary Signification in the Sacramental Form of the Holy Eucharist

No "Mystery of Faith" : No Mass

"Denotes" Does Not Imply "Accomplishes"