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Archbishop Sample’s Sermon Praising TLM, Criticizing Novus Ordo May 7, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Restoration, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

Everyone else has done a post on this, I guess I may as well, too.

Actually, given the superlatives I’ve seen lauded on this sermon, I was a trifle disappointed.  It was very good, especially from a prelate in this age of the Church, and something that is very much appreciated, but I guess my expectations had been built up to the point that I thought I was going to get a Wolfe-ian or Rodriguezesque full throated takedown of the Novus Ordo, but that’s not quite what this was.  Still, it was very good.  We’ve known Archbishop Sample has been a strong supporter of the TLM for years, but he makes clear here that he sees the liturgical revolution – or the revolution against the authentic Liturgy – as a serious mistake and something from which the Church must pull back and, in essence, recover.  He also vociferously argues that the TLM is not the domain of an aging, nostalgic remnant but is strongly, one might even say overwhelmingly, the province of the young.  Which, good to note, the revolutionaries love their pat responses and easy misrepresentations, so the truth has to be repeated over and over to counter those.

Nevertheless, I still get a bit nervous when I hear talk of “mutual enrichment” – to me, the only enriching is the slow replacement of the Novus Ordo by the Mass of the Ages (which term I was very glad to see Archbishop Sample use).  +Sample did not indicate much at all how he felt the Novus Ordo might enrich the TLM, but I still feel the concept itself is flawed.  The liturgical reform to me was a mistake, a mistake in conception and, at best, horribly botched in execution (though I would also argue that the preponderance of the evidence makes clear that the revolutionaries got just about exactly what they wanted in the Novus Ordo, and that what they wanted was to protestantize the Mass as a first, giant step towards humanizing the Church – that is to say, turning the Church into a humanist construct, a religion more of man, than of God).  Yes there was some pushback and modification at the 11th hour, but later developments removed even much of that, at least in the form of some truly deplorable products such as Bugnini’s “children’s Mass.”

I also see basically no ways in which the Novus Ordo might enrich the TLM – I know this might be a harsh or extreme view, but having read a fair amount about how the propers have been butchered and even corrupted and the 3 year cycle of readings almost totally divorced from the ancient (and one might say, inspired) flow of the liturgical year, I don’t think it an unsupportable assertion.  That’s not to say that the Novus Ordo is always a disaster or a danger to one’s faith – there are Greenville’s and Hanceville’s and other locales where the Novus Ordo is offered in ways vastly superior to the standard offering in 99% of parishes, but those are all cases where the Novus Ordo was “enriched” by the traditional Mass, rather confirming the fact that “mutual enrichment” is a dead letter, a red herring, and quite likely a grave danger to be avoided.  The enrichment must run in one direction only.

It’s still a nice sermon in a lovely setting with a properly vested prelate, which is still far too rare a sight.  I am very glad Archbishop Sample offered this Mass and I pray he will continue drawing nearer and nearer to the traditional practice of the Faith and its authentic presentation in the Liturgy:


1. Frank - May 7, 2018

As always you make excellent points. But at the same time, let’s be realistic. For Abp. Sample to say as much as he did was a massive boost for traditional liturgy, especially in a time when anyone who fails to toe the Modernist FrancisChurch line risks being reassigned to one of those peripheries Bergoglio loves to prattle on about. We can’t realistically expect him to sound like Abp. Lefebvre in a worldwide televised homily from the flagship Catholic Church of the USA. He’s still a post-V2 bishop who can’t throw that unfortunate Council entirely under the bus and maintain any influence or credibility in the world we live in. Let’s be happy that he planted these seeds in such a prominent way and work from there.

Tantumblogo - May 7, 2018

Good comment. I think it might have been possible to avoid the “mutual enrichment” jag without going into full bore trad mode, but it is what it is. I tried to sound positive overall. If I failed, let me know.

Baseballmomof8 - May 8, 2018

Definitely picked up on the effort to sound positive…. and the idea that this is clearly a very promising step in a very long battle.

Frank - May 8, 2018

I didn’t think you were negative overall. My thought was to encourage you with the good parts of the story and to avoid focusing too much on where Abp. Sample could have been more strongly traditional and less “V-2-ish”.

2. The Lord's Blog - May 8, 2018

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3. skeinster - May 8, 2018

“and the 3 year cycle of readings almost totally divorced from the ancient (and one might say, inspired) flow of the liturgical year,”

This is especially clear if you own a St. Andrew’s missal. There is a header for all Sunday readings explaining their connection to the Divine Office for that week.

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5. J M Butkiewicz - May 8, 2018

With all due respect to the Archbishop, the TLM is Catholic, the Novus Ordo is Protestant. Both can not coexist.

Tim - May 9, 2018


6. Gary Laidlaw - May 9, 2018

As an 11 year old altar boy (1956/57) serving at the holy sacrifice of the Mass, when the priest put the transubstantiated communion host on my tongue, I knew in my heart that I was receiving the sacred body, blood, soul, and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ into my body and soul. So it’s no surprise to me if young people prefer the true Roman Catholic Latin Mass to today’s bland and boring “celebrations of the Eucharist”. The revolution against the true Mass was no “mistake”. The only way to get the “New Mass” accepted by Catholics world-wide was to intentionally suppress the true Mass, and the bishops have done a very good job of that for close to 5 decades. It’s said that the the devil walks on the skulls of bishops in hell – I think I may know at least on reason why.

7. Tim - May 9, 2018

The first pope ordained a priest in the Novus Ordo rite…….more and more great fruit!

8. Tim - May 11, 2018
Camper - May 13, 2018

Deep down I just wonder if there is something wrong with a man that makes him want to be a cleric serving nuChurch.

9. Katie - May 14, 2018

You were absolutely right to say there are no ways for the novus ordo to enrich the Traditional Latin Mass. They are completely different. As one comment above said, the new mass is protestant and the True Mass (Latin Mass) is Catholic. There is nothing wrong for saying what you did and there was nothing negative about it. We need more people to say what is true. And the truth is that Archbishop Sample should be denouncing the new mass completely. We shouldn’t be happy just because he gives us some good, while still making sure we get the bad with it. And the bad is to say that the new mass has anything good or enriching about it.
How can we ever get out of the crisis if the Bishops and Priests will not come out and condemn the novus ordo and demand a full return to the True Mass.
Thanks for all your good posts
Haven’t seen you in awhile, hope you and your family are doing well.


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