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"Extreme antipathy to the liturgy of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite"

In a CIA (Catholic Investigative Agency) program entitled "Weapons of MASS Destruction", Michael Voris portrays the origins and nature of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite in such a way as to lead him to conclude that, while it is a valid Mass, it is such a violent rupture with past forms of worship that it is "not authentic Catholic worship".

The program is a rehash of the usual over-simplifications which elevate certain problems and internal struggles over liturgical renewal into a total indictment of the Novus Ordo, a case made primarily on the basis of preferring some traditional commentators over others, and pitting the judgment of favorite authors against the popes who superintended the changes to the liturgy.

While a particularly noteworthy case of the problem with RealCatholicTV's tendency toward extremism, it is exactly this tendency which negatively colors so much of their otherwise well-intentioned programming.

Some specific examples of the fallacies of the video are:

The result of the video is that the viewer is led to doubt the Catholicity of the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, which is the liturgical home of the vast majority of Catholics worldwide. But the mind of the Church on this matter in the letter Pope Benedict wrote explaining his widening of the use of the old liturgy in Summorum Pontificum is that the Novus Ordo remains the ordinary form of the rite of the Catholic Church, and that the deformations associated with it arise chiefly from the failure to observe the rubrics and instead opt for constant unjustified experimentation.

In this letter, Benedict affirmed the rite itself, which is precisely what RealCatholicTV denigrates, by saying: "The most sure guarantee that the Missal of Paul VI can unite parish communities and be loved by them consists in its being celebrated with great reverence in harmony with the liturgical directives. This will bring out the spiritual richness and the theological depth of this Missal."

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