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[Previously published post, now available here]
Many Catholics have come to understand that active participation in a Mass which is una cum, that is, in which the name of the Modernist “pope” or “local bishop” is placed in the canon, is a sin.
Father Cekada wrote the definitive article on the subject a few years ago, laying out all of the theological points why such an act is contrary to the First Commandment.
Ultimately it boils down to the principle of offering false worship to God. For in order that a Mass be Catholic, and therefore acceptable to God as true worship, it must be offered in persona Ecclesiæ (in the person of the Church) by the priest who is offering it. This means that his act of offering the Mass must be in union with the Catholic Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ, of which Christ is the Head.
Therefore Masses, however valid they may be, which are offered outside of the Church, that is, by priests who are not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, constitute false worship. For this reason, we are not free to attend the Masses of the Greek Orthodox, not because of want of validity, but because of want of union with the Mystical Body, the Roman Catholic Church.
Sedevacantists hold that the Vatican II “popes” are not true Catholic popes, because (1) they intend to impose a new religion on the Roman Catholic Church; (2) they are public heretics. As a result, they are incapable of acting in the name of Christ the Head of the Catholic Church, and most of all are incapable of offering to God an acceptable sacrifice in Christ’s name and as a priestly representative of the Roman Catholic Church.
Hence, they are intrinsically incapable of offering the Mass in the person of the Church, that is, by the very fact of being false popes. Indeed, no one would be more incapable of representing Christ the Head of the Church than someone who is a false head of the Church. For a true pope is the principle of unity of the entire Catholic Church. Therefore a false pope is the principle of being cut off from the Roman Catholic Church and from Christ as Head of the Church. To adhere to a false pope, therefore, is to be cut off from Christ. A priest’s Mass, consequently, which is in union with a false pope is a Mass which is cut off from the unity of the Roman Catholic Church and from Christ the Head of the Church and Supreme High Priest, and the Principal Offerer of every Mass.
So everyone agrees that we should stay away from these Masses. But what if we are in a pinch? What if there is no Francis-free Mass in our vicinity? Can we go to the una cum Mass by exception, since we are in need of the sacraments?
The answer is no. The reason is obvious: what spoils the una cum Mass is something intrinsic, that is, the fact that the Mass is offered in union with a false pope, which thereby renders the Mass unacceptable to God for the reasons stated above.
When any act is intrinsically wrong, it is always forbidden. It admits no exceptions. In fact, we would have to accept death before positing the act. An example is an abortion.
When something is wrong merely by circumstance, however, it admits exception for a proportionate reason. An example would be to wash one’s car on Sunday. Although washing one’s car is a perfectly good act, if it should take place on Sunday, when unnecessary servile work is forbidden, it would be sinful. If, however, there is a proportionate reason why we must wash it on Sunday, then the law admits exception.
Those who permit exception in the case of active participation in the una cum Mass are saying implicitly that the una cum Mass is evil not intrinsically but only by circumstance. Then the una cum Mass is in itself intrinsically good. We know, however, that it is not intrinsically good, but intrinsically wrong.
Indeed, if the una cum Mass is intrinsically good, but wrong only by circumstance, then we must conclude that Francis is the true Pope, and from there we must conclude that the New Mass, Vatican II, and all of its reforms are in accordance with the Catholic Faith. For true popes cannot teach false doctrines and prescribe evil laws for the universal Church. We must then naturally conclude that any Mass said without his authorization would be a Mass offered outside the Church. (Therefore SSPX and Ex-SSPX Masses would be Masses offered outside the Church)
Furthermore, what circumstance would render the una cum Mass wrong? The time of day? The place? There is obviously no circumstance that would render it wrong.
In summary, the una cum Mass is intrinsically right or intrinsically wrong. If it is intrinsically right, then we must attend only those Masses authorized by “Pope Francis.” We must, therefore, avoid the SSPX Mass and the SSPX “Resistance” Mass, because they are unauthorized. If the una cum Mass is intrinsically wrong, we must avoid it, and even accept any inconvenience, any deprivation of sacraments, even death itself, before consenting to actively participate in it. We must therefore avoid the SSPX Mass and the SSPX “Resistance” Mass, because they are in union with a false pope.
No matter how you slice it, therefore, we must avoid the SSPX Mass and the SSPX “Resistance” Mass.