“… as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church…”
– St. Ignatius of Antioch
Picture: The Barque of St. Peter
I’m a Christian of the Roman Catholic tradition, pure and simple. I love the Catholic faith and I wish to express it in its purity and fullness. I love the Catholic Church, and am extremely loyal to Her, its teachings and to the earthly authority which She has bestowed upon the faithful; Pope Francis, the College of Cardinals, and the bishops/priests who work with in it. I wish always to be a member of Her, and to defend Her teachings against the errors perpetuated by Her detractors (atheists, Jews, Protestants, Freemasons, Communists, etc).
Having grown up in the Novus Ordo branch of Catholicism for 20 years, it was not until July of 2016 that I chose to convert to traditional Roman Catholicism. I chose to convert primarily for several reasons:
- The Traditional Latin Mass. Probably the #1 thing on this list. I discovered this Mass through Youtube, and what caught me onto this Mass was how extraordinary it was compared to, say the banalities of the Novus Ordo. The air of the Mass was sublime and the atmosphere was something that seemed worthy, to say the least, for worship to God. As time went on, the Traditional Mass would become something sort of a standard for my identity as a traditional Roman Catholic; I would try my best to attend the Mass when circumstances allow me to (e.g. when family is out, when I have to go downtown for something on a Sunday, on the Sundays of anime conventions, etc). I hope one day that the Traditional Mass becomes the norm – for the past 60 years, the liturgy of the Catholics as we know it has devolved from a communal worship of God, to almost something akin of a casual meeting, largely barren of any Catholic identity. How can the Novus Ordo call itself Catholic, if it stripped away everything that was Catholic about it?
- Traditional teachings far surpass modern teachings of the Church. One of the things that make Catholicism unique as a branch of Christianity is its consistency with its teachings throughout time. Indeed, Unity (in teaching and discipline) is one of the Four Marks of the Church (alongside Holy, Catholic and Apostolic) which must be upheld in its fullness.
With the advent of Vatican II however, a spew of new teachings came about, in a futile attempt to reconcile the Catholic faith with the modern world. Some of these teachings, however appear to contradict previously known Catholic teaching and principles of basic logic – which, as a computer scientist, is not tenable. Here are some of them:
- Catholics and Muslims worship the same God. False – Muslims DO NOT worship the Holy Trinity as God.
- The Catholic Church has no longer a duty in the state. False – Catholics have an obligation to procure moral standards in all things civil.
- It is permissible to administer sacraments to non-Catholics when requested. False – I wouldn’t add Chinese food to a peanut butter and jelly, and neither should non-Catholics be able to receive Catholic sacraments.
- Protestants are not heretics, but ‘separated brethren’. False – while it is the will of the Church to pray for the conversion of Protestants, and to love them, the fact remains that many of them remain in an ongoing state of rebellion against the authority of the Church, and as such, are to be defined as heretics.
The incompatibility of the statements made at the Second Vatican Council, I cannot accept in good conscience without admission that the Church has defected – a notion that is impossible, for Christ had promised it to be protected from even the slightest bit of error. While I don’t reject the pontificate of the post-Vatican II popes (those after Paul VI), it is my solemn duty as a Catholic to reject these heresies as not of God, and not of the Spirit of God, and embark on a personal war against these erroneous interpretations that are falsely advertised as the “teaching of the Church”.
- The fruits of traditional Catholicism are stronger than Novus Ordo Catholicism. Being honest here, I don’t feel at home with the Novus Ordo. Without going to much detail, I don’t feel comfortable being in communion with an illicit rite that does nothing to nourish my faith, but rather disturb it. I’ve been to too many Novus Ordo masses that seem more like casual gatherings than a communal worship of God (the Indonesian Catholic community in my city, UKI Toronto, is an example). I know people who were raised in the Novus Ordo that don’t even attend church anymore, and I know people raised in the Novus Ordo that don’t even have a good understanding of the faith. Compound that with the worldwide deformation of the Faith by Novus Ordo-related scandals, and one can see truly why the Novus Ordo is not a good fruit, as opposed to the piety, reverence and respect that traditional Catholics give to God in their prayers, liturgy and personal holiness.
Since my conversion to the traditional Roman Catholic faith, I began to research more into what traditional Catholics believe, and their practices. I came across a lot of ideas that made me go ‘WOW’, the history of several traditional groups (such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, the Society of St. Pius X, the Oratorians of St. Phillip of Neri, etc), and even spent time researching the sedevacantist argument (and arguments refuting it; more on that later). I developed an appreciation and interest in the traditional faith, and can only yearn more to grow and further strengthen, nourish and defend that faith which I have chosen freely to acquire and accept.