Dear Bros. Dimond,
Please help. I am by no means a theologian. I am just a regular working stiff catholic who is trying to do the right thing. You have some compelling evidence on your website that is really confusing me. In my heart I believe that what you are proclaiming is true, however, my mind still tells me that false prophets will try to bring you away from the church. By not attending mass, am I not being pulled away from the church? Even though the mass is not "valid", isnt the church the place where we worship God. Isnt it better to attend and worship God, than not attend at all? I live in a rural area in a very small parish. Attending a traditional mass is out of the question here as there are no traditional masses within 100 miles of me. Please show me some evidence that saying the Rosary at home instead of attending mass is acceptable by the church.
Thank you ,
The evidence that you cannot attend the New Mass and must stay home (if there isn’t an acceptable traditional option) is contained in the dogmatic teaching on the form of consecration from the Council of Florence, Pope St. Pius V, etc. It is also contained in the teaching that “all” in the consecration cannot suffice for validity, and that it is a grave sin to approach doubtful sacraments. It is also contained in the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church that one cannot partake in non-Catholic worship, and the New Mass is a non-Catholic service which was invented by heretics and with the help of Protestant ministers. It was intended to Protestantize Catholic worship, and includes condemned practices such as altar girls. To a sincere person who considers this evidence, it becomes clear that one cannot attend the New Mass under pain of mortal sin. You are not worshipping God truly by going to the New Mass, and you are not receiving Jesus Christ in Holy Communion.
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