The Once and Future Roman Rite (MP3 Audio Download)

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In his latest book, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski argues that, ever since the new liturgical books following the Second Vatican Council came into force, Roman Catholic faithful have suffered the effects of a hasty and far-reaching reform permeated with nominalism, voluntarism, Protestantism, rationalism, antiquarianism, hyperpapalism, and other modern errors. Man is not master over divine liturgy, Dr. Kwasniewski emphasizes; rather, all of us are called to be stewards of the sacred, from the lowest-ranking layman to the pope himself.


Dr. Kwasnieski shows that sacred Tradition is the guiding principle for all authentic Christian liturgy, which originates from Christ and is guided by the Holy Spirit throughout the life of the Church. His principal thesis in this work is that the prominent identifying traits of the classical Roman Rite—and indeed of all traditional rites, Eastern and Western—are absent from the Novus Ordo, estranging it from their company and making it impossible to call it “the Roman Rite.”


To respond to this crisis of rupture, Dr. Kwasniewski calls for a full return to the traditional rite, the Roman Rite in its robust, perennial richness, for which no special permission is or could ever be needed—as exposited by Pope Benedict XVI.


Fidelity to the traditional Latin Liturgy is, at its root, fidelity to the Roman Church and to Christ Himself, Who has lovingly inspired the growth and perfection of our religious rites for two thousand years. This awe-inspiring gift of Tradition allows us to taste, even now, the banquet of the promised land of heaven.

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    A declaration of love for the traditional liturgy

    Posted by René Y. on Nov 3rd 2022

    If this book can help to abolish the modern form of the Roman Rite, then it will have fulfilled its purpose. The author makes excellent, logical and watertight arguments for why the modern rite should be abolished and cast into the dustbin of history as the mistake it is. Unlike other similar books, the author does not just claim that the modern rite is inferior to the traditional rite, he also demonstrates why. The author shows how the new rite is a break with the past and not just the traditional liturgy, but also with the traditional Catholic faith. The book also displays a love and special spirituality that can strengthen the traditional believers in these difficult times.