Introducing Father James Wathen, OSJ

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As you read this, consider it was written 30 years ago. Nothing of what he has written has changed since then, rather things have gotten worse, much worse. As you read this you'll note he is referring to the 'Holy Father' as Pope Paul VI for he was the Pontiff who not only perpetrated "The Great Sacrilege" on the Mystical Body of Christ" but also still pope at the time of the writing. We ask you to also consider how the present Pope John Paul II has done nothing to eradicate the grave errors of Paul VI and that, in and of itself, is an even greater tragedy for the 264th successor of Peter has allowed this "abomination of desolation" foretold in Matthew 24 and Daniel to continue, greatly enabling the adversary of God to capture more souls for perdition. We ask you to read this and pray, pray earnestly that you will see the light and demand of your bishops, your priests and of our Pope that they restore the "Tridentine Mass" - the Mass of All Ages - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass of the Roman Rite so that souls may be fed, nourished and saved and vocations will again flourish in the tradition Fr. Wathen's families and countless other dedicated, selfless Catholics passed down. He has dedicated his defining work to Pope Saint Pius V, Guardian of the True Mass.

This work, which begins with this Introduction below, proves through Roman Catholic doctrine, documents, Sacred Scripture and Papal pronouncements, that

The "New Mass" - the Novus Ordo
and the Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI...

  • does not involve Papal Infallibility!
  • changes the essence of Mysterium Fidei
  • strays from the Truths, Traditions and Teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • is called Novus Ordo - Initials N.O. the opposite of YES!
  • is a new rite and thus anathema!
  • is therefore illegal!
  • is immoral, for it mocks the Holy Sacrifice by decreasing its importance.
  • Therefore it is NOT Catholic!
  • Therefore it is null and void!
  • Therefore, if we believe the Council of Trent and the official documents of the Church, NO Mass at all!
  • Therefore it is the 'abomination of desolation' in the temple!
  • And therefore it is THE GREAT SACRILEGE!
IN TRUTH,
the Apostolic Constitution Quo Primum of Pope Saint Pius V is still in effect and the "Tridentine Mass" - the Latin Mass - the Mass of All Ages is the ONLY Mass of the Latin Rite - of the universal One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church! For thirty years Father Wathen has asked anyone to prove him wrong, to refute what he writes. For thirty years no one has been able to because what he writes is true and totally Catholic. That should give you an indication of how much Paul VI deceived mankind and faithful Catholics and clergy everywhere. Sadly, so sadly, the charade - the masquerade continues to this day.]

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Installments by Father James F. Wathen, O.S.J.

INTRODUCTION Chapter One
Papal Authority Chapter Two part one
Papal Infallibility Chapter Two part two
The Great Sacrilege Chapter Three part one: The Holy Mass
The Great Sacrilege Chapter Three part two: The Council of Trent and the True Mass
The Great Sacrilege Chapter Three part three: Pope St. Pius V, Quo Primum, and the True Mass
The Great Sacrilege Chapter Three part four: The Act - first part
The Great Sacrilege Chapter Three part five: The Act - second part
The Great Sacrilege Chapter Three part six: Pope Paul's Defense
The Great Sacrilege Chapter Three part seven: The
The Great Sacrilege Chapter Three part eight: The Roman Rite and Antiquarianism
The New Mass Chapter Four part one: The New Mass
The New Mass Chapter Four part two: Expurgations
The New Mass Chapter Four part three: Mistranslations
The New Mass Chapter Four part four: The Changing of the Canon
The New Mass Chapter Four part five: The New Form of Consecration - first part
The New Mass Chapter Four part six: The New Form of Consecration - second part
The New Mass Chapter Four part seven: The New Form of Consecration - third part -
The New Mass Chapter Four eight: New Form of Consecration - fourth part -
The New Mass Chapter Four part nine: The New Form of Consecration - fifth part -
The New Mass Chapter Four part ten: Validity and Liceity first part
The New Mass Chapter Four part eleven: Validity and Liceity second part
The New Mass Chapter Four part twelve: The Dishonoring of Mary
The New Mass Chapter Four part thirteen: The Purpose of Archaism
The New Mass Chapter Four part fourteen: The Rite of Peace first section
The New Mass Chapter Four part fourteen: The Rite of Peace second section
The New Mass Chapter Four part fourteen: The Rite of Peace third section
The New Mass Chapter Four part fifteen: The
The New Mass Chapter Four part sixteen: Ecumenism
The New Mass Chapter Four part seventeen: The Language of the
The New Mass Chapter Five part one: The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI, Missale Romanum
The New Mass Chapter Five part two: The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI, Missale Romanum
The New Mass Chapter Five part three: The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI, Missale Romanum
The Burden Chapter Six part one: Burden of Priests
The Burden Chapter Six part two: Burden of the People
CHALLENGE Chapter Seven
CONCLUSION Chapter Eight
 
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The Good Lord bequeathed Father James Francis Wathen a belated birthday present: He took him home, alleviating him of his earthly suffering five hours after his 74th birthday had passed. We pray God did so in order for Father to celebrate his reward for being a good and faithful servant, who kept the Faith, and now, will be worthy, through the merits of Jesus Christ, to experience the august presence of the Beatific Vision forever when he has completed, as we all must, our responsibility to atone for all our temporal sins.

"I first made my acquaintance with Father Wathen in 1997 when I read his book The Great Sacrilege. I wrote him a letter detailing all of my questions and was happily surprised to receive a phone call in reply to my letter. Father said he was coming to Boston that month to say Mass in Sharon, MA and said he would make time to come and see me in person and answer my questions. Living in Quincy, MA with my family, he made good on his word and not only came to our home personally and answered all of my questions but took also the time to hear my general confession. Such was the pastoral care that I learned over time that Father Wathen took for all souls God placed in his path. He flew all over the United States to offer the Traditional Latin Mass which he said was our birthright as Catholics based on the Papal Encyclical by Pope St. Pius V, Quo Primum."

Editor's Note:
In this column feature where we previously carried many of Father Wathen's articles, we are carrying a personal tribute to him penned by a friend from Boston Denise Trias, a Traditional Catholic mother of five, who has written a few articles for The Daily Catholic this past year. Her words show the heart and dedication of a true pioneer of the Traditional Catholic Movement whose thorough work, The Great Sacrilege is a benchmark of proof that the Novus Ordo Missae was truly the "abomination of desolation" our dear Lord warned of in the Gospel of St. Matthew. We have lost another charter inductee into the TOWER OF TRENT HALL OF HONOR and pray God will send more of Father Wathen's caliber to carry on the mission to the faithful. We at The Daily Catholic will be ever grateful to Father for graciously giving us permission to type up his entire book and run it in installments from September 1, 2001 to September 2002. This allowed us to make his work available on The Daily Catholic so that his words could be circulated far and wide on the worldwide web; words and conclusions that every Catholic needs to realize. May Father's soul rest in peace. Amen. Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen. Anima ejus, et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen. Below Denise's tribute is the obituary filed by the funeral home.


Fr. James Francis Wathen died of kidney failure at 4:55 Tuesday morning, November 7, 2006 in Evansville, Indiana at St. Mary's Hospital after losing consciousness for three hours. The day before - November 6th - he celebrated his 74th birthday. With him were his brother John, other family members, Sister Dymphna and friends from St. Paul's Chapel. He died peacefully in a happy death as he had prayed to St. Joseph for.

The last few years he battled lymphatic cancer, first trying holistic treatments and then going on to radiation. A few weeks ago he had an allergic reaction to one of the treatments after it was found that he had some new tumors. My sister called me from Pennsylvania on Friday, October 27th after she had heard from her priest that Father Wathen was in his last agony. Calling Father Wathen, whom had been a long-time acquaintance of mine, he confirmed that he had been in the hospital but that he was pulling out of the scare just fine. Father Wathen was in very good spirits, told me he had high hopes of recovery and gave me what was to be the last bit of advice in my own personal situation.

Some years back, when Father Wathen stopped flying into the Boston area to say Mass, I remember whispering a little prayer to God about this priest who had said such a reverent Mass, a dry sense of humor, a love for souls, a hatred for the ruinous theories in the modern godless schools, a great devotion to the true Faith and Mass and such a pastoral care for those who were blessed by his friendship: "Dear Lord, please let me see Father again before he dies someday."

Little did I realize that God would take my prayer so literally. This spring I received a phone call from my brother Paul who lives in Washington State whom I haven't seen for nine years. He was coming to Owensboro, Kentucky for work for two weeks. I knew that that is where Father Wathen was from and only an hour from his present residence of Evansville, Indiana. So, I boarded a plane and on a sunny afternoon I arrived in Evansville on May 24th and drove through the city, along the river to Father Wathen's little apartment on the second floor overlooking the river where I was able to visit with him for two hours before he went off to a doctor's appointment. He was well cared for by the women from his church who came to his home and made his meals. His leg was swollen at the time from a bad reaction to the dye used in cat scans but other than that he looked healthy and happy.

The next day my brother Paul and I took a tour of Owensboro and found the high school where Father Wathen had taught prior to the introduction of the Novus Ordo Missae. We then had dinner at The Moonlight Bar-B-Q (http://www.moonlite.com/), a famous Inn in the town. As we were leaving the restaurant I mentioned in passing to the hostess that I was visiting a friend who used to teach in Owensboro, Father Wathen. "Father Wathen? That was my teacher," she said. And so he was.

I was able to see Father Wathen one last time the next day when I got caught in the middle of a storm with three twisters and headed back to Evansville for safety out of the Owensboro area where I couldn't get back to see my brother one last time because the roads were closed. I told Father Wathen how I had prayed to see him before his death so I figured his time was near. He laughed and assured me that he was going to get better. "We will see," I said.

Father Wathen was one of the rare Catholic priests in the United States who never said the Novus Ordo Missae. He was born and raised in Owensboro,Kentucky, the fifth of ten children. He studied philosophy at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, MD and theology at St. Maur's Seminary in South Union, Kentucky, where he graduated in 1958. He served as a diocese priest in Owensboro, Kentucky as a high school teacher and pastor until 1970 when after reading "Questioning the Validity of the Masses Using the New, All-English Canon" by Patrick Henry Omlor, Athanasius Press (See also http://www.dailycatholic.org/issue/2002Feb/tgs20.htm ) he discerned that the Novus Ordowas not only a liturgy that conveyed a total departure from the Catholic Faith, but was a Great Sacrilege.

To attend the Novus Ordo was in total defiance of the First Commandment of God to worship Him Alone because the Novus Ordo was not the true worship due to God but instead a mockery and false imitation of it. (See "The Great Sacrilege by Fr. James F. Wathen, Tan Books and Publishers Inc.) When asked why the faithful failed to grasp this concept, Father Wathen used to always reply "Because the people do not realize how evil is the Novus Ordo".

Father Wathen was of the firm belief that the Novus Ordo Missae was the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy about the "abomination of desolation": "When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand" (St. Matthew 24:15).

I first made my acquaintance with Father Wathen in 1997 when I read his book The Great Sacrilege. I wrote him a letter detailing all of my questions and was happily surprised to receive a phone call in reply to my letter. Father said he was coming to Boston that month to say Mass in Sharon, MA and said he would make time to come and see me in person and answer my questions. Living in Quincy, MA with my family, he made good on his word and not only came to our home personally and answered all of my questions but took also the time to hear my general confession. Such was the pastoral care that I learned over time that Father Wathen took for all souls God placed in his path. He flew all over the United States to offer the Traditional Latin Mass which he said was our birthright as Catholics based on the Papal Encyclical by Pope St. Pius V, Quo Primum.

Father Wathen was accused by some of being a racist because of comments he made in his book Who Shall Ascend. Those of us who knew him knew that souls came first to Father Wathen, whatever the color. Any ideas other than that he had about race were easily stocked up to his biased southern upbringing and cultural values and had nothing to do with the teachings of the Catholic Faith.

For awhile Father Wathen was on a radio show in the Boston area which gave many people exposure to the errors of the Novus Ordo and the Masonic errors found in the modernist version of the new Catechism of The Catholic Church. Father Wathen was a member of the Order of St. John, which in the early 1970's he came to believe was the only canonical answer to legally say the traditional Latin Mass. As the years went on though, Father Wathen modified his views and came to believe that Catholics could receive the traditional Sacraments from any priest properly ordained in the traditional Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. Some people accused the O.S.J. of being masonic and in defense of his order, Father Wathen wrote the book Is the Order of St. John Masonic (Tan Books). He had a few banterings with Father Anthony Cekada over the Order of St. John which you may read in Light on the O.S.J. by Father Cekada and More Light on the O.S.J. by Father James Wathen. I found these two works very hard to follow personally, and in the end concluded that it really didn't matter whether the O.S.J. was a legitimate Catholic Order or not because Father Wathen was a truly ordained diocesan priest prior to Vatican II and because of Quo Primum had every right to say the traditional Mass as every other Catholic priest I knew in his same situation.

Father Wathen was not a sedevacantist, a position I personally came to embrace in my later years as a traditional Catholic. Father Wathen was known to hold the view that canon law stated that we can't judge the Pope. While sedevacantists such as Bishop Robert McKennawould tell lay people that this is not an issue of judging a Pope. Instead, the man in Rome isn't even Pope or can't even possibly be Pope because he is putting out a false liturgy, false sacraments and catechisms and canon law full of error. Because of Papal Infallibility there is no way possible that these men in Rome can be Popes. In other words, there is no Pope to be judged. Sedevacantist arguements can be found at http://www.cmri.org/ and http://www.traditionalmass.org/ as well as in these two books that describe how Vatican II was highjacked by a modernist "robber council": Tumultuous Times by Father Francisco and Dominic Radecki ( http://www.miqcenter.com/books/1-tumultuous.shtml ) and The Robber Church by Patrick Henry Omlor (http://www.miqcenter.com/books/0-problems.shtml ).


You may read Father Wathen's defense against sedevacantism in his book Who Shall Ascend? which describes his view of what has happened during and since the Vatican II council.

We thank Father Wathen for his great example of holding onto what was rightfully ours and what was wrongfully stolen from us as Catholics under the excuse and lie of "updating" the church- the ancient traditional liturgy of the western rite. May God bless you, Father Wathen, and may He deliver you into eternal Happiness.


Wednesday
November 8, 2006
vol 17, no. 300
Making Sense of Sensus Catholicus

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Taking his priestly functions seriously, Father James Wathen selflessly strove for himself to give God proper worship, and for his flock to lead them to salvation through the truth of Christ and His Church. Father Wathen saw that the radical changes in the liturgical and teaching practice of the Church in the mid twentieth century were an about-face from the tried-and-true traditions of the Church–traditions which were an inherent part of the deposit of faith which originated with Christ and the Apostles. Moreover, he saw that the changes were being propelled by men who had accepted the same modernist ideologies which were formally condemned half a century before.

To combat this, Father worked tirelessly to educate his flock in the sound principles of orthodox Catholicism, and to bring the true Roman Catholic liturgy, the so-called “Tridentine Rite” to the growing number of concerned Catholics. Father was passionate in his love of the Church, and of truth, and this passion was made manifest in his prolific writing, particularly in his critique on the new Mass, The Great Sacrilege, and in Who Shall Ascend?, a thorough defense of traditional Catholic dogma against the post Vatican II Church.

When Father passed away in 2006, the contributions from his supporters were sufficient to begin the James F. Wathen Traditional Catholic Foundation, the purpose of which being to continue the apostolate of Father James Wathen, primarily through the promotion of his prolific writings and recordings, and also to further educate and promote the values of true Catholicism as Father would have done.

To-date we have been able successfully to re-publish Father’s great work The Great Sacrilege, as well as some of his other writings, which are available on this site. We are currently undertaking the task of re-printing Father’s landmark work Who Shall Ascend?, and we are constructing a memoir of Father Wathen that will hopefully continue to familiarize faithful Catholics with this landmark priest.

In addition, we are compiling an archive of Father’s many audio recordings, many of which we have been digitally remastering, which are available on this site. Anyone with information on recordings of Father that we may not have in our database should use the Contact Us page to inform us, so we can have as complete an archive as possible.

It is our sincere hope that we are able with this effort to do justice to the memory of Father Wathen, and moreover that we do justice to the fight for which he tirelessly labored.

God Bless,
The James F. Wathen Traditional Catholic Website

Fr. Wathen and Sedevacantism
The allegation has come to this writer’s notice that from time to time Fr. James F. Wathen “softened” or “altered” his position on sedevacantism. There is no foundation, nor any evidence of such. This is an injustice to the memory of Fr. Wathen. We all know or should know that if he had changed his conviction on anything he would have made it known. This tower of strength is but known for his forthrightness and courageous declaration of his convictions. We who knew him know that he never tried to improve or put a different interpretation on any of the traditions of the Church. Pope Boniface VIII made his bull “Unam Sanctam” clear and without any reservations or qualifications. In just as simple terms St. Robert Bellarmine (Doctor of the Church) said no one can remove the pope. It’s that simple. Fr. James Wathen was too wise and too busy to start putting his own interpretation on anything already well established and defined. If one needs to know Fr. Wathen’s position was on sedevacantism, read his superb definitive treatment of it in Who Shall Ascend? or in his sermons or several updates given shortly before his death.

The source of this fabrication is some sedevacantist pseudo-canon lawyer who needs to lean on this orthodox giant to give strength to his anemic position. Fr. Jim did not “soften” or alter anything. Like his Master, the Teacher of us all, he communicated by “yea or nay”, no equivocation–probably Fr. Wathen’s most renowned trait.

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