Canon Gregory Hesse on Quo Primum
On this feast of Pope St. Pius V, it is fitting to celebrate his document Quo Primum, the Apostolic Constitution which established the Catholic liturgy in the western rite for all time. Canon Gregory Hesse, former secretary to Cardinal Alfons Stickler, explains why he believes that Quo Primum is legally binding today and why the Novus Ordo Missae is a violation.
But first, it is interesting to note some superficial similarities between Pius V and the image Pope Francis is cultivating for himself:
He began his pontificate by giving large alms to the poor, instead of distributing his bounty at haphazard like his predecessors. As pontiff he practiced the virtues he had displayed as a monk and a bishop. His piety was not diminished, and, in spite of the heavy labours and anxieties of his office, he made at least two meditations a day on bended knees in presence of the Blessed Sacrament. In his charity he visited the hospitals, and sat by the bedside of the sick, consoling them and preparing them to die. He washed the feet of the poor, and embraced the lepers. It is related that an English nobleman was converted on seeing him kiss the feet of a beggar covered with ulcers. He was very austere and banished luxury from his court …
Well then! It would seem that a humble pope who loves the poor isn’t such a novelty after all!
But back to the topic of this post, this wide-ranging interview with Canon Hesse is brought to you courtesy of The Remnant: