Dear Brothers in Christ,
Can anyone tell me for a certainy, whether or not Padre Pio of Pietrelcino ever said the Novus Ordo Mass? Also, what date in 1968 was the Novus Ordo universally required of priests?...Padre Pio having died in September '68.Thank you for your reply,
Thank you for your question. Padre Pio died on September 23, 1968. The New Mass wasn’t promulgated until April 3, 1969. Padre Pio didn’t celebrate the New Mass. Now it’s true that prior to the promulgation of the New Mass there were certain experimental changes occurring with the Mass in the 1960’s, but Padre Pio continued to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass. Some people get slightly confused on this matter because near the end of his life, at some of his last Masses including his very last Mass, Padre Pio was carried (he could barely walk) out to say his traditional Mass at an altar that was facing the people. This Traditional Latin Mass facing the people is frequently shown on videos of him, since it was his last Mass and some other Masses near the end of his life. This causes people to mistakenly conclude that Padre Pio celebrated the New Mass, when he didn’t. Padre Pio was almost blind near the end of his life; he wasn’t in much of a position to protest them carrying him out to celebrate his Mass facing the people. Further, contrary to what some people who have more a spirit of idolatry than a spirit of faith think, Padre Pio didn’t know everything. He only knew what God revealed to him and wanted him to know. Thus, since he was living in the early stages of the post-Vatican II apostasy and enclosed in his monastery, he wasn’t aware of the full extent of what was occurring in Rome or what was about to occur with the liturgical revolution. In fact, if God had revealed to Padre Pio precisely what was occurring – namely, that Paul VI was an antipope who was attempting to destroy the Church, etc. – then there would have been no test for the world – a test which God has allowed to see if people will go along with the post-Vatican II apostasy.