Sedevacantist Pioneer Dies

Patrick Henry Omlor
June 13, 1931 – May 2, 2013
Requiescat In Pace

We are saddened to have to report the passing of Mr. Patrick Henry Omlor, one of the earliest pioneers of Traditional Catholicism in the 1960s. A Texan by birth, Mr. Omlor died peacefully at a hospital in Perth, Australia, on the feast of St. Athanasius, May 2, 2013. Like the great bishop, confessor, and doctor St. Athanasius, Mr. Omlor was not afraid to stand up for the True Faith in a time when the Novus Ordo Church began to eclipse the True Church with its modernistic teachings and false new sacramental rites. Omlor was a devout and valiant sedevacantist who battled the modernist Novus Ordo Church like few others.

“The Robber Church” by Patrick Henry Omlor

From the very beginning, Omlor understood that the English vernacular version of the Canon of the Mass (introduced in the United States on October 22, 1967) rendered the sacrament invalid, and he was the first to compose a competent study on the issue, entitled Questioning the Validity of the Masses using the New, All-English Canon (1968), which stands unrefuted to this day. Other articles, studies, and monographs followed, including rejoinders to Mgr. John F. McCarthy, who quarreled with Omlor about the validity of the New Mass. Omlor wrote 21 booklets and articles in total, including Has the Church the Right?The VentriloquistsThe Ecumenism HeresyQuestioning the Validity of McCarthy’s CaseThe Robber Church, and The Sky Grows Darker Yet.

Thankfully, all 21 of Omlor’s writings are available in print under the cover of a single 392-page volume, entitled The Robber Church: The Collected Writings (1968-1997). The book is also available for free download online. (Links below.)

Mr. Omlor remained faithful to the True Faith until the end and leaves a family with numerous children and grandchildren. May he rest in peace and obtain a merciful judgment from Almighty God.

Links to Omlor’s Books and Articles

Biography and Background

These moderns, forever prattling about culture and civilization, are undermining the Church’s doctrine, laws, and practices. They are not concerned very much about culture and civilization. By using such high-sounding words they think they can conceal the wickedness of their schemes. All of you know their purpose, subterfuges, and methods. On Our part We have denounced and condemned their scheming. They are proposing a universal apostasy even worse than the one that threatened the age of Charles [Borromeo]. It is worse, We say, because it stealthily creeps into the very veins of the Church, hides there, and cunningly pushes erroneous principles to their ultimate conclusions.

(Pope St. Pius X, Encyclical Editae Saepe; partially quoted on the back cover of Omlor’s Robber Church)

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