Sedevacantist pioneer passed away 5 years ago today…
Remembering Patrick Henry Omlor
(June 13, 1931 – May 2, 2013)
Five years ago today saw 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 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 at a time when the Novus Ordo Sect was just beginning to take shape, eclipsing the true Catholic Church with its Modernist teachings and false new sacramental rites. Omlor was a devout and valiant sedevacantist — or, as he preferred to call himself, an “Interregnumite” — who has bequeathed to the Church a rich treasure of sound and orthodox theological argumentation to refute the errors of the Vatican II Sect.
From the very beginning, Omlor understood that the English vernacular version of the Canon of the Mass (introduced in the United States on “Black Sunday”, 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), with a foreword by Fr. Lawrence S. Brey. It stands unrefuted to this day. Other articles, studies, and monographs followed, including rejoinders to Mgr. John F. McCarthy, who quarreled with him about the validity of the New Mass. Omlor wrote 21 booklets and articles in total, including Has the Church the Right?, The Ventriloquists, The Ecumenism Heresy, Questioning the Validity of McCarthy’s Case, The Robber Church, and The Sky Grows Darker Yet.
Thankfully, all 21 of Omlor’s writings are still available in a single 392-page volume, entitled The Robber Church: The Collected Writings (1968-1997). Please see below.
Links to Omlor’s Books and Articles
- Free PDF Download: The Robber Church: The Collected Writings (1968-1997) by Patrick Henry Omlor
- Paperback: The Robber Church: The Collected Writings (1968-1997) by Patrick Henry Omlor
- Online Text: Questioning the Validity of the Masses using the New, All-English Canon by Patrick Henry Omlor
- Online Texts: Patrick Henry Omlor Writings on the “New Mass” (Novus Ordo Missae)
Biography and Background
- Daily Catholic‘s “Tower of Trent” Tribute to Patrick Henry Omlor, “The Valiant Pioneer who sounded the Alarm against the Robber Barons trying to Steal the Faith”
The back cover of Omlor’s Robber Church collection is graced with an abridged version of this beautiful quote of St. Pius X:
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, nn. 17-18)
Mr. Omlor remained faithful to the True Faith until the end and is survived by a wife, ten children, and numerous grandchildren. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.