About Novus Ordo Watch
Novus Ordo Watch is a lay-led internet apostolate whose primary goal is to educate the public about the true Roman Catholic religion and the institution we refer to as the “Novus Ordo Sect” (or “Vatican II Sect”), a Neo-Modernist sect which falsely claims to be the Roman Catholic Church and has illegitimately occupied the official Catholic structures in the Vatican and throughout the world since its de facto founding by Cardinal Angelo Roncalli after the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958.
Although the actual date of inception of the Vatican II Sect is Oct. 28, 1958 — the day Cardinal Roncalli was invalidly elected “Pope”, taking the name John XXIII (1958-63) — the manifestation of this new religion was a bit more gradual. With moral certainty one can say that the new religion was objectively manifest no later than December 8, 1965, the day “Pope” Paul VI (1963-78) officially ratified, promulgated, and closed the so-called Second Vatican Council. Paul VI — Bishop Giovanni Battista Montini — had been John XXIII’s crown prince from the beginning, and while John functioned mainly as the preparer and herald of the new religion, Paul VI was its main architect and chief promoter.
Most of the content on the Novus Ordo Watch web site focuses on demonstrating how the teachings and practices of the Vatican II Sect differ essentially — that is, not merely in accidentals but in substance — from those of the Roman Catholic Church and contradict them.
Since the Catholic Church is divinely protected from failing and enjoys “perfect and perpetual immunity … from error and heresy” (Pius XI, Encyclical Quas Primas, n. 22), it is necessary to hold that the apparent authorities that introduced these substantial changes in Catholic teaching were not legitimate and did not in fact hold their putative offices validly. Hence we believe that the last legitimate and valid Pope of the Roman Catholic Church was Pius XII, who reigned from March 2, 1939 until October 9, 1958.
This theological position we subscribe to is typically referred to as “Sedevacantism”, from the Latin term sede vacante, “the Chair [of Peter] being vacant”. We believe that the men who are considered by the world to be the successors of Pius XII — that is, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis — are usurpers, false popes (anti-popes) who have occupied the Chair of St. Peter not only illicitly (without permission) but also invalidly (without legal or moral force). Indeed, we believe that the Throne of St. Peter has been vacant (empty) since the passing of Pius XII, although we acknowledge as a possibility that a true Pope was elected at some point after Pius XII and then impeded from exercising his papacy.
So, why is this web site called “Novus Ordo Watch”?
On April 3, 1969, the first day of the Jewish Passover and Holy Thursday in the Roman calendar, “Pope” Paul VI introduced what he claimed was simply a “reform” of the Holy Catholic Mass based on “more ancient liturgical sources” (see Paul VI, Missale Romanum). He called it the “new order of the Mass,” or, in the official Latin document, the “novus Ordo Missae“. This “new order of the Mass”, a term more pregnant with meaning than he then realized perhaps, gradually came to be known as the “Novus Ordo Mass”, or simply the “New Mass”. Since then, true Catholics who have kept the Faith handed down to us unadulterated from Pope St. Peter until Pope Pius XII, have come to label the entire new religion this “Mass” expresses as “Novus Ordo”, and hence we refer to it as the “Novus Ordo religion” and its worldwide establishment headquartered in the Vatican as the “Novus Ordo Church”. As the purpose of this web site is to continually monitor this strange new church, we decided to call it “Novus Ordo Watch.”
If you are new to our site or to the entire traditionalist controversy, we encourage you to start delving into the issues by visiting our START HERE page.
The logo we display on our web site (pictured left) and in our branding material is actually the coat of arms of the Holy See during the state of sede vacante, that is, during the time when there is no Pope reigning (the so-called interregnum, the time period between the death of the most current Pope and the election of a new one). The keys of St. Peter (cf. Mt 16:19) are always part of the Holy See’s coat of arms, but when there is a Pope reigning, the tiara (papal crown) is placed above the keys. During the sede vacante period, the tiara is replaced by what’s called the umbraculum, an umbrella-like canopy, to symbolize the absence of a Pope.
Our use of this particular and truly beautiful rendition of the sede vacante coat of arms is licensed through Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.5. We are using this image for the Novus Ordo Watch web site and for all our productions and branding material in agreement with the terms of the license. Attribution is hereby made to its author, Alejandro Rojas (SajoR on Wikimedia Commons), to whom we express our gratitude. The file was obtained from Wikimedia at this location. Disclaimer: The creator of this image does not necessarily endorse Novus Ordo Watch, our positions, or any content we produce, nor our positions or the way in which we use his creation.
As a web site, Novus Ordo Watch has been in operation since the fall of 2002. Our primary target audience is good-willed souls in the Novus Ordo Church who are realizing that something is woefully wrong and amiss about their religion but lack sufficient information to see the whole picture.
Novus Ordo Watch is a project of Interregnum Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in Ohio, United States. All financial contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you are interested in supporting our apostolate, please click here. Please see important legal and content disclaimers here.
May your visit to this web site be a blessed and fruitful one.
“Reveal to the faithful the wolves which are demolishing the Lord’s vineyard.”
—Pope Clement XIII, Encyclical Christianae Reipublicae (1766)