The Pope, the Council, and the Mass by James Likoudis and the late Kenneth D. Whitehead addresses the concerns raised by the followers of the late Archbishop Lefebvre and other “Traditionalists.” The authors provide a truly Catholic understanding of Tradition, the Second Vatican Council and its implementation, and the nature of true liturgical reform.

First published in 1981, the new, revised edition has been updated to include developments up to the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI.

The twenty five questions answered in The Pope, the Council, and the Mass discuss:

  • Why liturgical changes were implemented
  • The nature of a Pastoral Council
  • Papal authority
  • The validity of the Novus Ordo, and more.

Appendices provide several useful documents pertinent to the book’s discussion, including

  • The Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI
  • The Apostolic Consitution Quo Primum of Pope St. Pius V
  • Pope Paul VI’s Letter to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
  • The Congregation for Divine Worship’s letter Quattuor Abhinc Annos
  • Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei, and others


About the Authors

James Likoudis is a nationally known writer and lecturer on Catechetics, Sex Education, and Liturgy. A convert to the Catholic Church in 1952, Mr. Likoudis has devoted a great deal of his efforts to foster the reunion of the Eastern Orthodox churches with the Catholic Church. Likoudis is president-emeritus of Catholics United for the Faith. He resides in Montour Falls, New York, with his wife, Ruth.

The late Kenneth D. Whitehead was a former career diplomat who served in Rome and the Middle East. For eight years he served as executive vice president of Catholics United for the Faith. He was the United States Assistant Secretary of Education for Postsecondary Education.

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