Rorate Caeli

Should the Feast of Christ the King Be Celebrated in October or November?

With the revival of the traditional Roman Mass throughout the Church, a number of rather significant calendar differences between old and new make themselves increasingly felt by the faithful and those who minister to them. We are all aware, but no one better than our dedicated clergy, that almost every Sunday of the year would demand two different homilies if the same priest, intending to preach on the readings of the day, celebrated Masses in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.

Event: Sacra Liturgia Conference in Rome (Book presentations) - November 21

De Mattei: Heading towards the 2015 Synod
- Numerical defeats never before witnessed by any Pope

Desdén (Disdain),
Starring Archbishop "Tucho" Fernández

Archbishop Victor Manuel "Tucho" Fernández,

the Pope's closest theological adviser and first named bishop,
(fabulously efficient) Rector of the Catholic University of Argentina,
member of the original 6-liberal Synod drafting commission

This remarkable man granted an interview on the Synod to Elisabetta Piqué, of La Nación, in which he said the following, among other pearls of wisdom:

"There was only a group of six or seven fanatics, somewhat aggressive, who didn't represent even 5% of the total [of the Synod Fathers]." ... "If we don't open up Pandora's box, what is done is hiding the dirt under the rug." ... "Perhaps we missed saying, at the very least, with Pope Francis: 'who are we to judge gays?' "

Who are we, indeed?...

It's essential to understand the stakes:
No Marriage, No Infallibility, No Papacy, No Catholic Church
- If no subject is "taboo", the authority of Bishops is not taboo either

No, don't expect any insane theory, or a "heretical pope" argument, to salvage this. If the Pope endorses polygamy, including in its spread-out format as any kind of legitimacy of the "remarriage" of "divorced" individuals, with the redefinition of the dogmatic theology of one of the seven Sacraments, then Trent, Vatican I, and the entire edifice of Catholic claims of authority fall with it. Catholic claims on the absolutely indissoluble Sacrament of Matrimony (1), from which spring forth the children who are Baptized (2), Confirmed (3), Ordained (4), hear confessions (5), celebrate Mass (6), confer Extreme Unction (7), and marry new couples (1 once again) are dogmatically strong and at the same time systematically fragile. They fall down, and the Papacy as it has always been understood falls with it.

If divorce and remarriage are acceptable, in "specific circumstances" and after a "path of penance", then certainly Our Lord Jesus Christ can rightfully repudiate and divorce his newly-adulterous Catholic Bride. 

Yes, the stakes are that high, though some have not completely grasped that they are digging their own grave.*

No Marriage, No Papacy:
If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims
John Zmirak

Interesting visitor statistics: top 10 cities

The two weeks of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops "on the Family" and its aftermath (up to today) were the best in our existence in visits and pageviews: thank you all so much for your loyal readership! And there was a very interesting change in the list of top cities sending us visitors: for the first time ever, a city of non-native English speakers reached the second position in number of visitors, and two such cities were among the top 10. 

The top 10 cities in number of visitors from the first day of the Synod up to this Monday were the following:

Finally, something good to report from Ireland

It's no secret good news concerning the future of the Church is hard to come by from Ireland. So we are grateful for a reader sending us this:

Last Sunday 11 children and one adult were confirmed in the Tridentine Rite by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown in St Kevin's Church Harrington St, Dublin. Archbishop Brown is pictured confirming Rian Wood at the ceremony.

Kasper the Serial Liar
- caught lying grievously once again

Walter My Mercy's not for Africans Kasper has a serious problem. He just can't stop lying. Is this the man who does "serene theology on his knees"?...

President of the Polish Episcopal Conference:
- Let's end this delusion that 'mercy' began only now, after 2,000 years!
- Familiaris Consortio is sufficient

From La Stampa's Vatican Insider:

Gądecki: "Had I not spoken up, the Synod would have ended up worse"

Event: Kasper to receive Catholic University of America award
November 6: "All are Invited"

Walter Cardinal Kasper will receive a prestigious award from the Catholic University of America's theology school on 6 November, delivering a lecture there on the "theological background of the ecclesiological and ecumenical vision of Pope Francis."

About the award:

 For Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership in Religious Studies 
Established in 1985 as the only academic award given by The Catholic University of America’s School of Theology and Religious Studies, the Quasten Medal is named after the Rev. Johannes Quasten, a professor of religious studies who taught at CUA for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1979.

The Purge will hit new levels - they know they are in a race against time

¡ Bienvenidos a Siberia !

The Pope is Just the Vicar:
On the Footsteps of Fr. Calmel, O.P.


2 + 2 = 4 (too rigid)
2 + 2 = 6 (too lax)
2 + 2 = 5 (aaah, perfect!)

Antonio Socci, no traditionalist he, has his many idiosyncrasies (Medjugorje is one; his newfound obsession with the 2013 Conclave is another), but he still is a great essayist. From his article praising the beatification of Paul VI and the outcome of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops:

Benson at 100:
"The Mass, Prayer, the Rosary — nothing else can avail"

Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson 
died exactly 100 years ago, 
on October 19, 1914.

Persecution, he said, was coming. There had been a riot or two already. But persecution was not to be feared. It would no doubt cause apostasies, as it had always done, but these were deplorable only on account of the individual apostates. On the other hand, it would reassure the faithful; and purge out the half-hearted.

"For Francis, a resounding defeat: Traditionalists have won a huge victory." | "Even in 2015, it's hard for Francis to go much beyond this without risking schism."

Professor Odon Vallet is an expert in the history of religions and civilizations and, since he is deemed a strong and radical "Progressive", he is a favorite in the French media to speak as a secular-friendly voice on Catholic issues.

He was interviewed by popular daily "20 Minutes" on the results of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops:

Liberals just love Paul VI - just not what he actually said on fundamental matters of doctrine...

Other than the separation of morals from religion, and in particular from the teaching of the Church on certain great moral problems (such as contraception, abortion, sterilization, euthanasia...), another crucial point regarding the Moral Doctrine of the Church is that it is often thought that her teaching is out of fashion.

Francis' final address to the Synod.
Via Media or Laodicea?...

Pope Francis' address to the Synod Fathers at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family:

Relatio Synodi - rejected paragraphs on communion for divorced and homosexuals - in English

This is our tentative translation done in a rush, so it has no official value whatsoever, just for the record (the references to past Church documents, however, come from the official translations).

The paragraphs on "persons with homosexual orientation" (not "homosexuals", as in the partial relatio) in particular are absolutely different from the stunningly scandalous Forte-Spadaro paragraphs of the first relatio, and no reference is made in them for a "deeper" study in the upcoming year, as in the paragraphs on communion for "remarried divorcees". But not even like this they became part of the official text! It is a considerable setback for the revolutionaries, which they will certainly try to reverse in 2015.

Important note: Paragraphs 52, 53 and 55 were rejected*, having not reached 2/3 of the Fathers for required approval (123 votes).

Final Relatio Synodi, in Italian


IMPORTANT: The Backlash Against the Manipulated Synod of Francis
- Snippets from a Rome in Disbelief after 18 Months of Fear Under Pressure

guest-post by A Roman Source

"The general feeling is one of huge relief," says an influential professor at a Pontifical University. "On Thursday, at around noon, John Paul II operated a miracle at the Synod."

Burke confirms: Yes, Pope has demoted me.
"Pope has done a lot of harm by not saying openly what his position is"
Synod "designed to change Church's teaching"

We post here for the record of current events all the quotes published by BuzzFeed from their interview with Cardinal Burke:

A top cardinal told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the worldwide meeting of church leaders coming to a close in Rome seemed to have been designed to “weaken the church’s teaching and practice” with the apparent blessing of Pope Francis.
If Pope Francis had selected certain cardinals to steer the meeting to advance his personal views on matters like divorce and the treatment of LGBT people, Burke said, he would not be observing his mandate as the leader of the Catholic Church.
“According to my understanding of the church’s teaching and discipline, no it wouldn’t be correct,” Burke said, saying the pope had “done a lot of harm” by not saying “openly what his position is.

The Dreadful Kasper:
- He was ready to destroy a man's livelihood and reputation to achieve his ends

Thank the Good Lord for smartphones and recording devices now available everywhere: if it hadn't been for them, Walter "Africans shut up" Kasper would have almost certainly ruined the livelihood, reputation, and integrity of a good man and excellent journalist. That is possibly as horrific as the things said by Kasper themselves, if not more.

As Matthew Archbold says:

Just a quick question. As we all know now, Cardinal Kasper gave an interview which Ed Pentin of the Register and Zenit reported on in which he denigrated the African bishops. When the outrage ensued, he denied ever giving the interview and said he'd never said any of those things. Pentin, however, taped the interview.

But here's my question. If he hadn't, Pentin's career would've been harmed. Possibly irreparably. Would Cardinal Kaspar have admitted to the interview or simply watched another man's life be possibly destroyed?

Blue Thursday: The orthodox counter-offensive at the Synod
- "such a day had never happened before, not even at Vatican II"

We are calling it "Blue Thursday" for the color of Our Lady -- and also the main color of the flag of Australia, the nation of Cardinal Pell, the first to rise up against the Baldisseri authoritarian manipulation.
The counter-offensive of the orthodox

Agitation in the Hall. The commissions dismantle Forte's text
by Matteo Matzuzzi
Il Foglio
October 17, 2014

Rome. They say that a confrontation like this had never been seen before, perhaps not even at the Council.

Cardinal Pell interview on the Synod - video:
- Synod says no to 'secular agenda' (of the first 'relatio')

Yes, Kasper did give the interview with racist remarks on Africa and Africans - and here is the audio to prove it

For some reason, Zenit removed the text of the interview by Walter Kasper, filled with Anti-African, xenophobic, and racist comments. The interviewer, Edward Pentin, made public the following statement:

In response to a statement from His Eminence Cardinal Kasper denying giving the interview that appeared in ZENIT Wednesday 15th October, I issue the following response:

His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper spoke to me and two other journalists, one British, the other French, around 7.15pm on Tuesday as he left the Synod hall.

Full Text of Cardinal Burke's Major Interview to Il Foglio on the Synod

Faith is not decided by vote

Cardinal Burke against the media manipulation on the Synod. And very clear on everything else.

by Alessandro Gnocchi
Il Foglio
October 13, 2014

The world likes Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke very little or not at all.  And , if it is possible, the Church likes him even less than does the world.  On the other hand, this 66-year-old American from Richland Center, Wisconsin, has done everything as a Catholic to successfully carry out his intent to set a fire under the consciences of Christians who are all too inclined to tepidity.  

The conclusions of the Synod's small groups.
- Thanks to the collective revolt of the Synod majority

[Update: Notice that these relationes (reports) have only been published after a collective revolt of the bishops against the dictatorship of Cardinal Baldisseri.]

Marco Tosatti sets the tense scene in the Hall this Thursday:

"An additional [act of] censorship, and the Synod Fathers rise up. / The General Secretariat of the Synod announced the decision of not publishing the relationes of the Circuli Minores. Erdo took the floor, distancing himself from the relatio [post disceptationem] published under his name, and saying that, if that 'disceptatio' had been published, also those of the Circuli Minores, the commissions, had to be. His intervention was followed by numerous others in succession, with the same tone, underscored by thunderous applause. The Secretary of the Synod, Cardinal Baldisseri, looked at the Pope, as if searching for advice and light, and the Pope remained mute and extremely serious. Also mute remained the under-secretaries to the Synod, Fabene, Forte, Schönborn and Maradiaga [*Update: Maradiaga was away for 'Caritas business', and thus not present, according to a clarifying Tweet by Cardinal Napier from about 48 hours later]. Kasper was not present. At the end, Father Lombardi announced that the relationes of the Commissions will be made public."

And, because of this collective revolt of the Synod majority, you are now able to read the conclusions below.

The English-speaking groups are Anglicus A, B, and C.

Relatio - Circulus Anglicus "A"

"Synod Fathers under intense pressure from the Kasper Front to modify their views - or else"

It seems Walter Kasper's racist remarks on Africa and Africans have caused an understandable shock wave throughout the assembly. They reflect a racist, xenophobic, and anti-African mindset that has removed the Church in Africa from any participation in the Synodal administration and governance, or in the committee formed to help draft the final relatio.

Other than that, Synod Fathers are being strongly pressured by the allies of the racist German cardinal, who are in the minority, to modify as little as possible the partial relatio: as Tosatti explains below, that was one of the main reasons why the racist manipulators did not want the addresses of the first week made public, they can now pressure the more fearful bishops to take 180-degree turns on what they said, and they can do it without losing face. Tosatti is too gentle to say exactly what kind of pressure is being applied, but we can be sure that, as they always do, the "Progressive Legion" have no scruples whatsoever in accomplishing what they deem necessary: they not only offer compensations to those who are weak for career "promotions", but they threaten, they blackmail, they shame, they lie, they deceive, they discriminate, they set continent against continent, nation against nation, cardinal against cardinal, bishop against bishop, they will go to the utmost consequences (even those we may consider absolutely unthinkable, and those we cannot even imagine) -- they are capable of absolutely anything, as long as they manage to accomplish their end: the birth of their "New Church of Worldliness".

Synod, time for pressure

[Senior Religious daily for Italian daily] La Stampa
October 16, 2014

AP confirms: "Outed" Forte exclusively responsible for "Gayspel", only ONE Father had even mentioned issue in Synod Hall

Bruno "Outed" Forte
From Nicole Winfield's Associated Press article on Synod special secretary Abp. Bruno "Outed" Forte. We post it here for the record of the history of the most embarrassing document in Catholic history, and its most infamous passage, where Forte sneaked his own "New Gospel":

Erdo has already "outed" the official who wrote the section on gays, Monsignor [Archbishop] Bruno Forte, appointed by Pope Francis as the special secretary to the synod. Forte is an Italian theologian known for pushing the pastoral envelope on dealing with people in "irregular" unions while staying true to Catholic doctrine.

Pell: "Three quarters of Fathers who spoke voiced problems with Report"
Quotes untableted

Quotes and views by Cardinal George Pell, Holy See Secretary for the Economy, on the Relatio, given to The Tablet, but untableted for your convenience, that is, the Cardinal's full quotes and views without the Tablet's editorializing additions:

[Pell says the relatio is] “tendentious and incomplete,”... an “incomplete resumé” of what the Synod Fathers had said it needed to be “enhanced and corrected”.

De Mattei on the Synod Relatio: "The Need to Resist Heretical Tendencies"

The Need to Resist Heretical Tendencies

Erdö's Relatio cancels sin and the natural law in an instant

Roberto de Mattei
Il Foglio
October 15, 2014

Kasper, the Xenophobic Synod-Master: "Pope wants opening because he's got problems in his own family." "Africans? Nobody listens to them"
-Voice of the Family to Racist Cardinal: "Kasper must apologize"

Master Kasper likes only one kind of African:
muzzled, submissive, and silent,

and who knows his own place
The arrogance displayed by Walter Kasper in his interview granted to Edward Pentin (published today in Zenit) is so astounding that it is by itself a revelation that he is the great Master of the Synod. His words regarding the Bishops of Africa, in particular, are so offensive, unbelievably racist and xenophobic one can hardly understand how such a despicable man could claim to write anything on "mercy", when his words are filled with heresy and disdain for the great Bishops of Africa, who stand nearly alone in defense of Catholic doctrine (and for this reason are despised).

But the future reserves an ironic response to the likes of Kasper and his minions in the Synod, in whose direction Pope Francis did not place one single African representative, not even in the ad hoc 6-men assistant committee: Africa is the demographic champion of the 21st century, and African Catholicism will one day make its true voice of faithfulness heard again.

Interview below:

"The Counterfeit Synod" There's a problem with it.
- A Devastating Critique of a Sick Assembly

A Synod that's kind of a counterfeit?

While it is true that the Church is not a democracy, and that one cannot go forward by majority coups, the faithful as a whole cannot be subjected to theological and doctrinal mini-coups. Just as nature, the Church does not appreciate leaps.

Marco Tosatti
[Senior Religious Analyst for Italian daily] La Stampa
October 15, 2014

When the rapporteur - a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church - ignores more or less explicitly the fatherhood of a report that has his signature on it, then there's a problem

What an Amazing Coincidence!
Abp. Bruno Forte's Personal "Gayspel" and Italian Politics
- Plus: Saint Paul the Apostle versus Forte

Who needs Saint Paul, anyway,
when one has a Forte?
It is by now well known that Abp. Bruno Forte, special secretary to Synod rapporteur Cardinal Peter Erdo, sneaked in the "Relatio post disceptationem" his own personal views on homosexuals and homosexual unions as if they were prevalent Synodal views, and not his personal "gay moment". Now, Vaticanist Sandro Magister reveals that Forte's "New Gospel", the "Gayspel", conveniently came out on the same day as the two major Italian political parties announced their astounding support for "homosexual unions," a secularizing revolution based on falsified statistics. What an amazing coincidence! The "Gay Lobby" must indeed come from the supernatural world, since it truly works in mysterious ways...

From Sandro Magister's Italian-only blog Settimo Cielo:

The coincidence must be fortuitous, but on Monday, October 13, precisely on the very same day on which in the Italian political arena both the party of [Socialist prime-minister] Matteo Renzi as that of Silvio Berlusconi [the main "conservative" party] announced their will to legitimize homosexual unions, on the other bank of the Tiber the special secretary of the Synod on the Family, archbishop Bruno Forte, said that he also hoped for the same thing, because "it is an issue of civilization."

A Break for Good News: From the Abbey of Saint Mary of Lagrasse
- Ordinations, a Prize - and a beautiful video

Video: "A Day at the Abbey"

A Traditional Catholic Jewel in the Languedoc: the Abbey of Saint Mary of Lagrasse (Abbaye de Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse) of the Canons Regular of the Mother of God (Chanoines Réguliers de la Mère de Dieu), right outside Lagrasse, near Carcassone (Aude).

From there come two items that fill us with hope in our difficult times for the Church and for Europe.

1. Ordinations.

Event: Solemn High Mass for feast of Blessed Charles

In Roslyn, NY:

The Great Division
- Müller rips the Synod Report:
"Undignified, Shameful, Completely Wrong!"

Since the workings of the Synod still remain, for the first time in the 2,000-year-long history of councils and synods, completely censored, and the Fathers who want to can only freely express their opinion through leaks, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), impelled by his duty, says what needs to be said - and then what he said is leaked, to bypass the censorship.

Thank you, Your Eminence, for expressing what the true sensus catholicus feels regarding the most embarrassing document in all of Catholic history:

From La Repubblica (excerpts):

1-A 6,000-word document in 1 day? A previously prepared text, of course
2 - The Teleguided Synod
3 - Müller on Censorship: "I say what I must say"

A 6,000-word document, made available in the original Italian, and excellent English, French, German, Spanish translations immediately on early Monday Morning "summarizing" the views of the first week of the Synod that had ended on Friday evening, with details published on Saturday morning? So in one full day, Sunday (or in 2 days, 48 hours, if all hours of Saturday are included, with no time for meals or sleep), the rapporteur and his secretaries gathered the views of all the Fathers, identified and separated those portions that had more widespread support and thus represented a truly Synodical opinion, wrote, and translated this 6,000-word report? Has the Vatican suddenly become the most efficient bureaucracy in the history of the universe?

Magister: Pitched Battle on a Mad Monday at the Synod
Our conclusion: Bruno Forte made up homosexuality paragraphs by himself

From Sandro Magister's Italian-only blog:

The Great Division - Wojtyła Nation to the Rescue.
President of the Polish Bishops' Conference:
"Synod Document Unacceptable"

Archbishop Gądecki: Document of the Synod of Bishops Unacceptable For Many
 The document summarizing the first week of the synod is not acceptable to many bishops - so says Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki.
Vatican Radio, October 13, 2014

Cardinal on his own Report's paragraphs on homosexuality: "Ask him! I didn't write this, the author must know what he meant!"

The upheaval in the manipulated and censored secret Synod Assembly is so great not even the rapporteur, Cardinal Peter Erdo, is able to vouch for what he signed and had published under his own name!

Calling Stones Bread:
A Secret Synod’s Predictable Development of the Tragedy of Modernity

A guest-post by Dr. John C. Rao

Thomas Cole
Destruction (The Course of Empire), 1836
The New-York Historical Society
Fallen men regularly present error as though it were something mysteriously deep and life giving. This is particularly true of their manner of promoting and accepting the broad set of errors that has coalesced since the late Middle Ages to form the dominant spirit of the world around us; the spirit of what we call “modernity”.

Pro-Life and Pro-Family Group: Synod Report a "betrayal". Faithful "morally obliged to oppose course taken within the Synod against natural law"

ROME, 13 October 2014: An international coalition of pro-family groups has rejected the mid-way report of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, calling it “a betrayal”.

First Synod Report creates a New Gospel: Homosexual Orientation must be "valued" by Church; Homosexual Unions "mutual aid that constitute precious support in the life of the partners"

James Tissot
The Sodomites (c. 1895)
Jewish Museum, New York

Report and Events of the Fraternity of St. Joseph the Guardian: - the New World evangelizing the Old

The Fraternity of Saint Joseph the Guardian (Fraternidad de San José Custodio - FSJC) was first mentioned by us some time ago. Its goal is remarkable: to bring workers from the Americas, that became a land of Christ and Mary through the blood and toil of thousands of European saints, martyrs, and missionaries, to work in the deserted European fields.

The FSJC's House of Formation in Bormes, Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France, officially opened last Sunday October 5 with a visit from His Excellency Bishop Dominique Rey. Solemn Vespers were chanted in his presence and thereafter he blessed the new seminary (using the 1953 benedictio novi seminarii). Further pictures of the ceremonies are available on Facebook.

Our readers might also be interested in two upcoming events hosted by the FSJC, including in the United States:

Fontgombault Sermon: From the unborn child to the terminal patient, God doesn't want to know what we own, but who we are

Dedication of the Abbatial Church
Missa Terribilis

Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
(Fontgombault, October 12, 2014)

Cardinal Burke a pariah? Not for the Synod Fathers!
- Pope unexpectedly names 6 liberals, including Wuerl, to draft report

Cardinal Burke was among those elected by his fellow bishops of one of the three English-speaking circles (the Anglicus A) as moderatore (chairman) of the group to help in the writing of the group reports that make the final report. There were many "conservatives" elected in the different groups, including Cardinal Sarah, moderator for Gallicus (French-speaking) A, Abp. Léonard, relatore (rapporteur) for Gallicus B; Cardinal Bagnasco, moderator for Italicus B; Cardinal Robles Ortega, moderator for Ibericus (Spanish-speaking) A.

So, what was the Pope's response to these surprising votes? 

Benson at 100:
Paganism and Puritanism, Enemies of the Church's Immutable Standards of Moral Perfection

"The Church alone has the
secret of the sinner's cure."

Rest in Peace, Richard Collins

He had a good and Christian death - ultimately, that is all that matters in this vale of tears. 

Rest in Peace, Richard Collins, fellow Catholic blogger, and may Our Lord and His Most Gracious Mother grant peace and consolation to your loved ones who remain here.


Monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra, near Barcelona,
where the Catholic Monarchs welcomed Columbus back from the Indies in 1493
Now that four centuries have sped since a Ligurian first, under God's guidance, touched shores unknown beyond the Atlantic, the whole world is eager to celebrate the memory of the event, and glorify its author. Nor could a worthier reason be found where through zeal should be kindled. For the exploit is in itself the highest and grandest which any age has ever seen accomplished by man; and he who achieved it, for the greatness of his mind and heart, can be compared to but few in the history of humanity.