Communion for "Remarried Divorcees": "Eucharist Not a Superstitious Rite – Outside State of Grace, Not Only Useless, But Sacrilegious."
Catechism Lesson (1890)
"From the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." And in the house again his disciples asked him concerning the same thing.
And he saith to them: "Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery."
The Gospel according to Saint Mark, x
"I saw that the beast was slain, and the body thereof was destroyed, and given to the fire to be burnt." (Roman Breviary, Matins of Michaelmas, First Lesson of the First Nocturn - Daniel, vii.)
[Roman Breviary, II Antiphon of I & II Vespers and Lauds of Michaelmas]
Fr. Fernando de las Infantas
|Poverty and simplicity - Low Mass at side altar, Fontgombault Abbey|
The Italian Traditional Catholic blog, Cordialiter, could never be accused of not supporting or understanding the Catholic Tradition and what it means for us today. Its “banner” is a quote from Saint Pius X, from his Apostolic Letter “Nôtre Charge Apostolique”: “The true friends of the people are not the revolutionaries nor the innovators, but the traditionalists.” A recent post apparently caused quite a reaction from the readers of the blog, so much so that the author felt the need to issue a clarification. I think important issues are raised in the post and the clarification. My translation of the post and the clarification from Italian is as follows. My comments are below.
A priestly reader asked us to post this event:
Kasper's Perplexing Notion of "Mercy" Is Not What Church Has Always Taught - an extensive book review, and its implications for Marriage
Mercy according to Cardinal Kasper
by Fr Serafino M. Lanzetta
|Christ and the Samaritan Woman:|
"The man you are living with now is not your husband..."
The remarkable community of the Transalpine Redemptorists (the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, based in Papa Stronsay, Scotland) send us news of their 2015 Catholic Calendar, following the liturgical order of the Ancient Roman Rite, along with the promotional video below:
So reported Matteo Matzuzzi for Il Foglio - Matzuzzi's title is indeed very "Lutheran"...
The German Bishops have their “theses” ready to nail to the door of the Synod
Il FoglioSeptember 17, 2014
The German Bishops are with Cardinal Walter Kasper on marriage and the family.
The 45th Anniversary of the Ottaviani Intervention
And a Documentary on the "Dome of Home", England, shows how it lives on today
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the death of Michael Davies. For those who have been in the traditional movement for decades, this legend of the fight for restoration needs no introduction. For those who are new to tradition, you may have no idea what this man means for you today, unless you read an account of his life and tireless work on behalf of the Church.
We bring you on this day this special piece that ran in The Remnant years ago -- a paper for which Mr. Davies wrote extensively. The article is written by Editor Michael Matt, who knew and loved Mr. Davies deeply.
Please read this and pray for the repose of the soul of Michael Davies.
The Last Letter from London
By Michael Matt, The Remnant
The Marriage of the Virgin
Musée du Louvre
In the latest issue of Communio, the theological journal founded by Joseph Ratzinger, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Henri de Lubac, two Cardinals of the Church, whose theological credentials are well-known, directly counter the position of Cardinal Kasper with respect to Catholic teaching on marriage and pastoral practice dealing with the question of reception of Holy Communion by those divorced and remarried. Both articles can be downloaded from the Communio site. Ouellet and Scola join the strong chorus of support for the Church’s traditional teaching on Marriage and her pastoral practice, among which we can cite as fine examples the Dominican theologians’ response in Nova et Vetera and the collection of essays, Remaining in the Truth of Christ, about to be published by Ignatius Press.
Understanding the Vatican Statement:
"SSPX Already is in 'Full Communion', but in a State of 'Imperfect Reconciliation'."
One of the wisest clerics in the traditional Catholic world, Father Claude Barthe, wrote a short note for the highly regarded French Catholic periodical L'Homme Nouveau on the Holy See communiqué on the meeting between Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay yesterday. He paid attention to the key words, as well as to words that are missing, and how they represent a high point in the evolution of relations between the Apostolic See and the Society of Saint Pius X.
Father Barthe, by the way, is the main chaplain of the remarkable Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome, taking place a month from now -- if you can, please join it, there's still time.
The Society of Saint Pius X in a state of "Imperfect Reconciliation"by Father Claude Barthe, on September 24, 2014
The equinox has just arrived, bringing with it the beautiful days of Autumn (and Spring in the Southern Hemisphere). The Roman Church once again reminds us of the cycle of the seasons in these Ember Days in September.
We re-post, for those who are not aware of it, this article first posted by us in 2008. May you all have fruitful days.
OF THE EMBER DAYS
OF THE EMBER DAYS
By Michael P. Foley
HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE COMMUNIQUÉ
on Meeting of Cardinal Müller and Society of Saint Pius X Superiors
[Post time: 12:20 p.m.]
[For additional commentary, read this:
Understanding the Vatican Statement.]
[For additional commentary, read this:
Understanding the Vatican Statement.]
Palace of the Holy Office, RomeHOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE COMMUNIQUÉ"On the morning of Tuesday 23 September from 11 am to 1 pm, a cordial meeting took place at the premises of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, between Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X. The meeting was also attended by Archbishops Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., secretary of the same Congregation, Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., adjunct secretary and Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, along with two assistants from the Society of St. Pius X, Rev. Niklaus Pfluger and Rev. Alain-Marc Nély.
"During the meeting, various problems of a doctrinal and canonical nature were examined, and it was decided to proceed gradually and over a reasonable period of time in order to overcome difficulties and with a view to the envisioned full reconciliation."
[Update - 2:30 p.m. GMT] Communiqué on the same meeting, from the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X:
Labels: Communion for "Remarried" Divorcees, Family under attack, Kasper's Destruction of the Indissolubility of Marriage
Posted by Peter Kwasniewski at 9/23/2014 03:00:00 PM
Posted by New Catholic at 9/23/2014 10:34:00 AM
"Marini new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship? For some, there are no more doubts about it..."
|[Rumor has it... or a trial balloon?]|
Marini new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship? For some, there are no more doubts about it...Il Timone [September 22, 2014]
- The Pianist: "How I Plan to Manipulate the Synod At Will"
One of our most important translations
"Behind the Scenes: How Francis Personally Picked Cupich for Chicago"
by Don Pio Pace
We are very honored to post this third guest-post by a very wise, knowledgeable, and highly influential cleric, writing under the pen name of don Pio Pace.
A Highly Troubling Sign: How Cupich was Chosen for Chicago
a guest-post by Fr. Pio PaceIt is very necessary to understand the full measure of the nomination of the extreme liberal bishop Blase Cupich to the see of Chicago, replacing Cardinal Francis George.
Cupich's promotion to this particularly important position, that usually entails the elevation to the cardinalatial red, was a personal decision of Pope Francis himself. More precisely, the Pope imposed his candidate on Cardinal Ouellet and the Congregation for Bishops, under the desperate suggestion of the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò. We know well that those men who are particularly authoritarian, such as Francis, also are, in many cases, easily manipulated by those who learn how to read them. Moreover, it is enough to waggle before the eyes of the Pope the scarecrow called Cardinal Burke to lead him in one direction or another, because he has kept against the Prefect of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura an extremely strong rancor after the 2013 conclave, in which the American Cardinal was one of those who tried to thwart his path to the pontificate.
|Rev. P. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., 1877-1964|
In the following words from Vol. I of The Three Ages of the Interior Life, first published in 1938, Fr. Garrigou Lagrange, O.P. speaks of Modernism and Americanism as things of the past, but sadly the errors that he described are quite common today.
The Franciscan Revolution
The winds of change blow across the US Church
Time to stop denying the obvious.
As reported by the Associated Press and a growing number of secular media outlets, the appointment of the Bishop of Spokane, Blase Cupich, 65, as the next Archbishop of Chicago is set to be formally announced by Rome.
It is worth noting that the "National Catholic Reporter" is celebrating the appointment of this "good model for how bishops should conduct themselves in the public square" with an article (to which we will not link here) based on the very real actions and tone that he set as Bishop of Spokane -- on the issues of homosexual "marriage", on evangelization, on Obamacare (the system as implemented, with all its anti-faith inclusions), on "lay ministry" and, most importantly, on the upcoming Synod of Bishops.
October 11, 2014: First Solemn High Traditional Mass and Traditional Confirmations in Decades in Minneapolis-St.Paul Cathedral
From the North American District of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP):
|Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota|
Papal Irritation with Ignatius Press Book Continues
- First victim of Kasper's attack campaign, Müller tries to justify himself, blames publisher for "unfortunate timing"
[First post: The Pope is irritated]
An upside-down Church: Kasper, the heresy-promoting destroyer of Church dogma wants to demolish Catholic doctrine on Matrimony with an explosive anti-Catholic theory, but others cannot even react. It is Müller who has to excuse himself for standing with the permanent doctrine of the Church on the matter.
So... lío, mess, chaos, is only allowed when it comes from the approved side, it seems
An astonished Müller: my text was released over one year ago
Corriere della SeraSeptember 19, 2014
Pope receives Ecclesia Dei Secretary Guido Pozzo
- just days before SSPX Superior visits the Vatican
From the Swiss Catholic news agency Apic/Kipa:
The Pope receives the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei"
A priestly tipster let us know that a Pontifical Mass will be celebrated on October 15 at 5pm on the Feast of St. Theresa of Avila at the Monastery of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph -- a fully traditional Carmel in Elysburg, Pa. The Mass will be celebrated by their new bishop, His Excellency Ronald Gainer, of the Diocese of Harrisburg.
In addition to bringing awareness to this Mass, the sisters need our help.
|Bishop Bonny, following the official Installment Ceremony of two Parish Assistants.|
Not a single priest was ordained for Antwerp in 2012, 2013, or 2014
As we have mentioned before, the 'progressive' bishop of Antwerp, H.E. Johan Bonny, has published an open letter in several languages on his expectations for the coming Synod of Bishops. Bonny thinks that with the Encyclical Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI derailed the Church from the collegial, progressive course set by the Council, but he seems to hope that now the time has come to set things back on course. In his letter he uses many of the clichés of those who dissented from Humanae Vitae to argue for a new approach to the matter of 'divorced and remarried.'
10 years without Michael Davies:
II- The Extraordinary Life and Times of Michael Davies, Latin Mass Hero
- and a list of his works
Michael Davies – “A Writer to Cherish”
Michael Treharne Davies was born on 13th March 1936. His father, a Welshman, was a Baptist and his mother, who was English, was a member of the Church of England. On leaving school in 1954 at the age of eighteen he joined the British Army as a regular soldier and served in Malaya, Egypt, and Cyprus. There is one comment in his army service records that is of particular interest. In August 1957 his commanding officer stated that,
If you ever read something like this, do not fall for it. It simply is not true: while He certainly doesn't need us for His own Eternal Existence, He needs us to save us, and He chose it to be this way. We certainly cannot do it ourselves, and the complex paths of God's grace must prompt us towards Him and Redemption bought by the Blood of His Son, but to simply declare "He doesn't need us" is a grievous mistake. Saint Augustine explained it well in a well-known sermon passage ("God created us without us: but he did not will to save us without us"), but happily enough, the concept is explained more extensively and in an even more passionate manner by Saint Catherine of Siena in the sweet words of her Tuscan language, as she addresses God Almighty:
I know well that mercy is Your own attribute, wherefore You can not destroy it or refuse it to him who asks for it. Your servants knock at the door of Your truth, because in the truth of Your only-begotten Son they know the ineffable love which You have for man, wherefore the fire of Your love ought not and cannot refrain from opening to him who knocks with perseverance.
The Game is Up on the Synod and Communion for Remarried Divorcees?
- Kasper, in Interview: "Everything was agreed with the Pope."
|"If only Cardinal Kasper had been alive to provide|
a 'pastoral solution' to the King's Great Matter !"
The shamelessness of Cardinal Walter Kasper is astonishing. After throwing an ideological nuclear bomb in the February 2014 Consistory of Cardinals, with a pronouncement filled with historical and doctrinal falsehoods to justify a joint attack on the dogma of the indissolubility of marriage, on Penance, and on the integrity of the Blessed Sacrament, in an interview published today he now pretends that, with the release of the book of the Cardinals (and other pronouncements by other Cardinals, including Cardinal Pell), he is the victim of "an ideological war," and that the real "target" of criticisms directed at him is Pope Francis. Therefore, he says other cardinals cannot criticize him because, in effect, he is merely speaking for the Pope on this matter. The destroyer and attacker claims victimhood status!...
Caudillismo - Tosatti: Bishops who Agree to Incardinate Friars who Want to Leave the Franciscans of the Immaculate Blacklisted?
|The great Caudillos of Argentine history are celebrated by Argentine composers |
Ariel Ramírez and Felix Luna (famous for their Misa Criolla) in this 1966 album
Intentions for each day in the year, also for those who cannot attend daily Mass - a wonderful book filled with holy simplicity, love for the traditional Liturgical Calendar, and earnest Catholic sense.
A new book with articles by prominent churchmen is about to be released worldwide in several languages (in English by Ignatius Press, under the title "Remaining in the Truth of Christ"), with important articles strongly defending all aspects related to the traditional Catholic doctrine on family and marriage, and the integrity of Blessed Sacrament, words that come from Our Lord Himself. This is how Ignatius Press describes it:
A Letter from a Reader: “It’s so refreshing to be able to let go of useless baggage from recent decades”
|St. Josemaría Escrivá (Oct. 2, 1968)|
What follows is one such letter, whose sender gave me permission to post it anonymously. It is in many ways a sad reflection on our times, and yet it has the virtue of eloquently expressing the growing awareness among Catholics of the abysmal failure of churchmen to address the real problems facing the Church today—problems that handicap and tranquilize the dreamt-of New Evangelization before it can even get off the starting blocks.
Here, then, is the letter. I reproduce it without comment.
Motus in fine velocior
-1) PURGE - Magister: Burke to be removed, sent to symbolic position?
-2) Synod Co-President: Church has "always" wanted to respect "stable" homosexual unions
|Perfect for "a banal on-the-spot product"|
The unbelievable scene is not unknown, it has been mentioned elsewhere before, but now confirmed in the published recollections of one of the two men involved: during the mad rush to have the Novus Ordo Missae (the New Mass of Paul VI) ready as soon as possible, the Consilium, the 1963-1970 organization charged with the upheaval and destruction of the Roman Rite under the guise of "reform" and under the control mostly of Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, had reached a new level of ignominy in composing a new "canon". The draft was so bad and dangerous that the new Eucharistic Prayer had to be rewritten in a hurry and at the last minute during a late-night meeting by two men in a Roman restaurant.
'Anything that divides must be cut away': the TLM ends in Blackfen
- I come to bury the Mass, not to praise it -
Rorate readers will by now know the sad fate of the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary in Blackfen, in the south east of Greater London. With the blogging priest Fr Timothy Finigan as pastor, the parish had become famous as a centre for the Traditional liturgy. On the second Sunday of his successor, Fr Steven Fisher, it was announced that the Traditional Mass would no longer be celebrated in the parish, effective from the end of the month.
In order to understand this event, readers need to bear in mind a number of facts. One is the poisonous article on the parish in 2009, which appeared in the Tablet, the British liberal Catholic weekly. In this a number of long-standing liberal dissidents who, unfortunately for the parish, live within its boundaries, queued up to attack Fr Finigan for introducing the Traditional Mass into the parish schedule: despite the fact that three of the four Sunday celebrations continued to be the Novus Ordo. They were led by Bernard Wynne, quoted in the Tablet article, a leading member of ‘Advent Group’, which campaigns against priestly celibacy, ‘Catholics for a Changing Church’, founded to oppose Humanae Vitae, and the more recently formed ‘Stand Up for Vatican II’. When people like Bernard Wynne stir up problems in a parish, periodicals like the Tablet can always be found to blame the priest for being too orthodox and the other laity for being attached to the Traditional Mass. The article has left a cloud of suspicion hanging over the parish among the establishment liberals who allow their prejudices to be formed by the Tablet.
Socci: "The Curious Phenomenon of Sudden 'Conversions' among Churchmen" - while struggle for unborn life is abandoned
Pope Bergoglio’s “Politically Correct” Peace
[for Italian daily] Libero
September 14, 2014
|Moving with the new winds?|
For the past few years, we have worked with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) to fundraise for and update our readers on their annual mission trip to Peru. An FSSP seminarian has sent us this update on their latest trip:
St. Francis Xavier Mission Trip
By Christopher Mahowald FSSP
10 Years Without Michael Davies
- I - Protestant Liturgical Revolution as Precursor of Catholic Upheaval
Argentina Freak Show. Just in Time for Family Synod, Other Firsts:
- Activists Celebrate Homosexual Catholic "Wedding-like Blessing" -- Plus Another "First" in Baptisms
Argentina, the Sun of the Universal Church: the Argentine Church is a freak show that keeps on giving gifts to the Catholic world! In just two days, two unbelievable stories.
|Those are two men getting their civil "wedding" "blessed".|
Tosatti: "De-Ratzingerization" purge moving full steam ahead
- If you're too "conservative", get out of the Roman Curia!
Marco Tosatti[Senior Religion Correspondent for Italian Daily] La StampaSeptember 15, 2014