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Op-Ed: "Obedience"? "Respect"? We tolerate no lessons from those who morally assassinated Benedict XVI!

We are very honored to post this new article by a very wise, knowledgeable, and highly influential cleric, writing under the pen name of don Pio Pace.

The Great Fear of the Conformists:
We Take no Lessons from Those Who Morally Assassinated Benedict XVI!
by don Pio Pace

For some time now, Modernist, Liberal, or self-defined "Moderate" and even "mildly conservative" papers and blogs have railed against the "merciless war" waged by Orthodox Catholics on Pope Francis and his orientations

We are right in the middle of the parable of the mote and the beam! Didn’t they criticize, without a moment of rest, John Paul II and his attempt at a minor "restoration", these good souls now giving lessons? Didn’t they destroy Benedict XVI up to the level of what can only be called his moral assassination? Benedict XVI, about whom liberals said among themselves, on the day after his election : "This won’t last more than a couple of years!" Benedict XVI, to whose enemies Abp. Piero Marini gave openly the battle cry: "Resistere! Resistere! Resistere!" They would like then to give us lessons, those who, through their incessant and brutal attacks on Benedict XVI, by Catholic or by mainstream media, by leaks of documents, by financial pressure, by destroying him on what he did or on what he didn’t do, on what he said or on what he didn’t say, prompted him to present his resignation. They want not only to annihilate us as they did with him, but they want us to thank them for being executed, find hilarious that we are being slaughtered, and also apologize to them for the fact that our blood may be staining their spotless clothes...

Now, these good apostles have suddenly discovered the virtues of "obedience" and "humility", preaching to us about "respect" for Peter, as if, by stating the Truth – not always easy to hear, and in a much milder and more proportionate fashion than they ever did – we were lacking in this obedience and respect. Yet it is precisely due to our faith in Peter and due to our unconditional obedience to the Church and her entire Tradition that we must speak up as we do.

The truth is that they are afraid.

I see three reasons for this.

2012 Rite of Canonization discarded: another reversal of the Reform of the Reform
Shortened Rite of Canonization with truncated Litany of Saints to be used tomorrow

The booklet for the canonization of six new saints tomorrow was published online on Friday, November 21. The Rite of Canonization introduced on October 21, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI and which was largely based on the Rite of Canonization before Pius XII is now gone. (This rite had been last used, with minor modifications, for the canonization this past April of John XXIII and John Paul II.) Naturally the threefold petitions are gone, and with them the formulae that emphasized the authority of canonizations, composed under the Pope Emeritus. 

Instead, the "reformed", post-Conciliar rite in use for canonizations from the time of the liturgical reforms of Paul VI until the canonizations of 2011 (called from here on as the "Paul VI rite") will mostly be brought back into use tomorrow. We say "mostly", for this shortened rite has been subjected to further simplifications that, we genuinely hope, do not betoken more truncations of the liturgy in the coming years. (For the rest of this article we will call the rite to be used tomorrow as the "2014 rite".)

La Croix: Second phase of Curia Reform to be discussed on Monday

Deckchairs in the Titanic (Promenade deck)

As reported on La Croix a few days ago and echoed on Periodista Digital the Pope has summoned the heads of Curial dicasteries to a meeting on Monday, where the second phase of Curial reform will discussed. Apparently this phase will consist of the consolidation of at least some of the Pontifical Councils. (The first phase is the reshaping of the  Holy See's economic and financial services, whose most significant chapter so far has been the establishment of the "Secretariat for the Economy" now headed by Cardinal Pell.)

In Honor of the 111th Anniversary of Tra le sollecitudini (November 22, 1903)

The greatest and most influential church document ever written on sacred music appeared this day 111 years ago, from the hand of Pope St. Pius X. So very much has been written about this document’s general principles, its advocacy of Gregorian chant and polyphony, the checkered history of its implementation, and the tragic triumph of the incorporation of the Pope’s teaching into Vatican II’s Sacrosanctum Concilium followed by an almost total contradiction in practice, that it seemed to me more interesting today to recall a certain paragraph that seldom receives the attention it deserves:

19. The employment of the piano is forbidden in church, as is also that of noisy or frivolous instruments such as drums, cymbals, bells, and the like.

Unlike the same document’s prohibition of female singers (n. 13), which was later lifted under Pius XII, the official ban on pianos in church has never been lifted. And how seriously ought we to take this fact? St. Pius X states at the start of Tra le sollecitudini:

Help fund FSSP St. Francis Xavier Mission

For the last few years, Rorate has partnered with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) to bring awareness to -- and help fund -- some of their mission trips. The FSSP has asked us to bring this set of trips to your attention.
St. Francis Xavier Mission has now opened registration for next year's mission trips.  We will have three trips: Mexico during Holy Week/Easter Week (Families and individuals 16 and up), Peru July 28-August 10, 2015 (Ages 16-21), and Peru August 14-August 24, 2015 (Ages 21 and up).
Run by priests and seminarians from the FSSP, St. Francis Xavier Mission is fully committed to the preservation and spread of the traditional Latin Mass.  Through these trips we are able to bring to the people of these countries the same Mass that their ancestors would have assisted at and in the case of the Cristeros of Mexico, the Mass they died for.  We hope that these mission trips will be the means by which a fire will be lit in the souls of the missionaries, especially the youth; a fire that will enkindle within them the desire to sacrifice themselves for the salvation of souls.  Hopefully, through their experiences on these trips they will return home with hearts full of charity and continue to have the missionary spirit in their daily lives.

So, help us continue spreading the Catholic Faith and forming more zealous soldiers of Christ for the future.  For more information and to make a tax-deductible donation please visit our all new website by clicking here or email us at
In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
[a seminarian of the FSSP]

Dear Father: Answers for Troubled Times
- Gender Ideology and the Priesthood

Dear Father,

I watched Cardinal O’Malley’s interview on Sixty Minutes the other night. I like him and have every reason to believe that he is a good bishop and takes that role seriously. But he made me uneasy when he was discussing the question of whether women can become priests. The Pope himself said that this was not a question “that could be put on the table”, not up for discussion. But the Cardinal seemed to be having difficulty responding to Norah O’Donnell’s question about whether the exclusion of women in the priesthood is “immoral”. His response, when it came, seemed to be the right one to give, but it included a statement that if he were to found a church he would love to have women priests. Am I wrong in being uneasy about all of this?

Ataloss in Atlanta

Nigeria: the Boko Haram Caliphate is advancing in the north

2,500 Catholics killed | 100,000 evacuated | 50 parishes destroyed

By Leone Grotti
November 20, 2014
More than two thousand evacuated Christians in the North of Nigeria rallied together the other day to protest against the government, in Jos, the capital of the State of Plateau. Gathered in front of the “Church of the Brothers”, they accused the government of not doing anything to stop Boko Haram, which is devastating the north of the country.

“11 THOUSAND CHRISTIANS KILLED”. Daniel Kadzai, president of the youth sector for the Christian Association of Nigeria, stated “ We have lost confidence in the federal government.” According to the daily newspaper Daily Post: “We have information that Boko Haram has already killed 11,213 Christians. And that information doesn’t include the attacks in Mubi, Maiha, Kong and Gombi.”

"POGROM”. As of today: “1.56 million people have been evacuated because of the terrorists. We have been let down by the international community – Kadzai continues – since it has refused to deal with the pogrom of the Christians. Their attention is focused only in Iraq, Gaza and Afghanistan, as if the dead of Nigeria were not human-beings.”

Guest Op-Ed: Cupich should embrace Catholic heritage, forgo false humility

By Anatole Upart
University of Chicago Art History Doctoral student
Special for Rorate Caeli

When a leader of a polity assumes the office, the power of the office often comes in a specific architectural form: a residence, headquarters or a palace. Whether that leader personally dislikes old palaces is not important. What is important is that he or she would transition into the role, previously occupied by someone else.

The last thing the new president, king, pope can do is to refuse the symbolic trappings of the office and impose his own personal preferences. That is why Chicago's new Catholic archbishop, Blase Cupich, should move into the official residence, not into the rectory of the Holy Name Cathedral as he recently indicated. It signals the beginning of his new job in the same way the relocation to the White House starts the presidency and the move into Vatican Apartments mark the Papacy.

Benedict does not go along and deletes …

                                                                                                                                          Marco Tosatti
[Senior Religion Correspondent for Italian Daily] La Stampa
November 19, 2014
In Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s complete works, an article from 1972 by the  young theologian Father Ratzinger, has been published minus a passage referring to the possibility of Communion for the divorced and remarried.

This deletion is interesting since that passage has been quoted frequently by Cardinal Walter Kasper, who, as was noted at the Synod, is a an enthusiastic advocate of the divorced and remarried being admitted to  the Eucharist.

According to the Irish Times, Father Vincent Twomey (a theologian, who studied under Professor Ratzinger) is of the opinion that the editorial modification is important; the theologian suggests that Pope Emeritus does not want his ideas as a young theologian, never repeated as Prefect for the Congregation of Faith nor as Pope, being manipulated.

In the original text of 1972, the then Father Joseph Ratzinger, wrote that marriage was indissoluble in the eyes of the Catholic Church.  However, if “a second marriage showed evidence of having taken on a moral and ethical dimension and 'lived in the spirit of faith' with 'moral obligations' to the wife and children, then an opening toward [reception] of the Eucharist, after a period of probation, 'seems to be nothing more than fair and completely in keeping with the Church’s line of tradition.'”

According to Twomey, the omission “is an important attempt” on the part of Benedict to make sure that his words, written in another context, will not be used against him.
[Source, in Italian. Translation: contributor Francesca Romana]

Selective Approach to Listening to the Laity in Germany

The bishop of Trier in Germany has removed the parish priest of Beckingen from his parish, ostensibly for the reason provided in canon 1741 of the current Code of Canon Law, “a manner of acting which brings grave detriment or disturbance to ecclesiastical communion.” Wherein exactly the disturbance of communion consists is difficult to tell.

Cardinal Burke's High Mass in Vienna: Photos and Video

Una Voce Austria has released photographs of Cardinal Burke’s recent Pontifical High Mass in Vienna, as well as of the Requiem at which he assisted from the throne. has posted a video of the former (embedded above).

A graph is worth a thousand words

(Click for larger view)
From the blog of the admirable Father Gary Dickson, who celebrates the traditional Mass every Sunday for Catholics of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle (Northumberland and Durham, Northern England):

The Great Division
- The Bishops' Conference nails it on the family

No, not the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, nor other bishops' conferences in developed (wealthy and spoiled) nations where the Church is dying and disintegrating as she surrenders to contemporary mores -- neither in places where she has decided to become the non-religious promoter of politicized theologies... Rather, the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference sums up -- beautifully -- the issues of the day concerning the family, and what the Catholic positions are without excuses, exceptions or escape clauses.

FIUV Position Paper: The Extraordinary Form and the Eastern Churches

Today I am publishing the 21st in our series of Position Papers. This one looks at the Eastern Churches: or rather, the attitude of the Holy See to the Eastern Churches and their liturgical traditions.

This attitude has long been one of the utmost respect. This respect, however, is in clear tension with the attacks on the traditions of the West which, while not coming from the Magisterium, have become a dominating feature of liturgical discussion since the Second Vatican Council. In this context, the Position Paper argues that respect for the Vetus Ordo, a respect which is manifested in practice at every level of the Church, is necessary if Eastern Christians of all kinds are to be expected to take seriously the protestations of respect for their traditions which are made so often at the highest levels of the Church.

I have put some more commentary on my personal blog here.

High Mass glimpsed through Pugin's Rood Screen at St Edmund's College, Ware. This is
the only Pugin chapel in England not to have been 're-ordered' after the Council. (More photos)
This paper is available as a pdf here.

Comments can be sent to positio AT

I hope to publish the next paper, on head coverings in Church, in mid December.

The Great Division
- U.S. cardinal: Pope Francis, "What are you doing here?"

The Great Division
- Polish Bishops' Conference President: communion for "remarried" divorcees attacks indissolubility of marriage.

Curiously enough, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki , of Poznań, President of the Polish Episcopal Conference, whose presence and firmness were so important in the October Synod, repeats the same line mentioned by Cardinal George in his interview to John Allen: the differences are becoming so wide within the Church, the division so stark, we are not talking anymore about "liberals" and "conservatives", or left and right, but about what is true and what is false, about those who are faithful or unfaithful to the Magisterium.

In the Church, this is the line being drawn: the Great Division is one between Fidelity to Our Lord Jesus Christ and His unchangeable doctrine; or Unfaithfulness to Christ, that is, adulteration of the Faith. 

The Archbishop (himself considered a "liberal" until not long ago), speaking to journalists, also explained how the Holy See Press Office tried to manipulate the press conferences during the Synod.

Abp. Gądecki: Episcopate will take a number of initiatives in the spirit of the Synod on the Family

November 14, 2014

The issue of giving Holy Communion to people who are divorced and living in new relationships cannot be resolved on theological grounds – explained Abp. Stanisław Gądecki during today's meeting with journalists at the secretariat of the [Polish] Episcopate. The president of the Polish Episcopal Conference (PEC) informed journalists that Polish bishops, who will gather for a reateat at Jasna Góra at the end of November, will take a number of initiatives following the message of the III Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops devoted to the family, which took place in Rome in October.

Under Bergoglio, Christianity Matters Less - A Contradictory Pope
- A Major Interview with Sandro Magister

The Pope is confusing many bishops

Sandro Magister, interviewed by Goffredo Pistelli
Italia Oggi
November 13, 2014

This year Sandro Magister celebrates 40 years as a Vatican journalist. His first articles in L’Espresso in fact, date back to 1974.  And today, from those columns and also from the site of the weekly magazine, he still continues to report Vatican and Church news, everything very well-documented without bowing down to anyone.
Born in 1943, a native of Busto Arsizio, with degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the “Cattolica”, Magister has followed many Roman pontiffs. His articles regarding the present Pontiff, Pope Francis, are distinct from the mainstream Vatican journalists, unhesitatingly noting contradictions.  
Question: Magister, Pope Bergoglio, has been basking in worldwide success these past months, but some of his decisions have given pause for thought. For example, he has presented himself as Bishop of Rome but at the Synod for the Family, he evoked the Codes of Canon Law confirming Petrine power.
R: It’s true. He did that in his closing speech.
Q: He outlined a shared and open vision in the governing Church, yet he appointed an outside commissioner with rather tough methods to the Franciscans of the Immaculate and also de facto put a bridle on the bishops conferences.
R: Some, like the Italian one, have effectively been destroyed.

The Great Division
- Papal Intervention on Franciscans of the Immaculate reaches insanity levels: Commissioner warns Italian bishops in person

Tosatti: "Not a very good atmosphere to breathe right now in the Church."
If one wants a reason why Synod special secretary Abp. Bruno Forte, a man currently very close to the Pope and one of his closest advisers, suffered a major defeat in this week's assembly of the Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI) in the election for Vice-President representing Central Italy (including the Latium...), one must only look at what was going on inside the assembly halls in Assisi, as Marco Tosatti reports below. Despite John Allen's spin to the contrary as not a big deal, the most ultra-liberal of Italian Vaticanists, Marco Politi, was right to identify it as a major message to the Vatican from Italian bishops who are honestly fed up. In an organization so marked by symbols as the Catholic Church, this symbolic message by those bishops in the Bishop of Rome's own country, and own region, was a huge deal

There is a general feeling not only of great unease with the direction a strong cabal around the Pope wants to take the Church on moral doctrine, undoing the hard work of Benedict XVI and in particular of John Paul II - a cabal in which Abp. Forte has a strong presence - but also with the heavy-handedness of it all. As Cardinal George is to say in an interview to be released tomorrow, it seems as if there is a desperate rush to implement irreversible change that is hard to understand - George identifies it perhaps with an apocalyptic view of history. (It is not that, though: it is not so hard to understand it when one realizes that ultra-liberal clerics are in a race against time to refashion the Church.)  Many bishops are feeling suffocated by the authoritarian fumes, a weight of unproclaimed persecution that is getting on the nerves not only of conservative prelates, but also of very many very moderate bishops, who form the immense majority of Italian bishops. By the way, a similar interpretation of the election of the United States Conference's four representatives in the 2015 Synod is not off the mark: most U.S. Bishops are also understandably alarmed. Not to mention the Bishops of Poland, in complete resistance to the very notion of the possibility of communion for "remarried" divorcees - the same position of the Bishops of Ghana at the end of their Conference's assembly this week.

Marco Tosatti shows just one example of what was going on in the CEI meeting in Assisi - in the middle of it all, the Papal Commissioner that has been destroying the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate for over a year warning Italian bishops not to welcome those priests desperate to get out of their ordeal:

FFI: "Watch out" for the fugitives

The Trappists - a Video

Pontifical Mass at the Trappist Abbey of Mariawald, 2009 (source)

The Traditionalist: The Keeper of the Gifts

by Alessandro Gnocchi
[Italian daily] Il Foglio
November 6, 2014

[Notre-Dame de Chartres Cathedral, June 28, 2014]


Traditionalist, yes, but not distant from the world,
as some of us would like to be in times of ruin and destruction.

Talking about the Traditionalist is a little like seventy years ago when Leo Longanesi said “Let’s talk about the elephant.” (1) The intellectual bad habits of Italy straddling between fascism and anti-fascism were always the same; anyway, Italy was a little Catholic, Apostolic and Roman, greatly resembling the Church of today, which anyway, is always a little Italian. At that time, Longanesi made mockery of the quirks and hypocrisies of an intellectual class that liked showing off in exotic discourses and loved “talking about the elephant” instead of the destruction of which it was both the victim and the perpetrator. Similarly, a great show is put on in today’s Church, by those who prefer “talking about the traditionalist”, instead of acknowledging the superficial atmosphere of self-demolition, in which, as the saying goes, “they are both singing and carrying the cross.”(2)

It’s easy to say “traditionalist” with the same levity as Longanesi said: “Gentlemen, let’s talk about the elephant” - said the ineffable gentleman - “it’s the only animal of a certain importance that we can safely talk about without risk, these days.”

Yet the traditionalist, if we really want to know him, is not an animal you talk about resorting to banality. He is not the one reviled in the sermons and tischreden [little speeches at the table] of [the papal household of Casa] Santa Marta; he is not the one of the windbags in the press reviews of the mass-media; he is not the one of the sociology-lovers hanging onto the fleeting instant of doctrines which are in continuous evolution; he is not the one of the bishops who issue pitiful decrees of excommunication against the faithful who dare to attend the Mass of Ages. He is not any of these things and others more besides.

The traditionalist is not at all what he seems. He is in ‘mysterious and inalienable intimacy’ with the thing he no longer possesses, he is a haven for the bond between heaven and earth in times of an oblivion dictated by worldly desires that infiltrated into the temple: it is his very own poverty and his very own solitude that create a place for soul and flesh to encounter greatness and wretchedness, salvation or perdition. The rock on which he can save himself or be shipwrecked is the evangelical life in the world - without being of the world.

The Current Catholic Situation: "The Betrayal of the Clerics"

Evil Hierarchs allied to the Powers of the World
persecuting and burning Holy Orthodoxy and Virginal Purity - not new!

Thank you... the people who live and/or work at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, looking after Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and, in his frequent visits, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger.

A recent picture of everyone:

The Latin American Exodus: Catholics become Protestants in Droves

Four Days After Synod Closes, CDF responds officially:

Father Claude Barthe
[French Catholic periodical] L'Homme Nouveau
November 12, 2014

The Article of the Week

Gesù, Rome

November 13, 1564 - 2014 :
450th Anniversary of the Profession of Faith of the Council of Trent

Religion Overthrowing Heresy and Hatred (Gesù, Rome)

After the Synod, the Kasper party opens a second front: "Catholic Divorce"

We are very honored to post this new article by a very wise, knowledgeable, and highly influential cleric, writing under the pen name of don Pio Pace.

After the Synod, the Kasper party opens a second front: 
"Catholic Divorce"

by Don Pio Pace

The extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops had barely ended, and the partisans of the liberalization of the Church's discipline concerning the indissolubility of marriage open a second front, that of the "simplification" of the canonical procedures of the declaration of nullity.

The demotion of Cardinal Burke from his position as Prefect of Apostolic Signatura finds in this matter its true meaning. His role in the nominations of bishops for the United States under Benedict XVI was not enough to explain his demotion, because in order to neutralize his influence, it sufficed (as it was done) to remove him from the Congregation for Bishops, where he was replaced by Cardinal Wuerl. On the other hand, in his place as "Senior Judge" of the Roman church, he was always a serious obstacle to the accomplishment of a project now under study: to turn annulment procedures into a "Catholic divorce" in all but name.

The great lines of this project, undoubtedly already relatively settled in secret, can be summarized in four points:

And he was in the Sistine Chapel in March 2013!

The Removal of a Great Cardinal - his head on a plate,
by Roberto de Mattei

Corrispondenza Romana
November 12, 2014
The Pope inasmuch as he is supreme pastor of the universal Church, has full right to remove a bishop or cardinal from his office, even a distinguished one. A well-known case was the one of Cardinal Louis Billot (1846-1931). He was one of the greatest theologians of the 20th Century, who replaced his cardinal’s hat into the hands of Pius XI, with whom he had had differences regarding Action Francaise, and ended his days, as a simple Jesuit, at the house of his order in Galloro.

Another striking case is Cardinal Josef Mindszenty, who was removed by Paul VI from his office as Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary, as a result of his opposition to the Vatican ostpolitk.

Making papal lemonade?

Reaction to Pope Francis' demotion of Raymond Cardinal Burke has produced further criticism of the Supreme Pontiff by writers and clergy who are considered conservative, but not necessarily traditional.  The string of critiques, some even by bishops, archbishops and cardinals following the recent synod, was unthinkable a year and a half ago, when traditionalists were condemned for reporting news, direct quotes and reality.

The latest piece comes from the secular conservative American publication, National Review, whose website carries a column by the Reverend Father Benedict C. Kiely, pastor of Blessed Sacrament church in Stowe, Vermont, and director of continuing education for clergy in the Diocese of Burlington.

Here are some excerpts from Father Kiely's piece on Cardinal Burke.  Note the striking conclusion.
Burke has been viewed by many as a spokesman for the “loyal opposition” to the somewhat frenetic leadership of the media’s darling, Pope Francis. After the recent synod on the family, when backroom attempts to force through dramatic changes in Church teaching and practice, seemingly with Francis’s tacit approval, were resisted by none other than Burke and the Australian “bruiser,” Cardinal George Pell, the understanding that Burke’s days were numbered was all but confirmed. His comments a few weeks later that the Church under Francis appeared to be like a “rudderless ship” were clearly the nail in this cardinal’s coffin. 

Despite the image of Francis as a man of dialogue and compromise, he is regarded in Rome as the most authoritarian pope in decades. ...

Advent is coming: it's time to prepare
A review of "The Jesse Box"

Once in a while, Rorate reviews books, calendars and other items for our readers we believe will be beneficial to them or their families, helping them grow in the Faith. We have no agreements with any publisher and receive no compensation whatsoever.

For today's review, we think back to the Advent seasons of the past, and trying to figure out how to instill the beauty of Advent in our children by teaching the ancestry of Jesus. For our family, it means going out to the yard, finding an awkwardly-shaped branch, then trying to figure out how to stand it upright for our children to create their Jesse Tree. Then, how to keep it low enough for the older children to adorn it, yet high enough for the little ones not to destroy it!

Now, Angelus Press has sent us a much-needed solution: The Jesse Box.

Important: Save the Date - Sacra Liturgia 2015, in America

Sicut cervus ad fontes...

Who would guess?
Mormon Founder Joseph Smith was a "Kasper Catholic"!

Sign a petition thanking Cardinal Burke (updated)

For years Raymond Cardinal Burke has helped restore tradition and speak on our behalf to a Church hierarchy filled with men who would rather we all go away. Now, it's time we say thank you.

Ten tips on how to survive a calamitous Pope and remain Catholic

Italy, France, Spain... Our readers must have noticed we are quite fond of bringing you news and opinion pieces by Catholic writers from these very ancient Catholic lands, and there is a very important reason for it.

Burke is schismatic because he was nice to Traditional Catholics

O Beauty Ever-Ancient, Ever-New

First Mass of Dom Benedict of Silverstream Priory, November 2nd, 2014
Reading St. Thomas’s Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, I noticed that he makes an argument based on the Collect for Easter Sunday. I went to look at my Baronius Missal and found that, indeed, the prayer we use today in the usus antiquior is identical to the one he quoted back in the 1250s.

Bizarre Silence on Muslim Persecution from a Very Talkative Rome

Asia Bibi, our Catholic sister
condemned to death for "blasphemy" in Pakistan
Antonio Socci
November 9, 2014

Dear Father: IV - What does all this mean?

Dear Father,

This letter is a long time in coming.  I want to know what has happened to the Catholic understanding of death.  On All Souls Day our priest wore white vestments and talked about how all the dead we pray for on this day are already in heaven.  And he called us all a “resurrected people”.  This is similar to what I see and hear at almost every Catholic funeral Mass I go to.  I thought we were supposed to pray for the dead who are in Purgatory to speed them on their way to heaven.  But if everyone goes to heaven as soon as he dies, what does all this mean?


Beleaguered in Biloxi.
Dear Beleaguered in Biloxi,

Free at last: Burke put in an honorific job at 66

The famous view of St.Peter's dome from the headquarters of the Order of Malta on the Aventine Hill

Video: Full Documentary "Watchmen of the Night" on the traditional Le Barroux Abbey (with English subtitles)

Sights and sounds of the Abbey of Saint Mary Magdalen of Le Barroux, near Avignon, in the Provence region of France:

De-Ratzingerization Purge at Divine Worship: Full Steam Ahead

We had warned that the "purge would hit new levels," since "they know they are in a race against time." From French blog Riposte Catholique:
Purge at the Congregation for Divine Worship

November 7, 2014

Cardinal Burke's full interview with Spanish magazine Vida Nueva:
"It seems to many that the Church's ship has lost its compass"

The interview of Cardinal Burke with Spanish Catholic weekly Vida Nueva is now very well-known due to the expression, "a rudderless ship", but taken out of context. Below, you will find the full translation of the interview (we thank Rorate's Spanish-language partners at Adelante la Fe - Rorate en Español for providing us the original text)

Raymond Leo Burke

"It seems to many that the Church's ship has lost its compass."

US Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is considered one of the representatives of the Curial sector most resistant to change, as he demonstrates by deeming "critical" the current moment, in which for "many" the Church is sailing "as a ship without a rudder." Opposed to the theses of cardinal Walter Kasper on the admission of the remarried divorced to the sacraments - "marriage is indissoluble. If I marry someone, I cannot live with someone else" - he calls homosexuality "suffering" and he considers that there was an intent to conduct the Synod on the Family towards a position of laxity. He even denounced the "manipulation" that was tried with the information that was released from the synodal assembly, at the same time in which he laments the "confusion" and the "pastoral difficulties" caused by the debate on these hot-button issues. Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican Supreme Court, his transferal to the position of cardinal patron of the Order of Malta, an honorific job without any content, is considered certain.

What is the feeling that the Synod left you? Was there confrontation?

Burke in Vienna: Audio

Cardinal Burke in Vienna (Photo: Christopher D. Owens)
As had been announced Cardinal Burke participated in a panel discussion at the presentation of the German translation of Remaining in the Truth of Christ. 

The Manifesto that was Missing:
Who is speaking up for them, while the Bishops abandon Christ?

Fritz von Uhde
Christ with a Farmer's Family (1887-8)
Musée d'Orsay
Professor Esolen, thank you for expressing what so many of us felt but somehow could not put into words. There is so much hurt, so much pain, so much loneliness and death... and Church hierarchs wedded to Mammon have forgotten these truly lost sheep.

Friends throughout the world: translate this, send it to all your priests and Bishops, to Archbishops and to Cardinals. This is the Manifesto that was missing. They have no wealthy German Bishops to speak up for them  -- and you could well be one of these victims, let them know who the lost sheep  really are, the sheep they have willfully overlooked as they dance around with the princes of the world in empty assemblies.

Who Will Rescue the Lost Sheep of the Lonely Revolution?

Anthony Esolen
November 6, 2104
Forgive me, Lord, if I use your words for an admonitory parable. ... That is why you came among us, to call sinners back to the fold. Not to pet and stroke them for being sinners... . ... We do not have Pharisees who preen themselves for having followed the letter of the law and missed its soul. We have Pharisees who preen themselves for disobeying the law, even the most serious admonitions of the law, even your own clear words on marriage and divorce, while presuming to have discovered a soul-of-the-law whose existence has eluded two thousand years of martyrs, saints, popes, bishops, and theologians.

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Editorial - The False Prophetism of Worldly Clergy


Editorial: Radicati nella fede, November 2014
Newsletter of the Catholic community of
Vocogno, Diocese of Novara, Italy

A war breaks out somewhere in the world and the clergy of all levels, voice their solidarity with the victims and the population hit by it.  There is a flood or an earthquake, and nearness in prayer is communicated coupled with a lecture to the civil authorities who were incapable of warding off the disaster or scarce in their aid after the fact. 

We are in an economic crisis and this worldly clergy attempts to teach the economist what they need  to do by foisting their own “recipe” onto the State and the industrialists, reminding them of the rights of the workers.

By now we are used to these inevitable, humdrum ecclesiastical bulletins begotten by the likewise inevitable meetings of the ecclesiastical conferences.

Yet is all of this actually the task of the Catholic priesthood?  And if it is in some measure, is that all there is to his mission?

Francis intends to go all the way: sounds from a meeting in Argentina

From a November 5 post in the Argentinian blog Caminante-Wanderer, extremely well-informed in local (now universal) matters...

Three small anecdotes that serve as a thermometer of the state of certain sectors of the Church.

The three episodes took place in the past 24 hours, and all in the same place, the seminary of an extremely important Argentine Archdiocese.