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An Oasis for the 1962 Missal in Italy


The blog of the Italian Traditionalist website Messainlatino is reporting that last July 11, 2009, Msgr. Mario Oliveri, Bishop of Albenga-Imperia in Italy, celebrated a Pontifical Mass in honor of St. Benedict at the small parish church of St. Michael the Archangel in Villatalla, a village with some 30 inhabitants. This parish church (and its rectory) is where, last July 2, 2008, the same bishop had installed some monks from Le Barroux who had left that monastery to form the "Benedictines of the Immaculate." The Bishop and the Benedictines were joined by priests from various traditionalist congregations; the cerimoniere of the Mass was Canon Gilles Guitard ICRSS. Due to the small size of the parish church, the Bishop had to pontificate from the faldstool.
Although the Feast of St. Benedict in the calendar of the 1962 Missal falls on March 21, July 11 is marked by French Traditionalist Benedictines as the Feast of the Transfer of the Relics of St. Benedict, in addition to being (in Europe) the Solemnity of St. Benedict, Patron of Europe, in the calendar of the 1970-2002 Missal.

Albenga-Imperia is reputed to be one of the few dioceses in Italy where no obstacles have been placed in the free implementation of Summorum Pontificum. This small diocese has five every-Sunday / feastday and at least two weekday Masses according to the 1962 Missal.

14 comments:

Guy Fawkes said...

On June 24 I attended the pontifical mass at the throne of Mgr. Oliveri in Oneglia for the feast of St. John the Baptist. I've never seen in my life such a beautiful and reverent Novus Ordo mass. During the preach he reminded the Social Regality of Christ in front of the major of the city and all the authorities, and also that the sin, more than poverty or misery, is what actually enslaves men. What a catholic bishop! I'm pleased to remind that during his career he happened to have an appointment in Dakar, where also Mgr Lefebvre did wonderful things.

Anonymous said...

Wow BIGGGG news!

Anonymous said...

Five Masses in entire diocese! How generous!

Anonymous said...

Prayers for the Holy Father, please! He fell in his room last night, and fractured his wrist.

Carlos Antonio Palad said...

"Five Masses in entire diocese! How generous!'

There are some dioceses and archdioceses that have more. What makes this notable is the fact that Albenga-Imperia is a very small diocese in comparison with those that have a comparable number of TLM's.

Anonymous said...

It is always nice to see a bishop with a mighty mitre! Liberals hate that!

JS

Martin said...

Beautiful. Mgr Oliveri is a blessing to the Church, and not only to his diocese. I also happen to know one of his young priests, a truly wonderful young man. Something is happening, clearly, the fact that we can see such things in diocesan settings (as opposed to within E.D. institutes) was even unthinkable 5 years ago.

Martin

Anonymous said...

Albenga-Imperia (Annuario Pontificio 2009:

Bishop Mario Oliveri (b. 1944)=65. ordained, 1968, Bishop (1990---).

Catholics: 157,000
parishes: 163
diosecean priests: 134
new priests: 2
religious priests: 56
new religious priests: 0 (no surprise).
perm. deacons: 17 (unfortunatly)
seminarians: 9
religious men: 76
religious women(nuns): 381
baptisms: 1,266 (during 2008).

This sounds like a wonderful diocese, but 5-6 Tridentine Latin Masses each Sunday out of 163 parishes is very little....but better than nothing.

Looks from the stats like the Bishop is a very great man, and perhaps might rise higher.
But there are a few problems.
163 parishes and only 190 priests total isn't a good ratio, especially when you consider that probably 55% of the priests are past 65.
There are only 9 seminarians.

Although this sounds like good news about the Tridentine Latin Mass, it should be much better considering the fairly large number of parishes. 5-6 Tridentine Latin Masses out of 163 parises is less than 1%.

Still, we should be thankful for a traditional minded bishop, and a growing traditional faithful and the new Benedictines of the Immacolata (have they revieved any vocations yet.....they even have a different habit to distinguish themselves from the regular Benedictines.)

Carlos Antonio Palad said...

"Although this sounds like good news about the Tridentine Latin Mass, it should be much better considering the fairly large number of parishes. 5-6 Tridentine Latin Masses out of 163 parises is less than 1%."

No, that is not less than 1%. That is a little more than 3%.

Like I have said in a previous thread, we shouldn't expect the Usus Antiquior to spread like wildfire. Catechesis is necessary.

"Still, we should be thankful for a traditional minded bishop, and a growing traditional faithful and the new Benedictines of the Immacolata (have they revieved any vocations yet.....they even have a different habit to distinguish themselves from the regular Benedictines.)"

Yes, they do have some vocations by now.

Anonymous said...

Yes they do have vocations, I have enquired. I need to learn Italian for it.
They are edifying

Redazione di Messainlatino.it said...

Happy to inform you that the number of seminarians at Albenga for the next year will raise at 23. Well, obviously the candidates come from all over Italy, not just from the diocese; like the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon in France, future priests look for trad-friendly seminaries. Just to compare, the nearby diocese of Ventimiglia-Sanremo (with a slightly superior populations, but with a awful trad-hater bishop) has 3 seminarians...

As for the Benedictines of the Immaculate, they started exactly a year ago, in three. They are now four and many young men (about 15) have applied to stay there for a small period to check their vocation. The monks had to expand their house.

Martin said...

Yes, they have vocations. Also, they need money because they are starting from almost nothing. Please keep in mind that Dom Jehan already went through this once at Le Barroux. Can you imagine what it may be to start over again?
Please pray for them and send them money.

Martin

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how they are doing today? The last update on their blog was from 2010. I am praying every day for this wonderful traditional community.

Barbara said...

America and all nations wake up!! Protect our Catholic tradition follow our Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Mario Oliveri,bring back the Tabernacle to the center of our Churches. Respect our Jesus Christ in Holy Communion by kneeling and receiving him in the mouth (Do not touch me John 20:17)Remember about frequent sacrament of reconciliation before considering receiving Holy Communion. Eucharistic ministers wake up; educate yourself in what you are doing to our Lord. One day he will judge all of us. We will not be judged by our priests or bishops who promote this.(Who is unfaithful to little things is unfaithful to greater things Lk.16:2). Let's keep praying, fasting and giving our free will to God for the intention of the renewal of this world and our Church in God.Amen