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Rinascimento Sacro has announced that, at 10:00 A.M. on March 25, 2010, H.E. Franc Cardinal Rode will offer Solemn Pontifical Mass and ordain 8 new priests for the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, in the Chiesa di Ognissanti in Florence.

The same website also reports that, on the occasion of a pilgrimage of traditionalist faithful to the Shroud of Turin, H.E. Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the Traditional Missal on May 22, 2010, at 11:00 A.M., in the Chiesa della Misericordia in Turin.

4 comments:

John McFarland said...

Mr. Palad,

Is the point of the reference to the Friars of the Immaculate (FI) that the priests are being ordained with the traditional rite of ordination? Or will it be traditional Mass and new rite of ordination?

I have heard that the FI are adopting the Traditional Mass, and that as a result, doors are beginning to be closed to them. Do you have any information on this?

Carlos Antonio Palad said...

"Is the point of the reference to the Friars of the Immaculate (FI) that the priests are being ordained with the traditional rite of ordination? Or will it be traditional Mass and new rite of ordination?"

It will be traditional Mass + traditional rite of ordination. The FFI has used the traditional rites for all diaconal and sacerdotal ordinations since March 25, 2009.

I don't know if doors are being closed to them because of their adoption of the TLM, although I won't be surprised if this is the case given the clerical hostility to the TLM in much of Italy.

That having been said, I should note that the FFI is biritual, and continues to use the Novus Ordo for many (perhaps the majority) of their regularly-scheduled Masses. Here in the Philippines the FFI mostly offers the Novus Ordo in public and the TLM in private.

John McFarland said...

Mr. Palad,

Thank you for the briefing.

How many of the FI are in the Philippines? I have been told that they are about a hundred priests in Italy.

Carlos Antonio Palad said...

"How many of the FI are in the Philippines? I have been told that they are about a hundred priests in Italy."

There are 10 FFI priests in the Philippines. The majority of the Filipino priests and brothers are in other countries. Here in the Philippines, only one FFI friary offers a regularly-scheduled Sunday TLM.

As of the end of 2007, the FFI had 109 priests all in all. I don't know how many priests they ordained in 2008, but they ordained 5 in 2009 and 8 in 2010.

Like the Franciscans of old, many FFI friars do not advance to the priesthood, and remain simple brothers.