Rorate Caeli

Sermon for 4th Sunday after Pentecost - "Past 50 years in the Church have been of the lobotomization of clergy and people."

by Fr. Richard G. Cipolla
Duc in altum.  Set out into the deep water.  (Luke 5:4)

Those words of Jesus to Peter and his companions are his exhortation to these en to embark on a life that they little dreamed of, far from their fishing boats an the land and family they knew.  Set out into the deep water, the deep water far away from the safety of the land, the deep water of the sea where storms arise suddenly, but also the deep water in which an abundance of fish live, ready to be caught. The fishermen had tried to catch fish all night long, but to no avail.  Nothing.  Nothing because this life of theirs was over. So Jesus tells them to go into the deep water, and it is here that they catch so many fish that the boats are nearly sinking with the catch.  It is at this point that Simon Peter realizes, however inchoately, however unclearly, that this is a sign that points to him and his future and his role as a disciple of Jesus, and in that wonderful and touching and dramatic scene, he kneels at Jesus’ feet:  Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man. What a wonderful and real reaction to Peter’s understanding of the miracle of the catch of fish: to declare himself unworthy for any task that Jesus had in mind for him.  A future as a follower of Jesus in the deepest sense was, in Peter’s mind, impossible. For he was a sinful man.  But the response is quite clear:  Fear not.  From henceforth you will be catching men.

It will be to the high seas of a world that Peter the fisherman did not even know existed: the world of imperial Rome, the Roman empire, and finally to the heart of the world of that time, Rome itself, where Peter would meet his death by martyrdom. No longer would Peter be trying to catch fish.  As Jesus’ disciple and the Prince of the Apostles, he would preach and teach the Gospel, he would baptize, he would offer sacrifice in the Breaking of Bread, the Eucharist, he would bring the saving grace of Christ to a world desperately in need of that grace.

But what defines Peter’s ministry is true of the priesthood in general.  One of the cardinal sins for a Catholic priest is to forget, to refuse to remember who he is, and to become just a part of a clerical scene in a secular society that has forgotten where it came from, that has forgotten its roots, roots that cannot be uprooted and thrown onto a pile of dirt to be thrown away, because these roots are divine.  Hey, son!  Why do you want to become a priest?  Well, sir, I want to help people, I want to help them to deepen their faith,  I want to help them as a friend, I want to engage them, especially young people to bring them to Jesus Christ.  And I would say this to this young men:  then be a Protestant minister.  I know some fine ministers who do exactly what you want to do. Do you know this, young man?  You have not once mentioned the Mass, you have not once mentioned the Holy Sacrifice that defines what a priest is. A priest can be good or bad, a priest can care for people or not, a priest can wear lace, cufflinks and cassock and biretta and yet not identify with the basest part of his flock, which identification is the heart of the matter.  Go do something else.  Be a man and build stone walls.  That will increase your chance of getting into heaven.

Michael Davis attacks home schoolers

The quiz at the end of the St Catherine's Trust annual Summer School, attended
by about 50-50 home-educated and school-educated children. Details of this year's here.

(Supporters of Home Education may like to support this petition on the latest UK government attack on it.)

A while ago the Catholic Herald journalist Michael Davis thought he'd do a good turn to the Traditional Catholic movement (with which he apparently identifies) by describing us as hateful bigots and antisemites. Now he's decided to do a similar favour to homeschoolers.

It works like this. First, Davis starts the article with a reference to the staggering success of homeschoolers: it seems that they are providing 10% of vocations to the priesthood in the USA, a proportion vastly in excess of their numbers.

Second, Davis lists all the tired old criticisms of homseschooling. Homeschooling is against the teaching of the Church; the children aren't 'socialised'; the parents are 'helicopter parents' who 'seal off their children in a bubble'; even the apparent good of the vocations is undermined by the snarky suggestion that the vocations aren't genuine and the priests won't be good pastors.

Step three is to hold up his hands and say: Oh well, maybe these problems can be avoided by some homseschoolers. Citing one particular group, he says vocations coming from it 'won’t be stereotypically paranoid, socially awkward homeschooled kids': unlike all the other homeschooled children, right?

No doubt he expects us all to congratulate him on what a balanced article he has produced.

The problem is that, just as in the 'oh perhaps not all traditional Catholics are hateful bigots' article, he has reiterated and reinforced an extremely damaging negative stereotype which needs confronting and assessing. Is it true? Because obviously, if the stereotype isn't true, then a balanced assessment wouldn't use it even as one side of the see-saw.

The Traditional Mass: It's not about politics -- it's about Truth and Beauty

Commonweal is a journal known, at least since the age of the last Council, for its extreme liberal positions.

So it was not without considerable surprise that this past week readers witnessed the journal publish a text favorable to the Latin Mass: it is a personal account of the author's discovery of the Latin Mass. 

Announcement: June 24 TLM in Peru, Indiana.

Una Voce Lafayette will be presenting a Sung Latin Mass for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist Sunday, June 24th, at 5 PM, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Peru, Indiana. Fr. Andrew DeKeyser will be celebrant and the Saint Dunstan Schola will be providing music.

You Suggest: FSSP Eucharistic Conferences now available on video

From a priestly reader:

Eucharistic Conferences: ‘Ego Eimi – It is I’ (John 6:51)

A series of conferences on the Most Holy Eucharist by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, at St Mary's Shrine Church in Warrington, England, in preparation for the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool (7-9 Sept. 2018). Each 40-min conference can be watched below.

Transubstantiation: how the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ occur under the externals of bread and wine (click here to watch)  
Concomitance: how Christ’s Blood also is in the Host, and His Body also in the Chalice (click here to watch)
Fragments: why each of them is Christ, and how to treasure them (click here to watch)
Gradation of the modes of presence of God in His creation: how God’s presence is supreme in the Holy Eucharist (click here to watch)

Must-see video: Church Militant and the Chartres Pilgrimage

We urge all of our readers to watch this short but powerful video featuring the Americans who participated in the annual Chartres Pilgrimage. More importantly, please share it on your blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts. Email it to friends and family. This video perfectly captures what tradition is all about -- and how to restore it. 

There may only be a remnant left. Let's change that, using every means at our disposal, including our keyboards.

Vatican releases latest worldwide Catholic statistics:
Decrease in the overall share of Catholics in the world population. Fall in priests, seminarians and religious continues unabated

The Vatican Bollettino for June 13, 2018 has a report (only in Italian as of this writing) about the publication of the Pontifical Yearbook for 2018 and the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae 2016, containing the statistics for the Catholic Church worldwide as of the end of the year 2016. 

The earliest reports appearing on the Catholic media about this report focus on the increase in the absolute number of baptized Catholics from the end of 2015 to the end of 2016 -- from 1,285,000,000 to 1,299,000,000. The Bollettino's actual report however has the sobering observation that the increase in Catholics from 2015 to 2016 is lower than the annual increase recorded in the period from 2010 to 2015. Additionally, the rate of growth of the worldwide Catholic population is slower than that of the world's population as a whole, with the result that the percentage of Catholics in the world population dropped from 17.73 % in 2015 to 17.67 in 2016. 

When it comes to priests, the trend of diminishment since 2014 is confirmed: there were 414,969 Catholic priests in the whole world as of the end of 2016, compared to 415,656 priests in 2015 and  415,792 in 2014.

For the record: James Martin SJ to speak at World Meeting of Families, homosexual "couples" welcomed to volunteer at event
Plus: the fall of the Archdiocese of Bologna

As widely reported in the Catholic media, the notorious Fr. James Martin SJ will be one of the main speakers at the upcoming 9th World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin, Ireland (August 21-24, 2018). His topic will be "Exploring how Parishes can support those families with members who identify as LGBTI+."Martin claims that he was invited to speak at this event by the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Dublin.

The event's official website points out that "Amoris Laetitia is the guiding theme of all three days of the Pastoral Congress and of all the topics chosen." The whole event will have around 200 speakers, however, Martin will be one of the keynote speakers. It is significant that the "Highlights from the Pastoral Programme" on the event website names only him, and Cardinal Tagle of Manila, among those making presentations.

On the same day that Fr. Martin's involvement in WMOF was announced, Irish media reported that according to Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, "LGBT couples" are considered "welcome" to volunteer at the event. (‘Of course’ LGBT couples welcome to volunteer says Archbishop: ‘It’s also a Catholic event’.)

The Irish Church continues its rapid journey to the bottom. 

New Release: Reprint of Danielou on Biblical Typology

From the first centuries of its existence, the Church has interpreted the historical events recounted in the Old Testament as being "types" or "figures" of the events of the New Testament and of the sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ. In fact, the traditional Latin liturgy was born from this intimate connection of ancient temple sacrifice and incarnational fulfillment. Ironically, those who were promoting the "ressourcement" of the Church Fathers were the same ones who gleefully slaughtered the liturgy that best represented the mind of the Fathers.

Jean Cardinal Danielou, one of the foremost Catholic scholars of the twentieth century, and a theologian especially concerned with the relationship between history and the Christian revelation, examines in this excellent book -- now reprinted in a nice new edition by Ex Fontibus -- the typological interpretation of the Fathers of the Church and their contemporaries during the first three centuries of the Christian era. Among examples he discusses are the crossing of the Jordan by the Israelites as a type of baptism, Rahab as a type of the Church, and the fall of Jericho as a figure of the end of the world. The complex interpretations of Adam, the flood, and the sacrifice and marriage of Isaac are also described in full and commented on. Like Louis Bouyer, Jean Danielou is at his best when he is transmitting the rich content of tradition to modern readers.

Draw the living waters of the Sacred Heart - Haurietis Aquas

100 years after Pope Blessed Pius IX had extended the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to the Universal Church, Pope Pius XII, of most glorious memory, decided to celebrate the occasion with one of the brightest lights of his pontificate, the Encyclical Letter Haurietis Aquas, signed on May 15, 1956.

You Report: First TLM since Vatican II in Connecticut church

The below message to our readers was penned by Fr. Donald Kloster of St. Mary's Church in Norwalk, Conn.:
Photos courtesy Edwin Gonzalez

This past Corpus Christi Thursday about 300 faithful celebrated a Solemn High Mass at St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield, CT, which was founded in 1955.

Kudos to Brian McCall, new head of Catholic Family News

Heartfelt congratulations to Catholic Family News for choosing Brian McCall as its new Editor-in-Chief. The work of John Vennari will be continued in a faithful manner by a faithful Catholic and friend of Our Lord.

Full statement here.

Pope blocks German Guidelines allowing Holy Communion for Protestant spouses

The important document by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was made public by several German websites today (we are unsure of the exact order of those who broke the news, so we credit all of them).

The translation of the document itself was provided by Settimo Cielo, Sandro Magister's blog. We post it below for the record of ongoing events.

We just wish to add the following note: spread by a liberal priest on Twitter, a grave falsehood came up saying that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had allowed individual bishops to decide on the matter. As the text of the letter makes it clear, that is not at all the case: the CDF, with approval from the Pope, forbid the German conference to publish the guidelines allowing general communion for Protestant spouses of Catholic faithful. What it temporarily allowed diocesan bishops to do was regarding the communion in cases of "grave and urgent necessity" already foreseen in the 1983 Code of Canon Law for those who held the Catholic understanding of the Blessed Sacrament precisely in such "grave and urgent" cases -- and not as a general and constant rule for Protestant spouses of Catholics.


Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Prot. N. 212/2018 - 64727

Vatican City
Palace of the Sant’Uffizio

May 25 2018

To His Most Reverend Eminence
Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Archbishop of Munich and Freising
President of the German Episcopal Conference
Kardinal-Faulhaber Str. 7
D-80333 München
Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Your Eminence, Most Illustrious President!

Sermon for Corpus Christi, "The Feast With the Latin Name" - Fr. Richard Cipolla

“For my flesh is food indeed and my blood is real drink.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, he abides in me and I in him. He who eats this bread will live forever.”  John 6:55-57

What is today about? –this feast we celebrate with a Latin name, Corpus Christi.  What is it about?  That is a relevant question in an age in which Christian worship has become a problem.  Some time ago the New York Times had a story on the historic Black churches in Harlem. Some of these churches have opened up their doors on a Sunday morning to tourists who are bussed up to Harlem to get some of the flavor of that part of Manhattan.  And part of the tour is for these people to attend a church service on Sunday morning to hear the cadences of African American evangelical preaching and to hear the soul rollicking sound of the gospel choirs.  The minister interviewed for this article said that the balcony pews were filled with theses tourists on Sundays but the main church pews were half empty.  The worshipping community is dying.  There was a photograph of the tourists looking down from the balcony, dressed casually in contrast to the beautifully dressed parishioners in the pews.  Some of the tourists wore shorts and they sat, looking down, as if they were in a theater.  They came to see what worship is like, but because of in so many places the reduction of American Christian worship to banal entertainment and fatuous preaching, they came not to worship but to be entertained.

Reminder: Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society

This is our monthly reminder to please enroll Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. By the grace of God, we added two new, wonderful priests to the Society in the last 30 days! We now stand at 87 priests saying weekly or monthly traditional Latin Masses for the Souls. Come on Fathers, let's get this to 100! 

** Click here to download a "fillable" PDF Mass Card to give to the loved ones of the Souls you enroll. It's free for anyone to use. **

Priests: The Souls still need more of you saying Mass for them! Please email me to offer your services. There's nothing special involved -- all you need to do is offer a weekly or monthly TLM with the intention: "For the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society." And we will always keep you completely anonymous unless you request otherwise. 

How to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well.

June of the Sacred Heart - Ego dilecto meo, et dilectus meus mihi

J.S.Bach Mein Freund ist mein (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - BWV 140)
Here is to be found one of the deeper aspects of the dogma of the Communion of Saints. The closer one of these privileged souls is to God, the author and source of every good which can adorn and rejoice souls, the greater is her beneficent action on those around. What graces she can demand from the Spouse, wresting them from Him for the whole Church!
How powerfully she can co-operate in the conversion of sinners, the perseverance of the just, the salvation of those agonising, the entrance of the holy and suffering souls into the bliss of heaven! What a wonderful fruitfulness is hers! The fecundity of nature is limited; hers is unlimited, it is as a radiance emanating from her soul; those who approach her are embalmed "in the good odour of Christ;" there is, as it were, a divine virtue which goes out from her to touch souls, obtain their pardon, console, strengthen, raise, tranquillise, gladden, and make them show forth the glory of her Spouse.

For the record: Baronius Press' revised translation of Ott's Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma
Full text of Bishop Athanasius Schneider's Foreword

A few weeks ago Baronius Press released what it describes as a new edition of Ludwig Ott's Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma. Although based on the original translation by Dr. Patrick Lynch it has been "fully revised and updated" by Dr. Robert Fastiggi, apparently in the light of Ott's 1969 German text of the Fundamentals. The preface to the new edition by Dr. Fastiggi -- full text on the Baronius Press website -- describes at length the revisions made to the translation. In the preface, Fastiggi notes that "(w)hile Fr. Ott made some revisions in 1969, it would be wrong to find in these any notable change in his theological posture from the decade prior to Vatican II. Ludwig Ott always remained faithful to the Church’s perennial Magisterium, and he is careful to distinguish theological speculations from the constant teaching of the Church"

For this edition of the Fundamentals the Foreword came from no other than Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The full text, as provided on the Baronius Press website:

Ludwig Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma has proven to be an indispensable guide to Catholic doctrine since it was first published in the 1950’s. Whether in the original language or in its French and English translations, it has been favoured by generations of readers because of its rare combination of relative brevity with comprehensiveness. I congratulate Baronius Press and Dr. Robert Fastiggi for bringing out this comprehensively revised translation of the last edition of the Fundamentals.

We live at a time of grave doctrinal confusion when the sheep are often left without shepherds. Against the dangers of doctrinal ambiguity and the loss of clarity in moral matters, the faithful are called more than ever to seek to know their faith, so they can defend it and pass it on to their children. Catechism is necessary, but perhaps now it is not enough to only know one’s Catechism.

Fontgombault Sermon for the Feast of Corpus Christi: "The Eucharist is not a right."

Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
Fontgombault, May 31st, 2018
Hoc est corpus meum…This is My body…

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My dearly beloved Sons,

After the feast of Pentecost, when the coming of the Spirit fulfilled the Father’s promise, according to which the Apostles would not remain orphans, after meditating last Sunday the mystery of the Holy Trinity, the feast of Corpus Christi contemplates again the mystery of the Blessed Eucharist. We have already commemorated the institution of this Sacrament during the Mass in Cœna Domini,on Maundy Thursday, at the beginning of the Triduum. 

As she places us again before this mystery, the Church presents the Sacrament in itself, and no longer in its institution. Which lights might we hope to get on such a great mystery? Before God’s mysteries, there are two temptations, neither of which respects the mysteries. This word, “mystery,” indicates that beyond what is visible, the reality of the Eucharist contains an invisible and impossible to understand dimension.

De Mattei: Italy is changing, but Mattarella is unaware of it

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
May 30, 2018

On Sunday May 27th,  Professor Giuseppe Conte, appointed by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella to form a government, arrived at the “Palazzo del Quirinale” to present the list of his ministers, fruit of an intense work of collaboration between the political representatives of the two main parties in Parliament: “Movimento Cinque Stelle” and “La Lega”. 

Sermon for the Feast of Saint Joan of Arc: The Most Extraordinary Person the Human Race Ever Produced

Sermon for Feast of Joan of Arc

St Agnes, Brooklyn
May 30, 2018

“Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord”. Luke 1:45

There is a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art that I discovered many years ago.  Whenever I am in the Museum I visit this painting.  The painting affected me deeply the first time I saw it just wandering through the European painting section.  It affects me so every time I see it.  I have brought many people to see this painting, which no one seems to know.  The painting is St. Joan of Arc listening to Voices by the late nineteenth century French artist, Jules Bastien-Lepage.  It shows the young peasant girl Joan in her parents’ garden in Domremy, a village on the Meuse in Northeastern France.  The foliage is painted vividly in what was known as the naturalistic style  which led into Impressionism.  The expression on the young girl’s face is of someone who is listening intently and yet peacefully.  In the painting as well are the ghostly figures of the three saints who spoke to her during her brief life:  St Michael, St. Margaret and St. Catherine.  She called them the Voices.  The painting is remarkable.

In the Heart of the Church, a New Carmel and Center of Traditional Liturgy

It gives us great joy to be able to share once again Carmelite good news, at the request of the community itself. Please pray for these sisters and the success of their noble project. 

A New Carmel

To continue and perpetuate the vital work of love in the heart of the Church, a new beautiful Monastery of Discalced Carmelite Nuns is being constructed ( in the quiet rural farmland of Fairfield, Pennsylvania. This beautiful new property will provide a fitting home for an interior blossoming of monastic life and will be ready to receive a constant stream of vocations zealous for God and His Church.

Scandal: A Bishop "Married" with Children Will Be Created Cardinal by Francis

UPDATE: Bishop Ticona has categorically denied the claims. Click here for the latest, including his denial

Scandalous news first broken by our Spanish-language partners at Adelante la Fe. The information, it was said, has been appropriately and thoroughly checked from multiple sources on the ground.

On May 2th, 2018, Pope Francis announced that in the consistory to be celebrated on June 29 this year, Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, he will raise to the cardinalship Bp. Toribio Ticona, titular bishop of Timici and prelate emeritus of Corocoro, Bolivia. The 81-year-old bishop was born on April 25, 1937. He was ordered priest in 1967 and consecrated as Timici's bishop and axiliary bishop of Potosí, Bolivia, on May 31st, 1986. In 1992 he was appointed prelate of Corocoro, retiring in 2012.

During his frequent visits to Oruro at the beginning of his office, the then bishop of Oruro and future Third World ideologist cardinal, Julio Terrazas Sandoval, CSsR, boasted visiting Oruro's bishop and called him his "padrino" or sponsor, since he said he had been promoted to the bishopric thanks to Terrazas,who on several occasions as president of the Bolivian Conference of Bishops, and obviously was very influential on the other bishops and the apostoloic Nunciature.

IRELAND: a post-mortem examination - by Roberto de Mattei (Revisited)

Almost exactly three years ago, in May 2015, following the "same-sex marriage" referendum in Ireland, Roberto de Mattei made his "post-mortem examination" of the formerly Catholic powerhouse.

On this sad Saturday, as vote tallies confirm that an overwhelming majority of Irish voters chose to remove the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution, we take a moment to revisit his piece.

What did the 8th amendment say exactly? These words:

The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.

Beautiful, noble, sound, correct, Catholic: all that Ireland has ceased to be.


IRELAND: a post-mortem examination

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondeza Romana
May 27, 2015

In his masterpiece “The Soul of the Apostolate”, Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard (1858-1935), Trappist Abbot of Sept-Fons, expressed this maxim: “A holy priest coincides with a fervent populace; a fervent priest - a pious populace; a pius priest - an honest populace; an honest priest - an impious populace” (Italian version, Rome 1967, p. 64). If it is true that there is always a degree less in the spiritual life between the clergy and the Catholic people, after the vote in Dublin on May 22, we should add: “An impious priest coincides with an apostate populace.”

Interview with Polish Franciscan Theologian Maksym Adam Kopiec on Veritatis Splendor

Rorate is pleased to republish this interview, conducted by Aurelio Porfiri, which appeared today at O Clarim.

Interview with Polish Franciscan Theologian Maksym Adam Kopiec on Veritatis Splendor

by Aurelio Porfiri

We live in times of great relativism, times in which there seems to be no objective, firm, immutable truth. But it is not so and it is important that there are voices that try to confirm more and more this important truth: the truth exists, and for us it is called Jesus Christ. This is not simply an option in the landscape of thought, but it should be the alpha and the omega of our way of being in the world. If the truth is not solid and objective, then everything is really allowed, everything is possible, everything is justifiable. It does not matter that we are limited, sinful, fallible. What matters is knowing that there is a firm house on the rock to return to.

De Mattei: Building the Future on the Natural and Divine Law

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
May 23. 2018

Forty years ago, on May 22 1978, under the name of Law 194 for the termination of pregnancy, state murder was introduced in Italy by a Christian Democrat ruling class.  Murder, since Law 194 establishes the legitimacy of suppressing an innocent human-being in their mother’s womb;  it is state murder, since this crime is approved, organized and financed by the Italian State; it is mass-murder, since there have been around six million victims of abortion in Italy, according to official estimates; it is a figure far superior to the total  number of deaths in wars and natural disasters since the birth of the Italian State (1861) until today  

Emma Bonino - who along with Marco Panella fought rabidly for this law to be approved - in a video-interview on May 22nd 2018 for La Repubblica, said that Law 194 “functioned”.  That is, like a guillotine or a crematory-oven function, with not a word of compassion for those who are killed.  Still – Bonino added – after forty years “a review”  is required, that is to say, to improve this law, as something still doesn’t work well. What is the problem then?

It is the high rate of conscientious objectors among doctors, which is impeding the full and thorough application of the law. Bonino is not interested in knowing the reasons for this objection of conscience; what is important [for her]is that the laws function, that the slaughter continues and so she hopes for greater diffusion of pharmacological abortion by means of the abortion pill RU 486, which few still have recourse to. Emma Bonino, like many abortionists, consider the baby a growth on the mother’s body, or if they admit that it is human life developing for nine months in the mother’s womb, they have the vision of the interests of the State, of race, of the proletariat class, or of the single individual, which justify the killing of an innocent human-being.  This vision has only one name, which ought to be proclaimed in clear letters : barbarism. 

Bonino doesn’t even realize that something is changing in the world, that today it is not the feminist processions filling the streets, but the marches for Life, like those that took place in Rome on May 19th and in Argentina on May 20th. The mainstream media ignores these events, but a protest which springs from the natural law, engraved in indelible characters in the heart of every man, cannot be stopped. Under pressure by the pro-life movements in the United States, President Trump, has done more [for pro-life] in less than a year than his predecessors did in the previous thirty years. Even Communist China, after the failure of the disastrous one-child-only policy, has decided that by the beginning of 2019, the limits imposed until now on births will be abolished.

In Italy a new government is being formed. It is lamentable the fact that in the so-called “contract of government” the great themes of life and family are absent, or addressed only under the strictly economic aspect. And yet, as Virginia Coda Nunziante noted, if the language of economics is the only one that is understood, it would be sufficient to begin removing the 200-300 million Euros in public expense spent every year in the killing of our children and use the money to make the health system more functional, not the abortuary.  One of the reasons for the crisis in our country is the demographic collapse due to abortion and contraception, which in turn are the fruits of a hedonistic, relativist culture. 

We will never be able to find a way out of the crisis if the conditions of the culture of death are not reversed. This  is the message that comes from the March For Life and other recent initiatives, like Citizengo and ProVita Onlus, but also by the efforts of many young people, groups and associations, who are not surrendering, who will keep on going, and may the breakdown in the Italy of today, be replaced by an Italy which rediscovers the Divine and Natural Law upon which to build its future.

Translation: Francesca Romana

Guest Op-Ed: The Spiritual Life, Silence, and the Sacred Liturgy

By Veronica A. Arntz

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt 6:6, RSV-2CE).

These words from our Lord direct us how to pray. The prayer that is most pleasing to our Lord is not that which is loud, ostentatious, or even “visible” through spoken words. Rather, it is the prayer that we make from our hearts, the silent prayer that comes directly from our souls. Our Lord desires that we give ourselves to Him through our interior prayer. While vocal and mental prayer that comes right from our heart, the highest prayer, which is meant to be normative for all, is contemplative prayer—a union between beloved and Lover, a prayer in which the soul simply “is” with the One she loves the most.

A Gay New Church for a Brave New World

Just days ago, it was reported (link here) that, when meeting a victim of sexual abuse from Chile, the Pope told him something quite unexpected:

“He told me, ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are,’” Cruz told Spanish newspaper El País.

Today, the Wall Street Journal expanded on this papal openness to the "happiness" of "gay" life. Based on the proposal by some German bishops, led by Cardinal Marx of Munich, to allow for the blessing of "same-sex unions", the Journal's knowledgeable Rome correspondent concludes with the following:

Pontifical High Mass video exceeds 26K views

Coverage of the massive pontifical High Mass offered last month in Washington, D.C., highlighted the number of young people in attendance at the Mass offered by Archbishop Alexander Sample at the basilica shrine.  The latest piece ran in Corrispondenza Romana, published in Italian here.

One of our readers graciously translated the article to English, shared below:

In memoriam: Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos (1929-2018)
Throwback post: "All the parishes" should have the Traditional Latin Mass!

Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos passed away on the 18th of May, 2018, according to the Colombian Bishops' Conference. He was 88. We ask all of our readers to pray and have Masses said for the repose of his soul.

Before going to Rome to head the Congregation for the Clergy, he was a bishop in his native Colombia for 25 years. The impact that he made can be seen in the glowing tribute (Cardinal who humbled a drugs baron) written for him in 1999 by his notoriously Leftist compatriot Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It includes the legendary story of his confrontation with Pablo Escobar. 

It is far more likely though that he will long be remembered for his many words and deeds on behalf of the cause of what he himself called the "Gregorian Rite", and for the faithful attached to it. He served as President of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" from 2000 to 2009, and arguably was its most effective President ever. At the very least he was the one most oustpoken in defending the rights of Traditionalists in the Church, and the Gregorian Rite itself. It may very well be said that he was the man behind the eventual promulgation of Summorum Pontificum by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. 

Upcoming Lectures by Dr. Kwasniewski in Canada — Award Ceremony for Bishop Schneider in Winnipeg

The end of May will see a number of lectures and Latin liturgies of interest to tradition-loving Catholics in the cities of Ottawa and Winnipeg.

Bishops defend Church teaching on birth control

It is sad when the above headline is news.  Yet, it is almost impossible to find bishops (or priests) -- outside of traditional Latin Mass circles -- talking about this subject.  We commend the Kazakh bishops for issuing the following reaffirmation of Church teaching:

Pastoral letter on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae vitae

Praised be Our Lord Jesus Christ! Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! The current year is marked by the memorable event of the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae vitae, in which Blessed Paul VI confirmed the teaching of the constant Magisterium of the Church regarding the transmission of human life. The Bishops and Ordinaries of Kazakhstan want to take this favorable occasion in order to honor the memory and the enduring importance of this encyclical.

During the last meeting of all our priests and religious sisters in Almaty, there were thorough discussions on the theme of the preparation of young people to the sacrament of marriage. There was made the proposal to transmit to young people the main truths of the Magisterium of the Church with regard to the Christian marriage and the sanctity of human life from the moment of its conception.   

We proclaim with the voice of the Magisterium of the Church as we can learn it in the encyclical Humanae vitae and in the documents of other Roman Pontiffs the following demanding truths of Christ’s “sweet yoke and light burden” (Math. 11:30):

Guest op-ed on the blasphemous "MetGala": How Low We Have Come

by Monsignor X

Many readers will be familiar with the 1963 Otto Preminger film: "The Cardinal." It takes some license with the eponymous novel of Henry Morton Robinson, but besides being an excellent film, it recreates exactly so much of the beauty of the Liturgy of the Catholic Church on the very eve of its, let us say, "renewal." One of the most ancient and beautfiul ceremonies of the Traditional Liturgy is that of Epsicopal Consecration, and parts of it are beautifully recreated in Preminger's movie.

For the Record: Cardinal Eijk's warning words on Pope Francis' lack of clarity

The following letter by the primate of the Netherlands, Cardinal Willem Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, was published a few days ago. It deals with a matter of the gravest importance which we have often discussed here: the idea, proposed by several German bishops, of Communion being given to non-Catholics (specifically, non-Catholic spouses of Catholic faithful).

Some good German bishops appealed to the Holy See expecting the clarity that is Rome's essential mission to provide. Clarity and firmness on what Christ and His Church have always taught is the whole point of the very existence of the office of the Successor of Saint Peter. 

Instead, there was waffling: despite the clear response of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Pope, in his meeting with German bishops, remanded the question back to them and asked them to sort the matter out, unanimously...

The letter by Cardinal Eijk on the matter (published in Dutch yesterday on the Archdiocesan website) is a warning of the greatest gravity as well as a breath of fresh air in these times of trouble and confusion, perilous times for the Catholic Faith. It will one day have a high place in the history of these strange days.


The German bishops’ conference voted by a large majority in favor of directives which entail that a Protestant married to a Catholic may receive the Eucharist after meeting a number of conditions: he must have carried out an examination of conscience with a priest or with another person with pastoral responsibilities; he must have affirmed the faith of the Catholic Church, as well as having wished to put an end to “serious spiritual distress” and to have a “desire to satisfy a longing for the Eucharist.” 

Announcing a new contemplative religious community of men

Rorate is pleased to share this important announcement from Pennsylvania. We ask our readers to keep the hermits in their prayers and to spread word of this order among men who may have an eremitical vocation.

In Cujus Conspectu: A New Contemplative Religious Community of Men

Vivit Dominus Deus Israel, in cujus conspectu sto (3 Kings 17:1). His Excellency, Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has warmly given his blessing to a new religious community of men, the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (, erecting the community as an Association of the Faithful on February 22nd, the 15th anniversary of His Excellency’s episcopal consecration. 

This community observes the eremitical Carmelite charism according to the life of the original community of hermits on Mount Carmel and the primitive Carmelite Rule written for them by St. Albert of Jerusalem in the early 1200s. Strictly following the Rule in its original character of eremitical contemplative religious life, they are reviving the life of those ancient religious, who “in imitation of that holy anchorite the prophet Elijah, led solitary lives” (Jacques de Vitry, Bishop of Acre, History of Jerusalem). “Let each stay in his cell or nearby it, day and night meditating on the law of the Lord and keeping vigil in prayers unless occupied by other just occasions” (Primitive Carmelite Rule of St. Albert). 

SERMON for the Feast of Saint Pius V, the Great Reformer - Fr. Cipolla

Sermon for the Feast of St. Pius V

Preached at the Lepanto Youth Rally
Waterbury, Connecticut
5 May, 2018

There is a church in Rome not too far from the train station, Termini. Its exterior looks like many churches in Rome, white marble, baroque style.  The fame of this church is not because of its rather over the top late baroque interior that leaves nothing to the imagination.  It is famous because of the statue in one of its side chapels of St Teresa of Avila sculpted by the amazing baroque sculptor, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.  The title of the sculpture is St Teresa in Ecstasy, a mind-blowing piece of reality sculpted in marble that catches the moment in which St Teresa is seized by the love of God and pierced by the arrow of the infinite love of God. Once you see this amazing work you never forget it.

But what interests us here on this particular day is the painting above the altar rail in this church.  The church is called Santa Maria della Vittoria, Our Lady of Victory. The painting depicts the battle of Lepanto.  This youth conference is called Lepanto.  I suspect that many of you hear have never heard of the battle of Lepanto.  You have not heard of it for two reasons:  you know generation knows little history, especially of the West, and you are mostly products of a 1970s vapid Catholicism that in its own way denies the central role of history in the Catholic faith.  The youth rallies of post-Vatican II Catholicism are either pale imitations of Protestant “pump them full of Jesus” emotionalism or the product of a New Church, a Church lacking any real connection to the history of the Church of 2000 years and wedded to an ahistorical and sentimental and deliberate forgetfulness of the essence of the Catholic faith.

Will the real Pope Pius V please come forward?

It was Professor Lauren Pristas, a careful scholar of the orations of the Mass (especially collects, secrets, postcommunions), who first drew my attention and that of many others to the enormous differences in the lex orandi between the old and new missals—a difference that bears very obviously on the lex credendi of the Church.

Guest Op-Ed - Threefold unity in the Church: Strength against the temptations of the Devil

By Veronica A. Arntz

In his reflection on the Fourth Sunday after Easter, Dom Prosper Guéranger discusses man’s participation in the Church of Christ, which is made possible through grace. He writes, “The Holy Ghost tells us, in the sacred Volume, that a threefold cord is not easily broken (Ecc 4:12).

Now we have such a one; and it keeps us in the glorious unity of the Church: hierarchy, dogma, and sacraments, all contribute to make us one Body” (The Liturgical Year, Paschal Time-Book II, vol. VIII, 228). How is it that the Church is united in these three ways? Indeed, Christ has established His Church such that, if one of these is weakened or not present at all, then the whole Church in her human members becomes weak (1 Cor 12:26, RSV-2CE). To understand the unity that Christ desires for His Church, let us explore the threefold unity of hierarchy, dogma, and sacraments.           

For the Record: Diocese of Buffalo bars SSPX couple from being Godparents

There's not much else to say here that the Society doesn't spell out clearly in their sad, disturbing report, pasted below. Hope Sister Regina -- interim chancellor of the Diocese???!!! -- will hear from Rome soon:

A married couple who attend the SSPX chapel in NY were denied the ability by the local Diocese to be Baptismal Godparents for a relative's baby.

An unfortunate and unsettling incident concerning the Society of Saint Pius X has unfolded over the past several weeks in Buffalo, New York. When officials of the Diocese of Buffalo learned that a married couple attending the local SSPX mission had been asked to participate as Godparents in their niece’s scheduled baptism on Sunday, April 15, 2018, they sprung into action.

Mr. and Mrs. X of Batavia, parishioners of the Society’s Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Buffalo, were informed by the diocese that they could not act as Godparents at the baptism. Instead, they were told they could assist only as “witnesses” (according to Canon 874 §2). The decision was made by Sister Regina Murphy, SSMN, interim chancellor of the Diocese and confirmed by Buffalo’s auxiliary, Bishop Edward Grosz.