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Cardinal Müller reveals Consistory speech on “unlimited power of the papacy,” says this view “contradicts the entire Catholic tradition”

The following article is translated from an interview published on September 23, 2022 by InfoVaticana (here).

Bad news from Fréjus-Toulon [UPDATED]

Bishop Dominique Rey meets with his clergy, September 15, 2022

As reported on Gloria-TV, Bishop Rey of Frejus-Toulon, who has been placed under curatorship, told a priests' meeting of further restrictions imposed on him by the Congregation for Bishops following the ban on ordinations scheduled for July.

Lamont Responds to Fastiggi (et al.): Pope Francis’s “wedding garment of faith” is not “formed faith”

Response to Fastiggi (et al.): Pope Francis’s “wedding garment of faith” is not “formed faith”

Dr. John Lamont

Dr. Robert Fastiggi has published (here) a response to “The teaching of the Catholic faith on the reception of the Holy Eucharist,” a statement recently issued by a number of Catholics in response to Pope Francis’s statements and actions concerning the requirements for worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist, espcially his statements in the Apostolic Letter Desiderio desideravi. Dr. Fastiggi holds the Bishop Kevin M. Britt Chair of Dogmatic Theology and Christology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Some of his objections to the statement have been raised by other Catholics. As a theologian and a signatory of the statement, I wish to make a response.

Belgian Cardinal and Bishops Approve Liturgy for “Same-Sex Unions”

Archbishop Léonard, of Brussels-Mechlin, was one of the most conservative voices of the Church in Europe. That was enough for the petty, vengeful, small little man currently occupying the throne of Peter to not only not make him a Cardinal, but accept his retirement (unusually for a major Archbishop) as soon as he reached 75. For his place, Francis named an extremist liberal, a disciple of one of the greatest perverts ever to occupy a European see (Danneels), Jozef de Kesel. And, of course, Francis created him Cardinal as soon as possible.

Now, de Kesel has arrived decisively at what he was named to do: the bishops of Belgium are to visit Rome in the upcoming days for their Ad Limina visit and, just in time, de Kesel led the Flemish bishops in approving a special "liturgy" with prayers for the blessing of homosexual unions.

National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage draws hundreds to DC: “Tradition cannot be cancelled! We have found the Faith, and we are not going backwards!”

 This past Saturday, Sept. 17, between 250 and 300 Catholics from across the country prayerfully marched five miles from the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, VA, to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C. as part of the first-ever National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage for the Restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass. The pilgrimage was organized, in a span of hardly over a month, in response to the cruel and unjust restrictions placed on the celebration of the ancient rite of the Mass in the Diocese of Arlington (effective Sept. 8) and the Archdiocese of Washington (effective Sept. 21), as well as in many other places throughout the world. Providentially coinciding with the 15th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, the pilgrimage—attended especially by young people and families—was above all a demonstration of the undying vitality of the Traditional Latin Mass in the life of the Church and the love of the laity for the Faith it inspires.



Below is an abridged version of the speech given by lead pilgrimage organizer Noah Peters upon arrival at the steps of the cathedral in D.C. The National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage intends to become an annual event, and plans are already underway for next year. Just like the March for Life brings people from all over the country to our nation’s capital, the hope is that this pilgrimage will do the same—as long as is needed—for the cause of Catholic Tradition.

“The Teaching of the Catholic Faith on the Reception of the Holy Eucharist”: Bishops, priests, scholars correct Pope Francis on Holy Communion

The following statement was released on September 16, 2022. A PDF version may be downloaded here (or, in Spanish, here).

The Teaching of the Catholic Faith on the Reception of the Holy Eucharist

The recent Apostolic Letter Desiderio desideravi, given June 29th 2022, the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul, states:

The Freshmen Seminarians of Fall 2022 in France: They're Choosing the Traditional Mass

The Freshmen Seminarians of Fall 2022: The Seminarians are Choosing the Traditional Mass

Jean-Pierre Maugendre
Rennaissance catholique
September 15, 2022

For the past year three Roman documents have led to converging and complementary attacks on the freedom to celebrate the traditional Roman Mass. These included, on July 16, 2021, Pope Francis' motu proprio Traditionis custodes; the August 4 response of Archbishop Roche, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to questions posed by Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster; and, finally, on June 29, 2022, the apostolic letter Desidero desideravi on the liturgical formation of the people of God. 

A developing traditional world

Launch of Family & Life Academy

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new online learning opportunity in which I am involved: the Family and Life Academy, a project of
Voice of the Family.

Some readers may know Voice of the Family through their magazine Calx Mariae.

The Academy lets you watch courses of weekly lectures at a very affordable price, either live or recorded, plus free webinars on various subjects. There are courses on Natural Law (from me), Divine Law (from Fr Thomas Crean), the moral issue of abortion (from the veteran pro-life activist John Smeaton). There will be special appearances by His Excellency Eduard von Habsburg and Roberto Mattei.

Here is their announcement with more details and links.

On Abp. Paglia's Statement on the Italian Abortion Law (by John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family)

 [For Paglia's statement, see previous post on Rorate.]

Last Friday 26 August, Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV), was a guest on the RAI 3 programme Agorà – Summer. At one point (1) , the presenter Giorgia Rombolà asked Msgr. Paglia for an opinion on law 194/1978, which legalised procured abortion in Italy. Msgr. Paglia replied: “I think that law 194 is now a pillar of our social life”. It should be made clear immediately that the President of the PAV, in expressing himself in this way, did not intend to merely report a judgement present in the community on the 194 law, a judgement that he did not share – as Dr Fabrizio Mastrofini, Monsignor Paglia’s spokesman, attempted to claim a few days later in an official note – but rather was it not that he wanted to express his own personal judgement, a judgement of appreciation?

Reminder: National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage This Saturday (9/17/22) from Arlington VA to Washington DC

Today isor rather, would have beenthe 15th anniversary of the going-into-effect of Pope Benedict XVI's greatest gift to the Church, Summorum Pontificum. But what can never be canceled by any power on earth is the immutable principle on which this document is based:

Id quod maioribus nostris sacrum erat, nobis manet sacrum et grande...

What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place. 

Rorate is pleased to see the momentum building for the National Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage this Saturday. Edward Pentin has done a fine job covering it at the National Catholic Register. It has also been the subject of a piece at OnePeterFive.

It is worth highlighting here the intended national scope of the pilgrimage. It's not intended only for DC-VA Catholics who are currently being hit with draconian restrictions, but for ALL U.S. Catholics who love the TLM and want to participate in a public witness of its vitality. The plan is for the pilgrimage to become an annual event, as long as it is needed, like the March for Life. As the MFL brought people each year from all over the country to DC, the hope is that this first-annual National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage will do the same for the cause of Tradition.

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Pope tells new Abbot of Solesmes: “I leave it to you to discern” how to implement Traditionis Custodes

Excerpts translated for Rorate from an Aleteia interview with the new abbot of Solesmes, Dom Geoffroy Kemlin, who just met with Pope Francis on September 5. The Solesmes Congregation numbers 24 monasteries of monks and 8 monasteries of nuns around the world. In their houses Mass is usually celebrated in Latin with the missal of Paul VI, but some abbeys have long utilized the previous missal, most famously Fontgombault and, in the USA, Clear Creek. [UPDATE: A mistranslated line, indicated with an asterisk, has been corrected.]

Why did you meet with Pope Francis?

Dom Geoffroy Kemlin: Last week there was the Synod of Presiding Benedictine Abbots in Subiaco. This annual meeting should have been held in Poland, but because of the war in Ukraine and the reception of refugees in the monastery that was to receive us, we decided to go to Subiaco. Since I was just elected abbot, I took advantage of my stay in Italy to stay a few days in Rome, to get to know Saint Anselm and to visit some congregations. With a bit of audacity, I asked to meet the Pope and he granted me an audience.

Aleteia: How did the meeting go?

Final parish TLM in DC

The Diocese of Arlington has begun segregating those who attend the traditional Latin Mass from parish churches, a practice that started today (happy birthday, Mary!). The nearby Archdiocese of Washington begins its segregation of traditional Catholics on 21 September.

The very last traditional Latin Mass at a parish in the Archdiocese of Washington -- for now -- will be at Saint Anthony of Padua church, a parish near the Catholic University of America. The TLM congregation at Saint Anthony's is comprised of mostly young adults, many from CUA (as students who attend the TLM are not welcome to worship on campus). If you are nearby and need to see some hope for the future, this young congregation will make it worth the trip. The Missa Solemnis will be on 20 September at 7 p.m.

The votive Mass of Thanksgiving, for many years of the TLM in DC -- including several vocations -- will have a professional choir to sing "Missa Pange Lingua" by Josquin des Prez. Clergy from the region are invited to process (with cassock/habit, surplice and biretta) and sit in choir (in the sanctuary). Laymen are invited to pray in the pews at this bittersweet conclusion to so many years of graces from the TLM in parishes. Plenty of parking is available near the church (in the church/school lot or on the street), a short walk from the red line on the Metro.

Liturgical Colloquium in Paris, 24th Sept

We are pleased to announce a Colloquium on the liturgy in Paris, to take place 24th September, in which Una Voce France is an official participant. Full information here.

“The Primacy of Tradition and Obedience to the Truth” — Full Text of Dr. Kwasniewski’s Charlotte Lecture

The following lecture was given on September 2, 2022, in Charlotte, North Carolina, under the auspices of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community. It may be considered an offering of gratitude for the upcoming fifteenth anniversary of the going-into-effect of Summorum Pontificum, a document whose underlying principle is true and will remain true. Videos of the lecture and the subsequent panel discussion with Gregory DiPippo, Christopher Owens, and Brian Williams are posted on YouTube; these videos are embedded below, after the notes).—PAK

The Primacy of Tradition and Obedience to the Truth

Peter A. Kwasniewski
September 2, 2022

I will begin my comments this evening with several quotations from Joseph Ratzinger, for I truly believe that his clarity of insight on certain key questions is unsurpassed. Whatever limitations there may be in his analysis of the liturgical question, and however much we bitterly deplore his decision to abandon the papal throne, it is the truth he discerned that forms the basis of the traditional movement.

“Abuse of power and murder of souls”: Article by Michael Charlier

Exactly one month ago, as of August 1, Blase Cupich of Chicago banned the priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in his archdiocese from publicly celebrating Holy Mass and administering the sacraments according to the rite of the Roman Church, which has been handed down for well over 1,000 years. The institute, established in October 2008 by Pope Benedict with the mandate to maintain this same traditional liturgy, was so bold as to refuse the declaration of the non-existence of this liturgy as a “Lex Orandi” of the Roman rite, demanded by Cupich in consultation with Benedict’s successor, and is therefore excluded from any public pastoral care.

A Tribute to the Venerable Pope Pius XII


H/T Il Nuovo Arengario




‘As a representative of the Pontiff,  no Cardinal has matched him in  his apostolic journeys to places like Lourdes, Lisieux, Budapest and Eucharistic Conferences.  Thousands of people gathered around the Pope's envoy and the same filial affection followed him when he became Pope, as he continued  to fill St. Peter's Square, bringing about new things, such as General Audiences  for newlyweds, soldiers, farmers  sportsmen and for the famous in the early cinematic-age.  A beloved Pope, a Venerable, a Saint….’

Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Vatican II and its Liturgy

 The very famous Lebanese-American mathematician and writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who is Eastern Orthodox, recently wrote the following as a small portion of a preface proposed to the best-seller Dominion (by Tom Holland, on the inescapable foundational position of Christianity in Western Civilization and beyond).

It captures so much of what we as Traditional Catholics feel deeply about the Sacred Liturgy -- and he limits himself mostly to the language of the liturgy, and does not even go into the essential transformation of the texts, rubrics, and practice that (almost) destroyed the Latin Mass and replaced it with the hideous committee-made anti-liturgical concoction known as the "Novus Ordo".

Desacralization and Vatican II:

An Ex-Muslim on the Traditional Mass: “From the microcosm of the Mass, the entire world is reordered”

The following piece by Derya Little appears in the special English-language issue of the journal Sedes Sapientiae, edited by Société Saint-Thomas d’Aquin and published in association with the Fraternité Saint Vincent Ferrier. This new issue is available for $8 at and related outlets. It contains several very important articles, as the front cover indicates, particularly the major study on the magisterial authority of Vatican II by Bernard Lucien. (See end of article for the full Table of Contents.)--PAK

An Ex-Muslim’s Impressions of the Traditional Mass
Derya Little

Cardinal Roche (Unwittingly?) Utters the Most Ironic Statement Since the Council

In comments published in The Tablet, newly-minted Cardinal Arthur Roche manages to utter what may well be the most ironic statement since Vatican II:

Michael Davies to bishop of Fresno in 1976: “My Lord, this is not the action of a good shepherd but a bad bureaucrat”

Now that current Church leaders have adopted the motto of “Back to the 1970s” (who is the 
backwardist?), it is worthwhile to take out and dust off some of the great writings from that period, such as this masterful letter penned by one of the greatest apologists for the TLM, Michael Davies, in response to Bishop Donohoe of Fresno’s vitriolic letter against the traditional Mass. The letter was published in The Remnant on March 20, 1976. Below is a copy of the letter from Bishop Donohoe followed by Davies.

Most Rev. Hugh A. Donohoe,
Bishop of Fresno, California,
February 23, 1976.

Priest Addresses Bishop Burbidge: “Not every papal act is guided by the Holy Spirit”

Bishop Burbidge, referencing his spiritual fatherhood, offered a respectful challenge in his podcast of August 10th. While I am not one of his priests, his challenge is public, and many of the documents to which it refers are for the universal Church. I would like to take up the challenge.

National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage from the Arlington Cathedral to the Washington Cathedral, September 17, 2022

A major event has been planned in the capital of the US for Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 9 a.m.

The National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage for the Restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass will begin at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, VA, and end at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, DC, a distance of about 5 miles (expected duration 2 hours).

The date was chosen both because Saturday, September 17, 2022, is the nearest Saturday to the 15th anniversary of the going into effect of Summorum Pontificum, the motu proprio of Pope Benedict XVI that liberated the Traditional Latin Mass for all Latin-rite Catholics, and because the restrictions in the two dioceses go into effect in September (the 8th for Arlington, the 21st for DC).

In response to the cruel and unjust restrictions being placed on the celebration of the usus antiquior in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington, as well as in many other places throughout the world, we will go on pilgrimage in a public act of sorrow for the destruction of the Western liturgical patrimony, and in support of its full and immediate restoration.

The website is and there's also a Facebook event and Twitter page. Let's make this a huge pilgrimage with as many hundreds or even thousands of faithful as possible: it is a perfect opportunity to show that we exist and we will not be going away regardless of such unpastoral decrees.

President of the Pontifical Academy for Life: Abortion Liberalization “is a Pillar of our Social Life.”

Asked about Italy's abortion law yesterday on Italian public television network Rai 3, Abp. Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said the following:

 "I think that Law 194 [the law that liberalized abortion in Italy] is now a pillar of our social life.” 

 And when asked, “Is it not up for debate?” - Paglia replied: 

The State of Schools Today and the Sound Principles of Education to prepare Children for Heaven - by Don Pietro Leone


‘Suffer the little children to come unto me’

by Fritz von Uhde (1885)

+ In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

“A Traditionalist should long for the Schism of the German Church” — Interview with Martin Mosebach

With the kind permission of Una Voce Korrespondenz, CathWalk publishes the following interview, translated for Rorate Caeli by Stuart Chessman of the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny. Dr. Angela Kirsch posed the questions.

Una Voce Korrespondenz: Before we begin our conversation you pointed out, almost like giving a musical key, that we can hardly draw any guidance from the past, that what we are experiencing today cannot be compared with any of the previous times of crisis - even when in the details earlier eras produced similar phenomena. In your view what are the similar phenomena? What areas have been affected, what has been repeated? And what are the decisive differences that make a recourse to experience so difficult?

Martin Mosebach: The congruence of prior and current phenomena is obvious. Large sections of today's Church are Arian, iconoclastic, Protestantizing, anti-sacramental, secularized. But in contrast to the past the believing people, who always forced a return to Tradition, are missing. At least in Western Europe that is very easy to explain. After the absence of fifty years of any orthodox religious instruction the Catholic religion has become unknown even to those who still practice it. Many of the theological catastrophes of the past never reached the little people, the real flock of Christ. They continued to be Catholic regardless of whatever heresies to which the leading social strata adhered.

Today the Church has amalgamated most intimately with the dominant antireligious economic and political powers. She has gambled on complying with the demagogical demands of forces that are totally alien to the Church but, without a doubt, have won over the majority. It is true that the Tradition of the church is “out of season,” just as it was out of season at the time of the Apostle Paul. This thought stirs up panic among her current representatives instead of being understood as a great challenge. To decisively counter the totalitarian tendencies of this age could even mean a great political opportunity. At the present time, however, this has not yet been grasped at all.

UVK: Once again, is this a German phenomenon? Or is it only especially apparent in Germany because of the institutionalization of the synodal path?

MM: Germany is the land of the Reformation, of schism, of secularization, of atheist philosophy, of the atheistic totalitarian systems of communism and national socialism. In the last 500 years not much good has come out of Germany. In the 20th century, the Catholic Church here has submitted totally to the neo-Protestant post-Lutheran theology. Moreover, our unhappy country is also rich and can spread its bad influence everywhere by buying poorer countries. But this cannot disguise that the current decline of the Catholic Church can be found in all countries of the West. In many places it is not yet as severe as in Germany but a diminution, a draining away of the lifeblood, is emerging even in the most traditionally Catholic countries like Ireland and Italy, not to mention France, the so-called “oldest daughter of the Church.”

UVK: I suspect most of the practicing and also pious Catholics, the clergy included, do not know the old Mass.  At the same time some will recognize that in the Traditional rite there's no place for liturgical atrocities and that in the circles of the Catholics committed to Tradition no place for a society open in all directions. Can we hope that a wave of synodal refugees will come?  Seeking rescue on the rock that withstands the tempests?  Surviving in Tradition? And in this time of synodal confusion what does it mean that the Holy Father releases a motu proprio which blows up access to the old Mass?

MM: The adherents of the Traditional liturgy must acknowledge that there was a popular movement against the new liturgy -- but it wasn't a movement for the old one. Rather it led to a total exit from the Church. That wisdom that is so fondly ascribed to the Catholic Church deserted her totally in the 20th century. She dared a “reform of the Mass” that was, in truth, a revolution from above. She didn't consider that in an age of mass democracy a revolution, even when imposed by the actions of authority, must very soon become unmanageable. We must accept the sad fact that a great part of the believers who have remained in the Church have been in the meantime reeducated. Goethe calls attention to the anthropological fact that reverence is not a natural characteristic of man, but that he must acquire it. In the formlessness of modern society, the old liturgy is really a foreign body. She attracts those who have an internal readiness for resistance. These will always only be a small elite, not in the sense of academic titles or economic power but of spiritual force and independence of mind. It is to be found at all levels of the society.

The catastrophe in the faith has created a paradox. The old liturgy lives from reverence for hierarchy and order, but her defenders have an anarchistic temperament. They distrust every institution and authority that is not willing to subject itself to the Tradition and that means most representatives of Church and state. The ruling pontifex, whose stated goal is, after fifty years of post-conciliar developments, to wipe out those remnants of the Tradition of the Church that are still present, has correctly recognized that his work will remain incomplete as long as the old rite is successfully transmitted to future generations. The old liturgy contains everything that a Catholic needs to be Catholic. It is even capable of replacing for a while a pope who doesn't understand his mission. The current pope understands this very clearly and this thought is unendurable to him.

UVK: Once again, regarding lack of knowledge: does the fact that many Catholics do not know the Mass of the ages hold a certain potential for rebellion? Especially among otherwise well informed pious and perhaps conservative Catholics - those with the intellectual capacity to inform themselves about the history of their mother the Church. Shouldn't one expect here a certain knowledge of the “family history”? Why is there this gap in education?

MM: You bring up something that's also a puzzle for me. I know many truly pious Catholics who suffer under the current decadence of doctrine and liturgy and fill my ears with lamentations regarding the latest excesses at children’s’ communions and Christmas Masses. But my question is always: “but why do you still go there”?  In many places there are alternatives - a chapel of the SSPX or the FSSP or even the old Mass celebrated by diocesan priests - after all it’s a duty to support them. And I again always experience what Our Lord encountered from the rich young man: “he went away sad.“  Among German conservatives there's a spiritual lethargy that still just manages to express anger - but from this anger no consequences are drawn. The commitment to the old Mass is something weird to them, it departs too far from the mainstream. In the Rotary Club, in the Order of Malta, in the circles of fellow employees in the editorial offices, it is viewed with distrust:  could this be a radical speaking? And, after all, religion is nothing so important that one would stick one’s neck out for it….

UVK: And what is the role of Catholics who are committed to Tradition? To wait things out and accept all with open arms or seek after the lost sheep?  What does a Traditional mission look like?

MM: Like many, I am convinced that the official German Church is right at the point of total collapse. It is as hollow as a nest of termites. The stupidity and tastelessness of its representatives are not even attractive for modernist liberals, at least insofar as they are intelligent. A small remnant will remain, and orthodox Traditional Catholics will gain influence among these. What is critical in my view is that the official Church with its myriad lay employees finally disappears.

A Traditionalist shouldn't be afraid of the schism of the German Church.  Rather, he should long for it, especially since it's in no way a schism but the public apostasy of the official Church. There's no basis anymore for the acclaimed “dialogue.”  Also, whether Tradition one day could be victorious doesn’t concern me anymore.  It must be sufficient to us that Tradition most closely approximates the religion founded by Christ. Who recognizes that, realizes that the pseudo-Synod of the German Church is simply an assembly of ghosts. An American priest with whom I have often discussed the current situation of the Church ends our conversation every time with these words: “it is important to persevere.”  I cannot say anything more.

Traditional Latin Mass Leads Actor Shia LaBeouf to Catholicism

 From an interview granted by the actor to Bishop Robert Barron:

The full interview where this remarkable exchange was made is available here:

Dr. Kwasniewki’s Four Lectures in North Carolina, September 2–4, 2022

I will be in North Carolina at the start of September, giving lectures in Charlotte, Tryon, and Highlands. The poster has all the details but here’s an overview:

Friday, September 2, at 7:00 pm
“The Primacy of Tradition and Obedience to the Truth”
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Charlotte

Saturday, September 3, at 9:30 am
“‘Let Us Adore, Fall Down, and Weep…’: Rethinking How We Approach the Holy Eucharist”
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Charlotte

Saturday, September 3, at 6:30 pm
“Raised in the Fear and Love of God: The Traditional Mass and Family Catechesis”
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Tryon

Sunday, September 4, at 12:30 pm
“What Is a Catholic Church Supposed to Look Like and Why Does It Matter?”
Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, Highlands

Looking forward to meeting friends and readers if you’re in the area!

“A Dereliction of Paternal Duty…”: Open Letter to Bishop of Arlington

The purpose of this letter is to explain the reasons why our monthly contribution to the parish has been cancelled.

THE COUNCIL AND THE ECLIPSE OF GOD by Don Pietro Leone – Chapter 9 – C) Moral Analysis – part 2 - ‘Truth has Pre-eminence over Love’


‘The Sermon on the Mount’ 

Painting by Ivan Makarov 



 i)    That the Condemnation of Error is Not an Act of Mercy


Rosary Rally at Nunciature in Washington DC, Saturday at 10 AM: Let's Increase the Numbers

Rosary Rallies in front of the Nunciature in Washington DC will be held every Saturday.

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Defense of the TLM’s “Sacerdotalism”: Full Text of Dr. Kwasniewski’s Michigan Lecture

In the following lecture, recorded in Michigan on March 4, 2022, I defend the “sacerdotalism” or priest-centeredness of the old rite and, accordingly, of its immeasurable superiority for the spiritual life of the priest and for that of his people as well. The video (scroll down to the bottom) includes the Q&A. 

The Relationship between Priest and People in the Latin Mass:
Space and Time for Divine Intimacy

Peter A. Kwasniewski

THE COUNCIL AND THE ECLIPSE OF GOD by Don Pietro Leone – Chapter 9 – C) Moral Analysis –part 1


C.  Moral Analysis


‘Woe to the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit and see nothing... They see vain things and they foretell lies, saying: the Lord saith: whereas the Lord hath not sent them... they have deceived my people saying: Peace: and there is no peace...’

Ezechiel 13. 3,6,10

A Vatican II Moment: The Sea Float Mass


It's been a while since we posted a new image for our "A Vatican II Moment" series -- but this takes the cake. One year after Francis had the boldness to claim, to our lying eyes, that the New Mass of Paul VI is, "the only expression of the Roman Rite," Fr. Mattia Bernasconi, of the Archdiocese of Milan, decided to celebrate it on a float bed by the seaside in Calabria (southern Italy), as part of a Youth Camp. 

Right there we see the "elevation of the chalice", in floaty fashion.

It took place in July, and was reported elsewhere weeks ago -- but we wanted to keep it here for the record of the current events of this Pontificate, where anything goes. Anything, except, that is, the Traditional Latin Mass.

(Tip: Messa in latino) 

DC Rosary Rally in front of the Nunciature: Every Saturday

 It starts tomorrow, 10 AM, in front of the Apostolic Nunciature (the “Vatican Embassy”) in Washington DC. 

Please, join them, and let us make our voices heard.

“The Mass Is Not Ended” — A Review-Essay by Cleto Moroni

A new book by Cristina Siccardi, That Mass So Battered and Persecuted, Yet So Alive! has been released [so far in Italian only], dedicated to the Mass that some call Vetus Ordo, others “the Mass of Ages.” The issue is as thorny as ever. The essay asks some inescapable and radical questions. What were the real goals of the conciliar liturgical reform? What were the results? Why is fidelity to the Mass so important to Catholics, now nearly one and a half billion worldwide?

Third Annual Festival of King St Louis in St. Louis, Missouri: Full Schedule

The Catholics of St. Louis would like to invite you to the 3rd annual Festival of St. Louis. As in the past, the celebration will commence with solemn vespers on August 24, followed by a day of liturgies and fellowship on August 25, culminating with a procession through downtown St. Louis to the Apotheosis of St. Louis Statue in Forest Park. Musical selections will include Parisian and crusader chants, as well as works by Dufay and Perotin. Below is the beautiful collect which reminds us of the prominent virtue of St. Louis: his desire to journey from an earthly kingdom to a Heavenly one.

Deus, qui beatum Ludovicum confessorem tuum, de terreno ac temporali regno ad caelestis et aeterni regni gloriam transtulisti, eius quesumus meritis et intercessione regis regum Iesu Christi filii tui nos cohaeredes efficias, et eiusdem regni tribuas esse consortes. Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

O God, who didst transport Thy blessed confessor Louis from an earthly and temporal kingdom to the glory of the celestial and eternal one, we beseech Thee by his merits and intercession to make us coheirs of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, and grant us to be consorts of His kingdom, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth God for ever and ever, Amen.

Finishing Off Traditionalists — Article by Enrico Roccagiachini

As time passes, we understand more and more clearly how the civil war unleashed by the Church leadership against the “traditionalists” has developed and toward what goals it tends.

We properly speak of a civil war because it is really an internal struggle, albeit one that began in terms opposite to the prevailing dynamic of such a phenomenon: it is not a portion of the people that rises up against those in power and seeks to undermine them, but rather those in power who seek to crush a portion of the people. All this is because, in the regime that is to be established at all costs, it has no place: there is a dominant group that has gained power precisely to introduce “irreversible changes,” and that portion of the people, by its mere albeit peaceful existence, constitutes an insurmountable impediment to the realization of the revolutionary utopia.

The Pastoral Care of the Dicastery for Divine Worship towards the Traditional Faithful

The Traditional Mass behind bars: so to speak. The Oxford Oratory.

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It has become clear that the Dicastery of Divine Worship, which alone has the authority to permit priests ordained after Traditionis custodes to celebrate the Traditional Mass, is systematically refusing to do so, even though requests are coming not from individual priests, but their bishops.

What reasons are being given? I have been given sight of a letter of refusal, and I suspect the others are substantially identical.