Rorate Caeli

Castrillón visits France

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos was in France on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception for a special Pontifical Mass in Versailles, on the occasion of the Journée de Chrétienté, celebrating 25 years of the Chartres Pilgrimage. Report by Collectif pour la Paix Liturgique à Reims:

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Hoyos, president of the Ecclesia Dei commission, received representatives of a dozen associations of Faithful calling for the implementation of the Motu proprio in their respective dioceses.

It is with great joy that a member of the Collectif pour la Paix Liturgique à Reims was able to present the local situation to the Cardinal and in return hear the recommendations of His Eminence:

Prayer is always necessary but even more so in our time when progressivism has wreaked havoc in the heart of the Church. He cited the lack of piety and respect for things holy and the difficulty of attempting to make these things meet contemporary taste on account of bad habits that have been acquired. The Cardinal asked to bear in mind that the since the Church is universal, problems and solutions may not be uniform and that time is needed to design and implement reforms.

Practical intelligence will be crucial: His Eminence has recommended we not be impatient, but rather to act in a spirit of goodwill which will undoubtedly help us. He spoke for several minutes about the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X with an obvious desire for reconciliation while insisting that we all keep in mind that Tradition is for the good of the entire Church and not just a few. Charity demands that it be given to all, even those who do not seem to appreciate it.

Finally Cardinal Hoyos said that it is only a minority in the Universal Church who are totally opposed to the traditional liturgy and piety. There is much more ignorance than actual ill will to be dealt with. Sociological views play too big a role and lead to misunderstandings; hence the importance of always practicing charity in order to break down prejudices.

(Translated by Mornac.)


  1. Anonymous9:43 AM

    That's perhaps the most helpful and encouraging thing I have read for years.

  2. Anonymous11:45 AM

    That's the power of Tradition. Everybody knows how Cardinal Castrillon was a progressist before start treating with tradition in PCED. God bless him!

  3. I'd have to say that Cardinal Hoyos has had a sucessful career - to be head of the PCED and help the motu proprio see the light of day, is a big achievement.

    May God reward him generously.

  4. Is it just I or is there a clarity and precision, missing for so long, coming from our leaders these days? Very encouraging!

  5. Anonymous3:54 PM

    Benedetto XVI e la stole di San Pio X

  6. Anonymous9:19 PM

    I don't know when he became involved with Ecclesia Dei, but I have a hard time picturing Cardinal Castrillon as a "progressivist." I know he was prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy in 1997 when it published the General Directory for Catechesis, which is an extremely sound document.

  7. Anonymous4:59 AM

    Magnificent, Eminence. Spoken like a prince of the Church. To see the glow of recovery in the heart of Rome, to feel its emanation from not only the person and teaching of the Sovereign Pontiff, but from his court and college, as from the Church's heart, is astonishing. And exceeding wonderful! And he preaches Charity! These are great things.

  8. Anonymous5:23 PM

    The Cardinal's thoughts are excellent. But am I the only one who noticed some defects in the motu proprio? For example, it says that the Traditional rite of Mass and the Novus Ordo are "two expressions" of the same rite of Mass. That's hard to believe when you remember what the "Ottaviani Intervention" tells us. It says that the Novus Ordo is a major departure from Trent's theology about the Mass, that the Novus Ordo implicitly denies Our Lord's Real Substantial Presence, and that the Novus Ordo contains much that would please the most modernist of Protestants. See . Another problem is that the supposedly traditional "Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine of the Church" is just an another ecumenical publication that never cites any pre-Vatican-II document.

    I'm happy about the Cardinal's encouraging comments. I'll be thrilled if the Church abolishes the Novus Ordo, rejects collegiality, and denounces Vatican II's teaching about "religious liberty."