Rorate Caeli

Sancta Maria, sperare nos tecum doce.

This Sunday marks the second anniversary of this blog, founded on the Fourth Sunday in Advent and named after its Introit - which contains the most familiar verse of Advent (Isaias xlv, 8).

What a difference a year makes! It is hard not to notice the tinge of pessimism in our first anniversary post:
"For Traditionalists ..., the year [of 2006] was full of unfulfilled hope. Especially for those who go to Mass at churches and chapels run by Ecclesia Dei or diocesan priests, it was a bitter year: so many of these places of worship have been shut down and persecuted ..."
The motu proprio for the liberalization of the Traditional Mass and Sacraments, Summorum Pontificum, has certainly changed this equation. The persecution has not decreased in numerous places, but now the persecutors are seen as the true rebels against the authority of the Supreme Pontiff. And the number of new Traditional Masses has grown enormously around the world in the past few months: this consequence would have been a considerable advance even by itself.

We all know, however, that there is something essentially different about Summorum Pontificum: it is not a broader "indult"... As we wrote three days after its promulgation:

[Summorum Pontificum] is a legal revolution in the mutual cohabitation of what are now called the two forms of the Roman Rite: that is, the Missal of Paul VI may still be the "ordinary form", but it is not the standard compulsory form, from which some priests (due to particular deference or the charism of their order or society of apostolic life) are exempted due to special favor ("indult"). The age of the "indult" is over; the age of mere "episcopal generosity" is over: Summorum is a true liturgical Bill of Rights for all the priests of the Latin Church.

It is the end of indults, and exceptions, and personal permits: the Traditional Missal was "never abrogated" (editionem typicam...nunquam abrogatam - SP, Art 1). Indeed, the Holy Father went one step further; to the question which has always remained implicit ("Does any Ecclesiastical authority have the power to completely abrogate a sacred rite of immemorial origin?"), he gave a clear answer, though not a juridical one: "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" (Letter to Bishops regarding the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum).

We enter our third year, thus, filled with hope. "Holy Mary, Mother of God, our Mother, teach us to believe, to hope, to love with you. Show us the way to his Kingdom! Star of the Sea, shine upon us and guide us on our way!" (Spe Salvi, 50)

We would once again like to thank our many visitors for their kindness towards this work, which we try to accomplish purely out of love for Holy Mother Church, with no wish for any material benefit whatsoever. We also thank all our friends in other blogs and online publications. To all, we earnestly wish:

May you all have a blessed Christmastide and a holy new Year of the Lord!


  1. Best regards for you.

    Felicidades para todos vosotros.

    Que el Niño Dios os bendiga.

    Felices Pascuas.

    Servus Veritatis.

  2. Anonymous8:19 PM

    Thanks be to God and to our Holy Father (long may he reign!) for this tremendous gift of Summorum Pontificum Cura.

    Let us pray that a true restoration - liturgical, theological, and above all else, spiritual - will be effected in the life of Holy Mother Church!

    Zalig Kerstmis!

  3. Anonymous9:00 PM

    Many thanks for for all your efforts. May the Good Lord protect you and yours in the year to come.

    Nollag shona daoibh go léir.

  4. ¡Y que vengan muchos más!

    ¡Feliz Navidad!

  5. Anonymous12:34 AM

    Many thanks and blessings to Rorate Caeli Blog and NewCatholic. I think many of us have experienced the same initial dim outlook in 2006, however, as this ponificate matures we seem to be given more and more reasons to Hope!

    Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to all...


  6. Anonymous3:51 AM

    Yes, things are definitely looking up. A blessed and holy and joy-filled Nativity of Our Lord to you and yours.

  7. From Ireland a Happy Christmas to Rorate Caeli. It means so much to get good information.

  8. Anonymous12:52 PM

    Many thanks to "Rorate Caeli", for all work and efforts.
    Frohe Weihnachten!

  9. Thank you so much for all you do; your blog is most helpful, educational and inspirational.

    Merry Christmas!

  10. Anonymous7:01 PM

    Thank you for your wonderful work for the Church. This is simply the best catholic weblog. I wish you and all your readers a holy Christmas.

    FGD, Brazil

  11. There are many dioceses where interest in the TLM is seen as a sign of disloyalty to the bishop and to the brotherhood of priests. Sure, a priest can celebrate the TLM as a private mass but that guarantees he will not enjoy the favor of the bishop or of the personnel committee, which is usually made up of priests who came of age in the 60's and 70's, and who have a different vision of Vatican II than the current pontiff.

    Bottom line: the anti-traditionalists are very well entrenched.

  12. "Bottom line: the anti-traditionalists are very well entrenched."

    The Wehrmacht was well entrenched in the summer of 1941, too. ;)

  13. Anonymous7:52 PM

    I agree more with Leo XIII on this. Despite the uplifting pictures and stories of various TLMs here and there, they still stand on an island against a tidal flood of New Masses with varying degrees of novelty.

    Until and unless the TLM becomes again as Msgr. Gamber called for, the "norm" for Holy Mass, then it will remain as merely liturgical preference for a small minority of practicing Catholics. I wish I could join in the rejoicing, but especially here in our diocese, there is no call for additional TLMs, and deafening silence from the Bishop and the Chancery Office.

  14. Anonymous4:38 AM

    The Church always triumphs. We have to always remember that, no matter how things look. There will not be a change overnight, but remember, the Jews wandered for 40 years in the desert until the old generation had died. These bishops and priests will die eventually. The interest in the Traditional Mass is amongst the younger priests. The ones who came up in the 60s and 70s are retiring and dying. That is just the way it is.


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