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St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for your sons!

On this, the heavenly birthday of St. Ignatius of Loyola, let us read the martyrology for his feast from the traditional Roman Martyrology:

Romæ natális sancti Ignátii, Presbyteri et Confessóris, qui Fundátor éxstitit Societátis Iesu, atque vir fuit sanctitáte et miráculis clarus, ac religiónis cathólicæ ubíque dilatándæ studiosíssimus; quem Pius Undécimus, Póntifex Máximus, cæléstem ómnium Exercitiórum spirituálium Patrónum constítuit.
"At Rome, the birthday of St. Ignatius, priest and confessor, founder of the Society of Jesus, renowned for sanctity and miracles, and most zealous for propagating the Catholic religion in all parts of the world. Pope Pius XI declared him to be the heavenly patron of all spiritual retreats."May we also learn to imitate your piety and zeal, O holy Ignatius, and may your prayers bring the Church a renewed faithfulness to the Catholic faith and to the propagation of that faith among all peoples -- and please pray for your sons, the Society of Jesu…

EWTN to telecast Sydney Pontifical Vespers

The Archbishop of Sydney, His Eminence Cardinal Pell, celebrated Pontifical Vespers on the Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel, 16th July in S' Augustine's church, Balmain (Archdiocese of Sydney). The Vespers was one of the Juventutem celebrations leading up to World Youth Day. EWTN filmed the ceremony, and will be broadcasting it on Thursday night and Friday morning US time in their Life on the Rock segment.

Several hundred pilgrims attended Vespers, with more than 20 priests and the Bishop of Lismore (Most Rev'd Geoffrey Jarrett) and the Bishop-emeritus of Christchurch (Most Rev'd Basil Meeking) in attendance.

Here are some photographs of the event, taken by Dr Chris Steward and Tom Kwok.

Pilgrims greet the Cardinal:

The Cardinal aspersing the congregation upon being received at S' Augustine's church:

World Youth Day pilgrims fill the church:

The Cardinal praying at the foot of the altar
(also pictured +Msgr Geoffrey Jarrett and +Msgr Basil Meeking):

Chanting of t…

A Historian observes the Catholic moment
One year of Summorum Pontificum and the SSPX

Luc Perrin is a professor at the University of Strasbourg 2 - Marc Bloch, where he teaches History of the Church. Perrin, widely known in Traditionalist circles in France, has written several works on the History of the pre-Conciliar and post-Conciliar trends in the Catholic Church, including on the so-called "Traditionalist Question", such as L'affaire Lefebvre (The Lefebvre Affair) and Paris à l'heure de Vatican II (Paris at the time of Vatican II).

We have interviewed Professor Perrin twice in the past, and have asked him a few questions on the Catholic moment one year after Summorum Pontificum and on the future of the negotiations of the Holy See with the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX).


As a historian and as an observer of the Catholic Church in the past decades, do you believe that the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum has been relevant for the universal Church? Has its impact been what you expected when it was publ…

Tradidi quod et accepi

"Fratres, notum vobis facio Evangelium, quod prædicavi vobis, quod et accepistis ... Tradidi enim vobis, in primis quod et accepi: quoniam Christus mortuus est pro peccatis nostris secundum Scripturas: et quia sepultus est, et quia resurrexit tertia die secundum Scripturas: et quia visus est Cephæ, et post hoc undecim..."

"Now I make known unto you, brethren, the Gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received ... For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures and that He was seen by Cephas; and after that by the eleven..." (I Cor. xv, 1, 3-5, from the Epistle for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost) to the common faith of all people; therefore, he says: which you received, all of you. But Augustine says that this pertains to the evidence of this faith, using this argument: For believi…

Levada to Traditional Anglican Communion

The Messenger, the official newsletter of the Traditional Anglican Communion (the communion of the Anglican Continuum which intends to proceed towards a corporate reunion with the Catholic Church) disclosed the above letter, signed by Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on July 5 and received this morning. It also published a message of its superior leader, John Hepworth:

“My Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,

It is my great pleasure to be able to attach a copy of a letter I received this morning (25 July 2008) from Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, via the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia. It is a letter of warmth and encouragement. I have responded, expressing my gratitude on behalf of "my brother bishops", reaffirming our determination to achieve the unity for which Jesus prayed with such intensity at the Last Supper, no matter what the personal cost this might mean in our discipleship.

This l…

Humanæ Vitæ at 40 - II
The words of Pope Benedict XVI

In the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes,the Second Vatican Council was already addressing scientists, urging them to join forces to achieve unity in knowledge and a consolidated certainty on the conditions that can favour "the proper regulation of births" (n. 52). My Predecessor of venerable memory, the Servant of God Paul VI, published his Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae on 25 July 1968.
The Document very soon became a sign of contradiction. Drafted to treat a difficult situation, it constitutes a significant show of courage in reasserting the continuity of the Church's doctrine and tradition. This text, all too often misunderstood and misinterpreted, also sparked much discussion because it was published at the beginning of profound contestations that marked the lives of entire generations.
Forty years after its publication this teaching not only expresses its unchanged truth but also reveals the farsightedness with which the probl…

The meaning of a new foundation

Rinascimento Sacro reported last Tuesday (after Diocesi24) on the new house established by Benedictine monks of Le Barroux in Liguria:

On July 2nd, three monks, formerly of the Abbey of Le Barroux, have established a new monastic house in Italy, where only the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated. [More information in The New Liturgical Movement]
Wonderful news, and congratulations to the Bishop of Albenga-Imperia, who has welcomed these monks with so much love!

What is the origin of this foundation? We can report that Dom Jehan decided to leave Le Barroux because he is firmly attached to the initial charism of the late Dom Gérard Calvet - that is, the exclusive celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Dom Louis-Marie de Geyer d'Orth, abbot of Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux since 2004, had signed the statement of July 13, 2007, published in French Catholic monthly La Nef, in which it could be read:

"The Pope invites us strongly: 'The two Forms o…

Clouds over Spain...

Madrid, 2008

In 1936, during the great Socialist Terror of the early months of the Civil War, the large monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Cerro de los Ángeles, near Madrid, was attacked and demolished, a symbol of one of the harshest large-scale persecutions of the Church in History.

From one of the stones of the demolished statue, a small sculpture of the Sacred Heart was crafted and placed in the public garden outside the Parish Church of San Antonio de la Florida, in Madrid - otherwise a very famous building due to the extensive paintings of Francisco Goya in its cupola.

Last Monday (or on early Tuesday), the small statue of the Sacred Heart was torn down and beheaded. One new step in the battle of the forces of secularism (and its vandals) against the Church in Spain, a sign of things to come.
Cerro de los Ángeles, Province of Madrid, 1936 ____________________
Source: La Razón; Tip: La Cigüeña

In the Anglican Areopagus

Cardinal Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide), yesterday at the Lambeth Conference:

The spiritual combat, described in the Books of Genesis and Revelation, has continued unabated all down the ages. St Paul described it in very vivid terms: “We are not contending against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). This combat rages fiercely even today, aided and abetted by well-known secret sects, Satanic groups and New Age movements, to mention but a few, and reveals many ugly heads of the hideous anti-God monster: among them are notoriously secularism, which seeks to build a Godless society; spiritual indifference, which is insensitive to transcendental values; and relativism, which is contrary to the permanent tenets of the Gospel. All of these seek to efface any reference to God or to things supe…

No leaving the Church of England?

While some Catholic commentators continue to await the hoped-for deluge of Anglo-Catholic conversions in the wake of the Church of England's vote to consecrate women bishops, Forward in Faith, perhaps the largest Anglo-Catholic group in England has announced its intention to continue seeking separate dioceses for those opposed to the ordination of women. These dioceses will, of course, remain part of the Church of England.
A Resolution just agreed by the FiF Council:

The Council of Forward in Faith, meeting at Canterbury on 21st July, was appalled at the outcome of the recent General Synod debate of 7th July. The Council remains determined to respond to the needs of its members by securing a structural solution comprising discrete dioceses for those in conscience opposed to the ordination of women as bishops.

Stephen Parkinson

Papal Mass in Saint Mary's Cathedral Sydney

On Saturday morning, 19th July, His Holiness Pope Benedict was received at Saint Mary's Minor Basilica Sydney and celebrated Mass for Seminarians and young Religious from around the world. This Mass was also the occasion for the dedication of a new marble free-standing altar, the creation of sculptor Nigel Boonham. The most prominent feature of this altar is a depiction of Christ lying dead in the tomb. The choice by Cardinal Pell of such a representation of Christ has not been without criticism. Two years of restoration works preceded the arrival of the Pope to the Sydney Cathedral, but the predominant internal works were the provision of new timber furnishings and screens in the chancel and a splendid new floor of terracotta-coloured stone over the nave, transepts and ambulatories of the Cathedral.

The Mass itself was a most glorious celebration, easily surpassing other Masses celebrated by His Holiness outside the City of Rome. Music was provided by Saint Mary's Cathedral ch…

WYD Juventutem Events Part One

Apologies to readers for the lack of coverage of Juventutem and WYD events thus far. Everyone has been so involved with the ceremonies and celebrations that finding time to prepare posts has been impossible. But now, with everything over, we are able to present a series of pictorial reports for readers. They are not in chronological order.

Our first presentation is of the Pontifical Mass at the faldstool celebrated by +Monsignor Basil Meeking (Emeritus Bishop of Christchurch). This was a Votive Mass of the Holy Cross, celebrated on the morning of Friday, 18th July. Monsignor Meeking also presented a Catechesis to Juventutem pilgrims before the Mass. The venue was Saint Augustine's church, Balmain.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the warm and generous hospitality extended to Juventutem pilgrims by the pastor and parishioners of Saint Augustine, Balmain.

Traditional Latin Mass Pictures from the Philippines

These are pictures of the Traditional Latin Mass last July 6, 2008 at the St. Jerome Emiliani and St. Susanna Parish in the Alabang Town Center of Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila, Philippines). It is a parish of the Diocese of Paranaque, entrusted to the Somascan Fathers. The regular celebrant of the TLM is Fr. Grato Germanetto, an Italian Somascan priest. The choir is composed of veteran members of the old Manila Cathedral Choir. Many had sung in the cathedral in the 1960's. The TLM in St. Jerome has given them a new home where their repertory of Latin hymns and polyphonic Masses can be appreciated anew.
I would like to thank my friend and fellow-blogger, Gerald Cenir, for taking these photographs. More photos can be found here.
The inauguration of the TLM in this parish last June 29 was covered by my friend, Fr. Abraham Arganiosa, in his blog here, here and here. For video clips by Mr. Elbert Friend(a patron of the TLM in St. Jerome) showing segments of the weekly Sunday celebration…