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Traditional Mass to be broadcast by State TV in the Philippines

Tomorrow, December 24, National Broadcasting Network-4, the official television channel of the Philippine national government, will broadcast a Traditional Missa Cantata from St. Jerome Emiliani Parish in the Diocese of Paranaque, Metro Manila. The broadcast will begin at 10:30 PM (2:30 PM GMT) with carols and short videos of priests explaining what the Traditional Latin Mass is. The Mass itself will start at 11:00 P.M. (3:00 PM GMT). Fr. Grato Germanetto, an Italian Somascan priest, will offer this Mass.
The significance of this event lies in the fact that the government's own television channel has chosen to televise this, and not the usual charismatic Mass. Moreover, this channel will be watched nationwide and will be available to all, not just to cable TV subscribers. It is our hope that this televised Mass will alert Filipino Catholics -- who number some 72+ million -- to the fact that the Traditional Latin Mass is alive and well, thus fueling a greater demand for its celebration in parishes nationwide.


  1. They need it given all the challenges they face to the family in this legislative environment. It all starts with birth control and we in the West know where it ends...

  2. Bishop Lazo of happy memory and other tradition-minded bishops in the Phillipines are to be thanked for keeping the fire alive in their land. I see this as somewhat of the fruit of their labors. Deo gratias!

  3. Anonymous6:02 PM

    Wow--that's pretty awesome!

  4. This new interest in the Traditional Latin Mass should be credited to the Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI and this has nothing to do with ecclesial bodies or bishops who are not in communion with the Holy See.

  5. Is Dr. Herbert R. joking? Would there have been a Summorum Pontificum or any other previous measure (1984 and 1988) without the SSPX? I am definitely not a SSPX fan but denying obvious facts is hardly a promising start. Second, the SSPX, self-conscious and nagging as it may be, is perfectly in communion with the Holy See, as has been explained countless times and confirmed by senior Church officials, not least Cardinal Castrillon, in charge of the Ecclesia Dei Adflicta Commission. At any rate, Bishop Lazo was never said by anyone to be out of communion with Rome.
    Dr. Herbert R.'s "officialism" is decidedly ill-founded. What is the use of being more papist than the Pope? Acknowledging facts may be a better approach.

  6. Would there have been an SSPX without Bugnini's hatchet-job reformed Roman Missal?

  7. Stéphane, don't you think it is also a possiblity why many bishops and priests are "allergic" to TLM is because of the "unfriendly" attitude of some SSPX priests and faithful.


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