Rorate Caeli

Request for Prayers

The Traditional Catholics of the Philippines request your prayers for Msgr. Moises B. Andrade, who had a stroke last February 19. He has been declared brain dead and is currently on a respirator. We are all hoping for a miracle, but God's will be done!
Msgr. Andrade is the sole Filipino liturgist who has publicly defended the Traditional Roman Rite. He was one of the very few priests who kept the Mass of Ages alive in the Philippines in the period prior to Summorum Pontificum, and prior to his stroke had been the celebrant of one of Metropolitan Manila's three Sunday TLM's. His loss comes at a time when the Traditional Roman Rite is under renewed attack in the Philippines.


Anonymous said...

Msgr. Andrade will definitely be in my prayers today. I note that there were no approved T.L.M.s in the Philippines before 2000 and the struggle to restore the Mass there was especially heroic in the period 2000 to 2007. There were positive months and then actually declines according to my own records, but now life again. Msgr. Andrade deserves credit and thanks.


Ponte said...

Why is it that Catholicism is supposedly so strong in the Philippines but the traditional rite is supposedly so disdained? Can someone share insights on this matter.

Anonymous said...

I shall pray for Monsigneur Moises during the Memento of the living at my next holy Mass. I'll also pray for the Mass, which is under attack in the Philippines. I too celebrate the Traditional Mass of the Roman Rite, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

M.A. said...

I will add Msgr. Andrade to my prayers, and also pray for the proliferation of the old Latin Mass in the Philippines.

But, if the monsignor should die, perhaps he could do more for his country from up there, no?

Anonymous said...

Msgr. Andrade is in my prayers but we know that what he did was not in vain. I would also like to pray for the "Anonymous" priest who celebrates the EF in Amsterdam. Life is all about the struggle, isn't it? A Mass offered for the glory of the Eternal Father is always for the good of His children.

Joe B said...

An excellent question, Ponte. I've wondered the same thing myself, and about other places as well. Why not more TLMs in Mexico? Why does the U.S. have a relative superabundance of them? Our bishops don't seem any more particularly friendly towards the TLM. Seems we have it in spite of them more than because of them.

The dominance of the English language probably helped, as much of the debate took place away from Italy, and thus favored English. Early books, periodicals, pamphlets - so many were published in English. Throw in our robust economy and not only could the early warriors spread the word easier in English, but in America they could even break even on the budget while doing it. Not so in many poor Catholic countries.

But mostly I think it is the difference in the power of the bishops here versus there. We are largely a non-Catholic nation, so the power of our liberal bishops was greatly reduced over even our Catholic population. In the Philippines, I suspect that to go against the bishop was to invite misery.

As a result, we got off to a pretty fast start. SSPX and "independent" priests seemed to spring up everywhere very quickly, resulting in Pope John Paul II starting FSSP here, and the battle was on.

That's my guess.

Anonymous said...

God bless this wonderful priest.

I will pray for him.

And also, I will pray for the removal of Cardinal Gaudencio
of Manila , perpetrator of the renewed hostility to the Tridentine Latin Mass.

DR. HERBERT R. said...

I am from the Philippines, I will be praying for Msgr. Andrade and I will include him in my prayers this Sunday. The Old Mass has been disdained in the Philippines perhaps because of the influence of Liberation Theology or perhaps because the Philippines was a former colony of the US and some of our People or clergy follow the trend in the US. The Philippines is among the few remaining country where Catholicism is entrench but is being attacked by modernists and secularists. The Church in the Philippines calls itself the "Church of the Poor" or uses the term preferential option for the poor. I am not an ecclesiastic and sometimes I am ignorant about these things but I suspect that those terms -Church of the Poor, preferential option for the poor are terms used by Liberation theologians.

Fr Gabriel said...

In answer to ponte .

The Phillippines is very like Ireland

Absolute obedience before the council and absolute obedience after the council. There was no room for dissent or for questioning.Even today if one questions the status quo one is marginalised. we talk about openness and inclusivness but this is only to those that maintain the status quo.
It is why in Ireland we have so few TM. People know that their Parish Priest or Bishops do not really want it so they wont ask. The fact that we still have so many priests means that it will take a long time before traditional minded priest will get positions of Parish priest.
People outside Ireland hear a lot of our vocations crises but we still have a priest for every 2ooo people. A luxury compared to other countries. I am one of three priests in a parish of 4ooo

Anonymous said...

Catholicism is still strong because of poverty but will soon be of the same level as the US because of the media.

Catholicism is strong in the Philippines for reasons of poverty despite liberalism, modernism, secularism and the immoral spread by means of the media like CINEMA. Since we have less reliance from material things contrary to the US, France, England, etc..., poverty disposes us more to rely on God. HOWEVER the media in the Philippines especially CINEMA has gotten to the same level as the US in its spreading of immoral and false ideas (e.g. adultery, immodesty, etc..). The media in the Philippines is gradually corrupting the idea of family. Fortunately by providence the media is limited in its havoc because of poverty. Sadly media outlets have become much more easier to obtain even if you are poor. It is inevitable that even the poor will no longer be hindered in being exposed to corrupt media. Factor in also the love of Filipinos for film and celebrities. We all know that once the idea of the family departs from Christ and assumes the ideas being put forward by the media in all fronts, society then is doomed.

With the clergy weakened by liberal, modern, and secular ideas which definitely obstructs their duty to watch over the sheep and guide them, alongside the increase and reign of immoral propaganda via media, eventually the faithful are corrupted and go unchecked. With this, Philippines is quickly headed towards the same fate as the US and other former Christian strongholds.

If you want to know what I am getting at read Pius XI's encyclical VIGILANTI CURA on the Motion Picture as an example. The US bishops dealt with this issue well in the beginning with the Legion of Decency but gradually became lax in its fervor of keeping it implemented. As a result the floodgates were opened and CINEMA has unleashed a flood of errors to society thus disposing it to repugnance towards the Church.

The Postmodernist said...


It is with great sadness that we pass along the passing of our beloved Msgr. Moises Andrade STL (1948-2009) today at 4:30AM after suffering from a massive stroke last Thursday afternoon. I ask everyone to remember him in your prayers.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli: in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem. Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere aeternam habeas requiem.

Instavrare Omnia In Christo

Carlos Antonio Palad said...

"In the Philippines, I suspect that to go against the bishop was to invite misery."

Exactly. And to go against the bishop meant that nobody in the Church will listen to you

Grace-Andrade Lazaro said...

Reading all your prayers, comments, and messages to my dear cousin, Fr. Moi, (“kuya Moi” for me) touched my heart. We pray that Fr. Moi finds eternal peace and happiness in God’s presence. We are very proud of him and we’ll surely miss him.

Thank you and God bless,
Cesar, Grace-Andrade, Paul& Camille
New Jersey, USA