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New PCED Members

Messa in Latino has announced that the newest members of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei will be Fr. Vincenzo Nuara OP and Fr. Almiro de Andrade FSSP.

Fr. Almiro de Andrade is the first member of any of the "Ecclesia Dei Communities" to be officially appointed to the Commission. He also serves as MC at SS. Trinita dei Pellegrini, and is already considered as the de facto "secretary to the Secretary" of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Msgr. Guido Pozzo.

Fr. Vincenzo Nuara, on the other hand, is the founder of the "Amicizia Sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum" and of "Giovane e Tradizione". Fr. Nuara, who had been removed from his position as vicar for religious in the Diocese of Acireale for his role in assisting the organizers of the celebration of the Traditional Mass in that diocese (in Sicily, which currently has only two locations with a regular TLM) -- a Mass that was saved only upon the intervention of the PCED -- has been very much at the forefront of promoting Summorum Pontificum,being one of the leaders in organizing study days and conferences on the Traditional Roman Rite, in Rome most notably the October 2009 conference that concluded with Archbishop Burke's Pontifical Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

(H/t to our regular reader Gideon Ertner!)


  1. Anonymous3:07 PM

    Archbishop Lefebvre was promised that the Ecclessia Dei commission will be put under the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. This promise has been fulfilled by Benedict XVI 21 YEARS LATER!

    Now, after 21 years, the PCED has first member originating from their own institutes.

    Still no PCED institutes have bishops, although the FSSP has been promised a bishop in 1988.

    I think the intention behind such a long delay is clear - nobody wanted to put Vaticanum Secundum in question, but there was an intention to control and neutralize the "trads".

  2. Thanks, but I can't take credit. It was spotted first by my co-blogger at the Danish blog Katolsk Tradition.

    But these appointments are wonderful news, and a great sign that the Holy Father is taking the PCED seriously (they are also long overdue, but hey it's Rome). Now the PCED has men whose heart is really in this struggle. This could get interesting.

  3. Anonymous4:21 PM

    Actually Msgr Lefebvre was promised two places in Ecclesia Dei.

  4. Anonymous4:45 PM

    I am so glad to hear that Father Naura has been rewarded for his filial obedience to Pope Benedict XVI and the Church!

  5. Anonymous5:34 PM

    Please alert the world about what is happening right now in Catholic Normandy!

    A faithful priest who is loyal to the Pope is persecuted by his own bishop for doing his work.

    His parish is one of the rare ones in France who is still flourishing with about 120 children to cathechism and about 30 confirmations and first communions every year.

    He is supported by more than 4000 parishioners but not by his bishop.

    Read this heartbreaking story and take what appropriate action you can to support this priest, while there is still time.

    //Faithful Catholics unite!

  6. Anonymous6:50 PM

    It made little sense to put the entire P.C.E.D. under the C.D.F. What was needed was to put that part of the P.C.E.D. that dealt with the Society of St. Pius X under the C.D.F., so that doctrinal difficulties could be resolved.

    I get the feeling that these new appointments are de facto replacements for Msgrs. Perl & Calkins, who were a thorn in our side.

    Perl & Calkins lost their positions automatically when the P.C.E.D. was merged into the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This is an old Roman diplomatic way to remove someone. The liturgical work of the P.C.E.D., in which it supervises implementation of "Summorum Pontificum", does not belong under 'Doctrine'.

    I get the feeling that the Pope is preparing to create a new pontifical council for the entire 'Extraordinary Form', as the Pope miscalls it. Yes, a pontifical council, which has a higher rank than a pontifical commission and is permanent. Now that it is established that the Traditional Rite of the Roman Liturgy (it correct name)--both Mass and Office and including all customary law0--is a permanent part of the life of the Church, it makes sense to establish a council to govern interpretation of the norms concerning it and to establish new norms.

    Since the Pope does not consider the Traditional Rite to be a rite but only a 'form', he will not create a 'Chief of the Rite', corresponding to that for the Ambrosian Rite. Instead, he'll establish, in my view, a pontifical council. And Poggi has his hands full at the C.D.F., so these two new blokes will be transferred to it.

    Perl (and Calkins) was removed partly to make him a scapegoat for L'Affaire Williamson. As the Affair recedes from view, Perl, who is now only a canon at one of the basilicas in Rome, and who has served the Roman curia long, can be rehabilitated. To abandon him altogether would suggest error on the part of Rome, and one in authority must never admit to error, for appearances are far more important than is truth. Perl is from Luxembourg and the Archbishop there, Fernand Franck, is approaching the age of 76. Just a thought. There are other possibilties, of course.

    A pontifical council with an F.S.S.P. priest as, say, secretary or vice-president and another traditionalist priest as, say, undersecretary or secretary, and with a favourable cardinal as president just might help the implementation of S.P., which is in danger right now of becoming a dead letter.

    Having these two traditionalists, even one from the F.S.S.P., on the inside, is a huge victory for Tradition. Enormous. And done at the start of the new year, which was meant to signal this.

    Dear Archbishop of Anchorage and Dear Bishops of Bayonne, Murcia, and Lugano, you may have just made favourable decisiosn for your futures by establishing every-Sunday Traditional Latin Masses in your sees. As for you, Bishop Gueneley of Langres, I'd change my tune if I were you. And you, Mgr. Jordan of Reims: don't follow the 71 year old Gueneley anymore. Do not hitch your reputation to a disaster. You have admitted the I.C.R. to your Archdiocese for Massees one Sunday per month: now would be the time to expand that permission a bit--to the every-Sunday basis.


  7. "Perl & Calkins lost their positions automatically when the P.C.E.D. was merged into the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith."

    I spoke to Msgr. Calkins when he was in Manila (September 2009) and he told me that he was still a member of the PCED at that time -- that was after the PCED had already been merged into the CDF.

  8. Anonymous9:23 AM

    Dear Mr. Palad:

    Thanks for the correction--and the bad news. I had assumed that he had departed along with Perl. Oh, well, we can hope for his departure in the near future. But Perl's exit is worth a much larger celebration.


  9. Anonymous10:51 PM

    Wow, apparently it's a big thing in France, this Normandy business.

    See the resisting parish priest in the news:èles-de-Thiberville-chahutent-l-évêque-59970982.html

    Thanks for sharing the news. I wasn't aware that this kind of parishes still existed.


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