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More Pontifical Masses by Cardinals

1) Messa in Latino is reporting that on May 2, 2010, at 6:00 P.M., His Eminence Carlo Cardinal Cafarra will offer Mass according to the Usus Antiquior in the parish church of Santa Maria della Pieta, Via San Vitale 112, in Bologna. In preparation for the Mass, Msgr. Nicola Bux will give on April 28, in Bologna, a conference on Benedict XVI and the Liturgy.

2) A final reminder: Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos will offer Pontifical Mass in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on April 24, 2010.

3) Pictures of the Solemn Pontifical Mass offered by Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos on April 10, 2010 at the Basilica of the Holy Cross off Via Flaminia, Rome, can now be seen on Orbis Catholicvs Secvndvs.


  1. Anonymous9:16 PM

    Good thoughts for each one of them that do...I pray that every Cardinal of the Latin Church will one day be saying Tridentine Masses with regularity and without fear. Many who have nothing against the NO just prefer the Tridentine Mass, that's all. I believe it will strengthen the Church. It already has done so and healed a few hearts.

  2. Given today's news about Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, I fear that the pontifical mass at the Basilica is going to turn into a complete media/protest circus.

  3. Anonymous7:30 AM

    Dear Carlos:

    Just as Athelstane stated, what are we to make of this?

    "April 16, 2010. The Vatican has confirmed a letter that shows a former top Holy See official praised a French Bishop for not turning in a priest accused of sex abuse.

    The letter dated September 8, 2001, was written by Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, then head of the Congregation for the Clergy.

    Cardinal Castrillon also delivered a copy of the letter, in which he praised French Bishop Pierre Pican, to bishops world wide.
    Castrillon wrote: “I congratulate you for not having turned in a priest to the civil administration, and I am delighted to have a colleague in the episcopate who, in the eyes of history and all the other bishops of the world, will have preferred prison rather than to turn in its son-priest.”

    The bishop, who retired in March of 2010, received a suspended sentence for failing to report Father Rene Bissey who raped and sexually abused a dozen boys over the course of 10 years.

    He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

    The bishop acknowledged he knew about the allegations from the mother of one of the victims, so it was not a case of secret of confession.

    In a statement Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi said the letter confirms the opportunity of the 2001 decision that transferred the handling of sex abuse cases in the Church from local dioceses and Cardinal Castrillon Hoyo’s office, to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was headed by Joseph Ratzinger at the time.

    The Vatican says the letter is proof that sex abuse cases needed to be handled in a “rigorous and consisted manner” by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith."

    I'm trying to remain level-headed about this. Our one true ally regarding the Tridentine Mass now has this sort of taint.

    In the Church's effort to put out these kinds of fires, I hate to think what could happen to him, but at the same time, as we have seen with all bishops regardless--nohting happens. I suppose this should give us a littel bit of hope Castrillon-Hoyos may continue his present Liturgical efforts.



  4. SSPX Rosary Crusade:
    more than 18 million rosaries in total!!!

  5. Anonymous4:06 PM

    The letter, if genuine, is disgraceful. If St Pius V was happy to hand pervert clerics over to the secular arm for due punishment, Castrillon should be too. There is nothing traditional about allowing wolves to devour the most vulnerable members of Christ's flock.

  6. Anonymous4:21 PM

    So, what is to be done about Cardinal Hoyos and that 2001 letter? It looks like he is being made to pay by the enemies of Tradition at the Vatican for his support of the Traditional Mass. Traditional Catholics need to take a reasoned level-headed stand on this issue. Do they have it in them? That's the question.

    John Vicente

  7. Anonymous5:32 PM

    These Masses are good news, of course. Having said so, however, I really find it hard to believe that they will advance the movement much. I hope that some listmember will argue against my fear on this. I would be consoled by that. It seems to me that these sorts of Masses have little effect.

    Again, what is needed is a juridical solution. We really still don't have one. What we have is an apostolic letter that was considerably better than the apostolic letter it replaced. But "Summorum Pontificum" still permits episcopal obstruction. Bishops can say that, 'unfortunately', they just don't have priests available who are 'willing and/or able' to offer the T.L.M. for those who ask for it. So sorry.

    As for the P.C.E.D. sending in some 'help' to 'help' these bishops, we do not yet have many priests available who can do this work. Since the shortage of priests is advancing, that situation is not likely to get better.

    Those from our movement who are 'Western-centred' forget that huge parts of our world are not served at all. Is that fair? Should the poor of Africa go without both material *and* spiritual goods available only to those in the West? I think this to be an outrage. Why should the good faithful of Uganda or India, for example, be deprived of the Mass of all ages and all times? Why should the faithful of Peru have considerably less access to this Mass than have the faithful of New Zealand? It's entirely unfair.

    Let's pray that His Holiness will address this need in some better way. He is 83 and looks healthy, thank God, but he's no spring chicken. Now is the time to correct this problem.


  8. Anonymous5:38 PM

    About the Rosary Crusade:

    Let us hope that it will result in a public and legally-binding declaration by the Holy See that the Masses of the S.S.P.X do indeed fulfil the Sunday obligation. This and this alone will make all the difference in the world.

    Were Rome to recognise Society faculties as well, that would also be wonderful, but still secondary. This Pope and the last one have prepared the way for a clear statement at law but admitting the same in private letters from the P.C.E.D. since 2002. However, as I've pointed out before, without a public statement that is published in the A.A.S., some will continue to deny the truth, even some canonists.


  9. Anonymous9:15 PM

    Cardinal: late pope backed priest-shielding

  10. Anonymous2:47 AM

    Just disgusting. Who cares if he is a "friend of Tradition" if he is involved in this asinine protection of abusers of children. Suffer the little chilren!


  11. From the Ottawa Sun article proposed by Anonymous:

    "Web sites of La Verdad and other Spanish newspapers reported Saturday that Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, 80, told an audience at a Catholic university in Murcia, Spain, on Friday that he consulted with John Paul and showed him the letter. He claimed the pontiff authorized him to send the letter to bishops worldwide."

    Almost as interesting as the news you find in some Traditionalist blogs is the news that, while relevant, goes totally unmentioned.

  12. Anonymous4:43 AM

    Cardinal: late pope backed priest-shielding

    Is this true?

    Did Cardinal Castrillon try to defend his letter by saying PJPII ok'd it?

    Trying to smear PJPII by saying he approved the letter as if it exonerates him.... #&%$

  13. I'm still digging into the case, but it seems that Msgr. Pierre Pican was not "hiding" pedophilia: he was protecting the secrecy of the confessional -- something that the secular courts want to desecrate as well. If so, then Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos was merely praising the bishop for doing his duty.

    Anyway, I'm looking into this.

  14. Mr. Palad, a friend of mine has done some research into this (it's a nine-year old story and the original story mentions that the priest confessed to his bishop) and it does appear that the good Card. Castrillon is defending the secrecy of the confessional. The priest in question apparently confessed to Bp. Pican and also mentioned the confession to His Excellency outside of the Sacrament. The French court ruled (incorrectly) that the latter did not fall under the seal (if one confesses to a priest but then mentions the confession outside of the Sacrament, what was mentioned in confession still falls under the seal). It seems that Bp. Pican also had some third-hand knowledge of what had happened, and maybe he should have done more in this case than send the priest for treatment, but all Card. Castrillon has done is defend the seal.

  15. Anonymous4:07 PM

    Please correct me if I am wrong but didn't St Thomas Becket prevent the civil authorities in England from aprehending and prosecuting a priest who had murdered someone?
    I am not trying to justify any heinous crime, particularly homosexual child molestation, but isn't there precedent for the Ecclesial Courts dealing with their own, seperately than the civil courts?

    Wasn't St Thomas martyred for this?


  16. Anonymous4:12 AM

    I can guarantee you that some students/faculty from the "anti" Catholic University of America will show up to protest the Cardinal. There is no Catholicism at that university.

  17. We may never know the full story on this matter but one thing we do know is that there apparently are not a number of American bishops and cardinals willing to to take the place of Cardinal Hoyos as celebrant at the Pontifical Mass - at least not publicly known to us. Would that our bishops and cardinals had the guts to take charge of this situation and say: "I will celebrate the Mass in his stead." What about it, Cardinal Rigali or Archbishop Burke?

  18. That it might be difficult to find another celebrant with just a few days' notice is not a sign that there is no one willing to replace Card. Castrillon.

  19. Anonymous10:57 PM

    23-April-2010 -- Catholic World News

    Bishop Slattery Replaces Former Vatican Prefect As Celebrant For DC Traditional Liturgy


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