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Some developments (Updated)

1) Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos will no longer be the celebrant in the much-awaited Pontifical Mass in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on April 24, 2010 in Washington DC. According to the website dedicated to this Mass, "The Paulus Institute has agreed to seek another celebrant for the Pontifical Solemn High Mass taking place on April 24th. This action will help maintain the solemnity, reverence and beauty of the Mass".

UPDATE: It has just been announced that Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa will be the celebrant of the Mass. William Cardinal Baum will also be in attendance.

2) Eric Giunta has published an essay on the possible reasons behind Archbishop Favalora's early resignation from the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida: Orthodoxy vindicated. Mr. Giunta also writes in this article about the Archbishop-elect, Thomas Wenski, and his accomplishments in Orlando in favor of orthodoxy and the Traditional Latin Mass.

Last year, Rorate featured one of Mr. Giunta's essays on the situation in Miami: The case against Archbishop Favalora.

Rorate's contributors are busy with various matters at the moment. Your patience is well appreciated. CAP.


  1. Anonymous1:06 PM

    Perhaps Bishop Fellay could offer the Pontifical Mass at the Basilica.


  2. Anonymous3:29 PM

    I remember that about 10 years ago, during the March for life, I went to the liturgical office of the Basicila and asked if any priests where offering the TLM that morning in the basilica: the response was pure shock: please let us know if any are, so we can stop them!

    The Basilica has come a long way in 10 years.

    God willing the next time the Pope comes to the States he can offer a Papal mass there in the ancient rite!

  3. Anonymous3:37 PM

    Or Bishop Slattery.


  4. Adeodatus5:05 PM

    Good news re: Bp. Slattery of Tulsa. He says the Mass ad orientem in his cathedral. Seems like a good man all around.

  5. Congratulations to His Excellency Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for stepping up to the plate and rescuing this Holy Mass and providing solace and relief to the many who worked tirelessly to see it happen. May Almighty God bless him profusely and may Our Immaculate Mother rescue our Nation from the perverse efforts of those who would do it harm. I am sure that Blessed Mother and many choirs of angels will be present at this Mass. Would that it were possible for everyone of her children in the USA to be present at this Mass and form circles and circles of the faithful around Her holy basilica.

  6. Blessed Mother took charge of her own Cathedral today and expelled the demons who had been at work there, at least for a time. Bishop Slattery celebrated the Pontifical Solemn Mass in the, ahem, Extraordinary Form, and Cardinal Baum was present in choir although looking very feeble. The Cathedral was packed and I did not notice any "funny business" among the laity.

    My view was, by the way, via the EWTN telecast so I could not tell if it was an overflow crowd but the Cathedral itself seemed full. There was an altar, communion rail, both gregorian and polyphonic chant, no communion-in-the-hand, no lay ministers, and an overall attitude of reverence by all concerned. The children's choir was very touching in that it showed the obvious talent and dedication to the task at hand by these fine young people.

    All in all it was a very fine example of what our Holy Liturgy was designed to do - render worship to God and I suspect that Pope Benedict XVI will receive many graces as a result. May God grant many graces to those who worked so hard to see this event come to fruition and may its impact be felt throughout our land.

  7. Anonymous8:23 PM

    I just finished watching the Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Slattery of Tulsa.
    Well done Bishop! and God Bless Benedict XVI who with his gentle example is slowly introducing the Traditional Form of the Mass, without being the extreme radical that many Traditionalists will like him to be.

    To me this shows that God's grace has not left the Church as many proud and disobedient Traditional Catholics claim specially those who follow the FSSPX.

  8. Anonymous2:01 AM

    Anonymous 20:23,
    I am glad for you and the TLM. May it take root in all Churches everywhere and quickly.

    Please remember to thank all those brave souls that resisted the revolution most visible since V2. Because of them you have the TLM today.

    Grace has not left the Church, it can not. I attend mass at the FSSPX and don't resonate with such comments about the lack of grace. Albeit the Church struggles with difficult trials today.

    My perspective is that the new mass and new theology are flawed. For me a reverent NO mass is still a flawed mass. Therein lies a big problem.

    The Church needs people to stand up tall and defend the truth...whether they are the FSSPX, FSSP, ICK, Papa Stronsay, et al.

    Unfortunately most traditional groups are silenced by the bishops. I chose to make my voice heard with the FSSPX. I don't do this out of pride or disobedience but of necessity.

    I am sorry that there are proud and disobedient traditionalists that are uncharitable to fellow Catholics.

    However, I have learned that standing up for Catholic truth is not a popular choice and requires sacrifice, grit.

    May all these good tokens of TLMs yield a great harvest of souls for God.


  9. Anonymous4:41 PM

    I was lucky (and blessed) enough to assist at the Pontifical Solemn High Mass this past Saturday. The Shrine has INDEED come a long way.

    While a student at CUA eight years ago, the then-current rector was resolutely set against the TLM *as well as* any Novus Ordo Mass ad orientem or in Latin.

    However, a band of concerned and interested students found a visiting scholar-priest at CUA. At great risk he would celebrate a Latin Novus Ordo Mass ad orientem in the Pope St. Pius X oratory down in the bowels of the Shrine.

    It was all very clandestine, and most of the time the Masses took place at 5am - before anyone else (especially the rector) arrived. The sanctus bell was a very small "maid's bell" that you might still see on your grandmother's table or out at Christmas - it was rung with great care for fear of blowing our cover.

    These Masses were always arranged the night before, and a phone chain was activated to inform all interested parties. Absolute discretion was maintained and we were never found out. If we had been, that poor priest would have had his freedom to celebrate Mass at the Shrine revoked without question.

    So yes, in light of all this, we and the Shrine have come A LONG WAY in the past decade. Deo gratias! Ad multos annos, Sancte Pater!


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