Skip to main content


Showing posts from May, 2010

"One must then bear in mind the living tradition of the whole Church"

In the November 2009 edition of Living Tradition, Msgr. John F. McCarthy reflects upon Pope Benedict XVI's address of 14 Oct. 2008, to the constituents of the Fourteenth General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops. The Holy Father's words, criticising Modernist interpretation of Sacred Scripture, anticipated in part that month Synod Proposition 12, requesting clarification of the Church's beliefs regarding the inspiration and truth of the Bible. Following the Oct. 2008 meeting of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, the Pope instructed the Pontifical Biblical Commission to prepare a study on the subject of Proposition 12, and the PBC had already prepared an early draft of the study by April 2009. Although this is certainly "old news," still the Pope's words of 14 Oct. 2008 illustrate his thinking on authentic and fruitful Catholic exegesis of Scripture, and on the relationship between the so-called historico-critical methodology and Catholic exegesis and theology, …

Veni Praecelsa Domina

Come, o Supreme Lady,
O Mary, do thou visit us,
enlighten our sickly souls
by the example of thy life.

Come, O Salvatrix of the world,
take away the filth of sin;
by visiting thy people,
remove their peril.

Come, O Queen of nations,
extinguish the flames of guilt,
rectify what is wrong,
give us to live innocently.

Come, and visit the sick,
O Mary, fortify the strong
with thy holy vigor,
so that the brave fail not.

Come, O thou Star, and Light of Seas,
shed thy ray of peace on us;
let the heart of John exult
with joy before the Lord.Veni Praecelsa Domina (an ancient Sequence for the Traditional Feast of the Visitation, in honor of the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen)

Una Voce consultation:
Help Una Voce compile a worldwide report by the lay faithful
while the episcopal letters are being written

Our friend Mr. Leo Darroch, President of the International Federation Una Voce, wrote this as a comment in our last thread, and we believe it deserves a post of its own: Readers of Rorate Caeli may be interested to know that the International Federation Una Voce has just started a consultation exercise; the third since the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum was promulgated.
In September 2008 all member associations were asked to provide information about the implementation of the motu proprio in their countries during the first year. This first report was presented in Rome to the PCED and a copy for the Holy Father was entrusted to Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos. Subsequently, I received a letter from the Substitute at the Secretariat of State thanking me for the report and advising me to contact the Prefect of the Papal Household for a brief audience with the Holy Father.
The Una Voce Federation then conducted a second consultation exercise in September 2009 to monitor developments during th…

The letters are arriving
What can you tell us?

Do you remember this portion of the Papal letter to Bishops which accompanied the publication of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum? Furthermore, I invite you, dear Brothers, to send to the Holy See an account of your experiences, three years after this Motu Proprio has taken effect. If truly serious difficulties come to light, ways to remedy them can be sought.
A reader in America informs us that his archdiocese received a letter from the Vatican on the application of Summorum Pontificum two weeks ago (just in time for its third anniversary) and is close to sending its response back.
Could you tell us anything, from wherever you are in the world? You may also send us any relevant information on the matter: newcatholic AT gmail DOT com.

Cardinal Cañizares to visit IBP in Bordeaux

On Saturday, July 10 at 9:30 am we will have the great pleasure of welcoming to Saint-Eloi in Bordeaux, His Eminence Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. It is a great honor to have this prelate at theInstitut du Bon-Pasteur, which he has always held in high esteem. He will perform the ordinations of a priest, Father Jean-Francois Billot, a deacon, Father Remy Balthazard, and a sub-deacon, Father Stephen Lecarme.

I therefore have the pleasure of inviting you all to this moving ceremony to see and hear the head of the liturgy for the Universal Church. His commitment to the extraordinary form is well known and he is a master of its use.

I also have the pleasure of inviting you all to the first Mass to be celebrated by Fr. Billot the following day, July 11 at 10:30 am in the same parish….

I look forward to seeing you for this great event in the Church!

Abbé Philippe Laguérie

The number of priests and seminarians per French diocese

Past and future events

1. The first pictures of one the French Pentecost Pilgrimages are now available: the Paris-Chartres Pilgrimage (Le Forum Catholique); many other pictures available here.
2. The Prefect of Divine Worship, Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, will visit the main church of the Institute of the Good Shepherd, the Parish Church of Saint-Eloi (Bordeaux), on July 10, where he will take part in the ordinationof a new priest, a new deacon, and a sub-deacon.

¡Feliz bicentenario!

As the news of the almost complete domination of Napoleon Bonaparte's troops in Spain arrived in the Indias, cries for autonomy started to be heard throughout the crumbling Spanish Empire.
Catholic would fight against Catholic (there were many Catholics, and, yes, there were several Freemasons, but on both sides) until the dust settled in Ayacucho, Peru, in 1824. But the autonomy claimed by the vecinos of City of the Most Holy Trinity in the Port of Saint Mary of Buenos Aires on May 25 1810 would never be reverted.
On this Argentine Bicentennial, we salute all Catholic patriots in the Americas in this "Bicentennial Year" for many of their nations, remembering the words of a Catholic, General Manuel Belgrano, in his will signed on May 25, 1820:
"In the name of God, and with his holy grace, Amen. Let it be known that I, Manuel Belgrano, a native of this city, brigadier of the armies of the United Provinces of South America, legitimate son of Domingo Belgrano y Peri and o…

In need of a revolution?

I'm supposed to be on blogging recess until May 30, but the following passage in a recent speech by Bishop William Shomali of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem on the upcoming Middle Eastern Synod in Rome (October 10-24, 2010) caught my attention. I think it deserves to be discussed on this blog:

The Synod sets forth two main goals:1 - Confirm and strengthen Christians in their identity through the Word of God and the Sacraments.2 - Giving new life to the ecclesial communion between the sui iuris Churches so that they might provide an authentic witness of joyful and attractive Christian life.One peculiarity of the Middle East is the large number of sui iuris Eastern Churches that have taken root here: the Melkites, Syrians, Maronites, Copts, Armenians and Chaldeans. These churches need to live their liturgical and linguistic particularity on the one hand, and a greater communion among themselves on the other. Currently, this communion leaves something to be desired. They also nee…

Day of Prayer for the Church in China

Dear Pastors and all the faithful, the date 24 May could in the future become an occasion for the Catholics of the whole world to be united in prayer with the Church which is in China. This day is dedicated to the liturgical memorial of Our Lady, Help of Christians, who is venerated with great devotion at the Marian Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. I would like that date to be kept by you as a day of prayer for the Church in China...
On that same day, the Catholics of the whole world – in particular those who are of Chinese origin – will demonstrate their fraternal solidarity and solicitude for you, asking the Lord of history for the gift of perseverance in witness, in the certainty that your sufferings past and present for the Holy Name of Jesus and your intrepid loyalty to his Vicar on earth will be rewarded, even if at times everything can seem a failure.Pope Benedict XVI
Letter to the Catholics of China
May 27, 2007

"The unity of the Spirit is manifested in the plurality of understanding"

The Spirit triggers a process of reunification of the divided and dispersed parts of the human family; persons, often reduced to individuals in competition or in conflict with each other, reached by the Spirit of Christ, open themselves to the experience of communion, can involve them to such an extent as to make of them a new organism, a new subject: the Church. This is the effect of God’s work: unity; thus unity is the sign of recognition, the “business card” of the Church in the course of her universal history. From the very beginning, from the day of Pentecost, she speaks all languages. The universal Church precedes the particular Churches, and the latter must always conform to the former according to a criterion of unity and universality. The Church never remains a prisoner within political, racial and cultural confines; she cannot be confused with states not with federations of states, because her unity is of a different type and aspires to transcend every human frontier. From …

The Prophet - II
The "Moderns" and their high-sounding words
creeping into the very veins of the Church

Celebrating 100 years of Editae Saepe, the encyclical of Pope St.Pius X on St. Charles Borromeo
In those days [the 16th Century] passions ran riot and knowledge of the truth was almost completely twisted and confused. A continual battle was being waged against errors. Human society, going from bad to worse, was rushing headlong into the abyss. Then those proud and rebellious men came on the scene who are "enemies of the cross of Christ . . .Their god is the belly...they mind the things of earth."
These men were not concerned with correcting morals, but only with denying dogmas. Thus they increased the chaos. They dropped the reins of law, and unbridled licentiousness ran wild. They despised the authoritative guidance of the church and pandered to the whims of the dissolute princes and people. They tried to destroy the Church's doctrine, constitution and discipline. they were similar to those sinners who were warned long ago: "Woe to you that call evil good, and good ev…

New sodality for servers - and training course for servers

From our friends at The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales:
On Saturday 15th May 2010, at Blackfriars, Oxford, the Society of St Tarcisius, a sodality of servers of the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form), was founded during a training day for altar servers, arranged by the Latin Mass Society. Thirty servers were present, with the training being delivered by Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP, Br Lawrence Lew OP, Mr David Forster, and Mr Richard Hawker. The day began with an address from Fr de Malleray on the importance of the service of the altar. The servers were divided into two groups of the less and more experienced for training. Some people travelled long distances to attend - one as far as Preston, Lancashire. The two groups each had an experienced MC and a cleric to guide them: the less experienced group was led by Fr de Malleray and David Forster; the more experienced group by Br Lawrence Lew and Mr Ri…

Solemn Mass in the Brazilian Capital

Wonderful images of the Solemn Mass celebrated on May 15 by Bishop Fernando Rifan, Apostolic Administrator of the A.A. Saint John Mary Vianney in the Parish Church Santo Cura D'Ars, as part of the National Eucharistic Congress, which took place in the national capital, Brasília.
Eight Bishops were present at the Mass.
(Source: Missa Tridentina em Brasília, via Fratres in Unum)

The Prophet - I
The miracle of the Church
amidst the flood of corruption of her members

Celebrating 100 years of Editae Saepe, the encyclical of Pope St.Pius X on St. Charles Borromeo
The Pope reminds all the faithful of our age of the miracle that is the Church, unblemished by the errors and sins of those who are within her ranks:
...God's goodness bears witness to the divinity of the Church. He makes her victorious in that painful battle against the errors and sins that creep into her ranks. Through this victory He verifies the words of Christ: "The gates of hell shall not prevail against it." In her day-to-day living He fulfills the promise, "Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world." Finally, He is the witness of that mysterious power of the other Paraclete (Who Christ promised would come immediately after His ascension into heaven), who continually lavishes His gifts upon her and serves as her defender and consoler in all her sorrows. This is the Spirit Who will "dwell with you forever, the Spirit of truth who…

Daily TLM live on the Internet

For those who have no access to a daily (or even an every-Sunday) Traditional Latin Mass, the Christ the King Catholic Church in Sarasota (staffed by the FSSP) now broadcasts its daily and Sunday Traditional Latin Masses at this website: LiveMass.Net. Check the homepage for the schedule.

Our readers are invited to post in the combox about other websites where the TLM is simulcast on a regular basis. (For those who want to see the pre-1951 rubrics in action and who won't mind watching a sedevacantist Mass, the website of Saint Gertrude the Great also has a live simulcast of its daily Missa Cantata.)

Cría cuervos... - I

From the website of RTL (Belgium):
"For the past three weeks, a beautiful example of openness of spirit and tolerance has been displayed in Jumet [Charleroi]. The Church of Saint-Lambert welcomes the Muslim community of Gilly, deprived of a worship space due to administrative problems."
Video below (as Father Henry Remy, 89, explains his enlightened decision).

Events: Tuscany

Third All Tuscany Pilgrimage
Saturday May 29, 2010 Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montenero Leghorn (Livorno)
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° 11.30 A.M. Tridentine Pontifical Mass, celebrated by His Excellency Most Reverend Mons. Ennio Appignanesi ,Archbishop emeritus of Potenza, hosted by His Excellency Mons. Simone Giusti, bishop of Livorno. The liturgical service will be performed by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest and the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception. Faithful from outside Tuscany are welcome.

“In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved”

Once again Paix Liturgique has commissioned a Harris poll to gauge interest in the Traditional Mass – this time in Portugal in anticipation of the Popes visit. The poll was taken from April 29 to May 6 from a sample of 1433 people over the age of 18 living in Portugal. 950 of these considered themselves Catholic. Here are the results:

Question 1:Do you attend Mass?

Weekly: 11.7%
Once a month: 7.6%
On major feast days: 12%
Occasionally (weddings, etc.): 68.7%

Question No. 2:In July 2007 Pope Benedict XVI said that the Mass could be celebrated both in its modern form known as "ordinary" or "Paul VI" - in Portuguese, with the priest facing the faithful and Communion being received standing – as well as in its traditional form known as "extraordinary" or "John XXIII" - in Latin with Gregorian chant, the priest turned toward the altar and Communion received kneeling. Were you aware of this?

Yes: 26%
No: 74%

Question 3:Would you consider it normal or abnormal …

An update from the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer

From the Papa Stronsay blog:

Last night I was surprised to be alerted to the article of Damian Thompson in The Telegraph blog. We had not been asked about this project as I am sure the organisers would state. It is true that our faculties for celebrating the Mass in public are restricted to the islands of Papa Stronsay and Stronsay.

I would like to give our friends and families an update on our process of canonical erection. To be as clear as possible I limit myself to saying that things are not at all easy for us.

Our seminarians, two of whom could be ordained to the priesthood, finish their studies this month and are not able to be ordained because we have not been canonically erected as yet. We ask for your prayers.

For the rest, let me invoke St. Arsenius as quoted by St. Alphonsus. I am thankful for their wisdom particularly in a time when one would like to speak from the heart; and loudly.

Restraint and silence are the better roads.

Fr. Michael Mary, F.SS.R.

The Cost of Father Maciel

From the June / July 2010 edition of First Things:

Cardinal Sodano has to go. The dean of the College of Cardinals, he has been found too often on the edges of scandal. Never quite charged, never quite blamed, he has had his name in too long a series of depositions and court records and news accounts—an ongoing embarrassment to the Church he serves. The Vatican has been responding in a disorganized way to the frenzy of recent press stories about often thirty-year-old abuse cases. What it should do is put its own house in order, moving out the unhelpful remnants of the bureaucracy that allowed those scandals to fester for so long.


...The deeper point is the lack of consequences— visible consequences—for failures and missteps and wrong associations in the Vatican. The real problem is that heads haven’t rolled, penalties haven’t been exacted, for Fr. Maciel’s deceptions.

For many years, Cardinal Sodano received money and benefits for his projects from the Legion of Christ, a…

Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicto

From Italian news agency ADNKronos:
Italy: Deported Moroccans 'plotted to kill Pope'
Rome, 13 May (AKI) - Two Moroccan terrorist suspects deported from Italy last month were allegedly plotting to kill Pope Benedict XVI, Italian weekly Panorama claims in its latest issue to be released on Friday. Mohammed Hlal and Errahmouni Ahmed were students at the University of Perugia until their repatriation to Morocco on 29 April.
"Hlal wanted to kill the Vatican's head of state (the pope), saying he was ready to assassinate him and gain his place in paradise," Italy's interior minister Roberto Maroni wrote in the expulsion order authorising Hlal and Ahmed's deportations, cited by Panorama.
Anti-terror police in Perugia intercepted Hlal discussing his plans to carry out attacks and readiness to obtain explosives for the attacks during a series of tapped telephone conversations, according to Panorama.
Moroccan authorities on 6 May released Hlal and Ahmed, who had been re…

I chose you

We must overcome the temptation to restrict ourselves to what we already have, or think we have, safely in our possession: it would be sure death in terms of the Church’s presence in the world; the Church, for that matter, can only be missionary, in the outward movement of the Spirit. From its origins, the Christian people has clearly recognized the importance of communicating the Good News of Jesus to those who did not yet know him. In recent years the anthropological, cultural, social and religious framework of humanity has changed; today the Church is called to face new challenges and is ready to dialogue with different cultures and religions, in the search for ways of building, along with all people of good will, the peaceful coexistence of peoples. The field of the mission ad gentes appears much broader today, and no longer to be defined on the basis of geographic considerations alone; in effect, not only non-Christian peoples and those who are far distant await us, but so do soc…

Florida Alert

The parish priest of Saint Anthony's, in San Antonio, Florida (Tampa Bay Area), is under fire from the anti-Catholic liberals in his parish who cannot get over the fact that he is a priest obedient to the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. Among the myriad of Masses in the "Ordinary Form" that he celebrates every week, Father Palka offers a public Sunday Traditional Mass, and a private one on Mondays.
That is it - but that and a few moments of dignity introduced in the activity of the Parish have been enough to induce a group of rabid dissidents to get a hearing with the Bishop of Saint Petersburg today.
We and our thousands of readers (including those oltre Tevere) are aware of what is happening, and we will not keep silent.

The Pope and the Cross

The strength the Lord on high has granted to this old man placed by Him as Successor of Peter is unbelievable, while the Judases of the episcopate betray the Bishop of Rome every single day, in words and deeds, from Austria to Australia.
Address in full: Dear Brother Bishops,
I thank God for giving me this occasion to meet all of you here at the Shrine of Fatima, the spiritual heart of Portugal, where multitudes of pilgrims from all over the world come looking to discover or to reinforce their certainty in the truths of Heaven. Among them has come from Rome the Successor of Peter, accepting the oft-repeated invitations and moved by a debt of gratitude to the Virgin Mary, who herself transmitted to her seers and pilgrims an intense love for the Holy Father which has borne fruit in a great multitude which prays, with Jesus as its guide: Peter, “I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren” (Lk 22:32).
[The Papal Ministry]
As yo…

Cañizares on Summorum

From a letter (in Spanish) sent by the Prefect of Divine Worship, Cardinal Cañizares, to those who took part in the 1st Summorum Pontificum Liturgy Congress, which took place in Madrid in the end of April:
The Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum" is to be understood within this complete view of the teaching and actions of the Holy Father, never as something [that is] isolated or anecdotical, destined solely for the interest of a few and in places with specific problems. Facilitating the access to the official liturgical form of the Roman Rite before the reform caused by the Second Vatican Council is not a concession to nostalgia or to Integrism, it is [rather] a step to favor Ecclesial Communion and an aid to guide and understand the current "ordinary form" of celebrating the Roman Liturgy, within a "hermeneutic of continuity".

The prophetic mission of Fatima is not complete

Dearly beloved brothers and sisters, I too have come as a pilgrim to Fatima, to this “home” from which Mary chose to speak to us in modern times. I have come to Fatima to rejoice in Mary’s presence and maternal protection. I have come to Fatima, because today the pilgrim Church, willed by her Son as the instrument of evangelization and the sacrament of salvation, converges upon this place. I have come to Fatima to pray, in union with Mary and so many pilgrims, for our human family, afflicted as it is by various ills and sufferings. Finally, I have come to Fatima with the same sentiments as those of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, and the Servant of God Lúcia, in order to entrust to Our Lady the intimate confession that “I love” Jesus, that the Church and priests “love” him and desire to keep their gaze fixed upon him as this Year for Priests comes to its end, and in order to entrust to Mary’s maternal protection priests, consecrated men and women, missionaries and all those who by thei…

I bring with me...

Brothers and sisters, in this place it is amazing to think how three children entrusted themselves to the interior force which had enflamed them in the apparitions of the Angel and of our heavenly Mother. In this place where we were repeatedly requested to recite the rosary, let us allow ourselves to be attracted by the mysteries of Christ, the mysteries of Mary’s rosary. The recitation of the rosary allows us to fix our gaze and our hearts upon Jesus, just like his Mother, the supreme model of contemplation of the Son. Meditating upon the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries as we pray our Hail Marys, let us reflect upon the interior mystery of Jesus, from the Incarnation, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection; let us contemplate the intimate participation of Mary in the mystery of our life in Christ today, a life which is also made up of joy and sorrow, of darkness and light, of fear and hope. Grace invades our hearts, provoking a wish for an incisive…