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An Italian bishop speaks out against episcopal opposition to Summorum Pontificum

Last month, Messa in Latino posted this superb interview with Msgr. Luigi Negri, Bishop of the Diocese of San Marino - Montefeltro, a small diocese of 63,000 Catholics. Msgr. Negri, who is considered as one of Italy's most tradition-friendly and orthodox bishops, publicly thanked Pope Benedict XVI for issuing  Summorum Pontificum in 2007.

New link

We should have included them in our blogroll for some time, but it is never too late to acknowledge one of the bravest blogs we know: Germinans Germinabit, whose members try to breathe some pneuma in the life of the Church in Barcelona and in many local Churches of the ancient Crown of Aragon.

Another cathedral promotes communion on the tongue

From SS. Simon and Jude Cathedral of the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona:

H/t Secretum Meum Mihi

Benedict XVI: "We are still far from that unity for which Christ prayed"

Nearly a week old, but still worth discussing
From Benedict XVI's Homily at the closing Vespers of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, held at the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls, January 25, 2011: The Apostles’ teaching, brotherly communion, the breaking of the bread and prayers are the practical forms of the life of Jerusalem’s first Christian community, gathered together by the action of the Holy Spirit, but at the same time constitute the essential features of all Christian communities, of every epoch and of every place. In other words we could say that they also represent the fundamental dimensions of unity of the visible Body of the Church. We must be grateful because in recent decades the ecumenical movement, “fostered by the grace of the Holy Spirit” (Unitatis Redintegratio, n. 1), has taken significant steps forward, which have made it possible to reach an encouraging convergence and consensus on various points, developing relations of esteem and reciprocal…

Cardinal Piacenza on the "Eucharistic Nature" of Priestly Celibacy.

ZENIT has published a translation of a long and detailed address by Mauro Cardinal Piacenza, the recently-appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, regarding the theological  underpinnings of clerical celibacy and the teachings of the Popes from Pius XI to Benedict XVI on the matter. It is one of the strongest affirmations in recent years of the theological necessity for priests to be celibate.

Interestingly, the Cardinal speaks of the pronouncements of the Council of Elvira and the Second Council of Carthage regarding celibacy as "dogmatic pronouncements". He also specifically denounces the idea that celibacy is merely "ecclesiastical law", explaining that celibacy is "an intrinsic demand of the priesthood and of the configuration to Christ that the sacrament determines."

Something interesting from Greece...

It is common for the Eastern Orthodox to claim that they uphold the use of the vernacular in liturgical offices. However, the reality is more complex. Greek Divine Liturgies, for instance, continue to be sung in  the  now-archaic Greek of the Septuagint and the New Testament -- which, it is often said, is hardly understood by younger Greeks -- rather than in the modern Greek vernacular ("Dimotiki" or Demotic Greek). In Slavic countries, the great majority of "canonical" Eastern Orthodox (and some Greek Catholic) Divine Liturgies continue to be sung in Church Slavonic rather than in the different vernaculars of those countries. Not that this is a problem for tradition-minded Roman Catholics!
You report: Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem finally find a home ...

According to sources close to the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem (CRNJ), "Bishop Bransfield has given permission to the Canons to reside in Charles Town, WV, for a probationary period of two years. More details will follow. "In thanksgiving for this great gift from God, and in appreciation for all the support from the faithful, Dom Daniel will celebrate a Mass tomorrow, Saturday, January 29, 2011, at 9:00 am, at the Old St. James. (311 S. George St., Charles Town, WV). All are encouraged to attend." Please remember to follow @RorateCaelion Twitter.

Mosebach tomorrow in New York

The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny alerts us to the following event:
Solemn Mass: Fourth Sunday after EpiphanyLecture by Martin Mosebach: “The Old Roman Missal: Loss and Rediscovery”Date: Sunday, January 30Time: Mass at 5:00 PM; Lecture at 7:00 PMLocation: The Church of Our Saviour, New York, NY (59 Park Avenue)
A short essay by Mosebach on the Confiteor was also made available by the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny.

Because it is a Saturday in Winter

Canciones Populares Españolas (I. El paño moruno; V. Nana; VI. Canción) [Inst.] Manuel de Falla y Matheu

The Tiber flows into the Rhine (and the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal)

A gift that keeps on giving. 
From the website of Saint Agnes Church (FSSP) in Amsterdam (tip and link: Mysterium Fidei), we learn that two Pontifical Masses will be celebrated there this year: on April 10 (Passion Sunday), a Pontifical Mass will be celebrated by the Bishop of Copenhagen, Czeslaw Kozon; and on September 17, a Pontifical Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Burke, celebrating the 5th anniversary of the FSSP apostolate at that church.
The Netherlands, a land that seemed lost to Traditional Catholicism just a few years ago, finds back some of the great devotion that characterized that country until the Council.
Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society (seventeenth posting of souls) Below, please find the seventeenth posting of enrolled souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. It is interesting to see where the names are coming from and how far the reach of the Society has become. Word must be spreading in Indonesia, as many of our names are pouring in from that country, from multiple sources. A reminder on how to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "name, state, country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well. PLEASE follow this format strictly, as any deviation creates a lot of extra work -- and there's been a great deal of deviation lately. Please pray for the enrolled souls and the 14 holy priests saying Traditional Masses for the Society: "For all the…

Charity and humility: Our Lord and the Church are one
Update: full translation

The message of the Holy Father for this Wednesday's General Audience was on Saint Joan of Arc. The following passages were quite striking (full translation by Zenit): Joan's passion began on May 23, 1430, when she fell prisoner in the hands of her enemies. On Dec. 23 she was taken to the city of Rouen. Carried out there was the long and dramatic Trial of Conviction, which began in February of 1431 and ended on May 30 with the stake. It was a grand and solemn trial, presided over by two ecclesiastical judges, Bishop Pierre Cauchon and the inquisitor Jean le Maistre, but in reality led entirely by a large group of theologians of the famous University of Paris, who took part in the trial as consultants. They were French ecclesiastics who had political leanings opposed to Joan's, and who thus had a priori a negative judgment on her person and her mission. This trial is a moving page of the history of sanctity and also an illuminating page on the mystery of the Church that, acco…

"...o Dogma da Fé..."
Until when will Rome let Portuguese Bishops
get away with ignoring the motu proprio?

Rome, Madrid, Paris, Bern, Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, : what do all these cities have in common? 
They are the capital cities of great and historic nations in Western Europe; and they all have at least one Diocesan Traditional Mass at least every Sunday. 
Even the nations of Scandinavia, with their extremely small number of Catholics, have the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, as authorized by the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, at least a few times every month. That is the case in Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo.
Is there any capital city missing in our list? Reykjavik, it seems... and Lisbon. Yes, the city in which Saint Anthony was born, where Saint Francis Xavier embarked in his lifelong journey to Asia...and thousands of other missionaries embarked to all corners of the Earth, where they celebrated the Traditional Mass, is a city with no Diocesan Traditional Mass.
Lisbon was conquered by the armies of the newly-created Kingdom of Portu…

LMS Priest Training Conference

From our dear friends at The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales:
Latin Mass Society Announces 2011 Priests Training ConferenceThe Latin Mass Society has announced its seventh residential conference for priests who wish to learn the Extraordinary Form of Mass. The conference will take place at Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th May.Tuition will be given in small groups selected according to ability, and will cover Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Missa Solemnis. It is also hoped to provide tuition in the sacraments of baptism and marriage. Only rudimentary Latin is required.There will also be a residential course for laymen wishing to learn to serve the Extraordinary Form.The conference will begin late morning on the Tuesday, although there will be the opportunity for those travelling long distances to stay at Buckfast Abbey on the Monday night. The conference will end after lunch on the Friday.There will be sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form each day; …


In a visit to the communities and faithful residing within the Parish of Blessed John XXIII, the Bishop of Nice, Louis Sankalé, visited the local house of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX); where he was "cordially" received by Father Charles Moulin.
Pictures from the website of the Diocese of Nice:

Final chapter in Thiberville affair?

[For previous posts on the Thiberville drama, read this and this.]
From a communiqué of the Bishop of Évreux:
Brothers and Sisters,You have a right to the truth, that is, to objective information!Regarding the situation of Thiberville, the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura has rendered its judgement.Rome confirms the decrees issued by the Bishop of Évreux concerning the status of the previous inter-parish group of Thiberville of which Father Francis MICHEL was the parish priest.Following the rejections of three appeals filed in Rome by Father Francis MICHEL, I have repeated to him my invitation to leave Thiberville for the exercise of his ministry.Let us pray together for Father Francis MICHEL.Évreux, January 14, 2011. + Christian NOURRICHARD [Tip: Perepiscopus]

Developments in the Philippines

1) Holy Mass according to the Missal of 1962 is now celebrated every day (Mon-Fri at 9 A.M., Sat-Sun at 4 P.M.) at St. Maximilian M. Seminary (22 John Paul St., Multinational Village, 1700 Paranaque City, Metro Manila). The celebrant is Fr. Elijah M. Pantorilla OFMConv. The seminary, which is the "post-novitiate" house of the Conventual Franciscans in the Philippines, is within the Diocese of Paranaque. (At left: Mass in St. Maximilian M. Seminary on January 15, 2011.)
With the addition of this Mass-site, Metropolitan Manila (246.5 sq.m, 638.55 now has four locations where the TLM is publicly celebrated on a daily basis. Of these four, three are under diocesan auspices (one each in the Dioceses of Novaliches, Cubao and Paranaque) plus the SSPX priory in New Manila (in the territory of the Diocese of Cubao).

More from the Good Bux

From Msgr. Nicola Bux's article, More than Words: External Signs of Faith by the Celebrant Faith in the presence of the Lord, and in particular in his Eucharistic presence, is expressed in an exemplary manner by the priest when he genuflects with profound reverence during the Holy Mass or before the Eucharist.
In the post-conciliar liturgy, these acts of devotion have been reduced to a minimum in the name of sobriety. The result is that genuflections have become a rarity, or a superficial gesture. We have become stingy with our gestures of reverence before the Lord, even though we often praise Jews and Muslims for their fervor and manner way of praying.
More than words, a genuflection manifests the humility of the priest, who knows he is only a minister, and his dignity, as he is able to render the Lord present in the sacrament... The rest of the article is a short but excellent guide for priests on how to celebrate the Novus Ordo with the greatest possible reverence.

A Question for our Readers: TLM's @ March for Life in Washington D.C.

Originally published on January 18, 2011.:

I would like to ask the readers of this blog to list down, in the combox, the various Traditional Latin Masses that will be said in Washington D.C. (especially in the Basilica, the Cathedral, or anywhere near the Mall) on the morning of January 24, Monday. Let us help those who are going to the March for Life and would like to attend a TLM.

Italian Catholic Intellectuals Beg Benedict XVI To “Flee the Spirit of Assisi”

(UPDATE January 23, 2011 10:28 A.M.: As DICI itself indicates, certain passages from the original letter have been removed from this translation. I have now included translations of the missing passages in blue, with the complete Italian text as my reference. I have also adjusted the division of the text into paragraphs to bring the translation nearer to the original. 

In my judgment the non-inclusion of certain passages in the DICI translation has given a slightly harsher tone to the translation than is actually to be found in the original, and somewhat distorted the line of argumentation actually used by the authors, who refer to Vatican II and to a book of the then-Cardinal Ratzinger in support of their appeal to Benedict XVI. CAP)
From DICI:
On January 11, Catholic Italian journalists and academics caused to appear in Il Foglio a supplication to the Pope, begging him not to go to Assisi next October. Here are some of the most significant extracts.
Most Holy Father,
Holy Father Bened…

Japanese bishop maintains suspension of NCW activities in his diocese

UCAN has published the text of a pastoral letter published on January 20, 2011 by Msgr. Osamu Mizobe SDB, Bishop of Takamatsu, Japan, in which he declares that the activities of the NCW will remain suspended in his diocese. Said diocese is the smallest in Japan (with 5,000 faithful) as well as the home of the NCW's Japanese seminary.
In his letter, Msgr. Mizobe supplies some interesting details of the talks between the Curia and the Japanese bishops regarding the NCW, and asserts that pending the arrival of a special envoy from the Vatican (the second since 2003), the Holy See has agreed to allow the individual bishops to act towards the NCW as they see fit. He also refers to the following actions taken by various bishops towards the NCW in the years past: the suspension of the NCW in the Diocese of Clifton (in 1997), the letter written to the NCW by the Catholic bishops of the Holy Land in 2007, and last year's imposition of a moratorium (not just an inspection, as Msgr. Mizo…

Bishop Schneider's call for a new Syllabus: the complete text in English

Rorate posted on December 20 that Bishop Athanasius Schneider had called for a new Syllabus, one that would condemn the misinterpretations of Vatican II. He made this call during his address for a conference entitled “The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council: a pastoral council. Historical-philosophical-theological analysis", held at the Istituto Maria SS. Bambina in Rome from December 16 to18, 2010, and organized by the Theological Seminary “Immacolata Mediatrice” of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Sandro Magister, in addition to posting the full Italian text of the address on Chiesa News, also provided a partial English translation on January 14, 2011.
We have now been informed that, several hours ago, EWTN published a translation of the full English text. Here it is:

Proposals for a Correct Reading of the Second Vatican Council
Interestingly enough, it begins with the following: The primacy of the worship of God as the basis of all true pastoral theology.
H/t Diane M. Korzeniews…

Sandro Magister's latest article on the Neocatechumenal Way

Sandro Magister has discussed the NCW in several articles on Chiesa (scroll down this webpage to see these articles), the latest of which isIn Japan, Kiko's Way Doesn't Fly. In addition to describing the confrontation between the Japanese hierarchy and The Way and the Vatican's intervention on behalf of the latter, Magister's latest article also touches on the continuing doctrinal and liturgical concerns with the NCW:

Ordinariate for Australia to include Japan?

It would be a good precedent if Ordinariates were not always limited to the area of one "Episcopal Conference". From Western Australia's Catholic newspaper The Record:
AN Ordinariate for Anglicans to enter the Catholic Church is set to be established in Australia by Pentecost this year, and will include Japan. ...The Traditional Anglican Communion, a group of disaffected Anglicans who have been seeking full communion with Rome for years, will host a festival in Perth on 26 February at Holy Family Catholic Church in Como for the Anglican Ordinariate for Australia. TAC Bishop Harry Entwistle - one of four TAC Bishops in Australia and the Torres Strait Islands who will be ordained as Catholic priests, likely just before the Ordinariate is officially established, told The Record the festival is a public statement that “this is no longer just a theory, it’s really happening”. “It’s an opportunity to gather those who are more than just casually interested,” he said of the festi…
Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society (sixteenth posting of souls) Below, please find the sixteenth posting of enrolled souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society.
A reminder on how to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "name, state, country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well. PLEASE follow this format strictly, as any deviation creates a lot of extra work -- and there's been a great deal of deviation lately.
Please pray for the enrolled souls and the 14 holy priests saying Traditional Masses for the Society:
"For all the souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful departed rest in peace. Amen."
Then …

The example of Colombo Cathedral

The Union of Asian Catholic News published this article today: Sri Lankan lay Catholics call for dress code
The Catholic National Association of Laity (CNAL) in Sri Lanka has backed calls for people of all faiths to dress modestly in places of worship.
CNAL is worried about the wearing of increasingly revealing clothing during church feasts, weddings and Sunday Masses.
In an appeal to worshippers, Victor Silva, secretary of CNAL, noted “with great sadness and dismay the unfortunate trend among some Catholic lay faithful to be dressed in an immodest and most disrespectful manner when participating in liturgical services, with scant attention to the sense of the sacred.”
Sri Lankan authorities have already ordered the pulling down of billboards featuring women showing extra cleavage or exposing thighs to advertise products or services.
The call by CNAL comes as part of a drive to have churchgoers dress appropriately during religious ceremonies.
Many Catholics have complained that churchgoers…

Pontifical Mass in Brussels

A reader sends us the following significant announcement: A Pontifical Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop André-Joseph Leonard, Primate of Belgium.The Mass will take place on the 30th of January at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of Minimes (Minimenstraat 62, 1000 Brussels). In November, he erected in this church a new FSSP mission in Brussels. This will be a unique occasion in Belgium as it will be the first Tridentine Mass celebrated by a Primate of Belgium over 40 years.

Where is the "Clarification"?

Just saw this on Fr. Zuhlsdorf's blog:
Keep in mind that Pope Benedict had asked for feedback about the implementation of Summorum Pontificum after three years.  Three years went by.  There has been sufficient time for feedback.  It’s time for the instruction.
It is my understanding that the Instruction is on its way, that it has been, if I am right, approved by His Holiness, and will be issued in the first days of March.  That implies a signature date of 22 February, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter.  Documents are often signed on a significant date, but released later.

ZENIT's interview with Cardinal Bartolucci

Sacred Music in Crisis Interview With Former Director of Sistine Chapel Choir By Carmen Elena Villa

ROME, JAN. 19, 2011 ( Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci, who served for over 40 years as director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, says that although sacred music is currently in crisis, there are signs of hope. He was a child prodigy, having composed his first Mass at age 12; his best known Mass is the "Misa Jubilei," written in the Holy Year 1950. The prelate, now 93 years old, was one of the new cardinals created in the Nov. 20 consistory.
ZENIT spoke with the cardinal about his years as director of the choir, and his views on sacred music at this time.
Reminder: send in souls to be enrolled Thursday ...

A friendly reminder that the 16th weekly posting of souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society will go live Thursday. Please send in your souls to be enrolled today. A reminder on how to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "name, state, country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Pancetta family, Rome, Italy". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well. And please remember to follow @RorateCaeli on Twitter.

Regular TLM to be offered in Zagreb

Rorate Caeli reported last month on the intervention of the PCED in the Archdiocese of Zagreb, Croatia. In a letter dated November 25, 2010, Msgr. Guido Pozzo told the coetus of Traditional Catholic faithful in Zagreb that Cardinal Bozanic had promised to ensure the celebration of the TLM in one of the churches of his Archdiocese.
The blog Toma Blizanac has now published the following translation of a letter issued by the Vicar General of Zagreb on behalf of Cardinal Bozanic:
No.: 43/2011 Zagreb, 5 January 2011
10 000 Zagreb

Dear Mr. ***,

I inform you that the Archbishop of Zagreb, His Eminence Cardinal Josip Bozanić, accepting your petitions, has appointed the Reverend Monsignor dr. Stanislav Vitković, prebendary, to take care of and be at disposal in the Archdiocese of Zagreb for the celebration of the Holy Mass according to the Roman Missal, published in 1962, in accordance with the regulations of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI.

At the same time…

First public TLM by a bishop in Spain since the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum

Una Voce Malaga reports on its blog (which is now in the Rorate blogroll) that on January 15, 2011, Manuel Urena Pastor, Archbishop of Zaragoza (or Saragossa) in Spain, offered a Solemn Requiem Mass according to the 1962 Missal in the Parish Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, Epila, Zaragoza. This is the first Mass according to the 1962 Missal to be said by a canonically-regular Catholic bishop in Spain itself, since the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum.

Judging from the pictures, the Archbishop offered the Solemn Requiem Mass in the manner of a priest.
On July 2010, the same Archbishop had presided over the reburial of the remains of the family of the Count of Aranda, giving him the distinction of being the first bishop in Spain to preside post-Summorum over a ceremony done according to the pre-Vatican II liturgical books. 
A few other Spanish prelates had offered or assisted at Masses according to the 1962 Missal after the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum, but none of these were …

Benedict XVI: Neocatechumenal Way is "a particular gift aroused by the Holy Spirit"

Emphases mine. By the way, I don't think any bishop will dare ban the NCW from his diocese after this speech. CAP.

Benedict XVI's Address to Neocatechumenal Way
"Feel Beside You the Living Presence of the Risen Lord"
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 17, 2011 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today in Italian upon receiving in audience members of the Neocatechumenal Way.
* * *
Dear Friends!
I am happy to receive you and to give you my cordial welcome. I greet in particular Kiko Arguello and Carmen Hernández, initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, and Father Mario Pezzi, thanking them for their words of greeting and presentation which they addressed to me. With heartfelt affection I greet all of you here present: priests, seminarians, families and members of the Way.
I thank the Lord because he gives us the opportunity of this meeting, in which you renew your bond with the Successor of Peter, taking up the mandate that the Risen Christ ga…

You Report & Comment: Saving an English Seminary

Concerned readers send us the following piece on the closing of the Ushaw Seminary. [We note in passing that, in addition to what our friends write, Ushaw Seminary seems a magnificent building for the works and as a formation house for the new Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham - the necessities of our new Anglican-Catholic brethren, most of them without assets or property, certainly need to be taken into consideration from now on regarding each and every case of closing of a Catholic building in Britain, as a matter of charity and common sense.]
The Trustees of Ushaw College, a 200-year-old Catholic seminary in the north of England standing in over 500 acres, announced on 8th October 2010 that the seminary would close at the end of the academic year (ie June 2011) if a development partner could not be found. Presumably, this meant that they were looking for a business to take over part of the site and relieve the college of some of the running costs of a large complex of buildings…

Benedict XVI on Purgatory

Old news by now, but worth discussing.
From the Pope's catechetical address at the General Audience of January 12, 2011:

Catherine's thought on purgatory, for which she is particularly known, is condensed in the last two parts of the book mentioned at the beginning: "Treatise on Purgatory" and "Dialogues on the Soul and Body." It is important to observe that, in her mystical experience, Catherine never had specific revelations on purgatory or on souls that are being purified there. However, in the writings inspired by our saint purgatory is a central element, and the way of describing it has original characteristics in relation to her era. 
The first original feature refers to the "place" of the purification of souls. In her time [purgatory] was presented primarily with recourse to images connected to space: There was thought of a certain space where purgatory would be found. For Catherine, instead, purgatory is not represented as an element of the …

You Report: The "Extraordinary Form" in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN

The author of the following article is Fr. Michael Magiera. Ordained a priest for the FSSP in  2005,  he is currently a priest of the archdiocese of Indianapolis (on probation, pending full incardination) and Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church.
The Extraordinary Form of the Mass in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN
The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite of Mass, the Tridentine Mass, the Latin Mass, the “Old” Mass, the TLM (however one wishes to call it) has been celebrated openly in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for many years. The first one took place in 1988. It started out, as many do, on an “occasional” basis, every other month, and then gradually increased in frequency. These Masses were celebrated by good, holy, gracious and generous priests. They were “older” and somewhat out of practice, but the Masses they celebrated were a beginning of something which would prove nothing less than wonderful for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Both “Low” Mas…

A sign of things to come for the Ordinariate?

Fr. Andrew Burnham celebrating his first Mass (Novus Ordo). Take note of the Assistant Priest in Cope.
The still-Anglican Fr. John Hunwicke has a short but interesting report of Fr. Andrew Burnham's First Mass, in which Fr. Aidan Nichols OP was the homilist. Here's most of that post, with my emphases:
Fr Aidan returned, today, to the great enterprise of gathering up the fragments that none be lost; of appropriating, for the good of all the church, the Anglican inheritance discerned through the purifying prism of Catholic Orthodoxy. He mentioned that Bishop Andrew is engaged in the liturgical side of that - but made clear, referring especially to Blessed John Henry and the Tractarian Fathers, that there is much more to it than Liturgy. His homily, I think, counts as the Programmatic Statement of the Ordinariate as far as theology is concerned. I hope he stays involved.

If Fr Aidan's homily was characteristic, so was Bishop Andrew's liturgy. Fine music (Byrd; Morales); …

If you want to condemn the Pope...

... at least get the spelling of "Pope" right!

From Yahoo.

What happened to Epiphanytide? or, The hypocrisy of the Liturgical Renewal

“One of the weaknesses of the postconciliar liturgical reform can doubtless be traced to the armchair strategy of academics, drawing up things on paper which, in fact, would presuppose years of organic growth. The most blatant example of this is the reform of the Calendar: those responsible simply did not realize how much the various annual feasts had influenced Christian people's relation to time […] they ignored a fundamental law of religious life.” Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, The Feast of Faith, 81-82 (published by Ignatius Press).
The Reformed Novus Ordo Calendar is extremely cautious about respecting the principle of the consecration of time – for this reason, there has been great emphasis on celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours at the “canonical hours,” i.e. praying Morning Prayer in the morning and Evening Prayer in the evening. It was this zeal to sanctify the day which lead the Church to explicitly forbid the ancient practice of celebrating Morning Prayer immediately after …

Another boost for the Neocatechumenal Way

(NOTE: A few have criticized the decision to post something from Rocco Palmo's blog. Now, the article below is quite fair and succinct in summarizing the situation of the NCW vis-a-vis the Vatican and the Japanese hierarchy, so much so that I felt  that I could post it rather than  reinvent the wheel and make a less comprehensive report. In addition, Rorate has long cited articles and reports from sources that are much further away from Traditional Catholicism than "Whispers" is. I am fairly certain that most of the people reading this blog know the difference between citing a source and endorsing said source's editorial stance. Those who don't know the difference have no business surfing the Internet at all. CAP.)

From Whispers in the Loggia (underlining mine):

Against the backdrop of a highly-public brawl with the Japanese bishops -- who tried to ban them from the country but were overruled by the Holy See in recent weeks -- in another rare coup, the Neocatechum…

First Anglican Ordinariate erected

As expected, under the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, the Holy Father today erected the first Personal Ordinariate for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church, the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, under the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman, with Father Keith Newton appointed as the ordinary. As a married priest, he will not be ordained a bishop.
Full note of the Holy See Press Office:

"In accordance with the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution 'Anglicanorum coetibus' of Pope Benedict XVI (4 November 2009) and after careful consultation with the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has today erected a Personal Ordinariate within the territory of England and Wales for those groups of Anglican clergy and faithful who have expressed their desire to enter into full visible communion with the Catholic Church", reads an English-language communique released today. &quo…

Cardinal Brandmuller

Messa in Latino is reporting that on February 6 of this year, at 3:30 P.M., His Eminence Walter Cardinal Brandmuller, the former President of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, will offer a  Solemn Pontifical Mass. This Mass will be offered at the Shrine-Parish of the "Beata Vergine Addolorata" (which is administered by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate) in Campocavallo in Osimo (Archdiocese of Ancona).

Beato subito

Not news at this moment, but we must post it, for the record of current events: On January 14, 2011, the Supreme Pontiff, Benedict XVI, during the audience granted to His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, authorized the Congregation to promulgate the Decree on the miracle attributed to the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla). [Note of the Congregation] The Rite of Beatification of the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła) will take place in the Vatican, on May 1, 2011, Second Sunday of Easter (of the Divine Mercy), presided by the Supreme Pontiff, Benedict XVI. [Note of the Holy See Press Office.]

Let us pray

For the victims of natural disasters, including the hundreds of victims of the floods in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (in the mountainous areas between Campos and Rio).

And also for the dozens of victims of the floods in Queensland.

[In the picture, church in Teresopolis, Brazil - Spanish news agency EFE]
RorateCaeli Purgatorial Society (fifteenth posting of souls)
Below, please find the fifteenth posting of enrolled souls of the RorateCaeli Purgatorial Society. A reminder on how to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "name, state, country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Pancetta family, Rome, Italy". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well. PLEASE follow this format strictly, as any deviation creates a lot of extra work -- and there's been a great deal of deviation lately. Please pray for the enrolled souls and the 14 holy priests of the Society: