Rorate Caeli

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).

An almost-complete list of Traditional Latin Masses in the Philippines that are under diocesan auspices (not yet including the new daily TLM in Paranaque) can be found here.

2) The retired Archbishop of Palo, Leyte, His Excellency Pedro Dean, will offer Low Mass according to the 1962 Missal in Christ the King Parish, Greenmeadows, Quezon City (within the Diocese of Cubao) on February 5, 2011 at 8:30 A.M. Archbishop Dean has celebrated  several Low Masses according to the 1962 Missal in the past year (see this post for some pictures). Another retired bishop,  Bishop Raul Martirez, who resides in the aforementioned parish, has offered a few Masses as well.


  1. Anonymous5:23 PM

    It is more accurate to say

    "plus by our separated brethren from the SSPX Priory in New Manila"

    The fact is the SSPX is NOT IN COMMUNION with Rome. Please don't confuse the faithful.

  2. Great to hear. I thought Mass was bad in the is worse in the Philippines and I mean that with the utmost respect.

  3. @Joseph Shun Ravago - Actually none taken. Most bishops here are openly hostile to any priest who even shows a slight hint of being faithful to the rubrics of the Paul VI Mass, even on that level! Imagine a priest openly celebrating the EF Mass. That is the reason why there are only few priests who celebrate the EF Mass.

  4. @Joseph - Actually none taken if you ask me. It is true. The situation here in the Philippines is not that all good considering that most bishops are openly hostile against the EF Mass and any priest who shows any faithful observance of the rubrics of even the Mass of Paul VI. Even that! The only attempt to celebrate the EF Mass at the Manila Cathedral was met by an arrogant directive signed by the Cardinal Archbishop of Manila, but was obviously written by Anscar Chupungco in open defiance against Summorum Pontificum. That is why there are only a few number of priests willing to offer the EF Mass openly because of this hostility.

  5. Cruise the Groove7:27 PM

    "The fact is the SSPX is NOT IN COMMUNION with Rome."

    No one from the FSSPX is excommunicated, and they are Catholic, so they are in union with Rome.

  6. "It is more accurate to say

    "plus by our separated brethren from the SSPX Priory in New Manila"

    The fact is the SSPX is NOT IN COMMUNION with Rome. Please don't confuse the faithful."

    You are the only one who is confused. I was counting the complete number of locations where the TLM is celebrated daily in Metro Manila. Naturally I'd be lying if I didn't include the SSPX. As to whether the SSPX can be called "not in communion" or "separated", that is certainly not the case. SSPX priests have no faculties and are suspended, but they are neither excommunicated nor in formal schism.

    The wording I adopted -- "under diocesan auspices" vis-a-vis "SSPX -- is the best and least emotionally-charged way that I could refer to the distinction between such Masses.


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