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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.


  1. Tom the Milkman10:03 PM

    Great news! The Netherlands seemed lost to Catholicism in general for a number of years. Since we know the source for much of that sad abandonment, it's no wonder it is being recovered via the ancient Roman mass. God be praised.

  2. Ligisticus10:09 PM

    Bishop of Copenhagen.

  3. Anonymous10:18 PM

    I took that photo! :D

  4. I remember seeing stats from Holland that were amazing.

    During the 1950s, the Netherlands possessed a higher ratio of priests and religious to Catholic population than any other European country. Its Sunday Mass attendance rate was among the highest in the world at the time of the Council; as late as 1967, the figure was still 63 per cent, including 84 per cent in rural areas. The Dutch Church's missionary activity before Vatican II was unequalled in the world: with two per cent of the world's Catholics, it provided 11 per cent of it missionary priests....

    Yet within scarcely ten to fifteen years there was almost complete collapse. For example, between 1960 and 1977, ordinations to the priesthood fell from 318 to 16, a far worse drop than in neighbouring Belgium and West Germany. Mass attendance fell to less than 20 per cent of the pre-Vatican II high of 70-75 per cent; again a much worse decline than elsewhere. At the same time, 4300 nuns and brothers left religious life and over 2000 secular priest defected or were laicised: this was three time the world average.

  5. Anonymous6:29 AM

    @benjoyce: I wasn't there at the time, but from what I understand from others the disintegration of Catholicism here was due not only to a group of theologians determined to get their own way, together with a bunch of priests who blatantly refused to obey either the Church or their bishops, but due to the shaky circumstances of the Church before the 1960s.

    The first half(ish) of the 20thC is sometimes referred to as 'The Rich Roman Life', but there must have been something amiss on a deeper level for the abuses of later years to have taken hold so quickly, I think.

    But I'm just someone who sits under a mantilla and above a pew, so pinch of salt and all that.

  6. @benjoyce and @voxinrama you can find more statistical information in graphics as well as an analysis here and here

    Furthermore it remarkable that up to now none of the Dutch Bishops has celebrated a Pontifical H.Mass in the Extraordinary Form, or directed the H.Mass ad coram, like the Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr. Bacqué, on August 15th 2010.

    Let we hope and pray that this example will change the attitude of the Dutch Bishops

  7. Benjoyce and Voxinara,

    I agree with both of you.

    The early 1950's and 60's was a time of revolutionary upheaval and modernist errors were brewing in the Church.

    Then, in one of the most blind acts of poor discernment in history, rather than stand against the tides of revolution, the Vatican Council arrogantly disregarded the teachings and warnings of prior popes and swallowed those intoxicating, poluted waters, with obviously disastrous results.

    Thank God the Church cannot drown, but Peter is sinking in the stormy waters. Lord, save us.

  8. I'm amazed that once upon a time "the Netherlands possessed a higher ratio of priests and religious to Catholic population than any other European country."

    I always thought Holland was always the worst amongst Christian nations.

    Anyone could share as to why once upon a time it had such ratio?

  9. The apostleship of the FSSP priests of the St. Agnes parish in Amsterdam and The Netherlands needs your help too. The St. Agnes Church has to be restored because of a lack of maintenance during the last 30 years before that it came under the administration of the Father Knudsen fssp.
    So last month there was a serious leakage in the sacristy, while the electrical system dated from the first half of the twentieth century has to be renewed as soon as possible.

    Please, help the church of Saint Agnes by a donation. The international bank account number (IBAN): NL96INGB0000311311 (BIC: INGBNL2A).

  10. what about prostitutes in the windows in Amsterdam and hashish in the bars? Was that there in the '50's? or did that coincide with the cultural revolution in '65 which coincided with the close of Vatican II which coincided with Haight-Ashbury, LSD, and the Grateful Dead?

    Is the 3rd secret of Fatima linked to all this? (the 3rd Secret) should be released in 1960 because then "it will be more clear" ?

  11. Anonymous5:21 PM

    @jack p: hallo! Volgens mij zie ik u morgen wel; gaat u ook naar Brussel?

  12. Dear @benjoyce I grew up in Amsterdam in the 50's and 60's. In the 50's and first half of the sixties the red-light aereas was already existing, however restricted to a very small aerea. It is in the second half that it exploded over a large aerea of the City. In the same time indeed alse the use of all kind of drugs exploded.

    However let we donot forget that Amsterdam is also the city of the H.Sacramebnt. So pray for Amsterdam.

  13. Anonymous9:46 PM

    Het wordt tijd dat Amsterdam kreeg een reguliere 'Mass ' in tegenstelling tot de protestantse puinhoop ingesteld met perfide catechismus door de Rijnlandse bisschoppen in de jaren 60. Hier is naar Nederland weer steeds katholieke door haak of door oplichter!


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