Rorate Caeli

Diaconal Ordinations for the ICRSS

H.E. Raymond Cardinal Burke ordained three new deacons for the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest on January 30, 2011 in the ICRSS Seminary in Gricigliano. (For those curious about the numbers in the most recent years: in 2010, the ICRSS had one new deacon and three new priests. In 2009, they had 6 new deacons and 5 new priests.)

A magnificent photo gallery of the ceremony can be found here

The day before the ordinations, on January 29 (Feast of St. Francis de Sales), Cardinal Burke offered a Solemn Pontifical Mass in Treviso. The pictures can be found here.


Anonymous said...

God bless the I.C.R. It is quietly changing the landscape and for the better. Soon, we shall all wake up and find that we are in a new world with an old Mass, all thanks largely to this Institute.


Tom the Milkman said...

Thanks for a princely collection of photos that does more to refute the wretched barrenness of Modernism than a thousand words could. His Eminence and the ICRSS together serve the Church with a truly striking eloquence and fortitude. The beauty of the Roman liturgy arrayed! Much gratitude, Rorate.

Anonymous said...

M. A. said...

Beautiful photos! God bless the ICRSS!!

Anonymous said...

it is good to see the ermine-line cappa magna back, even though I believe the use of ermine for cardinals was abolis by the modernist Rome at thhede end of the 60's...

Anonymous said...

"It is quietly changing the landscape and for the better. Soon, we shall all wake up and find that we are in a new world with an old Mass, all thanks largely to this Institute."

Some wishful thinkin' there. The Institute has far less than a hundred priests after 20 years of existence. At the rate they are ordaining priests it will take them a century to have 500 priests.

Anonymous said...

How dare Dr Perkins slight the FSSP in this way? Let him explain himself.

thetimman said...

God bless the Institute. PKTP is right in full. The way of the Doctor of Charity may be quiet, but it is effective.

Anonymous said...

Man, can there not be one post here praising the ICR without needed to brag about the FSSP's superiority? Just let the post be. We're all on the same side.

Anonymous said...

Please clairfy for me, why if they had 6 new deacons in 2009, they only had 3 new priests in 2010?

Anonymous said...

You blind followers of the "Canons" are deluding yourselves.
I am no particular friend of the FSSP, which, particularly in the USA, is pursuing a dangerous path not very different from that of the Jansenists. But at least its liturgies are sober.
The absurd and even scandalous emphasis which the ICRSS places upon utterly outdated non-liturgical externals will come back to haunt, not only it, but the whole of the traditional movement.
The enemies of Tradition know this, which is why they allow the Institute to survive. They are biding their time, a time which I fear is not very far off.

Wachet Auf said...

Whatever accusations can be made against the Institute, Jansenism is not among them!!!

I do detect a fair deal of that heresy in many of their opponents, however. In Americans it comes through the strong puritan tradition in that country; in the French it comes through the Jansenist streak present in Lefebvre.

Enjoy the good and beautiful! There is nothing wrong with a bit of lace and ermine!

thetimman said...

Anonymous at 18:42,

What a remarkably unknowledgeable and uncharitable comment. I think you must have created 500 more supporters of the ICRSP with it.

And calling the FSSP Jansenists couldn't have helped make your point.

Timothy Mulligan said...

Donations for lace and ermine, inter alia, may be made at the Institute's home page, here:

Timothy Mulligan said...

P.S. I'll be attending my first morning of recollection of the Institute's Lay Society of the Sacred Heart at St. Anthony's Oratory in West Orange, New Jersey this coming Saturday. All are welcome. Confessions at 8 a.m.; Mass at 9 a.m.; a conference at 10 a.m.; followed by a holy hour.

Anonymous said...

Once again, Traditionalists form the circular firing squad.

Great job, guys. I'm sure the Modernists are very pleased.


Anonymous said...

Please, don't take my words wrongly, and please, correct me if it is necessary.
Do we, traditional Catholics need this (excessive??) display of clothing and baroque stylish clergy (included the buckled shoes?) to show we love tradition.
I am sure many of us LOVE and VALUE our Roman Catholic tradition, and we strive to keep it.
But is this necessary without resembling museum-lovers?
I am a traditional catholic and I assist regularly to a FSSPX chapel.

Tom the Milkman said...

anon 23:14

No correction from these quarters. I'm curious though, if liturgical beauty (call it extravagance, I don't mind) is an accompaniment of doctrinal rectitude and love for the beauty of the rites of Holy Church, what is your objection?

Anonymous said...

It is amusing to see how you supporters of the Institute never address the substantive points raised about them:
1) they have no right to the designation "canon", and yet insist upon it;
2) their non-liturgical practices are excessively elaborate and worldly;
3) their love of luxury and display is a scandal (those who doubt me should look at the photos of the banquet after the ordination - which by the way, take up a good half of the photos offered).
Those of you who are blind to this will remain so. But the thoughtful and prayerful Traditionalist cannot but be concerned: the enemy is watching. The forthcoming "clarification" of the moto proprio may well turn out to be the first sign that their baleful observation has now born fruit in ruinous action against all of us.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at you think the fact that the constitutions of the Institute have been approved and they have been granted the status of Pontifical Right allows them to be called "Canons"? Apparently the Vatican does not have the problems with the Institute you do.....and the reception is a celebration for the newly ordained and their families. There is nothing inappropriate about it. Not really sure what your problem is. My experience of the Institute is that they are holy priests who are very kind. I have never heard them make a critical remark about anyone in spite of the fact that people such as yourself pass judgement on them. You sound like one of those people that gives the Traditional Mass a bad name. A priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter once told me that the sin of the traditionalist can be a lack of charity.

thetimman said...

OK, I'll address these objections:

1. In the document "Saeculorum Rex", which elevated the Institute to a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, their community life as Canons was recognised and confirmed. Canons are typically attached to a Cathedral or other important church and have the care of the liturgy as their particular concern. The Institute, though not attached to a particular church, have indeed the care of the sacred liturgy as a primary concern, and thus, fittingly enough, have modeled their community life on that of secular canons. The Holy See confirmed this, and yet I still hear this threadbare accusation that the term is somehow unjustified. Their distinctive choir habit is patterned after the ordinary style of canons, with the particular blue used being in honor of Our Lady and St. Francis de Sales.

2. Their non-liturgical practices, which you label 'excessively worldly' you do not define. Help me out. But if you conflate this charge with the 'love of luxury', then perhaps you confuse style with substance. The Institute has a tradition and charism of hospitality, which is laudable. Certainly, they do much to preserve and promote beauty and culture, and are good to their guests. Like I said, perhaps not your cup of tea but hardly 'scandalous', unless you are looking for reasons to scorn.

The Institute gives the liturgy the very best it can. The trappings of the vestments, vessels, settings, chant, ceremony, et al., are evidence of this. If you don't prefer it, great. But to attack these holy priests for your discomfort with the baroque, or for like reason, seems to me unfair.

I can personally attest to the great good they have done here in St. Louis, and in my personal and family life.

Finally, the Institute was not founded as a Society of Pontifical Right, like the FSSP, but instead was granted after 18 years of existence. That is 18 years in which the Holy See had the opportunity to observe them, their community, their charism, and the fruits of their activities. The Holy Father must think that they are good. Why not take his word for it?

Timothy Mulligan said...

Anonymous at 09:47:

Please watch the film "Babette's Feast" -- with a nice glass of red wine! It will be good for you.

Louise Reins said...

One really cannot characterize the FSSP as being Jansenistic - as a whole. After 19 years associated with an FSSP chapel, we have seen that they are all over the map. The bottom line is that the FSSP is merely a side chapel in a theologically pluralistic church. Well over half of our collections go to diocesan schools and programs. Heresy by Omission?
Louise Reins

Anonymous said...

Dear Timman.....Well said! Thank for that balanced and well thought out statement!!

Tom the Milkman said...

Beautifully said, Timman. Thank you!

Indeed one comment in particular says it all:

"Certainly, they do much to preserve and promote beauty and culture, and are good to their guests."

LeonG said...

Some priests in the ICR are endeavoring to take The Holy Mass back to its earlier form prior to the early twentieth century additions such as the "dialogue Mass". Deo Gratias!

Stephen said...

To the anonymous poster who likes to shout:
As to your question about the six deacons...of the six deacons ordained for the Institute in July of 2009; two were ordained priest in the fall of 2009 and three of them in 2010. One remains a deacon...there.

J.G. Ratkaj said...

"their love of luxury and display is a scandal (those who doubt me should look at the photos of the banquet after the ordination - which by the way, take up a good half of the photos offered). "

A really ridiculous blubbering. This banquet was held in a genuine italian environment: authentic mediterranean elegance combined with clasiness but no perfunctory showiness at all. Or would it be adequate to welcome a cardinal of the holy roman church with plastic camping chairs and otherinsipidness? May the Holy Virgin intercede for the work of the institute.

M. A. said...

thetimman,thank you.

Although there is nothing of material substance befitting God or His cult of worship, there are generous souls who do strive to give Him the best, the most beautiful and if necessary, costly, while personally living in spiritual poverty and detachment.

Their detractors cannot, will not recognize that spiritual dimension of the ICKSP. What is it? envy?

Anonymous said...

The members of the ICRSS are not canons.
The document by which "Ecclesia Dei" granted the Institute the status of Pontifical Right refers, twice, to its members living "a common life after the manner of canons". The actual words of erection, however, declares them a "society of apostolic life" only.
The document also refers to both Frs Wach and Mora as "Reverendus Dominus". i.e., exactly as such documents habitually refer to any simple priest.
Furthermore, even if the priests of the Institute were canons (which, I repeat, they are not), they would not have the right to be referred to, individually, as "Canon X" or "Canon Y". The only canons who enjoy this right or custom are cathedral and collegiate canons; e.g. the members of a cathedral chapter. The other sort of canons, so-called "regular canons", such as the Augustinians, the Norbertines, and even the Teutonic Order, are included as the very first division under the broader rubric of "Institutes of Consecrated Life" in the Annuario Pontificio. In other words, they are seen, by the Holy See itself, as of greater dignity than even the great monastic orders, which come next. Nevertheless, none of these great and historic orders are in the habit of demanding that their priestly members be called "Canon X". They are all simply "Father X", or, in the case of the superior, "Father Abbot".
But the ICRSS is not even an institute of consecrated life, but simply a society of apostolic life, like the Oratorians, the Sulpicians, Maryknoll, and the FSSP.

These are the facts.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 16:44 I understand the point you are making. I am not a canon lawyer or expert on the various types of Canons in the Church....perhaps you are? Regardless, as far as I am aware, when the Institute received the status of Pontifical Right they had already begun to style themselves as Canons. The Choir Habit was blessed an given to the members of the Institute in a ceremony conducted by the former Cardinal Archbishop of Florence. The various (and many I might add) Cardinals and Bishops who visit the seminary or perform ordinations seem to have no difficulty acknowledging the priests of the Institute as Canons. I would think that if their claim to the title of Canon was questionable this would have been addressed by these Bishops before performing an Ordination or entering into a relationship with them such as Cardinal Burke has.
As the title of Pontifical Right was given after the priests of the Institute styled themselves as Canons and as Princes of the Church seem to have accepted this fact I can only guess your insistence is based on some other objection? I honestly cannot see why some are so upset about this? Could it be jealousy of the acheivements of the Institute? Very strange indeed!

chiapet said...

The thoughts expressed in the SSPX article are precisely why I'd love to get away from my FSSP community after 10+ years of frustration with them. It's even harder to get to the local SSPX chapel, though, so I'd live with a closer diocesan Mass if the Bishop would loosen the strings on us.

God bless the SSPX for continuing to loudly proclaim the whole truth about what's going on in the Church now.

Call me horrible, mean, terrible, and intransigent if you like, but I've been seeing this same tendency to downplay or even ignore a number of issues in the SP/Indult/diocesan segment of this movement. I guess I'm just a bad Catholic. Oh well.

They're good priests overall, but so are a lot of the Novus Ordo clergy. That ain't quite all there is to it.