Rorate Caeli

Immigration must "take into account
the principles of law, cultural, and religious tradition"
of welcoming nation

Citizenship must be considered today within the context of globalization, which is characterized, among other things, by large migration flows. Faced with this reality, as I mentioned above, it is necessary to combine solidarity and respect for the law, lest they upset social life, and the principles of law and cultural and even religious tradition which formed the Italian nation must be taken into account. This need is felt especially by you, as local administrators, closer to people's daily lives. A special dedication to the public service of citizens is always required of you, [in order] to be promoters of cooperation, solidarity, and humanity. History has left us an example of Mayors whose prestige and commitment marked the life of the community: you rightly mentioned the figure of [the Servant of God] Giorgio La Pira, an exemplary Christian and an esteemed public administrator. May this tradition continue to bear fruit for the good of the country and its citizens! For this I assure you of my prayers, and I urge you, distinguished friends, to trust the Lord, because - as the Psalm says - "unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman guards in vain" (127.1).
Benedict XVI

March 12, 2011


  1. Anonymous4:39 PM

    I always have worried about the power of the P.C.E.D. in these matters because, looking at Article 5.1, it seems only that the Commission consults with the local bishops in the hope of reaching amicable agreements.

    What worries me the most is the fact that this request of Paix Liturgique is a rearguard defensive action which, if implemented, would still not solve the real problem. In other words, assuming that the P.C.E.D. (or a new Pontifical Council, more likely) were given full power to act in parishes, that would still only ensure T.L.M.s where faithful had asked for them. True, in theory, parish priests also have a power to act unilaterally to offer our Mass under most conditions (but can be reigned in by threats from bishops in other ways).

    What is needed is a norm at law saying that there must be at least one every-Sunday T.L.M. in each particular church of the Latin Church. Owing to general principles in law, this would not apply in sees where the resources could not reasoanbly allow this (e.g. the prefectures apostolic and even dioceses where there were only three or four priests or only a few Masses said each day). A norm is always restricted by available manpower and other resources and by what is reasonable. But it would be a standard so that, in time, the average Joe, travelling into town, could contact the Diocese and ask "Please tell me where the Latin Mass is in this Diocese".

    This minimum of one per see, which would in no way limit more where groups had asked for them in parishes, would ensure that the T.L.M. "is honoured for its venerable and ancient usage" (S.P., Art. 1) in each and every diocese in which and from which the Catholic Chuch exists. If the T.L.M. is to be entrenched in the Catholic Church, even for a small minority of faithful, such a provision needs to be there. It would ensure that faithful could discover the ancient Mass in their own dioceses and benefit from it spiritually. Spiritual treasures of Christ's Mystical Body should be available to all, rich and poor alike.


  2. Joe B6:58 PM

    I personally view this statement on immigration as a welcome restoration of balance on the issue. Heretofore the guidance seems to have been all for open borders. But as Italy and many other nations are learning, that's a one-way street to Islam and Sharia law, among other problems.

  3. The rights of the indigenous populace should be the priority.

  4. Get rid of the muslims!

    Get rid of them!

    But that is impossible because Europe has entered into agreement (way back) to allow immigration from the petro-contries they are exporting and, this is the kicker, not assimilate them. Robert Spencer of attests to this very real agreement.


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