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Cardinal O'Malley of Boston to confirm according to the traditional rite in his cathedral

It is our great joy to announce that His Eminence Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap, will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at Holy Cross Cathedral, 75 Union Park St., Boston, on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 1:00 PM.

Fr. Raymond Van de Moortell, pastor of St. Adelaide Parish in Peabody, and professor of homiletics and philosophy at St. John's Seminary, will celebrate Solemn Mass in the Presence of a Greater Prelate.

The St. Adelaide Parish Latin Mass community will be sending candidates to be Confirmed.

Please join us for this historic event.
H/t Una Voce NH and Una Voce Malaga


  1. Anonymous1:05 PM

    Good news? I hope so.

    On Sunday, at St. Joseph’s, an “indult” parish in Richmond, Bishop Sullivan, (a liberal who graciously allowed and has supported the indult parish), confirmed a number of young men and women according to the 1962 rite.

    So far, so good.

    Before giving his sermon, however, Bishop Sullivan called for a round of applause for the holy, elderly Benedictine priest who has graciously served the parish since its beginning.

    The first half of his sermon emphasized that the first consideration in confirmation, which he said means affirmation, is to affirm one’s self and one’s self worth.

    After the confirmation, Bishop Sullivan called for another round of applause for the newly confirmed.

    At Communion, after saying “Domine non sum dingus” only once (an accident I hope), the first person to receive Communion was the Bishop’s Master of Ceremonies. He received Communion in his hands while standing at the altar, clearly not an accident.

    At the closing of the Mass, the congregation knelt for the final blessing. Bishop Sullivan paused and then instructed that if everyone would stand up, he would give the Papal Blessing. The congregation stood for the blessing.

    Before the Recessional, Bishop Sullivan, gathered a number of the newly confirmed on the altar and called for family members to take pictures.

    During the Recessional down the center aisle, Bishop Sullivan stopped several times to shake hands and talk to people in the congregation, such that the congregation finally just dispersed while Bishop Sullivan continued his greetings.

    All this just two weeks after “Universae Ecclesiae” instructed:

    "24. The liturgical books of the forma extraordinaria are to be used as they are. All those who wish to celebrate according to the forma extraordinaria of the Roman Rite must know the pertinent rubrics and are obliged to follow them correctly."

  2. Anonymous2:31 PM

    Cardinal O'Malley was ordained a priest on 29 Aug 1970 which means his youthful formation was traditional, i.e., the Traditional Latin Mass and the Faith that it signifies. Since then, much water has passed under the bridge - an understatement of understatements.

    As a product of the Archdiocese of Boston in the '40s and 50's, my hope and prayer is that Cardinal O'Malley will return to his roots in Tradition and mandate the same in the entire archdiocese. Only then IMO will he begin to repair the damage that has been done in the intervening years.

    LtCol Paul E. Haley, USAF(Ret)

  3. Anonymous... so I take it you don't like the mutual enrichment coming from the novus ordo side of the fence?

  4. Anonymous3:25 PM

    Bishop Sullivan is being Bishop Sullivan, the ultimate liberal. He will say to you that in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberality. At least he was liberal years ago by giving the Richmond Diocese 2 Latin Mass parishes.

  5. Anonymous5:52 PM

    Anon 13:05

    Why am I not surprised? You can take a Catholic out of the novus ordo, but you can't take the novus ordo out of the Catholic


  6. "At least he was liberal years ago by giving the Richmond Diocese 2 Latin Mass parishes."

    2 TLM's in the whole diocese of Richmond?
    That is hardly anything at all in a diocese that covers 3/4 of the State of Virginia.
    It is better than nothing, but I would not call it "liberal" as in generous.
    Isn't there a regular daily TLM in Roanoke?

  7. For those who don't know Sullivan, this was not too bad. He's a most awful liberal. Sometimes you just have to be happy with what you can get.

    I've enjoyed your blog for quite a while, keep up the good work !

  8. Anonymous5:48 AM

    @ David Werling

    I think that UE made it pretty clear that the enrichment was strictly a "one way" affair with exception of the Calendar.

  9. 2 TLM's in the whole diocese of Richmond?
    That is hardly anything at all in a diocese that covers 3/4 of the State of Virginia.
    It is better than nothing, but I would not call it "liberal" as in generous.
    Isn't there a regular daily TLM in Roanoke?

    They had two parishes not two Masses and before Summorum Pontificum at that. This was better 90% of the dioceses out there. If they haven't increased the number of Masses since then, it's not something that can be pinned on Bishop Sullivan, since he retired before S.P.

  10. Forgive me,

    I meant only two parishes that offer the TLM in the diocese.

  11. Anonymous6:27 AM

    Vatican promotes more use of 1962 Roman Missal; not all priests know it

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A new Vatican instruction on the extraordinary form of the Mass intends to make it easier for Catholics who want to worship this way to do so. In lay terms, it has eliminated some of the red tape. For example, in years past, Catholics who wanted to attend the Latin-language liturgy celebrated according to the 1962 Roman Missal had to request this from their parish priest, who then had to receive permission from the bishop to offer these Masses. Now, according to a Vatican instruction released May 13, pastors do not have to get the local bishop's permission to approve these Masses for Catholic groups even when these groups are small or formed of people from different parishes or dioceses. The instruction calls on bishops and pastors to respond generously to Catholics who seek to attend this Mass, commonly known as the Tridentine Mass. The Vatican instruction, issued by the Ecclesia Dei commission and approved by Pope Benedict XVI, is a follow-up to a 2007 apostolic letter "Summorum Pontificum," which relaxed restrictions on its use, saying this Mass should be made available in every parish where groups of the faithful want it. U.S. church officials say these relaxed restrictions do not necessarily mean there will be a significant increase in the number of Masses offered in the extraordinary form, primarily because there are just not enough priests trained to celebrate these Masses and those who can are aging.

  12. Anonymous1:59 AM

    It was an honor merely to assist at the Mass at Holy Cross Cathedral today. Cardinal O'Malley gave an outstanding sermon on the importance of the Ten Commandments, particularly the Third Commandment.

    Although talking about a priest's ars celebrandi usually makes me uncomfortable, I feel the need to answer the concerns raised above. In short, the Cardinal's Latin pronunciation is impeccable, his chanting is beautiful, his manner of celebration is edifying and serious, he followed the printed rubrics to the letter, he did not at all seem out of place, and even if he wasn't a bishop I would be tempted to go out of my way to see him celebrate the Mass itself.

    What a wonderful day.

  13. Anonymous1:46 AM


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