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Nichols, Archbishop of Laodicea

Wiliness, evasiveness, confusion, lukewarmness: the work of Nichols, Archbishop of Laodicea.

(See previous post: The crisis of the Church is a crisis of Bishops: The "Season of Pride"?)

Pastoral provision at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has reaffirmed the intention and purpose of the pastoral provision for Catholics of a same-sex orientation at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street, London W1.
In a statement issued on 28 February 2012 he said:
“As we approach the fifth anniversary of the establishment of a pastoral provision for Catholics of a same-sex orientation * at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, I would like reaffirm the intention and purpose of this outreach.”
“That intention and purpose were clearly set out in the statement issued by the Diocese of Westminster in 2007 when the provision was started under the guidance of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor. This statement is set ou…

La crisi della Chiesa è una crisi dei vescovi
A Londra, la messa "Pride"

Lettera aperta alla Curia Romana
Eminentissimi signori Cardinali! Eccellentissimi signori in Curia!

Guardate questo video - e l'incredibile difesa di mons. Nichols.
Aspettiamo le Vostre considerazioni e reprimende. Noi, piccole pecorelle, non possiamo vivere così - i lupi sono in chiesa, celebrano le messe... 
Scandalizzati, aspettiamo il Vostro intervento per fermare questa vergogna che succede regolarmente nell'Arcidiocesi di Westminster, centro del cattolicesimo inglese - e che avrà ripercussioni in tutta la Chiesa. È uno scherno a Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo, al Redentore Immacolato, alla Sua Croce, al Suo Santissimo Corpo, al Suo Preziosissimo Sangue, a Sua Madre Immacolata, ai Suoi Angeli e Santi, alla Sua Santa Chiesa di tutti i tempi e luoghi e alla Sua Dottrina perenne. 

Non girate lo sguardo. Vi preghiamo di fare qualcosa subito – la nave sta andando a fondo. Chiediamo questo con rispetto filiale. Non permettete che questa sciagura continui.
Questo distrugge l’unità con…

What does the future hold for Traditional Catholics in Detroit?

Palm Sunday 2008 in Assumption Grotto, Detroit. Source.
Last week, Diane Korzeniewski of the Te Deum laudamus blog posted a lengthy report (45 Fewer Parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit) on the plans of the Archdiocese of Detroit to "restructure" its 267 parishes into a much smaller contingent. Among the parishes threatened with possible closure are Assumption Grotto (the only church in the whole archdiocese with a daily TLM) and St. Josaphat (one of the three other churches in the archdiocese aside from Assumption Grotto that have a weekly TLM fulfilling the Sunday obligation). The following is Korzeniewski's take on the possible impact of the parish changes on Detroit's Traditional Catholic community:
Long Term Impact on Traditional Catholics in Detroit?  One of the things I have been concerned with all along is that there is no provision to ensure that the Archdiocese of Detroit has a long-term plan for Catholics attracted to the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM). Th…

Caussin in Lent: Too much confidence is the mother of an approaching danger

The ribbon in the corner indicates that we are in the Ember Days in Lent - the first one being this Wednesday, whose Gospel is dedicated to the signs demanded from the Lord by Scribes and Pharisees.
Fr. Nicolas Caussin, S.I., confessor to Louis XIII exiled by Cardinal Richelieu and heavily criticized by many Jansenists, is well-known as the author of "La Cour Sainte" ("The Holy Court"). In his "Entretiens" ("Entertainments") for Lent, some of his sermons for the Season are presented in a devotional format: an examination of the traditional scriptural readings for the day in the Roman Rite followed by the aspirations of the soul thirsty for Christ. He will be our main inspiration for seasonal posts this year. ________________________________________
"He answered and said to them, 'An evil and adulterous generation demands a sign, and no sign shall be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet. For even as Jonah was in the belly of the fish …

Events: Pontifical Mass in Manhattan on March 26

From a reader:
Agnus Dei and Regina Caeli Councils of the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Pontifical Mass for Life on the Feast of the Annunciation at Manhattan’s Church of the Holy Innocents. His Excellency, James C. Timlin, bishop emeritus of Scranton, will celebrate the Pontifical Mass and administer Confirmations in a separate ceremony beforehand.
This Pontifical Mass is one event in the Knights of Columbus’ international observance of “The Day of the Unborn Child” on the Feast of the Annunciation. Throughout the world, Knights of Columbus councils mark the day by attending Mass, praying the Rosary, and speaking out against the evil of abortion and in favor of all unborn children and their mothers.

Events: Pilgrimage to the Holy Tunic in Trier, Germany

For the first time since 1996, and only the fourth in the past 80 years, the relic traditionally believed to be the Holy Tunic of the Lord (the "seamless garment" worn by the Lord in his Passion) will be on display in Trier (Rhineland-Palatinate), Germany, from April 13 to May 13. And, this year, there will be a special pilgrimage of Traditional Catholics from April 20 to April 22 with Cardinal Brandmüller.
Father Nikolaus Gorges, FSSP, is the organizer of the pilgrimage, and the newsletter for the pilgrimage, with every detail of each day, is available at the website of the International Federation Una Voce:
At the pilgrimage of these communities, all liturgies are celebrated in the traditional Latin form. ... The only sepulcher of an apostle on the northern side of the Alps, St. Matthias, is located in the Basilica, which is named after him. As organizer of the pilgrimage of the Ecclesia-Dei Communities, I cordially invite you in the name of all those communities to the…

Two new Personal Parishes in Switzerland

The Diocese of Chur, in central-eastern Switzerland, announced today the canonical erection of two Personal Parishes dedicated to the Traditional Roman Rite (the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite), as envisaged by Summorum Pontificum, art. 10.
Bishop Vitus Huonder established the Personal Parish Maria Immaculata in Oberarth (Canton Schwyz) and the Personal Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, in Thalwil (Canton Zurich - staffed by priests of the Fraternity of Saint Peter/FSSP), both for preexisting communities of Traditional Catholic faithful. The decrees were signed on Feb. 22 and were made public today.
(Source: Communiqué of the Diocese of Chur; tip: Kipa-Apic

Vatican II at 50:
History of the Preparatory Schemas

We are deeply thankful toThe Angelus for having agreed to let us post this article published in their Jan.-Feb. 2012 issue, the first one in their new beautiful format (the inside pages include some particularly impressive images of the Vatican Basilica). It clearly strikes the right balance between a formal journal and a source of useful information for any Catholic reader.
The issue is in part dedicated to the great historic event of the year, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. In the development of the Council, no documental matter was of greater consequence than the "schemata" (the "drafts") of the Conciliar documents - whose smooth acceptance would probably have allowed for a Council in the general line followed by Blessed John XXIII in the Roman Synod and in Veterum Sapientia - and their rejection by the maneuvers of the organized "Progressive" minority of Fathers and their experts (periti). The first session of the Co…

"After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?"

After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?
Alberto Giubilini (Department of Philosophy, University of Milan, Milan; Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), Francesca Minerva (Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford University)
Abstract Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus' health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.
(Journal of Medical Ethics, published online 23 Feb 2012, available at http:…

Caussin in Lent: The Judgment of God and a good death

"Then He will say to those on His left hand, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you did not give Me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ Then they also will and say, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Amen I say to you, as long as you did not do it for one of these least ones, you did not do it for Me.’ And these will go into everlasting, punishment, but the just into everlasting life." (St. Matthew v, 41-46 - from the Gospel for Monday of the First Week in Lent)
Of the judgment day.
Moralities. Behold here a gospel of great terror, where our spirit, like the dove of Noah, is placed upon the deluge of God's wrath, and know…

"... in all circumstances as God’s ministers..."

"Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation! We give no offense to anyone, that our ministry may not be blamed. On the contrary, let us conduct ourselves in all circumstances as God’s ministers, in much patience; in tribulations, in hardships, in distresses..."
Some groups, on the other hand, openly accused the Pope of wanting to turn back the clock to before the Council: as a result, an avalanche of protests was unleashed, whose bitterness laid bare wounds deeper than those of the present moment. 
" stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults; in labors, in sleepless nights, in fastings; in innocence, in knowledge, in long-sufferings..."

I was saddened by the fact that even Catholics who, after all, might have had a better knowledge of the situation, thought they had to attack me with open hostility.

" kindness, in the Holy Spirit, i…

A Call from the FSSP French District: offer up your Lent for Catholic Unity

From the website of the French District of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP):
Offering up our Lent for Catholic Unity (Last modification: 02.24.2012, 0827)
In this Lenten season, some among our friends have taken the initiative of offering up their struggles and sacrifices for reconciliation and unity between all Catholics.
At a moment in which the dialogue between the Society of Saint Pius X  [SSPX] and the Holy See reaches a decisive point for the future, the District of France [of the FSSP] encourages its friends to double their fervor in prayer.
P.S. reading material to enrich our meditation: the Message of Benedict XVI for Lent.

Merry del Val - novena prayer and intentions

A reader sends us the following:

As has been stated in Rorate, Rafael Merry del Val was educated at Ushaw College in the north of England. He commenced his studies at Ushaw College in 1883 before he went to Rome in 1885. In 1955, the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, in whose diocese Ushaw College is situated, wrote to the people of the diocese and asked them to support a novena to further the cause of His Eminence. I have attached scans of the bishop’s suggested novena prayers and a brief summary of Cardinal del Val’s life. Some of Rorate's readers may wish to recite these novena prayers to help the cause of this great servant of the Church.

Ushaw College was the major seminary for the north of England and was formed in 1808 by students who had fled some years earlier from Douai College in northern France during the French Revolution. It expanded over the decades and by 1962, at the opening of the Second Vatican Council it housed 400 students, although some were secular students…

Is communion on the tongue unsanitary?

As a follow-up to the article published in the Brisbane diocesan paper against the reception of Holy Communion by the faithful kneeling and on the tongue (Rorate Caeli, Feb 14, 2012, Australian Archdiocesan paper: Communion in the tongue is "unhygienic", disruptive and based on "over-emphasis on Christ's divinity"), the American District of the Society of Saint Pius X published the following informative article, which provides useful points for when this matter comes up in your discussions:

Communion on the tongue unsanitary?
Communion on the tongue is unsanitary. So authoritatively stated an article published in the Australian Catholic Leader by Elizabeth Harrington, the education official for the Liturgy Commission of the Brisbane archdiocese:
…It is awkward for ministers to give communion on the tongue to people who are standing, which is the recommended posture for communion in Australia, and it is unhygienic because it is difficult for ministers to avoid pass…

The New Law

"I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute and calumniate you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven, Who makes His sun to rise on the good and the evil, and sends rain on the just and the unjust." (Gospel, Mass for Friday after Ash Wednesday, St. Matthew v, 44-45)
You know well, and We have frequently reminded you of it, nothing was so often and so carefully inculcated on His disciple by Jesus Christ as this precept of mutual charity as the one which contains all others. Christ called it the new commandment, His very own, and desired that it should be the sign of Christians by which they might be distinguished from all others; and on the eve of His death it was His last testament to His disciples to love one another and thus try to imitate the ineffable unity of the three Divine Persons in the Trinity. "That they may be one as we also are one ... that they may be made perfect in one".
The Apostles…

The Anti-Xavier:
in 40 years in the rainforest, "not a single" baptism

Different styles of life and multiple scales of values arise from the diverse manner of using things, of laboring, of expressing oneself, of practicing religion, of forming customs, of establishing laws and juridic institutions, of cultivating the sciences, the arts and beauty. Thus the customs handed down to it form the patrimony proper to each human community.  Gaudium et spes, 53 _________________________________________
From Vatican Insider (in Spanish): In the Amazon, in the service of man
At 90, the Consolata Missionary Silvano Sabatini, who spent 40 years with the indigenous people of the Brazilian Amazon, has much to tell: about his "'rebellious' life on the edge," about his brave, stimulating, destabilizing "being with the Other," about the meaning of Mission, with all its tensions, contradictions, and complexities (in a moment in which the rethinking of the missionary activity of the Church seems very urgent and current).
All that is in the book-testimo…

Merry del Val - Part 2

THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF Cardinal R. Merry del Val
Secretary of State of Saint Pius X
Through the manifest will of the Holy Father Leo XIII, young Rafael followed his studies in Rome at the Academy of the Noble Ecclesiastics. The aged Pontiff had perceived his intelligence and virtue and, notwithstanding the fact that he was still very young and not yet a priest, he entrusted him with important diplomatic duties in London and Berlin. But the soul of the future Secretary of State, far from the glitter of earthly glory, desired to receive the sacred unction which would make him a priest forever.
During his stay at the College of Ushaw in England, young Rafael won everyone over, teachers as well as pupils, with his courteous and jovial character as well as his great intelligence and natural goodness, but even more for his supernatural and angelic piety which made of him one of the most illustrious glories of the famous College. In the spring of 1885, …

Plenary indulgence reminder: Fridays in Lent

8 §1. A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who:
2° in any Friday in the season of Lent piously recite the prayer En ego, o bone et dulcissime Iesu, before an image of the Crucified Jesus Christ after communion; ... (Reference: Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. concessiones.)

. . .
The En ego is quite well known - it is published in Breviaries and Missals, as well as in all missals for the use of the lay faithful, usually in the section dedicated to thanksgiving after Mass:

En ego, o bone et dulcissime Iesu, ante conspectum tuum genibus me provolvo, ac maximo animi ardore te oro atque obtestor, ut meum in cor vividos fidei, spei et caritatis sensus, atque veram peccatorum meorum paenitentiam, eaque emendandi firmissimam voluntatem velis imprimere; dum magno animi affectu et dolore tua quinque vulnera mecum ipse considero, ac mente contemplor, illud prae oculis habens, quod iam in ore ponebat tuo David Propheta de te, o bone Iesu: «Foderunt manus meas et pe…

You report: Solemn High Mass in Trenton, NJ

A reader sends us this report: The first diocesan  Solemn High Mass in Trenton since the implemention of the Novus Ordo was celebrated on Feb. 19 at the church of St. Anthony in Hamilton, New Jersey, with approximately 650 people in attendence. The celebrant was Fr. Brian Woodrow, the Deacon was Fr. Kevin Kimtis, and the Subdeacon was Fr. Todd Carter. All are diocesan priests who have been ordained in the past few years.
Fr. Brian Woodrow has been given the responsibility by Bishop David M. O'Connell to promote the Extraordinary Form throughout the Diocese. Students from the nearby Westminster Choir College came to sing the Schubert Mass in G for the occasion. Weekly High Masses will continue at St. Anthony's at 12:15 on Sundays. Other images of the mass may be viewed here.

For the record: a decision before summer?

For the record of events, an excerpt of the dispatch published by French Rome-based religious news agency I.Media on Feb. 20:
A decision on the Fraternity of Saint Pius X taken before summer?
Antoine Marie Izoard, I.MEDIA Agency
Rome, February 20, (Apic). The matter of a return to full communion with the Catholic Church of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX [SSPX]) is "in the Pope's hands", sources close to the dossier revealed to I.Media on February 20, 2012. Now that the phase of discussions with the Lefebvrists is over, Benedict XVI should shortly pronounce a final judgment to put an end, "before summer", to the discussions held since 2009 with the Society separated from Rome.
After having studied the response of the Society of Saint Pius X to the "doctrinal preamble", that had been handed to them at mid-September 2011, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith now awaits the decision of Benedict XVI. "The stage of study and discussion is ove…

Love and Aspersion of Blood

In ashes and in cilice - let us add our little grain of sand on the path  of the Sacred Priestly Sacrifice of the Supreme Priest, His path to Jerusalem, Passion, and Death. Let us empty ourselves of our love for self and join the Love who loved us with His Most Precious Blood, each day present upon the Altar.
A very fruitful Lent to all our readers, especially our dear Priests, who labor so deeply for our salvation. Thank you!
Think of My suffering and that of the saints, and cease complaining. You have not yet resisted to the shedding of blood. What you suffer is very little compared with the great things they suffered who were so strongly tempted, so severely troubled, so tried and tormented in many ways. Well may you remember, therefore, the very painful woes of others, that you may bear your own little ones the more easily. And if they do not seem so small to you, examine if perhaps your impatience is not the cause of their apparent greatness; and whether they are great or small, tr…

MCMLXII - Veterum Sapientia - MMXII
A solemn guide for the interpretation of Vatican II

Introduction,  followed by the Latin typical text and an English translation
The Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia, of Pope Blessed John XXIII, on the fostering of Latin studies, reaches its fiftieth anniversary today, Feb. 22, 2012.
The words of Romano Amerio appropriately convey the meaning of this Apostolic Constitution, the most readily forgotten papal document in the history of the Church. If there will ever be a "Hermeneutic of Continuity", it is to be based on the unchangeable Tradition of the Church and on the clear signs left by Pope John XXIII in the conclusions of the Roman Synod conducted entirely by him, and in Veterum Sapientia. 
Pope John intended the council to be a great act of renewal and functional adaptation for the Church and thought he had adequately prepared it to be such, but nonetheless cherished the prospect that it would all be over within a few months; thinking perhaps of Lateran I under Callistus II in 1123, which three hundred prelates conclu…

Time to Prepare (Part 2) ...

The other day we brought you, via our friends at Audio Sancto, a hard-charging traditional Lenten Mission delivered by Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea (listen here).
With Ash Wednesday on the horizon, we bring you one last traditional Lenten Mission (by a priest of the FSSP), since they are nearly extinct outside of fully traditional Mass sites.
Lent is coming. The time to prepare is coming to an end.
Lenten Mission (Part 1): Recognizing the Signs of the TimesLenten Mission, Conference 2 Lenten Mission, Conference 3
Lenten Mission, Conference 4

In defense of Mons. Brunero Gherardini - Part 2

Every existential journey is worthy of respect, especially, if is has been marked by suffering, but the one who has transformed his positions has no right to accuse another (in this case Mons. Gherardini) who has remained coherent, of being ‘ambiguous’ or ‘vague.’ Furthermore, nobody has the right to substitute the supreme authority of the Church in judging their brothers on questions of faith which are still undefined. There are some dogmas, such as the Immaculate Conception, that are infallibly defined by the extraordinary Magisterium of the Church. Whoever denies them, should be considered, without question, a heretic. There are other truths of a theological order, such as that of the invalidity of the ordination of women to the priesthood which cannot be denied without falling into heresy or error, because, never having been defined by the extraordinary Magisterium, they have been proposed infallibly by the ordinary universal teaching authority of the Church. Nevertheless, there a…

Recent Ordinations according to the pre-Conciliar books


Denton - On January 28, 2012, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz ordained 7 seminarians to the subdiaconate. Photos can be found on the FSSP main website. (Link)

Cardinal Becker

Rorate would like to note, as a matter of record, that Fr. Karl Joseph Becker S.J. , after having his name mysteriously removed from the list of those who would be created (with the announcement of a postponement for an undefined date in the future), was created a cardinal at today's Ordinary Public Consistory, with the diaconal title of San Giuliano Martire. (Photo source: Daylife) He looks quite healthy for his age.

In defense of Mons. Brunero Gherardini - Part 1

Recently, serious attacks have begun to appear against Mons. Brunero Gherardini’s theological reflections on the Second Vatican Council, as well as the history of that event which I, personally, have offered for examination. Discussions are never useless, but under the condition that they follow determined rules, beginning with the respect due to opinions which are different from our own. With regard to attacks directed at us, it seems, instead, that the violence and gratuitousness of the accusations, are proportionate to the meagerness of the arguments. Mons. Gherardini, myself and other gallant apologists, such as Father Serafino Lanzetta F.I., Alessandro Gnocchi and Mario Palmaro, are accused, on some web-sites, of being ‘crypto-sedevacantists’ and are lumped together with the Lutherans because of our ‘protestant mentality’ with ‘neo-agnostics pseudo-traditionalists’, with the progressives, which we would be united to because of our ‘individualistic pride’. I do not intend, fo…

Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society (fifty-third posting of souls)

Below, please find the fifty-third posting of enrolled souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society, which has 16 holy priests saying regular Traditional Latin Masses for the souls.
How to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well.
Please consider forwarding this Society to your family and friends, announcing from the pulpit during Holy Mass or listing in your church bulletin. We need to spread the word and relieve more suffering souls.
Please pray for the enrolled souls and the 15 holy priests saying Traditional Masses for the Society:

Merry del Val - Part 1

THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF Cardinal. R. Merry del Val
Secretary of State of St. Pius X

Part 1 Beside the exceptional and amiable figure of St. Pius X, we have, in marvellous splendor, the figure no less exceptional and extraordinary, of his Secretary of State, Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val. Of noble birth, but still more of noble aspirations, as from the first years of his life he had one unique and most noble goal: to be a Priest of God.


Born on the 10th October 1865 in London, to the Spanish Marquis of Irish descent, Rafael Merry del Val, and to the Countess Josephine de Zulueta, English but of Spanish descent, the future Secretary of State received Baptism the following day, and was named Rafael. The prestigious Del Val family, illustrious due to the nobility of their blood no less than for their virtues, could boast that amongst their ancestors there was a martyr of the Church: Little St. Domingo del Val ... .  The future Cardinal nourished a very special devoti…

Time to Prepare ...

Lent is coming ... soon.
In the past, you could find a traditional Lenten Mission at many parishes. Now, unless you are near a traditional parish, they are nearly extinct.
Fortunately, we are not meant to live in the past, we are meant to live in the now. And, now, we have the Internet.
Our friends at Audio Sancto have a wonderful, traditional, five-part Lenten Mission by the holy and learned Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea. While it is not short, it does go by very quickly, and is easy to follow and understand. It's clear, concise and bold.
As the season nears, you would do well to listen to this, to pray on it and to use it to prepare for a fruitful Lent.
Prelude to the Mission
On Death
On Judgement
On Hell
On Heaven

And please remember to follow @RorateCaeli on Twitter.

Australian Archdiocesan paper: Communion in the tongue is "unhygienic", disruptive and based on "over-emphasis on Christ's divinity"

The sanctuary of St. Stephen's Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane. Source.
The following is an excerpt from "Communion in the Hand", a short essay authored by Elizabeth Harrington, the education officer of the Liturgy Commission of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane. Dated February 12, 2012, it is currently on the website of "The Catholic Leader", a newspaper published by the Archdiocese of Brisbane that claims to be Australia's "leading Catholic newspaper". "Communion in the Hand" is the latest essay in the "Liturgy Lines" series, which is promoted on the main website of the Archdiocese of Brisbane as providing "all you want to know about Catholic worship". (See the right side of this page.)

Receiving communion on the tongue when the majority receive in the hand disrupts the unity that uniformity of posture and practice at Communion symbolises and builds. It is awkward for ministers to gi…

Relevant: After the Talks (SSPX - Rome)
Schmidberger speaks to Die Welt

For various reasons, we very rarely post long excerpts or full transcripts of articles published in large media outlets. In this case, we are forced to open an exception: the interviewer, a journalist in German daily Die Welt, is slightly more aware of what he is speaking about than the average mainstream journalist, and Father Franz Schmidberger, former Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) and its current Superior for the German District, provides very specific answers. Let us hope all involved realize when the time has come to "go up to Jerusalem" (cf. Gospel for Quinquagesima Sunday).

Translation by reader IM, adapted.

"God will not let us fail"
The traditionalist SSPX does not want to reconcile with the Pope at any price
The process of reconciliation between the Vatican and the SSPX enters a crucial phase. Three years ago, it emerged with the lifting of the excommunication of its four bishops in the hea…

Almost 5 years after Summorum:
In Trent, the chancery hates the "Tridentine" Mass

Another reason not to call it the "Tridentine" Mass - in the Archdiocese of Trent, the chancery hates it.
The Association "Sacra Liturgia" invites to the conference "Beauty in Sacred Art and in the Liturgy," with the pontifical ceremoniary Mons. Marco Agostini, which will take place in Trent on Saturday, February 11, at 1700, in the great hall of the Major Seminary. The Feininger Choir will present some Gregorian chants. On the following day, Sunday, February 12, the Mass will be celebrated in the Seminary, at 1800.
Regarding this, this was the note of the diocesan press office: "It is the constant and prioritary concern of our Diocesan Church the effort that the liturgical celebrations be the summit and source of Christian life, with an active participation of the faithful, and convergence of the various ministries.
"The initiative, taken by a diocesan priest, of promoting the celebration of H. Mass according to the ancient rite in the Diocesan S…