Rorate Caeli

International Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome
November 2012

Rorate Caeli has received the following press release.

On the Feast of All Saints (1st November), an international 'Summorum Pontificum' pilgrimage to Rome

The Coetus Internationalis pro Summorum Pontificum has just been constituted in Rome by representatives of several associations of faithful, including the International Federation Una Voce and the Italian Coordinamento Summorum Pontificum in order to organize an international pilgrimage of associations, groups and movements supporting 'Summorum Pontificum' and His Holiness Benedict XVI to mark the Year of Faith.  The pilgrimage will conclude on Saturday, November 3, 2012, with a Mass in St. Peter' Basilica. An official presentation of the event will take place on September 10 in Rome.

Photo: Fr. Josef Bisig FSSP and other Traditional Catholic clerics and pilgrims during the October 1998 pilgrimage of Traditional Catholics to Rome marking the tenth anniversary of Ecclesia Dei. Source: FSSP website. 


  1. The Holy Father could celebrate a TLM. Here is the petition with 488 signatures, being more than 350 in the last 3 days.

  2. Marie Auxiliadora1:40 AM

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  3. Jeanne d'Arc1:56 AM

    I'm so glad that someone started this petition to the Holy Father! It would be such a blessing!

  4. Deo volente the Holy Father will celebrate a 1962 Rite Mass then.

  5. Bishops who have disobediently defied the motu proprio by ignoring it, rejecting it or containing it should themselves be defied by priests and laity.
    The most important thing is to have the Mass celebrated not waste timeand energy in fruitless and sterile controversy with episcopal hirelings who have set themselvess against the ancient immemorial Mass rite. We need Fathers in God not manipulative episcopal politicians

  6. The end (or at least the beginning of the end) of the collapse of the Latin Church will arrive only when the Roman Pontiff(s) return to offering the Traditional Roman Mass.

    I pray and hope as well as beg His Holiness to offer the Traditional Roman Mass — the Rite that he was ordained to offer — regularly.

    During the past few decades, Roman Pontiffs have participated in religious services with our "separated brothers" and spent time in synagogues and mosques.

    I would like to believe that Pope Benedict XVI intends to spend time at a Catholic house of prayer to offer the Traditional Roman Mass.

    Please, Your Holiness. Please.


  7. I hope the Holy Father will publicly celebrate the EF. I'm sure that he celebrates it in private once in a while. I imagine the ceremonial will have to be slightly modified, but we can pray that our Holy Father offers the EF in public.

  8. OnEaglesWings5:18 AM

    What a fabulous idea, this petition is!

    What would be also grand, since both NO and TLM are supposed to be on the same footing (per the Vatican), is if all the priests were required to say the TLM at least once a year. This would sure take care of the "liberal left" and see if they are truly loyal to the Vicar of Christ and the Church. If this is unreasonable, then why are TLM priests mandated to say the NO at least once a year? That, to me, is not being on the same footing.

    It's no longer a question of loyalty with TLM side, is it? Why not raise the bar a bit from the rest out there?

    If the two are equal, why not apply it as such?

  9. Gratias5:48 AM

    It would be wonderful if Rorate Caeli, Messa in Latino and others such as Fr. Z could join forces to gather many thousands of signatures requesting a Papal Latin Mass.

    The time is now, for the intense Faith found among traditional Catholics can make an important contribution to the New Evangelization desired by Benedict XVI in this Year of Faith. Last time for Universae Ecclesia RC and MiL gathered 12,000 petitions, so you could make a huge contribution.

    If tjis mass were on November 3 even better still, for My wife and I will be in Rome.

  10. Someone in the combox asked what religious order the man in tan habit belongs to. He's from the Institute of the Holy Cross of Riaumont, a small French TLM-only congregation involved in the Catholic scouting movement.

  11. Maria Auxiliadora:

    Accusations without any proof against the Holy Father will not be tolerated here. I suggest you go back to the "Cathinfo" hole where you came from. Don't ever return to Rorate!

  12. Given past history, it is more likely that Cardinal Raymond Burke will celebrate the TLM at St. Peter's Basilica.

    The Pope has permitted the TLM for others under the "Summorum Pontificum", but he himself has his own way of celebrating the "Novus Ordo Missae" that he considers as pious as the TLM.

    It would be nice to see the Pope attend this TLM, as it would give a strong message of support for the restoration of all things Catholic.

  13. How does a group become involved in such an organisation? Happy to be added to the list etc.
    Drop us a line -
    Thanks in advance

  14. Pulex4:36 PM

    "I hope the Holy Father will publicly celebrate the EF. I'm sure that he celebrates it in private once in a while. I imagine the ceremonial will have to be slightly modified, but we can pray that our Holy Father offers the EF in public."

    The blog Ceremoniale Romanum featured in the previous post has discussed why a papal TLM seems unlikely. A low Mass with all its genuflections is physically testing for his age. A solemn papal Mass presents a different problem. The papal Mass at the throne (and, mutatis mutandis, a bishop's Mass in his cathedral) presupposes 'active participation' in the most litteral sense of the whole Roman curia and chapter of the respective basilica, each person taking some role in the ceremonial. Of course, the ceremonial could be modified to take account of the current structure of the Papal household, but will the Pope coerce his cardinals serve or assist at TLM against their will. To fetch a busload of clerics from, say, Gricigliano would be really anti-traditional, even if a perfect choreography of the Mass would be ensured.

  15. Prof. Basto5:37 PM

    It would be nice to see the Pope attend this TLM, as it would give a strong message of support for the restoration of all things Catholic.

    This would make the Mass a Mass coram Summo Pontifice. And there is a ritual for that.

    I would love to see the pope publicly celebrate a TLM, or attend a TLM coram Summmo Pontifice, PROVIDED THAT the Pope would do it as per the rites in force in 1962, namely, with the papal ceremonial that is proper to the TLM under the books in force in 1962.

    The "updating" of the Papal Liturgy of the extraordinary form would be the worst possible thing. The Papal liturgical ceremonial of 1962 is integral to any Papal Liturgy in the extraordinary form


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