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Liturgical dance from all over the world

After the recent post on the Filipino bishop who led the liturgical dancing at his own installation Mass in the presence of his country's cardinals and papal nuncio and many of his brother bishops (The Bishop as the Chief Liturgical Dancer of his Diocese), we would like to post some recent (2012-2013) videos of liturgical dancing from six different locations in North America, South America, Western Europe and Asia. 

We are sometimes unjustly accused of publishing every disturbing piece that comes our way. The fact of the matter is that we have been very restrained in our posting. Through the years we have not posted numerous other examples -- verifiable and genuine ones -- of liturgical abuse (many of them worse than the ones posted below) and of open doctrinal or episcopal dissent that have been brought to our attention.
All the videos posted below are from places that are not "mission areas" in the traditional sense of the term, and where Catholicism has been present …

Pope's words indicate full synodality is on the way
Catholic communion: with the Bishop of Rome, with the Synod

To confirm in unity. Here I would like to reflect for a moment on the rite which we have carried out. The pallium is a symbol of communion with the Successor of Peter, “the lasting and visible source and foundation of the unity both of faith and of communion” (Lumen Gentium, 18). And your presence today, dear brothers, is the sign that the Church’s communion does not mean uniformity. The Second Vatican Council, in speaking of the hierarchical structure of the Church, states that the Lord “established the apostles as college or permanent assembly, at the head of which he placed Peter, chosen from their number” (ibid., 19). Confirming in unity: the Synod of Bishops, in harmony with the primacy.We must walk on this path of synodality, grow in harmony with the service of the primacy. And it continues, the Council: “this college, in so far as it is composed of many members, is the expression of the variety and universality of the people of God” (ibid., 22). In the Church, variety, which is…

For the record
Rumors: Parolin next Secretary of State? Piero Marini next CDW Prefect?

From CNA: New Vatican Secretary of State may be appointed soon:

Rumors have emerged that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, will shortly be appointed as the Vatican's Secretary of State. *** A skilled diplomat, Archbishop Parolin, 58, served as Vatican undersecretary for relations with States from 2002 to 2009. 
Suggestions of a possible “important appointment” for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul emerged from a couple of different Vatican sources who spoke to CNA at the beginning of this week on the condition of anonymity. 
“The Pope knows that he cannot have an outgoing secretary of state for so long,” one of them said June 26. 
After the first 100 days of his pontificate, the source maintained, “Pope Francis is now in a hurry to have his own staff carry out the reform of the Curia.” 
*** Following the appointment of the new Secretary of State, sources say that Pope Francis would also change several of the top-ranking officials of the Curia. 
Cardinal Oscar R…

Priest who denounced supposed "ring" under arrest for false accusations
And another priest under arrest

Patrizio Poggi, the priest suspended a divinis who denounced a supposed "ring of homosexual and pedophile priests" in the Roman Curia (previous post here), also on Italian television network La7, is under arrest on an inquiry of false accusation of a crime (calunnia, lit. calumny) conducted by the Carabinieri.
The Vicariate of the City had already declared Poggi's declarations were false and slanderous.

(Source: Corriere della Sera; tip: Il Blog di Raffaella)


In other news, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who had worked in the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See until his indictment weeks ago, was also arrested today in an ongoing investigation involving irregularities in the Institute for Religious Works (IOR). 
Statement of the Holy See spokesman on the matter.

Cardinal Ranjith on the sense of mystery in the liturgy
For the record: the Cardinal's interview with Zenit

(Video originally posted at 6:00 AM of 6/28)

Cardinal Ranjith on Forming the Faithful to Live the Liturgy Sacra Liturgia Conference Under Way in Rome
Rome, June 27, 2013 ( Edward Pentin
The faithful must be taught the true meaning of the sacred liturgy: that it is “an instrument of communion with the Lord, allowing the Lord to take hold of you, and the Lord absorbing you into his divine mission, and making you experience what a great and privileged moment of communion this is.”
These are the words of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, archbishop of Colombo, in an exclusive interview with ZENIT on the sidelines of Sacra Liturgia 2013, a major international conference in Rome this week. The cardinal, who was previously Secretary at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, also discussed the importance of formation, Pope Francis’ approach to the sacred liturgy, and the crucial role it plays in the New Evangelisation.

Event: Latin Mass near Padua on June 30

If you live near Padua (Italy), lend your support to this new coetus fidelium trying to establish a regular Traditional Mass in the Shrine of the Madonna del Tresto, in Ospedaletto Euganeo (Padova).
The Mass will take place on Sunday, June 30, at 11:50, with the participation of the Schola "Scriptoria". More information at We ask our Italian blogging friends also to announce this event in their pages, please.

Pope Francis and the drama of sodomy in the Church and in the Diocese of Rome
The explosive report by La7 network

The affirmation by Pope Francis that there is a “gay lobby” in the Vatican, should not be reduced to an extemporaneous quip, but evaluated and weighed in all of its tragic consequences. “There are truly some saintly people in the Curia, but there is also a current of corruption. There is talk of a “gay lobby” , and it is true, it exists. We have to see what we can do about it.”
The Holy Father pronounced these words during a private audience with the leaders of the Confederation of Latin American Religious (CLAR) which took place in Rome on the 6th of June 2013. It was a private meeting, and the interlocutor was an authoritative body, which [afterwards] drew up a written report of the Pontiff’s conversation. This text was not destined for publication, but it is authentic, demonstrated by the fact that it went all round the world without any refutation from the Holy See.

For the record: Declaration of bishops of Society of St.Pius X on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the episcopal consecrations

1- On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the episcopal consecrations the bishops of The Society Saint Pius X are eager to express solemnly their gratitude towards Archbishop Lefevbre and Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer for the heroic deed they were not afraid of performing on the 30th June 1988. Most especially they would like to express their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard the Faith and the Catholic priesthood, did not hesitate to suffer the unjust accusation of disobedience.

Still there

Benedict XVI, emeritus, strolls joined by Abp. Gänswein, outside the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, in the Vatican.

[Image by @francescograna; tip Elisabetta Piqué @bettapique]

More criticism of Benedict XVI from Cardinal Lehmann

While it's not the first time in the last few months he's done this, the former head of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz, has once again publicly attacked Benedict XVI. 
From The Tablet:
Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz has criticised two major liturgical changes introduced by Pope Benedict XVI.
The former president of the German bishops' conference said that he did not think the co-existence of the old-rite liturgy alongside the new was a good idea, and that theproposed change in the German Missal from saying Christ died "for all" to "for many" was a sign of Rome trying to appease traditionalists.
He complained there were now more Tridentine Masses on offer than there was demand for and questioned the motives of fans of the old-rite Mass. He said enthusiasm for the Tridentine Mass seemed to have "a lot to do with prestige".
Lehmann also questioned why Rome was changing the translation of pro multis to "for many…

Editorial: "On Syria, that's enough!" (Aid to the Church in Need)

Aid to the Church in Need - France:

For two years, Syria has been at the mercy of international punishment, and we have been asked to watch silently the annihilation of one of the most ancient countries in the world. With the matter being complex and with a unanimity imposed, it is true that the disagreeing voices were bound to be received badly. Yet today, with the American decision to arm the rebels, and the European, particularly French, blind following in the matter, the time has come to put an end to this charade.
In the name of the Syrian population, all confessions together, this operation of destruction must stop. Yes, it is enough!
Yes, the matter is complex, the government is authoritarian, but since when has this authorized the international community to decide the destruction of a nation? Is Syria the sole dictatorship in the region? Should we not include in that Saudi Arabia and Qatar, just to mention those two? And how can pulverizing a nation make it better?
Two years ago, …

NEVER SILENT - Marriage between a man and a woman: a non-negotiable value - Do not negotiate: Reject "pseudo-marriages"

None of us, in fact, belongs exclusively to himself or herself: one and all are therefore called to take on in their inmost depths their own public responsibility.

Marriage as an institution is thus not an undue interference of society or of authority. The external imposition of form on the most private reality of life is instead an intrinsic requirement of the covenant of conjugal love and of the depths of the human person.

Today, the various forms of the erosion of marriage, such as free unions and "trial marriage", and even pseudo-marriages between people of the same sex, are instead an expression of anarchic freedom that are wrongly made to pass as true human liberation. This pseudo-freedom is based on a trivialization of the body, which inevitably entails the trivialization of the person. Its premise is that the human being can do to himself or herself whatever he or she likes: thus, the body becomes a secondary thing that can be manipulated, from the human point of vie…

For the record: Pope Francis confirms De Paolis mission
Purification of Legion of Christ reaches new stage

The letter sent by Pope Francis to Cardinal de Paolis was released today:

To my Venerable Brother Cardinal Velasio De Paolis
In an audience on May 27th, you explained the progress of the ministry of Delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ which my beloved predecessor, Benedict XVI, entrusted to you on June 16, 2010.
I would like to thank you for having brought me up to speed on what you have done in fulfilling this delicate task. As well, I would like to assure you that I have carefully considered what you presented to me in the report you sent with your letter on May 10th, as well as the content of the prior reports and the material regarding the Apostolic Visitation which took place in 2009 and 2010.

The Devirilization of the Liturgy in the Novus Ordo Mass
[Exclusive article]

Fr. Richard G. Cipolla, Ph.D., D. Phil.(Oxon.)
The correspondence between Cardinal Heenan of Westminster and Evelyn Waugh before the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Mass is well known, in which Waugh issues a crie de coeur about the post-Conciliar liturgy and finds a sympathetic, if ineffectual, ear in the Cardinal.[1]   What is not as well known is Cardinal Heenan’s comment to the Synod of Bishops in Rome after the experimental Mass, Missa Normativa, was presented for the first time in 1967 to a select number of bishops. This essay was inspired by the following words of Cardinal Heenan to the assembled bishops:

At home, it is not only women and children but also fathers of families and young men who come regularly to Mass. If we were to offer them the kind of ceremony we saw yesterday we would soon be left with a congregation of women and children.[2]
What the Cardinal was referring to lies at the very heart of the Novus Ordo form of the Roman Mass and the attendant and deep problems…

Your tax dollars at work!

Dollars, pounds, euros...: if your country is listed among the hilariously named "Friends of Syria" (i.e. the Sunni axis, plus America, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy), then your tax money is indirectly supporting this - from AsiaNews:

The Custody of the Holy Land announced the death of Fr Franҫois Mourad (photo), a Syrian monk, and the assault of the Franciscan monastery of St Anthony of Padua in Ghassanieh, a predominantly Christian village in the district of Jisr al-Shughur in the province of Idlib, near the border with Turkey.
Fr Halim Noujaim, a Franciscan priest, said in a letter to the Custodian that Frs Hanna and Firas, both Franciscan religious from Kanaieh (Latakia), went to Al-Ghassaniyah to collect Fr Franҫois's body, confirming that the convent had been partially destroyed.
In his letter, Fr Halim issued an appeal to the West, underlying the dangers of helping armed anti-Assad rebels, who support religious extremists responsible for several attacks agains…

European Ordination Season - Rome

The first of the ordination ceremonies mentioned by us in our "European Ordination Season" post took place in Rome, in the Personal Parish of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), on June 22. 
Images of the ordinations of Fr. Yousef Marie and Fr. Magdala Maria, of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer ("Transalpine Redemptorists") are available here.
Fr. Massimo Botta, FSSP, a man of the Latium, was the one for whom the ceremony was held in Rome. 
Congratulations to all three!

(UPDATED) The Bishop as the Chief Liturgical Dancer of his Diocese

UPDATE: A reader forwarded to us an article from the Philippine bishops' conference's own news agency reporting on the installation after it happened. The article speaks of the bishop and some priests dancing for a whole minute to the loud cheers and sustained applause of the congregation:

At least 42 cardinals, archbishops and bishops from all over the Philippines and several local and provincial government leaders attended the occasion. 
The Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto and Cardinals Luis Antonio Tagle, Gaudencio Rosales and Ricardo Vidal were Evangelista’s concelebrants. 
During the offertory, priests and laypeople performed the “Caracol,” a traditional dance of the Cavite natives as they offer gifts to the bishop bringing a lively atmosphere inside the church.
The people broke into loud cheers and sustained applause when the bishop joined the priests in dancing after the offertory that lasted for a minute.
The following is part of a report tha…

New FSSP Apostolate: Minneapolis-St.Paul

A new apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter has been announced - now, in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis - the Archdiocese announced it today.

From the letter of Archbishop Nienstedt:

After consultation with your parish trustees and your parish pastoral council, as well as the presbyteral council, a representative body of priests from across the Archdiocese, I have accepted The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter’s offer to send two of its members to care for the parish of All Saints, which has been without a pastor for more than a year.

Father Peter Bauknecht and Father Simon Harkins will begin their service at All Saints on July 3, 2013. Fr. Bauknecht will serve as pastor.

As you may know, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is a Catholic Clerical Society of Apostolic Life dedicated to providing Catholics access to the Extraordinary Form of the liturgy according to the liturgical books of 1962. You can find out more about The Priestly Fraternity of Sai…


L. van Beethoven Missa solemnis in D Major
Music is a part of all cultures and, we might say, accompanies every human experience, from pain to pleasure, from hatred to love, from sorrow to joy, from death to life. We see that in the course of the centuries and millennia, music has always been used to give a shape to what is impossible to express with words, because it awakens emotions otherwise difficult to communicate. It is not, therefore, by chance that every civilization has given importance and value to music in its various forms and expressions.
Music, great music, relaxes the mind, awakens profound sentiments and is, as it were, a natural invitation to raise one's mind and heart to God in every situation of human existence, both joyful and sad. Music can become prayer. Benedict XVI Address following concert at Paul VI Hall October 17, 2009

Do not be afraid of telling the truth, follow the Baptist!

Today, in many parts of the world, there are martyrs: man and women who are imprisoned, killed for the sole reason of being Christian. And they exist in a larger number than in the first centuries of the Church.
But there is also daily martyrdom, that does not include death but is also a "losing of life" for Christ, accomplishing one's own duty with love, according to the reasoning of Jesus, the reasoning of the gift [of oneself], of sacrifice. ...
But, in the end, ... [John the Baptist] was killed because of the truth, when he denounced the adultery of king Herod and Herodias. How many people pay a steep price for allegiance to truth! How many upright men prefer to walk against the current, other than denying the voice of conscience, the voice of truth! Franciscus Angelus June 23, 2013

Catholic Kryptonite

From the official website for WYD 2013 in Rio: pictures of the design for the "Campus Fidei" currently being set up in Guaratiba. This is where Pope Francis will hold vigil with the youth on the evening of July 27, and celebrate the closing Mass of WYD on July 28.

Sources: Rio 2013 and TPC.

Take your concert and do whatever you want to do with it

Pope misses Vatican concert due to other commitments Published June 22, 2013
Organizers say Pope Francis didn't show up for a concert in the Vatican due to other commitments.
The pontiff was expected at a Beethoven concert, but Monsignor Rino Fisichella told the audience just before the concert was to start that Francis couldn't make it due to "commitments that could not be postponed." He did not elaborate.
The pope was smiling with no signs of tiredness when he greeted worshippers at a Mass in St. Peter's earlier Saturday. Unlike his predecessor Benedict, who was well-known as a music lover, Francis has shown scant interest in music, liturgical or otherwise.
Papal spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said he had nothing to add to Fisichella's statement, and that the pope has confirmed his Sunday commitments. Update:
La Stampa's Vatican Insider adds that the Pope said the following:

For the entire afternoon, Francis did not leave his room at [Domus] Sanctae Mart…

¡Ay, qué lindo! - The end of the Wojtyla-Ratzinger "conservative" gap:
On Liberation Theology, and everything else, Church rolls back to 1978

Now that the "reactionaries" are gone, we are at last free to move back to where we were just 35 short years ago: it's morning again in the Vatican.

"The Latin American ecclesial and theological movement known as 'Liberation Theology', which spread to other parts of the world after the Second Vatican Council, should in my opinion be included among the most important currents in 20th century Catholic theology."This authoritative and glorifying historical evaluation of Liberation Theology did not just come from some ancient South American theologian who is out of touch wit the times. The above statement was made by Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which Ratzinger headed in the 1980’s, after John Paul I appointed him to the post. [Source: Vatican Insider; tip: several readers.]
Now, strictly for argumentative purposes (that is, assuming as such that it could be placed within the limits of orthodoxy)…

Fidem servavi, the name of the Encyclical of the two Popes?

Fidem servavi, "I have kept the faith" (2Tm iv, 7), should be the name of the encyclical on Faith, written by Benedict XVI and co-authored and signed by Pope Francis - at least according to some Italian sources, in particular Franca Giansoldati, religious correspondent for Il Messaggero.
It should be released in the fall.
[Tip: Blitz Quotidiano]

Cardinal Dolan to Muslims: don't lose your faith!

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told a group of infidels this week that they should not convert to the One, True, Catholic and Apostolic Church and save their souls.
On a recent visit to a mosque, he told the Muslims there that their plight was similar to that of Catholic immigrants 150 years ago, and they face the same challenge of "how to become loyal, responsible, patriotic Americans without losing their faith." 
His Eminence went on to say how the Muslims take their "faith" in the one, true God.
Below is the video, and here is a link to a story with more direct quotes from the Cardinal (cue the spokesman to "clarify" once again what His Eminence really meant):

(h/t reader)

Let this give us hope! (part 2)

Yesterday, we brought you the story (here) of the Redemptorist priests in Limerick, Ireland, and the scandal they have caused with their balloon Masses and novena, their mocking of the Traditional Latin Mass and their praise of Masses for -- and run by -- the Gay [sic], Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender groups, all while attacking Catholics praying the Rosary outside those Masses for their conversion. 
Today, one of the priests took to the pulpit and decried certain "blogs" (read: Rorate) he read today, filled with "radical, entrenched, fundamentalist" people who just can't understand the new faith they believe in at this church -- the faith of Assisi. He did this all to the praise of the local bishop who was in attendance and spoke. 
Some key points, which you'll see in the quick video (h/t reader) below:
First, Rorate is speaking out against them, because they are inclusive and sympathetic towards others. - No, we pointed out only their actions and thei…

Apocalyptic: Pray for the Church in Syria, it experiences the Great Tribulation!

"Remember in your prayers the Church in Syria,  which now has God for its shepherd, instead of me." (Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Romans) ______________________ The presence here today of the Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts and of the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans; of the Papal Representatives in the Holy Land and in Syria; of the Auxiliary Bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem; and of the Custody of the Holy Land, carries my heart to the Holy Places of our Redemption, but also renews in me the vivid ecclesial concern for so many brothers and sisters who live in a situation of insecurity and seemingly interminable violence which does not spare the innocent and most helpless. Constant and trusting prayer is required of us believers, that the Lord might grant the longed-for peace, joined to sharing and concrete solidarity. I would like to renew once more, from the depths of my heart, an appeal to the leaders of nations and of international organisati…

Pope Francis: "I will tell you something: today, before leaving the house..."

... In the Church therefore, there is a variety, a diversity of tasks and functions; there is not flat uniformity, but the wealth of gifts that the Holy Spirit distributes. However, there is communion and unity: all are in relation with each other and all combine to form a single vital body, deeply attached to Christ. Let us remember well: being part of the Church means being united to Christ and receiving from Him the divine life that makes us live as Christians, it means remaining united to the Pope and the bishops who are instruments of unity and communion, and it also means learning to overcome personal favoritisms and divisions, to understand each other better, to harmonise the variety and wealth of each one; in a word, to better love God and the people near us, in the family, in the parish, in the associations. In order to live, body and limbs must be united! Unity is superior to the conflicts, always! Conflicts, if they’re not resolved well, separate us from one another, separ…

For the record: Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship on the insertion of the name of St. Joseph into Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV

The website of the Holy See today published the text of the decree on the insertion of the name of St. Joseph into Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV, although the contents have already been widely disseminated in the last few days after the embargo was prematurely broken.
It is noteworthy that the decree -- implementing the first change to the Latin text of the Novus Ordo Missae since 2008, when alternative formulae for the dismissal at the end of Mass were approved -- speaks of this insertion as already having been approved by Benedict XVI, while its implementation was left to the current Pontificate. 

Exercising his paternal care over Jesus, Saint Joseph of Nazareth, set over the Lord’s family, marvelously fulfilled the office he received by grace. Adhering firmly to the mystery of God’s design of salvation in its very beginnings, he stands as an exemplary model of the kindness and humility that the Christian faith raises to a great destiny, and demonstrates the ordinary and …

Let this give us hope! Brick by ... oops

Well, so it's not exactly in the mold of St. Gerard or Blessed Francis Seelos. But, it'll certainly raise up a new generation of Church Militant and force open those shuttered Irish seminaries, right? 

One of the most disturbing parts of this is that the Redemptorist rector of the church chastised the adults who were, God willing, mortified at what they saw: "Older people, you're not doing it. If you don't do it, you'll be put out."
Haven't most traditionals heard those same words over the last 50 years, more or less?


Yesterday, a Redemptorist priest of this same Church proved -- as if we needed proof -- that how you pray is certainly how you believe.

Watch the video below of his sermon. Father explains how he's "glad" he never saw the old Mass in Latin, or learned Latin or saw the Mass where the priest turns his "back to the people" because Vatican II "returned the Mass to the people" and we should be "c…

"Got a revolution, got to revolution!"
45 years of Pontificalis Romani and the new Roman Rite

Forty-five years ago, on June 18, 1968, Pope Paul VI signed the Apostolic Constitution Pontificalis Romani, which put into effect the first part of the first completely new liturgical book in the history of the Church imposed for use throughout the Latin Church, the new Rite of Ordination of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops of the new Roman Pontifical.

It was not a mere liturgical reform, but a brand new product, a fruit of the frenetic work of the Consilium ad Exsequendam Constitutionem de Sacra Liturgia, under the presidency of Cardinals Lercaro and Gut and with the unifying influence of Monsignor Annibale Bugnini. After the profound reforms of some liturgical texts and rubrics in the post-Conciliar years, the New Rite of Ordination was something else entirely: a radically new text for a new People of God.
Dom Bernard Botte, chairman of the subcommittee for the New Pontifical inside the Consilium, recalled with his characteristic modesty the events which led to the new text of the rit…