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Card. Koch: SSPX decision on consecrating new bishops coming "soon"

From the Austrian newspaper, Nachrichten:
The first part of the interview, in which the following passage is situated, deals with ecumenism. First there are some questions about the dialogue with the Protestants, as well as a question about progressive and conservative tendencies within the church, and if inner-church ecumenism is required. Then the interviewer asks the Cardinal:
But doesn't this [inner-church dialogue and reconciliation] take place in a very unequal way? Rome does talk with the extremely conservative and difficult Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X. There is no such thing with the progressives.
Card. Koch: "There is a fundamental difference here: On the one hand there are movements and initiatives, on the other hand, there is the Fraternity, which has clear ecclesiastical structures. The Fraternity is faced with thedifficult decision of soon consecrating new Bishops [without a mandate from Rome, note from the original author of the article]. If that happens, t…

For the record: Parolin new Secretary of State

As speculated for months, and confirmed by leaks for several days, the Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela, Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, was named by Pope Francis new Secretary of State, effective October 15. Abp. Parolin is considered very close to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, former Secretary of State.
In a sign of English as a second language of communications of the Holy See with the world, all major announcements today were made available in English directly by the Holy See Press Office together with the Italian original.

The Holy Father has accepted, in keeping with Can. 354 of the Code of Canon Law, the resignation of His Eminence, Card. Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, asking him, however, to remain in office until 15 October, 2013, with all the faculties proper to the office.
At the same time, the Holy Father has nominated Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela, as the new Secretary of State. He shall take possession of his office on 15 October, 2013.
On that …

Beatification and Canonization of Saints

The Catholic Church canonizes or beatifies only those whose lives have been marked by the exercise of heroic virtue, and only after this has been proved by common repute for sanctity and by conclusive arguments. The chief difference, however, lies in the meaning of the term canonization, the Church seeing in the saints nothing more than friends and servants of God whose holy lives have made them worthy of His special love. She does not pretend to make gods (cf. Eusebius Emisenus, Serm. de S. Rom. M.; Augustine, City of God XXII.10; Cyrill. Alexandr., Contra Jul., lib. VI; Cyprian, De Exhortat. martyr.; Conc. Nic., II, act. 3).

The true origin of canonization and beatification must be sought in the Catholic doctrine of the worship (cultus), invocation, and intercession of the saints. As was taught by St. Augustine (Quaest. in Heptateuch., lib. II, n. 94; Reply to Faustus XX.21), Catholics, while giving to God alone adoration strictly so-called, honour the saints because of the Divine…

Your Report: 2nd Annual FSSP Mission Trip to Peru

By the FSSP, exclusive to Rorate:
The second annual St. Francis Xavier Mission Trip of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter began in Miami airport on August 1st, 2013 and prepared to set out to work in the city of Piura in northern Peru. The group was nearly twice as large as last year and came from more diverse locations across the US and Canada. After an overnight flight, we arrived exhausted. Our spirits, however, were quickly revived by the warm welcome given by the people of Santisimo Sacramento Parish, which proved an accurate overture for our stay in Piura.
Santisimo Sacramento is a parish of over 40,000 souls comprising 26 chapels in outlying villages extending eastward from the city of Piura. The pastor is Fr. Joseph Uhen, who hails from Oklahoma, but has spent his entire priesthood in Peru. After spending time with the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, he decided to be ordained for the archdiocese of Piura where he has worked for 20 years. The extent of his labors caring for th…

Legionaries: apparently no longer anathema ...

From CWN:
Pope Francis has named Father Fernando Vergez Alzaga, the current head of the Vatican telecommunications office, to become secretary of the Vatican governorate.
Father Alzaga, a Spanish-born member of the Legion of Christ, has worked at various Vatican posts since 1972. At the governorate-- the office that handles the practical affairs of theVatican city-state—he will be the second-ranking official, under Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello.
As secretary of the governorate, Father Vergez replaces Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, who was named earlier this week to become adjunct secretary of the Apostolic Signatura.
The Vatican announcement of the appointment did not indicate that Father Vergez would be ordained as a bishop, as would customarily be the case for the secretary of the governorate.
This could signal a desire to downgrade the role of the governorate, an office that was at the center of corruption accusations in the “Vatileaks” scandal.

Rorate book review: The Remnants

"The crisis is over; we have lost. This is no longer just a prediction, it is a simple observation: Rome has been desecrated. We are in the age of darkness. Triumphalist reactions are in vain. The modern world and the Church deserve the punishment that God is raining down on us." -- John Senior.
When we received a copy in the mail last week of this book, we knew two things from the start: those who have been traditional Catholics pre-Summorum have at least heard the name John Senior. And, we guessed, those younger traditionals or older ones who came to tradition post-Summorum may have never heard of him. 
For those who have, and for those who experienced the pre-Summorum years after the Council and know what faithful Catholics who love tradition have endured for 50 years, the quote at the top of this post will not come as a surprise, sadly. For those new to tradition, who have never had to drive multiple hours one way to the nearest Traditional Latin Mass, the quote may come a…

Contemporary studies on the Papal Liturgy

The initial set of source of literature to the study of Papal Liturgy
Summary: It may first seem that history, theology, ceremonies and the customs of the Papal liturgy, and their impact on sacred rites celebrated everywhere in the world over the centuries of the Church have not been researched by scientists. This is but misbelief.
Extremely important research has been conducted for the past decades (with the special mention deserved by Professor M. Dykmans; the publications of the contemporary Papal Office of Liturgical Celebrations are also important), which is undoubtedly owed to the development of liturgical sciences initiated by the liturgical movement.
Sadly, Polish bibliography is very modest indeed – besides works of Archbishop A. J. Nowowiejski (Wykład liturgii Kościoła katolickiego) and articles written by Fr Professor Jerzy Stefański PhD hab., we seem to have no noteworthy publications. Since 2010, there have been attempts to bring in new air (publications or audiovisual ai…

You Report: Not Your Typical Hollywood Premier!

[h/t reader]

This is a picture from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Churchat 6610 W. Sunset Blvd., in the heart of Hollywood, where last night I attended a memorial Requiem Mass for the soul of Mr. Guy Coulombe, father of writer Charles Coulombe. It was the first traditional Mass held in this church since the Council, a fact which was commented upon by the celebrant, Fr. Robert Bishop, who has provided the traditional Mass for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on a peripatetic basis for more than twenty years. The Deacon was from among the Norbertines of St. Michael's Abbey, and the sub-deacon was Fr. Andrew Bartus of the Ordinariate church of Bl. John Henry Newman in Orange County.
The congregation numbered in excess of one hundred persons. Blessed Sacrament Church was the actor's church in Hollywood. Originally formed in 1904, the present church was built in 1953, and is a combination of Spanish baroque with "other-modern." Afterward, Charles Coulomb addressed the fathers, …

Event: Pontifical Mass in Detroit

Sent by reader P. Schultz:

On Friday evening, August 30th, at 7:00 p.m. at Detroit's Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Bishop Donald Hanchon, episcopal vicar for the Central Region, will celebrate his first Traditional Latin Mass for members of Juventutem. Clerics and faithful of all ages are welcome to attend this Mass.
Mass will be preceded by a 6:30 Rosary, at which members will pray for an increased acceptance of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. After Mass, clerics and young adults (18-35 years old), singles and families, will gather for dinner, fine conversation, in the cathedral dining hall.
The Mass is, of course, open to all ages and it is hoped that many of all ages will come. Further informationhere.

Franciscans of the Immaculate as Lorenzo Ricci's Jesuits: "let them be as they are, or not at all"

Sint ut sunt aut non sint
Roberto de Mattei



Sint ut sunt aut non sint” (let them be as they are, or not at all) is a sentence that according to some historians was pronounced by the General of the Jesuits, Lorenzo Ricci, when faced with the plan of “reforming” the Company of Jesus, to adapt itself to the demands of the world. It was in the second half of the XVIII century and the Jesuits represented the bulwark against the attacks from enemies both inside and outside who were crushed. The enemies outside were led by the enlightened “parti philosophique”, and those inside which were indented by heretical currents (Gallicanism, Jurisdictionalism, Royalism and Febronianism) thought they were capable of bending the Church to the will of the absolute States.
The Jesuits, founded by St Ignatius of Loyola, vigorously defended the primacy of the Roman Pontiff, to whom they were bound by a fourth vow of obedience. The absolute sovereigns, influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment, had begun…

Syria: let us pray for our Christian brethren

Seeing the unfolding events in the Syrian crisis is like watching the July 1914 Crisis, which will be widely discussed next year. We are not affirming that it is the beginning of a new continental or world war, not at all. However, as in the Balkan interventions of the early 20th century, it is clear that there is an interest of some Powers to pursue an armed intervention in an area where multiple, complex and deeply historical interests are at stake, it is absolutely clear that it cannot end well, and it is reasonably safe to predict that it may end with results that are opposed to the core interests of those same Powers. It is like witnessing a car crash and not being able to do anything.
Let us pray for those who will lose the most in any intervention, the weakest link in the Middle East: Christians.


From L'Osservatore Romano and the Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo, S.J. (The Tablet):
A Syrian Chaldean Catholic bishop yesterday warned that armed intervention in Syria co…

Franciscans of the Immaculate - Intervention is interested in only one matter: the Traditional Mass

From the questionnaire sent by the Apostolic Visitator designated by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (the Congregation for Religious), it is clear that only one concern was in the mind of Cardinal-Prefect João Braz de Aviz: the "Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite", both the Traditional Mass and the Traditional Breviary. And, obviously, trying to find somewhere excuses to revert the legitimate decisions that, while fully preserving the "Ordinary Form" (the Paul VI Mass and Divine Office), favored the Extraordinary Form inside the community. Which is what finally led to the current Intervention.
The questionnaire, in Italian, was made available by the blog Franciscan Truth, indicated to us by a commentator in one of our comment boxes. The translation was made by Rorate, as usual.

We report, you decide:
_______________________ The Franciscans of the Immaculate Commission PARTICULAR QUESTIONS

(With regard to the foll…