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"Two Popes": Has the Papacy become a Diarchy?
Messori enters into the picture, Socci stands his ground and questions
Special double-article post

Our contributor Francesca Romana presents us with a special double translation: first, Vittorio Messori's article published in Corriere della Sera earlier this week (May 28) in which he presents his (in our opinion disturbing and theologically troubling) view of a kind of diarchical papacy. Antonio Socci, who has been defending this bizarre concept for months, published on the following day (May 29) a reply in Libero.
What is going on? Why on earth is probably the most influential Vatican affairs commentator, Messori, raising this matter now? Why, as Socci implies, does he seem to have made a 180-degree turn on the very important matter of "here we rule one at a time." We provide no answers, as it often happens we just wish to bring to English-speaking readers what is being written in other languages but is being overlooked by the mainstream media. We report, you decide. 


Ratzinger did not withdraw to a private life. Here is why we tr…

The [Separated] Orthodox Churches and Second Marriages

By Monsignor Nicola Bux

Recently Cardinal Walter Kasper made reference to the Orthodox practice of second marriages to support the notion that even Catholics who are divorced and remarried should be admitted to Communion.  But perhaps he did not pay attention to the fact that the Orthodox do not have Holy Communion in the rite for a second marriage, even as in the Orthodox rite for Holy Matrimony there is no provision for Communion, but only an exchange of a common cup of wine that is not consecrated.  It is now commonly said among Catholics that the Orthodox permit second marriages, and therefore, that they tolerate divorce from the first spouse.
In truth this is not the case, because it has nothing to do with the modern legal system.The Orthodox Church is disposed to tolerate second marriages of persons whose matrimonial bonds have been dissolved by the Church, not by the State.The basis of this practice has its basis in the power given by Jesus to the Church to “loosen and to bind”.…

Thanks be to God for His new Priests!

As we had announced previously here, Bp. Athanasius Schneider ordained today in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) seven new priests, the Reverend Fathers Joshua Curtis, Robert Dow, Michael Flick, Joseph Heffernan, Paul Leung, Daniel Nolan, and Joshua Passo. Congratulations to all involved, and to the new Priests in particular, as well as their families!

As the FSSP North American District reminds today, two other deacons will still be ordained to the priesthood: the Rev. Deacons Zachary Akers and Daniel Heenan, who will be Ordained on Saturday, June 14, 2014, by the Most Reverend James Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, in Leesburg, Virginia (St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 101 Oakcrest Manor Dr. NE, Leesburg, VA 20176 - June 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m.)

Update: The European FSSP Diaconal Ordinations also took place this Saturday in Lindau, Germany, conferred by Abp. Guido Pozzo, of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei".

(Source: via…

Bishop Rey once again ordains in the Traditional Rite

On the feast of the Ascension, His Excellency Dominique Rey, bishop ofFréjus-Toulonordained two priests according to the Traditional Rite of Ordination at Toulon Cathedral. Frs. Florent Molin and Matthieu Bevillard are members of Missionaries of Divine Mercy, a society attached to the traditional liturgy which was founded by Bishop Rey himself. The two men were formed at the diocesan seminary at la Castille. 

Social concerns are Traditional Concerns - do not leave the social battlefield at the mercy of unbelieving liberals

"Breaking down the Left"
In order to give more energy to the unstoppable advance of the traditional movement we need to accomplish a “breakdown of the left”. There are many faithful [Catholics] who for years have sympathized with progressive environments, attracted by social problems such as hunger in the world and the worker’s issues, but now they are becoming aware of the desacralizing of Catholicism and are hoping for its “restoration”. There are a lot of people, in good faith. who have found themselves on “the left”, and now we must lead them back to the bedrock of Tradition. One of the mistakes that needs absolutely to be avoided is that of leaving “ the social questions” in the hands of the modernists and “reds”.
We must exploit every occasion to gain some advantage for the good of souls, and therefore for the greater glory of God. We must not stay at the window merely looking at the passing of events; we have to make an effort to attract souls to Tradition, by tryi…

The total destruction and reconstruction of the FI

New "wrecker" of the Franciscan Sisters a final death knell for true FI charism?

We've been doing our best to bring you, our readers, everything we can on the tragic and chilling situation of the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FI) under intervention -- ordered by Pope Francis.

There are so many unexplainable moves -- and naked attempts to stomp out tradition and orthodoxy within one of the few flourishing orders -- by the Vatican in this matter you'd think you were reading a fiction novel by Malachi Martin. Yet, unlike the villains in Martin's stories,  those attacking the Church from the inside aren't the sly, skillful enemies playing expert Machiavellian politics -- they're ham-handed amateurs who just don't care that anyone knows their true motives because there's seemingly so little anyone can actually do to stop them. Cue the latest news, concerning the beloved Sisters of the Immaculate: By Mauro Faverzani, Corrispondenza Romana Translated by Rorate readerSeamus O'Halloran

The Wind of Beijing is Blowing on the Franciscan Sis…

On the 60th anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Pius X
Full canonization address by Pope Pius XII

2014 is the glorious centennial year of the entrance of Pius X into eternal life, in 1914. On May 29, 1954, exactly 60 years ago, Pope Pius XII celebrated this widely expected canonization with an intense and firm speech, which followed the canonization ceremony.
May 29, 1954
[Quest'ora di fulgente trionfo...] This hour of splendid triumph which God, Who lifts up the lowly, has arranged and as it were hastened in order to set His seal on the marvelous elevation of His faithful servant Pius X in the supreme glory of the altars, fills Our heart with joy, a joy in which you, Venerable Brothers and Beloved Sons, share abundantly by your presence here. We offer heartfelt thanks then to God in His goodness for allowing Us to take part in this extraordinary event; all the more so since, for perhaps the first time in the history of the Church, the formal canonization of a Pope is procla…

Sermon for the Ascension by the Father Abbot of Fontgombault:
"Fight the Dictatorships of our age with the Gospel."

Ascension of Our Lord
Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault (Fontgombault, May 29, 2014)

Prædicate Evangelium omni creaturæ. Preach the Gospel to every creature. (Mk 16:15)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My dearly beloved Sons,
The final words of Saint Mark’s Gospel chosen by the Church to be read during Ascension’s Mass recount how the eleven Apostles are sent forth on mission.
The earthly sojourn of Jesus is drawing to its end. The Incarnate Son of God’s visible mission has reached its completion. It is now the Apostles’ turn to proclaim Jesus Christ’s good news, the Gospel, and to proclaim it to all creatures. A great novena opens up for the Apostles which will close on the morning of Pentecost’s feast with the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. During these days the Apostles are not to leave Jerusalem, but are to wait there for the Paraclete Whose visit has been promised by the Father (cf. Acts 1:4) and Who will light up and warm up still quite lukewarm heart…

SSPX Bp. Fellay on Pope Francis: "He has read the biography of Abp. Lefebvre twice - and he liked it."
And some other important revelations

In a visit to the French city of Fabregues on May 11 (the day following this post), the Superior-General of the Society of Saint Pius X, Bp. Bernard Fellay, spoke at length about various matters of relevance to his congregation. The most important part was that related to the personality of Pope Francis:

With the current pope, as he is a practical man, he looks at people. What a person thinks, what he believes, is at the end a matter of indifference to him. What matters is that this person be sympathetic in his view, that he seems correct to him, one may say it like this.
And therefore he read twice Bp. Tissier de Mallerais' book on Abp. Lefebvre, and this book pleased him; he is against all that we represent, but, as a life, it pleased him. When, as a Cardinal, he was in South America, the District Superior [Fr. Christian Bouchacourt] came to ask him for an administrative favor with no relation to the Church; a visa problem, of permanent residency. The Argentine government, which …

New oratory community in San Francisco

Oratories, societies and priestly fraternities come and go, depending on the whim of the local bishop.  There are several examples, particularly in the U.S. and Canada, of priests in such organizations that have been restricted, persecuted or even thrown out of dioceses when too many young adults flocked to communities that favored traditional Latin Masses.

His Excellency Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, California, on the other hand, has been one of the most friendly archbishops in the world toward traditional and traditional-leaning Catholics. He has celebrated numerous pontifical High Masses and even travels for FSSP ordinations.

One year ago we posted a report that Archbishop Cordileone personally requested a parish in San Francisco offer the traditional Latin Mass on a regular basis. This was a huge accomplishment considering just a few years back, under much different leadership, there was a lone, brave priest in that archdiocese -- the Rev. Fr. William …

on behalf of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Immaculate

Regardless of your opinion on specific Church matters, please spread as widely as possible this appeal to prayer for justice and peace regarding the recently initiated visitation (with intervention tones) of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate decided by the Congregation for Religious.
We join Italian website Corsia dei Servi in this appeal, and ask all to join in prayer to the Lord and His Virgin Mother.


After hearing the news about the appointment of a visitator to the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, we are more than ever convinced that these days being Catholic is a problem for some Vatican authorities. We have decided (at least for the time being) to suspend any comment or publication whatever related to this incredible and disconcerting affair: let this be a time of prayer and staying spiritually close to the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. 
 For this reason, we are launching a Rosary Crusade appeal, requesting the help of everyone who inte…

Pope tries to clarify what Kasper's Doctrine on Marriage means for the Synod

On the plane back from the Holy Land, the Pope answered some questions, including this most important attempt at clarification of the most controversial ongoing topic of the upcoming Synod of Bishops:

- [Reporter:] You are a political and spiritual leader, who opens up many expectations with initiatives such as the meeting with the leaders of Israel and Palestine. Also in the Church there are many hopes of change, as it occurs with the situation of the divorced. Does it not seem to you that you are putting too much meat in the oven? Do you not think that you have opened up too many fronts and too many expectations?
- [Francis:] This meeting in the Vatican will be a prayer meeting. It will not be to establish mediation or to search for a solution. It will be prayer, and then they come back home. But I do believe prayer is important. Praying together, without starting discussions... It will be a prayer meeting. There will be a rabbi, a Muslim, and myself. I asked the Custodian of the Hol…

Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society: Eighty-second posting of Souls

Below, please find the eighty-second posting of enrolled Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. It's another large list this month with over 1,000 Souls. We have also added yet another priest in the services of the Souls enrolled in the Society and are now up to 40 priests.
Priests: The Souls still need more of you saying Mass for them! Please email me to offer your services. There's nothing special involved -- all you need to do is offer a weekly or monthly TLM with the intention: "For the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society." 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. And please follow this formatting strictly.
Please consider forwarding this…

Event - Rome, October 2014, Two Pontifical Masses in two days:
Cardinal Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for Economy to celebrate Pontifical Mass as part of Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage

The International Juventutem Federation is pleased to announce that His Eminence George Cardinal Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for Economy, has kindly accepted our invitation to be the Celebrant at a Pontifical Solemn High Mass according to the Missal of St John XXIII on Friday 24 October 2014, 6:30pm, at Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, Parish Church of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in Rome, Italy. The Holy Sacrifice will be offered in thanksgiving for the tenth anniversary of Juventutem, the worldwide youth movement fostering the sanctification of the young through the Roman traditions of Holy Mother Church. We are grateful to His Eminence who generously presided at Solemn Pontifical Vespers organised by Juventutem during World Youth Days in the past, first in Düsseldorf on 17 August 2005, and again in Sydney on 16 July 2008.
After Vespers in Düsseldorf, Cardinal Pell gave the following encouragements to the young WYD pilgrims of Juventutem: "I am happy to be here bec…

The Intervention on the Franciscans of the Immaculate "reflects very badly on this Papacy"

A great short comment by Father Ray Blake, following a fortuitous encounter with some Sisters of the Immaculate after a mass celebrated at Ramsgate:

...without getting into ad hominem arguments I tend to have sympathy with a comment made by friend.
There really is nothing here to justify the drastic action taken. Since it would appear that the overwhelming number of friars supported the direction the institute was taking, surely it was for the five to ask to be transferred to an institute more to their taste; there is no lack of non-traddy Franciscan congregations, most of whom are desperate for vocations. In fact, this response confirms my view that the action taken by Aviz, Volpi and others is disproportionate, scandalous and downright cruel. His entire defence is simply a more elaborate way of saying that the Friars were getting too traditional for his taste.
It is the disproportionate nature of the Holy See's response that is scandalous. It reflects very badly on this Papacy.


You Report: Traditional Masses - two "Firsts"

1. A High Mass in Birmingham Cathedral for the first time in several decades.

[Source. Tip: M. Doyle]
2. Traditional Masses in Split (Spalato), Croatia, for the first time in several decades: a local reader reports that, "three Traditional Latin Masses were celebrated in Split, Croatia on May 21, 24, and 25 in th Church of Saint Philip Neri. The Masses were celebrated by Father Matthew Bartulica from Kansas City. Around 200 people gathered in these three days to experience the Latin Mass, many for the first time." 

[More images here.]

Tradition must also learn how to show a Kind and Gentle Face

You are wandering through a city filled with historical landmarks. You enter a beautiful church that you had never seen before. As you admire the interior, the priest sees you kneeling, and comes to invite you to a little gathering they are having in an adjoining hall.
"But Father," you say, "I'm just someone passing by, I don't want to bother you." "No," he says, "you must come! Must I force you?"
The gathering is quite nice, sandwiches and beignets done by women of the community, in honor of a group of people who help in the church. Father makes sure you eat something. He also gives you a booklet on the building. "It's a gift, take it."
You tell him, "Father, I'd never received this kind of welcome in a church before." "Good," he says, "now we have a new friend."
This old Franciscan friar had just celebrated a Paul VI mass, just before you entered the church. "Why," you think t…

Solemn High Mass at Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral Basilica in Philadelphia

From the Latin Liturgy Association:

"On June 15th, 2014, Trinity Sunday, Rev. Fr. Joseph Heffernan, FSSP, will celebrate a Solemn Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, at 18th and the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Mass will begin at 2:00 PM. Father Heffernan is from Philadelphia and was a parishioner at Mater Ecclesiae, of Berlin, NJ."

[h/t reader]

Fisher More College awaiting answer from Ecclesia Dei

After having TLM suppressed by Bishop Olson, school expects answer soon

Rorate has obtained a first look at a statement to be released tomorrow by Fisher More College. In the statement below, the school -- for the first time -- confirms publicly what Rorate has known: that it has rightly appealed to Ecclesia Dei and expects an answer soon.
Back in March, Rorate broke the exclusive story thatthe Most Rev. Michael Olson, the newly-ordained bishop of the Fort Worth Diocese, had suppressed the Traditional Latin Mass at the college, writing to the president it was for the good of "your own soul" (read the whole story here).
Maybe most disturbing is that Bishop Olson not only took this unjust action, but has remained silent on the matter since, refusing to even meet with some of the students of whom he has banned their God-given patrimony.

Bishop Olson has also ignored a list of questions Rorate asked of him in writing, giving him every opportunity to use our blog to explain his actions to those scandalized by this matter. We still welcome His Excelle…