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Filial Appeal to Pope Francis
on the Occasion of the 2015 Synod on the Family

Read it. Sign it. Spread the word.

Christ, the great Prophet, who proclaimed the Kingdom of His Father both by the testimony of His life and the power of His words, continually fulfills His prophetic office until the complete manifestation of glory. He does this not only through the hierarchy who teach in His name and with His authority, but also through the laity whom He made His witnesses and to whom He gave understanding of the faith (sensu fidei) and an attractiveness in speech so that the power of the Gospel might shine forth in their daily social and family life. Lumen Gentium, 35

You suggest: Participate in Turin exposition of the Holy Shroud

From a reader:

In 2013 we founded the "Associazione Cardinal G. Saldarini", intended to be for Turin the equivalent of the Latin Mass Society in London. We supported many young priests with their first Vetus Ordo celebration, and we are now sponsoring/organizing a new all-Sundays sung Mass and two Saturday celebrations. We have a small choir and a group of altar servers.

For the Record: As everyone knew, Pope approved most shocking document in the History of the Church of Rome

It was what Italians call a "segreto di Pulcinella", that is, not a secret at all: the Pope was personally aware and personally approved the relatio post disceptationem, the "midterm" report released on Monday following the first week of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops "on the Family".

Priest Training in England in April

From the Latin Mass Society. It is worth noting that these events have been attended by priests from Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and a number of other countries: you don't have to be from England and Wales.


Priest Training Conference: 14 to 17 April 2015 (Low Week). (Seminarians Go Free*)

John XXII and the Beatific Vision

- by Roberto de Mattei

A Pope who fell into heresy: John XXII and the Beatific Vision of the Just after Death
Roberto de Mattei Corrispondenza Romana January 28, 2015 [Hieronymus Bosch, The Ascent of the Blessed, Palazzo Ducale (Venice)]
    Among the most beautiful and mysterious truths of our faith is the dogma of the Beatific Vision of the souls in Heaven. The Beatific Vision consists in the immediate and intuitive  contemplation of God reserved for souls who have passed to the after-life in a state of Grace and have been completely purified of every imperfection. This truth of faith, enunciated in Holy Scripture and confirmed over the centuries by Tradition, is an unreformable dogma of the  Catholic Church. The new Catechism restates it in n.1023:”Those who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live forever with Christ. They are like God forever for “they see Him as He is” (1 John 3,2), “face to face” (1Corinthians 13,12).
     At the beginning of the XIV century, a Pope, John XXII, co…

Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Statement: "No Religious Leader, no Synod, no one can change Catholic teaching on Marriage."

Statement on Marriage by the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy January 19, 2015

Marriage was instituted by God, not invented by man (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.1603). The Creator has built it into human nature, even into the human body, in its two complementary forms, male and female. ‘Male and female He created them’ (Gen.1: 27): man for woman, and woman for man, united in marriage as ‘one flesh’ for the procreation of new life: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1: 28).
God has given marriage its essential characteristics and proper laws: unity (one man married to one woman); indissolubility (nothing but death can end a marriage); and openness to procreation (in every act of physical love). No president or religious leader, no senate or synod, nor any government, has the authority to re-define marriage.

An appeal for Masses for the Ebola epidemic

The Feoderatio Internationalis Una Voce (International Una Voce Federation, FIUV) has had an appeal from Una Voce South Africa, on behalf of all our African friends, that where possible Processions, Litanies, and Votive Masses be said for the victims of the Ebola epidemic which is ravaging many parts of Africa.
In response, the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales is arranging Litanies of the Saints and a Sung Votive Mass 'in Time of Pestilence' at 6.30pm on Monday 16th February 2015 (feria before Shrove Tuesday) at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, London (click for a map) to be celebrated by Fr Patrick Hayward.
The FIUV calls on all its members and supporters to take up this example, at this time of suffering.

St. Robert Bellarmine on One Wife and a Large Family

While reading St. Robert Bellarmine’s superb Commentary on the Book of Psalms, I came across a passage that struck me as worthwhile to share with readers. The Society of Jesus has produced two Doctors of the Church, and it would be wise for today’s Jesuits, at all levels, to drink in their healthful doctrine.
127:1 “Blessed are all they that fear the Lord: that walk in his ways.”

SSPX offers Missa Cantata in U.S. basilica shrine

The Society of Saint Pius X has offered traditional Latin Masses in some prominent places, including Saint Peter's Basilica and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Add to that list the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Father Patrick Rutledge of the SSPX's new church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, offered a Missa Cantata in the Lourdes chapel of the basilica shrine.  That chapel in the crypt of the basilica is the dedicated location for the TLM at the shrine.  A schola of three men provided Gregorian chant.

Our thanks to a reader for taking the following photos:

No more apologetics, then? Pope Francis' January 25 homily on ecumenism

January 25, as usual, saw the celebration of Second Vespers at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, with the Pope leading it, in order to mark the end of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). Francis' homily for this year's Second Vespers is mostly a reiteration of previous post-Conciliar papal messages on ecumenism (including the denunciation of "proselytism") but contains two new elements: an explicit call to reject not just "polemical" but also "apologetic" approaches, and a public and more formal dismissal of the theological debates over controverted issues in favor of an ecumenism primarily based upon cooperation and "encounter". (Bear in mind that the congregation in this particular Vespers included representatives from Orthodox and Protestant confessions.) It is worth noting that Francis describes the theological debates between different Christian groups as "subtle theoretical discussions&q…

Bishop Paprocki offers Pontifical High Mass in D.C.

After the March for Life on 22 January 2015 in Washington, D.C., a pontifical High Mass was offered by His Excellency Thomas John Paprocki, bishop of Springfield, Illinois, at Saint Mary Mother of God church.

The music, including Palestrina's Missa Brevis, Gregorian chant propers and several polyphonic motets, was provided by the schola cantorum of the Lyceum School in South Euclid, Ohio.

Organized and funded by the Paulus Institute, the Mass was the third annual one in honor of the late Miss Nellie Gray, foundress of the March for Life (and parishioner of Saint Mary's).  The vestments, brand new, were purchased for the Mass along with other sets that will be used for future pontifical Masses in the region.

Several hundred communicants packed the church, which was standing room only.  Many in the congregation were young adults visiting for the March, including Juventutem chapters from Michigan, Miami, Boston, Chicago and Washington, who hosted a reception across the street aft…

Francis welcomes in private audience same-sex "couple": transexual "former woman" and "wife"

Spanish periodical Hoy reveals the private meeting in the Vatican of "Diego" Neria Lejárraga, a woman from Plasencia, Spain, and her "wife"["fiancée", see second Update.]

The Blessed Encounter between Francis and Diego
The Pope welcomed Saturday in the Vatican a Plasencia native who has felt outside the Church since he [sic] was submitted to a gender-reassignment surgery

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We are now approaching the half-millennium of the Protestant Revolt.

Interview with Archbishop Gänswein by Christ und Welt :
Traditionalists not to blame for recent "antipope" talk.
More on communion for "remarried divorcees", the Synod, and the Franciscan reform

Late last week, the Dutch Catholic blog In Caelo et in Terra posted a translation of an interview with Archbishop Gänswein that was originally published on Christ & Welt. The Archbishop's responses range from the straightforward, to the indirect and very careful; coming through his words is a very clear desire to protect Benedict XVI from any danger.

Gänswein, Sept. 2013. Source
Speaking of Pope Francis' speech on the "15 diseases" of the Roman Curia, Gänswein notes that the Curia's "reactions ranged from surprise to shock and incomprehension." To the question about who the Pope's closest advisers are, the Prefect of the Papal Household simply responds: "This questions always and consistently goes around. I don’t know." And where is the Church headed under Francis? "If you listen attentively to the words of the Pope, you will hear a clear message in them. Nevertheless, the question continuously arises of where Francis wants to l…

Rorate on the Road ... In San Antonio, Texas

Rorate was on the road again today -- this time at St. Pius X Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.

Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

From the 12th chapter of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans:
“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty,… never be conceited.Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
St. Paul wrote those words to the Christians in Rome as instructions on how to live as followers of Jesus Christ in a pagan world, pagan in the sense of not only the official Roman religion but also in the sense of the many different religious sects that were part of society at that time, and also recognizing the deep cynicism of those who professed belief in some form of religion but in reality believed in nothing except themselves.These words are also addressed to us today in a real and important way, as what we know as Western culture drifts farther and father away from its Christian roots, as various sects defined by religious enthusiasm seem to …

Bishop Huonder visits the FSSP Seminary in Wigratzbad

Bishop Huonder celebrating Mass

Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga: Pope wants to take "Church renovation" to "irreversible" point: Previous reforms were "insufficient, superficial", Church reform to be "deep and total".

On January 20, 2015, Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez, the Coordinator of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinal Advisors gave a talk at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics of the Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. His remarks were drawn from an essay he had written,The Church of Mercy with Pope Francis. The following passage from this essay reveal just how far-reaching the "Franciscan reform" is intended to be. (His talk, as delivered, can be found here: The Meaning of Mercy - Reflections by Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez on a Central Theme of Pope Francis.)

We walk as Church towards a deep and global renovation. For this renovation to be sincerely Catholic, it must encompass all of the historical dimensions of the Church.

Specifically, there is no true ecclesial renovation without a transformation of the institutions; of the quality and focus of the activities; of the mystic and the spiritual. Usually, renovation begins with pastoral activities.…

FIUV Position Paper: The Extraordinary Form and China

Today I can publish a Position Paper from the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (FIUV) on the Extraordinary Form in China.
While other parts of the world have been holding our attention in recent weeks, it is salutary to remind ourselves of the heroism of China's many faithful Catholics, who have faced persecution of one form or another for so many decades. Despite this, the Church in China is growing steadily, and her needs should be considered carefully. 
This paper draws attention to a number of important factors in the Church's situation in China which indicate the importance of the ancient liturgy. First, the fact that it has actually survived, and continues to be celebrated widely in China: the Ordinary Form was not introduced into mainland China until the 1980s. Second, that the celebration of the liturgy in the vernacular in China is particularly difficult, since large populations speak languages, such as Cantonese, which do not have a written form into which the li…

Kasperite Indoctrination for the Archdiocese of Chicago?
Cupich on the 2014 Synod: "the media reported what actually took place"

Yesterday, an extreme "progressive" American publication released what is partly a long interview, partly a cheering mutual-praising and self-serving powwow, with Archbishop Blase Cupich, without doubt Pope Francis' most important appointment (so far) to the United States' episcopate. After reading this, there is only one thing we can say to our friends in Chicago: we will keep you in our prayers.

Archbishop Cupich during the first Sunday Mass after his installation. 
Four of the most important passages in the interview ("BC" is "Cupich"). Emphases are Rorate's:

The Massacre: Another conservative bishop "resigned"... now in France

It's unstoppable - for the umpteenth time in this Pontificate, a bishop who is related to a conservative community, who is considered conservative, who has conservative positions, who is under the "protest" of a sizable portion of his liberal priests and/or removed OR (as in this case) submits his resignation (or "resignation").
This Thursday it was in France, where the Bishop of Quimper (a member of the conservative Communauté Saint-Martin, ordained in Genoa in 1987), Jean-Marie le Vert, resigned (or "resigned") and had his resignation (or "resignation") accepted by the Pope. He had been named bishop of Quimper by Benedict XVI in 2007, and had been under strong attack from his liberal priests ever since, even taking a leave (for personal reasons - caused by the intensely stressful situation, perhaps... - or for superior orders, who knows?) in 2014.

TERRIFYING - What the Official Daily of the Church in Italy is now teaching about the family: "Gender Theory" and "Large Families" are just two extremes of a virtuous middle...

Note: The following is an article published last week in the journal, Avvenire, a daily newspaper owned by the Italian Bishops Conference.I thought it important to translate it, because it is indicative of what the “official” Church in Italy is thinking about the question of the relationship of doctrine to pastoral praxis, especially with respect to the Synod on the Family that will be held next October in Rome.
The reader will notice the references to the Church using images and words of Pope Francis such as the Church as a field hospital, and the reference to the “law of graduality”, attributing this “law” to Pope John Paul II. There is also the use of the Pope’s widely reported “rabbit” statement with respect to large Catholic families to explain what responsible parenthood means.
There seems to be no question to the author and to Don Paolo Gentili, the director of the Italian Bishops’ Office for the family, that pastoral praxis on family issues is changing and will change.But what…

Event: High Mass at Princeton University Chapel (February 3, 2015)

Event notice sent by a reader:

After leading an Ignatian retreat in Boston, Father Carlos Hamel FSJC will be coming to Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey and publicly offering a High Mass in the University Chapel at 9 PM on Tuesday February 3 for the Aquinas Institute. There will be a reception afterwards. This will be, to our knowledge, the first, non-Nuptial, Traditional Latin Mass in the University's Anglo-Catholic inspired chapel and has special significance as Princeton Alumnus Brother Gerhard FSJC will be serving Mass as well.

Clearer...once again

The meetings with families and young people, in Manila, were significant moments of the visit to the Philippines. Healthy families are essential to the life of society. It gives comfort and hope to see many families that welcome children as a true gift of God. They know that every child is a blessing. I've heard - some people say - that families with many children and the birth of so many children are among the causes of poverty. I think this is a rather simplistic opinion. I can say, all we can say, that the main cause of poverty is an economic system that has removed the person from its center, replacing him with the god of money, an economic system that excludes, always excludes: That excludes children, the elderly, the young, the jobless ... - and that creates the throw-away culture in which we live. We have grown used to seeing people being discarded. This is the main cause of poverty, not families. Evoking the figure of St Joseph, who protected the life of the "Santo Ni…

More on the Papal Masses in Manila:
President of Philippine Bishops' Conference defends the passing of hosts as accounts of hosts trampled into the mud emerge

(For the background: The end result of communion in the hand: Mass sacrilege as hosts passed around from hand to hand in Pope Francis' two Masses in Manila.)
GMA Network, one of the Philippines' top news networks, reports that Church officials including the President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference in the Philippines are defending the passing-around of hosts at the Papal Masses that took place in Manila, specifically in response to OnePeterFive's article on the event.
Filipino Catholic Church officials came in defense of this, saying the Masses, particularly at Luneta, were "extraordinary" circumstances.

In an interview with GMA News, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said: "Under normal circumstances, hindi dapat mangyari 'yon, pero extraordinary ang situation natin sa Luneta, six million people."

He added: "Sa ganu'ng pagkakataon, kailangan nat…

You suggest: Easter week pilgrimage to Holy Land

A couple of times in the past we have brought your attention to this Holy Land pilgrimage and several of our readers have gone on the trip. A reader sent us the following announcement on the next pilgrimage:

Here is a phenomenal opportunity in 2015 -- an Easter week pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the timeless "Mass of the Ages" each day. The dates are April 7-17.
Travel with Fr. Jared McCambridge, FSSP, to the most sacred ground this side of Heaven, where the greatest mysteries of our Faith unfolded! 
Click here for more information or call 1-800-334-5425.

Pope Francis: Catholics shouldn't breed "like rabbits"

(NOTE: Full text of the latest papal interview is now on Catholic News Agency.)

"Clearer"... - but only for a couple of days. Another day, yet another Papal interview.
From Reuters:
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Catholics should not feel they have to breed "like rabbits" because of the Church's ban on contraception, Pope Francis said on Monday, suggesting approved natural family planning methods.

For the record: "Clearer in Manila" as Pope Francis defends Church teachings on human life and sexuality during Philippine visit

The most important passages in bold. All texts are as published on the Vatican website. The speech in the Mall of Asia arena, as actually delivered, was a mix of the English prepared text with off-the-cuff remarks in English and (mostly) in Spanish, while an on-the-spot translation was provided by Msgr. Mark Miles. The Vatican website however provides a fresh translation of the Spanish-language interpolations.

Here I would like to say a special word to the young priests, religious and seminarians among us. I ask you to share the joy and enthusiasm of your love for Christ and the Church with everyone, but especially with your peers. Be present to young people who may be confused and despondent, yet continue to see the Church as their friend on the journey and a source of hope. Be present to those who, living in the midst of a society burdened by poverty and corruption, are broken in spirit, tempted to give up, to leave school and to live on the streets. Proclaim the beauty and trut…

The end result of communion in the hand:
Mass sacrilege as hosts passed around from hand to hand in Pope Francis' two Masses in Manila

The Pope's visit to the Philippines from January 15 to 19 saw him celebrate Mass three times for the public -- at Manila Cathedral on January 16, at Tacloban on January 17, and a final Mass at the "Rizal Park" of Manila on January 18. This last Mass, the Philippine government claims, was attended by 4 million people, concelebrated by 2,500 priests and 200-250 bishops. (Numerous online sources mention 6-7 million at the Mass, but if the Philippine Star, one of that country's top broadsheets is correct, the actual breakdown is 4 million who attended the Mass, another 360,000 at the perimeters of the venue, and 2 million along the route of Pope Francis' motorcade from the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila to Rizal Park.)

More conservative estimates put the number at 3 million at the Rizal Park itself, if not a bit less than that. Regardless of the numbers, it was without doubt an enormous display of Filipino Catholic faith, in all its richness -- and poverty.

Update on new SSPX seminary: "A Building that Speaks of God"

We have followed with great interest the building of a new seminary in rural Virginia for the Priestly Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and were asked to update our readers on its progress. Whatever you may think of the Society's position in the Church, one cannot but marvel at this structure -- especially while most seminaries are struggling to stay open if not already closed.

Video below:

You suggest: ICR monthly novena

It is becoming an annual tradition for us to help the great Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest with their fundraising novena. The following was sent to us by the ICR:
Join us in this New Year of 2015 as we embark on a spiritual pilgrimage to Bethlehem, emulating the actions of Three Magi on the feast of the Epiphany.  Through the novena to the Infant King, let us celebrate and meditate upon the Holy birth of Our Savior, God’s giving of His Only Son, and how we can pay homage and adoration to our Earthly and Heavenly King. With this in mind, please join us at the Shrine of Christ the King and participate in the monthly novena from January 17th to January 25th. The Christ Child has promised us: “The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you!”
And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”- Matthew2:11
The Three Wise Men and Shepherd…

Cardinal Piacenza in Wigratzbad: Mercy, Primacy of Conscience and Primacy of Truth

From a teaching lecture given by Cardinal Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary, at a course on the Internal Forum in the Diocese of Ausburg for German speaking priests.
Iacopo Scaramuzzi Vatican Insider (La Stampa) January 15, 2015
“In Christianity, the placing of mercy and truth in opposition or at least contradistinction is always the result of a vision that is only partial”. This is what Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, says in a teaching lecture given at Wigratzbad, Diocese of Augsburg in Germany, on the occasion of a course on the Internal Forum for German speaking priests.
“At that place where Psalm 85 says (from which comes the title of my lecture): ‘Mercy and truth will meet each other’, we are dealing with a new reality, not made by human hands, something to be desired, something deeply awaited, but realized uniquely in accordance with the gift from God”, affirms the Cardinal, who is centering his reflections on the Sa…

The Real Root of Extremism
- by Vittorio Messori

The Real Root of Extremism Vittorio Messori Corriere della Sera January 14, 2015

I have always appreciated the sincerity of Rabbi Giuseppe Laras (renowned in Italian Judaism not only for his culture but also for his religious sensitivity) when he voices his opinions. So, in yesterday’s article in this newspaper, he doesn’t hesitate from the start in affirming that “we are at war, we are just at the beginning and yet we don’t want to admit it.”
As a realist, I would be inclined to agree with him. The third world war (called “cold” but always a war) ended, because of the enemy’s collapse and deserting of the field, but after that there was the new Pearl Harbor on a September 11th morn in New York City. Here, let’s say it with the clarity of Laras – [we have] the fourth world war. The hypocrisy of the dominant ideology today - political correctness – has been attempting exorcisms and in order to tranquilize us they have built an ideal of “moderate Islamism” encouragingly increasing it by…

"Theology of the Body" explained - a Traditional Catholic view

The following essay is part of Don Pietro Leone's book on marriage and family, The Family Under Attack (available on Amazon and on Amazon UK), and is exclusively published by Rorate Caeli by kind permission of thr author.
Fr. Pietro Leone also sends us the following message:

"I wish to congratulate the Editor of Rorate Caeli at the beginning of its tenth year for all his precious work in creating this most reliable and truly Catholic site. I wish also to thank him for publishing my writings over the last few years starting with my analysis of the New Rite of Mass and up to the extracts from my latest book 'The Family under Attack' of which the first appears today.
"I consider it important for Catholics of today to understand 'Theology of the Body' for what it is: to help them to know the Faith better, to practice it more fully, and so, with the help of Divine Grace, to reach the Promised Land of Heaven, where one day we may together sing the Eternal Merci…

June 13, 2015: First Traditional Priestly Ordinations in Quebec in Decades

The Rev. Deacons Alexandre Marchand (from Gatineau) and Jacques Breton (from St-Hyancinthe) will be ordained to the most sacred priesthood on June 13, 2015 - the ordination will take place in the Diocese of Saint-Hyacinthe, and will be celebrated by the Abp. of Ottawa, the Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast.
These will be the first priestly ordinations according to the Traditional Roman Rite in Quebec since the alteration of the rites, in the late 1960s.
Congratulations to both, to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, and to the formerly Catholic lands of Quebec!
(Tip: Notions Romaines)

The Pope speaks on freedom to blaspheme: "If a close friend insulted your mother, you might punch him, right?"

In his airplane interview in the flight taking him from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Pope Francis commented on the limits of freedom of speech:
[Question] Yesterday morning, during mass, you spoke of religious liberty as a fundamental human right. With respect to the different religions, up to what point can we go in terms of freedom of speech, that also is a fundamental human right?
[Pope:] Thank you for this intelligent question! I believe that they are both fundamental human rights: religious freedom and freedom of speech. We are French, right? Well, then, let's go Paris, let's speak clearly. We cannot hide a truth today: each one has the right to practice his religion, without causing offense, freely, and we all wish to do this.
Secondly, we cannot offend, make war, kill, in the name of religion, that is, in the name of God.
That which is happening today surprises us, but let us always think of our history: how many wars of religion have we known! Think only of …

The year - One year

One year, the most meaningful of the cycles of nature. Man marks it with celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries - including the anniversaries of the birth (Christmas) and Resurrection (Easter) of the Lord that define the Liturgical Year itself. It is comforting for us today to begin anew the Sunday cycle following the intense time of Advent, Christmastide and Epiphanytide with the same Gospel as in every single year - as our forefathers, both in the West and in the East, always did: one yearly cycle of readings for Mass. A one-year cycle, dictated by nature, received through Tradition, reminding us each year of the great Truths of our Faith.
The first Sunday of the Season after Epiphany (before Septuagesima), which began yesterday, is next Sunday, the Second after Epiphany. It is, of course, the Sunday of the Wedding at Cana: it is fitting to begin the post-Epiphanytide Sundays with the first miracle of the Lord. There are great lessons and reminders in the day's Gospel, but the …

Book Review: "Submission" - a novel on Islam and the decomposition of Western Europe

Soumission [Submission] (publisher: Flammarion), the latest novel by Michel Houellebecq, reaches bookstores on January 7. For François Maillot, director of the La Procure [religious] bookstore in Paris, such a work prompts Christians to wake up.
François Maillot
[French Christian weekly] La Vie 
January 5, 2015
[...] This book has not yet been released, and everyone already knows the plot. It is about France in 2022, which witnesses the confrontation, in the second round of the presidential elections, of the candidate of the National Front and the chairman of the Muslim party, Mohamed Ben Abbes. The narrator, François (I cannot but see in the choice of this name the designation of this character as the archetypal Frenchman...), a university professor who is a Huysman* expert, but who remained an atheist, witnesses this incredible electoral conclusion, while completely tied down in the problems of his personal life, limited to his university career and the angst of not being anymore capable…

Christ Crucified: Scandal to the Muslims, Foolishness to the Secularists
- by Roberto de Mattei

Roberto de Mattei Corrispondenza Romana January 14, 2015
Marcher contre la Terreur, “March against Terror”, was the title which “Le Monde” the “Corriere della Sera” and the major Western newspapers used to present the grand, secularist demonstration of January 11th. Never has there been a slogan more hypocritical than this one, imposed by the mass-media as a reaction to the massacre in Paris on January 7th. What sense is there in speaking about Terror without adding the adjective “Islamic”? The attack on the editorial staff at “Charlie Hebdo” was carried out to the yell of “Allah akbar!”vindicating Mohamed, insulted by the caricatures and behind the terrorists’ kalashnikof there is a precise vision of the world: the Muslim one.
It is only now that Western secret services are beginning to take seriously the threats by Abdu Muhamad al Adnani published in a multi-lingual communiqué spread widely on September 21st 2014 by the on-line daily “The Long War Journal”. “We will conquer Rome, we wi…

Purgatorial Society: Policy change

When we began the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society four years ago, we really had no idea what success would look like. Frankly, we started it out of frustration and sadness, after watching yet another loved one "canonized from the pulpit" while the priest -- who was begged not to beforehand -- told our family and friends to rejoice, because the deceased was in Heaven. No one was asked to actually pray for the repose of their soul.
If you want to see proof positive that the collapse of the liturgy led to the collapse of theology and faith you need look no further than your typical Novus Ordo funeral Mass. Purgatory went the way of Latin, communion on the tongue and altar rails.
When we first started the Society, so desperate for help, we even offered to pay priests for Masses and planned to go through family records just to enroll Souls. Who would have know that four short years later we would have over 50 priests saying weekly or monthly traditional Latin Masses (for free)…

Armenian Catholic Cathedral of Aleppo bombed

THE DEATH OF CATHEDRALS - and the Rites for which they were built
- by Marcel Proust (full English translation)

It is not a common event for a blog to publish a full translation of a great text of a major literary figure over one hundred years after its original publication, being able to claim it as a new event. Yet, this is just such a case.
On August 16, 1904, Marcel Proust had a major article published in the French paper of record, Le Figaro, called "La mort des cathédrales" (The Death of Cathedrals). The debate was raging in French political circles as Atheists and Freemasons, against the largely majoritarian sentiment of the population, pushed through Parliament the unilateral abrogation of the Napoleonic Concordat and the complete secularization of the French Republic (what would become the 1905 "Law of Separation" - for the appropriate Catholic view on the issues involved and its aftermath, read Saint Pius X's encyclicals on the issue, Vehementer Nos,  Gravissimo officii,  Une fois encore - and Pius XI's 1924 encyclical Maximam gravissimamquesettling the ma…