Skip to main content


Showing posts from February, 2016

Pope Francis served the traditional Latin Mass!

A children's book titled "Dear Pope Francis" is set to be released March 1
While there will undoubtedly be much to analyze once it's published, one excerpt, which was shared with us, stood out. And -- as is typical with this pontificate -- not in a good way. 
Pope Francis, as could be assumed, served the traditional Latin Mass as a boy. If you wonder why the tradition of the Church never stuck with the young Jorge Bergoglio, maybe this disturbing explanation tells us why:

Winner selected! Purgatorial Society logo design contest announcement

Last month, we asked our readers to create a logo for the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. For a Society that has over 100,000 souls enrolled, with over 70 priests saying regular traditional Latin Masses for their repose, it's about it time it started to look official!
We were flooded with entries, and we are so grateful to all of you who submitted your designs. We have actually chosen two different designs, each by the same person, who isn't even a professional graphic designer. She does't even want credit! But please say a prayer for Melissa for her great work and dedication to the poor souls.
Here's the new logo, with the Latin text that reads: "And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen."

Below, a bonus for us, is the new button on the side bar of our blog that readers can click to see all the Society posts over the years, also made by Melissa. Thanks and God bless you, Melissa!
We also had some incredible o…

Pope Francis doesn't get involved in Italian politics -- except to praise former abortionist and foreign minister

As we reported a couple of days ago, Pope Francis doesn't get involved in Italian politics. So, as the pope hid inside the Vatican, the Italian Senate passed a homosexual "civil union" bill, all but ensuring it becomes law.
However, it's now been reported that Francis has called former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino one of the "forgotten greats," much to the horror of true Italian Catholics and pro-life leaders everywhere. It's horrifying because Bonino has been on the front lines of pushing abortion for decades -- and personally performed illegal abortions herself (Rorate reported extensively on this in this 2013 post.)
And before the typical sycophants say he doesn't know her disturbing, murderous history, he was asked about just that. The pope's response? "True, but never mind."  
From Newsmax:
Pope Praises Italy's Leading Abortion-Rights Activist
Pro-life leaders expressed shock after Pope Francis praised the "Margar…

Traditional lay acolyte installed in New Jersey

Last April we shared a response from the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (PCED) on who may serve as a "straw" subdeacon at a traditional Latin Solemn High Mass. In addition to previous PCED clarifications that any seminarian permitted to wear the cassock and collar (the post-1970s equivalent of tonsure) may do so, the letter stated "the function of Subdeacon can be legitimately assumed by an acolyte suitably instituted by a Bishop, but with the particular appropriate ritual differences."
Therefore, a man who has been ordained a priest, or deacon or, in the case of traditional societies, a subdeacon, may serve as subdeacon. A seminarian permitted the Roman collar, or an instituted lay acolyte, may serve as a straw subdeacon. The latter category requires the straw subdeacon to not wear the maniple; not pour the water into the chalice at the offertory, letting the deacon do so; not touch the chalice infra actionem, nor cover it with the pall, nor uncover it; an…

The Real Umberto Eco: How a deeply Catholic young man became an Apostle of Anti-Catholicism

Umberto Eco: the sad parable of a nominalist
Roberto de Mattei Corrispondenza Romana February 24, 2016
On February 23rd 2016, the writer Umberto Eco, who passed way on February 19th at the age of 84, had his “non-religious” funeral. Eco was one of the worst products of 20th century Italian/ Turin culture. His Turin origins need to be emphasized as Piedmont was a mine of great saints in the 19th century and of secularist, anti-Catholic intellectuals in the 20th century.

SSPX bishop: "The Pope leans towards a one-sided recognition of the Society."

For the record, from a conference given by the Argentine-Spanish Bishop of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), Alfonso de Galarreta, in Versailles, on January 17, 2016:

Towards a unilateral recognition of the Society?
In the second part of his conference, and beyond the proposals of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishop de Galarreta publicly confided that he thinks the pope may soon confer a status on the Society of St. Pius X:

Grazie, Santo Padre ! - Vatican silence leads to backroom deal - Italian Senate approves Same-Sex "Unions"

So, what happened today in the most important chapter of the Cirinnà Bill -- the Italian bill establishing civil unions for normal and "same-sex" couples in Italy?

The Prayer of a Faithful Italian Bishop - (as most remain silent when faced with the destruction of the family)

Today, as the Italian Government is about to vote the proposed law on civil unions, here is a bittersweet commentary on the theme of the family and morality by the Bishop of Ascoli Piceno, Giovanni d’Ercole.

The Prayer of a Bishop
February 21, 2016
Today the Senate will bring to a close the vote on civil unions. We have fought the good fight. We have insisted opportunely and importunately. We have explained the reasons of truth… we took to the piazza to give witness to it. It seems however, that despite the signs given, the Pharaoh’s heart still remains hardened. It seems that God has decided to deliver Italy into his (the Pharaoh’s) hands so that he tastes in depth the bitterness of sin. So, now more than ever is the moment for prayer.

"DEAR BROTHER MASONS" - Full Article on Catholic-Masonic Dialogue by Cardinal Ravasi -- And, exclusive, an answer by Card. Ravasi

A few days ago, we published a few excerpts of the article published by Cardinal Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, in the Italian paper Il Sole 24 Ore last Sunday, February 14, 2016, calling for dialogue with Freemasons. We now have the full text of the article -- followed by a response given by the Cardinal to a reader who asked him for a clarification.

DEAR BROTHER MASONS Over and above our different identities, there is no lack of common values: a sense of community, charitable works and the fight against materialism

by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
I read some time ago in an American magazine that the international bibliography on Freemasonry exceeds more than a 100,000 articles. Certainly contributing to this interest is its aura of secrecy and mystery, more or less with good reason, its different “obediences” and Masonic “rites” shrouded in a sort of murkiness, not to mention its origins, which, according to the English historian Frances Yates, “are one of…

Rorate's Ken Wolfe pens Op-Ed on Antonin Scalia and the Latin Mass

Today, the Wall Street Journal ran an Op-Ed by Rorate's own Ken Wolfe, on the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. It's a fitting tribute to a very down-to-earth man who loved the traditional Latin Mass, music and being with the people. 
His funeral Mass tomorrow certainly won't reflect his passion for tradition. But, at least, the world will know how he preferred to properly worship Our Lord, thanks to Ken. 
Scalia the Music Critic and Pew Policeman Putting on a tie using his car’s mirror before attending Mass—the one in Latin, of course
Click here to read (paid subscription)

Prof. Radaelli: Was wall-builder Pope Leo IV a bad Christian?

We were asked by a colleague of Dr. Enrico Maria Radaelli, disciple and guardian of the legacy of the late Romano Amerio, to post the following brief reflection/question on the matter of border walls and Popes:

"Regarding Walls and Popes, it would indeed be most interesting to know what Pope Bergoglio thinks of the famous Leonine Walls, erected by his predecessor Pope St. Leo IV in 847 to defend Rome and the Pope’s residence from the Saracens, the Muslims of that time. Was Pope Leo, sainted and responsible of many a miracle during his lifetime, not 'a good Christian?'"

The Most Confusing Papal Interview Ever

Pope v. Trump.
Pope v. the Zika Virus
Pope v. the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.
Pope v. Italian Bishops holding the line against Same-Sex "Unions"

How confusing was the interview granted by Pope Francis in the Airplane from Mexico to Rome this Thursday! So confusing the only way to present it is to place it for the record here. So much verbosity, so little clarity! Comments to follow -- eventually, when we fully understand what was left standing after the tornado passed.
Chris Ferrera: The Latest Papal Eruption on the Plane Phil Lawler: The damage done—again—by the Pope's interview Matthew Archbold: Hey, What Happened to "Who am I to Judge?" Steve Skojec: Did the Pope Just Permit Contraceptive Use? Mary Ann Kreitzer: Another Head Buster: Did the Pope Really Say Contraception was Legit ...
SSPX North America: The lesser of two evils: Pope Francis' interview
[Full text of the Interview:]

"The 'historical' meeting between Francis and Kirill"

Roberto de Mattei Corrispondenza Romana February 17, 2016
Among the many successes the mass-media attributes to Pope Francis, is the “historical meeting” with the Patriarch of Moscow, Kirill, which took place on February 12th in Havana. An event, it is written, that saw the collapse of the wall which has divided the Church of Rome from the Eastern Church for a thousand years. The importance of the meeting, according to the words of Francis himself, was not in the document - of a merely “pastoral” nature - but in the convergence towards a common destination, not political nor moral, but religious. As for the traditional Magisterium of the Church, articulated in documents, Pope Francis seems to want it substituted by a Neo-Magisterium, transmitted through symbolic events. The message the Pope aims to give is that this is a turning-point in the history of the Church. Yet it is precisely the history of the Church we need to start with to understand the significance of the event. Historical…

A Vatican II Moment: Priest Incenses Moka-Pot Coffemaker - With Ashes Inside in Novus Ordo Funeral Mass

Strangeness never ends in Novus Ordo territory: one of the popularizers of the stovetop moka pot coffemaker, Renato Bialetti, died days ago in Italy (son of Alfonso Bialetti, for whose company the machine was first invented decades ago - the Bialetti family has not owned the Bialetti brand for many years). 
Was he buried as countless generations of Catholic Italians? No, in a last bit of branding, he was cremated and his ashes were placed in a ... Bialetti Coffemaker during what can be called a Coffemaker Funeral Mass. There is a video to prove it... We are quite sure they all thought this was a beautiful and brilliant idea. And there was no ecclesiastical authority to stop it.

Cardinal Ravasi calls for Dialogue with Freemasonry - Excerpts

Dear Brother Masons 
[Full article here]

Over and above our different identities, there is no lack of common values: a sense of community, charitable work and the fight against materialism.

You Suggest: help the Fresno Latin Mass Society

The Fresno Latin Mass Society asked that we bring this fundraising drive for their new traditional church to our readers' attention:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you may know, The Most Reverend Armando Ochoa has given the Fresno Traditional Latin Mass Society permission to raise funds to establish a Latin Mass parish in the Diocese of Fresno. The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) will staff the proposed parish.  

Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent

Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent
by Fr. Richard G. Cipolla
"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil."(Mt. 4:1)
We never have to worry about what will be the gospel for the First Sunday of Lent.It is always the gospel of the temptation of Christ. No missal is needed, just attention and openness.The temptations are basic and deep: the temptation to fulfill personal desires, especially bodily desires: the temptation to power; the temptation to tempt God, to play chicken with God, so to speak.We all know these temptations.To fulfill human desire, be it hunger or sexual fulfillment; to want to be important in the eyes of the world and to be a player wherever we are that will determine the outcome; and to challenge God to show that he is God.The basics.The basic temptations we all know.

Say a prayer for Justice Scalia

Over the past decade, this contributor has had the great honor of speaking with Justice Antonin Scalia on a number of occasions, each one memorable. He always had the time for my family and me and always offered his time, kindness, humor and wisdom. His words have lasted with us for years and will never fade. 
He loved his country, his family and the traditional Latin Mass. And we loved him. 
Please take a moment and pray for the repose of his soul. Say a rosary for him. Offer your Sunday Mass intention for him. And, please dear Fathers of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society, say a Mass for him as well. 
Our Blessed Mother and St. Thomas More, intercede for him.
Requiescat in Pace ...

Pope Francis needed the Moscow Patriarch to force him to say some obvious things

We make ours the words of our friends of the Messa in Latino blog:
"An Orthodox Patriarch was needed to make the Church speak up on the family, Christian roots, abortion, and the persecution of Christians..., to make us Catholics say that leaves are green or that two plus two makes four."
As a blog that has always made every effort to keep unity of all Christians regarding the Genocide taking place in Syria and Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria and elsewhere, we know that this is the actual reason for the meeting, and cannot but hope that it bears some fruit for those Catholics and Orthodox actually suffering there in Syria, Iraq and in so many refugee situations in the region and elsewhere. For the record of historical events, the complete statement.
Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).

Cardinal Burke's visit to Krakow, Poland - Pontifical Mass (with video)

Cardinal Burke was recently in Krakow, Poland to release his book Divine Love Made Flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity. Cardinal Dziwisz warmly welcomed him, and he celebrated a Pontifical Mass in the city. (Video below)

The Antichrist - and the katechon
- 1 (Vittorio Messori)

The Antichrist Vittorio Messori
What will the Antichrist be like? We know that in Paul, in John’s letters and in the Apocalypse, there are scattered throughout, various forewarnings of a reality Christian Tradition has identified as (and I’ll cite a theology book) “the Prince of evil who will come and reign over the world at the end of times, before the Son of Man’s definitive return establishes the New Heavens and New Earth.”

For the record: On Curial reform and Church decentralization
Secretariat of State and Congregation for Divine Worship face reform

NB: "G-9" and "C-9" are both used to refer to the Council of Cardinals.


Amidst everything that has been happening in the Church and the outside world, the latest meeting of the Council of Cardinals from February 8 to 9 went almost unnoticed. However this may yet prove to be one of the most important of the Council's meetings so far.
The Vatican Bollettino for February 9 carried a brief report by Fr. Lombardi on this meeting, while on the same day News.Va carried a fuller report (G-9 meeting: Decentralization and the new dicasteries). The short meeting had a full agenda. As previously announced it involved discussions about decentralizing the Church. 

Fontgombault Sermon for Ash Wednesday: Time for the Works of Mercy!


Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault (Fontgombault, February 10, 2016)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My dearly beloved Sons:

Exclusive Op-Ed: Pio Pace: "Conclave Preparations: Watch Out - Great Editorial Manoeuvres Signal Cardinal Tagle"

We are very honored to post this new very important warning piece, by a very wise, knowledgeable, and highly influential cleric, writing under the pen name of don Pio Pace.
Watch Out - Great Editorial Manoeuvres Signal Cardinal Tagle
by Father Pio Pace At the time of the 2013 conclave, the Ratzingerians did not see coming the very efficacious shadow campaign led by the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

The Pope's Traditional Masterstroke to bring Crowds to the Jubilee

So...the 2016 Mercy Jubilee was not the popular success that had been foreseen. What was the solution?

New traditional Catholic college in three years

We we alerted to a new traditional Catholic college starting in 2019 (there is already an online high school education being offered). The following was written for us by Rev. Mr. Edward Schaefer:
By Deacon Edward Schaefer:
Newman wrote about "the idea of a university" at a time when the universities of Europe had been largely secularized.  This is certainly the case in America today.  American Catholic colleges and universities today are largely built on unsustainable economic models; they are too costly for most to attend without either exorbitant loans or significant strains on family resources; and, sadly, too many of them have sacrificed their Catholic missions and identities in efforts to sustain enrollments. Collegium sanctorum angelorum has been born to change all of this.  The Collegium is a residential, four-year college providing a liberal arts education (A.A. and B.A.) that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, spiritual, and li…

On Family Day, the God of Surprises surprised Pope Bergoglio and Prime-Minister Renzi (by Antonio Socci)

“The Surprises From The Holy Spirit”
Antonio Socci “Libero” January 31, 2016
There are those who are green with envy at yesterday’s immense and momentous Family Day, which, for the first time in Italian history filled up Rome’s Circo Massimo with no union, political or industrial organizational backing and no paid travel expenses. These were people who went to the Circo Massimo at their own expense, with enormous sacrifices, for an ideal, for their children, faced with a political class that has thrown ideals under the bus, seeing as it is only motivated by power. A political class that is quite incapable of representing these people and in reality, was never given any power by the electorate.
There are “ envious individuals” in the “Palaces of Power” (political, ideological and journalistic), but even in the palaces of ecclesiastical power, who did all they possibly could to defuse Family Day.

Melkite Archbishop: French bishops too politically correct, afraid in the face of Islamists

Many thanks to Gallia Watch for translating this important interview with Mgr. Jean-Clément Jeanbart, the Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo: The last Christians in Aleppo. We are reposting the full text below, with our emphases. 
(The original French text is on Boulevard Voltaire.)

After describing the dramatic situation the Aleppines are living through, the bishop addressed the journalists who had come to hear him.

IMPORTANT: Pope Francis, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to meet in Cuba on February 12
Moscow Patriarchate: main topic of discussion will be the persecution of Christians, Ukraine dispute no longer an obstacle to Pope-Patriarch meeting

The Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergius in Sergiyev Posad -- Russia's largest and most venerated monastery for men. 

Today the Vatican and the Patriarchate of Moscow jointly announced that Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow will meet in Cuba on the 12th of February, while both are enroute to separate trips to Latin America. Both the Holy See and the Moscow Patriarchate published the following press release:

The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are pleased to announce that, by the grace of God, His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will meet on February 12 next. Their meeting will take place in Cuba, where the Pope will make a stop on his way to Mexico, and where the Patriarch will be on an official visit. It will include a personal conversation at Havana’s José Martí International Airport, and will conclude with the signing of a joint declaration. 

Op-Ed: "The Conversation that must be had: a genuine Theological debate about the Church and the World"

by Fr. Richard G. Cipolla

[Rorate note: This is intended to be the beginning of a conversation among Rorate's contributors about the Reform of the Reform and its future..]

What is so sorely needed in the Church today is genuine theological debate about important issues both within the Church and also within the world.And this debate is sorely needed within the Traditional movement within the Church.What is at stake is the very concept and understanding of the Tradition of the Church that encompasses both Scripture and the teaching of the Church to the present time.For the Catholic, Scripture cannot be divorced from the Tradition, which must include the teaching of the Church and its binding nature.You notice I did not invoke the term “Magisterium” with respect to the teaching office of the Church.The Magisterium, as understood today, did not, at least in an explicitly defined sense, exist before Vatican I. I would submit that the concept of the Magisterium as consisting of the Pope …

On Family Day, the Catholic Majority spoke in Italy - despite Pope's silence (by Roberto de Mattei)

Roberto de Mattei Corrispondenza Romana February 3rd 2016
The Family Day of January 30th brought to light the existence of another Italy, quite different from the relativist and “pornomania” one proposed to us by the media as the only real one.
The Italy of Family Day is that portion of the population, much larger than we can perhaps imagine, that has remained faithful, or has won back in recent years, what Benedict XVI defined as “the non-negotiable values”: life, the family, the education of children, with the conviction that only on these pillars can a well-ordered society be founded.

Good News, Bad News:
1. Bishop of Oruro formalizes ban on communion in the hand
2. Sanctuary of Fatima gets ugly "modern" altar

1. We reported in August last year about the intention of the Polish Verbite Bishop of the Diocese of Oruro, Bolivia to forbid communion in the hand in his Diocese. Bishop Krzysztof Białasik has now issued a decree (dated January 6, 2016) formalizing the ban. (Source). 
H/t to our friends in Adelante la Fe / Rorate Caeli en Espanol.

2.  On Candlemas (February 2), 2016, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima was reopened after having been closed for renovations for more than a year. Among the renovations was the installation of a brand-new altar designed by sculptor Bruno Marques, which was consecrated on that day by the Bishop of Fatima, Msgr. António Marto. The following photos are from the official, Portuguese-language Facebook page of the Sanctuary of Fatima:

Ironically, Bishop Marto dedicated part of his Candlemas homily to lamenting the loss of the "transcendent dimension" in Europe. We would have loved to tell him that a good example of that loss was standin…

Reminder: Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society and logo design contest

This is our monthly reminder to please enroll Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. And, please remember our new policy change, that the names of Souls you enroll will no longer be made public. We now stand at 70 priests saying weekly or monthly traditional Latin Masses for the souls!
REMINDER: The deadline for graphic designs to create a logo/coat of arms for the Society is February 15. Read more here.

Candlemas in Art : A pictorial Presentation - by Maureen Mullarkey

by Rorate Contributor Maureen Mullarkey

In the Latin Church, Christmastide reaches its canonical end today, on Candlemas. The name comes to us from the ancient custom of blessing candles in church this day for distribution to the congregation. Celebrated in the early Church simply as the Feast of the Fortieth Day, it is rich in liturgical significance and resonant with history. Candlemas is a double feast that binds Christian faith to its Judaic roots in the very act of proclaiming Jesus as a light for the Gentiles and, in the jubilant words of the Canticle of Simeon, “the glory of Thy people Israel.”

We know the story. In obedience to Jewish law, Mary—young Miriam—takes her weeks-old son to temple to undergo ritual purification on the day required of mothers of sons. The Book of Leviticus is firm: “She shall not touch any hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary until the days of her purification are fulfilled.”


SSPX; Women and foot washing; consecrating Russia; anti-pastoral bishops and much more

Last week, Rorate Caeli interviewed His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the most visible prelates working on the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass and faith, on numerous topics. 

In this wide-ranging interview, His Excellency thoughtfully expounded on issues critical to the Church in this great time of crisis. Read the entire interview so you don't miss His Excellency's thoughts on the current status of theSSPX, women's participation in the Mass and the washing of women's feet, whether Russia was ever truly consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Summorum Pontificum and anti-pastoral bishops and much, much more. 

All may reprint/repost this interview -- but you must credit Rorate Caeli.
Click here to follow @RorateCaeli on Twitter

*NB: words in bold by Rorate for emphasis:


Rorate Caeli: In the recent Synod, we will not know the legal impact it will have on the Church for some time, as it’s up to…

Interview with the only Bishop to take part at Rome's "Family Day" - "It's easy for the other bishops not to be here"

Bishop on the battlefield says: too easy not to expose oneself
Serena Sartini Il Giornale January 31st 2016
The Archbishop of Campobasso scolds his absent colleagues and appeals to Mattarella: “If the Cirinnà Bill passes, don’t sign it.” He is one of the few bishops present at Family Day, perhaps the only one. Without fear of exposing himself or of being criticized by the other bishops, alongside the families, saying no to the Cirinnà  Bill on civil unions and with an appeal to the President of the Republic, [he says]: “I hope that the Bill will be examined by the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella and that he doesn’t sign the decree: it is in conflict with article 29 of the Constitution which states that the family is based on matrimony.” The Bill should be completely rewritten – or better still, withdrawn Monsignor Giancarlo Maria Bregantini, Bishop of Campobasso-Bojano, set out at 5 o’clock yesterday morning with a group of faithful from his diocese to be part of a demonstration at Circo M…