Rorate Caeli

Event: Conference Tomorrow - Protestant Reformation...or Revolution? (Sleepy Hollow, NY)

How the religious upheaval ignited by Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli changed Western Civilization -- with the presence, among others, of Dr. John Rao and Christopher Ferrara.

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Never again get stuck without the 2017 Ordo!

Our friends at Romanitas Press have just produced a trial version of their mobile Android app of the 2017 Ordo for the traditional Roman Missal and Breviary (1962) — and it's only 99 cents. The 2018 version for both Android and Apple should be available next month.

This digital version of the Ordo for Android devices is not only handy for the traveling clergy who follow the traditional missal and breviary, but also for the laity as a mobile liturgical calendar for attending the traditional Mass.

This Ordo app is easy to use and each entry lists the class of the day, proper Mass (or options), Office’s color, and variable parts of the Mass and Breviary. Also included are helpful notes such as when a Requiem Mass is prohibited — and specifically for pastors, pulpit announcements of the liturgical year.

De Mattei: The Correctio filialis and the Laudatio of Pope Francis

The Correctio filialis and the Laudatio of Pope Francis

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
October 18, 2017

After three weeks the first organized response to the Correctio filialis has appeared: a Laudatio published on the web, signed by a group of priests and intellectuals prevalently from the Austrian-German domain. (

Promotion of Homosexuality: The Defining Image of a Corrosive Pontificate

The image above is taken from page 24 of the official Parish Guide created by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference in preparation for the "World Meeting of Families", which will take place in Dublin on August 21-26, 2018. The whole preparation program is based on the Francis exhortation "Amoris Laetitia", and is named "Amoris".

The corrosive nature of this wicked pontificate is destroying all things that are true, loving, and beautiful in its path. The smoke of Satan first mentioned by Paul VI has blackened the whole interior of a building in flames. Matrimony and family; Confession, contrition, and true repentance; Love and Truth; Priesthood and the Blessed Sacrament: all tarnished, all in ruins, all disfigured by evil thoughts and evil deeds of the Covenant-Breakers of a disgraced class of men intoxicated by their own filth.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.
Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans


We call all Catholics of good faith to boycott this charade against the family, this so-called "World Meeting of Families 2018", in Dublin, promoting all things that the meeting's founder, John Paul II, fought against so dearly.

(Image & document tip: Deacon Nick Donnelly and GloriaTV)

Tears of Faith and Love: founded in 1988, FSSP enters 30th year

Come sorrowing tears, the offspring of my grief,
Scant not your parent of a needful aid;
In you I rest the hope of wish'd relief,
By you my sinful debts must be defray'd:
Your power prevails, your sacrifice is grateful,
By love obtaining life to men most hateful.

If love, if loss, if fault, if spotted fame,
If danger, death, if wrath, or wreck of weal,
Entitle eyes true heirs to earned blame,
That due remorse in such events conceal:
That want of tears might well enrol my name,
As chiefest saint in kalendar of shame.

At Sorrow's door I knock'd, they craved my name:
I answer'd, one unworthy to be known.
What one? say they. One worthiest of blame.
But who? a wretch, not God's, nor yet his own.
A man? Oh no! a beast; much worse. What creature?
A rock. How call'd? the rock of scandal, Peter!

With mildness, Jesu, measure mine offence;
Let true remorse Thy due revenge abate;
Let tears appease when trespass doth increase;
Let pity temper Thy deserved hate;
Let grace forgive, let love forget my fall:
With fear I crave, with hope I humbly call.

Redeem my lapse with ransom of Thy love,
Traverse th'indictment, rigour's doom suspend;
Let frailty favour, sorrows succour move,
Be Thou Thyself, though changeling I offend.
Tender my suit, cleanse this denied den,
Cancel my debts, sweet Jesu, say Amen!
Saint Robert Southwell
St. Peter's Complaint


The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter proudly display as their symbol not emblems of glory, but tears of heartfelt shame, the tears of their heavenly Patron. As with Peter, the early tears of uncertainty became assurances of triumph - not for the earthly honor of their members, but for Our Lord Jesus Christ and the undying heritage of the Church of Rome, founded upon the blood of Simon son of John.

Congratulations to the Fraternity on this their 29th Anniversary of foundation, as they enter their 30th year of common life for the Church -- and a wish of many more decades of fidelity to the Roman See and her doctrine and steadfastness, under the protection of God and of the redeemed tears of Saint Peter.

New Francis Synod Called to Approve Married Priesthood

Yesterday, immediately following the canonization of 35 saints (including 33 Martyrs, 30 of whom were murdered by a Protestant-led horde during Holy Mass), Pope Francis announced the convocation of a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the "Pan-Amazonic" region, that is, the regions of the Amazon area in various South American countries. The gathering will take place in Rome in October 2019.

The assembly was called supposedly to address indigenous natives' concerns. 

But we know better.

Just as the Synods "for the Family", in 2014 and 2015, were called basically to find enough ambiguity and semantic confusion to allow the Pope to reach the decision he had already reached (i.e. Eucharistic communion for those in ongoing adulterous relationships), the upcoming Amazon Synod has just one purpose: married priesthood in the Latin Church.

While very rarely married men have been ordained to the priesthood in the past few decades in the Latin Church, the practice has been limited to what is statistically a tiny number of former Anglican (and some other) ministers who were already married when they joined the Church.

The Amazon Synod has bolder aspirations in mind. The Pope has almost certainly already decided to allow for the ordination of already Catholic married men considered "viri probati" of the community to the Priestly order -- first, in the Amazon, maybe at the same time in other "mission areas". 

And, who knows, as soon as possible, everywhere else? For there is no doubt almost all the traditional areas of the Latin Church, including most of Europe, much of Latin America, vast areas of North America, as well as the traditional missionary regions of Africa and Asia, can all be considered "mission areas", with the same need of priests as the Amazon river basin.

So, there we have it: another momentous shift in the Church is about to happen in a skewed way. At least we are forewarned.

Ultramontanism's Death Sentence

Pope Pius XII
In 1952 Pope Pius XII said the following, in a public address recorded among his official acts:

Even when it is a question of the execution of a condemned man, the State does not dispose of the individual's right to life. In this case it is reserved to the public power to deprive the condemned person of the enjoyment of life in expiation of his crime when, by his crime, he has already disposed himself of his right to live.

In 2017 Pope Francis spoke, in a not dissimilar context:

Event: Bishop Schneider to visit Kansas City

We have been metering out the public schedule of His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who will visit the United States this month for numerous Masses and events, including in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. On 28-29 October, he will be in Missouri for a pontifical High Mass for the feast of Christ the King, with the Institute of Christ the King, and a conference on Blessed Karl.

De Mattei: Fatima 100 Years later. A Marian call for the whole Church

Conference of Prof. Roberto de Mattei

Buckfast Abbey, Devon, England
 12-13 October 2017

The historical framework of the Message of Fatima

Risultati immagini per images our lady of fatima
The message of Fatima is aimed at the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is its essence, as Father Joaquin Alonso (1938-1981) [1], Father Serafino Lanzetta[2] and other authors have grasped well. The prophecy contained in the message of July 13th 1917 has its culminating point in the promise: “In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph”. It’s important to emphasize that this promise is unconditional[3].

However, there is another dimension, no less important, which deserves our attention and which I intend to focus on.  It‘s the prophecy, that says, if the world doesn’t convert a great chastisement will befall it. Fatima isn’t a generic call to prayer and penance, it is, above all, the announcement of a chastisement and the final triumph in history of Divine Mercy.    

In the vast horizon of private revelations, the Fatima apparitions have their own characteristic: their very close relationship with history. The great apparitions of Our Lady in the 19th century Rue du Bac (1830), Sant’Andrea delle Fratte (1842), Lourdes (1858) while shedding light on their times, don’t have direct historical references.

Event: Mozart's Requiem Mass in New Orleans

COLUMBUS IS OURS -- Let us rejoice!

Monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra, near Barcelona,
where the Catholic Monarchs welcomed Columbus back from the Indies in 1493
Now that four centuries have sped since a Ligurian first, under God's guidance, touched shores unknown beyond the Atlantic, the whole world is eager to celebrate the memory of the event, and glorify its author. Nor could a worthier reason be found where through zeal should be kindled. For the exploit is in itself the highest and grandest which any age has ever seen accomplished by man; and he who achieved it, for the greatness of his mind and heart, can be compared to but few in the history of humanity.

Event: Bishop Schneider to visit La Crosse, Wisconsin, for lecture and pontifical Mass

An announcement from our friends in La Crosse, Wisconsin:

October 13, 2017: SSPX Rosary Crusade following the example of Polish Catholics

                                                                                   SSPX Italian District
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The Italian District of the Society of Pius X [hereby] adheres to the initiative by the AIASM (Italian Association Marian Sanctuaries Companions), following the marvelous example of the Polish Catholics, thus:
On October 13th at 17.30 everyone is invited to recite the Holy Rosary, accompanied by fasting and sacrifice.

Event: Bishop Schneider to offer Blessed Karl pontifical High Mass

Last year, His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider visited the U.S. in October for a nine-day schedule of pontifical Masses and lectures, including offering the annual Mass in Washington, D.C., on the feast of Blessed Karl of Austria. This month the bishop will again visit the U.S. for several events and offer a pontifical High Mass on 21 October, at 1 p.m., for the feast of Blessed Karl.

Institute of Christ the King: Good news from England

Mass at St Walburge's, Preston
The Institute of Christ the King have made a succession of very exciting announcements about their apostolate in the north west of England, historically the most Catholic part of the country.

In addition to the landmark church, the 'Dome of Home', the Church of SS Peter & Paul and St Philomena, in the Wirral, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, which they have run since 2012 thanks to Bishop Mark Davis, they were given the magnificent Church of St Walburge's, Preston, in the Diocese of Lancaster, which boasts the tallest spire of any parish church in England, in 2014, by Bishop Michael Campbell.

In July, Bishop Campbell gave them another historic church, close to St Walburge's: the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs.


"The highest moment that the centuries ever witnessed." (Cervantes)

We cannot but recall that four great Roman Pontiffs came from the Dominican ranks. Of these, the last, St. Pius V, won undying gratitude from Christianity and civil society. He joined together, after unceasing efforts, the arms of the Catholic princes, and under the patronage of the Virgin Mother of God, whom, therefore, he ordered to be saluted in future as Help to Christians, destroyed forever at Lepanto the power of the Turks.

Francis: We must join cultural revolution to see Church's "weaknesses and shortcomings"

The Francis Revolution may be going into hyperdrive. Video below courtesy Rome Reports:

FRANCIS: “There is a real cultural revolution on the horizon of history at this time. The Church must, first and foremost, be part of it. In this perspective, it is essential to honestly recognize her weaknesses and shortcomings.”

A Catholic pope. Speaking of joining in a "cultural revolution." Let that sink in.

Office of Prime -- As suggested by the U.S. Bishops to the Laity in 1889

In 1889, a simplified office of Prime in English was recommended for morning prayer by the American bishops who also produced the Baltimore Catechism. Predating both the Vatican II changes and the Breviary revisions of St. Pius X in 1911, this office is an organic American development that is also firmly rooted in a continuous Roman tradition going back to St. Benedict.

Prime in the "Baltimore Office" consisted of two invariant Psalms for all seven days of the week (53 and 118), proper antiphons for Sundays and weekdays, and, characteristically, the Creed of St. Athanasius (Quicumque Vult) for Sundays.

Fastiggi & Goldstein vs. Shaw: responses

Robert Fastiggi and Dawn Eden Goldstein have done me the honour of a reply, at some length, to my post, in my comments box. I want to take this as seriously as possible, so I paste it in below, in full, in bold, with my replies to each point.

Dear Dr. Shaw,

Correctio: a challenge for Fastiggi and Goldstein

You know you've had an influence when the Vatican Insider addresses you by name.

Correctio Filialis: a first appraisal

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana 
October 4, 2017

On September 25th, the day after the publication of the Correctio filialis to Pope Francis, Greg Burke, the spokesman for the Vatican Pressroom, with condescending irony, denied the news diffused by Ansa, which had reported that access to the site of the Correctio had been blocked by the Holy See: “Do you really think we would do this for a letter with 60 names?” The director of the Pressroom, who judges initiatives on the basis of the number of “followers” , might be interested to know that, eight days after being put online, had more than 180 thousand individual visitors and 330 thousand page visits. 

Event: Oct. 19 - Conference & Pontifical Mass with Bp. Schneider in Norwalk, Connecticut

We are happy to announce that the Society of St Hugh of Cluny and St. Mary’s parish, Norwalk, Connecticut are sponsoring a conference and mass on Thursday, October 19 at St Mary’s Church. The conference and mass commemorate the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. The proceedings will be as follows:

Event: Pontifical Solemn High Mass in New Jersey

We at Rorate are very found of the good Bishop Serratelli and urge everyone in the area to attend: 

Reminder: Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society

This is our monthly reminder to please enroll Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. Over the last 30 days we've added another wonderful priest dedicated to bringing relief to loved ones enrolled by our readers. We now stand at 83 priests saying weekly or monthly traditional Latin Masses for the Souls.

** Click here to download a "fillable" PDF Mass Card to give to the loved ones of the Souls you enroll. It's free for anyone to use. **

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." And we will always keep you completely anonymous unless you request otherwise. 

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.

New York Times publishes op-ed on TLM in Nigeria

We continue to believe one of the greatest benefits of the otherwise dreadful Francis Effect is the unification of traditional and conservative camps within the Catholic Church, recognized by even the mainstream media. Today, a senior editor at First Things has an op-ed on the traditional Latin Mass movement in Nigeria. Published in the New York Times. Take a moment to unpack all that.

The piece, printed on page seven of the "Sunday Review" in today's New York Times, looks at the ordination of Father Charles Ike, FSSP, a charming, smart, friendly priest ordained for the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter in Nigeria on the feast of the Assumption seven weeks ago. The op-ed then gives a snapshot of the history of the TLM restoration and perspectives from communicants there.

Is Amoris Laetitia really Thomistic and against “decadent scholasticism”? Let’s hear what the Angelic Doctor says

Luisella Scrosati
La Nuova Bussola Quotidiano
April 11, 2016

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After the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio (1981), as likewise the Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Reception of Eucharistic Communion by the Divorced-Remarried of 1994, an appeal has been made to the principle of epikeia, in order to “bypass” the prohibition present in these documents, regarding the admission of the divorced and remarried to the Sacraments, basing it on the fact that particular cases cannot simply be deduced by universal laws.

According to its contesters, the positions expressed in such documents – as those likewise clearly taught in Veritatis Splendor – would represent a very legalistic vision of the Christian life, which would neither take into account the complexity of situations nor mercy. Similar observations we have heard a number of times in the words of Cardinal Kasper, who appealed for a broader vision, more attentive to people’s concrete life situation, more merciful.  In that context the German Cardinal indicated the road to follow was the principle of epikeia. These are attractive considerations, as each of us would like to share, at a deep level, a prospective which doesn’t create man for the law, but the law for man. At the same time however, we need to leave the dynamic of slogans and actually see how things stand.   

Joseph Ratzinger: "Criticism of papal pronouncements will be possible and even necessary, to the extent that they lack support in Scripture and the Creed"

In 1969, the future Pope Benedict XVI, then Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, wrote that criticizing papal statements was not only possible, but even necessary, to the extent that the pope might deviate from the Deposit of Faith and the Apostolic Tradition. Pope Benedict XVI included these remarks in his 2009 anthology of his writings, Fede, ragione, verità e amoreThese remarks, which we now publish below in English translation, are particularly relevant in light of the filial correction of Pope Francis last week: