Rorate Caeli

De Mattei: Attack on the Priesthood, Attack on the Eucharist

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
June 21, 2018

The Holy Eucharist has always been the choice target of those who hate the Church. The Holy Eucharist, in fact, sums up the Church. As a Passionist theologian notes, the Eucharist “epitomizes all the revealed truths; it is the exclusive source of grace: it is the anticipation of bliss, the sum of all the wonders of the Almighty.” (Enrico Zoffoli, Eucarestia o nulla, [The Eucharist or Nothing] Edizioni Segno, Udine 1994, p. 70).

Sermon for 4th Sunday after Pentecost - "Past 50 years in the Church have been of the lobotomization of clergy and people."

by Fr. Richard G. Cipolla
Duc in altum.  Set out into the deep water.  (Luke 5:4)

Those words of Jesus to Peter and his companions are his exhortation to these to embark on a life that they little dreamed of, far from their fishing boats an the land and family they knew.  Set out into the deep water, the deep water far away from the safety of the land, the deep water of the sea where storms arise suddenly, but also the deep water in which an abundance of fish live, ready to be caught. The fishermen had tried to catch fish all night long, but to no avail.  Nothing.  Nothing because this life of theirs was over. So Jesus tells them to go into the deep water, and it is here that they catch so many fish that the boats are nearly sinking with the catch.  It is at this point that Simon Peter realizes, however inchoately, however unclearly, that this is a sign that points to him and his future and his role as a disciple of Jesus, and in that wonderful and touching and dramatic scene, he kneels at Jesus’ feet:  Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man. What a wonderful and real reaction to Peter’s understanding of the miracle of the catch of fish: to declare himself unworthy for any task that Jesus had in mind for him.  A future as a follower of Jesus in the deepest sense was, in Peter’s mind, impossible. For he was a sinful man.  But the response is quite clear:  Fear not.  From henceforth you will be catching men.

Michael Davis attacks home schoolers

The quiz at the end of the St Catherine's Trust annual Summer School, attended
by about 50-50 home-educated and school-educated children. Details of this year's here.

(Supporters of Home Education may like to support this petition on the latest UK government attack on it.)

A while ago the Catholic Herald journalist Michael Davis thought he'd do a good turn to the Traditional Catholic movement (with which he apparently identifies) by describing us as hateful bigots and antisemites. Now he's decided to do a similar favour to homeschoolers.

It works like this. First, Davis starts the article with a reference to the staggering success of homeschoolers: it seems that they are providing 10% of vocations to the priesthood in the USA, a proportion vastly in excess of their numbers.

Second, Davis lists all the tired old criticisms of homseschooling. Homeschooling is against the teaching of the Church; the children aren't 'socialised'; the parents are 'helicopter parents' who 'seal off their children in a bubble'; even the apparent good of the vocations is undermined by the snarky suggestion that the vocations aren't genuine and the priests won't be good pastors.

Step three is to hold up his hands and say: Oh well, maybe these problems can be avoided by some homseschoolers. Citing one particular group, he says vocations coming from it 'won’t be stereotypically paranoid, socially awkward homeschooled kids': unlike all the other homeschooled children, right?

No doubt he expects us all to congratulate him on what a balanced article he has produced.

The problem is that, just as in the 'oh perhaps not all traditional Catholics are hateful bigots' article, he has reiterated and reinforced an extremely damaging negative stereotype which needs confronting and assessing. Is it true? Because obviously, if the stereotype isn't true, then a balanced assessment wouldn't use it even as one side of the see-saw.

The Traditional Mass: It's not about politics -- it's about Truth and Beauty

Commonweal is a journal known, at least since the age of the last Council, for its extreme liberal positions.

So it was not without considerable surprise that this past week readers witnessed the journal publish a text favorable to the Latin Mass: it is a personal account of the author's discovery of the Latin Mass. 

Announcement: June 24 TLM in Peru, Indiana.

Una Voce Lafayette will be presenting a Sung Latin Mass for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist Sunday, June 24th, at 5 PM, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Peru, Indiana. Fr. Andrew DeKeyser will be celebrant and the Saint Dunstan Schola will be providing music.

You Suggest: FSSP Eucharistic Conferences now available on video

From a priestly reader:

Eucharistic Conferences: ‘Ego Eimi – It is I’ (John 6:51)

A series of conferences on the Most Holy Eucharist by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, at St Mary's Shrine Church in Warrington, England, in preparation for the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool (7-9 Sept. 2018). Each 40-min conference can be watched below.

Transubstantiation: how the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ occur under the externals of bread and wine (click here to watch)  
Concomitance: how Christ’s Blood also is in the Host, and His Body also in the Chalice (click here to watch)
Fragments: why each of them is Christ, and how to treasure them (click here to watch)
Gradation of the modes of presence of God in His creation: how God’s presence is supreme in the Holy Eucharist (click here to watch)

Must-see video: Church Militant and the Chartres Pilgrimage

We urge all of our readers to watch this short but powerful video featuring the Americans who participated in the annual Chartres Pilgrimage. More importantly, please share it on your blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts. Email it to friends and family. This video perfectly captures what tradition is all about -- and how to restore it. 

There may only be a remnant left. Let's change that, using every means at our disposal, including our keyboards.

Vatican releases latest worldwide Catholic statistics:
Decrease in the overall share of Catholics in the world population. Fall in priests, seminarians and religious continues unabated

The Vatican Bollettino for June 13, 2018 has a report (only in Italian as of this writing) about the publication of the Pontifical Yearbook for 2018 and the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae 2016, containing the statistics for the Catholic Church worldwide as of the end of the year 2016. 

The earliest reports appearing on the Catholic media about this report focus on the increase in the absolute number of baptized Catholics from the end of 2015 to the end of 2016 -- from 1,285,000,000 to 1,299,000,000. The Bollettino's actual report however has the sobering observation that the increase in Catholics from 2015 to 2016 is lower than the annual increase recorded in the period from 2010 to 2015. Additionally, the rate of growth of the worldwide Catholic population is slower than that of the world's population as a whole, with the result that the percentage of Catholics in the world population dropped from 17.73 % in 2015 to 17.67 in 2016. 

When it comes to priests, the trend of diminishment since 2014 is confirmed: there were 414,969 Catholic priests in the whole world as of the end of 2016, compared to 415,656 priests in 2015 and  415,792 in 2014.

For the record: James Martin SJ to speak at World Meeting of Families, homosexual "couples" welcomed to volunteer at event
Plus: the fall of the Archdiocese of Bologna

As widely reported in the Catholic media, the notorious Fr. James Martin SJ will be one of the main speakers at the upcoming 9th World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin, Ireland (August 21-24, 2018). His topic will be "Exploring how Parishes can support those families with members who identify as LGBTI+."Martin claims that he was invited to speak at this event by the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Dublin.

The event's official website points out that "Amoris Laetitia is the guiding theme of all three days of the Pastoral Congress and of all the topics chosen." The whole event will have around 200 speakers, however, Martin will be one of the keynote speakers. It is significant that the "Highlights from the Pastoral Programme" on the event website names only him, and Cardinal Tagle of Manila, among those making presentations.

On the same day that Fr. Martin's involvement in WMOF was announced, Irish media reported that according to Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, "LGBT couples" are considered "welcome" to volunteer at the event. (‘Of course’ LGBT couples welcome to volunteer says Archbishop: ‘It’s also a Catholic event’.)

The Irish Church continues its rapid journey to the bottom. 

New Release: Reprint of Danielou on Biblical Typology

From the first centuries of its existence, the Church has interpreted the historical events recounted in the Old Testament as being "types" or "figures" of the events of the New Testament and of the sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ. In fact, the traditional Latin liturgy was born from this intimate connection of ancient temple sacrifice and incarnational fulfillment. Ironically, those who were promoting the "ressourcement" of the Church Fathers were the same ones who gleefully slaughtered the liturgy that best represented the mind of the Fathers.

Jean Cardinal Danielou, one of the foremost Catholic scholars of the twentieth century, and a theologian especially concerned with the relationship between history and the Christian revelation, examines in this excellent book -- now reprinted in a nice new edition by Ex Fontibus -- the typological interpretation of the Fathers of the Church and their contemporaries during the first three centuries of the Christian era. Among examples he discusses are the crossing of the Jordan by the Israelites as a type of baptism, Rahab as a type of the Church, and the fall of Jericho as a figure of the end of the world. The complex interpretations of Adam, the flood, and the sacrifice and marriage of Isaac are also described in full and commented on. Like Louis Bouyer, Jean Danielou is at his best when he is transmitting the rich content of tradition to modern readers.

Draw the living waters of the Sacred Heart - Haurietis Aquas

100 years after Pope Blessed Pius IX had extended the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to the Universal Church, Pope Pius XII, of most glorious memory, decided to celebrate the occasion with one of the brightest lights of his pontificate, the Encyclical Letter Haurietis Aquas, signed on May 15, 1956.

You Report: First TLM since Vatican II in Connecticut church

The below message to our readers was penned by Fr. Donald Kloster of St. Mary's Church in Norwalk, Conn.:
Photos courtesy Edwin Gonzalez

This past Corpus Christi Thursday about 300 faithful celebrated a Solemn High Mass at St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield, CT, which was founded in 1955.

Kudos to Brian McCall, new head of Catholic Family News

Heartfelt congratulations to Catholic Family News for choosing Brian McCall as its new Editor-in-Chief. The work of John Vennari will be continued in a faithful manner by a faithful Catholic and friend of Our Lord.

Full statement here.

Pope blocks German Guidelines allowing Holy Communion for Protestant spouses

The important document by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was made public by several German websites today (we are unsure of the exact order of those who broke the news, so we credit all of them).

The translation of the document itself was provided by Settimo Cielo, Sandro Magister's blog. We post it below for the record of ongoing events.

We just wish to add the following note: spread by a liberal priest on Twitter, a grave falsehood came up saying that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had allowed individual bishops to decide on the matter. As the text of the letter makes it clear, that is not at all the case: the CDF, with approval from the Pope, forbid the German conference to publish the guidelines allowing general communion for Protestant spouses of Catholic faithful. What it temporarily allowed diocesan bishops to do was regarding the communion in cases of "grave and urgent necessity" already foreseen in the 1983 Code of Canon Law for those who held the Catholic understanding of the Blessed Sacrament precisely in such "grave and urgent" cases -- and not as a general and constant rule for Protestant spouses of Catholics.


Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Prot. N. 212/2018 - 64727

Vatican City
Palace of the Sant’Uffizio

May 25 2018

To His Most Reverend Eminence
Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Archbishop of Munich and Freising
President of the German Episcopal Conference
Kardinal-Faulhaber Str. 7
D-80333 München
Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Your Eminence, Most Illustrious President!

Sermon for Corpus Christi, "The Feast With the Latin Name" - Fr. Richard Cipolla

“For my flesh is food indeed and my blood is real drink.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, he abides in me and I in him. He who eats this bread will live forever.”  John 6:55-57

What is today about? –this feast we celebrate with a Latin name, Corpus Christi.  What is it about?  That is a relevant question in an age in which Christian worship has become a problem.  Some time ago the New York Times had a story on the historic Black churches in Harlem. Some of these churches have opened up their doors on a Sunday morning to tourists who are bussed up to Harlem to get some of the flavor of that part of Manhattan.  And part of the tour is for these people to attend a church service on Sunday morning to hear the cadences of African American evangelical preaching and to hear the soul rollicking sound of the gospel choirs.  The minister interviewed for this article said that the balcony pews were filled with theses tourists on Sundays but the main church pews were half empty.  The worshipping community is dying.  There was a photograph of the tourists looking down from the balcony, dressed casually in contrast to the beautifully dressed parishioners in the pews.  Some of the tourists wore shorts and they sat, looking down, as if they were in a theater.  They came to see what worship is like, but because of in so many places the reduction of American Christian worship to banal entertainment and fatuous preaching, they came not to worship but to be entertained.

Reminder: Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society

This is our monthly reminder to please enroll Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. By the grace of God, we added two new, wonderful priests to the Society in the last 30 days! We now stand at 87 priests saying weekly or monthly traditional Latin Masses for the Souls. Come on Fathers, let's get this to 100! 

** 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.

June of the Sacred Heart - Ego dilecto meo, et dilectus meus mihi

J.S.Bach Mein Freund ist mein (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - BWV 140)
Here is to be found one of the deeper aspects of the dogma of the Communion of Saints. The closer one of these privileged souls is to God, the author and source of every good which can adorn and rejoice souls, the greater is her beneficent action on those around. What graces she can demand from the Spouse, wresting them from Him for the whole Church!
How powerfully she can co-operate in the conversion of sinners, the perseverance of the just, the salvation of those agonising, the entrance of the holy and suffering souls into the bliss of heaven! What a wonderful fruitfulness is hers! The fecundity of nature is limited; hers is unlimited, it is as a radiance emanating from her soul; those who approach her are embalmed "in the good odour of Christ;" there is, as it were, a divine virtue which goes out from her to touch souls, obtain their pardon, console, strengthen, raise, tranquillise, gladden, and make them show forth the glory of her Spouse.

For the record: Baronius Press' revised translation of Ott's Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma
Full text of Bishop Athanasius Schneider's Foreword

A few weeks ago Baronius Press released what it describes as a new edition of Ludwig Ott's Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma. Although based on the original translation by Dr. Patrick Lynch it has been "fully revised and updated" by Dr. Robert Fastiggi, apparently in the light of Ott's 1969 German text of the Fundamentals. The preface to the new edition by Dr. Fastiggi -- full text on the Baronius Press website -- describes at length the revisions made to the translation. In the preface, Fastiggi notes that "(w)hile Fr. Ott made some revisions in 1969, it would be wrong to find in these any notable change in his theological posture from the decade prior to Vatican II. Ludwig Ott always remained faithful to the Church’s perennial Magisterium, and he is careful to distinguish theological speculations from the constant teaching of the Church"

For this edition of the Fundamentals the Foreword came from no other than Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The full text, as provided on the Baronius Press website:

Ludwig Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma has proven to be an indispensable guide to Catholic doctrine since it was first published in the 1950’s. Whether in the original language or in its French and English translations, it has been favoured by generations of readers because of its rare combination of relative brevity with comprehensiveness. I congratulate Baronius Press and Dr. Robert Fastiggi for bringing out this comprehensively revised translation of the last edition of the Fundamentals.

We live at a time of grave doctrinal confusion when the sheep are often left without shepherds. Against the dangers of doctrinal ambiguity and the loss of clarity in moral matters, the faithful are called more than ever to seek to know their faith, so they can defend it and pass it on to their children. Catechism is necessary, but perhaps now it is not enough to only know one’s Catechism.