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Cardinal Roche (Unwittingly?) Utters the Most Ironic Statement Since the Council

In comments published in The Tablet, newly-minted Cardinal Arthur Roche manages to utter what may well be the most ironic statement since Vatican II:

Michael Davies to bishop of Fresno in 1976: “My Lord, this is not the action of a good shepherd but a bad bureaucrat”

Now that current Church leaders have adopted the motto of “Back to the 1970s” (who is the 
backwardist?), it is worthwhile to take out and dust off some of the great writings from that period, such as this masterful letter penned by one of the greatest apologists for the TLM, Michael Davies, in response to Bishop Donohoe of Fresno’s vitriolic letter against the traditional Mass. The letter was published in The Remnant on March 20, 1976. Below is a copy of the letter from Bishop Donohoe followed by Davies.

Most Rev. Hugh A. Donohoe,
Bishop of Fresno, California,
February 23, 1976.

Priest Addresses Bishop Burbidge: “Not every papal act is guided by the Holy Spirit”

Bishop Burbidge, referencing his spiritual fatherhood, offered a respectful challenge in his podcast of August 10th. While I am not one of his priests, his challenge is public, and many of the documents to which it refers are for the universal Church. I would like to take up the challenge.

National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage from the Arlington Cathedral to the Washington Cathedral, September 17, 2022

A major event has been planned in the capital of the US for Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 9 a.m.

The National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage for the Restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass will begin at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, VA, and end at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, DC, a distance of about 5 miles (expected duration 2 hours).

The date was chosen both because Saturday, September 17, 2022, is the nearest Saturday to the 15th anniversary of the going into effect of Summorum Pontificum, the motu proprio of Pope Benedict XVI that liberated the Traditional Latin Mass for all Latin-rite Catholics, and because the restrictions in the two dioceses go into effect in September (the 8th for Arlington, the 21st for DC).

In response to the cruel and unjust restrictions being placed on the celebration of the usus antiquior in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington, as well as in many other places throughout the world, we will go on pilgrimage in a public act of sorrow for the destruction of the Western liturgical patrimony, and in support of its full and immediate restoration.

The website is and there's also a Facebook event and Twitter page. Let's make this a huge pilgrimage with as many hundreds or even thousands of faithful as possible: it is a perfect opportunity to show that we exist and we will not be going away regardless of such unpastoral decrees.

President of the Pontifical Academy for Life: Abortion Liberalization “is a Pillar of our Social Life.”

Asked about Italy's abortion law yesterday on Italian public television network Rai 3, Abp. Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said the following:

 "I think that Law 194 [the law that liberalized abortion in Italy] is now a pillar of our social life.” 

 And when asked, “Is it not up for debate?” - Paglia replied: 

The State of Schools Today and the Sound Principles of Education to prepare Children for Heaven - by Don Pietro Leone


‘Suffer the little children to come unto me’

by Fritz von Uhde (1885)

+ In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

“A Traditionalist should long for the Schism of the German Church” — Interview with Martin Mosebach

With the kind permission of Una Voce Korrespondenz, CathWalk publishes the following interview, translated for Rorate Caeli by Stuart Chessman of the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny. Dr. Angela Kirsch posed the questions.

Una Voce Korrespondenz: Before we begin our conversation you pointed out, almost like giving a musical key, that we can hardly draw any guidance from the past, that what we are experiencing today cannot be compared with any of the previous times of crisis - even when in the details earlier eras produced similar phenomena. In your view what are the similar phenomena? What areas have been affected, what has been repeated? And what are the decisive differences that make a recourse to experience so difficult?

Martin Mosebach: The congruence of prior and current phenomena is obvious. Large sections of today's Church are Arian, iconoclastic, Protestantizing, anti-sacramental, secularized. But in contrast to the past the believing people, who always forced a return to Tradition, are missing. At least in Western Europe that is very easy to explain. After the absence of fifty years of any orthodox religious instruction the Catholic religion has become unknown even to those who still practice it. Many of the theological catastrophes of the past never reached the little people, the real flock of Christ. They continued to be Catholic regardless of whatever heresies to which the leading social strata adhered.

Today the Church has amalgamated most intimately with the dominant antireligious economic and political powers. She has gambled on complying with the demagogical demands of forces that are totally alien to the Church but, without a doubt, have won over the majority. It is true that the Tradition of the church is “out of season,” just as it was out of season at the time of the Apostle Paul. This thought stirs up panic among her current representatives instead of being understood as a great challenge. To decisively counter the totalitarian tendencies of this age could even mean a great political opportunity. At the present time, however, this has not yet been grasped at all.

UVK: Once again, is this a German phenomenon? Or is it only especially apparent in Germany because of the institutionalization of the synodal path?

MM: Germany is the land of the Reformation, of schism, of secularization, of atheist philosophy, of the atheistic totalitarian systems of communism and national socialism. In the last 500 years not much good has come out of Germany. In the 20th century, the Catholic Church here has submitted totally to the neo-Protestant post-Lutheran theology. Moreover, our unhappy country is also rich and can spread its bad influence everywhere by buying poorer countries. But this cannot disguise that the current decline of the Catholic Church can be found in all countries of the West. In many places it is not yet as severe as in Germany but a diminution, a draining away of the lifeblood, is emerging even in the most traditionally Catholic countries like Ireland and Italy, not to mention France, the so-called “oldest daughter of the Church.”

UVK: I suspect most of the practicing and also pious Catholics, the clergy included, do not know the old Mass.  At the same time some will recognize that in the Traditional rite there's no place for liturgical atrocities and that in the circles of the Catholics committed to Tradition no place for a society open in all directions. Can we hope that a wave of synodal refugees will come?  Seeking rescue on the rock that withstands the tempests?  Surviving in Tradition? And in this time of synodal confusion what does it mean that the Holy Father releases a motu proprio which blows up access to the old Mass?

MM: The adherents of the Traditional liturgy must acknowledge that there was a popular movement against the new liturgy -- but it wasn't a movement for the old one. Rather it led to a total exit from the Church. That wisdom that is so fondly ascribed to the Catholic Church deserted her totally in the 20th century. She dared a “reform of the Mass” that was, in truth, a revolution from above. She didn't consider that in an age of mass democracy a revolution, even when imposed by the actions of authority, must very soon become unmanageable. We must accept the sad fact that a great part of the believers who have remained in the Church have been in the meantime reeducated. Goethe calls attention to the anthropological fact that reverence is not a natural characteristic of man, but that he must acquire it. In the formlessness of modern society, the old liturgy is really a foreign body. She attracts those who have an internal readiness for resistance. These will always only be a small elite, not in the sense of academic titles or economic power but of spiritual force and independence of mind. It is to be found at all levels of the society.

The catastrophe in the faith has created a paradox. The old liturgy lives from reverence for hierarchy and order, but her defenders have an anarchistic temperament. They distrust every institution and authority that is not willing to subject itself to the Tradition and that means most representatives of Church and state. The ruling pontifex, whose stated goal is, after fifty years of post-conciliar developments, to wipe out those remnants of the Tradition of the Church that are still present, has correctly recognized that his work will remain incomplete as long as the old rite is successfully transmitted to future generations. The old liturgy contains everything that a Catholic needs to be Catholic. It is even capable of replacing for a while a pope who doesn't understand his mission. The current pope understands this very clearly and this thought is unendurable to him.

UVK: Once again, regarding lack of knowledge: does the fact that many Catholics do not know the Mass of the ages hold a certain potential for rebellion? Especially among otherwise well informed pious and perhaps conservative Catholics - those with the intellectual capacity to inform themselves about the history of their mother the Church. Shouldn't one expect here a certain knowledge of the “family history”? Why is there this gap in education?

MM: You bring up something that's also a puzzle for me. I know many truly pious Catholics who suffer under the current decadence of doctrine and liturgy and fill my ears with lamentations regarding the latest excesses at children’s’ communions and Christmas Masses. But my question is always: “but why do you still go there”?  In many places there are alternatives - a chapel of the SSPX or the FSSP or even the old Mass celebrated by diocesan priests - after all it’s a duty to support them. And I again always experience what Our Lord encountered from the rich young man: “he went away sad.“  Among German conservatives there's a spiritual lethargy that still just manages to express anger - but from this anger no consequences are drawn. The commitment to the old Mass is something weird to them, it departs too far from the mainstream. In the Rotary Club, in the Order of Malta, in the circles of fellow employees in the editorial offices, it is viewed with distrust:  could this be a radical speaking? And, after all, religion is nothing so important that one would stick one’s neck out for it….

UVK: And what is the role of Catholics who are committed to Tradition? To wait things out and accept all with open arms or seek after the lost sheep?  What does a Traditional mission look like?

MM: Like many, I am convinced that the official German Church is right at the point of total collapse. It is as hollow as a nest of termites. The stupidity and tastelessness of its representatives are not even attractive for modernist liberals, at least insofar as they are intelligent. A small remnant will remain, and orthodox Traditional Catholics will gain influence among these. What is critical in my view is that the official Church with its myriad lay employees finally disappears.

A Traditionalist shouldn't be afraid of the schism of the German Church.  Rather, he should long for it, especially since it's in no way a schism but the public apostasy of the official Church. There's no basis anymore for the acclaimed “dialogue.”  Also, whether Tradition one day could be victorious doesn’t concern me anymore.  It must be sufficient to us that Tradition most closely approximates the religion founded by Christ. Who recognizes that, realizes that the pseudo-Synod of the German Church is simply an assembly of ghosts. An American priest with whom I have often discussed the current situation of the Church ends our conversation every time with these words: “it is important to persevere.”  I cannot say anything more.

Traditional Latin Mass Leads Actor Shia LaBeouf to Catholicism

 From an interview granted by the actor to Bishop Robert Barron:

The full interview where this remarkable exchange was made is available here:

Dr. Kwasniewki’s Four Lectures in North Carolina, September 2–4, 2022

I will be in North Carolina at the start of September, giving lectures in Charlotte, Tryon, and Highlands. The poster has all the details but here’s an overview:

Friday, September 2, at 7:00 pm
“The Primacy of Tradition and Obedience to the Truth”
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Charlotte

Saturday, September 3, at 9:30 am
“‘Let Us Adore, Fall Down, and Weep…’: Rethinking How We Approach the Holy Eucharist”
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Charlotte

Saturday, September 3, at 6:30 pm
“Raised in the Fear and Love of God: The Traditional Mass and Family Catechesis”
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Tryon

Sunday, September 4, at 12:30 pm
“What Is a Catholic Church Supposed to Look Like and Why Does It Matter?”
Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, Highlands

Looking forward to meeting friends and readers if you’re in the area!

“A Dereliction of Paternal Duty…”: Open Letter to Bishop of Arlington

The purpose of this letter is to explain the reasons why our monthly contribution to the parish has been cancelled.

THE COUNCIL AND THE ECLIPSE OF GOD by Don Pietro Leone – Chapter 9 – C) Moral Analysis – part 2 - ‘Truth has Pre-eminence over Love’


‘The Sermon on the Mount’ 

Painting by Ivan Makarov 



 i)    That the Condemnation of Error is Not an Act of Mercy


Rosary Rally at Nunciature in Washington DC, Saturday at 10 AM: Let's Increase the Numbers

Rosary Rallies in front of the Nunciature in Washington DC will be held every Saturday.

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Defense of the TLM’s “Sacerdotalism”: Full Text of Dr. Kwasniewski’s Michigan Lecture

In the following lecture, recorded in Michigan on March 4, 2022, I defend the “sacerdotalism” or priest-centeredness of the old rite and, accordingly, of its immeasurable superiority for the spiritual life of the priest and for that of his people as well. The video (scroll down to the bottom) includes the Q&A. 

The Relationship between Priest and People in the Latin Mass:
Space and Time for Divine Intimacy

Peter A. Kwasniewski

THE COUNCIL AND THE ECLIPSE OF GOD by Don Pietro Leone – Chapter 9 – C) Moral Analysis –part 1


C.  Moral Analysis


‘Woe to the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit and see nothing... They see vain things and they foretell lies, saying: the Lord saith: whereas the Lord hath not sent them... they have deceived my people saying: Peace: and there is no peace...’

Ezechiel 13. 3,6,10

A Vatican II Moment: The Sea Float Mass


It's been a while since we posted a new image for our "A Vatican II Moment" series -- but this takes the cake. One year after Francis had the boldness to claim, to our lying eyes, that the New Mass of Paul VI is, "the only expression of the Roman Rite," Fr. Mattia Bernasconi, of the Archdiocese of Milan, decided to celebrate it on a float bed by the seaside in Calabria (southern Italy), as part of a Youth Camp. 

Right there we see the "elevation of the chalice", in floaty fashion.

It took place in July, and was reported elsewhere weeks ago -- but we wanted to keep it here for the record of the current events of this Pontificate, where anything goes. Anything, except, that is, the Traditional Latin Mass.

(Tip: Messa in latino) 

DC Rosary Rally in front of the Nunciature: Every Saturday

 It starts tomorrow, 10 AM, in front of the Apostolic Nunciature (the “Vatican Embassy”) in Washington DC. 

Please, join them, and let us make our voices heard.

“The Mass Is Not Ended” — A Review-Essay by Cleto Moroni

A new book by Cristina Siccardi, That Mass So Battered and Persecuted, Yet So Alive! has been released [so far in Italian only], dedicated to the Mass that some call Vetus Ordo, others “the Mass of Ages.” The issue is as thorny as ever. The essay asks some inescapable and radical questions. What were the real goals of the conciliar liturgical reform? What were the results? Why is fidelity to the Mass so important to Catholics, now nearly one and a half billion worldwide?

Third Annual Festival of King St Louis in St. Louis, Missouri: Full Schedule

The Catholics of St. Louis would like to invite you to the 3rd annual Festival of St. Louis. As in the past, the celebration will commence with solemn vespers on August 24, followed by a day of liturgies and fellowship on August 25, culminating with a procession through downtown St. Louis to the Apotheosis of St. Louis Statue in Forest Park. Musical selections will include Parisian and crusader chants, as well as works by Dufay and Perotin. Below is the beautiful collect which reminds us of the prominent virtue of St. Louis: his desire to journey from an earthly kingdom to a Heavenly one.

Deus, qui beatum Ludovicum confessorem tuum, de terreno ac temporali regno ad caelestis et aeterni regni gloriam transtulisti, eius quesumus meritis et intercessione regis regum Iesu Christi filii tui nos cohaeredes efficias, et eiusdem regni tribuas esse consortes. Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

O God, who didst transport Thy blessed confessor Louis from an earthly and temporal kingdom to the glory of the celestial and eternal one, we beseech Thee by his merits and intercession to make us coheirs of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, and grant us to be consorts of His kingdom, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth God for ever and ever, Amen.

Finishing Off Traditionalists — Article by Enrico Roccagiachini

As time passes, we understand more and more clearly how the civil war unleashed by the Church leadership against the “traditionalists” has developed and toward what goals it tends.

We properly speak of a civil war because it is really an internal struggle, albeit one that began in terms opposite to the prevailing dynamic of such a phenomenon: it is not a portion of the people that rises up against those in power and seeks to undermine them, but rather those in power who seek to crush a portion of the people. All this is because, in the regime that is to be established at all costs, it has no place: there is a dominant group that has gained power precisely to introduce “irreversible changes,” and that portion of the people, by its mere albeit peaceful existence, constitutes an insurmountable impediment to the realization of the revolutionary utopia.

The Pastoral Care of the Dicastery for Divine Worship towards the Traditional Faithful

The Traditional Mass behind bars: so to speak. The Oxford Oratory.

Cross-posted from

It has become clear that the Dicastery of Divine Worship, which alone has the authority to permit priests ordained after Traditionis custodes to celebrate the Traditional Mass, is systematically refusing to do so, even though requests are coming not from individual priests, but their bishops.

What reasons are being given? I have been given sight of a letter of refusal, and I suspect the others are substantially identical.

Fr. Armand de Malleray's new book: "The Sacred Liturgy as a Secret Garden"

The well-known children’s story The Secret Garden lends itself to a religious and modern interpretation. Like orphaned children in desperate need of spiritual comfort, many Catholics discovered the traditional Latin Mass thanks to the Covid pandemic. Thirsting for Confession, for Eucharistic adoration, or for Holy Communion administered with reverence, they rejoiced when finding all this and more in traditional worship. This book offers an analogy between Frances Hodgson Burnett’s pre-WWI tale for children, and the revelation experienced in the 2020s by a growing number of adults stepping into the grace-filled haven of the traditional Roman liturgy.


Praise for The Sacred Liturgy as a Secret Garden:

THE COUNCIL AND THE ECLIPSE OF GOD by Don Pietro Leone : Chapter 9 – Theological Analysis – part 3: Conclusion to the Council’s Attack on the Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The two attacks on Our Blessed Lord, the first in the Council and the second in the New Order of the Mass, in virtue of the Divine excellence of their object and of their immeasurable spiritual damage to souls , must rank as the two greatest evils of the last century.’        Don Pietro Leone

‘THE COUNCIL AND THE ECLIPSE OF GOD’ by Don Pietro Leone – Chapter 9 – THEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS – part 2 – ‘The Council’s Attack on the God of Revelation’- that is to say: ‘The Council’s Direct Attack on the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.’


'ECCE HOMO' by Tintoretto

What Does “Full Communion” Mean? — Of Ecclesial Insults and Injuries

This article appeared in French as Letter 878 of Paix Liturgique. It has been translated for Rorate Caeli.

The ecumenism of Vatican II is based on the affirmation that our separated brothers and sisters are "in imperfect communion" with the Church and with Christ (Unitatis redintegratio, n. 3). This is a colossal novelty, for one is or is not in communion with Christ through faith, just as one is or is not in a state of grace through charity. By this subterfuge the separated become semi-Catholics, which is very nice for them: 10%, 20%, 50%? But now those who remain attached to the traditional liturgy are also said not to be — or not to want to be — "in full communion", which is downright insulting. In the following essay, Paul Grondin gives his thoughts on this monstrosity.

"The Proclamation of the Kingdom": One-Day Online Conference from the Dialogos Institute

Our friends at the Dialogos Institute are sponsoring an online summer conference, taking place on August 20, 2022.



Jesus weeps over Jerusalem as we weep for the Liturgy of the Church

 Sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

And they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation. (Matthew 24:2)

Today’s gospel is not a parable, it is not a specific teaching of Jesus. It is one of the most dramatic scenes in the Gospel: Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem as he enters the city and the driving out of the money changers from the Temple.  What can we make of this scene?  What does it mean for us?  It is true that it describes a particular event in Jesus’ history and that it can be analyzed in this way.  But the Gospel at Mass is not merely to give information of Jesus’ life. The gospel is the making present of Christ as the living Word, that Word that has to speak to us and penetrate our hearts.

Words of Spiritual Wisdom from Dom Pius de Hemptinne, a Disciple of Dom Columba Marmion

Readers of the works of Blessed Columba Marmion, O.S.B., know firsthand the riches he spreads before us — a veritable banquet of the mystical life, rooted in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s traditional liturgy.

Relatively few, however, are aware of his disciples and the correspondence he conducted with men and women throughout the world, especially religious men and women who turned to him for spiritual direction at a distance. One of these disciples was a monk, Dom Pius de Hemptinne, O.S.B. (1879–1907), who left behind precious spiritual writings of his own.

The Death of a Parish

Saint Francis de Sales in Benedict, Maryland 

As of September 21st Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington who prefer the traditional Latin Mass (TLM) will be herded like prisoners of war into three officially designated camps, like native Americans onto a federal reservation. This while Pope Francis parades through Canada on an official apology tour for the Church’s role in doing the very same thing to the children of indigenous peoples in the residential schools.

One of these is a crime and the other a necessity for the spiritual good of those who just don’t know any better. The only thing they have in common is that both, by different means, reject the historic Catholic faith of all time. For the offense of choosing the wrong kind of worship these recalcitrant miscreants must feel the pain of their poor decision-making. They may no longer worship in their own parish church.

Soon the TLM recusants will needs must shoehorn themselves in, before or after the existing schedule of the hosting mission church, fifty or more cars into a tiny front-yard lot. This with time for the frequent and numerous Confessions which take place prior to the Mass, one of many Catholic identifiers so often missing among those of the novus ordo and yet conveniently overlooked in this group. That along with universal belief in the true and real presence of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.

During the time in which they are permitted to pray this ancient, officially despised and disapproved form of worship they will be closely supervised. Their free choice of the non-official, non-sanctioned, non-1960’s “banal, on the spot product” places them among a suspect class of non-conformist untouchables. They must be accompanied back into modern times and contemporary worship for their own good.

As in the dialog between Norfolk and Thomas More in the classic film “A Man for All Seasons”, they must reject the dictates of conscience and, instead, go along with the crowd, “for fellowship’s sake”.

Just another day rich in irony for the Church of mercy which seeks people on the margins, accompanies those who are abandoned; a Church that is “against no one”, as Pope Francis described pastoral Christian care during his recent Canada tour.

Catholics who don’t hew to the official program of mind control which views 2,000 years through the exclusive lens of one pastoral council, which occurred over a period of a few years in the 1960’s, must be monitored closely and accompanied into the true Church as envisioned by prelates promoting LGBTQ+, transgender ideology and Communion for adulterers, just for starters.

The new and improved Catholic must be ready upon order, at any moment, to reject anything once considered a settled matter of faith and morals. Or else.

The traditional Latin Mass is both symbol and substance of settled orthodoxy, the means by which we pray as we believe. For these and more reasons it must go. The fact that it is beautiful, and with a priceless patrimony of world-class music in chant and polyphony, only adds to the offense for those for whom constant Synodality-driven change is the only objective.

The Church is actively engaged in an officially sanctioned program of ecclesial suicide beginning with the death of a parish, a living cell of the Body of Christ. So much for “pastoral, not ideological”.

Our people have been invited to attend TLM Mass most Sundays of the year, excluding Christmas when occurring on a Sunday, Easter and Pentecost, in a smaller church about 15 minutes away from our TLM parish in Benedict, Maryland. All three current Sunday TLM southern Maryland communities, perhaps 300 people, will be asked to crowd into a mission church with seating for about half that number.

Along with limited seating capacity, finances and viability issues do not appear to have carried any weight in a decision-making process which did not include any discussions with me as a pastor of a thriving and growing TLM parish.

As a result of being declared off limits for offering the TLM, my parish will be down to 20, perhaps 30, people per Sunday with a weekly collection as low as $400 for a monthly budget of as much as $15,000.

It is unjust to ask Catholics to waste their hard earned money by throwing it uselessly into a non-sustainable budget. That is the position forced on the novus ordo Catholics in my parish family as a result of the TLM guidelines. The parish will no longer be financially viable. The reckless and destructive urge to sweep a culture off the face of the earth comes with a human and spiritual toll.

The collateral damage will impact everyone in parish life, punishing those who do not attend the TLM as well as those who do, which was the intent of the pope’s document imposing the officially sanctioned status of undesirable on those who embrace the rich and full tradition of the Church.

Our parish just recently completed a project of interior church renovation and decoration with a price tag of over a quarter million dollars. The very people who did the work of beautifying our sacred space cannot now use it for the primary reason for their efforts: giving the Lord the greatest glory through the offering of our spiritual patrimony in the traditional Latin Mass.

This is just one of many injustices that have been brought about through the ill-considered, draconian and sweeping edicts of those in power who are enacting what can only be described as revenge against the Catholic Faith.

No one can claim to love the Church while viewing her with a myopic lens. The very word Catholic means “all”, it is the opposite of exclusive. To be Catholic, to love as a Catholic, means to exclude no truth, no good, no beauty that belongs to the Church as she makes her pilgrimage through time in this world.

If there is one thing which is irreducibly and irrevocably Catholic it is the official prayer, revealed by Our Lord, handed down under obedience by His Apostles, sanctified by the Holy Spirit through the ages and offered at one time everywhere by everyone. Only one liturgy meets this definition: the traditional Latin Mass.

For this reason the ancient form of the Mass is therefore part and parcel now and always of the Faith Catholic. Because this is so no man, pope or lay, may alienate the faithful, by any means, from this most sacred ritual. There is no power on this earth which can violate the Divine Will manifest in this or any other form of revelation.

The new Mass, by contrast, has never been accepted by everyone in the Church, beset as it has been from the beginning by controversy, bringing with it rampant abuses, scandal, sacrilege and loss of faith. The only constant by which it can be measured is a continuing decline in attendance.

Men may try, as they have tried before and failed, but the Mass of all time will never be extirpated from the earth any more than can the Faith itself be erased. All that is necessary is the perseverance of one faithful soul. There is an army of such souls who keep the flame of faith alive throughout the world, now as always.

Among these witnesses are the martyrs which the Church officially celebrates even still in her liturgies, confessing the truth though betraying doubt or denial, or attempting destruction, by her actions.

Catholics who seek the convenience of whatever is offered for Sunday obligation at  their local church will always be with us. But so will the intrepid souls for whom ease is not the first consideration in the work of salvation. They are already habituated to hardship for the sake of the Tradition.

Renewed persecution under Pope Francis will merely drive more souls and more dollars underground or to other already existing ecclesial alternatives.

The bishops must now either lead, follow or get out of the way. Catholics have already suffered enough post-conciliar abuse. They would truly be guilty of mental instability should they sign on willingly for more of the same.

(A redacted version of this column was published in a recent edition of The Wanderer Catholic Newspaper.)

Francis' Unwise "Mea Culpa" in Canada - by Roberto de Mattei

Faithful to the mandate of her divine Master to “go into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:15), the Catholic Church, since her foundation, has carried out a great missionary work, through which she has brought to the world, not only the faith, but civilisation — sanctifying places, peoples, institutions and customs. Thanks to this work, the Church has also civilised the peoples of the two Americas, immersed in paganism and barbarism.

“Poetry is perhaps a little too much for our rather practical spirit”: Saint Alphonsus and the odore suavitatis

Today in the traditional calendar of the Roman Rite is the feast of Saint Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori, the founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), and Doctor of the Church. [1] In the Secret prayer for Saint Alphonsus (addressed to the Son), one will notice a lovely poetic echo of the offertory prayers from just a few moments before in the Mass (addressed to the Father): [2]

Order of Mass: Offérimus tibi, Dómine, cálicem salutáris, tuam deprecántes cleméntiam: ut in conspéctu divínæ maiestátis tuæ, pro nostra et totíus mundi salúte, cum odóre suavitátis ascéndat. Amen.

How Goodwill Was Squandered

This week our eyes were graced with the scandalous spectacle of Father Mattia Bernasconi, vicar of the pastoral care for young people of the parish of San Luigi Gonzaga in Milan, celebrating Mass on an air mattress in the water at the beach at Alfieri in Italy's Crotone region—for no reason save that "it was hot." The source for the story can be found here.

The Council and the Eclipse of God by Don Pietro Leone – Chapter 9 (part 4) of The Metaphysical Analysis – conclusion.

 Antirealist Subjectivism