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“The anti-liturgical obsession is an ideology that canonically becomes a tyranny”: Archbishop Héctor Aguer

I celebrated my first Mass on November 26, 1972. I did it using the rite then in force, the one created by Paul VI, whose author was the Freemason Annibale Bugnini. The Mass was In Spanish, of course, though the secret prayers of the celebrant survived in Latin.

"Missae pro Missa" Update: Help Reach 1 Million Masses for the TLM!

Rorate is pleased to share this update from the coordinators of this laudable initiative.

One month after officially launching on Ash Wednesday, Missae pro Missa -- the worldwide spiritual bouquet for the preservation of the Traditional Latin Mass -- has already received submissions from Catholics in more than 30 countries. As of this writing, over 4,500 Masses and nearly 16,000 rosaries are being offered, all for a singular intention: that this ancient and venerable form of Holy Mass may remain a flourishing and normal part of the life of the Church.

Dozens of billboards go up around Rome in defense of the TLM

All around Rome today, dozens of billboards, in Italian and in English, were posted in defense of the Traditional Latin Mass. The following press release was sent out to explain the initiative.


Starting this morning, and lasting for 15 days, several dozen billboards dedicated to the traditional liturgy will be posted near and around the Vatican.

2023 National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage

Members of the group, which included three priests, on the steps of Saint Matthews Cathedral at the conclusion of the walk today. The event may become biannual with another pilgrimage potentially scheduled for September this year. (Photo credit Juventutem DC.)

Fontgombault Sermon for the Annunciation: Mary's "Yes" is the Greatest Moment in Human History


and Simple Profession of Br. Jean-François Charlebois and of Br. Hernane Pereira

Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Father Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
Fontgombault, March 25, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

My dearly beloved Sons,

and most especially you, who are now going to make your religious vows,

Monks like to pronounce theirs vows and promises underMary’s eyes. They do that in the hope that these eyes will never turn away from their everyday life, and they can do it with a firm trust. How could a mother, the Mother par excellence, turn away from those she has received as children, for we are truly her children? 

What then is this unique motherhood?

St. Irenaeus wrote in his Treatise against Heresies:

Fr. Cyril Gordien: "The hardest thing is to suffer at the hands of the Church"

On the occasion of the very moving funeral of Father Cyril Gordien, a priest of the diocese of Paris, in the church of Saint-Pierre-de-Montrouge, which was filled to capacity on March 20, all those present, the faithful (1700), priests (150), bishops (Ulrich, Aupetit, Castet, Rougé, Marsset, Verny), found in their place a 36-page pamphlet: Abbé Cyril Gordien, Mon testament spirituel: A Priest at the Heart of Suffering. We are publishing excerpts here (courtesy of Paix Liturgique).

"Russophilia", the West and anti-Romanism - by Roberto de Mattei

In 2004, in a dialogue with Senate President Marcello Pera, then-Cardinal Ratzinger identified as a cultural evil of our time the self-hatred of the West (in Without Roots; Europe, Relativism, Christianity, Islam, Mondadori, Milan 2004).

One expression of this hatred of the West is "Russophilia," an intellectual tendency that became an international organization on March 14, 2023, with the presentation in Moscow of the "International Movement of Russophiles." Among the 120 representatives from 46 countries, chronicles report the presence of an Italian, Princess Vicky (Vittoria) Alliata di Villafranca, known for her keen interest in the Islamic world. Another well-known figure, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, addressed a warm message to the conference participants, stating, among other things, that "the Russian Federation undeniably stands as the last bastion of civilization against barbarism." The role of the Russian Federation "will be decisive" "in an 'Antiglobalist' Alliance that returns to citizens the power that has been taken from them, and to nations the sovereignty eroded and ceded to the Davos lobby."  

Like any error, Russophilia starts from a truth: the decadence of the West, which has turned its back on its history and values. The Magisterium of the Catholic Church has pointed out as responsible for this decay an enemy that, "in recent centuries has attempted to work the intellectual, moral, social disintegration of the unity of the mysterious organism of Christ" (Pius XII, Address of Oct. 12, 1952 to the men of Catholic Action). ...

REBUILDING MONTECASSINO: How the Reform of the Eucharistic Fast Preceded the Church’s current Dramatic Period

 Rebuilding Montecassino

From the search for God to the search for self in the observance of the Eucharistic fast


[Rorate’s special translation in honor of the Feast of Saint Benedict.]

The witnesses and documentary evidence that have come down to us state that Jesus, shortly before his death, planned an evening meal, in the course of which he took bread and wine, blessed them, and distributed them to those who were present.


This is the incontestable fact, as incontestable as it is that those who partook of the meal had not fasted beforehand, nor are there any indications that they should have fasted in any way because that supper was carefully planned in every detail (Mt. 26:17-19; Mk. 14 13-16; Lk. 22:8-13), and there is no sign that fasting was a component of it.


Very soon, however, Christians prepared for receiving the Eucharist by a fast, which in the Latin Church consisted of abstaining from food and water from midnight onward.


To understand the whys and the wherefores of the development of this particular observance is to tell a fascinating story.


In 1953, in an unprecedented decision, this practice was stifled and eradicated. It is a painful, but no less fascinating story.


I. Fasting: A mirror to the soul


Our society considers the overall wellbeing it has attained as a normal, certain and further improvable state of affairs.  In the eyes of those who do not belong to this society, or are excluded from it, it emanates a glow so desirable that they risk their lives in order to obtain it.

Dr. Kwasniewski’s South Carolina 2023 Lecture Tour, April 20-22, 2023

Dear friends and readers, I will be in South Carolina next month giving three lectures: Charleston on April 20th, Columbia on April 21st, and Greer on April 22nd. All the details are in the poster. Hope to meet you if you're in the area!

"Ten years of Pope Francis: lights, shadows and glooms": Miguel Angel Quintana Paz

Miguel Ángel Quintana Paz
The Objective 

Two amusing gaffes in the Spanish media on Monday accompanied the tenth anniversary of the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the 26th bishop of Rome. The headline of the InfoCatólica portal read: "One hundred years since the election of Francis as Pope". On the television channel La Sexta, its announcer proclaimed that "his arrival as the first black pope at the Vatican revolutionized public opinion."

Ten Years of Francis: Destruction without Reconstruction in a Vatican that feels like North Korea -- by Aldo Maria Valli

 On the Ten Years of Francis (2013 - 2023)

You have been redeemed at great cost; do not become slaves of men.
1 Corinthians 7:23

By Aldo Maria Valli

To comment on the ten years of Francis' pontificate, the words written by Demos (also known as the late Cardinal Pell) in the memorandum he wanted to distribute to all the cardinals a year ago would suffice: "A disaster in more ways than one, a catastrophe."

Bergoglio has succeeded in the fine feat, that is possible only for certain particularly gifted individuals, of destroying without rebuilding. He was elected to bring fresh air. After ten years, the air is unbreathable. And the papolatry raging these days, on the occasion of the anniversary, makes it even more noxious.

There is no Beauty without the Sacred



by  Gennaro Malgieri*


March 12, 2023 


'The Annunciation' 
by Antonio Canova - 1757-1822


“Beauty is a sort of visible harmony that gently pierces the human heart”, wrote Ugo Foscolo.

But how might we define Beauty today? 

Second National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage Coming Up on March 25!

 On March 25, the Arlington Latin Mass Society will be holding the Second National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage. We will process from St. Thomas More Cathedral in Arlington, VA to St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral in Washington, D.C.-- about a two hour walk-- to show our support for the Traditional Latin Mass and bear witness to the devotion it inspires. We will carry beautiful Catholic banners, flags, and processional crosses, pray the Rosary, sing Marian hymns, and spread the truth of Christ through the streets of Arlington, VA and Washington, D.C.

Newly Typeset Large Latin Missal for Pre-55 Holy Week Now Available

Saint Anthony Press (, established with the mission of publishing rare or otherwise “lost” Catholic liturgical and devotional books, announces the release of the "Restored Order of Holy Week" (Ordo Hebdomadae Sanctae Restauratus) according to the 1920 editio typica of the Roman Missal. ***Please note that this is not the 1956 so-called "Renewed/Reformed" Order of Holy Week (Ordo Hebdomadae Sanctae Instauratus) that was later incorporated into the 1962 typical edition of the Roman Missal. It is the pre-55 Holy Week.

MARCH 13, 2013 - MARCH 13, 2023: TEN YEARS OF "HORROR"

"So he came with the king's mandate, bringing nothing worthy of the high priesthood, but having the fury of a cruel tyrant, and the rage of a savage beast." 


 2 Maccabees 4:25


Bad news. We knew from the instant of the announcement of the name of the elected cardinal in the 2013 Conclave that we were in for very, very bad news. For some bizarre reason, the inexplicable decision of Benedict XVI to resign the papacy (a resignation he thought he could somehow manage by having his chosen successor elected) backfired stupendously. 

Never had the Jesuits been this heretical: yet, now they managed to get one of them elected pope. Never had the Latin American church been this problematic: yet, now the cardinals thought it was a good time to elect a first Latin American pope, and from the most secularized nation in that continent.

At the very moment of the announcement of the name in the loggia, we asked an Argentine friend for his comment. "The Horror" was our most read post up to that time, and it caused us immense grief, for people simply didn't want to believe the evidence. If anything, it sounds almost too positive today, when Traditional Catholics are under intense official persecution, while the greatest heretics and perverts are free to roam about to destroy souls: but, in any event, it was a highly prophetic text.

Time to recall it:


The Horror! A Buenos Aires journalist describes Bergoglio

Rorate Caeli
March 13, 2013

We have many friends around the world, including in the dear Argentine Republic. And we asked a cherished friend, Marcelo González, of Panorama Católico Internacional, who knows the Church of Argentina as well as the palm of his hand to send us a report on the new pope. Here it goes:

The Archbishop of Buenos Aires kneels down to receive the "blessing"
of Protestant ministers and Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa - Buenos Aires, 2006


The Horror!


Of all the unthinkable candidates, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is perhaps the worst. Not because he openly professes doctrines against the faith and morals, but because, judging from his work as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, faith and morals seem to have been irrelevant to him.

German "Church" Officially Approves Same-Sex "Blessings" - a Moment of Schism and Collapse of the Universal Church

 "Et in unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam..." -- we proclaim our belief in the marks of the Church every Sunday in the Creed.

Minutes ago, the parliamentary assembly of German bishops and radical lay activists gathered under the name of "Synodal Way" officially approved "same-sex blessings". As reported by Jonathan Liedl:

Once again, German schismatics and apostates bring the Church to a moment of collapse and crisis. WE ARE NOT IN COMMUNION WITH THIS nonsense, whatever this is. May God send fire from heaven to burn to the ground the den of iniquity that is the German "Church". This mess and this destruction of the Church are exclusively the work of Francis and his minions. 

Serious Catholics Refuse to Donate to Francis’ Vatikenstein — now it’s going broke.

They want to annihilate Traditional Catholics, they persecute conservative bishops, they alienate serious priests, nuns, and seminarians, they ridicule Catholic morality, they name abortionists and perverts to official positions —they shouldn’t be shocked the faithful are fed up. 

 No wonder Francis' monstrous Vatikenstein is going broke. From The Pillar:

"Is it really time for hiding?" Why priests should openly refuse to stop offering the Latin Mass

I publish the following translation as a stimulus to further reflection in these difficult times. I do not personally believe that clandestinity and open resistance are incompatible: in situations where prudential decisions must be made according to a variety of circumstances, either course of action may be defensible. Nevertheless, I agree with the author that there needs to be, in many places and from many lips, a firm "non possumus" and a public resolve to continue on, in the teeth of pseudo-sanctions. What is unacceptable is rolling over to play dead while the enemies of the Faith and of the faithful trample on intrinsic elements of the Church's common good and of the "status ecclesiae." To this end I highly recommend, as a parallel reading to the present post, a model letter published elsewhere, as from 
a priest to his bishop. ~ PAK

"L'Eglise, c'est moi!" - Reflection by Francis Patruno

The famous expression "L'État, c'est moi!" is commonly attributed to Louis XIV, the Sun King, ruler of France. It is debated among historians whether the King ever uttered it. Whether uttered or not, it expressed the idea of a fact, namely, that the state was identified with the person of the King. A conviction that dies hard when we recall that a De Gaulle, still in the 20th century, affirmed: "Je suis la France."

"Mexican bishops will ask Pope to include Mayan rites in Catholic Masses": Zaire was just the start...

San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Mexico), 28 Feb. [source in Spanish] The Diocese of San Cristóbal, in the south of Mexico, will send Pope Francis a proposal to include in Catholic masses indigenous Mayan rites such as dance, music and the participation of women.

Report from a Rome in Deep Crisis: "Terror, Disgust, Espionage: Everybody Hates Francis."

 Caminante Wanderer
Argentina, February 27, 2023


It is one thing to be told, and another to see it. I have been saddened by this truth in the last few days. Some Roman friends often tell me secrets, or not so much [secret], of what goes on inside the Vatican walls and [Spanish blogger] Specola also gives us this kind of news daily, of which he knows a lot. But another thing is to personally verify the facts and confirm the conclusion that we all know: Pope Francis is not loved by anyone; neither by bishops, nor by priests, nor by the faithful, whatever may be their origin. And beyond the fact that one does not particularly like the Roman Pontiff, it is very sad to see the profound rejection that his figure produces. Whether we like it or not, he is the Vicar of Christ. 

Beautiful new edition of Dom Benedict Baur’s great TLM commentary “Light of the World”

As the attacks against tradition mount, so do the defenses. Our defenses consist not in carnal weapons but in adherence to the truth, commitment to the good, and rejoicing in the beautiful. No matter how high-ranking, our enemies cannot take knowledge away from us, cannot break our resolve to restore tradition when their sorry days are over and their shameful assaults become stories for grandfathers to tell their grandchildren after a Solemn Traditional Mass at the local parish.

It is in this spirit that I share the very good news of one of the most beautiful publications I have yet seen in the English-speaking traditionalist movement, namely, a newly typeset and lavishly produced (yet still affordable) edition of Dom Benedict Baur’s long out-of-print classic Light of the World: Daily Meditations on the Traditional Mass. This over-700-page hardcover offers a full year of meditations on the TLM.

"We are in front of a Kafkaesque paradox": Canonical remarks on the Rescriptum of February 21

If, formally, the Rescriptum ex Audientia Ss.mi of February 21, 2023 -- an administrative act by which a department head asks for and obtains (rescriptum: "written twice") something from the Supreme Pontiff (Sanctissimi) at the end of an audience (ex Audientia) -- aims to "implement" the motu proprio Traditionis custodes of July 16, 2021, from a practical point of view, it actually alters it in its substantial structure.

The Rescript, in fact, subverts the basis on which
Traditionis custodes itself is founded, whose first words, an echo of Lumen gentium No. 23 (the Second Vatican Council's dogmatic constitution on the Church) are addressed to the bishops: "Custodians of tradition," begins the preamble of Pope Francis' motu proprio amending Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, "the bishops, in communion with the Bishop of Rome, constitute the visible principle and foundation of unity in their particular Churches." But if Traditionis custodes had pointed to the diocesan bishops for a regulation of the use of liturgical forms prior to the post-conciliar reforms, the Rescript of last Feb. 21 overturns that principle by reserving to the Holy See (and thus to the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments) the regulation of an entire matter which, however, would itself have been left to the discretion of individual local Ordinaries by the same measure to which the Rescript says it wants to give "implementation."