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Bonne marche

Posting from France on the march for the final day of Paris-Chartres pilgrimage. Today we arrive at Our Lady’s cathedral for solemn high Mass. Notre-Dame de Chartres, priez pour nous!

Sister Wilhelmina, OSB: new note from Benedictines of Mary

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La Croix: "Exclusive Survey - Traditional Mass: a Rite that attracts Young Catholics"

 La Croix
May 25, 2023

Traditional Mass: a rite that attracts young Catholics

EXCLUSIVE SURVEY: between sacredness, tradition and identity, some young French Catholics are attracted to the Tridentine Mass. The 2023 edition of the Chartres pilgrimage is set to break attendance records, thanks in no small part to young people.


A first in living memory. The Chartres pilgrimage, organized by the Notre-Dame de Chrétienté association, is sold out this Pentecost weekend: a record 16,000 walkers are expected. And for the first time in the history of this pilgrimage, in which Mass is celebrated using pre-conciliar missals, the organizers have been forced to close registrations in the face of the influx of pilgrims, half of whom are under the age of 20.

Can we conclude from this that the "Trad" mass is really making an impression on young people? At the very least, some of them like it. According to a survey carried out by La Croix among participants at the WYD in Lisbon, 38% of them say they appreciate this liturgy: 8% say it's their favorite Mass, 11% say they like it as much as the French Mass, and 19% attend it occasionally. In many churches, 18-35 year-olds make up a large part of the congregation, "a good third, not counting the children", according to several of them in various French dioceses.

"A Sense of the sacred"

"We are Ordinary Catholics who want to live Extraordinarily!"

More “Francis Effect”: Record-breaking participation in upcoming Chartres pilgrimage forces organizers to close registration

Le Forum Catholique reports:

Notre-Dame de Chrétienté, the association that organizes a large pilgrimage to Chartres every year at Pentecost, has recorded a participation rate in 2023 that has never been equaled in the past. No less than 16,000 pilgrims are preparing to travel from Paris to Chartres on May 27, 28 and 29.

Allelúia, Christum Dóminum ascendéntem in cælum, Veníte adorémus, allelúia.

Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? alleluia: This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven, alleluia, alleuia, alleluia. (Acts 1, 11)

 (Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven depicted by John Singleton Copley 1775. Source: Wiki)

“What is ‘indietrism’ (backwardness) anyway?”—Michael Charlier

Just in case you live on an island of the blessed and haven't figured out what "indietrism" is yet: it's supposed to mean something like backwardness or restorationism. With this expression, invented by himself, our holy stepfather refers to all Catholics who adhere to the Apostolic Tradition and ecclesiastical tradition even where it does not fit into his Jesuit frame -- and that is quite a lot of it.

Parisian traditionalists gather to question Cardinal Roche; Roche cancels, and then French bishops try to escape through the back door

At “L’homme nouveau”, Maitena Urbistondoy writes about the rather exciting goings-on in Paris on May 11, 2023. Translated for Rorate.—PAK

This Thursday, May 11, the Extraordinary National Days of the National Service for Liturgical and Sacramental Pastoral Care (SNPLS) come to a close in Paris. Cardinal Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, accompanied by Archbishop Guy de Kérimel of Toulouse, was to preside over the two days of conferences intended for bishops, priests and also lay people involved in their dioceses on liturgical issues. (See schedule here.)

Announcing “Illusions of Reform: Responses to Cavadini, Healy, and Weinandy in Defense of the Traditional Mass and the Faithful Who Attend It”

As I'm sure most everyone remembers, between September and November 2022, Church Life Journal published a series of articles on the liturgical reform coauthored by Dr. John Cavadini, Dr. Mary Healy, and Fr. Thomas Weinandy [=CHW]. The series sparked much criticism of the authors' inadequate scholarship and pastoral callousness.

Os Justi Press is delighted to announce today the release of Illusions of Reform: Responses to Cavadini, Healy, and Weinandy in Defense of the Traditional Mass and the Faithful Who Attend It. This volume gathers into one convenient place the best critiques of CHW, comprising the work of nine authors.

Sermon of Bishop Vitus Huonder on the Glory of the Priesthood

The following sermon was delivered by Bishop Vitus Huonder on December 8, 2018, in his cathedral in Chur, on the occasion of the ordination of a priest from his diocese. The text was made available recently through Paix Liturgique. The bishop, whose name has been very much in front of traditional Catholics owing to his marvelous new videos (part 1, part 2), presents a compact theology of the priesthood and defends clerics against the malevolence of those who prattle about the "clericalism" of traditionalists when they themselves are the worst examples of it. -- PAK

Francis confirms his hatred for the Latin Mass is ideological, since the greatest "danger" in the Church today is "reaction against the modern" - and criticizes the liberality of John Paul II and Benedict XVI

 He clothes his hatred by saying Traditionalists are ideological, and basically calling his predecessors John Paul II and Benedict XVI idiots (in so many words) for somehow not having the brilliant "pastoral" foresight he has -- that persecution is good and "pastoral"...

From his talk with Hungarian Jesuits, as reported by Jesuit periodical La Civiltà Cattolica:

The Chartres Pilgrimage: Despite pressures, we will always keep the Traditional Mass, it is our raison d’être

 Notre-Dame de Chrétienté will walk this year meditating on the theme of the Eucharist for its Pentecost pilgrimage. Explanations with Jean de Tauriers, president of Notre-Dame de Chrétienté.

L’Homme Nouveau
May 4, 2023


For the 41st time, Notre-Dame de Chrétienté pilgrims will travel from Paris to Chartres on May 27, 28 and 29. Why did you choose the theme "The Eucharist, salvation of souls"? 

“Why Should Pope Francis and the FBI Care about the Latin Mass?” — Kwasniewski’s Charleston Lecture with Q&A

In a memo subsequently officially disowned, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified Traditional Latin Mass-going Catholics as potential domestic terrorists. Curiously, Pope Francis seems to agree to some extent with the FBI, for he has targeted Latin Mass Catholics — a minority of the faithful who worship in a sacred form handed down for centuries — as ecclesiastical terrorists, so to speak: they are upsetting the peace and order of the post-Vatican II Church.

It's Today! Watch Live the Consecration of the Church of the Immaculata, in St. Marys, Kansas (Second Post)

It's today: in one hour, at 9 Central (10 Eastern), the Consecration of the Immaculata, the magnificent new church built by the Society of Saint Pius X, will begin -- and it will broadcast live below.


 More information regarding the project is available at their website.

Father Terrence Gordon, FSSP, RIP

As many readers have probably heard, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter lost a great priest last week, Father Terrence Gordon, FSSP. He died of a heart attack.

Saint Joseph church near Richmond, Virginia, where Father once served.

One of a handful of sibling sets of priests in the Fraternity, his brother administered last rites. Several traditional Latin Masses have already been offered for Father Gordon, with several more to come. Please take a moment to pray for him -- a good and faithful servant.

The North American Province of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is grieved over the loss of one of our confreres, Fr. Terrence Gordon, FSSP, who passed away on Friday April 28th. Fr. Gordon was ordained on June 3, 2006 and was assigned as assistant Pastor at Immaculate Conception in Colorado Springs.