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Fontgombault Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent: "The strains of the Rorate Cæli are hovering over this time."


Sermon by the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Father Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
Fontgombault, December 3, 2023

Should it have been given to me to believe in God, and should He have suddenly beckoned to me, knocking on my window on an evening of loneliness and inaction, I think that, without the slightest hesitation, I would forthwith have left the nets of my daily obligations, which intolerably grip and smother me, to follow Him and rely on Him with a blind trust.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

My dearly beloved Sons,

These lines were written by Dominique Bernard, a teacher savagely murdered in front of his school last October in Arras. They might surprise as an epigraph to this homily for the first Sunday in Advent. Yet, it seems to me that they are fitting. 

Latin Mass listings and the Latin Mass Society

Since its inception, the Latin Mass Society has published lists of traditional Masses in England and Wales; for many years these have been available to all on its website. If you go to the relevant page now you will be asked to log in as a member. The reason for this is explained in the 'Chairman's Message' of the currant Mass of Ages, the magazine of the Latin Mass Society, which arrived with members over the weekend.


Chairman’s Message

Joseph Shaw

PATRISTICS 101: Free Online Patristics Course with Dr. John Pepino - Starting in January 2024 - Register Now

Do you have friends and family who want to discover the roots of apostolic Christianity? Would you like people in your parish and community to be better educated about the earliest sources of Church teaching? If so, you should invite them to register for the ICC's upcoming course, Patristics 101: Apostolic and Ante-Nicene Fathers.

View the course trailer and register here.

How to sing Et Cum Spiritu Tuo at the Preface

Advent is a beautiful time of year to restore traditional practices, countering the implementation of the novus ordo liturgy, which was done on the First Sunday of Advent in 1969.

Advent is also an ideal time to clean up or correct liturgical details, starting the liturgical year anew.

Francis to International Theological Commission: The Church needs to be "demasculinized", be more "feminine".

[The Church's problem is apparently being too masculine.]

Impromptu words of the Holy Father

Thank you for this visit. And thank you for your work. There is a good address here with theological matters, but because of my health it is better not to read it. I will hand it out to you.

Thank you for what you do. Theology, theological reflection, is very important. But there is something about you that I do not like; pardon my sincerity. One, two, three, four women: poor women! They are alone! Ah, excuse me, five. We must advance in this. Women have a capacity for theological reflection that is different to that of us men. It will be because I have studied the theology of a woman a great deal. I was helped by a good German woman, Hanna-Barbara Gerl, on Guardini. She had studied that history and the theology of that woman was not so deep, but it is beautiful, it is creative. And now, in the upcoming meeting of the nine Cardinals, we will reflect on the feminine dimension of the Church.

Remembering John Paul II and the 'New Evangelization'

To celebrate fifteen years of John Paul II's papacy, the Pope agreed to sit down for a television interview with the Italian journalist Vittorio Messori, author of the Ratzinger Report, the classic series of interviews with then-Cardinal Ratzinger. John Paul II cancelled the television interview at the last minute. But he told Messori that he still wanted to answer his questions in writing. The written interview was published, without edits, as Crossing the Threshold of Hope (the title was suggested by the Pope himself) and became an international best-seller.

"Slandered Priests, Canceled Priests" - by Abp. Héctor Agüer: Why Does Francis Hate Good Priests?

Slandered Priests, Canceled Priests

Abp. Héctor Agüer

Emeritus of La Plata, Argentina

Buenos Aires, November 28, 2023

Several priests who follow the teachings of Pope Francis with attention have expressed to me their dismay and sorrow because they have recorded how often His Holiness denigrates priests. He has called them "bitter (cod-faced), spinsters, sacramental clerks, ambitious, gossipers, climbers...," and other denigrating epithets. A lack of justice and charity.

There are thousands of priests in the world; among them there are some to whom some of the epithets that Francis' accusations accumulate are applicable. But his generalizations in sermons, catechetical texts, and messages contradict the truth, and what is scandalous is that they depart radically from the affirmations of the Second Vatican Council, which dedicated the Decree Presbyterorum Ordinis to the ministry and life of priests. I quote some passages from that text: 

How Old is the "Old Mass"? - Michael Charlier

The vision of St Gregory the Great during Mass
How Old is the "Old Mass"?
Michael Charlier (source in German)
November 27, 2023

At the time of Pope Gregory (590 - 604), many parts of the Roman liturgy were already so old that no one could remember their introduction or even speak of them having been "introduced". Of Gregory's predecessors, Damasus I (366 - 384) and Gelasius I (492 - 496) are named as popes who intervened in the liturgy in one way or another. 

"Cardinal Burke is my enemy, so I am taking away his flat and salary," Pope Francis Reportedly Tells Heads of Dicasteries


According to a well-sourced report in The New Daily Compass, Pope Francis told the Heads of Dicasteries as follows at their November 20, 2023 meeting: "Cardinal Burke is my enemy, so I am taking away his flat and salary." 

Secretary of State Parolin Lays Down the Law for German Church: Priesthood for Men Only; Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality Non-Negotiable

 “Tagespost" exclusive: Rome Opens the Parachute

Die Tagespost
November 24, 2023

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin informs the German bishops that the ordination of priests reserved for men and the Church's teaching on homosexuality are non-negotiable - a German special path is therefore 

The German bishops have received a clear message from the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin that the Vatican is not considering negotiating the letter "Ordinatio Sacerdotalis", in which Pope John Paul II confirmed the exclusion of women from ordination to the priesthood in 1994, or the Church's teaching on homosexuality in upcoming talks with a delegation of German bishops. In a letter addressed to the Secretary General of the German bishops, Beate Gilles, dated October 23, which was made available to this editorial team, Parolin specifies the procedure and content of a German-Roman dialog round on the Synodal Way.

Pope Francis as Public Heretic: The Evidence Leaves No Doubt — by Dr. John Lamont

Editorial Note: Rorate Caeli’s position is that Francis is the pope and that sedevacantism or any of its variants is mistaken. For the sake of enriching the public debate, we publish this study by frequent contributor Dr John Lamont concerning heresies in documents signed by Pope Francis (PDF here for those who prefer that format; the link is now correct). While Dr. Lamont agrees that Francis is the pope, he considers that the questions that the pope's heretical statements raise need to be addressed in order to prepare theologians and prelates for what is to come.

Pope Francis as Public Heretic: The Evidence Leaves No Doubt

Dr. John Lamont

Pope Francis has recently published answers to two sets of dubia submitted to him by members of the College of Cardinals: one set submitted by Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Sandoval, Sarah, and Zen on July 10, 2023, and the other set submitted by Cardinal Dominik Duka on July 13, 2023. Pope Francis responded to the dubia of the five cardinals on July 11 and made this reponse public on October 2. On September 25, 2023, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith responded to dubia proposed by Cardinal Dominik Duka; the response was endorsed by the Pope. On November 1, 2023, Pope Francis issued, motu proprio, the apostolic letter Ad Theologiam Promovendam to accompany revised statutes for the Pontifical Academy of Theology. His answers to these dubia and his apostolic letter openly and unmistakably contradict the Catholic faith (see Annexe II for the texts in question).

"Everything is tolerated, drastic measures only for Strickland": Bishop Rob Mutsaerts

The following translation appeared at LifeSiteNews (here) and is reprinted with permission.--PAK

The dismissal of US Bishop Joseph Strickland from the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, remains a strange story. As a bishop, Strickland is known for being humble, balanced, and faithful to the Church. Oh, and law-abiding too. Which is why he accepted his dismissal. His response is in no way hostile to the pope. He is simply asking for prayer and [for Catholics] to remain faithful to the Church.

Javier Milei Elected President of Argentina in a Repudiation of Francis and Peronism by the People of Argentina


Javier Milei, a Catholic libertarian and outspoken critic of Pope Francis, has been elected President of Argentina over a Peronist candidate in a stunning, double-digit upset win. Milei stated that Pope Francis “has an affinity for murderous communists” and accused him of violating the Ten Commandments. Some Westerners thought these comments might hurt Milei in Argentina, Francis's home country. instead, Milei's aggressive criticisms of Pope Francis carried him to an upset victory.

English Translation of the Dicastery for the Doctrine on the Faith on Baptisms and Weddings and "Transgender and Homosexual" Persons

 [Translated by Fr. "X" from the original]

Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith

Answers to Several Questions from His Excellency, the Most Reverend José Negri, 

Bishop of Santo Amaro, Brazil, Regarding Participation in the Sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony by Transgender Persons and Homosexual Persons (3 November 2023)

[The following is an unofficial translation of the original version of the document. At the time of this translation, the document was posted on the official website of the CDF only in Italian and Portuguese.]

On July 14, 2023, a letter came to this Dicastery from His Excellency, José Negri, Bishop of Santo Amaro, Brazil, containing certain questions regarding the possible participation in the sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony by transexual persons or those with same-sex attraction.

Having studied the matter, this Dicastery responded as follows.

Responses of the Dicastery to Bp. José Negri

The following responses put forward again, in substance, the fundamental contents of what, in the past, was affirmed by this Dicastery in regard to this matter.

1. Can a transexual be baptized?

Special Rosary Rally for Bishop Strickland at the Apostolic Nunciature Tomorrow!


For those in the Washington, D.C. area, please consider coming to a special Rosary Rally this Saturday (tomorrow) outside the Apostolic Nunciature at 9 AM to pray for Bishop Strickland in the wake of his unjust removal from the Diocese of Tyler. Cardinal Pierre, the American Nuncio, has played a big role in pressuring bishops to cancel Latin Masses across the U.S. He also reportedly told Bishop Strickland that he was being removed in part for not implementing Latin Mass restrictions. Thus, it is fitting that we pray for Cardinal Pierre, Bishop Strickland, and the entire Church during this time of crisis and confusion.

Edward Pentin Exposes the Synod on Synodality


Edward Pentin is one of the most important Vatican journalists of the Francis era. He is the author of the book The Rigging of a (2014) Vatican Synod?: An Investigation of Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. That book exposed the underhanded efforts to sideline traditionalists and conservatives at the 2014 Synod on the Family. 

For the Feast of All Benedictine Saints (November 13)

Pietro Annigoni, La Gloria di S.Benedetto
The following reflection was written by Fr Peter Miller, OSB, prior of the Monks of Mary, Mother of the Word, in Sprague, Washington. To read more about this community and its future Our Lady of Whitestone Monastery, go here; to receive their newsletter, go here.

Feast of All Holy Monks of the Order of Saint Benedict
November 13, 2023

The Francis Effect: Old St. Mary Before and After Traditionis Custodes


Old St. Mary in Chinatown is a beautiful historic Church in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood. Built by German immigrants, it fell on hard times in the 1980s. But when it obtained an indult Latin Mass in the mid 1980s, it sprang back to life. 

Cardinal Müller on Strickland's Sacking: "It's an abuse of the Divine Right of the Episcopate."

In remarks given to French periodical 

L'Homme Nouveau (September edition)

What is being done to Bishop Strickland is terrible, an abuse of the divine right of the episcopate.

STRICKLAND REMOVED - Francis Peron attacks again: to my enemies not even Justice

Removal of bishop of Tyler, U.S.A., and appointment of apostolic administrator

The Holy Father has removed Bishop Joseph E. Strickland from the pastoral care of the diocese of Tyler, United States of America, and has appointed Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin as apostolic administrator of the same diocese, rendering it sede vacante. [source]


 If only Bishop Strickland had been a member of Uncle Ted McCarrick's clique of abusers of minors, or used bodily fluids in chalices (Rupnik) after raping sisters, he might have been named a Cardinal by Francis…

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski's Lecture: Liturgical Obedience & The Seductions of Autonomy- Now Available on YouTube

As part of its monthly Speakers Series, the Arlington Latin Mass Society recently hosted liturgical scholar Dr. Peter Kwasniewski for a lecture entitled, "Liturgical Obedience & The Seductions of Autonomy." In it, Dr. Kwasniewski makes the important argument that the Traditional Latin Mass best fosters the virtues of  humility and obedience in priests by requiring strict conformance to its rubrics. It is available for viewing at this link

Support the Transalpine Redemptorists - Buy their 2024 Traditional Catholic Calendar

We highly recommend their beautiful publications, including their yearly calendar.

The Papa Stronsay Liturgical Calendar is back for its 2024 edition.  [Order here]


As for the previous years, this calendar provides the Liturgical feast and colour for each day of the year, following the Traditional 1962 Calendar of the Roman Rite. But we include also other particular feasts, points of interests, the liturgical zodiac, days of abstinence, holidays, and many other things. The Martyrology page also enables you to celebrate the Saints’ anniversary for the year. 

The Catholic Cash Cow

by Fr. Donald Kloster (Guest op-ed)

Nowhere is the modern upside down world more observable than with our Bishops and their misappropriation of the lay pecuniary donations in their coffers.

The Last Latin Mass at Mary Queen of Peace


Last Sunday was the last Latin Mass (for now) at Mary Queen of Peace in Cleveland, OH. The faithful parishioners are now ejected from their parish-- simply because they loved the Church and its highest and holiest possession, its traditional liturgy. Note the tears of the faithful, who must suffer such misery because of the wicked shepherds in charge of the Church. What kind of cruel shepherd would force people to suffer like this for their faith? “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?"

The Holy Gospels as a Means of Grace for the Interior Life: Counsels from Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

By Salvatore J. Ciresi


The apostolic writings from Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the most important records for our knowledge of the words and deeds of the Lord Jesus Christ.  No doubt, there are other means to read, study, and meditate upon the Savior’s life.  Such ways may be drawn from Tradition (and traditions), the venerable liturgical and sacramental rites of the Catholic Church, Magisterial statements, approved private revelations, classic devotional practices and customs, and the writings from the celebrated patrimonies of East and West.  Whichever means one employs, the inspired and inerrant chronicles from the Four Evangelists will always hold their unique status.  

Wisdom from a Dominican Master

Dr Kwasniewski Lecture in Minneapolis, November 11, 2023

The hearty welcome of All Saints' Parish (FSSP) in Minneapolis is always something to look forward to. I will be visiting next week for a lecture (my third time there). The event will be held at a nearby church. All details in the poster below. Hope to see some Rorate readers from the area!

Please use the QR code to RSVP so the planners can prepare enough food.

In memoriam: Wolfgang Waldstein (1928-2023) - by Roberto de Mattei

Roberto de Mattei
November 2, 2023

The funeral of Wolfgang Waldstein, an eminent legal philosopher and exemplary Catholic, who passed away on Oct. 17, 2023, at the age of 95, was held at St. Sebastian Church in Salzburg on Oct. 31, 2023. 

National Geographic on Traditional Catholicism: Young People and the Latin Mass

These devout young Catholics are embracing the old ways

The movement embraces some Old World traditions that even the Church has referred to as backwards.

National Geographic
Matthew Teague 
(Photographs by Ryan Brady)
October 26, 2023



[Photographer Ryan] Brady had occasionally attended a Catholic church, and he had recently heard about a new movement among some Catholics who were rebelling against modernity by worshipping in old ways, ways that centuries ago defined the faith but had almost faded from existence. So he took up his camera and headed toward a nearby church that offered the ancient Latin Mass, or what traditionalists call the Extraordinary Form.

"Is Pope Francis Schizophrenic?" - Paix Liturgique Letter 971

 [the far-left French Catholic magazine] is fulminating. This week's issue (n° 787) (October 12 to 18, 2023) inveighs against "Vatican schizophrenia" in the Rupnik affair—you know, that Jesuit who dabbles in the arts, and who claims poetic license shamelessly to abuse. "What's the Pope playing at?" continues the organ of those who keep us from believing straight [Golias’s motto], when he restrains the arm of canon law even as it readies to punish the unmasked, goat-footed Satyr? And so rage clouds the minds of those imprecators over at Golias. Schizophrenia, in the clinical sense of the term, stifles freedom of play as well as of the mind. The authority of Greek etymology is at the service of rhetoric to be sure, but it is not given to everyone to be a Demosthenes. If the reigning Pope is mentally ill, he's better pitied than blamed. But then he can no longer govern the Church.

"Approaches to Ecclesial Radiography" - Archbishop Héctor Aguer

What do we see when we apply an x-ray to the body of the Church on earth? The emeritus Archbishop of La Plata, Argentina, tells us in this latest column from October 31, 2023. Translated for Rorate Caeli.

"The Death of a Pontificate" - by Aldo Maria Valli

Empty square and exhausted rituals: The Death of a pontificate
Aldo Maria Valli
October 26, 2023

The image speaks for itself. A Wednesday general audience. An empty square. Only a few dozen people. All right, it's raining. But once upon a time, when it rained, the square became a sea of umbrellas.

The image is bleak, and the Vatican media, starting with the TV center, no longer know how to hide the fact: no one goes to listen to Francis. They try to make up for it with close-ups, indeed very closed-up images, somewhat like the Polish TV did with John Paul II on his visit to his homeland. But if, in the case of Polish television, the problem was hiding the crowds flocking to Wojtyła, in the Vatican the problem is the opposite: hiding the embarrassing gaps.

“What does the Pope really want?” - Bishop Rob Mutsaerts

A post by Bishop Rob Mutsaerts, Auxiliary Bishop of 's-Hertogenbosch (Bois-le-Duc), Netherlands. Translated from his blog in Dutch here

What is the synod underway in Rome actually about? Over and again, official Vatican sources are telling us many things. That it is not about theology, nor about doctrinal matters, nor about LGBTQ+, the ordination of women and the issue of celibacy. Neither is it, they add, about seeking to undermine or replace the hierarchical nature of the church or democratize the decision-making process. No, it would seem to be dealing with the question of what synodality is. After all, this is a synod on synodality.

Contemporary Double Standards and the Church's Historic Preference for Sacred Languages in the Liturgy

By James Baresel

Some months ago, a generally excellent priest—an outspoken friend of the Traditional Latin Mass though not a traditionalist—mentioned two things in a conversation which demonstrate of how even Catholics whose orthodoxy and friendliness to the ancient Roman Rite are unimpeachable can unconsciously accept assumptions foreign to historical Catholicism and hold traditionalists to a double standard.

Wanda Półtawska (1921-2023), a Pro-Life Leader - By Roberto de Mattei

Wanda Półtawska. one of the leading pro-life figures of the 20th century and a close collaborator of John Paul II, died in Krakow at the age of 102 on October 25, 2023.

Wanda Półtawska was born in Lublin on November 2, 1921. After the German invasion of Poland, because of her involvement in the resistance, she was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in Lublin Castle. After being interrogated and tortured, she was deported to Ravensbrück concentration camp on November 21, 1941, where she was subjected to surgical experiments carried out by Karl Gebhardt, Himmler's personal physician later sentenced to death as a war criminal. She miraculously survived and, after liberation, participated in the work of the Commission of Inquiry into Nazi crimes in Poland. The nightmare of those days lives again in his book And I'm Afraid of My Dreams. My Days in the Ravensbrück Lager published in several languages (Edizioni San Paolo, Rome 2010).

How consoling that Francis is so concerned for women!

Pope Francis wrapped up this phase of the so-called “synod” with an address that handed out some mild praises and a bunch of bitter complaints, as usual (link). 

Eclipse of the Synod: New Catechism to Launch in Rome

Like the Latrocinium (“Robber Council”) of Ephesus in 449, the 2023 Rome phase of the Synod on Synodality is nearly over, and may already be safely consigned to the pages of Church history as the Vanitatum, “The Moot Synod.”

With His Scandalous Rehabilitation of Marko Rupnik, Francis Underscores the Linkage Between Discipline and Doctrine


Pope Francis is known for reversing the initiatives of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI: on the Latin Mass, on doctrine, and on the 'hermeneutic of continuity.' Now, we can add another major reversal: Pope Francis has undone Pope Benedict XVI's crackdown on sexual abuse among priests. 

Why We Have Not Covered the Synod on Synodality


A reader e-mails us to ask why we have not covered the proceedings of this first session of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality (the second session will be in the autumn of 2024).

1,000 Catholic Faithful Answer the Dubia Sent to Pope Francis

Missae pro Missa issued the following press release.

In a worldwide witness to the Catholic Faith, more than 1,000 Catholic faithful from 50 countries have taken it upon themselves to answer the recent dubia sent by five Cardinals to Pope Francis on key areas of doctrine currently being undermined at the highest levels of the Church. Organized by the campaign Missae pro Missa, this grassroots initiative has called upon all Catholics to provide the correct responses to the dubia, thereby reaffirming the unchanging Catholic Faith "regardless of the Supreme Pontiff's willingness to do so."

As of Oct. 20, the Missae pro Missa website reports 1,003 correct responses to the dubia accompanied by the following message: "Dear Pope Francis: Here are the answers to the dubia! If you won't respond, we will!" Of special additional note:

The dubia were correctly answered by over 90% of participants. That so many simple Catholic faithful had no problem providing the correct responses while the highest prelates in Rome are either unable or unwilling to do the same demonstrates both the magnitude of the current crisis of faith among the hierarchy and the role of the sensus fidelium in maintaining authentic Catholic doctrine (not unlike during the Arian crisis).

In addition to correctly answering the dubia, hundreds of faithful have contributed to a spiritual bouquet for the good of the Church, pledging their prayers and sacrifices for Pope Francis and the triumph of the Catholic Faith over the present darkness manifested especially at the "Synod on Synodality."

By responding to the dubia, these Catholic faithful in no way wish to deny or usurp the duty of the pope and bishops to confirm the brethren in the faith, but rather to serve as a witness to the unchanging Catholic Faith in light of the command of Christ: "Let your word be 'Yes, Yes' or 'No, No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one" (Matt 5:37). To anyone who would tell the simple faithful to be silent while their Holy Mother Church is derided by errors and confusion, we would recall the reply of Our Lord to the Pharisees before His own Passion: "I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!" (Luke 19:40)

To respond to the dubia, please visit:

Congratulations to the FSSP on their 35th Anniversary!

What started as just a handful of priests and was recognized by the Holy See through the personal effort of Cardinal Ratzinger, is now a mighty Fraternity of almost 400 priests and almost 200 seminarians.

Congratulations to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter!

Ad multos annos!

Artistic Glory in Churches is Still Perfectly Possible today: the New Altarpiece of Chéméré-le-Roi (Video)

 The Fraternity of Saint Vincent Ferrer, the traditional Catholic community of Dominican heritage and liturgy in Northwest France, officially consecrated this past weekend the new altar and altarpiece of their new conventual church, in Chéméré-le-Roi.

The consecration was celebrated by Bp. Alain Castet, Emeritus of Luçon.

See the video below as this glorious majestic contemporary masterpiece, the Altar of the Rosary, is opened to public view for the first time:

Marie Antoinette of Austria, Queen of France - Martyr: 230 years of Martyrdom

The Royal Abbey and Basilica of Saint-Denis was filled with faithful today for the Traditional Mass of Requiem for the soul of Queen Marie Antoinette, martyr, murdered by the French Republic on this day exactly 230 years ago:

A faithful wife.
A loving mother.
A devout and pious Catholic.

SSPX Bishop Celebrates Mass and Confirmations in Diocesan Church in Florida (Update: Video added)

 In the Diocesan Parish Church of All Souls, in Sanford (Orlando Diocese, Florida), by Bp. Tissier de Mallerais. The local diocese gave permission to the use of the parish church.

Update - Full video below:


Fryderyk Chopin: "His Edifying Death" by Don Pietro Leone

Chopin’s conversion  

October 13th  1849   

The Feast of St. Edward the Confessor

Portrait of Frydeyrk Chopin


Eugène Delacroix. 

Angelus Press does it again: the beautiful 2024 Calendar and Planners

 They did it again: gorgeous images printed on neigh quality paper, and all the basic information a Traditional Catholic may need for each day of the year.

This year, the Angelus Press 2024 Calendar (starting in October 2023) is illustrated with gorgeous Stations of the Cross painted by Martin Feuerstein for the Church of Saint Ann, in Munich. A devout Catholic, Feuerstein was one of the greatest representatives of the Nazarene Movement, and his work at Saint Ann's is also filled with some of the brightest aspects of the then-burgeoning Beuronese style.

The Calendar has all the dates a Traditional Catholic may need, and, as usual, Angelus Press took great care with the printing itself, which is gorgeous. Available here.


Many of us still use and need daily a physical reminder for our activities -- online-based calendars can be both not very trustworthy, and not appropriate to be used at all times. 

We highly recommend these two additionalAngelus Press's 2024 seasonal items:

Dr Kwasniewski's Lectures in Virginia, October 16 & 18, 2023

Next week I'll be visiting the lovely state of Virginia for two events that are free and open to the public: 

“Liturgical Obedience, the Imitation of Christ, and the Seductions of Autonomy”
Monday, October 16, 2023, at 6:30pm
Holy Family Academy
10580 Pineview Rd,
Manassas, VA 20111

“Our Response to God’s Greatest Gift: Eucharistic Reverence and Reparation”
Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 7:00pm
St Joseph’s Catholic Church (FSSP)
828 Buford Rd.
Richmond, VA 23235
(preceded by Low Mass at 6pm)

Each talk will be followed by a Q&A and a booksale.

Hope to see some Rorate readers at one or the other event!

“Thou Shalt Not Kneel”: Guest Article by Leo Darroch

Background to this guest article: As LifeSiteNews reported on October 7, 2023: “A Catholic family of eight was recently denied Holy Communion while kneeling while attending Mass at a church in the Diocese of Boise. Both the local priest and bishop refused to acknowledge that the denial of the sacrament was a grave violation of canon law. Scott Smith, a Catholic attorney, author, theologian, and father of six, was on vacation with his family in Idaho in August and went to Sunday Mass at St. Charles Borromeo in Hailey. ‘After driving two hours out of the mountains to attend Holy Mass, the parish priest denied all of us, my children and my in-laws, Holy Communion because we knelt to receive the Eucharist,’ Smith recounted… ‘It was so sad to see my little children, kneeling reverently to receive the Eucharist, and then to see the priest wagging his finger at them. Irony of ironies: before denying my whole family Holy Communion, father had just preached a homily on inclusion, warning about exclusivity.’”

In 2003, the Vatican ruled that the USCCB could publish an adaptation of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal stating that standing is the norm for Holy Communion in its region on condition that the same document also stated that no one is to be refused Communion if he chooses to kneel. Apparently, this important condition has been forgotten by many US bishops and pastors, who continue to psychologically abuse the faithful. But let’s not forget, they have been at this for a long time.

The "Unique Expression of the Roman Rite" in the Wild: New Zealand Priest Ad-libbing Eucharistic Prayer

Recently a priest in New Zealand offered a NOM where he completely ad-libbed the Eucharistic Prayer at the funeral Mass for a religious Sister of Mercy. This happened in the Palmerston North diocese, which, in a moment of supreme irony, recently had its only diocesan TLM (apart from the SSPX) suppressed by the modernist Cardinal John Dew and retired bishop Peter Cullinane. The Roman Rite was canceled, and in its place, the "unique..." something or other is allowed to express itself.

Laudate Deum and the Eclipse of the Church

What to make of Pope Francis's latest apostolic exhortation, Laudate Deum? Like other Francis encyclicals, it is hardly recognizable as a Catholic document. The central portion of the letter addresses the "progress and failures" of various "climate conferences" held in the last decades. It features an entire section vaguely prognosticating on a upcoming conference in Dubai. 

Traditional Liturgy: How many Faithful in France? And in the World? "Many of today's Catholics are 'Hidden Traditionalists,' waiting for a Mass worthy of the name."-- An Interview

By Paix Liturgique

October 4, 2023

Although we haven't published a review of traditional liturgy in France and around the world since 2019... we felt it necessary to return to the question of the number of Catholic faithful who wish to live their faith to the rhythm of traditional liturgy. We asked Christian Marquant, who has been interested in this subject for many years, to return to this theme which, as we shall see, remains a burning issue.


Louis Renaudin - Dear Christian, why is it important to ask the question of the size and therefore the number of the Catholic faithful who are attached to the traditional Roman liturgy?

Christian Marquant - In theory, it doesn't matter... no one, apart from learned researchers, is going to be interested in the number of Syro-Malabar or Syro-Malankar faithful... nor in the number of priests and faithful who still participate in the Ambrosian (reformed) rite in Milan, or the Mozarabic (cobbled-together) rite in Toledo and Salamanca, because in all these cases there is no controversy or underlying problem. However, when we consider the number, and therefore implicitly the importance, of those who wish to remain attached to the usus antiquior, i.e., to the Mass that has been the Mass of all Latin Christendom for over 1,000 years, we immediately find ourselves in a polemical field whose stakes are quite considerable for a large number of pastors and for members of the "modern" lobby. We are touching on the great division that has afflicted the Church since Vatican II, and to which the Holy Father indirectly alluded at the last consistory in his appeal for unity. A pathetic appeal to an almost empty St. Peter's Square...

Louis Renaudin - What division are you referring to?

Full Letter by Cardinal Zen to Cardinals and Bishops on the Synod - How can Synodality be a "constitutive element of the Church" when it is clearly a novelty?

 The following letter was sent by His Eminence Cardinal Zen, Emeritus of Hong Kong, to Cardinals and Bishops all over the world. A recipient was kind enough to share this historic document with us.

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When Doubt Becomes Certainty

When Doubt Becomes Certainty
Michael Charlier
4 October 2023

Image: Titian, National Gallery London. Christ instructs Peter: "Go behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: because thou savourest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men." Mt 16,23

The question we asked on the occasion of the "Dubia" by five cardinals, "But where is Peter?" requires an update. In the meantime, the first answer of Francis (of July 11) is available. The text bristles with woolly "on the one hand, on the other hand" statements that avoid any clear orientation and seemingly open up unlimited scope. In this perception, literally all directions within the Church agree.

"The Synod, the Dubia, and the Pope to come" - by Roberto de Mattei

 Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
October 4, 2023

On Oct. 4, the solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi, the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on "synodality" opened. Many opposing statements and controversies have preceded and are accompanying the event.  On October 2, in the face of "various statements by some senior prelates (... ) blatantly contrary to the constant doctrine and discipline of the Church, and which have generated and continue to generate among the faithful and other people of good will great confusion and the fall into error," five cardinals made it known that they had expressed their "deepest concern to the Roman Pontiff." submitting to Pope Francis five dubia on certain issues concerning the interpretation of Divine Revelation, the blessing of same-sex unions, synodality as a constitutive dimension of the Church, the priestly ordination of women and repentance as a necessary condition for sacramental absolution.

The Sun Pope?

The Sun Pope?
Philippe de Labriolle
Paix Liturgique Letter 962
October 3, 2023

When Cardinal Müller, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, makes it known in the media that "The Pope is not authorized by Christ to harass good bishops," among whom he includes Bp Strickland, Bp Schneider and probably Bp Rey, it's worth pointing out that this strong support is simply a reiteration of the spirit and letter of Lumen Gentium, the dogmatic constitution of the Second Vatican Council.

Great Moments of Petrine Teaching

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Saint Peter

1 Peter 1:24-25


Let us flee earthly desires, and let none of the things of this world be able to seduce us, who have a Father in heaven. Let us consider that the one who has risen to the all-peaceful sky will be terrible when he returns, and that all that he commanded us with gentleness, he will then exact with rigor. Let us, therefore, take great care of the time allotted to us to do penance; take care of our souls as long as it is possible. For our Redeemer will come back to judge us all the more severely because he will have been more patient before the judgment. So be careful of these things, my brethren, and reproach them with all sincerity. Although your soul is still tossed by the swirl of business, yet cast anchor of your hope in the eternal homeland.

St. Gregory the Great

Action Item: Calling Upon All Catholics to Respond to the Dubia

In light of the recent dubia of five Cardinals to Pope Francis and the latter's unwillingness to provide clear responses in accord with the Catholic Faith, the organizers of the Missae Pro Missa campaign issue the following statement calling upon all Catholic faithful throughout the world to respond to the dubia as a testament to the Church's constant and unchangeable teaching.

Whereas, five Cardinals of the Catholic Church submitted dubia to Pope Francis asking for clarification of Catholic doctrine on matters of critical importance for the salvation of souls, especially in light of confusion surrounding the "Synod on Synodality."

Whereas, Pope Francis' initial response did not resolve the doubts raised but "if anything, deepened them," hence requiring the Cardinals to issue reformulated dubia requesting simple, yes/no answers "to elicit a clear response based on the perennial doctrine and discipline of the Church" (Aug. 21, 2023 letter of the Cardinals to Pope Francis).

Whereas, Pope Francis has not, to date, responded to the Cardinals' reformulated dubia, thus enabling confusion and error to spread, to the harm of souls.

We, simple Catholic faithful, wishing to testify to the truth of the Catholic Faith regardless of the Supreme Pontiff's willingness to do so, hereby provide the correct responses to the dubia in light of the Church's constant and unchangeable teaching.

We furthermore pledge our prayers and sacrifices, in the form of a spiritual bouquet, for the good of the Church and triumph of the Catholic Faith over the darkness of the present age, praying especially for the day when Peter will cease to be a scandal unto Christ because he "savourest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men" (Matt. 16:23) but rather fulfill the divine command: "being once converted, confirm thy brethren" (Luke 22:32).

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"True Devotion to the Angels", by Roberto de Mattei

The month of October, besides being the month of the Rosary is traditionally dedicated to the Angels.  Today we hear a lot about angels, but from a perspective that is not that of the Church. 

There is a false devotion to the Angels, which consists in imagining them as mythological creatures attributing to them almost magical potentialities to fulfill our desires, appease our feelings, regardless of the observance of God's universal law, that is, respect for the objective order of creation.

Full Text of New Dubia Sent to Francis by Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Sandoval, Sarah, and Zen

Notification to Christ’s Faithful (can. 212 § 3)

Regarding Dubia Submitted to 

Pope Francis

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We, members of the Sacred College of Cardinals, in accord with the duty of all the faithful “to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church” (can. 212 § 3) and, above all, in accord with the responsibility of Cardinals “to assist the Roman Pontiff … individually … especially in the daily care of the universal Church” (can. 349), in view of various declarations of highly-placed Prelates, pertaining to the celebration of the next Synod of Bishops, that are openly contrary to the constant doctrine and discipline of the Church, and that have generated and continue to generate great confusion and the falling into error among the faithful and other persons of good will, have manifested our deepest concern to the Roman Pontiff. By our letter of July 10, 2023, employing the proven practice of the submission of dubia [questions] to a superior to provide the superior the occasion to make clear, by his responsa [responses], the doctrine and discipline of the Church, we have submitted five dubia to Pope Francis, a copy of which is attached. By his letter of July 11, 2023, Pope Francis responded to our letter.

Having studied his letter which did not follow the practice of responsa ad dubia [responses to questions], we reformulated the dubia to elicit a clear response based on the perennial doctrine and discipline of the Church. By our letter of August 21, 2023, we submitted the reformulated dubia, a copy of which is attached, to the Roman Pontiff. Up to the present, we have not received a response to the reformulated dubia.

Given the gravity of the matter of the dubia, especially in view of the imminent session of the Synod of Bishops, we judge it our duty to inform you, the faithful (can. 212 § 3), so that you may not be subject to confusion, error, and discouragement but rather may pray for the universal Church and, in particular, the Roman Pontiff, that the Gospel may be taught ever more clearly and followed ever more faithfully.

                                   Yours in Christ,

           Walter Cardinal Brandmüller

           Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

           Juan Cardinal Sandoval Íñiguez

           Robert Cardinal Sarah

           Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun

Rome, 2 October 2023


[link to Response to First Dubia]

(Submitted July 10, 2023)