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YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS IMPORTANT: Making a List of Traditional Catholic Schools in the United States


Dear readers,

About three years ago we tried to assemble a list of Traditional Catholic schools in the United States. At the time, due to other ongoing issues, the list couldn't be finished.

So now we are trying again: your contribution is essential. For the purpose of this list, we are defining a Traditional School as one which offers the Traditional Latin Mass for the student body at least ONCE a week.

Schools that offer the Ordinariate Mass or an Eastern Catholic liturgy will also be included.

Please, help us to finally assemble this list: any school for any age is acceptable, as well as different settings (including boarding and non-boarding settings).

Please, send your contribution to NEWCATHOLIC at GMAIL dot COM, with the subject: "CATHOLIC SCHOOL LIST".

Include name, website, address, if the school is co-ed or not, and frequency of mass.

Thank you!

"Fiducia Supplicans and the Meaning of Faith" - Major treatment of problems in Declaration by Fr Emmanuel Perrier, OP

(From the highly-esteemed Revue Thomiste: source.)

The "Fiducia supplicans" declaration of December 18, 2023 has caused quite a stir. In this article, we give the main reasons why.

As sons of the Church founded on the apostles, we cannot but be alarmed at the turmoil among the Christian people caused by a text coming from the Holy Father's entourage[1]. It is unbearable to see Christ's faithful losing confidence in the word of the universal shepherd, to see priests torn between their filial attachment and the practical consequences this text will force them to face, to see bishops divided.

This far-reaching phenomenon is indicative of a reaction in the sensus fidei. The "sense of faith" (sensus fidei) is the Christian people's attachment to the truths of faith and morals[2]. This common, "universal" and "indefectible" attachment stems from the fact that every believer is moved by the one Spirit of God to embrace the same truths. This is why, when statements concerning faith and morals offend the sensus fidei, an instinctive movement of distrust arises that manifests itself collectively. It is necessary, however, to examine the legitimacy of this movement and the reasons behind it. We will confine ourselves here to the six reasons that seem to us the most salient.

Statement From Suspended Kentucky TLM Priests

As some readers may be aware, two Missionaries of Saint John the Baptist priests who celebrate (exclusively) the TLM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Park Hills, Kentucky, had their faculties removed by the bishop of Covington.

I met both of them a few years ago, impressed these former Fathers of Mercy were able to start a new religious community that -- unlike the Fathers of Mercy -- uses the traditional Latin books, while preserving the parish mission and homiletics apostolate their former community is known for within the conservative novus ordo world. They are good men.

In the interest of presenting their side of the story, the following is their news release on the matter:


Statement on behalf of Missionaries of Saint John the Baptist, Inc., On the Sudden Loss of the Public Celebration of the Mass and Sacraments at Our Lady of Lourdes Church


Park Hills, KY (1/25/2024): Missionaries of St. John the Baptist, Inc., release the following statement concerning Fr. Shannon Collins, MSJB, and Fr. Sean Kopczynski, MSJB, and the sudden loss of their faculties to perform public ministry as priests at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

  • The Missionaries, Fr. Shannon and Fr. Sean, are veteran Roman Catholic priests in good standing and consecrated religious members of a religious community known as the Missionaries of St. John the Baptist and were the priests that staffed the Traditional Latin Mass Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, under the headship of His Excellency, Bishop John Iffert, the current prelate of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky.
  • The Missionaries seek to be teachers of truth and have never, to the best of their knowledge, promoted any errors in regard to the Holy Faith or taught anything contrary to the perennial Catechism of the Catholic Church.

African, Belgian, and Dutch Bishops before the challenge of Fiducia Supplicans - by Roberto de Mattei

Roberto de Mattei
January 24, 2024

The Bishops' Conference of the North African Region (Cerna) meeting in Rabat, Morocco, Jan. 11-15, approved the Declaration Fiducia supplicans (see here), stipulating, regarding the "pastoral practice of blessings," that it is possible to give the blessing not only individually, but also to people "in an irregular situation" who present themselves together requesting it, provided this "does not create confusion for those concerned themselves or for others." This stance cracked the unanimity that had been created around the communiqué of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, signed by Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, in which the African bishops expressed clear opposition to Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández's document (see here).

Traditional Latin Mass celebrated in the United States Capitol - January 23, 2024

A temporary altar set up Jan. 23 in the U.S. Capitol, ahead of a Mass offered according to the 1962 Roman Missal. Credit: Ed Condon/Pillar Media.

Heartfelt thanks to Speaker Mike Johnson for his support for this act of Worship that was highly symbolic of the appreciation conservatives in the House have shown to Traditional Catholics following the recent acts of persecution.

More details from the exclusive Pillar report:

"On Fiducia supplicans: Anonymous and Anomalous Blessings" - By Fr Serafino M. Lanzetta

 Fr. Serafino Lanzetta
for Rorate Caeli

With the declaration Fiducia supplicans (FS) of 18 December 2023, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, with some haste compared to the fresh synodal outcomes, asked Pope Francis ex audientia to approve new blessings, created ad hoc “for couples in irregular situations” and “couples of the same sex” The emphasis is on the 'couple' in both cases. In order to approve it at the level of principle, thus justifying its moral acts, an attempt is made to separate the liturgical aspect of the blessing from its previous, 'theological' but not ritual stage. With what results? 

Bene-dicere without saying it

"Vatican II and the new liturgy have invented a new magisterial mode: dogmatic regression": Interview with Claude Barthe

On the occasion of the revised and expanded reissue of his book "Trouver-t-il encore la foi sur terre [Will He still find faith on earth?]," we interviewed Abbé Claude Barthe.

Michel Janva: The title of your book is a quotation from the Gospel. In view of the current evolution of the Catholic religion (growth in Africa and Asia, decline in Europe...), is it possible that it could disappear in Western Europe, and therefore in Rome, just as it was practically eliminated from North Africa at the beginning of the Middle Ages?

Abbé Claude Barthe: Note that Christ's question concerns the faith that could disappear, not the number of people who call themselves Catholics. It's perfectly possible to be a Catholic by identity card, so to speak, and have been shipwrecked in the faith.

Upcoming Lectures of Dr. Kwasniewski in Syracuse NY and in Florida (Tampa, West Palm Beach, and Miami)

I'll be speaking in Syracuse, NY, on February 4; in Tampa on February 12; in West Palm Beach on February 15; and in Miami on February 16. All details in the posters.

Reaction of Cardinals and Bishops to Fiducia Supplicans: “ God can providentially turn evil into a greater good.”

 Father Claude Barthe
Le Salon Beige/Res Novae

God can providentially turn evil into a greater good. The declaration Fiducia supplicans from the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, which states in its n. 31 that it is possible to bless “couples in irregular situations and couples of the same sex”, created a new situation: an important number of bishops around the world, sometimes entire episcopates, have said that they would not receive this official teaching that they find in complete rupture with the constant teaching of the Church and therefore have forbidden their priests to give such blessings. It is a sign of hope at a time of immense dereliction for a flock who often feels without a shepherd.

Two observations are necessary:

Bp. Schneider's "Prayer for Imploring Holy Popes"

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Dear faithful Catholics, especially those who suffer as they witness our Holy Mother Church live through an unprecedented crisis. Dear Catholic fathers and mothers of families! Dear Catholic young people! Dear innocent Catholic children! And especially dear religious contemplative Sisters, the spiritual gems of the Church! Dear Catholic seminarians! Dear Catholic priests, who are “the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”!

Panama Bleeds: A Story of Tradition Persecuted and Restored

A traditional Catholic activist in Panama sent me the following report on what is happening in his country. It was first published at my Substack, Tradition & Sanity, on December 11, 2023. It’s important for those of us who live in countries where the Latin Mass is more plentifully available to learn about the hardships of our brethren who are suffering under bishops even more cruel and heterodox than our own, and to pray for them.—PAK

December 13, 2020: First Holy Mass with the SSPX, in an apartment into which more than 100 people tried to fit.

There is a famous movie for children where one of the characters says “Look beyond what you see.” This brings the audience to reflect on what it might mean to see further than what is in plain sight or obvious within our surroundings. This advice can be applied to any part of our lives, but specifically it has a Counter-Revolutionary meaning, since the Catholic is obligated to see further than the false panorama the Revolution has implanted as our usual, typical, and constant environment.

Winter Recess


Grande Chartreuse

(Important news may be posted at any time)

Africa Parts Ways: Collective Rejection of Fiducia Supplicans by all Catholic Churches in Africa (Full Document)

 In December, soon after Fiducia Supplicans was published, Cardinal Ambongo of Kinshasa, president of the collective Symposium of Bishops' Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), asked for contributions from the African churches for a collective response.,

The document was published today, and completely rejects the possibility of blessings of same-sex unions (couples, etc, it doesn't matter).

The document is available below (click for larger images):

Pope Francis and the "global conflict" in 2024 - by Roberto de Mattei

The "Trinity" nuclear test, first detonation of an atomic bomb
New Mexico, July 16, 1945

What is the state of the world in this opening of 2024? A broad picture was outlined by Pope Francis in his Jan. 8 address to ambassadors to the Holy See, gathered for the traditional New Year's audience.

There is a first point that deserves to be emphasized. Pope Francis does not habitually quote Pius XII. This time he did so twice in the same speech, referring back to Pius XII's famous Radiomessage to the Peoples of the Whole World of December 24, 1944, in which the Pope proposed the foundations of a new international order, developing important concepts, such as the difference between the "people" and the "mass," which constitutes the degeneration of democracy. A speech, that of Pius XII, which deserves to be reread, in the run-up to the European elections in June 2024. 

Traditionalist Remedies for the Autoimmune Disease Gripping the Church on Earth

On December 14, 2023, the New York publisher Angelico Press announced the release of my latest book, Bound by Truth: Authority, Obedience, Tradition, and the Common Good. Four days later, Cardinal Fernández dropped his fiduciary supplication, and the Catholic world went berserk (rightly so). In that sense, the end of 2023 might not have seemed like an auspicious time for rolling out a new book! 

Fiducia Supplicans & Bank Robbery: Cognitive Dissonance in the Life of the Church

A guest article.

Imagine you witness a man walk into a bank, point a gun at the teller, and say "I have no intention of legitimizing bank-robbing, but would you please give me $10,000 in the next five minutes?"

Horrified, you run to the nearest police station and relate what you saw, but to your shock the policeman looks at you with scorn: "Are you crazy? That poor fellow explicitly said he had no intention of bank robbing. He was simply asking for money. I hope the teller wasn't so unkind as to refuse him."

Mysticism, Sex, and Justification for Sin: A Rediscovered 1998 Publication by Victor Manuel Fernández — Full text of chapters 7-9

[Warning: Explicit Material]

In 1998, Victor Manuel Fernández published a book entitled La Pasión Mística: espiritualidad y sensualidad ["Mystical Passion: Spirituality and Sensuality"] (Ediciones Dabar). Like the related book Heal Me With Your Mouth: The Art of Kissing (by its author's admission, written apparently as a high school guide), this book of blasphemous nearly pornographic interpretations of the mystics and their spiritual experiences of ecstasy seemed to have disappeared, to have been forgotten and unmentioned — until now, when people who have the good of the Church at heart discovered the text and now make it available in its entirety (PDF download in Spanish here). The most scabrous chapters are 7, 8, and 9, which are given below, in full, in English translation (emphases added).

Fontgombault Sermon for the Epiphany 2024: "Let us remain with the Lord in the crib of our souls"


Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau 
Father Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault 
Fontgombault, January 6, 2024

Et procidentes adoraverunt eum. 
And falling down they adored Him. 
(Mt 2:11) 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 
My dearly beloved Sons, 

After you crossed the gate of the church, you may have remarked, if you stopped a few moments before the crib, that the Child Jesus placed there had been changed. The slumbering child wrapped in swaddling clothes has been replaced by a smiling child extending His arms.

The Church celebrates today the mystery of the Epiphany. This Greek word means “manifestation”, or “apparition”. In the Eastern Churches, this feast is called “Theophany”, the manifestation of God. Already during Christmas night, the shepherds, instructed by the angels, had come to adore the Divine Child in the crib. Today, the Lord manifests Himself to the Gentiles through the three Wise Men. A star has led them towards Judaea. Thus is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, recalled in the reading: 

"This document damages the communion of the Church, for such blessings directly and seriously contradict Divine Revelation": Strongest and clearest episcopal reaction yet from +Rafael Escudero López-Brea

Pastoral Message of the Bishop Prelate of Moyobamba on the Declaration
Fiducia Supplicans, Published by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on December 18, 2023

Tucho Fernandez Pours Gasoline on an Ecclesial Crisis of His Own Creation: Full Text of the Desperate Vatican Press Release


In his notorious Fiducia Supplicans, Cardinal Fernandez wrote, "Beyond the guidance provided above, no further responses should be expected about possible ways to regulate details or practicalities regarding blessings of this type."

Ecclesiastical Province of Rennes, France: no blessings for homosexual or irregular couples, but only for individuals

The bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rennes have asked that no homosexual or irregular "couples" be blessed, but only individuals. The statement is an interesting step in the episcopal criticism and clarification of Fiducia supplicans. [No one would have expected an entire province of French bishops to stand up to the Vatican this way! - PK]

The statement reads:

In our society, where marriage has been trivialized by becoming a notion of civil law that ignores the foundational specificity of sexual difference, we have the mission to prophetically affirm, "with gentleness and respect" (1 Pet 3:16), the great beauty of God's design that created the human being, male and female, and that Christ recalled. In this context, it is right, as the Declaration emphasizes, not to contribute to creating "confusion" (n. 4, 5, 30, 31, 39) or "scandal" (n. 30, 39). For this reason, it is appropriate to spontaneously bless, individually, each of the two persons forming a couple, whatever their sexual orientation, who humbly ask God's blessing, with the desire to conform more and more to his holy will.

+ Pierre d'Ornellas, Archbishop of Rennes
+ Raymond Centène, bishop of Vannes
+ Emmanuel Delmas, bishop of Angers
+ Laurent Dognin, Bishop of Quimper
+ François Jacolin, Bishop of Luçon
+ Denis Moutel, Bishop of Saint-Brieuc
+ Laurent Percerou, Bishop of Nantes
+ Jean-Pierre Vuillemin, Bishop of Le Mans
+ Jean Bondu, Auxiliary Bishop of Rennes
Frédéric Foucher, diocesan administrator of Laval


Parish Priest Criticizes Francis in Homily- And Receives Sustained Applause from His Flock, and is Excommunicated


It is something that would have been unimaginable a decade ago-- let alone 50 years ago. In a homily on December 31, a parish priest in Guasticce, Italy, Father Ramon Guidetti, called the Pope the "antichrist." He stated, 

Upcoming lecture of Dr. Kwasniewski in Saskatoon on January 13, 2024

I will be in Saskatoon, Canada, for a lecture on the 13th of January, "On Living Tradition: Catholic Culture and the Spiritual Discipline of Fine Art," part of the Rebuilding Catholic Culture project. More details in the poster. No entrance fee but RSVP required. Looking forward to meeting the resilient traditional Catholics of this area, about whose dedication I have heard so many good things!