Rorate Caeli

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:

The Mass was originally scheduled to take place in the Speaker of the House’s private dining room, but was moved to a larger venue shortly before it began at noon on Jan. 23 — and was standing room only as the Mass began.

The Mass comes one year after Jan. 23, 2023, when the FBI field office in Richmond, Virginia, issued a memo titled “Interest of Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents New Mitigation Opportunities.”


Ahead of the Jan. 23, 2024 Mass, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson — himself a practicing Southern Baptist — talked with The Pillar about the Richmond memo, and his ongoing concerns about the FBI’s approach to religious liberty.

One year after from the Richmond FBI memo on ‘Radical Traditionalist Catholics,’ has the FBI satisfactorily explained how the memo came to be written in the first place?

I've not been satisfied. 

Of course, they have suggested that this was an isolated event, that it was only initially they said it was limited only to the Richmond field office and their area of responsibility, but we know that at least two other offices were involved at some level.  ...