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Before the Synod Starts: Liquidating the Faith

On the Eve of the Synod: Liquidating the Faith

Michael Charlier
September 25, 2023

On Wednesday of next week, the Synod (it is no longer a Synod of Bishops because of Pope Francis' expanded circle of participants) on Synodality will begin in Rome. Its purpose is to set in stone, so to speak, the Pope's legacy: to make of the one apostolic and hierarchical Church founded by Christ a synodal institution that -- as the new administrator of the faith, Fernández, has repeatedly affirmed -- should adhere to and follow in everything the teaching of The Pope.

Migration Crisis: The Pope despises European Christendom and doesn't understand the specificity of each single human community and the importance of the Nation -- by Pierre Manent

"The Pope, immigration and the Catholic Church before the Nations"

Pierre Manent
Le Figaro
Paris, September 25, 2023

Op-Ed: By criticizing European nations over immigration, the Pope shows little regard for the singularity of each human community, analyzes the philosopher. It's to forget how indispensable families, cities, nations and the Church are to each other respectively.

Pierre Manent's latest publication

Pope Francis has said it again: he did not come to France, but to Marseille. The French, however, need not be mortified by this, since, as he emphasized, his firm resolve is not to visit any "major European country." It doesn't matter that he is warmly and eagerly received by the Prime Minister and the President of the French Republic, that he is protected at every second by the French police, gendarmes and military, it doesn't matter that the city of Marseille is today the city in France most dependent on the goodwill of the government and the resources of the State: for him this nation, like other European nations, cannot be the object of his care nor the recipient of his intentions, as far as he is concerned it doesn't exist. "Marseilles and the Mediterranean" is the circumscription from which the truth of the present world emerges, and from which we must draw the principal motives for our actions.

On the contrary, the popes who were his predecessors had shown a lively and friendly attention to the different European nations, knowing how closely the history of the Church and of Christianity was interwoven with the history of the European nations. Even today, each nation's physiognomy is strongly marked by the way it received the Christian religion and by the character of its relations with the Catholic Church. The popes had something to say to each of our nations, as can be seen from Pope Benedict XVI's addresses to the British Parliament, the Bundestag, and the Bernardins in Paris, in three countries where the Roman Church was the subject and object of bitter conflict. The Church's respect for nations stems not only from our history, but is an expression of her respect for human communities, for all the mediations through which humanity gathers and governs itself. As we know, the Church sees herself as the mediator between humanity and God Himself, as the conciliar constitution Lumen gentium explains in magnificent terms.

"Divine Warnings to an Unfaithful Europe"- by Roberto de Mattei

Roberto de Mattei
September 17, 2023

The two major disasters that have struck North Africa in recent days-first the earthquake in Morocco and then, the hurricane with the collapse of two dams in Libya-have caused thousands of casualties, mourning and devastation of all kinds. On Western TV and Internet channels, scenes of grief alternated with the voices of experts: meteorologists, geologists, climatologists. Never, however, was the name of God heard. God has been the great absentee from this dramatic horizon, as if to mention him, to juxtapose his name with these misfortunes, were blasphemy. God, for the dominant culture in the West does not exist, or if, he exists he is disinterested in the world. Yet, if God is the creator of the universe, the root cause of all that exists, nothing can escape his rule. God is not disinterested in his creatures. This interest of God in creation, this government of creatures that gives order to the universe is what we properly call Divine Providence. God, lovingly and powerfully provides for every sphere of creation, down to the smallest details. The Gospel says so when it states that all the hairs of our heads are numbered (Lk. 12:1-7).

Ladaria Will Not Attend Synod- Was He the 'Katechon' Holding Back the Rupnik Rehabilitation?


Today, it was announced that Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, former prefect of the Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF), will not be taking part in the Synod on Synodality 'at his own request.' No other reason was given.

"Where Does the [Synod] Road Lead?" - Francis and the Church's Alignment with the UN Agenda 2030 -- by Abp. Héctor Agüer

 Archbishop Héctor Agüer
Emeritus of La Plata, Argentina
Buenos Aires, September 21, 2023

Synod is the exact translation of the Greek noun synodos. It is interesting to collect the elements from which the word is formed: syn, as an adverb means "whole, all together, at the same time", and as a preposition it can be translated "with, by means of". The noun synodos, indicates gathering, assembly, and also fellow traveler. The syn is composed with hodos, "way, route, guide" (it is feminine in Greek); from there it is also formed méthodos, method. Historically, in Christian antiquity the synod was called the convocation, and the meeting of the bishops, according to the ecclesiastical provinces, each presided over by the Metropolitan; which meet in assembly to deal with matters of utmost importance, define doctrines, and condemn and refute heresies, warning of the heterogeneity of those errors, in contradiction with respect to the didache, whose foundation is found in the apostolic beginnings. Two main features to keep in mind: the protagonists are always bishops, successors of the Apostles of Jesus, and the duration is determined in time, it does not extend excessively.

The name synod has remained to signify only those designated meetings, that is, an exclusively theological, ecclesiastical use. The history of the Church offers numerous testimonies of the interchange between synod and council, a name that comes from Latin, as we shall see below.

Francis Makes His Most Audacious Move: Rehabilitating His Friend, the Sex Abuser Marko Rupnik


When he was elevated to Pope a decade ago, there was a widespread hope that Pope Francis would take effective steps to remedy the sexual abuse crisis in the Church. It is now clear that Francis has utterly failed in this regard. His Pontifical Academy for the Protection of Minors has fallen apart and lost all credibility amid the resignation of Fr. Hans Zollner earlier this year. At the time, Zollner criticized the Commission's shortcomings "in the areas of responsibility, compliance, accountability and transparency," particularly criticizing the lack of any clarity about the Commission's relationship to the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF), which oversees sex abuse investigations. At the time, The Pillar noted that "close and expert observers have complained for years about the wheels falling off the Vatican’s reform efforts — or complained that there were no wheels there to begin with." 

The Abortion Pope: Under the Benevolent Silence of Francis and his Negligent Bishops, Latin America became the Center of the Global Babykilling Industry

 First, his neighboring Uruguay. Then, his native Argentina. Then, Colombia. Now, the second-greatest prize, Mexico. Soon, Brazil, whose Supreme Court has just started debating the liberalization, and others. 

Francis says NOTHING. We know, from John Paul II, that a Church that is clear in her pronouncements on abortion can truly change the debate. The Wojtyla pontificate was a beacon of hope for life, from Latin America to Eastern Europe — and even in UN conferences. Yet Francis says nothing. He does nothing. On the contrary, his allies are the same globalists promoting human sacrifice in Latin America. Maybe they think it’s good for the climate and net zero carbon goals…

The Francis Pontificate has truly become the Abortion Pontificate for "Catholic" Latin America.

Dominican Theologian Attacks Catholic Tradition (Part 4): What Is At Stake in the Attempted Suppression of the TLM?

Dominican Theologian Attacks Catholic Tradition (Part 4):
What Is At Stake in the Attempted Suppression of the TLM?

Dr. John R.T. Lamont

(See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. The entire essay may be downloaded as a PDF here.)

(III) Is Dr. Kwasniewski right?

As we have demonstrated in the preceding parts, Fr. Donneaud’s objections to Dr. Kwasniewski’s traditionalist claims about the TLM and the Novus Ordo lack any force.

That does not in itself mean that Dr. Kwasniewski’s theses are left in possession of the field. Fr. Donneaud’s arguments may not be any good, but it could be said that there are nonetheless no good reasons for taking traditionalism seriously, and hence that Fr. Donneaud’s failures do not undermine his dismissal of it. We may accept that Dr. Kwasniewski is right about the fundamental differences between the TLM and the Novus Ordo. But that is, after all, no more than a statement of the obvious. Why should these differences matter? Why should they mean that the TLM has a right to preservation, as Dr. Kwasnieswki contends?

Dominican Theologian Attacks Catholic Tradition (Part 3): Getting Our Dogmatic Facts Straight

Dominican Theologian Attacks Catholic Tradition (Part 3):
Getting Our Dogmatic Facts Straight

Dr. John R.T. Lamont

(See Part 1 and Part 2.)

Third argument: the Novus Ordo is nothing other than a revised Roman rite

Fr. Donneaud writes:

The missal of Paul VI is simply a revised and reformed version of the Roman rite that has always existed. The changes to the missal introduced by Paul VI were no more than a return to earlier features of the Roman rite. Dr. Kwasnieswki’s assertion that the missal in use prior to the missal of Paul VI cannot be suppressed because it contains the immemorial Roman Rite is therefore baseless, because the immemorial Roman rite is contained in the missal of Paul VI just as much as in any previous missal.[1]

This position contradicts easily verifiable historical facts. The entire lectionary, large numbers of orations, and three of the new Eucharistic prayers in the Novus Ordo are new productions that have no sources in the Roman rite. The materials of much of the Novus Ordo were taken from older liturgical books, but they were not simply inserted into the new missal; they were ‘centonized’—broken up into component phrases and rearranged to say something entirely different. The Novus Ordo is a liturgical innovation with no precedents in history.

Heard in the SSPX Priories: A Consecration of New Bishops for the SSPX is coming, sooner rather than later

 We can't add much more right now, but talk is growing.

The SSPX leadership will obviously request Rome's approval, as Abp. Lefebvre himself requested in 1987/1988 (with unclear, then clear, results...), but what exactly will unfold is unclear at the moment.

We'll have more to add soon.

A Magnificent Mass: Pontifical Mass Celebrated in Paris by Cardinal Burke (with video)

In Saint Eugène-Sainte Cécile this Saturday, accompanied by the sublime Schola Sainte-Cécile, in commemoration of the admirable work of 10 years of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient in favor of the persecuted Christian minorities of the Middle East/North Africa/Caucasus.

Video below:

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

Dominican Theologian Attacks Catholic Tradition (Part 2): On the Novus Ordo as the “Sole Form” of the Roman Rite

"One missal to rule them all..."

Dominican Theologian Attacks Catholic Tradition (Part 2):
On the Novus Ordo as the “Sole Form” of the Roman Rite

Dr. John R.T. Lamont

(See Part 1.)

(II) Fr. Donneaud on the Novus Ordo as the sole form of the Roman Rite

In addition to his general theological case against traditionalism, Fr. Donneaud argues in support of Pope Francis’s actions in Traditionis custodes and against Dr. Kwasniewski on the basis of specific factual assertions about the Novus Ordo. These arguments, which form a large part of his case,  do not depend on his general theological position, and are very commonly made in criticism of traditionalists.

We will examine them in five points (three today, and two in the third installment).

Short film on Sweden's 20th century saint: Elisabeth Hesselblad (1870-1957)

This beautiful 30-minute was produced by EWTN's Norwegian branch, EWTN Norge, and is narrated by Dr Clemens Cavellin, a traditional Catholic academic.

Elisabeth Hesselblad (1870-1957) was canonized in 2016, as the first Swedish saint since the late middle ages. She emmigrated to the United States in 1888, where she converted to the Catholic Church. Her life mission became to bring the Bridgettine order back to Rome, to the house of Saint Bridget, and to Sweden. She founded a new branch of Bridgettines that now has many convents worldwide, particularly in India. This film focuses especially on her early life as she describes it in her memoirs.

Papal Nuncio Christophe Pierre's Role in Pressuring Bishops to Cancel Latin Masses Confirmed


Traditonis Custodes states that "[i[t belongs to the diocesan bishop, as moderator, promoter, and guardian of the whole liturgical life of the particular Church entrusted to him, to regulate the liturgical celebrations of his diocese. Therefore, it is his exclusive competence to authorize the use of the 1962 Roman Missal in his diocese, according to the guidelines of the Apostolic See." 

Dominican Theologian Attacks Catholic Tradition (Part 1): Refuting “Form and Matter” Reductionism

Henry Donneaud O.P. (b. 1960): Premiere French anti-traditionalist

Dominican Theologian Attacks Catholic Tradition (Part 1):
Refuting “Form and Matter” Reductionism

Dr. John R.T. Lamont

Introduction: from contempt to engagement

The progress of liturgical traditionalism in the Roman Catholic Church is reflected in the fact that its opponents are beginning to attack it. Previously, the existence of traditionalism was not acknowledged by its enemies, except for rare contemptuous dismissals. This approach was successful; it kept most Catholics ignorant of the very existence of traditionalism, which is the best way of preserving them from its attractions.

"Francis' Mongolian Trip: The Abolition of Christianity" - by Abp. Héctor Agüer

Abp. Héctor Agüer
Emeritus of La Plata (Argentina)
Sep. 12, 2023

The Catholic community in Mongolia is minuscule, numbering 1,500 faithful, which suggests that the country has not really been deeply evangelized. The presence there of the Successor of Peter presented an excellent opportunity: was it not possible, perhaps, to announce the name of Jesus Christ, with respect and cordiality towards the Buddhist listeners, and to present himself not as the bearer of a humanistic message but as what he is, the Vicar of Christ? Unfortunately, the Pope's trips are not evangelizing gestures but vaguely religious ones; the proclamation of the kerygma, as befits the apostolic office, is not primarily to be found in them. This time it was a sermon against fundamentalism: "Close-mindedness, unilateral imposition, fundamentalism and ideological coercion ruin fraternity, feed tensions and endanger peace."

St. Paul's discourse in the Areopagus of Athens (Acts 17:22-31) is a model that can be analogically applied today to the relationship of Catholic Truth with the religiosity of "the nations". The Apostle did not prepare an inter-religious salad, like the one served in Mongolia. Incidentally, we can ask ourselves what a pastoral attitude consists of, in a Christian sense.

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings Bans Ad Orientem Liturgy; Boasts That the TLM Will Soon Be Cancelled Completely


As predicted, Traditionis Custodes has led to bishops cracking down on Latin and ad orientem generally. 

In Defense of the Low Mass


By James Baresel

In the sixth chapter of Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope describes the longstanding liturgical practices of the (overwhelmingly High Church) Anglican Diocese of Barchester. In that diocese, Theophilus Grantly, a leading priest of the diocese as archdeacon (an important administrative office) and son of the recently deceased bishop, takes certain measures in response to the Evangelicalism shared by the chaplain and the domineering wife of recently-appointed Bishop Thomas Proudie.

Photos from the National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage

What a beautiful day! We had an excellent turnout as we processed from Arlington, VA to Washington, D.C. on Saturday in support of the Traditional Latin Mass. The banners and overall look of the Pilgrimage were stunning this year, and we drew a lot of attention. Marian processions are a great evangelizing force, and are need now more than ever.

Third Semi-Annual National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage


(Photo by Kevin Ceigersmidt)

“Hold fast to Tradition.  It is the treasury of our inheritance and can never be taken from you – it can only be given up.”

Michael Hichborn

Anthropologists and archeologists will tell us that man, as a result of the evolutionary process, had to discover God, and through this discovery process, had to grow in understanding through the development of religion.  It is commonly believed that pantheism pre-existed paganism, and that paganism pre-existed monotheism, and that as a result of this evolving development of theological doctrine, man had also developed the manner in which nature, the gods, and ultimately God is to be worshipped.

TOMORROW: National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage


As this pontificate winds down, the Vatican has launched a self-destructive campaign to destroy one of the few growth areas in the Church: the Traditional Latin Mass. The disruption this is causing should not be overstated, as traditional Catholic communities are split apart, and well-meaning Catholics are driven to despair and fringe ideologies, by the cruel words and actions emanating from Rome towards orthodox Catholics. All of this cries out for prayer, penance, and reparation- and a visible, public show of support for the Traditional Latin Mass. That is why we are holding the National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage- our third- tomorrow.

Synod Forced to Acknowledge What Young People Really Want: An End to TLM Restrictions


Pope Francis likes to talk of the "God of Surprises." In this connection, Pope Francis praised St. Peter, "who had the freedom not to hinder God’s grace, and not to silence the din that the Spirit makes when he comes to the Church."

Don Dolindo Ruotolo: a Marian priest and a victim soul for humanity and the Church - by Don Marcello Stanzione


Neapolitan diocesan priest and third-order Franciscan, Dolindo Ruotulo, was the author of theological, ascetical and mystical treatises as well as thousands of letters on spiritual direction. He devoted every moment of his day to prayer, penance and charity towards the sick and the poor. An unflagging apostle, his life was filled with suffering of all kinds, intensified by his decision to offer himself as a victim soul for humanity and the Church.

In Defense of the Romanitas of the Catholic Church

At a time when the authentic Romanitas of the Catholic Church is under fierce attack, a new release from Os Justi Press is a timely antidote.

Latin Mass Society: Walsingham Pilgrimage photos

Photo by John Aron

The Latin Mass Society's annual Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham continues its post-Traditionis Custodes rapid growth: whereas before Covid we were treading water at 80-90 pilgrims, this year we have 200, and are bursting out of various churches and venues.

Photo by John Aron

I'm grateful for a charming write-up by Thomas Colsey of the Catholic Herald which can be seen here. Here are some photos.

“Yes, Teilhard de Chardin was a racist heretical eugenicist, who even supported Nazi experiments, but at least he wasn’t a believing American Catholic!”


Each additional day with Francis is a day of wonder — wonder at how such magnificent melange of utter buffoonery, tackiness, ignorance, and malice could reach the see of Peter in this “enlightened” age. Maybe it is all a great plot by liberals to destroy papolatry once and for all. 

Because when he isn’t promoting half-baked historical lies about despotic monsters, he is praising to high heaven the most influential heretic of the twentieth century, his fellow Jesuit (shocking) Teilhard de Chardin. 

Catholics were warned about his works by the pontificate of none other than John XXIII himself. If that were not enough, Teilhard should also be radioactive even for any liberal-minded human being due to his persistently and well-documented racist rantings, his support of eugenics, and his praise even of Nazi Germany's medical experiments.

“Genghis Khan was a mass murderer, but at least he wasn’t an American Catholic Reactionary!”


No wars of conquest in all of history killed as many people as those of Genghis Khan: an estimated 40 million dead, an amount that wouldn’t be reached (in absolute numbers) until the Second World War, though never surpassed in proportion to the global population at the time.

"Prigozhin, Putin, and Western Christendom: The West is Currently Sick, but it is not Evil, and it can Recover" -- by Roberto de Mattei

Roberto de Mattei

August 30, 2023

The crash of the plane on which Wagner Brigade leader Yevgeni Prigozhin was traveling on August 23 caused no less uproar in the world's media than his attempted rebellion against Putin that occurred exactly two months earlier, on June 24, 2023. In both the first case and the second, the most cerebral hypotheses have been put forward to explain the event. There are those who attribute the bombing not to the Russians but to Ukrainians or the Americans; there are those who are convinced that there was a double on the plane and Prigozhin is still in Africa; and there are those who deny the bombing, claiming that it was all a set-up to allow Prigozhin to disappear and, at the same time, Putin to demonstrate his strength. The hypothesis that Prigozhin was made to be assassinated in revenge by Putin seems all too obvious and normal in a world where narratives are superimposed on reality, creating a climate of dark uncertainty in which nothing can be stated categorically and clearly. We are so accustomed to "abnormality" that a "normal" reading of events seems trivial to us, not least because these events present themselves to us in an often contradictory and confusing manner. 

“Wokeism and cancel culture: where are they taking us?” - by Roberto de Mattei

 Roberto de Mattei
August 2023

Since the time of the French Revolution, the destruction of historical memory has been part of the war unleashed against Christian civilisation. One need think only of the devastation of churches and monuments that took place between 1789 and 1795, along with the profanation of the basilica of Saint-Denis, when the tombs of the French sovereigns were opened and their mortal remains exhumed and scattered, with an evident symbolic meaning: every trace of the past had to be physically erased, in compliance with the Convention’s decree of 1 August 1793. Damnatio memoriae has characterised the history of the European left wing ever since — down to the “cancel culture” and “woke” ideology of our day.

Pope Francis and the "Clericalized Laity": a Confused Critique


Pope Francis has issued an attack on American Catholics, denouncing them as "backwards" and  "reactionary" in an interview released Monday. Francis has made similar comments against his perceived "conservative" critics on other occasions. This particular denunciation received much more press coverage not because it was nastier (Francis last summer accused traditionalists of having a "dead faith"), but because of his specification that the Catholics he is targeting are Americans.

Head of Ukrainian Catholics: "It is with great pain that we learned of Pope Francis' words" praising Russian despotism

Pope Francis spoke with the Catholic youth of Russia online on August 25, 2023, as part of the 10th All-Russian Meeting of Catholic Youth held in St. Petersburg.

 Statement of the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on the discussion around some of the statements of Pope Francis at a meeting with Catholic youth in Russia

It was with great pain and concern that we learned of the words attributed to His Holiness Pope Francis at an online meeting with Russian Catholic youth on August 25, 2023 in St. Petersburg.

Francis' understanding of history: Russian killers of Catholics - good; American defenders of Catholicism - bad.


Yes, the Cold War still plays inside the tiny little head of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. And, as in his youth, the KGB Regime and Imperial Russia play the good part, while Evil America plays the bad part.

Two examples - first, a statement that has been causing huge scandal among the Catholic faithful in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries where Russian persecution led to thousands upon thousands of martyrs. From the Wall Street Journal:

Contemporary Catholic Art: The Remarkable New Paintings by Clemens Fuchs for the Remodeling of the Chapel of the True Cross (Heiligenkreuz, Austria) - Video

From the website of the Holy Cross Abbey, Austria:

TRENT, Italy, June, 1979, Address by Abp. Lefebvre: “The Second Vatican Council: what would the Fathers of the Council of Trent have to say about it?” An exclusive translation.


Introductory remarks from the translator

This is an excerpt from a long article in “La Tradizione Cattolica”( Year XXXIV – n°2 (124) – 2023).  It is the transcript of an address the Archbishop gave in Trent on June 17th  1979.  It was difficult to translate because as the Archbishop himself says in his introductory remarks: ‘First of all, please excuse my Italian, as I do not have complete command of the language,  but I think it will be easier to speak [ directly] to you myself – even if I make mistakes -  rather than have someone translate  for me.’

I believe this is one of the reasons that this particular speech has not been translated into English [ it may be in a book in English – but I couldn’t find a trace of it online]– as the Archbishop is not speaking from a prepared speech – but speaks from the heart - ‘off the cuff.’  So the Italian is repetitive, colloquial and delightfully to the point, without a trace of malice.  The Archbishop speaks with the piercing sincerity of a man of God who loves Holy Mother Church – and is not afraid to call ‘a spade a spade’ when he speaks of how the Church [i.e. the administration of the visible institution] has been taken over by men who are devoid of the Catholic Faith.  (‘They are really not good Catholics.  They are really not true Churchmen’).  He even names the men bent on the demolition of the Church (as a visible institution).  And this is in 1979 – who  knows what he’d say now. 


Gregorian Chant: The One True Liturgical Chant of the West

 Fr. Hubert Bizard, FSSP
Aug. 20, 2023

There are many ways to sing at Mass, but only one way to sing Mass: Gregorian chant.

To talk about the traditional liturgy, or even to just think about it, almost automatically brings us back to Gregorian chant, which is one with it.

The inseparable liturgical chant

Why is it so? Because our liturgy is meant to be sung. And sung... in Gregorian chant, since this is the only chant to be found in the official liturgical books.

Father Paul Doncoeur, military chaplain during the First World War and apostle of scouting, rightly asserted: "the liturgy is created solemn, and the pieces of the Divine Office can only be fully understood in the melodic context that rightly accompanies them".

This melodic context is, once again, Gregorian chant: a chant that is not something to be listened to or performed in the course of a liturgical action, but which is truly "liturgical sung action."

It's one thing to hear hymns or canticles during mass - however beautiful they may be - it's quite another to "sing mass"; in other words, to sing the Mass proper (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion) or the Kyriale (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei). Not to mention the Epistle and Gospel, for which the Church also provides us with the Gregorian melody.

Interpreting texts through melody

Dom Jean Claire, a disciple of Dom Gajard (famous choirmaster at Solesmes Abbey for 57 years) said of his illustrious master:

Doubling Down on Stupid: Legalistic takes on the Society of Saint Pius X... this moment in time? When even Francis himself seems happy to let them be as they are?

Has papolatry really reached a level in which one can be more papolatrous than the pope?...

The ridiculousness really has to end. Rorate has, since its very beginning, in 2005, adopted a Trad-Ecumenical position. We have never regretted taking this position, trying to make all Traditional Catholics, and Traditional-friendly Catholics, see that what we have in common is basically everything -- and that our divisions are legalistic and nonsensical. This is even more true now than 18 years ago.

This isn't about protecting a kind of market share of Traditionalism. Please, let us end this near-blasphemous bickering at this most abominable of times. God's Truth is forever.

Event: 12th Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage & 8th Pax Liturgica Meeting - Rome, October 27-29, 2023

We will be pleased to welcome you to the 8th Pax Liturgica Meeting which will take place in Rome on Friday 27 October 2023. Participants will be welcomed from 9:00 am and the meeting will begin at 9:45 am to end with the opening of the pilgrimage, with the singing of vespers at Santa Maria dei Martiri (Pantheon) at 5.30pm. For more information on the full programme of the pilgrimage

The 8th meeting will be held at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum, located opposite the Holy Office, on the edge of St Peter's Square (via Paolo VI, 25).


Schedule of the Pilgrimage

"The New Pope": What Will Be the Tasks of the Next Pope? - by Archbishop Héctor Agüer


Archbishop Héctor Agüer
Abp. Emeritus of La Plata, Argentina
August 24, 2023

The College of Cardinals has acquired an unusual breadth. How far we are from some pontifical elections, decided by a handful of members of this traditional protagonist of the high point of ecclesial life! History is more than eloquent. It is not possible to dwell too much on the search for models. Just one example: in the conclave of 1458, Enea Silvio Piccolomini -an expert in Latin verses-, thwarted the arrangements of an ambitious Frenchman, and without wanting or looking for it, he himself was elected: Pius II; there were 18 cardinals. Today, the exorbitant number of red hats makes it impossible to foresee a name as the future Successor of Peter. Several friends ask me to outline what the pontificate that succeeds the languishing Francis should be like, taking into account the very serious situation of the Church, disguised by Vatican propaganda.

Here is the attempt. 

Spiazzi, Verona: Second World Day against Abortion (Mass, Procession, Conference)

The Miraculous Sanctuary of the  'Madonna della Corona' , Monte Baldo, Spiazzi, Verona 
(destination of the processsion programmed for Saturday 9th September)


The Confederazione dei Triarii is chaired by Prof. Massimo Viglione, who founded it together with other friends in 2018. It has now spread throughout the Italian territory through local presidia. It is a Catholic association linked to the traditional faith, doctrine, and liturgy. It defends and promotes the principles of the Natural Law, the identity of peoples and Counter-Revolution. Its  programme is condensed into 25  points, which can be found on the website

St. Pius X and the Imponderable of what lies ahead: A Lesson for Our Time - by Roberto de Mattei

Corrispondenza Romana

On the morning of Sunday, August 2, 1903, the third ballot to elect Pope Leo XIII's successor began in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Cardinal Mariano Rampolla del Tindaro, the late pontiff's former secretary of state, could count on a majority of the votes and was about to be elected, when Cardinal Ian Puzyna, archbishop of Krakow, asked for the floor and, on behalf of His Apostolic Majesty Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, declared an exclusionary veto against his candidacy. The exclusion veto, which was abolished after this conclave, was an ancient privilege granted not only to the Austrian Empire but also to the Catholic kingdoms of France and Spain. Rampolla's election foundered, and on the evening of Monday, August 3, on the seventh ballot, Patriarch Giuseppe Sarto of Venice was elected Pope with the name Pius X. The new pontiff begged the conclave's secretary Msgr. Rafael Merry del Val to remain at his side as secretary of state. Under their leadership, for eleven years, the Catholic Church experienced one of the most fruitful eras in its history, interrupted by another unpredictable event: the assassination of the Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914.