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Audience with Pope Francis -- Superior-General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP)

Audience with Pope Francis

Published 1 March 2024

Official communiqué of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter – Fribourg, March 1st, 2024.

Following a request from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Pope Francis invited Fr. Andrzej Komorowski, Superior General of the FSSP, to meet with him. He received him in private audience at the Vatican on Thursday, February 29, 2024, accompanied by Fr. Benoît Paul-Joseph, Superior of the District of France, and Fr. Vincent Ribeton, Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary in Wigratzbad.

Francis’s Work of Destruction Continues: Traditional Latin Easter Triduum Services in the Archdiocese of Westminster cancelled

Traditional Latin Easter Triduum Services in the Archdiocese of Westminster cancelled

The Latin Mass Society is grieved to announce that the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, will not give permission for the celebration of the major services of the Sacred Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday) according to the liturgical books in use before the Second Vatican Council: the Traditional Latin liturgy or Vetus Ordo.

There has been a celebration of the Traditional Triduum in the Archdiocese, with the permission of successive Archbishops, since the 1990s: first in Corpus Christi Maiden Lane, and then in St Mary Moorfields in the City of London. In recent years these services have been attended by up to 200 people.

His Eminence places this decision in the context of his ongoing dealings with the Dicastery for Divine Worship in Rome, writing ‘My approach to these matters is to be within the parameters laid down by the Holy See while waiting for the judgment of the Holy See on which, if any, parish church may be used for the celebration of Mass according to the Missal antecedent to the reform of 1970.’

His decision, he explains, was made ‘for the sake of the wider provision’.

Comment from the Latin Mass Society

The Liturgical Rosary - once again available from Arouca Press

The 2nd edition of The Liturgical Rosary: Meditations for Each Hour, Day & Season of the Liturgical Year is now available. We know many of our readers enjoyed the first edition of this modern classic that joins the beauty of the traditional liturgy and the Holy Rosary. Many have told us it has made daily recitation of the Rosary easier for those who have a hard time keeping the practice individually or in a family setting.

The new edition has some new features such as soft imitation-leather cover, "bible-like" paper, and gilded pages. It is only available at: 

The Church and Freemasonry: the Secret February 16 Meeting in Milan -- by Roberto de Mattei

On Feb. 16, 2024, representatives of the main Italian Masonic lodges and a number of influential Catholic prelates gathered in Milan for a day of study. The seminar, sponsored at the Ambrosianum Foundation by the Gris (Group for Socio-Religious Research and Information), was attended by the three Grand Masters of Italian Freemasonry: Stefano Bisi for the Grand Orient of Italy (GOI), Luciano Romoli for the Grand Lodge of Italy of the ALAMs (GLDI,  and Fabio Venzi (in connection) for the Grand Regular Lodge of Italy (GLRI). On the Catholic side, Archbishop Mario Delpini of Milan, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, former president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Franciscan theologian Father Zbigniew Suchecki, and Bishop Antonio Staglianò, president of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, participated in the meeting. Archbishop Delpini gave the opening address and Cardinal Coccopalmerio the closing one. The meeting was behind closed doors, but the relevance of the participants leaked its contents, which Riccardo Cascioli first brought to light in The New Daily Compass on Feb. 19.

“Ultramontanism and Tradition”: A New Anthology on a Controversial & Timely Subject

It gives me great joy to announce, on this feast of the Chair of St. Peter, the latest book from Os Justi Press: Ultramontanism and Tradition: The Role of Papal Authority in the Catholic Faith.

A Vatican II Moment: The Chicken Dance Mass

 From Germany -- of course. And during Communion...

Active Participation is just so much fun! At least it isn't that horrifying "Traditional Latin Mass", no sir. (Diocese of Passau)

Possibly the best individual bishop's statement yet on Fiducia Supplicans

To Bless or Not to Bless: On the Vatican Declaration Fiducia Supplicans
Most Reverend Liam Cary, Bishop of Baker
9 February 2024

LITURGY - Pope Francis: the Master of Irony

Pope Francis:  the Master of Irony

I read with great interest the remarks of Pope Francis to the members of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline before their annual plenary assembly.  What particularly struck me were Pope Francis” words:  “Without liturgical reform there is no reform of the Church.”

As I pondered these words I was overtaken by a sense of confusion. Was the Pope referring to the document Sacrosanctum Concilium promulgated by the Second Vatican Council and the reform of the Liturgy that occurred in the years after the Council?  And if so, what is the precise meaning of the word “reform” here?  How are we to understand the use of the word?

The “Whore Funeral” in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral: The Inevitable End Game of Vatican II and the Ideological Novus Ordo Rite

Mr. Gentili, born in Argentina (where else?) in 1972,
was celebrated as a "puta"(whore) and "travesti" (transvestite),
and also as a haloed "blessed" "mother" in a
funeral novus ordo service held this week
in Saint Patrick's Cathedral, New York

 Perhaps no accusation against the rite of the Latin Church for over 17 centuries (the naturally developing Traditional Latin Mass), in its various local and order-specific rites and uses, is more ridiculous than that it is “ideological”, or that the people who attend it are “ideologically motivated”.

No, they are just people who want to worship Almighty God as He had been worshiped in the West basically since Mass started being celebrated in Latin. They are the very opposite of ideological: they are humble enough to want to be part of a very long line of Catholics.

The committee-created pseudo-liturgical concoction known as the “New Order of the Mass”: now THAT is something else, something clearly motivated by a man-centered ideology, falsified history, and a myriad of modernist causes. 

And it reached its inevitable end game in the most symbolic Catholic building in what still is the most powerful country in the world, the city that is the headquarters of the very United Nations whose existence filled with a false hope for a “better future” the conciliar fathers of Vatican II.

In the Cathedral of this “capital city of the modern world”, the venerable Saint Patrick’s on Fifth Avenue, the epitome of Vatican II and the Novus Ordo: the Whore Service ("Funeral de las Putas"). The New York Times had a good summary of the event:

Event: March 2nd - Traditional Lenten Pilgrimage - Port Arthur, Texas


Putin, the United States elections, and the upcoming Conclave - by Roberto de Mattei

 [Rorate Note: Hours after the original Italian article was published by Professor de Mattei, Washington was abuzz with the news that there is a severe, though not imminent, national security threat posed by Russia regarding nuclear developments in space, in defiance of standing treaties. House Republican leadership has urged the White House to make as much information available as possible on this grave matter.]



Roberto de Mattei
February 14, 2024

A mantle of concern looms these weeks over the decision-making centers of the Western world.  On Jan. 24, General Patrick Sanders, chief of staff of His Majesty's Army, said that British nationals may be called upon in the not-too-distant future to fight against Russia ( For Dutch Admiral Rob Bauer, head of the NATO Military Committee, it is also necessary to prepare for an imminent conflict ( In the same days, the Swedish Minister of Civil Defense, Carl-Oskar Bohlin, said that everyone must prepare for the worst-case scenario, such as a war with Russia, before it is too late (

“On the Papal Deposition of Bishops” – A First Reply to Dr Lamont’s Study, by José Antonio Ureta

On December 18, 2023, the same day that the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith released Fiducia supplicans, Dr. John Lamont published a study “On the Papal Deposition of Bishops” at Rorate Coeli.[1] It was an attempt to refute my article titled “Why a Good Bishop Should Not Ignore but Obey His Unjust Deposition by a Pope,”[2] about Bishop Joseph Strickland’s removal from the Tyler, Texas diocese. The Christmas and New Year festivities and the follow-up to the debate surrounding Cardinal Fernandez’s bombshell document explain the relative lateness of this rejoinder.

Fontgombault Sermon for Ash Wednesday 2024: Let us go through the lessons of each Sunday in Lent

Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Father Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
Fontgombault, February 14, 2024

Miserere mei, Deus.

Have mercy on me, O God.

(Ps 56:2)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

My dearly beloved Sons,

The habit does not make the monk. St. Benedict was well aware of that fact when he wrote in his Rule:

The life of a monk ought always to be a Lenten observance. However, since such virtue is that of few, we advise that during these holy days of Lent he guard his life with all purity and at the same time wash away during these holy days all the shortcomings of other times. (Rule, ch. 49, “On the Keeping of Lent”)

Austin Cathedral TLM Cancelled

The very well-established, and by current standards almost ancient, Traditional Latin Mass celebrated in the Austin (Texas) Cathedral of Saint Mary has been cancelled. The last Mass will be on March 18th -- they couldn't even wait until Easter...

The cruelty of Francis and Nuncio Pierre will end one day -- leaving behind so many orphans. In Austin alone, hundreds of families attended that Mass. 

Lord, have mercy.

Three Major New Resources for the Old (pre-1955) Holy Week

The momentum behind rediscovering and restoring tradition has not abated; on the contrary, I would say it is intensifying. Those who care, care more; and those who know and love will not be deterred by those who are indifferent to or full of hatred for tradition. With that as a prefatory remark, here are three new publications for the pre-55 Holy Week, which continues its quiet conquest.

The Masses of Holy Week & Tenebrae

Francis speaks to the Liturgy Dicastery about liturgical reform - by Michael Charlier

This week, the Roman liturgical authority held its annual plenary assembly, which was held under the theme "Liturgical formation from Sacrosanctum Concilium to Desiderio desideravi". Concrete decisions have not yet been made public. But we have learned of a speech that Francis gave to the participants on Thursday, February 8, which provides some insight into the pontiff's understanding of the liturgy. The source of all the reports is an article written by CNA's Roman correspondent Matthew Santucci, from which we also take our quotes from the speech.

MARIA: MATER MEA, FIDUCIA MEA — Confidence in Mary

by Roberto de Mattei
February 5, 2024


In Rome, in the chapel of the Pontifical Major Seminary at St. John Lateran, an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary known by the title Our Lady of Confidence (Madonna della Fiducia) has been venerated for more than two centuries. This small picture, in which Our Lady lovingly holds the Child Jesus in her arms, has great theological and spiritual significance. 

TLM in the Fifty States, a Thread: An Ode in Images to a Traditional Catholic Renaissance that is Blossoming in America


North America: between the arid deserts and deep volcanic valleys of Mexico and the rugged mountains and vast cold expanses of Canada, lies a geographic wonder that begot a geopolitical powerhouse, the United States of America.

The third most populous nation on earth, and her most prosperous, the United States is both benefited and threatened by its location: constantly in the news for curious weather events, it truly has the most extreme climate in the world.

From Saint Augustine in the Atlantic to the Junipero Serra foundations in the Pacific, and from the English refugees of Maryland and the Italians and Irish of New England to the Damien de Veuster colonies in Hawaii, Catholicism has had an eventful history in the Nation: all started and sustained since the beginning by the Traditional Latin Mass.

Despite the collapse since the Council, and the relentless persecution of Tradition under the current pontificate, Traditional Latin Catholicism is undergoing a Renaissance in America. We tried to document a little bit of it in this Twitter thread:

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,