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  • Francis' Vulgar Comments on the Latin Mass

    02/28/2016 3:37:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 2/28/16 | John Vennari
    It appears that a children's book titled Dear Pope Francis is to be released on March 1. Rorate Caeli obtained and posted a section of the book that is not only disturbing, but provides a snapshot into the mind of Francis concerning the ancient Mass of the Church. This is the excerpt: "Dear Pope Francis, Were you ever near the pries as the altar boy? Greetings from Alessio (Italy, age 9)" "Dear Alessio, yes, I was an altar boy. And you? What part among the altar boys do you have? It's easier to do now, you know: You might know...
  • "SSPX Already is in 'Full Communion', but in a State of 'Imperfect Reconciliation'."

    09/25/2014 6:50:17 PM PDT · by narses · 8 replies
    Eorate Caeli ^ | September 24, 2014 | Father Claude Barthe
    One of the wisest clerics in the traditional Catholic world, Father Claude Barthe, wrote a short note for the highly regarded French Catholic periodical L'Homme Nouveau on the Holy See communiqué on the meeting between Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay yesterday. He paid attention to the key words, as well as to words that are missing, and how they represent a high point in the evolution of relations between the Apostolic See and the Society of Saint Pius X. Father Barthe, by the way, is the main chaplain of the remarkable Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome, taking place a...
  • Petition to Save Holy Innocents Church in Manhattan

    08/17/2014 9:24:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 8/17/14 | Gregory DiPippo
    Many of our readers have undoubtedly heard that Holy Innocents Church, the only church in Manhattan where the Extraordinary Form is celebrated daily, faces the possibility of closure by the Archdiocese of New York. Via Rorate Caeli, which has reported on the situation several times, the following brief video published by our friends at Regina Magazine, shows several nice images of the church’s vibrant pastoral life, and ends with a link to a petition to Cardinal Dolan to keep the church open and operating.
  • A New Religious Community Takes Root in Santa Rosa (sedevacantism to communion with Rome)

    01/23/2014 6:03:18 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 23, 2014 | Jim Graves
    Back (left to right): Mother Teresa Christe, Sr. Marie de Lourdes Front (left to right): Sr. Mary Rose and Sr. Maria Faustina. In Northern California, the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa are preparing to receive their first three postulants on February 2. The new community of four perpetually professed sisters was established as an Association of the Faithful in 2012. Their charism includes intercessory prayer for the Diocese of Santa Rosa and the instruction of the faithful in the Catholic faith. They were welcomed into the diocese by the newly appointed bishop, Robert Vasa, in 2011. The Church in Santa...
  • Traditional Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate To Secede?

    10/24/2013 5:59:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | October 23, 2013 | Patrick Archbold
    Wow. According to Father Z. "I was informed that some 150 members of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have petitioned the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” this week to establish a separate institute which would use the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite." Wow.
  • Franciscans of the Immaculate: Vatican Attempts to Reassure -- Reasoning Not Convincing

    08/03/2013 2:38:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | August 3, 2013 | Tancred
    (Rome) The unrest has not remained hidden among Traditional Catholics from the Vatican, that has developed from the treatment of the Traditional Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. The need to intervene and reassure. However, the justification offered here is hard to believe. . The exemplary Franciscans of the Immaculata, which was canonically erected in 1990, will, by a decree dated the 11th of July be placed under provisional administration by the Congregation of Religious. It was also arranged that all the priests, would celebrate the liturgy according to the New Rite. It is a serious attack against the...
  • Is Pope Francis a Liturgical Liberal?

    03/18/2013 3:31:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    >There have been some rumblings amongst traditionalist Catholics that Pope Francis is going to turn out to be a liturgical liberal. Apparently a few extremists are worried that Pope Benedict’s encouragement of the Latin Mass and his bringing back some of the older styles of clerical dress and papal customs are going to be thrown out in favor of happy clappy masses, clowns, balloons and big puppets.Everyone should stop and take a deep breath and get a sense of priorities. I am myself, on the more traditionalist side of the liturgy wars. I dislike anodyne, sentimental church music, a game...
  • Pius X Society expels Bishop Williamson for disobedience

    10/24/2012 3:22:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | October 24, 2012
    Menzingen, Switzerland, Oct 24, 2012 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of St. Pius X has expelled Bishop Richard Williamson, saying he has distanced himself from the traditionalist Catholic group’s leadership and he has refused “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors.” The Switzerland-based society said Oct. 24 that the “painful” decision was necessary because of “concern for the common good” and for the good government of the society. The society’s Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay and his council declared the bishop to be excluded on Oct. 4. Bishop Williamson, in response to a final deadline...
  • Breakaway group seeks unity with Rome

    08/17/2012 8:39:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 17, 2012 | David V. Barrett
    Bishop David Bell meets Pope Benedict The English leader of a breakaway traditionalist group has said that he wishes to be reconciled with the Catholic Church.Bishop David Bell, 41, is head of the Society of Pope Leo XIII, which upholds the pre-Vatican II teachings of the Church, particularly the older form of the Tridentine Mass. The society claims to have 73 bishops and 500 priests, and to be responsible for congregations totalling 8.5 million people.In the eyes of the Church Bishop Bell’s ordination as a bishop is valid but illicit; he was ordained by bishops with the Apostolic Succession and...
  • For the record - Latest Tornielli: "Fellay's response has arrived; it is positive"

    04/17/2012 10:01:38 PM PDT · by narses · 8 replies
    Just mentioned by Andrea Tornielli for La Stampa: Lefebvrists: the positive response has arrived 17.09.2012 (1900 GMT - 2100 Rome) The Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X has signed the doctrinal preamble proposed by the Holy See, even if with some slight modifications ANDREA TORNIELLI CITTŔ DEL VATICANO The response of the Society of Saint Pius X has arrived in the Vatican and it is positive: according to the informal information gathered by Vatican Insider, Bishop Bernard Fellay would have signed the doctrinal preamble that the Holy See had proposed last September as a condition to reach full...
  • The Assent Owed to Vatican II (Catholic Caucus)

    12/02/2011 2:59:57 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 2, 2011 | Jeff Mirus
    From Our Store: Essays in Apologetics, Volume I (eBook) What is finally emerging as the sticking point between the Vatican and the Society of Saint Pius X is the question of the assent owed to the Second Vatican Council. This is now the subject of an important essay in L’Osservatore Romano by one of the key negotiators for the Vatican, the vicar general of Opus Dei, Msgr. Fernando Ocariz. Note that there is a link to the full text at the end of our news story, which itself includes substantial quotations.I hate to say I told you so, but Msgr. Ocariz...
  • How Something We Consider Solidly Traditional was Once Thought Progressive (Catholic)

    11/11/2011 1:24:32 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 11, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Such a small but highly significant thing, the chin paten. Its use is to catch a host that might drop or a particle from a host. As such it is another reminder of the real, true and substantial presence of Christ in even the smallest particle of the host. The chin paten helps ensure that not even a small particle drop.Today the communion, or “chin” paten is also symbolic. When one sees them today it is a pretty clear signal that “this is a more traditional parish.” Their use had declined, especially when communion in the hand became widespread, during...
  • WYD and the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

    08/22/2011 3:37:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 22, 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Via Eponymous Flower and Messa in Latino comes something from World Youth Day not covered by the mainstream Catholic media. And one must ask why that is.My emphases: Traditionalist Bishops [Not the SSPX bishops. Bishops with actual faculties and authority.] Celebrate the Immemorial Mass With 1500 WYD Pilgrims(Madrid) Msgr. Marc Marie Max Aillet, the Bishop of Bayonne, Lescar and Orlon since 2008 in France will celebrate the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Parish Church of San Eduardo in Madrid with more than 1500 youth. This church has been allocated to the youth who are attached to Tradition...
  • The "experience of the heavenly liturgy has been lost since Vatican II."

    05/14/2011 2:02:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | May 14, 2011 | Carl Olson
    Here is an excerpt from a lengthy and very thoughtful address on the new translation of the Roman Missal given last month by Auxiliary Bishop James Conley of Denver at the Midwest Theological Forum in Valparaiso, Indiana: The key point here is that the words we pray matter. What we pray makes a difference in what we believe. Our prayer has implications for how we grasp the saving truths that are communicated to us through the liturgy. For instance, our current translation almost always favors abstract nouns to translate physical metaphors for God. If the Latin prayer refers to the...
  • New guidelines for Tridentine Mass – 10 key facts (Catholic Caucus)

    05/13/2011 10:22:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | May 13, 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI / Photo Credit Mazur Vatican City, May 13, 2011 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Local dioceses should give a “generous welcome” to any laity who wish to attend Mass in the “extraordinary form” and to priests who wish to say it.  That’s the key message of new Vatican guidelines regarding the extraordinary form of the Mass – often popularly referred to as the “Tridentine Mass” or “old Latin Mass.” The “extraordinary form” is the rite of Mass contained within the Roman Missal which was universally used from 1570 to 1962. It was almost always celebrated in...
  • Concerns, calls for clarification on the implementation of "Summorum Pontificum" [Catholic C]

    02/21/2011 3:12:48 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | February 21, 2011 | Carl Olson
    From Robert Moynihan's most recent "Inside the Vatican" newsflash:Will the Vatican soon issue a document calling for some restrictions on the use of the old rite of the Mass? The internet, especially in traditional Catholic circles, is abuzz with reports that this may be about to happen. But for the moment, these reports are based only on rumors. Officially, no one yet knows the content of the upcoming Vatican Instruction to give guidelines for the implementation of Summorum Pontificum -- the dramatic and controversial July 7, 2007 papal motu proprio in which Benedict XVI, after long hesitation, granted wider use of the old,...
  • One reaction to the Pontifical Mass in DC: “offensive… silly… undecorous” (Catholic Caucus)

    04/27/2010 8:30:47 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 31 replies · 642+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 04/27/2010 | Father John Zuhlsdorf
    A reader sent me a link to a reaction from a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle to the Pontifical Mass in Washington DC for the anniversary of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. The writer in question is one… well… here is his blurb from his blog: Jan Larson, a senior priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle, was ordained in 1968. He received a M.A. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a D.Min. in pastoral liturgy from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He has served as director of the Archbishop’s Office of Worship...
  • Live Thread: Pontifical High Mass, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Ecumenical)

    04/24/2010 7:27:00 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 15 replies · 537+ views
    EWTN ^ | 04/24/2010 | n/a
    EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS IN HONOR OF THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INAUGURATION OF POPE BENEDICT XVI (LIVE) 12:30 pm Eastern From PontificalMass.orgPontifical Solemn Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington DC, April 24, 2010, at 1 p.m. His Excellency, Edward Slattery, the bishop of Tula, Oklahoma will celebrate the mass from the throne according to the rubrics of the Extraordinary Form. The Mass will be offered in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass), as encouraged by Pope John Paul and Pope Benedict. It will be the first such Mass said at the High Altar of...
  • The Old Mass Returns

    04/24/2010 1:50:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 57 replies · 939+ views
    Inside the Vatican ^ | April 23, 2010 | Robert Moynihan
    For the first time in 40 years, the old Latin Mass will be celebrated in the largest Catholic Church in America, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Time: 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 24, commemorating the 5th anniversary of the installation in 2005 of Pope Benedict XVI as Pope    By Robert Moynihan, reporting from America [resources: Inside the Vatican] =====================================   The old Mass   In a way, I find the use of the term "extraordinary form" to describe the "old Mass" a bit unfortunate.   Because, after all, it was so ordinary, that old...
  • Card. Castrillon-Hoyos Out At Latin Mass - Breaking

    04/21/2010 9:56:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies · 847+ views
    cmr ^ | April 21, 2010
    The Traditional Latin Mass planned for April 24th honoring Pope Benedict on his five-year anniversary was scheduled to have Cardinal Dario Castrillon-Hoyos as the celebrant. Not any more. As you probably know, a significant controversy has erupted over a letter sent by the Cardinal expressing gratitude to a Bishop for not turning over a sexually offending priest to civil authorities. The hue and cry that has erupted from this revelation is significant. As a result, the Cardinal is out as the celebrant at the planned Traditional Latin Mass for the 24th of April. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In consultation with His...
  • Vatican Confirms Freedom of Priests to Celebrate Extraordinary Form– No Need For 'Stable Group'

    02/16/2010 6:09:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies · 364+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/16/10 | Damian Thompson
    Good news from Rome: the Vatican has further underlined the freedom of priests to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form whenever they choose. Two important points have been clarified by Ecclesia Dei, which will make it more difficult for the English, Welsh and above all Scottish bishops to stall the implementation of Summorum Pontificum: 1. A priest does NOT have to be approached by a “stable group” of the faithful in order to schedule a PUBLIC celebration of the Extraordinary Form – he may choose to do so, for example, in order to introduce his parishioners to this ancient form...
  • Vatican Shows Priests How to Celebrate the Latin Mass on YouTube

    11/13/2009 6:43:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies · 677+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/12/09 | Damian Thompson
    The official Vatican guide to the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass has arrived on YouTube, where you can find long sections of Ecclesia Dei’s DVD about the Extraordinary Form. The clip below shows a priest saying the canon of the Mass. Coming soon to a church near you? Not if certain bishops can help it.
  • Is the SSPX right about the liturgy?

    10/30/2009 11:50:51 PM PDT · by narses · 9 replies · 749+ views
    Catholic Herald Limited ^ | 30 October 2009 | Moyra Doorly and Fr. Aidan Nichols
    Following their exchange in July, author Moyra Doorly and Aidan Nichols discuss the merits of post-Vatican II liturgical reform Dear Fr Aidan, In your kind reply to my first letter you made the point that I was drawing "unnecessarily sharp" contrasts between a theology of "propitiation and supplication" on one hand, and teachings on the "fruits of Communion" on the other. But what I was trying to demonstrate is that the pre-Conciliar sources give ample teaching on both, whereas the documents of Vatican II ignore the theology of propitiation and supplication. Now, to me this represents a doctrinal discontinuity of...
  • Breakaway Catholic group to ordain 13 in Minnesota

    06/18/2009 11:52:59 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 13 replies · 715+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/19/09 | Steve Karnowski
    An ultraconservative group plans to ordain 13 Roman Catholic priests in Minnesota — even though their elevations likely won't be recognized by the Vatican. The St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, part of the Society of St. Pius X, will host the ordinations of 12 U.S.-based priests and another from France in Winona on Friday. The Vatican says ordinations by the society aren't legitimate, even though Pope Benedict XVI recently lifted the excommunications of its leaders. The society was founded by those opposed to the liberalizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council and especially its outreach to Jews and other religions. The...
  • Reports: Pope to lift excommunications

    01/22/2009 9:55:57 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 766+ views
    AP ^ | jANUARY 23, 2009
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two newspapers say Pope Benedict XVI has decided to lift the excommunications of four bishops consecrated 20 years ago by the late French ultraconservative Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.Lefebvre rebelled against the Vatican's modernizing reforms of the 1960s, including replacing Latin with local languages at Mass.Benedict has already reached out to the rebels in the hopes of bringing them back into the Church by making it the old Mass more readily available.The Italian newspapers Il Giornale and Il Riformista said Thursday that Benedict has now decided to meet their demand that the excommunications be lifted. The newspapers said,...
  • Pope prepared to lift excommunication of SSPX bishops (Catholic Caucus)

    01/22/2009 6:18:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 558+ views
    According to multiple reports from reliable Vatican-watchers, Pope Benedict XVI will soon lift the decree of excommunication imposed upon four traditionalist bishops who were consecrated by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988. Italian journalists report that the Pope's action will be made public within a matter of days. The move would be a major step toward reconciliation with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). SSPX leaders-- including the bishops living under the decree of excommunication-- have consistently stated that before ending their break with the Holy See, they would insist on the removal of that excommunication and the...
  • The Beauty of the Solemn High Mass, as Portrayed by Hollywood (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    09/25/2008 8:22:07 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 21 replies · 871+ views
    Just under 4 years ago, I started this blog after meeting several devout Christendom College students after a Sunday Traditional Latin Mass at St. Mary, Mother of God Catholic Church in Washington, DC. The previous month, I had traveled to England and visited several Catholic sites, including the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and had seen Catholic art in the National Gallery in London. I was inspired, by the events of that time and by those students, to blog about Catholic subjects, especially Catholic art, feast days, and devotions; and also, write about Traditional Latin Masses in the Washington,...
  • Enemies of the Motu Proprio [OPEN]

    05/21/2008 3:10:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies · 159+ views
    In a private conversation before the release of the motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum," a leading personality of U.K. Catholicism predicted that the reinstatement of the Traditional Latin Mass would grant again such an abundant flow of graces that it would even effect the restoration of society on sound Christian principles. While that outcome remains to be seen, the release of the motu proprio has certainly sparked a series of controversies and debates — especially in Italy, the heart of Catholicism, and that goes a long way in showing how sensitive the issue is among faithful and non-faithful alike. The...
  • Transalpine Redemptorists looking to union with Rome

    04/28/2008 6:29:46 PM PDT · by magdalen · 8 replies · 122+ views
    Transalpine Redemptorists at Home ^ | April 28, 2008 | magdalen
    Declaration On Relations with Rome Made In Honour of Our Lady of Good Counsel April 2008 We hold firmly with all our heart and with all our mind to Catholic Rome, Guardian of the Catholic Faith and of the traditions necessary to the maintenance of this faith, to the eternal Rome, mistress of wisdom and truth. We refuse on the other hand, and have always refused, to follow the Rome of Neo-Modernist and Neo-Protestant tendencies, which became clearly manifest during the Second Vatican Council, and after the Council, in reforms which issued from it. That is why, without any rebellion,...
  • PCED clarifies: Summorum Pontificum 6 allows vernacular readings instead of Latin

    04/24/2008 7:55:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies · 97+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/24/2008 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    There is an interesting development in the matter of Summorum Pontificum and the use of the vernacular in celebrations of the TLM. The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei reponded to a questions proposed concerning Art. 6. The questions were: "Can readings be given in the vernacular in the context of the Liturgy?  Does Article 6 uphold the practice of duplicating the readings reading them in the context of the Liturgy in Latin, then before a homily in the vernacular, or does it allow them to be read from the Altar in the vernacular?Also, can local editions of the Missal that refer...
  • Kobler's Key to the Council

    12/20/2007 6:13:51 PM PST · by Dajjal · 1 replies · 100+ views
    Catholic Family News ^ | December, 2007 | Paul Zarowny
    Kobler’s Key to the CouncilBOOK REVIEW: Kobler, John F., C.P.  Vatican II, Theophany and the Phenomenon of Man: The Council's Pastoral Servant Leader Theology for the Third Millennium.  (American University Studies, Series 7, vol. 100)  New York: Peter Lang, 1991.  0820414921, 9780820414928  $51.95 by Paul Zarowny, Ph.D. Whatever its multiple shortcomings, my book on the Council is the only published attempt to provide a synthesis, at least in a seminal way, of the religious ontology shaping the sense of the Council.[1]     Passionist priest Fr. John F. Kobler’s Vatican II, Theophany and the Phenomenon of Man (1991) is a follow-up to...
  • Archp Ranjith on bishops who resist Summorum Pontificum: “instruments of the devil”

    10/11/2007 2:50:56 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 42 replies · 478+ views
    What Does the Prayer Really Say? ^ | October 11, 2007 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Archp Ranjith on bishops who resist Summorum Pontificum: “instruments of the devil” CATEGORY: SESSIUNCULUM — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 4:00 pm A kind reader sent me this fascinating excerpt from a talk given by His Excellency Most Rev. Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.  the talk was entitled “Faith, Obedience and Theology” and was delivered at the annual meeting of the Dutch Latin Liturgy Association (Vereniging voor Latijnse Liturgie) in ’s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) on 6 October 2007. He gave the talk in English, but the person who sent it to me translated...
  • New to the older Mass? Your experiences.

    08/21/2007 9:45:31 AM PDT · by GOPmember · 24 replies · 650+ views
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | August 21, 2007 | Fr. Zuhlsdorf (and blog readers)
    I have a favor to ask those of you who did NOT grow up with the older form of Mass.  If sometime along the way you decided to check out the older form of Mass, the "Tridentine" Mass, I am interested in your experience and reactions. Were you "hooked"?Are you hooked now but it took a while?Were you indifferent ("What’s the big deal?")Were you put off and don’t want to go back?What was it that captured you?What repelled you?Do you go now?  Often?  Exclusively?  Rarely? back? * What was it that captured you? * What repelled you? * Do you...
  • Statement Following the Recent Release Of the Motu Proprio

    07/19/2007 11:16:50 AM PDT · by Cheverus · 15 replies · 439+ views
    Archdiocese of Boston ^ | July 18, 2007 - | Archdiocese of Boston
    The recent statement of the Holy Father amends the previous process, established by Pope John Paul II, whereby a priest had needed permission from the local bishop to celebrate the Tridentine rite according to the 1962 liturgical text (Missal). In other words, Pope Benedict has expanded the permission that had already been given by Pope John Paul to allow for the celebration of the Tridentine Mass. Cardinal Sean O'Malley, in his weekly posting of June 29 ( shared observations which follow from the Cardinal's participation at a meeting held in Rome prior to the release of the Motu Proprio....
  • Vatican denies pope celebrates Latin Mass privately

    07/18/2007 7:39:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 439+ views
    CathNews ^ | July 17, 2007
    The Vatican says that Pope Benedict concelebrates his daily morning Mass in Italian using the current edition of the Roman Missal, denying claims that he is using the Tridentine rite. Claims that the pope celebrates his private Mass using the Tridentine rite are incorrect, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi said, according to Catholic News Service. The Tridentine Mass is the Latin-language liturgy that predates the Second Vatican Council; it was last revised in the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal. Less than 10 days after Pope Benedict issued his letter on 7 July providing greater opportunity for the celebration...
  • An Excellent Resource for Promoting the Traditional Latin Mass

    07/12/2007 12:59:59 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 21 replies · 679+ views
    Check out the pdf file at the link above!
  • Reviving A Latin Past (Philly Inquirer Article on Mater Ecclesiae)

    07/10/2007 1:25:59 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 21 replies · 747+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 7/10/2007 | David O'Reilly
    With their love of tradition and their formal dress code (no shorts even for children, and covered heads for women), the members of Mater Ecclesiae Church in Berlin Township can seem a tight-laced congregation of Roman Catholics. But on Sunday they were ringing bells, popping corks and slicing cake, and - mirabile visu! - some were even smoking cigars. Mirabile visu? Isn't that Latin? Graceful, dignified, formal and obscure, Latin is the language of choice at Mater Ecclesiae, one of the only Catholic churches in the nation where all the liturgies are conducted according to the centuries-old Tridentine rite. Its...
  • If only St. Athanasius had a pollster

    07/10/2007 7:19:59 AM PDT · by narses · 7 replies · 614+ views
    CWN News ^ | Diogenes
    The ubiquitous Father Tom Reese, formerly of America, naturally had some sound-bites prepared about the motu proprio. A few highlights: If the pope issues a Motu proprio allowing the use of the Tridentine mass without the local bishop’s permission, he is basically saying that he does not trust the pastoral judgment of the bishops. Hmmm. You said it, Tom. I didn't. But I'm guessing that you think the Pope should trust their pastoral judgment. This is because: They have been so successful in maintaining the strength of the faith (as evidenced by high Mass attendance, abundant religious vocations, stable marriages,...
  • A Mass by any other name...

    07/10/2007 9:59:10 AM PDT · by Balt · 10 replies · 589+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 7-10-07 | Priestly Pugilist
    With a motu proprio entitled Summorum Pontificum, made public on July 7, Pope Benedict XVI has provided for a much broader use of the Roman Missal of 1962, explaining that he hopes to encourage "interior reconciliation in the heart of the Church." Of course, this decision by the Holy Father has no practical effect on the Ruthenian Church; but, as a Roman Catholic serving in an Eastern Catholic eparchy, your Priestly Pugilist is understandably interested; and wishes to address some of the misrepresentations that have been made, both within and without the Latin Church, regarding this important event. First of...
  • The Pope’s Liturgical Liberalism (Richard John Neuhaus)

    07/10/2007 12:00:09 PM PDT · by maryz · 15 replies · 470+ views
    First Things ^ | July 9, 2007 | Richard John Neuhaus
    One of the more deft moves in Benedict’s apostolic letter motu proprio, titled “Summorum Pontificum,” is in referring to the 1962 form of the Roman Rite as the Mass of Blessed John XXIII. It is not the Tridentine Mass or the Mass of Pius V but the Mass of John XXIII. It is the form of the Mass that was celebrated daily at the Second Vatican Council. Benedict notes that, over the many centuries of the Roman Rite, popes have from time to time made modest changes. Pius V did so in 1570, John XXIII did so in 1962, and...
  • Thomas Woods: Pope Benedict boosts Latin Mass toward comeback

    07/10/2007 6:51:31 AM PDT · by narses · 7 replies · 472+ views
    The Examiner ^ | Jul 10, 2007 3:00 AM | Thomas Woods
    WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Pope Benedict has just shaken up the Catholic world as no pope has since John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council in 1962. In his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, the pontiff announced that any priest in the world may offer the traditional rite of Mass, the liturgy of the Catholic Church before the new Mass was introduced after Vatican II. What difference does that make? To outsiders, the Catholic Church today is as it was 50 years ago. The unbroken line of teaching on major moral issues of the day like abortion seems to confirm that...
  • Statement on the Motu Proprio SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM (International Federation Una Voce)

    07/09/2007 4:56:43 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 4 replies · 388+ views
    Statement on the Motu Proprio SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM(07.07.2007) With great joy and overwhelming feelings of thankfulness, the International Federation Una Voce welcomes the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificem of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. For many months we have waited in prayerful patience and expectation. During this long period of waiting the President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the International Federation had numerous meetings in Rome with curial heads and officials and we were encouraged always to pray for our Holy Father; that the Motu Proprio would come, and it would be good for the whole Church. We were privileged to meet the...

    07/07/2007 3:03:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 404+ views
    Vatican Information Service ^ | 7/7/2007 | Benedict XVI
    My dear Brother Bishops, With great trust and hope, I am consigning to you as Pastors the text of a new Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio data" on the use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970. The document is the fruit of much reflection, numerous consultations and prayer. News reports and judgments made without sufficient information have created no little confusion. There have been very divergent reactions ranging from joyful acceptance to harsh opposition, about a plan whose contents were in reality unknown. This document was most directly opposed on account of two fears, which I would...

    07/07/2007 3:11:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies · 616+ views
    Vatican Information Service ^ | 7/7/2007 | BENEDICTUS XVI
    LITTERAE APOSTOLICAEMOTU PROPRIO DATAEBENEDICTUS XVI Summorum Pontificum cura ad hoc tempus usque semper fuit, ut Christi Ecclesia Divinae Maiestati cultum dignum offerret, «ad laudem et gloriam nominis Sui» et «ad utilitatem totius Ecclesiae Suae sanctae». Ab immemorabili tempore sicut etiam in futurum, principium servandum est «iuxta quod unaquaeque Ecclesia particularis concordare debet cum universali Ecclesia non solum quoad fidei doctrinam et signa sacramentalia, sed etiam quoad usus universaliter acceptos ab apostolica et continua traditione, qui servandi sunt non solum ut errores vitentur, verum etiam ad fidei integritatem tradendam, quia Ecclesiae lex orandi eius legi credendi respondet»1.Inter Pontífices qui talem debitam...
  • Summorum Pontificum: my intro comments and the text (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    07/07/2007 3:12:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies · 968+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 7 July 2007 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Summorum Pontificum: my intro comments and the text CATEGORY: SESSIUNCULUM — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 5:00 am Thanks to be to Pope Benedict, who has given back to the Church and the world a great gift. As one friend put it, the world has been made just a little bit safer to live in. This document is about opening hearts and healing. In his explanatory letter Pope Benedict even quotes 2 Cor 6:13: “Widen your hearts!” Read Summorum Pontificum with a wide heart, and no one need fear that rights will be trampled or due authority undermined. The Motu Proprio...
  • Pope allows wider use of Latin mass

    07/07/2007 11:18:03 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 35 replies · 612+ views
    Yahoo! News (AFP) ^ | 7/7/2007 | Martine Nouaille
    VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI gave the go-ahead Saturday for greater use of the old Latin mass, signalling a bid to heal a decades-old split in the Roman Catholic Church. But the move, which also applies to other religious rituals, is controversial and leading figures have already expressed misgivings. A papal decree said priests should now meet requests by the faithful to hold mass in the traditional Church language, which had widely been dropped after the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. "In parishes where there is a stable group of faithful who adhere to the earlier liturgical...
  • Pope Issues Document Allowing Wider Use of Latin Mass

    07/07/2007 8:49:09 AM PDT · by kellynla · 86 replies · 1,667+ views
    new york times ^ | July 7, 2007 | staff
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI removed restrictions on celebrating the old form of the Latin Mass on Saturday in a concession to traditional Catholics, but he stressed that he was in no way rolling back the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Benedict issued a document authorizing parish priests to celebrate the Tridentine Mass if a ''stable group of faithful'' request it. Currently, the local bishop must approve such requests -- an obstacle that fans of the rite say has greatly limited its availability. ''What earlier generations held as sacred remains sacred and great for us too, and...
  • Il Giornale: all sacraments, not just Mass (Motu Proprio)

    06/29/2007 4:02:33 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 38 replies · 928+ views
    What Does the Prayer Really Say? ^ | 29 June 2007 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Il Giornale: all sacraments, not just MassCATEGORY: SESSIUNCULUM — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 4:35 pm The solid Andrea Tornielli has a meaty piece in Il Giornale about the Motu Proprio. Highlights: 1) The MP will be released probably on 7 July. 2) There will probably be no press conference to present the document. 3) The Pope offers a letter with the document to explain his decison. 4) The older rite was not abolished. 5) It had been decided by a group of cardinals in 1982 that there should be more use of the 1962 Missale. 6) The prayer about the...
  • Pope Puts His Weight Behind the Revival of Mass in Latin

    06/18/2007 8:00:22 AM PDT · by kellynla · 125 replies · 1,430+ views ^ | June 18, 2007 | Paul Bompard
    The Pope has signed a document that re-opens the way to the optional use of the old Latin Mass, replaced by liturgy in the local language in the late 1960s, it was reported yesterday. The document is expected to be published within the next few weeks. Known as a motu proprio, signifying that it is the Pope’s personal initiative, it reflects Benedict XVI’s thinking on the subject since long before he was elected pontiff. While, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he repeatedly expressed sympathy for those Catholics who felt...
  • Old Latin Mass Makes a Comeback (in St. Louis)

    06/14/2007 11:25:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 92 replies · 1,163+ views
    It seems the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has finally heard about the traditional Mass. The following story appears in today's edition--the headline, above, is theirs. My comments follow. Old Latin Mass Makes a ComebackBy Tim TownsendST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH06/14/2007 Melinda Scanga (left), of Jefferson County, prays during Latin mass at St. Francis De Sales Oratory. (Dawn Majors /P-D) The church's windows are broken, its beige bricks are sooty, its paint is chipped. The 300-foot steeple, a hallmark of the St. Louis skyline, is pulling away from its foundation. One day it could tumble into traffic on Gravois Avenue. St. Francis de...