Rorate Caeli

A Letter from a Reader: “It’s so refreshing to be able to let go of useless baggage from recent decades”

One of the most interesting and gratifying aspects of carrying out an apostolate of writing is the letters received from readers, conveying a wide range of observations and questions, difficulties and disagreements, suggestions and requests. Occasionally I receive a letter of such superlative quality or penetrating insight that I feel it ought to be shared with readers.

What follows is one such letter, whose sender gave me permission to post it anonymously. It is in many ways a sad reflection on our times, and yet it has the virtue of eloquently expressing the growing awareness among Catholics of the abysmal failure of churchmen to address the real problems facing the Church today—problems that handicap and tranquilize the dreamt-of New Evangelization before it can even get off the starting blocks.

Here, then, is the letter. I reproduce it without comment.

Motus in fine velocior
-1) PURGE - Magister: Burke to be removed, sent to symbolic position?
-2) Synod Co-President: Church has "always" wanted to respect "stable" homosexual unions

Original Sins: Eucharistic Prayer II - composed in a few hours in a Roman Trattoria

Perfect for "a banal on-the-spot product"
The unbelievable scene is not unknown, it has been mentioned elsewhere before, but now confirmed in the published recollections of one of the two men involved: during the mad rush to have the Novus Ordo Missae (the New Mass of Paul VI)  ready as soon as possible, the Consilium, the 1963-1970 organization charged with the upheaval and destruction of the Roman Rite under the guise of "reform" and under the control mostly of Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, had reached a new level of ignominy in composing a new "canon". The draft was so bad and dangerous that the new Eucharistic Prayer had to be rewritten in a hurry and at the last minute during a late-night meeting by two men in a Roman restaurant. 

'Anything that divides must be cut away': the TLM ends in Blackfen
- I come to bury the Mass, not to praise it -

From an English correspondent:
A broken Rosary...
Rorate readers will by now know the sad fate of the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary in Blackfen, in the south east of Greater London. With the blogging priest Fr Timothy Finigan as pastor, the parish had become famous as a centre for the Traditional liturgy. On the second Sunday of his successor, Fr Steven Fisher, it was announced that the Traditional Mass would no longer be celebrated in the parish, effective from the end of the month.

In order to understand this event, readers need to bear in mind a number of facts. One is the poisonous article on the parish in 2009, which appeared in the Tablet, the British liberal Catholic weekly. In this a number of long-standing liberal dissidents who, unfortunately for the parish, live within its boundaries, queued up to attack Fr Finigan for introducing the Traditional Mass into the parish schedule: despite the fact that three of the four Sunday celebrations continued to be the Novus Ordo. They were led by Bernard Wynne, quoted in the Tablet article, a leading member of ‘Advent Group’, which campaigns against priestly celibacy, ‘Catholics for a Changing Church’, founded to oppose Humanae Vitae, and the more recently formed ‘Stand Up for Vatican II’. When people like Bernard Wynne stir up problems in a parish, periodicals like the Tablet can always be found to blame the priest for being too orthodox and the other laity for being attached to the Traditional Mass. The article has left a cloud of suspicion hanging over the parish among the establishment liberals who allow their prejudices to be formed by the Tablet.

Socci: "The Curious Phenomenon of Sudden 'Conversions' among Churchmen" - while struggle for unborn life is abandoned

Pope Bergoglio’s “Politically Correct” Peace
Antonio Socci
[for Italian daily] Libero
September 14, 2014
Moving with the new winds?

Update from the FSSP on annual mission trip

For the past few years, we have worked with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) to fundraise for and update our readers on their annual mission trip to Peru. An FSSP seminarian has sent us this update on their latest trip:


St. Francis Xavier Mission Trip

By Christopher Mahowald FSSP

10 Years Without Michael Davies
- I - Protestant Liturgical Revolution as Precursor of Catholic Upheaval

Michael Davies in 1959. He was 23 at the time,
and a recent convert from a Protestant background.

Argentina Freak Show. Just in Time for Family Synod, Other Firsts:
- Activists Celebrate Homosexual Catholic "Wedding-like Blessing" -- Plus Another "First" in Baptisms

Argentina, the Sun of the Universal Church: the Argentine Church is a freak show that keeps on giving gifts to the Catholic world! In just two days, two unbelievable stories.
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Those are two men getting their civil "wedding" "blessed".
1. Saturday, Sep. 14 - After being barred from "marrying" them, priest "blesses" homosexual "marriage" in a wedding-like public ceremony in Santiago del Estero

Tosatti: "De-Ratzingerization" purge moving full steam ahead
- If you're too "conservative", get out of the Roman Curia!


De-Ratzingerization underway
Marco Tosatti
[Senior Religion Correspondent for Italian Daily] La Stampa
September 15, 2014

Scotland was truly Free once - Free in Spirit, because she was Catholic

Maurice, Father Abbot of Inchaffray, before the Battle of Bannockburn (1314).
Maurice also brought to the battlefield the relic of the arm of Saint Fillan

The army was stationed in a field called the New Park, in some parts low and marshy, and others dry, and rising with a gentle declivity. The small stream of Bannockburn issuing from the northwest, pursues a winding course towards the southeast, along the right sides and the front of this encampment. The banks of this stream were so rocky and steep, as to form a kind of natural entrenchment against the attack of the English cavalry.

"Dear Father": Answers for Troubled Times
III - My Pastor is Now Addicted to "Who am I to judge?" -- Now what?

Dear Father,

I'm somewhat confused by a pastor, who used to be very conservative until two years ago, but who's been recently using, 'Who am I to judge?' often in his sermons, criticizing those 'who judge,' in his words. Now, when he's criticizing those whom he sees as 'judgmental', isn't he himself judging? So, isn't there some level of contradiction in this sentence, this fear of 'judgment' being used to...well, 'judge' others, as 'judgmental', 'hypocrites', 'pharisees', etc?

Mesmerized in Mississippi

Dear Mesmerized in Mississippi,

Editorial - 7 Years of Summorum:
Catholic Tradition must be Embraced in its Entirety, without Ambiguity

SUFFERING SAVES US FROM AMBIGUITY

Editorial: Radicati nella fede, September 2014
Newsletter of the Catholic community of
Domodossola and Vocogno, Diocese of Novara, Italy

Difficulties are not always bad for us; they are certainly not in essence evil. This is true for the spiritual life and is particularly true for the life of the Church. There is only one evil: losing Christ and His grace. Evil is eternal damnation, not suffering.

We are so immersed in the pagan mentality of this world, that we are no longer aware that we think the same way as it does. Too often we think that suffering is evil and what is worse, we judge the goodness of things, the rightness of our decisions and the work we begin, on whether they give us peace and serenity. If they don’t cause us suffering, then these things are good for us.

This way of thinking and weighing things is as far away from Christianity as you can imagine. It is in practice, a rejection of the Cross of Christ. This is true about everything, even for the return to Tradition and the Old Mass.

In the years after the promulgation of the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, in which His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI stated openly that the Traditional Mass had never been abolished and gave faculty to priests to once again celebrate it, after it came into effect in September seven years ago, many were so intimidated by the resistance put up by the diocesan curias against the return of Tradition in the Church, that they surrendered right from the beginning - in that which should have been a “glorious battle.”

Chesterton: Is War Irrational -- or is Pacifism Feverish?

The Peace Fever
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
May 29, 1915
It is customary to talk about the war fever, but in those who still exhibit it, the peace fever is much more feverish. With these people peace is not as much a prejudice as a mania.

There is said to be a sort of person in the lunatic asylums who thinks he is a chicken. But even he is only somewhat exaggerating his legitimate claim to know his own business best. He is too modest to commit himself to the proposition that all human beings are chickens. That, however, is very much the proposition to which the extreme Pacifist commits himself: for he really talks of man as if he were talking of some other animal; as if a naturalist were to class men with poultry merely because they have two legs. Legs can be used for other purposes than that of running away; and man's highest moral and mental powers can be used for other purposes than that of keeping the peace. Mere Pacifism has in this crisis [World War I] failed fully to support anything or anybody, even its own best exponents, and that for a perfectly simple reason: that mere Pacifism is morally wrong. Mere peace does not fill the heart; it does not satisfy the conscience or even the affections. I have heard of a person having the highly unpleasant accomplishment of being able to stop his heart from beating; and men of a generous and civilised breed can only reject the case for just anger and battle by an artificial stoppage of the heart.

The Roman See, Permanent and Unwavering Champion of the Indissolubility of Marriage and of the Integrity of the Blessed Sacrament:
I - Lothair II

"Yes, I do... for the whole life."
"There is nothing new under the sun," least of all the continued crusade the church has headed and now heads against the enemies of Christian marriage. What marriage is, what duties it involves, what holiness it requires, what grace it confers, we leave to other pens more learned or more eloquent to define. What are the Scripture authorities and allowable inferences concerning the married state, its indissolubility and its future transformation in heaven, we leave to theologians to state.

Anniversary of Jean-Philippe Rameau
(25 September 1683 – 12 September 1764)
- 3 video suggestions


Today is the 250th anniversary of the death of one of Europe's greatest Baroque composers, whose music continues to sparkle and dazzle, stir our feelings and plumb the depths of our souls. Here is a magnificent all-Rameau concert with the Musiciens de Louvre, conducted by the great Marc Minkowski:

Cardinal O'Connor, the Pharisee

Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York - New York Post, January 11, 1993

Shock with the appointment of Danneels to a Synod on the Family - and the memories of a 2010 tape

It is a relief to see that the Liberal Supremo of the Americanist Church, Jesuit Thomas Reese, is "disappointed" with the "composition" of members of the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The problem, of course, is that, since "Progressives" are unimpeded by shame or any qualms of conscience (let us call it the Modernist Taqiyya*), we never know if they mean what they say, or if they mean something quite different and just wish to gain new ground. For instance, Reese's ideas are certainly over-represented in the Synod by such luminaries as Kasper or Danneels, but he may still wish to paint the membership of the Synod as "too conservative" just to advance Modernist ideas.


Which, of course, brings to mind the very presence of Danneels, the emeritus of Mechlin-Brussels: Danneels was directly responsible for the abuse of the spirit of Catholic children in Belgium during decades, against the crying pleas of Belgian parents (shocking report), and was naturally quite happy to support "homosexual marriage" just last year. And yet he is a pontifical appointee (the second in the list of pontifical appointees) of a Synod on the Family, when his only family expertise is on the destruction of children, marriage, and family.

It's not always that an abuser-protector is caught on tape, but that happened to Danneels in 2010, when the case of his major protégé, the man he had most wanted as his successor as the Primate of Belgium, Roger Vangheluwe, Bishop of Bruges, was about to be exposed. Vangheluwe was the typical Danneels-bishop, and, unsurprisingly, he had a past filled with abuse -- and not just any kind of abuse, but that of his own nephew, during 13 years in the post-Conciliar years. (By the way, Danneels' new favorite pupil, Bishop Bonny of Antwerp, is angling for Mechlin-Brussels as well, even going to the lengths of making a personal letter on the Synod available in several languages.)

After Danneels had been replaced at the helm of the Belgian Church by a serious prelate, Archbishop Léonard, the latter made a strong speech on the shame of child abuse by priests, and the need for victims to end their silence. Encouraged by this message, four days after Léonard's brave speech, the Vangheluwe family was led to believe they would meet Léonard, who might encourage them. Instead, they were tricked into meeting Danneels, who tried to coerce them into keeping silence to protect his favorite pupil. 

What Danneels didn't know was that the meeting, on April 8, 2010, was being taped, and Flemish paper De Standaard would publish the dialogue soon afterwards. Let's go to the scene as provided by La Vie at the time:

Socci - "DARKNESS IN ROME: Liberation Theology Triumphant as Work of John Paul II & Benedict XVI is Completely Wiped Out."

The Last Supper, with Marx, Lenin, Mao, Castro, and others outside a Caracas school (2007)
THE “D’ESCOTO CASE” AND THOSE WHO WANT TO WIPE OUT THE WORK DONE BY JOHN PAUL II AND BENEDICT XVI
Antonio Socci
Libero
 September 7, 2014

In the era of Bergoglio, the Vatican has practically rehabilitated Liberation Theology, which came into existence in the 1960s and has caused untold disasters, mainly in Latin America, by fostering the Church’s subordination to Marxist thought.

Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society: Eighty-fourth posting of Souls


Below, please find the eighty-fourth posting of enrolled Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. It's another large list this month with over 1,000 Souls having Traditional Latin Masses said for them by the 40 priests of the Purgatorial Society.
Priests: The Souls still need more of you saying Mass for them! Please email me to offer your services. There's nothing special involved -- all you need to do is offer a weekly or monthly TLM with the intention: "For the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society."
How to enroll souls: please email me at athanasiuscatholic@yahoo.com and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well. And please follow this formatting strictly. 

Please consider forwarding this Society to your family and friends, announcing from the pulpit during Holy Mass or listing in your church bulletin. We need to spread the word and relieve more suffering souls.

Please pray for the enrolled Souls and the 40 holy priests saying Traditional Masses for the Society:

"A Cry from the Heart: Things that have never been seen or heard at the Throne of Peter in the history of the Church"

                September 5, 2014


The series “From the Casa Santa Marta” has begun to appear again on the Vatican website. ...[T]hose experts assigned to overseeing this operation have resumed the distribution on the Vatican website of these “Daily Meditations,” offering a sort of running commentary on the Pope’s words, even with the conspicuousness of what he did not say and what was said mistakenly.

The most recent case is attributing to Saint Paul the words, “I boast of my sins,” without making clear that Saint Paul, in the twelfth chapter of the Second Letter to the Corinthians, is not speaking of his sins but rather of his weaknesses.  The Greek word used by Saint Paul is asthéneia [ἀσθένεια], which means “weakness,” and not “sin”.

Formation of the Clergy in Latin and for Latin

The always delightful and insightful Fr. Hunwicke of the blog Mutual Enrichment has frequently written of the binding auctoritas or authoritativeness of Tradition as a measure for subsequent papal and conciliar acts—a sentiment with which Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI would certainly concur, given his pointed remarks on papal absolutism in The Spirit of the Liturgy. 

We Must Be Ready to Defend the Truth of Marriage, Even at the Cost of Martyrdom


Saint John was called to announce the word of God about the sanctity of marriage as God created man and woman from the beginning, in the face of the opposition of the hateful Herodias who was living in an adulterous relationship with King Herod. Saint John the Baptist was indeed “an iron pillar” in announcing the truth, trusting that the Lord would never abandon him but would make the truth prevail, even at the cost of martyrdom.

A Sonnet in Memory of Charles Péguy


IN MEMORIAM: CHARLES PEGUY (JAN. 7, 1873 – SEPT. 5, 1914)

And Have You Heard?

Athena in reverse, the bullet hits
The pate and pierces deep within the folds
Of reason, music, memory. In bits
And pieces, death releases what it holds
And faith is stopped in mid-stride. While the war
Continues counting on, a mournful muse
Has come to mark her dear lieutenant’s hour:
“He came to speak his mind on flesh, accuse
His blood for God, indict the empty thrones
And cast his songs like crowns.” The western world
Now spills more blood across his heap of stones.
Long after Mars had scattered, banners furled,
His tongue, unflagging, speaks this dying word:
O mon Dieu! Mes enfants! And have you heard?


(Our thanks to a reader who submitted this poem to Rorate.)

Pope's on board with communion to "remarried" divorcees?

Zenit, please link and mention us when using our translations (Update: Thanks)


Event: Summorum at 7
- Mass and Conference by Fr. Berg in Hong Kong, Sep. 14

The Tridentine Liturgy Community of the Diocese of Hong Kong sends us the following announcement:

Italian Paper Editorial: "Let's stop beating around the bush: With Islam it is a War of Religion"


With Islam it is a War of Religion
Editorial for Il Foglio
September 5, 2014

Italian Bishop's Startling Words:
If Muslims won't denounce Islamic brutality, move back to Islamdom - we don't need enemies here

Islamic Conquests as they stood c. 732 (Eastern Roman Empire in magenta)
It's been all over the Italian media today - the bishop of Imola, Tommaso Ghirelli, writes an editorial for his diocesan paper in which the message is clear: "do-goodism" will bury Italy and Europe. Either Muslims in traditionally Christian countries in Europe behave as "honourable men" and publicly denounce Islamic "persecutions and acts of cruelty," or they should rather be "courageous" enough to own up to their beliefs "and leave our country," because "nobody wants enemies in their own home."

An exclusive Rorate translation:

THE CALIPHATE AND REFUGEES

September 7, 2014

Bernanos, Bresson and McDonagh: Shedding Light on the Catholic Priesthood


 I must confess to being annoyed when people ask me what my favorite anything is:  book, movie, music.  I am annoyed because I am not the type of person that has one favorite of anything.  But if someone asked me which books or films or music have had an important impact on my life, I could definitely answer that question.  There is one book, made into a film, that has impacted my life in a deep way both as a Catholic and as a priest.  That book is George Bernanos’ The Diary of a County Priest and the film based on that book by the French director, Robert Bresson.  When a young man comes to see me to talk about a possible vocation to the priesthood, I always ask him to read The Diary of a Country Priest and then to come back to talk to me about it.  I must say that most of the young men have come back perplexed by the book and by the character of the priest.  That is when I tell them that I will pray for their vocation but that someone else may be more helpful in the process of discernment.

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St. Stephen of Hungary in Vienna


Una Voce Austria arranged a Solemn High Mass for the Feast of King St. Stephen of Hungary at the Karlskirche in Vienna. The celebrant was the Rev. Fr. Marc Hausmann, a priest of the diocese of St. Pölten and professor of metaphysics at the Pontifical University Urbaniana in Rome.

- Catholic leaves estate to fund Catholic Charity
- Charity uses money to fund Homosexual Meeting Spot
- Bishop complains, to no avail

Striking gold at the end of the Irish rainbow

Miss Maureen O'Connell, the late owner of "O'Connell's Pub" in Galway, Ireland, died in 1998. That is, she did not die 1000 years ago. No, she died in 1998. That means that if she had wanted to bequeath her estate to a homosexual-activist cause, she could have done so freely.

September 5, 1914: Péguy at 100
- II - Modernity, Eternity, and the Traditional Liturgical Year (a text by Dom Gérard Calvet)


"As the Christian prepares himself for death, the modern man prepares himself for retirement." 

Already in 1902, years still before his own admission that he had returned to the Catholic faith of his roots and childhood, Charles Péguy was already deeply aware of the failures of Modernity, as shown above. It is indeed the ultimate obsession of modernity: a long life, a safe retirement, security above everything else... But ultimately, death will come to us all, should not we rather prepare for Eternity above all?

In his final years, as someone who finally began to understand the Catholic faith abandoned at youth, Péguy could not but be immersed in the beauty of the liturgical year, which is eternity brought to the present life. And the liturgical year in its traditional understanding, adapted to the real, tangible, circumstances of man -- circumstances which, as seasons and birthdays, are naturally annual, not biennial or triennial.

In 2010, our contributor Fr. Demets posted the translation of a deep text by the founder of the Abbey of Saint Madeleine of Le Barroux, Dom Gérard Calvet (a great expert on the writings of the poet), on Péguy and his discovery of the Liturgical Year.

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The Prayer of the Day
by Dom Gérard Calvet, O.S.B.

September 5, 1914: Péguy at 100
- I - The Mystery of Charity in War and Death

The Saint Patrick's Day Massacre


[Companion-post: Text censored by the Archdiocese of Washington.]

John Cardinal O'Connor, the former archbishop of New York, must be rolling over in the crypt of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.  Having successfully kept Catholic values in the annual Saint Patrick's Day parade, at least on social issues, his sermon on 17 March 1993 contained the unforgettable response to his many, many critics:
  
"Neither respectability nor political correctness is worth one comma in the Apostles' Creed."

The current archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, has taken a very different approach to traditional family issues.

Uh-oh! Time for another edition of the Catholic Samizdat
- Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Washington


[For context: "The Saint Patrick Day's Massacre".]

First, criticizing Rahner and Von Balthasar made a text disappear, forcing us to provide the first installment of the Catholic Samizdat. 

Now, a mere commonsensical post apparently (apparently) brought down the entire website of the Archdiocese of Washington. [Update: removal confirmed.] So, here is the text, dated September 3, 2014, once available here:

Time to End the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner?
By: Msgr. Charles Pope 

UPDATE on the Visitation on the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate
- Apostolic Signatura acted to reduce illegal powers
- Visitators suggest Vatican II Re-education Program

Félix Auvray
The Sword of Damocles
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes

Regarding the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate's visitation (see our previous post here) by an external agent (Sister Fernanda Barbiero of the Institute of the Teaching Sisters of St. Dorothy, named as Visitator by the Congregation for Religious), Rorate has received the following information from our trustworthy sources:

Cardinal Müller's meeting with the SSPX: confirmed


Rorate is able to confirm that Cardinal Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will receive in the offices of his Congregation in Rome the superior-general of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX), Bp. Bernard Fellay, later this month (or on another day in early fall, the date is uncertain).

Without Tradition, We Are Cattle

Spanish writer Juan Manuel de Prada has already been quoted here - for instance, on aspects of the current pontificate (cf. "The Nests of Yesteryear").

In the following article, published days ago, he uses very Spanish examples to make a very profound universal point for all former Christendom. The Catholic Church always used to be the top defender of local traditions, local languages, and local cultures because she was the confident bearer of a Tradition that does not die. Now, with her self-confidence eliminated, her Tradition wounded and humiliated, her liturgy destroyed in vast regions, local traditions also disappear and are replaced with a global pseudo-cultural blob. The strength of Tradition and traditions allowed the Christians of the Iberian peninsula to reconquer their land, and then conquer much of the world for the Church. What will they do now?
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Betrayed Traditions
Juan Manuel de Prada
August 31, 2014

Coexist Culture in Vatican Radio

Radio Vaticana - Aug 27, 2014

Roman Forum lectures in New York

I've been asked to advertise these lectures, which have been organised by the Roman Forum (founded by Dietrich von Hildebrand) for many years. This season look interesting as ever. Even in the age of blogs, there's nothing like hearing ideas set out directly by a human being and being able to ask questions and meet other audience members. The lectures are organised by Dr John Rao.

They take place in the Church Hall of University Church of St. Joseph, 371 Sixth Avenue
New York, N.Y.
The entrance to the Church Hall is on Washington Place, south of Waverly Place.
Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F, V to West 4th Street. Wheelchair accessible.
Click on the link for more details.

War in Heaven and the City of Man
Laying the Groundwork for a Garden of Earthly Delights, 1629-1689

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Sanctifying, Expanding & Defending the Meaning of Catholic Christendom

The Tyranny of Words — Or the Triumph of the Word?: Two Conflicting Visions of the Meaning of the Incarnation
(1517–1563)
Fervent Catholics on a Ship of Fools: From the Fall of Constantinople to the Reuchlinstreit
(1453–1517)

Division, Despair & the Torturous Road to Recovery: From the Western Schism to the Fall of Constantinople
(1378–1453)

Counterattack! Primal Assaults on the Medieval Catholic Synthesis
(1270–1378)

“When Values Descended Upon the Earth”: Transformation in Christ and the Birth of the Lay Spirit
(1153–1268)

“Binding the Rhinoceros”: Medieval Catholic Reform and the Taming of Nature
(1025–1153)

Results of Versus Populum—and Remedies


In the past, Rorate has had occasion to quote a true and faithful son of St. Benedict, Dom Mark Kirby, O.S.B., Prior of Our Lady of the Cenacle Monastery (a.k.a. Silverstream Priory) and author of the admirable Vultus Christi blog. We all know about the sufferings that versus populum worship have inflicted on the faithful who are simply hungry for worship in spirit and in truth and who long for a manner of celebrating the Mass that is focused absolutely on Christ our God (as the 2,000-year tradition of ad orientem worship palpably demonstrates), but we do not perhaps reflect as much on the ravages that the versus populum stance have visited upon the clergy.

Here are some excerpts from a recent post of Dom Mark's, "Lex orandi, lex credendi: the ground of priestly piety". (In the article you will also find highly pertinent texts from Pope Pius XII's Mediator Dei that back up these points.)

Persecuted Christians: from Pakistan to Iraq, the same Ideology that is hostile to the Faith

Source:  Il Sussidiario
August 31, 2014
Pietro Vernizzi   

“The root of the attacks against Christians in Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Nigeria is the same, and what they have in common is the ideological matrix that is using religion to impose its own view on everyone.  These persecutions are stronger where there is political instability.”  Paul Jacob Bhatti, president of the Shahbaz Memorial trust, a foundation in honor of his brother killed in Pakistan by Islamic fundamentalists on March 2, 2011, highlighted this in a talk he gave at the Meeting di Rimini called “Witness to Freedom”. The following is from questions that followed the talk.

Editorial: The Synod of Bishops and Divine Law
by Roberto de Mattei

Radici Cristiane
Editorial, September 2014
by Roberto de Mattei

Rosso Fiorentino
The Marriage of the Virgin
Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence

The Synod of Bishops in October will discuss on the basis of Instrumentum laboris – “the worksheet” which summarizes the responses to the “preliminary questionnaire” received from the Bishop Conferences, ministries, and more in general - dioceses, parishes, movements, ecclesial associations,[all] consulted on the topic of marriage and the family. Besides the sociological slant which characterizes it, the document contains some disturbing passages. One of these is the implicit and often explicit devaluation of the idea of the natural law. In the Instrumentum laboris, in fact, we find this: “In a vast majority of responses and observations, the concept of natural law today turns out to be, in different cultural contexts, highly problematic, if not completely incomprehensible.” (n.21) The solution suggested would be to abandon the concept and term of the natural law, or “to re-read” it in accessible language, with particular attention to the young being part as a direct interlocutor on these themes.

We seem to understand then, that since the Catholic world no longer comprehends the idea of the natural law, it might as well be shelved and substituted by something more suited to the current mentality.

Two Days of Aberrations - Dispatches from the Catholic World: Colombia, Italy

Thomas Couture
Romans of the Decadence (1847)
Musée d'Orsay
[W]e can also see how incongruous is the demand to accord “marital” status to unions between persons of the same sex. It is opposed, first of all, by the objective impossibility of making the partnership fruitful through the transmission of life according to the plan inscribed by God in the very structure of the human being. Another obstacle is the absence of the conditions for that interpersonal complementarity between male and female willed by the Creator at both the physical-biological and the eminently psychological levels. It is only in the union of two sexually different persons that the individual can achieve perfection in a synthesis of unity and mutual psychophysical completion. From this perspective, love is not an end in itself and cannot be reduced to the corporal joining of two beings, but is a deep interpersonal relationship which reaches its culmination in total mutual self-giving and in cooperation with God the Creator, the ultimate source of every new human life.

SSPX Priest Celebrates Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica


By the gracious permission of the higher direction of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, the faithful of the church of Saint-Martin-des-Gaules, Noisy-le-Grand (near Paris) -- who were in Rome for a summer vacation pilgrimage led by Father Michel de Sivry, of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) -- were able to attend a Mass at the Altar of Saint Pius X, where the saintly Pope's body reposes.

The Mass in the Vatican Basilica was celebrated by Fr. de Sivry on August 9, 2014, during this special centennial year of the dies natalis of Saint Pius X.

Video below (click on play):

Cañizares goes to Valencia, and his replacement at Divine Worship is...

As mentioned by us days ago, it's been confirmed today: Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, up to today Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, was named by Pope Francis new Archbishop of Valencia (in the place of Carlos Osoro Sierra, named also today Archbishop of Madrid).

Who will now occupy the currently vacant central liturgical position in the most widespread rite in the Church, the Modern Roman Rite ("Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite")? A Ratzingerian? A Bugninian? Someone (or something?...) altogether different? Somewhere in Casa Santa Marta, this has already been decided...

A New Fatima Secret?...

Italian religious commentator Antonio Socci, whom we admire, has a very interesting, almost entertaining, book on what he calls, "the fourth Secret of Fatima," a supposed missing passage of the private revelations originally made in Fatima, Portugal, and put into writing many years later. In the past few days, he has insisted on it (excerpts in English), based on some passages of a newly published biography of Sister Lucia. It must be said that a not so interesting part of Socci's original book were his frequent mentions of... Medjugorje.

Anyway, missing or not, what really matters is that the message of Fatima is the message of Lourdes, which is the message of Our Lord: