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Great Flemish Idea: Put a Convicted Boy Molester Back in a Parish Filled with Young Men!

The news comes from much of the Dutch-speaking media, that calls him the "Pedopriester" (no translation necessary). Details are brought to you by Dutch blog In Caelo:

Bishop Jozef De Kesel [of Bruges, Flanders, Belgium] has assigned a priest, who has been found guilty of at least one case of molesting a minor in the past, to the parish federation in Middelkerke, halfway between Ostend and Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast.

Father Tom Flamez appeared in court in 2008 and 2009, where he was found guilty of sexual molestation of teenage boy. In January of 2009, the court, for reasons of its own, decided to waive any punishment, as Bishop De Kesel explains in a statement released today:

For the Record: 1. SSPX and the Bishop of Albano, Italy
2. SSPX's Fellay: Interview on the Synod and Paul VI beatification

1. After Bp. Marcello Semeraro, of Albano, Italy, Secretary of the Papal Council of Reform (Council of Nine Cardinals) solemnly declared "out of communion with the Catholic Church" all faithful who go to Masses and receive sacraments from priests of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX), also threatening their children with a "special penitential path", the local district of that society made the following statement, which we post here for the record of ongoing events:

ALBANO, ITALY – 10-31-2013

In a notification dated October 14 of this year, Bishop Marcello Semeraro, Ordinary of the Diocese of Albano Laziale (Italy), made particularly odious statements about the Society of St. Pius X, for the purpose of keeping the faithful away from Masses celebrated by our Society and from the religious instruction given to young people, declaring that the Society was not “an institution of the Catholic Church”.

Event Reminder: Don't Forget, Kasper's coming to Washington, and "all are invited"!

We cannot believe this wondrous event is almost here! How blessed Washington is to receive this theological giant of mercy, who truly is a light-bearer.

A reminder: Next Thursday, November 6, Walter Cardinal Kasper will receive a prestigious award from the Catholic University of America's theology school, delivering a lecture there on the "theological background of the ecclesiological and ecumenical vision of Pope Francis."

About the award:

 For Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership in Religious Studies 
Established in 1985 as the only academic award given by The Catholic University of America’s School of Theology and Religious Studies, the Quasten Medal is named after the Rev. Johannes Quasten, a professor of religious studies who taught at CUA for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1979.

A traditional calendar and Catholic trivia game

Our friends at Angelus Press have sent along two items for us to share: their beautiful 2015 liturgical calendar and their new traditional Catholic trivia game.

Plenary Indulgence Reminders for the first week in November (November 1st-8th)

Canon Alonso Lobo
Libera me, Domine (Resp. Off. Def.)

There are several plenary indulgences available for the first week in November, beginning tomorrow, November 1st, All Saints Day. They are the following:

2015 Calendar Season: 2 - The Monks of Norcia

From our friends at the Monastery of Saint Benedict in Norcia (Nursia), Umbria, Italy:

Church of Germany, Church of Simony

All talk of "poverty" and "humility" from the highest echelons of the Church must be dismissed as the irrelevant talk it is until the greatest money-related scandal in the Church, the German Kirchensteuer (Church Tax) system remains in place. No item is more single-handedly responsible for instability in the Church today than the Simoniacal Church Tax, which both renders "excommunicates" those German Catholics who refuse to pay it and makes the German Hierarchy use their immense wealth and financial resources as a tool of subversion and blackmail of the whole Universal Church.

A system that has emptied the Church in Germany at the same time as its wealth becomes a tumor threatening the health of the whole Church. When a Pope dismantles or at least decides on an overhaul of the Kirchensteuer system in Germany (and elsewhere where it works in the exact same simoniacal way), then all the talk of poverty will at last become believable.

Rich Church, Empty Church

Simone Varisco

All Souls' Day and its Monday rubrics
Updated (PCED letter)

The feast of Christ the King was of course celebrated this past Sunday, 26 October, using the 1962 calendar for the traditional Latin Mass, moved to November at the novus ordo liturgy.  This coming Sunday, 2 November, will be another example of stark contrasts in calendars, colors and logic, when the novus ordo commemorates All Souls' Day on Sunday, while the 1962 calendar for the traditional Latin Mass retains the long-standing custom of separating feasting and mourning.

According to the Codex Rubricarum, as promulgated by the motu proprio "Rubricarum Instructum" (1960), under Part One, "General Rubrics", All Souls' Day may not be celebrated on a Sunday.  Therefore, if 2 November falls on a Sunday, such as this year, All Souls' Day is transferred to Monday 3 November.  Here are three references to that transfer:

FIUV Position Paper: Septuagesima, Vigils, Octaves

The Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (FIUV), the world-wide federation of lay groups attached to the Traditional Mass, has since 2012 been publishing short 'Position Papers' on specific aspects of the 1962 Missal, particularly those which might seem puzzling and in need of an explanation to those not familiar with the Extraordinary Form, and those which might be thought to be candidates for reform in the ongoing development of the Extraordinary Form envisaged at the time of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in 2007. The full series can be seen here.

After a pause in the series over the Summer (the last one was about the Kiss of Peace), I am pleased to present a new Position Paper, number 20, on aspects of the Calendar of the Extraordinary Form: Septuagesima, Vigils, and Octaves. As we all know Septuagesima, the season of three Sundays leading up to Ash Wednesday, does not exist in the Ordinary Form, and this is one of the most noticeable conflicts between the two calendars in parishes where both Forms are celebrated. Septuagesima continued to be observed by Anglicans after the Reformation, and forms part of the Calendar of the Ordinariate. I've added some more commentary on the issues involved here.

Septuagesima Sunday in Reading, England, with the Fraternity of St Peter; the celebrant
was Fr Angel Alfaro, FSSP, normally based in Columbia.

Surprise! No Vatican III!

The recent session of the Synod on the Family has been likened not a few times by commentators as an attempt at a mini-Vatican III.  And this appellation has some validity, for the past year or more has seen the re-appearance of such personages as Hans Küng (albeit not in vigorous form),  Gustavo Gutierrez, and, at least in spirit, Karl Rahner, and, in the flesh,  the indefagitable Cardinal Kasper, all examples of those who seemed to be disappointed that Vatican III did not follow closely after Vatican II to accomplish unfinished business: to get the Church firmly on the same tracks as the choo-choo train of post-Enlightenment, modern, and post-modern secularism, whose fuel is anti-dogmatism and radical individualism.

ATV-5 Georges Lemaître, of the European Space Agency - interesting video

The fifth unmanned supply vehicle of the European Space Agency, launched this year, was named after a Catholic priest, Belgian Monsignor Georges Lemaître, one of the greatest cosmologists in history. This very interesting ESA video explains why, and includes uncommon footage of the Monsignor explaining his idea of the "primeval Atom".

Remember, the only Mass ever celebrated by Msgr. Lemaître, who died in 1966 while president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (of which he had been a member since 1936), was the Traditional Mass. Video below:

Rorate book review: "Treasure & Tradition: The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass"

Once in a while, Rorate reviews books, calendars and other items for our readers we believe will be beneficial to them or their families, helping them grow in the Faith. We receive no compensation for this -- ever. We do it only as an act of charity, the same reason for which we take the time to run this blog. We have never received payment for these reviews nor have we ever ran advertisements or accepted the numerous and generous offers of donations or stipends.

RORATE CÆLI, now in Spanish
- RORATE CÆLI, ahora en español -

Pope's Close Advisor & Member of Council of Nine Cardinals "Excommunicates" Faithful who go to SSPX Masses - Full Text

- Double standards.
- Selective "mercy".
Good cop, bad cop.

All very Machiavellian. Not Christian at all, though. But it could be "divine", if we are dealing with "the God of Surprises"... 

Original note in Italian below, with full translation:

NYT columnist urges conservative Catholics to preserve pope from error

Professor Roberto de Mattei recently wrote about the recent synod's "arduous battle" of conservatives versus liberals, and Cardinal Burke observed Pope Francis has "done a lot of harm" by not saying "openly what his position is" during the synod.  After over a year and a half, conservatives are increasingly fighting back against the obvious shift under the current papacy.

Ross Douthat, the lone conservative columnist at the New York Times, had a piece published in Sunday's paper entitled "The Pope and the Precipice."  Its conclusion:

The old evangelization versus the new

Benedict XVI has not spoken or written much since February 2013, with two notable exceptions this month, reported by Rorate here and here.  The 10 October letter speaks of his life as a "cloistered monk."

Last week Benedict delivered remarks, read by Archbishop Georg Ganswein at Rome's Pontifical Urbaniana University (and translated by Rorate).  His words on the Church's traditional missionary effort versus false ecumenism promoted "both inside and outside the Church" that is "lethal to faith" are worth reading:

Lots of images of the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage in Rome (October 24-26) #SumPont2014

The albums are available at the links provided below:

What does it really mean to be the in the Church?
Explanation of "loyal oppostion"

Our friends at The Remnant have produced their latest video delving into -- among other things -- what it really means to be a member of the Church Militant (Ecclesia militans, one of three traditional divisions of the Church, along with the Church Triumphant in Heaven and the Church Penitent in purgatory) and how difficult being part of what they call the "loyal opposition" is these days.

The video below is very much worth a watch:

The Feast of Christ the King,
a Sermon by Father Richard Cipolla

a sermon on the feast, 
by Father Richard G. Cipolla
Cappella Palatina (Palazzo dei Normanni)
From the Gospel:  Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.”

Surely this is the most important conversation in the history of this world.  More important than any of Plato’s dialogues, more important than Augustine’s dialogue with God and himself in the Confessions, yes, more important than Hamlet’s soliloquy that is a dialogue with his silent audience, and yes, even more important than presidential press conferences.

The Message of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the Summorum Pontificum pilgrims in Rome #SumPont2014 (full text)

Pilgrims arriving at the Vatican Basilica, Oct. 25, 2014

First Major Text of Benedict XVI Ratzinger following resignation
- On Catholic Faith, Missions, and other Religions - Full translation by Rorate

Message of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
for the naming of the reformed Aula Magna
of the Pontifical Urbaniana University

October 21, 2014 

I would like to in the first place express my heartfelt thanks to the Rector and to the academic authorities of the Pontifical Urbaniana University, to the staff and to the student representatives, for their proposal to name the rebuilt Aula Magna [Main Hall] in my honor. I would like to thank in a special way the Chancellor of the University, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, for having organized this initiative. It is a cause of great joy for me to be able in this way to be always present amidst the work of the Pontifical Urbaniana University.

In prepared text for #SumPont2014 Pilgrimage Mass, Cardinal Pell says no 'doctrinal backflips' at 2015 Synod

Event: TLM for All Saints in southern Indiana

From a reader:
A traditional Latin High Mass will be celebrated on October 31 at 5:30 PM at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Bloomington, Indiana, an anticipated Mass for the Feast of All Saints. Music (consisting primarily of Gregorian chant as well as two polyphonic motets) will be provided by the Bloomington area Schola Gregoriana, composed primarily of students at Indiana University's award-winning Jacobs School of Music, which is on par with Juilliard and Eastman.
The Mass will be followed by an All Saints Day party, complete with food, games, and a costume contest for children (who are asked to come dressed as saints, not as monsters or superheroes!).

The Next Steps between the Holy See and the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) - Full Interview with Abp. Guido Pozzo.

The interview was granted days ago by the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Abp. Guido Pozzo, to Jean-Marie Dumont, of French magazine Famille Chrétienne, and made available on October 20, 2015. It is published as one of the main articles of the issue of this Saturday, October 25.

The Society of Saint Pius X: Where are we now?
 Famille Chrétienne
October 25, 2014

Albenga-Imperia: Bp. Oliveri responds to Italian media
-Plus: Oliveri-hatred by liberals comes from 1980

Several different Italian (and non-Italian) papers have reported on an upcoming intervention that would impair the governance of Bp. Mario Oliveri, of Albenga-Imperia, generally considered a conservative and friend of Traditional practices.

How to follow the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage in Rome?
- Images and News #SumPont2014

Images and news are being updated to their Facebook page. (Source of image above, of Pontifical Vespers celebrated yesterday.)

You can also use their hashtag to find pilgrims posting images and news on Twitter.

Other news and images are being posted at their homepage (also here)

In just a few hours, remember, a Pontifical High Mass with Cardinal Pell at Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini. (UPDATE: According to Messa in Latino, Cardinal Pell was unable to celebrate the Pontifical Mass due to sudden illness; a Solemn Mass was instead celebrated by his personal secretary. A homily written by Cardinal Pell and a message from Benedict XVI, who told the pilgrims that "I am with you in spirit", were read out at the Mass.)

Setting the record straight on Albenga-Imperia:
A clear case of selective enforcement against a conservative bishop

Bishop Mario Oliveri, formerly a member of the papal diplomatic corps, has been bishop of the diocese of Albenga-Imperia (population 168,200, Catholics 158,000 as of 2012) since 1990.

Benson at 100
"The Royal Catholic Church: Ruthless with heresy and sin, kind with the heretic and the sinner"

"The Church will yield to the world,
so long as her Divine Right remains intact."
For our third post celebrating the centenary of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson (October 19, 1914), some reflections from his Paradoxes of Catholicism (conferences and sermons preached mostly in New York in 1912 and in Rome in 1913, and published not long before his death). They are reflections on the apparent contradiction between our meek and sweet Lord and His holy People, the Church, described as unyielding and rigid -- shockingly, today, even by some Catholic pastors themselves, even at a Synod!

This reflection, preached on a Palm Sunday, is perfect as a meditation on the feast of the upcoming Sunday, Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, and the Royal people we ourselves are in his Royal Bride, ruthless with sin, infinitely kind with the sinner.

"Over half the Bishops (in the Synod) have already switched religion"

Alessandro Gnocchi, in his weekly piece for La Riscossa Cristiana in which he responds to letters he has received, calls our attention to this truly lamentable event that clearly shows where most of the Bishops and Cardinals are in terms of their understanding of the Catholic Faith and the immutability of doctrine.  It also shows that most of our prelates have abandoned the principle of non-contradiction and live in a Church worthy to be a construction of Lewis Carroll.  We are not only "back to the future".  We have also gone "Through the Looking-Glass".

Should the Feast of Christ the King Be Celebrated in October or November?

With the revival of the traditional Roman Mass throughout the Church, a number of rather significant calendar differences between old and new make themselves increasingly felt by the faithful and those who minister to them. We are all aware, but no one better than our dedicated clergy, that almost every Sunday of the year would demand two different homilies if the same priest, intending to preach on the readings of the day, celebrated Masses in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.

Event: Sacra Liturgia Conference in Rome (Book presentations) - November 21

De Mattei: Heading towards the 2015 Synod
- Numerical defeats never before witnessed by any Pope

Desdén (Disdain),
Starring Archbishop "Tucho" Fernández

Archbishop Victor Manuel "Tucho" Fernández,

the Pope's closest theological adviser and first named bishop,
(fabulously efficient) Rector of the Catholic University of Argentina,
member of the original 6-liberal Synod drafting commission

This remarkable man granted an interview on the Synod to Elisabetta Piqué, of La Nación, in which he said the following, among other pearls of wisdom:

"There was only a group of six or seven fanatics, somewhat aggressive, who didn't represent even 5% of the total [of the Synod Fathers]." ... "If we don't open up Pandora's box, what is done is hiding the dirt under the rug." ... "Perhaps we missed saying, at the very least, with Pope Francis: 'who are we to judge gays?' "

Who are we, indeed?...

It's essential to understand the stakes:
No Marriage, No Infallibility, No Papacy, No Catholic Church
- If no subject is "taboo", the authority of Bishops is not taboo either

No, don't expect any insane theory, or a "heretical pope" argument, to salvage this. If the Pope endorses polygamy, including in its spread-out format as any kind of legitimacy of the "remarriage" of "divorced" individuals, with the redefinition of the dogmatic theology of one of the seven Sacraments, then Trent, Vatican I, and the entire edifice of Catholic claims of authority fall with it. Catholic claims on the absolutely indissoluble Sacrament of Matrimony (1), from which spring forth the children who are Baptized (2), Confirmed (3), Ordained (4), hear confessions (5), celebrate Mass (6), confer Extreme Unction (7), and marry new couples (1 once again) are dogmatically strong and at the same time systematically fragile. They fall down, and the Papacy as it has always been understood falls with it.

If divorce and remarriage are acceptable, in "specific circumstances" and after a "path of penance", then certainly Our Lord Jesus Christ can rightfully repudiate and divorce his newly-adulterous Catholic Bride. 

Yes, the stakes are that high, though some have not completely grasped that they are digging their own grave.*

No Marriage, No Papacy:
If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims
John Zmirak

Interesting visitor statistics: top 10 cities

The two weeks of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops "on the Family" and its aftermath (up to today) were the best in our existence in visits and pageviews: thank you all so much for your loyal readership! And there was a very interesting change in the list of top cities sending us visitors: for the first time ever, a city of non-native English speakers reached the second position in number of visitors, and two such cities were among the top 10. 

The top 10 cities in number of visitors from the first day of the Synod up to this Monday were the following:

Finally, something good to report from Ireland

It's no secret good news concerning the future of the Church is hard to come by from Ireland. So we are grateful for a reader sending us this:

Last Sunday 11 children and one adult were confirmed in the Tridentine Rite by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown in St Kevin's Church Harrington St, Dublin. Archbishop Brown is pictured confirming Rian Wood at the ceremony.

Kasper the Serial Liar
- caught lying grievously once again

Walter My Mercy's not for Africans Kasper has a serious problem. He just can't stop lying. Is this the man who does "serene theology on his knees"?...

President of the Polish Episcopal Conference:
- Let's end this delusion that 'mercy' began only now, after 2,000 years!
- Familiaris Consortio is sufficient

From La Stampa's Vatican Insider:

Gądecki: "Had I not spoken up, the Synod would have ended up worse"

Event: Kasper to receive Catholic University of America award
November 6: "All are Invited"

Walter Cardinal Kasper will receive a prestigious award from the Catholic University of America's theology school on 6 November, delivering a lecture there on the "theological background of the ecclesiological and ecumenical vision of Pope Francis."

About the award:

 For Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership in Religious Studies 
Established in 1985 as the only academic award given by The Catholic University of America’s School of Theology and Religious Studies, the Quasten Medal is named after the Rev. Johannes Quasten, a professor of religious studies who taught at CUA for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1979.

The Purge will hit new levels - they know they are in a race against time

¡ Bienvenidos a Siberia !

The Pope is Just the Vicar:
On the Footsteps of Fr. Calmel, O.P.


2 + 2 = 4 (too rigid)
2 + 2 = 6 (too lax)
2 + 2 = 5 (aaah, perfect!)

Antonio Socci, no traditionalist he, has his many idiosyncrasies (Medjugorje is one; his newfound obsession with the 2013 Conclave is another), but he still is a great essayist. From his article praising the beatification of Paul VI and the outcome of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops:

Benson at 100:
"The Mass, Prayer, the Rosary — nothing else can avail"

Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson 
died exactly 100 years ago, 
on October 19, 1914.

Persecution, he said, was coming. There had been a riot or two already. But persecution was not to be feared. It would no doubt cause apostasies, as it had always done, but these were deplorable only on account of the individual apostates. On the other hand, it would reassure the faithful; and purge out the half-hearted.

"For Francis, a resounding defeat: Traditionalists have won a huge victory." | "Even in 2015, it's hard for Francis to go much beyond this without risking schism."

Professor Odon Vallet is an expert in the history of religions and civilizations and, since he is deemed a strong and radical "Progressive", he is a favorite in the French media to speak as a secular-friendly voice on Catholic issues.

He was interviewed by popular daily "20 Minutes" on the results of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops:

Liberals just love Paul VI - just not what he actually said on fundamental matters of doctrine...

Other than the separation of morals from religion, and in particular from the teaching of the Church on certain great moral problems (such as contraception, abortion, sterilization, euthanasia...), another crucial point regarding the Moral Doctrine of the Church is that it is often thought that her teaching is out of fashion.

Francis' final address to the Synod.
Via Media or Laodicea?...

Pope Francis' address to the Synod Fathers at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family:

Relatio Synodi - rejected paragraphs on communion for divorced and homosexuals - in English

This is our tentative translation done in a rush, so it has no official value whatsoever, just for the record (the references to past Church documents, however, come from the official translations).

The paragraphs on "persons with homosexual orientation" (not "homosexuals", as in the partial relatio) in particular are absolutely different from the stunningly scandalous Forte-Spadaro paragraphs of the first relatio, and no reference is made in them for a "deeper" study in the upcoming year, as in the paragraphs on communion for "remarried divorcees". But not even like this they became part of the official text! It is a considerable setback for the revolutionaries, which they will certainly try to reverse in 2015.

Important note: Paragraphs 52, 53 and 55 were rejected*, having not reached 2/3 of the Fathers for required approval (123 votes).

Final Relatio Synodi, in Italian


IMPORTANT: The Backlash Against the Manipulated Synod of Francis
- Snippets from a Rome in Disbelief after 18 Months of Fear Under Pressure

guest-post by A Roman Source

"The general feeling is one of huge relief," says an influential professor at a Pontifical University. "On Thursday, at around noon, John Paul II operated a miracle at the Synod."

Burke confirms: Yes, Pope has demoted me.
"Pope has done a lot of harm by not saying openly what his position is"
Synod "designed to change Church's teaching"

We post here for the record of current events all the quotes published by BuzzFeed from their interview with Cardinal Burke:

A top cardinal told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the worldwide meeting of church leaders coming to a close in Rome seemed to have been designed to “weaken the church’s teaching and practice” with the apparent blessing of Pope Francis.
If Pope Francis had selected certain cardinals to steer the meeting to advance his personal views on matters like divorce and the treatment of LGBT people, Burke said, he would not be observing his mandate as the leader of the Catholic Church.
“According to my understanding of the church’s teaching and discipline, no it wouldn’t be correct,” Burke said, saying the pope had “done a lot of harm” by not saying “openly what his position is.