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Hummes named to replace Castrillón
Castrillón remains at Ecclesia Dei

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation presented by Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos of his position as Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, and has named Cardinal Hummes, Archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil, to the position.

Cardinal Castrillón remains in charge of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", a position which is not linked to that of Prefect of Clergy.

Cardinal Hummes takes good care of his clergy
Graphic counsels on the web

It seems the Archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil, Claudio Cardinal Hummes, cannot even take care of his own clergy.

For more than four years, our reader reveals, the parish priest of the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Imirim, in the archdiocese of Sao Paulo, has been offerring extremely graphic advice on the "prevention" of AIDS.

Father Valeriano Paitoni, a religious priest in the archdiocese of São Paulo, heads the "Foundation Father Costanzo Dalbesio", part of the work of the Parish ("Nossa Senhora de Fatima do Imirim"), which is the upkeeper of this public charity. The foundation, among other projects, helps children with AIDS -- and also helps others to "prevent" being contaminated by the HIV virus. The extremely graphic information (link: extremely graphic and offensive, not advisable for most; linked here for documentational purposes) which, beyond being offensive, infringes the clear teaching of the Church as portrayed in Casti Connubii, Human…

Castrillón would remain at Ecclesia Dei

Andrea Tornielli confirms in today's Il Giornale the rumors first mentioned in La Repubblica, then confirmed with names by Marco Tosatti in La Stampa, that Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos would be replaced as Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy by Cardinal Hummes, Archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil.

Tornielli, however, mentions what we had already affirmed: that Castrillón will remain in place at Ecclesia Dei for the moment "to manage the not easy negotiations with the Lefebvrists".

Another replacement mentioned by Tornielli is that of Cardinal Marchisano, as Archpriest of the Vatican Basilica, by Archbishop Angelo Comastri.

Scandal: Pro-death "Catholics for a Free Choice" in Church Building
From the land of Cardinal Hummes

We do not remember ever seeing this reported in English, so we thank the reader who pointed it to us. From the website of ACI (the Spanish and Portuguese version of the Catholic News Agency):

Sao Paulo, July 21 2006 (ACI) - The polemical feminist abortionist organization self-identified as "Catholics for a Free Choice" (CFFC) has rented an ample space in an ecclesiastical building owned by the Carmelite province of Saint Elias [of the Carmelite Fathers - see], fostering suspicion and discomfort among the faithful.

The Carmelites rented the entire sixth floor of the building to the group which identifies itself as Catholic, yet promotes open campaigns against the Catholic faith and hierarchy.

The CFFC are now neighbors to the South Regional [Branch] of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference (CNBB), which is based on the fifth floor, and of the headquarters of the Brazilian Religious Conference, based on the seventh [floor].

The false Catholics have recently announced the course "…

"His Kingdom is here until the end of the world"

Dixit Pilatus ad Iesum: "Tu es rex Iudæorum?" Respondit Iesus: "A temetipso hoc dicis, an alii dixerunt tibi de me?" Respondit Pilatus: "Numquid ego Iudæus sum? Gens tua et pontifices tradiderunt te mihi: quid fecisti?" Respondit Iesus: "Regnum meum non est de hoc mundo. Si ex hoc mundo esset regnum meum, ministri mei utique decertarent ut non traderer Iudæis: nunc autem regnum meum non est hinc."
(From the Gospel for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, John xviii, 33-36: " Pilate said to Jesus: Art Thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered: Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of Me? Pilate answered: Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered Thee up to me: what hast Thou done? Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: by now my Kingdom is not from hence.")

Castrillón Hoyos leaving Congregation for the Clergy?

According to a note published yesterday in La Repubblica:

The Cardinal "of the Lefebvrists" leaves
Ratzinger accepts his resignation

Vatican City - Pope Ratzinger would have accepted the resignation of Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (77), prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and President of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", the structure which deals with the matter of the schism of the Lefebvrists. Hoyos had presented his resignation in 2004... It seems Castrillon Hoyos will preside "Ecclesia Dei" up to December, when the Pope will liberalize the use of Latin in the Mass [sic] to favor the return of the Lefebvrists to the Church.

The information was not confirmed in this Saturday's Bollettino and we find it very unlikely, for the moment. If true, however, this piece of news would only confirm one of the substitutions long predicted for this second year of the pontificate - here (December 2005): "freed from his duties at Clergy, Cardi…

Secularism versus Religion

This is the first part of a lecture given yesterday at Saint Francis de Sales ( Mableton, GA)


On November 5th 1880, the French army took the field and prepared to launch a battle that, today, nearly everyone has forgotten. It was a "great victory" for the French Republic, yet it never appears in the official History books at school unlike the great victories of the Nation such as Tolbiac, Marignan, Fontenoy or Austerlitz. Under the command of General Guyon-Vernier, one infantry regiment, five cavalry squadrons and a few artillery cannons began a three day siege. 2000 soldiers were ready to fight. The enemy was… the Abbey Saint-Michel de Frigolet, in the south of France, occupied by 37 good monks.
What was going on in France at this time, the eldest daughter of the Church and the Kingdom of Mary? Why did the Government send out its army to confront a little religious community?
It is important to note that the siege of Saint-Michel de Frigolet was not an isolated cas…

La Nouvelle Vague:
the new wave of Gall-icanism

Le Figaro publishes today some other words spoken in the seminar for the 50th anniversary of the Superior Liturgical Institute of Paris. Among the guests, the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Arinze, and Archbishop Robert Le Gall:

Cardinal Arinze did not try to directly discuss the question of the Tridentine rite, rather choosing to denounce "the banalization, the desacralization, and the secularization in the liturgy", thus illustrating the will of Rome to strengthen its hand at the international level.The right hand of Benedict XVI regarding [liturgical] issues also denounced "this openly egocentric mannerism which our Sunday assemblies are often forced to endure", as well as "the false humility"...[of] a priest [who] "shares his role with the lay faithful". For the Cardinal, "sacred liturgy is not a domain where free research reigns".

[The Archbishop of Toulouse and chairman of the liturgical commitee of the French Episcopal Conference, …

Signs of desperation...

Many signs of desperation throughout the Old World: distortion, defamation, threats, pleas... Calm down, "progressives"! Nothing has happened. Not yet.

In fact, the papal schedule has recenly included audiences with Cardinals Martini, Lustiger, and Ricard (today): connect the dots.


Update: A reader asks me to connect the dots; La Croix(via Le Forum Catholique) does the job for him:

The President of the [French] Conference of Bishops, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, was received in person by Benedict XVI, on Thursday, October 26, in Rome. The archbishop of Bordeaux came to appraise him of the concerns which cut through the communities of the Hexagon [France] of seeing an exception [the Quattuor Abhinc Annos/Ecclesia Dei regime] being made into a rule according to which every priest would henceforth have the right to celebrate the Mass according to the rite said of Saint Pius V.

As it usually happens, nothing has leaked from this meeting, except that it referred to "the Frenc…

Laughter is the best medicine

A more traditional and “Roman” translation of the Mass into English currently in the pipeline may dampen enthusiasm for wider use of the pre-Vatican II Mass, according to the executive director of the commission charged with preparing that translation. [John Allen]
Ha! One can just see the throngs of Traditional-minded Catholics rushing to new Masses because of "And with your spirit"... Allen had also said earlier that:

It is testament to Tornielli's stellar reputation that people by and large took his report on faith, ... [John Allen]

No, actually it is a testament to Allen's abysmal incompetence (or bias) that he could not follow the many clues regarding this eventual document. This is not the first time in recent months that Allen's ideological bias has prevented him from following up on great stories -- he virtually ignored the most important pronouncement of this pontificate, the Christmas Address to the Roman Curia, for weeks in a row.

People had been talking …

30 years of Inter Insigniores

Cardinal Šeper had a difficult job at the helm of the former Holy Office -- he had to try his best to balance the demands of Pope Paul VI and the wild waves of dissent which ravaged the Church in the most terrible of decades for orthodoxy in modern times, the 1970s.

Questions which would never have even been considered as admissible were asked, and the Holy See was forced to answer them, if only for ecumenical purposes. And, in October 1976, the Church of Rome had to make clear the only possible position regarding the possibility of the priestly ordination of women:

"The Church's tradition in the matter has thus been so firm in the course of the centuries that the Magisterium has not felt the need to intervene in order to formulate a principle which was not attacked, or to defend a law which was not challenged. But each time that this tradition had the occasion to manifest itself, it witnessed to the Church's desire to conform to the model left her by the Lord." And thi…

"It is said"

From a news dispatch (October 21) of the French Episcopal Conference (CEF):

As for the eventual Motu Proprio, "its text is written" and it is "being re-read" by different Vatican congregations, because it elicits opposition, even amidst the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. "It is necessary to let [things] mature, not to precipitate" things, it is said in Rome.
"It is said" whom? They do not say.


Congratulations to the Archbishop of Granada, Spain, for his decision to remove all his diocesan seminarians from the Granada Theological College (Facultad de Teología de Granada), the heresy-filled Jesuit academic institution in the ancient Andalusian land. It seems that the famous pastoral instruction of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (Theology and Secularization in Spain - Forty years after the end of the Second Vatican Council; excerpts in English here) has had at least its first practical result... The instruction states that:

...there exists a silent form of dissent that promotes and defends disaffection with the Church, considering this a legitimate critical attitude with respect to the hierarchy and its magisterium, justifying dissent within the Church itself as if a Christian could not be an adult without establishing a certain distance from the teachings of the magisterium. Behind this attitude there frequently lurks the idea that the Church at present is not obeying the Go…

The opinion of the most radical Council Father:
Freedom for the Traditional Mass

Among those Council Fathers who publicly expressed their opinion on Sacred Liturgy during the debates (First and Second Sessions) on the schema De Sacra Liturgia which led to Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium), none was more radical than German-born bishop Wilhelm Josef Duschak, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Calapan, in the Philippines.

He was the only bishop ever to propose, in the official Council discussions, an actual reform of the Canon of the Mass, a matter which was considered unthinkable for most Council Fathers -- even though it would be effected "ad experimentum" in many countries as soon as the Council ended, and, permanently, with the creation of the new Ordinary of the Mass, in 1969. Duschak was, thus, in the avant-garde of the most radical liturgical reformers -- the only bishop to voice openly what other bishops and especially many periti said and wrote in the Conciliar underworld:

Bishop Duschak [PDF file] from Mindoro was the first to…

Can the existence of two rites fracture unity?
Cardinal Ratzinger explains why not

We have already explained in a more "practical" level why the arguments of liberal critics of a possible papal document restoring the Traditional Latin Mass to its place of honor do not make much sense.

We now turn to the words of the then-Cardinal Ratzinger, the gloriously reigning Supreme Pontiff, answering these specific criticisms.

It is good to remember ... what Cardinal Newman affirmed when he said that the Church in all her history has never abolished or prohibited orthodox liturgical forms (forms which express the true faith) which would be totally foreign to the spirit of the Church.

The authority of the Church can define and limit the use of rites in different historical situations. She never prohibits them purely and simply! The Council, therefore, ordered a reform of the liturgical books, but it never forbade the previous books. The criterion which the Council enunciated is both vaster and more demanding. It invites everyone to self-criticism! ...

One must examine th…

Remembering Gamber - II

...when Luther and his followers first discarded the Canon of the Mass, this change was not commonly noticed by the people because, as we know, the priest spoke the Canon in a low voice, as a private prayer. But Luther purposely did not dispense with the elevation of the Host and Chalice, at least not initially, because the people would have noticed that change. Also, in the larger Lutheran churches, Latin continued to be used, as was Gregorian chant. German hymns existed before the Reformation and at times were sung during the liturgy, so they were not a major change. Much more radical than any liturgical changes introduced by Luther, at least as far as the rite was concerned, was the reorganization of our own liturgy — above all, the fundamental changes that were made in the liturgy of the Mass. It also demonstrated much less understanding for the emotional ties the faithful had to the traditional liturgical rite.

At this point, it is not entirely clear to what extent these changes w…

Spring/Summer Trends

"Uniforms at School"
"Latin Mass"
-We're hip! ________________
From the Swiss paper "Le Temps"
Tip: Le Forum Catholique

Un seul rit

[Original version in English here]

Quelques évêques de par le monde, tout particulièrement dans le pays qui passait pour être la Fille aînée de l'Église, font part de leur émoi après l'annonce d'un probable document pontifical rétablissant le rit romain latin traditionnel à une place d'honneur. L'évêque d'Angoulême déclare aujourd'hui que le "biritualisme" ne peut pas être "imposé" de cette manière; quelques jours auparavant, l'évêque de Metz avait mis en garde contre une telle mesure qui pourrait "nuire à l'unité de l'Église catholique".

Dans le quotidien du Parti communiste français, L'Humanité, un des grands avocats sans doute de la "tolérance à tout prix", le Père Gilbert Caffin a finalement trouvé quelque chose qui ne saurait être toléré: la liberté pour les rits traditionnels de l'Église latine.

Une telle liberté, disent ses critiques, abolirait "l'unité du culte". Il serait impos…

One Holy Apostolic Rite

[En français]

A few bishops around the world, especially in the Eldest Daughter of the Church, are desperate with the possible papal document restoring the Traditional Latin Mass to its place of honor. The bishop of Angoulême said today that "biritualism" cannot be "forced" in such a way; a few days ago, the bishop of Metz had warned that any such measure would "endanger the unity of the Catholic Church".

In the daily newspaper of the Communist Party of France, L'Humanité, one of the greatest French Catholic advocates of "tolerance at all costs", Father Gilbert Caffin, has finally found something he will not tolerate: liberty for the Traditional Rites of the Latin Church.

The measure, its critics say, will "endanger unity of worship". It is impossible for these Rites to live together!

I share their sincere and heartfelt concern for the One True Faith and that is why I present the following pictorial manifesto:

The institution of this p…

Eighteenth Anniversary

Eighteen years ago, The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter was erected as an Institute of Pontifical Right. DECREE
This Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", in virtue of the special faculties granted to it by the Sovereign Pontiff, and graciously accepting the petition of the Reverend Father Josef Bisig, by this selfsame Decree erects the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter as a clerical society of Apostolic Life with Pontifical Right, according to the prescribed norms of Canon Law and with all the legal consequences involved. This same Fraternity of St. Peter proposes the sanctification of priests through the exercise of the pastoral ministry, particularly in conforming its life to the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and by observing the liturgical and disciplinary traditions invoked by the Roman Pontiff in the Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei of 2 July 1988, given "Motu Proprio".
This erection brings with it the rights enumerated in Canon 611. The Priestly Fraternity of St…


In an informal and most amusing online interview given tonight to the readers of our dear Le Forum Catholique, the Superior General of the Institute of the Good Shepherd (IBP), Father Philippe Laguérie (who was the first to affirm the existence of the Papal document restoring the Traditional Latin Mass to its proper place of honor -- you read about it here, first, remember?) affirms that the document is "imminent" (he "prays God" it is made public before the Autumn meeting of the French Episcopal Conference).


Ranjith in 30Giorni

In an otherwise surprisingly dull edition of 30Giorni, the interview of the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Archbishop Ranjith, liberally quoted by many secular reports last week, has been made available in the Italian-language website of the magazine (the English translation will surely follow in a few weeks). There is no groundbreaking affirmation, but a few interesting comments, some of which are presented below.
Ranjith: ...the result which was expected from the liturgical reform [which followed the Second Vatican Council] has not appeared. ...

... And therefore there is much to do, so that the churches be filled with new faithful who, during the sacred liturgies, feel truly touched by the grace of the Lord. In a secularized world, instead of trying to elevate the hearts towards the greatness of the Lord, it has been attempted, more often, I believe, to lower the divine mysteries to a banal level. ...

When you were named Secretary at Divine Worship, it was written …

Remembering Gamber - I

Only four years had passed since the publication of the new Missal when Pope Paul VI surprised the Catholic world with a new Ordo Missæ, dated April 6, 1969. The revision made in 1965 did not touch the traditional liturgical rite. In accordance with the mandate of Article 50 of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, it had been primarily concerned with removing some later additions to the Order of the Mass. The publication of the Ordo Missæ of 1969, however, created a new liturgical rite. In other words, the traditional liturgical rite had not simply been revised as the Council had intended. Rather, it had been completely abolished, and a couple of years later, the traditional liturgical rite was, in fact, forbidden.

All this leads to the question: Does such a radical reform follow the tradition of the Church? ...

The argument could be made that the pope's authority to introduce a new liturgical rite, that is, to do so without a decision by a council, can be derived from the "…