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A broad liturgical program for
the Hermeneutic of Continuity?
Luc Perrin

Luc Perrin, professor of Church History at the Faculté de Théologie Catholique of the University of Strasbourg 2-Marc Bloch, presents a selection, with comments, of the main aspects of the recent interview of the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW), Archbishop A. M. Ranjith, published by the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN).


Ranjith’s interview on the apostolic exhortation Sacramentum caritatis:
a broad program to make the December 22, 2005 papal hermeneutics of continuity a reality?

« It truly is a correction of course and should be welcomed, appreciated, studied and put into practice. » (Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don)

The Sri-Lankan number 2 of the Roman Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments already surprised Catholics last year with two interventions that were blunt. The official Roman language had previously banned serious examinatio…

The Church has not the power to reform her own Constitution

Subiecti igitur estote omni humanæ creaturæ propter Deum: sive regi quasi præcellenti: sive ducibus tamquam ab eo missis ad vindictam malefactorum, laudem vero bonorum: quia sic est voluntas Dei, ut benefacientes obmutescere faciatis imprudentium hominum ignorantiam: quasi liberi, et non quasi velamen habentes malitiæ libertatem, sed sicut servi Dei. Omnes honorate: fraternitatem diligite: Deum timete: regem honorificate.(From the Epistle for the Third Sunday after Easter, I Peter, ii, 13-17: Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God's sake: whether it be to the king as excelling, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of the good: for so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God. Honor all men: love the brotherhood: fear God: honor the king.)

...if every political form is good by itself and may …

We told you so...

As predicted here a few days ago, the preposterous attacks against the Mass have started, BBC Europe leads the charge: Pope Benedict's plans to revive the Latin Mass, which includes prayers for the conversion of Jews, is causing concern among Catholic and Jewish groups about relations between their faiths.

For the record

Ultra-"progressive" Vaticanist Marco Politi in today's issue of La Repubblica reports on the motu proprio on the liberalization of the Traditional Mass, but he does not mention any specific date; nor does he add any particularly new information on the matter:

The Papal decree on the Mass of Pius V in Latin, which will be broadly authorised even with some significant changes regarding the Missal of 1570, is also predicted for soon. These "changes" to the Missal of 1570 mentioned by Politi are exactly those already known by Catholics familiar with the Editio Typica of 1962.

Source: La Repubblica; transcript at Papa Ratzinger.

Tip: Father Zuhlsdorf.


Exactly one year ago, we asked for prayers against the advance of the culture of death in Latin America:

The abortion lobby, led by the United Nations, the European Union, and by American and European Foundations, is fighting with all of its diabolical strength to institute abortion on demand in Latin America, the second Land of Mary, Tierra de María.

Every single day, from Colombia to Argentina, from Nicaragua to Brazil, from Peru to Mexico, more efforts of the diabolical forces are revealed. ...

If it is possible, add a prayer to your daily schedule so that the culture of death and of hatred of the unborn shall not prevail in Latin America.
The legislature of the Federal District of Mexico (Mexico City), where a majority of current legislators is composed of heirs to the anti-Catholic Mexican "Revolution", has just passed a bill allowing the killing of babies with impunity up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Tepeyac, as Fatima before it, has become a land of death.

Human sacrifice is …

Amerio is back!

ROMA, April 23, 2007 – In “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the magazine of the Rome Jesuits printed with the prior scrutiny and authorization of the Vatican secretariat of state, a review has been published that signals the end of a taboo.

The taboo is the one that has obliterated from public discussion, for decades, the thought of the most authoritative and erudite representative of criticism of the twentieth century Church in the name of the great Tradition: the Swiss philologist and philosopher Romano Amerio (in the photo), who died in Lugano in 1997, at the age of 92.

[From the review:]

...Of course, it is not possible to share the negative judgment extended to the Council in its entirety and to all the positive things it produced. ...
Read whole article at Chiesa.
ora pro nobis!

Tiny comment

It is not worthwhile to write a lengthy post on the study by the International Theological Commission, which: (1) did not (and could not...) "abolish" limbo; (2) is not a Papal document neither a Magisterial document of any kind; (3) is not binding for anyone, but purely a theological exercise.

Well-informed Catholics cannot fall into the traps set by ill-informed or malicious secular journalists! We said what we had to say on the matter last year:

The Magisterial definitions, which no Pope may ever alter, and which the merely consultative ITC can never even touch, will remain unaltered, in 2006 as in 2008, in 2008 as in 1794...

Greatly recommended article: Could Limbo Be 'Abolished'?, by Father Brian Harrison.

After months of hesitation...

...even John Allen confirms the inevitable release of the motu proprio on the liberalization of the Traditional Roman Mass.

Yes, this is the same John Allen who said that there was no "consensus" among "Vatican officials" on any such document -- as if the Pope would ever draft such a document based on a consensus which would never take place. Let us remember what we wrote exactly one year ago:

His many meetings regarding the same issues are not to find consensus, which he does not need to enact any measure, but to guide the Vatican machinery to whatever he has planned to do, particularly in the cases where there is no consensus at all: the need for meetings is greatly reduced when the issue involved is the object of majoritarian consensus among the members of an organization, and that is true in any organization of any size.


So much for a "blogosphere" fever... It is obvious that, whatever he wishes to do, Pope Benedict wishes to do so in a smooth way. Bu…

Pro-death group in Ecclesiastical building in São Paulo
Situation unchanged despite Pope's visit

Last October, we published a post on the scandalous situation of the Brazilian headquarters of the pro-death organization "Catholics for a Free Choice", which is housed in a Catholic-owned building owned by the Carmelite Fathers in the city of São Paulo -- the city which Pope Benedict will visit for three days in just a few weeks. Here is our October post:


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 [Province of Rio de Janeiro of the Carmelite Fathers, O.Carm.], fostering suspicion and discomfort among the faithful.

The Carmelites rented the …

Deo gratias!

When, after even Portugal allowed the killing of babies in their mothers' wombs, the abortionist wave seemed unstoppable around the world, the Supreme Court of the United States surprisingly handed down a tiny and convoluted, but nonetheless historic, victory for life.
Gonzales v. Carhart

Dear American readers, the fight is on for a truly pro-life Supreme Court to be chosen (by the people) by way of the Presidential elections of 2008, a Court in which the concurring words of Justice Thomas ["I write separately to reiterate my view that the Court's abortion jurisprudence, including Casey and Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113 (1973), has no basis in the Constitution."] may one day be the opinion of a solid majority.

Fidei Donum - 50 years of the gift of Faith
Duc in altum!

It is hard to measure the practical influence of most papal documents. Some, maybe even most, of these documents aim not to have any influence in the daily activities of the Church Militant, but to confirm its members in the Apostolic Faith whose main guarantor is Peter himself -- and many of them, particularly after the Second Vatican Council, have been completely ignored.

But if there is a modern pontifical text whose tangible effects are with us up to the present, it is Fidei Donum, signed on April 21, 1957, the great encyclical of the late pontificate of Pope Pius XII, of most venerable memory. While Catholicism struggles not only in rich nations, but increasingly in Latin America (where the percentage of Catholics declines seemingly inexorably, which is the great theme of the Fifth General Conference of the CELAM), it has continued to flourish in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The post-colonial age was dawning in Africa in the late 1950s, and the future of Catholicism in the independent Afric…


1. Do not be unreasonably concerned with the actual date of the document on the "liberalization" of the Traditional rites of the Latin Church. It will come out.


2. It is open season on Portuguese babies, as the "conservative" president of the Portuguese Republic signs into law the Socialist-inspired abortion bill. Even if there were no moral questions involved in the wholesale slaughter of future generations of Portuguese children, also with the use of public funds, it is once again impossible not to notice the curious way Europe has chosen to deal with its impending demographic collapse...

May Our Lady of the Rosary, our own patron saints -- the Italian-born Franciscan Protomartyrs, buried in Coimbra, Portugal --, as well as Saint Anthony of Padua, who was inspired by their great example, intercede to Almighty God for that once deeply Catholic nation.

Unfortunately, from a demographic point of view, one must note th…

"Behold, ye despisers"

Surgens Paulus, et manu silentium indicens, ait: "Viri fratres, filii generis Abraham, et qui in vobis timent Deum, vobis verbum salutis huius missum est. ... nos vobis annuntiamus eam, quæ ad patres nostros repromissio facta est: quoniam hanc Deus adimplevit filiis nostris, resuscitans Iesum Christum Dominum nostrum." [from the Lesson for Tuesday in the Octave of Easter, Acts of the Apostles xiii, 16, 26, 32-33: Paul standing up, and with his hand bespeaking silence, said, "Men, brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you fear God, to you the word of this salvation is sent. ... And we declare unto you that the promise which was made to our fathers, the same God hath fulfilled to our children, raising up Our Lord Jesus Christ."]
The first great sermon preached by Saint Paul and recorded in the Bible was the one he addressed to the audience of the synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia [Acts o…


Osanna, Sanctus Deus Sabaoth,
superillustrans claritate tua
felices ignes horum malacoth!

L'anima d'ogne bruto e delle piante
di complession potenziata tira
lo raggio e il moto delle luci sante;

ma vostra vita sanza mezzo spira
la Somma Beninanza, e la innamora
di sé sì che poi sempre la disira.

E quinci puoi argomentare ancora
vostra resurrezion, se tu ripensi
come l'umana carne fessi allora

che li primi parenti intrambo fensi.

Commedia, Paradiso (c. VII)
Hosanna holy God of Sabaoth,/ abundantly illumining with thy brightness/ the blessed fires of these kingdoms ... The soul of every brute and of each plant,/ The ray and motion of the sacred lights,/ Draw from complexion with meet power endued./ But this our life the Eternal Good inspires/ Immediate, and enamours of itself;/ So that our wishes rest forever here./ And hence thou mayst by inference conclude/ Our resurrection certain, if thy mind/ Consider how the human flesh was framed,/ Wh…

For the Record - Le Monde: Benedict, the "reactionary"

From an editorial, entitled "The Church in retreat", published today by the French leftist national daily Le Monde, the newspaper of the French political mainstream:

...Benedict XVI praises the most conservative trends in his Church and resumes the Roman "intransigentism" of the 19th Century. It is hard to understand that in Poland an ultra-Catholic radio may support, with complete impunity, policies as extremist as those of the Kaczynsky brothers. Or that in Spain the Spanish episcopate attacks a Socialist government which it considers one of the most anticlerical in History. Or that in Italy, after losing its combat in the 1970s against divorce and IVG ["voluntary interruption of pregnancy", i.e. abortion], the Church stakes all [its power] against "civil unions".

A papal decree will liberalize, in May, the ancient rite of the Church (Mass in Latin, with the back turned to the people). It is a measure dreaded by a majority of French Catholics, l…

Update: Bertone confirms Motu Proprio

UPDATE: Full text of the interview (Le Figaro Magazine, "Bertone: 'Foi et raison ne s'opposent pas'"), one of the three articles of the special cover story "Les quatre vérités du Vatican".



[Le Figaro Magazine:] Is a Decree widening the possibility of celebrating the Latin Mass according to the rite from before Vatican II (the so-called Mass of Saint Pius V) still expected?

[Secretary of StateCardinal Bertone:] The merit of the conciliar liturgical reform is intact. But both [for reasons of] not losing the great liturgical heritage left by Saint Pius V and for granting the wish of those faithful who desire to attend Masses according to this rite, within the framework of the Missal published in 1962 by Pope John XXIII, with its own calendar, there is no valid reason not to grant to priests in the entire world the right to celebrate according to this form. The authorization of the Supreme Pontiff would evidently pr…

Palm Sunday with Lacordaire:
Jesus Christ, "the immortal King of souls"

Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit, Rex Christe Redemptor: Cui puerile decus prompsit Hosanna pium.(from the Anthem for the Procession of Palms, on Palm Sunday: Glory, praise and honor to Thee, O Christ, King Redeemer: to whom children poured their glad and sweet hosanna's song.)

Jesus Christ claimed the soul; He claimed that it should be free to know Him, to love Him, to adore Him, to pray to Him, to unite with Him. He did not admit that any other than Himself had right over the soul, and above all the right of hindering the soul from communicating with Him.

Yet there is much more than this: Jesus Christ claimed the public union of souls in His service; He knew nothing of secrecy; He demanded a clear and social worship. The liberty of the soul implied the right to found material and spiritual churches, to assemble, to pray together, to hear in common the Word of God, that substantial food of the soul which is its daily bread, and of which it can be deprived only by an act of sacrilegio…