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A(nother) Vatican II moment in Louvain
Father De Cock and Homosexual love

"The sexual characteristics of man and the human faculty of reproduction wonderfully exceed the dispositions of lower forms of life. Hence the acts themselves which are proper to conjugal love and which are exercised in accord with genuine human dignity must be honored with great reverence. Hence when there is question of harmonizing conjugal love with the responsible transmission of life, the moral aspects of any procedure does not depend solely on sincere intentions or on an evaluation of motives, but must be determined by objective standards. These, based on the nature of the human person and his acts, preserve the full sense of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love. Such a goal cannot be achieved unless the virtue of conjugal chastity is sincerely practiced." (Gaudium et Spes, 51)

A Flemish reader reports:
At the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) Fr. Bernard De Cock, O.P. (Dominican) has received (9th of December) h…

Implementing Summorum Pontificum in St. Peter's Basilica (Expanded Article)

According to Messa in Latino, Angelo Cardinal Comastri (in the picture at left), the Cardinal Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, has ordered that four copies of the 1962 Missal be kept in the Basilica sacristy.

His action was in response to reports that priests who had wanted to offer the Traditional Latin Mass in that Basilica had to find a Missal on their own, because the sacristy was supposedly without a single copy of the 1962 Missal, despite the fact that the Cardinal had indicated the presence of three such Missals in the sacristy. In particular, Fr. Stefano Caruso of the Institute of the Good Shepherd had written to Cardinal Comastri about this "absence", which prevented some priests from celebrating Mass. Of course, the Missals were there in the sacristy... but these were not being provided to those who needed them!

There is no denying that the situation for the TLM in St. Peter's Basilica has improved since the times of the previous Archpriests, Virgilio Card…

Reminders of upcoming Masses

1) As previously reported, on January 10, 2010, the Bishop of Copenhagen, Czeslaw Kozon, assisted by the clergy of his diocese and by members of the FSSP (including Fr. Josef Bisig), will offer a Solemn Pontifical Mass from the throne. He will offer the Mass in his own cathedral, St. Ansgar's, in Copenhagen. This will be the first Solemn Pontifical Mass according to the 1962 Missal in the Scandinavian region since the liturgical reforms.

Bishop Kozon had also celebrated Mass according to the 1962 Missal on August 2, 2009, when he offered the regular (twice-monthly) Missa Cantata in the Jesu Hjerte (Sacred Heart) church in Copenhagen.

2) On Sunday, January 10, 2010, at 2 PM, a Tridentine Low Mass will be celebrated at the Co-Cathedral of St Thomas More, in Tallahassee, FL. Directions to the church may be found on the parish website.

As per our friend Eric Giunta: Any sacrifices one might make to attend would be most welcome. Future and more frequent celebrations, and at a more conveni…

A Vatican II moment in the Diocese of Lugano, Switzerland:
The Vatican II crèche, a nativity scene for OUR AGE

Ah, la Chiesa svizzera...
Nativity scene at the Sacro Cuore Capuchin Convent and Community, in Bellinzona (Italian Switzerland)
The creators of this nativity, which at the very least is unusual, declared that the fruit of their inspiration will bring to parishioners an opportunity to reflect on tolerance and on Human Rights.
Installed near the main chapel, next to a large crucifix, six white towers two meters high topped with Islamic crescents surround a baptistery where the baby Jesus is lying. In front, an open book presents parallel quotes from the Koran and the Bible (...)
"We have received as many positive criticisms as negative ones," explain the artisans who created the scene, Matteo Casoni and Letizia Fontana, adding: "For us, it is already a success, since our goal was in fact to make people think and to urge them to ask questions especially at this time of the year. The idea came to us at the end of November after the vote against minarets." The two young artis…

This is the sign of the Church always, the Sign of Blood

Seven years were my people without my presence;
Seven years of misery and pain.
Seven years a mendicant on foreign charity I lingered abroad:
Seven years is no brevity.
I shall not get those seven years back again.
Never again, you must make no doubt,
Shall the sea run between the shepherd and his fold.


It is not I who insult the King,
And there is higher than I or the King.
It is not I, Becket from Cheapside,
It is not against me, Becket, that you strive.
It is not Becket who pronounces doom,
But the Law of Christ's Church, the judgement of Rome.


I am here.
No traitor to the King.
I am a priest,
A Christian, saved by the blood of Christ,
Ready to suffer with my blood.
This is the sign of the Church always,
The sign of blood.
Blood for blood.
His blood given to buy my life,
My blood given to pay for His death.
My death for His death.


For my Lord I am now ready to die,
That His Church may have peace and liberty.
T. S. Eliot Murder in the Cathedral ___________________ Our traditional post in honor of S…

Matins and Lauds of Christmas according to the Ritus Strigoniensis

The Capitulum Laicorum Sancti Michaelis Archangeli has informed Rorate that it will be celebrating the Night Office (Matins and Lauds) of Christmas according to the ancient Use of Esztergom (Ritus Strigoniensis), in the Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Budapest (see picture) at 7:00 P.M. on December 29, 2009. The celebration of Matins and Lauds is projected to last 4 hours.

The text of Matins and Lauds can be found in the following link (pp. 24-92): IN NATIVITATE DOMINI: Ordo horarum canonicorum secundum ritum et consuetudinem almae Strigoniensis ecclesiae.

Reminder: Two Upcoming Solemn Pontifical Masses by Cardinals

On January 6, 2010, at 3:45 P.M., Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, assisted by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, will offer Solemn Pontifical Mass (from the throne) in honor of the Epiphany at the Santuario della Beata Vergine Addolorata di Campocavallo in Osimo. This Marian shrine is run by the same friars, and is the location of the Archdiocese of Ancona's sole regular TLM, daily offered by the friars.

On January 7, 2010, as previously reported on Rorate, Antonio Cardinal Canizares Llovera will offer Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, as part of the "Year for Priests"- Clergy Conference 2010 in Rome. A full list of this conference's musically magnificent liturgical program can be found in this page.

Both Masses will be offered according to the Missal of 1962.

Philippine Update

First Sunday of Advent 2009, Chapel-Shrine of Our Lady of Atonement, Baguio Cathedral Compound

Bishop Angel Hobayan offers a "private" Low Mass, July 2009.

(This report is intended to be the first in a series on the state of the Traditional Latin Mass in various countries throughout the world. CAP)