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U.S. Supreme Court ruling: thanks to Southern Baptists and Mennonites for upholding traditional Catholic moral teaching!

Originality in explaining the Truth: Newman's relevant words to the Synod on the Family

by Father Richard G. Cipolla

A cursory reading of the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Synod on the Family does not inspire confidence in the working proceedings of the Synod itself.It is heavily dosed with orthopraxis jargon in a catena of the results of the questionnaires that were solicited from both clergy and laity.But the Instrumentum quite rightly asks the question of how the Church should teach about and to the Catholic family in a secular age that no longer responds to the vocabulary and imagery of a Christian world-view.A writer for this blog recently expressed here his unease about paragraph 30, in which is discussed the need for the teaching on Natural Law to be updated and made meaningful to Catholic families and to the non-Catholic world as well.

New Poll, Statistics, Tables and Graphs - Extensive Analysis

When confronted with the undeniable evidence of the decline of Catholicism on so many levels, especially in Europe and North America, one favorite tactic of many "conservatives" and some "liberals" is to point to the state of Catholicism in Latin America, Africa and Asia, where the faith is assumed to be vibrant, unaffected by secularism and modernist compromises, and increasing in followers by leaps and bounds. 
If one counts the number of those baptized in the Catholic faith, then undoubtedly the numbers continue to be excellent; never before have there been so many baptized Catholics including in North America and Europe. The problem is that the number of baptized Catholics has little relation to the actual state of Catholicism anywhere: otherwise secularism would be an unknown phenomenon in countries where most citizens have been, at one point in their life (usually at infancy) baptized in the Catholic Church. The question of how many of those who have been ba…

For the first time in nearly 50 years: Traditional Ordinations in Chartres

It had been almost 50 years since the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (Notre-Dame de Chartres), one of the greatest Christian buildings in the world, had last witnessed the kind of immemorial priestly ordination rite for which it was built in the first place - according to a Traditional Rite of the Latin Church, in almost all aspects identical to the local Western uses employed in it from its earliest days, and the Roman Rite itself in several moments of the Cathedral's history, including permanently from the 19th century onwards. "Extraordinary" - because it is extraordinarily beautiful.

More below:

The Unstoppable Summorum Pontificum
1. You Report: First public TLM in the Slovenian Capital since Summorum
2. Finland: new priest's first Mass? A Traditional Mass

Seven years after its promulgation, the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum is, despite all difficulties and resistances to its application, a gift that keeps on giving and inspiring.

1. From the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, this report by a local reader:

Last Friday, June 20, a votive mass of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated -- a small group of people gathered under the banner of Juventutem Slovenija managed to organize the first post-Summorum public traditional mass in the capital of Slovenia. The mass was said in the district of Dravlje, in the baroque church of Saint Roch.

Moscow Patriarch awards patriarchal honor prize to top Russian Communist leader

Forgiving your persecutors? Yes, a Christian attitude. "Honoring the king"? Yes, certainly (I Pt 2:17).
Giving a public prize honoring the leading figure of the organizational successor of the very same unrepentant Atheistic Materialistic Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist political party that martyred as many of your ancestors in the faith as they could and that tried to wipe out any trace of Christianity from your land with cruelty and ferocity unsurpassed since Apostolic times? Well, that is quite unexpected.
From the website of the Moscow Patriarchate:

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill congratulates G.A. Zyuganov's 70th birthday. [June 26, 2014]
To the Chairman of the CPRF [Communist Party of the Russian Federation] faction in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, G.A. Zyuganov
Dear Gennady Andreyevich!

With all my heart, I wish to congratulate you on this remarkable date.

Being one of the most prominent politicians of modern Russia, you see…

Affection for the Pope is in greater truth given to Saint Peter

On the Vigil of Saints Peter and Paul, love for the Church of Rome sanctified by their blood.
"You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church" (Mt 16:18) are the weighty, great and solemn words that Jesus speaks to Simon, son of John, after his profession of faith. This profession of faith was not the product of the Bethsaida fisherman's human logic or the expression of any special insight of his or the effect of some psychological impulse; it was rather the mysterious and singular result of a real revelation of the Father in heaven. Jesus changes Simon's name to Peter, thus signifying the conferring of a special mission. He promises to build on him his Church, which will not be overthrown by the forces of evil or death. He grants him the keys of the kingdom of God, thus appointing him the highest official of his Church, and gives him the power to interpret authentically the law of God. In view of these privileges, or rather these superhuman tasks entrusted t…

De Mattei answers dissident leader of Franciscans of the Immaculate
- "Christian is my name, Catholic my surname."
- If there's a "Crypto-Lefebvrianism", its head is Benedict XVI
- Abp. Marchetto? We discuss together, with no spirit of demonization

Christianus mihi nomen est, catholicus cognomen
Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana  June 27, 2014
The ultimate criteria of judgment for a Catholic must be the one of the Church: to love and hate what the Church loves and hates: loving the truth in all of its uniqueness and integrity and hating error in all of its multiplicity of expressions. Orthodoxy and heterodoxy remain the final measure of judgment which Christian Reason must be subject to.
In 1542, Pope Paul II, instituted the Congregation of the Roman Inquisition, afterwards called the Holy Office and nowadays named the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the aim of guarding the purity of orthodoxy. In 1571, Saint Pius V, supported it with the Congregation of Index which had the task of indicating all the books deforming correct Catholic Doctrine. In 2002, L’Index Librorum prohibitorum 1600-1966 was published by the Centre d’Études de la Renaissance at Sherbrooke University, and gathers together all of the con…

Holy Innocents in New York City, continued

The sad story of the possible closure of Holy Innocents parish in New York City -- the only church to have a daily traditional Latin Mass in one of the largest and most prominent cities in the world -- continues, with two new pieces in the New York Times.
Rorate previously covered this subject in April.  The New York Times' primary article on Holy Innocents today does a commendable job here, and local religion reporter Sharon Otterman clearly put a lot of time into interviewing all sides and summarizing the issue for a larger audience:

Conservative Catholics, generally, have been concerned about where they fit in the church in the era of Pope Francis, with his less doctrinaire style. And many liturgical traditionalists, some of whom simply prefer the old liturgy and music, and others who want to roll back the changes of the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s, are closely watching the situation at Holy Innocents. They fear it may signal a return to a broader suppression of the Lati…

Thoughts for the Synod of Bishops:
The Unchangeable Moral Law and the Value of Suffering

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

In light of the publication of the somewhat vague and suggestive Instrumentum Laboris for the October Extraordinary Synod on the Family, I found the following crystal-clear passages from Frank Sheed's marvelous book A Map of Life to be extremely pertinent. Here, in a book first published in 1933, is how the Catholic Faith used to explain itself -- with clarity, charity, and a deep realism that trusted the Law of God and humbly submitted to it, rather than looking for loopholes, accommodations, and relaxations. Sheed's more famous book Theology and Sanity in a way captures the confident profile of preconciliar Catholicism: true theology is both the cause and the sign of human sanity. If we look elsewhere, or even worse, if we contradict divine revelation and the Church's tradition, we will end up with sheer insanity.
As citizens of the United States continue to worry about federal incursions on the freedom of Catholics to practice their faith and even …

The Humpty Dumpty Synod

The difficulties that arise in relation to natural law can be overcome through more attentive reference to the biblical world, to its language and narrative forms, and to "propose bringing the issue to public discussion and developing the idea of biblical inspiration and the 'order in creation,' which could permit a re-reading of the concept of the natural law in a more meaningful manner in today’s world." [Instrumentum laboris, 30]
Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri Press Conference of presentation of the Extraordinary Synod's Instrumentum Laboris June 26,  2014
[*Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass (1871), Illustration by Sir John Tenniel]

Attempting serious Communion at an unserious liturgy

As the Church recently observed one of the ten universal holy days of the liturgical year, the subject of Holy Communion has naturally come up in different arenas for discussion following the feast of Corpus Christi.  One such blogger, Deacon Gregory Kandra of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, wrote a piece that offered guidance to communicants who attend the novus ordo liturgy.
In doing so, he inadvertently exposed some of the absurdities of trying to improve decorum and seriousness with the distribution of communion at a liturgy that seriously lacks seriousness.
For instance, Deacon Kandra wrote:
"The Eucharist remains the greatest gift, the 'source and summit' of our faith, and we shouldn't approach Holy Communion like we are standing in line at the DMV."
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), for the benefit of our foreign readers, is, in the United States, the state-level government department responsible for the registration of motor vehicles and that adm…

For the record: Portions of the Instrumentum Laboris of the October Synod on "remarried" divorced and communion

The Holy See made available today the guidemap (called "Instrumentum Laboris") of the October Extraordinary Synod on the Family; these are the main paragraphs on the matter of "remarried" and divorced persons -- based on the answers sent by the Episcopal Conferences.

Persons Separated, Divorced and Divorced and Remarried

Antonio Socci's scathing words against Bishop Galantino:
"There you go again!" "Poverty? OK, give back the taxpayers' money!"

Ah, bishop Nunzio Galantino! Personally chosen by the Pope to be the new Secretary-General of the Italian Bishops' Conference (Conferenza Episcopale Italiana - CEI), Bishop Galantino entered the world stage with one infamous statement:
“I do not identify with the expressionless faces ['visi inespressivi'] of those who recite the Rosary outside the clinics where interruption of pregnancy [‘l’interruzione della gravidanza’] is practiced, but with those young people who are opposed to this practice and strive for the quality of life of the people, for their right to health, to work.”

It's like a twofer insult -- mocking what he considers to be the "expressionless" faces of pro-life bishops, priests and faithful who risk it all to pray in front of baby slaughterhouses, plus the gall to use the pro-death shock-free nickname for abortion, "interruption of pregnancy." Quite startling even for extremely liberal bishops.

Bishop Galantino has the terrible hab…

We get results!

And by we, we mean all of us together. Thanks to our many friends who contacted the Vatican website administrators, who have finally recognized that Pope Pius X is indeed a Saint, following our post last Sunday. It was changed in the past 24 hours.

After: S. Pius PP. X (modified in template applicable to all language versions):

True, the page title still does not include the name "Saint Pius X" in each language, but we take what we get...
Sancte Pie Decime, ora pro nobis!

The unstoppable Summorum Pontificum - EVENTS:
1. June 29: 1st TLM in decades in a Connecticut church
2. July 7: Pontifical High Mass in New Mexico
3. Traditional Confirmations in Diocese of Arlington in October: contact your pastor

1. June 29: Trumbull, Connecticut
Fr. Brian Gannon, pastor of St. Theresa Church of Trumbull, CT, will be celebrating a Solemn Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form on the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Sunday June 29th, at 2:30pm. This will be Fr. Gannon's first public celebration of the extraordinary form and the first time in over 40 years that such a Mass will have been said at St. Theresa Church. Deacon for the Mass will be Fr. Shawn Cutler, parochial vicar of St. Theresa Church. A reception, hosted by the parish's young adults group, will follow in the school gym. Directions and maps here.
Congratulations to Fr. Gannon and our best wishes!


2. July 7: Pontifical High Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Santa Fe in Rio Rancho, NM, on the anniversary of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
Join us on Monday, July 7th for a PONTIFICAL HIGH MASS with the Archbishop of Santa Fe, His Excellency Michael J. Sheehan, in thanksgiving for the promulgation by …

Enemies of Tradition wrong yet again

No, we are not always right -- but we try our best to avoid any malice in reporting what we know and how we view things, with the help of the Sol Iustitiae.
In the article on the pope's June 10 meeting with a delegation of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, this was the last paragraph in the Vatican Insider piece:
At the end of the meeting, the Pope said goodbye to all participants individually. Two of them expressed their bafflement over the treatment of father Stefano Manelli. One of these two seminarists [sic] a few days later announced his decision to leave the noviciates [sic] as he said he was opposed to the II Vatican Council.[*]
This prompted this following extensive comment from us -- firm because it had to be:
The report includes a terrible accusation, that one of those present left the "noviciates" (sic) "as he said he was opposed to the II Vatican Council." This absurd statement alone is enough to prove that the report is coming directly from the off…

Influential Italian Vaticanist, bewildered, reaches shocking conclusion:
"In the Catholic Church, it's now Open Season on Conservatives"

That is the title of the most recent post of the most experienced, and of the most influential, Vaticanists in Italy -- Marco Tosatti, the senior religion writer for La Stampa.

Church: Open Season on Conservatives

We hope to be mistaken, as it often happens, fortunately; but the impression we have from a series of small signs is that, in reality, the Church of Pope Francis has opened hunting [season] on "conservatives"; a word that, as always in such cases, is sufficiently generic to be used against a wide range of persons.
The most striking case remains that of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, an order intervened by [higher] authority with extremely harsh procedures, and without clear motives ever having been given, except a generic indictment of a Traditionalist drift.
I confess that, before their decapitation, the Franciscans of the Immaculate did not have a position of any relevance in my life; good Catholics, people -- certainly not traditionalists…

Another kind of "Reform of the Reform"?
A homily by ersatz-priest Madam Marie-Josèphe Lachat

The novus ordo mass below is not at all unusual - quite the contrary, it is an average (or even above average) "well celebrated" mass of Paul VI, in its prevalent format around the world. What is slightly more unusual (though far from surprising) is that the homily, immediately following the reading of the Gospel,* is preached by what is, in all but name, a vested female ersatz-priest, Madame Marie-Josèphe Lachat, "Pastoral Assistant," with "use of an episcopal mandate for preaching" ["au bénéfice d'un mandat épiscopal pour la prédication"]

The "homily" ["homélie"] (that is what it is called) begins soon after 23:40 -- the entire ceremony is in French, naturally.

The official information is provided by the French-language public broadcaster Swiss Radio Television (RTS):

Mass at the Church of Saint Peter at Porrentruy (Jura Canton) Presidency: canon Jacques Oeuvray. [*note: in the Proclamation of the Gospel, just to show ho…

Happy St. John's Day!

Fuit homo missus a Deo, cui nomen erat Ioannes. Non erat ille lux, sed ut testimonium perhiberet de lumine.

Christ is the completion of the law for righteousness unto every one that believes. ... For this reason the blessed Baptist is brought forward, as one who had attained the foremost place in legal righteousness, and to a praise so far incomparable. And yet even thus he is ranked as less than one who is least: "for the least, He says, is greater than he in the kingdom of God." But the kingdom of God signifies, as we affirm, the grace that is by faith, by means of which we are accounted worthy of every blessing, and of the possession of the rich gifts which come from above from God. For it frees us from all blame; and makes us to be the sons of God, partakers of the Holy Ghost, and heirs of a heavenly inheritance. (St. Cyril of Alexandria, Sermon XXXVIII [Commentary on Luke])
_______________ A happy St. John's Day to all our readers, wishing you and yours joyful celebrat…

The Passion of the Franciscans of the Immaculate - 11 months
The Pope receives a delegation of the FI
- and an introductory explanation with some exclusive information
UPDATE: Holy See Press Office

What happened on June 10?

Two weeks ago, Pope Francis received around 60 [typo corrected] members of the Franciscans Friars of the Immaculate, along with the commissioner appointed by the Congregation for Religious for the intervention on the FI, Capuchin Father Fidenzio Volpi. Though it was a large and scheduled meeting, it was kept in secret and unrecorded in the Vatican official media.

Silence from the official sources.
Oddly enough, it was only made public today, along with a photograph, still not by Vatican Radio, L'Osservatore Romano, or the Holy See Press Office, but by La Stampa  (full report below) -- one of whose journalists has been acting as a kind of unofficial spokesman of the Volpi Intervention since July 2013. In such cases, the Holy See Press Office usually comes out to clarify something -- after all, it is a large meeting, on a very delicate matter, and some points may be obscured by the report, but that has not happened. Why? That is not the usual Vatican modus o…