Sunday, September 30, 2007

Will the Pope celebrate a Traditional Mass on December 2?

Will the Pope celebrate a Traditional Mass on December 2?

Rorate Caeli has a translation of a story from Corriere della Sera, reported today.
The heart of the story is "After the arrival of the new cerimoniere, it is "probable" that the Pope will celebrate a Mass in the old rite, in Saint Peter's, obviously entirely in Latin: it could take place on December 2, First Sunday in Advent. "

SP September 29, 2007

Letter to the Editor in the Georgia Bulletin (HT to the Crescat)

To the Editor:

I am 16 years old, and for the past 11 months I have attended the traditional Latin Mass weekly, while still attending the Novus Ordo Mass during the week. Because of this, I decided to address certain points made by Carroll Sterne in the Sept. 6 edition of The Georgia Bulletin. Mr. Sterne speaks about the type of Mass that someone of a younger generation is drawn to, and I thought that a teenager’s point of view might be helpful.

Mr. Sterne in his letter gives voice to the opinion of many of today’s liturgists when he says that no one from a younger generation would be drawn to the Latin Mass (many take this even further and assume that we would not like a reverent Novus Ordo Mass either). This opinion causes many of those who plan modern liturgies to do veritable back flips in an attempt to draw teenagers and young adults in. Sometimes this works, but it has a side effect: by doing these things, liturgists show that they have absolutely no faith in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to change the lives of those in my generation. My generation knows about this lack of faith, we are able to see it every time we go to a “teen Mass” and experience priests ad-libbing prayers in an attempt to make them more relevant to us.

This lack of faith backfires; it sends us the message that we also should distrust the power of the liturgy, and it also can turn the Mass into something of a joke.

After experiencing this for months, I attended a Traditional Latin Mass and experienced something that I’d never seen before: Here was a priest who expected my life to be changed without adding anything to the Mass in an attempt to bring this change about. This priest had perfect faith in the power of the liturgy, and it showed. It was beautiful. The traditional Mass did more to change my life then any “relevant” teen Mass ever did.

Ethan Milukas, Peachtree City
Motu Proprio? Great! But where does that leave the Reform of the Reform? by Shawn Tribe
I believe we now, more than ever, need to move beyond thinking that is in terms of the reform of the reform or classical liturgy being distinct and separate camps and initiatives -- and never the twain shall meet (as the saying goes).

Michaelmas at St. Rita's in Alexandria, VA
On 29 September 2007, Fr. Paul Scalia, the son of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, offered a Missa Cantata of the "extraordinary use" of the Mass at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia for Michaelmas (the Feast of Michael the Archangel on the traditional calendar).

Friday, September 28, 2007

SP September 28, 2007

Summorum Pontificum "interpreted" (read "curtailed")by German Bishops

Liturgical Dispute; St. Peter's Online
The Italian episcopal conference met Sept. 16-19 and immediately brought up the question of implementing the apostolic letter. Of the 30 Italian bishops in the assembly, a small number took the opportunity to criticize the document, claiming that the ecclesiology in the old missal was "incompatible" with the new rite.

German Bishops issue guidelines for Summorum Pontificum

Bp. Farrell on the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

SP Varia

Montreal priests say they're in no rush to return to Latin in masses
Pope's decree 'not relevant,' hasn't even come up for discussion, one pastor says

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius of Chicago ( now provide online instruction in sacred liturgical music on their new website: WWW.SANCTAMISSA.ORG/EN/MUSIC. These articles on sacred liturgical music explain the musical rubrics as they pertain to the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962 Missale Romanum).

Implementing Summorum Pontificum at Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, DC)

Monday, September 24, 2007

SP September 24, 2007

TLM training said to be planned at North American College

From St. Louis: Archdiocesan priests attend meeting on Latin Mass rules.

Traditional Mass Celebrated in Greenwich

Sunday, September 23, 2007

SP September 23, 2007

Traditional Mass: Sign of Contradiction - II
When all else fails, lie, lie, lie...

Daily Traditional Mass Restored
Diocesan priests speaks out on tradition, the Mass and the Pope's MP
Interviewed by Michael J. Matt Editor, The Remnant

Cardinal Pell: Pope Didn't Turn Back Time

Friday, September 21, 2007

Guidelines in New Orleans: The (not so) Big Easy

Please find the Guidelines for the implementation of Summorum Pontificum for the Diocese New Orleans with my emphases and [comments]

Check out the letter from Bishop Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Fr. Z's comments here

SP September 21, 2007

Latin Mass fine for those with ADD

--No I am not making this up.

The Musical Impact of the Motu Proprio

Changing the liturgical mindset
--Fr. Tim Finigan gives his two cents on the Paul Inwood debacle.

Latin Mass Missal Sales Double

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Summorum Pontificum September 20, 2007

Latin Mass Chaplaincy for Dublin
In response to Pope Benedcit’s recent Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, Archbishop Martin has established a Chaplaincy for the faithful of the Diocese attached to the older form of the Roman rite (the ‘extraordinary’ from). Fr Gerard Deighan has been appointed Chaplain, and will be assisted by Fr.’s Michael G. Nevin and William Richardson.

Bertone speaks on the Reform of the Curia and Summorum Pontificum

Father Z. was busy with Bp. Campbell of Columbus on Summorum Pontificum

Whose Rite Is It Anyway?
—"They said we had no right to be there and that they were the only legitimate worshippers in that church." Problems with the Latin Mass? Think again.

The Colorado Catholic reports No additional Latin Masses on horizon in diocese of Colorado Springs

First Things: Prayer and Politics By Edward T. Oakes, S.J.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

SP Varia

The Worst of the Worst!
Hold on to your 1962 Missals folks! This is one of the worst responses to the Motu Proprio yet!

But wait! Here is some stiff competition!

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!
Russian representatives attend Latin Mass in Loreto

Faith and Begorrah!

Tridentine daily Masses are back in Ireland. "And who taught ya to be playing patty fingers in the Holy Water?"

Monday, September 17, 2007

SP September 18, 2007

Bagnasco speaks on the Motu Proprio
From the main address of the President of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, to the permanent council of the Conference (September 17, 2007).

Roundup of some of the secular reports:
Seattle Times, Times Picayune, and the Birmingham News.

Forty Hours Devotion in Thanksgiving for the Holy Father's Motu Proprio
September 14-16, 2007
In thanksgiving for His Holiness's motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum," the Institute of Christ the King held a Forty Hours devotion in the historical landmark Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago. The Forty Hours Devotion took place over this past weekend, culminating in a most beautiful High Mass on Sunday during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. For pictures of the event, see

Some intersesting comments at Scelata

If I were not employed, and were free to participate where and when and how I would, the Extraordinary Form would not be my first choice.
But now, praise Benedict and the motu proprio, I am at least entitled to ask for that, whereas I am not entitled to ask for the Ordinary Form with the Ordinary sung in Latin.
Or the Ordinary Form with the priest facing ad orientem. Or the Ordinary Form with no jokes. Or the Ordinary Form without being asked to squawk Lord of the Dance. Or the Ordinary Form without a glad-handing rotary convention inserted where the Pax Christi is offered. Or the Ordinary Form where no adolescent in a football jersey will address me from the sanctuary. Or the Ordinary Form with no mention of Jambalaya or sports enthusiasms.

So I am asking for the Extraordinary Form.
And my aspirations are rightful.


Summorum Pontificum September 17, 2007

High Noon for Sheriff Ben

—Is it Gary Cooper time for Pope Benedict? (Warning: Long Winded Metaphor)

The New Liturgical Movement
has some great photos and stories from Sunday's kickoff of Summorum Pontificum.

The Cafeteria reports that San Diego has a new TLM in
New church, 'old' Mass

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bishop to Pope: Take a Flying Leap!

This is the most unbelievable thing I have seen! This Bishop is in open defiance of the Pope, Summorum Pontificum, and blatantly ridicules the Extraordinary form!
HT to Amy Welborn

Caserta bishop prohibits traditional Mass -
Parish priest obeys but says he disagrees
By Angelo Agrippa
Corriere del Mezzogiorno

NAPLES - He is known as the bishop of tolerance. Of immigrants. Of deprived persons. He has opened diocesan structures for Muslims to say their Friday prayers, and Ukrainian/Moldavian Orthodox to use for their worship.

But now he has prohibited the celebration of the 1962 Mass restored as of September 14 by Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.

With a telephone call, Mons. Raffaele Nogaro ordered the rector of the Shrine of Sant'Anna in Caserta, Don Giovanni Battista Gionti, to stop the Mass he was planning to celebrate at 8 p.m. today.

"This case has nothing to do with tolerance," Nogaro said later.

"The Mass in Latin is a distortion of religious fact. Not even university professors who teach Latin pray in Latin. It is not an appropriate instrument for establishing a true relationship with God. To help people to pray is an honorable effort. That is what I try to do in allowing the Tent of Abraham to be used by Muslims and the chapel next to the Cathedral, to be used by the Orthodox.

"But to assail the faithful with sacred images, theatrical choreography and esthetic embellishments does the opposite. The faithful should be offered something valid and educational, not an occasion for disorientation. In short, murmuring prayers in Latin is good for nothing."

Strong words. A clear dissociation from Pope Benedict XVI's decree regarding the traditional Mass.

"The authority for the theological, liturgical and moral correctness of a diocese is the bishop," Nogaro continued, "even if the Pope has decreed an opening in favor of other rites. I am the only bishop in Campania who has asserted this so far to control the application of the Papal decree.

"Besides, the request of 30-40 persons is not sufficient in order for the traditional Mass to be celebrated. The parish priest is obliged to report it to his bishop. And I was never informed."

In his sacristy, Don Gionti is surrounded by many of those who had requested him for the traditional Mass, and is visibly disconcerted: "I will obey the bishop," he said, "even if this loses us the occasion for a liturgical experience that is important for our community, many of whom requested this. I considered it an experiment, certainly not a replacement for the post-Conciliar Mass.

"I think a priest should respond to a request by his congregation. But the bishop has ordered me to suspend the scheduled Mass, telling me that this would create a dangerous precedent. Though I still do not understand what danger he means."

In short, the Caserta case is everything but "Nulla veritas sine traditione" (Nothing is true outside tradition) as the followers of St. Pius V love to quote.

Fr. Louis Demornex, who studied at the Collegio Russium of Rome and has been the traditionalist parish priest of the Aulpi-Corigliani district in Sessa Auruna near Casertano, commented: "The Tridentine rite is not 'democratic' but for more than a millennium, it was the backbone of the Church. By destroying a traditional valid form of teh mass, one is tearing down the Church itself. The Pope knows this and that is why he issued this decree."

Nogaro, while protesting that he did not wish to be involved in any controversy, said further: "(Celebrating the traditional Mass) is like watching a statue passing in procession and simply admiring its artistic beauty. One cannot say that this is an act of faith or an occasion to inspire spirituality. This is what happens if we communicate in a language which no one knows at all, no one uses anymore, no one understands. The practice has nothing to do with the faith and someone must speak out on what the common thinking is about this."
Anyone want to take bets on whether satanic worship would illicit a similar response from the Bishop?

Negating the Motu Proprio

The Diocese of Peoria Office of Divine Worship has issued a humdinger of a memo.
Here is a taste:

As the "chief moderator" of the liturgy in this Diocese, and in accord with Motu Proprio, the Bishop will not allow any priest to celebrate the extraordinary form without his first demonstrating a working understanding of Latin .
Father Z. hits the roof.

Check out some of the glorious pictures of the Extraordinary Form on NLM here and here

For the Record: Bishop Farrell of Dallas

For the Record: Bishop Farrell of Dallas

Letter from Bishop Kevin Farrell to Priests (edited) source

I write to you concerning the most recent publication of Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI regarding the celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, that is, according to the Roman Missal promulgated in 1962 by Pope Blessed John XXIII.
In the Diocese of Dallas the Extraordinary Form is celebrated every Sunday at 9:30 AM and at 11:30 AM by Father Joseph Terra, FSSP at the Chapel of Carmel of St. Joseph and the Infant of Prague. The Extraordinary Form is celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish each morning at 6:30AM and on Saturday at 8:00 AM. The Ordinary Form of the Mass is celebrated in Latin (Novus Ordo) by Father Paul Weinberger at 11:30 AM on Sundays at St. William’s Church in Greenville, Texas.
In accordance with Article V of the Motu Proprio it is the responsibility of the Bishop of the Diocese to oversee the celebration of the liturgy in all of its Forms. As most of our priests have no formal liturgical training in the use of the Extraordinary Form I ask that any priest who wishes to celebrate this Form to contact me so that I can assist him in receiving adequate training in this Liturgical Form. In his letter to the Bishops of the world, the Holy Father pointed out that the celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form”… presupposes a certain degree of liturgical formation and some knowledge of the Latin language.”
It is my intention to establish a committee of four priests who have knowledge of the Tridentine Rite to assist me in reviewing all requests from priests and the laity to establish public Masses in the Extraordinary Form. It will be the responsibility of this committee to assess the Pastoral needs of the people as well as the capacity of our priests and parishes to celebrate the Mass in this Form.
I encourage any priest who seeks to celebrate the Extraordinary Form for the first time, privately or publicly, to seek a review of his abilities to celebrate the Rite in a worthy and noble manner. It would be most unfortunate if, due to a lack of liturgical training or misinterpretation of the rubrics, this Sacred Form was not celebrated with the dignity it requires.
As I visit the Parishes I am impressed by the dedication of some of our brother priests who, because of the needs of our people, celebrate six or more Masses on a weekend. I have also received requests from Pastors to establish Masses in additional national languages, but I have been reluctant to do so due to a lack of priests. I would hope that, if any priest feels that he could be of assistance in helping some of our more populated parishes, he would be willing to do so.
I thank you for your priestly ministry in service to the needs of our people.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

You Be the Judge: Progress?

EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE ROMAN RITE. Celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama on the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross September 14, 2007. 90 minutes.

Price: $25.00

Friday, September 14, 2007

Today is the Day! September 14, 2007

A Day of Great Joy!

Celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama.
Sept. 14 8:00 AM - Live
Sept. 14 6:00 PM Encore
Sept. 15 12:00 AM Encore

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos Speaks
Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", has some words on the main document of the current pontificate in an interview to Radio Vaticana

Arkansas Diocese, Latin Mass community respond to new papal support
Two order priests will help train interested pastors in Arkansas

Chicago Parish Already Living "Summorum Pontificum"
CHICAGO, SEPT. 13, 2007 ( Benedict XVI's vision that old and new liturgical forms harmoniously coexist had already been a reality for years at St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago, said Father Scott Haynes.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Summorum Pontificum September 13, 2007

Motu Propio intended more for Chinese Catholics than for Lefebvrists, says Chilean bishop
A fascinating article extensively quotes Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of Chile who suggests that there is a lot more than meets the eye in the motu proprio. A must read.

Will you watch the Solemn High Mass on EWTN tomorrow or the USCCB's riveting alternative?

Point / Counterpoint
Bishop of Alexandria declares "please do NOT presume such competency. Do not celebrate using the extraordinary form until you have been certified."

SP - Long Island Update
I spoke with Father Andrzej Zglejszewski Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Rockville Centre today regarding the availability of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite in the diocese following Summorum Pontificum.

Training for Priests
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is pleased to collaborate with Una Voce America in making possible workshops hosted by Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, on teaching priests to say the "extraordinary form" of the Latin Roman Rite.

If... but not "only if"
Fr. Tim Finigan clarifies the misreading that sees Summorum Pontificum as imposing conditions of the kind "if and only if". Not so.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Summorum Pontificum September 12, 2007

The hits just keep on comin' (The good kind)

And now the Bishop of Arlington

In what seems to be a trend of positive responses leading into September 14th, the Bishop of Sioux Falls issues norms.
Fr. Z. looks at it here. Bishop Swain of Sioux Falls issues norms for Extraordinary Use

September 14th reminders.

A reminder for those of you in the Columbus area:
A reminder: Solemn High Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

And of course if you are in the Chicago area:
The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

And as if perfect weather isn't enough, check this out in San Diego

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Summorum Pontificum September 11, 2007

Extraordinary Form for Extraordinary Parish

The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite comes to Long Island courtesy of Summorum Pontificum and a remarkable parish.

Summorum Potificum -It marks a new era of liturgical seriousness
by George Neumayr
The forces in the Church most responsible for dividing Catholics from magisterial teaching are the quickest to use the word “divisive” in any controversy.

And finally a little MP humor: Priests Turn Their Back on the People, Says Critics
——What about all the other professions that turn their back to the people?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Summorum Pontificum September 10, 2007

Only 4 more days until Summorum Pontificum goes into effect!

A Dei of Mass Appeal

The moment Cardinal Ratzinger emerged on the balcony at St. Peter's Square as successor to the late Pope John Paul II, Mary Kraychy knew her long wait was over.

"The Latin Mass is free again!" she thought that spring day in 2005. now has an altar server online tutorial available.

The Barque of Peter fisks an article in the St. Augustine Catholic. Conclusion, not good.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Wide and Generous

Bishop Lucas Of Springfield Il Responds to the Motu Proprio

——Another 'wide and generous' response to the Motu Proprio.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Summorum Pontificum September 7, 2007

The Bishop of Raleigh responds to the motu proprio!
This is one of the best responses to date. Fr. Z. gushes here.

Excellent news, eh?

The Toronto Oratory announces daily "Extraordinary Form Mass"

Diocese of Monterey
Latin Mass to be celebrated in Pismo soon
Local officials say it won’t return this month, though the pope hoped to bring back the tradition by Sept. 14

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Summorum Pontificum September 6, 2007

An Exciting Time To Be Catholic!
Damian Thompson hits the nail on the head.

Traditional Latin Mass has a devoted following in Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel opens up a can of know what on the CNS artile by Fr. Daly
Some pearls:

To begin with, Catholic News Service is operated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is certainly inappropriate for any columnist—particularly a priest—to use CNS as a forum to vent about or to second-guess a recent decision made by the Holy Father.
The moto proprio takes effect on Sept. 14. No one is in a position to second-guess the decision before it even takes effect, much less to criticize it simply based on very limited (and evidently flawed) personal experience or personal preference.
But my own experience makes me certain that Father Daly was wrong when he wrote: “But almost nobody will come.”

He and others who jump to the same conclusions need to “wake up and smell the incense.”
Father Z. has the lowdown on the obstacles, barriers, disincentives, encumbrances, efforts to hamper, hindrances norms set down by the diocese of Cincinnati for celebrating the Extraordinary Form.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Summorum Pontificum September 5, 2007

Summorum in Hawaii "Bishop Larry Silva’s CATECHESIS ON THE LITURGY"

Fr. Z had a busy day with an article from Venice Fl. and some negative reporting in Roanoke Va.

CMR Reports on some common sense and chutzpah about the Latin Mass in Calling Abe Foxman

And NLM reminds us about the exciting happenings at EWTN

EWTN To Air Traditional Latin Mass

Irondale, AL (EWTN) - EWTN Global Catholic Network will broadcast a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, live from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, on Friday, September 14th, at 8 AM.

The Mass will be celebrated by clergy of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in commemoration of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Chant for the Mass will be offered by the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery.

This special two-hour broadcast of the “Traditional Latin Mass,” will take place on the effective date for the norms permitting the celebration of Mass according to the Missal of 1962, recently promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter issued motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum.

As preparation for this broadcast, on Wednesday, September 12th at 10 PM, EWTN will present a one-hour roundtable: “The Motu Proprio on the Traditional Latin Mass,” hosted by the Network’s Vice President for Theology, Colin Donovan and featuring a panel of experts.

On Friday, September 14th, at 8:00 PM, The World Over Live program will have host Raymond Arroyo talking with the Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke of St. Louis, Missouri about the Motu Proprio issued by Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop Burke was one of two American Bishops personally invited to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI for a briefing on the Motu Proprio before its release. He will share his thoughts on that meeting and take questions from EWTN viewers.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

September Morn

An Ode to the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.

Since we are only nine days away from the implementation of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, I decided a song was needed to celebrate the occasion.

SP September 4, 2007

Out With the Old, In With the New
Church traditionalist and supporter of Summorum Pontificum tipped as new Archbishop of Westminster.

Be sure to check out a very funny post by The Curt Jester about a new liturgical position, The liturgical Referee. Hand Signals for Liturgical penalties included.

I wish this is what my parish bulletin looked like:

Monday, September 3, 2007

Summorum Pontificum September 3, 2007

New Jersey Parish Prepares for First Traditional Latin Mass
In the diocese of Camden, New Jersey, the pastor and parishioners of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, located in the town of Merchantville, are preparing for the introduction of the Traditional Latin Mass.

What Should Our Priorities Be? by Michael E. Lawrence

It is often said after a political party or candidate blows an election that they were not organized, that in principle they might have been the favorite if only they had not wandered around aimlessly in the time leading up to the election. It's often said, too, of vanquished sports teams that should easily have been victorious (How are our Michigan readers doing?), that they did not prepare, they were not ready, they assumed that everything would take care of itself.

Those of us who would like to carry out the Reform of the Reform and a Renaissance of tradition are at a crucial organizational stage as the implementation date of Summorum Pontificum nears.
Read the rest here.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

SP Varia

Bring in traditionalists to save dying parishes, urges bishop
A leading traditionalist bishop has urged the bishops of England and Wales to invite traditionalist groups to take over failing parishes instead of closing down churches.

Area priests see little demand for Latin Mass
Several Roman Catholic priests in Southwest Virginia are thankful demand for the old-style Latin Mass hasn't emerged here because they are already stretched thin trying to serve rural parishes.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Summorum Pontificum September 1, 2007

Summorum in Santa Rosa

Bishop Walsh of Santa Rosa reacts to the motu proprio.

Transcript of Bishop Galeone St. Augustine on WQOP

Fr. Tim Finigan at HoC gives his take on why two forms, one rite in Enrichment - keeping it mutual