Thursday, January 31, 2008

SP January 31, 2008

Rumor on reform of Prayer for the Jews: Still a rumor

Franciscan University at Steubenville approves TLM
In response to those students who have demonstrated their commitment to the extraordinary form of the Latin rite Mass, Franciscan University will celebrate its first Traditional Latin Mass in Christ the King Chapel on Sunday, March 30.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

SP January 30, 2008

You Report: Traditional Masses around the World - IX
Diocese of Baker, in the United States

Tridentine Mass altar girls? Not yet…

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

SP January 29, 2008

OT: Ranjith on Kneeling for Communion during the liturgy and Communion on the Tongue
Even in the Church, the deep conviction that in the Eucharistic species the Lord is truly and really present, along with the growing practice of preserving the Holy Sacrament in tabernacles, contributed to practice of kneeling in an attitude of humble adoration of the Lord in the Eucharist.

Thanksgiving Traditional Mass of Bishop Camilo Gregorio

Monday, January 28, 2008

SP January 28, 2008

Philadelphia: Priests receive guidelines for traditional Latin Mass
Cardinal Justin Rigali has sent a letter to all priests of the Archdiocese announcing he has promulgated guidelines for the implementation of new norms set by Pope Benedict XVI for the Mass familiar worldwide through the 1960s, which was celebrated mainly in Latin.

Unfortunately, they used the "Template"
A priest is qualified to celebrate the Extraordinary Form when he possesses the requisite knowledge of the rubrics of the Mass and he is competent in the Latin language. If he wishes to celebrate the Extraordinary Form publicly, he must demonstrate this required competence to the regional auxiliary bishop or his delegate. The same requirement holds for deacons who are asked to participate in a Mass or sacred liturgy in the Extraordinary Form.

The Summorum Effect

Number of Masses on the rise in central Europe

Sunday, January 27, 2008

SP January 27, 2008

Card. Castrillón Asks French Scouts to Apply Summorum Pontificum
"Bizarrely invoking their 'attachment without reserve to the Council' and exclusively pedagogic criteria, the national team had closed its doors to certain priests although they are perfectly Roman Catholic. "

Saturday, January 26, 2008

SP January 26, 2008

German bishop slams liturgical abuse
"Whoever has to deal with liturgy everyday, wallows in a swamp - said the Bishop of Eichstaett and that prayers according to the "knitting bobbin model" make him full of rage."

Vatican explains old Mass changes

he Vatican has begun drafting a document to elaborate on Pope Benedict XVI's recent liberalization of the old Latin Mass because bishops are either ignoring his move or misinterpreting it, Vatican officials said.

More than 700 faithful attend the first Mass in Latin in Iloilo City
This week, the parish of Mandurriao celebrated the first Eucharistic celebration in Latin in more than 30 years. The participants say they were "spiritually inspired". The celebrant was Msgr Tuvilla, who at the homily used the local Hiligaynon dialect.

Friday, January 25, 2008

SP January 25, 2008

Liberalization of the Latin Mass:
A valuable aspect of the current papacy, says Moscow Patriarch

The Usus Antiquior and the Maryvale Institute

Thursday, January 24, 2008

SP January 24, 2008

The Vernacular Option for the Lessons; A Call for Discussion
NLM has an interesting discussion on the use of the vernacular for the readings.

Pope's Mass rethink
Jewish commentary on rumored changes to the Good Friday prayer

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

SP January 23, 2008

Bishop To Ave Maria University: Latin Mass Every Day

“Due to the demand for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, both from Catholics residents in Ave Maria Town as well as from students, faculty, and staff at Ave Maria University, and in accordance with ‘Summorum Pontificum’, it is fitting that a Sunday Mass be celebrated on campus in the Extraordinary Form. In keeping with the same manifest desire, it would seem opportune that the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite be celebrated on a daily basis at the University, and at a convenient time. Further, it is noted that, in accordance with ‘Summorum Pontificum’, unscheduled Masses can also be celebrated by priests on campus, in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.”

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

SP January 22, 2008

Faith: Latin Mass for Those on the Go
Twin priests restore and record CD of traditional service.

Vatican official says pope does not want to abandon liturgical reform
Pope Benedict XVI has no intention of launching a liturgical "return to the past" but would like to recover some important elements that have been lost or forgotten in recent decades, the Vatican's liturgist said.

Monday, January 21, 2008

SP January 21, 2008

Cathedral finds enthusiastic audience for Latin service

Rorate Caeli: You Report: Traditional Masses around the World - VIII
Cubao, in the Philippines

Pontiff's blessing revives Latin Mass
Some prefer traditional rite; others, the vernacular

Saturday, January 19, 2008

SP January 19, 2008

Benedict faces east at Mass in the Sistine Chapel
Pope Benedict XVI this week celebrated a public Mass facing east for the first time since becoming pontiff.
In a historic step widely welcomed by traditionalists the Pope celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel while facing Michaelangelo’s painting of the Last Judgment.

Dr. Alcuin Reid: "A subtle but decisive liturgical reform being enacted..."
The latest and perhaps most striking step in this reform took place on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord when, as has become customary, the Pope celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel and baptised newborn infants. As papal ceremonial goes, this is not usually a grand liturgical occasion: the Mass is in the vernacular and is largely said, not sung.

Yet it was precisely there – in perhaps as close to a parish setting as papal ceremonies often get – that the Holy Father chose to make a significant liturgical adjustment.

Friday, January 18, 2008

SP January 18, 2008

Out With the Old, In with the Jews
First alteration in the Traditional Missal after the Motu Proprio

Differing Opinions
Letters to the editor of US News and World Report about their article "A Return to Tradition."

The Motu Proprio must not become a political football

Thursday, January 17, 2008

SP January 17, 2008

The Forum: Ad orientem: the single most important reform
Before he ascended to the throne of Peter, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote frequently about the liturgy, and explained his love for the Mass celebrated ad orientem-- with the priest facing toward the altar, toward the east. Now as Roman Pontiff he has made his argument all the more eloquent, simply by celebrating Mass ad orientem himself in the Sistine Chapel.

Greenbay WI: Traditional Latin Mass celebrated Saturday
If they think that will help them on Sunday against the Giants, they have another thing comin'.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SP January 16, 2008

An extraordinary liturgy returns to campus
The TLM at ND. Ht to the Cafeteria.

Necessary Conversations
Six months later, I think some are surprised. Even more conservative/Traditionalist naysayers are a bit flummoxed at what they have seen. It’s not that the Extraordinary Form is flooding the market, but there is definitely growth, not only in numbers - slow but steady - but in apparent openness. Yes, some doors in many dioceses and parishes remain firmly shut, but there is definitely a subtle shift.

Latin Mass likened to a symphony

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

SP January 15, 2008

They Don't Like This!
Yet the centuries-old history of the Church is made of gestures, of signs, of symbols, and when Joseph Ratzinger ... solemnly elevated the host and the chalice in the direction of the crucifix situated on top of the ancient marble altar, not looking at the faithful, but staring at the Christ of the Universal Judgment on the wall, all understood. The pontiff will not deviate from the chosen path: to review the application of Vatican II.

Usus Antiquior: Birmingham, Alabama

Tridentine rite returns to Nashville Diocese

Monday, January 14, 2008

SP January 14, 2008

OY! Pope Turns Back on Congregation In Old Mass Ritual

Schismatic Groups Coming Home, Reports Vatican
Cardinal Assesses Impact of "Summorum Pontificum"

ROME, JAN. 13, 2008 ( Six months after Benedict XVI issued an apostolic letter on the extended use of the 1962 missal, the Vatican says it is seeing fruits of reconciliation with Catholics who objected to the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

SP January 12, 2008

Ecclesia Dei Secretary:Instruction on the Motu Proprio to be released "shortly"

IMPORTANT: Pope to celebrate versus Deum this Sunday

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

SP January 9, 2008

Some Thoughts on Motu Proprio Mania
By Mark Shea

Top 10 neglected Vatican stories of 2007

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

SP January 8, 2008

Request for TLM Denied in Ireland

Media: Latin Mass revives an ancient Catholic rite
A Raleigh cathedral celebrates Tridentine Mass for the first time in years.

Monday, January 7, 2008

SP January 7, 2008

TLM Returns to Denmark

Tridentine High Mass at the Cathedral
Kat reports on the first High Mass in the Cathedral in Raleigh, North Carolina in 40 years.

Rorate Caeli: The Fellay Report - II The Pope himself recognized the possibility of a state of necessity

Church offers flashback to Latin Mass

TLM Returns to Denmark

From a reader:

TLM Returns to Sacred Heart in Copenhagen, Denmark

A petition for Mass in the extraordinary form on every Sunday and Holy Day of obligation was signed by 40 faithful in August 2008 and delivered to the parish of Sacred Heart in central Copenhagen on Sept. 1.

On January 6 (Epiphany) the parish announced that the Mass will be celebrated in this form on every first and third Sunday, in the parish church, at 6PM. This good news comes after three months without the Mass - as the former monthly Indult Mass, held in a school chapel, was ceased in November.

More information at

Saturday, January 5, 2008

SP January 5, 2008

TLM comes to Raleigh

Traditional Mass returns to St Birinus, Dorchester-on-Thames

Friday, January 4, 2008

SP January 4, 2008

Vatican clarifying Latin Mass rules
By NICOLE WINFIELD (Associated Press Writer)

Summorum Pontificum for Episcopal Dummies

The Curt Jester has an exclusive preview of the clarifying document. Too funny to be missed!

Lecture on the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum
Given to the priests of the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas October 16th 2007

Thursday, January 3, 2008

SP January 3, 2008

'Peaceful co-existence'
Traditional Latin Mass comes to Auburn parish a stone’s throw away from center for feminist theology and eco-spirituality

Bishop, vicar general, others learning Latin Mass

Book Review: Sacred Then and Sacred Now by Shawn Tribe

Recently a new book was mentioned, Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., published by Roman Catholic Books. ($15.95 USD)

The Lost Controversy of Latin

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

SP January 2, 2008

New Vatican document to clarify Summorum Pontificum

Vatican, Dec. 31, 2007 ( - The Vatican will soon issue a new document clarifying the terms of Summum Pontificum, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (bio - news) has revealed.

Confirming reports that have circulated around Rome in recent weeks, the Vatican Secretary of State told the Italian weekly Famiglia Cristiana that the Ecclesia Dei commission will issue instructions to "clarify the criteria for the application of the motu proprio" in which Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) broadened access to the traditional Latin Mass.

Cardinal Bertone said that the new document was needed because there have been some "confused reactions" to the motu proprio. In fact some Vatican officials-- most notably Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship-- have energetically criticized bishops who have failed to accept the papal directive.

Cardinal Bertone took a more conciliatory approach to the disputes that have arisen in the aftermath of the Pope's move to restore the traditional Mass. The Italian prelate told Famiglia Cristiana that had been widely misinterpreted, and the new instruction from the Ecclesia Dei commission would attempt to clear up misconceptions.

"Some people have charged that the Pope was rejecting the Council's [Vatican II] teaching," Cardinal Bertone told the Italian magazine, emphasizing that this interpretation is completely unfounded. At the same time, he also dismissed the theory that Pope Benedict hopes to replace the Novus Ordo Mass, making the "extraordinary form" the single liturgical usage of the future. That is equally inaccurate, the cardinal said.