Showing posts with label FSSP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FSSP. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FSSP to Take Over Baroque Church in Munich

On behalf of the Archdiocese of Munich from September 1st, the complete pastoral care will be taken over the already existing for many years at the Munich Damenstiftskirche worshiping congregation from 1 September. Hl daily. Planned fairs in the old rite

Munich ( The Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) will take on behalf of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising the entire pastoral care of the Damenstiftskirche congregation from the 1st of September, which has already been existing for many years. This was announced by the community that celebrates Holy Mass in the old rite, in a press release. The Society therefore is sending a second priest to Munich, for the offering of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form [Immemorial Mass of All Ages]. It is planned that a celebration of Mass in the old rite is to be offered daily.

Notice for Mass times from the 1st of September 2014: Sundays and public holidays: 9:30 hours, Monday: 8:00 hours, Tuesday to Friday: 17:30 hours, Saturday: 8:00 hours. Photcredit, Merkur...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Oremus: FSSP Priest Shot and Killed in Phoenix at Mater Misericordia

A 28-year-old priest was shot and killed and another wounded at a Catholic church Wednesday night near the state Capitol, a Phoenix police spokesman said.
Police were responding to a burglary call shortly after 9 p.m. near 16th Avenue and Monroe Street at the Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission, Sgt. Steve Martos said.
The Diocese of Phoenix released a statement early Thursday morning identifying the slain priest as Father Kenneth Walker, who is listed as associate pastor at the Mother of Mercy Mission.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rorate Confirms Apostolic Visitation of FSSP: Bishop Bruskewitz Leads

Edit: as we’d reported below, there will be a Visitation.  Looks like friendly forces so far, possibly just a social call and nothing more.
The recently mentioned Ordinary Apostolic Visitation of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) is, as its name indicates, a routine measure determined by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (PCED). 
The first news item of the visitation was posted by the FSSP themselves (see here) only with the name of the principal visitator. Rorate can now confirm that the visitation is indeed happening, and the officials are: 
Bishop Vitus Huonder, of Chur/Coire (Switzerland), Principal Visitor (Wigratzbad)
Dom Hervé Courau, O.S.B., Father Abbot of Notre-Dame de Triors (France), Co-Visitor (Wigratzbad) 
Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, Bishop Emeritus of Lincoln, (United States)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Church Bishop Huonder Named as Apostolic Visitor to FSSP

Bishop Huonder was commissioned by the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" with the Apostolic Visitation of the Fraternity of St. Peter - Chur media relations officer described this for a "sign of confidence"

Chur-Vatican ( The Bishop of Chur, Vitus Huonder, was commissioned by the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" with the Apostolic Visitation of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. This was announced in a press release by the Diocese of Chur on Friday. It is to be a routine Visitiation as it is done in other communities. Bishop Vitus Huonder will act as key visitor, in cooperation with other agents in Europe and the USA.
Giuseppe Gracia, Media Officer of the Diocese of Chur, commented for "Among the numerous possible bishops of the universal Church that are eligible for such a task in question, Rome has selected the Bishop of Chur. This is a big vote of confidence at a crucial time, about which  we are extremely pleased. "This decision also shows" the diplomatic wisdom of the Apostolic See," continued Gracia. "It is known that the bishop of Chur enjoys the trust of  the Fraternity of St. Peter  and that the visitation will take place under his leadership, with open doors." 

Bishop Huonder thanked the Apostolic See you for the trust they have placed. He will be preoccupied  by the visitation till the end of 2014.  A formal procedure of the Fraternity of St. Peter  will ensure that the bishop may still handle his main tasks in the diocese during this time and to be represented in some areas.

 The Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" is responsible for the care of different communities, which use the extraordinary form of the Roman rite. The President of Ecclesia Dei is the prefect of the CDF, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Cardinal. 

Pope Francis and the Bishop of Chur Vitus Huonder Photo (c) Diocese of Chur

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Monday, February 17, 2014

15 New Subdeacons Ordained in the FSSP

(Wigratzbad) 15 seminarians are receiving the subdiaconate for the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) on the first two Saturdays in February. The clergy of the Institute of tradition is characterized by a very good and thorough training.
Nine candidates of the Seminary of Wigratzbad were on  consecrated on 15 February  by Archbishop Haas of Vaduz in the parish church of Deuchelried in Wangen im Allgäu to the subdiaconate. There are four Frenchmen, two Canadians, one Colombian, a candidate of the Dominican Republic and one Austrian. At the same time Archbishop Haas confered 21 seminarians minor orders.
Already on 1 February six candidates had been consecrated in Denton in  Nebraska to subdiaconate   Bishop Fabian Wendelin Bruskewitz, Bishop Emeritus of Lincoln, carried out the consecrations in the Seminary of the Fraternity in Lincoln.
The Fraternity of St. Peter, an Institute of Tradition,  is as a whole is characterized by a very well-educated clergy that stands out not only in the worthy celebration of the Immemorial Mass of All Ages, the serious administration of the sacraments, but also in catechesis and pastoral care. The Fraternity of St. Peter has published pictures of the Subdiaconal Ordination in Deuchelried .
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Rorate Caeli
Trans: Tancred

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bishop Zdarsa Pays a Visit to FSSP Seminary in Wigratzbad

(Wigratzbad) On 21 November endowed Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Augsburg paid a visit to the traditional seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) in Wigratzbad. It was the first visit by the diocesan Bishop, after the hunt and the resignation of Bishop Walter Mixa, who succeeded him in 2010. Wigratzbad located in the south of the Diocese of Augsburg, near Lake Constance.
Bishop Zdarsa celebrated solemn vespers with the priests and seminarians of the Fraternity of St. Peter, a solemn Vespers in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, which was held in the parish church of Opfenbach. Then the bishop visited the seminary. Regent Father Patrick Fay des Choisinet showed him the building and introduced him to the seminary community. The visit included a dinner in honor for the bishop.  It offered an opportunity to become aquatinted and exchange ideas.
The predecessor of Bishop Zdarsa, Bishop Mixa visited the seminary in 2008.
Wigratzbad also has a shrine and witnessed the establishment of the Catholic television station K-TV by Pastor Hans Buschor from the diocese of Sankt Gallen.

More pictures of the event at Katholisches...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Priestly Ordinations in Germany by Bishop Huonder of Chur, Switzerland

This is from Accion Liturgica: The embattled Bishop Vitus Huonder, Bishop of Chur (Switzerland), has conducted ordinations in the Immemorial Mass of All Ages for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, in Lindenberg, Lindau, Germany, on June 29th, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. FSSP

Monday, June 24, 2013

New FSSP Parish in Minneapolis of All Places

Edit: this parish was one of those which was slated for closing, now it's being given new life.  We'd earlier felt that the Archbishop's subordinates were being deliberately unfair in their choice of parishes to close, but this really makes up for that.
Minneapolis is one of the more Liberal cities in the United States.  Its conservative working class community in Northeast Minneapolis should appreciate this.
Here is the Archbishop's letter:
June 22, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am happy to announce that the parish of All Saints of Minneapolis will have a pastor and an associate to serve you beginning next month.
minneopolis-all-saints5As you have likely seen and heard in parish communications over the past few months, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter has offered to send two of its members to care for the parish of All Saints, which has been without a pastor for more than a year. After consultation with your parish trustees and your parish pastoral council, as well as the presbyteral council, a representative body of priests from across the Archdiocese, I have accepted the Fraternity’s offer.
Father Peter Bauknecht and Father Simon Harkins will begin their service at All Saints on July 3, 2013. Fr. Bauknecht will serve as pastor.
As you may know, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is a Catholic Clerical Society of Apostolic Life dedicated to providing Catholics access to the extraordinary form of the liturgy according to the liturgical books of 1962. You can find out more about the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter at their website: Mass in the extraordinary form will be offered at All Saints. Mass in the current form to which you are accustomed will be offered, as well. A Mass schedule will be established, in consultation with All Saints parish leadership.
Please join me in welcoming Father Bauknecht and Father Harkins. I will be praying for these priests as they begin service in your parish and I ask that you join me supporting their work through prayer, as well.
With every good wish, I am,
Cordially yours in Christ,
Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt

The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

British Diocesan Priests on Retreat at Society of St. Peter in Wigratzbad

(Wigratzbad) In April, the traditionally associated Fraternity held retreats at their seminary in Wigratzbat for 15 diocesan priests from various parts of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Northern Ireland). The four-day retreat was under the theme "The priest and the Eucharist in the Current Magisterium of the Church."

The occasion for this retreat was the tenth anniversary of the "groundbreaking encyclical" by John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia of May 2003, says the Fraternity of St. Peter. The retreat preacher was Father Arnaud de Malleray FSSP, the spiritual assistant of the lay association of the Fraternity, which is called the Confraternity of Saint Peter. He spoke in his lectures on the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the priest, the essence of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, the sacrificial character of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the Liturgy.

The conferences illuminated key messages, important doctrinal documents of recent times, as the Dogmatic Constitutions Presbytero Ordinis and Sacrosanctum Concilium , the Encyclical Mysterium Fidei of Paul VI., the encyclical Mediator Dei of Pius XII. and other texts.

The British priests experienced in Wigratzbad the spiritual atmosphere of the Marian pilgrimage site with its opportunities for perpetual adoration and to meet the residents of the Seminary of St. Peter. The Bishop of Portsmouth, Bishop Philip Egan, in whose diocese the Fraternity of St. Peter is active, had advertised the retreat in the circular to its priests.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
 Image: Peter Brotherhood
Trans: Tancred ADMG

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Bishop of Versailles Will Celebrate the Concluding Mass -- 2 Times 100 km: International Pentecost Pilgramage of Tradition Between Paris and Chartres

(Paris) Bishop Marie Eric Aummonier, Bishop of Versailles, is to be the celebrant at the Cathedral of Chartres to the conclusion of this year's International Pentecost Pilgrimage of the Ecclesia Dei communities in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on Whit Monday. This decision was announced, the organizers of the pilgrimage traditional Association Notre-Dame de Chrétienté. This is another sign that the traditional Catholics are perceived by the bishops of the region of Paris more and more as self-evidently part of the Church and recognized. The prelude was in 2010 by the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, with a visit to the pilgrims in the large tent city of the three-day pilgrimage on foot, to be covered in approximately 100 kilometers from Paris to Chartres.

At Pentecost the two largest international traditional pilgrimages will take place at the same time. In addition to the pilgrimage of Fraternity of St. Peter and other Ecclesia Dei communities from Paris to Chartres, another pilgrimage takes place at the same time by the SSPX, which follows the exact opposite way from Chartres to Paris. Both pilgrimages originally go back to the same origin. As when the SSPX came to a break because Rome did not allow episcopal ordinations in 1988 and the Fraternity of St. Peter and the Ecclesia Dei communities emerged, also share the pilgrimage.

The pilgrimage of the Fraternity can use the cathedrals, which is why the Holy Mass is celebrated at the beginning in the cathedral of Paris and the conclusion is at the Cathedral of Chartres. The SSPX are still denied this, which is why Holy Mass is celebrated at the beginning of the pilgrimage outside the Cathedral of Chartres in the open air, as the concluding Mass at Les Invalides in Paris. At these two largest pilgrimages of tradition together, tens of thousands of believers will participate.

There are still free spots at the SSPX. The American group will be led by Father Patrick Rutledge.

Link to katholishes...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Seminarians of Tradition Visit Abandoned Monastery of Weigarten

(Weingarten) The Community of the International Seminary of the Old Ritual Society of St. Peter made a visit on the 8th of December for the High Feast of the Immaculate Conception to Abbey Weingarten. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is being celebrated for the intention of the benefactors of the Seminary. The Seminarians received the blessing of a blood reliquary guarded by the monastery since 1094.  It contains some soil stained with the blood of Jesus from Golgotha.

The Benedictine Abbey Weingarten was founded in 1056 as a Royal Abbey.  In 1803 the monastery was abolished by an Imperial Deputation.  However there the Archabbey of Beuron however attempted resettlement.  In 2010 followed the second extinguishment of the monastic community.  Internal conflicts had driven the convent to dissolution.  The monks of Weingarten still living there have found a new cloister.  The most famous among them is the 101 year old Moral and Pastoral theologian Father Anselm Günthör.

The visit of the seminarians of the International Priestly Seminary of Wigratzbad and the celebration of the Old Mass, which is used as a parish church, but which is joined by orphaned monks, has been filled with new life, who carry the seeds of renewal in them.  With that there is a photo gallery which shows also some events taking place during the visit of the seminary community in October to the Church of the former Imperial Abbey Salem and St. Nikolaus Münster of Überlingen.

Link to katholisches....

Monday, January 14, 2013

"The Forbidden Rite": Part II

An Altar Used During Penal Times
[Katholisches] "The Forbidden Rite" describes a film for the defense of the Tridentine Rite, which has been published in two parts on the internet.  [The second part appeared on January 9th.]  "On a film, whose pictures speak for themselves", says the traditional site Messa in Latino.  "Forbidden, powerful, timeless, beautiful, unusual, unique", with these words the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite is described as it is shown in the film.  The film has been in existence already since the end of 2011 in the USA, but still is little known in the German speaking zone.

In the first part of the film, it says: Yet in 2007, history began to change. The Vatican unleashed this once almost forbidden rite, requiring that every bishop, priest, and diocese around the world welcome those who desired it, and help them to obtain it.  
 Despite the many efforts of the Pope, who himself practices this ancient rite and desires for it to become the norm in parishes, their persecutors still abound within the Church, continuing to negate them the best that they can.  
 The battle is only beginning, but it is one that will change the face of the Catholic Church, and that of the world, forever.
The film has presented the back ground of the Society of St. Peter, canonically established and founded in 1988.  The Society which has one of its International Seminaries in Wigratzbad in Bodensee, [but also in Denton, Nebraska at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary] belongs to the so-called Ecclesia Dei Community, which is subject to the Papal Commission of the same name.

The Second part of the film "The Forbidden Rite" is dedicated to The Society of St. Peter. [There will be a Part III as soon as the producer can accomplish it]

Part I

Partt II

Source at Katholisches...


Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Traditional Benedictine Cloister Founded on Sardinia

(Rome)  On the Mediterranean island of Sardinia there is a new traditional cloister of eremitical Benedictines.  Ten years ago a group of faithful bid the Bishop of Tempio-Ampurias, to have the Holy Mass in the Tridentine Rite.  Bishop Paolo Atzei, a Franciscan, denied the request with a letter of November 1st, 2002:  "I will never be the Bishop [...], who will lead back to what you and perhaps others in the area hope, to a pre-Conciliar return.  Still I will allow that others in the Diocese celebrate according to the Missal! [of 1962, note]  In 2004 Msgr. Atzei was named as Archbishop of Sassari by Pope John Paul II.

In 2004 They Formed an Old Ritual Community of Benedictine Spirituality

Eight years ago some faithful began the traditional group under the spiritual direction of a priest of the Ecclesia Dei Community, a common life in the spirit of Benedictine Monasticism and the "Old Rite".  The Classical form of the Roman Rite was in the mean time, thanks to the Motu Propr. "Summorum Pontificum" of Pope Benedict XVI. the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite was freed, however they had no location, and not from any lack of resistance in the Diocese.

2012 Has Begun With the Monastery

After several years of living in a private home and in the midst of the world, they wish to have their own monastery.  They found a place of retreat and a piece of land which could be acquired in a remote location.  In 2011 Father Konrad zu Lowenstein of the Fraternity of St. Peter blessed the property.  2012 has begun with the construction of the monastery.  The cell block is now largely complete. In 2013, the church and the cloisters will be built.

The community has so far not come directly to the public, nor has the exact location of the monastery building site been announced.   As Messa in Latino reported, the community asks for discretion, as they fear that in the light of their experience with the diocesan church leadership, that repression and a media witch hunt would necessarily bring unrest to the spiritual life of the group.  This reluctance has been criticized in part as secrecy.  Nevertheless, the community has firmly resolved in this.

The canonical status of the community is not resolved at the diocesan level, this was partly because of the secrecy so far that they have made no such request.  As yet, contacts with the Pontifical Commission of Ecclesia Dei could not be ascertained.  Nevertheless, the group pushes forward with the monastery and has asked for assistance.  Those who want further information may do so via the e-mail  Information is also likely to be obtained via Messa in Latino or Father Konrad zu   Lowenstein FSSP.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi 
Image: Messa in Latino

Monday, July 30, 2012

Neo-Conservative French Bishop More Eager to Accomodate Ecumenism Than Catholicism

Edit: despite great demand, Bishop d'Ornellas refuses to supply the people with access to a Traditional Latin Mass as prescribed by Summorum Pontificum.  Yet the decadent Diocese is ready to do their best to accommodate halal and kosher meals for non-Catholics in the name of inter-religious dialog. 

We received the following report from and a thoughtful reader which we translated with google. 

"When we go on holiday in Britain, usually we go to Mass at the very welcoming Chapel of St. Anne (St. Malo). This place of worship is served by the Society of St. Pius X to which we have only sympathy. 
The climate a little heavy around the SSPX recently led us to seek yet another traditional place of worship. It's simple, outside of the apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King, in Rennes, there is nothing! Yet I can assure you there, especially in the Rance estuary, between Dinard / St Briac Saint-Malo/Cancale and a potential supply of faithful of the SSPX (in Rennes, Saint Malo and St. Mary's School of the Holy Father, not to mention Lanvallay in the neighboring diocese of Saint-Brieuc) is not enough to satisfy, especially in the summer. 
In short, we chose to do some sightseeing and liturgical masses alternating holidays with the apostolate of ICRSP in Rennes, the Mass in Gregorian chant of the Cathedral of Saint-Malo, a legacy of the wonderful canon Orhant who led control of the cathedral for many years, and probably the SSPX August 15. 
Our first choice was there and Rennes, what a shock! A chapel in a neighborhood eccentric, in a sorry state and packed even though friends told us that during the school year, there are still more people. 
I know you have already repeatedly addressed the issue Rennes in your letters but I think you should come back. Would not that because the faithful with whom I discussed at the exit of the Mass have taught me that the mayor of Rennes had announced the construction of a subway station near the chapel and they not know what would happen to them during this project due to start in September and could last two years. 
Before the ad limina visits, I think a letter explaining liturgical Peace that ultimately the Motu Proprio of Benedict XVI is still lacking in an honest application as important as the Archdiocese of Rennes could do good to the followers of Archbishop d'Ornellas as those of other dioceses where Catholics are still traditional sensitivity and always treated as second-class Catholics. ". 
It is with pleasure, alas! we respond to the request of our readers and carry back our attention to the diocese entrusted to Bishop d'Ornellas. In fact, we could take almost verbatim our 287 Letter of June 17, 2011 as the situation is frozen. 
1) Our drive begins by pointing out the existence of a high potential of faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite between Dinard and Saint-Malo, especially in summer. This is so true that a request for implementation of the Motu Proprio was made ​​pastor of Dinard in ... 2009. Without success, since the priest had wished to seek a petition Episcopal - yet canonically useless - which never came. 
In fact, the reigning Archbishop d'Ornellas, there is no more possibility of regular celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Dinard that there has to Redon, Vitre or Châteaubourg, even , as was the case for the latter parish, the application file ends up being sent to Rome. From the mold of Paris, Mgr d'Ornellas is on principle opposed to any initiative, as well as liturgical or doctrinal spiritual, traditional color. Italian Vatican expert Sandro Magister also recently associated the name of Bishop d'Ornellas to that of Cardinal Vingt-Trois to evoke the French prelates refused to consider, unlike the Pope, "the traditionalist world - very much alive in France, there component not included in its Lefebvrist - more as a resource than a problem. " 
If we add to this that Monsignor d'Ornellas is renowned in all areas, and to everyone, just the opposite of dialogue, to put it lightly (1), few faithful dare to ask for hearing ... Hence the judgment of applications (formally expressed) in the diocese. Anyway, as he says and rehearsed by a clergy submitted more than an accomplice, the Episcopal line is that demand is satisfied since there is the chapel of St. Francis. 
2) The Chapel of St. Francis is the historic site of the application of the Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei of 1988 in the diocese of Rennes. For a dozen years, one of the celebrants were Father Anthony Perrero, La Salette missionary called to God in 2010. It is he who has gradually passed the torch to the Institute of Christ the King, establishing over time a close relationship with the Institute. 
In his will, Father Perrero had expressed his wish that his funeral be celebrated at St. Francis according to the traditional liturgy. A vow which Mgr d'Ornellas replied with a bad grace, celebrating a Mass in Latin, Paul VI, awkward - especially reading sections aloud - and preaching against the extraordinary form that would deprive the faithful recitation of the Our ​​Father ... A hurtful attitude and shocking not only for the faithful of St. Francis but also for pilgrims who discovered thanks to La Salette Father Perrero, often foreign to the extraordinary form, and his brother priests who came with him in his final resting place. 
3) Meanwhile, as noted by our colleague Riposte Catholic Diocese of Rennes practice interreligious dialogue at a level rarely seen. From 17 to 22 July, a session devoted to Judaism interdiocesan was organized in order to "discover the Christians inexhaustible spiritual wealth" of it. Yes, you read well, the target of these days were primarily Christians, "young and old, priests, seminarians, catechists, Catholic school teachers, lay responsibility in the Church." It is well beyond what is usually done in the dioceses on behalf of the declaration Nostra Aetate,especially as the registration form states that "all meals will be kosher" (and why the Halal meat was it not foreseen?). 
Even without considering the merit of such an initiative, we can only frown upon reading the key words for this event - "Distinguish not separate and unite without confounding" - as they are in glaring contrast with the ostracism are victims, in the diocese of Rennes, Catholics attached to the traditional liturgy. [It's ok to ostracize traditionalists, but you must accommodate other religions even if you compromise your own]
In his letter to the bishops of 7 July 2007 accompanying the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict does not he called all his brother bishops, including Bishop d'Ornellas therefore, to "make every effort to ensure that all those who truly desire unity have the opportunity to remain in that unity "and to let them into their heart" everything that the faith itself made ​​up "? 
4) To return to our reader mail, we can confirm, from reading the website of the city of Rennes, in 2019, at least if the work knows no time, the station Mabilais of line B local subway will open right in front of the court of St. Francis. According to documents available online, the early work of structural work should not occur before 2013. There is not yet an emergency but it is legitimate that we ask ourselves the question of continuity of worship at St. Francis during this long project. This question of the place of worship is not a problem in itself, all the churches of Rennes, once very Catholic, are far from being met (hence the result: this year there has been no ordained priest in the diocese, the clergy is endangered) but could be complicated in a global context episcopal opposition to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. This is not the first time we'd see the enemies of peace enjoy problematic material to break what has developed in sometimes heroic ... 
5) However, the underground work or not, the issue of implementation of the Motu Proprio in the diocese of Rennes exceeds, by far the simplest case of the faithful of the Saint-François. The survey (see our letter 289 ) made ​​for us by JLM Studies Institute in May 2011 has revealed two of three practitioners of the diocese attend at least monthly in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass if it was proposed in their parish. To meet this demand there is still only one place of mass Summorum Pontificum and not a single priest in the whole diocese of Rennes does not apply (however timidly: a mass or a mass per month per week) or can implement the Motu Proprio ... 
The SSPX has, meanwhile, three places of worship, and also the priory of Lanvallay shining over the diocese. And evidence of a situation decidedly far from pacified, Rennes is home to the largest center sedevacantist of France: three Sunday services are offered in a chapel that can hold up to 400 people. 
Obviously, there are many sheep in the diocese of Rennes, the question is: is there a pastor willing to accommodate them? 
(1) In our Letter 287 , "No progress in the diocese of Rennes," we said about the Archbishop: The intellectual Pierre d'Ornellas, belonging - as other senior clerics in Paris, as Antoine Guggenheim - at the Institute of Our Lady of Life, Venasque, was one of several private secretaries who succeeded to Cardinal Lustiger. He was then director of the Cathedral School, a position of extreme confidence, and finally auxiliary bishop in 1997. In politics Parisian "refocusing" of the time, he was one of the most powerful arm, especially the more careful to preserve the young clerics in the capital of any fundamentalist virus. The priests formed by Archbishop d'Ornellas were destined to become an exemplary, like Cardinal Lustiger was fond of telling them, "the first generation that would finally understood the Council." 
He thus became, with Archbishop Vingt-Trois, the closest collaborator of the Archbishop, but in a very different style, forcefully, to the point of succeeding to achieve unanimity, which is rare among the clergy, but against ... him. Its importance in the high clergy of France she will be appointed directly to a metropolitan see, Rennes. 
In his honor, should be noted that Bishop d'Ornellas took strong moral and public positions, which constitute a substantial improvement over the strategy of "burying" that prevailed in the 1970s and who made ​​that the Veil law could pass without any mobilization Episcopal. 
In total, a man of strong (and bad) character, Bishop of Rennes Ornellas intends to make, at a time when the Church is emerging in an indispensable reconciliation built on a true charity and pragmatic, a division of militant and combative 'third way', neither progressive nor -, ever! - Traditionalist. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Sign of Hope in Japan: Traditional Catholics

The traditional Rite in Japan

In Japan the Catholic Church has a difficult situation.  Its presence in the population is almost hardly relevant -- it sits at under 0.5 percent.  Under the direction of the predominant Jesuits of the (nominally Catholic) Sophia University, have opened the National Church to the most extreme form of the "spirit of the Council".  That is also valid for the Liturgy, beneath the veil of a supposed inculturation the traditional patrimony of the Church is often almost impossible to detect, not only for foreigners, but also for the native Japanese as well.

Despite, or perhaps really because there is also a group of traditionally oriented Catholics that has been formed, there is a national branch of the International Federation Una Voce, and for 3-4 weeks, Fr. Augustin Ikeda (SSP) offers a sung Mass for those who want the traditional Mass.  The Mass doesn't take place in any of the few Catholic churches in Tokyo,  but in the home of a member of Fr. Augstin's community.   Pictures of the Mass are located on TNLM and on the page of the Japanese "Blog of a Practicing Catholic Metropolitan."

Translated from

Monday, February 27, 2012

Swiss Bishop Creates Two Traditional Parishes

Bishop Vitus Huonder
Both Mass centers have existed since the 70s. They are the only blooms on the Diocese of Chur's withering tree.

( Since Monday morning it's official. On the 22nd February, Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur erected two traditional personal parishes.

The Diocese published this information in a broadcast.

The Bishop described the two parishes as "two living centers for pastoral care." The various modern parishes of the Diocese of Church which have been ruined by Old Liberals are without exception, clinically dead.

The Old Mass has Been Celebrated Here for 35 Years

The first traditional personal parish is located at the Immaculata-Marienkapelle in the 1600 population vicinity of Oberarth in central Switzerland.

Oberarth belongs to the 11,000 population community of Arth, fifty kilometers southerly of Zurich.

The Bishop of Church had already allowed the celebration of the Old Mass in the eyar 1977. Since 1999 it has been offered daily.

A Living Community

On Sunday in Oberarth there are two Holy Masses celebrated.

Additionally, there are confession times and spiritual counselling, which are in high demand.

For pastoral activity, there is also Catechism for school children, devotions, baptisms, sick calls, burials, pilgrimages and spiritual exercises.

The new parish is called Maria Immmaculata.

The first Pastor is the Chur Canon Martin Burgi. [He has some say in who the Bishop will be]

First Beginnings in 1971

The second perosnal parish is located in an area of the city of Zurich.

Since 1971 there was an old Mass in Herz Jesus Parish Church in Zurich-Oerlikon celebrated every Sunday evening.

The organizers of the liturgy was the Lay Organization 'Una Voce'. They requested various priests for pastoral services.

Society of St. Peter Takes Over

In April 1998 a pastoral center was taken over by the traditional Society of St. Peter.

Till 2005, workday Masses have been taking place in an improvised chapel in a nearby store.

This place was given up, when the possibility presented itself, to celebrate two workday Masses in the church of St. Josef in Zurich.

No Certain Church

Once in a each month, in the 8,000 population community of Egg -- forty kilometers south of Zurich -- one workday Mass takes place in the old Rite.

Since 2002, the church in the Zurich suburban communities Birmensdorf and Uitikon have been available for the celebration of Holy Week.

The Christmas has been celebrated for several years in the crypt of the Church of St. Gallus in the Zurich-Schwamendingen.

Peter Martin Ramm is the Pastor

The personal parish has been consecrated as St. Maximilan Kolbe. The first Pastor is FSSP Priest Martin Ramm.[Asked for by the Bishop himself]

The location of the new personal parish is in the Zurich suburb of Thalwil.

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter have their branch there.

The "Sects in the Church" are the Old Liberals

The Bishop stressed that it is "an act of righteousness", "that the faithful no longer left in a canonically unclear provisorium.

Msgr Huonder confessed, to "understand well" some of the obstacles against the erection of these personal parishes.

This fear has been cultivated above all by the Old Liberals, who have operated within the Church of Christ for years like a sect.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

FSSP Comes to Minnesota?

Father John Echert, Pastor of Holy Trinity and St. Augustine churches in So. St. Paul, has invited The Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), the Very Rev. John Berg to offer the 11:30 Traditional Latin Mass at the Church of St. Augustine (408 3rd St. N. in So. St. Paul) on the 27th of November. The Fraternity of St. Peter is an international priestly fraternity established by Pope John Paul II to provide the traditional Mass and Sacraments to Catholics around the world under the provisions established by the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei.

There will be a reception for Father Berg in the church hall immediately after Mass, at which time he will also offer a brief presentation on the general mission of the Fraternity of St. Peter. So please--tell your friends and family members, forward this email to your Catholic contacts, pray for the success of this event, and mark your calendars for the 27th of November.

Argument of the Month
408 3rd Street North
South Saint Paul, MN

Some may remember this parish as the site of a possible Eucharistic Miracle.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tremendous Growth of the Fraternity of St. Peter

They Grow and they Grow and they Grow

New statistical revelations, those which show the progressive development of the Priestly Society of St. Peter.

by Armin Schwibach

Rome ( The Priestly Society of St. Peter (FSSP) belongs to ecclesiastical realities, which is demonstrating tremendous growth. This was the finding of a statistical poll published on the 1st of October. The Society at this moment has 376 members (Priests: 223; Deacons: 8; Seminarians and Postulants in the first year: 145). The average age from the 34 nations shows an aggregate of 36.

The FSSP is in four continents, 16 Countries and 113 Diocese. They possess 48 canonically erected houses, 16 personal parishes and 197 Mass locations. They've shown to have ordained an average of 12 Priests per year.

The Priestly Society of St. Peter was founded on 18 July 1988 as a clerical society of Apostolic Life. This means it operates as a society of Catholics Priests without vows, which operates on a Mission in the world. The Mission is twofold according to the Society: first the education and consecration of Priests in the use of the traditional liturgy according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite; second is for these priests to take up pastoral efforts in their area, in the service of the Church.

In the year 2008 Pope Benedict XVI. erected a personal parish for the faithful, who are attached to the Old Mass. The Apostolate of the Society of St. Peter in Rome was at that moment settled in the small church of St. Gregory dei Moratori in the immediate vicinity of the mausoleum of Augustus and the Ara Pacis on the Tiber. The church was built in the first years of the 16th Century and is dedicated to St Gregory the Great -- Patron of Masons. It was built by the Brotherhood of Masons, to which belonged also the stucco workers, sculptors and relief painters, near the (destroyed during the renovation of the city) Tiber harbour "della Ripetta", where the manual laborers lived and worked in times past.

Already in the last years the Apostolate of the Society of St. Peter has experienced tremendous growth. the small church shows itself as more than unusual, especially as it is the faithful, predominantly of young people but also a growing number of baby buggies to make allowance for.

In the founding document of the Roman Personal Parish (dated from the Feast of Easter 2008) in accordance with Art. 10 of the Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum" the corresponding reads: "According to the request of the Cardinal Vicar, by order of the Holy Father, that in the central sector of Rome, in the 1st District, in a suitable church, namely in the church of SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini [...] should a personal parish be established to provide for the pastoral care of all traditional believers, who belong to the Diocese."

From the many Diocese in which the Society is active, the Roman Apostolate is the sixteenth worldwide and the first in Europe, which was established as a Personal parish. The parish churches of Ponte Sisto, of the Campo de' Fiori and Via dei Giubbonari (Piazza Trinità dei Pellegrini, 1; Pfarrei: Via dei Pettinari 36/A, I-00186 Rom; Tel: +39-0668300486; Email: were not only obliged to serve as a home for communities offering the Old Rite, rather they also have the task of providing a point of contact where pilgrims and students can learn and be immersed in the beauty and depth of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

A German Bishop has Good Relations with the Fraternity of Saint Peter

A German Bishop has said what few will admit: there is today in comparison with the number of practicing faithful, no fewer priests than in earlier times.

[Kreuznet, Essen] "In the our diocese those faithful who want to celebrate the Tridentine Rite should find room."

Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck (45) of Essen said this in an interview with the German newspaper, 'Tagespost'.

To the question, if the old-believing Society of Saint Peter would get a parish he said, "I think its smart to proceed as previously."

Clearly the Bishop meant the integration of the Old Mass in the modern parishes.

The Bishop has good relations to the priests through Fr. Berhard Gerstle of the Society of Saint Peter.

Father Gerstle regularly hears confessions in Essen Cathedral and ministers clearly in unity with the Bishop.

Absence of Faith

In the interview Bishop Overbeck discussed a "sober view of the Priest shortage":

"One sees it at once in the viewpoint of the regular church attendees, where there's an approaching close relation as in the past between young priests and young consistent Mass goers.

"Won't jostle Celibacy"

Msgr Overbeck has directed "countless discussions" with his priests.

He wants to strengthen self-knowledge and spiritual.

The parishes in the Ruhr district are "unusually large". This doesn't make the life of the priest easier:

"I speak very clearly as Bishop: 'I will not jostle celibacy". It is the priet's proper way of life".

Upon learning that other Bishops jostle with the unmarried state of Priests, Msgr Overbeck said:

"That may be the opinion regarding my colleagues -- I have never participated nor will I participate in that."

The Young Priests are Traditional

Bishop Overbeck assessed in the Clergy also a difference between the generations:

"The generation of the Council and those that shortly before found their priestly vocation, often wonder critically, if they have found the right way.

"And not infrequently the older men are astonished at what the younger men are doing."

The younger in the meantime live a Tradition bound form of the priestly life. That is not actually valid for them all, but it is really true for a large part."

Had the younger priests today a completely different biographical and interior point of departure than their older colleagues in their 50s and 60s.

Today the younger priests must inure themselves to "prevail over many others".

Msgr Overbeck has made his mission known, "to encourage and strengthen priests."

Additionally the "vocabulary of the Eucharist" must be put back more in the middle.

To Defend the Teachings of the Church

He still absolves his appearance on a German talk show last April.

It belongs to his duty to publicly and substantially discuss.

The Bishop's statements enraged then the anger of shameless homosexuals. The Bishop bore it with equanimity:

"We learn to live with the reality that the Church and her teachings are not accepted any more.

And it is often then, when we directly step in the sense of moral theology, with these often bulky expressions of doctrine to the public, which not many agree with any more:

Even then we must stand for them.

It would have surely been more clear, if I had said in the broadcast with Anne Will: Homosexuality is not a sin in the sense of disposition, rather in the sense of an expressed homosexuality.

That is also in the Catechism -- but that can in a broadcast of this sort in any case, not so fast."

The Church must "defend the value of man in the will of God, there where he is on the ground."

The basic mission of the Church must remain clear: Sexuality, Partnership and love belong together.

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Correction: error was made about Father Gerstle's membership in the SSPX. He actually belongs to the FSSP, thanks.