Showing posts with label Tradition. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tradition. Show all posts

Friday, June 26, 2015

IVth Summorum Pontificum Conference -- Cardinal Müller: "Tradition as the Fundamental Principle of Catholic Theology"

(Rome) From 13 -14  June, 2015 the IVth Conference on the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum was held, which  Pope Benedict XVI. had adopted for the Universal Church in 2007.  The meeting was held at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, better known as the Angelicum.
Like the previous sessions there was also a motto for this year, "A treasure for the whole Church", which finds its complement  in the often-mentioned sentence: "A hope for the whole Church". The first three meetings were held in 2008, 2009 and 2011. It was supposed to take place biannually. The resignation of Benedict XVI. and the election of Pope Francis  persuaded  many of the members that the fourth edition of the conference would be postponed till 2015. 
It was organized in turn by Giovani e Tradizione and 2008 in the wake of the first meeting launched in 2008, Amicizia Sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum .
The meeting was opened with a Holy Mass in the traditional rite, which was celebrated by Cardinal Raymond Burke in the Church of SS. Domenico e Sisto. The conference work was led by the Dominican Vincenzo Nuara, member of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and the priest moderator of the association, Amicizia Sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum. Father Nuara declared the meeting objective was thus to promote a positive approach to the liturgical question, by making increasingly known the richness of the traditional Mass, which Benedict XVI. had restored to the Church. 
High-caliber speakers who have something to say
Meeting Summorum Pontificum
IV. Meeting the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum
This was followed with presentations by Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta ("Tradition as the Foundation of the Catholic Liturgy"); Dom Cassian Folsom, OSB, Prior of the  Traditional Benedictine House of Nursia and lecturer at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant'Anselmo in Rome ("Lex orandi-lex credendi in Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum: A Theological Entrance"); Professor Giovanni Turco of the University of Udine ("Righteousness, Religion, True Cult - The Perspective of St. Thomas Aquinas"); Professor Don Marino Neri of the University of Pavia ("The Cultus in Spirit and in Truth: Liturgy and Symbolism"); Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation and President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei ("Tradition as the Basic Principle of Catholic Theology"); . Professor Monsignor Stefan Heid from the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology ("Where the Sky Opens, the Early Christian Altar in Liturgy and Art."); . Monsignor Marco Agostini from the State Secretariat of the Holy See ("The Abode of God Among Men: The Altar and Its Treasures") and Monsignor Athanasius Schneider, Bishop of Astana ("The Treasure of the Altar: the Unspeakable Majesty of Holy Communion").. The first day concluded with a Te Deum led by Cardinal Walter Brandmüller.
On Sunday  Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, emeritus prefect for economic affairs of the Holy See, celebrated Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Immemorial Roman Rite in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of St. Peter's Basilica.
An interested audience from Italy and abroad listened to presentations and discussions to deepen their liturgical understanding. The focus of the conference in 2015 was the need for a conscious rediscovery of the deeper reasons for the celebration of the traditional rite.
The lectures and sermons will be published in the conference proceedings.
Text: Claude Ducraux
picture: Giovani e Tradizione / Corrispondenza Romana
Trans; Tancred

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Pope Francis Celebrates Surprise "ad Deum" Mass --- Greeting From Secretary of State Parolin?

(Vatican) Francis Pope celebrated a surprise Holy Mass last Thursday over the grave of Pope John Paul II, which has drawn some attention. The Pope has celebrated ad Deum for the first time.

The celebration was held in the side chapel of St. Peter's Basilica, in which the body of John Paul II was reburied after his beatification, from the Crypt of the Popes below the main nave. There's no people's altar in the side chape. Such, however, Pope Francis could have been put back as easily as he had placed it in the Sistine Chapel, when he celebrated on the day after his election for the cardinals gathered for his first Mass as pope.

Attention was paid to the direciton of celebration because Pope Francis, when compared to his predecessor Benedict XVI., is considered little sensitive to liturgy and looks with some distrust on the part of the Church, which is committed to the traditional liturgy and tradition.

At the celebration is ad Deum completely normal for all Privatzelebrationen in St. Peter's Basilica, which take place on the side altars. The clothing of his concelebrants leads to a lack of liturgical sensibility open mind. "The act of the pope is neither blatantly something special. And yet it is of importance. If he does not ad Deum would want to celebrate, a word from him would have been enough to get put down a table, forgiveness, a refectory. So we consider it merit and as a gesture of good will," said Messa in Latino.

The Spanish Catholic Church historian and blogger Francisco de la Cigoña wonders if it is a signal to the traditionalists. The gesture would be, says de la Cigoña, in continuity with the greeting message to the Second International Pilgrimage to Rome, which had its culmination in the Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite in St. Peter on October 26th.

De la Cigoña was astonished here that the greeting message was signed by the new Secretary of State, Curial Archbishop Pietro Parolin on behalf of the Pope, although he could not take possession of his post for health reasons. It's a sign that the offices of the State Secretariat to continue working in a familiar form, though the Church is currently without a Secretary of State. Monsignor Parolin is still for convalescence in his home in northern Italy. What appears so far is the first and only official act of Archbishop Parolin, it probably had been asked like this for by the Pope himself. Otherwise, the procedure is hardly explicable, says de la Cigoña.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi

Image: Messa in Latino / Osservatore Romano

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Dream: Traditional Catholics Are the Best Allies of Pope Francis


(Rome) The traditional website Messa in Latino has published the essay "The traditionalists: the best allies of Pope Francis." The title may seem surprising. Besides the fact that it is better to write "traditionalists" with quotation marks, because the labeling is wrong, yet it is still valid to presuppose that the title is to be understood so that traditionally associated Catholics are the best allies of each pope.

"Pope Francis returns time and again in his speeches and sermons to his criticism of a self-centered Christianity and careerism, which is applicable to many churchmen. The Pope has stressed the need for them to go 'onto the streets of the world to proclaim the Gospel message. But he also says that although there are still no official documents, except a few sentences to the Bishops of CELAM [and religious representatives of the CLAR; Note] that he does not love especially the traditionalists. How so?

I'm convinced that the Pope is not exactly averse to the world of tradition. Let's look at why.

1) Who has "gone forth" more than the traditionalists from the dusty vestries to return to the celebration of Holy Mass in the catacombs? Has anyone more than they, converted industrial buildings throughout the world into churches, chapels and garages in tenements into monasteries?

2) Who is more than them keeping the faith, "going forth" onto the streets without fearing the anathemas of the bourgeois and the exhortations of the cowardly who disguise themselves as "Conservative"? These have rather hastened with Apostolic haste, to lock the doors well sealed to keep the traditionalists "beyond", to shield them from the heard so that no one could "infect" them indoors.

3) Who, especially in France, but not only, still holds large public solemn processions and pilgrimages on foot on the public roads?

4) Who, despite the continued apathy of the shepherds, is still on the streets and squares of France to actively defend marriage and the Christian family, even at the cost of being arrested?

5) Who, if not the traditionalists, are consistent to their vocation, who have been denied for decades, brilliant careers in the church, in chairs at Pontifical and Catholic Universities, to secure positions in the Church editorial offices, in the service of the Bishops and the Ordinariate?

6) Who is able, to the anger of self-centered bishops, thanks to the grace of God and the readiness to engage a healthy debate on the world's byways in order still to convert Protestants, Jews and Muslims?

7) Who will continue to consistently don ecclesiastical clothing, to be present and not to hide on the streets of the world? Who, on the other hand, strives to disguise and obscure themselves as much as possible, and wears the priestly and religious garb, if at all, only within the walls of his comfortable church?

8) Who still talks about the Social Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and endeavor - and outside the vestry - to fight in the world for it so that the states respect their laws and defend the law of God?

9) Who comes to speak on poverty, a theme so dear to Pope Francis, gives so willingly his tithe yet even paying church tax and also donating as much as possible for him to be true to his conscience?

10) Who ultimately represents a militant Christianity, aiming at the conversion of the world, without false ecumenism, without compromises or false human consideration, but all in all for Christ?

Pope Francis would therefore really find his most loyal and valuable allies among the lists of tradition. But ... maybe I'm dreaming .... The government tells me that I must have misunderstood something here ...

I did not understand anything? May be. But I still hope. I love the Pope, because the Pope is the Pope. I pray for him and I hope to continue ...

Translation: Giuseppe Nardi Image: Una Voce

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Corpus Christi in Norway: "Never is Man so Great as When He Kneels Before God"

(Oslo) Accion Liturgica has published images of the Corpus Christi procession in Bergen, Norway, which was attended by over a thousand Catholics. Attention was given to the fact that almost all participants knelt before the Blessed Sacrament. "An exemplary attitude, as it is virtually impossible to encounter in Catholic Spain," said the page. The knee laziness of Catholics is not only found in Spain and is representing one of the key indicators of a general relaxation of the life of faith. This is not altered by the fact that among the Catholics of Norway, of which 80 percent is Lutheran, of a land in which Catholics are only two percent of the population, and immigrants from Poland or Latin America.

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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

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Communion is Still Kneeling and on the Tongue

Edit: got a frantic report in cap letters from Southern Orders.  It’s different but looks ok.  The Holy Father wears an amice.   Perhaps Msgr. Marini still reigns?  We haven’t seen the whole thing yet, so would appreciate any comments you may have.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bishop Fellay: "Where is the Continuation in the Council?"

The General Superior of the Society of Pius X yesterday put his finger to the wounds of the ecclesiastical break of Tradition.

 ( During yesterday's feast of St. Martin, Bishop Fellay -- the General Superior of the Society of St. Pius X -- celebrated a Pontifical High Mass in the Parisian church of St. Nicolas-du-Chardonnet.

It is the largest house of God entrusted to the fathers of the Society.

Month of Suffering

The sermon of the Bishop was clear and to the point.

He referred to the time of the negotiations with the Vaticans proposed dogmatic statement as the "month of suffering, of disquiet and anguish for us."

The Society found itself in the same situation as Marcel Lefebvre found in 1974.

Pressure from Rome

It was then that Rome tried to bring great pressure through its local Bishops upon the still authorized seminary of Ecône to bring it in line with the Council.

Msgr Lefebvre resisted this on the 21st of November 1974 with a "declaration of intent".

Therein he repudiated the neo-Modernist and neo-Protestantic tendencies of the Council.

In Assisi?

Msgr. Fellay spoke in his sermon about the break with Tradition, which consummated itself after the Second Vatican in the Conciliar Church.

"Where is Continuity in the Council?" -- he asked.

His answer: "In Assisi? In the kissing of the Koran by John Paul II.?"

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Monday, October 22, 2012

News -- Dominican Order Explosive Growth for Tradition

(New York)  While the Dominican Order in some parts of Europe has some serious growth problems, that is not the ase for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, which has just published on the internet site it operates for vocations, a photo of the Academic Year 2012/13.  There are 52 brothers in the Province, who are studying at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.. They all cultivate the traditions of the Dominican Order, wear the habit worthily and are all drawn to the Immemorial Mass of All Ages.

Text: Order of Preachers Vocations/Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Order of Preachers Vocations

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Diocesan Conference Hosts SSPX Italian Superior to Talk on Vatican II

Edit: Don Secci Alberto is a Diocesan Priest in Novara, Italy invites a surprise guest who held everyone enraptured by the clarity of his discourse and the Apostolic fire of his zeal.  Here's a brief stab at some google translate with some editing for the ever dependable Messa in Latino blog.  The following is an account of the Third Conference of Tradition in Verbania in the region of Piedmont, Italy:

We have received and published in the common perspective of "thinking with the Church". We thank the author for sending to us the article. AC 

"To deny the very serious crisis in which we find the Church is to deny the evidence ... as a result, those who say things as they really are, is considered an enemy of the Church."

With these sorrowful words  Don Secci Alberto opened the Third Conference of the tradition that took place, as planned, at the hotel "The Cloister" of Verbania. The conference room was packed with an audience and so the same Don Albert celebrated Holy Mass in the chapel at 17.30.

"While we deny the evidence" - continued the courageous priest of Ossola - "it often leads us to be astonished at the face we see in the mirror.

Coming to Verbania they listened to, for example, a radio interview with a Roman prelate. He went so far as to declare that ... this crisis has enabled the Church to provide, as always, the right medicine."

This medicine is called the Second Vatican Council. ... How do you get to this point?"

Shortly after he was presented, then the keynote speaker of the event was announced. A surprise came to the table and it was Don Pierpaolo Petrucci, the top guy of the Italian District of the SSPX: "We invited the Society of St. Pius X" - said Don Alberto - "because no one has in more than forty years of study and sacrifice, has been able to further investigate the reasons and meaning of this frightful crisis. The same Roman authorities, agreeing to discuss formally with the SSPX, have implicitly admitted that their positions are important and worthy of attention." [WOW!]

Don Pierpaolo Petrucci's summary then, in his clear speech about the historical reasons that led to the current situation: "The cause of all the troubles of the Church, throughout its history, is obviously Satan.

He, to act, however, needs of employees and always human, unfortunately, has found in the course of the centuries. "

He then summed up the history of heresies, and especially those that have plagued Christianity humanism forward.

"Luther, in practice, said: Christ yes, the Church no.

Then came the French Revolution and Liberalism have gone a step further: God yes, Christ no.

Finally, the atheistic Marxism: God is dead. "

Until the mid-nineteenth century all these heresies were rife in the world but the Church opposed it vigorously.

Then began a slow penetration, subtle and creeping into the Bride of Christ. St. Pius X was able to vanquish the modernism, the synthesis of all heresies, but after his death, the process continued slowly, until it explodes during and after the Second Vatican Council.

"Archbishop Lefebvre" - said Don Pierpaolo - "he told us, as indeed also stated, in the opposite perspective Card. Suenens, that the Council had been in 1789 the Church. In it imposed the three revolutionary motto: Liberté ( religious freedom), Fraternity, with ecumenism, Equality with the principle of collegiality. "

At the end of his speech, the Italian Superior of the SSPX has answered many questions presented by the most numerous and attentive audience.

Finally Don Alberto Secci concluded its work inviting everyone to "pray and respond."

"Of course, we pray that every grace comes to us from Heaven, but we also have to respond with clarity: many priests, usually in private, admit many of the considerations that we have done, but then, perhaps for understandable reasons of respect for the authorities, they were not the courage to expose themselves in the first person.

But we have to pray and respond with the proper methods but react! "

-Marco Bongi

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

18 Young Novices Are Vested in the Franciscans of the Immaculata

Edit: this really speaks for itself in many ways.

(Avellino) On the 1st of August a investiture of the new novices took place for the Franciscans of the Immaculata.  18 young women were given the habit in the tradition bound cloister in the presence of the General Superior of the Franciscans of the Immaculata, Father Stefano Maria Manelli, at the Pilgrimage site of the Madonna del Buon Consiglio of Frigento in Avellino, Italy.  For the occasion, Father Gabriele Pellettieri said Holy Mass in the Immemorial Rite.

The sight of such a large number of young women, receiving the veil of a religious order, has become a rarity in Europe.  Before the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, allowed by Pope Benedict XVI, the women's branch of this young, tradition bound Franciscan order has had about 10 entrants to its Italian novitiate yearly.  Since then their population has almost doubled, as the blog Cordialiter noted.

"The classical form of the Roman Rite is a true treasure for the Church, it increases priestly and religious vocations.  Should the trend hold, in 50 years the majority will be of the new, tradition bound orders or old orders, who have been restored to tradition", says Cordialiter.

The Franciscans of the Immaculata were founded in 1982 as a women's branch of the Franciscan Order of the Immaculata founded in 1970 by two friars.  In the beginning of the 80s a group of young women decided to lead a Franciscan and Marian life a severity.  The first convent was formed from the Philippines and received recognition by the Diocese through the Archbishop of Manila.  In 1988 three sisters founded the first convent in Italy, which was recognized by the Archabbot of Monte Cassino.  In 1998, Papal recognition as  Society of Apostolic Life was given.

At the present there are more than 300 sisters worldwide in 47 houses, of which 15 are found in Europe.

Text: Cordialiter/Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Cordialiter

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Recent News: Court Victories and Immemorial Masses in Italy

New School -- New Latin Mass --  Court Victory Against Homosexual Activism -- Exorcism

New School

Germany.  The traditional Dominicans of Fanjeaux in south west France will start a new grade school in the Fall.  This was reported by the District Superior of the Society of St. Pius X, Franz Schmidberger, in the most recent edition of the "newsletter".  The nuns will begin their school at  St. Micheal's Priory in Rheinhausen in southern  Baden.

The Old Mass Makes everything New

Italy. Last week Bishop Gualtiero visited Sigismondi of Foligno near the Benedictines of Nursia at a High Mass in the Old Rite.  The site '' wrote about this.  Msgr Sigismondi has entrusted the monks with a new apostolate.  They may celebrate the Immemorial once a month in his Diocesan city in the church of St. Maria Infraportas.  The faithful should grow accustomed to this form again.  Msgr Sigismondi will participate at the old Mass himself in the choir, to underline its importance.  Clearly the Bishop sees this as a contribution to the New Evangelization.

Evil Has no Rights

France.  State privileges for homosexuals are not human rights.  This was the final ruling of the judge of the 'European Court for Human Rights' in Strassburg. It refused two homosexual women.  They had complained to the French court, because  it had banned them from adoption as married couples.

The Germans Think They are Smarter

"Despite the global boom, Germany will continue its taboo against exorcists. [Father] Urluch Niemann (+2008), a Frankfurt Jesuit physician, considers it impossible that this country will ever again have an exorcism sanctioned by a senior pastor. For obsession, the correct way is to accompany spiritual counseling with therapy."

From an article from Markus Brauer in the 'Stuttgarter Nachrichten'


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Why Priests Have to Learn Latin

Edit: it sounds like candidates to the priesthood will not only have to be familiar with Latin, but will also be forced to use it in the classroom setting.
Gero P. Weishaupt am 25. Februar 2012 um 20:07

Vatican (kathnews)  Last Thursday, on the 23rd of February,  the Papal Institute for Latin Classics (Pontificium Institutum altioris Latinnitatis) at the Papal University of the Salesians in Rome held a congress on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution "Veterum Sapientia" Pope John XXIII. from 22 February 1962.  (Kathnews reported the event)

Founded by Pope Paul VI

The Pontificium altioris Latinitatis was brought to life by Pope Paul VI with the Motu Proprio Studie Latinitatis of the 22nd February 1964, therefore, toward the end of the Second Vatican Council.  There the Pope stressed as already had his predecessor two years before as well, the close connection between the study of the Latin language and the education for the priesthood as also the necessity of knowing the Latin language.

Secretary of the Congregation for Clergy was one of the Speakers

Probably with regard to Ash Wednesday, which fell on the 50th Anniversary, the Congress began a day later.  Next to the Prefect of the Congregation for Education, who is the Polish-born Curial Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, one of the most visible promoters of the Latin language, who presided over the Congress, and the other speaker, the Secretary of the Congregation of Clergy, Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta,  held an informative lecture. He presented the theme "Why the Priest Must Study Latin" (Perche i preti debono studiare latino).

Decline of Latin

Pope John XIII had already directed his attention to the decline of Latin at a Congress for Latinists in 1959.  In his lecture, recalled the Secretary of the Congregation for Clergy:  "When one retrospectively considers the present situation,  everything from then on, that the words of Bl. John XXIII, which he directed to a Congress of  Latin experts on 7 September 1959,  not only trailed off unheard, but that the use and even the instruction of the Latin language even in ecclesiastical contexts  were already in the grip of a powerful decline."

Encouraging Development in Our Day

Although despite the difficulties today among priests, there is a conviction to be found, "that the return of Latin has a purpose, to come closer to a civilization and to estimate its values, interests and their values as well as their doctrines and to test their theoretical foundations in view of a critical understanding of the past", continued the Curial Bishop further. That is surely, "an encouraging sign in the Church of today, which is ready to understand the study of the past not as a superfluous  and backwards looking view.,  which  unnecessarily longs in some way to recapture the past, rather  as a direct and immediate recapitulation of the message of an extraordinarily rich doctrinal, cultural and pedagogical heritage, one to a wide ranging, fruitful and deeply rooted intellectual heritage, as that could allow a severing from these roots."

Latin - means to recover their own cultural identity

Then the second man in the Congregation for  Clergy: "Under present circumstances, it seems unlikely that one brings to the priest - at least in the initial phase of his training -  an  estimate of the value of Latin as the  language, which has a refinement of  structure and  vocabulary and is able to promote an accurate, rich and harmonious style, full of grandeur and dignity, the seriousness and clarity, and insofar as is appropriate, moreover, to foster any form of culture, "humanitatis cultus" among the nations. And in this recovering its own cultural identity is the significance of the presence of the Latin language in the school curriculum of the candidates for the priesthood. And it is in this recapturing of an actual cultural identity that lies the importance of the ability to use the Latin language in the scholastic curriculum of the candidates for the priesthood.  Thus, the Latin language is exempt from unduly simplistic and inaccurate and superficial questions about its practical usefulness, and it is again  replaced in its role as a comprehensive formative field of instruction.

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