Friday, February 29, 2008

NLM: Solemn High Mass and Talk by Alcuin Reid at Our Saviour in New York, late March

Shawn Tribe gets a second link today! He reports on the NLM that the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny has organized a Solemn High Mass at the Church of Our Saviour in New York with a talk by Dr. Alcuin Reid to follow. The date is set for March 30th at 5 PM with the talk to follow. See his blog for details.

NLM: 2nd Usus Antiquior Training Conference in Oxford this Summer

Shawn Tribe reports that the Latin Mass Society will hold its second training session on the Usus Antiquior this summer in Oxford, England. The Society can accommodate as many as 60 priests and seminarians. Go to his blog for full details.

The Black Biretta: Secretary of the CDW Reiterates: It's Time to Rethink Communion in the Hand

Fr. John Trigilio posts an interview by Bruno Volpe of Petrus with Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship concerning Communion in the hand. He also adds some fascinating comments of his own:

Fr. Zuhlsdorf has consistently spoken of a gravitational pull between the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite, with which I totally and unequivocally agree. Many of us believe Pope B16 intends that both the TLM and the Novus Ordo mutually enhance one another insofar as the future of Catholic sacred worship is concerned. Since Divine Liturgy is integral to Catholic dogma (lex orandi, lex credendi), it is obvious that in this post Vatican II (and post JP2) era, a liturgical renaissance is unfolding. While still in the advent of such an epic moment, the most important element of contemporary worship is the decline in REVERENCE.

Just as Communion in the Hand was banned in the Middle Ages after abuses became prolific, it may very well need to be re-banned again. While currently a legitimate option in many American dioceses, the Roman Pontiff can easily revise that prior decision of his predecessor. If the modern liturgists are so convinced that their 'preference' of receving 'in the hand' is so beneficial, why not put their theory to the test? Observe parishes where one method is the overwhelming preference of the entire congregation (and parish). I maintain that places where people receive Holy Communion on the tongue rather than in the hand tend to show more respect and reverence for the REAL PRESENCE.


This is an excellent article and one not to be missed!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

NLM: A New Priest in 1951 - Part II

Gregor Kollmorgen continues with his wonderful photo essay as to how the local newspaper, the Traunsteiner Wochenblatt, reported the occasion of the "Primiz" of Fr. Berger on July 1st, 1951, the Feast of the Precious Blood.

The "Reverend brothers" are again featured prominently!

WDTPRS: Portland, Maine: Bp. Malone implements Summorum Pontificum

Maine will have the TLM beginning in July says Fr. Zuhlsdorf.

Ignatius Insight Scoop: Luke Timothy Johnson "sometimes questions church authority"?

The Ignatius Insight Scoop blog has a marvelous article by Carl Olson on the decision by Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Illinois to block the appearance of a Bible scholar, Professor Luke Timothy Johnson of Emory University at a Catholic Newman Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. There is no way I can do this justice--even in summary--so I urge you to check out this article by Olson. Olson really "nails it."

The Catholic Review Online: Bill would have ‘chilling effect’ on crisis pregnancy centers

The Catholic Review, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, carries a story on Maryland Senate Bill 690, and House of Delegates Bill 1146. These bills have been introduced into the Maryland State Legislature. The article was written by George P. Matysek, Jr. and was posted yesterday in the online version. Here is a snippet from the article:


The legislation seems to have been sparked by a recent “investigation” by the NARAL Pro-choice Maryland asserting that crisis pregnancy centers give out inaccurate or misleading information to clients.

The study was based on the reports of NARAL volunteers who posed as pregnant women and visited 11 crisis pregnancy centers. They claimed that crisis pregnancy center volunteers gave them medically inaccurate information and tried to pressure them not to have abortions.

Nancy Paltell, associate director for the respect for life office of the Maryland Catholic Conference, said the report is part of a coordinated smear campaign by NARAL against crisis pregnancy centers.

“The data in the so-called report has no value,” said Ms. Paltell, noting that there are 40,000 client visits to crisis pregnancy centers every year.

Go here to read the entire article.

RORATE CAELI: Styles and Tradition in the chasuble of the Roman Rite

New Catholic posts a beautiful article by Michael Sternbeck of the Saint Bede Studio New South Wales, Australia on the chasuble. It is beautiful article entitled "Styles and Tradition in the chasuble of the Roman Rite." Please don't miss it!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

NLM: A New Priest in 1951 - Part I

The New Liturgical Movement has a beautiful photo essay by Gregor Kollmorgen concerning a Tridentine Mass in 1951. Don't miss it! The Subdeacon is familiar!

Ignatius Insight Scoop: By The Numbers | Priestly Vocations in America: Recent Trends

Ignatius Insight Scoop has a post by Carl Olson that summarizes a fascinating and yet sobering article by Jeff Ziegler on religious vocations in the United States. The post is a summary of an article from Catholic World Report which is very in-depth. In culling through the article, one paragraph jumps out and it was mentioned by several commentators on the Insight Scoop blog:

Echoing the comments of other bishops and vocation directors, Paterson's Bishop Serratelli tells CWR, "God has been good to us. In the last three years, we have earnestly begged him for an increase of vocations. We instituted a pastoral initiative in all the parishes on all vocations, with a special emphasis on priesthood and the consecrated life…We have encouraged prayer by everyone, especially prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Where Jesus is loved and adored in the Eucharist, vocations follow."
That sort of makes sense, doesn't it? If we all kneel before Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and beg him for priests, He is sure to respond I should think. After all, didn't He Himself ask His disciples to ask the Father for more laborers (Matt. 9: 37-38)?

Read the blog entry here. The article is linked to it.

CNA: Coalition urges Catholic colleges to avoid hosting pro-abortion politicians

CNA carries a story on a statement released by a coalition of organizations asking Catholic Colleges to boycott asking any politician with pro-abortion views from speaking on their campuses.

The statement calling for a boycott of politicians in conflict with the Church was organized by the Cardinal Newman Society, a group dedicated to the renewal and strengthening of Catholic identity in higher education. Signatories included the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, Catholics United for the Faith, the Catholic Medical Association and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.

Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly summarized the need for the statement, saying, “Like any Catholic institution, a Catholic college or university has a distinct and unique responsibility to provide an environment that supports and upholds Catholic values.”

To read the full story, click here.

WDTPRS: FSSP-- New District Superior in the USA

Father Zuhlsdorf reports on a new District Superior for the F.S.S.P.

Summorum Pontificum: Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Latin Mass Community of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Great news linked to the blog Summorum Pontificum!

Laus Deo! Go Irish!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Curt Jester: Questions and Answers

Jeff Miller who writes the blog, The Curt Jester, has written an unsolicited review of the book, Questions and Answers by Pope Benedict XVI (Our Sunday Visitor). Here is a short take on his thoughts:

I just finished Questions and Answers by Pope Benedict XVI put out by Our Sunday Visitor which is a collection of various question and answer sessions from various audiences that includes sessions with children, youth, and clergy at multiple locations. This is a very worthwhile collection and with the amount of these type sessions I am sure we will see more of these books in the future.

Pope Benedict XVI really opens himself up to these types of sessions which I think for the most part is quite unique in the history of the Church. The questions themselves are interesting, but it is the way the pope answers these questions in his own style that is quite remarkable. Reading through his sometimes lengthy answers you would think he had days to work on responses to questions put before him ahead of time. He is an amazing extemporaneous speaker and his answers reveal just how thoroughly he has integrated the faith and is able to speak on almost any topic to reveal his knowledge and contemplation on a subject. It is obvious as to the level of detail that he has given to these subjects in his own mind before hand.

It is clear that Jeff really liked this book. Go to his site to read the entire review!

Pertinacious Papist: Michael Foley on Summorum Pontificum

Dr. Phil Blosser has posted an interesting analysis of Summorum Pontificum by Michael P. Foley on his blog, "Pertinacious Papist." The piece he posts consists of excerpts from a much longer article from his blog, Scripture and Tradition. The article is well worth reading! Note too that I have added Pertinacious Papist to my Blogroll!

In the Light of the Law: Feuerherd's curse cannot be ignored

Edward N. Peters, JD, JCD, has a marvelous blog called "In the Light of the Law" that deals with issues of Canon Law. It seems that in Dr. Peters' view, National Catholic Reporter correspondent, Joe Feuerherd, has gotten himself into "big" trouble with some published comments.

Read the story and reasons why here....

CNS STORY: Survey finds one-tenth of Americans used to be Catholic

A detailed new study reported by CNS and conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has revealed that the United States is on the verge of becoming a "minority Protestant country." Here is a brief snippet from the study:

Though the Catholic proportion of the population has held steady at one fourth of the U.S. population, approximately one-third of the survey respondents who were raised Catholic no longer describe themselves as Catholic. According to the Pew Forum report, this means around ten percent of all Americans are former Catholics.

Though converts have offset some of the numbers of Catholics who have left the Church, the disproportionately high number of Catholics among immigrants is most responsible for keeping the Catholic population stable. Latinos now account for 45 percent of American Catholics aged 18-29.

Read the full story here.

The New Liturgical Movement: News from St. Albertus in Detroit

Shawn Tribe posts a beautiful story concerning St. Albertus Church in Detroit. The TLM is the first celebrated there since Vatican II. The photos are marvelous!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Human Life International e-Newsletter: Humanae Vitae Priests

The latest newsletter from Human Life International President Father Thomas J. Euteneuer dated February 25th pulls no punches:

We are just five months away from the 40th anniversary of the papal encyclical on birth control, entitled Humanae Vitae, and I am writing to ask your assistance in a project that I hope will impact thousands of men responsible for this marvelous teaching—our priests and seminarians. The project is simple: to send to as many priests and seminarians as possible a new email newsletter that is dedicated to educating them on the teaching of this encyclical. In a moment, I will tell you how you can help me in this project, but first let me explain why this is important.

There are two complaints that I have heard in literally every one of the 50+ countries I have visited. Complaint one is that priests don't preach enough about abortion. That is painfully apparent to all of us. Complaint two is that they are almost totally silent about the issue of birth control as well. Some have described this as a "conspiracy of silence" in the face of one of the most important issues of our day.

Rome, thankfully, has not been silent on either one of these issues. Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI have been brilliant examples of preaching and teaching on the life issues. The problem comes down to the delivery of these teachings at the grass-roots level! It benefits the "average Catholic" very little if the pope writes a document on an issue of faith or morals only to have priests ignore it in their pastoral care of souls. This has been the de facto situation of our clergy for forty years on the issue of birth control, and it is not too strong to say that the teaching of Christ has been neutered by clerics who contracept its life-giving force!

Don't get me wrong. I am not judging this clerical contraception—I am condemning it!

Read the entire article here. A sign up form for the newsletter is at the HLI website.

First Things Blog: Coming to a Town Near You

Joseph Bottum of the Catholic Magazine, First Things, reminds us that he will be in Washington, D.C. on March 17th, 2008:

[...] On Monday, March 17, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Called “Living with the Dead: Why Cities Need Cemeteries and Nations Need Memorials,” it’s at 7:00 pm in the ICC auditorium. Cosponsored by the Tocqueville Forum at Georgetown and National Civic Art Society, the lecture is a specific application to civil architecture and urban design of the work I did in “Death & Politics,” the long essay on the centrality of grief to political theory that appeared this summer in First Things. The respondents will be National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia, the New Criterion’s Roger Kimball, and the architectural historian Denis McNamara. A reception will follow the lecture, I’m told. The events is open to the public, and no RSVP is needed, although you might drop them an email to say you’re coming, so they can get a rough count for the reception.
If you are interested, please check the Georgetown Tocqueville Forum website and drop them an email to let them know you are coming.

CNA: Pope reaffirms Church’s stance against euthanasia

The Catholic News Agency reports that the Holy Father today reaffirmed the Church's stance against euthanasia:

Pope Benedict received participants in an international congress entitled: "Close by the Incurable Sick Person and the Dying: Scientific and Ethical Aspects" today and reiterated that the Church is against all forms of euthanasia.

The event which brought the specialists to the Vatican is being promoted by the Pontifical Academy for Life as part of their general assembly. The gathering will take place in the Vatican over the coming days.


Benedict XVI also spoke of the larger societal dimension of respecting those who are ill or dying. All society "is called to respect the life and dignity of the seriously ill and the dying", he said. "Though aware of the fact that 'it is not science that redeems man', all society, and in particular the sectors associated with medical science, are duty bound to express the solidarity of love, and to safeguard and respect human life in every moment of its earthly development, especially when it is ill or in its terminal stages. [emphasis mine]

Read the full story here.

The New Liturgical Movement: President of France, and honourary Lateran canon, sends congratulations to IBP on their recent Ordinations

Shawn Tribe posts a nice story from Le Forum Catholique on the congratulations sent by President Sarkozy of France to the four Catholic Traditionalist Deacons ordained Saturday. - Catholic Jobs Online

Searching for a job? Sacred Heart Media, LLC, has an amazing treasure called "" The site allows someone to select a geographical area or a job position, and to see what kind of job is out there. I know for a fact that entities within the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Washington both use this service.

Note also the webpage hyperlink. This amazing service allows someone to have a Catholic home page and to select the "content feed" on the page. I have used it for several years. You can select not only the content but the "layout" as well. It is great for loading religious and secular news, Mass readings, selections from the Catechism, sports, favorite blogs, finance and so on. It is a treasure of a web portal for all things Catholic!

RORATE CAELI: No "Reform of the Reform" in sight

New Catholic reports that Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, debunks a story appearing in "La Stampa." The Italian story purports that a "Reform of the Reform" is about to be handed down.

Other news outlets are carrying similar stories; Fr. Z. of WDTPRS has a good deal of commentary on this.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The New Liturgical Movement: The Motu Proprio as a Text for Priests - Experiences of a Parish Priest

Gregor Killmorgen of the New Liturgical Movement has a great story about the Rev. Dr. Guido Rodheudt and his experiences in introducing the TLM at St. Gertrude-Herzogenrath Parish in the diocese of Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen), Germany. It is a must read. Note also the Network of Parish Priests of which Fr. Rodheudt is a member. Another Catholic Diocese Wants Komen Ties Broken Over Abortion Involvement carries a story on February 21st by editor Steven Ertelt that the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas has asked parishes and schools within its jurisdiction to break their ties with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure because of its involvement with abortion.

Read more on the full details of this development here.

WDTPRS: Comments

It is clear that for most things dealing with the TLM, the blog by Father John Zuhlsdorf, "What Does the Prayer Really Say?", is one of the benchmarks for much of the information, updates and commentary on the Traditional Mass. In fact, the name given to this blog, Traditional Latin Mass in Maryland, evolved from a poll on Fr. John's blog asking what the most normative name might be for the "Extraordinary Form," "Tridentine Mass," "Usus Antiquior", and so on. The designation TLM--short for Traditional Latin Mass--won by a landslide. And so, I used this name when this blog was launched in December.

It is clear that it is very wise to check Fr. Z's blog first each day for info worldwide since he is in Rome, is a priest and has connections within the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. Also, a great many priests and seminarians check his blog daily. As such, I initially placed a link to his blog on my Blogroll and Favorite websites. In addition, as of yesterday, I have now mounted his "Feedburner Content Scroll" just below my profile in the right margin. Clicking on any story will take you directly to his blogsite.

There are many great blogs reporting on the TLM. I will be checking a great many of them often and will bring new information here for your perusal. In addition, I will comment on stories by Fr. John as they apply to Maryland. However, it seems to make little sense to simply recapitulate what Fr. Z. is reporting each day unless he reports a story you should see immediately if you have not done so.

RORATE CAELI: Traditional Diaconal Ordinations at the Lateran

New Catholic on the blog, Rorate Caeli, carries links to photos by J.P.Sonnen of Orbis Catholicus of the Diaconal Ordinations of Seminarians of the Institute of the Good Shepherd (IBP). The ordinations took place yesterday, February 23rd, at the Basilica of the Most Holy Savior in Rome. The photos are well worth seeing.

Hat tip to New Catholic for this find!

Saturday, February 23, 2008 Religious Superiors Report to the Pope. Between Decline and Rebirth

Sandro Magister in reports on the meeting "behind closed doors" with heads of Religious Orders on February 18th. The article documents the situation with respect to the Jesuits and Dominicans that has been reported widely, but also documents some startling rebirths:

As for the blossoming of "new experiences of consecrated life" faithful to doctrine and rich in spirituality in vocations, here also Benedict XVI did not cite any specific cases.

But there are many of these. Some, although not very well known, are astonishing.

One of these, for example, is the Institute of the Incarnate Word.

Founded by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela in 1984 in Argentina, in the city of San Rafael in the province of Mendoza, after just a quarter century it counts today, in its men's branch, 302 priests, 21 deacons, 195 seminarians studying philosophy and theology, 51 novices, and 95 students in the minor seminary.

Its generalate house and its center of formation are in Segni, 40 miles east of Rome, in the empty buildings of the diocesan seminary. The bishop of Segni, with the approval of the Holy See, recognized it in 2004 as an institute of diocesan right. But it is also present in 32 countries, including Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, China, Tajikistan, and Greenland.

Its women's branch, named the Servants of the Lord and of the Virgin of Matarà, counts 226 religious under perpetual vows, 251 under temporary vows, and as many novices and postulants. It is headed by a young Dutch sister, Maria de Anima Christi Van Eijk, and is present in 22 countries. A Dutch bishop is also a close friend of the institute, Johannes Baptist Gjisen, who is now in Iceland as head of the diocese of Reykjavik.

Furthermore, there is a burgeoning third order composed of laypeople, under vows and not, with various degrees of membership.

The institute incorporates both the active and contemplative life. The latter of these is represented in five monasteries: In San Rafael, Argentina; in Arequipa, Peru; in Tenerife, Canary Islands; in Anjarah, Jordan; and in Trivento, Italy.

It's spirituality is founded upon the Incarnation of the Word, and is expressed in both a strong missionary impulse and in the "evangelization of culture."
Read the entire article here.

Sober Inebriation: Interview with Msgr. Schmitz, Institute of Christ the King, Chicago

Sober Inebriation carries another marvelous interview. This time it is with Monsignor Michael Schmitz, Vicar General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Adam Raha does his usual sterling job.

Go here.

WDTPRS: Two major posts on the TLM in seminaries

Father John Zuhlsdorf of What Does the Prayer Really Say carries two excellent posts that use material from the Catholic Herald and which deal with the training of seminarians in the TLM in seminaries. One is an article and the other is an editorial.

Catholic Herald: All seminaries must teach the old Latin Mass, says Vatican

Catholic Herald: editorial on seminaries training for the TLM

As usual, these are MUST reads just to get Fr. John's take on the articles/editorial.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Catholic Review: Maryland March for Life is March 13

George P. Matysek Jr. reports in The Catholic Review Online that the Maryland March for Life will be March 13th. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien will kick off the March by celebrating Mass at St. Mary's in Annapolis at 6:00 PM.

"Pro-life supporters from across the state plan to use the upcoming March 13 Maryland March for Life in Annapolis to build support for crisis pregnancy centers and defeat a bill they say would hinder outreach to expectant mothers.

Their efforts will be focused on Senate Bill 690/House Bill 1146, a measure that would require crisis pregnancy centers to tell women they are not required to provide factually accurate information to clients. The measure is designed to raise suspicions about pregnancy centers, according to Deacon Richard “Monti” Montalto, co-chair of the Maryland March for Life and coordinator of “Pro-Life Initiative Baltimore.”
For more information, read the article or visit the website Maryland March for Life.

NLM: Chicago Area Training in Usus Antiquior

Shawn Tribe of the New Liturgical Movement is reporting that the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Chicago will offer training to interested priests and seminarians in the Usus Antiquior from May 19th through May 23rd.

Go here for more information.

Some housekeeping...

Several links have been added to the Blogroll and Websites:

  • The Office of Readings from Universalis is now linked;
  • The Magnificat, the daily devotional available by subscription is now linked;
  • Mystic Monk Coffee site is now linked.

WDTPRS: PCED clarifies service of deacons in the TLM

Fr. John reveals a full clarification by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (PCED) on the participation of permanent deacons in the TLM. Read his full story here.

CNS STORY: Bishops discuss integrating doctrine, Scripture and preaching

Don Clemmer of Catholic News Service (CNS) reported on a seminar for Bishops held February 11th-13th on the relationship of Doctrine and Scripture in Catholic teaching with an emphasis on homilies. Here is a snippet:

Preaching his homily on the final afternoon of the seminar, Cardinal Levada recalled how God called upon Jonah to save the people of Nineveh by preaching his word.

"If Jonah could be eloquent under those circumstances," said Cardinal Levada of the reluctant prophet, "how much more eloquent, brother bishops, can you and I be? An eloquence not from our own skills, but from the Spirit teaching us."

He continued, "Only Jesus can lead us in the Spirit and make us sharers in the Holy Trinity. It's not what we say or do, but the person of the risen Christ, present in the word and the sacrament. This is how we are drawn into communion with God."
Read the entire story here.

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI

"Today, the Latin-rite liturgy celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St Peter. This is a very ancient tradition, proven to have existed in Rome since the fourth century. On it we give thanks to God for the mission he entrusted to the Apostle Peter and his Successors.

"Cathedra" literally means the established seat of the Bishop, placed in the mother church of a diocese which for this reason is known as a "cathedral"; it is the symbol of the Bishop's authority and in particular, of his "magisterium", that is, the evangelical teaching which, as a successor of the Apostles, he is called to safeguard and to transmit to the Christian Community.

When a Bishop takes possession of the particular Church that has been entrusted to him, wearing his mitre and holding the pastoral staff, he sits on the cathedra. From this seat, as teacher and pastor, he will guide the journey of the faithful in faith, hope and charity.

So what was the "Chair" of St Peter? Chosen by Christ as the "rock" on which to build the Church (cf. Mt 16: 18), he began his ministry in Jerusalem, after the Ascension of the Lord and Pentecost. The Church's first "seat" was the Upper Room, and it is likely that a special place was reserved for Simon Peter in that room where Mary, Mother of Jesus, also prayed with the disciples.

Subsequently, the See of Peter was Antioch, a city located on the Oronte River in Syria, today Turkey, which at the time was the third metropolis of the Roman Empire after Rome and Alexandria in Egypt. Peter was the first Bishop of that city, which was evangelized by Barnabas and Paul, where "the disciples were for the first time called Christians" (Acts 11: 26), and consequently where our name "Christians" came into being. In fact, the Roman Martyrology, prior to the reform of the calendar, also established a specific celebration of the Chair of Peter in Antioch.

From there, Providence led Peter to Rome. Therefore, we have the journey from Jerusalem, the newly born Church, to Antioch, the first centre of the Church formed from pagans and also still united with the Church that came from the Jews. Then Peter went to Rome, the centre of the Empire, the symbol of the "Orbis" - the "Urbs", which expresses "Orbis", the earth, where he ended his race at the service of the Gospel with martyrdom.

So it is that the See of Rome, which had received the greatest of honours, also has the honour that Christ entrusted to Peter of being at the service of all the particular Churches for the edification and unity of the entire People of God.

The See of Rome, after St Peter's travels, thus came to be recognized as the See of the Successor of Peter, and its Bishop's "cathedra" represented the mission entrusted to him by Christ to tend his entire flock."


POPE BENEDICT XVI , GENERAL AUDIENCE, Wednesday, 22 February 2006
Photo Credit: Website

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Scriptorium: What's Latin for blog? a re-proposal

Indignus of the blog, Scriptorium, asks a question that keeps many of us up at nights worrying. To wit: what is Latin for "blog?" Here are some of his thoughts:

So, if there’s as yet no one-word Latin term for ‘blog’, why not just use blogis (blogis, blogis), with a hard ‘g’ at the middle (as in ‘giraffe’)? I suppose blog (blog, blogis), blogum (blogum, blogi), and blogus (blogus, blogi) would do just as well, but I’m thinking blogis sounds nicer, whereas blogum and blogus sound like ‘bubblegum’ and ‘bogus’. As for blog (blog, blogis), I think blogis would have a better plural genitive, blogium, while blog (blog, blogis) would have blogum, which brings us back to bubblegum. Hence blogis, which would decline like this:

Nom. blogis bloges
Gen. blogis blogium
Dat. blogi blogibus
Accus. blogem bloges
Voc. blogis bloges
Abl. bloge blogibus

As to the verb ‘to blog’, well, what if we apply the same principles and-instead of using circumlocutions like in aethere scribo (‘I’m writing online’, literally, ‘I’m writing in the ether’)-, we simply say blogere for ‘blogging’? So if we want to say (where or to whom, I have no idea) ‘I blogged about the new bishop’, we could simply write, de episcopo novo blogevit, short and sweet, and if we’ll ask, ‘do you guys blog about the war?’, we just have to say de bello blogetisne? Hence blogere.

It is nice to know that the Latin Forum has agreed to this as have others. I am glad this has been settled. Now I can get a decent night's sleep.

Hat Tip: Ignatius Insight

Pope Benedict asks Jesuits to reflect deeply on their vow of obedience to him

There is a fascinating story carried by CNA and by many Catholic news outlets. The story concerns Pope Benedict XVI addressing the Jesuits about their vow of obedience to the Pope. Here is part of what he said:

"In the attempt to build bridges of understanding and dialogue with those who do not belong to the Church or who have difficulty in accepting its positions and messages, you must loyally take charge of the Church's fundamental right to remain faithful to its mandate and adhere completely to the Word of God as well as to the Magisterium's charge of conserving the truth and unity of Catholic doctrine in its entirety." [emphasis mine]

Pope Benedict said that this fidelity to the Church's doctrine is "a particularly sensitive point" for many Jesuits, especially theologians and those involved in inter-religious dialogue. "Precisely for this reason I have invited you [here] and I invite you to reflect on how to find the fullest sense of your 'fourth vow' of obedience to the successor of Peter that is so characteristic of you, it implies not only the readiness to be sent in mission to far away lands, but also– in the most genuine Ignatian spirit of 'sensing with the Church and in the Church' – to ‘love and serve’ the Vicar of Christ on earth with that ‘affective and effective’ devotion which must make of you valuable and irreplaceable cooperators in his service to the Universal Church." [emphasis mine]

Read more of the address here.

Gregorian Chant?

Peter Jeffrey of Princeton University's Music Department has assembled a wonderful Gregorian Chant Home Page. He provides just about all you could ask for in his well designed list of links of every sort.

While you are perusing his webpage, you can listen to Chant online on Radio Set. Note that the files are largely in MP3 format and that Windows Media Player is required.

Two excellent posts on The New Liturgical Movement

Matthew posts a beautiful photo essay he calls "Another Barometer of the Benedictine Reform." It must be seen to be understood and appreciated fully.

Shawn Tribe posts a summary from the blog, Sober Inebriation, which has an interview with Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. on the ancient and modern liturgy. Shawn's summary can be found here. His interpretation is quite interesting.

Please read the entire interview if you can. It was posted by Adam Raha.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Atonement Online: Permission has been granted...

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips who writes the blog Atonement Online has this announcement to make:

His Eminence, Franc Cardinal Rodé, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has communicated permission to establish a monastery for the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration here in San Antonio.
The great beauty of this announcement is accentuated by reading the blog's sidebar:
Fr. Phillips is the founding pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, the first Anglican Use parish, established on August 15, 1983.
Read here for more. The Sisters will arrive from Hanceville, AL...

AmericanPapist: Report: Abp. Donald Wuerl at DC Theology on Tap

Thomas Peters, son of Canonist Edward Peters, is studying for his Master's in Theology in Washington, D.C. He writes an interesting blog called American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic. Last night, he attended a "Theology on Tap" at which Archbishop Donald Wuerl was guest speaker. Please read on here. Note, Tom said "the fire marshall would not have been pleased." My translation: HUGE CROWD.

Homiletic Pastoral Review: From imperfect to perfect

Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review, has a marvelous editorial in the February, 2008 edition. Here is just a snippet of this editorial:

Perfection for the Christian, no matter which group he belongs to—priest, religious or lay—consists in the imitation of Christ. Jesus Christ is the model. He was and is perfect in every virtue and it is virtue that makes a man good. He tells us, “Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:29).

Is perfection attainable for weak human beings? The answer is yes, but only with the grace of God, universal charity, the practice of the Beatitudes and letting the Holy Spirit work in us through his Seven Gifts. As the Christian striving for perfection gets closer to the goal, he or she is filled with love for God and man and radiates the joy that is manifested in the Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit. We are all called to strive for perfection and it is important to pray every day for the grace to achieve it. There is nothing in this life more important than attaining perfection in imitation of Christ our Lord.

Read it in its entirety!

The Black Biretta: Priests becoming disobedient

Father John Trigilio posts a story on "The Black Biretta" from ANSA covering comments by Cardinal Franc Rode' on a drift toward bourgeois values and relativism in priests. Here is a snippet of the Cardinal's remarks:

Priests are disobedient because they were TAUGHT to be so, either in the seminary or in the diocese. All too often, theological dissent and liturgical abuse are tolerated if not endorsed in certain seminaries. Disobedience to the Magisterium and disregard for liturgical rubrics as found in the Roman Missal only leads to disobedience in other areas. Why should we expect clergy to obey their bishops and respect their pastors when they were trained by dissident theologians? A posteriori learning, obviously. When your superiors show contempt and disdain for their superiors and openly defy their rules and regulations, you learn and imitate that same behavior.

Many of us were persecuted for wearing a cassock, in the seminay and then in the rectory. Wordliness was experienced in the seminary, then in the rectory. Simple, humble and modest lifestyle was considered 'too pious'

Please read Father John's blog for more.

SCHOLION: Consecration of a paten and chalice

Yesterday, New Catholic of The New Liturgical Movement asked if anyone knew where to find the prayers used for the consecration of a paten and chalice with chrism using the Pontificale Romanum Latin formulation? The ever accommodating Fr. Zuhlsdorf was quick to respond.

It is a story you MUST read!

Go here!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Monks, Gregorian Chant and Coffee

An Order of Carmelite Monks, the Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is trying to build an Abbey that will last for centuries in Wyoming. As their website says:

In a solitary monastery under the Rocky Mountains in northern Wyoming, the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming seek to perpetuate the charism of the Blessed Virgin Mary, living the Marian life as prescribed by the primitive Carmelite Rule and the ancient monastic observance. This new monastery of contemplative monks lives a life of faithful orthodoxy to the Magisterium, where joy and peace abound in a manly, agrarian way of life. The Carmelite Monks wear the Holy Habit faithfully, which includes the brown Carmelite scapular and white mantle of our Lady of Mount Carmel. These young Roman Catholic monks live a full, reverent, and traditional Carmelite liturgical life, with the Divine Office and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being prayed in Latin with Gregorian Chant.

Desiring to become great saints, this community of strictly cloistered contemplative men has a vehement longing to live the entirety of the customs and charism established by Ss. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila in the Discalced Carmelite Reform, namely: strict monastic enclosure, two hours of contemplative prayer daily, study and spiritual reading, and manual labor. The Carmelite monk may aspire to be a lay brother or a priest who celebrates the Sacraments, gives spiritual direction, and preaches retreats to the monastery retreatants. Once mature in the spiritual life, a Carmelite monk may aspire to become a solitary hermit in the mountains, alone with the Alone. With a burning love of God and a missionary zeal for souls, the Carmelite monk immolates his life in the vows of obedience, chastity and poverty for the Holy Roman Catholic Church and the entire world.
In order to support themselves and their charism, the Monks have initiated a company called Mystic Monks Coffee.

Mystic Monk Coffee is roasted by the Carmelite Monks, a Roman Catholic monastery in the silence and solitude of the Rocky Mountains of northern Wyoming. The monks live a hidden life of prayer and contemplation in the pursuit of God. The monastery is inundated with young men who seek to leave everything to pray for the world, in a tradition at least a thousand years old. It is the monks’ great joy and privilege to share the fruit of their life with you in every cup of Mystic Monk Coffee.
I have been sending donations to these Carmelites for their building program and discovered Mystic Monk Coffee only yesterday. I must confess--it being Lent--that I LOVE coffee. I signed up for a subscription. Here is your chance to get excellent coffee and to financially assist an Order of Monks living the Carmelite Rule. And check their website. The Chant is fabulous!

Mexican religious celebrate 100 years of uninterrupted Eucharistic adoration in Rome

In a marvelous story on CNA, the Sisters of the Cross of the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrated 100 years of uninterrupted Eucharistic Adoration for the holiness of priests.


The charism of the sisters of the Cross of the Sacred Heart is to pray for the holiness of priests and for priestly vocations, a practice recently requested by the prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes,

The sisters carry on the tradition of spiritually “adopting” a specific group of priests for whom they not only pray before the Blessed Sacrament but also offer their daily activities and sacrifices.

The order’s foundress was Concepcion Cabrera de Armida (1862-1937), a Mexican mother. Read more here.

Two great stories...

There are two great stories today that are really "must" reads. The first is posted by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf on "What Does The Prayer Really Say?" and pertains to outdoor Papal Masses. The second is posted by New Catholic on "Rorate Caeli" and brings great news on what seems to be a "permanent solution" to the TLM in "EWTN-land" as he calls it.

Run, don't walk to these sites!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Pontiff: Retreatants Learned Again What Priesthood Is

Zenit carries a story on the thanks extended by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal Vanhoye for the Lenten Spiritual Exercises the Cardinal prepared for the Roman Curia:


In his address Saturday, the Pope thanked the Jesuit cardinal, who had just offered the retreat's last meditation on the relationship between the ministerial priesthood and the priestly heart of Christ.

At the beginning of his remarks, the Bishop of Rome used the image of Christ's washing of the feet to condense in a visual way Cardinal Vanhoye's reflections on the new elements of Christ's priesthood.

"Through his meditations, this image spoke to me," the Pope said. "I saw that precisely here, in this conduct, in this act of extreme humility, the new priesthood of Jesus is realized.

"And it is realized precisely in the act of solidarity with us, with our weaknesses, our sufferings, our trials, even death.

The full story is here.

New US ambassador to Vatican arrives in Rome: agency

This is linked from Catholic World News and is from AFP. Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon arrived in Rome Friday to take up her post. She will present her credentials to His Holiness Pope Benedict in the coming days.

The Judgment of God

Father James V. Schall, S.J. posts an incredible essay on Ignatius Insight dated February 18th. Here is just a snippet:


For a long time, even into early modernity, it was considered that "human nature" would itself be the criterion for establishing the "limits" of science. It was understood that what man is from nature cannot and ought not to be experimented with or radically altered. If from Hume on there is a doubt about whether a nature, human or otherwise, exists or can be known, such a limit disappears. Nothing now prevented the elimination of a given human nature as a norm of human worth. Once man himself became an object of his own scientific studies, however, the very structure of man was called into question. Science becomes not so much a study of what is as of what "ought to be"—as if what man actually was had no prior meaning. We only want to know "What we can do." Man himself becomes an object of "scientific" improvement as if he was nothing in himself.


Be sure not to miss this beautiful essay! It is a Lenten gem providing much food for thought!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Ite, Missa Est

Patrick Archbold at Summorum Pontificum found a great news story. The National Catholic Register has a story by Valerie Schmalz entitled, "Ite, Missa Est. Interest in ‘Extraordinary Form’ of the Mass Growing on Campus." Here is just a bit:


“The Mass is the Mass, but the traditional Latin Mass seems more sacred,” said Leah Turner, a junior at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. “It seems to capture the tradition of the Church more.”

Notre Dame, Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., and St. Vincent College are among the colleges that began to offer the Mass of Blessed John XXIII shortly after the Summorum Pontificum’s effective date of Sep. 14. Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla., plans to offer it soon and Franciscan University of Steubenville will offer its first such Mass on March 30.

Summorum Pontificum, which the Pope issued on his own initiative or motu proprio, said that the Mass according to the Missal of 1962 must be offered as long as a “stable” group of the faithful requests it. The only exception is during the Easter Triduum.

Read here for a great and heartening news story.

Baltimore and the TLM - UPDATE!

NB: A kind poster on WDTPRS pointed out that I had "shortchanged" the Archbishop "one" seminary; he was actually Rector of two seminaries. My comment below should have reflected that.

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf deals with an email he received from someone in the Western part of Maryland concerning the TLM in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The email reports in part (bold and red were added by Fr. Z. for emphasis):


I live in
western Maryland (Hagerstown) and we have been trying to get a TLM in this area since the MP was released. At my own church, we presented the pastor with a 40 signature petition, but without success. I have written the Archdiocese of Baltimore twice and never received a response. Because my pastor really had little interest, I joined a larger group in the next county. It is well organized with almost 100 people. They found two priests and church willing to offer the TLM to us but they refused to do so without the OK of the Archdiocese. [Ehem… they don’t NEED it!!] (This is not surprising because the Archdiocese’s antipathy towards the TLM is well known. I had an associate pastor who learned the TLM on his own initiative, asked permission, was denied and not long after shipped off to South Carolina against this wishes). A letter was written to the Archbishop and follow up phone calls were made. No one would returned the calls or respond to the letter but we did learn that that Archbishop O’Brien was setting up a committee to decide how to handle requests and we should hear something by Lent (they have received 5 of 6 other requests from other groups, I have heard.)
I found this email to be "jumping the gun" so I weighed in within the comments section:

I am a bit stunned by this comment! Cardinal Keeler was among the first Archbishops to allow the “indult” Mass at Saint Alphonsus Church in Baltimore not 300 yards from the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Assumption! The TLM is still offered there each Sunday at 11:30 AM and on all holydays and special feasts.

I think it is necessary to point out that Archbishop Edwin O’Brien as the former Rector of a seminary himself, was asked to lead the review of seminaries which took place some time back. As Archbishop of Baltimore, he has two seminaries in his jurisdiction: Saint Mary’s Seminary in Roland Park near the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD on the campus of Mount Saint Mary’s and near the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes. Clearly, it seems almost certain that he is awaiting the answer to the dubia submitted by the Bishops as matters such as the “allowance for seminarians to receive training in the TLM” will affect his Archdiocese in a great way.


Please go here to get the full story.

I sincerely believe the Archbishop is awaiting the response to the dubia from the PCED which should arrive any day because a great many wheels can then be set into motion. That is my opinion in any case. He has much on his plate to deal with, that is for sure.

Finally, I am very much opposed to posting "hearsay comments or accusations" against an Archbishop or member of the clergy on an open forum. We don't even know our own motives! How can one ascribe motives to someone else--especially someone with a pastoral role for over a half million souls!?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Belmont Abbey College Removes Employee Benefits for Abortion, Sterilization and Contraception reports that Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, NC has removed certain employee benefits that are at odds with a Roman Catholic institution of higher education. Here is a snippet:


President William Thierfelder said, "As a Roman Catholic institution, Belmont Abbey College is not able to and will not offer nor subsidize medical services that contradict the clear teaching of the Catholic Church. There was no other course of action possible if we were to operate in fidelity to our mission and to our identity as a Catholic college."

In a letter to staff and faculty, Thierfeder answered the question: Were any faculty, staff or committees consulted on this change? He said, "No. The teaching of the Catholic Church on this moral issue is clear. The responsibility of the College as a Catholic College sponsored by the monks of Belmont Abbey to follow Church teaching is equally clear. There was no other course of action possible if we were to operate in fidelity to our mission and to our identity as a Catholic College. Therefore, consultation was not an option. However, Abbot Placid and I have publicly and repeatedly expressed a willingness to discuss the matter at any time with anyone who would like to talk to us."

Go here for the full story.

Redemptoris Mater Chapel; a barometer of the liturgical shift? Part II.

Gregor Kollmorgen of the New Liturgical Movement has a fascinating piece on the subtle shift taking place in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel year by year. The link is "photo dense." His text reads, in part:


While the pictures may not be optimal for this purpose, we can still see that a further step has been taken: the Cross, which had remained off-centre last year, has now returned to its traditional place in the centre of the altar.While this is admittedly not ground-shattering news, and this ad orientem setup of the Redemptoris Mater chapel has, as far as I can see, not (yet) been used for Mass celebrated there that we know of, it may still serve, as the headline, which is Shawn's original headline of last year's post, suggests, as an indicator of the slow but steady and long-term reorientation of the liturgy which the Holy Father is bringing about...

One must see the progression of photos to see the point being raised by Killmorgen: namely, that there is a transition taking place for an ad orientem celebration of Mass. Finally, the comments of the Holy Father at the end of this piece concerning concelebration are very interesting.

Update on letter to PCED: Hints of Things To Come

Patrick Archbold of Summorum Pontificum expands a great deal on Fr. Z's post below on the letter from the PCED to a seminarian. His entry too is a must read.

Patrick also provides a link to Damian Thompson of which is marvelous. The title of his article? What else? Revolution in the seminaries.

PCED: Seminarians have the right and must be trained in the TLM

This could be BIG!

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of What Does the Prayer Really Say was sent a jpeg copy of a letter sent to a seminarian who received the letter as a response from the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (PCED). In part, it states (Fr. Z's comments here):

First, the Commission says that seminarians "have the right" to be instructed also in the older form of Mass.

Second, those responsible for formation of seminarians "should provide for the instruction in both forms of the Roman Rite."
Please go to his blogsite to see the jpeg file of the letter that was sent. Wow!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned

Archbishop Edwin O'Brien posts an article on Confession in The Catholic Review online for this week, February 15th.


Through the centuries, the form in which the Church exercised this commission of the Lord has evolved, as has the practice of the faithful in celebrating this unique gift from Christ; older generations will recall the day that individuals would receive Holy Communion on Sunday only if he or she had gone to confession the Saturday before. How the pendulum has swung!

It comes as news to no one that there has been a serious decline in individuals going to confession. Is there little urgency to confess, because there is confusion or even denial in some quarters on the very existence of mortal sin as well as the existence of hell? Unfortunately, yes. The Catechism is so very valuable in clarifying Church teaching in matters such as this and should be studied at home, taught in schools and preached from our pulpits.

All the faithful who are aware of serious sins committed are required to confess at least once a year and Holy Communion should not be received without the confession of serious sin.
Read this marvelous commentary!

Visiting Maryland?

If you are visiting Maryland or nearby Washington, D.C., there are some places you just MUST visit.

The first is the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. When I want to get into a serene atmosphere and meditate before going to Confession, here is the place to be. The Monastery has frequent Confessions as you can see, and the interior is just gorgeous. The Monastery is a haven of solitude in the middle of one of the busiest cities on this earth. The website has some of its treasures demonstrated here in Flash format. T
he address is: FRANCISCAN MONASTERY OF THE HOLY LAND, 1400 Quincy St., N.E., Washington, DC 20017. The website has a map for your convenience.

Another is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Baltimore, Maryland. The Basilica is the first Cathedral built in the U.S. and was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. It is an architectural masterpiece that has been restored to its full beauty. The website shows all the beauty of this gem.

While you are visiting the Basilica, don't forget to walk up Saratoga Street just 300 yards to see Saint Alphonsus Church modeled after the Cathedral of Cologne, Germany. It is now undergoing renovation and is also a gem. St. John Neumann was once Pastor as was Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, both Redemptorist priests.

The National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Maryland is yet another. It is located just above the campus of Mount Saint Mary's University and Seminary. It too is a gorgeous location with a rich history. The garden is the perfect spot to say the Rosary in meditation.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Divine Office: A Study of the Roman Breviary By Rev. E.J. Quigley

The New Liturgical Movement reports that Sancta Missa now has "A Study of the Roman Breviary" by Rev. E.J. Quigley online. Once again, Sancta Missa adds a beautiful resource for all to have.

Latin Mass Resources-EWTN

In the blogroll to this opus, you will notice a reference to Resources for the Traditional Latin Mass on EWTN. The marvelous repository and gem of all things Catholic--EWTN-- has a link to a trove of things useful for understanding the Traditional Latin Mass. Among these are:

  • the TLM Mass texts in PDF format (book and scrollable format)
  • the full video (2 hours) of the Mass of December 15, 2007
  • the homily for this Mass in MP3 format
  • archives to past TLM performances on EWTN
  • a listing of Magisterial documents on the TLM
The website, Sancta Missa, which is the work of the St. John Cantius Society, also has tremendous resources and that too is listed in the blogroll.

For those interested in viewing a TLM Mass in Real Video format, please go to the EWTN library. It is a great resource.

You Report: Traditional Masses around the World - Mississippi

New Catholic of the blog Rorate Caeli reports on the first TLM Mass in Mississippi in 8 years!

On Saturday, February 9, 2008, at 6 P.M. Father John Noone celebrated the Mass according to the extraordinary form at Annunciation Catholic Church in Kiln, Mississippi. This was the first public Tridentine Mass in the entire state of Mississippi for about the last 8 years. A little over 100 people were in attendance with some driving well over an hour to attend.

Please check the blog to read this great story.

Rumor Has It...

Patrick Archbold of the great blog, Summorum Pontificum, has an important comment on a post by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf regarding the document expected out soon to clarify the Motu Proprio.

Run, don't walk, to check it out!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Vandals damage replica of Lourdes grotto on eve of anniversary

The Baltimore Examiner reports that vandalism occurred 3:00 AM Sunday, February 11, 2008 at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. The two men apprehended threw a bronze crucifix into a nearby creek. A special Mass celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes was to be celebrated at the very popular Marian Shrine on Monday.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis!

Writing to the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”: some tips

In response to a column in the by Damian Thompson on the 28th of November, 2007, Father John Zuhlsdorf decided to respond. Here is a post he wrote on writing to the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" (PCED). He also makes suggestions on tips for writing and what to include and what not to include.

This subject was brought up today when Fr. John learned that a TLM Mass was cancelled in California by a religious Order. The emailer wanted to know from Fr. Z. what remedy was available to the TLM group that had attended this Low Mass regularly?

Be sure to read his post today before acting on the remedy that he suggested in the post on the PCED. Clearly, this is a case-by-case specific solution to an issue. It is not a blanket invitation to one and all!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Archbishop Edwin Frederick O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore

The Sitemeter indicates that some visitors are wondering who the Archbishop of Baltimore might be? The Archbishop was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on July 12, 2007 and was installed as Archbishop on October 1, 2007. The Archbishop had previously been Archbishop of the United States of America Military Archdiocese.

The marvelous website, Catholic Hierarchy, has the full details on his links to the Apostolic Succession and includes his Consecrator (John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor) and Co-Consecrators as Bishop in the Archdiocese of New York in 1996.

Purging away poor understandings of purgatory

Ignatius Insight cites a nice find on Purgatory in the blog, Pontifications, by Father Alvin Kimel. The essay is excellent:

[...] Suffering is both the instrument and consequence of our sanctification. Just as the addict must experience, and indeed embrace, terrible pain in the process of withdrawing himself from his drugs, so the sinner suffers pain and distress as he detaches himself from bondage to worldly goods. When viewed from the perspective of God and his justice, how else can this suffering be understood except as “punishment.” But the punishment is not primarily or exclusively retributive: its purpose is the sanctification and perfection of the sinner. The punitive dimension of purgatorial suffering must be interpreted through its medicinal purpose. The person is truly being “punished” for his own good—to heal the disorder of his heart and liberate him completely from the power of sin. The language of “punishment” in this context should therefore be recognized as a form of figurative speech. The torment individuals suffer in Purgatory varies, Bonaventure explains, “according as they took with them from their earthly life more or less of what must be burned away. … The more deeply a man has loved the things of the world in the inner core of his heart, the harder it will be for him to be cleansed.” With Augustine and Caesarius of Arles, Bonaventure affirms that the sufferings of Purgatory exceed the sufferings of our present life, but “because those who are being cleansed possess grace which now they cannot lose, they neither can nor will be completely immersed in sorrow, or fall into despair, or be moved to blaspheme.” Two hundred years later St Catherine of Genoa would remind the Church that though the sufferings of the poor souls may be great, their joy and happiness is greater still: “No happiness can be found worthy to be compared with that of a soul in Purgatory except that of the saints in Paradise; and day by day this happiness grows as God flows into these souls, more and more as the hindrance to His entrance is consumed.”
Scott Carson then adds his own thoughts in An Examined Life.

Read Fr. Kimel's essay and Carson's comments, please!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Bp. Burbidge of Raleigh, NC on Summorum Pontificum

File this in the "just in case you missed it" file.

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of WDTPRS does the commentary; Bishop Burbidge of Raleigh, NC does the text or letter. I'll let you read the results here.

It is quite interesting....

Frank talk about sin, judgment, and hell...

Insight Scoop has a Q & A session posted by Carl Olson that is a give and take between His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, and priests and seminarians in his Diocese that is originally from Chiesa:

I wanted in part to speak precisely of the last, universal judgment, and in this context also of purgatory, hell, and paradise. I think that we are all still affected by the objection of the Marxists, according to which Christians spoke only of the beyond, and overlooked the earth. So we want to show that we are truly concerned about earthly things, and are not people who speak of faraway realities, who do not help the world.

Now, although it is right to demonstrate that Christians work on behalf of the world – and we are all clearly called to work so that this world that may truly be a city for God and of God – we must not forget the other dimension. Without keeping this in mind, we do not work well on behalf of the world.

Demonstrating this was one of my fundamental aims in writing the encyclical. When one is not aware of the judgment of God, when one does not recognize the possibility of hell, of the radical and definitive failure of life, then one does not recognize the possibility and necessity for purification. Then man does not work well on behalf of the world, because in the end he loses his bearings, he no longer knows himself, not knowing God, and destroys the world. All of the great ideologies have promised: We will take things in hand, we will no longer overlook the world, we will create the new, just, correct, fraternal world. Instead, they destroyed the world. We see this with Nazism, and we also see it with communism, which promised to build the world the way it was supposed to have been, and instead destroyed the world.

In the "ad limina" visits of the bishops from formerly communist countries, I see always anew how in those lands it is not only the planet, the ecology that has been destroyed, but above all and more seriously, souls. To rediscover truly human understanding, illuminated by the presence of God, is the first work for the rebuilding of the world. This is the common experience in these countries. The rebuilding of the world, respecting the planet's cry of suffering, can be realized only by rediscovering God in the soul, with one's eyes open to God...

Read more here or read the entire article which is linked from this site...

TLM in Charles Town, WVA!

Yesterday, I posted that TLM groups were forming in certain parts of Maryland and asked for feedback to assist those groups. I received a marvelous email from good friend, M.S., who writes:

Dear TLM in Maryland,

I'm a parishioner at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, WV (about 25 minutes from Frederick, MD).

I would like to let you and your bloggers know that there is a strong group planning the TLM in our Parish.

For the last few months we have had the Extraordinary Form of the Mass offered only once a month. We are hoping to have the Mass offered weekly soon.

The next two Masses scheduled are:
- Traditional Latin Mass on Passion Sunday (March 16) at 4 pm
- High Mass on Easter Sunday (March 23) at 4 pm.

St. James Catholic Church
60 Crosswinds Dr.
Charles Town, WV 25414

All for Jesus through Mary,
Saint James the Greater Roman Catholic Church has a website. Rumors on the internet also suggest that the local Ordinary is favorably disposed to the TLM. Here is a link to Masses and Saint James is listed among those in West Virginia.

If the Mass is scheduled each Sunday, please notify me and I'll be most happy to list the Parish on my blogroll. Frederick, Marylanders, take note!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

TLM Mass Groups Forming in Maryland

A good friend sent this email out today:

There are several groups in Maryland seeking to obtain a Traditional Latin Mass in their locales: Frederick, Westminster/Manchester, Catonsville, and on the Eastern Shore. The group on the Eastern Shore has organized and just launched a website. Not much on this site (yet), but they are just getting formed.

Please pray for all of these groups: so far, not much progress has been made, but we have not reached the Archbishop yet, who is reported to be favorable to the Traditional Latin Mass.

Web address of new group on Eastern Shore:
The Eastern Shore Website has a link to a form to assess interest. If anyone contacts me via email from the groups forming in Catonsville, Westminster, Manchester and Frederick, I'll be happy to post their contact information on this blog and act as a conduit for information.