"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The First EF of a Newly Ordained Priest in the Archdiocese of Vancouver

TUESDAY, JUNE 05, 2012

The First EF of a Newly Ordained Priest in the Archdiocese of Vancouver

It is always encouraging (never mind interesting) to hear of newly ordained diocesan priests who very quickly demonstrate their interest in the liturgical patrimony of the Church by means of the use of the more ancient liturgical books. This phenomena, if that is the right word for it, seems to rather quickly becoming more and more of a routine occurrence. For any of those who are either interested in the propagation of that patrimony, whether through the usus antiquioror through the reform of the reform, this can only be good news.

Two such examples came to my attention in the past day alone, one of which I will share with you today. In this instance, I refer you to Father Pablo Santa Maria, who was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Vancouver on May 26th and who celebrated his first Mass according to the usus antiquior one week later. Here are a few photos from that joyous event.

Photos: Clayton Long, Momentum Veritatis

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