"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)

Friday, February 25, 2011

An Urgent Appeal

10,000 traditional Catholics appeal to the Pope not to water down Summorum Pontificum

By Damian Thompson

My first ever blog post, four years ago, reported that Catholic traditionalists were worried by the non-appearance of a Motu Proprio removing restrictions on the celebration of the Tridentine Mass. But they had no need to worry – or so it seemed. Summorum Pontificum restored to priests and groups of the faithful the freedom to celebrate the older form of the Roman Rite without interference from hostile bishops.
As most of you will be aware, the question isn’t as settled as we thought. The enemies of Summorum Pontificum are reported to have prepared an “instruction” that undermines the Motu Proprio. We don’t know the details, but when a blog as influential as the New Liturgical Movement encourages Catholics to sign a petition to the Holy Father asking him not to allow such changes then I think there’s cause for alarm.
So far, 10,000 Catholics have signed. You may may find it hard to believe that Pope Benedict would take back something that he has solemnly granted. But the opponents of the Extraordinary Form are a determined bunch and – especially in the case of conservative supporters of the “reform of the reform” – extremely powerful in the curia. It wouldn’t be the first time a Pope has had his arm twisted. Here, again, is the link to the petition.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blog Recomendation

The author of the Remnant article, "Springtime in Pottersville", Mr. Christopher Gawley, has a blog:



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Website

St. Patrick's in Kinkora/St. Vincent de Paul in Mitchell a has a new website.  Make sure to update your browers to stay current with this wonderful parish cluster.


Thank You Father Martins!

Thank you Father Martins for bringing relics of the Saints to Kitchener, Kinkora, and Hamilton.  It was truly an awesome experience.  For those who missed it or wish to keep current with Father's ministry here is their website: http://www.treasuresofthechurch.com/ 

Website Recommendation

Here is another excellent website, this one promoting the perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at Holy Redeemer Church in Madison, Wisconsin. 


Restoration Project Harrisburg Pennsylvannia

Here's an excellent website promoting the TLM/UA in Harrisburg Diocese:


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Usus Antiquior Returns To Croatia

Society For The Promotion Of The Traditional Mass "Benedictus"


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Summorum Pontificum Under Attack

"Reports from different sources suggest that ill-intentioned people within the highest ranks of the Holy See wish to use the clarification document on Summorum Pontificum as a Trojan Horse, emptying the motu proprio of all its content, especially regarding Parish Priests and other members of the diocesan clergy (see e.g. Messa in Latino). This is a dangerous, clear, and credible threat. We must pray, indeed, but all priests and lay faithful must act. All Catholic faithful must send urgent and respectful letters to the Holy Father, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Secretariat of State, the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei', and other authorities, asking the Holy Father and curial authorities to defend the clear letter of the motu proprio that gave us freedom and thanking once again the Holy Father for the gift that was Summorum Pontificum, including references to the personal improvement brought to one's Catholic life and family by the wider availability of the Traditional liturgy.  "


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Michael Voris on the Michael Coren Show

February 3, 2001 episode of the Michael Coren Show on CTS featured an interview with Michael Voris of RealCatholicTV.


Monday, February 7, 2011

The Restoration Project Continued...

Two years after Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum, giving every priest the right to say Holy Mass according to the Usus Antiquior (1962 Missal) Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate surveyed Catholics in America.  What they found is only a small group of Catholics oppose the Latin Mass (12%).  Why any Catholic would oppose the opportunity for others to worship in a more spiritually rewarding and externally revernent manner is not known at this time.  Of those Catholics who actually attend weekly Mass, 45% would attend the Usus Antiquior if offered at a convenient time and location.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pillars Of The Restoration

Some Pillars of a New Liturgical Movement (And For Catholic Life and the Parish Generally)


People, whether the lay faithful or parish priests, often consider how we might pursue a new liturgical movement both individually and corporately. More generally, there is a consideration of how we might go about revivifying Catholic life, identity and the parish. Here are a few pillars which are important for a new liturgical movement and whose place in Catholic life is generally testified to by the Church as well as her tradition.



Restoration Project Virginia

Nearly 1 in 5 Diocese of Arlington Churches offer TLM ...

"A newly added Mass will begin this Sunday in the Diocese of Arlington (Va.). Saint Anthony (mission church of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary) in King George, Va., will have Mass each Sunday at 12:45 p.m. This brings the total to 12 churches (plus Christendom College’s chapel) with regularly scheduled TLMs in the Diocese of Arlington, which has a total of 68 parishes, or nearly 20 percent of diocesan parishes."
This example proves that, even under the thumb of a bishop historically hostile to tradition, holy priests determined to bring about true restoration of the Mass and Faith can be successful.

And please remember to follow @RorateCaeli on Twitter.