Tridentine Mass


 From the official newspaper of the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana, THE CATHOLIC MOMENT, March 30, 2008 Volume 64, Number 11:

Carmel, Indiana – A Tridentine (Latin) Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the Day Chapel at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Father Gerard Saguto, FSSP, will celebrate the Tridentine Low Mass.  Latin/English missals will be available.  The next Tridentine Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, April 20.  For more information, call 317-581-0315 or visit the Web site of Una Voce Carmel at

Former FSSP District Superior Celebrates TLM at New Indiana Apostalate


South Bend, Indiana – Former FSSP District Superior Father, George Gabet can be found these days in Ft Wayne, South Bend or somewhere in between.  This Indiana son who has returned to his roots is a ball of energy!  

The above picture shows Father Gabet celebrating the Mass on the tomb of Pope Pius X. Michiana’s website has the story here.

True liturgical reform must avoid “wild liturgy,” Cardinal Arinze explains

.- Cardinal Francis Arinze, the Church’s “liturgist-in-chief,” recently made a speech at an African university in which he criticized liturgical abuses and protested Masses where the recklessly innovative priests act as “Reverend Showman”.

The Nigerian-born Cardinal Arinze, who is Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, was in Kenya to conduct a workshop and a retreat on liturgy for the bishops, according to CISA.  While he was at the Catholic University of East Africa, the cardinal delivered a public lecture in which he discussed the importance of following liturgical rubrics and the proper place of inculturation in the liturgy.

The cardinal discussed sentiments that cause errors in worship, such as regarding everyone as an expert in liturgy, extolling spontaneity and creativity to the detriment of approved rites and prayers, seeking immediate popular applause or enjoyment, and ignoring approved liturgical texts.

He said that liturgical abuses were often due to an ignorance that rejects elements of worship whose deeper meaning is not understood or whose antiquity is not recognized. 


Cardinal Arinze clarified the nature of the reforms of Vatican II, saying they must be seen as continuous with the past rather than as a dramatic break.  “The Catholic Church is the same before and after Vatican II. It isn’t another Church,” he said.

Some aspects of liturgical rites can be modified according to pastoral needs.  “The Church does not live in the Vatican Museum,” the cardinal said.  However, he said that incorporating local traditions into the practice of the faith, which is known as inculturation, should be compatible with the Christian message and in communion with the universal Church.

Inculturation, he said, “should make people part of a Church which is universal but also local.”


Cardinal Arinze attacked distortions of inculturation, saying, “It is a caricature of inculturation to understand it as the invention of the fertile imagination of some enthusiastic priest, who concocts an idea on Saturday night and tries it on the innocent congregation the following morning. He may have good will, but good will is not enough.”

The cardinal also condemned individualistic experimentation, saying, “the person who of his own authority adds or subtracts from the laid down liturgical rites is doing harm to the Church.”

Proper inculturation, the cardinal said, required bishops to guide the introduction of new elements into worship.  Innovations should take place only after careful consideration, after bishops have set up a multi-disciplinary group of experts to study a cultural element to be included in the liturgy. 

The group of experts should then make their recommendation to their bishops’ conference.  If both the bishops’ conference and the Holy See approve the innovation, after limited experiment and “due preparation” of the clergy and the people, the new element may be incorporated.  “Otherwise it is wild liturgy,” said Cardinal Arinze.

Cardinal Arinze characterized a successful celebration of the Mass as one that “manifests the Catholic faith powerfully, encourages those who have the faith already, shakes up those who are slumbering and those who are at the edge, and makes curious those who are not Catholics at all.”

The Mass must send Catholics home “full of joy, ready to come back again, ready to live it and to share it.”

The cardinal encouraged future priests’ proper formation in liturgy and the ongoing liturgical formation of both clergy and lay people.

California anti-homeschooling court decision appealed


Los Angeles, Mar 28, 2008 / 06:07 am (CNA).- A February 28 court decision outlawing homeschooling in California will be reconsidered by the California Court of Appeal.

Last month the same court considered the case of a child enrolled in a private homeschooling program, ruling that parents who educate their children at home could be criminally liable under state law.

Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) had asked the court to reconsider the decision.

“Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children,” ADF Senior Council Gary McCaleb said. “Because this ruling impacts all Californians, we believe the case deserves a second look. We look forward to presenting this case for rehearing.”

Attorney Gary Kreep, of the United States Justice Foundation, said, “Another look at this case will help ensure that the fundamental rights of parents are fully protected.”

Castrillón speaks on the SSPX: “Discussions may take place inside the Church”



From Rorate Caelli: Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, spoke today to the Vatican daily, L’Osservatore Romano, on the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum and related matters. Castrillón has some stern words for those who have used wrong terms without clear knowledge of the matter and, then, his most important answer, regarding future events.

L’Osservatore Romano: How is a return to “full communion” possible for excommunicated persons?

Castrillón: The excommunication applies only to the four bishops, because they were ordained without the mandate of the Pope and against his will, while the priests are only suspended. The Mass they celebrate is undoubtedly valid, but not licit, and, thus, participation is not advised, unless there are no other possibilities on Sunday. Certainly, neither the priests nor the faithful are excommunicates. I wish, speaking of this, to repeat the importance of a clear knowledge of things in order to be able to judge them correctly.

L’Osservatore Romano:  Don’t you fear that the attempt to wish to bring back to the Church men and women who do not recognize the Second Vatican Council may provoke an aversion among those faithful who instead see Vatican II as a compass for navigation in the barque of Peter, particularly in these times of continuous changes?

Castrillón: First of all, the problem regarding the Council is not, in my opinion, as grave as it might seem. In fact, the Bishops of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X, headed by Bishop Bernard Fellay, have expressly recognized Vatican II as an Ecumenical Council and Bishop Fellay reasserted it in a meeting with John Paul II and, more explicitly, in the audience of August 29, 2005, with Benedict XVI. Nor can it be forgotten that Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre signed all Council documents.

I believe that their criticism of the Council is related mostly with the clarity of some texts, in the absence of which the path is opened to interpretations not in agreement with Traditional doctrine. The greatest difficulties are of interpretive character and are related even to some gestures of the ecumenical level, but not with the doctrine of Vatican II. It is a matter of theological discussions, which may take place inside the Church, where, in fact, there are several interpretive discussions of the Conciliar texts, discussions which may continue even with the groups which return to full communion.

The second phase of the One-Two-Three Strategy seems to be taking shape.

Sexagesima-St. Paul-When I am Weak then I am Strong


Sermon by: Rev. Mr. Jonathon Romanoski, FSSP 

Click below to listen, however, first, please put the background music from Sonific SongSpot below and to the lower left on pause  before clicking to listen .

Catholic Diocese in Indiana, Wants Komen Race Boycott Over Abortion Ties


by Steven Ertelt Editor

March 26, 2008 – Lafayette, Indiana ( — Another Catholic diocese has gone on record as urging Catholics and local parishes to boycott the Komen Race for the Cure because of its ties to abortion. Komen affiliates across the nation have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood and the group has denied the abortion-breast cancer link.
The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette wants local parishioners to boycott the April race in Indianapolis expected to draw 40,000 people.

The diocese includes 63 churches in 24 counties and a statement obtained explains the rationale behind the decision. “Due to its policy allowing affiliates to offer financial support to abortion providing facilities, its endorsement of embryonic stem cell research, and the continued denial that abortion may well lead to the development of breast cancer, it is not appropriate for Catholics to participate,” the diocese said.A portion of their proceeds is given to Planned Parenthood for breast exam and to educate women in their clinics,” it added.

“Donors cannot control how an organization designates its funds. Therefore, money donated for a specific service, i.e. breast health care, directly frees up funds to support other areas of an organization’s agenda, i.e. abortion,” it concluded.

Rather than supporting Komen, the diocese asked Catholics to donate their time and money to local hospitals and other groups that provide beast cancer screenings and medical care.

Dana Curish, executive director of Komen Indianapolis, tried to assuage the concerns in an interview with WTHR-TV. “We do not fund Planned Parenthood and there’s no affiliate in Indiana that funds Planned Parenthood,” she said.However, Susan G. Komen for the Cure spokeswoman Rebecca Gibson has previously confirmed that 19 of the 122 Komen affiliates made grants to Planned Parenthood last year, according to its own figures totaling about $374,253.

Other Catholic diocesan groups have also issued concerns about Komen and its Planned Parenthood grants and abortion-breast cancer link denial.

Earlier this month, the St. Louis Archdiocese asked people to boycott the event. In November 2006, the Phoenix, Arizona diocese asked parishioners to tell Komen to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood.“Some will argue the grant is earmarked for areas other than abortion or contraception, so the affiliation between the organizations is inconsequential,” Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said of the Komen grants to Planned Parenthood.

“But the sad reality is that the grant money now frees up Planned Parenthood funds for those other areas opposing life and counter to our Catholic faith,” he explained.

In the Phoenix area, Komen, whose race netted it 40,000 people and $1.8 million, gave $25,000 to Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona.

The Komen grants to Planned Parenthood prompted medical research analyst and Hispanic outreach director Eve Sanchez Silver to resign from her leadership position within Komen.Silver eventually had a meeting with Komen officials about their grants and abortion’s link with breast cancer.”SGK officials did not appear to have knowledge of simple breast facts,” Silver said in a statement received.Silver explained that the breast is an organ that is not mature at birth and SGK officials appeared to be surprised to learn that the breast does not become fully mature until after 32 weeks of pregnancy.

As a result of that state of development, interruption of pregnancy via an abortion before 32 weeks leaves breast cells exposed to estrogen, which is highly carcinogenic.

She indicated the Komen representatives also appeared to be “more concerned about assisting women after they had contracted breast cancer, than informing them to avoid breast cancer risk by avoiding abortions and having [an] early, full term pregnancy.”

“This is an appalling lack of concern for the women the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is supposed to be helping,” Silver added.

Muslim convert baptized by the Pope to marry in the Church

.- The Muslim journalist Magdi Allam, who was received into the Church during the Easter Vigil by Pope Benedict XVI, plans to marry Valentina Colombo in the Church on April 22, according to the Italian daily Libero.

The couple’s son, Davide, who is nine months old, was baptized a month ago, when Allam’s journey to the Catholic faith was in its final phase. 

Allam is 55 and is associate director of the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. During the last five years he has lived under police protection due to death threats over his conversion to Christianity and his positions against Islamic fundamentalism.

During the interview, Allam said he is not afraid of death and that he will continue moving “forward” on “the road of truth, freedom and affirmation of life.”

His baptism has been criticized by both Islamic fundamentalists and Islamic moderates, including the Muslim intellectuals who attended a meeting at the Vatican this month to promote inter-religious dialogue.

The director of L’Osservatore Romano, Gian Maria Vian, said yesterday in an editorial that Magdi Allam’s baptism was “not intended to be hostile towards the great Islamic religion.”

Allam took this step “after a long personal search and the necessary preparation for taking this step,” Vian said.  “Benedict XVI’s gesture has important meaning because it affirms religious freedom in a humble and clear way” and shows that “anyone who requests baptism without constrictions has the right to receive it,” he emphasized.

Carmel Deanery:TLM on April 6th, 5pm

A Tridentine Latin Mass

Celebrated by Rev. Gerard Saguto, FSSP

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Time: 5:00 pm
(Confessions prior to Mass)
St. Elizabeth Seton Church
In the Day Chapel
10655 Haverstick Road
Carmel, IN 46033

For information, please call: 581-0315

Knights of Columbus Survey reveals Americans have positive opinion of Pope Benedict

.- On Tuesday the Knights of Columbus published the results of a survey they commissioned on American’s opinions about the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI and their hopes for the papal visit to the United States in April.

The survey results show that Americans have a generally positive opinion of the Pope and the Catholic Church.  Most hope that during his visit Pope Benedict will address the place of spiritual values in ordinary life.

Fifty-eight percent of the United States residents polled have a “favorable” or “very favorable” opinion of Benedict XVI, while 13 percent have an “unfavorable” or “very unfavorable” opinion of the Pope.

Seventeen percent of the respondents claim to have never heard of the Pope.

Sixty-five percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Catholic Church, while 28 percent have an unfavorable view.  The Church is especially popular among Latinos, people over age 60, and people who attend religious services once a week.

The majority of Americans (63%) also think the Catholic Church contributes “a great deal” or “a good amount” to people and communities in the United States.  Twenty-four percent believe the Church contributes “not very much” or “nothing at all.”

Knowledge of Pope Benedict amongst Americans remains a scarce commodity with 52 percent saying they do not know very much about Pope Benedict, and 29 percent saying they know nothing at all about him.  Only 19 percent claim to know “a good amount” or “a great deal” about the Pope.

Forty-two percent of Americans, compared with 66 percent of Catholics, say they would like to attend one of the Pope’s public appearances in his upcoming U.S. visit.

According to the survey results, 70 percent or more Americans want to hear the Pope address in his visit how they can allow God to be a part of their daily lives, how they can find spiritual fulfillment by sharing their time and talent, and how they can make a positive difference in the world, their state, and their communities.

Sixty-four percent of Americans expressed interest in hearing Pope Benedict discuss how to create a society where spiritual values play an important role.

The survey found that Catholics “closely mirror” the rest of the American population in age, marital status, education level, income, and voter registration.  They are more likely to live in the Northeast, which has 30 percent of the nation’s Catholics, and less likely to live in the South, which has only 25 percent of the nation’s Catholics.

The survey, conducted by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, queried 1,015 adult United States residents and interviewed 613 U.S. Catholics nationwide.