Rare Video of HH Benedict XVI Ad Orientem Mass

This footage is from the Mass offered by HH Benedict back in January 14, 2008 in the Sistine Chapel. The Holy Father baptized 13 infants of Vatican employees on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The text of the Eucharistic Prayer follows the video for those who wish to follow in the original Italian.

Eucharistic Prayer (II):

Padre veramente santo,

fonte di ogni santità,

santifica questi doni con l’effusione del tuo Spirito
perché diventino per noi il corpo

e + il sangue di Gesù Cristo nostro Signore.
Egli, offrendosi liberamente alla sua passione,

prese il pane e rese grazie,
lo spezzo, lo diede ai suoi discepoli, e disse:




Dopo la cena, allo stesso modo, prese il calice e rese grazie, lo diede ai suoi discepoli, e disse:




In Rome, a Parish for those wishing the Latin Mass

Interview by Fabio Colagrande. Courtesy of Vatican Radio-Translation by Una Voce Carmel
[Emphasis by UVC]

A year after the publication of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum by HH Benedict XVI, a concrete pastoral consequence of the papal document is the creation, on June 8th, 2007, of the ‘personal’ parish of Santissima Trinita dei Pellegrini, in the center of diocese of Rome. It’s the first paroquial community in Italy following the application of article 10 [see below] of the Motu Proprio which is not based on geography but on the type of rite, made up of faithful attached to the ancient form of the Roman Rite. The parish, established by decree from the Cardinal Vicar at the request of the Pope, has been entrusted to don Joseph Kramer, FSSP, an Australian, now in Italy for more than 30 years.

Santa Trinità dei Pellegrini, Roma

don Kramer – The opening has gone very well: we are all very happy. This has generated a lot of interest –  even the press is covering it – and since that date people are coming to Church to see what it’s all about. This is a personal parish not linked to geography. It’s open to all the faithful who want to receive the Sacraments and Holy Mass, according to the ancient form of the Roman Rite. This is a parish that had to be set up for long distance parishioners. The difficulty is in fact, that people live far away and have to come in. The idea is not only to have the Mass, but all the Sacraments – Baptism, Matrimony – as well as feasts such as Lent and Easter. 

Fabio Colagrande – Who are the parishioners, don Joseph?

don Kramer – It varies – people of all ages, many young people, families with small children, people around 50 who remembered the rite but who are happy to see the Church restore the rite to its rightful place in the life of the Church. Also, the local population is very happy to see us here, with the ancient rite, and that we have reopened a church which has been closed for years.

Fabio Colagrande – Cardinal Castillon Hoyos [president of the Eclessia Dei commission] has said that the establishment of personal parishes has an exemplary value for other dioceses, not only in Italy but around the world…
don Kramer 
– Yes, because Rome is always the example, the central city of all of Catholicism. And now, other bishops have decided to open such parishes following Rome’s example, which is very important. 

Fabio Colagrande – Father Kramer, is it correct to say your parish is made up of traditionalists? 

don Kramer – This parish is for all the catholic faithful, who appreciate the ancient form, who do not belong in a special category such as traditionalism. Desire for the ancient form does not necessarily mean you are a traditionalist. It’s our desire to see this rite be integrated into the daily fabric of the Church. And we are very, very grateful to the Cardinal Vicar for this opportunity to enter into the life of the Church and to not be considered a “separate flock” outside of regular norms.

Art. 10. The ordinary of a particular place, if he feels it appropriate, may erect a personal parish in accordance with can. 518 for celebrations following the ancient form of the Roman rite, or appoint a chaplain, while observing all the norms of law.
HH Benedict XVI, Motu Proprio, Summorun Pontificum, July 7th, 2007

Solemn High Mass by Fr. Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP

A brief story on the first Solemn High Mass in the Carmel deanery (Carmel, Indiana) in decades.

Altar Configuration by Mr. Tito Cano

On Sunday, June 22nd at 2 pm, newly ordained Father Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP, offered a beautiful Solemn High Mass, in the Extraordinary Form. The Mass was offered in the “nave” of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Carmel, Indiana. It’s estimated that around 100 faithful attended this Mass, despite the fact that the time available was in the middle of the afternoon (not your typical Mass time).

The homily by Fr. Daniel Geddes, FSSP, consisted of an exhortation to the faithful to be always charitable to our priests and religious. Fr.  Geddes stressed the importance of not only being charitable to our priests but to pray, and pray often for them. It is through these prayers that we, as a unified laity, ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen them in their daily labors and the many difficulties faced by today’s priests and religious.

The choir was conducted by Christopher Sedlak, director of the SS Philomena and Cecilia Catholic Church choir, Brookville, Indiana. Among the beautiful music, Mr. Sedlak conducted from the organ the offertory Motet, Dona Nobis Pacem by W. A. Mozart, as well as a setting of Panis Angelicus during Holy Communion. The ordinary was (De Angelis) Missa VIII, and Credo III.


One of the Servers at the Solemn High Mass

One of the Servers at the Solemn High Mass

Also, the altar had to be configured differently for the Extraordinary Form due to the location, size and shape of the existing altar. Mr. Tito Cano worked diligently for several days to develop the altar shown in the following photos. A gigantic thank you to Mr. Cano for his many contributions.

Fr. Romanoski elevates the Sacred Host

Fr. Romanoski elevates the Sacred Host

One of the most rewarding aspects about working on the promotion and restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass in this deanery, is to hear the gratitude of the faithful as they exit the church. “Thank you so much for bringing the Latin Mass back!”, “I’m 100% behind what you are doing”, or “Glad to see we are bringing reverence back to the Mass” were some of the comments expressed to UVC members on June 22nd. Thanks to all who have supported Una Voce Carmel during the last 12 Masses offered at St. Elizabeth Seton (SEAS). Last but not least, many thanks to all the staff at SEAS and Fr. Ted Rothrock, Pastor, for their tremendous generosity.

Fr. Geddes chants the Epistle, Romans 6, 3-11

Fr. Geddes chants the Epistle, Romans 6, 3-11

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest’s Ordinations by Archbishop Burke in Florence, Italy

On Thursday, July 3rd, 2008, two members of the Institute received the Holy Order of the Priesthood from the hands of the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, newly appointed Prefect of the Apostolic Signature.  The ordinands were Abbé Henry Fragelli, USA, and Abbé François-Xavier de Dainville, France.  The splendid ceremony took place at the Chiesa dei Santi Michele e Gaetano (Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano) in Florence. Later that day, members of the Institute received a special visit at the motherhouse in Gricigliano: His Eminence Silvano Cardinal Piovanelli, Archbishop Emeritus of Florence, who first welcomed the Institute in the Archdiocese of Florence eighteen years ago, in 1990.

The Motu Proprio, One Year Later

By Thomas E. Woods Jr.

Scholar Thomas Woods examines the aftermath of the “Motu Propio” of Pope Benedict establishing the Extraordinary Form of the Mass for all of the faithful who request it.


WASHINGTON, DC (Inside Catholic) July 8, 2008 – For nearly 20 years, those who supported the return of the old liturgy (now the “Extraordinary Form” of the Roman rite) scoured the news for the rare bishop who used the 1962 Missal on such-and-such occasion, favorable comments by someone — anyone — about the traditional liturgy, or indeed any reference to the old Mass at all.

The single year since the release of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum last July 7, on the other hand, has been so full of firsts and about-faces that one can hardly keep track of them all.

This is all to the good. For as Pope Benedict XVI says, the Extraordinary Form is a great treasure of the Church, and “must be given due honor for its ancient and venerable usage.”

Even non-Catholics once understood this: Nearly four decades ago, when it looked as if the traditional Mass would be permanently supplanted by the new, a petition drawn up by Catholic and non-Catholic cultural luminaries in England and Wales declared,

The signatories of this appeal, which is entirely ecumenical and nonpolitical, have been drawn from every branch of modern culture in Europe and elsewhere. They wish to call to the attention of the Holy See, the appalling responsibility it would incur in the history of the human spirit were it to refuse to allow the traditional Mass to survive.

The pope’s initiative has already borne much fruit, and interest in the Extraordinary Form continues to grow despite the cold if predictable indifference of so much of the episcopate. The Fraternity of St. Peter, the first of the orders of priests established by Pope John Paul II to offer the traditional liturgy, has been offering well-attended training seminars for priests interested in learning the Extraordinary Form. Word is that one thousand priests have requested the training DVD that the Fraternity prepared with EWTN.

Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, secretary of the Congregation for Worship, has said that those bishops who obstruct the implementation of the motu proprio are allowing themselves to be used as instruments of the devil. And reaction among the bishops has indeed been mixed: Some have been cooperative, aware of how intent Benedict is on seeing this through.

Others have attempted to block Benedict’s move by tendentious interpretations of certain phrases in the relevant documents. The pope’s observation that the celebrating priest should have some competence in Latin has been used as the basis for making priests take Latin exams prior to receiving authorization (the very concept of episcopal authorization being at odds with the document’s intent) to offer the Extraordinary Form. The Latin original suggests only that priests, at a minimum, be able to pronounce the words — though, naturally, the more Latin they can learn, the better.

Summorum Pontificum’s reference to a “stable group” of faithful making a request for the Extraordinary Form has been transformed in some dioceses into a requirement (in terms of numbers of faithful, etc.) that is extremely difficult to satisfy and that has disqualified countless lay inquiries.

On the other hand, we learn from Castrillón Cardinal Hoyos, president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and former prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, that a “stable group” may consist of as few as three or four people, who need not even be from the same parish. With a clarifying note on Summorum Pontificum expected from the Holy See at any time, some observers are convinced that Cardinal Hoyos’s comments reflect the contents of that forthcoming document.

Although the pope was gentle where possible in his fraternal letter to the bishops, he was extremely bold where it counted, both in the letter and in the motu proprio itself. For example, Benedict officially declared — as some had argued in vain for decades — that the old liturgy was “never juridically abrogated and, consequently, in principle, was always permitted.”

That’s not what those who specialize in divining the innermost thoughts of the popes told us all these years: A well-known 1982 book by two authors at pains to refute traditionalists declared, “We cannot conclude other than that the celebration of the Tridentine Mass is forbidden except where ecclesiastical law specifically allows it (aged or infirm priests celebrating sine populo) or under special circumstances where a papal indult applies (as in England and Wales under special circumstances).”

According to Benedict, that conclusion is dead wrong, but such baseless theorizing was routinely used to marginalize and demonize Catholics in good standing.

The Catholic world has changed so much since July 7, 2007, that it is almost hard to believe that people devoted to the Faith were once relegated to the margins of the Church (when their opponents were feeling generous) for saying precisely what Benedict has made a career out of saying. Benedict has not merely declared his sympathies for the old Missal — that would be one thing.

He has said that it is not normal for a brand new liturgical book to be introduced into the life of the Church, and that such a rupture (1) had never been seen before in Church history, and (2) is “absolutely contrary to the laws of liturgical growth.” He has criticized not merely the abuses we associate with the new liturgy but even the new liturgical books themselves, which “occasionally show far too many signs of being drawn up by academics and reinforce the notion that a liturgical book can be ‘made’ like any other book.” The new Missal, he says, “was published as if it were a book put together by professors, not a phase in a continual growth process.”

He goes on to say that the formulae of the [new] Missal in fact give official sanction to creativity; the priest feels almost obliged to change the wording, to show that he is creative, that he is giving this Liturgy immediacy, making it present for his congregation; and with this false creativity, which transforms the Liturgy into a catechetical exercise for this congregation, the liturgical unity and the ecclesiality of the Liturgy [are] being destroyed.

I’ve written in much greater detail on this very site about Benedict’s liturgical thought. No longer must the faithful walk on eggshells: With such a man as pope we can at last speak frankly about the liturgical crisis in the Church. And, as I’ve discovered many times over the past year or more, it has now become possible on Catholic radio to make commonsensical observations about liturgical issues that in the old days they would have hung up on you for.

In recent weeks, Cardinal Hoyos has made clear just how ambitious Benedict’s expectations are. The cardinal made headlines when, in response to a journalist’s inquiry as to whether the pope wanted to see the Extraordinary Form in “many ordinary parishes,” he replied, “All the parishes. Not many — all the parishes, because this is a gift of God.” “This kind of worship is so noble, so beautiful,” he said.

According to Cardinal Hoyos, the Ecclesia Dei Commission is instructing seminaries to teach seminarians not only the Extraordinary Form itself but also the theology and language of the old Missal.

He suggests that parishes hold classes to prepare their people for the traditional liturgy, so they might “appreciate the power of the silence, the power of the sacred way in front of God, the deep theology, to discover how and why the priest represents the person of Christ and to pray with the priest.”

I never expected to live to see this.

The traditional liturgy is of great pedagogical value to a world that knows nothing of reverence or of respect for tradition, and that takes for granted that all institutions of whatever provenance or antiquity are to be adapted and updated to suit modern man.

That modern man might not in fact be the apogee of human civilization, and could perhaps stand to conform his own behavior to something outside himself instead of thoughtlessly vandalizing everything around him, is a message the modern West just might need to hear. Long live Pope Benedict.

Thomas E. Woods Jr.is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including “Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass” and “Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush (with Kevin R. C. Gutzman)”

Cardinal Kasper Regarding the Decision from the Church of England

[UVC translation]

L’Osservatore Romano, July 9th, 2008

by Roberto Sgaramella

“A breach from the apostolic tradition of all Christian Churches as well as an obstacle to unity”, it’s how Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, labeled the decision adopted in York, UK, by the Anglican synod allowing the ordination of women to the episcopacy. The Cardinal mentioned he was sad to hear the news on the vote from the Anglican Communion which opens the door for the introduction of legislation authorizing the ordination of women to the episcopacy.

In a note about the recent decision at the synod in York, the prelate highlighted that the Catholic position regarding the subject has been clarified by Popes Paul VI and John Paul II. This decision means a breach in the apostolic tradition of all churches during the first millennium, and therefore, becomes a new obstacle to the reconciliation between the Catholic Church and Anglicanism.

Regarding future possible dialogue between both Churches, Cardinal Kasper remarked that this recent decision will have consequences on such dialogue which so far, has had positive results. The president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity reminds us of his remarks in a speech to the Anglican bishops, per the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, on June 5th, 2006. On this occasion, Cardinal Kasper posed the problem of future ecumenical dialogue to the bishops as “The Catholic Church does not want to stop dialogue, but it would be affected by the ordination of women bishops”. He also added that the quality of such dialogue will be affected by such a decision. “Ecumenical dialogue, in the very sense of the work, has as it’s objective the reestablishment of communion with the Church. This has been our position regarding dialogue so far. This assumption cannot continue once the ordination of women bishops materializes.”

According to Anglican experts regarding internal Anglican problems, dialogue with Rome has been difficult due to the apparent lack of unity within Anglicanism. In the opinion of these experts, this latest decision from York is not totally unexpected since most Anglican bishops have been in favor of the ordination of women bishops. What’s surprising about the last three days of debate in York, is the lack of will to accommodate the important minority within Anglicanism which is opposed to women bishops.

The vote by the Anglican synod – highlight the observers – has not been codified as law, yet. Therefore, final recourse is possible for those who oppose this decision before the actual ordination of women bishop takes place. According to the experts, it could take two or three year for the corresponding regulations to be completely approved by individual assemblies. It could take no more than five years before the first woman bishop is ordained. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the vote by the Anglican bishops showed a significant majority is favorable to the episcopal ordination of women. Also these bishops were opposed to provide a separate jurisdiction in England for those of the faithful, with their priests and bishops, who are not in agreement about the ordination.

All of these issues could create an acute crisis of conscience among bishops, pastors and the faithful. We should not rule out that a good number might find refuge to their spiritual troubles by attaching themselves to the Catholic Church or other Christian communities. [UVC emphasis] The current difficulties in the dialogue between Rome and Anglicanism must not discourage Christians to pray to God and work towards complete unity.

Anglicans:Vatican ‘Regrets’ Bishop Decision

The Vatican has said it “regrets” the decision by the Church of England to allow the ordination of women bishops.

 Sky News and Vatican Information Service

“The Catholic position has been clearly presented by Pope Paul VI and John Paul II. Such a decision [Anglican Synod] is a block to the apostolic tradition maintained by all Churches during the first milenium, and is creates a insurmountable and great obstacle to the reconciliation between the Catholic Church and the Church of England” (trad. by UVC)

Members of its General Synod threw out compromise proposals on females in senior ranks. All safeguards demanded by traditionalists were rejected. But the Vatican warned the ruling would present a new obstacle to reconciliation between the Catholic Church and the Church of England.

In a statement it said: “We learned with regret the news of the vote of the Church of England that opens the way to the introduction of legislation that would lead to the ordination of women bishops.” Sky News correspondent Mike McCarthy said it was a historic and significant moment for the church. “The real test now is how many people will leave (the Church). There are certainly going to be many wrestling with their consciences,” he said.



In the end, the traditionalists achieved very little by way of compromise – just a Code of Practice.

The Synod members voted to approve work on a national statutory code to accommodate those within the Church who object to women bishops. But the Synod rejected compromise plans for new “super bishops” to cater for objectors – and also their preferred option of creating new dioceses.

The decision to go ahead with work on the code came after more than six hours of debate by the General Synod, which saw extraordinary scenes, with one bishop in tears as he spoke of being “ashamed” of the Church of England. The Rt Rev Stephen Venner, Bishop of Dover, who is in favour of women bishops, said: “I have to say, Synod, for the first time in my life, I feel ashamed.

“We have talked for hours about wanting to give an honourable place to those who disagree. “We have been given opportunities for both views to flourish. We have turned down every, almost realistic opportunity for those who are opposed to flourish.”

A total of 1,333 clergy have threatened to leave the Church of England if they are not given legal safeguards to set up a network of parishes that would remain under male leadership.

Fr. Benedict Groeschel Comments on Communion on the Hand, Liturgical Abuses and the Extraordinary Form

Father Benedict Groeschel is certainly one of the most popular hosts of the EWTN lineup with his weekly call-in show, Sunday Night Live. In 1987, Fr. Groeschel along with eight friars, founded the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in the Bronx, New York City. Father has authored many books, including The Reform of the Renewal, What to do When Life doesn’t make sense, etc, all published by Ignatius Press.

In this sound file, Father answer a caller’s question regarding Pope Benedict XVI’s positions on liturgical reform, receiving communion in the hand and the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

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Attendance Increases at Latin Masses at St. Elizabeth Seton, Carmel, IN

View of SEAS Day Chapel during recent TLM


Since April 6th, 2008, ten Masses in the Extraordinary Form have been offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (SEAS) in Carmel, Indiana, thanks to the support of Bishop William Higi, and Fr. Ted Rothrock, SEAS Pastor and Dean of the Carmel Deanery. Attendance continues to steadily increase in the day chapel of SEAS which has maximum seating capacity of 82.


Recently, Fr. Christopher Roberts, Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, returned from training in the Extraordinary Form with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, IL. Father was one of three recently ordained priests featured in a articlein the our diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Moment. Recently, on Sunday, June 29th, feast of SS. Peter and Paul, Fr. Roberts preached on the authority of the Petrine office, while speaking also on the present Supreme Pontiff’s efforts to stem the “dictatorship of relativism,” particularly in the area of the church’s liturgy.

Una Voce Carmel members offer many thankful prayers for having such a wonderful priest offer the Extraordinary Form in our deanery. Gratias, Domine! 


Fr. Christopher Roberts, Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel