Solemn Pontifical Mass


His Eminence, Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, President  Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei will offer a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Chiesa dell’ Ascensione a Chiaje in Naples in the Traditional Roman Rite on January 16th, 2010, at 11:00 A.M.

INSIDE THE VATICAN on the Lifting of the Excommunication

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Excommunications Lifted for Society of St Pius X Bishops

By Andrew Rabel from INSIDE THE VATICAN

Extraordinary news came on the afternoon of January 24, with the removal of the excommunications of four bishops from the Society of St. Pius X. In a document signed by the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops in the Holy See, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re dated January 21, 2009 (see text below).

LEFEBVRE/SOCIETY OF ST. PIUS X/EXCOMMUNICATION

H.E. Bishop Bernard Fellay

Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Alfonso de Galaretta and Richard Williamson (two Frenchmen, a Spaniard, an Italian, and an Englishman) were consecrated bishops on June 30, 1988, by the Society’s late founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and his co-consecrator, Bishop Antonio Castro de Mayer (also deceased), in a ceremony at the seminary in Econe, Switzerland. The following day it was announced by Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, at that time head of the Congregation of Bishops in Rome, that all six men had incurred excommunication latae sententiae (automatic excommunication), the penalty laid down in the revised Code of Canon Law, Canon 1382, for directly participating in an episcopal consecration in the absence of a papal mandate.

The January 21 document says that Bishop Fellay, the Superior General of the Society (one of the four consecrated bishops, photo left) had written in December to Cardinal Dario Castrillon-Hoyos, Prefect of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, requesting the removal of the excommunications, saying, “We are always firmly determined in our will to remain Catholic and to place all our efforts at the service of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the Roman Catholic Church. We accept its teachings with filial animus. We believe firmly in the Primacy of Peter and in its prerogatives, and for this the current situation makes us suffer so much.”

For his part, Pope Benedict, increasingly impressed by the attitude of the group to open a dialogue about remaining questions, and to respect the legitimate authority of the Holy Father, decided to lift the excommunications.

The document says this was the Pope’s reason: “This gift of peace, at the end of the Christmas celebrations, is also intended to be a sign to promote unity in the charity of the universal Church and to try to vanquish the scandal of division.”

In a message published on the Society of St. Pius X website, Bishop Fellay said, “We express our filial gratitude to the Holy Father for this gesture which, beyond the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, will benefit the whole Church. Our Society wishes to be always more able to help the Pope to remedy the unprecedented crisis which presently shakes the Catholic world, and which Pope John Paul II had designated as a state of ‘silent apostasy.'”

In the next issue of the Osservatore Romano, there will be an explanatory note further outlining the reasons for lifting the excommunications. We will report on that when it appears.

Lefebvre founded the Society in the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva & Fribourg in 1970, in order to train young men for the priesthood because of disquieting trends he had observed since the close of the Second Vatican Council, primarily in regard to the reform of the liturgy and the training of clergy. Previously he had been the Superior General of the Holy Ghost Fathers, and administered dioceses in France and Senegal. During the Council, he had been allied to the International Group of Fathers, the group that remained unyielding with regard to what they saw as the excesses of aggiornamento, or updating.

The success of Econe and affiliated seminaries throughout the word contrasted to the dearth of priestly vocations elsewhere in the 1970s, and it quickly drew the ire of the French Bishops’ Conference, and a number of persons within the Holy See (the trump card being French Secretary of State Cardinal Jean Villot). The principal issue was Lefebvre’s rejection of the Novus Ordo Missae of 1969. He did not contest the validity of the new rite, but he and others charged it contained numerous theological errors, and he argued for the primacy of the Roman Missal promulgated in 1570 after the Council of Trent, and for that reason known as the Tridentine Mass.

Things finally came to a head in 1975, with Lefebvre’s first ordination of a group of priests. The following year, after an ordination ceremony at Econe on June 29, 1976, Lefebvre and the priests within the Society were suspended a divinis from clerical activity.

Despite this, the Society flourished. Soon there were Lefebvrist priests with traditional Mass, parishes in many countries around the world. By the end of the 1980s, as Lefebvre realized that he was coming near to the end of his life, he felt the desire to consecrate bishops to carry on his work. But Rome refused to grant permission for any such consecration. To try to head off a schism, Rome decided to send an “apostolic visitor” from the Vatican, the late Cardinal Eduard Gagnon, to inspect Lefebvre’s seminaries and schools. Gagnon and Lefebvre sought a comprehensive agreement in which Lefebvre would be allowed to consecrate one bishop, if he agreed to certain things the Vatican asked of him. Considrable progress was made, and by May of 1988, it seemed Lefebvre would agree to the proposed conditions, and received Vatican permission to consecrate a bishop to lead the Society after him. However, things fell apart at the last minute. After signing a protocol of agreement on May 5, 1988, in which relations between the Society and Rome were to have been normalized, and the Society was granted a juridical structure, Lefebvre changed his mind. Those close to him say his decision came after a night without sleep spent almost entirely in prayer. The next morning, he told Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger that he doubted the terms of the agreement would, over time, protect the integrity of his Society. Lefebvre’s decision to withdraw from the agreement set the stage for the events which followed less than two months later, when he proceeded to consecrate the four new bishops. Lefebvre passed away in 1991.

In 1994, Bishop Fellay was chosen to be the second Superior General of the SSPX, following Fr. Franz Schmidberger. In his public discourse and manner, he was perceived as the most moderate and conciliatory of the four bishops.

Felllay was instrumental in organizing a pilgrimage to the four patriarchal basilicas in Rome, during the Jubilee Year of 2000, in cooperation with the Holy See.

This seemed to open the way to a new round of negotiations with the Vatican. Such talks had been impossible due to completely opposing views over three main issues in addition to the liturgy: ecumenism, religious liberty, and collegiality. Lefebvre taught that erroneous “progressive” or “modernist” interpetations of the texts of the Second Vatican Council had led many in the Church to break with the Church’s perennial teaching on these three matters. His Society was uncompromising in its opposition to modernism, and based its opposition on the condemnations of many Popes, especially the Pope from whom they took their names, St Pius X.

During the first years of the new millennium, and especially after the election of Pope Benedict XVI in April, 2005, the Holy See had become much more favorable to the celebration of the Old Mass, with the emergence of groups like the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter and the Institute of Christ the King. What was especially noted in Rome was the attendance of many young people at these celebrations of the Latin Mass. Increasingly, many Catholics who had not grown up prior to the Council (1962-1965) seemed eager to attend the old rite of the Mass, where there was a certain decorum, reverence, solemnity (Gregorian chant, communion on the tongue, kneeling for communion, the priest turned ad orientem or “toward the east”) which seemed to be missing in celebrations of the new rite.

It was starting to become quite evident that it was not only Archbishop Lefebvre and his followers who shared concerns about the direction of Church life following Vatican II. At the same time, the “Lefebvrists” continued to flourish, coming to number about 700 priests, 500 seminarians and tens of thousands of laity in 62 countries.

In their talks with officials of the Holy See, representatives of the Society always stressed that for any normalization of relations, all restrictions on the celebration of the Old Mass throughout the word were to be removed. [Following the 1988 excommunications, John Paul II had promulgated the apostolic constitution Ecclesia Dei encouraging all who wished to attend Mass in the old rite, which was never prohibited by law but which in fact had been almost universally suppressed, to seek permission from a local bishop.]

This goal was seemingly accomplished, in large measure, with the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum which Pope Benedict issued on July 7, 2007, and the Pope’s decision was greeted with joy among more traditional Catholics, and praised by Bishop Fellay. The document said that the old Missal had never been abrogated — an argument used by Lefebvre to defend his attachment to the old rite. [John Paul II had appointed a Commission of Cardinals to investigate the issue, and they had concluded the same. However, in 1988, when Lefebvre consecrated the four bishops, John Paul felt the time had not arrived for liberalization of the celebration of this liturgy, because of the overwhelming opposition of European bishops.]

Bishop Fellay met with Pope Benedict at Castel Gandolfo on August 29, 2005, only four months after Benedict’s election, and from that moment discussions started in earnest for the removal of the excommunications, which had always been another pre-condition for normalization of relations.

The President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission (set up to manage issues involving the traditional liturgy), Cardinal Dario Castrillon-Hoyos said in November 2007, a few months after the new rules regarding the celebration of the liturgy: “The lifting of the excommunication weighing on the bishops of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X since 1988 can happen but that it definitely depends on them.”

On June 4, 2008, just half a year ago, Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos set several conditions to be met by the SSPX to facilitate a lifting of the excommunications:

1. The commitment to a response proportionate to the generosity of the Pope.
2. The commitment to avoid every public intervention which does not respect the person of the Holy Father and which may be negative to ecclesial charity.
3. The commitment to avoid the claim to a Magisterium superior to the Holy Father and to not propose the Society in contraposition to the Church.
4. The commitment to display the will to act honestly in full ecclesial charity and in respect for the authority of the Vicar of Christ.
5. The commitment to respect the date — fixed for the end of the month of June [2008] — to respond positively. This shall be a condition necessary and required as an immediate preparation for adhesion to accomplish full communion.

[Signed] + Darío Card. Castrillón Hoyos

At a pilgrimage on the Feast of Christ the King in November 2008 to the sanctuary in Lourdes, France, Bishop Fellay initiated a rosary campaign for the removal of the excommunications, receiving in excess of 1 million pledges.

Reaction to the Pope’s decision to lift the excommunications has been divided. Many Catholic believers attached to tradition (whether in communion with the Church or not) have attributed the decision to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But a number of more “progressive” Catholics have said they are surprised that the Pope has acted in such a positive way toward bishops holding such conservative positions.

The remarks of Bishop Williamson on a number of subjects, particularly on the subject of the Nazi persecution of the Jews (1933-1945), has led to the accusation that he is a “Holocaust-denier.” Lifting his excommunication seems likely to present problems for Catholic-Jewish dialogue.

The SSPX reverts to the penalties given by Rome prior to the episcopal consecrations, and all six bishops in the Society remain suspended a divinis. The Society remains a group of Catholics in an irregular state. No chapel of the Society of St Pius X in the world is in communion with the Universal Church, and its priests sharing in the suspension are deprived of the clerical state (a separate matter from the validity of their ordinations). They cannot offer the sacraments of matrimony and penance validly, because that requires faculties from a local bishop.

But the first great hurdle in the way of a full ecclesial communion for the Society appear to have been removed.

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Text of the decree:
Saturday, January 24, 2009

Document repealing excommunications

CONGREGATIO PRO EPISCOPIS

By way of a letter of December 15, 2008 addressed to His Eminence Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Mons. Bernard Fellay, also in the name of the other three bishops consecrated on June 30, 1988, requested anew the removal of the latae sententiae excommunication formally declared with the Decree of the Prefect of this Congregation on July 1, 1988. In the aforementioned letter, Mons. Fellay affirms, among other things: “We are always firmly determined in our will to remain Catholic and to place all our efforts at the service of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the Roman Catholic Church. We accept its teachings with filial animus. We believe firmly in the Primacy of Peter and in its prerogatives, and for this the current situation makes us suffer so much.”

His Holiness Benedict XVI — paternally sensitive to the spiritual unease manifested by the interested party due to the sanction of excommunication and faithful in the effort expressed by them in the aforementioned letter of not sparing any effort to deepen the necessary discussions with the Authority of the Holy See in the matters still open, so as to achieve rapidly a full and satisfactory solution of the problem posed in the origin — decided to reconsider the canonical situation of Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson, and Alfonso de Galarreta, which arose with their episcopal consecration.

With this act, it is desires to consolidate the reciprocal relations of confidence and to intensify and grant stability to the relationship of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X with this Apostolic See. This gift of peace, at the end of the Christmas celebrations, wishes also to be a sign to promote unity in the charity of the universal Church and to try to end the scandal of division.

It is hoped that this step be followed by the prompt accomplishment of full communion with the Church of the entire Society of Saint Pius X, thus testifying true fidelity and true recognition of the Magisterium and of the authority of the Pope with the proof of visible unity.

Based in the faculty expressly granted to me by the Holy Father Benedict XVI, in virtue of the present Decree, I remit to Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson, and Alfonso de Galarreta the censure of latae sententiae excommunication declared by this Congregation on July 1, 1988, while I declare deprived of any juridical effect, from the present date, the Decree emanated at that date.

Rome, from the Congregation for Bishops, January 21, 2009.

Card. Giovanni Battista Re

Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops

Bishop Fellay’s letter in response to the decree:

Letter of the Superior General of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X

Dear faithful,

As I announce in the attached press release, “the excommunication of the bishops consecrated by His Grace Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, on June 30, 1988, which had been declared by the Congregation for Bishops in a decree dated July 1, 1988, and which we had always contested, has been withdrawn by another decree mandated by Benedict XVI and issued by the same Congregation on January 21, 2009.” It was the prayer intention I had entrusted to you in Lourdes, on the feast of Christ the King 2008. Your response exceeded our expectations, since one million seven hundred and three thousand rosaries were said to obtain through the intercession of Our Lady that an end be put to the opprobrium which, beyond the persons of the bishops of the Society, rested upon all those who were more or less attached to Tradition. Let us not forget to thank the Most Blessed Virgin who has inspired the Holy Father with this unilateral, benevolent, and courageous act to. Let us assure him of our fervent prayers.

Thanks to this gesture, Catholics attached to Tradition throughout the world will no longer be unjustly stigmatized and condemned for having kept the Faith of their fathers. Catholic Tradition is no longer excommunicated. Though it never was in itself, It was often excommunicated and cruelly so in day to day events. It is just as the Tridentine Mass had never been abrogated in itself, as the Holy Father has happily recalled in the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of July 7, 2007.

The decree of January 21 quotes the letter dated December 15, 2008 to Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos in which I expressed our attachment “to the Church of Our Lord Jesus-Christ which is the Catholic Church,” re-affirming there our acceptance of its 2,000-year-old teaching and our faith in the Primacy of Peter. I reminded him that we were suffering much from the present situation of the Church in which this teaching and this primacy were being held to scorn. And I added: “We are ready to write the Creed with our own blood, to sign the anti-modernist oath, the profession of faith of Pius IV, we accept and make our own all the councils up to the Second Vatican Council about which we express some reservations.” In all this, we are convinced that we remain faithful to the line of conduct indicated by our founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, whose reputation we hope to soon see restored.

Consequently, we wish to begin these “talks” — which the decree acknowledges to be “necessary” — about the doctrinal issues which are opposed to the Magisterium of all time. We cannot help noticing the unprecedented crisis which is shaking the Church today: crisis of vocations, crisis of religious practice, of catechism, of the reception of the sacraments … Before us, Paul VI went so far as to say that “from some fissure the smoke of Satan had entered the Church”, and he spoke of the “self-destruction of the Church”. John Paul II did not hesitate to say that Catholicism in Europe was, as it were, in a state of “silent apostasy.” Shortly before his election to the Throne of Peter, Benedict XVI compared the Church to a “boat taking in water on every side.”

Thus, during these discussions with the Roman authorities we want to examine the deep causes of the present situation, and by bringing the appropriate remedy, achieve a lasting restoration of the Church.

Dear faithful, the Church is in the hands of her Mother, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. In Her we place our confidence. We have asked from her the freedom of the Mass of all time everywhere and for all. We have asked from her the withdrawal of the decree of excommunications. In our prayers, we now ask from her the necessary doctrinal clarifications which confused souls so much need.

Menzingen, January 24, 2009
+Bernard Fellay

Cardinal Hoyos, 4 FSSP Ordinations and EWTN

Vatican Cardinal to Visit Nebraska

DENTON, NebraskaMay 21, 2008 – On Friday, May 30th, 2008, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, the following four men will be ordained priests for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter by Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, the President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

  • Rev. Mr. Jared McCambridge, FSSP, from Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Rev. Mr. Dennis Gordon, FSSP, from Nogales, Arizona
  • Rev. Mr. Justin Nolan, FSSP, from Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • Rev. Mr. Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP, from New Cumberland , Pennsylvania

To be televised live on EWTN at 11:00AM (EST), the ordinations will take place at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.

About the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

Established in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right. The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter strives to serve the Catholic Church by means of its own particular and specific role or objective, i.e. the sanctification of priests through the faithful celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Through the spiritual riches of the Church’s ancient Roman liturgy, the priests of the Fraternity seek to sanctify those entrusted to their care. The Priestly Fraternity instructs and trains its priests to preserve, promote, and protect the Catholic Church’s authentic liturgical and spiritual traditions. The Fraternity has nearly 200 priests and over 100 seminarians studying in its two international seminaries in Bavaria, Germany and Denton, Nebraska.

About Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary

Located in rural Denton, Nebraska, is the English-speaking seminary for the Priestly Fraternity. Men come from all over the world to study for the priesthood in the seminary’s seven year program. Some represented countries have included Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, French West Indies, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, and Trinidad/Tobago.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary has also become the center of the world’s largest provider of training resources and materials for priests who wish to learn the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Since June of 2007, priests from over 60 dioceses in the United States have been personally trained.

The seminary building itself has a total of 100 seminary rooms and 13 priest suites. The final phase of construction began last Fall with the ground breaking ceremony for the seminary’s jewel and crown, the chapel. Actual work, beginning with the excavation and footings, recently began in March of this year. Presently, the contractor is working on the footings and basement walls with the construction. God willing, the seminary’s long awaited chapel will be completed in the Fall of 2009.

About EWTN

Founded by Mother Angelica, EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 27th year, is available in more than 146 million television households in 144 countries and territories. EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

A Biography for Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos

His Eminence Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos is originally from Medellín, Colombia. Following his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he was ordained to priesthood for the Archdiocese of Medellin, in 1952. While in Rome, he also earned a doctorate in Canon Law. He also specialized in religious sociology, political economy and ethics in economy.

His Eminence soon took on many duties including serving as a parish priest in two country parishes, functioning as a delegate for Catholic Action, teaching as a professor of Canon Law the Free Civil University and assisting as the General Secretary of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference.

In 1971, he was ordained to the episcopacy and become the diocesan bishop of Villa de Re in 1976.
From 1983 to 1971, he was the General Secretary of the Latin American Episcopal Council His Eminence would later serve as the President of this Conference of Latin American Bishops from 1987-1991.

In 1992, he was named the Archbishop of Bucaramanga. Also, in 1992, he was called by the Holy Father to be the Pro-Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy on 15 June 1996. The Congregation of the Clergy, instituted in 1564, oversees the spiritual, intellectual and pastoral ongoing formation of the Catholic clergy. The Congregation also supervises the catechetical formation for the Church.

As a Delegate of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference, he participated in the Latin American Bishops’ General Conferences held in Puebla and Medellín.

On 15 November 1996, he had the privilege of presenting the book “Gift and Mystery” of John Paul II. Also, as Pro-Prefect of the Congregation, he personally organized the Anniversary Celebration of Pope John Paul II’s golden jubilee of his priesthood.

On 18 September 1997, he presented the General Directory for Catechesis and on 17 October 1997, at the conclusion of the International Catechetic Congress, he presented the conclusion of the Congress to the Pope John Paul II.

During the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops held from 16 November to 12 December 1998, His Eminence served as President Delegate and member of the post-synodal Council.

In 1988, Pope John Paul II, created and proclaimed him a cardinal. Today, he is a Cardinal Priest of the Most Holy Name of Mary on the Forum Traiano.

Also in 1988, His Eminence became the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.

Currently, His Eminence Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos is the President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. . The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei is the ecclesiastical authority erected by the late Pope John Paul II to oversee matters regarding the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for the entire world. This Pontifical Commission works to guarantee full ecclesial communion for “all those Catholic faithful who feel attached to some previous liturgical and disciplinary forms of the Latin tradition,” and to offer “the necessary measures to guarantee respect for their rightful aspirations. ” In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI recently reaffirmed in his Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum that this Commission exercises “the authority of the Holy See, supervising the observance and application of these dispositions. ”

A Biography for Father John Marcus Berg, FSSP

Fr. John Marcus Berg was elected the third Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in July of 2006 succeeding Fr. Arnaud Devillers and Fr. Joseph Bisig.

Fr. Berg was born and raised in a Catholic family in Minnesota. He entered the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter immediately after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, in Southern California. In 1993 he began with the first class of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Scranton Pennsylvania. He was tonsured in Wigratzbad by Bishop Zieglebauer and did his theological studies at the Seminary of St. Peter.

Fr. Berg finished his studies at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome where he received a Licentiate Degree in Dogmatic Theology. He was ordained a priest by Bishop James C. Timlin of Scranton, Pennsylvania on September 6 1997. He then returned to Rome where he worked at the FSSP chapel there, San Gregorio dei Muratori. He has taught Dogmatic Theology on the seminary staff at Our Lady of Guadalupe. He served as Pastor of St. Stephen the First Martyr Parish in Sacramento, California.

During the General Chapter in the summer of 2006, Fr. Berg was elected as the Superior General of the entire Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. He currently lives at the Priestly Fraternity’s General House in Fribourg, Switzerland. Placed in charge of the Catholic Church’s largest religious community attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, Fr. Berg oversees and coordinates the Priestly Fraternity’s apostolates worldwide. In light of this, Fr. Berg often meets with diocesan bishops throughout the world.

A Quick Glossary of Terms

The Mass – With supernatural faith, Catholics believe that the Mass is the re-presentation, in an unbloody manner, of the sacrifice of Calvary in which Jesus offered his life to atone for the sins of all humanity. Christ’s one-time death won from His Father an infinite amount of spiritual merit. At every Mass, that infinite spiritual merit is applied to humanity in space and time. At every Mass, the substance of bread and wine become the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. The separate Consecration of the bread into the body and the wine into the blood signifies the death of Christ.

At each and every Mass, Jesus Christ is the Priest and the Victim. Christ is the Priest because since He is “always living to make intercession for us”, He offers to God the Father the Sacrifice of Calvary. The Victim is also Christ insofar as Christ is offering Himself in an unbloody manner to the Father as a propitiation for the sins of men.

Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the spiritual life. Christ is present in various ways in the Church but only in the Eucharist is He present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity under the appearances of bread and wine. Catholics’ belief for this is largely based on Divine Revelation in, for example, the Gospel of John, chapter 6

Merit-Reward proper to a work accomplished.

Sacrament-An outward (visible) sign, instituted by Christ, to give Grace to men

Grace-a participation by the soul in the Divine, Trinitarian life.

Motu Proprio – A type of Papal document of prescriptive nature

Supreme Pontiff – The word Supreme Pontiff is taken from the Latin word “pontifex” which means bridge-builder. Catholics see that Supreme Pontiff or Pope as the Vicar of Christ on earth. The Supreme Pontiff or Pope enjoys full, supreme and universal power within the Church. The biblical basis for the Papacy is found, for example, in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 16.

Cardinal– The English word cardinal is derived from the Latin word “cardo” which means hinge. In the Catholic Church, cardinals serve as close assistants to the Pope. In the past, they have been his envoys for particular missions. As signs of their office, cardinals wear red robes, a red biretta (box-like hat), and are given their own coat of arms. They are freely selected by the Pope. Should he die, the College of Cardinals convenes in Rome to elect a new Pope.

Liturgy-Public worship offered to God on behalf of the Church by one in Holy Orders who is deputed by Authority to do so.

Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite – Sometimes referred to as the “More Ancient Use,”the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite refers to the traditional Latin liturgy as codified by Pope Pius V in 1570 and, most recently, reaffirmed by Pope John XXIII in 1962. After Vatican II Council, which ended in 1965, different liturgical books were introduced and become normative, most often in vernacular languages. In the Papal document “Summorum Pontificum”, released last July, Pope Benedict XVI laid out a structured plan by which the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite is again to be used more widely in the Church.

Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (PCED) – One of many dicasteries or departments in Rome that assist the Pope with the governance of the Catholic Church around the world. Ecclesia Dei is the competent authority for matters relating to the Extraordinary Form of the liturgy. It was instituted by Pope John Paull II in 1988. Currently, Darío Cardinal Castrillon Hoyós is the President of this Commission.

Sacrament of Holy Orders – Catholics believe that during the Last Supper, Jesus, after transforming bread and wine into his Body and Blood, gave his twelve apostles the power of Holy Orders with the words “Do this in memory of me.” Christ also gave His twelve apostles the power to ordain other priests. The four men who will be ordained priests on Friday, 30 May, will continue the ancient line of the Catholic priesthood that derives directly from those twelve apostles. Catholics believe that a man does not so much choose to become a priest as that Christ first chooses this vocation for him. This man, in freedom, can accept this calling or not. As Christ said “You have not chosen me. I have chosen you to go and bear fruit that will last.”

Priest – In every religion, a priest is one who offers sacrifice. The unique aspect of the Catholic priesthood is that he becomes an “Alter Christus” or another Christ. This is because the Catholic priest is called to be an instrument as he acts “In Persona Christi” or “in the Person of Christ.” The main duties of the Catholic priest are to offer up the Holy Mass and to absolve sins in the Sacrament of Penance, commonly known as Confession.

Latin-Official language of the Church. Latin, as a “dead” language is useful, since its meanings don’t change over time. Thus, Latin is excellent for theology and the transmission through succeeding ages of the unchanging (and unchangeable) doctrines in which the continuity of precise meanings is necessary among different cutures and times. Also, one finds the sound of Latin to be sublime and lofty, devoted as it is uniquely to worship of the God.

Ad Orientem – These two Latin words mean “to the east” or “towards the east”. East is the theological direction for the manifestation of God. According to the most ancient belief, Christ will come again from the East on the Last Day. In the Extraordinary Form, the priest, while speaking with God, often faces East. Just as a father faces forward when driving the family car, and a shepherd thus leads his flock, so also does the priest stand directing the faithful to God. This orientation has recently been re-emphasized by Pope Benedict XVI in his frequent exhortation that in the Liturgy, the whole community be “Conversi ad Dominum”, that is, “turned toward the Lord” in prayer. The priest offers up to God the prayers of his people which accompany the sacrifice at the altar and distributes to them, especially in Holy Communion, the graces that come to them from God.

Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter– Established in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is an international society of Pontifical Right comprising about 200 priests and over 100 seminarians To the community the Church has entrusted the work of preserving, propagating, and protecting the Catholic Church’s ancient Latin liturgical traditions. The seminarians are preparing for the priesthood in the Fraternity’s two seminaries in Bavaria, Germany and Denton, Nebraska.

Diocese of Lincoln-For the sake of organization, the universal Catholic around the world is split up into smaller portions. A diocese is a portion of this universal church bounded within a geographical territory established by the Holy See in Rome. Normally, a bishop is at the head of a diocese. Currently, His Excellency, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz is the diocesan bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Helpful Information

Welcome again! Thank you for your interest and participation in this special Catholic event in Nebraska!

In order to facilitate the flow of the Priestly Ordination Mass and the Press Conference, please note the following details.

The Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) will be able to provide a clean feed to any television stations that would like footage of the Mass.

During the Priestly Ordination Mass, the use of cameras is allowed only in the back of the church, and the outside of the church. No flashes are allowed.

On 30 May, at 2:00PM, a press conference with the media will be held with His Eminence Darío Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and Fr. John Berg, FSSP, the Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. His Eminence will be available for a period of 30 minutes from 2:00-2:30PM. Fr. John Berg, FSSP, the Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter will also be available to take any additional questions after the Cardinal departs.

Time and Location of the Ordination Mass with His Eminence Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos

10:00AM (CST)

Cathedral of the Risen Christ

3500 Sheridan Blvd

Lincoln, NE 68506
Time and Location of the Press Conference with His Eminence Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos and Father John Berg, FSSP.

2:00PM (CST)

Blessed John XXIII Diocesan Center (two blocks from the Cathdral)

Dawson Hall

3700 Sheridan Blvd
Lincoln, NE 68506

The proper way to address the Cardinal is “Your Eminence.”
The proper way to address Father John Berg, FSSP is “Father”.
To ask a question during the Press Conference, please raise your hand, identify yourself when recognized and ask your question briefly.

Please stand for the Cardinal when he enters and leaves the room.

Appropriate dress for the Priestly Ordination Mass and the Press Conference is semi-formal. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Please, no jeans!

You may find the following websites helpful in learning more about:

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter: http://www.fssp.org

Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary: http://www.fsspolgs.org

Extraordinary Form Workshops: http://www.fssptraining.org/

Thank you for your cooperation during this solemn occasion!

Below is an article that you may find useful to learn more about the Cardinal’s mission in the Catholic Church.

The following summary is taken from Darío Castrillón Hoyos: Tradition Without Contestation
by Vittoria Prisciandaro posted on the New Liturgical Movement website by Gregor Kollmorgen on Thursday May 8, 2008.

The full article is available at:  http://thenewliturgicalmovement.blogspot.com/

You Eminence, a few months after the promulgation of the Motu proprio, how do you take stock?

“With the Motu proprio the Pope wanted to give everyone a renewed opportunity to benefit from the enormous spiritual, religious, and cultural richness present in the liturgy of the Gregorian rite [It appears the Cardinal is coining a term; he has uses this term repeatedly]. The Motu proprio emerges as a treasure offered to all, not in the first place to accommodate grievances and requests of anyone. Not a few of those who first were not involved in this extraordinary form of the Roman rite now manifest a great esteem for it. Among the faithful I would distinguish three groups: those who are linked in quasi-organic form to the Fraternity of St. Pius X; those of the Fraternity of Saint Peter; and lastly the most important and numerous group consisting of persons attached to the religious culture of all times, who today discover the spiritual intensity of the ancient rite, and among whom are many young people. In these months have come into being new associations of persons belonging to this last group.”

Speaking of richness, some liturgists stress the fact that the extraordinary rite does not offer the biblical richness introduced by the novus ordo.

“Those have not read the Motu proprio, because the Pope affirms that the two forms shall enrich each other. And it is evident that such a liturgical treasure is not being squandered. In the novus ordo, within the year practically the entire Bible is read, and this is a richness which is not opposed to but complements the extraordinary rite. [non si oppone, ma va integrata nel rito straordinario – this could also mean ‘is being integrated into the extraordinary rite’]”

Another objection is about the danger that separate and different celebrations can create separate communities.

“It is a multiplicity which enriches; it is a wider cultural liberty which the Pope introduces in a bold form. Incidentally, in the parishes there are many differences in the celebrations, and I do not want to talk about the abuses, because the abuses are not the main reason for the Motu proprio.”

Your secretary, Monsignor Camille Perl, announced that shortly there will be a document clarifying the Motu proprio. When will it be released?

“It was Cardinal Bertone who announced it, and he has the right to do so. But I, who am a servant of the Pope, will only announce it when the Pope will say so. Our Commission has reported to the Pontiff that from all over the world so many questions come, very many justified, others due to lack of knowledge. The Holy Father, and he alone, will say whether it is convenient to issue such a document and when.”

What are the questions that have arrived and would deserve an answer?

“The first regards Latin, because – they say – to celebrate in a language which you do not know is not convenient. Unfortunately, the seminarians, but also some priests, have not studied it and therefore it is difficult for them to celebrate in the extraordinary form. To do so one should at least know the canon of the Mass, the part of the consecration. We in “Ecclesia Dei” are equipping ourselves and we are preparing meetings, courses, and means of electronic communication for a deep knowledge of the earlier liturgy. Some courses are already being held in France, Germany, Brazil, Central America, and the United States. At Toledo, Spain, for example, it is being evaluated whether it is convenient to erect a seminary specifically for preparation for the extraordinary rite or to give special courses in the seminary of the diocese. In general, we see an interest for the return of Latin in academia. It was sad in these years to see the abandonment not only of the language but also of certain theological content connected to the semantic precision of the Latin language.

Another problem is the shortage of priests …

“If in a diocese priests are lacking and only three or four faithful request the extraordinary rite, it is a thing of common sense to think that it is difficult to meet this demand. However, since it is the intention, the “mens”, of the Pope to grant this treasure for the good of the Church, where there are no priests the best thing would be to offer a celebration according to the extraordinary rite in one of the parish Sunday Masses. It would be a Mass for everyone, and everyone, including the younger generations would benefit from the richness of the extraordinary rite, for example, from those moments of contemplation that in the novus ordo have disappeared.

So you maintain that, even if there is no consistent and stable group, in the future it is intended to offer one of the Sunday Masses in the extraordinary rite?

“I think so. On the other hand, this possibility had already been approved unanimously in 1986 by a commission of cardinals in which was also present Cardinal Ratzinger, but then it did not become operative. Now I would be sure that it could be done.”

Another point to clarify is the definition of a “stable and consistent group”. What does it mean exactly?

“It is a matter of common sense: why make an issue if the people who ask for the rite come from different parishes? If they come together and request a Mass, they become a stable group, although they did not know each other before. Also, the number is a question of goodwill. In some parishes, especially in the country, on weekdays the persons who come to the ordinary Mass are three or four, and the same happens in not a few religious houses. Why, if those same three people request the old Mass would it be pastorally necessary to reject it?”.

So the future document should be more welcoming of requests from few?

“Yes, but it has to be understood not as something that should be at the expense of others, of the majority, but for their enrichment and always avoiding any even minimal form of antagonism.”

Then there is the problem of the sacraments: I think of the rite of Ordination or the one of Confirmation, which refers to a different code of canon law and uses different formulas…

“Certainly at first sight there are some problems with regard to the sacred Orders, to Confirmation and also concerning the difference of the calendar. With regard to sacred Orders, in the ancient form there was tonsure, the minor orders, and the subdiaconate. This form is still in use and will continue to be so in the Institutes permanently attached to the ancient rite, as the Fraternity of Saint Peter, the Fraternity of Saint Pius X, and other institutes. On Confirmation, even before the Motu Proprio, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had already made it clear that there is no conflict between the two formulas, given that both the new formula and the old enjoy validity and the same is to be said for the other sacraments where the formula is different. With regard to the calendars that do not always coincide, there are actually problems as in the case of feasts of the patrons of a parish, of shrines, religious congregations and institutes, etc. With prudence and common sense the necessary arrangements will be made; and with this also the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” will deal.”

What time do you foresee for the reconciliation with the Fraternity of Saint Pius X?

“There are positive signs; there is an uninterrupted dialogue. A few days ago I wrote a new letter to Msgr Fellay, superior of the Fraternity, as a response to an earlier one of his. In addition to meetings and correspondence, we also communicate with each other on the telephone. I regard as viable the reconciliation with the Fraternity of Saint Pius X because, as we have often said at “Ecclesia Dei”, this is not a real schism but an anomalous situation which arose after the “schismatic action” of Msgr Lefebvre in conferring the episcopate without papal mandate, even against the express will of the Pope. In my heart I have great confidence that the Holy Father will be able to mend the fabric of the Church with the arrival of these brothers to full communion. Some differences will still remain, as we always had in the history of the Church”.

But with the Lefevbrians there is also a problem of acceptance of ecumenical dialogue…

“Yes, indeed there are difficulties with the interpretation of texts of the Council on this issue and with some concrete ecumenical practices, but no bishop of the Fraternity of St. Pius X will say that there is no need to seek the unity of the Christians.”

After the Motu proprio have some of the Fraternity of St. Pius X come back to communion with the Church of Rome?

“Yes, and others have the will to do so. But I have the hope that the whole group comes, I would not want them to divide themselves. However, if an individual comes and says he wants to enter now into unity with the Pope, one must accept him. The Motu proprio did also draw other people near. For example, on March 28, I received a letter from a non-Catholic bishop, who has decided to enter the Catholic Church with other bishops and priests who celebrate the Tridentine Mass”.

Do the new powers of “Ecclesia Dei” not conflict with the ministry of the bishops?

“The Pope, who has the authority over the whole Church, over each of the faithful and the bishops, has set new norms in the Motu proprio, and the Pontifical Commission is only an instrument at the service of the Vicar of Christ, so that his decisions are being implemented. “Ecclesia Dei” takes care to apply the Motu proprio in fraternal harmony, understanding and collaborating with the bishops. Attitudes of antagonism with the shepherds must be avoided by persons, groups, or institutions because of the Motu proprio. Certainly the shepherds, in obedience to the Pope, will have to have understanding for those faithful who have a special love for the liturgical tradition. With bishops who have contacted us, I have always found them understanding.”

In the introduction to the reprinting of the “Compendium of Practical Liturgy” by Trimeloni [the Italian Fortescue], you write that the Pope avails himself of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” because in the diversity of the forms of cult there can shine the richness of the treasures of faith and spirituality of the Bride of Christ. In what consists the difference between the liturgy of John XXIII and the one reformed by Paul VI?

“Pope John has incorporated also the liturgy in his desire for dialogue of the Church with contemporary culture. Paul VI gave organicity to the reforms born of this desire. The Holy Spirit, which always accompanies the Church, inspires the necessary changes in every moment of history, without violent rupture of the process of perfection which He Himself has inspired in the course of history. Benedict XVI, with this motu proprio, makes common the riches of the two phases of the process, healing even so, the anxiety of those who believed that in matters liturgical there had been an unacceptable rupture.”

After the reformulation of the Good Friday prayer it was said that it was a returning 40 years back in Christian-Jewish dialogue. Had these criticisms been expected?

“Is it not a good thing to pray for our brothers, the sons of Abraham? Abraham is the father of faith, but in a chain of salvation in which the Messiah is expected. And the Messiah has arrived. In the Acts of the Apostles we read that, in one day, five thousand Jews converted. I am not contesting the prayer of the novus ordo, but I consider perfect the present one of the extraordinary rite. And I pray gladly for the conversion of my many Jewish friends, because I believe truly that Jesus is the Son of God and the Saviour of all”.

Interview with Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos on Implementing Summorum Pontificum

by Vittoria Prisciandaro, JESUS

Found and translated by by Gregor Kollmorgen of  the NEW LITURGICAL MOVEMENT

His Eminence is contented. The telephone of the ground floor office in the palace of the former Holy Office lives a new life. And on the desks correspondence from the entire world is piling up. After the promulgation of the Motu proprio, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has in fact become an important part in the Vatican organization chart. “Now I have twice the work I had at the Congregation for the Clergy”, confides Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, a Colombian of 79 years, a fervent supporter of the return home of the Lefebvrians, and since 2000 President of the Commission. Born to maintain the relations with the Fraternity of St. Pius X and the groups gravitating in the traditionalist galaxy, “Ecclesia Dei” is today become an inevitable interlocutor of dioceses and parishes for the controversies concerning the application of the extraordinary rite.

Eminence, a few months after the promulgation of the Motu proprio, how do you take stock?

“With the Motu proprio the Pope wanted to give everyone a renewed opportunity to benefit from the enormous spiritual, religious and cultural richness present in the liturgy of the Gregorian rite [it appears the Cardinal is coining a term; he has used this repeatedly]. The Motu proprio emerges as a treasure offered to all, not in the first place to accommodate grievances and requests of anyone. Not a few of those who first were not involved in this extraordinary form of the Roman rite now manifest a great esteem for it. Among the faithful I would distinguish three groups: those who are linked in quasi organic form to the Fraternity of St. Pius X; those of the Fraternity of Saint Peter; and lastly the most important and numerous group, consisting of persons attached to the religious culture of all times, who today discover the spiritual intensity of the ancient rite, and among whom many young people. In these months have come into being new associations of persons belonging to this last group.”

Speaking of richness, some liturgists stress the fact that the extraordinary rite does not offer the biblical richness introduced by the novus ordo

“Those have not read the Motu proprio, because the Pope affirms that the two forms shall enrich each other. And it is evident that such a liturgical treasure is not being squandered. In the novus ordo with the years practically the entire Bible is read, and this is a richness which is not opposed to, but complementing the extraordinary rite.”

Another objection is about the danger that seperate and different celebrations can create seperate communities…

“It is a multiplicity which enriches, it is a wider cultural liberty which the Pope introduces in a bold form. Incidentally, in the parishes there are many differences in the celebrations, and I do not want to talk about the abuses, because the abuses are not the main reason of the Motu proprio.”

Your secretary, Monsignor Camille Perl, announced that shortly there will be a document clarifying the Motu proprio. When will it be released?

“It was Cardinal Bertone who announced it, and he has the right to do so. But I, who am a servant of the Pope, will only announce it when the Pope will say so. Our Commission has reported to the Pontiff that from all over the world so many questions come, very many justified, others due to lack of knowledge. The Holy Father, and he alone, will say whether it is convenient to issue such a document and when.”

What are the questions that have arrived and would deserve an answer?

“The first regards Latin, because – they say – to celebrate in a language which you do not know is not convenient. Unfortunately, the seminarians, but also some priests, have not studied it and therefore it is difficult for them to celebrate in the extraordinary form. To do so one should at least know the canon of the Mass, the part of the consecration. We in “Ecclesia Dei” are equipping ourselves and we are preparing meetings, courses and means of electronic communication for a deep knowledge of the earlier liturgy. Some courses are already being held in France, Germany, Brazil, Central America and the United States. At Toledo, Spain, for example, it is being evaluated whether it is convenient to erect a seminary specifically for the preparation for the extraordinary rite or to give special courses in the seminary of the diocese. In general we see an interest for the return of Latin in the academia. It was sad in these years to see the abandonment not only of the language, but also of certain theological content connected to the semantic precision of the Latin language.

Another problem is the shortage of priests …

“If in a diocese priests are lacking and only three or four faithful request the extraordinary rite, it is a thing of common sense to think that it is difficult to meet this demand. However, since it is the intention, the “mens”, of the Pope to grant this treasure for the good of the Church, where there are no priests the best thing would be to offer a celebration according to the extraordinary rite in one of the parish Sunday Masses. It would be a Mass for everyone, and everyone, including the younger generations would benefit from the richness of the extraordinary rite, for example, from those moments of contemplation that in the novus ordo have disappeared.

So you maintain that, even if there is no consistent and stable group, in the future it is intended to offer one of the Sunday Masses in the extraordinary rite?

“I think so. On the other hand, this possibility had already been approved unanimously in 1986 by a commission of cardinals in which was also present Cardinal Ratzinger, but then it did not become operative. Now I would be sure that it could be done.”

Another point to clarify is the definition of a “stable and consistent group”. What does it mean exactly?

“It is a matter of common sense: why make an issue if the people who ask for the rite come from different parishes? If they come together and request a Mass, they become a stable group, although they did not know each other before. Also the number is a question of goodwill. In some parishes, especially in the country, on weekdays the persons who come to the ordinary Mass are three or four, and the same happens in not a few religious houses. Why, if those same three people request the old Mass would it be pastorally necessary to reject it?”.

So the future document should be more welcoming of requests from few?

“Yes, but it has to be understood not as something that should be at the expense of others, of the majority, but for their enrichment and always avoiding any even minimal form of antagonism.”

Then there is the problem of the sacraments: I think of the rite of Ordination or the one of Confirmation, which refers to a different code of canon law and uses different formulas…

“Certainly at first sight there are some problems with regard to the sacred Orders, to Confirmation and also concerning the difference of the calendar. With regard to sacred Orders, in the ancient form there were the tonsure, the minor orders and the subdiaconate. This form is still in use and will continue to be so in the Institutes permanently attached to the ancient rite, as the Fraternity of Saint Peter, the Fraternity of Saint Pius X and other institutes. On Confirmation, even before the Motu proprio, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had already made it clear that there is no conflict between the two formulas, given that both the new formula and the old enjoy validity and the same is to be said for the other sacraments where the formula is different. With regard to the calendars that do not always coincide, there are actually problems as in the case of feasts of the patrons of a parish, of shrines, religious congregations and institutes, etc. With prudence and common sense the necessary arrangements will be made and with this also the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” will deal.”

What time do you foresee for the reconciliation with the Fraternity of Saint Pius X?

“There are positive signs, there is an uninterrupted dialogue. A few days ago I wrote a new letter to Msgr Fellay, superior of the Fraternity, as a response to an earlier one of his. In addition to meetings and correspondence, we also hear each other on the telephone. I regard as viable the reconciliation with the fraternity Fraternity of Saint Pius X because, as we have often said at “Ecclesia Dei”, this is not a real schism but an anomalous situation which arose after the “schismatic action” of Msgr Lefebvre in conferring the episcopate without papal mandate, even against the express will of the Pope. In my heart I have great confidence that the Holy Father will be able to mend the fabric of the Church with the arrival of these brothers to full communion. Some differences will still remain, as we always had in the history of the Church”.

But with the Lefevbrians there is also a problem of acceptance of ecumenical dialogue…

“Yes, indeed there are difficulties with the interpretation of texts of the Council on this issue and with some concrete ecumenical practices, but no bishop of the Fraternity of St. Pius X will say that there is no need to seek the unity of the Christians.”

After the Motu proprio have some of the Fraternity St. Pius X come back to communion with the Church of Rome?

“Yes, and others have the will to do so. But I have the hope that the whole group comes, I would not want them to divide themselves. However, if an individual comes and says he wants to enter now into unity with the Pope, one must accept him. The Motu proprio did also draw other people near. For example, on March 28, I received a letter from a non-Catholic bishop, who has decided to enter the Catholic Church with other bishops and priests who celebrate the Tridentine Mass”.

Do the new powers of “Ecclesia Dei” not conflict with the ministry of the bishops?

“The Pope, who has the authority over the whole Church, over each of the faithful and the bishops, has set new norms in the Motu proprio, and the Pontifical Commission is only an instrument at the service of the Vicar of Christ, so that his decisions are being implemented. “Ecclesia Dei” takes care to apply the Motu proprio in fraternal harmony, understanding and collaboration with the bishops. Attitudes of antagonism with the shepherds must be avoided by persons, groups or institutions because of the Motu proprio. Certainly the shepherds, in obedience to the Pope, will have understanding for those faithful who have a special love for the liturgical tradition. With bishops who have contacted us, I always found understanding.”

In the introduction to the reprinting of the “Compendium of practical Liturgy” by Trimeloni [the Italian Fortescue], you write that the Pope avails himself of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” because in the diversity of the forms of cult there can shine the richness of the treasures of faith and spirituality of the Bride of Christ. In what consists the difference between the liturgy of John XXIII and the one reformed by Paul VI?

“Pope John has incorporated also the liturgy in his desire for dialogue of the Church with contemporary culture. Paul VI gave organicity to the reforms born of this desire. The Holy Spirit, which always accompanies the Church, inspires the necessary changes in every moment of history, without violent rupture of the process of perfection which He Himself has inspired in the course of history. Benedict XVI, with this motu proprio, makes common the riches of the two phases of the process, healing even so, the anxiety of those who believed that in matters liturgical there had been an unacceptable rupture.”

After the reformulation of the Good Friday prayer it was said that it was a returning 40 years back in Christian-Jewish dialogue. Had these criticisms been expected?

“Is it not a good thing to pray for our brothers the sons of Abraham? Abraham is the father of faith, but in a chain of salvation in which the Messiah is expected. And the Messiah has arrived. In the Acts of the Apostles we read that, in one day, five thousand Jews have converted. I am not contesting the prayer of the novus ordo, but I consider perfect the present one of the extraordinary rite. And I pray gladly for the conversion of my many Jewish friends, because I believe truly that Jesus is the Son of God and the Saviour of all”.

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

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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.

Who invited Cardinal Hoyos to Westminister?

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London – Damien Thompson’s Holy Smoke blog reports Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prince of the church will celebrate the Latin Mass at Westminster Cathedral, London.  Not to our surprise, this of course was not arranged by H.E. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, but rather the Latin Mass Society of England & Wales  As always, Damien’s articles are hilarious, but he closes on a more serious note as he writes:

“Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, dressed as a milkman, once met the Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar and, after revealing his identity, persuaded him to confess his sins. My advice to Tabletistas: don’t mess with the man in the cappa magna.”   

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EWTN to Televise upcoming FSSP Ordinations by Cardinal Hoyos in Lincoln, Nebraska

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Lincoln, Nebraska –  In a phone conversation with Father Josef M.  Bisig, FSSP, Rector at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Una Voce Carmel has confirmed today that EWTN will televise the FSSP ordinations at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln, Nebraska at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 30, 2008. 

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His Eminence Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, will confer the Priestly ordinations.  His Excellency, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz will be sitting in choir.   At this time EWTN has not published this information in their TV schedule.    

Please keep the following ordinandi in your prayers as they ascend to the altar of Our Lord:

  • Rev. Mr. Jared  McCambridge, FSSP
  • Rev. Mr. Dennis Gordon, FSSP
  • Rev. Mr. Justin Nolan, FSSP
  • Rev. Mr. Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP

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In the photo above (left), The Very Rev. Josef Bisig, FSSP, was the first Superior-General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.  Fr. Bisig became Rector of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in 2006 and is also a Counsellor of the same Fraternity.