Institute of Christ the King in Ireland

ICKSP Given Church in Ireland (http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/)

From the Catholic Heritage Association:

 

REJOICE! REJOICE! REJOICE!
 
We have just received the following GLORIOUS news from the Institute of Christ the King in Ireland:
 
“Sacred Heart Church purchased by the Institute of Christ the King in Limerick, Ireland
With the help of numerous friends from Ireland, the United States and Continental Europe, the Church of the Sacred Heart at the Crescent in Limerick, also known as the Jesuit Church after its first builders and long-term occupants, was recently purchased by a young priestly community called the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The church and adjacent building, sold to a developer some years ago, had stood vacant for six years and was in danger of falling into ruin. Therefore many people from Limerick and other parts of Ireland were happy to help this Institute bring the Church of the Sacred Heart and its residence back to life.
A young community of members of the Institute of Christ the King will very soon move into the attached residence in spite of its rather poor condition, and the church will serve for the time being as its chapel. With the permission of the Bishop of Limerick, the Institute of Christ the King has had a residence in the diocese since 2009 and offers Mass every Sunday in the Extraordinary Form at St. Patrick’s Church, whilst also working in a few neighbouring dioceses.
Founded in 1990, the Institute is a Roman-Catholic Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right in canonical form. The 64 priests of the Institute work all over the world to promote the spiritual Kingship of Christ. A special emphasis is laid on the harmony between faith and culture, and thus the young community has acquired a reputation for promoting the arts, especially sacred music and architecture. This experience will serve to restore the Church of the Sacred Heart to its classical beauty and make it available once more as a point of reference for the cultural life of Limerick.

Brandmüller: the Mass of Paul VI IS NOT the Mass of the Council
Sacrosanctum Concilium never really implemented

From an interview granted by Cardinal Walter Brandmüller to Vatican Insider and published today. The last answer, on the liturgical revolution that should never have happened and destroyed the organic evolution of sacred worship, is particularly relevant.
The Second Vatican Council was a Pastoral Council that also provided dogmatic explanations. Had there ever been anything like it previously in the history of the Church? 
[Brandmüller:] It does in fact seem as though Vatican II marked the beginning of a new type of Council. The language that was used during it and the completeness of the texts show that the Council fathers was not as much motivated by the need to pass judgement on controversial new ecclesiastical and theological issues, but rather by the wish to turn their attention to public opinion within the Church and the entire world, in the spirit of the annunciation.
Shouldn’t a Council be declared a failure if fifty years on it has not been warmly received by the faithful? Benedict XVI warned against a misleading interpretation of the Council, particularly in terms of the hermeneutics of [rupture]…
[B:]This is one of those cliché questions that stem from a new existential sentiment; that feeling of confusion that is typical of our times. But what is fifty years after all?! Cast your mind back to the Council of Nicaea in 325. The disputes surrounding the dogma of this Council – about the nature of the Son, that is, whether he was made of the same substance as the Father or not – continued for more than a hundred years. St. Ambrose was ordained Bishop of Milan on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Council of Nicaea and had to fight hard against the Arians who refused to accept the Nicene provisions. Briefly afterwards came a new Council: the First Council of Constantinople of 381 which was deemed necessary in order to complete the profession of the faith at Nicaea. During this Council, St. Augustine was given the task of dealing with requests and fighting back heretics until his death in 430. Frankly, even the Council of Trent was not very fruitful until the Golden Jubilee of 1596. It took a new generation of Bishops and prelates to mature in the “spirit of the Council” before its effect could really be felt. We need to allow ourselves a little more breathing space.
Let us talk now about the fruits which the Vatican II produced. Can you comment on this?
[B:] First of all of course the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” in comparison with the Tridentine Catechism: after the Council of Trent, the Catechismus Romanus was launched in order to provide parish priests, preachers etcetera with guidelines on how to preach and announce the Gospel or evangelize.
Even the 1983 Code of Canon Law can be considered a consequence of the Council. I must emphasise that the form of the post-conciliar liturgy with all its distortions, is not attributable to the Council or to the Liturgy Constitution established during Vatican II which by the way has not really been implemented even to this day. The indiscriminate removal of Latin and Gregorian Chants from liturgical celebrations and the erection of numerous altars were absolutely not acts prescribed by the Council.
With the benefit of hindsight, let us cast our minds back in particular to the lack of sensitivity shown in terms of care for the faithful and in the pastoral carelessness shown in the liturgical form. One need only think of the Church’s excesses, reminiscent of the Beeldenstorm (the statue/image storm) which occurred in the 18th century. Excesses which catapulted numerous faithful into total chaos, leaving many fumbling around in the dark.
Just about anything and everything has been said on this subject. Meanwhile, the liturgy has come to be seen as a mirror image of Church life, subject to an organic historical evolution which cannot – as did indeed happen – suddenly be changed by decree par ordre de mufti. And we are still paying the price today. [Source, adapted]

Here’s what we have to say

Divine Jesus, Faithful Friend

Regarding the arrest and release on bail of Archbishop-elect of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, for DUI after having dinner with friends and his mother and while driving the latter to her home in San Diego, and his sincere apology, we have this to say: have you prayed for your bishop today? 

If you think your bishop, and the bishops of your region or country, are unseemly, then they are in great need of your prayers and sacrifices. If you think they are good and well-intentioned, then they need even moreprayers and sacrifices, so they may persevere in their own personal purification, and in that of their particular Church.(Image source: Holy card heaven)

Two cardinals at Nellie Gray’s Requiem Mass

Miss Nellie Jane Gray, founder and president of the March For Lifein the U.S., drew two American cardinals to her traditional Latin Requiem High Mass:  Sean Cardinal O’Malley of Boston and Donald Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, D.C.This writer was privileged to attend and sing Gregorian chant pieces with other men from the parish in the choir loft.  A quartet of professional singers sang Father Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Missa Pro Defunctis.  Men from the parish were servers and MC.  Other priests were in choir with the cardinals and distributed communion wearing black stoles.  All clergy (including guests) in the sanctuary wore birettas.

Cardinal O’Malley was expected ahead of time.  He was a longtime friend of Miss Gray’s, recalling how together they planned the first March in 1974.

Cardinal Wuerl was a major surprise.  As far as I am aware (please correct me if I am wrong, Pittsburgh TLM’ers), this was quite possibly the first public traditional Latin Mass he has attended since his seminary days in the 1960s.  Thank you, Nellie!

Doctrine, Liturgy, Law: Little-known activities inside the Vatican in 2011

From the latest article on Chiesa: Vatican Diary / Everything we didn’t know before and do now. on the activities of the Holy See in 2011. Emphases by Rorate:

– that among the activities of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith must also be included the republication in the November 30, 2011 issue of “L’Osservatore Romano” of the text by then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger published in 1998 in a volume “On the pastoral care of the divorced and remarried.” This republication – it is explained – was intended to “draw the attention of pastors” to that volume, “unfortunately little known,” which reiterates the traditional Catholic position on the argument and in which, among other things, it is confirmed that the practice of the Orthodox Churches of admitting under certain conditions a second and third marriage after the failure of the first remains “unacceptable for doctrinal reasons.”
– that last year, the disciplinary office of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith opened 599 new procedures, 440 of them concerning “delicta graviora,” and that the most numerous of these, 404 to be exact, are cases of abuse perpetrated by clergy against minors. With regard to this, the volume points out that “in the year 2011, with respect to the year 2010, the disciplinary office received fewer notifications,” but that nonetheless “with respect to previous years (for example, the period of 2005–2009) the number of cases has risen considerably.” Also in this area, moreover, the congregation for the doctrine of the faith submitted to the pope a request for the removal “ex officio” from the clerical state of 125 subjects, and for another 135 a request for dispensation from priestly obligations.
– that during the same period, the congregation for the clergy – for reasons other than “delicta graviora” – issued 540 certifications of dispensation from priestly obligations for 49 diocesan deacons, 26 religious deacons, 280 secular priests, and 185 religious
– that the congregation for divine worship, in addition to its ordinary administration, declares that “it is closely following the proposal of ‘thematic homilies’ in conjunction with the congregation for the doctrine of the faith and the congregation for the clergy,” evidently with the intention of improving the content of preaching at Masses.
– that the work of the pontifical council for legislative texts continues for the revision of some portions of the code of canon law, concerning questions of penal law, procedural law, matrimonial law, and patrimonial law, and relations between the code of the Latin Church and that of the Eastern Churches. The process for the reform of penal law turns out to be particularly advanced. 
– that while the examination is underway by the congregation for the doctrine of the faith into the Marian apparitions of Medjugorje, through an international commission of inquiry that met four times in 2011, the pontifical academy of the Immaculate, for which “the problem of the lack of academics is becoming even more acute,” received many requests from prayer groups that “born from Medjugorje, have no point of reference in order to channel the grace of conversion obtained in that blessed place.”

TLM returns to the world’s largest Catholic university campus

The Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Joseph, a Filipino Catholic society dedicated to the Traditional Latin Mass and a member of Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce, has announced that the TLM has returned to the Dominican-run University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

University of Santo Tomas, Manila

Founded in 1611, it is the Philippines’ sole Pontifical University and the world’s largest Catholic university located in one campus in terms of student numbers (around 45,000 students in the Manila campus). From their official blog:

As previously announced, the evening of August 24, 2012 saw the Traditional Latin Mass being celebrated in public in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) for the first time since the liturgical reforms of Paul VI took effect. UST is the Philippines’ oldest existing university and sole Pontifical University. It is also the world’s largest Catholic university located in one campus in terms of the number of students (around 45,000 students in the Manila campus).
This surely ranks among the greatest achievements of the canonically-regular branch of the Traditional Latin Mass movement in the Philippines since it began in 1987. It was organized by students and faculty of this university, with training and other forms of assistance provided by Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Joseph (SEDSI). 
The Mass was offered in the St. Dominic Chapel in the 3rd floor of the Tan Yan Kee Student Center. The chapel could hold about 60-70 people maximum (including choir and altar servers) but the crowd in attendance — far more than a hundred-strong — greatly exceeded expectations, and spilled out into the surrounding corridors. Screens and projectors had to be used to allow the faithful who were in the corridors to follow what was happening inside the chapel. The vast majority of the attendees were students of the University. Most of the servers and the whole choir were also drawn from UST students — all in their late teens and early twenties — who had practiced for this occasion for the past several weeks.  
The Mass was offered by Fr. Michell Joe “Jojo” Zerrudo, priest of the Diocese of Cubao, Chaplain of SEDSI and celebrant of the daily TLM in Holy Family Parish, Roxas District, QC. He is an alumnus of the Central Seminary, one of the Philippines’ two national seminaries, located in UST and run by the Dominican Fathers. In choir was Fr. Winston Fernandez Cabading OP, who was vital to the whole project of returning the TLM to UST. 
It is hoped that the Traditional Latin Mass will be offered monthly in UST. Plans are already being made for another Traditional Latin Mass in September, this time in a larger venue within the University. Should this push through, the City and Archdiocese of Manila (where UST is located) will once again have a regular Traditional Latin Mass for the first time since the First Friday Mass in the tiny chapel of the now-defunct Marian Center in Quiapo, Manila ceased sometime in 2010. UST will also become the second Filipino Catholic university (after the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City) and, not counting seminaries, the third Catholic institute of higher education in the Philippines (the first being La Consolacion College in Bacolod City) to have a regular TLM in its premises. 
More pictures of the event can be found at the original blogpost.

Event: 5th Traditional one-day Pilgrimage in Tuscany (September 2012)

 

Fifth All Tuscany Pilgrimage promoted by the Coordinamento toscano ‘Benedetto XVI’
 

 

Saturday September 22, 2012

 

 

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montenero

 

Leghorn (Livorno, Italy)

 

 

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Program

 

 

9:30 AM

 

Pilgrims gather in Piazza delle Carrozze (Montenero Basso)

 

 

10:00 AM

 

Procession to the Sanctuary while reciting the Holy Rosary

 

 

11:00 AM

 

Traditional Solemn Mass 

celebrated by His Eminence the Most Reverend Raymond Leo Card. Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, attending His Excellency the Most Reverend Mons. Simone Giusti, bishop of

Leghorn. Liturgical service is assured by the ‘Institute Christ the King Sovereign  Priest’.

 

A Vatican II Moment: The Masonic Memorial Mass

[I]t remains each man’s duty to retain an understanding of the whole human person in which the values of intellect, will, conscience and fraternity are preeminent
Gaudium et spes, 61
It may sometimes seem to a couple of readers that we enjoy reporting these things: we do not, we find no pleasure in it, it pains our hearts deeply. We actually saw this when it was first posted, and hesitated about mentioning it, but today our friends at Fratres in Unum asked us to make it known around the world, and we could not refuse their request.

Cor ad cor loquitur

Saint Louis, King of France, went on a pilgrimage to visit the sanctuaries in the world. And having heard of the fame of the sanctity of Brother Giles, who was one of the first companions of Saint Francis, he determined in his heart to go and visit him in person; for which object he set out for Perugia, where the said brother then lived. He arrived at the convent-gate as if he had been a poor unknown pilgrim, and asked with great importunity for Brother Giles, without telling the porter who it was who wished to see him; and the porter went to Brother Giles, and told him there was a pilgrim at the gate who asked for him. But the Lord having revealed to Brother Giles that the pilgrim was the King of France, he left his cell in haste, and ran to the gate without asking any questions. They both knelt down and embraced each other with great reverence and many outward signs of love and charity, as if a long friendship had existed between them, though they had never met before in their lives. Neither of them spoke a word; and after remaining clasped in each other’s arms for some time, they separated in silence, Saint Louis to continue his journey, and Brother Giles to return to his cell. 
 
As the king departed, a certain friar inquired of one of those who accompanied him who it was that had embraced Brother Giles, and he answered that it was Louis, King of France; and when the other brothers heard this, they were all sorrowful because Brother Giles had not spoken to him; and giving vent to their grief, they said: “O Brother Giles, why hast thou been so uncivil as not to say a word to so holy a king, who has come from France to see thee, and hear from thee some good words?” Brother Giles answered: “Beloved brothers, be not surprised at this, that neither could I say a word to him nor he to me; for no sooner had we embraced each other than the light of divine wisdom revealed his heart to me, and mine to him; and by a divine operation we saw into each other’s hearts, and knew far better what we had to say than if we had explained in words that which we felt in our hearts. For so imperfectly the tongue of man reveals the secret mysteries of God, that words would have been to us rather a hindrance than a consolation. Know, then, that the king went away from me well satisfied, and greatly comforted in mind.”
Fioretti of Saint Francis

ICKSP Given Church in Ireland

From the Catholic Heritage Association:

 

REJOICE! REJOICE! REJOICE!
 
We have just received the following GLORIOUS news from the Institute of Christ the King in Ireland:
 
“Sacred Heart Church purchased by the Institute of Christ the King in Limerick, Ireland
With the help of numerous friends from Ireland, the United States and Continental Europe, the Church of the Sacred Heart at the Crescent in Limerick, also known as the Jesuit Church after its first builders and long-term occupants, was recently purchased by a young priestly community called the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The church and adjacent building, sold to a developer some years ago, had stood vacant for six years and was in danger of falling into ruin. Therefore many people from Limerick and other parts of Ireland were happy to help this Institute bring the Church of the Sacred Heart and its residence back to life.
A young community of members of the Institute of Christ the King will very soon move into the attached residence in spite of its rather poor condition, and the church will serve for the time being as its chapel. With the permission of the Bishop of Limerick, the Institute of Christ the King has had a residence in the diocese since 2009 and offers Mass every Sunday in the Extraordinary Form at St. Patrick’s Church, whilst also working in a few neighbouring dioceses.
Founded in 1990, the Institute is a Roman-Catholic Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right in canonical form. The 64 priests of the Institute work all over the world to promote the spiritual Kingship of Christ. A special emphasis is laid on the harmony between faith and culture, and thus the young community has acquired a reputation for promoting the arts, especially sacred music and architecture. This experience will serve to restore the Church of the Sacred Heart to its classical beauty and make it available once more as a point of reference for the cultural life of Limerick.

Benedict XVI: Remission of excommunication an act of mercy

Translated Version:

Decree Lifting Traditionalist Bishops’ Excommunication

Decree Lifting Traditionalist Bishops’ Excommunication

“A Sign for the Promotion of Unity in Charity”

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VATICAN CITY, JAN. 25, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the decree released Saturday by the Congregation for Bishops, advising of the lifting of excommunication of the four bishops ordained without papal permission by Marcel Lefebvre in 1988.

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With a letter of Dec. 15, 2008, sent to His Eminence Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Monsignor Bernard Fellay, in his name and in that of the other bishops consecrated June 30, 1988, again requested the lifting of the excommunication latae sententiae formally declared by decree of the prefect of this Congregation for Bishops on July 1, 1988.

In the mentioned letter, Monsignor Fellay affirms, among other things:

“We are always fervently determined in the will to be and to remain Catholics and to place all of our strength at the service of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the Roman Catholic Church. We accept all of her teachings with a filial spirit. We firmly believe in the primacy of Peter and in his prerogatives and because of this, the present situation makes us suffer so much.”

His Holiness Benedict XVI, paternally sensitive to the spiritual unrest manifested by the interested parties because of the sanction of excommunication, and trusting in the commitment expressed by them in the cited letter to spare no effort in going deeper in the necessary conversations with the authorities of the Holy See in matters still unresolved, and to be able to thus arrive quickly to a full and satisfactory solution of the problem existing from the beginning, has decided to reconsider the canonical situation of the bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta, which arose with their episcopal consecration.

With this act it is desired to consolidate the mutual relations of trust, [and] to intensify and make more stable the relationship of the Fraternity of St. Pius X with the Apostolic See. This gift of peace, at the end of the celebrations of Christmas, also aims to be a sign for the promotion of unity in charity of the universal Church, and with this means, come to remove the scandal of division.

It is desired that this step be followed by the solicitous fulfillment of full communion with the Church of the Society of St. Pius X, thereby witnessing to authentic fidelity and a true recognition of the magisterium and the authority of the Pope, with the proof of visible unity.

In virtue of the faculties that have been expressly conceded to me by the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, in virtue of the present decree, I lift from Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta the censure of excommunication latae sententiae declared by this congregation on July 1, 1988, and declare void of juridical effects beginning today the decree published then.

Rome, Congregation for the Bishops,

Jan. 21, 2009
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re
Prefect of the Congregation for Bishop

Diocese of Lafayette Congratulates Father Christopher Roberts

The Sung Mass filled every seat

by Brian Poe

Congratulations to Father Christopher Roberts for singing his 1st Sung Traditional Latin Mass at Saint Elizabeth Seton on 1/18/09. Father Robert’s continuing devotion and spiritual dedication is to honor the wishes of the Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio. This Motu Proprio is the idea to bring back the many traditions of the Catholic Church in the form of the Traditional Latin Mass. Father Roberts also says the English Mass as well at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Indiana and is well respected among all his parishioners and fellow priests.

While working together with His Excellency, Bishop William L. Higi, Father Theodore Rothrock, and Father Roberts, the St. John Bosco’s Latin Mass Community was formed and members were elected to serve our Lafayette Diocese in the Carmel Deanery.  Since this time, over 40 Traditional Masses have been held on Sunday and the community is rapidly growing in numbers. Many youths as well as elders are coming forward with this new interest within the Church and are now serving Mass.

Father Robert's 1st Sung Mass

Who is Father Christopher Roberts?

He is young.  Too young to remember when the Extraordinary form of the Latin Rite was only known as ‘Mass’ to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. But then, most of the congregation that attends Mass each Sunday afternoon in the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s day chapel is young.  Father Christopher Roberts, of the diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, has been saying Mass in the extraordinary form since last June for the very grateful members of the St. John Bosco Latin Mass community.  Since then, it has grown with over 100 participants at each Sunday Mass.  Extra folding chairs have to be brought in for those wishing to experience ‘the most beautiful sight this side of heaven’.

We recently posed some questions to Fr. Roberts so that all of us could better understand what drives this over-worked, over-burdened, server of souls, to strive to learn and say the extraordinary form for the edification of those seeking it. Father was born in Logansport, Indiana, the youngest in a Catholic family. He lived the American dream childhood of academic and athletic star as captain of the football team, debate team, and playing the saxophone.  He went on to Harvard where he graduated magna cum laude with degrees in history and world religions. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and now a little Latin too.

Father Roberts said he was first drawn to the priesthood because of his love of the study of theology, but later discerned a vocation to be a ‘pastor of souls’.  His formation in the seminary did little to prepare him for this current ministry of the extraordinary form.  He studied Latin for two years and sang some Gregorian chant in the choir.  The rest of his preparation he did on his own with study materials and with the priests of The Institute of Christ the Sovreign King in Chicago. Currently, there are only two priests in the diocese who are capable to saying the extraordinary form, but Fr. Roberts says many seminaries are teaching it so there will be more priests in the near future.

consecration

Below are the questions I asked Father and here are his responses:

Why did you decide to pursue this ministry?

I decided to perform this ministry out of a desire to honor the wishes of Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum. My interest in Church history made me very sympathetic to this form of the Mass, as the Extraordinary Form is more or less exactly what the Latin Church used from the early Middle Ages down to the 1960s.

What have been the rewards of this ministry thus far?

Celebrating this form of the Mass has helped me to appreciate the sacrificial character of the Mass and given me a more clear understanding of the uniqueness of my vocation to the ordained priesthood.

“Lex orandi lex credendi” (We pray as we believe). Do you believe this has any merit when comparing the ordinary and extraordinary forms?

The theology that is behind the prayers of the Extraordinary Form, as well as its gestures and ritual, represent the fruit of a centuries long development. Without a doubt, there is a richness and beauty that is present in the older form of the Missal that surpasses the newer Missal. This form of the Mass is aggressively and unapologetically Catholic. Moreover, the lack of ritual options does a great deal to safeguard the sacredness of the rite. The spiritual treasures of the older rite are truly inexhaustible. There is a considerable challenge, however, entailed in initiating one into the older rite. This was a significant pastoral problem even when the Traditional Latin Mass was the only option before the liturgical changes of the 1960s. Against this backdrop, the desire for flexibility and adaptation that brought us where we are today is quite understandable. Unfortunately, the wideness of scope has oftentimes obscured the continuity between the two forms, which, in my own experience, led was a catechetical and pastoral disaster. In a Church that reverences tradition, disparaging the past is never a healthy thing. We have gotten to the point in the celebration of the Missal of Paul VI in many parts of the Church where the use of Gregorian Chant and Latin is considered the only unacceptable option. I believe, the opportunity posed by the liberalization of the older form of the Missale Romanum of 1962 goes far beyond promotion of the this Missal; it principally lies in the chance to reclaim parts of our Catholic patrimony that have fallen into disuse and nearly have been forgotten.

Do you think future priests in our diocese will embrace the extraordinary form?

Are there currently other priests studying this form in the diocese? I am certain that the Extraordinary Form will become more common in the Diocese of Lafayette in the coming years. Whether that will be in many parishes or only a handful is hard to say. There are currently two priests who are competent in celebrating the Extraordinary Form. Since many seminaries are teaching it, I imagine this number will grow.

How have you found the reception of the extraordinary form among your parishioners at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel?

My experience is that there is great interest, especially among the young and those parishioners who are hungry to go deeper in the spiritual life. Some are genuinely confused, a very few are disappointed.

In what way would you like to see the St. John Bosco Latin Mass community grow?

I think we are getting to the point where need to have more space! We definitely need to find a site that can provide us enough seating for those who are coming. Qualitatively, I’d like to see us move toward having weekly Sung Masses, which will come as the members of our choir continue to improve in their mastery of Gregorian Chant. I hope that the congregation will grow in confidence when they are singing the ordinary of the Mass. I’m also looking forward to developing programs that go beyond the Mass, especially adult book studies. I have no idea where this will lead long term. The important thing that we discern where the Holy Spirit is leading us and take things one step at a time.

About the Author:  The beautiful gradines and canopy on the altar in the above pictures were designed and built by Mr. Brian Poe and Tito Cano.  Brian’s garage at times has been an ecclesiastical workshop, those only found at Vatican City.  When Brian isn’t building altars he’s a husband and father to three children.  Besides being one of two world reknown experts on building gradines, he is a manufacturing engineer with a major automotive manufacturer here in Indiana.  We at Una Voce Carmel think this guy is Leonardo DeVinci and all you Boilermaker fans have been done proud! 

    

Vatican’s Cardinal Francis Arinz: Explanation and History of the Traditional Latin Mass

 

 His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze

 1. Advantages of Latin in the Roman Liturgy

 As was mentioned above, by the fourth century, Latin had replaced Greek as the official language of the Church of Rome. Prominent among the Latin Fathers of the Church who wrote extensively and beautifully in Latin were St Ambrose (339-397), St Augustine of Hippo (354-430), St Leo the Great ( 461) and Pope Gregory the Great (540-604). Pope Gregory, in particular, brought Latin to a great height in the sacred liturgy, in his sermons and in general Church use.

The Roman Rite Church showed extraordinary missionary dynamism. This explains why a greater part of the world has been evangelized by heralds of the Latin Rite. Many European languages which we regard as modern today have roots in Latin, some more than others. Examples are Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Portuguese and French. But even English and German do borrow from Latin.
The Popes and the Roman Church have found Latin very suitable for many reasons. It fits a Church which is universal, a Church in which all peoples, languages and cultures should feel at home and no one is regarded as a stranger.

Moreover, the Latin language has a certain stability which daily spoken languages, where words change often in shades of meaning, cannot have. An example is the translation of the Latin “propagare”. The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples when it was founded in 1627 was called “Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide”. But at the time of the Second Vatican Council many modern languages use the word “propaganda” in the sense in which we say “political propaganda”. Therefore, there is a preference in the Church today to avoid the expression “de propaganda Fide”, in favour of “the Evangelization of Peoples”.

Latin has the characteristic of words and expressions retaining their meaning generation after generation. This is an advantage when it comes to the articulation of our Catholic faith and the preparation of Papal and other Church Documents. Even the modern universities appreciate this point and have some of their solemn titles in Latin.

Blessed Pope John XXIII in his Apostolic Constitution, Veterum Sapientia, issued on 22 February 1962, gives these two reasons and adds a third. The Latin language has a nobility and dignity which are not negligible (cf. Veterum Sapientia, nn. 5, 6, 7). We can add that Latin is concise, precise and poetically measured.

Is it not admirable that people, especially well-trained clerics, can meet in international gatherings and be able to communicate at least in Latin? More importantly, is it a small matter that 1 million young people could meet in the World Youth Day Convention in Rome in 2000, in Toronto in 2002 and in Cologne in 2005, and be able to sing parts of the Mass, and especially the Credo, in Latin? Theologians can study the original writings of the early Latin Fathers and of the Scholastics without tears because these were written in Latin.

It is true that there is a tendency, both in the Church and in the world at large, to give more attention today to modern languages, like English, French and Spanish, which can help one secure a job quicker in the modern employment market or in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in their country.
But the exhortation of Pope Benedict XVI to the students of the Faculty of Christian and Classical Letters of the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome, at the end of the Wednesday General Audience of 22 February 2006, retains its validity and relevance. And he pronounced it in Latin! Here is my free English translation: “Quite rightly our Predecessors have urged the study of the great Latin language so that one may learn better the saving doctrine that is found in ecclesiastical and humanistic disciplines. In the same way we urge you to cultivate this activity so that as many as possible may have access to this treasure and appreciate its importance” (in L’Osservatore Romano, 45, 23 February 2006, p. 5).

2. Gregorian Chant

“Liturgical action is given a more noble form when sacred rites are solemnized in song” (SC, n. 113). There is an ancient saying: bis orat qui bene cantat, that is, “the person who sings well prays twice”. This is so because the intensity that prayer acquires from being sung, increases its ardour and multiplies its efficacy (cf. Paul VI: Address to Italian Schola Cantorum, 25 September 1977, in Notitiae 136, November 1977, p. 475).

Good music helps to promote prayer, to raise the minds of people to God and to give people a taste of the goodness of God.

In the Latin Rite what has come to be known as the Gregorian Chant has been traditional. A distinctive liturgical chant existed indeed in Rome before St Gregory the Great (+604). But it was this great Pontiff who gave it the greatest prominence.

After St Gregory this tradition of chant continued to develop and be enriched until the upheavals that brought an end to the Middle Ages. The monasteries, especially those of the Benedictine Order, have done much to preserve this heritage.

Gregorian Chant is marked by a moving meditative cadence. It touches the depths of the soul. It shows joy, sorrow, repentance, petition, hope, praise or thanksgiving, as the particular feast, part of the Mass or other prayer may indicate. It makes the Psalms come alive. It has a universal appeal which makes it suitable for all cultures and peoples. It is appreciated in Rome, Solesmes, Lagos, Toronto and Caracas. Cathedrals, monasteries, seminaries, sanctuaries, pilgrimage centres and traditional parishes resound with it.

St Pope Pius X extolled the Gregorian Chant in 1904 (cf. Tra le Sollecitudini, n. 3). The Second Vatican Council praised it in 1963: “The Church acknowledges Gregorian Chant as proper to the Roman liturgy:  therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services” (SC, n. 116).

The Servant of God, Pope John Paul II, repeated this praise in 2003 (cf. Chirograph for the Centenary of Tra Le Sollecitudini, nn. 4-7; in Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: Spiritus et Sponsa, 2003, p. 130).

Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the International Association of Pueri Cantores when they met in Rome at the end of 2005. They give a privileged place to the Gregorian Chant. In Rome and throughout the world the Church is blessed with many fine choirs, both professional and amateur, that render the chant beautifully, and communicate their enthusiasm for it.

It is not true that the lay faithful do not want to sing the Gregorian Chant. What they are asking for are priests and monks and nuns who will share this treasure with them.

The CDs produced by the Benedictine monks of Silos, their motherhouse at Solesmes, and numerous other communities sell among young people. Monasteries are visited by people who want to sing Lauds and especially Vespers.

In an ordination ceremony of 11 priests which I celebrated in Nigeria last July, about 150 priests sang the First Eucharistic Prayer in Latin. It was beautiful. The people, although no Latin scholars, loved it. It should be just normal that parish churches where there are four or five Masses on Sunday should have one of these Masses sung in Latin.

3. Did Vatican II discourage Latin?

Some people think, or have the perception, that the Second Vatican Council discouraged the use of Latin in the liturgy. This is not the case.

Just before he opened the Council, Bl. Pope John XXIII in 1962 issued an Apostolic Constitution to insist on the use of Latin in the Church. The Second Vatican Council, although it admitted some introduction of the vernacular, insisted on the place of Latin: “Particular law remaining in force, the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites” (SC, n. 36).

The Council also required that seminarians “should acquire a command of Latin which will enable them to understand and use the source material of so many sciences and the documents of the Church as well” (Optatam Totius, n. 13). The Code of Canon Law published in 1983 enacts that “the Eucharistic celebration is to be carried out either in the Latin language or in another language, provided the liturgical texts have been lawfully approved” (can. 928).

Those, therefore, who want to give the impression that the Church has put Latin away from her liturgy are mistaken. A manifestation of people’s acceptance of Latin liturgy well celebrated was had at the world level in April 2005, when millions followed the burial rites of Pope John Paul II and then, two weeks later, the inauguration Mass of Pope Benedict XVI over the television. It is remarkable that young people welcome the Mass celebrated in Latin.

 

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Carmel, Indiana: Latin Mass surges in the Diocese

Similar results were achieved in 2007 at St. Boniface in Lafayette with attendance over 600.  The Christmas and NewYears Masses at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel the attendance surged around 300 souls per Mass.  Many of these souls came to experience the extraordinary Latin Rite out of interest and curiosity for the first time.  However, many souls are part of our growing St. John Bosco’s Latin Community that are attending this traditional (extraordinary) rite every Sunday at St. Elizabeth Seton 3pm. 

We are urging all attending the Latin Mass to write a “Thank-you” letter to the Holy Father.  This letter will help our Holy Father know how much each of us appreciates the opportunity to know this ancient rite which forged the holy souls in our Communion of Saints.

If you have any questions or would like to become part of our apostolate of promoting the Latin Mass, please contact Fr. Roberts at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel via email at robertsc@olmc1.org.

Did you know?:  The Traditional Latin Mass is known as the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, since Pope Benedict XVI issued the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.

Fr Z on H.E. Cardinal Hoyos’ Comments

Father Z at lunch in Rome                                                        on Friday September 19, 2008

Below, find the link to Fr Z on H.E. Cardinal Hoyos’ comments.

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2008/09/reflecting-on-card-castrillons-remarks-the-other-day/