Solemn Pontifical Mass in Rome

This morning in honor of the Feast day of  the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Franc Cardinal Rode, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, offered a Solemn Pontifcal Mass at Santissima Trinita dei Pellegrini the church of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter in Rome. 

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“Official” PCED guide to the Latin Mass

Cover dvd PCED2

 Our friends at Rinascimento Sacro inform us that the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” has made public its own guide for the celebration of the Mass in the “Extraordinary Form” of the Roman Rite, according to the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.
The guide is a 2-DVD production, with subtitles in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. The first DVD includes a full Missa Recitata, and some video excerpts of Missae Cantatae. The second DVD includes a proper teaching video, with explanations for the gestures and rubrics of the Mass, from the preparatio ad Missam to the post-Mass sacristy prayers.
At this moment, copies may be acquired directly from the PCED:

Other means of distribution will be available shortly.
Pontificia Commissione Ecclesia Dei – Palazzo della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede
Piazza del Sant’Uffizio, 11 – 00193 ROMA –
Tel. (Italy:39) 06/69885213 – 69885494 – Fax 69883412

Confirmation in the Traditional Rite at Columbus, Ohio


Father Kevin Lutz on the left

Father Kevin Lutz on the left

By Bill Heyer, Una Voce Columbus


Monsignor Stephan Moloney

Monsignor Stephan Moloney

Una Voce Columbus is pleased to announce the first extraordinary form Confirmations for the Diocese of Columbus, OH in more than 30 years.  Holy Family Church will host the Chancellor of the Diocese, Msgr. Maloney, who will confer the sacrament in the name of Bishop Campbell who is recovering from surgery.

Father Kevin Lutz, pastor of Holy Family, at the urging of many parents, sought approval from the Diocese and was well-received by the Chancellor.  Interestingly, all of the youth wanted the extraordinary form- students from both our English and Latin communities at Holy Family…

Confirmations are this Wednesday, April 29th; a huge step forward for our community. Pray for these young Miles Jesu.

Archbishop Burke Celebrates Pontifical Mass in the Usus Antiquior in Lourdes

H.E. Archbishop Raymond Burke

H.E. Archbishop Raymond Burke

Last Saturday, Feast of St. Marcus, Archbishop Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, pontificated in the Extraordinary Form in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Lourdes in the context of the annual pilgrimage of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICRSS). As the Spanish blog Benedicámus Dómino reports, afterwards the Archbishop gave a talk and a Q&A session, and on the Sunday the Superior of the ICRSS, Gilles Wach, celebrated Solemn Mass, again in the Basilica, at which Archbishop Burke assisted.

Read the entire article at NLM



Update on the TLM in Springfield, Illinois

 Mass trend: Latin making a comeback locally

Preface:  One can appreciate Mr. Steven Spearie’s efforts with writing about the Traditional Latin Mass at Blessed Sacrement in Springfield, Illinois.  However, his knowledge and understanding of the Traditional Latin Mass falls short.  He sure didn’t get his research from Father Arnaud Devillers, FSSP!  Yet, just enjoy the fact that the TLM is getting attention in a diocese that was once one of the greatest!  This church structure like many in the Springfield Diocese was altered to accomodate a completely different liturgy other than the one that it was built to serve.  If you’re from the Springfield Diocese, the like days of two of  Springfield’s finest, Monsignors Amos Giusti and James Suddes are returning! 

 By STEVEN SPEARIE, Correspondent


Posted Apr 26, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS – Early on a Saturday morning under the watchful gaze of archangels and the Gospel writers in a darkened church, a voice intones Hail Marys and Our Fathers with measured responses from a smattering across the church.

The Rev. Arnaud Devillers consecrates the host during a Latin Rite Mass at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The altar servers are John Bultmann, foreground, and Michael Lawless. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

The Rev. Arnaud Devillers consecrates the host during a Latin Rite Mass at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The altar servers are John Bultmann, foreground, and Michael Lawless. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

Worshipers cross themselves with holy water and gather missals while some women pluck mantillas – lace head scarves – from a box sitting on a radiator. Altar servers, dressed in black cassocks and white surplices, ready the altar, pausing to genuflect ramrod-straight each time they pass in front of the tabernacle.

At precisely 7 a.m., the lights burst on at Blessed Sacrament, the bells chime and the Rev. Arnaud Devillers, flanked by the servers, comes out and heads immediately to the back altar near the tabernacle. Kneeling, with his back toward the congregation, he begins: “In nomine Patris, et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.”

When Pope Benedict XVI issued an apostolic decree in July 2007 calling for wider implementation of the Traditional Latin Mass – also known as the Tridentine Mass or the Extraordinary Rite – he noted that it isn’t “a museum piece, but a living expression of Catholic worship.”

Largely hidden from Roman Catholics since the late 1960s as a result of Vatican II – a period of sweeping reforms in the Catholic church – the Latin Mass has slowly crept back onto the scene.

Not your everyday Mass

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Springfield has been the setting for weekly Latin Mass since Jan. 31; the Church of St. Rose of Lima Chapel in Quincy, where Devillers is chaplain, has offered Latin Masses since November.

Latin Masses in Springfield and Quincy have attracted moderately sized but fervent followings, ranging from those who preferred the pre-Vatican II rituals to those simply curious about the Mass. A 7 a.m. Saturday Mass recently drew about 50 people, where attendance has leveled off.

Since communion rails were removed from most Catholic churches, members of the congregation kneel in the front pew to receive the Eucharist. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

Since communion rails were removed from most Catholic churches, members of the congregation kneel in the front pew to receive the Eucharist. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

Like Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox rites, the priest mostly has his back to the congregation during the Latin Mass. Masses are punctuated with long silences and – unlike the Masses in English familiar to most area Catholics – an absence of congregational participation. Springfield’s Latin Mass has no music, while a full choir performs at Quincy’s weekly Mass.

Rosanne Wiatroliak, 48, of Springfield says she went to the Latin Mass at Blessed Sacrament “to see what I remembered (from my childhood.)

“I don’t remember being as separated from the Eucharistic celebration (as I did before),” she says. “I felt like a spectator this time around. It was harder to follow. I’ve gotten closer to understanding (the Latin) and following along. You really have to stay on your toes unless you’re fluent in it.”

“It’s a lot more contemplative,” says Jim Dodge, like Wiatroliak a Blessed Sacrament parishioner who lives in Springfield. The 41-year-old took some Latin in high school, but says he leans on a Latin-English missal to follow along.

An eye on the past

Under Pope Benedict’s personal decree, Summorum Pontificum, groups requesting the Latin Mass may approach a pastor who knows how to say one directly, bypassing the bishop.

While the rite has the enthusiastic support of Springfield Bishop George Lucas, it has created some controversy nationally, with some experts citing Pope Benedict’s aversion to modernism. There is speculation that it may pave the way for other conservative advances.

Devillers is a member of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a society founded with the endorsement of then-Pope John Paul II with the purpose of celebrating Mass “according to the traditional Roman Rite.”

Before that, Devillers was allied with excommunicated French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in the Society of St. Pius X. Lefebvre founded the society that opposes some of the modernizing reforms of Vatican II. But Devillers left that society in 1989, citing Lefebvre’s increasingly extremist views.

Lefebrve, who ordained Devillers, broke with the Vatican in 1988 when he illicitly consecrated four bishops, including Bishop Richard Williamson. Williamson has said the numbers of Jewish casualties in World War II were inflated. (Earlier this year, the Vatican lifted the ex-communications on all four bishops, though they are not in full communion with Rome.)

There is also the matter of practicality.

Few Springfield priests feel comfortable with the rite’s arcane rituals, or rubrics, with few having been trained in them.

The demand of other pastoral services, including Spanish-speaking Masses, may prevent already overworked priests from widely implementing the Latin Mass.

Bishop Lucas has periodically granted permission for Latin Masses. But they have been celebrated infrequently over the past decade in the Springfield diocese, which stretches from the Mississippi River towns of Quincy and Alton east to the Indiana border.

Devillers says Pope Benedict’s motivation in part was to reach out to conservative elements, such as the late Archbishop Lefebvre’s group, which still does not have normalized relations with Rome.

The misperception is that there is only “one rite,” or Mass in the local language, when there are in fact 22 “main rites,” Devillers says. More importantly, he adds, Vatican II never abolished the Latin Rite.

“What Pope Benedict is saying is if people are still interested in the Extraordinary Form, why not keep it?” Devillers says.

Liturgy expert Dennis Martin of Loyola University Chicago says the familiar Ordinary Rite, or Novus Ordo, was crafted by a liturgical commission after Vatican II. The idea, Martin says, was “a limited call for (liturgical) reform,” and Vatican II made no mention about totally eliminating the Latin Mass and replacing it with the locally spoken language.

A rare skill

Wearing his preferred long black cassock, Devillers says he has a two-pronged mission during his one-year trial run at Quincy: build the community at St. Rose of Lima Chapel and serve as a resource for priests from around the diocese who also might be interested in learning the Extraordinary Rite.

Devillers says a handful of priests – mostly younger ones – have approached him for instruction.

“The main difficulty is not the rubrics, it’s the Latin,” says Devillers, the former superior general of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

But adding Latin Masses – against the backdrop of overextended priests and other initiatives – is “always a concern,” Lucas admits, adding that it has to be judged “in terms of personnel and time.”

Even the Rev. David Hoefler, parochial administrator at Blessed Sacrament, says time hasn’t allowed him to follow through on Latin Mass instructions.

Blessed Sacrament did not add any Masses to accommodate the Latin Mass. The parish was already offering the Saturday morning service in English, so Devillers says Mass at a time when Catholics already were gathering to worship. Hoefler says for now the parish can’t add any more Masses, in Latin or English.

Diocesan personnel and others deny that the Latin Mass is dividing congregations or that groups are using their muscle to advance further causes.

“I hope that’s not the case (here),” says Rosanne Wiatroliak. “I don’t know and I can’t judge. It would be sad if someone used it that way.”

Devillers further denies that a sort of “ghetto Catholicism” is being built at St. Rose of Lima, which offers a wider range of Latin Masses and pre-Vatican II church. He points out that many people who come to the refurbished chapel – it is a former diocesan church but doesn’t have standing as a parish – belong to other parishes around Quincy, a largely Catholic town 115 miles west of Springfield.

“It’s the same faith, the same sacraments and the same sacrifice of the Mass,” Devillers says.

Jim Dodge says he doesn’t see any problem with the two forms of the Masses co-existing.

“To me, it’s the genius of the Catholic Church,” Dodge says. “It’s a ‘both and.’ It’s like the church’s view of celibacy and marriage. Both are positive goods.”

Steven Spearie can be reached at or 622-1788.

1570 – A new missal harmonizes prayers and rites at the Council of Trent
1962-65 – Second Vatican Council
1962 – Pope John XXIII promulgates a version of the Latin Mass
1969 – Pope Paul VI promulgates the Ordinary Rite, the English Mass, taking effect the next year.
1984 – The letter Quattuor Abhinc Annos empowers bishops to allow Latin Masses when requested.
2007 – Summorum Pontificum, or personal decree, issued by Pope Benedict XVI. Requests for the Latin Mass by “stable groups” should be honored locally.

* 7 a.m. Saturdays
* Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1725 S. Walnut St.

A special thanks to Father Arnaud Devillers for driving 114 miles from Quincy, IL to Springfield, IL on a regular basis.  Although your time and effort is much appreciated, your reward awaits you in the Kingdom to come! 

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”


VATICAN CITY, JAN. 25, 2009 ( 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