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3 prelates appeal to prayer:

"That Pope Francis may confirm the unchanging praxis of the Church with regard to the truth of the indissolubility of marriage"

Note: We were asked to promote the following text and prayer with you, our readers, and ask you and other media to please share it far and wide. It was written by Tomash Peta, Metropolitan Archbishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana; Jan Pawel Lenga, Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Karaganda; and Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana:

Following the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, in some particular churches there were published norms for its application and interpretations whereby the divorced who have attempted civil marriage with a new partner, notwithstanding the sacramental bond by which they are joined to their legitimate spouse, are admitted to the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist without fulfilling the duty, established by God, of ceasing to violate the bond of their existing sacramental marriage.

Cohabitation more uxorio with a person who is not one's legitimate spouse represents, at the same time, an offense to the Covenant of Salvation, of which sacramental marriage is a sign (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2384), and an offense to the nuptial character of the Eucharistic mystery itself. Pope Benedict XVI revealed such a correlation when he wrote: "The Eucharist inexhaustibly strengthens the indissoluble unity and love of every Christian marriage. By the power of the sacrament, the marriage bond is intrinsically linked to the Eucharistic unity of Christ the Bridegroom and his Bride, the Church (cf. Eph. 5:31-32)" (Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum caritatis, 27).

Pastors of the Church who tolerate or authorize, even in individual or exceptional cases,  the reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist by the divorced and so-called "remarried,” without their being clothed in the "wedding garment," despite the fact that God himself has prescribed it in Sacred Scripture (cf. Matt. 22:11 and 1 Cor. 11:28-29) as the necessary requirement for worthy participation in the nuptial Eucharistic supper, such pastors are complicit in this way with a continual offense against the sacramental bond of marriage, the nuptial bond between Christ and the Church and the nuptial bond between Christ and the individual soul who receives his Eucharistic Body.

Several particular Churches have issued or recommended pastoral guidelines with this or a similar formulation: "If then this choice [of living in continence] is difficult to practice for the stability of the couple, Amoris laetitia does not exclude the possibility of access to Penance and the Eucharist. That signifies something of an openness, as in the case where there is a moral certainty that the first marriage was null, but there are not the necessary proofs for demonstrating such in the judicial process. Therefore, there is no reason why the confessor, at a certain point, in his own conscience, after much prayer and reflection, should not assume the responsibility before God and the penitent asking that the sacraments be received in a discreet manner."

The previously mentioned pastoral guidelines contradict the universal tradition of the Catholic Church, which by means of an uninterrupted Petrine Ministry of the Sovereign Pontiffs has always been faithfully kept, without any shadow of doubt or of ambiguity, either in its doctrine or its praxis, in that which concerns the indissolubility of marriage.

The norms mentioned and pastoral guidelines contradict moreover in practice the following truths and doctrines that the Catholic Church has continually taught as being sure: 

Malta sinks

Cathedral of the Assumption, Gozo, Malta
In World War II, Malta was described as the 'unsinkable aircraft carrier'. Well, it has sunk now. The Bishops of Malta (both of them) have stated that anyone in an irregular union who feels 'at peace with God' should not be excluded from Holy Communion or from Sacramental Absolution: at least, that's what they seem to say. Readers can judge for themselves.

If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with “humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for God’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it” (AL 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351).


there are complex situations where the choice of living “as brothers and sisters” becomes humanly impossible and give rise to greater harm (see AL, note 329).

I wonder what would happen of a priest decided that an adulterer had not undertaken a process of discernment with the requisite humility? If he'd had humility, but not 'love for the Church'? Or maybe that his 'search for God's will' was not, as required, 'sincere'? Would Archbishop Scicluna congratulate such a priest for his pastoral sensitivity?

Saints of the Old Testament: Sts. Habacuc and Micheas, prophets

Even as the traditional Roman Martyrology yesterday commemorated the heavenly birthday of the prophet St. Malachias, so today the Martyrology again marks the holy deaths of two other Old Testament saints. Heading the list of this day's saints are St. Paul, the first hermit, followed by the abbot St. Maur, disciple of St. Benedict. Third in order for This Day, the Fifteenth of January, we read:

In Judaea, the holy prophets Habacuc and Michaeas, whose bodies were found by divine revelation in the days of Theodosius the Elder.

St. Ambachoum (Habacuc)

St. Augustine: "All Catholics know: Divorce is of the devil!"

At this time of immense doctrinal confusion on the indissolubility of the sacred bond of Holy Matrimony, confusion started and furthered by the uppermost echelon of the hierarchy, let us recall the words of the great Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine, in the readings for Matins of this Second Sunday after the Epiphany (unfortunately partly removed after the 1960/61 rubrical reform), whose Gospel is dedicated to the Wedding Feast of Cana:

Saints of the Old Testament: St. Malachias, prophet

With the conclusion of the Octave of the Epiphany of Our Lord yesterday, the Church now recalls a courageous defender of the doctrine of the Trinity, St. Hilary of Poitiers, and the martyr priest St. Felix of Nola. But third on the list of today's saints in the traditional Roman Martyrology is the heavenly birthday of an Old Testament saint, the holy prophet Malachias:

Vote in our new Poll: What is the true goal of Francis' 2018 "Youth and Vocation" Synod?

The Vatican today released the Pope's letter to "young people" on the 2018 Synod's preparatory document.

We make use of this occasion to ask you what the Pope and his courtly entourage are planning to use the Synod for: If two Synods for "Family" can be used to promote adultery and attack the indissolubility of marriage, what on earth can one expect from a Synod on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment"?

January 13: 470 years of the Decree on Justification of the Council of Trent - a Permanent Bulwark againt Protestant Heresy

The Cathedral of San Vigilio, in Trent, home of the
Sixth Session of the Council of Trent (1546-1547), in the morning of January 13, 2017

On this day, exactly 470 years ago, the August Fathers of the Sacrosanct Ecumenical Council of Trent, at the end of the sixth session, issued one of their most decisive and extensive documents, the Decree on Justification.

Justification, of course, had been the central issue of the Protestant heresies ravaging the Church in Europe since the malevolent actions of the renegade monk Martin Luther, thirty years earlier. After long debates, the Conciliar Fathers clarified all points and reaffirmed the unchangeable doctrine of the only Church of Christ on the Salvation of Souls.

The full text of the Decree is available here. The main points dealt with in the Decree can be summarized thus:

1. The Catholic Faith is the foundation of all Justification.

Motu Proprio under Threat: Traditionalists must make so much noise no one would dare touch Summorum Pontificum

Don't touch me - Noli me tangere
This from the latest blog post by Italian vaticanist Sandro Magister (along with Marco Tosatti, the top vaticanist in the current pontificate):

There are those who fear that after the demolition of “Liturgiam Authenticam,” the next objective, of this or another commission, will be the correction of “Summorum Pontificum,” the document with which Benedict XVI liberalized the celebration of the Mass in the ancient rite.

The time to agitate is now: Traditionalists around the world must make clear the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum (which was not an act of "mercy," but a mere recognition of justice and logic) cannot be touched.

Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Family - The Family under the shadow of Amoris Laetitia

Fr. Richard G. Cipolla

This is the first year that the feast of the Holy Family is being celebrated in the context and shadow of Pope Francis’  Apostolic Exhortation,  Amoris Laetitia, the Joy of Love.  The Feast of the Holy Family was added to the Church’s calendar in the first decade of the twentieth century.  To contemplate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is indeed a good thing to do within the celebration of the Christmas season.  The bond of love that existed within this totally unique family is an example for every family to emulate.  But, as I have preached about many times, to hold up the Holy Family as a model for the what we can call normal family, is not an easy thing to do.  And when we try to apply our own situation to that of the Holy Family without acknowledging that uniqueness, we are always disappointed.

The Chapel of the Madonna of Loreto at Malpensa Airport given to Muslims: A risky gesture of good-will

By Marco Tosatti

It is undoubtedly a gesture of good will, but it might also be a colossal mistake. We are talking about the initiative by Malpensa’s chaplain who decided to place the Chapel of Our Lady of Loreto at the disposition of Muslims for their prayers.

We read of the initiative here: (click here); it seems to be well-intentioned, but perhaps not very wise 

Let’s try to explain why.

Cardinal Napier vs. Francis: With Amoris Laetitia can even polygamists receive the Eucharist? The sixth dubium ...

By Marco Tosatti

During one of the two Synods on the Family, when the debate inside the Church on the question of Communion for the divorced and remarried was lively  as it is at present – an African cardinal let slip a cutting remark to a friend: “you in the west have successive polygamy, while in Africa we have  it contemporary”.  Meaning that the widespread custom of considering marriage not as a lifetime bond leads to a succession of relationships which the cardinal’s irony likened to polygamy.

Radicati Editorial: Why are you shocked with the current situation? They've already changed the MASS!

Editorial: Radicati nella fede, January 2017
Newsletter of the Catholic community of
Vocogno, Diocese of Novara, Italy

[A Vatican II Moment: "African Mass," celebrated in the Archdiocese of Brasilia, Brazil*]

We begin the new year, as always filled with expectations.

Along with these expectations we are also filled with fears, considering the rough waters of confusion we are now submerged in. Confusion, seeing as there is hardly anything left stable in the world and the situation is infinitely worse for us in the Church.

For the Record: Mexican Archbishop orders Last Gospel read in all Sunday Novus Ordo Masses

So, while the "Reform of the Reform" is dead for the universal Church, some particular churches (and no only parishes) may be moving ahead with bringing some elements of Roman Tradition to the new, and made-up artificial rite of Paul VI.

So it is with the Archbishop of Monterrey (Nuevo León state), in Mexico, Abp. Rogelio Cabrera López, who sent the following message to all his priests:

"Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum 2007-2017: 10 Years for Nothing?"

a report by Paix Liturgique

The year 2017 will mark the tenth anniversary of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum published on 7th of July 2007. This text, which was written by Benedict XVI and came into force on the 14th of September of the same year, reminded Catholics that the traditional missal had never been abrogated and gave, at least theoretically, a greater degree of freedom concerning the celebration of the ancient liturgy.


Guest Op-Ed - The festivals of the Church: The glories of the liturgical calendar

By Veronica A. Arntz

The glorious liturgical calendar reveals the heart of the Church. At the center of the Church’s life, we find profound festivity, for the liturgical year is comprised of many feasts in honor of our Lord, His Blessed Mother, and “the great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1, RSV). The liturgical year unites us more deeply with the Church, for through it, we enter into the ancient traditions of the Church, alongside the great communion of saints. At this beautiful time in the liturgical year, having just finished the Christmas Octave and as we approach the Feast of the Epiphany, it is fitting to reflect on what the festivity of the Church is, what it means for her members and how it influences man’s relationship with God.

Unconquered and Unconquerable

Mother and Teacher,
Beautiful beyond words,
Pure Bride,
Never vanquished,
Never conquered!
Our love is yours,
One, Holy, Catholic,
and Apostolic Church!

Field and Fountain, Moor and Mountain

They're coming!

Bishop Schneider: "I have asked Msgr. Fellay not to delay his acceptance any longer"

“The movement to restore the traditional Mass is the work of the Holy Spirit, and is unstoppable”

Our partners at Adelante La Fe (Rorate in Spanish) today published an exclusive interview with His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The answers he gives are very blunt and bold -- even for the great bishop. It's pretty clear even by just skimming his answers that he believes the time has come for the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). 


“There are many places where priests act more like Protestant ministers than Catholic priests”

“There are families that must travel more than 100 km (60 mi) so that they can go to a dignified Mass and hear sound doctrine”

“The faithful must ask the priests for kneelers so that they can kneel”

“We have a eucharistic-heart disease, and as long as we fail to heal it, the whole body will remain ill and will not produce fruit”

“In today’s climate, it’s a true miracle that we have vocations”

“Gender ideology is a depravity, a final form of Marxism”

“If they can, parents should withdraw their children from schools where they are taught gender ideology”

German Bishop: Communion for non-Catholics married to Catholics Possible

From the official website of the German Bishops' Conference:

Hope for shared Holy Communion for married couples

Rorate City and State Statistics for 2016: Top 10 cities, states, and countries

Thanks to all our readers for their interest during 2016, our best year yet!

We have two interesting lists of the 10 cities that sent us most visitors. First, an overall look:

Reminder: Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society

This is our monthly reminder to please enroll Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. We now stand at 78 priests saying weekly or monthly traditional Latin Masses for the Souls. We are grateful to our partners at Adelante La Fe (Rorate in Spanish) who added two new South American priests to the Society's roster this month!

** Click here to download a "fillable" PDF Mass Card to give to the loved ones of the Souls you enroll. It's free for anyone to use. **

Priests: The Souls still need more of you saying Mass for them! Please email me to offer your services. There's nothing special involved -- all you need to do is offer a weekly or monthly TLM with the intention: "For the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society." And we will always keep you completely anonymous unless you request otherwise. 

How to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well.

2017 - The prophetic mission of Fatima is not complete

In seven years you will return here to celebrate the centenary of the first visit made by the Lady “come from heaven”, the Teacher who introduced the little seers to a deep knowledge of the Love of the Blessed Trinity and led them to savour God himself as the most beautiful reality of human existence. This experience of grace made them fall in love with God in Jesus, so much so that Jacinta could cry out: “How much I delight in telling Jesus that I love him! When I tell him this often, I feel as if I have a fire in my breast, yet it does not burn me”. And Francisco could say: “What I liked most of all was seeing Our Lord in that light which Our Mother put into our hearts. I love God so much!” (Memoirs of Sister Lúcia, I, 42 and 126).

Plenary Indulgence reminders:
Te Deum on Dec. 31
Veni Creator on Jan. 1

§ 1. A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a church or in an oratory, are present [take part] in a recitation or solemn chant of: ...

Brazil: Statistics of a pastoral disaster

 By Marco Tosatti

Nine million Catholics have left the Church in two years

Statistics of a pastoral disaster in Brazil: a survey by Datafolha revealed that adults who declare themselves to be Catholic have gone from 60% in 2014 to 50% in December 2016.
This means that in two years about nine million people have decided to leave the Church.
A fact that is certainly disturbing; more so when you consider that for the first time in history a Pontiff who comes from Latin America sits on the throne of Peter.

Denzinger timeline of communion for adulterers in Church history and current pontificate

Nathan rebukes King David for his Adultery (Eugène Siberdt)

For the benefit of our readers, Mr. Andrew Guernsey has graciously shared with us his Denzinger-style research identifying the sources of Church teaching and perennial discipline, and exhaustively cataloguing the Bergoglian machinations, to allow communion for divorced and civilly “remarried” adulterers. In a nutshell, this is nearly every known utterance of the topic from the dawn of man, until our current, pathetic state of affairs.

The document starts with the Old Testament, then the New Testament, and then continues chronologically through the Fathers, popes, martyrs, councils and more upon which the Church bases its unchanging doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage and Her perennial mandate of excluding adulterers from Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Penance, except that they live in complete continence as brother and sister.

BECKET - "This is the sign of the Church always: The Sign of Blood."

KNIGHTS. Where is Becket, the traitor to the King?
Where is Becket, the meddling priest?
Come down Daniel to the lions' den,
Come down Daniel for the mark of the beast.

Saints of the Old Testament: St. David, king and prophet

"The Tree of Jesse"
St. David in a dream foresees his blessed offspring
From the frontispiece of the 15th century breviary of Philippe le Bon
MS 9511 - Royal Library of Belgium-Brussels

And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse,
and a flower shall rise up out of his root.
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:
the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding,
the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude,
the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness.
And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes,
nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears.
But he shall judge the poor in righteousness,
and shall reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins:
and faith the girdle of his reins . . .
In that day the root of Jesse, who standeth for an ensign of the people,
him shall the Gentiles beseech,
and his sepulchre shall be glorious.
(Isaias 11:1-10)

And one of the presbyters said to me: Weep not; behold, the lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
(Apocalypse 5:5)

Children: A new position paper

Girl Guides at the Chartres Pilgrimage in France.
Today, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, I am publishing the latest Position Paper from the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce, on Children and the Extraordinary Form.

Saints of the Old Testament: The Holy Innocents of Bethlehem, martyrs

Triumph of the Innocents
William Holman Hunt, 1883-4

Today, the 4th day of Christmas, the Church celebrates the heavenly birthday of the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem, whom wicked King Herod, seeking to destroy the long-awaited Messiah, slew in the first or second year of the Christian Era.  

De Mattei - The Pope and Malta: A bogus commissioning

Robert de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana 
December 24, 2016

Has the Pope appointed an external commissioner to the Order of Malta? Pope Francis undeniably likes the strategy of appointing external commissioners as he has already adopted this draconian measure against two religious communities considered too “traditional”: the Franciscans of the Immaculate and the religious of the Incarnate Word.  Further, it is not by chance that the announcement of a commission to “gather suitable elements to inform the Holy See thoroughly and swiftly with regard to the matter which has recently involved the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, Mr. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager”, was given by the Vatican Press Office on December 22nd, precisely while Pope Bergoglio was transforming his traditional Christmas greetings to the Curia into a bitter chiding against those who are resistant to his project of radical change in the Church, with implicit reference to Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Patron of the Order of Malta. However, in this case, the appointing of an external commissioner is not at all possible.

Guest Op-Ed: "The Upcoming Burke-Bergoglio Battle over the Knights of Malta"

A special Christmas guest Op-Ed, by Rev. Father "Ignotus".

(Oh, and a very blessed Christmas to all our readers and their families!!!)


The Upcoming Burke-Bergoglio
 Battle over the Knights of Malta

by Pater Ignotus

It is no secret that Pope Francis’s removal of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke from the tribunal of the Apostolic Signature and his installation as “Patron” of the Knights of Malta was intended to consign the trad-friendly Ur-canonist to an ecclesiastical backwater. No “promoveatur,” just “amoveatur,” and don’t let the door slam on your cappa magna on your way out.

How much trouble, Bergoglio and his entourage probably figured, could Burke possibly cause heading a charitable organization that now specializes in disaster relief?

Well plenty, it seems. Rorate readers are well aware of the cardinal’s strenuous efforts to defend the traditional Catholic teachings on marriage and the reception of the sacraments, especially in the affair of the “dubia,” which has yet to play out completely.

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Come, o come, Emmanuel...

It's almost time!...

O Emmanuel! King of peace! Thou enterest today the city of Thy predilection, the city in which Thou hast placed Thy temple—Jerusalem. A few years hence the same city will give Thee Thy cross and Thy sepulchre: nay, the day will come on which Thou wilt set up Thy judgement-seat within sight of her walls. But to-day Thou enterest the city of David and Solomon unnoticed and unknown. It lies on Thy road to Bethlehem.

It's the most wonderful time of the year -- for many souls in Purgatory

It's been a long-held popular belief that Christmas is the day when the most souls are released from Purgatory. 

Please send the names of your deceased loved ones before Christmas Day. As long as they're in our inbox they're enrolled in the Society. Get them in just in time for Christmas then consider making your Christmas Mass offertory intention for all the souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society.

How to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well.

Priests: Want to give Jesus a birthday present? Why not join the Purgatorial Society and give Him the gift of more saints to be with Him in Heaven? This is not hard. All it takes is to pledge one TLM a week or a month with the intention "For the relief of the souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society." That's it. Give our Lord a wonderful gift this year, Fathers!

Wall Street Journal: "How Pope Francis Became the Leader of the Global Left"

Robespierre - Marx & Engels - Lassalle - Liebknecht - Lenin - Trostsky - Stalin - Mao - Fidel - Hoxha - Pol Pot - Chavez...

...Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Another Day, More Muslim-inspired Tragedies

Nine dead, dozens injured in the Berlin Christmas Market: may they rest in peace.

In the Turkish capital, the Russian ambassador is slaughtered under the cry of, "Allah is great."

Each day, the Muslim brutality increases in intensity and shock -- and an emasculated Western media becomes increasingly afraid of identifying the culprit. The culprit is Islam. There is no other. The religion of the scimitar, of violence, of murder, of sexual perversion will always be Islam.

May the sweetness of the coming Baby Jesus convert the hearts of Muslims and secularists alike, so they can one day recognize that Jesus Christ is the Lord, and that only He is able to make all things new.

Our 11th Anniversary Gift:
- Full text of "THE NEW RELIGION", by Don Pietro Leone

We first published the first excerpts of Don Pietro Leone's booklet "THE NEW RELIGION".

Now, on the date of our 11th Anniversary, RORATE SUNDAY, we present the full text of the booklet to our readers as a gift.

Thank you for your support and readership all these years -- and Happy Rorate Sunday!


     Now the content of Faith is immutable and infallible, and, as the First Vatican Council teaches, can develop through the centuries only in the clarity and profundity of its expression. In recent years, however, we have observed how doctrines have been insinuated into the Magisterium which constitute neither a clarification nor a deeper understanding of the Faith, but rather new doctrines: heretical in character, either actually or tendentially, according to the deadly agenda of Modernism. 
    What we would like to ask now with regard to these doctrines, is whether they represent mere distortions or falsifications of the respective articles of Faith, or whether, together with the New Rite of Mass, the New Rites of all the sacraments, the New Code of Canon Law, the New Breviary, the New Catechism, the New Evangelization, the new morality and spirituality lived and preached by the clergy, the new relaxed Church discipline (in the rules of the religious orders and the dress of the clergy) they form as a whole a New Religion altogether.  
    In our discussion of the new marital teaching of the Church's Magisterium in our work 'Family under Attack' we offered an answer to this question in terms of Gnosis. The aim of the present essay is to expound that answer in further detail. The essay falls into the following parts:
   I Gnosis at the Beginning of Time;
   II Gnosis in the Perverted Càbala;
   III Gnosis as the New Religion.
   Postscript on Gnosis in the World of To-day.
    I wish to thank Francesca Romana for her kindness and tireless efforts in translating this essay.


De Mattei - The 80th Birthday of Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ eighty years

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana 
(originally for IL TEMPO, 16th December 2016)

Pope Francis crosses the threshold of 80 years: Ingravescentem aetatem (advanced age), as Paul VI’s motu proprio of November 21st 1970 defines it, which imposes every cardinal to abandon all of their duties, expropriating them also of the right to go into conclave. Paul VI established the rule to create a new “Montinian” curia, but in doing so introduced a profound contradiction inside the more than thousand year praxis of the Church. If in fact advanced age is an obstacle for the head of a diocese or ministry, and even hinders a cardinal from electing a Pope, how can one imagine, that, a cardinal becoming Pope and then reaching the age of 80 can sustain the burden of leading the universal Church? 

Prepare ye the way of your funeral

Last week a traditional Latin Requiem High Mass was offered for the funeral of an archdiocesan priest who enjoyed celebrating the TLM in his healthier years. It almost did not happen, as the local ordinary insisted on a novus ordo funeral.  Thankfully, the deceased priest made preparations for the day, and his attorney stepped in to amplify the late priest's desire, including having the funeral elsewhere if necessary.  The archbishop (known as one of the more conservative prelates in the U.S.) dropped his case and attended the TLM Requiem Mass, offered by another archdiocesan priest.
A traditional funeral at an FSSP parish in 2014.
This incident, along with sad examples that could be given (a traditional priest cremated, "On Eagles Wings" performed at white vestment novus ordo funerals for traditional-leaning Catholics, etc.) illustrate the importance of planning ahead for your funeral and burial. Sometimes one's family will opt for the quickest, cheapest and easiest funeral, and the local parish will likely oblige. So, as we enter the homestretch of this Advent season, it should be a time of preparation -- including for such matters as this.

De Mattei: The irrevocable duties of Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
December 14, 2016

In his intervention at the Lepanto Foundation on December 5, 2016, Cardinal Raymond Burke said: “There is a very heavy burden on a cardinal’s shoulders. We are the Pope’s Senate and his primary counsellors and must, above all, serve the Pope, by telling him the truth. Submitting questions, as we have done to the Pope, is in the Church’s tradition, specifically to  avoid divisions and confusion. We did this with the highest respect for the Petrine Office, without lacking reverence to the person of the Pope. There are many questions, but the five main questions we have posed must, of necessity, have a response for the salvation of souls. We pray every day for a response, faithful to Tradition, in the uninterrupted apostolic line that takes us back to Our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

You suggest: Devotion to the Infant King, and rebuilding His Shrine in Chicago

The following was given to us by the ICR's Shrine of Christ the King:

Veni Veni, Emmanuel!

Join us, the Institute's Shrine of Christ the King, this Holy Advent season as we embark on a powerful and spiritual pilgrimage to Bethlehem through the deeply rooted Christmas novena to the Infant King. As we prepare for the coming of Our Savior, let us meditate upon His Holy birth, God’s giving of His Only Son, and how we can pay homage and adoration to our Earthly and Heavenly King. 

Now that the historic Infant King statue has been newly restored after last year’s devastating fire and has returned to His home in Chicago, please joyfully and spiritually join the Shrine of Christ the King by participating in the monthly novena to the Infant King from December 17th to December 25th. Through appreciative and jubilant prayers, help us rebuild and restore a glorious home for the Infant King! The Christ Child has promised us, “The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you.”   

Saints of the Old Testament: Sts. Ananias, Azarias and Misael

While the Church Universal today commemorates the heavenly birthday of St. Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop and martyr, she also recalls the exemplary holiness of three Old Testament saints, whose names are enrolled in the traditional Roman Martyrology immediately following that of St. Eusebius:

This Day, the Sixteenth Day of December

St. Eusebius, bishop of Vercelli and martyr, mentioned on the 1st of August, and also on the 15th of this month. 

The young men, Ananias, Azarias and Misael, whose bodies were buried in a cavern at Babylon.

Charges dropped against Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate

Translation exclusive to Rorate Caeli.
By Marco Tosatti

The charges against Father Stefano Manelli, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have been dropped. After about a year of investigations, the Deputy State Prosecutor at the Court of Avellino, Doctor A. Del Bene, has asked for the closing of the proceedings against the religious, whose Order is still under commissioning without a valid reason having ever been given by the Congregation for Religious. 

Adultery and Communion: The Church is not a "train"

Professional liberal sycophant Austen Ivereigh penned an article for the Knights of Columbus' website "Crux", criticizing those who know that the Church cannot change her doctrine established by Our Lord Jesus Christ on Marriage, Penance, and Eucharistic Communion. In the article, he makes repeated use of this metaphor:

"...the train has left the station, the Church is moving on..."

That, of course, is a ludicrous metaphor which makes no sense whatsoever. 

Guest Op-Ed - Moral Catechesis and the Divine Pedagogy: Avoiding Gradualness of the Law

By Veronica A. Arntz

When the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14, RSV), everything in the world changed and took on a new meaning. Our Lord, the God of Israel, took on human flesh and became one of us. Our God loved us so much that He did not disdain the repulsiveness of human nature, and even more, He willingly suffered the most gruesome punishment of crucifixion for our sake. In a way, we can say that God condescended to our level when He took on flesh. As St. Paul aptly summarizes in the letter to the Hebrews, “But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9). Although He is now crowned in glory in Heaven, Christ condescended to our level in order to bring us salvation. 

The spirit of the liturgy in the words and actions of Our Lady

On Saturday, November 12, I delivered the plenary address at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Traditional Mass Society/Una Voce Canada. The event was located at Holy Family Parish, an apostolate of the Fraternity of St. Peter. The text of my lecture is reproduced in full below, with notes at the end. All paintings are by James Tissot (1836-1902). Those who would like to listen to the audio (including Q&A) will find it here.

The Spirit of the Liturgy in the Words and Actions of Our Lady

Peter A. Kwasniewski 

Reverend Fathers and friends in Christ: I thank all of you for coming this evening to hear my lecture, which I dedicate to Our Lady of Victories and to our saint of today, Pope St. Martin I. Rather than compromise one bit with error (as Pope Honorius had shamefully done about 15 years earlier), St. Martin energetically opposed the Monothelite heresy, on account of which he was abducted by command of the Byzantine emperor, exiled, imprisoned, and banished. Having died of exhaustion, he is revered as a martyr by both Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox. He exemplifies how a pope is supposed to behave towards heresies, regardless of threats or punishments from the mighty of this world.

2017 Norcia Calendar Available for Free Download

The monks of Norcia, who are such a beacon of hope in the Catholic world and who have been through so much suffering in the past half-year, are valiantly re-establishing their monastic life on top of a hill overlooking the town. This year, due to the upheavals, they are not publishing their wall calendar in a paper version, but they have still created a beautiful calendar that is available for free download here.