Italian Bishops and Cardinals were the origin and moving force behind Traditionis Custodes (an Interview with Fr. Claude Barthe)
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Friday, July 30, 2021
UPDATE: GoFundMe page now available to Support our TLM parish as we restore, repair and repaint our church ceiling and interior plaster
We are undertaking a large project to restore our church. Our 100-year-old plaster and lathe ceiling was cracking and deteriorating as the keys and lugs through large sections had broken over time. The ceiling was in danger of falling.
We are restoring the ceiling to preserve it and also repairing and painting deteriorated plaster throughout the church interior.
The project will cost $243,000 and we have raised about 10% of the total cost so far.
Please consider supporting our parish, one of only two in the Archdiocese of Washington which offer traditional Mass daily and sacraments in the traditional Latin rite.
You can donate by sending a check made out to Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church and mailing to us at PO Box 306, Benedict, Maryland 20612.
We have a GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/s-francis-de-sales-church-restoration?qid=a6cdd96da270557b126d2210e9016909
You can also use a credit card at our web site. Please note that a percentage of your donation will be applied toward applicable fees. You can do so at this link: https://www.stfrancisbenedict.org/donations/
Thank you for your kind consideration and for the generosity of your prayers for the successful completion of the project. We hope to be back in the church for holy Mass to honor Our Lady of Fatima on October 13th. Please join us in praying through the intercession of our patron, Saint Francis de Sales.
Wood straps are fastened to the underside of the plaster and lathing to prepare for applying the compound which will recapture and reattach the plaster to the lathing.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Traditionis custodes: “it was the uncontainable success among the people—and in particular among young people—that the Mass of all time found after Benedict XVI’s motu proprio that was the triggering factor for this hatred,”
Traditionis Custodesas a Hermeneutic of EnvyANNE HENDERSHOTT
While there have been some notable attempts to help us understand the rationale behind the most recent motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes, the published reflection on the document by Italian Professor Massimo Viglione stands out because it is the only one that recognizes the sin of envy that is driving this latest papal attempt to destroy the Traditional Latin Mass.
Describing the Latin Mass as “the Holy Mass of all time,” Professor Viglione’s article points to the bitterness that is driving progressive bishops who have been facing declining dioceses and parish closures to try and enlist the pope’s help to stop the exodus of faithful Catholics fleeing their meager offerings in search of a meaningful Mass. Concluding that “it was the uncontainable success among the people—and in particular among young people—that the Mass of all time found after Benedict XVI’s motu proprio that was the triggering factor for this hatred,” Professor Viglione reminds us that we are witnessing “the hermeneutic of Cain’s envy against Abel.”
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
St. Athanasius relates that the devils, on being asked what verse in the whole Scripture they feared most, they replied, ‘That Psalm which begins: Then they are compelled to take flight.”
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
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Sunday, July 25, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
“Traditionis Custodes does not abrogate the 1962 Missal (otherwise it could not allow it to be said in certain circumstances).“
From the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales
Dear friends of Duc in altum, Massimo Viglione has written this article after the publication of Traditionis Custodes. It is one of the most complete and lucid analyses that we have read commenting on the papal provision against the Mass of all time. In addition to a comprehensive analysis (in which the liturgical problem is joined to that of the imposition of the New World Order), I would like to draw your attention to his reflection on the question of obedience.
Friday, July 23, 2021
ICEL official Monsignor Wadsworth notes difficulties for future public ministry if he no longer is permitted to offer the TLM
“A week ago, on this day, and at this hour, an atomic bomb fell on the Church. I have felt physically unwell for most of the time since then - a visceral reaction to this wound that has been inflicted on us.
“A priest is never more so than when he stands at the altar and offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and for the past thirty-one years since my ordination that experience for me has been overwhelmingly enlightened by the Church’s ancient liturgical forms. To be told that this is undesirable, or that the provision of this liturgy is a remedial concession for those who are yet to find their way to the true Roman Rite is both crass and cruel.
“In addition to the importance of the liturgical character of my almost sixty years in the Church, my academic and scholarly contribution has majorly been in the realm of the translation of Latin liturgical texts, a task which I would never been able to undertake without the formation, and continual sustainance of the older forms of the liturgy.
“Suddenly, all this is called into question, and I find myself somewhat like a person under a death sentence, awaiting news of when his sentence will be carried out. Both the diocese of my incardination and the diocese of my current residence and work are yet to concede what recent legislation suggests is the necessary permission for what former legislation had established as an indisputed right.
“Please pray for me, and the many like me, whose continuation in the active ministry of the priesthood has now been rendered contingent upon these decisions. We wish to continue to serve the Church we love, nourished and sustained by that liturgy which of its nature must be ever old, ever new.”
- Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth
Monsignor Wadsworth is a priest of the Oratorian community at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church in Washington and is executive director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL)
Father Murray and Robert Royal on the new motu proprio: TC is a “prudential” decision with which Catholics may, without jeopardizing Catholicity, disagree.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Cardinal Burke: “The fullness of power (plenitudo potestatis) of the Roman Pontiff is the power necessary to defend and promote the doctrine and discipline of the Church. It is not “absolute power” which would include the power to change doctrine or to eradicate a liturgical discipline which has been alive in the Church since the time of Pope Gregory the Great and even earlier.”
Cardinal Raymond L. Burke's Masterful "Statement on the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes"
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