30 June 2007
With a few paragraphs for context, and urging you to read the entire letter for full context, the passage below, especially the last paragraph, seems to speak not only to this but to other situations:
Moreover, faced with certain problems that have emerged in various diocesan communities during recent years, I feel it incumbent upon me to recall the canonical norm according to which every cleric must be incardinated in a particular Church or in an Institute of consecrated life and must exercise his own ministry in communion with the diocesan Bishop. Only for good reasons may a cleric exercise his ministry in another diocese, but always with the prior agreement of the two diocesan Bishops, that is, the Ordinary of the particular Church in which he is incardinated and the Ordinary of the particular Church for whose service he is destined.47
In not a few situations, then, you have faced the problem of concelebration of the Eucharist. In this regard, I remind you that this presupposes, as conditions, profession of the same faith and hierarchical communion with the Pope and with the universal Church. Therefore it is licit to concelebrate with Bishops and with priests who are in communion with the Pope, even if they are recognized by the civil authorities and maintain a relationship with entities desired by the State and extraneous to the structure of the Church, provided – as was said earlier (cf. section 7 above, paragraph 8) – that this recognition and this relationship do not entail the denial of unrenounceable principles of the faith and of ecclesiastical communion.
The lay faithful too, who are animated by a sincere love for Christ and for the Church, must not hesitate to participate in the Eucharist celebrated by Bishops and by priests who are in full communion with the Successor of Peter and are recognized by the civil authorities. The same applies for all the other sacraments.
Concerning Bishops whose consecrations took place without the pontifical mandate yet respecting the Catholic rite of episcopal ordination, the resulting problems must always be resolved in the light of the principles of Catholic doctrine. Their ordination – as I have already said (cf. section 8 above, paragraph 12) – is illegitimate but valid, just as priestly ordinations conferred by them are valid, and sacraments administered by such Bishops and priests are likewise valid. Therefore the faithful, taking this into account, where the eucharistic celebration and the other sacraments are concerned, must, within the limits of the possible, seek Bishops and priests who are in communion with the Pope: nevertheless, where this cannot be achieved without grave inconvenience, they may, for the sake of their spiritual good, turn also to those who are not in communion with the Pope.
29 June 2007
So long. And thanks. You'll be missed.
1. Cardinal Bertone, Secretary of State
2. Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
3. Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei
4. Cardinal Ruini, Cardinal Vicar of Rome
5. Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference
6. Cardinal Ricard, Archbishop of Bordeaux, President of the French Episcopal Conference
7. Cardinal Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon
8. Cardinal Lehmann, Bishop of Mainz, President of the German Episcopal Conference
England and Wales
9. Cardinal Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
10. Kurt Koch, Bishop of Basel, President of the Swiss Episcopal Conference
11. Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston
12. Raymond Burke, Archbishop of Saint Louis
13. Basile Mvé Engone, Archbishop of Libreville, President of the Episcopal Conference of Gabon
14. Cardinal Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
15. Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
In addition to Archbishop Burke, Archbishop Engone of Libreville, Gabon, was present. The ICRSP has a strong missionary presence there and I believe was first incardinated (someone who knows, tell me if this is the right term) there.
Is it too much to hope that our beloved Archbishop might be made a Cardinal without being moved in order to bring this about? Not that he wouldn't look good (eventually) in white...
28 June 2007
Benedict discussed the decision with top officials in a meeting on Wednesday and the document will be published in the next few days, the statement said. The meeting was called to "illustrate the content and the spirit" of the document, which will be sent to all bishops accompanied by a personal letter from the pope.
"I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it," then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said. "It's impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that."
27 June 2007
Vatican (kath.net/DieWelt/closedcafeteria.blogspot)--Die Welt report that the motu proprio liberating the Tridentine Mass for the entire Catholic Church has been given to about 30 bishops from all over the world in the Sala Bologna of the Apostolic Palace by Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone.
The bishops had been invited to Rome for that purpose. At the end of the meeting, in which the motu proprio was introduced together with a letter of explanation by Pope Benedict XVI., Pope Benedict met with the bishops. The document is about three pages long, the accompanying letter about four. From Germany, Cardinal Lehmann had been invited. The circumstances of the procedure make clear that the Pope was very interested to personally inform the bishops, in collegial manner, of the content rather than from the media. The publication of both documents will take place on July 7th. It emphasizes the unity of the Roman Rite which will consist of an ordinary and an extraordinary form which are supposed to inspire each other. The ordinary/regular form will continue to be the new rite of 1969. The extraordinary form will be the Missal of Bl. John XXIII. of 1962.
26 June 2007
Pope Benedict XVI desires that the manner of electing a Pope in a conclave will return to an earlier form. John Paul II had changed the legislation to permit "simple election". Under the legislation of Pope John Paul II, if there were a certain number of ballots, which required a 2/3 majority for an election, that did not in fact produce an election, it was then possible to pass to an election by a simple majority. Benedict XVI has abolished this and returned to the earlier form. Now it will require 2/3 majority of electors no matter how many ballots it takes.
So, if the Cardinals become deadlocked and cannot get an election, they are to have a day of prayer and dialogue. After that, the two Cardinals at the top of the last balloting may not vote but the number required for a valid election will continue to be 2/3 majority rather than the simple majority established by John Paul II in 1996.
25 June 2007
24 June 2007
Great News! The Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest has made available on DVD the majestic ordination Mass in the traditional rite. This Mass was celebrated by His Grace, Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of St. Louis on June 15, 2007, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
From the Institute's Press Release:
"...After more than forty years, young men were again ordained through that ancient liturgy whose history can be traced to over 1,500 years. Before a congregation of 1,200, two deacons of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest received that day from the hands of Archbishop Raymond L. Burke the orders of holy priesthood.
[ICRSP seminarians and clergy] provided an exquisitely refined rendition of Gregorian chant, expertly sung in the style of the monks of Solemnes.
In the pews the congregation gathered from all parts of the country, from Arizona and California to New York and Florida-- young families with many children being particularly prominent.
The four-hour duration of the entrancingly beautiful ceremony was hardly perceived by those in attendance, transported, as they felt, into the 'timelessness of Heaven'. Videos of the ceremony can be ordered at www.institute-christ-king.org, or by calling 773-363-7409."
They are right about the four hours not being a problem. It was a stunningly beautiful Mass in all respects. And as a final incentive, the Institute has published many more images of day's events here.
Written from the point of view of the lay Catholic faithful, it is a wonderful book to give your friends and family to explain why the traditional Mass is the key to restoring the faith, and to persuade them to look into it. If you haven't read it already, I urge you to do so. Don't let the title fool you, it is an extremely interesting read, and hard to put down.
23 June 2007
22 June 2007
The Archdiocese of St. Louis lies securely cradled in the heart of Jesus with the June 17 consecration of the local Church to his Most Sacred Heart.
21 June 2007
First of all, I want to thank those of you who visit here regularly; I'm grateful, and not a little mystified, that you find things worthwhile to read or comment on here. And, also, I want to thank those who are new visitors, or who stop by on the odd occasion.
The recent ordinations in St. Louis have brought many new readers to the site, and I hope they become regulars, too.
But increased exposure can also bring problems. There was a recent post where a few commenters left false and otherwise rude comments, and I was forced to turn on the comment moderation. As I commented in that post, calumny will not be tolerated here. This doesn't mean that some things in the Church's affairs are not open to legitimate criticism-- some are, and they are fair game. What this does mean is that you are still free to leave comments (and I welcome them!) but they will be reviewed by me first before showing up on the blog.
I trust this will be a temporary situation and I apologize for the short delay you may experience before seeing your comments. I will do my best to be prompt. After a little while, hopefully the malcontents will find some other wall to graffiti and leave this blog to Catholic adults of good faith.
As I state on the right hand side of the blog, this site is entirely dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, and I know she will resolve the situation.
V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
20 June 2007
Follow the link from NLM, or link here.
And an explanation, to the many readers who have asked about the abbreviations used for the Institute--
19 June 2007
From the post:
Bishop Trautman, of Erie, chairman of the Committee on the Liturgy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, asks in the Jesuit weekly America:
Why have the new translations become so problematic, so non-pastoral? What is the basic difficulty?
May we venture a guess? We call to the stand Dom Prosper Guéranger:
Since the liturgical reform had for one of its principal aims the abolition of actions and formulas of mystical signification, it is a logical consequence that its authors had to vindicate the use of the vernacular in divine worship.
This is in the eyes of sectarians a most important item. 'Worship is no secret matter.' 'The people,' they say, 'must understand what they sing.'
Hatred for the Latin language is inborn in the hearts of all the enemies of Rome. They recognize it as the bond among Catholics throughout the universe, as the arsenal of orthodoxy against all the subtleties of the sectarian spirit. ...
The spirit of rebellion which drives them to confide the universal prayer to the language of each people, of each province, of each century, has for the rest produced its fruits, and the reformed themselves constantly perceive that the Catholic people, in spite of their Latin prayers, relish better and accomplish with more zeal the duties of the cult than most of the Protestant people. At every hour of the day, divine worship takes place in Catholic churches. The faithful Catholic who attends leaves his mother tongue at the door. Apart form the sermons, he hears nothing but mysterious words which, even so, are not heard in the most solemn moment of the Canon of the Mass. Nevertheless, this mystery charms him in such a way that he is not jealous of the lot of the Protestant, even though the ear of the latter doesn’t hear a single sound without perceiving its meaning. ...
We must admit it is a master blow of Protestantism to have declared war on the sacred language. If it should ever succeed in ever destroying it, it would be well on the way to victory. Exposed to profane gaze, like a virgin who has been violated, from that moment on the Liturgy has lost much of its sacred character, and very soon people find that it is not worthwhile putting aside one’s work or pleasure in order to go and listen to what is being spoken in the way one speaks on the town square. ...
The Anti-Liturgical Heresy(L'Hérésie Anti-Liturgiste, an excerpt of the Institutions Liturgiques, v. 1)
The Institutions Liturgiques, v. 1, were first published in 1840; Chapter 3 of Volume 2 of the same work includes a thorough presentation of the issue of liturgical language.
18 June 2007
Pray for all priests and seminarians, and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
16 June 2007
Catholics who love the Church's timeless liturgy and timeless teachings wait anxiously, yet hopefully, for the release of the Motu Proprio confirming the rights of Priests and Faithful alike to the Traditional Mass and Sacraments.
Meanwhile, this weekend in St. Louis, there took place an event that highlights what is at stake in this Motu Proprio, and exemplifies the spiritual and practical benefits of the restoration of the traditional Mass to the Catholic Church.
We in St. Louis are extremely blessed to have available to the faithful of the Archdiocese the traditional Mass, Sacraments, devotions, spiritual guidance and a total Catholic community and culture in one place.
These centers of spiritual life were once common, and were called "parishes". What exists at St. Francis de Sales Oratory is simply a good Catholic parish. The fact that the beauty, truth and sanctity found there happens to exist in conjunction with the traditional Sacramental forms is not an accident.
The Catholic who belongs to the Oratory can expect to assist at Masses celebrated according to their prescribed rubrics, with dignity, mystery and with the end of offering fitting worship to God in the propitiatory Sacrifice of Calvary. He can expect to have priests who strive to live the call to holiness-- who are available to him for spiritual direction, absolution of sins, and most importantly to administer the Sacraments, which are the lifeblood of the Church.
The local bishop, in this case His Grace, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, is unwavering in his support for the mission of the Oratory. The Oratory is unwaveringly loyal to him. It is as it should be. Souls are saved. The lost are found.
It seems as if the ordinations of Fr. Talarico and Fr. Avis of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest by His Grace yesterday, and the surrounding liturgical and community celebrations at the Oratory, are both the culmination and the genesis of the traditional Catholic "Parish" in the postconciliar or, at least, post-Ecclesia Dei era. You may have read in other places about the events, and have seen the images. Many people have expressed their amazement, their emotion, and most of all their gratitude for this event.
But there is no reason that this Oratory, this "parish", need to be a rarity. This is where the Motu Proprio comes in.
The Institute of Christ the King and many other traditional societies are the vanguard of restoration. But every Catholic has a right to this. Every Catholic has a right to the Truth-- the Truth Who is after all, a Person. They have a right to worship Him fittingly. To give Him their best. They have a right to sound doctrine, sound teaching, and a solid Catholic community in which to raise their children, and to prepare themselves for eternity.
There are those who maintain that no Motu Proprio is needed for these things to occur. What may be true intellectually does not always translate into experience. This Motu Proprio is necessary to achieve practical progress towards the renewal of the Church. The real availability of the traditional Mass will ensure this. The novus ordo as it is experienced by the typical Catholic cannot stand the comparison. It will either be reformed itself, or fall into disuse.
The demographics of the situation are well-known. Where tradition thrives, the Church thrives. Look at the average ages, the average family size, for instance. There are other indicators more subjective, too.
So I for one will celebrate when the Motu Proprio is published, even though it won't change anything for me. As I sat in the Cathedral on Friday, I prayed for all of my fellow Catholics for whom such an occasion is still just a dream. I pray the Motu Proprio will be that proverbial first step to a holy and revitalized Catholic Church.
Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, Miserere Nobis!
15 June 2007
The Ordination Mass was magnificent. I can only thank God I was there. The Mass lasted about four hours, but believe it or not, I didn't mind a bit.
The Cathedral was packed-- there were between 1,100 to 1,200 people in attendance. Archbishop Burke ordained Fr. Avis and Fr. Talarico. Two other bishops were also present, Bishop Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago.
The Archbishop processed in with members of the Institute wearing the cappa magna. After praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and vesting for Mass, the main procession began.
Monsignors Wach and Schmitz, above; His Grace, below.
"Let those to be ordained come forth", above; imposition of hands, below.
First blessing, to His Grace.
Kissing the hands of Fr. Talarico, above; Fr. Avis blesses the faithful, below.
I thank everyone who attended and all those who helped bring this day about. We are so blessed in St. Louis; hopefully better days for tradition are coming to all.
What better day than the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to experience the glory of the traditional rite of ordination?
I almost forgot! I had a sighting yesterday of that often talked of, but rarely seen, ad orientem novus ordo Mass! The daily noon Mass at the Cathedral was celebrated by Fr. Thomas Keller, a priest of the Archdiocese who is a friend to the Oratory. Well, the Ordination Mass was already set up, so the parishioners got a treat. Some looked puzzled, but it was edifying to experience. I took one picture to prove it happened.
14 June 2007
I just wanted to post a few photos, for two reasons: 1) to give you a flavor of the evening, and 2) to lower the quality standards of blogger photography.
Monsignor Wach during the investiture ceremony.
Old Latin Mass Makes a Comeback
By Tim Townsend
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Melinda Scanga (left), of Jefferson County, prays during Latin mass at St. Francis De Sales Oratory. (Dawn Majors /P-D)
The church's windows are broken, its beige bricks are sooty, its paint is chipped. The 300-foot steeple, a hallmark of the St. Louis skyline, is pulling away from its foundation. One day it could tumble into traffic on Gravois Avenue.
St. Francis de Sales church, often called the Cathedral of South St. Louis, is an ideal home for a group of Roman Catholic priests devoted to restoration. But restoring this 19th-century neo-Gothic church to its former glory is only one reason St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke assigned the priests to oversee St. Francis de Sales.
The real mission of the group, called the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, is the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass.
The 1,600-year-old Mass isn't used much today, but it's making a comeback.
That effort will get a boost Friday when Burke — one of the most devoted supporters of the old Latin rite among U.S. bishops — will ordain two deacons of the Institute at the Cathedral Basilica. Burke has ordained members several times in Italy, where the institute is based outside Florence. But Friday will mark the first time members of the 17-year-old institute will be ordained in the United States and the first time the traditional Latin liturgy will be used in an ordination here in more than 40 years.
Most of the world's 1 billion Catholics are familiar with the celebration of Mass in their own languages. The traditional Latin Mass, also referred to as the Tridentine Mass, Classical Latin Mass, Old Rite, Classical Roman Rite or Mass of Ages, was largely set aside by the church in the 1960s when the Second Vatican Council approved changes in the liturgy.
The Latin Mass is thick with pageantry, solemnity and symbolism and is often referred to as "smells and bells" for its generous use of incense and music.
A papal decree, which Vatican officials have said should be released soon, is likely to expand the use of the ancient Mass. The decree — called a motu proprio — is expected to allow any priest to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass without the permission of his bishop.
Vatican watchers say the decree could be released July 14, the date, in 1570, when Pope Pius V published the liturgical text that would be used to celebrate Mass for the next 400 years — until the reforms of Vatican II.
In today's church, priests are free to celebrate the post-Vatican II liturgy, or new order Mass, in Latin — though most don't. What a priest cannot do without the permission of his bishop is celebrate the traditional Latin Mass as it was structured, worded, sung and heard in 1962, the last time it was changed before Vatican II.
Audio slideshow of the Latin Mass
Because two generations of American Catholics are accustomed to hearing the Mass celebrated in English, it's unlikely most will want to switch to a liturgy that is longer, more formal and celebrated in a language they don't understand.
But some Catholics would welcome a choice.
Eric Kraenzle, 44, of Webster Groves and a member of St. Pius V parish in St. Louis, said he thought it was a good idea for the Vatican to expand the use of the traditional Latin Mass.
"It would be a nice option," he said. "I'm not sure it's for everyone because of the language barrier, but why not let people experience that tradition if they want to?"
In St. Louis, Catholics who love the traditional Latin Mass have a bishop who shares their feelings. Burke was the first bishop to bring the Institute of Christ the King to the United States when, as bishop of LaCrosse, Wis., he invited its priests into his diocese. He also established another group of religious men dedicated to the old Latin rite, called the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, while in Wisconsin. He has since moved that group to St. Louis.
Burke declined to be interviewed for this story.
The institute is a "society of apostolic life" within the church. Its priests are not quite part of a religious order, nor are they quite diocesan priests. They live in community as religious order priests do, but they take no vows.
A papal decision reinstituting the wider use of the church's ancient liturgy would be a celebratory moment for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.
Monsignor Michael Schmitz, the institute's U.S. superior, has said the motu proprio "will be like seeing your mother all dusty and in rags on the streets; you go up to her and rip off the old dusty clothing and below that you see the golden clothes that she has brought for the most beautiful ball she has ever attended.
"Many of those Catholics who love the traditional Latin Mass are part of a younger generation, people who are seeking a connection with the ancient history of their faith, said the Rev. Karl Lenhardt, St. Francis de Sales rector. For instance, he said, the average institute priest (there are 50 around the world) is in his 30s, and the institute has 70 young men in various states of training.
The Rev. Eugene Morris, a theology professor at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, said younger Catholics who have no memory of the old Latin Mass are attracted to the "traditional symbols and rituals that in some ways communicate more clearly the historicity and mystery of what we are celebrating."
Outside St. Francis de Sales on Sunday, Daniel Frasca, 28, of St. Charles said he attends Mass there "because it feels more like church here than at other Masses.
"Natalie Kummer, 31, a mother of four from Florissant, said she liked to experience the same Mass as Catholics a millennium ago. "It's more reverent," she said, "more beautiful."
St. Agatha Church, also in south St. Louis, hosted the archdiocese's old Latin Mass before it was moved to St. Francis de Sales in 2005. According to Lenhardt, about 300 people came to one traditional Latin Mass each Sunday at St. Agatha. At St. Francis, the number is close to 1,000 for two Masses each Sunday, he said.
On Sunday, about 500 people gathered in St. Francis, for a 10 a.m. Mass that lasted more than two hours. Before Mass, and for about 45 minutes after it began, the line for confessions was 10 deep at three different elaborately carved wooden confessionals inside the church. Most of the women and girls wore black or white lace head coverings. The army of priests, deacons, subdeacons and altar boys in the sanctuary, which is separated from the nave by an altar rail, wore an array of ornate vestments. Six members of the Knights of Columbus, dressed in full regalia and bearing swords, escorted the clergy to the altar before the Mass began.
The pace of the traditional Latin Mass can seem slow and drawn out to those used to the newer liturgy. Long periods go by while the congregation sits still, watching the rituals in the sanctuary, praying and listening to the chanting of the choir. But it is exactly this meditative quality of the Mass that attracts some Catholics.
Mostly, though, it is tradition — as important in Catholicism as Scripture — that draws so many people to the old Latin rite. With the traditional Latin Mass, "we merge into a stream that has its origins in Christ himself, and that goes until the end of time," said Lenhardt.
Before high Mass on Sunday, Kummer stopped her son Joseph outside the church to wipe a smudge of dirt from his forehead. She seemed excited but contemplative as they walked through St. Francis de Sales' large wooden doors into a two-hour ritual that would be the same this Sunday as it was for some of the earliest Christians.
"They used to say Mass was the most beautiful thing this side of heaven," said Kummer. "That's what it's like here."
My comments: All in all, for a secular paper, a very nice story, and largely favorable. The article starts out with some doom and gloom about how the Church building needs restoration (it does, but is presently still gloriously beautiful). You think it will be the typical, "these people are stuck in the past" hatchet job. But it isn't.
Fr. Lenhardt at de Sales is quoted well, noting that many of the people who choose the traditional Mass are young, "people who are seeking a connection with the ancient history of their faith."
Fr. Morris, of the local archdiocesan seminary, states that the traditional Mass "in some ways communicate[s] more clearly the historicity and mystery of what we are celebrating."
A member of the oratory is quoted saying "it feels more like Church here than at other Masses." Amen.
The reporter notes that close to 1,000 people go to Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory each Sunday,and that the several confession lines were jammed all day. You don't see that everywhere, do you?
How better to some up the experience than to quote Fr. Lenhardt about the traditional Mass: in it, "we merge into a stream that has its origins in Christ Himself, and that goes until the end of time."
Oh, as an aside, I don't know where the local paper gets the inside info on the next expected date of the motu proprio. We hope, but so far all predictions have left us disappointed.
If you can make the ordination Mass at the Cathedral tomorrow at 1pm, you won't be disappointed.