WDTPRS – 5th Sunday of Easter: The prayer’s very word order reveals God’s love

As we journey from the passion and Easter toward Ascension and Pentecost, the Church in Holy Mass leads us through meditations on the fruits of the Resurrection and our baptism.  Our mysterious procession was made possible by the Cross.  Our Collect today, for the 5th Sunday of Easter in the Ordinary Form calendar, is a delightful little piece of polished oratory.

It also has the Cross at its core.

Deus, per quem nobis et redemptio venit et praestatur adoptio, filios dilectionis tuae benignus intende, ut in Christo credentibus et vera tribuatur libertas, et hereditas aeterna.

This prayer, not in pre-Conciliar editions of the Roman Missal, was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary in a section for evening prayers during Paschaltide. Its vocabulary suggests Patristic sources (e.g., Hilary of Poitiers, de trin 6, 44; Ambrose of Milan, ep 9, 65, 5).

Note the lovely chiasms (from the Greek letter chi, which looks like a “X”): redemptio venit…praestatur adoptio (subject verb – verb subject … and note that the endings of the subjects match) and vera libertas…hereditas aeterna (adjective noun – noun adjective).  These rhetorical flourishes are intended to delight the ear and help us link concepts within the text.  A chiasm is mapped out as

A       B
B        A

The Cross is embedded in the prayer’s very structure.


O God, from whom both redemption comes to us and adoption is fulfilled for us, kindly give attention to your beloved children, so that both true freedom and an everlasting inheritance may be bestowed on those believing in Christ.

We pray for the freedom that is true, not the false and deceptive freedom of those enslaved to the world, the flesh and the devil… or false mercy, which fogs over the truth deceiving people smoothly.  We want an inheritance which is lasting, eternal, not passing.


O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an everlasting inheritance.

Christ is the Father’s Son by His nature (He is consubstantial with the Father). We are sons and daughters by grace (conferred through baptism).

Our adoption through grace is “perfect” (perfecta).  It is complete (perficio, “bring to an end or conclusion, finish, complete”).  God the Holy Trinity puts the imperishable mark upon us in baptism and confirmation.  Nevertheless, our redemption and adoption, our freedom and inheritance, will only be completed and ratified as such if we persevere throughout our lives and, having died in a state of grace, having died in the supernatural love which is charity, we see God face to face.

Today’s Collect has its foundation certainly in the New Testament’s imagery of adoption (Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5), but I think it also flows out of ancient Roman legal concepts of manumission and adoption, the freeing of slaves and the adoption of heirs.

In ancient Rome even a father’s natural children required his recognition before they were legally legitimate and heirs with any rights.  Adoption could grant those same rights and privileges.  Roman adoptio removed a person from one familia and put him into another, placing him under the authority of the paterfamilias, the head of the family and whole household.

By baptism and the life of grace, we are not only freed from the slavery of sin and death, but we undergo an adoption.

We are not merely former slaves, we are free members of the Church and sons and daughters of God.

No longer subject to Satan and destined for hell, we are now under new mastership and fatherhood of God.

Our prayer today also underscores the concepts of redemption and adoption, together with freedom and inheritance.  This too is reflected within the Collect, in another pattern of words called synchesis (A-B-A-B) useful for showing how one set of concepts reveals the relationship of another set.

The subjects of the Collect are found in this order:

Freedom is the result of redemption, inheritance the result of adoption.

This week we have connections and interconnections of words.  The phrases and patterns they make weave in and out of each other.  It seems to me that this whole collect provides a good reflection on how deeply intertwined are the effects of the resurrection.   And – the Cross – makes this all possible.

redemptio ↔ adoptio (A – A)
                ⤡     ⤢
        ⇵   dilectio   ⇵
                ⤢     ⤡
libertas ↔ hereditas (B – B)

And even as the Cross over-weaves the prayer, in the very heart we find dilectio, “love”.

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CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: QSL Cards and some firsts

Regarding ZedNet and DMR operation, I refer to you THIS.

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.

Now for some fun stuff.

I sent my very first QSL cards today.   I had operated remotely when I was at GITMO and made some good contacts.  A couple of them sent me cards with self-addressed (wrong sized) envelopes.  I quickly put together a QSL card for GITMO and sent them off.

That’s it! My regular card is…

The ecclesiastical theme seemed appropriate, as they are searching for my location, as it were.  Also, my local elmer astutely noted the statuette of Mercury as part of the magnifying apparatus.  I was going to have the data on the back, but elmer suggested that putting it on the front was more traditional (and less work for me to make).  In fading the bottom, we lost sight of a great clerical hat.  Perhaps in a next generation, I could shift the date to the upper right… hmmm.

For those of you who are wondering what these cards are for, long before the internet these were used via snail mail to confirm contacts that had been made all over the world.  They are the size of a postcard and many hams still exchange them today.  Special cards can be made for special events.   Many hams will put the most interesting up on the walls of their “shack”.   Some of them are pretty creative.  It’s one of those fun aspects of amateur radio.

Anyway, that’s the card.  Since I’ll be in Rome fro Monday onward, I’ll have to make a few more cards for …

1 – Campo de’ Fiori – where I’ll be staying
2 – Santissima Trinità dei Pelegrini – where I’ll be saying Mass
3 – Vatican City – where I’ll remote operate at least once and then otherwise avoid.

Perhaps we can schedule some contacts.   I’ll try to update my status on the top of the right sidebar when I am on, including the band and frequency, if possible.

Also, in Rome, I plan to have my DMR for working for ZedNet.  C’mon hams!

Also, I’ll call CQ for a good graphic artist who might design an appropriate logo for ZedNet.  Maybe something with… lightning bolts against ones and zeros.

Also, Friday night I made a lot of contacts in the western part of the continent, including Canada as well as a few contacts in Hawaii.  I was booming in, I was told again and again and I was about only call they were hearing on 20 from Arizona to Vancouver to Hawaii.  Hence, I got a pile up.  It’s going to take a while to decipher those calls when they are all coming at the same time.Two other “firsts” occurred, as well.

One guy told me that I was his very first HF contact.  Yay!

And I got DX heckled for the first time by an anti-Catholic fundamentalist, a coward who did not offer his call sign.   Oh well.  Another guy asked me if I knew his parish priest… in S. California.  Which it’s sorta like a guy hearing you are from Minnesota and asking, “Hey, do you know my cousin Fred?  He’s from Minnesota, too!”   Granted the clerical world is a lot smaller than that, and I know a lot of people, but….

Most of the hams I worked were patient and kind and some offered useful tips.   The descriptions of their stations were fascinating.  It’s all about the antenna!  One guy had a wire strung over his rain gutter as a reflector near to a cliff dropping about 400 feet.  Another was running barefoot (no amplifier) into a wire he was hiding in his back yard away from the prying eyes of the home owners association stasi.  Yet another was working on his patio with a home brewed dipole, his radio powered by an electric drill battery.  Each guy had different solutions, some fancy and sophisticated, others making due with some compromise arrangement soldered up from spare parts.

Okay, that’s the report for now.


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VIDEO: Diaconate Ordination of the the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter @CSPOrd

Here is a video of an ordination to the diaconate of men for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, at their Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, TX.     The rite uses their English translation.  If nothing else go to about 1:08:00 for the Sanctus and then some of the Roman Canon… in their translation… which may make you envious.

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Donations, PayPal, alternatives, and you

Dear readers, your donations are gratefully received and I remember donors and benefactors in prayer and with Mass intentions. The same goes for those of you who send items from my wishlists (right side bar). And there are options for other ways of giving.

Today – 17th of the month – is one of the “lean” days of the month. There are very few subscribers on these 17ths. 

It may be that you benefit from the content here.  Please consider helping.

How can you help?   Above all, please pray for me.

1) It’s easy to subscribe to a monthly donation with PayPal. Scroll down the right side of the blog and you’ll find a PayPal drop down menu. Choose your amount and follow the link!  The same menu is at the very bottom of the blog page as well.

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3) There is now also something called Zelle, which has a really dorky website.  However, I have received donations that way.

4)  More and more of you are opting to send a check via snail mail.  Some seem to come through an automated service.  I looked at my own bank’s website and, under the “Pay Bills” section, I found a way to have a monthly check sent by snail mail.  Very cool.  Here’s my snail mail address.  It is always on the right side bar.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf
Tridentine Mass Society of Madison
733 Struck St.
PO BOX 44603
Madison, WI 53744-4603

That’s a US Post Office Box, in case you are one of those loons who send threatening messages.   I have no qualms at all about getting federal law enforcement involved, if you get my drift.

On a far happier note, I’ll head to Rome on Sunday after Mass for business and pleasure.  While I’m there I’ll say Mass for my benefactors more than once, at least one at the beginning of my stay and then – provided nothing interesting intervenes – also at the end.  I’ll update.

You’ve all been a blessing for me over the years.  It is my pleasure and duty to keep you in my daily prayers and to remember you at the altar.


Many thanks to those of you who have made ad hoc donations through PayPal and Continue To Give! – JA, SH, JL, JF, MP, TB, SAS, MJC

And thanks to you who set up a new monthly subscription! – BD, CW, DC, CB, MC

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Irish Ass. of Catholic Priests in toddler meltdown mode against Francis over no women deacons

There are, apparently, still some priests left in Ireland for the tens of people who still want the sacraments.   Evidence for this claim is found in a story at IrishCatholic.com.  It concerns that pungent group, the Ass. of Catholic Priests.   Have a look at this spittle-flecked nutty against Francis concerning the deaconette situation.

Priests hit out at Pope’s ‘women deacon’ remarks

A group which represents more than 1,000 Irish priests has said Pope Francis’ comments about the status of women deacons is a “major disappointment”.  [These dippy men are the major disappointment.]

The reaction comes after the Pope revealed that the 2016 commission he appointed to study women deacons in the early Church could not reach a consensus on whether female ordination was the same as its male counterpart. “We had come to expect reactions like this from previous Popes, but we thought Francis was different, and consequently our disappointment is greater,” the Association [Ass.] of Catholic Priests said in response to the Pope’s comments.

“The equality of women is critical for the credibility and the future of the Church. Introducing women deacons is such a minimalist step that if he cannot move on that, there is little or no prospect of any real movement towards equality.”  [Good grief.  How many things are wrong in that paragraph.]

The group added that the Pontiff’s remarks on female deacons “confirms that women are not good enough” and that in the eyes of the official Church, “men are more worthy than women”. [That’s simply unworthy manipulation.  Just plain stupid.]

“It confirms that the Church continues to be a clerical hierarchical patriarchy. It confirms that injustice is built into the heart of the Church. This is an enormous blow to reforming the Church and bringing it into the 21st Century.”  [It’s as if, once started, they don’t know how to stop.  I’m reminded of watching a toddler build up to a melt down.]

The complete statement from the Ass. of Catholic Priests is HERE.

My sincere sympathy goes out to my faithful brothers over there who, in the face of this true idiocy, are soldiering along and doing their best.


Regarding the whole topic, I am reminded of this old cartoon from Punch in the early 80’s

That’s sure to fry a few feminist gizzards.

However, on a truly serious note, misleading people into thinking that the ordination of women through the Sacrament of Holy Orders could ever be valid, such that they begin to erode their Catholic identity and seek such a thing, work for such a thing, is surely diabolical.  It smacks of the Author of Lies, who lead a people to do precisely what is depicted.   May God forgive those deceived priests, who chase and promote a lie.

May Our Lady, under the title of Guadalupe, Crusher of the Serpent’s Head, intercede for them all.

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CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Thursday: ZedNet, my first pile up, and remote from GITMO and… Vatican City?

Just a reminder to any hams out there who might be interested in ZedNet.

ZedNet is a worldwide talkgroup – 31429

More HERE.   But quickly…

For you who are into this digital stuff, ZedNet still exists on the
Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, which is cross-linked to Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429.  This gives world-wide multi-mode access to a common ham radio network.

Any fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion
repeater, a repeater on the Brandmeister network, or a multi-mode hotspot
registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew.

WB0YLE gave me a Bill of Materials.  A list of what you need.  HERE

What are we doing with this?  Not much right now, but who knows.  And it’s fun to make it work.   When I was at GITMO I had my little hotspot using data from my mobile phone, and everything worked like a charm.  On Sunday I am off to Rome, and I will do the same there.  I might even take it “mobile”, since I could – feasibly – hook everything into a powerbank and then walk about.

Also, while I was at GITMO I operated remotely and – I was very clear that I was operating remotely – had a pile up when I said that I was physically at Guantanamo Bay.   My first receiving end of a pile up.  When I get to Rome next week, I suppose I could take my laptop over to St. Peter’s Square and operate from Vatican City… via the upper midwest!  I could tether my laptop to my phone.  It might be slow, but I could do it.  I’ll have to experiment before I leave.

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.



Followup… I tethered my laptop to my mobile phone used as a wifi hotspot.  I had to use the low band width setting, but I was able to make a contact in Spain on my 2nd call in a pile up.  It is not instantaneous, but it worked!    You can see down in the bottom right that the laptop is connected to “Z’s 8”.

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GERMANY: Pro-women’s ordination group: “We want to take Mary off her pedestal”

The German Church seems to be the caput malorum omnium.

In the wake of the dissolution of the misplaced aspirations of promoters of female diaconate, comes this.

From CNA:

German bishop supports ‘Church strike’ for women’s ordination

Munich, Germany, May 15, 2019 / 02:15 pm (CNA).- At least one bishop has offered his support for a week-long “Church strike” organized by German Catholic women, during which participants organize their own prayer services rather than attending Mass.

Calling itself “Mary 2.0” the initiative issued an open letter to Pope Francis, which called for the ordination of women, and claimed “men of the Church only tolerate one woman in their midst: Mary.”

[NB:]We want to take Mary off her pedestal and into our midst, as a sister facing our direction,” the letter said.  [They want to drag down the Mother of God.]

The website features paintings of Mary and other women with their mouths taped over.  [No doubt that is their way of trying to stop Mary from saying, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord…”.]

The campaign has met with considerable criticism from German Catholics, some of when even launched of a “Maria 1.0” website, which says that the Mother of God “does not require any updates and should not be instrumentalized.”

But several Church representatives have gone public in support of “Mary 2.0.”

The official news portal of the Catholic Church in Germany provided broad coverage of the call for a strike, taking place May 11-18. It also reported that Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück supports the campaign. [Of course.]

Bode, who leads the Commission on Women in the German bishops’ conference, told press agency EPD that while he regrets the strikes will not attend Mass, he believes it important to acknowledge the impatience of “many women in the Catholic Church” and their feelings of “deep hurt” for not being adequately appreciated for their contribution.  [In other words, he is pandering.]

Bode said that while he does not believe women will be ordained priests in the near future, the Church could soon ordain them as deacons.  [LOL]

Participants in the “Church strike” are refusing to step into a church from the week of May 11 to 18 and will not attend Mass. Instead, services such as a “Liturgy of the Word” are held throughout the week. According to the campaign’s Facebook page, these services have garnered between 18 and 155 registered attendees.  [18-155?   Wow!  Tens of women!]

Referencing the abuse crisis as a reason for the urgent need for change, the group’s letter to Pope Francis makes a range of demands, from the abolition of “mandatory celibacy” to an “updating” of the Church’s teaching on sexual morality and the ordination of women to “all ministries” – including the orders of deacon, priest and bishop.

In an interview published on the official website of the Archdiocese of Paderborn, vicar general Fr. Alfons Hardt praised the organizers of the campaign as women who are “concerned about the sustainability of their church.”

Hardt said “this is a motivation that I value highly,” even though the campaign might also create division.

Whether women can be ordained to the priesthood is an open question, Hardt asserted, [wrongly] saying,  [Get this… Wormtongue couldn’t do better…] “on the one hand we have a definitive decision by Pope John Paul II on the question of the ordination of women and on the other hand we still do not have a final answer.  [LOL!] At least in Germany this question is discussed very openly, especially among theologians. It is clear that there is a need for a global ecclesial consensus for this which currently is not the case.”  [It’s being discussed in Germany.  Thus, there is not a global consensus which is apparently necessary to ratify John Paul II’s document.  What a weasel this guy is.]


Germany, ladies and gentlemen.   You think you have it bad where you are?

If they are so unhappy, they should get out.  Of course there’s LG 14.


From a reader in Germany…

Dear Father Zuhlsdorf,

ah, I was wondering when you would pick up on that.

Here’s a picture from the local newspaper about a local group going on strike


Yes, note the multitudes and masses. 14 elderly ladies of generation 65+ and 2 comatose gentlemen.

However, the newspaper wrote an article. I am sure if I organised 20 people praying the rosary they wouldn’t even bother to mention us.

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What’s up at the southern border of these USA

This is one of most informative video clips I’ve yet seen about what’s going on at the southern border of these USA.

The bit about the Honduran woman learning about how to get to these USA through a TV commercial explains a lot. And it explains a lot about Honduras… and it probably explains a lot about the attitude of certain Honduran churchmen.

And the border agent said that they had intercepted people from 55 different countries. Meanwhile, while drug cartels force people to pay to get them to the border, while people are being pushed across in one place, they take advantage of an unguarded section to bring drugs across.

The population of a city like Orlando every couple of days. They wait 20 days and – bada bing – they are released into these USA, no longer a problem for their home countries’ social system.

What could possibly go wrong? Surely nefarious ne’er-do-wells would never take advantage of this porous border crisis to enter these USA for their opprobrious plots. Surely not.

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Lib liturgy positivists force people to stand after Communion

We’ve seen notices from a diocese of chancery decrees (bullying?) imposing that people remain standing after Communion, instead of having personal freedom to kneel in prayer and awe about the Presence within them.   No, No!  You MUST STAND.

My friend His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Finigan, has a good post about this in which he points out several reasons why such dictatorial practices are just plain wrong.  I’ll give you bullet points, but you should read the whole commentary with his explanations.  Here are his several Things That Are Wrong™.

1st Wrong Thing. It interferes with a proper desire to adore God and to be recollected.
2nd Wrong Thing. There is no mandate for it.
3rd Wrong Thing. It is an unwarranted extension of the authority of the clergy.
Bonus Wrong Thing. It imposes a ridiculous uniformity.

I might add another point: It can’t be enforced.

Fr. Finigan also picks up on something that I made a long time ago for a different reason. Fun.

There’s an interesting backstory to the creation of this item of Z-Swag.


There was a dubium … a dubium answered … by the CDW under Card. Arinze. It is on record at EWTN.

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Chairman of the Bishops Committee on the Liturgy, received the following clarification concerning the right interpretation of the “General Instruction of the Roman Missal” on the posture of the faithful from their own reception of Communion until the period of sacred silence after all Communions have been received (at which time they may sit or kneel as they prefer). What is noteworthy is the clarification of the mind (mens) of the Holy See on the uniformity of posture of the faithful.
5 June 2003

Prot. n. 855/03/L

Dubium: In many places, the faithful are accustomed to kneeling or sitting in personal prayer upon returning to their places after individually received Holy Communion during Mass. Is it the intention of the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia, to forbid this practice?

Responsum: Negative, et ad mentem. The mens is that that the prescription of the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, no. 43, is intended, on one hand, to ensure within broad limits a certain uniformity of posture within the congregation for the various parts of the celebration of the Holy Mass, and on the other, to not regulate posture rigidly in such a way that those who wish to kneel or sit would no longer be free.

Francis Cardinal Arinze

NB: This clarification was published in the July 2003 edition of the Newsletter of the Bishops Committee on the Liturgy[So… it is available in every chancery in these USA.]

“General Instruction of the Roman Missal,” Missale Romanum, 3rd typical edition

43. The faithful should stand from the beginning of the Entrance chant, or while the priest approaches the altar, until the end of the Collect; for the Alleluia chant before the Gospel; while the Gospel itself is proclaimed; during the Profession of Faith and the Prayer of the Faithful; from the invitation, Orate, fratres (Pray, brethren), before the prayer over the offerings until the end of Mass, except at the places indicated below.

They should, however, sit while the readings before the Gospel and the responsorial Psalm are proclaimed and for the homily and while the Preparation of the Gifts at the Offertory is taking place; and, as circumstances allow, they may sit or kneel while the period of sacred silence after Communion is observed.

In the dioceses of the United States of America, they should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer, except when prevented on occasion by reasons of health, lack of space, the large number of people present, or some other good reason. Those who do not kneel ought to make a profound bow when the priest genuflects after the consecration. The faithful kneel after the Agnus Dei unless the Diocesan Bishop determines otherwise.

With a view to a uniformity in gestures and postures during one and the same celebration, the faithful should follow the directions which the deacon, lay minister, or priest gives according to whatever is indicated in the Missal.

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Student ‘steals’ pro-life sign on camera, gets arrested, but she’s the victim!

This is largely satisfying in an awful sort of way.   Listen to this brainwashed girl, a great example of the subversive work of decades within “education” and pop-TV, etc.

From WND:

Student who ‘steals’ pro-life sign on camera shocked by her arrest

The Created Equal organization stages displays on college campuses to persuade people that abortion is wrong.

Plain and simple.

But something about that message has pushed buttons on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, where a woman grabbed a sign out of the hands of Created Equal members and walked away with it.

To her dismay, however, she walked right into the arms of a police officer and was arrested for larceny.

Caught red handed, she told the officer: “I was going to give it back.”


Watch!  She’s the victim!

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Benedict XVI’s recent essay is a subtle correction of Amoris laetitia ch. 8

At Crisis find analysis by Richard A. Spinello of Benedict XVI’s recent explanation for The Present Crisis. The writer says that Benedict has, between the lines, criticized Amoris laetitia. I also, a couple says back, saw a piece arguing that Benedict’s essay answered the infamous unanswered dubia.

Benedict XVI seems to contradict Amoris chapter 8 – which undermines the Church’s teaching that there are intrinsically evil acts – when he writes about “absolute good” and about “fundamentally evil” actions.   Benedict writes, essentially, against the errors of proportionalism and a “fundamental option”, which also seem to resonate in chapter 8.  The basic idea is that a person can commit mortal sins but, in effect, his basic orientation towards God remains intact and he does not lose the state of grace.

There are great paragraphs, but I want you to read the whole thing.  Here, however, is a sample:


The apparent denial of these exceptionless moral norms in Amoris Laetitia is an unfortunate setback for moral theology. These precepts are few in number, but they guide us toward human flourishing. According to Aquinas, the negative precepts “fix the boundary that man must not exceed in his moral actions” (Summa Theologiae, q. 79, a.2). They protect fundamental goods, including the sacramental reality of marriage, which is defined in terms of exclusivity and permanence. A flexible moral framework that allows for exceptions to negative prohibitions based on concrete circumstances threatens the integrity of those goods and makes the Church vulnerable to new forms of moral catastrophe. Pope Emeritus Benedict’s perceptive essay reaffirms the urgent need to preserve these specific negative norms, grounded in faith and reason, for a coherent moral theology. Without them, we end up with the relativity and vulnerability that allowed for the Church’s tragic surrender to the Sexual Revolution. Sexual activity outside an indissoluble heterosexual marriage is always wrong according to Sacred Scripture and natural law, but this precept cannot be found in Amoris Laetitia, no matter how long one tarries in the sinuousness of Pope Francis’s monologue.




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15-18 July 2019: East Coast Priest Conference in Wheeling, WV – looks good!

I have heard great things from a couple priests about the St. Paul Center’s East Coast Priest Conference.   This year, 2019, it is to be held at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, WV, which looks like a really beautiful place.   The speakers will be Scott Hahn, John Bergsma and Ralph Martin.


I wrote to them about being TLM friendly and right away got a couple of notes back from their Director of Events about what we could do!  Very friendly.

I think I’ll go to this.   Fathers, click, above and check it out!

The organizers have – as an incentive – provided you priestly readers with a special CODE you can use if you sign up, which will give you a $100 discount.


The image they put on the webpage for the conference is a detail from a painting in – if memory serves – the Louvre in Paris, Carreno de Miranda’s Mass of the Foundation of the Trinitarian Order.   This is hardcore in a couple ways.  First, note the liturgical style.  Second, the Trinitarians were seriously bad ass when they were founded.  They were dedicated to the ransoming of captives from Muslims.



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NEW BOOK from Martin Mosebach – Subversive Catholicism: Papacy, Liturgy, Church

German-born Martin Mosebach in an award-winning author who has penned works in many genres, novels, poems, and even opera libretti.   He is an eloquent defender of our Catholic traditions and patrimony.  If you haven’t yet read his exquisite The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy (Revised and Expanded Edition) you are in for a treat. US HERE – UK HERE

To give you a sense of his subtlety in explaining how changes to liturgical worship disturbs the whole life of the Church, Mosebach describes how a rock feels resentment for centuries after it has been moved.

Mosebach has a new book.

Subversive Catholicism: Papacy, Liturgy, Church


The table of contents is alluring, to say the least.   Mosebach has presented a series of essays.

This is going to be great.  I have moved it up in my reading queue immediately after

The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide

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ASK FATHER: The TLM’s Orationes Diversae and Oratio Imperata

Good stuff here!


My good friend Fr. Finigan has a post about Votive Mass which is sort of related to this.



From a reader…


In the Missale Romanum of the traditional Mass (1962), there is a section called “Orationes Diversae” with the rubric Dicendae ad Libitum Juxta Rubricas. Does this mean that these prayers cannot be inserted into any Mass and must follow the rules/rubrics for commemmorations? Also, if the bishop orders an “Oratio Imperata” say for example, after an earthquake or for rain during draught, am I right to think that in the traditional Mass corresponding prayers for those necessities can be prayed, the rubrics for commemorations overruled by the bishop’s order?

For this I consulted those who are deeply imbued with red ink, down to the marrow of their bones.

The long and the short of it is that there is a short answer and there is a long answer.

Here is the short answer, written by a good MC of my acquaintance of some years:

According to the rubrics for the 1962 Missal (Rubricae generalis, nn. 461-465), a priest may only add a prayer from the orationes diversae at a non-Conventual 4th class Low Mass, as long as the number of prayers does not exceed three (prayers said under one conclusion are considered one prayer).

Some of those orationes diversae have their own particular “limitations,” and that is made clear right after the heading of said prayers, and they would have to follow the ranking of prayers/commemorations.

If the Bishop commands an oratio imperata, it will be specified what that is, but that rarely happens. The rules for such prayers are: it may only be one such prayer, it would come after the privileged prayer/commemoration (if there is one), it would be under its own conclusion, and it would be said by all the priests in the arch/diocese.

I know that some of you are writhing and biting the backs of your hands in frustration at the brevity of the response.  Without question you want details.  You always want details.   Hence, I also queried by own MC here in Madison, who brilliantly guides the ceremonies with which the great TMSM concerns itself.

The TMSM MC’s response:

This one isn’t terribly difficult, but neither is it brief….

This is covered under the Rubricæ generales nn. 433-465.

The simplified rubrics treat the Orationes Diversæ as even below the rank of other Commemorations, specifically covered in nn. 461-465:

461. Quilibet sacerdos addere potest unam orationem ad libitum in omnibus Missis lectis non conventualibus diebus liturgicis IV classis.
462. Oratio votiva eligi potest aut ex Missis, quae tamquam votivæ celebrari permittuntur, aut ex orationibus pro defunctis.
463. Hæc oratio ponitur ultimo loco, post alias orationes, non autem excedere debet numerum ternarium orationum.
464. Oratio votiva pro defunctis addi potest in Missis lectis non conventualibus defunctorum IV classis.
465. In oratione A cunctis, nominari potest sive Titularis propriæ ecclesiæ, sive quilibet Patronus principalis, sive Fundator aut Titulus Ordinis seu Congregationis. Ceterum serventur rubricae quae, pro hac oratione, in Missali inveniuntur.

So, the Orationes Diversæ can be used under the 1962 rubrics if:
• The liturgical day is IV Class,
• The Mass is a Low Mass, and
• There are not already three orations ordered by the calendar (or the Ordinary, if he has ordered prayers).

The Orationes Imperatæ are specifically covered by nn. 454-460:

454. Nomine orationis imperatæ intellegitur oratio, quam Ordinarius loci imperare potest, occurrente gravi et publica necessitate aut calamitate.
455. Tamquam imperata, ab Ordinario loci præscribi potest quælibet oratio e Missis, quæ tamquam votivæ celebrari permittuntur, aut ex orationibus ad diversa, aut ex Missis et orationibus pro defunctis.
456. Maxime convenit ut Ordinarius loci orationem imperatam non modo stabili imponat, sed tantum ex causa revera gravi et per spatium quod tempus veræ necessitatis non excedat.
457. Oratio imperata :
a) una tantum esse potest ;
b) dici debet ab omnibus sacerdotibus Sacrum facientibus in ecclesiis et oratoriis, etiam exemptis, diœcesis ;
c) numquam dicitur sub unica conclusione cum oratione Missæ, sed post commemorationes privilegiatas ;
d) prohibetur omnibus diebus liturgicis I et II classis, in Missis votivis I et II classis, in Missis in cantu et quoties commemorationes privilegiatæ numerum pro singulis diebus liturgicis statutum compleverint.
458. Oratio imperata pro defunctis dicitur tantum in feriis IV classis, et in Missis votivis aut defunctorum lectis IV classis.
459. In publica calamitate aut necessitate, natura sua per longius tempus persistente (v. gr. bello, pestilentia et similibus), Ordinarius loci imponere quidem potest orationem imperatam convenientem pro toto tempore infausti eventus ; sed hæc oratio :
a) dicitur tantummodo feriis secunda, quarta et sexta ;
b) prohibetur iisdem diebus et in Missis de quibus supra, n. 457 d.
460. Occurrente urgentiore, gravi et publica necessitate aut calamitate, nec tempus suppetat adeundi Ordinarium loci, parochus, intra fines suæ parœciæ, etiam pro ecclesiis et oratoriis exemptis, statuere potest orationem convenientem dicendam per tres dies continuos. Hæc oratio iisdem diebus et in iisdem Missis prohibetur ac oratio ab Ordinario loci imperata (n. 457 d) ; quæ, si dicenda esset, omittitur.

So it is a single prayer, commanded by the Ordinary, and is likewise not included at Sung Masses, nor included on I or II Class days. If the situation persists , the Orationes Imperatæ are further restricted to only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with the other limitations still holding. Note however, that in a grave emergency, a priest may add such a prayer on his own, if it is not possible to contact the Ordinary beforehand.

Sadly, the usual second and third prayers (for the intercession of the BVM, and either for the Pope or for the defense of the Church), ordered by the rubrics according to the liturgical season for centuries, were completely removed in the 1960 revisions. Coincidence?

I think that that should satisfy even the most exacting.


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Historic chasuble rediviva

A priest friend sent photos of a chasuble he initiated at Gammarelli in Rome.  It is inspired by the chasuble of St. Thomas Becket.

The fabric is cut and it is ready to be sewn.


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