The TMSM welcomes Bp. Hying to @MadisonDiocese

His Excellency Most Reverend Donald Hying has come to Madison as the diocese’s 5th Bishop.  On Monday, 24 June, Vespers was celebrated on the vigil of his installation on 25 June.  You can see the ceremony and hear the Bishop’s sermon HERE.  In the video skip forward to about 40:00 for the beginning and 1:03:00 for the sermon.

The installation Mass will also be live streamed on Tuesday, 25 June.

I was pleased that the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison provided the vestments for the evening and also for the installation Mass on Tuesday.  That means that many of YOU readers have contributed to make these occasions more beautiful.  So, in a way, the “mutual enrichment” goes forward.

Here are a few photos from Vespers.

First, a couple shots of the fabric for these vestments being prepared for cutting, some time ago in Rome.  2017…

And now, in 2019 … the dalmatics and antependium are from what we call the “Madison Set”, because the pieces bear the diocesan coat of arms.

We now have 10 chasubles, including the one made for Bp. Morlino with his coat of arms and now the new one just made with Bp. Hying’s arms.


Just unpacked!  Thank you, dear readers, for your ongoing support of the TMSM and its work.


Gammarelli told me that they are just about out of fabric and they have run out of the trim.  If we want to expand this any more (though I’m not sure why) we’ll have to find another supplier.

The set has 7 copes, 10 chasubles and dalmatics (including 2 “plus” sized), canopy and ombrellino.   And, if you can imagine, all the chasubles came with all the other pieces needed for Mass, and the copes and dalmatics came with stoles.  There are piles of burses and maniples and chalice veils.

The TMSM welcomes Bp. Hying.

Dear readers, please say a prayer for him as soon as you read this?  Bishops today have a heavy mandate.



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PARODY SONG ALERT: Amazoniana Synod

The other day, I posted about the upcoming Pan-Amazonian Synod at which the members will among other things discuss married priests as a solution to the shortage in that mission territory.  I wrote that “I try try try to give these Synod (“walking together”) guys the benefit of the doubt, but does anyone sincerely believe that talking about married clergy is really about shortage of priests in a mission country?”

That “Try Try Try” part got me thinking in terms of a parody song.   The Official Parodohymnodist™ of the blog and I collaborated on one during the last round of rigged synods on the family.

So, I wrote to The Official Parodohymnodist™ suggesting something based perhaps on the song by Smashing Pumpkins or one by Johnny Cash.

He, being he, came up with a better idea.  He wrote:

“I think it needs more of a South American rhythm. I tried some Carmen Miranda songs, but then I got the mental image of Cardinal _____ in a floral print wrap with a basket of fruit on his head and couldn’t stop shuddering. So I turned to North American versions of South American music and came across the legendary Eydie Gormé, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova””

Here it is.   Sure to get certain feet tapping at the Fishwrap... before they figure out what’s going on.

This is what you need to have in your head to appreciate the work below.  Eydie Gormé’s original HERE.

Amazoniana Synod

Leonardo Boff, tried to change the Church,
Paolo Cardinal Arns, left us in a lurch,
It was looking bad, and the Germans cried,
But then we laid a plan we hadn’t tried.

Amazoniana Synod, it’s ecology,
Amazoniana Synod, poor theology,
Oh, it all began when Hummes said to me,
“Let us build upon Laudato si’
Amazoniana Synod,
Will seal the deal.”

(Now will we stand firm?)
No, no, another Synod
(and retain the truth?)
No, no, another Synod
(We’ll make traddies squirm)
Yes, yes, another Synod
(they’re so uncouth)

We’ll let the priests get hitched in the Amazon,
Turn attention from what turned McCarrick on,
They might worship earth, and ignore the Creed
But at least our plans for change will soon succeed!

Amazoniana Synod, it’s ecology,
Amazoniana Synod, poor theology,
Oh, it all began when Hummes said to me,
“Let us build upon Laudato si’
Amazoniana Synod,
Will seal the deal.”


Zuhlio dropped me a note to say, “Dude, if only I could get my voice up high enough to do the recording but I haven’t had any Jesuit training.”


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Shades of Windswept House – UPDATED with a new interview about the late Card. Bernardin


There is MORE. McCarrick’s victim was also abused by Bernardin. He’s on the record in a video interview with Michael Voris.


Do NOT watch any of this with children present.  And if you are at all hesitant on hearing it yourself… just leave it alone.

The basic idea is that McCarrick set up his victim to be abused also by Bernardin.

This seriously creeps me out.  Back in the ’80’s there were rumors about Bernardin too.

__ Originally Published on: Jun 21, 2019

A quick post… y’all should go over to Church Militant and see the report about Chicago’s Card. Bernadin and Card. Cupich.  HERE

Do any of you remember Windswept House?

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Earthquake at near Rome – 20:43:47 (UTC) Magnitude 3.4 at a depth of 5 KM – @ Colonna, Italy

There was just an earthquake 1 KM north of Colonna, Italy, in the Castelli Romani 24 KM SE of Rome. 20:43:47 (UTC) Magnitude 3.4 at a depth of 5 KM.

This is near well-known places such as Frascati and other producers of the Lazio white wine, such as Monteporzio Catone, Fontana Candida, and, over the hills, Castel Gandolfo.

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VIDEO Fr @GeraldMurray8 and Dr @RobertSRoyal analyze hot-button issues

My friends Fr. Murray and Dr. Royal were on EWTN with Raymond Arroyo last Friday, 21 June.   They spoke at length about the upcoming Synod, about the new document from the Cong. for Catholic Education on “gender theory”, about ongoing Vignanò phenomonon and also about the head of the Knights of (Vichy) Malta forbidding the Usus Antiquior.  They have some great comments about the Traditional Latin Mass and young people.

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ASK FATHER: Can I really fulfill my Mass obligation at an SSPX chapel?

UPDATE 24 June

I had a note from Peter Vere which, with his permission, I should add to the post.

A number of folks have sent me the following link, in which you mention my name directly, regarding the SSPX.

A few points:

The individual cites my previous position, back when a clear schism existed between the SSPX and Rome. In light of Pope Benedict’s subsequent lifting of the excommunications, the SSPX’s expulsion of Bishop Williamson and those within the SSPX loyal to him, and subsequent rapprochement under Pope Francis, I’m now on record publicly as stating my previous position on this issue is now moot since the SSPX are no longer in a state of schism or display a schismatic mentality.

Likewise, in response to your reader in the comments section, the SSPX are back in communion with Rome. They have even re-established limited canonical ties with Rome in the practice of canon law like any other Catholic diocese or major institute of consecrated life.

Thus the SSPX remain in an irregular canonical situation, but it is slowly being regularized. As such, they can no longer be considered schismatic, or outside of communion with Rome.

Please note my canonical opinion expressed above applies to the main SSPX only. It does not extend to the so-called SSPX Resistance and other groups that broke away under Bishop Williamson from communion with the SSPX.

Thanks to Peter Vere for sending this in!

___ Originally Published on: Jun 23, 2019

From a reader…


I’ve always had the impression that Cardinal Hoyos and Msgr. Perl have affirmed that so long as a person is not developing a schismatic mentality, that he/she may fulfill their sunday (and assumedly holyday?) obligation at an sspx mass, regardless of whether there’s a novus ordo mass nearby or even a licit tridentine mass (fssp, etc) nearby.

However, I’ve recently come across arguments made by Peter Vere and others to the contrary, i.e., that attendance at an sspx chapel can only be justified if there’s no other catholic mass nearby at all, and even then, one’s duty towards a sunday obligation is waived anyways.
What do you think? This has left me confused.

Mr. Vere and others are confused and have drawn incorrect conclusions.

I worked at the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” for a long time.   It was always the position of the PCED that people could attend Masses at the chapels of the SSPX, that people would on a vigil of or day of a holyday of obligation (e.g., all Sundays – can. 1248 §1) fulfill their obligation, and that they could also contribute, out of justice, to the collection.   The letters often hedged saying that the PCED wouldn’t recommend Communion at the chapel, but that language doesn’t forbid Communion either!

Yes, you can fulfill your obligation at an SSPX chapel.  No, you don’t need to be in a situation where you can’t get to another Mass at a recognized church or chapel.  Wanting to go is reason enough.

Of course God cannot be deceived.

People shouldn’t go to these or any other chapel if their Faith and their unity with their proper pastors is being undermined.   It seems to me that thinking, “I really dislike Card. C__, so I won’t go to a parish Mass.  I’ll go to the SSPX instead”, would be a deficient motive.   It seems to me that if you attend the SSPX chapel and all you hear is harangues against Francis and the “modernist Church” blah blah blah and you are sensing that that scandalous preaching is affecting your unity with the local church, then that would be a reason to reflect on why you were going to the SSPX chapel.

You can go to confession and be validly absolved by SSPX priests, just as with regular priests.

It is now in most places possible validly to marry at an SSPX chapel, so long as they are working in harmony with the local diocese in the matter of marriages.  I don’t know of a US diocese where this is not the case.

In 99% of cases, lay people want reverent worship and solid, trustworthy preaching.  And in 99% of cases, that’s what they will get at chapels of the SSPX.  There are rotten lay apples and rotten clerical apples in our big barrel.  They are rare.   But a rotten apple can do a lot of harm to the rest of the barrel.

Be prudent.

And remember that God cannot be deceived when it comes to motives.

I suppose now that some will jump in with all sorts of notions and assertions that you can’t fulfill your obligation.  They are all wrong and I am right.

And, as my old pastor used to say, “When you’re right, you can’t be wrong.”

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Concerning the upcoming Synod, Germans and Tapirs

I try try try to give these Synod (“walking together”) guys the benefit of the doubt, but does anyone sincerely believe that talking about married clergy is really about shortage of priests in a mission country?  Really?

I can’t say that I do.

I suspect what it’s really going to be is a way for weird German theologians and bishops, using their huge economic clout in mission fields, to ram through married clergy so that they can then migrate the same back into Germany.

Thus, at the Synod, the Germans are sticking their South America Tapir’s nose under the tent.

I want to be wrong about this.

That said, I was sent a link to a site that makes an interesting point.  At the site Unam Sanctam I read:

The ostensible reason the ordination of married “elders” is being discussed for the Amazon is because of a critical priest shortage in the region.

Let us set aside for a moment the fact that the ideologue of the Amazon Synod, Bishop Fritz Lobinger, has stated that the priest shortage is not the real reason for the proposal to ordain married men; let us look at the historical background of “priest shortages” in general.

The Amazon is more or less a missionary region. I do not deny there is a priest shortage there. But there have always been priest shortages in mission areas. How is this a new problem? Mission territories generally don’t have the population density or Catholic base to produce a sufficient level of indigenous priests. This is why evangelical efforts in mission countries have typically been spearheaded by foreign priests supported by subscriptions or donations from the faithful in more thoroughly Christianized areas. This is just common sense.


There’s more but that’s the essential part.

There have always been a shortage in mission countries.   The shortage stops when it isn’t a mission country anymore.  Right?

Wouldn’t a strong sign that a country isn’t a mission territory anymore be that produce locally an adequate number of priests for replacement and growth?

These USA, by the way, are a mission country.

Germany is a mission country for sure.  So, if the Amazon, which is a mission country, then why not Germany and these USA?


I need to revive that old project I thought up the last time this topic boiled to the surface.  I think it was called “P-Harmony”, a dating service for priests to meet prospective wives.  Because, as you know, priests… gosh… what a catch we are.  Don’t line up all at once, ladies.


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ACTION ITEM: How you can help defend the Seal of Confession in California

Every once in a while, some legal case pops up whereby one side tries to undermine the Seal of Confession. These attempts usually go down in defeat. However, each time they are advanced, the needle is bumped ever so slightly in their desired direction.

In California the Seal of Confession is under attack.

A priest friend sent me this:

If you get a chance while you’re enjoying the Acton Conference, you might encourage people to join the fight against California’s attempt to punish priests for keeping the seal of the confessional.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has a webpage on what people can do:

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“This ‘Communion in the hand’ thing needs to stop.”

I received this from a priest…

Dear and Reverend Father,

I thought that you may find the attached image useful, as heartbreaking and enraging as it is. Today, an elderly woman came into my office. She was very confused and upset. She handed me this book and explained that she found it while cleaning out the estate of a deceased friend.

Inside the book, she found two Hosts. I thanked her and told her I would take care of it. She left, relieved.

I don’t know whether they were consecrated (I’ve already consumed them). I also don’t see why anyone would have two unconsecrated hosts in their possession.

This “Communion in the hand” thing needs to stop.

Thank you for all you do, and know of my prayers! Peace!

I might add this…

Father, those are Hosts which were found because they were in a book.

Then there are the Hosts which are never found, because they were taken for evil purposes.  There are the Hosts which were simply thrown away.

This Communion in the hand thing…. it has to stop.

CITH… just say ‘No’.

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#ActonU 2019 Day 4: Great people… great content

I’ve been to a lot of conferences.   Often, things get behind schedule due to lack of planning and discipline (which is disrespectful of the participants and speakers).

None of that at Acton University!  Things run on time.  You never have to guess about where to go and when.

This is one of the many benefits of attending Acton U.

Another is that the food is genuinely good for a large group of people.  There are about 1000 people from (I think) 85 countries.

Last night our speaker was an amazing young man, the Brazilian prosecutor who is driving the incredibly complex and far-ranging Car Wash corruption investigation.   Deltan Martinazzo Dallagnol told us last night that this isn’t just a matter of prosecuting corrupt politicians.   Another true motive is to return to the public good the vast sums of money that have been misappropriated.   The talk was riveting.

In the evening, after supper and the talk, a bunch of us got together and chatted over some drinks.  Very pleasant.

This morning was Mass, of course, to start the day.   A kind soul sent a couple of photos.

As for the courses, I stuck my head into an intriguing talk about what monks who make booze can tell us about capital. The focus was the Grand Chartreuse. My friend MNF would have been over the moon.

Here’s one of the spacious common area in the center.

A glimpse of part of today’s schedule on the well-designed appl.

I had to say hello to Sam Gregg, of course.

More later.


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Archd. of Indianapolis says Jesuit school isn’t Catholic

UPDATE 22 June:

CNA has more of the back story.


UPDATE 21 June:

Check out canonist Ed Peters on this story. HERE


You may have already seen this, but I’m both glad and sad to post it. This speaks for itself.

Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ statement on Brebeuf:

Decree acknowledges Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School’s choice to no longer retain its Catholic identity

The Catholic Church teaches that Catholic schools are integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and to be places of learning where students encounter the living Christ.

All those who minister in Catholic educational institutions carry out an important ministry in communicating the fullness of Catholic teaching to students both by word and action inside and outside the classroom. It is their duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice. To effectively bear witness to Christ, whether they teach religion or not, all ministers in their professional and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic Church teaching. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis recognizes all teachers, guidance counselors and administrators as ministers. A comprehensive description of Catholic Church teaching can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

In the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, every archdiocesan Catholic school and private Catholic school has been instructed to clearly state in its contracts and ministerial job descriptions that all ministers must convey and be supportive of all teachings of the Catholic Church.

Regrettably, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School has freely chosen not to enter into such agreements that protect the important ministry of communicating the fullness of Catholic teaching to students. Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School has chosen to no longer be recognized as a Catholic institution by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The attached decree is effective as of June 21, 2019.

So, the powers at the school didn’t want to be Catholic. They got their wish. The bishop did his job.

It is sad that this happened. I am glad it happened.

I’m glad the bihsop made the tough call and I hope that other bishops will be strengthened in their own dealing with Jesuits and other in their dioceses.

Meanwhile… Jesuit homosexualist Fr James Martin wrote:

Breaking: Brebeuf Jesuit Prep, a Jesuit school in Indianapolis, stands with its LGBT employees after the Archdiocese of Indianapolis ordered the school to fire a teacher who entered into a same-sex marriage. The Archdiocese now no longer recognizes the school as Catholic (Thread)

If that was the reason – I suspect there are other issues as well – then …GOOD!

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#ActonU 2019 Day 1 = Day 3: getting up to speed

Once again I have the pleasure of participating in Acton Institute’s summer event, Acton University, several days of outstanding lectures and meeting people from dozens of countries and varying walks of life and religions.

Getting here wasn’t easy this time.  I was in NYC for a previous engagement and then encountered flight nightmare, including mechanical problems that took our plane back to LGA.

As soon as we landed, there was a “ground stop” for weather.  Then they had to find another plane.  Then we had to get out of the tangle of planes waiting to leave.  It was awful.

However, it was deja vu.  The first flight returned to LGA because both the AC units were out.  It was really hot in that airplane.   Sound familiar?  This was the same pattern as when I went to Gitmo, and that plane crashed.   As a matter of fact, when this flight returned to LGA there were lots of emergency vehicles along the runway with their lights on.

But I digress… I arrived.

This morning we had a lovely Missa Cantata with Gregorian chant.

The bookstore always has good stuff.  Lib heads would either get straighten out in a hurry, or explode.

David Clayton, who always comes, also writes for NLM.  And Bradley’s book is a must.

Meanwhile, start ’em young.

The early schedule each day reflects the diversity of the attendees.


Jennifer Roback Morse of Ruth Institute

ALWAYS good.

On “gender ideology”. As you know “gender ideology” is from Hell.

The idea is that gender ideology is putting western society at risk.

Jennifer used for the example of how Fr Cusick was tweet-mobbed for suggesting that women should dress modestly in church.

She also used examples of Drag Queen stuff in libraries and boys beating girls in sports.

Combating gender ideology… remember…

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ASK FATHER: Do we receive also the Holy Spirit in Communion?

From a reader…


Father, as the solemnity of the Holy Trinity is close ahead, a friend of mine was wondering: if the Trinity can never be split, do we receive the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist?

I thought not exactly, since it’s the Body of Christ that was given to us on the Cross and I also thought that if saying that either the Father or the Holy Spirit died or suffered is a heresy, then it would be wrong to do such a connection in the Sacrament offered at the Altar of the Cross, the Supper of the Lamb and the Sacrifice of Christ.

When we receive the Eucharist, we receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. Christ is pre-eminently and substantially present in the Eucharist.

However, the Holy Trinity is a community of Divine Persons in perfect unity. Every act of each Person also is an act of the other Persons. One acts, all act. The Eucharist is the eternal offering of the Son to the Father renewed beyond the strictures of space and time (now that He has entered the heavenly Temple as High Priest). The Holy Spirit brings about Communion. We can consider what the CCC says:

1358 We must therefore consider the Eucharist as:

– thanksgiving and praise to the Father;
– the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his Body;
– the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Spirit.

Christ is substantially present under the appearances of bread and wine.  But, because of the unity of the Persons of the Trinity, when we receive the Eucharist, we receive – in somewhat different senses – all three Persons.

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ASK FATHER: Obligation to attend the local parish instead of going somewhere else

From a reader…


Someone told me that I am bound to attend mass at my territorial parish, even though it is a rule that is not followed by many people. I was told this as reason for why I should not be attending the TLM at a church about 30 minutes away from my house. Is this true? Am I required to attend mass only at my territorial parish church?

In the 1983 Code of Canon Law we find that on Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass (can. 1247).  We also find that, “a person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass.(can. 1248 §1).

Hence, you can go to Mass anywhere, so long as it is a Catholic Mass.

In the older Code, now superseded by the 1983 Code, there was a stronger obligation to attend one’s local parish.

Keep in mind also that there are different kinds of parishes.  Some are territorial and some are personal.   An example of a personal parish is my home parish in St. Paul, St. Agnes, which founded within the boundaries of a territorial parish but for immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and German speakers.  Some parishes today are for certain ethnic or immigrant groups or even TLM parishes for those who want tradition.

But it you don’t belong to one of these personal parishes, then you are probably under the jurisdiction of the pastor of the local territorial parish.  You are not obliged to attend Mass there, but the local pastor can still have a say in your life, when it comes to sacraments.  Say, for example, you live in one territorial parish, but you are attend Mass in a different territorial parish.  You get involved, find a gal, and want to get married.  Your true, local territorial pastor must give permission to the other territorial pastor.

Many people find a parish across town which they prefer.  They “register” in the parish.  That doesn’t make you a member (unless, for example, there are “personal parish” issues).  Registration helps for when you need some service, but you are not thereby a member.

Keep in mind that, out of justice, if you are receiving services from a parish, you should be supporting the parish financially (or an equivalent) as well.

Ironically, were pastors of parishes to follow the prescripts of law that outlines what their duties are, fewer people would want to escape to another place.   If pastors insist on their prerogatives outlined by law, then lay people should do the same.

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Online Shopping Reminder and BIRETTA PROJECT

Folks, when you shop using Amazon, please consider entering Amazon through the links on this blog.  That way I get a small percentage of each sale.  The percentage depends on the product.  It’s very helpful.

Amazon didn’t like that I had a link to search box with their logo and the made me remove it: why, I can’t grasp.   However, I have a couple things on the right side bar which you can click to go into Amazon.  Use any of those links and, for that session, my code will be associated with anything you get.

It might take an extra 5 seconds to come back here and to go into Amazon through my link.  I can assure you that it is significant for me when you do.

One reader here does ordering for his business through my link.  That’s really helpful.


Meanwhile, here’s a link right away.  I’ll even make it easy for you Brits!

I’m reading, after many many years, Stendahl’s The Red and The Black.  I’m reading a hardback copy I picked up second hand for a couple bucks.  YOU on the other hand, can get it through Amazon in a couple clicks, even for your Kindle with nearly immediate effect!


Every seminarian and every young priest should read this book.  As a matter of fact, I think I will include it among books for seminarians which we’ve been doing for several years now.   For example, in 2017 and 2014.



I am told by John at Leaflet Missal that, so far, we’ve managed to send out about 200 birettas to seminarians.

Biretta by biretta.

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