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VIDEO 1950 – Pontifical Mass in Westminster Cathedral

A reader sent me a link to some 1950 Pathé film of a Pontifical Mass in Westminster Cathedral, London.

Check out the TWO cappa recessional at about 5:15.

It skips around a lot and there are patches with no audio, but you get a sense of the event.  Also, you see what we don’t do in these USA, because there are no chapters of canons here.  Too bad.

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Cong. for Worship considers (’bout time) more dignified “Sign of Peace”. POLL

I have posted polls about your feelings about the “Sign of Peace” during the Novus Ordo.

I saw this today at CNA:

Vatican announces desire for more restrained sign of peace at Mass

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Congregation for Divine Worship, in a recent circular letter, announced that the placement of the sign of peace within Mass will not change, though it suggested several ways the rite could be performed with greater dignity.  [NO!  Really?]

“The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments … pronounced in favor of maintaining the ‘rite’ and ‘sign’ of peace in the place it has now in the Ordinary of the Mass,” Fr. Jose Maria Gil Tamayo, secretary general of the Spanish bishops’ conference, related in a July 28 memo. [And it is up to the discretion of the celebrant.]

He noted that this was done out of consideration of the placement of the rite of peace as “a characteristic of the Roman rite,” and “not believing it to be suitable for the faithful to introduce structural changes in the Eucharistic Celebration, at this time.”

The sign of peace is made after the consecration and just prior to the reception of Communion; it had been suggested that it be moved so that it would precede the presentation of the gifts.

Fr. Gil’s memo was sent to the Spanish bishops, and prefaced the Congregation for Divine Worship’s circular letter, which was signed June 8 by Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, its prefect, and its secretary, Archbishop Arthur Roche. The circular had been approved and confirmed the previous day by Pope Francis. [The plot thickens!]

The letter made four concrete suggestions about how the dignity of the sign of peace could be maintained against abuses.

Fr. Gil explained that the circular letter is a fruit of the 2005 synod of bishops on the Eucharist, in which the possibility of moving the rite was discussed.

“During the Synod of Bishops there was discussion about the appropriateness of greater restraint in this gesture, which can be exaggerated and cause a certain distraction in the assembly just before the reception of Communion,” Benedict XVI wrote in his post-synodal apostolic exhortation ‘Sacramentum caritatis’.

He added that “I have asked the competent curial offices to study the possibility of moving the sign of peace to another place, such as before the presentation of the gifts at the altar … taking into account ancient and venerable customs and the wishes expressed by the Synod Fathers.”

An inspiration for the suggested change was Christ’s exhortation, at Mt. 5:23, that “if you remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your offering before the altar, and go be reconciled first.” It would also have brought the Roman rite into conformity, in that respect, with the Ambrosian rite, celebrated in Milan.

The Neo-Catechumenal Way, a lay movement in the Church, has already displaced the sign of peace, in its celebration of the Roman rite, to before the presentation of the gifts.

The Vatican congregation’s decision to maintain the placement of the sign of peace was the fruit of dialogue with the world’s bishops, which began in 2008, and in consultation with both Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

The Congregation for Divine Worship said it would “offer some practical measures to better express the meaning of the sign of peace and to moderate excesses, which create confusion in the liturgical assembly just prior to Communion.” [The traditional liturgical method works well.]

“If the faithful do not understand and do not show, in their ritual gestures, the true significance of the right of peace, they are weakened in the Christian concept of peace, and their fruitful participation in the Eucharist is negatively affected.”

On this basis, the congregation offered four suggestions which are to form the “nucleus” of catechesis on the sign of peace.

First, while confirming the importance of the rite, it emphasized that “it is completely legitimate to affirm that it is not necessary to invite ‘mechanistically’ to exchange (the sign of) peace.[YES!] The rite is optional, the congregation reminded, and there certainly are times and places where it is not fitting.  [BOOYA!]

Its second recommendation was that as translations are made of the third typical edition of the Roman Missal, bishops’ conference should consider “changing the way in which the exchange of peace is made.” It suggested in particular that “familiar and worldly gestures of greeting” should be substituted with “other, more appropriate gestures.”

The congregation for worship also noted that there are several abuses of the rite which are to be stopped: the introduction of a “song of peace,” which does not exist in the Roman rite; [I don't recall seeing that.]the faithful moving from their place to exchange the sign; the priest leaving the altar to exchange the sign with the faithful; and when, at occasions such as weddings or funerals, it becomes an occasion for congratulations or condolences.

The Congregation for Divine Worship’s final exhortation was that episcopal conferences prepare liturgical catechesis on the significance of the rite of peace, and its correct observation.

“The intimate relation between ‘lex orandi’ and ‘lex credendi’ should obviously be extended to ‘lex vivendi’,” the congregation’s letter concluded.

“That Catholics are today faced with the grave commitment to build a more just and peaceful world, implies a more profound understanding of the Christian meaning of peace and of its expression in liturgical celebration.”

It’s only been… how many decades?

Let’s rejoin the last POLL I posted, in progress.

Pick your best answer.

3rd ROUND: The congregation's "sign of peace" during (Novus Ordo) Mass

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2 August until midnight: “Portiuncula” Plenary (or Partial) Indulgence

From midnight tonight to midnight 2 August, you can gain the “Portinuncula” Indulgence.

Catholic Encyclopedia

St. Francis, as you know, repaired three chapels. The third was popularly called the Portiuncula or the Little Portion, dedicated to St. Mary of the Angels. It is now enclosed in a sanctuary at Assisi.

The friars came to live at the Little Portion in early 1211. It became the “motherhouse” of the Franciscans. This is where St. Clare came to the friars to make her vows during the night following Palm Sunday in 1212 and where Sister Death came to Francis on 3 October 1226.

Because of the favors from God obtained at the Portiuncula, St. Francis requested the Pope to grant remission of sins to all who came there. The privilege extends beyond the Portiuncula to others churches, especially held by Franciscans, throughout the world.

A plenary indulgence is a mighty tool for works of mercy and weapon in our ongoing spiritual warfare. A plenary indulgence is the remission, through the merits of Christ and the saints, through the Church, of all temporal punishment due to sin already forgiven.

To obtain the Portiuncula plenary indulgence, a person must visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels at Assisi, or a Franciscan sanctuary, or one’s parish church, with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels. Then perform the work of reciting the Creed and Our Father and pray for the Pope’s designated intentions. You should be free, at least intentionally, of attachment to venial and mortal sin, and truly repentant. Make your sacramental confession 8 days before or after. Participate at assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion 8 days before or after.

BTW… the faithful can gain a plenary indulgence on a day of the year he designates (cf. Ench. Indul. 33 1.2.d). You might choose the anniversary of your baptism or of another sacrament or name day.



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31 July: St. Ignatius of Loyola – Of the Church Militant and book shredding

Here is the Martyrologium Romanum entry for this great saint and founder of the Society of Jesus. (To the right is my first class relic of St. Ignatius).

Memoria sancti Ignatii de Loyola, presbyteri, qui, hispanus in Cantabria natus, in aula regia et militia vitam egit, donec, post grave vulnus acceptum ad Deum conversus, Lutetiae Parisiorum studia theologica complevit et primos socios sibi ascivit, quos postea in Societatem Iesu Romae constituit, ubi ipse fructuosum exercuit ministerium et in operis conscribendis et in discipulis instituendis, ad maiorem Dei gloriam.

This morning Holy Mass was celebrated in the presence of a 1st class relic of the saint.

Here is the spiffy Collect from 1962 edition of the Missale Romanum:


Deus, qui ad maiorem tui nominis gloriam propagandam, novo per beatum Ignatium subsidio militantem Ecclesiam roborasti: concede; ut, eius auxilio et imitatione certantes in terris, coronari cum ipso mereamur in caelis.


O God, who strengthened the Church militant with a new reinforcement through blessed Ignatius, in order to spread widely the greater glory of Your Name, grant that we, who are contending on earth by his help and example, may deserve to be crowned with him in heaven.

The Novus Ordo Collect for Ignatius was weenied-down, I think:

Deus, qui ad maiorem tui nominis gloriam propagandam
beatum Ignatium in Ecclesia tua suscitasti,
concede, ut, eius auxilio et imitatione certantes in terris,
coronari cum ipso meramur in caelis.

Notice anything missing??

Let’s have your perfect renderings of the prayers.

Here is a shot of the altar and tomb of the saint in the Church called the Gesù in the heart of Rome.

Now that’s an altar.  Church architecture reflects the Church’s understanding of her own identity.  Each era has a different expression.  Compare and contrast.

To the right and near the bottom, along where the Communion rails were until recently, are allegorical statues of faith. They are among my favorites in Rome.  Angels tear up the books of the heretics Luther and Calvin.  When the statues were cleaned, the Jesuits, craven gits, extracted the bronze letters of the authors names and ripped out the rails.

Were these statues to have experienced a true aggiornamento, they’d be tearing up The Pill and the Fishwrap, though I admit there are many other candidates.

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Nancy Pelosi rides again!

Hamas is a “humanitarian organization.”

“And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization,” Pelosi said to Crowley.


Perhaps she should go spend some with Hamas in order to find out what’s in it.

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Meltdown Countdown: Fishwrap on the Synod

The Synod on the Family will start in October.   Already the dissidents at the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) are whining.   They have twigged to the fact that they are not going to get what they want.

Today there is an editorial which shows that they are starting to panic.

Editorial: Obstacles riddle synod on the family’s path

Editor’s note: The 50-page instrumentum laboris, or working document, that was released June 26 and will guide the discussion during the October Synod of Bishops on the family was dry and impersonal, lifeless almost, and that confounded us at NCR.
From personal experience [You see... it's all about "experience".] and from listening to colleagues, readers and friends, we have experienced marriage and family life as life-giving and joyous. Marriage and family life is not without its challenges and struggles; [and, since I'm not married dare I guess, "experiences"?] it offers ample lessons in humility and forgiveness, but that, too, at the best of times can be nurturing. [Just what does that mean? Lessons are "nurturing"?] If the writers of the instrumentum laboris, which is now supposed to be being studied in dioceses throughout the world, had begun with the fundamental experience of people who have lived in marriages and raised families, we wondered, how different would it have been? [And just imagine the difference had the experience been intermediate or even advanced!]


Accordingly, the instrumentum laboris for the upcoming extraordinary session (a second, ordinary session dealing with the same subject will be held in October 2015) bears some remarkable observations and questions on such topics as natural law and divorced and remarried Catholics.  [When dissidents start mentioning "natural law", you know that they are soon going to say that deviant sex is just fine, or maybe even a "nurturing experience".]

It is imperative, however, to first understand [to first split an infinitive] the culture in which the synod mentality is rooted. [Do you pick up the scare word? If you said "mentality", you got it right!] As diverse as the issues and personalities involved in meetings of bishops from around the world, a common thread binds all of these gatherings. They have been, without exception, organized by, participated in and interpreted for the world by a tiny representation of humanity, celibate and exclusively male, [as opposed to... partially male? hermaphroditic?] whose careers [Oooo! Pope Francis would like them!] have been largely dedicated to maintaining the status quo [Oooo!  BAAAD.  We want change!] in a very exclusive fraternity. [C'mon.  "Very"? It's either exclusive or it ain't.]

The disparity between those who will be doing the talking and deciding and those who will be talked about — the instrumentum is concerned primarily with married men and women, as well as homosexual persons [DING! You knew it was coming.] — is, in this instance, particularly glaring.


They are lowering expectations, I guess.   But wait!  There’s more:

Finally, [not really - There's another "Finally," several paragraphs later.] how effective might a synod be in its consideration of marriage and the family when, again, the celibate men of the institution insist on rules regarding contraception that much of the community has consistently rejected for more than 50 years?  [Decoded: The majority opinion (of the so-well-informed) should determine the Church's doctrine.]

A section of the document abounds in the church’s soaring rhetoric about marriage, analogizing it to the Trinitarian love of God and Christ’s relationship with his church. Marriage is called “the great mystery” and a fundamental “community of love.”

But when discussing sex, the deepest human expression of enduring love between two people, humans are reduced to the level of baboons, their only legitimate purpose for engaging in sex the production of more little humans. Love and procreation are reduced to biological necessity. And if that is not the primary intent of every sexual act, then the marriage is fundamentally flawed in the church’s eyes. [You can sense what this is driving at, right?]

The working paper for the synod claims the reason the teaching is rejected is because of lousy catechesis. Lots of married people would tell the synod it’s because of even worse theology and anthropology. [So much for Catholic Doctrine!] The men making the rules really don’t understand the profound joy and endless implications of conjugal love in an enduring, committed relationship. They don’t understand, in any ongoing, experiential way, that fundamental “community of love.” [Get it?] It is about far more than producing offspring. Responsible parenthood involves so much more than making certain that each instance of sexual expression could result in another child. [See it?]

Nor does the paper address at all what marriage could mean for those unable to conceive, or those who marry beyond their childbearing years. And dare we mention the reality that keeps pressing on us with a logic that seems to be accepted more and more by segments of the community — homosexuals in a committed, loving relationship?  [DING!  There it is!  You knew it was coming, didn't you.  Decoded: If a whole bunch of Catholics want to stick what they have anywhere they want then, hey!, the Church had better change its bad theology and lousy anthropology.]


I see that the Catholic League also picked up on this whine. Here is what they say:

What accounts for them acting out? They are alternating between rage and depression. They thought Pope Francis would usher in their dream—the Protestantization of the Catholic Church—but instead they have come to the conclusion that they will not get their way this fall. But only a baboon would have thought they were going to win in the first place.

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It’s a terrible thought: dying excommunicated…

I want you to stop for a moment and do something: Right now… try to imagine what goes through the mind of a soul during her first 15 seconds in Hell.  The realization of where you are…

“This can’t … be happening… to ME….

But. It. Has.

Let’s get a couple things clear.

We should never wish Hell for a person out of malice.  We must pray that both God’s mercy and God’s justice place people exactly where they ought to be.  If that place is Hell, so be it, but we should prefer and pray that all find the means to attain heaven, even after an unfathomably long time of purgation.  We especially pray for God’s mercy on all obvious sinners, just as we pray for mercy for ourselves, for wee, too, are sinners.  We should desire that even the most horrible of sinners, in their last moments at least, repent and throw themselves on God’s loving mercy.

Secondly, excommunication is not a sentence to Hell.  Excommunication means that you may not receive the sacraments.  But think about how much harder it is to get to heaven without the sacraments!  The sacraments are the ordinary means of our salvation.  Christ Himself willed that we receive sacraments.  He gave them to us.  When you are excommunicated, you cannot receive Communion or go to confession.

How much harder is it to reach Heaven without the sacraments?   Lots.  How much easier is it to go to Hell?  Lots.

This is something that the divorced and civilly remarried had better start thinking about, especially if they are going about their business as if they haven’t placed themselves in real spiritual peril.  For example, every time they would go to Holy Communion, they would be committing the sin of sacrilege.  ”Sacrilege”… the improper or irreverent treatment of something sacred… in this case the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, God.  If that isn’t seriously bad, I don’t know what is.

Does that sound like something that you can do over and over again and still get to heaven?  Really?

The above goes for all of you who are in the state of mortal sin for any reason and are still trooping up for Communion as if nothing were wrong.

Having a great day yet?  Let’s make it even better.   You are all going to die someday and you don’t know when that will be.  When you die, you will go to your judgment and the verdict is eternal.  Get that?  Once given, it can never change.

Are you ready, or are there some things you need to get straightened out?

I turn now to something I saw at Fishwrap, where they shamelessly and scandalously promote the ordination of women.  Get this headline:

First woman priest ordained in New Jersey dies

First, she wasn’t a priest, wasn’t ordained.

Newton, N.J. Mary Ann McCarthy Schoettly was not known to brag, but many among the more than 150 who attended her memorial service Monday at Newton Presbyterian Church [How sad is that?  But remember... she was excommunicated.] said she had plenty to boast about.

One thing she could have trumpeted was that she had received all seven Catholic sacraments. [No. She hadn't.  It is a matter of wonder that Fishwrap publishes this rubbish without hesitation.] From her baptism in 1942 to her more recent reception of the anointing of the sick, she had made her first confession, first Communion and been confirmed in her youth. Later, she entered into matrimony.

But what set her apart from the others in the church was her ordination to the priesthood. [No, she wasn't.  She attempted something that was impossible and then simulated the celebration of the Eucharist, publicly, which is a horrible sin.] Schoettly was the first Roman Catholic Womenpriest from New Jersey to be ordained. [No.] Her [fake] ordination took place for the St. Mary Magdalene Community in Philadelphia in 2009.

Schoettly died July 22, the feast of Mary Magdalene. At the time of her passing, she had been co-presiding over the Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community, [sheesh] which meets every Sunday for worship and faith sharing in Sparta, N.J., and once a month in Morristown, N.J.


The assembly was encouraged to participate in the Eucharist by joining the celebrant in the words of consecration. Following the opening hymn, “All Are Welcome,” Corso repeated the welcome when it was time “for all” to come forward and receive the gluten-free bread and alcohol-free wine.


If you have the stomach to, read the rest of this goofy but tragic business over there.

Remember: Those who attempt ordination like this, to the diaconate or priesthood, incur the censure of excommunication.  Any attempt to celebrate the Eucharistic Sacrifice, Mass, by someone not truly ordained to the priesthood commits a delictum gravius. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 2008 decree confirms that these “attempted ordinations” are invalid.  Cann. 1378 and 1443 apply to those who participate in these fake ordinations.  Those involved are automatically excommunicated.

As faithful Catholics we hope for the salvation of this poor deluded soul and for the conversion of all those who are set on that same path.  It is a horrible thing to be excommunicated and to die excommunicated.

Now that you have, hopefully, been frightened about Hell, stop and say a prayer for the soul of poor Mary Ann, who died recently.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord…

Fishwrap closed the combox on that entry. Wisely. I shall turn on the moderation queue.



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INTERNET PRAYER UPDATE: Tagalog AUDIO added (Klingon on the way)

I am delighted to report that a reader sent me a recording of the now well-known “Internet Prayer” in Tagalog.

It makes my day when I get recordings of native speakers reading this prayer.  It really makes my day when I get new language versions.  And it super really makes my day when yet another diocese has approved a translation.  Yes, that happens.

Here is the Tagalog version.


Isang panalangin bago pumasok sa internet:

Diyos na makapangyarihan at walang hanggan, na lumikha sa amin ayon sa Iyong imahen at nagtagubiling hanapin ang lahat ng mabuti, totoo, at maganda, lalo na sa  banal na persona ng Bugtong Mong Anak, ang aming Panginoong Hesukristo, nagsusumamo kami na Iyong tulungan, sa pamamagitan ni San Isidro, Obispo at Doktor, sa aming mga paglalakbay sa internet na akayin lamang ang aming mga kamay at mata sa nakalulugod sa Iyo at pakitunguhan nang may habag at tiyaga ang lahat ng kaluluwang makikilala. Sa pamamagitan ni Kristong aming Panginoon. Amen.

By the way, I hope to have an audio version of Klingon soon.

I am waiting for a translation in Japanese. I welcome other language submissions. Help is appreciated.

I would also very much like a video of the prayer in ASL, American Sign Language and in other sign language versions.

Look at the different languages on that page (HERE). If you are a native speaker, please consider making a recording, including the title. You could probably make a voice memo on your smart phone and then email it to me. Use the link at the top blog menu to make contact.

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Card. Pell: Holder of Vatican purse strings, celebrant of Traditional Roman Rite


Sandro Magister at Settimo Cielo has a piece about the ever more influential Card. Pell, who has control of Vatican purse strings.

Magister’s piece, in Italian, opens with a mention of the upcoming Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum 23-25 October. I am helping with a pilgrimage to Rome which will coincide with the event. Among other things, Card. Pell will celebrate a Pontifical Mass at the traditional parish Ss. Trinità dei Pelegrini.

In any event, Magister’s point is that Card. Pell is on the rise in Rome and he celebrates Mass also in the traditional Roman form.

It isn’t likely that Pope Francis cares one way or another about Card. Pell celebrating the older, traditional Roman Rite.  I, however, am delighted that he does.  When I visited the beautifully appointed Domus Australia in Rome, which while he was still in Sydney Card. Pell undertook to create from the old Marist college, I saw that the chapel’s side altars were equipped with altar cards and traditional books.  I visited the Domus Australia the last time I was in Rome.  HERE

Fr Z kudos to Card. Pell.

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JUST TOO COOL: Acuity Flagpole Project

This is very cool.  I must go see this soon.  The Acuity Flagpole Project.

It has pendula inside! It has its own internal climate!

Standing 400 feet tall, the new Acuity Insurance Flagpole is the tallest flagpole in North America (#tallestUSflag). Located on the Acuity Insurance headquarters campus in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, along Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, the pole supports a 60-foot-wide by 120-foot-long American flag. Located at the base of the flagpole is a brick paver patio featuring the names of Sheboygan County residents killed in active duty.

Flagpole Facts:

  • 400-foot flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds
  • There are two versions of the 60- by 120-foot flag:
  • - 220 pound flag is flown during normal conditions
  • - 350 pound flag is flown during harsher weather
  • Each star is 3 feet high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet wide
  • 680 cubic yards of concrete used in foundation
  • Over 500 gallons of paint cover the pole
  • 11-foot diameter at base tapers to 5 1/2-foot diameter at top
  • Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration
  • Designed to withstand a low temperature of -42°F

For more videos, images, and information visit the Acuity Flagpole project page.

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