Brick by Brick in Knoxville: 1st TLM of new priest!

And I don’t mean goldbrick, either.  From a long-time reader here comes this great story and great photos:

Having viewed images from time to time of first EF Masses in fancier places (like Madison), WDTPRS readers might see interest in one in a remote location like Knoxville off the beaten path:

Following his June 27 ordination in Knoxville (TN) by Bishop Richard F. Stika (Knoxville, TN), Fr. Michael Hendershott celebrated on June 28 at Knoxville’s Holy Ghost Church his first solemn high Mass in the extraordinary form, accompanied by the Knoxville Latin Mass Schola singing Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G. His first EF Mass was an especially significant event in the life of the Knoxville Latin Mass Community–as a high school student back in 2005, he was an altar server for our first Knoxville TLM under the indult granted by (then) Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz, now Archbishop of Louisville and President of the USCCB. Fr. John Orr, who celebrated that first EF Mass here, stood Sunday as the assistant priest at Fr. Hendershott’s side as he himself celebrated for the first time the traditional Latin Mass which he credits for his vocation. The deacon, subdeacon, and several priests attending in choro were fellow students of Fr. Hendershott’s during his years of study at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (Philadelphia), Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (St. Louis), and finally at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Photos by Roy Ehman of the Knoxville Latin Mass Community are posted


PS1. Our longtime KLMC photographer Roy Ehman, responsible from the beginning for the visual image of our community, appreciates inclusion of the credit line “Photos by Roy Ehman” (as in the description above) when his photos are shown.



Nice vestments.

Fr. Z kudos.  This is the true New Evangelization.

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New Commissar appointed over the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

I saw at Corrispondenza Romana the news that a new Commissar has been appointed over the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.

The new Commissar (Apostolic Commissioner) is a canonist, Salesian Fr. Sabino Ardito.  Two assistants were also appointed, also canonists, a Cappuchin and a Jesuit.

The first, former, Commissar, Fr. Fidenzio Volpi died in June.

Let us pray that prudence and justice are applied in all judgments concerning the FFIs.

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SSPX Bp. Fellay: “we are on the eve of important events that we cannot yet define”

SSPX Bp Bernard FellayIn other news, the head of the SSPX, Bp. Bernard Fellay, gave an interview to Present in which he spoke of the status quaestionis these days, both within the Society (a priestly society, remember) and outside. HERE


Present: In an interview with Fideliter in 2001, you mentioned the “movement of profound sympathy from the young clergy for the Society.” Has this movement grown, especially with the motu proprio in 2007?

Bishop Fellay: Without a doubt! The motu proprio gave this movement a new impetus. And it is important to insist upon Benedict XVI’s interest for the liturgy in general. He truly wished to put the entire traditional liturgy, not only the Mass, at the disposition of the priests and the faithful; this did not happen because there was too much opposition. But the young priests identify with this liturgy, precisely because it is timeless. The Church lives in eternity.

The liturgy does also too, which is why it is always young. Close to God, it is outside of time. So it is no surprise that the baptismal character makes this harmony resound even in souls that have never known the liturgy. And the way the young priests react when they discover this liturgy is moving: they have the impression a treasure has been hidden from them.


A few weeks ago, the Society’s seminaries were visited by Cardinal Brandmuller and Bishop Schneider. These visits are a public connection with the “official Church”. Isn’t that vital?

The link with the Church is vital. The manifestations of this connection can vary. The dates and places for these visits were left up to me; the Vatican chose the names. I chose the seminaries because they seemed to me to be the most eloquent and representative for the bishops.

What were the first reactions of these bishops?

They were very satisfied. “You are normal people,” they told us…which goes to show the reputation we have! They congratulated us on the quality of our seminarians. There is no doubt that their conclusion after this first closer contact was that we are a work of the Church.

Have you been in contact with any bishops who support you discreetly?

Of course! When we see that priests are coming closer to us today and entering into contact with us, we can easily conclude that the same is true on the higher level…



Where is the Society today? What are its strong points and its weak points? What future do you foresee for it?

I see a peaceful future. It is a work that has been entrusted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary; all we have to do is remain faithful to their will. This Church is the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who remains her head and will not allow her to be destroyed.

The Society’s weaknesses? The risk of separation is serious. Look at the caricature of Tradition that calls itself the “Resistance”, for example: it is a non-Catholic spirit that is almost sectarian. We wish to have nothing to do with it; it is a movement that is withdrawn into itself, with people who think that they are the only good and just men on earth: that is not Catholic. It is an objective, but relative danger. Most of the Society is healthy and will not fall into these illusions. This encourages us to rely upon supernatural means. God will show us what He wants of us; He will speak through circumstances.

The strong points? The living fidelity that bears fruit and shows the world today that the Catholic life, even with all its requirements, is possible. But—another weak point—we are men of our times, and it would be a dream to pretend that we are immunized against the influence of the modern world. To be more precise, we must avoid the caricature of wishing for a Church without wrinkles or stains here below: that is not what the good Lord promised us on this earth. That is not what the “Holy Church” means; it means that she is capable of sanctifying using the means given by Our Lord: the sacraments, the Faith, discipline, religious life, the life of prayer.

What do you think of Cardinal Sarah’s suggestion of introducing the traditional offertory into the New Mass?

It is not a new idea; it has been around in Rome for ten years. I am glad it has been taken up again. Some criticize the idea, saying it is a way of mixing the profane with the sacred. On the contrary, in the perspective of bringing health back to the Church, I think it would be a great step forward, because the Offertory is a summary of the Catholic principles of the Mass, of the expiatory sacrifice offered to the Blessed Trinity, offered by the priest to God in reparation for sins, and accompanied by the faithful. And that would gradually bring the faithful back to the traditional Mass they have lost.

How would you like to conclude, Your Excellency?

In my opinion, we are on the eve of important events that we cannot yet define very well. I would like to call for prayers and end with a gaze towards God, which allows us to always have hope.

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Catholic public figures and officials must RESIST! Some are resisting already.

The other day I posted the 2003 document from the CDF Observations about important CDF document on “Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons”.  In that document we read…

“In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. … If all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do so in a particular way, in keeping with their responsibility as politicians.” CDF 2003 and HERE


Now I read that a clerk in Texas has refused to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples and that the Texas AG has backed up the refusal.

Clerks have rights too, for example, the right not to be forced to violate their religious values and consciences.

The office of Bp. Thomas Tobin of Providence sent me this statement, to add to the other statements of bishops which are being released:

Bishop Tobin Encourages Conscientious Objection in Response to the Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage:

Bishop Tobin stated that he wanted to offer support and encouragement to those who are deeply troubled by the ruling. On a posting on his Facebook page, Bishop Tobin wrote….

A county clerk in Hood Texas isn’t going to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples because, she said, she has rights too. “I will not be issuing same sex marriage licenses due to my religious convictions,” Katie Lang wrote. Lang said that the Constitution guarantees her freedom of religion too. (CNN)
Congratulations to Ms. Lang for her courageous stand! We need many more conscientious objectors – public officials, private businesses, advertisers, religious leaders, and family members – people of courage who will abide by their conscience, protect their religious rights, and not support or enable the furtherance of this moral aberration – so called, “same-sex marriage.”
As the American Bishops said, “the Supreme Court decision allowing “same-sex marriage” is “a tragic error that harms the common good.” Catholics, and other citizens of goodwill, should oppose this misdirected innovation and steadfastly proclaim the unchanging truth about marriage as we have received it from God!

Fr. Z kudos all around.

We must resist.

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Most Precious Blood of Our Lord

Today is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood.


Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui unigenitum Filium tuum mundi Redemptorem constituisti, ac eius sanguine placari voluisti: concede, quaesumus, salutis nostrae pretium ita venerari, atque a praesentis vitae malis eius virtute defendi in terris, ut fructu perpetuo laetemur in caelis.

Here’s a version:

Almighty eternal God, who have appointed Your Only-Begotten Son as the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood: grant, we beseech You, that we may so adore the price of our salvation, and through Its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, that in heaven we may forever rejoice in Its reward.

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1 July: St. Aaron, brother of Moses

Some people may not realize that many great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and are listed in the Roman Martyrology.

1 July, is the feast of St. Aaron, the brother of Moses (also a saint).

Here is his entry in the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum:

1. Commemoratio sancti Aaron, de tribu Levi, qui a Moyse fratre oleo sacro unctus est sacerdos Veteris Testamenti et in monte Hor depositus.

Who wants to translate this for the readers?

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Chapel by chapel: Corpus Christi, London – Lady Chapel Restored

Every once in a while I have posted updates about the restoration going on at Corpus Christi Church in Maiden Lane, London, near Covent Garden.  This is the “actors Church” in London and it is also where the traditional form of Holy Mass has been preserved since the time of Cardinal Heenan.

The parish priest, Fr. Robinson, sent me a photo of their restored Lady Chapel.  It’s beautiful!


There is in these USA a 501(c)(3) way to donate for the restoration project!  Check out the American Foundation for Catholics, “an independent American non profit organisation and it has been established to accept donations of $50 or more from American taxpayers and to make grants to Catholic parishes (and other Catholic causes) in the UK.” HERE

I look forward to my next trip to London when I will see it in person.


Father sent a couple more photos.



Please note, everyone, the presence of charts, altar cards, and the missal is on the Epistle side.





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Compare and Contrast: An Archbishop’s statement about Obergefell v. Hodges

His Excellency Most Reverend Alexander Sample, Archbishop of Portland, issued a statement about SCOTUS’s pathetic same-sex “marriage” decision. HERE

‘Simply wrong’
Archbishop Alexander Sample responds to decision by Supreme Court legalizing same-sex “marriage”

I am deeply saddened by the narrow majority decision of the Supreme Court requiring all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage.” It is indeed a tragic ruling that will negatively affect the common good of our society, especially the future generations of children. The Court is simply wrong, as the minority opinions state. Our Constitution does not require states to redefine marriage. A Court ruling cannot make what is intrinsically false to be somehow true. Marriage, by its very nature, can only be between one man and one woman. No human decision can trump the natural law which is inscribed in the very nature of man and woman as we come from the hand of the Creator.

Just as the Roe vs. Wade decision did not end the debate over the right to life of the unborn, so this decision by the Supreme Court will not silence those of us who will continue to advocate for a just and proper understanding of the very nature of marriage itself based on the natural differentiation of the sexes.

I am especially concerned with the impact that this decision will have on children. Marriage is the one institution that connects children to both their mothers and fathers. All children have the natural right to know their mothers and fathers wherever and whenever possible. This disturbing ruling will make that much more difficult for future generations of children. For them, it is an injustice.

I am deeply concerned that this ruling will have a chilling effect on the protection of the religious rights and liberties enjoyed by citizens of this great land. It is not at all unreasonable to think that those who will uphold the true nature of marriage as between one man and one woman are going to be in for very difficult days ahead.

As I stated when same-sex “marriage” became legal in the State of Oregon:

“From the beginning, our efforts to prevent this from happening were never about demeaning or attacking the dignity of persons who happen to be homosexual. Their dignity as human persons must never be called into question or denied. This has always been about upholding and protecting the unique institution in our society that we call marriage.”

We will move forward with hope and determination to protect and honor the sacred institution of marriage as given to us from our Creator. For us, marriage can and will always be what it is, i.e. the union of one man and one woman. We will pray for all those negatively impacted by this decision, especially children. May God help us, and may God bless America.

Compare and contrast with the statements of other US bishops.

If you wish, you may post the statements – with links – of other US bishops below… without personal observations.  If you editorialize, I’ll delete it.

UPDATE: People have posted statements WITHOUT links to the statements.  I will now delete entries that don’t include a link.

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Things scroll off the top page pretty fast these days. Here are some links to recent posts:


We are obliged to RESIST! “Clear and emphatic opposition is a duty”


And then…

And now, thanks to donors for items from my Wish List and for your donations through subscription each month and through the PayPal button!

You keep me going.  You are all in my prayers as benefactors.

MC, DS, and VJWL sent some great stuff, including Z-Pak Dressings (I’m trying to create some super-compact, daily carry, emergency medicine pouches – just the right combo of elements but easily carried and concealed) and some CELOX First Aid Temporary Traumatic Wound Treatment (which will go into my travel pack).  Remember, my friends, “all bleeding stops!”  I’d like to be able to stop it a little sooner before another famous rule kicks in, that is, “death is a stable condition, too.” I also received some coffee maker descaler (because coffee sometimes replaces my blood), some printer ink thingies (and when are they not useful?), and a great rechargable drill/driver (for my jihad to become more holey)!  However, amazon put the wrong slip in the drill box.  I hadn’t listed on my wishlist any of Heather’s Tummy Teas – Organic Fennel Tea Bags.  Someone out there is probably doing some head scratching, and the slip about the electric drill.

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Congratulations Card. Burke: Happy Birthday and 40 years of priesthood!

Today is Cardinal Burke’s 67th Birthday!  Ad multos annos!


Originally Published on: Jun 29, 2015 @ 12:16

Today is His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke’s 40th anniversary of ordination to the sacred priesthood.  He was, I believe, ordained by Paul VI.

That was a good day for the Church.

Card. Burke is one of the kindest men alive and a great scholar of Holy Church’s law.

I am sure that all of you will stop, right now, and say a prayer for him.

Tomorrow, in Rome, His Eminence will celebrate Holy Mass at S. M. in Cosmedin. The Mass will start at 4:30 PM: Novus Ordo, in Latin.

Hearty congratulations to Cardinal Burke!

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Ad multos annos!

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