ROME: Sacra Liturgia Conference – Day 1

The long-awaited conference on sacred liturgy in Rome is underway.

We began with Vespers, sung in the Church of Sant’Appolinare near the Piazza Navona.

A shot from my angle.



Tonight we begin with an introduction by Bp. Rey and an address by Card. Ranjith.

Theme: The Sacred Liturgy, culmen et fons vitae et missionis ecclesiae.


We are using Twitter tag #sacraliturgia or also #saclit


Michael Voris is stalking me.


First Acton U, now here.

Following me around… hmmmm….

After the first session at a blognic, the first called, I think, by someone not-I!


With my friend Jeffrey Tucker, chief of the New Liturgical Movement blog.


About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Andrew says:

    Liturgiam tuendo, mundus universus tuetur.

  2. Supertradmum says:

    Praise God, how wonderful. God bless all the hierarchy and laity who are there. I hope there is a real discussion of us in the trenches.

  3. Robbie says:

    Fr. Zuhlsdorf has been tweeting some of Cardinal Ranjith’s comments and they are just wonderful. Cardinal Ranjith is a gift to the Church.

  4. acardnal says:

    AB Alexander Sample, Portland, is scheduled to give a speech on Thursday.

  5. Elizabeth D says:

    That is frightening about Michael Voris. He’s pretending friendliness but anyone can see he has kind of a glint in his eye. At least you got a picture so the Gendarmes or Swiss Guards or albino monks or whoever know who to watch out for.

  6. bernadette says:

    AB Sample gave an outstanding talk at the Sacred Music Colloquium in Salt Lake City last week. He should be a cardinal someday.
    Hats off to Jeffrey Tucker for having the stamina to be at a sacred liturgy conference in Rome so soon after Salt Lake City. I am still recuperating.

  7. Priam1184 says:

    In honor of your road trip Father I microplaned some of the block of (probably overpriced but nonetheless quite tasty) parmagiano reggiano I picked up at Fiumicino Airport last month over my pasta for lunch. God be with you and all others attending this conference.

  8. idelsan says:

    Do you know if the conference it’s going to be recorded? To be published in something like iTunes U or podcast or something? I think it would be a good idea. I suppose it’s going to be published in a book, but that sometimes takes years. Please, remember all who could not attend!

  9. Jon says:


    I have a friend who’s a religious attending. I’ve asked he dutifully report back any rumors on Francis and the liturgy, good or bad, especially regarding the supposed new Traditional Missal with new Prefaces that was being prepared, as well as any new developments regarding the SSPX. You know, scuttle-butt you can only learn in Rome.

    I’m hoping you’re spending your evenings at Ristorante Rumor Roma and can bring us back the same.

  10. jacobi says:

    “the Church stands and falls with the liturgy”

    Cardinal Ratzinger

  11. SKAY says:

    So glad you are there, Father. Thank you for keeping us updated.

  12. There will be no recordings or video or podcasts, etc.
    The conference proceedings will be published next year.

    Magdalen Ross, J.C.L.
    Sacra Liturgia 2013, Conference Secretary
    (aka the person behind the desk in photo #6 above)

  13. johnnyDmunoz says:

    That is what I don’t get about the Church in this age of information. Can I get some You Tube videos on these conferences and meetings in and out of Rome?

    Can a brother get some subtitles for Pope Francis? Real time, not years from now. I waited in vain for Benedict to get some subtitles and nothing.

    Time for the Church to do a little more planning for the information super highway.

    Evil is always available on the internet, cataloged and packaged well. We get a slow drip of clips and videos from the Holy Father I cant understand, no conferences or speeches from Rome. No wonder we are getting creamed in the culture. It only took a few decades for us to get on TV and the radio, while the evil was pumped to us non-stop.

    Perhaps the Church will make content more accessible on the Net when the next wave of information technology comes on the scene. Cannot wait! Thank God for Michael Voris, or current Church video content would be non-existent.

  14. BalmerCatholic says:

    I wouldn’t worry about Michael Voris. Guy’s just doing his job. Although, not sure if you’ve seen this (well, if it’s almost 0200 there, then no), but it appears something BIG is going down with the Curia, as reported by Mr. Voris:

    He did couch his comment that there was a rumor going around that the Cardinals of the Curia are possibly being sacked, but it could be anything. Maybe Papa Francesco is feeling a bit more comfortable in his position so as to unseat those comfortable in theirs, perhaps?

  15. Robbie says:

    If changes are coming and that means Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Llovera, and Cardinal Ouellet might be out of jobs, then a shakeup might not be all that great.

  16. RichardT says:

    Is that the same Jeffrey Tucker who used to be with the Mises Institute and wrote the excellent essay about drinking port for breakfast? If so, I regularly read his essay on table manners to my son (sadly the lesson hasn’t sunk in yet, but I persist). A brilliant writer.

  17. jeff says:

    Robbie I would strongly advise not jumping to unwarrented conclusions when we don’t know anything.

    -Pope Francis is DEAD against Liberation Theology
    -he has proved himself to be very orthodox (Church is Body of Christ, not compassionate NGO, numerous references to Satan/devil etc), even if his liturgical style leave much to be desired
    -he’s admitted the existence of the gay lobby and that he intends to act

    These guys stand with the Holy Father on the issues that matter

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  19. Robbie says:


    Just to be clear, I’m not jumping to any conclusions on this issue. The previous comment suggested the entire Curia could be sacked. If that rumor proved to be true, I think it would be disappointing because I don’t want to see the baby thrown out with bath water.

  20. acardnal says:

    That last photo . . . . “the bold and the beautiful”. Not necessarily in that order.

  21. Mark of the Vine says:

    Dear Father,

    The priest who is “hiding” behind Michael Voris happens to be a friend of mine, who celebrated our daughter’s Baptism recently; perhaps the first EF Baptism in Portugal since the Novus Ordo came along. The fellow to the right of Voris was an altar server at the Baptism and Mass.

  22. The trouble with these things is that those most in need of attending them are probably not present, such as the priest and the congregation from last Sunday’s Mass in a parish where I observed all in one place:

    1) the kneelers were removed
    2) no chasuble on the priest
    3) hand-holding
    4) bragging about a “Catholic/Protestant” two-sided processional cross
    5) peanut gallery prayer of the faithful
    6) guitars
    7) the priest complained that attendance was off and vocations were lacking– I wonder why?

    And just as I was starting to think that this sort of silliness was almost dead. Those are the sort of folks who need a conference such as this, not Fr. Z!

  23. gracie says:

    Enjoy every minute!

  24. Giulio says:

    That is Santa Croce University! I study there! Father: I have seen the best NO celebrations there.

  25. If our worship of God isn’t right, everything else won’t be either….

  26. Supertradmum says:

    Michael Voris reported last night that some Cardinals at this meeting were pulled out because of an emergency meeting regarding the Curia. I hope it is a real emergency. And, it is good you are all there to follow this up, if you can.

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