The case for the Traditional Latin Mass

A review of Peter Kwasniewski’s new book, an eloquent apologia pro usu antiquiore

Disagreement over how the faithful should conduct their liturgy, or public worship, has dogged the Catholic Church for the past 50 years. The reasons are many, but three are especially salient: The liturgical changes that were introduced after the Second Vatican Council (1962–65) were sweeping — especially the new Mass, which replaced the centuries-old Latin Mass in 1969. Taken … [Read more...]

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Two California bishops played key roles in Sacred Liturgy Conference

Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa and San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone served as 'conference faculty' at event during which Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass”

Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample received loud applause and cheers when he proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass.” More than 400 people from around the country descended on Sacred Heart Parish in Medford, Oregon for the 2017 Sacred Liturgy Conference, held July 12-15.  The number of attendees far exceeded that of previous … [Read more...]

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Vatican scuttlebutt: ‘Summorum Pontificum’ may be in danger

Pope Francis said to be considering plan to offer traditional Latin Mass only through SSPX, but only after Benedict XVI dies

Sources inside the Vatican suggest that Pope Francis aims to end Pope Benedict XVI’s universal permission for priests to say the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), also known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. While the course of action would be in tune with Pope Francis’ repeatedly expressed disdain for the TLM especially among young people, there has been no open discussion of … [Read more...]

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Newly ordained priest celebrates first Latin Mass

Fr. Alvin Yu celebrates Extraordinary Form in San Francisco as his mass of thanksgiving for ordination

California Catholic Daily Exclusive On Saturday, June 10, San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone ordained two men to the priesthood: Fr. Michael Liliedahl and Fr. Alvin Yu. The next day, each priest attended the others’ Mass of Thanksgiving at their respective home parishes. For Fr. Liliedahl that was San Francisco’s St. Dominic’s Church and for Fr. Yu that was San … [Read more...]

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Can your kids handle a Latin Mass?

Oxford prof and father of seven gives advice

    The following comes from an Apr. 14 story in Regina magazine  REGINA’s Anna-Maria Vesey recently sat down to discuss this hot topic with Joseph Shaw, the the head of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales and Oxford University professor. Shaw is the hands-on father of seven young children. REGINA: With all its formality, are children welcome at the … [Read more...]

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Why Latin endures in the Church

Through Latin we are able to remain in touch with the vast heritage of the Church throughout the ages

Existing in some form since several hundred years before Christ, the Latin language seems like an unlikely subject to still be generating brand new research, especially among young scholars. Nevertheless, the theme this year of the Vatican’s humanities-themed contest, the Prize of the Pontifical Academies, is all about Latin. And the final winner – awarded 20,000 euros (more … [Read more...]

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Pope laments ‘rigidity’ of youth who prefer Latin Mass

"What are they hiding?"

The following comes from a November 11 Catholic Culture article: Cardinal-designate Blase Cupich of Chicago joined Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, as a presenter at a Vatican press conference on the publication of Nei tuoi occhi è la mia parola (“In Your Eyes Are My Word”). The book is the first unabridged collection of the future Pope Francis’s … [Read more...]

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