Looking forward to 10 years of Summorum Pontificum

The motu proprio, issued by Pope Benedict XVI July 7, 2007, was meant to help close rift in Church following liturgical changes made after the Second Vatican Council

Ten years after Benedict XVI broadened access to the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, the document by which he did so is being hailed as a means of closing the rift of division following liturgical changes made after the Second Vatican Council. “Sometimes there are these polemics, but I think Benedict tried to overcome these polemics, saying that even in the liturgy … [Read more...]

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“Efforts to change doctrine after the Second Vatican Council were deeply misguided”

Cardinal Müller: the Second Vatican Council’s wake included a conflict between theology and ideology

The ideological efforts to change Catholic doctrine after the Second Vatican Council were deeply misguided, said Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and a leading interpreter of Benedict XVI. “Ideology,” he said, “is always a proud attempt to subject the Word of God and the doctrine of the Church to the prejudice of one’s own … [Read more...]

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Will the SSPX’s return from exile be made easier by Francis?

"Perhaps only Pope Francis is able to take this step, given his unpredictability and improvisation"

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic News Agency article by Anian Christoph Wimmer: Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree. It also appears the SSPX may itself be poised to take such a historic step, … [Read more...]

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Bishop John Cummins speaks at Holy Names University

Emeritus Bishop of Oakland discusses his book, Vatican II, Berkeley and Beyond

The following comes from an April 14 Holy Names University post: Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins delivered a presentation about his recent book, Vatican II, Berkeley and Beyond, on April 7 in the Studio Theatre of the Valley Center for the Performing Arts. Cummins, who was born and raised in Berkeley, was ordained to the priesthood in 1953 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San … [Read more...]

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Dear Father: please stop it

'If you’re a daily Mass attendant, the odds are that you hear this norm violated a dozen times a week'

The following comes from a January First Things article by George Weigel: In all the sixteen documents of the Second Vatican Council, is there any prescription more regularly violated than General Norm 22.3 of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy? Which, in case you’ve forgotten, teaches that “no . . . person, not even a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the … [Read more...]

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Not just a piece of furniture

Bishop tells his priests to move the tabernacle front and center

The following comes from a January 8 Catholic News Agency article by Mary Rezac: When Bishop Robert Morlino arrived as the new bishop for the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin in 2003, he began quietly encouraging priests to promote more reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament – through more adoration, more reverent Masses, and moving tabernacles back to the center of … [Read more...]

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Vatican II and religious freedom: rupture or authentic development?

The authors of a new book on “Dignitatis Humanae” argue that the Declaration grounds the right to religious freedom in the obligation to seek the truth

The following comes from a November 11 Catholic World Report article by Carl E. Olsen: One of the most contentious and heavily debated topics in the Church during and following the Second Vatican Council is that of religious freedom. In recent years, questions about the nature, parameters, and recognition of religious liberty have become even more timely and pressing in the … [Read more...]

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