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We will NOT conclude yesterday’s post titled Bulldogs, Fighting Under The Vatican Rug (see here) and our RESTORATION/MARGINAL ANALYSIS theme today. One more post will be needed. Just too much news during our CONTROL PERIOD.

In today’s post, you dear reader will find a catalogue of circumstantial evidence (indirect evidence that implies the existence of the main HYPOTHESIS in question, but does not in itself prove it). The reason that I am providing the above mentioned catalogue is to provide a “fuller”, to use “spirit of VII” speak, picture of the “lay of the land” behind the INTERPRETATION which your humble blogger was extracted from the observed occurences (DATA POINTS).

I will pick up today’s post where we left off yesterday, namely:

One explanation of why they (TEAM FRANCIS) are going on the offensive is that they are seeing the same thing that I am seeing. Fr. Rosica and others from Team Francis are no doubt monitoring the Catholic blogs. In his monitoring activities, he will have noticed the “explosion” of RESTORATION activities that are spreading throughout the UNIVERSAL Catholic Church.

CONFIRMATION of this above CONCLUSION can be inferred from the heretic/heterodox neo-modernist camp via The Tablet as posted on the LMS Chairman’s blog. Here is the citation (see here):

This ruling (“rescript ex audientia”) is clearly targeted at the large number of traditionalist religious orders that have sprouted up in recent years, many of them exclusively celebrating the sacraments in the pre-Vatican II Old Rite. Many of them do good work but there are suspicions about others.

Given the above, today we catalogue just how wide of a problem the “suspicions” ARE due to the “large number of traditionalist religious orders that have sprouted up in recent years” for Francis and his post-conciliar FRANCISCHURCH.

To support the above CONCLUSION, I have performed a “quick check” of my HYPOTHESES by looking at posts over a ~40 day CONTROL PERIOD, between the 20th of April and the 31th of May of this year. The posts that I have included in this CONTROL GROUP are mostly from the following blogs:

  1. Musings of a Pertinatious Papist (US)
  2. New Liturgical Movement (US)
  3. Rorate Caeli (US)
  4. Eponymous Flower (Euroland)
  5. Fr. Z’s blog (US)

The reason why I have selected these blogs is that I have read them for at least the last 2 years and in my humble opinion, they appear to be the best source (contain the highest frequency) of RESTORATION news at present. Furthermore, I have also used posts from Fr. Blake’s blog (UK) and from the Vox Cantoris (Canada) blog. I use the Una Cum website for RESTORATION news coming out of Poland ( in the next post) and the the US SSPX website since it provides very good context to that which is going on in the UNIVERSAL CHURCH in general. These two later websites are used as a “yardstick” by which to guage the contents of the CONTROL GROUP. I will explain later/tomorrow. I promise.

With respect to number of observations, as I mentioned yesterday, I have identified over 80 individual posts from among just 5 blogs/websites which I follow. That’s 2 per day on average. On an aside, I limited the CONTROL GROUP of blogs to just 5, since the amount of information in this last “sample set” became quite large.

With respect to the definition of the HYPOTHESIS which our model (see here) was examining/testing, the following is the case:

Is there any evidence that a causal relationship exist between

1) the STATEMENTS emanating from the OLD GUARD,

2) the DOCUMENTS emanating from TEAM FRANCIS and

3) the MEDIA INFORMATION emanating from the (wider) Vatican Communications operation.

The key individual STATEMENTS (DATA POINTS) observed on the side of the OLD GUARD during the CONTROL PERIOD are as follows:

  1. Padre Pio implication that Card. Caraffa asserts that Pius XII is becoming the “reference point” for the OLD GUARD.
  2. Cardinal Sarah statement that the words of Consecration mean “For Many” (Pro Multis) and not, “For All” (Pro Omnes). (see here)
  3. Cardinal Sarah calls for Mass to be offered Ad Orientem (see here)
  4. Cardinal Burke says that Amortis latetia should be read critically, not magisterial teaching (see here)
  5. Archbishop Pozzo (CDF) in”post-conciliar Rome” they have come to the understanding that: “(what) concerns the Second Vatican Council, the course taken in the meetings of the last years has led to an important clarification: the Second Vatican Council can be sufficiently understood only within the context of the entire Tradition of the Church and its constant magisterium”.

The key individual DOCUMENTS (DATA POINTS) observed from the side of TEAM FRANCIS during the CONTROL PERIOD are as follows:

  1. Unexpected and unannounced Motu Proprio “Come una madre amorevole” (As a Loving Mother) making it easier to remove bishops in cases of ” abuse of minors or vulnerable adults, it is sufficient that the lack of diligence be grave.” Given Francis’ past associations with sexual deviants (Msgr. Ricca and Barros and the enabler Card. Danneels), the assumption that this MP has anything to do with “sexual abuse” is a stretch.
  2. Unexpected and not pre-announced “rescript ex audientia” curtailing the powers of the diocesan bishops to establish institutes of diocesan right without preconsent of the Holy See. This is in no doubt due to the recent “formations” of new religious institutes, namely oratories in the Anglospeaking world who practice according to the “old rite”.

The individual DATA POINT – a speech from the 11th of May, 2016, observed from the side of the MEDIA INFORMATION emanating from the (wider) Vatican Communications operation is as follows:

  1. Fr. Thomas Rosica speech claiming that Traditionalist blogs are engaging in “character assassination”.
    1. In recent years some Catholic watchdog groups (Ed note: Which ones Father?) have led campaigns against church institutions and individuals who work within them that have had the effect of ruining careers, disrupting lives and generating unjustified tension within the Catholic community. (see here)

Now we will tie this in together.

IF Francis published the “rescript ex audientia” to “targeted at the large number of traditionalist religious orders that have sprouted up in recent years” and the Motu Proprio “Come una madre amorevole” was promolgated to remove Traditionalist bishops,

THEN the following are the posts that support this ASSUMPTION:



Establishement of Seminaries/new institutes of diocesan rights.


  1. Over time, St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary has grown from a humble house to a fully integrated religious house. (Ed. note: First major seminary of this size built in the US in 100 years!) (see here)
  2. It was being announced yesterday that in September the church of the Sacred Heart in Bournemouth will become a new ‘Oratory in formation. This will bring the total number of Oratories of St Philip Neri, plus ‘Oratories in formation’, in England and Wales not to six, as the Catholic Herald suggested, but to seven.(see here)
  3. It seems as though England is going to have yet another Oratory, this time in Bournemouth, yes another pastoral initiative in the diocese of Portsmouth. (see here)
  4. We are delighted to report one of the most ambitious clerical undertakings to take place in decades in the Archdiocese of Detroit: A group of priests is in the early stages of organizing a local Oratory of St. Philip Neri (see here)

New Mass of All Ages Locations

  1. The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is pleased to announce the opening of a new apostolate in the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Fraternity will take over the administration of St. Stephen of Hungary parish on July 1, 2016. (see here)
  2. Another abandoned church that would go the way of complete dereliction is to be saved by the Traditional Mass — the church of St. Stanislaus, built for the Polish community of Nashua, NH, in 1908. (see here)
  3. The Society of St. Pius X purchased an unused elementary school a few years ago and a solid community has grown around it. An old woodshop was converted to a lovely little chapel. They have just announced the purchase of a Martin Luther worship centre, ironically called St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with the intent to turn it into a Catholic Church. (see here)
  4. Starting Trinity Sunday, May 22, the old Sacred Heart Church in Hollister, California, will become the new site for the Traditional Latin Mass in the Monterey Bay Area. (see here)
  5. Miles Christi Begins Weekly Low Masses. Congratulations to Fr. Stephen and Fr. Paul of Miles Christi, who are now holding regular Masses in the Extraordinary Form at their beautiful new Family Center Chapel in South Lyon, Michigan. (see here)

Senior Clerics participating in Mass of All Ages

  1. Cardinal Sarah attends (in choir) the funeral of young Traditional Catholic brother to whom he dedicated God or Nothing. (see here)
  2. Pontifical High Mass was celebrated by Cardinal George Pell at the London Oratory this evening for the Feast of St Philip Neri.(see here)
  3. Talk about a team player: When the Jackson, Michigan Latin Mass Community could not find a celebrant for June 5, Diocese of Lansing Bishop Boyea offered to take the Mass that day, on only two weeks’ notice… remarkable for a busy bishop. Note also that this marks His Excellency’s third Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form in under two months. (see here)
  4. On Ascension Thursday, 5 May, at 7 PM, His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino (aka The Extraordinary Ordinary) will celebrate Holy Mass in the traditional Roman Rite “at the Throne” at St. Mary’s Church in Pine Bluff, WI. All are welcome. (see here)
  5. Bishop Gracida instructs  the “faithful to call out heresy during Mass” and only offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the 1962 Missal. (see here)

Ordinations/First Masses/Transitions to Mass of All Ages

  1. On Friday, June 3rd, nine seminarians will be ordained to the diaconate and seven will be ordained to the priesthood. The first Masses of the newly ordained priests will take place the following day, Saturday, June 4th. SSPX goes over the 600 priests mark. 12 more ordinations at end of this month in European seminaries (Econ and Zaitzkofen) (see here)
  2. There is another parish in St. Paul, MN, where the priest has transitioned, over the past several years, from entirely NO Mass to now predominately TLM.  I believe there will come a time in the next few years when he will only offer the TLM – should his bishop permit that. (see here)
  3. No reservations about supporting this effort Please see below and consider helping the Traditional Latin Mass flourish on this Indian reservation. (see here)
  4. Seminary student: the Tridentine Mass “changed my life”.Sacred Heart Major Seminary theology student, Evan Pham, says of the Tridentine Mass that it “changed my life.” Here he shares some of his reasons why as he offers tips for newbies.(see here)
  5. Juventutem Slovenia, established in 2014, organised their first pilgrimage on April 30th, culminating with the first public Traditional Latin Mass at the National Shrine Mary Help of Christian at Brezje. (see here)
  6. Eleven new Deacons for the FSSP (Wigratzbad Seminary) (see here)
  7. Event to Promote the Latin Mass in Los Angeles, May 31, Supported by Archbishop Gomez. (see here)
  8. Archbishop Blase Cupich (Ed. note: Yes, that Blase Cupich) ordained Deacon Trenton Rauck, SJC to the Diaconate on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The Diaconate is the order just before one is ordained to the Holy Priesthood. (see here)
  9. For the first time in decades last Sunday, the Eucharistic Lord “walked” the streets of Warrington in Cheshire, England. (see here)

Mass of All Ages/ Daily Office Announcements

  1. Latin Vespers for the Dedication of a Church A reader in the Netherlands, Mr Sander Zwezerijnen, has posted on his Youtube channel this nice video of Vespers, sung in Latin and Gregorian chant in the Ordinary Form, for the feast of the Dedication of St Joseph’s Cathedral in Groningen, on May 25th. (see here)
  2. For the 16th consecutive year, at Mater Ecclesiae, where the Extraordinary Form is celebrated exclusively every day, there will be a Solemn Mass and Procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 PM. (see here)
  3. The Cathedral Basilica of Ss Peter and Paul, located at 1732 Race St. in Philadelphia, will have an EF Mass tomorrow for the feast of Corpus Christ, starting at 7 pm, and followed by a Eucharist Procession and Benediction. (see here)
  4. Remarkably, the Vespers were part of the religious and cultural festival “Danish Ecclesial Days,” held every third year. Originally an event of the Danish Lutheran State Church, this year other denominations have been involved. It was the Catholic representative to the organizing committee, a permanent deacon, who asked the St. Charles Borromeo Group (which organizes the TLM in Copenhagen) to arrange for this celebration of Vespers; he himself served as Assistant Deacon. The cathedral was open for prayer and Eucharistic adoration throughout the three-day event. (see here)
  5. Three traditional Latin Solemn High Masses in NYC this Thursday! A reader pointed out that there will be three traditional Latin Solemn High Masses for the feast of Corpus Christi this Thursday in New York City — almost certainly the first time this has happened since the smoke filled the sanctuary(see here)
  6. The Catholic faithful in southeastern Massachusetts will have two opportunities of celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi in the older, traditional Roman Rite. Solemn Mass will be offered at Good Shepherd Parish (St. Patrick’s Church) in Fall River on Thursday, May 26th (see above). On Sunday, May 29th, at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Hyannis, Solemn Mass for the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi will be offered at 1:00 p.m. Both Masses will be followed by a Eucharistic Procession. (see here)
  7. Earlier this month, St Mary’s Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, received the relic of the incorruptible heart of St Jean-Marie Vianney, the Patron Saint of parish priests, for a three day visit. On May 3rd, after the relic had been formally received and set before the altar of the church, His Excellency Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrated a Votive Mass for Vocations with the seminarians of the diocese, with music of Vaughn Williams, Holst, Victoria and Palestrina, sung by the parish choir under the direction of Marjorie Donalds. The following day, a Solemn EF Mass was celebrated by Fr Cyprian La Pastina, pastor of St Mary’s and spritual director of St John Fisher Seminary. The choir directed by Mr Charles Weaver sang the Gregorian propers and Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli, as well as motets by Lassus, Gabrieli, Victoria and Aichinger. Fr George Rutler, pastor of St Michael’s Church in New York City and author of a book about St Jean-Marie, “The Curé of Ars Today,” preached the sermon. Our thanks to Fr La Pastina for sending in these photos. (see here)
  8. On Thursday, May 26 at 8:30 PM, Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral will host its third Tridentine Mass in modern times, for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Juventútem Michigan is once again organizing the Mass, though people of all ages are welcome. (post already cited)
  9. The Traditional Latin Mass is usually celebrated every third Sunday of the month in Gunpo City (South Korea) in the Oratory of St. John’s House of the Paris Foreign Missions Society, located at 915-15, Dang-dong, Gunpo City, Gyeongi-do Province. The Mass this month will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, May 15. (see here)
  10. This past Friday, a solemn Mass in the Mozarabic Rite was celebrated in the Roman Basilica of the Holy Cross ‘in Jerusalem’ (Santa Croce in Gerusalemme), by Fr Salvador Aguilera Lopez, a priest of the archdiocese of Toledo. (see here)
  11. This Saturday, May 7 at 5:15 p.m., the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Chicago will celebrate First Vespers of the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Since the community observes the Ascension on its traditional day, Saturday’s liturgy will not be that of the solemnity itself but, as it falls within the Octave, the will feature elements which reflect the day’s traditional place in Ascensiontide. (see here)
  12. EF Solemn Mass for Pentecost in Jersey City, with Music of Mozart Solemn High Mass of Pentecost to Mark Ordination Anniversary of the Rev. John Perricone (see here)
  13. O Rex Gloriae! (see here)
  14. Palestrina Mass for the OF Vigil of Pentecost in New York City (see here)
  15. The parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, located at 156 Valley Avenue, will celebrate a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form for on Ascension Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 7:00 pm. (see here)
  16. A Dominican Rite Missa Cantata celebrating the First Saturday of May will sung by the student friars of the Western Dominican Province on Saturday, May 7.  The Mass will be at Saint Albert the Great Priory, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland CA, 94618, at 10:00 a.m. The Mass will be a Votive of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (see here)
  17. A solemn Mass in the Mozarabic Rite will be celebrated in the Roman Basilica of the Holy Cross ‘in Jerusalem’ (Santa Croce in Gerusalemme), on Friday, May 6th, starting at 6 p.m. (see here)
  18. At my home parish of St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN, there are orchestral Masses (Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven, etc.) on 30 Sundays of the year, along with Gregorian chant Propers. This year they added a Mass to the repertory.  The Mass is offered for Mother Angelica, recently deceased.  R.I.P. (see here)
  19. The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport, Louisiana, located at 939 Jordan Street, will have Masses with the music of William Byrd and Franz Schubert inter alios (the latter with an orchestra) for the Feast of Pentecost on May 15. Details in the poster below. (see here)
  20. Solemn High Mass in NYC. A reader asked us to bring this to your attention. This is taking place in Brooklyn: (see here)
  21. During the Mozarabic Mass celebrated last Friday in the Roman Basilica of the Holy Cross ‘in Jerusalem,’ I was able to record a few of the shorter chant parts. The first two are proper to the Mass for the Finding of the Holy Cross, the other two are from the Ordinary. (see here)
  22. Rorate was on the road yesterday and this time we were in North Carolina at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Mt. Holly (just outside of Charlotte). The church is run by priests of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). (see here)


  1. Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George Solemn Mass of the Order and Invetsiture. Holy Innocents. (see here)
  2. Since January 1st of this year, the Catholic university chaplain of Krems, Austria, has his seat at the Piarist Church of that city, which has become the center of the Campus Ministry. (see here)
  3. This coming Wednesday, April 27, the Rome-based St Cecilia Women’s Schola will present the latest in its ongoing series of concerts of Gregorian chant and polyphony at the Church of the Visitation, via Torre Rossa 27, starting at 6 pm (see here)
  4. A four day workshop-retreat for those who want to learn how to sing and lead Gregorian chant will take place from Tuesday, June 21, through Friday, June 24, at the Wethersfield Estate in Amenia, New York. (see here)
  5. The Catholic Artists’ Conference is intended to encourage and guide Catholic artists and patrons. The central theme and title of the conference is Prayer: Art from the Heart of God; you can read more about it at Catholic-Artists.com. Among the speakers will be Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska. (see here)
  6. NEW MUSIC CD from the Benedictines of Mary! – UPDATE – AUDIO SAMPLES (see here)
  7. A Note on External Solemnities in the EF. Since the feast of the Ascension is coming up next week, it seems a good idea to address the following matter which was brought to my attention by a regular reader, regarding the concept of the external solemnity of this and other feasts in the Extraordinary Form. (see here)
  8. FYI: Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to Mexico (November 14 – 19)! (see here)
  9. Yesterday was the annual St Margaret Clitheroe Procession and Mass in York, it was a nasty wet day, not a day for the best vestments to be out. Attendance was down, so what is interesting is youth of those attending. There are obviously people of all ages but it is the number of younger people that is significant. (see here
  10. Tridentine Mass Promo (see here)
  11. Miles Christi Mass Format  We have received many expressions of concern about the format of Mass being employed at the Miles Christi Family Center on Saturdays. They have chosen a format which is not supported by mainstream liturgical authorities, that of a Low Mass with sung Introit and Mass Ordinary, in essence a hybrid between a Low Mass and High Mass. This is an innovation this author has not seen in 30+ years of visiting Tridentine Mass sites across the globe, and is most definitely odd. (see here)
  12. The Latin America District of the Institute of the Good Shepherd (IBP) asked us to let our readers know about its new website. (see here)
  13. I saw this at Fox News, though it seems to be from Laura Ingraham’s site,  A lot of the piece is a review of the situation as it stands now, which could be helpful for people who are not as familiar with the state of affairs as regular readers of this blog probably are by now.   But… do have a look…  (see here)
  14. Paris-Chartres Pilgrimage begins The Pentecost Weekend “Notre-Dame de Chrétienté” Paris-Chartres pilgrimage began earlier today. The first event was the Mass in Notre-Dame de Paris. (see here)
  15. The 169th Fighter Wings new portable altar in action! (see here)
  16. Additional Corpus Christi Masses & Processions  Additional Corpus Christi Masses with Eucharistic Processions will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM at St. Josaphat Church; and on Sunday, May 29 at the Oakland County Latin Mass Association/Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Bloomfield Hills at 9:45 AM, at St. Alphonsus Church in Windsor at 2:00 PM [and at Assumption Grotto at 12:00 NOON]. (post above)
  17. The annual Chartres Pilgrimage, which our founding editor Shawn Tribe wrote about earlier this week, departs from Notre-Dame de Paris on Saturday, the vigil of Pentecost, and arrives at Notre-Dame de Chartres on Pentecost Monday. (see here)
  18. Pentecost Photopost 2016 – Part 1 As always, we wish to thank all our readers who sent in pictures of their Pentecost liturgies from all over the world. We received enough this year that I thought it best to split them up into two posts; the second will go up tomorrow. (see here)
  19. Pentecost Photopost 2016 – Part 2 (see here
  20. Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Rome. (see here)
  21. A May Procession in Ireland Thanks to Mr John Briody for sending in these photographs of a May Procession (followed by Benediction) held in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St Kevin’s Church in Dublin, Ireland, home of the Latin Mass chaplaincy for the Dublin Archdiocese. (see here)
  22. The Church of Our Holy Redeemer in Freeport, New York, is hosting me for a talk and a chant workshop. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll be able to join us. (see here)
  23. * NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that “those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.” These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites. (see here)
  24. Saint John Cantius Church, in Chicago’s River West neighborhood, is honored to be voted “most Beautiful Church in America” in Church Madness, an online competition hosted by ArtandLiturgy.com. The competition was styled after the renowned college basketball tournament, March Madness. (see here)

I will end here at 69 posts since this post getting long. But will pick up tomorrow and hopefully finish this thread.

I hope.

In the mean time, when reading through the above, is there anything you notice dear reader, which stands out?

Think about this over night.