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Hope all my loyal readers had a peaceful and pleasant Easter Weekend.
Coming back from a few days away, I would like to start off with a Restoration post.
A number of events occurred which could have gone under the radar screen, if not for your eagle-eyed and most humble blogger. The reason being is, as I write this post, there is quite a large Restoration taking place within the universal Church. Therefore, there is quite a lot of Restoration news out there.
A good case in point, a new oratory being formed today, like this Oratory Canonically Established in Cincinnati, which comes on the back to these six here, does not pack the same punch as it would just a couple of years ago.
What is of major significance and worthy to note and emphasize, is the events occurring in what this blog would call the “foundational areas”. As we know, without a solid foundation, any Restoration is bound to fail. Just as the fate of the mustard seed in the gospel according to St. Mark 4:3-6 (see here):
Hear ye: Behold, the sower went out to sow. And whilst he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and ate it up. And other some fell upon stony ground, where it had not much earth; and it shot up immediately, because it had no depth of earth. And when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
So today, your humble blogger focuses on what have been identified as the “foundational events” that have transpired recently. According to the Deus Ex Machina proprietary Peirce/Ockham Pragmatic Methodology, there are two foundational areas: liturgy and philosophy.
First on the philosophy front, there is not a lot happening in the ecclesiastical sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium. However, the secular side of the Visibilium Omnium has been going “full speed ahead”. We have identified several of the main promotors, of which of note are Stefan Molyneux, Curt Doolittle, Duke Pesta and Jordan Peterson. One can say that these folks et al., collectively can be viewed as setting the foundation for the advent of a contemporary St. Thomas Aquinas. For your “edification”, please see the below video and note how close it comes to pinning down the
theology ideology of a certain bishop of a certain town in central Italy.
The “great white hope” for the next Aquinas will most likely come from St. Thomas’ religious community, i.e. the Order of Preachers, who have been for quite some time experiencing a “Lefebvrist drift”. This new Aquinas will consolidate the contemporary body of knowledge that is being developed in the behavioral sciences and provide it the theological wrapping that will provide it with the coherent and comprehensive theological “foundation” that only the ONE TRUE FAITH can provide.
Remember where you heard that first…
Now onto the second foundational element, namely the liturgical. Here we see more occurrences, and groundbreaking at that, of what can be termed “foundational developments”.
As my loyal readers know, the problems with the post-conciliar liturgical aberration can be pinpointed to the 1955 Holy Week changes that were introduced that fateful year. I have an entire page dedicated to this chronology here.
The first event with the arguably greatest level of importance on the liturgical front, comes via a post on the Rorate Caeli blog and titled You Suggest: An ‘immaculate’ new internet radio station broadcasting pre-1955 Easter Triduum.
What is of paramount importance to understand in this post, is that the destruction of the Sacred Liturgy actually started under the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. The first manifestations were the changes to the Holy Week liturgy in 1955, also perpetrated by the notorious Annibale Bugnini. Buy broadcasting the Easter Triduum in the “Extraordinary Form” (pre-1955), the “signaling effect” aspect of this event cannot be overemphasized.
One can say that the Franciscan Friars from Gosport, England have turned back the clock on one of the two ROOT SOURCES of the destruction of the Catholic Church through the destruction of the Sacred Liturgy. This destruction was done under the pretense that it was “external forces” which the Church accommodated. This eventually led to the notorious Dignitatis humanae and Nostra aetate, i.e. the complete “relativization” of the Faith.
That any religious order would now be promoting the pre-1955 Triduum is a signal that there are elements within the Catholic Church that now realize that they need to go to the ROOT CAUSE in order to rectify the disastrous post-conciliar destruction of the Catholic Church.
On the back of that “green shoot”, we get more information coming from the New Liturgical Movement’s website. In a post titled The Dominican Easter Vigil (before 1957), we see interest in the pre-“reform” Holy Week Rite of the Order of Preachers and movement in tandem with the Franciscan Friars from Gosport.
Note bene: Given that there has been an observable shift back to Thomism inside the Dominican Order, especially among the young friars, it would be fair to say that it is this Order that will provide the future “boots on the ground” for the Restoration when it becomes the dominant movement within the Catholic Church. As we can see from the photo at the top of this page, it is with great joy that one can observe young Dominicans sitting “in choro” at Vespers and Benediction on Palm Sunday at St. Kevin’s Church in Ireland.
Now on to the other important Restoration developments.
First, I think that a hugely significant Restoration event occurred recently coming from the Bishop of the Diocese of Madison and the “request” from His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino to his priests that the “priests of the diocese – beginning in September – to encourage reception of Holy Communion on the tongue, while kneeling”. (see here) This move in essence destroys the optics of the “Kasper/German school’s” Communion as a breakfast meal in line with the protestant sects.
This comes on the back of another announcement coming from this “extraordinary Ordinary”, namely that he will offer Holy Mass ad orientem at the church of the Cathedral parish. (see here)
Now given that the Diocese of Madison is a very “successful” Diocese, in objective terms (see here), these recent moves add to the number of “successful” Catholic ordinaries (see here and here) who are ostentatiously, yet humbly leading the Restoration effort.
NB: We define “objective success” as number of seminarians/vocations since we have good info that the next conclave will pivot on the “seminarians/vocations” issue (see here).
Aside, while we are waiting for the 2016 Mass stats to come in, I would like to draw your attention to this post here that gives an overview of the advance of the Mass of All Ages in the US up to 2015. But I digress…
Back to the issue at hand and back to Fr. Z’s blog. On his blog, your humble blogger also monitors what can be termed the “turning Ad Orientem” subset of this “brick by brick” Restoration. Here is a screen shot of one quick search. Notice the frequency with which the “ad orientem” news flows presently:
Ad orientem worship appears to be the second most frequently raised topic currently, yet far behind the first, i.e. the bishop of Rome’s almost daily insults hurled at the Catholic Faithful. But once again, I digress…
And while we are still on the topic of “ad orientem” worship and cathedrals, of note is that the new Metropolitan of Krakow, His Excellency Most Reverend Marek Jędraszewski offered his installation Mass (Mass of Paul VI) at the Wawel Cathedral ad orientem. (see here – Mass begins at about the 1:28:00 mark)
And tying in offering Holy Mass “ad orientem” and the post-conciliar church’s destruction of the Sacred Liturgy, we see just this issue being brought back to the fore by no less than the Pope himself (see here) and the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship who recently has made this observation: (see here)
Next occurrence(s), tying in the Catholic Church turning “ad orientem”, Poland and the Holy Week Rite, this year saw a record number of Holy Week Triduum liturgies using the 1962 Missale Romanum. NB: Rorate Caeli informed its readers of the following (see here):
One of the biggest myths still remaining concerning the traditional Latin Mass is that the use of 1962 books for the Sacred Triduum is not allowed at regular parishes. Not only is this “fake news,” but the Vatican has clarified the fact that any parish may use the 1962 books for the entire Triduum — and it can even be in addition to an existing novus ordo schedule.
Here is that list of the Polish churches that took advantage of this opportunity in Anno Domini 2017:
Shocking, and in the land of the JPII “the great” cult of personality no less. Simply shocking…
But that is not all that is shocking. When those “alter Christi” were vesting for the Holy Week liturgies, they were subject to another “request” emanating from the Vatican. And that “request” entailed vesting prayers. Here is that news:
Vatican Recommends Use of Tridentine Vesting Prayers Before the Ordinary Form Mass
On February 16, 2010, the Vatican’s Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Roman Pontiff issued a document entitled “Liturgical Vestments and the Vesting Prayers,” which elaborates upon the value of the traditional vesting prayers and their continued usefulness, even before the celebration of the Novus Ordo.
Yes, even “before the celebration of the Novus Ordo”.
The protestants will not be happy…
And finally, for the quick linking to the Holy Week and Easter review of photo-posts on the New Liturgical Movement website, this year titled “Zeal for Tradition”:
What is of note this year is the strong representation from the Philippines. I know from a source that the SSPX is very active with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima and its peregrination on the Philippine Islands. Wonder if this has anything to do with this new found “zeal for Tradition”?
But back to the subject matter. One church that I always love to see featured on the NLM’s blog is the London Oratory. I used to attend the Mass of All Ages when I lived in the neighborhood for over 7 years. It is amazing how Tradition has gone from a small, yet very beautiful side chapel (the Little Oratory) into the “mainstream” Church. Anyways, here is that series of photo-post:
And on that note I will sign off.