RORATE CÆLI: The Devirilization of the Liturgy in the Novus Ordo Mass [Exclusive article]

The Devirilization of the Liturgy in the Novus Ordo Mass [Exclusive article] Fr. Richard G. Cipolla, Ph.D., D. Phil.(Oxon.) Weymouth June 5, 1944 The correspondence between Cardinal Heenan of Westminster and Evelyn Waugh before the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Mass is well known, in which Waugh issues a crie de coeur about the post-Conciliar liturgy and finds a sympathetic, if ineffectual, ear in the Cardinal.[1]   What is not as well known is Cardinal Continue Reading →

Cardinal Kasper’s Surprising Admission Concerning the Vatican II Documents


RORATE CÆLI: This is the sign of the Church always, the Sign of Blood

This is the sign of the Church always, the Sign of Blood Seven years were my people without my presence; Seven years of misery and pain. Seven years a mendicant on foreign charity I lingered abroad: Seven years is no brevity. I shall not get those seven years back again. Never again, you must make no doubt, Shall the sea run between the shepherd and his fold. … It is not I who insult the Continue Reading →

Barnhardt’s Lessons in Manliness

Posted by Ann Barnhardt – December 20, AD 2012 9:25 PM MST I have been on pilgrimage to Rome since last Monday, but am back now, and mightily jetlagged. Obviously I kept it quiet because it isn’t wise to advertise that one’s home will be empty for ten days, even with the security system set on a hair trigger. Also, I was totally prepared to never make it out of Denver in the first place. Continue Reading →

Benedict XVI: “The Annunciation wouldn’t have made today’s headlines” – Vatican Insider

Speaking on the Spanish Steps in Rome, the Pope recalled how “God can fill all the holes that selfishness creates in the lives of people, families, nations and the world” Giacomo Galeazzi VATICAN CITY Science and ideologies cannot save us, the Pope preached from the Spanish Steps in a cold and windy Piazza di Spagna that was packed to the brim with faithful. The theologian and pastor Pope, mentioned some strong and unequivocal concepts. Man Continue Reading →

L’Osservatore Romano, Catholicism at the root of English identity

In the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, not far from St Peter’s Basilica, is preserved an image of the ‘Madonna of Ine’, the gift of an eighth century king of England who founded a Saxon hostel, ancestor of the English hospice in Rome which this year celebrates its 650th anniversary. The image is early testimony to an English Catholic tradition that was to flower in the Middle Ages in art, literature and music, marking Continue Reading →

Is the Church Suppressing God’s Will? | First Things

The editorial board of the National Catholic Reporter this week endorsed the ordination of women. Basing its position on a 1976 vote by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, on “countless conversations in parish halls, lecture halls and family gatherings,” and on the supposed support of myriad unnamed bishops, the Reporter calls “for the Catholic church to correct this unjust teaching.” It offers a brief history of “Rome’s response to the call of the faithful to ordain Continue Reading →

ZENIT – A Moral Case for a Free Economy

ROME, NOV. 29, 2012 ( At a time when the global economic crisis is causing experts to revisit notions of economic infrastructures, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, by Father Robert Sirico, makes the case that a free market economy is capable of meeting society’s material needs while promoting justice and morality to flourish. The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, of which Father Sirico is co-founder, Continue Reading →

The Gods of America’s Demise

Rudyard Kipling penned many of the most inspirational works of my formative years. Whether it was laughing at the simple “Just So Stories” or learning what makes one a real man in “If…”, I loved it all. It’s been a long time since I read “The Gods of the Copybook Headings”. Bill Whittle from PJTV recently translated this poem to be more easily understood by modern culture, as some of the references have become lost Continue Reading →

Martyrs of Today

A visitor this past week came from Italy. Don Angelo Romano, the priest who is responsible for the church of St. Bartholomew on the Tiber Island, was passing through Chicago after giving a talk at a conference at the University of Notre Dame. The conference was entitled “Seed of the Church: telling the story of today’s Christian martyrs.” The church on the Tiber Island served by Father Romano is my titular church as a cardinal Continue Reading →

What Saint started the ‘Stations of the Cross’ in the Coliseum?

A few meters from Rome’s Colosseum is the Franciscan convent of St. Boniface. Back in1696 Leonardo da Porto Maurizio, discovered his calling at the age of 20. He was a friar who in a way prevented the demolition of the Coliseum by giving it a religious sense. He was appointed superior of the convent, but he actually decided to directly ask Pope Benedict XIV, if he could leave that position. His heart he said, was Continue Reading →

RORATE CÆLI: The Friday after Thanksgiving Day indult …

A friendly and tasty reminder that there is a strong argument to be made that there is no required abstinence from meat this Friday. While always a topic of great discussion, it is a fact that Pope Pius XII granted Americans a dispensation from their Friday abstinence, so that they may enjoy turkey the Friday after Thanksgiving. I say “enjoy” turkey because that is truly the only reason he would have granted it — the Continue Reading →