Monthly Archives: September 2017

BREAKING: Get ready…. [“Something important” in Rome this Sunday (September 24th) & Cardinal Sarah out of the Liturgy Congregation by or in December]



Friday, September 22, 2017
Get Ready…

A well-informed observer of Vatican affairs has just alerted me that “something important will be published on Sunday” in Rome, so I should “get ready” to take the entire day to cover and report on the “big news”…

At the same time, earlier today an alert was published on the Rorate Caeli (link) Twitter website (link), where one may read the following “tweets,” the first from August 19, the second from today, September 22:

August 19 — Rorate Caeli @RorateCaeli
Oh, goodness, just got some unbelievable Vatican news now (not rumor, news)! — but not authorized to publish it at this moment.

September 22, 9:52 a.m. — Rorate Caeli @RorateCaeli

This news will be, barring something unforeseen, on Rorate Caeli in just over 24 hours. Stay tuned, and pray.

Here is what it looks like:


What might this upcoming “news” be?

One commenter in August speculated: “Francis will resign?” (Pope Francis will turn 81 in December; he was born on December 17, 1936.)

The Rorate Caeli editor wrote in reply: “No, not this. But we cannot confirm or deny anything else.”

Other commenters speculated it might have something to do with the mysterious message of Fatima, also because the 100th anniversary of the final apparition, October 13, 1917, when the “Miracle of the Sun” occurred in Fatima, Portugal, will come in just three weeks, on October 13, 2017.

imageIn another vein, an Italian website that often has interesting, and occasionally has quite accurate, information has just written, without giving named sources, that the dismissal of the conservative, eloquent and increasingly-respected (also because of two recent books, one entitled God or Nothing, the other The Power of Silence) African Cardinal Robert Sarah from his post as head of the Vatican’s dicastery for the liturgy has already been discussed and “approved” by the Pope’s “Council of 9” cardinals, and will be announced in December. (link)

(Left, Cardinal Robert Sarah, and his recent book God or Nothing; below, the more recent book by Sarah, The Power of Silence (link). Both are available from Ignatius Press, link)

imageThere have also been scattered reports that a further revision of the Church’s liturgy is being studied, and may be announced in the relatively near future.

So the news might have something to do with the liturgy, which, as I argued in my Letter #53 a few days ago, is of supreme importance for the Church…

Regarding the liturgy, here is a link to full summary report by my colleague, Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register, on the Summorum Pontificum Conference held in Rome last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2007 papal document of the same name permitting wider use of the old liturgy. (Link)

In his report, Pentin cites Cardinal Sarah saying the following a week ago:

“Anthropocentric liturgies [are] unacceptable because they reduce something which is of its very essence supernatural to the level of merely the natural, contrary to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy…

“God must come first in every element of our liturgical celebration. It is for love of Him and so as to worship Him all the more fully that we set aside and consecrate people, places and things specifically for His service in the Sacred Liturgy…

“Noise in fact kills the liturgy, kills prayer, tears us and exiles us far away from God…

“Silence and calm is so important in our churches before, during and after liturgical celebrations. What hope have we of an interior focus on God if what we experience in our churches is yet more distraction and noise?

“There should be no competition between the more recent rites and the older ones of the one Roman rite: both should be a natural element of the life of the Church in our times. Christ calls us to unity, not division!

“You are not traditionalists: you are Catholics of the Roman rite as am I and as is the Holy Father…

“You are not second-class or somehow peculiar members of the Catholic Church because of your life of worship and your spiritual practices, which were those of innumerable saints.”


Celebrating God-Given Gender: Masculinity & Femininity per Nature & Grace

I highly endorse this extraordinary work of Dr. Dilsaver on this timely subject. The family is being attacked on all fronts and the subversion of the God-Given roles of male and female, father and mother, is the nadir of unnatural corruption of morals. Who suffers the most? The children! They are the victims, as the author demonstrates so well, of this inversion of the natural order and parental authority. Woe to those who scandalize the little ones! This book does not equivocate one iota. It is as challenging as it is educational. And it is both admonitory and reparative. The Catholic doctor, a clinical psychologist, knows well from experience what he is talking about. One can learn much from reading this work, even regarding biology. Dr. Dilsaver uses a variety of sources to back-up his findings, some of which are very surprising. read more

Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito wants to hold mass

Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito wants to hold mass

Father Teresito ‘Chito’ Soganub asked for a Bible and a rosary, among his first requests, according to the military that is still keeping custody of the priest

FROM MARAWI TO MANILA. Father Teresito Soganub is flow to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo courtesy of Zia Alonto Adiong

FROM MARAWI TO MANILA. Father Teresito Soganub is flow to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo courtesy of Zia Alonto Adiong

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – The military said former Maute hostage Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub is already planning to hold mass.

Nagbabalak po siyang mag-misa. Gusto niyang mag-misa (He’s planning to hold mass. He wants to hold mass),” said Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Group Ranao in Marawi. read more

Archbishop Chaput More Defending Wolf-Jesuit and Attacking His Critics (Rather Than Vice Versa) — Not Much Love for the Sheep

Archbishop Chaput [More] Defending Wolf-Jesuit [and Attacking His Critics (Rather Than Vice Versa)] — Not Much Love for the Sheep

Posted by Tancred on Friday, September 22, 2017

Editor [Tancred]: Thanks to Susan for this. First Worst Things is probabaly worse than America Magazine. Controlled oppositions, pretending to be a voice or reason, like the Neo-conservative Archbishop Chaput, who, rather than be worried about the honor of the Catholic Faith and the absurdity of having a Jesuit like Martin floating around, is more worried about the tone of his critics. It reminds us of the time when he was upset with Diogenes from the Mail of Olde, chastising him for allowing a Mass to he said for his pro-Abort governor, the evil Bill Ritter. Chaput’s thin-skinned response through his mouthpiece was as telling as it was pathetic. Diogenes disappeared from public circulation not long after that, and he’s been missed… read more

“Is the Vatican Slouching toward Wickedness?”

“Is the Vatican Slouching toward Wickedness?”

[It’s running with bated breath!]

In an article entitled “Is The Vatican Slouching toward Wickedness?” Judie Brown notices on the web page of the American Life League that “the situation in Vatican City continues to deteriorate”.

She points out that Chile’s pro-abortion president Michelle Bachelet will speak in the Vatican at a November conference organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-homosex and pro-divorce dissenters like Anne-Marie Pelletier are appointed as members of the Pontifical Academy for Life. read more

Novena to St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Sept 24-Oct 2

Start novena to Saint Teresa Sept 24 ending Oct 2, vigil of Feast Day Oct.3.

O Little Flower of Jesus, ever consoling troubled souls with heavenly graces,
in thine unfailing intercession I place my confident trust.
From the heart of our Divine Savior, petition the blessings of which I stand in greatest need, especially….

(here mention your intentions)

Shower upon me thy promised roses of virtue and grace, dear St. Therese,
so that swiftly advancing in sanctity and perfect love of neighbor,
I may someday receive the crown of life eternal. read more

“Magnum Principium” At Work. The Incredible “Credo” of Professor Melloni

“Magnum Principium” At Work. The Incredible “Credo” of Professor Melloni

[The first fruit of Magnum Principium? I call it Parvum Manicipium meaning “little or small slave, servant or deviant art” – the latter from the website with that name:]

Sandro Magister

A discussion has been prompted by the motu proprio “Magnum Principium” with which Pope Francis a few days ago redefined the responsibilities of the bishops and of the episcopal conferences in the translations of liturgical texts. read more

A Fraternal Invitation to Bishop McElroy and Father Martin

A Fraternal Invitation to Bishop McElroy and Father Martin


As a deacon, only once have I had the privilege of sitting around a table with one priest and one bishop, effectively forming a trio representing the three degrees of Holy Orders during a stimulating conversation about the Catholic faith.

I have such an exchange in mind as I write this essay—I see what follows as a possible opening monologue in what could be a beautiful, charitable, and game-changing “trialogue” with San Diego bishop Robert McElroy, Jesuit Fr. James Martin, and myself—bishop, priest, and deacon—focusing on Fr. Martin’s project to build a bridge between Church and “LGBT community” and moving past the escalation of emotion and incivility that has begun to surround that project. read more

The New Pro-Life Movement: Been There, Done That

The New Pro-Life Movement: Been There, Done That


What would the pro-life movement be without its perennial infighting? From the absolutists vs. the incrementalists to the Seamless Garment vs. everyone else, it is a feature of our movement that just never goes away. The latest controversy over something mislabeled as “new” is evidence that there is nothing new about these internecine fights.

Rebecca Bratten Weiss recently lost her job as an English professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville after, she claimed, the school showed her evidence that she wasn’t “pro-life enough.” Bratten Weiss is one of the founders of the New Pro-
Life Movement (NPLM), a concept that bundles the traditional pro-life opposition to abortion and euthanasia together with several other causes usually associated with the left. read more

Loving Trump’s U.N. Speech

Loving Trump’s U.N. Speech

[Despite Vatican newspaper criticizes Trump’s UN speech]

Michael Reagan |Posted: Sep 22, 2017

Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations on Tuesday was not just great, it was totally refreshing.

The president’s address to the U.N. General Assembly was so perfect it almost made me forget all the horrible speeches his predecessor gave to that corrupt, bloated and anti-American body.

For the first time in eight years the world saw an American president not spending half his time apologizing to the U.N. for our country’s past, present and future. read more

Pope Francis’ “Poor” Get Him Into Troubles

Pope Francis’ “Poor” Get Him Into Troubles

[Is His Holiness not heeding Our Lord’s words: “For the poor you have always with you: but me you have not always” (Matthew 26:11) and “Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40)?]

Some days ago, Vatican police ejected the homeless, who had established themselves underneath the Colonnades of Saint Peter with the explicit permission of Pope Francis, who provided them with showers, toilettes and even a special barbershop. read more

Hunger Strike in Dublin: “We’re discussing legalizing an offensive procedure [abortion]”  

Hunger Strike in Dublin: “We’re discussing legalizing an offensive procedure [abortion]


Tim Jackson, 28, is a self-employed marketing consultant and theology graduate of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He has done aid work in Syria, the Central African Republic and India. Tim ran as an Independent candidate in the Irish General Election in 2016. He is part of the White Flag Movement that started a petition calling the Abortion Committee of the Irish parliament to watch a video on abortion, before deciding to introduce the killing of unborn babies in Ireland. On September 18, Tim started a hunger strike in order to reinforce this demand. He spoke on September 21 to read more

Trump — American Gaullist

Trump — American Gaullist


[Despite Vatican newspaper criticizes Trump’s UN speech]

Friday – September 22, 2017
By Patrick J. Buchanan

If a U.S. president calls an adversary “Rocket Man … on a mission to suicide,” and warns his nation may be “totally destroyed,” other ideas in his speech will tend to get lost.

Which is unfortunate. For buried in Donald Trump’s address is a clarion call to reject transnationalism and to re-embrace a world of sovereign nation-states that cherish their independence and unique identities. read more

Pope welcomes to Vatican the head of Muslim group tied to financing of jihad terror

Pope welcomes to Vatican the head of Muslim group tied to financing of jihad terror

“Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa…expressed the appreciation of the Muslim world for the pope’s ‘fair positions’ regarding ‘the false claims that link extremism and violence to Islam,’ as well as for his insistence that extremism is not distinctive of Islam but is found among followers of all religions.”

In other words, he thanked the Pope for dissembling about the motivating ideology of jihad terror, which his group has been accused of financing, and for defaming other religions in an effort to whitewash Islam. read more

A Gay Saint?

A Gay Saint[?]

[Is New Ways Ministry the unofficial postulator to promote Fr. Judge’s cause for canonization? They have been in contact with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which is gathering testimony regarding the priest. They also have supporters among the AmChurch hierarchy including “conservative” Archbishops Chaput and Cordileone, who each separately visited them for “dialog” and got them “front row” seats for a papal audience during their 2015 Rome “pilgrimage”] read more