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Disaster looms if Pope Francis restricts the traditional Mass by Phil Lawler (From Jun 2, 2021)

The rumors are true. My sources in Rome—too many and too reliable to be doubted—confirm that a document is circulating at the Vatican which, if given papal approval, would significantly restrict use the “extraordinary form” of the liturgy, the traditional Latin Mass...

Candlemas: The Feast of Light and Hope by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From Jan 28, 2022)

From the Archives, originally published in 2014: On February 2, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, forty days after Christmas. In the 1962 calendar the feast is called the “Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary” and commonly referred to as Candlemas....

Rejoice, the Lord is Near! Gaudete Sunday, Ember Days and O Antiphons by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From Dec 10, 2021)

Originally published December 2014. See my post from 2013, O Come!! The O Antiphons for further reflection on the O Antiphons. The Advent liturgy is so rich, varied and beautiful. Every time the liturgical cycle repeats, it is another opportunity to enter more deeply into the Church’s...

Liturgical Year Volume 2 Released: Ordinary Time before Lent by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From Jan 10, 2022)

The second volume of our ebook series for the 2021-2022 liturgical year has been released in our ebooks download area. This volume covers the initial period of Ordinary Time between Christmas and Lent, from January 10th through March 2nd. It may be downloaded free of charge in the following...

Who denies the Novus Ordo is valid? Prepare for a surprise. by Phil Lawler (From Dec 20, 2021)

In its stunning new document increasing restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass, the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW) charges that many traditionalist Catholics do not recognize the validity of the Novus Ordo liturgy. Therefore, we are told, adherence to the traditional liturgy poses a...

Anticipating Christmas, Beginning with Saint Andrew and the Immaculate Conception by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From Nov 29, 2021)

From the archives, originally published November 29, 2016: November 30 is the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle and also the pivotal date for the beginning of Advent, starting the Sunday closest to November 30 Also on November 30 starts the tradition to begin two traditional novenas: 1) the

The backward logic of Traditionis Custodes by Phil Lawler (From Jan 7, 2022)

Insofar as Traditionis Custodes provides any explanation for its open hostility toward Catholic traditionalists, that explanation lies in the claim that traditionalist communities have caused divisions within the Church. Therefore, Pope Francis suggests (and the Congregation for Divine Worship...

Pope Francis urges Biden to receive Communion by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From Oct 29, 2021)

We do not know inside details of the Pope’s meeting with President Biden today, but Biden himself did feel free to report that Francis had called him a “good Catholic” and encouraged him to keep receiving Communion (see, for example, the report from The New York Times). Ludicrous...

Beware when Church leaders manipulate the language: Part II by Phil Lawler (From May 27, 2021)

Yesterday I wrote about “the abuses of language…that I see in many recent pronouncements from our Church leadership,” with my focus on two recent Vatican announcements. Now let me turn to a few noteworthy American examples. Sometimes the misuse of language is downright...

The Pope vs. EWTN: too hot to handle? by Phil Lawler (From Sep 22, 2021)

Last week I wrote about censorship, and how “discerning readers need to find their own trusted sources of news.” This week I’ll be a bit more specific, and say that Catholic readers (or non-Catholics interested in developments within the Church) need to find their own trusted...