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“Traditional Latin liturgy, a perfect instrument of the New Evangelization”

31 August 2012

August 30, 2012

In November, supporters of Summorum Pontificum will converge in Rome for the Year of Faith. One of the organizers discusses plans for the pilgrimage, which will include Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Alberto Carosa

Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa, Okla. celebrates a solemn high Mass in the extraordinary form at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington in April 2010. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

The proclamation of the Year of Faith (which begins on October 11, 2012 and ends on November 24, 2013) is a bid to mobilize the faithful on an unprecedented scale for the New Evangelization. Pope Benedict XVI’s call is being heeded by tradition-minded faithful—those who regularly attend the celebration of the liturgy according to the 1962 Missal, which was liberalized in 2007 by the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.

As was reported in early August on various blogs and websites, including La Stampa’s Vatican Insider, traditionalists from around the world will converge in Rome November 1-3 for a pilgrimage in conjunction with the Year of Faith, to support the Holy Father and to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. The pilgrimage will conclude with a Mass in the extraordinary form at St. Peter’s Basilica on November 3.

The event is being coordinated by the newly-established Coetus Internationalis Pro Summorum Pontificum (CISP), the umbrella organization representing various groups of lay faithful committed to the implementation of the motu proprio, in particular the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (FIUV, the International Una Voce Federation) and the Coordinamento Nazionale del Summorum Pontificum Italiano (Italian Summorum Pontificum’s National Coordination Board).

Commentators have described this event as the first major gathering of traditionalists in Rome, but this is not entirely correct. For example, as reported by Inside the Vatican (December 1998), a similar event took place in Rome in late October 1998, with some 3,000 tradition-minded faithful coming to the Eternal City to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei Adflicta, in which John Paul II sought to facilitate the celebration of the old rite by easing some of its restrictions. Una Voce was also among the major forces behind that event 14 years ago, which was “far more successful than most people hoped,” in the words of the group’s former president, the late Michael Davies.

Thomas Murphy serves as both secretary of Una Voce and official spokesman for CISP. He kindly agreed to the exclusive interview below to discuss the upcoming gathering in Rome.

CWR: You are the official spokesperson of Coetus Internationalis pro Summorum Pontificum. What is the purpose of this committee?

Murphy: The Coetus Internationalis brings together various groups of faithful who are working in their own way in support of Summorum Pontificum. To unite those groups in charity and to work in co-operation is our first purpose. The focus of the Coetus Internationalis is to organize a pilgrimage to Rome in early November.

We are taking the opportunity of the Holy Year of Faith and the fifth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum to invite associations, groups, and movements of the faithful from across Europe and the world to join us in Rome for an expression of support for the Holy Father and to give thanks for the Pope’s “Magna Carta” liberating the Gregorian Rite. This is our invitation to all the faithful to affirm our Catholic faith and our fidelity to the Roman pontiff, to express our belief that traditional Latin liturgy is a perfect instrument of the New Evangelization, [because of] its appeal to the young and its universality.

The pilgrimage will culminate in a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at 10 am on Saturday, November 3 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the beating heart of the Catholic world.

CWR: What are the movements involved with the initiative?

Murphy: The list of movements is growing almost daily. We intend to produce an initial list at the official launch of the pilgrimage on September 10, but some movements merit particular mention. I speak also as the secretary of the International Federation “Una Voce,” which has given its strong support to the Coetus Internationalis. Member associations of our federation across five continents, especially Una Voce Italia, have been active in the work of the Coetus Internationalis.

An excellent new initiative has been the Coetus Nationalis pro Summorum Pontificum (CNSP), drawing together groups and organizations on the Italian peninsula including some of our Una Voce associations. I would also like to give honored mention to the very experienced and recognized French association Notre-Dame-de-Chrétienté, organizer of the annual Chartres pilgrimage and the Foederatio Internationalis Juventutem, the International Federation of Young People in support of Summorum Pontificum—a well-known sight at World Youth Day—which has confirmed its adherence to the Coetus Internationalis in recent days.

The support of all of these groups and movements is essential if we are to achieve our purpose of creating a unity of charity and cooperation among the supporters of Summorum Pontificum, and especially in expressing our thanks for Summorum Pontificum and our fidelity to the Roman Pontiff during the pilgrimage to Rome in November. I repeat that invitation to any group supporting Summorum Pontificum to register in support of the Coetus Internationalis.

Do you have any other details on the progress of pilgrimage, such as the name of the celebrant of the closing Mass at St. Peter’s?

We are working as actively as the summer break—sacrosanct in Rome—will allow. The name of the celebrant will be announced at the official launch in September.

In addition to the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, we invite each group that joins us to hold a ceremony or gathering of their own in Rome during that weekend of All Saints. To this end, our chaplain, Abbé Claude Barthe, author of numerous books and articles on liturgical matters, will liaise with groups of pilgrims and with clergy who will be in Rome on this occasion. Anyone interested can contact our Secretariat at or me at

CWR: You launch the pilgrimage officially on September 10, barely eight weeks prior to the Mass on November 3. Time is short. How many pilgrims do you expect to make the trip to Rome?

Murphy: It is true that the deadlines are short. However, much work has been done by the Coetus Internationalis discreetly over many months. The estimates that I have seen give a range of between 3,000 and 4,000 pilgrims from around the world.

You mentioned that you are also secretary of Una Voce. What role has that group played in this pilgrimage and what place does this pilgrimage have in the activities of Una Voce?

Murphy: As the oldest organization of laity working for the preservation of the traditional Latin liturgy, the International Federation “Una Voce” was involved from the beginning in this. Our network of associations and federations in 33 countries across five continents places great emphasis upon working in cooperation and within a unity of charity. It was natural that FIUV would be an early and steadfast supporter of the Coetus Internationalis.

Our federation comes to Rome every two years for a General Assembly of Members, but we were anxious to make a special effort to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum and to demonstrate our fidelity to the Pope during the Year of Faith. The pilgrimage to Rome in November will be an ideal opportunity to do as Catholics have always done—to make a pilgrimage to the tombs of the Apostles, and to publicly declare their fidelity to the pope.
Where the Coetus Internationalis is different, and what should appeal to everyone who supports Summorum Pontificum, is its freedom from division. It is a simple act of love on the part of many souls in many Catholic movements that seeks to include everyone in our visible expression of faith, of thanks, and of fidelity. To all those who share our Catholic faith, who share our gratitude for Summorum Pontificum, who share our fidelity to the Holy Father, and to all those who listen to my words I say: come with us to Rome!

About the Author
Alberto Carosa

Alberto Carosa writes from Rome. He is a regular contributor to Catholic newspapers and periodicals in Italy, England, and the US.


Your Eminence, you make us proud… now on to Charlotte?

31 August 2012

August 31, 2012

Interesting last few days, don’t you think? His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan offers his services to both the GOP and Democrats to offer the closing prayer at each convention. After all, he IS a pastor first. The Republicans happily accepted (not surprising) and the Dems said no thanks (not surprising).

Attacks flew immediately from the left that the Cardinal had chosen sides and had finally admitted he was a Republican. Problem with knee jerk reactions is that, well, usually it’s jerks who make them. The real deal is that His Eminence did extend the offer to both parties and was summarily dismissed by the Democrats.

Now that hyper-left has finally caught up on their reading, they realize that the egg on their face should have been eaten for breakfast instead. So the DNC reconsidered and extended the hand of peace and accepted Cardinal Dolan’s invitation.

Now, our boss here at ACBlog, has asked us to refrain from any critical observations on this issue until after the conventions (both) have come to a close. We have decided to honor that and to be “Always Catholic”.

The prayer offered tonight at the RNC was solemn yet uplifting. The Cardinal’s backbone was prominent when he started the prayer with a Sign of the Cross…Thank you, Your Eminence!

The kids here at Always Catholic ask that you do the same at the DNC. After all, you ARE a pastor first.

Just sayin’

AS Sofia says, God love you!



Timothy Cardinal Dolan at Republican National Convention

Thank you to jcb3393 on YouTube for posting this video.

Please pray for Romney, @CatholicLisa tells us why…

29 August 2012

August 29, 2012
by Lisa Graas at


It took some time for this to sink in with me because I did not watch the video until now. Mitt Romney has flip-flopped back to a pro-abortion position. (Via CBS News)

“My position has been clear throughout this campaign,” Romney said. “I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.”

click HERE for the rest of Lisa’s post.

Editor’s Note: This is not good. Mr. Romney needs prayers as this belief is that of the pro-abortion movement. He needs our prayers. This is not about an election, it is about his soul.

Our Gov Christie brings Jersey to the RNC! Posted by Jersey Girls Emma & Jenny

29 August 2012

Our Governor Chris Christie at the RNC convention last night. We live in Jersey and we LOVE our Governor. Sofia and Sarah live in Wisconsin now but they will always be Jersey Girls! So fo them we post this today. Enjoy our Jersey boy, Chris Christie.

The Kids are Running the Show… ツ

27 August 2012

August 27, 2012

Our posting here at AC has been a little light lately and here’s the reason…

First, I am feeling so healthy and working behind the scenes on some improvements to AlwaysCatholic. Yes, we have quite a bit of housekeeping on the site. Organizing files, etc. etc. Most importantly setting up a group of volunteers and interns to help run this thing properly.

When I first brought up the idea of this blog to my sister, Mary and to my long-time friend, David both knew I was biting off a big chunk. I wouldn’t have it any other way. The best thing about doing it big to start is that you have alot to work with. It’s like growing your hair out so the stylist has tons of hair to be able to make it workable.

My friend David warned me that I was taking on a large commitment with a site, as opposed to a blog and he was correct. However, I have learned through the help of great mentors, Creative Minority Report, Battle Beads Blog and Man with Black Hat that it can be done well with a little help from my friends.

So, taking advice from some of the best, Always Catholic in the next few months will be getting tuned-up. That will be the start of some exciting which I know all of you will appreciate.

Until then, bear with us as we make our way up the ladder on our “home improvements”. No hints, just visit the site, follow us on Twitter and FB as we work hard to be more enjoyable to read and much more consistent with our output.

Starting this week I am on a working retreat. Prayer, rest and working on Always Catholic. I will be behind the scenes as Jenny, Emma and Sarah get their chance to show me what they can do. I ask you to visit as often as you are able to support the girls as they become “Deputy Editors” for the next 2 weeks.

I will be giving final approval on anything posted and can be reached only by email: Twitter and FB posting will be done also by the girls as well as some automated posts by Gremln.

I am physically doing well, getting stronger by the day, so I do not want to mess it up this time. I am learning that every great manager needs even greater co-workers and trust me they are!

So, with that said, I ask your prayers for my retreat (both the praying and the working parts) and I welcome any suggestions you might have to help make us better. Please use the above email to send me what you would like to see on ACBlog…It might just happen.

Just sayin’…

God love you and see you soon!


Baltimore Archbishop: Catholic Voters Can’t Vote for a Candidate Who Stands for an Intrinsic Evil via BattleBeadsBlog

17 August 2012

August 16, 2012
via BattleBeadsBlog

From the Knights of Columbus annual convention in Anaheim, California, Baltimore archbishop William E. Lori says that “this is a big moment for Catholic voters to step back from their party affiliation.”

For Catholic voters in November, Lori advises, “The question to ask is this: Are any of the candidates of either party, or independents, standing for something that is intrinsically evil, evil no matter what the circumstances? If that’s the case, a Catholic, regardless of his party affiliation, shouldn’t be voting for such a person.”

At the convention this week, the message wasn’t just coming from Lori, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ new committee on religious liberty, but also from a letter conveying greetings from Pope Benedict XVI, commending the Knights and their work, specifically in defense of religious liberty. The Knights have been known to get papal encouragement, but this implicit comment on a contentious political issue is not part of the routine, reflecting what the letter calls the “unprecedented gravity” of the current situation. [AlwaysCatholic’s Emphasis]

“At a time when concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom, the Knights of Columbus have worked tirelessly to help the Catholic community recognize and respond to the unprecedented gravity of these new threats to the Church’s liberty and public moral witness,” Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone wrote in the letter to the Knights, the largest lay Catholic organization in the United States, no doubt referring to the fight over the HHS contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing-drug mandate that has Catholic diocese, universities, and even businessmen suing the federal government to protect their religious-liberty rights. Cardinal Bertone continued: “By defending the right of all religious believers, as individual citizens and in their institutions, to work responsibly in shaping a democratic society inspired by their deepest beliefs, values and aspirations, your Order has proudly lived up to the high religious and patriotic principles which inspired its founding.”

“The challenges of the present moment are in fact yet another reminder of the decisive importance of the Catholic laity for the advancement of the Church’s mission in today’s rapidly changing social context,” the letter continues.

Citing papal comments to the bishops from the United States in Rome in January, the letter went on:

“As he stated to the Bishops of the United States earlier this year, the demands of the new evangelization and the defense of the Church’s freedom in our day call for ‘an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-a-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society’ (Ad Limina Address, 19 January 2012).”

“Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion,” the pope also said in that January address. “Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.”

Please go to my sister Mary’s Blog “BattleBeadsBlog” for the rest of this important post. CLICK HERE! When you are there, check out for the world’s most beautiful Rosaries! The Official Rosaries of

Another lesson in Charity and Truth – Deo Gratias!

11 August 2012

August 11, 2012

Sometimes I get emotional (actually, most of the time) and I rush to share my enthusiasm. Today, I wasn’t Always Catholic. Thank you (once again) for your lesson on Truth and Charity Lisa Graas! My sister in Christ truly loves me. She is teaching me to think before I speak/write and as a Catholic and a Blogger I am blessed to have such a sister/mentor.

Living in Wisconsin (the Rome of America for sure) with a bishop (Robert Morlino) who is a faithful son of the Church, a Catholic population that still goes to Fish Frys at the local restaurants on Fridays year round and the one and only approved apparition site (Our Lady of Good Help) in the U.S. I guess today I got a little over the top.

I came out very excited for Paul Ryan. I am still excited with him for a few reasons. First and foremost he is PROLIFE. Secondly, he is faithful to the Church’s Teaching on Subsidiarity. See below:

One of the key principles of Catholic social thought is known as the principle of subsidiarity. This tenet holds that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization. In other words, any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. This principle is a bulwark of limited government and personal freedom. It conflicts with the passion for centralization and bureaucracy characteristic of the Welfare State.

This is why Pope John Paul II took the “social assistance state” to task in his 1991 encyclical Centesimus Annus. The Pontiff wrote that the Welfare State was contradicting the principle of subsidiarity by intervening directly and depriving society of its responsibility. This “leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending.” David Bosch “The Principle of Subsidiarity” Acton Institute

In this case, Abortion being the gravest Evil, ProLife trumps. Right? How do I then reconcile that with Ryan’s “admiration” of Ayn Rand? without getting into a discussion of Ayn Rand. Her opposition to both religion and the Church were clear. This is where I hope and pray that Paul Ryan will have “the scales fall from my eyes” as my dearest sister in Christ Lisa Graas has said.

I will pray for Paul Ryan that he truly lives his faith. So far, his Pro Life stance serves him well. His responsibility to fiscal issues (which is supported by Church Teaching. Rampant debt is a moral issue) must always be based on Charity, the Evangelical counsel of Charity, which Subsidiarity supports. The Church does not support Ayn Rand’s vision and nor should he.

As far as the U.S. Bishops Conference goes, I am going to opt for silence and try to listen to what God has to say in the “still, small voice in my heart” (St John of the Cross) and pray unceasingly for them.

Free enterprise of course, supports our freedom to support ourselves and in turn to serve society. (The render to Caesar thing) It’s what we do with that prosperity is the point. We, as Catholics have the right to earn a living and to profit. We also have the responsibility of answering to the God we believe in.(The render to God thing)

Simple? Yes. Actually doing it? Hard. the Reward: Heaven…Priceless.

The Bishops were wrong on the Ryan Budget via Pat Archbold – update

11 August 2012

Please go to this post on ACBlog for clarification: Another lesson in Charity and Truth – Deo Gratias!

Posted by Patrick Archbold

In the wake of the selection of Paul Ryan as the VP nominee, you will be hearing a lot about how Ryan is a bad Catholic because the Bishops criticized the Ryan budget plan.

Let me cut to the chase, the Bishops were wrong.

The text of the letter issued by the Bishops gets the basics wrong and completely ignores the immorality of continued debt. They say…

On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to urge you to resist for moral and human reasons unacceptable cuts to hunger and nutrition programs. The committee has been instructed to reduce agricultural programs by an additional $33.2 billion. In allocating these reductions, the committee should protect essential programs that serve poor and hungry people over subsidies that assist large and relatively well-off agricultural enterprises. Cuts to nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will hurt hungry children, poor families, vulnerable seniors and workers who cannot find employment. These cuts are unjustified and wrong. If cuts are necessary, the committee should first look towards reducing and targeting commodity and subsidy programs that disproportionately go to large growers and agribusiness

Except those draconian cuts they fear are not cuts at all, but reductions in growth from the projected baseline budgeting planned growth. To suggest that these are real cuts is disingenuous.

Further, this letter does not address the real problems facing America, rather the Bishops sit on their high horses while simultaneously sticking their heads in the sand.

This massive accumulating debt has real consequences, and those consequence will be disastrous for the very poor the USCCB pretends to be concerned about.

Continue Reading @ The Register>>>>

Lisa Graas gives us pause; it is our hearts God desires…

11 August 2012

Today’s Readings: God Desires Our Hearts, Identity in Christ, Jesus Rebukes Peter

August 9, 2012
By Lisa Graas at her blog,

My friends Mark and Clare will understand this, I think. I apologize if I’m not clear enough for others. I will try to post some relevant links to other posts I’ve written to help you get what I’m saying. I’m not thinking that clearly today.

Today’s readings here in America speak to us on three topics discussed, as of late, here on my blog.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 shows God desires all of our hearts. He is less interested in our brains than in our hearts. (See my article: Which is more important? Right Thinking or Right Doing?)

I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts;
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
No longer will they have need to teach their friends and relatives
how to know the LORD.

Psalm 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19 speaks of this, as well.

R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Mt 16:13-23 is very powerful, indeed, showing that “flesh and blood” will not reveal Jesus to us. In other words, our brains alone will not reveal Him to us.

Please click HERE for the rest of this post…

It’s Ryan! Wisconsin’s got it going on!

11 August 2012

August 11, 2012

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) is Governor Mitt Romney’s choice for VP. Today Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard will be having the celebration party to end all parties inside the Beltway. Here in Wisconsin we will celebrating at the Wisconsin State Fair eating cheese curds and cream puffs and celebrating our local guy making good!

Here in Wisconsin it’s all about character. coming from NJ this is something that is sometimes a hard thing to find. Paul Ryan has character. He is a True Catholic not a “Catholic In Name Only” (CINO) like many of the so-called “Catholic” politicians in Washington. He’s solidly Pro-Life and today here at ACBlog we officially are supporting Romney/Ryan 2012.

The addition of Ryan will give credibility to this ticket. Now, Mr. Obama, bring on that Chicago machine cuz Mr Ryan is packing his bags to move to the Naval Observatory as Veep and Governor Romney to 16th and Pennsylvania NW!

Paul Ryan: ‘Together, we will unite America and get this done’
Romney running mate speaks aboard the USS Wisconsin

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