Pope Francis Encourages Holy Matrimony

Vatican City, 14 September 2014 (VIS) – This morning, Pope Francis celebrated the marriage of twenty couples from Rome, the diocese of which he is bishop, during a Holy Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica…

The couples married by the Pope, according to a press release from the Vicariate of Rome, are like many others, engaged for different lengths of time; some already live together, others have children, and others met within the parish. The youngest couple were born in 1986 and 1989 respectively, whereas the eldest were born in 1958 and 1965.

In his homily, the Holy Father, commenting on the Bible passage that speaks of the long and wearisome journey of the people of Israel through the desert, spoke of marriage as a path with areas of light and shadows, during which the mercy and grace of Christ can regenerate and channel married and family life…

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Rome Synod & New Zealand

Vatican City, 2014 (VIS) – The following is the full text of the presentation by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, of the participants in the upcoming Synod in October 2014:
“Why are two full pages of names being published today in the Osservatore Romano? Because these names correspond to people from all over the world, who will take part in the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (5-19 October) on the theme: “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation”. The aim of the meeting is to propose to today’s world the beauty and the values of the family, which emerge from the proclamation of Jesus Christ Who disperses fear and supports hope…
Archbishop John Atcherley DEW of Wellington, president of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (F.C.B.C.O)…

Holy Father & Fraternal Correction

Vatican City, 7 September 2014 (VIS) – Fraternal correction, as it is presented by St. Matthew in this Sunday’s Gospel reading, was the theme of the Pope’s reflection during today’s Angelus, at midday. “Jesus teaches us that if my Christian brother wrongs me or offends me, I must be charitable towards him and, first of all, speak to him personally, explaining that what he has said or done is not good. And what if my brother does not listen to me? Jesus suggests a way of intervening gradually: first, to speak to him again with another two or three people, so that he is more aware of the mistake he has made. If, in spite of this, he does not accept this exhortation, it is necessary to tell the community, and if he does not even listen to the community, then we have to let him know of the fracture and detachment that he himself has caused, by failing in communion with his brothers and sisters in the faith”…

SSPX – Latest News

SSPX Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica:
Watch a video of a Society priest offering Mass at St. Pius X’s altar in St. Peter’s Basilica.

In conjunction with the ongoing 100th anniversary of our patron, St. Pius X, it gives us immense joy to convey some recent news of an important event that occurred at his very tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica.

On August 9th, a pilgrimage group from the SSPX’s chapel in Noisy-le-Grand, France, had the privilege of attending Mass offered by their chaplain, Fr. Michel Sivry, at the altar of St. Pius X. Not only has it been reported that this occurred with the prior knowledge and consent of the basilica’s “highest authority”, but a video team even filmed the event for the French District’s website, LaPorteLatine.org, where it may be watched.

This video of Low Mass is unique in that it was shot at up-close angles so the celebrant’s actions could be clearly seen, whereas usually the faithful are unable to view these sacerdotal gestures. Thus one of the striking features of this recording is the great reverence accorded to the Sacred Species throughout the ceremonies.

We hope that this video will help Latin Rite Catholics everywhere to better appreciate the beauty, reverence and sacredness integral to the traditional Roman Mass, aspects that are visible signs of the true and unmitigated doctrines of the Faith, thus fulfilling the liturgical axiom: lex orandi, lex credendi (the law of prayer is the law of belief).

Perhaps too, this example from certain authorities in Rome (as also occurred during the SSPX’s Jubilee Pilgrimage in 2000) will influence those who have authority over certain pilgrimage shrines here in the States to modify their injunctions against our devout pilgrims and their chaplains.


SSPX – Recognition at Last?

Rorate is able to confirm that Cardinal Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will receive in the offices of his Congregation in Rome the superior-general of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX), Bp. Bernard Fellay, later this month (or on another day in early fall, the date is uncertain).

The way this high-level meeting became public is unusual and incomprehensible as a media operation: there is a discussion forum founded and led by a Frenchwoman (pseudonym “Gentiloup”) who is a regular mass-goer in SSPX chapels – it is a forum dedicated to those who call themselves the “Resistance” (that is, those inside or outside the SSPX who are against all or most contacts with the Holy See). On Sunday, August 31, 2014, in the SSPX priory of Fabrègues (in the Languedoc, southern France), Fr. Louis-Marie Carlhian announced to the faithful that such a meeting would take place on September 21, and “Gentiloup” rushed to announce it in the “Resistance” Forum. The specific date was later modified to an “uncertain” day. Days later, it was posted at Tradinews, a French traditional news blog. From then on, it became widespread…


More Wisdom from Pope Francis

Vatican City, 1 September 2014 (VIS) – At midday the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus… and commented on the day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus, “after having confirmed that Peter and the other eleven believed in Him as the Messiah and the Son of God, began to explain to them that He had to go to Jerusalem where He would suffer greatly, be killed, and rise again on the third day”. He remarked, “It is a critical moment in which Jesus’ and the disciples’ method of thinking emerges”.

Jesus reproaches Peter – He puts him “back in line” because he does not think “as God does, but as human beings do”, and without realising that he is assuming the role of Satan, the tempter.

The Apostle Paul also insists upon this theme in this Sunday’s liturgy in his Letter to the Romans, when he affirms that Christians must not conform to this world without transforming it to discern the will of God.

“In effect”, he continued, “we Christians live in the world, fully integrated in the social and cultural reality of our time, and it is right that it is so; however, this carries the risk that we become ‘worldly’, that the salt loses its flavour, as Jesus would say; that is, that the Christian is ‘watered down’…
“It is sad to meet Christians who are watered down, like wine; you cannot tell whether they are Christians or worldly, like watered wine;…
Renewal also comes from participation in Sunday Mass, “where we find the Lord in the community, listening to His Word and receiving the Eucharist which unites us to Him and one another”, as well as in days of retreat and spiritual exercises…

Auckland Latin Mass Times

Please beware of incorrect information elsewhere, Auckland Latin Mass times are currently as follows:

  • Mount Saint Mary’s Church : 4 Rangiwai Road
    Masses Sunday 9.30AM – others at irregular intervals
    Contact: Church - 817 7582 - answerphone message.
  • Holy Family Church Te Atatu
    Mass: Sunday 8AM, Fr. Andrew Matthew – Contact: 09 834 6677

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