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St Pius I Pope, Martyr – Commemoration July 11

This holy Pope ordered that the feast of Easter should be kept only on a Sunday.

He transformed into a church the house of converted senator Pudens. He was martyred in 157.

(Taken from 1962 Missal)

2014 & Summorum Pontificum – Quo Vadis NZ?

 If you ask the average Catholic what Summorum Pontificum was about, they will tell you it is a document which removed almost all of the restrictions on what had come to be known as the “Latin Mass” among a host of other names.  As a result of this move, traditionalists have found themselves able to participate fully in wide areas of parish life…The prevailing opinion is that the motu proprio was simply a concession to people who want to worship in Latin.  This is regrettable.  Far from being a mere concession, Summorum Pontificium is a blueprint for spiritual renewal for all Catholics, not just traditionalists.

To understand why the narrative of a mere concession is inaccurate, it is helpful to recall a bit of history about the status of the Latin Mass within the Church…we can state that a sizeable amount of people still desired to worship according to the manner of the previous Roman Missal, last updated by St. John XXIII.  Church authorities were genuinely surprised about this fact, and decided to address it.  This occurred in the 1984 indult (a privilege that deviates from standard Church law) Quattuor Abhinc Annos.  In it, devotion to the Missal of St. John XXIII was described as a “problem” that was “almost completely solved.”  Yet in spite of their best efforts, the “problem” remained, and was not going away.  As a result, they decided to give that small group of faithful a true and genuine concession to have the Missal celebrated, under very strict circumstances.  No parishes and you could not view the celebration of the Mass as an authentic carrying out of the liturgical reform…

When Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, this discussion occurred with renewed vigor.  Instead of a “universal Indult”, Benedict released Summorum Pontificum.  This was not a mere concession to existing liturgical law:  it was a rewriting of it…the bias was meant to be towards granting the wishes of anyone who wished to celebrate or assist at the Extraordinary Form.  This was no longer a concession.

Benedict admitted that the response of the Church up to that point on this question was insufficient.  Even if they had the best of intentions, their decisions were hindering the ability of faithful Catholics to have a deeper and fuller communion with the Apostolic See.  Benedict said this situation had to end, not because of what it says about those who had a devotion to the previous Missal, but what it said about the Pope and the Bishops as Catholics.  If they could be integrated into the regular life of the Church, they should be…

The church has talked about unity in diversity extensively for 50 years now.  No matter which liturgy you attend, this isn’t optional.  Far too often this unity is denied to Catholics, whether they are lovers of the Latin Mass, Eastern Rite Catholics, and various others.  If we want take Pope Benedict’s legacy seriously, this has to change.  With Summorum Pontificum, we have all the tools at our disposal to make that change a reality.

(emphasis added – Ref. Summorum Pontificum and the Case for Spiritual Renewal by KEVIN TIERNEY

Objectives of EDSNZ 2014

From EDSNZ Constitution


3.1  To promote the Latin Liturgy of the Church in its various forms.

3.2  To provide a means whereby Catholics who adhere to the Latin Liturgical tradition may  (i) request their pastors (a)  for celebration of Mass according to the rite of the Roman Missal published in 1962 and (b)  for celebration of the remaining sacraments in Latin in accordance with the Ritual in use in 1962 and (ii) request their diocesan bishops for the celebration of the Mass and the Sacraments in Latin in accordance with Article 3.2 (i) (a) and (b) above and (iii) request their diocesan bishops for the personal parish and/or a chaplain for the pastoral care of Catholics who adhere to the earlier Latin Liturgical tradition and (iv)   request the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” to act in order to achieve any or all of the objects set out in Article 3.2(i) to (iii) inclusive.

3.3  To provide financial, material and other appropriate support for the seminary education of aspirants to the priesthood who (i) desire to carry out their priestly service in the institutes of consecrated life or societies of apostolic life mandated to use the traditional Latin Liturgical forms, or who (ii) their local ordinaries send to study in seminaries established, inter alia, to train priests in the traditional Latin liturgical forms.

3.4  To provide financial, material and other appropriate support for the establishment in New Zealand, with ecclesiastical approval, of institutes of consecrated life or societies of apostolic life mandated to use the traditional Latin liturgical forms.

3.5  To provide financial, material and other appropriate support for the establishment of confraternities of clerics, lay men or lay women who wish, after fitting preparation and the accustomed period of approbation, to be formed into institutes of consecrated life or societies mandated to use the traditional liturgical forms.

3.6  To provide financial, material and other appropriate assistance to individual priests, institutes, or societies mandated to use the traditional Latin liturgy. This assistance can take the following forms: (i) furnishing altars and churches in a manner suitable for the celebration of the liturgy according to the venerable rites; (ii) providing the necessary training, instruments and music to choirs in order that the venerable rites be celebrated with the traditional music of the church, especially Gregorian chant.

3.7    To assist materially the philosophical, theological and liturgical formation of Catholics by promoting the study of Latin and of the teaching and history of the church concerning its liturgy, and in particular, of the authentic principles of liturgical development.

3.8  To provide such other financial, material and other appropriate support for the preservation, restoration or propagation of the traditional Latin liturgical forms, as the Council of the Society may from time to time reasonably decide.

Council of Cardinals & Pope Francis

Vatican City, 4 July 2014 (VIS) – The Council of Cardinals, gathered at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, will conclude its meetings this evening. The next sessions have been scheduled for 15-17 September, 9-11 December and 9-11 February 2015.

With regard to the themes considered, as well as those indicated in recent days (the Governorate, the Secretariat of State and the Institute for the Works of Religion), the Council resumed its reflections on the dicasteries of the Curia. The Laity and Family were studied in particular depth, especially in terms of the contributions and roles that should be assumed by laypeople, married couples and women. Decisions were not made, but more detailed proposals were offered that will subsequently be inserted into the overall framework of the new configuration of the Curia… The Pope participates naturally in the dialogue, promoting a climate of free expression.

There are still no texts that may be considered as drafts of the new Constitution, since the work proceeds in the form of partial contributions, generally presented by individual Cardinals charged with the task of studying specific matters. (emphasis added)

Pope Francis Participates in Council of Cardinals

Vatican City, 2 July 2014 (VIS) – The Council of Cardinals met on the morning of Tuesday, 1 July at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, as planned. The Pope is participating in all the meetings…On Tuesday and on Wednesday morning three main themes were considered… The issue of the structure of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) was discussed in depth… With regard to the news and questions circulating in the press in recent days, the Director of the Holy See Press Office made the following declaration:

“The IOR is in a time of natural and peaceful transition… The Director then gave a concise explanation of the agenda of the next meeting of the Council for the Economy, which will focus on the Statutes and programme for future work, and will be informed on developments relating to the IOR…

The Director also announced that a major press conference is expected to be held next week on various matters, including the IOR, linked to the sphere of competence of the Council and the Secretariat for the Economy. The Council is now continuing its meetings, again taking into consideration and systematically developing the reflections already formulated in the first round of study and review of the different bodies of the Roman Curia. (emphasis added)


Cardinal Burke to Offer Extraordinary Form Mass Australia

Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura Cardinal Raymond Burke will visit Sydney and Melbourne in August.

The American Cardinal arrives on August 26, and during his week-long visit will deliver several public talks and celebrate two Masses.

In Sydney, Cardinal Burke will host a question and answer session at the University of Sydney on August 27, before celebrating Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St Mary’s Cathedral that evening.

On August 30 the Cardinal will deliver the keynote address at the World Congress of Families regional event in Melbourne…

The Cardinal will also celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form and confirm a number of young adults at St Aloysius’ Church in Caulfield on August 31.



Latest Rome News Re. FFIs Manelli Founder

 The Manelli had 55 grandchildren and, currently, 80 great-grandchildren: their numerous descendants, most crowded room on the third floor of the Lateran Palace on Friday morning. Many other Franciscans of the Immaculate, a religious family founded by their son Stephen, who became a Franciscan priest, and today consists of two religious institutes with about 400 monks and 400 nuns.

“The fame of holiness of the Servants of God – said Monsignor Oder – continues to spread in different parts of the world. Many are the faithful who go to their grave to pray for graces and blessings. In particular, the parents admire their examples in raising and educating a large number of children. It is evident that the beatification and canonization of the Servants of God would help them with force to emphasize the vital importance of the family in society devastated today, to save the family institution. “June 30, 2014 (Google translation) 

 Excerpts from

Vatican City, 20 June 2014 (VIS)Yesterday afternoon, on the Solemnity of Corpus Domini, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in the square of St. John Lateran, the cathedral basilica of Rome…

The Eucharist communicates “God’s love for us: a love so great that it nourishes itself; it is a gratuitous love, always available to every person who hungers or who is in need of regeneration. To live the experience of faith means allowing oneself to be nourished by the Lord and to build our existence not on material goods, but on a reality that does not perish: the gifts of God, His Word and His Body”…

“The Father says to us: ‘I have fed you with manna which you did not know’. Let us restore our memory and learn to recognise the false victuals that delude and corrupt, because they are the fruit of selfishness, self-sufficiency and sin: poisoned foods. Soon, in the procession, we will follow Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist. The Host is our manna, through which the Lord gives Himself to us. And we turn to Him with trust: Jesus, defend us from the temptations of the worldly food that enslaves us; purify our memory, so that we may not be imprisoned by selfish and worldly selectivity, but become instead the living memory of Your presence throughout the history of Your people, a memory that becomes a ‘memorial’ of your gesture of redeeming love”.

Following the Eucharistic celebration, the Holy Father led the procession along Via Merulana up to the basilica of St. Mary Major, where he imparted his solemn blessing with the Most Holy Sacrament.

New Zealand Catholic Newspaper & Extraordinary Form

An article entitled “Traditionalists put Case” has been written for NZ Catholic newspaper by the editor Peter Grace. This article was published in the edition June 15-28th 2014. This article concerns a presentation the chairman & secretary of EDSNZ made to the NZ Bishops Conference (NZCBC) in April 2014, Wellington.  It is entitled “Traditionalists put case”. EDSNZ has requested a right to reply via an opinion piece in the fortnightly national NZ Catholic newspaper.


Fr. K. Walker Murder – News from FSSP

North American District of the FSSP

Pray For The Priests of Mater Misericordiae in Phoenix

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter mourns the death of Rev. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, who was murdered on June 11, 2014 at the Rectory of Mater Misericordiae Parish in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as assistant priest. He was dearly loved by the faithful he served and his confreres in the Fraternity.

Fr. Joseph Terra was also injured in the assault; he is hospitalized and in critical but stable condition. We ask for your prayers for the health of Fr. Terra. Fr. Walker was ordained a priest in 2012, and was 28 years old. Prayer intentions, letters and gifts of condolence, and memorials for Fr. Walker’s family may be sent via the Community of St. John-Marie Vianney:

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Walker
c/o St. John Vianney Chapel
14611B Waterman Crossing Road
Maple Hill, KS 66507

We ask for your prayers for the repose of the soul of Fr. Walker and that God might grant great consolation to his family and his parishioners in this terrible tragedy.


O God, Who didst give to thy servant, Kenneth, by his sacerdotal office, a share in the priesthood of the Apostles, grant, we implore, that he may also be one of their company forever in Heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Requiem Aeternam dona ei, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace.