Thursday, November 27, 2014

Position Papers: 2nd Edition published of hard-copy book

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.Over the last three years, the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce, the world-wide federation of Una Voce groups, has been publishing executive summaries on specific aspects of the Traditional Mass: why we don’t have Altar Girls, why we don’t give Communion from the Chalice, why we worship towards the East, why we have a season of preparation for Lent, what happened to Holy Week in the 1950s, and many, many more: 23 short articles, with lots of references to recent official documents, and the latest scholarship.

They have been published individually online, but here is you chance to buy the book, with all 23 little papers. The perfect gift for your pastor, the perfect briefing for those who don’t have time to read a long tome but want a carefully researched answer to the questions people ask about the Vetus Ordo.

The series is on-going; look out for the next papers which will be published first on Rorate Caeli blog.

'let me say simply that reading and ruminating over the FIUV Papers on the Liturgy could serve as a marvellous primer for how to address what often ends up being controversial in a very different and respectful manner.' Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, Papal Nuncio to the Ukraine.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bill Murray on the liturgical reform

I'm not the sort of person who regards the words of the famous as having more weight than the words of people who actually know what they are talking about. But this is a personal impression, and it is interesting.

'I tend to disagree with what they call the new mass. I think we lost something by losing the Latin. Now if you go to a Catholic mass even just in Harlem it can be in Spanish, it can be in Ethiopian, it can be in any number of languages. The shape of it, the pictures, are the same but the words aren’t the same.”

Isn’t it good for people to understand it? “I guess,” he says, shaking his head. “But there’s a vibration to those words. If you’ve been in the business long enough you know what they mean anyway. And I really miss the music – the power of it, y’know? Yikes! Sacred music has an affect on your brain.” Instead, he says, we get “folk songs … top 40 stuff … oh, brother….”'

The whole interview is here.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

LMS Wall Calendar


The Society's ever-popular wall calendar, showing feast days on their traditional dates, according to the 1962 Missal. In addition to the feasts in the universal calendar, we have also included many English and Welsh saints that are only celebrated locally.
 Feast Days in accordance with the 1962 Missal
 Pictures of Traditional Catholic events in England and Wales and overseas
 More space to write your appointments etc.
 Spiral-bound with hanging loop (easy to change months)
 Printed on low-reflective art paper
 Spacious A3 size (no more staples across the centre)

£8.00 plus p&p Click here

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Oxford Graduates: Oxford's dead need YOU

The Altar in the St Thomas More Chapel
set up for the EF Mass.
Reposted: reminder

Any Oxford graduate, former visiting student, or current student, or current or former employee, who would like to support a petition for a Traditional Sung Requiem in the Catholic Chaplaincy for their decesaed predecessors and contemporaries, please email

with 'Oxford Chaplaincy' as the subject and your name, address, and current or former college or whatever.

I am preparing a petition requesting permission for a Traditional Requiem in Oxford University's Catholic Chaplaincy. As an 'occasional celebration' this need not be requested by a 'stable group', but by a group of people interested in the specific occasion. As a requiem for deceased members and employees of the University, I take the view that the petition can be signed by anyone who now or at any time has formed part of the community the Chaplaincy exists to serve. It is our contemporaries and predecessors for whose souls we would like to see intercession made, whether we can personally be present at the Mass or not.

I presented a similar petition just over a year ago, and the then Chaplain agreed to allow such a Requiem. It took place, in the St Thomas More Chapel in the Chaplaincy, on All Souls Day 2013; it was well attended and seemed to be regarded by everyone as a great success. It would seem that for it to be repeated a formal request under the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum is again necessary. It would made sense for such a Requiem to be an annual event.

No other Masses in the Extraordinary Form take place at the Oxford Chaplaincy, in contrast to the Catholic Chaplaincy in Cambridge, where an EF Low Mass is celebrated in the Chaplaincy every single day in Term, as well as elsewhere in the town.

I have put more information about the petition and its history here.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Photos from the Summorum Pontificum Rome Pilgrimage

CDO Photography: Populus Summorum Pontificum 2014 &emdash;

These are from Mass celebrated by Cardinal Burke in the Chapel of the Throne in St Peters, 30th October. The full set, from the photographer Christopher Owens, is here.

CDO Photography: Populus Summorum Pontificum 2014 &emdash;

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The problem of censorship

LMS Oxford Pilgrimage procession outside Worcester College.
Further to the extraordinary spectacle of an Oxford College, Christ Church, closing down a 'for and against' debate on 'abortion culture' set up by a student society, contributions to the discussion about censorship - for that is the name of the beast - have come in from the pro-abortion invitee, Brendan O'Neil in The Spectator, and Tim Squirrel, of all things the President of the Cambridge Union (a debating society), who thinks free speech and, as far as I can see, thought of all kind, should be suppressed, writing int the Cambridge student rag, The Tab.

Readers can go over there and see for themselves if I am exaggerating. Mr Squirrel tells us that, shock, horror, 'there are some individuals whose presence in a space can make people feel unsafe.' And, of course, 'universities are also our homes'. Ergo, the touchiest person in a University of over 10,000 souls should have a veto over every public conversation in the place - assuming this touchy person is touchy in a politically correct way. At least, Mr Squirrel has better be assuming that, or else disagreement between the touchy could lead to the exactly kind of debate Mr Squirrel is trying to suppress.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Saying goodbye to the Salve


Last Sunday we had a Missa Cantata in SS Gregory & Augustine's, in the Woodstock Road, Oxford. The next will be on 21st December; there will also be a Missa Cantata in Holy Trinity, Hethe, near Bicester, on Sunday 7th December, and on Christmas Day: all at 12 noon.