Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the 7th Sunday after Pentecost and we provide commentary from Dr. Mike Foley on Sunday’s propers and collect (taken from last year’s 7th Sunday): https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/07/fruit-free-will-and-providence-seventh.html#.XxPG3xJ7nwc 

Additionally we provide Dom Prosper Gueranger’s commentary for this Sunday’s commentary, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/the-time-after-pentecost/seventh-sunday-after-pentecost/

Traditional Confirmations Today at St. Ann’s 12:30pm Latin Mass:  Msgr. Winslow, the Vicar General for the diocese will be administering the traditional sacrament of Confirmation at the beginning of Sunday’s Latin Mass. Additionally, there will be a special potluck reception in the plaza hosted by the CLMC with food, deserts, and also a cake kindly provided by the St. Ann hospitality committee. If you are bringing items, we hope to have tables set up by 12 noon.

Job Opening at Regina Caeli Academy: The homeschooling hybrid academy, Regina Caeli Academy (RCA), has some teaching position openings. RCA is a K-12 hybrid school that meets in a classroom setting two days a week (Monday’s and Thursday).  There are around 23 locations in the US with 11 additional locations in the planning phase.  The location in Charlotte is in its second year and is located on the campus of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in South Charlotte. Several CLMC families attend, teach or are involved with RCA, and the CLMC’s own Tracy O’Halloran is the coordinator for the Charlotte center. To learn more visit: https://rcahybrid.org/Locations/Charlotte-North-Carolina

Juventutem Event – Saturday July 17, 10am: The young adult group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be sponsoring a unique and special Latin Mass & pilgrimage for young adults to Old St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mt. Holly (NC 273 & Sandy Ford Road, Mt. Holly). The church, built by Irish miners in the 1840s, is one of the oldest standing churches in North Carolina. Traditional Latin Mass will be at 10am followed by a special tour of the church. For more information please contact Angela Kessler at juventutemclt@gmail.com or find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

Veterum Sapientia – “Augmester” online course to learn Greek & Latin: Fr. Barone’s Latin institute, Veterum Sapientia, is offering online courses next month for priests, religious, or laity, who would like to learn Latin and Greek.

Laudetur Jesus Christus! Enrollment is now open for VSI’s Summer Intensive Quarter (or “Augmester”), which will run between Monday, August 2nd and Friday, September 3rd. This quarter is a particularly good opportunity for anyone (priest, seminarian, religious, or layman) to learn Latin or Greek. We have five classes meeting twice a week (short format) or four times a week (long format). The frequency of these courses is well suited to learning the fundamentals of spoken Latin or Greek in a short period of time.

All VSI online courses are taught using Google Classrooms and Zoom. After purchasing a course, you will be sent the necessary invitation links. If the student’s name and email address are different from those of the purchaser, the student’s information must be included in the order notes so that we can add them to the course. Certificates of completion are available for all VSI courses upon request.

For more info visit their website: https://veterumsapientia.org/  or contact them at info@veterumsapientia.org  

New institute created for clergy, laity to learn Latin, Greek: https://catholicnewsherald.com/90-news/local/6503-new-institute-created-for-clergy-laity-to-learn-latin-greek

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • A White Martyrdom Turned Red – Part 1 (St. Maria Goretti): Many may fondly remember venerating St. Maria Goretti’s relic at St. Thomas Aquinas a few years ago. The Fraternity of St. Peter has an inspiring article (part 1 this week) of this saint, who was canonized under Pope Pius XII, and whose local feast day was this past July 6. The article also includes a rare photo of the young saint. https://fssp.com/a-white-martyrdom-turned-red-part-1/
  • Examination of Conscience: St. Thomas Aquinas parish has published an helpful (and sobering) examination of conscience based on the Church’s criteria used to beatify or canonize saints. It certainly shows much progress one still needs to make:
  • Categories of Prayer: What a Daily Prayer Schedule Should Look Like: A helpful sermon by a Latin Mass priest on how to organize one’s prayer life: https://youtu.be/kyEoL_CjVG0
  • Book Recommendation – The Traditional Mass History, Form, and Theology of the Classical Roman Rite by Michael Fiedrowicz: In his landmark talk (see below) on the future of the Traditional Latin Mass, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski recommends this excellent and extensive book by Michael Fiedrowicz explaining the Traditional Latin Mass and the theology behind it: https://www.angelicopress.org/the-traditional-mass-fiedrowicz

Summorum Pontificum at Fourteen: July 7, 2007 – July 7, 2021

This past Wednesday, the Church marked the 14th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s landmark directive, Summorum Pontificum, which provided greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass. Prior to 2007, a bishop’s permission (known as an “indult”) was needed for any Latin Mass to be offered in a diocese. This was problematic in most dioceses and Summorum Pontificum tried to correct this (among many other matters). We have certainly seen the fruits of Summorum Pontificum in the Diocese of Charlotte, yet we have also seen its limitations as we note below.

  • Summorum Pontificum at Fourteen: Its Legacy: by Gregory DiPippo writes about the benefits of Summorum Pontificum:
  • Summorum Pontificum at Fourteen: Its Tragic Flaws – by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski has a profound piece on the limitations of Summorum Pontificum and where to go from here.

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s lecture at the Roman Forum: Beyond Summorum Pontificum: Retrieving the Tridentine Heritage: Dr. Kwasniewski provided an expanded talk at last month’s Roman Forum on his above article in Crisis Magazine. Among Dr. Kwasniewski’s remarks, we paraphrase/summarize a few below:

  • Does the Church have authority to suppress or outlaw a traditional rite (e.g. the Traditional Latin Mass)? Pope Benedict XVI clearly denies the Church has such authority Mass in Summorum Pontificum.
  • If the TLM was never abrogated and can never be abrogated, than a priest never needs permission to say it, and will never need permission to say it.  
  • Dr. Kwasniewski dispels the concept of “two forms” of the Roman Rite. If the TLM was never abrogated (e.g. never outlawed in 1969), then the Novus Ordo is something entirely novel, and not a revision of the prior Roman Missal (e.g. Traditional Latin Mass).  
  • He also asks a very probing question – while acknowledging the validity of the Novus Ordo Rite, he asks, did Paul VI actually have the legal authority (licitity) to substitute and promulgate an entirely new Rite/Mass?

(FYI – The Roman Forum is the annual summer gathering of leaders in the Traditional Latin Mass movement. We hope to feature other talks from the event in the weeks ahead).

Limitations of Summorum Pontificum

CLMC readers have certainly seen the benefits of Summorum Pontificum in Western NC, from the Sunday Latin Masses, Midnight Masses (Christmas), Pre-1955 Triduums, and other feast days so generously offered by our priests in their limited time and duties. Yet many of our CLMC readers have also experienced the limitations of Summorum Pontificum first hand as they strive to grow in holiness in the Traditional Rite. Several have shared how they have to drive across town (or across state lines) bouncing from parish to parish to attend a Sunday Latin Mass in one parish, a daily Latin Mass in another, a feast day or holy day in yet another, all the while, most if not all Novus Ordo parishioners can have their sacramental needs met under one roof.  Certainly a Sunday Latin Mass is a beautiful gift and a beachhead, but it should also be just the beginning towards full and daily sacramental life, including the traditions, customs, doctrine, and culture under one roof, in one community – something Summorum Pontificum was not focused on addressing, except perhaps in passing.

We hope more candid talks and scholarly research by scholars such as Dr. Kwasniewski, Michael Fiedrowicz, and others will help priests and bishops fully realize the beauty and gift that the Traditional Rite offers in its full flower, and how much more than a Sunday Latin Mass is needed for the faithful and the culture at large.  As we have often paraphrased the late Dr. John Senior from his 1983 book, the Restoration of Christian Culture, we can’t restore the culture until we restore the liturgy.

We traditionalists are hopeful for such a restoration and it’s actually quite simple: It’s the full restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass and its accompanying rites in every parish, for every Mass, in the Roman Church – including in the Diocese of Charlotte.  The Traditional Latin Mass IS the future.

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