Sunday, 22 April 2018

It Now Turns Out That Paul VI Disliked the Liturgical Reform he Promoted

Interesting revelations have surfaced about Paul VI's personal reactions to the reform he promoted. Fr. Hunwicke at writes:-

"I hope readers will have seen the article in the Settimo Cielo Blog, concerning new information about what Blessed Paul VI really thought concerning the liturgical 'reforms' which Hannibal Bugnini deceived him into approving. Paolo VI. Una storia minima, by Mgr Leonardo Sapienza, clearly contains reliable archival information about Papa Montini and the years in which he uneasily used the Liturgy he had himself authorised. Sapienza publishes diaries in which Virgilio Noe, then the Master of Pontifical Ceremonies, noted the daily remarks of the Pontiff. This looks to me like another piece of a jigsaw which has been forming in my mind for some time.

This source sits very comfortably beside the account given by Montini's friend Louis Bouyer.

It renders more believable the well-known story about Pope Paul's surprise that he had abolished the Pentecost Octave.

It also fits neatly into the account given by Dom Cassian Folsom a few years ago in Adoremus; in which he meticulously demonstrated that the disastrous events (such as the authorisation of alternative 'Eucharistic Prayers') by which the Roman Rite was so horribly corrupted, were the result of the Pontiff being persuaded that the liturgical chaos throughout the liberal West (at that time, more than 200 rogue EPs were circulating unauthorised, for example) could only be brought under any sort of control by a very limited number of alternative Eucharistic Prayers, under the careful direction of Rome, being permitted.

Another important piece of the jigsaw is contained in the fine biography of Archbishop Lefebvre by His Excellency Bishop Tissier de Mallerais. This demonstrates that Pope Paul's mind could only be poisoned against the Archbishop by the gross and palpable lies which his enemies put into the pope's ears. They assured Paul that, in the SSPX, the Old Mass was promoted simply as a banner of anti-papal rebellion; that Lefebvre made his seminarians swear an oath against the pope. In other words, those evil and mendacious men realised that affection for the Mass of Ages would, of itself, be insufficient to corrupt Montini's view of the Great Archbishop. God forgive them for what they did.

Indeed, Papa Montini was, in the words of his predecessor, un po' amletico. He is not one of my heroes. All the same ... and I know some readers will disagree with me ... my personal judgement is that he was not an evil man, and I am willing to accept the Church's judgement about his current location. So, as we draw closer to his canonisation, I feel it is good and timely to begin to come to a more balanced picture on the man whose weak capitulations to devious men did undoubtedly lead to the greatest calamity in Latin Christianity since the Reformation. As he himself perceived (another piece of jigsaw here), the smoke was indeed of Satan; and Montini's failures arose mainly from his poor judgements upon those competing for his ear.

When Pope Paul learned the truth, he lost little time in heaving Bugnini, mitre, zucchetto, (?)apron and all, out of Rome, and over the hills and far away. That I regard as the final piece of the jigsaw.

It is clear that in some circles, this canonisation is being promoted as a political move to fasten down upon the Church a particular understanding of Vatican II, indeed, a hermeneutic Magisterially condemned by Benedict XVI. In God's providence, it may be that a fuller understanding of the real Paul VI will frustrate that knavish trick. 

Does anybody seriously think that the author of Humanae vitae would have favoured a regime bent upon promoting the acceptability of habitual Adultery?"

Monday, 16 April 2018

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is 91 today

Former pope Benedict XVI is due to spend his 91st birthday in "quiet and peace," states the Vatican's official news site.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Young Catholic Adults South West Event - Marian Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More Church, Cheltenham, May 5th 2018

Marian Day of Recollection


At: St. Thomas More Church,
Cheltenham, Tanners Lane, Cheltenham,
GL51 0BL.

Date: 5th May 2018 starting at 10am


Preceded by Mass (OF) 9:30am

10:00-11:00am Confessions/Adoration

11:00 -11:15am Enrolment in Brown Scapular (to be confirmed)

11:15-11:45am Rosary followed by Crowning of Mary (hymn "O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today" during crowning)

11:45-12:15 Break for lunch (please bring a packed lunch)

Talk by Dominic Meigh on the "Renewal of Marian Devotion"

To conclude everyone to sing the "Regina Coeli."

Lots of parking available. Or take the A bus from Cheltenham High Street (stop 12) to Hesters Way, St. Thomas More’s Church.

Organised by Chelt YCA 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Archbishop Chaput creates ‘quasi-parish’ for Traditional Mass


From the Catholic Herald:-

"Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has created a new ‘quasi-parish’ for Catholics interested in the Traditional Latin Mass.

From August 1, the former St Mary parish in Conshohocken – which was subject to a merger in 2014 – will be handed to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP). Under canon law, a quasi-parish is equivalent to a full parish but with certain exceptions. If the venture is deemed a success, Archbishop Chaput can turn it into a permanent parish.

“In response to a growing interest, it has become timely to provide additional pastoral care for those wishing to participate in Divine Worship in the Extraordinary Form,” Archbishop Chaput said.

“While it remains to be seen if this community will flourish so as to become a parish, the establishment of a quasi-parish to provide this spiritual care appears to be most fitting at this time,” he added."

For the whole story see:-

Monday, 2 April 2018

Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults April 2018 Events

Wednesday 4th Apr - Low Mass (EF Form) at 7pm St. Gregory's Church, Cheltenham (GL50 3PR) -  Rosary and Confessions before Mass. The Rosary and serving are organised by Cheltenham YCA.

Saturday 21st Apr - Party. Text 07908105787 for more details.

Date for your Diary

May 5th approx 10am-1pm. Marian Half- Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More Church, Cheltenham, Tanners Lane,  GL51 0BL. Event organised by Chelt YCA but open to all ages.  Guest speaker - Dominic Meigh on the "Renewal of Marian Devotion."

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Gloucestershire Extraordinary Form News - RIP Fr. Damian Sturdy - RIP Sr. Mary Magdalene, Mass Time Changes at Prinknash Abbey

Fr. Damian Sturdy 

Fr. Damian Sturdy passed away on the feast of St. Joseph, 19th March. Father's funeral will take place at Nazareth House, 344 London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, on Wednesday, 4th April at 10am followed by a private burial at Prinknash.  All are welcome, but those wishing to attend, or concelebrate at, the Funeral Mass, are asked to inform:- or text 07821 754243

It is intended, at some later date, to celebrate a Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Sr. Mary Magdalene

Sadly Sr. Mary Magdalene, a regular attended of the Old Rite Mass at Prinknash Abbey has very sadly passed away. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to find out when her funeral is.

Prinknash Abbey

Abbot Francis Baird has resigned and henceforth Prinknash Abbey are reducing their Old Rite Masses (albeit one Mass will be restored to the Sunday). The message from Prinknash states:-  

"The Abbot and his Council, having considered your various opinions, have decided that there will be
These will normally be on the FIRST and THIRD WEEKENDS RESPECTIVELY

To make that clear, for the month of APRIL 2018
SUNDAY, 1st APRIL (Easter) 3pm Mass
SATURDAY, 14th APRIL 11am Mass."


Fr. McCarthy, who has been faithfully celebrating the First Wednesday of the Month Masses, at St. Gregory's in Cheltenham will retire in April. Fr. Goodman has very kindly agreed to continue celebrating this Mass. Parishioners are very grateful to Fr. McCarthy for his service over the years - and for Fr. Mills for arranging the continuation of this Mass.

Sadly, with Fr. McCarthy’s retirement and the reduction of Masses in Prinknash, this means that the number of EF Masses, per month, in Gloucestershire, will decrease from 9 to 3.

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