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“Our dedication to Tradition must be total, we cannot settle for anything less.”

The above-named essay, bearing the subtitle, “Mysticism and Human Calculations”, appeared in the June 2015 newsletter of the Catholic community of Vocogno, in the Diocese of Novara, Italy.

We republish the same essay here, below, in English, thanks to (more…)

Three newly ‘declassified’ projects from NCCL’s ‘TOP SECRET’ archives

Read about three recently declassified projects by clicking on the respective hyperlink. (more…)

The Empire Strikes Back

empire_strikes_back_at_summorum pontificumIt’s all over … the news, that is.

Those opposing Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum, have taken a first, practical step to reverse the motu proprio.

And the sum of it is sheer hypocrisy at its Roman worst. One only wonders what took them so long. (more…)

How not to lose sight of the goal

As the year commences, let us look back a moment in order to look ahead together in Christian hope. (more…)

What Pope Benedict XVI has really accomplished by Summorum Pontificum

The following letter arrives today (July 23, 2007) from a friend and Prelate of the Catholic Church.


Papal Mystery:
Is Pope Benedict Downplaying Vatican Council II
by decrees?


Some people have yet to awaken to (more…)

He (the Pope) is not going to found something without the right men, the clerics

In response to the letter of May 8, the good Abbé suggested that another Pope would be elected [sic], and besides, Pope Benedict wishes to erect an apostolic administration only for the Society of St. Pius X.

Oh. Really?

An apostolic administration is a permanent juridical person by definition perpetual, and thus its reason of being (tradition) would also be perpetual

Before the publication of the famous motu proprio Summorum Pontificum on 07/07/07, NCCL and colleagues foresaw the need for an apostolic administration, without which the motu proprio might more easily be rescinded under a future pontificate.

In a word, the difference is between ecclesial & liturgical reform, the latter being, alone, incapable of addressing the root causes of the current crisis and also an inadequate though necessary contribution to restoration.

In a word, Monsieur l’Abbé’s response was less than encouraging, as the follow-up letter from NCCL on June 21, 2007 indicates.

Perhaps when more clerics & laymen become more interested in being than doing we shall see the long hoped-for restoration? (more…)

Spiritual orphans wish only for ‘no place like home’

Here follows a recently ‘declassified’ correspondence with Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, then-President of the Commission Ecclesia Dei. (more…)