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Is it because praying the sacred Liturgy is an intrinsic good?

Christ is risen!

There are such things as intrinsic evils. Directly killing the innocent — like the pre-born, the elderly, the infirm; or suicide; also, blasphemy, sodomy, and the like.

Are there intrinsic goods? Is the sacred Liturgy one of them? (more…)

A burning question. Sanity wholely for the Masses.

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
Khrystos voskres! Vo’instinu voskres!
Christus resurrexit! Vere surrexit!
Xristos anesti! Alethios anesti!

Until we can complete a short treatise in questions & answers about the nearly universal cancellation of the sacred Liturgy (foremost holy Mass) by the world’s bishops during the panic over the coronavirus pandemic, Directors of the NCCL apostolate present the following points of argument for consideration.

Except in cases of excommunication, interdict or similar censure, does a bishop possess the authority to forbid – as many throughout the world of late have – lay faithful from actual participation (viz., to be really present) in a liturgical act of latria, regardless whether the Liturgy prayed is scheduled or not by the bishop, or whether it is declared sine populo, “without the people”, or “private”, “not public” or “publicly cancelled”?

Directors of the NCCL apostolate believe that they (more…)

A project closer to home than usual – but about par for the course in duration.


Many of NCCL’s projects are long-in-the-works, directed quietly, before fruit is born — or noticed. And most are conducted in far-off places across (more…)

Romans rejoice – big-time

It’s what Romans do after they endure, by God’s grace. (See this post for that part of the story.)

Shortly after Bishop John Barres announced in early May, 2016, his decision to (more…)

Romans endure

Read in this post “Part 2” — the happy conclusion — of a ten-year history & project of NCCL action to help restore parish life for a Roman community.

(Part 1, the first ten years, 2005-2015, will (more…)

“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…)

An avoidable tragedy – still avoidable.

The following article, written 26 years ago this spring, is still as fresh as a daisy in its valuable lessons.

An Avoidable Tragedy by Eric de Saventhem

Or, “Object lessons to avert artificial estrangements that can last a millennium”.

The essay appeared originally in the April (more…)