SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
July 25, 2021
In a homily preached on 18 July 2021 at the Monastère Saint-Benoît, liturgical scholar Dom Alcuin Reid offers both a reflection on the place of the traditional Latin Mass in the unity of the Church, and a description of how his monastery will respond to Francis’s Traditionis Custodes. He asked us to highlight his call
July 24, 2021
Journalist and eccentric Christian Malcolm Muggeridge visits a monastery during lambing season and thinks of the fantastic moment when men first saw their God in the likeness of a lamb.
July 22, 2021
A week after Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, liturgical scholar Dom Alcuin Reid predicts what he will do about the liturgy. A monk of the Monastere Saint-Benoit in Frejus-Toulon, France, his book The Organic Development of the Liturgy carried a preface by then-cardinal Ratzinger. His 2007 article Summorum Pontificum a restoration after a gross impoverishment
July 21, 2021
This opinion piece will not be tactfully phrased. Many essays in the past few days have tried to balance both positive and negative views of Traditionis Custodes, the new motu proprio issued by Pope Francis concerning the traditional Latin Mass. This article reflects my experience from the trenches. (I was my diocese’s vicar for clergy
July 21, 2021
Pope Francis has placed very significant restrictions on the saying of the old Mass, abrogating the much more permissive or generous policy of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI. It is the pope’s call to make. I hope people will accept it or work within proper channels to modify the restrictions. Pope Francis himself could reverse
July 21, 2021
Reviewing a book called Inquisition: The Reign of Fear by Toby Green, Quentin de la Bedoyere warns against apologetic attempts to rationalize the Spanish Inquisition. He was the science editor of the Catholic Herald, and the son of Michael, who edited the newspaper from 1934 to 1962. The review was titled “Inquisition apologists are missing
July 20, 2021
By Courtney Mares. Rome, Italy, Jul 19, 2021 / 16:00 pm. The former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has critiqued Pope Francis’ recent restrictions on extraordinary form Masses as “harsh” compared to his modest response to the “massive attacks on the unity of the Church” posed by the Synodal Way
July 18, 2021
Though it has just been rejected by his successor, Benedict XVI’s motu propio Summorum Pontificum made many people happy when he issued it in 2007. Liturgical scholar Alcuin Reid celebrated the statement as a needed application of the real intentions of the Second Vatican Council. He had reason to say this. A monk of the
July 18, 2021
The poet Elizabeth Jennings was born on this day in 1926. A devout Catholic, she attended St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she lived all her life, before working as a librarian then in publishing before writing full-time. Her “sincere and scrupulous work” has been praised for its “unassuming technical craft”, “emotional restraint,” and “sensitivity towards
July 16, 2021
1) In his motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, Pope Francis says St. John Paul II’s indults were only meant to heal the breach with Archbishop Lefebvre, not to have the traditional latin Mass as a continuing reality in the Church (my paraphrase). He quotes Pope Benedict XVI on “allowing” the TLM, which seems to buttress the point
July 16, 2021
Vatican City, Jul 16, 2021 / 04:45 am. Pope Francis issued a motu proprio on Friday restricting Masses celebrated in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. In the motu proprio, issued July 16, the pope made sweeping changes to his predecessor Benedict XVI’s 2007 apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum, which acknowledged the right of all priests to say
July 15, 2021
Madrid, Spain, Jul 14, 2021 / 05:30 am. A body representing Spain’s medical colleges said on Monday that a government minister’s threat to conscientious objection on abortion is “unacceptable, illegal, and unjust.” The General Council of Official Medical Colleges (CGCOM) was responding to proposed changes to the country’s abortion law announced by Spain’s Equality Minister Irene