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BIGGEST EVER ONLY WAY TO WORLD PEACE CONFERENCE HELD IN BRAZIL
The Archdiocese of Botucatu, Brazil, was the venue for the Fatima Center's first-ever regional peace conference, Only Way To World Peace, which was held during the week of August 20th. Nearly 200 bishops and priests from all over Latin America converged on this city near Sao Paulo for five solid days of learning and discussion about the Message of Our Lady of Fatima.
Hot topics of discussion were the decline of the Church in Latin America, the ongoing controversy over the Third Secret, and the recent Motu Proprio on the restoration of the Latin Tridentine Mass. Nine speakers, including Father Nicholas Gruner, the Fatima Priest, gave 25 different talks on these and other subjects. Click on Fatima On Demand to watch and listen to the speeches, in your choice of English, Portuguese or Spanish.
According to conference organizers, this was the first such meeting to be held in the developing world. "We forget," Father Gruner said, "that in spite of modern communications, places like Latin America are far from Rome, thus somewhat out of touch with developments and controversies in the Church today. For instance, many of the priests I spoke to were not aware of the Motu Proprio. That is why it is so important that we give them these opportunities to get together and get answers to their questions about our Catholic Faith."
Planning is now under way for the next regional conference, which will be held in India early in the new year. Organizers say they have already been contacted by scores of bishops and priests who hope to attend.
Beginning in 1992 in Fatima, Our Lady's Apostolate has regularly brought together hundreds of bishops, priests and lay people from around the world to publicly discuss the Fatima Message and its vital importance to peace in the world and the Church. To read, listen to or watch important materials from these historic and deeply inspiring gatherings, click on Fatima Peace Conferences.
RESTORATION OF THE LATIN MASS:
Is it really happening?
The president of the Ecclesia Dei commission, which helps the Vatican in its outreach to traditionalist Catholics, said in September that "from this point [September 14th], priests can decide to celebrate the Mass using the old [Tridentine] rite, without permission from the Holy See or the bishop."
In an interview with Vatican Radio, Cardinal Dario Castrillon-Hoyos explained that Pope Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, affirms the right of any priest to use the "extraordinary form" of the Latin liturgy. "It is, therefore, unnecessary to ask for any other permission," he said.
It is troubling that the Vatican continues to call the Mass-of-All-Time the "extraordinary form". One would think that since the Traditional Mass was never abrogated — as the Pope stated clearly — it would be the Novus Ordo Mass which is truly the "extraordinary form". Click here to hear Father Paul Kramer's talk on "The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass".
In an accompanying letter to the bishops, the Pope stressed that he was in no way rolling back the reforms of Vatican II. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the Motu Proprio "doesn't impose any return to the past, it doesn't mean any weakening of the authority of the Council nor the authority and responsibility of bishops."
Some bishops, especially in North America and Europe, are apparently interpreting this to mean that their permission is still required. They have warned their priests against using the 1962 Missal without explicit permission from the diocese, even though Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos says this is not so.
Now we are to see the traditional Mass coexist alongside the Protestantized Novus Ordo Mass. The Pope said that the new Mass celebrated in the vernacular that emerged after Vatican II would remain the "normal" form of Mass, while the Tridentine version would remain an "extraordinary" form that, according to the Vatican, would probably only be sought by relatively few Catholics.
Whether the majority of Catholics will, as James Bannister predicted in "Will the Vatican Withdraw the 'New Coke' and Give Us Back the Classic?", "vote with their feet" and return to the traditional Mass, leaving Novus Ordo liturgies even more empty of worshippers than they are already, remains to be seen.
Father Paul Kramer's excellent book, The Suicide of Altering the Faith in the Liturgy is available from The Fatima Shoppe.
Full text of the Motu Proprio