The celebration this morning, Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 7 a.m. of a Mass or prayer for Pope Francis according to the old Tridentine rite, in the Church of St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal, Virginia, USA, at the head of the Shenandoah Valley. The Mass was attended by about 70 people.

    “In this case, the major lobby group in the Italian bishops’ conference was set against Summorum Pontificum, mainly because in Italy, rather later than in France, young priests were beginning to celebrate the traditional Mass and to adopt more traditional ideas. They noticed a “traditionalization” of the seminaries, which worried them greatly. In the Curia as well, people like Cardinal Parolin, Cardinal Stella in the Congregation for Clergy, etc., were also very concerned.” —Fr. Claude Barthe, a French priest who has been a leading proponent of the old Mass in France, in a recent interview in the French journal Présent, translated into English by Rorate Caeli here. His point is that Pope Francis did not decide to publish his decree just on his own, but was urged to do so by these Italians prelates in his inner circle

    “The Virginian? He may not realize it yet, but he is the last hope of the Third Revolution. The First Revolution was won at Yorktown. The Second Revolution was lost at Appomattox. The Third Revolution will begin there, in the Shenandoah Valley.” —The late Walker Percy, a Catholic convert who won the National Book Award in 1962 for his novel The Moviegoer, in his later novel, Lancelot (NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977), p. 220. Christendom College was founded in the Shenandoah Valley in 1977

Praise the Lord

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