Mass ad orientem

US bishop committed two grave errors in forbidding priests to say Mass ad orientem

It is a matter of moral integrity that we make our cases based on what authoritative texts actually say, not on the 'Spirit of Vatican II.' By Peter Kwasniewski, LifeSite News, April 2, 2020 It is no surprise to any Catholic with a pulse that there are profound differences of opinion about... read more

Cardinal Burke: ‘I’m Called the Enemy of the Pope, Which I Am Not’ A conversation with Cardinal Raymond Burke.

By Ross Douthat, New York Times, November 9, 2019 In mid-October, while the Catholic Church’s internal debates were reaching another crescendo at a synod for the Amazon region held in Rome, I sat down with Cardinal Raymond Burke, best known as Pope Francis’s most vocal critic in the... read more
Mass is celebrated "ad orientem" during the July 2018 ordination ceremony in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin.

‘Ad orientem’ tussles turn on matters of community, liturgical diversity

by Don Clemmer, National Catholic Reporter, August 23, 2019 As the church has been tussling over liturgical practices since the Second Vatican Council, it's easy to anticipate criticism. So when Bishop James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico, announced in a July 22 letter that he would begin... read more

First Reactions of Teenage Boys to the Traditional Latin Mass

By Stephen Snyder, Crisis, June 20, 2019 The first Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI was promulgated when I was a friar in Religious formation. As young friars, we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity the pope was extending to experience the Traditional Latin Mass... read more

Worship Worthy of God

Michael J. Ortiz (Crisis Magazine) (July 3, 2017) July 7 is the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum, a decree that allows priests to celebrate the form of the liturgy of the Mass before it was reformed in 1970. For most Catholics, this will likely fall into the... read more

Re-turning to the Lord: A Call for Ad Orientem Worship

BY FR. JACOB S. CONNER, V.F., MARCH 16, 2017 Lent is a season of conversion. During this time, it’s common to encounter readings, orations, and teachings from the saints in the Mass and the Breviary that direct us to “turn away” from sin and error and “turn to” God. An example is Joel... read more


US Bishop attacks “ad orientem” worship, overrides Summorum Pontificum By Fr. John Zuhlsdorf , Posted on 19 January 2017 I received a copy of a letter sent by the Bishop of Rockford, Most Rev. David J. Malloy, to the priests of that diocese. In this letter, a follow up to their... read more

Strike Three: Tulsa Diocese Reverses THIRD Traditional Work of retired Bishop Slattery

Posted at Friday, December 30, 2016 Folks, you can't make this stuff up.  I would much rather be blogging about Christmas meals and winter outings, but if there was any benefit of the doubt still maintained (by a few) about the new direction of the Tulsa... read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict reiterates call for priests to ‘face East’

By Jan Bentz October 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Benedict XVI endorsed the reorientation of the priest toward the East in Mass as an ecumenical instrument, saying: “In the liturgy’s orientation to the East, we see that Christians, together with the Lord, want to progress toward the... read more

Cardinal Sarah: Let’s end the ‘hateful divisions’ and ‘public humiliation’ over liturgy

by Staff Reporter, posted 5 Oct 2016 The cardinal condemned the 'ideological clash of factions' over ad orientem worship. Cardinal Robert Sarah has said the “hateful divisions” over liturgy must end, and that liturgical debates have become an occasion for “public humiliation”. In an... read more

Second USA bishop to adopt ‘ad orientem’ position for Mass

By Doug Bean MADISON, Wis., September 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A U.S. bishop turned heads toward the "east" last weekend in his diocese and around the world with his announcement that he would be celebrating Mass ad orientem. Bishop Robert Morlino told parishioners at St. Patrick Church... read more