Novus Ordo

“The Spirit of the Liturgy” at Twenty

David G Bonagura, Jr., December 11, 2019 Of Joseph Ratzinger’s three great works – The Spirit of the Liturgy [1], Introduction to Christianity [2], and Jesus of Nazareth [3] – the first is by far the most influential. Now in its twentieth year, we can take measure of The Spirit of the... read more

Assault on Altar Boys: What Have We Done?

By Dan Millette, One Peter Five, November 25, 2019 One day, following Mass, a Polish man, in his fifties, shared a childhood story with me. It seems that he and his brother were serving Mass with another boy who, to their frustration, was being deliberately unruly and obstinate. The two... read more

Francis Destroys Familia Christi: All But Priests Have To Leave The Order

en.news, July 8, 2019 Auxiliary Bishop Daniele Libanori, 66 - the Francis’ appointed commissioner of the excellent Italian Catholic fraternity "Familia Christi" – published his verdict on the order in a June 30 decree, reports MessaInLatino.it. No accusations have ever been raised... 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

Evelyn Waugh Predicted the Collapse of Catholic England

He saw Vatican II as an attempt by elites to foist changes on a laity that didn't want them. By CASEY CHALK • May 2, 2019 Imagine a society enfeebled by constant, top-down, progressivist experimentation offering universal, programmatic solutions to problems that are either inherently... read more

Archbishop Bugnini: The Man Behind the Post-Vatican II Mass

Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the Liturgy is a compelling, thought-provoking book. Anna Abbott Blog, Apr. 22, 2019 Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Pope St. Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae (On Human Life).” This year marks the 50th anniversary of an equally important part of his... read more

Is Vatican II Irrelevant Now?

By David G. Bonagura Jr., April 5, 2019 Is Vatican II irrelevant now in the seventh year of Francis’s pontificate? In one respect, yes; in another, no. Neither explanation is what one might expect at first glance. Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI devoted the heart of their... read more

Why Is Francis So Afraid of the Roman Rite?

By Joseph Shaw During a February 14 audience for the participants in the plenary of the Liturgy Congregation, Pope Francis read a text about the liturgical development of the past fifty years which sounded like a parody compared to what really happened. Francis claimed that in the 1960s the... read more

Vocations Foundations

Posted by Brian Williams, Oct 8, 2018 The following guest post was written by frequent contributor Fr. Donald Kloster, parochial vicar at St. Mary’s in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. I’ve been mulling over many questions lately that pertain to the families of those who enter a... read more

Veil, Vernacular, and Culture: Death and All of Its Friends

By Dan Millette/onepeterfive.com/ January 9, 2019 You will often hear from people who lived through the “great” post-Vatican II reform of the Mass that, despite the loss of reverence and sharp drop in attendance, it was good to have the Mass in the vernacular. Surely, understanding what goes... read more

Vocations Foundations

Posted by Brian Williams The following guest post was written by frequent contributor Fr. Donald Kloster, parochial vicar at St. Mary’s in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. I’ve been mulling over many questions lately that pertain to the families of those who enter a Traditional... read more