Bishop Clarence Kelly RIP

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Bishop Clarence Kelly, the revered founder of the Congregation of St. Pius V (CSPV), who bravely fought against cancer until his demise on December 2nd at the age of 82.

Renowned for his unwavering dedication to the tenets of Catholicism, Bishop Kelly held a prominent position within the Traditional Catholic movement. He fervently championed the revival of orthodox liturgical practices, firmly convinced of their indispensable role in nurturing the spiritual welfare of the devout. Although his endeavors to safeguard the Latin Mass garnered both commendation and censure, he resolutely stood by his deeply held beliefs.

Clarence Kelly was born in 1941, in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the United States Air Force in 1959. Clarence Kelly joined a seminary in Pennsylvania in 1964 and completed his novitiate year in 1966–1967. Kelly attended the Catholic University of America between 1967 and 1969 where he studied philosophy. He began his theology studies in 1969 at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York

Kelly entered the seminary at Econe in 1971, he received his ordination as a priest from Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on April 14, 1973. Returning from Switzerland to America, he began his ministry on Long Island, New York offering Mass in a garage converted into a chapel by his brother, dedicated to St Pius V. In 1974, Father Kelly published a book titled “Conspiracy against God and Man” (Boston, MA: Western Islands) about the attack by Freemasonry on American society. Father Kelly eventually became SSPX District Superior in the U.S. North-East district.

Archbishop Lefebvre directed the SSPX’s American priests to follow the 1962 liturgical books. Father Kelly and eight other American priests refused to do this, advocating instead for a return to the pre-1955 edition of the Roman Missal. In April 1983, Father Kelly was one of the individuals referred to as ‘The Nine,’ who gained notoriety for being expelled by Archbishop Lefebvre. Prominent figures such as Fathers Donald Sanborn, William Jenkins, Anthony Cekada, Daniel Dolan, and several others were among the group. Kelly was replaced by Father Richard Williamson as the SSPX District Superior. Following their expulsion, Father Kelly and his companions proceeded to establish the Society of St. Pius V (SSPV).

The SSPV in it’s Statement of Principles questions whether the popes since 1958 have in fact been legitimate Roman Pontiffs, believing that “those who presently are thought to be occupying hierarchical positions in the Catholic Church are acting, for the most part, as though they do not have the Faith, according to all human means of judging”. Though the SSPV, like the Old Romans, does not claim the competency to decide on the question of sedevacantism. So it was that some of the original priests of the SSPV, such as Father Daniel Dolan, Father Anthony Cekada, Father Donald Sanborn, and Father Thomas Zapp, broke away from the society to become sedevacantists.

As superior of the SSPV Kelly’s quiet diligence and fidelity grew the Society’s apostolate in America. In 1984, he successfully founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Our Saviour. Later, on October 19, 1993, Bishop Alfred Mendez, a retired Roman Catholic Bishop of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, consecrated him to the sacred episcopate in Carlsbad, California. Following this, in the year 1996, Bishop Kelly established the Congregation of St. Pius V, and began building the Immaculate Heart Seminary in Round Top, New York.

Throughout his lifetime, Bishop Kelly dedicated himself unwaveringly to safeguarding the integrity of the teachings of the Catholic Church, striving to shield them from the dilution caused by contemporary influences. During the 1990s, he made regular appearances as a guest on the televised program “What Catholics Believe.” He was an unwavering advocate of orthodoxy and firmly recognized the significance of maintaining conventional principles within a constantly evolving society. On February 28th, 2007, Bishop Kelly consecrated Fr Joseph Santay, and on December 27th, 2018, co-consecrated Fr James Carroll to the holy episcopate. He leaves the Congregation with two bishops, ten priests, seven seminarians and five religious brothers.

His Grace ✠Jerome commends the faithful everywhere to pray for the soul of ✠Clarence Kelly and the priests of the Old Roman apostolate to offer Masses, and for us all to remember with thanksgiving his valiant efforts to retain and restore the perennial Catholic faith and liturgy to the Church.

Réquiem aetérnam dona ei, Dómine, et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace. Amen.

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Advent Pastoral Letter

On Wednesday 29th I published my Pastoral Epistle for this Advent 2023

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What to do in Advent

Embracing Traditional Catholic Spirituality and Devotions for Advent

Advent is a sacred and joyous season in the Catholic faith, serving as a time of preparation and anticipation for the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a period when families come together to deepen their spirituality and engage in various devotional practices. In this article, we will explore the rich tapestry of traditional Catholic spirituality and devotions for Advent, including novenas, fasts, pious customs, and cherished family traditions. We will also delve into delightful culinary recipes that have been passed down through generations, adding a touch of warmth and flavor to this sacred time.

Novenas hold a significant place in Catholic devotion during Advent. These nine-day prayers foster a deep spiritual connection and prepare the heart for the coming of Christ. Popular Advent novenas include the Novena to the Immaculate Conception, the O Antiphon Novena, and the St. Andrew Christmas Novena. These prayers offer an opportunity for introspection, gratitude, and supplication, allowing individuals and families to draw closer to God.

St. Martin’s Fast, also known as St. Martin’s Lent, is a period of fasting that originated as early as 480 AD. It begins on November 11th, which is the Feast of St. Martin of Tours, and lasts until Christmas. This fasting period was established by church councils in the 6th century and was observed as a way to prepare for the birth of Jesus during the Advent season. St. Martin’s Fast was traditionally a time of spiritual reflection and self-discipline, much like the more well-known season of Lent leading up to Easter. It was an opportunity for Catholics to focus their minds and hearts on the coming of Christ.

Fasting during Advent is a traditional practice that helps to discipline the body and focus the mind on the spiritual significance of the season. While not as strict as the Lenten fast, it involves abstaining from meat on certain days, particularly Fridays. This act of self-denial serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Jesus and prepares the faithful to receive Him with a pure heart.

Catholic families often embrace pious customs during Advent to heighten their spiritual experience. These customs include the lighting of the Advent wreath, the setting up of a Christmas crib, and the creation of a Jesse Tree. The Advent wreath, adorned with candles representing hope, peace, joy, and love, is lit each week to symbolize the growing anticipation of Christ’s birth. The Christmas crib, a visual representation of the Nativity scene, serves as a focal point for prayer and reflection. The Jesse Tree, adorned with ornaments depicting biblical symbols and events, traces the lineage of Jesus from the root of Jesse.

Advent is a time when families come together to create cherished traditions that strengthen their bond and deepen their faith. These customs may include attending Advent Masses, particularly Rorate Masses, engaging in acts of charity, participating in Advent retreats, and engaging in acts of spiritual or corporal works of mercy. By involving children in these practices, families instill in them the importance of faith, love, and service.

During this period, there is an increase in social interactions like Christmas parties, professional events, and seasonal gatherings. Traditional Catholics should refrain from excessive indulgence to maintain the essence of the Advent season, even if they don’t observe St. Martin’s Lent or deliberate fasting. These gatherings provide an opportunity to convey the season’s significance to non-believers and those with a secular perspective. It’s important to remember that rejecting hospitality is not charitable, but one can tactfully manage the amount one accepts without causing offense.

Embracing traditional Catholic spirituality and devotions during Advent allows individuals and families to journey inward, preparing their hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus Christ. Through novenas, fasts, pious customs, and cherished family traditions, Catholics can cultivate a deeper connection with their faith and create meaningful memories. As the aroma of traditional culinary delights fills the air, the anticipation for Christ’s arrival grows stronger, reminding us of the true essence of the Advent season.

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The Christmas Novena

Prayer holds an indispensable role during the Advent period. Engaging in the recitation of this unique novena prayer on a daily basis presents a straightforward yet exquisite approach to commemorate the profound spiritual implications of the Advent season and to foster a more profound connection with the essence of Jesus. The St. Andrew Christmas novena, frequently included in various Advent prayer books, is accompanied by an array of other captivating prayers and customs that contribute to the splendor of this particular time of year.

And since Andrew helped his brother find the Messiah, and he can do the same for us as our spiritual brother. He can lead us, in spirit, to the Christmas crib, saying, “Here is the Messiah.”

Here is the beautiful prayer:

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God was born
of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,
O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ,
and of His blessed Mother.

Practicing this novena fifteen times a day for twenty-five days may present some challenges, but if you are able to commit to it, it will undoubtedly prepare your heart in a profound manner to welcome the arrival of Christ. The prayer’s inherent beauty and depth will gradually reveal itself to you as you recite it daily, enabling you to engage in deeper meditation on the profound mystery of the Incarnation. Memorizing it is actually quite manageable. In the meantime, you have the option to duplicate it, store it on your electronic devices, print a hard copy, or affix it to your car dashboard as a reminder. Employ whichever method best assists you in ensuring daily prayer until Christmas Eve.

When to start celebrating Christmas

How not to tire of the season before the feast…

With the holiday season drawing near, Catholics globally eagerly await the commemoration of Christmas. In adherence to the Catholic customs, the timing of adorning homes with Christmas decorations holds profound significance, coinciding with the essence of Advent. Here I want to delve into the traditional Catholic viewpoint on the appropriate timing for decorating for Christmas and underscores the significance of spiritual readiness during the Advent period.

It is worth noting that traditional Catholic churches typically adhere to a minimalist style of decoration during Advent, which serves as a stark contrast to the festive ambiance commonly found in stores and homes. The liturgical color of the season, a sober purple or violet, is predominantly accompanied by greenery rather than seasonal flowers. The absence of elaborate decorations in the church provides solace for some, enabling a more profound engagement in spiritual contemplation and readiness. By promoting a minimalistic approach to decorations, the Church urges its followers to embrace the authentic essence of the Advent season.

Although the Church does not prescribe specific instructions regarding the timing or manner of decorating homes for Christmas, there exist numerous traditions and individual inclinations in this matter. Nevertheless, it is generally expected that decorations should not be displayed on the First Sunday of Advent, which signifies the commencement of the preparatory liturgical season. Certain individuals may deem Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, as an appropriate juncture to adorn their surroundings with more exuberant decorations, while others may opt for the Fourth Sunday of Advent or Christmas Eve, particularly when these occasions coincide, as is the case this year.

It is vital to find a harmonious equilibrium between personal customs and the core tenets of the Catholic faith. For families who have recently embraced traditional Catholicism, embarking on the journey of observing Advent traditions might be uncharted territory. In such instances, it proves beneficial to refer to traditionalist platforms like blogs or vlogs or seek counsel from the clergy to ensure a genuine and profound encounter.

The Catholic tradition of decorating for Christmas is intertwined with the spiritual journey of Advent. By embracing simplicity and engaging in devotional practices like the recitation of the O Antiphons (from December 17th), believers foster a sense of reverence and preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. While the timing of home decorations may vary, it is crucial to prioritize spiritual reflection amidst the hustle and bustle of the season. As Catholics prepare their hearts and homes, the joy and anticipation of the birth of our Savior are kindled, reminding us of the profound significance of the Advent season.

The Jesse Tree

Unveiling the rich history, tradition, and symbolism

During the Advent season, the Jesse Tree serves as a significant symbol that links us to the foundations of our faith and prompts us to reflect on the eager expectation and readiness for the arrival of Jesus Christ. This time-honored practice dates back to the Old Testament and has developed over many generations, encompassing a wealth of historical depth and deep-seated symbolism. In this piece, we will delve into the origins and customs of the Jesse Tree, examine its symbolic meaning, and offer guidance on how to adorn one.

  1. The Origin and History of the Jesse Tree:
    The origin of the Jesse Tree can be traced back to the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. In Isaiah’s prophetic writing, he mentions that a shoot will emerge from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots, a Branch will bring forth fruit (Isaiah 11:1). Jesse, being the father of King David, this prophecy foreshadowed the arrival of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who would be a direct descendant of David.
  2. The Symbolism of the Jesse Tree:
    The Jesse Tree serves as a graphical depiction of the lineage of Jesus, commencing with Jesse and culminating in the arrival of Christ. Each ornament or symbol adorning the tree symbolizes a momentous figure or occurrence from the Bible, effectively illustrating the ancestry and groundwork for the Messiah. These symbols function as a navigational tool, guiding us through the narrative of salvation history and serving as a poignant reminder of God’s unwavering devotion.
  3. Guide to Decorating the Jesse Tree:
    a. Symbol Selection: The process of choosing ornaments or symbols for the Jesse Tree involves creativity and personal preference. You have the option to select symbols that resonate with you or follow established patterns found in various resources. Some commonly used symbols include Noah’s Ark, the Ten Commandments, the Star of Bethlehem, and more.
    b. Ornament Creation: You can create your own ornaments using a variety of materials such as paper, felt, clay, or wood. Alternatively, you can acquire printable ornaments from online sources or purchase them.
    c. Attachment Technique: Secure each ornament to the Jesse Tree using hooks, strings, or ribbons. As you hang each ornament, take a moment to contemplate its symbolism and the corresponding biblical story it represents.
    d. Daily Contemplation: Throughout the Advent season, allocate time each day to read the corresponding Bible passage and reflect upon its significance. This practice fosters a deeper understanding and spiritual connection with the story behind each ornament.
  4. The Advent Journey with the Jesse Tree:
    As one moves forward in the observance of the Advent season, the Jesse Tree serves as a visual representation of the narrative of salvation history, reaching its pinnacle with the miraculous birth of Jesus on the sacred occasion of Christmas Day. By actively participating in the exploration of the ornaments and their accompanying tales, we enhance our understanding and admiration for the divine plan that encompasses all of humanity, and we grasp the profound importance of Jesus’ arrival into our world.

Jesse Tree Symbols and Decorations

The Jesse Tree derives its name from Jesse, the paternal figure of King David in biblical scripture. Within the book of Isaiah, a prophecy declares the emergence of a sprout from Jesse’s remains, which will yield a fruitful Branch rooted in his lineage. This Branch symbolizes Jesus, who is revered by Christians as the embodiment of a fresh branch, representing rejuvenation and the commencement of a new chapter.

Historically, Jesse Trees served as significant visual representations within churches, taking the form of extensive carvings, tapestries, or stained glass windows. Their purpose was to impart biblical knowledge to those who lacked literacy skills, guiding them through the narrative from the creation of the world to the Christmas story. In modern times, Jesse Trees have evolved into Advent calendars, offering a unique way to commemorate the season. They can be fashioned using either a customary Christmas tree or a banner designed in the shape of a tree. Every day during Advent, or sometimes exclusively on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, a distinctive ornament or decoration that conveys a biblical tale is delicately hung upon the tree.

Stories and symbols are abundant resources that can be utilized. Here, I have curated a selection of 25 stories and symbols that I personally find captivating.

Bible Story:Where it is in the Bible:Symbol:
CreationGenesis 1The earth
Adam and Eve /
Garden of Eden
Genesis 2:4 – 3:24A tree with fruit or an apple
Noah & the FloodGenesis 6:9 – 9:17A rainbow
God’s promise
to Abraham
Genesis 12:1-7 & 15:1-6A tent
IsaacGenesis 22:1-18A ram
Jacob’s LadderGenesis 28:10-19A ladder
Joseph’s CoatGenesis 37 & 50A multicolored coat or robe
MosesExodus 2:1 – 4:20A burning bush
Israelites and
the Passover
Exodus 12:1-42A lamb
The 10 CommandmentsExodus 19:1 – 20:20Two stone tablets
Joshua and the
fall of Jericho
Joshua 6:1-20A ram’s horn trumpet
RuthRuth (Whole Book)A sheaf of corn
King David1 Samuel 16:1-3A six pointed ‘Star of David’
Solomon’s Temple1 Kings 6The temple
Elijah and
Baal’s Priests
1 Kings 18:16-39A bonfire
Isaiah’s ‘Jesse’
Isaiah 11:1-11A tree stump with a single branch
growing from it
Jonah and the WhaleJonah (Whole Book)A whale
John the BaptistMatthew 3:13-17A scallop shell
MaryLuke 1:26-38A white lily
ElizabethLuke 1:39-56A mother and child
ZechariahLuke 1:57-80A pencil and tablet
JosephMatthew 1:19-25A carpenter’s hammer
The ShepherdsLuke 2:8-20A fluffy sheep!
The WisemenMatthew 2:1-12A gold star or the
three gifts or three crowns
JesusLuke 2:1-8A baby in a manger

The tradition of the Jesse Tree presents an uncommon and significant method to ready ourselves for the commemoration of Christmas and enhance our comprehension of the arrival of Jesus. Through an examination of its past, an embrace of its symbolism, and the imaginative embellishment of the tree, we can actively participate in a profound Advent expedition. Allow the Jesse Tree to serve as a constant reminder of God’s unwavering loyalty, affection, and the optimism we discover in the advent of our Redeemer.

Please be reminded that the Jesse Tree’s profound allure resides not solely in its adornments, but also in the spiritual odyssey it encourages us to undertake. May this beloved custom enhance your Advent season and foster a deeper connection to the essence of the Christmas narrative.

1000 Ave’s for Christmas

A practice of devotion to Mary and her Son, influenced by the thousand Christmas Eve Aves of St. Catherine of Bologna, entails reciting 1,000 Aves over a span of 25 days. This entails offering 40 Aves in prayer each day for a total of 25 days. The commencement of this devotion takes place on St. Andrew’s Eve (November 29) and concludes on the night preceding Christmas Eve (December 23). It is important to note that while some religious orders and lay individuals opt to recite the entire 1,000 Aves in one sitting on Christmas Eve, which typically requires more than three hours, it is more customary to distribute the practice over the course of 25 days.

The Raccolta describes the devotion as beginning with preparatory prayers which are followed by four groups of ten Aves, with each group being accompanied by a different meditation. The Aves are followed by more prayers, the Litany of Loreto, and concluding prayers. The following can be downloaded to make it easier to pray: Twenty Five Days Preparation for the Nativity, After the Example of St. Catherine of Bologna (pdf)

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Last week, I had the opportunity to share some exciting news about my participation in the March against Antisemitism. However, I feel it is necessary to delve deeper into the reasons behind my decision to attend this significant event. It is crucial to address the existence of a particular strain of Traditional Catholicism that, by any reasonable assessment, can be considered antisemitic. Additionally, there is a well-known bishop, whom I greatly admire in many respects, but who has unfortunately gained notoriety for his controversial views and opinions on this matter.

In order to provide a comprehensive understanding of my perspective, it is important to acknowledge my belief that the Christian Church has assumed the role of God’s chosen people, surpassing the Jewish people. From my vantage point, the promises and commitments made to Israel in the Hebrew Bible have been fulfilled through Jesus and the establishment of the Church. However, it is crucial to emphasize that my stance does not in any way endorse or support the concept of “blood libel” or any form of antisemitism, persecution, condemnation, or discrimination against Jews, whether it be religious, secular, political, or ethnic in nature.

By participating in the March against Antisemitism, I aimed to demonstrate my unwavering commitment to combating any form of discrimination or prejudice against the Jewish community. It is essential to emphasize that my attendance was driven by a deep-rooted belief in the importance of fostering charity, understanding, and respect among all individuals, regardless of their religious or ethnic background. The March provided a platform to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and to raise awareness about the harmful effects of antisemitism.

My decision to attend the March against Antisemitism was motivated by a sincere desire to promote inclusivity, tolerance, and respect. It is crucial to address and challenge any ideologies or beliefs that perpetuate discrimination or hatred towards any religious or ethnic group. By actively participating in events like this, we can raise greater awareness of the love of God manifest in Christ by our own witness to the Truth – that all our wonderfully made and called into relationship with God in Christ.

Cardinal Burke

While there is currently no official confirmation, it is important to acknowledge the recent suggestion that Pope Francis may have expressed his intention to address the situation regarding Cardinal Burke’s withdrawal of his subsidized Vatican apartment and pension to Vatican Dicastery heads. This development has gained significant global attention, with both Catholic and secular news outlets reporting on the matter. If accurate, many perceive this action as retaliatory in nature.

Although I may hold differing views from Cardinal Burke on the SSPX and the Old Romans, I recognize his unwavering support for Summorum Pontificum, the attempted release of the Traditional Latin Mass by Pope Benedict XVI, and his strong adherence to conservative doctrinal Catholicism. He has shown great courage by openly addressing the perceived ambiguity in Pope Francis’ teachings, always utilizing proper channels to raise questions, such as submitting dubia to the Holy See/Pope.

Despite experiencing instances of humiliation from Pope Francis, I admire Cardinal Burke’s unwavering loyalty. He consistently promotes prayer for the Pope and refrains from condemnation, even when expressing theological criticisms of his teachings. According to sources close to the Cardinal, he refuses to engage in negative discussions about the Pope in his presence. On November 4, 2014, Burke openly expressed his concern regarding the lack of direction in the church, clarifying that he did not intend to criticize the Pope.

However, on November 8, four days later, Pope Francis removed Burke from his position as prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and appointed him as Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a largely ceremonial position typically given to retired cardinals or as a secondary role to an active one. Although Pope Francis appointed him as a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on September 26, 2015, he removed him from the Congregation for Divine Worship in November 2016. This action was seen as a response to the dubia submitted by Burke, along with three other cardinals, regarding certain aspects of Amoris laetitia that they believed contradicted Catholic moral teachings, particularly in relation to the treatment of divorced individuals. However, in September 2017, Francis reappointed him as a rank and file member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

Despite the ceremonial nature of his newly acquired role as Patron, obstacles arose for Burke in early 2017 when it was revealed that he, along with then Grand Master Matthew Festing of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, had taken steps to remove Chancellor Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager from his position for distributing condoms in Myanmar. This action went against the official Catholic doctrine that strictly prohibits the use of artificial contraception. Consequently, on February 2, 2017, Pope Francis relieved Burke of his duties as the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and appointed Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu as a special delegate to the order, entrusting him with exclusive responsibility for the duties traditionally fulfilled by the Patron. Subsequently, on February 21, Albrecht von Boeselager, the order’s grand chancellor, stated that this decision effectively suspended Burke from his role as the patron. Finally, on June 19, 2023, Pope Francis designated Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda as Burke’s successor in the position of patron.

Nevertheless, Cardinal Burke and other individuals are primarily focused on asserting and obtaining affirmation from the Pope concerning the longstanding doctrine of the Church. However, what was previously clear has now become perplexing, what was once unquestionable is now subject to examination, and what was once considered sacred has been disregarded. During Pope Francis’ papacy, well-established principles of ecclesiastical discipline, firmly rooted in dogma, have encountered direct challenges either from the Pope himself or from individuals appointed by him to influential positions, all of whom he has been cautious not to admonish. The following links demonstrate the degree and number Pope Francis has treated unfairly and without justice.

Bishop Strickland, Archbishop Gänswein, Cardinal Müller, Archbishop Viganò, Fr Frank Pavone, Bishop Daniel Fernandez Torres
The pontificate of purges: ten years of defenestrations
Pope Francis, ten years of turmoil and dismay

Let us take a moment to reflect on a few thought-provoking examples that have sparked discussions within the Catholic Church. These examples include the allowance for individuals who continue to live outside the sacramental bond of marriage to receive absolution and Holy Communion, a topic that has raised questions about the boundaries of forgiveness and the role of the sacraments in the lives of believers. Similarly, there is the same allowance for those who publicly endorse abortion and other grave sins, which has prompted debates about the Church’s stance on moral issues and the extent to which individuals can be forgiven for their actions.

Another topic of discussion is the insistence that priests provide absolution without thoroughly verifying genuine repentance. This raises concerns about the effectiveness of the sacrament of reconciliation and the importance of true contrition in the process of forgiveness. Additionally, there is the acceptance of contraception and even assisted reproductive technologies within certain boundaries, which has led to conversations about the intersection of faith and modern reproductive practices.

The acceptance of euthanasia under certain circumstances is another controversial topic that has been explored within the Church. This has sparked debates about the sanctity of life, the role of suffering, and the ethical considerations surrounding end-of-life decisions. Furthermore, there is the endorsement of blessings for unmarried couples and even homosexual individuals, which has prompted discussions about the inclusivity of the Church and the recognition of diverse relationships.

The affirmation that God embraces the existence of multiple religions has also been a subject of contemplation. This has led to reflections on interfaith dialogue, religious pluralism, and the understanding of God’s presence in different religious traditions. Additionally, there has been reconsideration of mandatory celibacy, with discussions about the potential benefits and drawbacks of allowing priests to marry.

The exploration of the possibility of an ordained female diaconate and the consideration of women in the priesthood have been topics that have sparked conversations about gender equality within the Church and the role of women in religious leadership. The reversal of the Church’s stance on the death penalty has also been a significant development, prompting discussions about the sanctity of life and the Church’s evolving understanding of justice.

The contemplation of revising Church teachings on homosexuality has been a topic of great significance, raising questions about the Church’s approach to LGBTQ+ individuals and the recognition of same-sex relationships. Additionally, the allowance for Protestants to partake in Holy Communion has been a subject of discussion, with considerations about ecumenism and the unity of Christian denominations.

Lastly, the reformation of the Church’s hierarchical structure through the inclusion of lay individuals with voting rights at a synod of bishops has been a proposal that has generated conversations about the distribution of power within the Church and the involvement of the laity in decision-making processes.

These illustrations showcase the wide range of intricate issues that have arisen due to the ambiguous nature of Pope Francis and the individuals he advocates for, safeguards, and permits to propagate uncertainty and bewilderment. All of these were “settled” matters before Pope Francis. Only those who have sought to stand by the perennial magisterium have been sanctioned.

Confidence & Courage

Yet there is hope. The finding that has garnered the most attention is that younger clergy tend to be more conservative than their elders on a host of issues. “We find strong empirical confirmation of the nearly ubiquitous perception that younger priests are more orthodox in their beliefs than older priests,” the authors state in the abstract. “Additionally, we find a significant turn toward pessimism regarding the current state and trajectory of the Church.” NCR Compared to their older peers, younger priests are far more likely to describe themselves as theologically orthodox or conservative, politically conservative or moderate, and prepared to be “first responders” to the abuse victims they encounter in their ministry. NCR

Two young Catholic individuals, Josh and Nick Alexander, took a stand against what they perceived as tyranny and oppression. Despite facing consequences like being fired from jobs and being suspended from school, they remained steadfast in their beliefs. They organized walkouts and participated in the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa, where they experienced a break from the oppressive state they felt they were living under. Their actions were not driven by political motivations initially, but rather a desire for freedom and change. They demonstrated courage and determination, even at a young age, and were willing to face the fallout of their actions. They also showcased entrepreneurial spirit through their welding business, which they started while still in high school. Overall, their story highlights the power of individual action and standing up for what one believes in, even when facing opposition.

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“Beatum tempus Adventus”: a pastoral epistle for Advent 2023


As we embark on the blessed season of Advent, a time of joyful anticipation, I greet you with a heart filled with hope and love. This sacred season holds a dual significance for us, as we prepare to commemorate the glorious Nativity of our Lord and also reflect upon the solemn reality of the Last Judgement.

Advent is a time of preparation, a call to humbly and eagerly await the coming of our Savior. We are reminded of the profound mystery of the Incarnation, where the Almighty God, in His infinite love and mercy, humiliated Himself to become a weak and vulnerable baby. This act of self-emptying demonstrates the depth of His love for us and invites us to embrace and manifest His love in our lives.

However, Advent is not only a time of joyful expectation; it also urges us to consider the Last Judgement. Just as Christ, in His humility, embraced our humanity, He will one day come to judge the living and the dead. This sobering reality calls us to examine our lives and ensure that we are living in accordance with God’s will.

We cannot ignore the deepening crisis of faith that plagues our Church and society. The prevailing culture of nihilism and greed, coupled with apathy and indifference to righteousness, has led many Christians to relegate their faith to the private sphere. It is crucial that we deliberately manifest the life of Christ in our own lives, becoming beacons of hope and love amidst the darkness.

In these troubled times, where conflicts between nations such as Russia and Ukraine, and Israel and Hamas in Gaza persist, let us remember that our call as Christians is not only to pray for peace but also to actively promote true justice. We must resist the temptation to adopt an “eye for an eye”1 approach, and instead, embrace the path of reconciliation and understanding.

While the number of voices seem to rise, with more and more people talking about the “end times”, discussing signs and portents, prophecies and visions, it is important for us to remember and reflect upon Our Lord’s own teaching2. In the midst of all these discussions and speculations, He reminds us not to worry about these things, but rather to focus on what truly matters – our salvation.

As we embark on this journey of Advent, I urge each one of you to engage in prayer and discernment. Let us open our hearts to God’s voice and seek His guidance in all aspects of our lives. It is through prayer that we find strength, clarity, and the wisdom to navigate the challenges that lie ahead.

In the midst of the busyness and distractions of this world, let us remember that our primary aim is to surrender our lives to God’s will, just as our Lord Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will but thine be done.”3 This surrender requires humility, trust, and a willingness to let go of our own desires and ambitions in order to align ourselves with the divine purpose for which we were created.

During this Advent season, I invite you to engage in fervent prayer, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern God’s will for your lives. Let us also be attentive to the Word of God, allowing it to shape and transform us into vessels of His love and mercy. May we imitate the prophets, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, who humbly submitted themselves to God’s plan and became instruments of His grace.

As a family, let our apostolate embark on a journey of discussion and discernment in the coming year. Let us establish a Task Force to develop a pastoral strategy for the renewal of our mission communities, so that we may better embrace and manifest the love of Christ to all whom we encounter.

May this Advent season be a time of profound transformation and renewal for each one of us. May we prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ child with humility and joy, and may we always be ready to stand before Him with confidence when He comes again.

My dear brothers and sisters, let us hold onto the message of hope that Advent brings. Christ’s coming into the world reminds us that even in the midst of darkness, there is light. As we prepare for the commemoration of His birth, let us embrace this light and allow it to shine through us, manifesting the love and mercy of Christ in all that we do.

In conclusion, my dear brothers and sisters, let us approach this Advent season with hearts filled with hope and anticipation. May we prepare ourselves for the commemoration of the Nativity with joy and gratitude, while also heeding the call to humble ourselves before the coming of our Lord in judgement. May we surrender our lives to God’s will and strive to become vessels of His love and mercy.

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.


In Vigilia S. Andreæ Apostoli MMXXIII A.D.


Excita, quǽsumus, Dómine, poténtiam tuam, et veni: ut ab imminéntibus peccatórum nostrórum perículis, te mereámur protegénte éripi, te liberánte salvári: Qui vivis et regnas cum Deo Patre, in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum. Amen

Put forth Your power, O Lord, we beseech You, and come, that with You as our protector we may be rescued from the impending danger of our sins; and with You as our deliverer, may we obtain our salvation. Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

  1. St Matthew 5:38-48 ↩︎
  2. St Matthew 24:6; 2 Peter 3:9; Isaiah 41:13 ↩︎
  3. St Luke 22:42 ↩︎

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Miserere nobis IV: Semper Fidelis

An ad hoc journal/newsletter by His Grace, ✠Jerome Seleisi, providing informative news and thoughtful reflections to enlighten, educate, and inspire action.

w/c 20.xi.23

The Christian Institute

On Tuesday, 21st I attended a presentation by The Christian Institute entitled “Love thy neighbour” hosted at our local Elim Pentecostal Church. In these “culture wars” it is amazing the diversity in partnership that is available to us!

The Christian Institute was established with the purpose of advancing and advocating for the Christian faith in the United Kingdom and beyond. As a non-denominational Christian charity, it is dedicated to upholding the principles and teachings of the Bible, receiving support from individuals and churches across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Christian Institute firmly affirms the Bible as the ultimate source of authority in every aspect of life and remains steadfast in its belief in the infallibility of Scripture and the protection of the sanctity of life from the moment of conception.

The presentation was centered around the profound concept of how to love our neighbor, delving into the depths of what it truly means to embrace this virtue. It emphasized that loving our neighbor goes beyond mere superficial gestures, but rather encompasses a genuine desire for their ultimate good. This resonates with the divine nature of God, who is our ultimate good, the supreme source of all that is righteous and just. Through the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we are called into a profound relationship with God, where we are invited to partake in His divine love.

The essence of the Gospel was beautifully encapsulated in the presentation, highlighting the importance of loving our neighbor as an integral part of our faith. It shed light on the fact that this love extends beyond individual acts of kindness and charity, but also encompasses a responsibility to address the broader societal issues that affect our neighbors. This includes engaging with the public sphere, both pragmatically and politically, in order to bring about positive change and promote justice and righteousness for all.

The presentation highlighted the diverse dimensions of demonstrating care for our neighbors, illustrating how The Christian Institute is actively addressing these concerns through a range of political and legal campaigns. These efforts encompass safeguarding the rights to religious freedom and freedom of expression, as enshrined in the laws of the United Kingdom, and engaging in advocacy and lobbying with Parliament, MPs, and the Government to advocate for changes in policies that pose significant negative consequences for our society.

Current campaigns include addressing Assisted Suicide, Religious Liberty (Conversion Therapy Ban), the Online Safety Bill, Abortion, Relationships & Sex Education and many others. The Christian Institute is concerned about any legislation, public policy, benefit or tax requirement that undermines marriage and Christian family patterns, the legalisation of narcotics, promotion of transgender ideology, etc. As Christians we are to speak the truth in love, applying biblical principles without compromise but with compassion (Ephesians 4:15); ultimately pointing them to life-changing repentance and faith in Christ.

In conclusion, the presentation served as a powerful reminder of the significance of loving our neighbor. It highlighted the divine origin of this virtue and its inseparable connection to our relationship with God. By embracing this concept, we are not only fulfilling our spiritual duty, but also contributing to the betterment of society as a whole. Through our actions, both big and small, we have the power to make a positive impact and create a world where love and compassion reign supreme. Being faithful to God means not just caring for our neighbour’s temporal needs, but also their spiritual and ultimate good.

Blessing of a New Chapel in Cebu

I was delighted to receive news of the blessing of a new chapel on Mactan Island in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu where Fr Harold and the Old Roman apostolate caters to the underprivileged, assisting a total of 8,481 households. Bishop Joash blessed the newly established Mission Chapel in Likuan, Marigondon, dedicated to San Pedro Calungsod. San Pedro Calungsod was a Filipino-Visayan migrant, sacristan, and missionary catechist who, alongside Spanish Jesuit missionary Diego Luis de San Vitores, endured religious persecution and martyrdom in Guam in 1672 due to their missionary efforts. Blessing this chapel is a testament to the enduring power of faith and the importance of religious spaces in fostering a sense of community and spiritual growth.

I am filled with great excitement and anticipation as I eagerly look forward to the upcoming opportunity to visit and join the devoted members of our apostolate in the beautiful country of the Philippines in the month of February. It is with great joy that I will be making my main residence in the bustling city of Manila, immersing myself in its vibrant culture and connecting with the local community. However, my journey will not be limited to just one location, as I have also planned to embark on a meaningful and enriching trip to the enchanting city of Cebu. In Cebu, I am eager to explore the various chapels that are an integral part of our apostolate and to engage with the dedicated individuals who selflessly serve and are supported by these sacred places of worship. This visit will provide me with a unique opportunity to witness firsthand the incredible impact our apostolate has on the lives of the people in the Philippines, and I am truly humbled and grateful for this chance to connect with our devoted members in such a meaningful way.

News Philippines: Cebu New Chapel

Panto Music Rehearsals

I’m excited to share that I have recently embarked on my fifteenth year as the Musical Director of the esteemed Rottingdean Drama Society’s annual pantomime. This long-standing tradition brings together a talented group of individuals who are passionate about the performing arts and dedicated to delivering exceptional entertainment to our community. As we kick off this year’s production of Aladdin, the air is filled with anticipation and excitement.

As the Musical Director, my role is to guide and inspire the cast and crew, ensuring that the music seamlessly integrates with the storyline and enhances the emotions conveyed by the actors. The rehearsals are a collaborative effort, with everyone involved bringing their unique skills and talents to the table. From the dedicated actors who bring the characters to life, to the choreographers who choreograph the intricate dance routines, to the set designers who create the visually stunning backdrops, every individual plays a crucial role in the success of the pantomime. It requires definite commitment and fidelity by all involved to realise the common vision.

The pantomime preparation process presents its fair share of challenges, demanding extensive hours of practice, meticulous attention to detail, and a profound comprehension of the intricacies inherent in the pantomime genre and musical composition. I consider myself lucky to collaborate with skilled musician colleagues, engaging in brainstorming sessions and music arrangements together. Yet, the ultimate gratification lies in witnessing the immeasurable delight and laughter that our performances elicit from audience members of all ages.

This year’s pantomime is Aladdin, which tells the story of a young boy named Aladdin who discovers a magical lamp containing a powerful genie. With the help of the genie, Aladdin embarks on a thrilling adventure to win the heart of Princess Jasmine and overcome the evil sorcerer Abanazar. The pantomime is filled with enchanting music, dazzling dance numbers, as the talented cast brings the beloved characters to life, from the mischievous Aladdin to the wise-cracking Genie, creating a magical and unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

The pantomime also incorporates elements of comedy, with hilarious moments provided by the bumbling antics of Aladdin’s sidekick, Wishee Washee, and the larger-than-life personality of Widow Twankey. The story of Aladdin is a timeless tale of love, bravery, and the power of wishes, and this year’s pantomime promises to bring it to life in a truly spectacular way. So, gather your family and friends and prepare to be transported to a world of magic and wonder as you join Aladdin on his extraordinary journey. Don’t miss out on this enchanting production that will leave you spellbound and filled with joy.


I was deeply saddened to receive the heartbreaking news from Father Robert Wilson, informing me of the passing of his beloved mother, Elizabeth, after a courageous battle with cancer. It is with a heavy heart that I extend my condolences to Father Robert, his father and his family during this difficult time.

Father Robert, whom I had the privilege of ordaining last year in Bratislava, has been an invaluable asset to our Old Roman apostolate. His dedication and commitment as a chantry priest have been truly remarkable, and his prayers have played a significant role in the spiritual growth and well-being of our community. Father is a librarian at the prestigious Bodleian library at Oxford University.

Elizabeth, at the age of 83, lived a life filled with love, kindness, and grace. Her presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. She leaves behind a legacy of strength, resilience, and unwavering faith that will continue to inspire and uplift those who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with her.

Let us pray together and offer our support, love, and prayers to Father Robert and his family. May they find solace in the cherished memories they shared with Elizabeth and find comfort in the knowledge that she is now at peace, free from pain and suffering. Let us also remember the importance of cherishing our loved ones and embracing each moment we have together. May her memory serve as a reminder to us all to live each day with gratitude, compassion, and a deep appreciation for the precious gift of life, demonstrating our fidelity to God’s Will in our lives.

March against Antisemitism

Sunday 26th, will be a significant day that will forever be etched in my memory, for after Mass and fellowship with the Brighton Oratory, I made haste to the bustling city of London. The purpose of my visit was not merely to explore the iconic landmarks or indulge in the vibrant culture, but rather to participate in a momentous event that hopefully would shape the course of our nation’s history. With unwavering determination and a profound sense of solidarity, I joined forces with the British Jewry and their allies to take a stand against the alarming rise of antisemitism in our beloved country.

The catalyst for this collective outcry was the series of pro-Palestinian marches that had been taking place every weekend since the horrific atrocities committed by Hamas on October 7th. These marches, while purportedly advocating for a cause, had inadvertently fueled a dangerous wave of hatred and discrimination against the Jewish community. It was a dark cloud that had cast its shadow over our nation, threatening the very fabric of our society.

The march itself was a sight to behold. Thousands of individuals from all walks of life had come together, bound by a common cause. The sea of faces, each reflecting a unique story and a shared determination, was a testament to the strength of our unity. We marched shoulder to shoulder, our voices raised in unison, echoing through the city streets. It was a symphony of resilience, a resounding message that we would not be silenced.

In that moment, I felt a profound sense of purification. It was as if the collective weight of the past month’s hatred and discrimination was being lifted off our shoulders. The streets, once tainted by the poison of antisemitism, were being cleansed by our unwavering resolve to stand up against injustice. It was a cathartic experience, a moment of redemption that would forever be etched in my heart.

But it was not just a march; it was a source of inspiration. As I looked around, I saw individuals who had been touched by the darkness of hatred, yet had emerged stronger and more determined than ever. Many spoke of their relatives, family friends, and friends of friends who had been adversely touched by the events of October 7th. Their stories, etched on their faces, served as a reminder that resilience and unity could triumph over even the darkest of times. It was a beacon of hope, a testament to the indomitable spirit of humanity.

In retrospect, the march was not merely an act of penance, but also an act of absolution. It was a collective acknowledgment of the pain and suffering endured by the Jewish community, and a commitment to ensure that history would not repeat itself. It was a solemn vow to confront the demons of antisemitism head-on, to dismantle the walls of prejudice and discrimination brick by brick.

Above all, the march was a unifying and edifying experience. It brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds, united by a shared belief in the fundamental principles of justice and equality. It transcended political affiliations, religious beliefs, and cultural differences, reminding us that in the face of adversity, our common humanity binds us together.

As I reflect on that momentous day, I am filled with a renewed sense of hope. The march was not just a fleeting event, but a catalyst for change. It sparked conversations, ignited a fire within the hearts of many, and served as a wake-up call for our society. It reminded us of the importance of faithfully standing up against injustice, of speaking out against hatred in all its forms.

In conclusion, the march in London on that fateful Sunday was a transformative experience. It was a testament to the power of unity, resilience, and the unwavering commitment to justice. It was a day that will forever be etched in my memory, a day that reminded me of the strength that lies within each and every one of us to create a better, more inclusive world.


German Schism

The Vatican is concerned about the reform ideas coming from Germany’s “Synodal Path” project, which seeks to address the abuse crisis and implement changes in the Catholic Church. The Synodal Path, launched in response to the loss of credibility caused by the sexual abuse crisis, has proposed reforms such as optional priestly celibacy and Church blessings for same-sex unions. While the Synodal Path cannot change fundamental Catholic teachings, it can vote on these issues and present its votes to the Vatican. However, tensions have arisen between Germany and Rome due to differences in mentality and approach. The Vatican fears that the Synodal Path could threaten the unity of the Church, while some Germans accuse the Vatican of not understanding their approach. The relationship between Rome and the German Church is currently strained, and the chances for actual change depend on goodwill from the Vatican.

Pope Francis has expressed his apprehensions regarding the reform dialogue occurring within the Catholic Church in Germany. In a letter dated November 10th, which was directed to four German Catholics, the Pope voiced his criticism of the several concrete measures implemented by certain factions of the local church, which could potentially deviate from the established path of the universal church. Specifically, he highlighted the formation of the Synodal Committee, whose purpose is to facilitate ecclesiastical reforms. The Pope emphasized that such endeavors are incompatible with the sacramental structure of the Catholic Church. Furthermore, he referred to a previous communication from the Vatican dated January 16th of this year, which clearly stated that the Synodal Way, along with any associated entity, lacks the authority to limit the bishops’ jurisdiction.

The response to the letter from the German Bishops’ Conference and the Central Committee of German Catholics was characterized by a professional tone. The Central Committee affirmed that the establishment of the Synodal Committee adheres to the relevant provisions of canon law and acknowledged the Pope’s support for greater synodality. Both organizations expressed their dedication to fostering unity and striving for the official recognition of a synodal council in Rome. The Vatican has warned that the Synodal Way does not have the power to compel bishops and the faithful to adopt new forms of governance or doctrines without an agreement at the universal Church level. The Vatican has emphasized the need to safeguard the freedom of the People of God and the exercise of the episcopal ministry.

It is concerning to note that several bishops in Europe, including those in Germany, Holland, and Belgium, have expressed views regarding Church discipline that are considered heretical. Despite this, none of them have faced any disciplinary action such as being deprived, deposed, threatened, or excommunicated. In contrast, Bishop Strickland, who previously held the position in Tyler, Texas, has been deprived of his role without any clear reason or justification. It appears that his disagreement with the Pope on maintaining the Church’s existing magisterium may have been the sole cause? How is his treatment equitable let alone comparable at all with that of the heresy promoting, dissenting bishops in Europe? Rather, the Pope’s failure to act unilaterally with these other bishops in contrast to his treatment of Bishop Strickland perhaps proves that the good bishop was indeed simply dismissed for his difference of opinion.

Throughout this week, I was presented with a recurring notion that was used to rationalize the Vatican’s immunity from responsibility in the clergy abuse scandal within the United States. According to this notion, it was argued that bishops did not hold the position of “employees” of the Vatican, which consequently implied that the Pope did not possess unrestricted authority to dismiss them at his own discretion. However, it is worth noting that Pope Francis himself has recently taken the independent action of dismissing a US bishop from his position, thereby demonstrating his personal volition in the matter… Was this being faithful to the faithful of America?

CNA: Full Text: Pope Francis’ letter expressing concern about German Synodal Way
Catholic Conclave: Papal letter stuns German Church

Pope not saying Mass

“A priest who without an urgent reason omits to say Mass robs the Trinity of glory, the angels of joy, sinners of pardon, the just of divine assistance, the souls in purgatory of refreshment, the Church of a benefit, and himself of a healing remedy.”

St Bede the Venerable, Confessor & Doctor of the Church

During my recent visit to Rome, I had the opportunity to meet with a former coworker who validated the claims made by MessaInLatina from multiple sources. It appears that Pope Francis no longer conducts daily Mass in his Vatican residence. Instead, he chooses to observe the liturgical activities from the front pew at Santa Marta, the guest house, where Vatican curial staff and visitors participate in concelebration.

This observation could provide a plausible explanation for the peculiar ambiance I perceived in Rome, particularly at the esteemed St. Peter’s Basilica. Rather than resembling a typical place of worship, it felt like a mausoleum. Despite the presence of devout pilgrims amidst the predominantly tourist crowd, and the occurrence of two concurrent Masses (one in English and one in Italian) in separate locations, the grand structure somehow felt devoid of spiritual essence. It appears that the Pope seldom conducts Mass at the altar, not even within the confines of St. Peter’s, opting instead to engage in the contemporary equivalent of pontification from the throne, donning a liturgically-appropriate cope – which is not the appropriate vestment for concelebration.

It is deeply concerning that the leader of the Church on earth, the Vicar of Christ, does not regularly participate in the holy sacrifice of the Mass in the persona of Christ. This lack of connection between the divine presence and the head of the Church during such a sacred ritual is a matter of great reflection and should be of significant concern to the faithful. As the central act of worship in Catholicism, the Mass holds immense significance and serves as a vital source of spiritual nourishment and guidance for believers.

The Pontiff, as the embodiment of Christ on earth, assumes a crucial responsibility in guiding the believers and exemplifying unwavering dedication and respect. Consequently, the Church inevitably encounters a profound crisis when this vital connection is not consistently nurtured. The lack of this profound harmony between the earthly leader and the divine essence can instigate feelings of detachment and doubt among the faithful, resulting in a diminishing of faith and a gradual erosion of the Church’s impact. It is through this unity with Christ during the Mass that the Church finds comfort, resilience, and guidance.

Anyone who knows me, knows how important offering daily Mass is to me, and certainly those who have been ordained by me know this to be true if only because I’ve drummed it into them almost as a condition of their ordination! In 2008 on the feast of the Assumption I started the first daily Mass broadcast for the Traditional Latin Mass anywhere in the world and this apostolate still continues – although at the moment the Masses aren’t live, though they will be again soon. It seems unconscionable to me that the Holy Father, the priest of and for the world, the ultimate “alter Christus” who governs the Church “in persona Christi” should not offer Mass daily and be united with the high priest! It certainly makes me wonder if the deepening crisis in the Church, most especially in the last few years, is not as a direct result of this distance between the Vicar of Christ on earth and Our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven. Surely a priest offering daily the holy sacrifice of the Mass for the needs of the world is the sine qua non of the Catholic understanding and spirituality of the priesthood? Semper fidelis?

P.S. I would like to address any seeming lack of generosity towards Pope Francis. I am fully aware that the Holy Father is nearing 87 years old, enduring various chronic illnesses, having undergone multiple abdominal surgeries in the past three years, and making several visits to doctors outside his regular schedule. However, as the Romans say, “Er papa nun è malato sinché n’ è morto” — meaning, the pope is not considered sick until he is deceased. We should remember the image of Pope John Paul II offering Mass with great difficulty during his final years while battling Parkinson’s disease...

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MessaInLatino: Does the Pope still celebrate Holy Mass daily?

Miserere nobis

Philippines: Cebu New Chapel

Bishop Josh Jaime, who serves as the episcopal administrator for the Old Roman apostolate in the Philippines, recently embarked on a journey from Manila to Cebu, a different island from the capital, to bestow his blessings upon a newly constructed and restored chapel. This significant undertaking was carried out by the devoted members of the community who have put in their time, effort, and resources to ensure the completion of this sacred space.

The island of Cebu holds significance as the birthplace of Christianity in the Far East. Presently, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu, officially known as Archidioecesis Nominis Iesu o Caebuana, stands as the largest archdiocese in the Philippines and Asia. On Mactan Island in Lapu-Lapu, the Old Roman apostolate caters to the underprivileged residing in the urban sprawl, assisting a total of 8,481 households. Bishop Joash recently bestowed his blessings upon the newly established Mission Chapel in Likuan, Marigondon, dedicated to San Pedro Calungsod. San Pedro Calungsod was a Filipino-Visayan migrant, sacristan, and missionary catechist who, alongside Spanish Jesuit missionary Diego Luis de San Vitores, endured religious persecution and martyrdom in Guam in 1672 due to their missionary efforts.

The act of blessing this new chapel serves as a testament to the unwavering faith and devotion of the community, as they continue to uphold their religious traditions and strengthen their spiritual connection. The construction and restoration are a testament to the resilience and perseverance of the faithful, who have come together to create a sacred space that will serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come. Blessing this chapel is a testament to the enduring power of faith and the importance of religious spaces in fostering a sense of community and spiritual growth.

Bishop Joash had the opportunity to visit not just one, but two Old Roman chapels in Cebu. The first chapel, which is part of a trio, has been meticulously restored and blessed. Additionally, a new priest’s convent has been added to enhance the spiritual atmosphere of the chapel. The second chapel, known as the Nuestra Virgen de la Regla Mission Chapel, is located in Ilaya, Marigondon, Lapu lapu City. This chapel holds great significance and has been a place of worship for many faithful followers. Bishop Joash’s visit to this chapel allowed him to witness the devotion and love that the community has for their faith. The restoration and blessing of the chapel, along with the addition of the priest’s convent, serve as a testament to the dedication and commitment of the people involved in preserving the religious heritage of the area. The Nuestra Virgen de la Regla Mission Chapel stands as a symbol of faith and spirituality, providing a sacred space for worship and reflection.

The revered depiction of Nuestra Virgen de la Regla holds great significance among the Cebuanos, who firmly believe that their prosperity is a divine blessing attained through the powerful intercession of the Virgin Mary. The veneration of Our Lady of the Rule originated from the actions of St. Augustine, the bishop of Hippo in Northern Africa. With his own hands, he skillfully carved an image of the Virgin Mary, which became one of the few relics to withstand the destruction of the city of Hippo. Following Augustine’s passing, the monks sought refuge in Spain, safeguarding the image during their journey. In Spain, the image continued to perform miraculous acts and persevered through the devastation caused by the Moors, leading to a swift proliferation of devotion to Our Lady.

In the year 1330, an Augustinian monk had an encounter with the Virgin Mary, who directed him to travel to the city of Cadiz and locate a concealed cave. Within this cave, he was instructed to excavate and discovered a hidden underground altar. It was at this sacred site that the statue of Our Lady of the Rule was permanently placed for reverence. Over the course of many centuries, this revered figure was honored under various names, including Virgen Libica, Virgen del Sagrario, Estrella de los Mares, and La Virgen Morena, or Morenita.

The devotion to the Virgen de la Regla was introduced to the Philippines during the 18th century by the Augustinian Order, who were granted authority over the parish of Opon, now known as Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu. In 1735, the parishioners were first exposed to an image of the Virgen de la Regla by Francisco Avalle, the initial parish priest and an Augustinian monk. Father Avalle, a devoted follower, had resided in the Monastery of Nuestra Señora de la Regla in Chipiona, Andalucia, Spain for a decade.

Upon hearing the story of the Virgin of Chipiona, the people of Opon chose Our Lady of the Rule to be their patroness. They had a big picture made and placed it on the altar. Miracles began to happen and the devotion flourished.


  • Cruz Lauron, an Opon resident, was bedridden due to a disease causing blood loss. When Fr. Avalle placed a picture in the church in 1735 and lit two candles before it, Lauron was immediately healed.
  • In 1736, Opon was spared from locust attacks that only ate harmful insects infesting crops. This happened multiple times.
  • Maria Ramos, who had cerebral palsy, suffered from severe seizures but was saved from dying in one episode.
  • In 1912, a woman crawled up the altar to kiss the statue of Our Lady in the Opon church. After doing so, she stood up without support and walked out, astonishing everyone.
  • In 1920, a woman with an acute abdominal disorder promised to give a large amount of tithes if her child was cured through Mary’s intervention. Her wish was granted, and the donated articles became part of Our Lady’s decorations.
  • Pilgrims used to crawl through a maze as penitence and would emerge on the other end with spiritual relief and granted favors. One Cebuana matron, who was childless and paralyzed for 15 years, was able to walk after her Opon pilgrimage and gave birth to a child with a dark complexion.
  • The church received a cloth relic believed to have belonged to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a gift from Fr. Ambrosio Agius, Apostolic delegate to the Philippines in 1909. Pilgrims venerate the relic by kissing it.
  • On Nov. 27, 1954, Archbishop Julio Rosales crowned the Virgin during the Archdiocesan Marian Congress, making it the first image from Visayas to receive such recognition.

Devotion to Nuestra Señora de la Regla, the revered Virgin, continues to thrive and grow, as her followers passionately express their unwavering faith and devotion. The shrine dedicated to her serves as a sacred space where countless miracles have been reported, drawing devotees from far and wide who seek solace, guidance, and blessings. These faithful pilgrims embark on a spiritual journey, visiting the shrine with hearts filled with supplication and gratitude, as they pour out their prayers and express their deepest desires.

The profound impact of Nuestra Señora de la Regla is felt throughout the year, but it is on the momentous occasion of her Feast Day, celebrated with great reverence and joy on November 21, that her devotees come together in unity and celebration. This special day is marked by vibrant processions, heartfelt prayers, and acts of devotion, as the faithful gather to honor and pay homage to the beloved Virgin. The Feast of the Virgin serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring presence and influence of Nuestra Señora de la Regla in the lives of her devoted followers, who continue to experience her divine intercession and experience the transformative power of their unwavering faith.

Miserere nobis III: Sic Et Non

An ad hoc journal/newsletter by His Grace, ✠Jerome Seleisi, providing informative news and thoughtful reflections to enlighten, educate, and inspire action.

w/c 06.xi.23

Newsletter Update

The previous edition of this informal newsletter covered a two-week period, including a vacation and subsequent events. Likewise this edition will cover a two week period as various events in the life of the wider Church occurred simultaneously during this period, and I was in Rome during some of these revelations.

Synod on Synodality

During the month of October the infamous “Synod on Synodality” took place with much anticipation the whole Catholic world waited for news. Would the synod approve the ordination of women or the blessing of same sex unions? Well the jury is still out as the synod won’t be finalised until next year, October 2024. But there is plenty to be concerned about until then. The following presentation by British journalist Ed Pentin is well-worth viewing as he provides some deep insights into the organisation and implementation of the synod and the initial preliminaries of this intriguing development in the fight for the faith.

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Rorate Edward Pentin Exposes the Synod on Synodality
The Pillar Broglio, Pierre spar on synodality in the US Church

Cavite New Chapel Building Project

Our Old Roman apostolate serves one of the poorest populations in Bacoor City, Cavite, Luzon Province, Philippines, confronting a range of social problems. Poverty is one of the most pressing issues, affecting a significant portion of the population and leading to malnutrition and food insecurity. The lack of access to basic healthcare services and education further compounds the challenges faced by these communities. Moreover, unemployment and limited job opportunities exacerbate the situation, making it difficult for people to break out of the cycle of poverty.

The Old Roman mission in Bacoor runs several clinics and regularly distributes food throughout the year. But to really tackle these interconnected issues, comprehensive efforts are needed to improve access to healthcare and education, create sustainable employment opportunities, and alleviate poverty in the area. By addressing these challenges, we can help the impoverished communities in Bacoor to lead better lives. A community centre to host, coordinate and focus such efforts is desperately needed.

So I was delighted to be informed by ✠Joash Jaime. episcopal administrator of the Old Roman apostolate in the Philippines, that our new chapel and community centre building project in Bacoor, Cavite is beginning to advance. Already several people have signed and pledged funds toward the project and now the land next to the current plot and chapel, has become available. ✠Joash is meeting with the landlord to discuss the possibility of paying down a deposit to secure the plot.

The following are initial drawings created by an architect assisting the project. These have since been modified to take into account the possibilities the further plot of land may provide. A campaign will be launched soon for others to donate to this worthwhile cause.

The Deprivation of Bishop Strickland

Perhaps one of the most shocking developments in this week was the announcement of the deprivation of Bishop Strickland of his see by Pope Francis from the diocese of Tyler, Texas.

Following a visitation conducted by Bps. Kicanas and Sullivan of Camden earlier this year, concerns about “administration” were initially suggested as cause to question Bishop Strickland’s leadership of the diocese. Subsequently, a meeting was held in September in Rome between the Prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops and the Apostolic Nuncio to the USA with Pope Francis. On November 9th, Bishop Strickland was invited to resign, he refused and now on November 11th an edition of the Vatican’s Bollettino announces his deprivation.

Various canonical commentators have opined that the deprivation is without grounds, certainly the decree seems light on actual charges. It would appear that the main reasons are a lack of fraternity regarding other bishops, probably put out by Bishop Strickland being labelled “America’s bishop” and his denouncement of progressivist trends, most notably of Pope Francis’s own confusing commentary on theology and the Church.

National Catholic Register Bishop Strickland Saga: Ousted Bishop Speculates on the Reasons the Vatican Removed Him
Rorate Cardinal Müller on Strickland’s Sacking: “It’s an abuse of the Divine Right of the Episcopate.”

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Emotionalism in the academy

I already reflected on the Pope’s new Motu Proprio Ad theologiam promovendam indicating how theology today “is called to a turning point, to a paradigm shift.” The pope signalled how this shift must foster a “fundamentally contextual theology” based on a nexus between relationships, experience, and no longer being self-referential. It is of course highly problematic, but it also gives an indication of the Pope’s way of thinking – or at least of those he listens to and who ghostwrite his texts.

The rationale presented here aligns with a prevailing pattern in academia, as elucidated during my attendance at the inaugural national conference of Academics for Academic Freedom on November 11th at City University, London. At this event, scholars from diverse fields and universities across the UK deliberated on the prevalent issue of emotions and sentiments being accorded equal significance to scientific approaches, analysis, and methodology within the academic sphere. Together with the prevailing zeitgeist of identity politics and wokeism, freedom of speech and enquiry are being threatened in our academic institutions.

The keynote speakers at the conference were James Murray, Legal Director at Doyle Clayton, and one of the architects of the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Act, who explained the Act and its ramifications, and Baroness Claire Fox, Director of the Academy of Ideas, who chaired a panel debate on ‘What is the way forward for free speech and academic freedom?‘ Members of the excellent panel discussion were, Dr Bryn Harris (Chief Legal Officer, Free Speech Union); Professor Dennis Hayes (Director, AFAF); Omar Mohamed (joint founder of Speak Easy) and Akua Reindorf KC (Cloisters Chambers). There was ample opportunity too to hear from branches and members around the UK sharing experiences and ideas.

There was a major announcement at the conference, AFAF proclaimed May 20th 2024 as the first “International Academic Freedom Day“. The 20 May is the birth date of John Stuart Mill (pictured) the author of On Liberty (1859) which is still essential reading for all lovers of freedom today. AFAF asks all relevant organisations and universities to support this initiative and to organise lectures, seminars and debates on that date every year.

Armistice Day chaos

The remembrance of the fallen of war was considerably marred this year by the prospect and subsequent realisation of protests and counter protests in London. The solemn occasion, which is traditionally marked by a sense of unity and reverence, was overshadowed by the presence of opposing groups expressing their divergent views.

This predictable turn of events added a layer of complexity and tension to the commemoration, as emotions ran high and conflicting ideologies clashed in the heart of the city. The significance of honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice was momentarily overshadowed by the discord and division that unfolded on the streets. Nevertheless, amidst the turmoil, there were still individuals and organizations who remained steadfast in their commitment to pay tribute to the fallen heroes. They persevered in their efforts to ensure that the memory of those who gave their lives for their country was not forgotten, despite the disruptions caused by the protests.

Attending the AFAF conference (above) required me to embark on a journey that involved traveling to and through the bustling city of London. Fortunately, I was able to navigate a route that skillfully circumvented the problematic areas, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free commute both to and from my destination. However, despite successfully avoiding any potential disturbances, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of unease when it came to traversing the streets of London itself.

This uneasiness stemmed from the countless videos that inundated social media platforms, showcasing ordinary citizens falling victim to unprovoked attacks or being subjected to distressing anti-Semitic remarks. The power of these visual narratives, captured and shared by individuals from all walks of life, served as a stark reminder of the challenges and dangers that can lurk within the urban landscape. It was disheartening to witness such incidents unfold, as they highlighted the unfortunate reality that even in a city as diverse and cosmopolitan as London, prejudice and hostility can still rear their ugly heads.

Despite my reservations, I remained determined to fulfill my professional obligations and attend the conference, but the lingering concern for my personal safety cast a shadow over my otherwise exciting journey. Nevertheless, I pressed on, hoping that my experiences would serve as a catalyst for change and a reminder of the importance of fostering a society that embraces diversity and promotes inclusivity.

The events of this year’s remembrance serve as a stark reminder of the ongoing societal divisions and the need for dialogue and understanding. As we reflect on the significance of this solemn occasion, it is crucial to remember that the remembrance of the fallen should transcend political differences and serve as a unifying force, bringing people together in a shared commitment to honor and remember those who gave their lives for our collective future.

w/c 12.xi.23

Visit to Rome

From November 13 – 17 I had the opportunity to visit the eternal city, Rome. Although primarily a personal pilgrimage, I also had some informal meetings arranged. During these critical times for the Church I embarked on a journey to the heart of Catholicism to pray at the four major basilicas. This visit marked my first time returning to the city in several years. Sad to say, the atmosphere in the city is changed, more tourists than pilgrims in the once popular places of pilgrimage, many closed and disrepaired churches and a sense of fatigue from the clergy. I will report on my trip and impressions in a separate post.

Bishop Meikle’s Letter

An Old Roman bishop in Florida, ✠Edward Meikle caused a storm this week over a pastoral letter expressing support for Bishop Strickland over the injustice inflicted upon him by Pope Francis. Initially picked up by traditional Catholic social media, the letter was perhaps misportrayed as having been written by a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who were meeting in Baltimore this week. Resulting in a “pile on” of ad hominem polemic by neo-Conservative Catholic commentators berating the messenger and entirely missing the message i.e. the content of the letter.

Needless to say, I expended a significant amount of energy and effort in addressing and confronting the naysayers who were spreading false information and misconceptions about Bishop Meikle and the Old Roman tradition. It was crucial for me to set the record straight and correct their ignorance and deliberate misrepresentation of our beliefs and practices. Throughout this process, I encountered numerous strawman arguments that were aimed at defaming the good bishop and discrediting our venerable tradition. These individuals intentionally conflated us with the apostate Old Catholics, despite the clear distinctions between our respective doctrines and theological positions. It was disheartening to witness the deliberate misrepresentation of our doctrinal stances, as well as the false accusations labeling us as schismatics. Despite these challenges, I remained steadfast in my commitment to defending the truth and ensuring that our tradition was accurately portrayed.

Bishop Meikle expressed his concerns about the dismissal, stating that a bishop should only be removed for grave moral failings, not for defending the faith. He also criticized Pope Francis’s stance on transgenderism, stating that it fails to uphold Catholic teaching on sexual morality and the nature of the sacraments. Additionally, Bishop Meikle argued that Pope Francis is promoting the adaptation of theology to modern cultural trends, which he believes goes against the firm foundation of Scripture, Tradition, and Magisterium. He emphasized the importance of faithfully presenting the liberating Truth of the Gospel and urged the church to call all people to encounter Jesus Christ on His terms

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The term “pater familias,” alternatively spelled as “paterfamilias” (plural “patres familias”), denoted the leader of a Roman household. It typically referred to the eldest surviving male, who possessed the legal authority to wield absolute control over his extended family. This term has its roots in Latin and translates to “father of the family” or “owner of the family estate.” In the early days of Christianity, the episcopi, or “overseer,” of a local church also held the status of “pater familias.” As a result, the term “papas” or “pope,” signifying “father,” became linked with this role.

The word “pope” has its roots in Church Latin “papa,” signifying “bishop” or “pope” (in classical Latin, “tutor”), and is derived from the Greek “papas,” originally denoting “patriarch” or “bishop,” and subsequently “father.” The designation “Pope” was initially employed for bishops in Asia Minor and subsequently embraced by the Bishop of Alexandria around 250 AD. In the Western Church, it became closely linked with the Bishop of Rome, particularly during the time of Leo the Great (440-461).

It is important to explore the historical roots of the term “pope” in order to gain a deeper understanding of the overarching roles of the Pope and bishops. Throughout history, the Bishops of Rome were often seen as authoritative figures, akin to monarchs, until the establishment of the Vatican State. But their papal title originated from their primary spiritual responsibility as the earthly representative of God, the “paterfamilias” of the Church on earth. Such a role may be likened to the representation of God the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son, as well as Christ’s instruction to Peter, the first Pope, to “feed My sheep,” and his directive to his successors and all the successors of the apostles, namely the bishops, to “confirm the brethren.” This underscores the significant role of the principal pastors as exemplifying fatherliness, mercy, and compassion.

Published in 2017, “The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy” is a highly critical biography of Pope Francis by historian Marcantonio Colonna, a pseudonym for H. J. A. Sire. The book presents Pope Francis as a tyrannical and unprincipled pontiff, claiming that he manipulates the Church for his own power and has obstructed reforms. It also explores allegations of financial corruption and the influence of certain Vatican figures. The book has received mixed reviews, with some praising its insights and others questioning its claims. The author, Henry Sire, faced suspension and expulsion from the Knights of Malta due to his critique of Pope Francis.

One of the speculations about Bishop Strickland’s deprivation suggests his criticism of Pope Francis’s pontificate may be the real reason rather than any – as yet unsubstantiated, misgovernance of the diocese of Tyler. Certainly, Bishop Strickland at the recent Roman Forum seemed to lend support to a negative appreciation of the validity of the Pope’s reign when he read from a letter sent to him by a sedevacantist. However, Bishop Strickland has repeatedly stated his acceptance of Francis’s papacy. For example, he tweeted the following after Patrick Coffin’s promotion of the Beneplenist thesis, ‘Please allow me to clarify regarding, “Patrick Coffin has challenged the authenticity of the Pope Francis.” If this is accurate I disagree, I believe Pope Francis is the Pope but it is time for me to say that I reject his program of undermining the Deposit of Faith. Follow Jesus.’

Canon is the Greek word for rule, norm, standard or measure, canon law is how the Church organizes and governs herself. It was the first modern Western legal system and is the oldest continuously functioning legal system in the West. Canon law includes divine law prescriptions that no pope can overturn (see cc. 330, 925, 849, 864, and 1024 in the 1983 Code). The Code’s ecclesiastical law applies to the universal Church, and the pope must set a good example by following it. The pope can change ecclesiastical law by officially abrogating or derogating from it. However, if the pope were to decree something that violated existing ecclesiastical law without expressly derogating from it, canon law states that such an action would have no effect, even if done by a competent authority like the pope (c. 38, 1983 Code; c. 46, 1917 Code).

“During the clerical sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, the Holy See deftly escaped direct criminal liability in US courts — for potentially $hundreds of billions — by arguing, amongst other things, that a pope doesn’t have the power to remove a bishop against his will. This was necessary to demonstrate that bishops aren’t employees of the Vatican. Many years later and [Francis ] has just done precisely that by sacking the holy Bishop Strickland.”

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The Italian magazine Il Regno reported in 2017 that Pope Francis had issued 50% more legislation than Benedict XVI, and in half the time. However, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts has effectively been sidelined and reduced to an “office,” with no mechanism in place to ensure that new rules align with the existing legislative framework. Francis has taken to a new level the concept of the Pope being “above” the law, i.e. by acting unilaterally without reference to canon law, setting aside decisions made by other legitimate bodies, and imposing new legislation without reference to previous precepts. He has closed down religious orders, e.g. the Friars of the Immaculate, Familia Christi, intervened in trials, e.g. Cardinal Becciu, Fr Rupnik, and protected accused clergy, e.g. Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, and Fr Grassi or those involved in the abuse at the Provolo Institute School for the Deaf, and famously the former cardinal, Ted McCarrik.

I don’t say that Pope Francis isn’t the Pope, but I do say that his words and actions do not “confirm the brethren” Luke 22:32 or “feed My sheep,” John 21:17 nor do they adhere to “let your yes be yes and your no, no” Matthew 5:37.

✠Jerome Seleisi

So in these challenging times, characterized by uncertainty and questioning, it is only natural for us to grapple with the words and actions of our Holy Father, Pope Francis. We recognize the concerns raised about his leadership and the impact of his statements on our faith, and it’s important to acknowledge the unease that some of us may feel. However, amidst these concerns, we must remember that our faith is not solely based on the actions of one individual. Our Catholic faith is deeply rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the rich traditions of the Church, which transcend any one person and stand as enduring pillars of our belief system.

Let us remember that our faith is not solely dependent on human leadership, but on our unwavering devotion to Christ and His teachings. As we navigate these challenges, let us hold fast to the principles of love, humility, and grace that are at the core of our faith, and may the grace of God sustain us, and may our commitment to the Catholic faith remain unshaken in the face of adversity.

Miserere nobis

Miserere nobis II: Vita In Motu

An ad hoc journal/newsletter by His Grace, ✠Jerome Seleisi, providing informative news and thoughtful reflections to enlighten, educate, and inspire action.

w/c 29.x.23

Vacation hiatus

Apologies for the delay in sending out this second edition newsletter, as I had promised to provide a weekly review. It was due to the fulfillment of two remarkable items on my bucket list – a trip to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and a visit to the vibrant city of New Orleans. These experiences allowed me to immerse myself in the beauty of nature and the rich cultural heritage of a city that has captured the hearts of many and has a rich and vibrant cultural history.

Standing on the edge of the canyon, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of insignificance in the face of such grandeur. The layers of rock, carved by the forces of nature over centuries, including the Great Flood, told a story of Earth’s history and the power of time. From the towering cliffs to the rushing Colorado River below, every aspect of the Grand Canyon was a testament to the wonders of nature and God’s awesome providence.

After my time at the Grand Canyon, I made my way to New Orleans, a city known for its vibrant culture and rich history. From the moment I stepped foot in the French Quarter, I was enveloped in a sensory overload of sights, sounds, and smells. The streets were alive with the rhythms of jazz music, and the air was filled with the tantalizing aroma of Cajun and Creole cuisine. I wandered through the historic neighborhoods, admiring the colorful architecture and soaking in the unique atmosphere that can only be found in New Orleans.

One of the highlights of my visit was exploring the city’s rich cultural heritage. From the historic plantations along the Mississippi River to the vibrant art scene in the Warehouse District, New Orleans offered a glimpse into the diverse influences that have shaped its identity. I visited museums and galleries, immersing myself in the works of local artists and learning about the city’s African, French, and Spanish roots. The blend of cultures was evident in the architecture, the music, and the cuisine, creating a tapestry of traditions that make New Orleans truly one-of-a-kind.

Overall, my experiences at the Grand Canyon and in New Orleans were nothing short of extraordinary. They allowed me to step outside of my everyday routine and immerse myself in the wonders of nature and the vibrant tapestry of human culture. These experiences have enriched my life and provided me with a deeper appreciation for the beauty and diversity that exist in the world around us. I hope that by sharing my journey with you, I can inspire you to seek out your own adventures and embrace the magic that awaits.


Together with the other co-founders of PSHEbrighton, I attended a conference in London hosted by the Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Alliance concerned about modern conversion therapy and the manipulation of young people in our schools by transgender ideologues. We were there to support one of our affected parents who was speaking at the event. Her powerful testimony sharing the experiences of four different families in Brighton affected by transgender ideology both moved and shocked the audience and drew media attention directly after she had spoken.

PSHEbrighton parent and teachers speaking at the LGB Alliance conference on gender ideology in schools

The conference was told how different children had been impacted by transgender ideology from being secretly supplied with chest binders by activist teachers, to being prescribed cross hormone treatment by GP’s without parental knowledge and consent. Both national and local papers took up the news and we have been inundated at PSHEbrighton with emails of support and more information from other affected parents, children and families.

We are currently undergoing a listening exercise with these families to gather their stories. This exercise aims to provide a platform for affected individuals to share their firsthand accounts, ensuring that their voices are heard and their perspectives are taken into consideration. Through this process, PSHEbrighton hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by these families and to advocate for their needs and rights.

March for Life

I had the incredible opportunity to join a remarkably diverse group of individuals hailing from various regions across the United Kingdom in the historic and symbolic setting of Parliament Square. It was a solemn and poignant gathering, as we came together to silently mark and pay tribute to the 56th anniversary of the Royal Assent given to the 1967 Abortion Act. This significant legislation, often misunderstood by the general public, did not, in fact, legalize abortion outright. Rather, it served to shield individuals involved in terminations from prosecution under specific and carefully delineated conditions.

Regrettably, over the years, these conditions have been subject to widespread abuse, leading to a situation where, despite subsequent revisions and the introduction of new legislation since 1967, a staggering 99% of abortions performed in the UK today do not technically align with the very specific circumstances originally permitted by the Act. This sobering reality underscores the complex and evolving nature of the legal framework surrounding abortion in the UK, prompting ongoing discussions and debates about the ethical, moral, and legal dimensions of this deeply sensitive issue.

Parliament Square 56th anniversary of the Abortion Act 1967

It was a joy to meet again some people I met at the SPUK Conference and to meet new friends in the cause of right. Particularly three religious sisters originally from Spain, who’s order cares for some 10 million alzheimer and dementia patients in 27 countries across the world! We prayed a decade of the rosary together and they asked a blessing with the intention for a vocations discernment day they were participating in the next day. Sadly. I was the only cleric present for the last hour of the vigil and understand only one other cleric had been present during the first hour.

Battle of Ideas

I recently had the opportunity to attend an event that I’ve been wanting to go to for about ten years. In the past, I always had prior commitments that prevented me from attending. However, this year, as soon as the conference was announced, I made sure to clear my schedule and book myself out for the dates. I am so glad I did!

The event was absolutely incredible. It was a wonderful experience to be surrounded by over 600 attendees who were all passionate about open thought and free speech. People from all walks of life and from different parts of the world were in attendance. We had the privilege of listening to some of the most intelligent and respected speakers of our time, who discussed the real issues that impact the lives of ordinary people.

Comedian, author and women’s advocate, Graham Linehan and His Grace, ✠Jerome

The conference was held at Church House, the headquarters of the Church of England’s General Synod. It was somewhat ironic that some of the topics we were discussing have recently been used to justify the growing apostasy within that denomination. These topics included everything under the euphemism Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, e.g. gender identity, the roles of men and women, etc, and other topical subjects including AI, IT, Israel/Hamas conflict, education, work place practices, etc. Just too many good topics and too many excellent speakers, it was difficult to prioritise and choose which debates to attend! Overall, it was a truly memorable and enlightening experience.


PSHEbrighton recently created a petition on to challenge Brighton & Hove City Council regarding their Trans toolkit and activism in local schools. However, decided to cancel the petition within hours of it being posted, citing “community values,” despite the petition’s intentionally innocuous and non-sensational language.

We are now challenging regarding their decision with a legal Letter Before Action. For the following reasons:
a) the petition is a protected act (s.27 (2) Equality Act 2010, because it is “doing any other things for the purposes of the Act, namely drawing public attention to breaches of the Equality Act and alleging a breach of the Act. These are two of the four categories of protected act at s.27(2) Equality Act 2020.
b) The petition is a protected act (s.27 (2) Equality Act 2010. Taking it down is a detriment done because of the protected act and it is therefore an act of unlawful victimisation.

A new Slovakia Mass centre

I was thrilled to receive the news from Revd Dr Sykora in Bratislava that the City authorities have officially approved our apostolate’s regular use of the chapel located in the historic Primatial Palace in the city center. The chapel is stunning, with breathtaking architecture and a rich history, making it the perfect setting for our religious activities and gatherings.

The High Altar of the Chapel in the Primatial Palace, Bratislava

The historic Archbishop’s Palace itself holds great significance in the city’s history and culture. As a central landmark, it has witnessed countless events and played a vital role in the development of Bratislava. Including the first ordinations in the Tridentine Rite to be held in the Chapel for almost a century by ✠Jerome last year! The fact that our apostolate has been granted permission to utilize the chapel within this historic building further adds to the honor and privilege we feel.

With this new development, we can now plan and organize our religious activities with greater ease and efficiency. The regular use of the chapel allows us to establish a sense of continuity and familiarity for our members and attendees. It provides a dedicated space where they can come together, find solace, and strengthen their faith. We are grateful for this privilege and look forward to utilizing this remarkable space to further our apostolate’s mission.

Calvin’s ordination

On Saturday, November 4th I was able to attend the priestly ordination of the Revd Calvin Robinson in London. Fr Calvin is a well-known if controversial media personality and social commentator. Until recently he was a presenter on GB News, but was fired for making a principled stand for free speech. We first met at the SPUC Conference earlier this summer.

Fr Calvin Robinson with a “C.S.Lewis” pipe gifted by a friend for his ordination and His Grace, ✠Jerome

Fr Calvin was ordained by Bishop Roald Flemestad of the Nordic Catholic Church, a daughter church of the Polish National Catholic Church itself formerly of the Union of Utrecht Old Catholic Churches. The PNCC and NCC between them form a more orthodox theologically entity called, the Union of Scranton. Like the Old Romans, the PNCC share apostolic succession ultimately derived from the See of Utrecht, via their founder ✠Franciszek Hodur who, like ✠Arnold Harris Mathew, was consecrated by ✠Gerardus Gul, these orders and sacraments are recognised by Rome.

Although the Union of Scranton represents a more conservative polity than its former colleagues in the Union of Utrecht, i.e. they do not ordain women, the Old Catholic tradition that it represents is not wholly in sympathy with that of the Old Romans. Whereas the Old Roman position is one of continuity pre-Vatican I, the Union of Scranton is one of divergence post-Vatican I that later embraced modernist tendencies. For example, in the Union of Scranton, Mass is primarily offered in the vernacular, using the Novus Ordo Missae, whereas Old Romans retain the Tridentine Mass primarily in Latin, etc.


Ad theologiam promovendam

The Catholic faith is a living Tradition, which means it is not characterized by constant change or evolution, as some modernists might suggest. Instead, it endures across time, remaining unchanged despite the passage of ages. Our faith is both eternal and incarnational, and these aspects are inseparable. This is evident in the evolution of liturgical vestments over the centuries, where the same liturgy, representing the eternal dimension, is re-presented in different material forms, reflecting the incarnational dimension. This enduring nature of the faith, with its dual eternal and incarnational dimensions, serves as a testament to its unchanging essence throughout history.

The same is true in the way Catholics live themselves, timeless piety yet incarnational customs, e.g. the way in which we pray the rosary – the spirituality (eternal) hasn’t changed, but the number and arrangement of beads (incarnational) has. This illustrates the enduring nature of spiritual practices, where the core beliefs and principles remain constant while the outward expressions may evolve over time to adapt to changing circumstances and cultural influences. It’s a testament to the resilience and adaptability of faith, as it finds new ways to connect with believers across generations and cultures.

Likewise then, of people. We have changed, contemporary humanity in the incarnational aspect, we live longer, eat better, are more comfortable, etc, and yet spiritually, eternally, humanity experiences life, i.e. living, in much the same way as we have throughout the centuries, e.g. needing shelter, needing food and water, pro-creating, etc. This highlights the dichotomy of human existence, where technological advancements and societal progress coexist with fundamental human needs and experiences that have remained constant throughout history. Despite the advancements in science and technology, the basic human needs and desires persist, emphasizing the timeless nature of human existence and the enduring relevance of fundamental human experiences.

The latest Motu Propio by Pope Francis, titled Ad theologiam promovendam,” introduces a new approach to theological reflection. In this document, the Pope suggests placing emphasis on utilizing an inductive method in theological development. He suggests commencing the theological reflection process from diverse contexts and specific real-life situations in which people are immersed. This approach encourages theology to be profoundly influenced and shaped by the challenges posed by reality itself. At first glance, this directive may seem to align with the sentiments expressed in my preceding paragraphs above. However, upon closer examination, it becomes evident that this new approach represents a significant departure from traditional theological methodologies. The emphasis on grounding theological reflection in the lived experiences and contextual realities of individuals marks a departure from the partnership with the eternal dimension inherent in traditional theology. The change in perspective indicates a significant reorientation in the approach and comprehension of theology.

This shift represents a fundamental transformation in the way theology is approached and understood. Instead of placing primary emphasis on the contemplation of the eternal truths of our Faith and considering their application to our lives, the focus now shifts to first considering our subjective context and then interpreting the rest accordingly. This approach would lead to the concept of “truth” becoming relative, which in turn could result in the emergence of multiple individual gospels, each subjectively pertinent to specific individuals within particular contexts. Consequently, this could lead to a loss of universality, as opposed to a single Gospel that is applicable to all. In other words, instead of one faith, many faiths, instead of one true religion divinely revealed by God, many different religions.

An example of relativism is moral relativism, which encompasses various aspects of human behavior and beliefs. For instance, it includes the acceptance of different dietary practices, punctuality norms, attitudes towards money and consumption, and other cultural-specific behaviors and values. Moral relativism considers the diversity of moral standards across cultures, making it challenging to determine a universal right or wrong. This concept emphasizes the influence of cultural context on ethical beliefs and behaviors. What the is “wrong” for you may be “right” for me. Very worryingly this attitude was prevalent at the “Synod on Synodality” with advocates for the blessing of Same Sex Couples, basically suggesting that if two people of the same gender commit monogamously to each other that should be celebrated – despite the fact that such an intimate union is itself contrary to the precepts of the divine Will.

The 2005 conclave was a significant moment in the history of the Catholic Church, marked by Pope Benedict XVI’s delivery of a now-famous homily denouncing the “dictatorship of relativism.” In his address, Pope Benedict XVI cautioned against the growing trend of relativism, stating, “We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognise anything as definitive. The Church needs to withstand the tides of trends and the latest novelties.” This powerful message resonated with many within the Church and beyond. Yet now Pope Francis and Cardinal Ferdinand of the DDF advocate for a theology rooted in a populist understanding of the sensus fidelium, based upon the lived experiences of “average people”, meaning whatever the majority think is right, is right. This would mean the continuous capitulation by the Church to the zeitgeist, forever changing moral teaching to reflect the contemporary age, instead of maintaining steadfastly to the constancy of morality derived in relation to God and His eternal Will for us.

In a recent interview, Pope Francis said, “Since the Second Vatican Council, John XXIII had a very clear perception: the Church has to change. Paul VI agreed, just like the succeeding Popes. It’s not just changing ways, it’s about a change of growth, in favor of the dignity of people. That’s theological progression, of moral theology and all the ecclesiastical sciences, even in the interpretation of Scriptures that have progressed according to the feelings of the Church.” The operative word here is “feelings” the ultimate betrayer of modernism.

Miserere nobis

“Omnium Sanctorum”: a pastoral epistle for All Saints & All Souls, November 2023


As we observe the feast of All Saints’ Day and commemorate All Souls’ Day, our hearts are filled with both joy and solemnity. These holy days remind us of our ultimate goal as Catholics and our longing to be united with our Heavenly Father. It is a time to honor the saints, known and unknown, who have gone before us and are now in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amidst the various challenges that we encounter in our present-day society, one of the foremost concerns is the enduring conflict in the Middle East involving Israel and Hamas. This protracted dispute has resulted in widespread anguish, leaving countless individuals with a sense of despair and hopelessness. Nevertheless, it is imperative to bear in mind that despite the prevailing unrest, our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ endures as the ultimate wellspring of hope and consolation.

As believers, we should find our comfort in Jesus as our King who reigns above, in our hearts, and through our lives. His presence reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles and that there is always hope. The expectation of His Coming strengthens our faith and fills us with anticipation for when He will establish His kingdom of peace and justice on earth. Trust in Jesus Christ’s power and sovereignty. He is our unwavering support, keeping us grounded and guiding us through difficult times.

Our faith is deeply rooted in the concept of incarnation, which calls us to embody the principles and values of heaven in our everyday lives here on earth. This means that we are called to live as subjects of heaven, allowing the divine to guide our thoughts, actions, and decisions. By striving to be saints in this earthly existence, we can nurture the hope of becoming saints in the eternal realm of heaven.

To fully embrace this incarnational faith, we are encouraged to surrender ourselves completely to Jesus Christ, recognizing Him as our King and the ultimate authority in our lives. Through this surrender, we open ourselves up to the transformative power of His love and grace, allowing Him to shape us into the truest versions of ourselves as children of God.

This surrender is not a passive act but an active choice that requires constant effort and commitment. It involves aligning our wills with the divine will, seeking to discern and follow God’s plan for our lives. It means living with integrity and authenticity, striving to embody the virtues and values that Jesus exemplified during His time on earth.

In this way, our faith becomes a lived experience, permeating every aspect of our existence. It shapes our relationships, our work, our choices, and our priorities. It calls us to be compassionate, forgiving, and merciful, just as Jesus was. It challenges us to be agents of positive change in the world, working towards justice, peace, and the common good.

Living as subjects of heaven in the republic of our wills here on earth is not always easy. It requires us to resist the temptations of selfishness, pride, and materialism that can distract us from our true purpose. It demands that we constantly examine our hearts and minds, seeking to root out any attitudes or behaviors that are contrary to the teachings of Jesus.

Yet, in this ongoing journey of faith, we find hope and inspiration. We are reminded that we are not alone in our pursuit of holiness. We are part of a larger community of believers, united by our shared commitment to following Christ. Together, we support and encourage one another, drawing strength from our collective faith and the wisdom of those who have gone before us.

Ultimately, our faith calls us to embrace the fullness of our identity as children of God. It invites us to live with purpose, meaning, and a deep sense of belonging. Through our surrender to Jesus Christ as our King, we can experience the transformative power of His love, allowing it to shape us into the saints we are called to be. In this way, our faith becomes a beacon of hope, guiding us towards the eternal realm of heaven.

Let us seek the intercession of Jesus, our exalted Lord, that our prayers may be perfected by His prayer. Through Him, we can find the strength and grace to live as true disciples, shining His light in a world that is in desperate need of His love and mercy.

May the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, inspire us to reflect on the importance of leading holy lives, fostering unity and peace, and offering fervent prayers for the souls in purgatory. These solemn occasions serve as a reminder of the communion of saints, the interconnectedness of all believers, and the power of intercessory prayer.

All Saints’ Day, honors all the saints, known and unknown, who have attained the beatific vision and now reside in the heavenly realm. It is a time to commemorate the exemplary lives of these holy men and women, who, through their unwavering faith and virtuous actions, have become role models for us on our spiritual journey. Their lives serve as a testament to the transformative power of God’s grace and the potential for holiness that resides within each of us.

All Souls’ Day is a time to remember loved ones who have passed away and offer prayers and sacrifices for their souls. Our prayers for the deceased can make a difference in their spiritual journey, aiding their purification process and leading them to our Heavenly Father. Purgatory is a state of purification, not punishment, where souls are cleansed of attachment to sin. Our prayers and acts of charity can alleviate their suffering and hasten their journey towards eternal life.

In light of these holy days, we are called to reflect on the brevity and fragility of human life, recognizing that death is not the end but rather a transition to a new and eternal existence. It is a time to ponder the mysteries of life and death, to contemplate the meaning and purpose of our own existence, and to strive for holiness in all aspects of our lives. Remember these words of St Thérèse of Lisieux, “I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth.”

As we honor the saints and pray for the souls in purgatory, let us be inspired to emulate their virtues, to seek unity and peace in our relationships and communities, and to offer fervent prayers for the eternal repose of the faithful departed. May these days of remembrance and prayer deepen our understanding of the communion of saints and strengthen our commitment to living lives of holiness, love, and compassion.

May the reign of Jesus Christ as King in our hearts be a beacon of hope and a source of transformation in our lives. Let us surrender ourselves completely to His loving rule, allowing Him to guide and direct us in all that we do. In doing so, we will not only find true fulfillment and purpose, but we will also become instruments of His peace and love in the world.

May the blessings of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day be upon you and your loved ones. May the intercession of the saints and the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ bring you comfort, hope, and the assurance of eternal life.


Omnium Sanctorum MMXXIII A.D.


Da, quǽsumus, Dómine, fidélibus pópulis ómnium Sanctórum semper veneratióne lætári: et eórum perpétua supplicatióne muníri. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum. Amen

Grant Your faithful people, we beseech You, O Lord, ever to rejoice in the veneration of all the Saints, and to be protected by their unceasing prayers. Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

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Recent pastoral epistles to the clergy

The role of the Archbishop encompasses both pastoral and spiritual responsibilities towards the clergy under his charge. In order to fulfill these duties, he frequently engages in the practice of writing pastoral epistles that are specifically addressed to the clergy as well as others addressed to the faithful. These epistles serve as a means of providing guidance, support, and encouragement to those entrusted to his care.

Tunc Jesus

The epistle discusses the dedication and sacrifices made by priests within the Old Roman apostolate. These priests have chosen to embrace the sacred ministry and become “alter Christus” – another Christ. They understand that true priesthood requires continuous self-sacrifice and a shedding of personal desires. Despite facing challenges and criticism, these priests remain committed to their calling and the teachings of the Church. They do not receive the same recognition as other members of the clergy, but they persevere with unwavering determination and a commitment to their beliefs. Their unique position as the “offscouring of all things” only strengthens their resolve to uphold their values and serve their communities with integrity and compassion.

Et nolite conformari

The epistle discusses the increasing polarization of society and the negative consequences it has on politics, economics, social interactions, and mental health. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining a rational and balanced mindset in order to navigate the complexities of the modern world. It also highlights the need for emotional intelligence and resilience to respond to emotions in a constructive way. The document warns against individuals who are driven by emotions and lack commitment, particularly in the sacred ministry and religious life. It emphasizes the importance of discernment and reflection in understanding the commitment and sacrifices required in these roles. The document also criticizes the conflation of emotion with religion, which can lead to a shallow understanding of faith and a disregard for the transformative power of religious practice. It warns against individuals entering the ministry or religious life based solely on temporary emotions rather than a genuine calling.

Imperativum est

The epistle emphasizes the importance of self-denial and mortification of passions in order to serve God and His Church. It warns against the dangers of self-love and modernism, which prioritize personal interests over the needs of the flock. Obedience to God and His commands, as well as to the authority of the Church, is emphasized. The document reminds priests that they were ordained to serve others, not themselves, and that their focus should be on fulfilling their calling and sacrificing for God. It warns against the preoccupation with self and the promotion of personal interests, which are signs of a modernist mindset. Overall, the document emphasizes the need for priests to prioritize their duty to God and His Church above all else.