February 28, 2017Tuesday — 
Francis received in audience this morning… – H. E. Abp. Guido Pozzo, Titular Archbishop of Bagnoregio, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei…” —from the official Vatican Press Office Bulletin of February 27, 2017, that is, yesterday (link); Archbishop Guido Pozzo, the head of the Vatican’s Ecclesia Dei Commission, has said that Rome’s decision to offer a Personal Prelature to the Society of St. Pius X is imminent; it may be that the decision was discussed, and taken, yesterday by Pope Francis at this meeting; such an action, if accepted by the Society, would bring an end to the one official “schism” since the Second Vatican Council and bring back into full union with Rome a vigorous group of tradition-minded Catholics who number 3 bishops, some 600 priests, and an estimated 600,000 faithful worldwide (link). So, this small bit of “news” in the Vatican press bulletin could signal a landmark moment in Church history, and in the history of this pontificate


Over the last few years defenders of life and family have tried to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt, but every new scandal raises further questions about the motivations of those who now hold key positions of power in Rome. In an interview with our news service, Population Bombauthor Paul Ehrlich told us he was ‘thrilled’ with the direction Pope Francis is taking the Catholic Church. Yet just a few years ago Ehrlich stated that ‘the Pope and many of the bishops are one of the truly evil, regressive forces on the planet’ because of the Church’s opposition to contraception. Ehrlich has changed none of his positions in that time.” —John-Henry Westen of, protesting the decision of the leadership of the Vatican’s Academy of Social Sciences to invite American author Paul Ehrlich to speak at a Vatican February 27-March 1 conference on biological extinction. Ehrlich spoke yesterday (link)
The nuptial character of the usus antiquior [Editor’s note: the “older use,” meaning the old rite of the Mass] is manifest through the ‘lingering in love’ of the rich, sacred texts. Those who are in love desire to be together and do not want to leave each other’s company. In a similar way, when we attend the sacred liturgy, we should be ready and willing to lavish everything upon God and spend as much time with Him as possible.” —Veronica A. Arntz (link), essay on the Tridentine rite of the Catholic liturgy (the “old Mass” now called “the Extraordinary Form” though for centuries it was simply the ordinary Mass), posted on the Rorate Caeli website and scheduled to be published in the upcoming issue of Inside the Vatican magazine (which may be subscribed to here). If the Pope grants a Personal Prelature to the Society of St. Pius X, it seems likely that the old rite of the Mass — which the Society priests celebrate exclusively — will be far more visible in the universal Church. I will send the complete essay by Arntz in an upcoming email


Perhaps it would be a good thing if every Christian, certainly if every priest, could dream once in his life that he were Pope, and wake from that nightmare in a sweat of agony.” — + Msgr. Ronald Knox


For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” — St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 6:12

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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