(1). Father Zatalava discusses with Archbishop Raymond Burke of Saint Louis his intention to spend the following eleven days in training at the Institute of Christ the King for the saying of the Latin Mass, what Pope Benedict calls the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
(2). Archbishop Burke and Father Zatalava concelebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass called the Novus Ordo.
(3). Archbishop Burke, Father Thomas J. Euteneuer, President of Human Life International, and Father J.D.Zatalava, Founder and Editor-in-chief of Catechismclass.com, pray the Morning Office before the Archbishop delivers the Keynote address to the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy in Saint Louis, MO.
The Archbishop has long supported wider use of the Latin Mass in his Archdiocese. He was called to Rome to represent the American Bishops in advising the Holy Father prior to the publication of Summorum Pontificum,the document which gives all priests greater latitude in saying the Latin Mass.
The following resolutions were issued at the conclusion of the four day gathering on July 19th:
- We express our deep gratitude and respect for church leaders like Archbishop Raymond Burke of Saint Louis who courageously, consistently and faithfully defend Holy Mother Church and all her official teachings and disciplines. We strongly support his stand on denying Holy Communion to any Catholic candidate or politician whoopenly and notoriously supports abortion and/or euthanasia.\
- We embrace the magisterial teaching of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in its recent document on the unicity and necessity of Catholic Church, in which the one, true Church of Jesus Christ, fully subsists.When understood in the full context and accurate context of papal and conciliar decrees ('Dominus Jesus' and'Lumen Gentium'), this doctrine is not a hindrance to ecumenical endeavors nor does it deviate from previous and perennially taught dogmas on the ecclesiological nature of the church.
- We thank Pope Benedict XVI for his recent motu proprio 'Summorum Pontificum' and hope it will be fully, freely and universally implemented in every diocese throughout the world. We see the invaluable treasure of preserving the old Latin “Tridentine” Mass, (extraordinary form of the Roman Rite), for the spiritual benefit of all thefaithful who request it. We furthermore affirm the necessity of reverently and properly celebrating the vernacularNovus Ordo Mass of Paul VI, (ordinary form of the same Roman Rite). Our prayer is that this will bring back many ofthe clergy and lay faithful who have gravitated to schismatic groups in reaction to serious abuses committed bysome priests who have irreverently celebrated the new Mass in English since the Vatican II.
- We urge the bishops of the English speaking nations to quickly endorse a totally accurate translation of the Roman Missal which would be completely faithful to the typical Latin text. As celebrants of the Holy Mass, we see the necessity of and urgency of restoring sacred language and replacing all pedestrian verbiage in Divine worshipsince the Holy Eucharist is the ‘source and summit of Christian life.’
- As we prepare for the 40th anniversary of 'Humanae Vitae' next year, we encourage our brother priestsand deacons to reacquaint themselves with this prophetic papal encyclical of Paul VI and we commend our Americanbishops for the recent USCCB document on Natural Family Planning, 'Married Love and the Gift ofLife' (November, 2006).
- We pledge as faithful sons of the Church our continued prayers and complete obedience to the Vicar of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI, and eagerly await his first pastoral visit to the United States.
Learning to Celebrate The Tridentine Mass At Saint Francis de Sales Oratory Saint Louis, MO
During this historical moment, we offer priests the opportunity to be introduced to the Rites of the ClassicalRoman Liturgy individually or in small groups while living with the Institute’s community at one of our Oratories in the United States or at our International Seminary near Florence/Italy. Thus, our fellow clergy is kindly invited to live the daily celebration of the Roman Liturgy in an atmosphere based on the spirit of faithful Romanity cherished since its beginnings by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The demand is growing and we may have to ask for your patience. However, time frames can be adapted to the circumstances of our priestly confreres.
Having been Ordained in 1970 Father Zatalava was neither trained to, nor ever actually celebrated as a priest the Mass of his youth. To ready himself for whatever may develop locally in regard to the public celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass Father attended the first training session offered to an individual priest by the Institute of Christ the King, the Sovereign Priest at their Saint Louis house, Saint Francis de Sales Oratory. The program is run by Abbá Karl Lenherdt. Father Z’s personal instructor was the newly ordained Father William Avis. Father Avis was tasked with introducing Father Zatalava to the Tridentine Mass rubrics and language and setting a course for further self-study. Father Z plans on celebrating his first Mass privately (per the Pope’s permission) when the Motu Proprio takes effect in September. Until then it’s practice, practice, practice.
Barbara Kralis writes on July 30, 2007
The Supreme Vicar of Christ on earth, Pope Benedict XVI, has recently spoken in a most wonderful way for the spiritual benefit of all the universal church, for the living and the dead, and for the memory of the victories of the Saints who have gone before us.
In releasing his Motu proprio, 'Summorum Pontificum,' on July 07, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI gave precise rules for the Catholic clergy and the faithful laity's wider access to the Traditional Latin Mass, without fear of stigma or marginalization.
A great treasure of the Catholic Church, the Traditional Latin Mass draws the faithful out of their ordinary lives into the world of Christ. It promotes through its beautiful liturgy of prayers and postures the ultimate reverence of the faithful imbued with the sacred reality of Christ.
Pope Benedict's Motu proprio allows any duly ordained priest who is to celebrate the Tridentine Mass without permission from his bishop. Codified in the 16th century, the very reverent Traditional Latin Mass has been the Mass of the many Martyrs and Saints before us and delivered to us as a precious heritage.
Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei
This Motu proprio or Apostolic Letter, published originally in Latin, makes it very clear that the Traditional Latin Mass was never abrogated and therefore the faithful may assist at it without any scruple of conscience.
Priests and lay faithful may appeal to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Die in case of litigation or of the non-fulfillment of what is ordered in the Motu proprio. To do so, contact:
Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos,
President of the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei' Palazzo della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede Piazza del Sant' Uffizio, 11, 00l93 Rome, Italy, Europe.
"Art. 2. In Masses celebrated without the people, each Catholic priest of
the Latin rite, whether secular or regular, may use the Roman Missal published
by Bl. Pope John XXIII in 1962, or the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI
in 1970, and may do so on any day with the exception of the Easter Triduum. For
such celebrations, with either one Missal or the other, the priest has no need
for permission from the Apostolic See or from his Ordinary.
Celebrations of Mass as mentioned above in art. 2 may - observing all the norms
of law - also be attended by faithful who, of their own free will, ask to be