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ORDO w/c Sunday 6th October 2019 Vol I Issue vi

S06.10S. Bruno of Cologne
(W) Missa “Os justi”
d.2a) XVII Post Pentecost
Gl. Cr. Pref.Trinity
M07.10S. Mark of Rome Bp&C
(W) Missa “Sacerdotes”
Our Lady of the Rosary
(W) Missa “Gaudeamus”

2a) Martyrs 3a) A cunctis
Gl. Pref.Common

Gl. Pref.BVM
T08.10S. Bridget of Sweden W.
(W) Missa “Cognovi”
d.Gl. Pref.Common
W09.10S. Denis & Companions
Bishop & Martyrs
(R) Missa “Sapientiam”
s.d2a) A Cunctis 3a) proEccl.
Gl. Pref.Common
T10.10S. Francis Borgia C
(W) Missa “Os justi”
Or (in Europe...)
S. Paulinus of York Bp&C
(W) Missa “Statuit”

2a) A Cunctis 3a) proEccl.
Gl. Pref.Common

Gl. Pref.Common
F11.10The Maternity of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
(W) Missa “Ecce virgo”
d.iiGl. Cr. Pref.BVM
S12.10S. Wilfrid of York
(W) Missa “Sacerdotes”
d.Gl. Pref.Common
S13.10XVIII Post Pentecost
(G) Missa “Da pacem”
Or (in Europe…)
S. Edward King&Confessor
(W) Missa “Os justi”

2a) A Cunctis 3a) proEccl.
Gl. Cr. Pref.Common

2a) XVIII Post Pentecost
Gl. Cr. Pref.Trinity

KEY: A=Abbot A cunctis=of the Saints B=Bishop BVM=Blessed Virgin Mary C=Confessor Com=Commemoration Cr=Creed D=Doctor d=double d.i/ii=double of the 1st/2nd Class E=Evangelist F=Feria Gl=Gloria gr.d=greater-double (G)=Green H=Holy K=King M=Martyr Mm=Martyrs Pent=Pentecost P=Priest Pref=Preface ProEccl=for the Church (R)=Red s=simple s-d=semi-double Co=Companions V1=1st Vespers V=Virgin v=votive (V)=violet W=Widow (W)=white *Ob.=Obligation 2a=second oration 3a=third oration



… to this sixth edition of “The Old Roman” a weekly dissemination of news, views and information for and from around the world reflecting the experience and life of 21C “Old Romans” i.e. western Orthodox Catholics across the globe.
CONTRIBUTIONS… news items, magazine, devotional or theological articles, prayer requests, features about apostolates and parish mission life are ALL welcome and may be submitted via email. Submissions should be sent by Friday for publication the following Sunday.

The Old Roman VIEW…

The inevitable reveals itself as the Amazonian Synod unravels and the apex of Modernism amiably assisted by relativism and driven by Papolatry climax together into one great crescendo of syncretism and pantheism, slighting God contemptuously beneath a thin and inane cynical smile. It is easy to see why so many of our separated brethren, ‘Traditional Catholics’ as yet still in communion with contemporary Rome, are fearful of the future. Pope Francis has repeatedly ignored every opportunity to engage in any discussion with them, ignoring even the requests of Cardinals and shamelessly promoting those who unashamedly espouse heresy and apostasy.

Dr Taylor Marshall, a convert from Episcopalianism to contemporary Roman Catholicism and a commentator on current ecclesiastical affairs, propounds a realisation that we Old Romans recognised two hundred years ago. At a conference in Rome last Friday held by conservative Roman Catholics near the Vatican ahead of the Amazon Synod, Dr Marshall presented something of his thesis recently published in a book entitled ‘Infiltration‘ where he posits a theory that supernatural i.e. Satanic forces, infiltrated the Vatican through Freemasonry, Modernism, Communism and Vatican II. He is not alone in such observations.

What’s fascinating however, is that now the ‘neo-Conservatives’ who previously derided ‘Traditionalist Catholics’ like the Lefebvrists [SSPX] who have been talking about Masonic infiltration for decades and whose arguments for the culpability of Modernism and Vatican II are well rehearsed, are now agreeing with positions they previously derided of Archbishop Lefebvre and others. What few of them are able to concede however, is what we Old Romans have known for sometime. Ultimately the problem is… the Papacy.

When Pius IX took it upon himself to break Tradition and assume to himself an until then unheard of Papal prerogative to exercise unilaterally the infallible magisterium of the Church in 1854, ordinarily reserved and historically exercised by the Bishops of the universal Church in solemn Council together, to proclaim a new dogma; the argument for the maintenance and preservation of Tradition was essentially despoiled. Compounding this travesty further by then later persuading a Council claiming Ecumenical status in 1870 to confirm his actions both retrospectively and for future successors, Pius IX precipitated the crisis that is now unfolding within the contemporary Roman Communion.

No-one who holds to the notion of Papal Infallibility defined in Pastor Aeternus under the auspices of Pius IX can object to the antics and ambiguities exercised by the present Pontiff; “…the judgment of the Apostolic See, whose authority is not surpassed, is to be disclaimed by no one, nor is anyone permitted to pass judgment on its judgment.” In other words, no one can judge the Pope. Judging, understood in the proper canonical sense, is an act that belongs by right only to a superior, thus the Pope who is considered to be the highest authority in the Roman Church, has no superior on earth. According to Pastor Aeternus no one is above the Pope, and therefore no one can judge him, not even all the bishops or Cardinals collectively, not even the entire Church Militant taken together.

Here we see how the corruption of Tradition by Papal fiat has ironically resulted in facilitating Modernism – the very thing Pius IX was reacting against and trying to prevent – and the ultramontane concept is constrained by itself to do anything about it. What’s worse, the developed phenomena of Papalotry means that any attempt to point out the discrepancies of the Pope are deemed by many even to be heretical themselves, and according to the apparent dogma of Papal Infallibility, they are. Indeed, while there are theses about dealing with the possibility of a ‘manifest heretic’ elected to an office by such notables as Paul IV or Bellarmine, they were penned before Pius IX and the new dogma enshrined in Pastor Aeternus.

The only possible way to depose a reigning Pontiff according to Bellarmine [De Romano Pontifice, Book II, Ch. 30] and Billot [de Ecclesia, p. 630], is if it can be proved he was never validly elected Pope either by canon law or by professing heresy publicly. The question contemporary Romans must ask themselves is, ‘was Francis validly elected Pope’ both canonically and being fit for election i.e. by not being a heretic. There is no means legally otherwise to depose a reigning Pontiff and there is no given process for removing from office a Pope who deposes himself technically by manifesting heresy. Here we see the ‘catch 22’ or circular argument, to be deposed the Pope must manifest heresy himself publicly and by that act depose himself, but no one can rule a judgement on him to be a heretic nor depose him if he is a heretic.

Such doctrinal ambiguity and apathy now abounds in the Roman Church that finding someone brave enough either to denounce a heresy publicly made manifest by Francis and persuade a troop of Swiss Guards to accompany them to Santa Marta and escort the Pope off the premises of the Vatican is highly unlikely! All of this without considering the other issue ref the validity or not of Pope Benedict’s abdication and the various conspiratorial theories as to whether he was pressured to resign or whether he is in fact still technically Pope! Mercifully, we Old Romans do not have to overly concern ourselves with these issues, estranged as we were historically through no fault of our own by Pius IX before his foray into error, like the generations of Catholic faithful before us for centuries, we are mercifully preserved from consideration as to whether or not the later Popes are indeed infallible. We have only to remain faithful as we always have to perennial and sacred Tradition avoiding novelty and innovation…


An Opening Ceremony presided over by Pope Francis took place late Friday afternoon in the Vatican Gardens. The ceremony contained distinct elements of pagan ritual and veneration of pagan idols. According to some canonists, this places Pope Francis firmly in the realm of public apostasy. Although this technically means that the Papacy is automatically forfeited by this act of apostasy, it is unlikely that the Curia nor the Apostolic Signatura will respond by deposing the Pope…

Amazon Synod errors…

Live, unrehearsed and without footnotes Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey addressed in his weekly Catechism Conference yesterday the Amazon Synod begun in Rome today, Sunday 6th October. Highlighting six prospective errors gleaned from the pre-Synodal documents, His Grace discusses the erroneous theology and other ideologies they betray.

An Old Roman – St Willibrord

An Old Roman is a weekly look at significant Old Romans in Church history. This inaugural column will look at the Founder of the Church in the Netherlands, St. Willibrord. The Old Roman Catholic Church claims Apostolic Succession through the See of Utrecht, which was founded by St. Willibrord. This is the primatial, or first-established, diocese of the Church in the Netherlands.

St. Willibrord was born in Northumberland, in Anglo-Saxon Britain, around 657. His father left the world to enter a monastery, and is honored as a saint by the Church in England. Willibrord made his early studies at the Abbey of Ripon near York, as a disciple of St. Wilfrid, and then entered the Benedictine Order. When twenty years old he went to Ireland and spent twelve years in the Abbey of Rathmelsigi

When he was thirty years old, Willibrord set out with 11 other monks for the Netherlands. They became missionaries to the Frisians, a pagan people who inhabited the coastal region of the North See between the Franks and Danes. This initial mission to the Frisian met limited success and much disappointment for Willibrord. At one point he and his monks were captured by the pagan chieftain Radbod, and one of the monks was martyred.

Rather than returning to Britain, Willibrord went on to Rome seeking papal patronage for his mission to the Frisians. Here Willibrord received moral and material support for his apostolic works to the pagans. Pepin, the Mayor of the Palace to the Frankish King, nominated Willibrord was for episcopal consecration. This ordination was conferred by Pope Sergius who changed the saint’s name to Clement.

Willibrord then returned to the Netherlands where he established his episcopal see at Utrecht. At Utrecht, Willibrord founded schools, performed numerous miracles, and had the gift of prophecy. The Frankish leader Charles Martel was a benefactor of the churches founded by St. Willibrord, and conferred on the saint sovereignty over the town of Utrecht.

In 720, Willibrord was joined in his mission by St. Boniface, who spent three years with him before going to Germany. Willibrord ministered for more than fifty years as bishop to the Frisian people. He was much beloved when died in 739, while on retreat at the Abbey of Echternach, which he had founded. His was buried at the abbey. Willibrord’s feast day is kept universally on November 7, although his feast is observed in England on November 29.

Old Roman vs Roman Catholic

Old Roman Catholicism’s retention of the Traditional Latin Rite liturgy, culture and customs is sometimes confused with so-called Traditional Roman Catholicism i.e. disaffection with the liturgical and theological innovations following the Second Vatican Council. While Old Roman Catholicism certainly shares some of the opinions and reasoning for disputing the Second Vatican Council and its cultural and doctrinal aftermath with groups like the SSPX, sedevacantists, FSSP etc, this event is far removed from the historical position and polity of Old Roman Catholicism which predates the First Vatican Council.

Old Roman Catholicism began as the continuation of the Roman Catholic Church without the extraneous dogmas of the 19&20C’s, holding fast to the faith she had received for 1’854 years from the Apostles. After 1870 A.D. other Roman Catholics disaffected by the dogmatic innovations of Rome sought the primitive (i.e. “old”) expression of the Catholic faith in the Western (Latin) tradition then solely preserved by the See of Utrecht. Creating a communion of national churches and forming a union, these Old (Roman) Catholic churches in synod addressed other errors in doctrine and discipline that accrued in the West since the Great Schism of the 11C separating the Byzantine East from the Latin West.

However, at the turn of the 20C, Protestant influences infiltrated the union and it fell to one bishop to take action to preserve the historic Roman Catholic and Latin Rite tradition. Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew recognising the need and the opportunity to unify Catholic Christendom and heal the former schism, petitioned and was received into communion with the ancient apostolic and Orthodox Patriarchates of Antioch and Alexandria; from that moment the Old Roman Catholic Western Orthodox Church continued the Ultrajectine legacy and preserved doctrinally pure Latin Rite Catholicism for succeeding generations. Regrettably upon his death, Archbishop Mathew’s church in Great Britain was betrayed and demised under Archbishop Bernard Mary Williams his successor. Providentially however, before his death, Archbishop Mathew had consecrated the Prince-Bishop Rudolph de Landas Berghes who, when the Great War broke out established the Old Roman Catholic Western Orthodox Church in America from whence the present Church derives.

FEATURE – Old Roman religious life

The Congregation of the Divine Charity [CDC] is an extra-territorial jurisdiction within the Orthodox Old Roman Catholic Communion that serves as an umbrella organisation for the various forms of religious and apostolic life lived by Old Romans across the world. Among the professed religious in our Communion are those who have experienced conventional religious life in a convent or monastery and those exploring new ways of realising religious life or committed Christian lives in new ways.

The CDC acts as a centre of focus, administration and governance that facilitates the discernment and governance of religious life and those societies of apostolic life which they may desire to join or form for the furtherance of the Faith, personal sanctification and acts of collective piety, and in which to engage in common charitable works and collective acts of corporal mercy. Thus no matter the size of a particular religious order nor the distance between its members if dispersed, everything is in place to facilitate religious vocation and life.

In many ways religious life, that is a life lived in common, is an ideal vehicle for some Old Romans to realise their Christian vocation to serve God and form Christian communities comparable to the experience of the Early Church as described in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles contained in the New Testament. Recently the idea of ‘foundational Oratories’ i.e. shared houses of Old Romans committed to living the Christian life in its fullest and most practical sense in the 21stC has been suggested as a model for starting new congregations.

Some foundational Oratories might indeed become new religious orders, others may just become the beginnings of a new local church, but either way, a radical and wholly Christian way of life can easily be realised by those willing to share their Christian life with others, rather than alone. A simple ‘shared house’ rather like university students or young adults share a house, with inhabitants sharing a common Christian life and witness, sharing the bills and other aspects of communal living and providing a real place of fellowship to introduce prospective members to and develop a local church.

This is already the experience of some living the religious life in our Communion, the Missionary Franciscans of Christ the King being a prime example in Chicago. The Friars, though professed in the conventional way that religious are, also have secular occupations but share a common way of life, sharing a home together, sharing the bills etc but with the added bonus of being able to live out their religious vocations too, praying the Offices and sharing the Mass together and with visitors. This is a way of living that can be realised anywhere in the world utilising the combined experience of both conventional and foundational lived experience contained within the members of the CDC.

If you are interested in exploring religious life as an Old Roman, why not visit the CDC pages for more information.

FOCUS – meet an Old Roman!

Every week meet individuals, faithful or clergy from around the Communion! This week…

Patrick Hannibal

A former Chief Schools [Ofsted] Inspector and Trappist Monk, Patrick discovered the Brighton Oratory where he worships, through the local tavern near his home where Mass used to be offered in the tavern’s cellar. The ‘Chapel in the Inn’ was a daily Mass venue where the Cherubs Kitchen apostolate [founded by Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey] at the tavern operated, providing catering apprenticeships for the homeless. Patrick had been a keen supporter of the Latin Mass Society in his early adulthood and was delighted to discover a daily Traditional Latin Mass just around the corner from his home. Patrick has recently published a book about his very interesting life experiences…

In 1960, while most teenagers were discovering sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, one young man makes up his mind to become a Trappist monk; a decision that forces him to walk away from everything: his family, his friends, the comfort and convenience of secular life. Eight years later – days before he is due to take vows for life – a love from the past, a psychedelic present and the lure of a bright future, all conspire to give Patrick the biggest crisis of his life: to stay in the safety and sanctity of the monastery or re-join an alien world outside he knew nothing about.

Patrick has not enjoyed the best of health recently and is determined to give the profits of his book to the local Martlet’s Hospice in Brighton in grateful thanks for respite and sometimes emergency care he has received from them.


AD MULTOS ANNOS to Father Thomas Gierke OSF and Father James Alaniz OSF of the Franciscans in Chicago who celebrate their first anniversary of ordination to the priesthood this Monday, feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

AD MULTOS ANNOS to His Excellency, Bishop Rommel Banag in the Philippines who celebrates the seventh anniversary of his episcopal consecration on Monday, October 7th.


Don’t forget that Mass is broadcast live everyday and the recording available to view on YouTube via the playlist below. The Mass Propers are posted online here. IF you would like a Mass offered for your intention please use the Prayer Request form below stating in the message that it is a Mass intention.


One of the greatest impediments to evangelism in the 21C is not the ignorance of non-believers, but of believers! Catechism Classes are currently ongoing around the Communion for all levels of students, those exploring or converting to the faith, those being brought up in the faith and those preparing to be Baptised/Confirmed in the faith.

BACOOR (Philippines) the Mission Parish of Jesus the Divine Mercy offers a catechetical Mass for children on Sunday’s from 10am.

BRIGHTON (UK) the Brighton Oratory holds Catechism Conferences on Saturday mornings for those wishing to deepen and better understand their faith, from 10am following coffee and fellowship after the 0830 Mass.

CHICAGO (USA) the Mission Parish of St Anne‘s is holding classes for explorers and converts contact Fr Thomas Gierke OSF for more information [contact details below].

Of your charity…

For health & well-being…

Christopher, Lyn B, Simon G, Dagmar B, Karen, Debbie G, Fr Graham F, Fr Stephen D, Heather & Susanna L-D, Finley G, Diane C, Pat, Paul, +Rommel B, Penny E, Colin R, John, Ronald, Fr Gerard H, Lilian & family, Ruth L, David G, David P, Patrick H, Debbie G, Karen K, Fr Graham F, S&A, Dave G, +Charles of Wisconsin, +Tissier, Fr Terrence M, +Guo Xijin, +John P, Karl R-W, Fr Antonio Benedetto OSB, Fr Kristopher M & family, Mark Coggan, Ounissa, Ronald Buczek, Rik C, Adrian & Joan Kelly, Juanita Alaniz & family,

For those vocationally discerning…

James, Breandán, Manuel, Vincent, Darren, Akos, Roger, James, Adrian, Carlos, Thomas, Yordanis, Nicholas, Tyler, 

For the recently departed…

Lauretta (21.01.19), Clive Reed (23.01.19), Fr John Wright (24.01.19), Shelley Luben (11.12.18), Mick Howells (13.12.18), Daniel Callaghan (13.02.19), Alfie (Hub guest), Père Pierre Fournier (08.02.19), Jill Lewis (24.02.19), Cynthia Sharpe Conger (28.02.19), Richard (Ricky) Belmonte, Fr Leo Cameron OSA (29.03.19), Fr John Corbett (30.03.19), Deacon Richard Mulholland (Easter Day), Peter, Bernard Brown (27.06.19), Peter Ellis (01.08.19), Petronila Antonio (10.09.19), Fr Mark Spring (13.09.19), Jean Marchant (15.09.19)

For those who mourn…

Barbara R & family, Brenda W & family, Joseph S, Catherine L & family, Rev George C & family, Jean C, Margaret & Bonita C, Debbie M & family, Phil E & Family

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Mass Centre Directory

If you would like your mission’s Mass times and other activities included here just submit details via email.


PHILIPPINESBacoor Parish of Jesus the Divine Mercy, Copper St. Platinum Ville, San Nicolas III, Bacoor, Province of Cavite

1000Mass & Children’s Catechesis
1st Wed’s1900Mass & O.L. of Perpetual Succour Devotions
1st Frids’1900Mass & Sacred Heart Devotions

PHILIPPINES, Lagunas Parish of San Isidro Labrador, Dita, Sta. Rosa

1st Wed’s1900Mass & O.L. Perpetual Succour Devotions
1st Fri’s1900Mass & Sacred Heart Devotions


UK, Brighton The Brighton Oratory of SS Cuthman & Wilfrid, 1-6 Park Crescent Terrace, Brighton BN2 3HD Telephone +44 7423 074517

Sundays0830Mass & homily
& Daily1000Breaking fast
Wed’s1730Holy Hour & Benediction
Sat’s0830Mass & homily
1000Catechism Conference

UK, Bristol The Little Oratory of Our Lady of Walsingham with Saint Francis, 11 The Primroses, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0BG

Sundays1030Sermon & Holy Communion


USA, Chicago IL Parish Mission of St Anne, Church of the Atonement, 5749 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660 Telephone: (773) 817 – 5818

Sundays1800Mass & homily (2nd of the month)
Wed’s1930Catechism & Reception Class

USA, Chicago IL Missionary Franciscans of Christ the King, The Friary


USA, Glendale AZ St. Joseph’s Glendale AZ. Contact address: 7800 N 55th Ave Unit 102162 Glendale AZ 85301 Telephone +1 310 995 3126


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