Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Feast of Saint (Padre) Pio of Pietrelcina
A modern saint who loved the classical Mass

Hat Tip to Catholic Family News

In his explanatory letter to Summorum Pontificum, the Pope said, “new Saints...can and should be inserted in the old Missal.” Contrary to the hope or belief of many modernists that the Catholic Church actually began at the end of Vatican II and who totally disregard the Church’s – and the classical Mass’ – entire history and development before that, Pope Benedict was making it clear that the classical Mass is not, and never was, frozen in time. (I’ll grant you, there are some traditionalists, akin to the Amish, who want to stop the clock and live in the past.) No, the Church has canonized numerous saints since 1968 and will do so until the Second Coming. Some of these are worthy of inclusion in the Calendar of Saints for the Mass of St. Pope Pius V/Blessed Pope John XXIII.

May I be the first to suggest at the top of the list for such consideration should be Saint Padre Pio.

Padre Pio died in 1968, writing the lifetime of many cave visitors. He was canonized in a speedy 30+ years, which speaks volumes about his holiness.

“Saint Padre Pio was blessed with many supernatural gifts. He bore the five wounds of Christ for many years. He had the special grace to read souls in the confessional. He knew your sins even before you came to confession,...if you were being truthful, or is you were truly sorry for your sins. [He] had the gifts of bilocation, he could be in more than one place at the same time. Many miracles are attributed to [him],

“What is not well known is his respectful resistance to the ‘updated’ liturgy. Even before the end of Vatican Council II in February 1965, Padre Pio was told he would have to celebrate the Mass according to the new rite ad experimentum, in the vernacular which had been devised by the Conciliar Commission. Immediately, even before seeing the text, he wrote to Paul VI to ask him to be dispensed from the liturgical experiment, and to be able to continue to say the Lass of Pope Pius V, the Tridentine Mass. When Cardinal Bacci came to see him, to bring the authorization to Padre Pio, the humble Capuchin exclaimed to the Pope’s messenger, ‘For pity sake, end the Council quickly.’

“During this time, Padre Pio did not speak of a ‘new springtime,’ but warned, ‘In this time of darkness, let us pray, let us do penance for the elect.’”

I don't know who one talks to in order to get this bandwagon rolling, but I'll start with some prayers that it happens.


Blogger Joseph said...

Great idea! I have a melancholy disposition, which means I have a deep abiding sense of tragedy which sustains me through brief bouts of joy. My first thought when I read about including new Saints was the hundreds of Saints canonized by JPII. Mama mia!

But Padre Pio would be an excellent suggestion, and we sure could use his intercession.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I discussed this at Catholic Forums and the only problem they said is that St. Padre Pio's feast day is Sept. 23 (day he died) and that day is the feast of Pope St. Linus. Perhaps another day nearby or his birthday (don't know when his birthday is either). I would also add Bd. Francisco and Jacinta.

You know what I like about you Caveman? Your traditional but not stuck in the past like you said in the column.

5:30 AM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

What an incredible, incredible saint. And, what an example for the rest of us.
You may already know that you can be enrolled as spiritual children of Padre Pio. I posted about it a few months ago here, or go to the American Padre Pio site at

7:59 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

I WISH I could take credit for this posting... but the accolades go tomy partner in crime; Former Altar Boy

11:22 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Well as they say in the movie Rudy "Wishes are what makes life tolerable!!"

Thanks swissmiss for that link. I didn't know about it.

11:57 AM  
Blogger paramedicgirl said...

You know what I like about you Caveman? Your traditional but not stuck in the past like you said in the column

I WISH I could take credit for this posting... but the accolades go to my partner in crime; Former Altar Boy

Well, Cavey, I guess that means you ARE stuck in the past, after all. Not to worry, you have lots of company! And remember that everything old is new again, so the past is a good place to be.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Why not BOTH St. Linus and St. Pio? We always venerate multiple saints every day in the East.

The only quicker way to get canonized is by martyrdom.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

For that matter, when Fr Capodanno becomes a Saint, he should be placed on the Calendar, as well.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Yeah why not have both of them honored!!!

5:59 AM  

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