- Will the Church, beginning this coming October, lose its Roman face in order to assume an “Amazonic face”? Somebody wants this to happen, but he is not in the Amazon, he is in Rome where Saint Peter was martyred, the Apostle on whom Christ conferred the universal Primacy.
The ninetieth anniversary of the Lateran Accords, signed in Rome on February 11, 1929, between the Holy See and the government of Benito Mussolini, passed almost unnoticed. The Accords, also known as the “Conciliazione” because they re-established collaboration between Church and State in Italy, which had ended after the taking of Rome in 1870, were replaced in 1984 with a “New Concordat” which distorted the significance of the 1929 Accords.
The Lateran Accords of 1929 included a Treaty with 27 articles as well as a Concordat with 45 articles. They reflect the principle already contained in the Statute issued in the Piedmont on March 4, 1848 (called the “Albertine Statute” because it was issued by King Carlo Alberto), which established that the Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman religion was the only religion of the Italian State.
A Letter From Rome . . .
A LARGE NUMBER of churches have welcomed the traditional Mass in Rome during the fifty years that have passed since the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae of Paul VI (3 April 1969), but the one that is most distinguished for the unbroken continuity with which the ancient Roman Rite has been celebrated there since 1969 is the Church of San Giuseppe a Capo le Case, on the Via Francesco Crispi, near the more famous Via Sistina.
The Blood of Christ, to which we owe our redemption, gives the life of each Christian a sacrifical character, as a participation in the immolation which Christ made of himself on Calvary. It is intimately linked to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the unbloody renewal of the Sacrifice of the Cross. And it is not without significance that the Church of San Giuseppe a Capo, so intimately linked to the relic of the Precious Blood, has the privilege of being the most ancient Church of Rome, where there is a regular celebration of the Holy Mass according to the ancient Roman rite.