Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Overwhelmed by over 100,000 souls enrolled in its Purgatorial Society, Rorate changes its policy

Adfero, "Purgatorial Society: Policy change" (Rorate Caeli, January 13, 2015).

Interesting. When Rorate first started the Society, they were so desparate for help that they even offered to pay priests for Masses and planned to go through family records just to enroll Souls. "Who would have known that four short years later we would have over 50 priests saying weekly or monthly traditional Latin Masses (for free) for the Souls and roughly 100,000 Souls enrolled? God knew -- but we surely didn't."

Essentially, the website will no longer be posting lists of all the names of individuals and families enrolled in the society any longer, because the staff is simply overwhelmed. Nevertheless, the procedure for enrolling the souls of your departed loved ones remains the same: email athanasiuscatholic@yahoo.com and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country". Please follow this formatting strictly. Although individual names are preferred, if you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA."

The society also solicits the membership of additional priests willing to offer their services. "There's nothing labor intensive involved: all you need to do is offer a weekly or monthly traditional Latin Mass (and it does not need to be a Requiem Mass) with the intention: "For the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society."

For any Catholics who don't understand the significance, let alone the importance, of this Catholic tradition of praying for the souls of the faithful departed in Purgatory, it may be that you have been deprived, through no fault of your own, of a vitally important spiritual resource which is your birthright as a Catholic. Please read a good traditional Catholic book on Purgatory, such as Rev. Fr. F. X. Schouppe, S.J., Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints(TAN Books reprint, 2006), which was recommended to me by a good friend. There are amazing graces to be found in keeping faith with our ancestors by means of such Catholic traditions and practices.


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