What’s A Traditian Order Again?

By Patrick Pierce, Traditius

Patrick Pierce

We are doing some regathering lately as we renew the Order as both a place that honors tradition, and a place that looks to world events from the perspective of Catholic Intregralism, a part of that tradition.  Where the Order plans to fit into the Integralist world, philosophically and politically, is the subject of an upcoming column here.  But where we are coming from must be set out first.

First, if you dig very deep you will find that the word traditium (Trah-dit-ee-um) refers to the content of tradition and traditio refers to the handing on of tradition.  Many years ago it seemed like a marvelously unused word to use as the title of a blog.  It began with Traditium, Comments on the Culture, a blog created by Patrick Pierce, a Florida attorney, to comment on current events, and inform interested parties on how to look at the world from a different, traditional perspective, one often critical of the culture and the pervasive effects of ______.  At first the preceding blank was filled with the word Relativism, meaning the general idea that there can be multiple truths and the damage that such as idea can do and was doing.

As we dug deeper, the many faces of relativism seemed just a symptom of something deeper, and after some contemplation, the blank would come to be filled with the word Modernism.  Many of our columns over the last few years explored that theme, leaning the site a bit less from politics and a bit more toward religion.  With this as the motivating factor, the Traditian Order (Trah-dit-ee-in) was born as a place for tradition-minded Catholics to gather, educate others, talk about current events, and fan out from to defend tradition across social media.  That was the idea, and we actually did some of that.  Somehow, though,  the Order ended up with a lot of members who didn’t have a lot of time, which is the story of modern life, and it didn’t accomplish much.  Some great writers were gained, some articles were posted, the beginnings of some informational pages on the site were set up, but the steam ran out, and once people stopped writing for the page it became a bit of a wasted effort.

Still, there was the digging–the reading, the disgust at current events within the Church and without, the search for answers in history, psychology and even philosophy.  That search led us to the Josias, to professor Adrian Vermeule, to the FrenchAhmari uproar on social media, to Servais-Théodore Pinckaers to many others for advice, through a process of overcoming some of our own obstacles, and finally to the final word to fill in that blank above: Liberalism.  Not the virtue, not the politic term, but the skewed idea of liberty that grew so monstrous that it has all but driven faith from the respected public square.  The sort of Liberalism that can only be remedied with some type of Integralism.

We bring with us to this cause some of our existing outposts around social media: The Paleoconservatives, a Facebook page about the depths of modern culture and politics; the Dominionists, a Facebook page about the environmentalism without socialism; The Traditium, the personal blog page of Patrick Pierce with a Facebook page here, the Traditian Order, the home of the Order on social media, the Traditium on MeWe, Traditian Catholica on Instagram, the Catholic Integralist, a Facebook page meant to link to stories and writings on the topic, and others.  Late next month we hope to begin our podcast, In The Traditium.  (By the way, if you believe in and want to help with any of these efforts send us a note).

At the moment, the particulars of our philosophy are being spelled out in a column called Integralism and the Process of Crystallization and Clarification, which we expect out in March, before the new podcast.  We hope to gain new members, favorable to Catholic tradition and Integralism, who are interested in writing and defending these causes in print and in social media (we happily reprint recent articles if they are on topic).  And of course, we are looking for followers to like, follow, comment, spread the word and otherwise make all of these efforts worthwhile.

Welcome back!

In Saecula Saeculorum

By Patrick Pierce, Traditius.

There is only one measure of things and it is salvation–have souls been led toward, or away from, salvation? The principles are eternal, obvious from creation around us, the deposit of faith and the unalterable magesterium of the Church founded by Christ in the Book of Acts.

I have been weak. An American raised on television and the pablum of modernity, to be sure, I was nourished on liberal democracy: All religions are equally true, all pursuits of the truth equally valid, do what you want, believe what you want, it’s all good.

Meanwhile so many burned, so many walked away from tradition, so many thought that if all faiths are equal, then why waste my time with mine. Even the pope hints that the cultures of the Amazon are equal to the faith of the martyrs, even the bishops seem ready to let heretics into their churches, heresies to persist if it means growing their flocks.

But the flocks, who understand from all of this that there is no truth, do not come. They flee. Because the greatest institution in all the history of the world–the one entrusted with the greatest truth, the great way, the greatest life–effectively says its truth is no better than that of the church down the street. Who, told that, would not flee? Who would not rather spend their Sunday at the mall or watching the television? Even the Church itself acts as if there is not truth.

But all who claim there is no truth, indeed even those like me who were ready to believe it, still have the God-sized hole in their hearts, they still have an emptiness as vast and infinite as God himself, until they understand this this is an emptiness God himself can fill.

The Church created by Jesus Christ is not a weak faith, it is not a faith that will not, at some point, defend what it holds dear, but in modernity it has been sold out. Sold out by leaders who brought in fornicators and heretics, and turned away those who loved its traditions. Sold out by leaders in the Vatican who did not serve Christ, indeed quite the opposite. Sold out by many, but not all, local pastors who would rather get along and go along. The urge to be like the current culture, to cozy up to modernity, is a demonic one. It is the urge to pretend that no one will be judged, that God has within Him no wrath, to believe that all of the Bible, all of tradition, is to be cherry-picked until all that is left is smiley faces and the building of a utopia on Earth.

Study, then, the very Jesus Christ who spoke more of hell and its punishments than he did of heaven, who spoke of Himself as the truth, the life and the way. One need not be clever with mind or words to see that he spoke of truth, of sin, of heaven and hell in stark and plain terms. There was no confusion like the current pontiff generates, there was a clarity of faith, a shepherding toward the narrow way, a building of treasure not here, but in an eternity that was only accessible through salvation.

And so that is the measure, the yardstick, salvation.

It is so easy to believe that this measure of all things does not apply to our politics, to our time, to our reality. But it is the only measure, the only application of eternal truth, the only measure of a state or city or home. Are you helping people toward salvation, to Jesus Christ, or are you not?

How does this apply in modern Western democracies? Who knows? Must they become monarchies, the very model of government Christ seemed to understand? Perhaps.

What we do know is that the atomization of truth–the bubble that surrounds you and keeps your truth from dirtying the truth of the person next to you, is nonsense. If there is one truth, one way, one life, then it cannot be captured in some bubble that surrounds you, it can only be universal. It can only be the measure of salvation. It can only be the knife that cuts through the nonsense, leaving truth and salvation on one side, and abstract indifferentism on the other. No man, no bishop, no pontiff could accept otherwise and maintain their position. There is truth or there is not. Jesus said there was, indeed He said it was Him. To deny the truth, the faith, the Church is to deny Jesus Christ himself. If you are a common man, that is not a good claim to stake. If you are the Holy Father, all the more so.

Traditium, the Traditian Order, the Catholic Integralist, have all, under my leadership been shy to say that salvation is the only measure, but no more. The Traditian Order was created a few years ago to gain members. Now, I do not care if it has but a handful, but it will be a force for tradition, for integralism, for the truth that is Jesus Christ, or it will be nothing.

You are welcome to join us, or to not, but know that we exist, and we will defend the truth of Christ from all who would deny him, within or without.

Explanation Of The Traditional Latin Mass, Parts I & II.

Father Edwin Palka, member of the Order and pastor of Epiphany of Our Lord parish in Tampa, Florida, home of the Traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, begins this week a series of homilies about the Traditional Latin Mass, which we are happy to be able to share.

When all are collected, and with his permission, we will put them on their own page.  Until then, here are the first two:

Explanation Of The Mass I: Vesting Prayers

Explanation Of The Mass II: Prayers Leading Up To The Mass; Asperges, Prayers At The Foot Of The Altar.


When Traditian Order member and speaker of the truth Father Edwin Palka’s words stop being absolutely vital to hear and learn from we will stop running his bulletin posts on the page. Alas that time has not yet come.

From the Pastor: Vigano!
Bulletin article, September 2, 2018

Last Saturday evening news broke regarding a statement the former Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Vigano, was releasing. I was extremely grateful that I had already announced that I was going to be preaching a series of explanatory sermons on the Traditional Latin Mass.

Whew! I certainly didn’t want to have to jump right back into the quagmire of filth which so many our bishops have been complicit in producing and covering up. It was certainly a nice surprise that the whistleblower was such a high-ranking Churchman since his arguments would have to be given at least a look-see before labeling him a kook.

Continue reading “Vigano!”

Penance For The Restoration

breadIn the wake of the great scandals rocking the Church in recent weeks, the Traditian Order hereby calls on its members and supporters to voluntarily adopt the traditional penitential practices of the Church, offering any sacrifice this entails for the restoration of Holy Mother Church.

The traditional rules of fasting and abstinence under the 1962 liturgical calendar, as outlined in Canons 1250-1254 of the 1917 Code of Canon Law, are as follows.  Our Upcoming Events on the right-hand sidebar of our page will note the holidays listed below as they arise.

1.   Abstinence is obligatory on all Fridays, except on Holy Days of Obligation outside of Lent.  Fasting and complete abstinence are obligatory on the following days:

  • Ash Wednesday
  • Fridays and Saturdays in Lent
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • Ember Days
  • Vigil of Pentecost
  • Vigil of Christmas
  • Fasting and partial abstinence are obligatory on all other weekdays of Lent (i.e., Monday through Thursday—Fridays are always complete abstinence); this means that meat can be eaten at the principal meal on these days.
  • Sundays throughout the year or on a Holy Day of Obligation outside of Lent cancels the fasting and/or abstinence of any day.
  • If a fast-day Vigil falls on Sunday, the fasting and abstinence associated with the Vigil are not anticipated on the Saturday, but dropped altogether for that year.
  • In 1931, Pope Pius XII gave an indult to the American bishops allowing them to dispense with Abstinence on any penitential day that was a civic holiday and on the Friday that followed Thanksgiving Day. (Canon Law Digest, vol. 1.)
  • Moreover, in the United States liquids, including milk and fruit juices, may be taken at any time on a day of fast, but “other works of charity, piety, and prayer for the pope should be substituted” to compensate for this relaxation.

2.   What can be eaten?

  • The law of abstinence forbade the eating of flesh meat and of broth made of meat, but did not exclude the use of eggs, dairy products, or seasonings made from the fat of animals.
  • The law of fasting prescribed that only one full meal a day was taken with two smaller meals that did not equal the main one.
  • As to the kind of food and the amount that might be taken, the approved customs of the place were to be observed. It was not forbidden to eat both flesh meat and fish at the same meal, nor to interchange the midday and evening meals.