Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Report: Catholic Identity Conference 2015

During the weekend of 25-27 September 2015, the fourth annual Catholic Identity Conference was held in Weirton, West Virginia. This Traditional Catholic leadership forum drew Catholic paticipants from all around the United States.

The Conference opened with a Solemn High Mass for Ember Friday offered in a local parish church by Canon Jean-Marie Moreau of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.  The theme of this year's conference was The Three R's of Modernism: Recognize it, Refute it, and Return to Tradition.  The Conference keynote address was delivered at the Saturday evening dinner by Fr. Gregory Pendergraft of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, who also offered the Ember Saturday morning Mass.  On Sunday, Fr. Ladis J. Cizik, a diocesan priest, offered a Missa Cantata to close the Conference.

Priest participants at Catholic Identity Conference 2015,
from the SSPX, FSSP, ICRSS, and diocesan clergy.
In addition to prominent Catholic scholars, authors, journalists, and bloggers, there were in attendance priests from the major Traditional Catholic fraternities and societies, namely the Society of Saint Pius X, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, and the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, in addition to diocesan clergy who offer the Traditional Latin Mass.  While there remained major differences on strategy and tactics in dealing with the current crisis in the Church, the attendant clergy were of one voice in encouraging the assembled faithful to remain true to the ancient and perennial teaching and form of worship of the Catholic Church. They exhorted the faithful to hold fast to Tradition.  This was a powerful witness to the assembled faithful on behalf of these various traditional orders and diocesan clergy to the imperative of holding fast to right belief and right worship in the face of the current crisis.  The message was clear; while maintaining their various positions, Traditional Catholics should not be at war with one another.

The tone of the conference was quite upbeat and enthusiastic. While there may be many challenges and obstacles to be overcome, and many trials to be endured, the forces of Tradition were shown to be advancing on all fronts and by multiple means and paths to a full restoration of Catholic Tradition in all its splendor and glory.

For a brief summary of the talks and to purchase CD's visit the Catholic Identity Conference website.


  1. Although I'm sure it is entirely necessary to cover costs, it's nevertheless very disappointing that the talks from the conference can only be accessed by purchasing them. I don't say this from the point of view of accessing them myself but from the point of view of making sure the messages and information within them get out to those who need to hear them - namely, not the already-converted. I wonder if someone somewhere, with the means, could consider making make a sufficiently hefty donation to the conference organisers so that these talks could be released for free access? Someone who knows what is at stake in the Church and what an important contribution this could be to the restoration of Catholic tradition.

  2. I believe Fr. Rodriguez's talk, one of the most powerful of the weekend, will be printed in full in The Remnant, and possibly posted on line.


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