Brian Mershon column
Brian Mershon is a commentator on cultural issues from a classical Catholic perspective. His trade is in media relations, and his vocation is as a husband to his beloved wife Tracey and father to his seven living children. He attempts to assist his family and himself in attaining eternal salvation through frequent attendance at the Traditional Latin rite of Mass, homeschooling, and building Catholic culture in the buckle of the Bible Belt of Greenville, South Carolina.


Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei asks Charlotte bishop to provide weekly Sunday Latin Mass
Brian Mershon
December 27, 2013

Original story appeared in a Summer 2013 issue of The Remnant. Charlotte, N.C. – Eighteen months after an initial request by lay Catholics in the . . .


Bible Belt parish builds God's kingdom
Brian Mershon
October 15, 2013

This story originally appeared in the July 31, 2013 issue of The National Catholic Register. GREENVILLE, S.C. – Deep in the heart of the Bible Belt . . .


Book review: Work of Human Hands: A Theological Critique of the Mass of Paul VI
Brian Mershon
January 14, 2012

Work of Human Hands: A Theological Critique of the Mass of Paul VI By Rev. Anthony Cekada Copyright 2010 by Anthony Cekada Published by Philothea Press  . . .


Catholic homeschooling, Catholic education & charges of elitism and no vocations: Part II
Brian Mershon
January 13, 2012

This second part examination of the charges by a prominent "conservative" Novus Ordo priest that Catholic homeschool parents are elitists will provide some . . .


Catholic homeschooling, Catholic education & charges of elitism and no vocations
Brian Mershon
January 12, 2012

Many of you interested in the subject matter of Catholic homeschooling have probably read a recent Our Sunday Visitor story quoting a once-prominent and well . . .


Vatican II book review
Brian Mershon
December 22, 2010

The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: A Much Needed Discussion By Msgr. Brunero Gherardini Translated into English from by the Franciscans of the Immaculate  . . .


Bishop Fellay denies any knowledge of new motu proprio
Brian Mershon
August 27, 2010

August 24, 2010 — Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), one of four bishops whose excommunications were lifted by Pope . . .


Bishop Bernard Fellay on the Rosary Crusade & doctrinal talks
Brian Mershon
May 12, 2010

Published May 11, 2010 at The Remnant (remnantnewspaper.com) Houston, Texas — Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay of the Society of St. Pius X recently . . .


A bad year for the Neocon Catholics
Brian Mershon
February 20, 2009

(From The Remnant, Feb. 15, 2009) By all accounts so far, 2009 has been a very challenging year for Neocon-variety Catholics. Still recovering from the shock . . .


SSPX update: Vatican insider projects speedy resolution
Brian Mershon
February 14, 2009

(Originally appeared in The Remnant, January 28, 2009) January 26, 2009, Rome, Italy — During this week of Christian Unity on the exact date of the . . .


One year later...the forgotten document: A reaffirmation of the one true Church of Jesus Christ
Brian Mershon
November 18, 2008

Ten months ago, the long-anticipated document Summorum Pontificum was promulgated by the Holy See officially acknowledging what many Catholics have held for . . .


Summorum Pontificum one year later: FSSP's Superior General Fr. John Berg
Brian Mershon
October 16, 2008

Initially published by The Remnant In conjunction with Michael Matt's exclusive report from the priestly ordinations performed May 30 by Darío Cardinal . . .


PCED confirms officially: Society of St. Pius X within the Church, not in formal schism; Catholics commit no sin nor incur any canonical penalty for Mass attendance
Brian Mershon
July 11, 2008

Msgr. Camille Perl, Vice President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (PCED) has recently responded with a letter dated May 23, 2008, to questions I . . .


Bishop Fellay: Summorum Pontificum "very significant historical event"
Brian Mershon
August 16, 2007

Appeared online for The Remnant, on July 12, 2007, and in the July 15 print edition Ecône, Switzerland — Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the . . .


SSPX in schism? You can believe Fr. Newman... or you can believe the Church
Brian Mershon
August 7, 2007

Greenville, South Carolina — Noted author and commentator George Weigel's book Letters to a Young Catholic highlights St. Mary's parish, under the direction of . . .


Full traditional parish life most beneficial for diocese & faithful
Brian Mershon
July 27, 2007

Originally appeared online at The Remnant July 5, 2007 Fribourg, Switzerland — The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) elected now 37-year-old Fr. John . . .


Cardinal Castrillón confirms motu proprio imminent
Brian Mershon
July 2, 2007

Three curial cardinals and one archbishop have now spoken publicly on details of the expected motu proprio by Pope Benedict XVI reportedly easing restrictions . . .


Cardinal Castrillón: SSPX not in schism
Brian Mershon
April 10, 2007

From the March 31 issue of The Remnant Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos has repeatedly affirmed that the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) is not a case of formal . . .


Chaos erupts at Ave Maria University after Fr. Fessio firing
Brian Mershon
April 3, 2007

Father Joseph Fessio, S.J., Publisher of Ignatius Press, and former Provost of Ave Maria University, was unexpectedly and suddenly dismissed from his position . . .


Traditional Liturgy not affected by "the reform of the reform"
Brian Mershon
March 22, 2007

Monsignor Michael R. Schmitz, U.S. Provincial Superior for the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, said the popularly called "reform of the reform" . . .


Bishop Fellay: One thousand German priests request Latin Mass training DVD; SSPX rosary crusade nets 2.5 million for Pope
Brian Mershon
February 26, 2007

From the February 15 issue of The Remnant After a plenary meeting of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (PCED) December 12, 2006, Jorge Cardinal Medina . . .


Ecclesia Dei Commission finalizes Latin Mass document and canonical structure for Society of St. Pius X
Brian Mershon
January 4, 2007

From the Jan. 4 issue of The Wanderer, the oldest Catholic weekly in the United States After months of rumors of a pending motu proprio that will reportedly . . .


False ecumenism, excessive dialogue...
Brian Mershon
December 6, 2006

From the Dec. 7 issue of The Wanderer, the oldest Catholic weekly in the United States Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, provost of Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla. . . .


Una Voce expects Latin Mass document
Brian Mershon
November 16, 2006

From the Nov. 23 edition of The Wanderer, the oldest U.S. Catholic weekly. International Federation Una Voce (FIUV), and Una Voce America (UVA), in two . . .


French clerical rebellion grows, but Pope intent on moving forward for traditionalists
Brian Mershon
November 2, 2006

From the Nov. 9 issue of The Wanderer, the oldest Catholic weekly in the U.S. Up to 50 French priests and 10 French bishops have publicly stated their . . .


Despite dwindling priestly vocations, French clerics in public uproar on Latin Mass freedom
Brian Mershon
October 27, 2006

Thirty priests and at least five bishops from dioceses throughout France have expressed their public dissent against the reported soon-to-be released motu . . .


SSPX to send spiritual bouquet and encouragement to Pope
Brian Mershon
October 19, 2006

From the October 26 issue of The Wanderer. Following an hour-plus long press conference in Paris October 14 by Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Superior General . . .


Freedom for Classical Roman rite in 2006?
Brian Mershon
October 13, 2006

From the October 12, 2006, issue of The Wanderer. The Holy See is preparing to issue a document affirming that the Classical Roman liturgy or Traditional . . .


CIEL speakers say Divine Office is another victim of liturgical revolution
Brian Mershon
October 3, 2006

From the October 5 issue of The Wanderer. Oxford, UK — The prayers of the Church that every priest prays daily, the Divine Office, have been stripped of much . . .


CIEL UK colloquium explores "the genius of the Roman liturgy"
Brian Mershon
September 21, 2006

Appears in the September 28, 2006 issue of The Wanderer. OXFORD, United Kingdom — Shawn Tribe, from the increasingly popular "The New Liturgical Movement" . . .


New French traditionalist priestly society founded
Brian Mershon
September 18, 2006

Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos announced the creation of the Institute of the Good Shepherd in a document released on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed . . .


Someone is lying ... but is it the 100 alleged abuse victims or Fr. Maciel?
Brian Mershon
August 7, 2006

From the August 10 edition of The Wanderer Since the official May 19 statement from the Holy See suspending Fr. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of . . .


Archbishop Burke, Bishop Rifan comment: Will classical liturgy aid reunion with Eastern Orthodox?
Brian Mershon
June 29, 2006

"Similarly, it must not be forgotten that from the beginning the Churches of the East have had a treasury from which the Western Church has drawn extensively in . . .


Bishop Fernando Rifan says traditionalists must show perfect communion with Pope, tradition
Brian Mershon
June 20, 2006

(From the June 22 edition of The Wanderer) The great expectations of a pending "freeing of the Classical Roman rite of liturgy" have dissipated like April . . .


Father Maciel suspended: New allegations against other Legionary priests on the horizon?
Brian Mershon
May 25, 2006

"And He (Our Lord Jesus Christ) said that whoever receives one such little child in my name, receives me. But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones . . .


Legion of Christ founder's public ministry suspended
Brian Mershon
May 18, 2006

(From the May 25 edition of The Wanderer) Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, one of the fastest-growing priestly communities in the . . .


Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos says indult includes all 1962 sacraments
Brian Mershon
May 11, 2006

(From the May 18 edition of The Wanderer) Archbishop Raymond Burke, who previously consecrated his former Diocese of La Crosse, Wis., to the Sacred Heart of . . .


Cardinal Medina Estevez confirms Curial meeting about traditionalist concerns
Brian Mershon
May 1, 2006

(From the May 4 edition of The Wanderer) The Classical Roman rite of Holy Mass "was never abrogated" and "is consequently legitimate," Jorge Cardinal Medina . . .


The traditional perspective on Vatican Council II
Brian Mershon
April 4, 2006

(From the April 6 edition of The Wanderer) This is the third and final part of a series of articles, taken from interviews with Msgr. Michael Schmitz, who is . . .


Latin liturgical tradition leads faithful to holiness
Brian Mershon
March 29, 2006

(From the March 30 edition of The Wanderer) This article is the second of a three-part series based upon interviews with Msgr. Michael Schmitz, who heads up . . .


Vatican sees U.S. situation as hopeful, but at crossroads
Brian Mershon
March 22, 2006

(From the March 23 edition of The Wanderer) In light of reported activities at the highest levels of the Church to possibly find a canonical solution and . . .


Bishops Bruskewitz and Corrada expect 1962 missal to play important future role
Brian Mershon
February 1, 2006

"We're in the middle of the disintegration of the Latin rite" — Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. Bishop Fernando Rifan of the Apostolic Administration of St. John . . .


Bishop Bruskewitz says... para-council distorted Vatican II
Brian Mershon
January 24, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI addressed his Roman Curia December 22 with an analysis of the reception of the Second Vatican Council after the past 40 years, and outlined a . . .


The Society of St. Pius X and Vatican II
Brian Mershon
December 12, 2005

From the December 15 issue of The Wanderer Tel: (651) 224-5733 — Reprinted with permission For those vaguely familiar with traditional Catholic circles, two . . .


Providence brings Bishop Rifan to Una Voce conference
Brian Mershon
November 30, 2005

From the December 1, 2005, edition of The Wanderer PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Amidst buzz in Catholic circles about the possibility of an imminent freeing of the . . .


Ecumenism gone awry
Brian Mershon
October 27, 2005

Remember Bishop Michael Sheridan of the diocese of Colorado Springs? Back prior to the 2004 presidential election, many Catholics hailed him for his defense of . . .


The Synod of Bishops, Vatican II, and the Traditional Latin Mass
Brian Mershon
October 24, 2005

As the week wraps up, Catholics received a flurry of headlines from the Synod on the Eucharist in Rome. Also, toward the end of this week, Archbishop Chaput of . . .


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