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Some words of wisdom…
The more vigorously the primacy was displayed, the more the question came up about the extent and and limits of [papal] authority, which of course, as such, had never been considered. After the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council. Eventually, the idea of the givenness of the liturgy, the fact that one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the West. In fact, the First Vatican Council had in no way defined the pope as an absolute monarch. On the contrary, it presented him as the guarantor of obedience to the revealed Word. The pope's authority is bound to the Tradition of faith. … The authority of the pope is not unlimited; it is at the service of Sacred Tradition.
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"We as Catholics have not properly combated (the culture) because we have not been taught our Catholic Faith, especially in the depth needed to address these grave evils of our time. This is a failure of catechesis both of children and young people that has been going on for fifty years. It is being addressed, but it needs much more radical attention... What has also contributed greatly to the situation is an exaltation of the virtue of tolerance which is falsely seen as the virtue which governs all other virtues. In other words, we should tolerate other people in their immoral actions to the extent that we seem also to accept the moral wrong. Tolerance is a virtue, but it is certainly not the principal virtue; the principal virtue is charity... Charity means speaking the truth. I have encountered it (not speaking the truth) many times myself as a priest and bishop. It is something we simply need to address. There is far too much silence — people do not want to talk about it because the topic is not 'politically correct.' But we cannot be silent any longer."
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"Where priest and people together face the same way, what we have is a cosmic orientation and also in interpretation of the Eucharist in terms of resurrection and trinitarian theology. Hence it is also an interpretation in terms of parousia, a theology of hope, in which every Mass is an approach to the return of Christ."
Joseph Ratzinger - The Feast of Faith"In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. ... If all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do so in a particular way, in keeping with their responsibility as politicians." CDF 2003
One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting. — C. S. Lewis
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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“The legalization of the termination of pregnancy is none other than the authorization given to an adult, with the approval of an established law, to take the lives of children yet unborn and thus incapable of defending themselves. It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation, and it is very difficult to speak of obsession in a matter such as this, where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience — the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being.”
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"If your work is strong enough for someone to hate you, it's strong enough for someone to love you. The middle is what you should fear."
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- LENTCAzT 2017 24 – Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent: “I confess to Almighty God…”
- ASK FATHER: Telling a lie during confession
- Miracles attributed to intercession of Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima
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- The Mysterious Case of the Hallow’s Missing Maniple
- PHOTOS: Pontifical Mass for St. Joseph
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- LENTCAzT 2017 21 – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent: Holy Mass is Calvary Triumphant
- A charming 15th century view of St. Joseph
- A Deacon’s First Holy Mass ‘ad orientem’ – Wherein Fr. Z issues an invitation
- OLDIE PODCAzT: St. Joseph’s hymn dissected & a hard sermon from St Bernardine of Siena
- LENTCAzT 2017 20 – Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent: Envy
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- 20 March – MADISON, WI – Pontifical Mass for St. Joseph
- An argument and call for ‘ad orientem’ worship
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For your consideration…
"One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting."
- C.S. Lewis
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“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”
Francis Card. George
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Charles Pierre Péguy Notre Patrie, 1905"If I ought to write the truth, I am of the mind that I ought to flee all meetings of bishops, because I have never seen any happy or satisfactory outcome to any council, nor one that has deterred evils more than it has occasioned their acceptance and growth."
St. Gregory Nazianzus ep. 131 - AD 382“We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.”
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Monthly Archives: December 2005
I am gratified to find that some other folks are now thinking through the Successor of Peter’s wardrobe when contributing to the blogosphere. For example, over at the catty Whispers in the Loggia a piece was published (finally) about why … Continue reading
Pillar of Truth is up and running. It looks as if Dave might be a sensible fellow, in that he also comments on the sport God loves the most. He seems to be a former Lutheran and convert to Holy … Continue reading
What Does the Prayer Really Say? Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Your feedback brightens my dark wintry days! Fr. FW of WA writes via e-mail (edited): Ã¢â‚¬Å“I hear very little but have picked up that the US Bishops seem … Continue reading
I have returned to my native place for the Octave of Christmas. At St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN, there was a fine midnight Mass. A full orchestra and large choir began with traditional and modern Christmas carols at 11:15 … Continue reading
… I guess we will have to wait a while longer. Ratz.
I am back in the USA for Christmas and at my home parish of St. Agnes in St. Paul (MN). There is a marvelous tradition here on Saturday mornings: after the Latin Mass sung in Gregorian Chant by schola (proper) … Continue reading
Papal ceremonies must set liturgical standards, Pope says This is just the sort of news we need to spread around. But first, a comment: I wrote this for the WDTPRS column for the 4th Sunday of Advent: On 5 December … Continue reading
Well… let’s just look at this one. This is on the so-called “Angel Bridge” in front of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome. In contrast to the heralds of great joy at the birth of the Lord, this angel is holding one … Continue reading
If you are using an aggregator, please use this link. I am having a hard time getting my RSS links set up. http://www.wdtprs.com/blog/wp-rdf.php You can cut and paste that into the right stop when you add a new bookmark. It … Continue reading
Hmmm… I wonder if Pope benedict is competing with Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis visiting a parish in his see where the pre-conciliar liturgy is in constant and exclusive use: This is a cappa magna.
No…. this is not Benedict XVI sporting a seasonal Santa Hat. This is it, the real thing, the camauro of yesteryear. Nor is this one-up-manship on the part of a Pope competing with some kids at the audience of 14 … Continue reading
I made a little O Antiphon page which might be useful to some of you. There are links to audio files of the chant both by the undersigned and the schola cantorum of the North American College in Rome (though … Continue reading
What Does the Prayer Really Say? 4th Sunday of Advent Some feedback. MK of Lake View, NY writes concerning my claim in WDPTRS of 29 November last about the origin of the term Ã¢â‚¬Å“secretÃ¢â‚¬Â which formerly identified the oratio super … Continue reading
What Does the Prayer Really Say? Holy Family – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas Originally our Feast today was celebrated on the first Sunday after Epiphany but after the post-Conciliar reform of the calendar it was moved forward, probably … Continue reading