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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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- Kathleen10: I’m grateful to Tucker Carlson for discussing this. This is one of those issues I can hardly even talk about, it is so upsetting. Just another indicator of how insane our world is...
- maternalView: Another tip: Frequent confession actually makes it easier to go
- ChesterFrank: Alright I get it. This is the lunatic far-left interpreta tion of the Pope Francis legacy, and the Dictator Pope is the far-right version. I am not going to read either. If you find a...
- Emilio: I second maternalVi ew’s excellent suggestion above. We need to start stepping up. To counter the heterodox “Call to Action” conference s held in Detroit once upon a time, many ortho...
- maternalView: There̵ 7;s a certain group of men quite capable of being men but who have basically taken advantage of the idea of women working who now sit back and let their wives take on...
- Fr. Kelly: It is starting to come out that Sire is contesting his suspension as illegal: Speaking to the press, Sire said: “It would be relevant to point out that the proceeding against me...
- Benedict Joseph: Could there be a sounder endorsemen t for the accuracy of Henry Sire’ ;s reportage in “The Dictator Pope?̶ 1; With such a response it would appear that he has...
- Amante de los Manuales: Suspension ? No dialogue?
- tamranthor: I was blessed to have been put in charge of forming first penitents. One fine year, First Penance came along, and I lined up my little charges and marched them into the Church. One...
- Fr. Kelly: Curiouser and curiouser.
- Fr. Kelly: Such things are their own parody.
- Fr. Kelly: And we wondered why he might think he needed to use a penname ;-} But to see the once proud Sovereign Military Hospitalle r Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta...
- LeeGilbert: “20) …remember that priests must go to confession too … they know what we are going through. 8221; It is always very comforting and edifying to find a priest in the line for...
- Bob B.: Having gone through a decade of attending the REC (it was mandatory for Catholic school teachers), I’m not surprised by all the reaction most people have – I felt and feel the...
- Thorfinn: It would be a mistake to cede the fellowship ground to the guitar strummers and practition ers of “Chr istian karaoke 221; and Christian rock. These things appeal to certain...
- David: And what, pray tell, will be the consequenc es of their “inv estigation ”? Perpetual imprisonme nt in the Castel Sant’ ;Angelo? The Order of Malta also makes me think of a...
- Anita Moore, O.P.(lay): The same people who fill holy water fonts with sand also talk about “fasting” from the Eucharist.
- Aquinas Gal: I read the book and found it interestin g and informativ e. It’s all based on facts. Certainly the author has his own point of view and others might draw different conclusion s...
- Carrie: Well said, chantgirl, though I hold a different view. But let’s say it’s both-and rather than either-or. It’s not the first time I’ve heard from Catholics, “It’s all well and good to care...
- Fr. Kelly: Or, As I have seen once, years ago, Stub out several cigarettes in the sand… ;.
- Ave Crux: Father Z: this raises a question that’ ;s been on my mind for some time. Churches in my area of the country in the Northeast regularly have Masses of Anointing saying that anyone who...
- iPadre: Skip the umbrella. A few cigarett butts might be fitting, with a little sign “No smoking. 8221; It looks like an ash tray to me.
- Semper Gumby: This is an above-aver age outburst from Michael Sean Winters. One wonders how many journeys between fainting couch and computer were made by MSW while hatching this amusing screed. No...
- benedetta: Compared to five years ago, as a general matter, things are greatly improved in the Diocese of Albany. I understand that there will once again be a class of confirmand s receiving the...
- cengime: You could also mention the text of James 5 (“is any among you sick? … the prayer of faith will save the sick… ;”), the Council of Florence in the Bull of Union with...
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- Tucker Carlson’s series on plight of men in America, disastrous consequences for society
- ASK FATHER: Effect of Sacrament of Anointing in someone in mortal sin
- Really Bad Idea: sand in holy water fonts during Lent
- Author of The Dictator Pope suspended from the Order of Malta
- LENTCAzT 2018 37 – Thursday – 5th Week of Lent, Passiontide: “The Easter problem is not….”
- How bad was the Three Days of Darkness this year?
- UPDATE – JUST TOO COOL! Battle Flag of LEPANTO reproduction available!
- Fishwrap’s Wile E. Coyote v. @DouthatNYT and his new book for Pope Francis’ 5th anniversary
- The Extraordinary Form “raises the bar”
- Lettergate produces a casualty: Msgr. Viganò. Well… not quite.
- LENTCAzT 2018 36 – Wednesday – 5th Week of Lent, Passiontide: It’s madness!
- ROME – 7 April – Conference: “Catholic Church, Where Are You Going?”
- UPDATE & ACTION ITEM for St. John Cantius in Chicago – @SJCantius
- “Not so fast!”, says the damned soul. “Amoris laetitia says,…”.
- LENTCAzT 2018 35 – Tuesday – 5th Week of Lent, Passiontide: “Have mercy on me, at least you, my friends!”
- UPDATE on ACTION ITEM! Pray for important pro-life SCOTUS case! Arguments on 20 March.
- A charming 15th century view of St. Joseph
- My View For Awhile: Northward
- Author of “The Dictator Pope” revealed (officially) and book format now available
- LENTCAzT 2018 34 – Monday – 5th Week of Lent, Passiontide: sin makes you stoopid
- ASK FATHER: Absolution at jail through glass, phone in visitor’s room
- The fruits of dumbing everything down, down, ever down.
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes and Passion Sunday POLL: veils on images
- LENTCAzT 2018 33 – 1st Passion Sunday, 5th of Lent: marked with the light of Thy countenance
- Dumb down liturgy. Great idea, right?
- UPDATE: Even more comes about The Letter™: additional missing text
- FSSP North America Blog
- WDTPRS 5th Sunday of Lent: Undergoing liturgical death
- “Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,…” The Lorica of St Patrick
Let us pray…
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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Monthly Archives: June 2006
Everywhere in the northern hemisphere diligent and charitable priests have, I hope, reminded their flocks how they ought to dress when they come to church. Rather, they will have at least reminded them how not to dress. Right now there … Continue reading
In the left-wing English The Tablet (June 24, 2006), there is an interesting bit about the “pro multis” issue. Emphasis mine:
“Turning down some proposals, the bishops noted the ‘expressed intention of the Holy See’ to decide … Continue reading
Sandro Magister has weighed into the concert in the Sistina with Dominco Bartolucci in the presence of the Roman Pontiff. I commented on this already.
Here is Sandro. Very interesting:
The person responsible for Bartolucci’s removal in 1997 was the master of … Continue reading
An esteemed commenter noted in another entry that
aggiornamento and ressourcement must go hand in hand in order to be faithful to both. For without ressourcement, aggiornamento loses its bearings, and with out aggiornamento, ressourcement fails to effectively fulfill any … Continue reading
Pope Benedict doesn’t do things with out reasons.
At the concert the other day, which you have all read about by now, the Pope said: "Sacred polyphony, especially the so-called ‘Roman school,’ is a legacy that must be carefully conserved, … Continue reading
The other night there was a concert for the Pope. At that concert he made some remarks. Among the useful things he said was this:
"A true ‘aggiornamento’ of sacred music cannot be achieved except by following the great traditions … Continue reading
I mentioned some time ago that I thought Fr. Robert Altier was going to have a weekly feature in The Wanderer.
Yep, there he is again this week! I just got my weekly express shipped copies of the paper which went … Continue reading
When His Holiness Pope Benedict visits Valencia in Spain, he will surely visit the Chapel where people venerate what well might be the actual Holy Grail.
I am quite interested in this topic, since I am more than hopeful … Continue reading
Will this be hard? Of course! Will priests face some people who are irritated or confused? When donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they? Are priests are going to bear the main burden of this challenge in a parish. When have they not? And if that isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enough, when did the role of the Catholic lay faithful in the Church become easy? Catholics trying to live their lives well in this world as it is today are often faced with challenges that would make most priests curl up in a ball and suck their thumbs. Do parents of children simply flop down and whine about how hard it is going to be to educate their children, feed them, shelter them, see to their needs? “*sniff*… ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s soooooo harrrrrrrrrd!” I am tempted to put this in terms more suited to Tony Soprano, but Ã¢â‚¬Å“Boo hoo!Ã¢â‚¬Â You want a real challenge? How about the state of life of a mother in a military family with several children and her Marine husband in Iraq? Can we please get some perspective here?
Note the balancing of ideas: timor/amor (fear and love) and instituo/destituo (establish and abandon). In instituo I hear a Ã¢â‚¬Å“setting downÃ¢â‚¬Â in the sense of how God made us and by that making He takes us upon Himself. He has our care and our governance. God sets us down next to Himself, under His watchful eye, so that we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go wrong. In destituo I hear a Ã¢â‚¬Å“setting downÃ¢â‚¬Â in the sense of a setting to one side away from Himself, an abandonment of interest. In gubernatio God is our pilot, our steersman, keeping his hand on the wheel of our lives. We are solid because His loving hand is firm. Were He to abandon us, our ship would wreck and we would be Ã¢â‚¬Å“destituteÃ¢â‚¬Â. Amidst the vicissitudes of this world we depend in fear and love on His Holy Name. We stand planted in the proper place before GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fearful glance and under His guiding hand of love only through both love and fear His Name which points to His Person. Continue reading