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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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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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"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.”
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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: June 2006
I understand from Amy Welborn’s über-blog that Art Bell dediced he wants to convert. He married a woman from the Philippines. It makes perfect sense! Not only should all people become Catholic, it will now be far easier to score … Continue reading
Today is the feast of St. Paulinus of Nola (+431). Could you go through this day without knowing what this great poet and letter writer (the ancient verison of a patristiblogger) said about "dew". Of course not!! In ep. 23,33 … Continue reading
Thanks to Amy Welborn for the following… at least I think, thanks. Not sure, really. I was more than a little irritated when I first read this, but I am over it now. In the The Floridian there is a … Continue reading
Ohhh won’t you stayyy… just a little bit looonggerrrrrrPlease please stayyyyyyy….. CARDINAL BERTONE WILL BE NEW SECRETARY OF STATE VATICAN CITY, JUN 22, 2006 (VIS) – The Holy Father, in accordance with Canon 354 of the Code of Canon … Continue reading
Why did the WaPo bury this on page A 10??? Lawmakers Cite Weapons Found in Iraq Thursday, June 22, 2006; Page A10 Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) told reporters yesterday … Continue reading
Friends who come to Rome and request tours from me know that I am interested in obelisks and, what’s more, I expect them to be also. These pointed monuments are fascinating. Yesterday I posted about catching the shadow cast by … Continue reading
Frequent WDTPRS contributor Andrew posted a gem, on dew, as a comment to another thread in this blog: Here it is (emphasis mine): Interesting how Latin uses the concept of dew in various forms. In addition to “Ros, Roris” (dew) … Continue reading
"Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this … Continue reading
Today is the summer solstice. This is the longest day of the year. And so it is that I made my way in the frying-pan heat to the Piazza of St. Peter’s Basilica for the one day of the year … Continue reading
I am sure you are really scratching your head about what “dew” could possibly mean in the Second Eucharistic Prayer: “Hæc ergo dona, quæsumus, Spiritus tui rore sanctifica, ut nobis Corpus et Sanguis fiant Domini nostri Iesu Christi… literally… Therefore, … Continue reading
I have been reading a wide circle and a narrow about the issue of "dew" and "precious chalice" and all these words which some people think are too hard for us dopes to grasp. My peregrinations brought me today to … Continue reading
We had a look at the phrase "In necessitatibus unitas…", etc. often but falsely attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo. Someone asked about another famous phrase attributed to the Bishop of Hippo, "He who sings, prays twice". Augustine didn’t write … Continue reading
I am still of the mind that the choice for the Secretary of State will be His Eminence Tarcisio Card. Bertone. However, for the sake of being complete, I heard another interesting thing today naming His Eminence Agostino Card. Vallini, … Continue reading
Why have I posted entries about "dew" in the writings of the Fathers of the Church? There are many disputed points in the new draft translation the USCCB has now approved and is sending (with suggested adaptations and emendations) back … Continue reading