Monthly Archives: July 2006

Vox Clara to meet: Oremus pro eis

The Vox Clara Committee begins meetings in Rome on Monday. A prayer for translatorsAlmighty and merciful God,who hast poured forth the Holy Spirit abundantlyupon the Church of Thine Only-begotten Son,vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, inspiration and constancy to those now laboring … Continue reading

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Pro Multis and Ecclesia de Eucharistia

The Latin text of the Holy Father’s encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia (EdE) became a battlefield in the pro multis wars being waged in the halls of the Holy See.  You might remember what happened. In that encyclical the late Pope … Continue reading

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16 July: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Here is the first entry for today in the Martyrologium Romanum: Beatae Mariae Viriginis de Monte Carmelo, quo Elias propheta populum Israel quondam ad colendum Deum vivum reduxerat et postae eremitae quidam solitudinem quaerentes secesserunt ac denique Ordinem constituerunt ad … Continue reading

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time: POST COMMUNION

I find frequentatio mysterii quiet evocative. The layers of meaning in frequentatio summon to mind simultaneous superimposed images of the visible and invisible dimensions of Holy Mass, the Eucharistic sacrifice (mysterium). In the earthly building of the church where Holy Mass is being celebrated we have gathered around us many people. Ideally, the church should be virtually thronging (frequentatio) with convinced and participating Catholics properly disposed to participate in the highest mode of active participation by receiving Holy Communion. They are here often (frequentatio), each Sunday and often during the weekdays. Imagine now a superimposed layer of the invisible participants at that Mass: myriads of holy angels and other members of the Church who have died and gone before us. This is a fore glimpse of heaven. Even if, in this imperfect world, we approach this image more realistically and see in our mind’s eye that many at Mass are in fact not in the state of grace and may indeed be wicked, we also see in our two-fold visible invisible image the fallen angelic beings in all their intensely pain-filled fury. Though they suffer the increased agonies of being within a structure which is itself a sacramental, and though they have unimaginable agony in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, their malevolence against us and God is so great that they will endure this intense torture from holy things if, during Mass, they can spur just one person to weaken in his conscience and make a bad Holy Communion. Their pain is great but their malice is greater yet. By our frequent good Holy Communions we ask God to increase in us the effects of salvation which, in this world and our state of “already but not yet”, includes strengthening helps against the persistent and dire attacks of hell’s deadly minons. Continue reading

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Benedict the “Bonaventuran”

Are you looking for insight into how Pope Benedict is going to treat the SSPX or make other decisions concerning dissent or practices that require correction?  We can learn something about how Pope Benedict operates through a glimpse at how … Continue reading

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May 1988: The Protocol of Accord – Lefebvre & Ratzinger

Back in May 1988 Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre of the SSPX signed a Protocol of Accord after negotiations with (especially) then Card. Ratzinger.  People are now talking again of that Protocol.  Will the SSPX be asked to acknowledge the very same … Continue reading

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“Tridentine” Dreamin’

Does anyone find it funny, in an ironic sort of way, that in a 48 hour period we get stories about two truly different runaway Catholic groups?  On the one hand we are into Milingo Hijinx, again, with the truly … Continue reading

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Archbp. Ranjith: clarifying comments

I read some very interesting comments on CWNews (to which if you don’t subscribe, you ought to).  Here are the comments of the Secretary of the CDWDS.  Read the whole thing, however. Archbishop Ranjith said that two extremes must be … Continue reading

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Sign of Peace controversy revisted

In another thread in this blog there is heated discussion about whether or not the Sign of Peace is always to be done at Mass, even if and when the priest does not ïnvite it.  I (correctly) say that the … Continue reading

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Theodoret on today’s 1st reading

Today’s first reading for Mass (in the Novus Ordo) is from Hosea 11. The reading ends… My heart is overwhelmed, my pity is stirred. I will not give vent to my blazing anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again; For … Continue reading

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13 July: St. Silas

Now don’t get all excited, but today is the Commemoration of St. Silas. In the Martyrologium Romanum we read 3.  Commemoratio sancti Silae, qui, ab Apostolis ad Ecclesias gentium una cum sanctis Paulo et Barnaba destinatus, praedicationis officium, gratia Dei … Continue reading

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What do Stallings (& Miligno?) and his followers believe?

You all know that His Holiness, George Augustus Stallings, Jr., Patriarch and Founder of the AACC or Imani African American Catholic Congregation is an excommunicated heretic.  So, is Archbishop Milingo going to join him?  Let’s find out what the AACC … Continue reading

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Milingo Hijinx

I had some contact with Milingo some years ago when he was into his very weird diliverance ministries. My (former) bishop – the paragon of kindness and trust – origninally gave him permission to do some things in the diocese, very close to Rome, until he found out what Milingo was up to. Then he kicked him out. After the Holy See sakced him, Milingo lived in a Vatican apartment directly above one of the people I worked with. The stories of the odd balls coming and going and the disturbances in the building were amazing. Continue reading

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“For heterodoxy does not differ at all from unenlightenment.”

Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 10:1-7 concerns the mission Jesus gives to the Twelve and their instructions for that mission.  He tells the Apostles to preach to the Jews but not to go to the towns of the pagans, the … Continue reading

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The Grail and Benedict

This is exactly what I was thinking His Holiness would do. Continue reading

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