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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."
Raymond Card. Burke
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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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"Latin is a precise, essential language. It will be abandoned, not because it is unsuitable for the new requirements of progress, but because the new men will not be suitable for it. When the age of demagogues and charlatans begins, a language like Latin will no longer be useful, and any oaf will be able to give a speech in public and talk in such a way that he will not be kicked off the stage. The secret to this will consist in the fact that, by making use of words that are general, elusive, and sound good, he will be able to speak for an hour without saying anything. With Latin, this is impossible."
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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.”
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: May 2007
The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the Italian bishops gathered in a plenary meeting of their conference (CEI). This year the Italian bishops made their five year ad limina apostolorum visits prescribed by Canon Law. At the very … Continue reading
A one time mentor and friend H.E. Luigi de Magistris, did an ordination in Wigratzbad! This is the fellow I once used to describe as the last Roman priest.
The Pope is under massive attack in the Italian press. Today 50,000 people came for the Wednesday Audience! It was really hot here today.
I am sure more than one of you have been wondering what the heck is going on in papal liturgies. If the Holy Father wants more Latin, why isn’t their more Latin in his Masses right? On this note, I … Continue reading
There is a good and thoughtful post over at The Recovering Dissident Catholic about attire in church. Some background. There is an especially irksome group called the Rainbow Sash Movement who put on sashes to protest the Church’s teaching on … Continue reading
Today is the feast of St. Aurea of Ostia, a martyr from the 2nd century about whom we know nothing. St. Aurea figures in the ongoing story of St. Augustine of Hippo and his mother St. Monnica. To find out … Continue reading
ALERT: I have zeroed in on a restaurant specializing in fish which, amazingly, I have not been to yet. More amazingly, it is not far from where I live. Aimeh! Too little time…. This place is situated along the Via … Continue reading
This time we hear St. Augustine of Hippo’s tr. 124 on the Gospel of John, in which he explores what Christ meant when He told Peter to follow Him but told John that He would have to stay until He … Continue reading
There is an AP article which a friend tipped me to in the Chicago Tribune. The usual cliches pepper this piece (my emphases): Pope plans to revive old-style Latin mass By Nicole WinfieldAssociated Press May 19, 2007 VATICAN CITY … Continue reading
In this PODCAzT we hear St. Leo’s (+461) second sermon on the Ascension, s. 74. This is an amazing piece of work. Also, I talk about angels and how there is an angelic battle being waged for your soul. … Continue reading
I have been tagged for a meme by Argent. In no way to I think this is exhaustive. It is just what quickly came to mind. I spent a summer doing nothing but reading 19th c. English novels. You could … Continue reading
In this PODCAzT we delved into s. 263A of St. Augustine of Hippo (+430) which is about the Lord’s Ascension. I also dig into uniting our sufferings to the Lord, especially in Holy Mass. Finally I talk about Card. Castrillion … Continue reading
His Eminence DarÃo Card. CastrillÃ³n Hoyos delivered an address at the meeting of CELAM in Brazil. Here are some of the good bits. My emphases. The less than smooth translation is not mine. I have fixed it in a couple … Continue reading
Today, the Vigil of Ascension, this PODCAzT brings to you a selection of St. Leo the Great’s (+461) sermon s. 73 on the Ascension. Whassup with transfering Ascension Thursday to Sunday? I talk about the Collect for the Ascension Mass … Continue reading