This may shock you, but I don’t like the National Catholic Reporter… aka Fishwrap. Better… I don’t like what they do, what they write, what they print. I like my friend the nearly ubiquitous John Allen, but… for the rest of them…. I might like them too were I to meet them. But I think they are doing great harm to the Church. I would like to see their publication entirely reformed or entirely fallen. They should submit themselves to their spiritual father in Kansas City, MO, where they are located, Bp. Finn, and follow his guidance about their future. There, I said it.
That said, today I enjoyed enormously a blurb posted by Gerelyn Hollingsworth, who has a little daily blip with some note about a saint of the day, etc.
Here is a portion from her daily portion. Prepare to be amazed, O ye lovers of all things truly Catholic!
On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Clare.
For some beautiful Latin, click here. It’s the Bull of Canonization of St. Clare of Assisi by Pope Alexander IV, “Given at Anagni, the sixth day before the Calends of October, in the first year of our pontificate.” (1255.)
“CLARA CLARIS PRAECLARA meritis, magnae in caelo claritate gloriae, ac in terra splendore miraculorum sublimium clare claret.”
Holy cow! That’s lovely Latin. Latin doing its best imitation of a Hot Fudge Sunday.
I would love to see the rest of the Bull.
No… wait! It’s right here!
A little more of that Bull… I can’t help it.
Clara claris praeclara meritis, magnae in caelo claritate gloriae, ac in terra splendore miraculorum sublimium clare claret. Clarae huius arcta et alta Religio hic coruscat, huius sursum aeterni praemii radiat magnitudo, huius virtus signis magnificis, mortalibus illucescit. Huic Clarae intitulatum hic fuit summae Privilegium paupertatis; huic in excelso rependitur inaestimabilis copia thesaurorum; huic a catholicis plena devotio et honoris cumulus exhibetur. Hanc Claram sua fulgida hic insignierunt opera, hanc Claram in alto divinae lucis clarificat plenitudo, hanc christianis populis prodigiorum eius stupenda declarant.
I must let you hear this… listen to the clausulae, the beautiful parallels of structure and the word play.
No one in the Holy See is allowed to write like that anymore.
Sincere thanks to Gerelyn for that excerpt!
And now I switch back to my default position on the Fishwrap until circumstances indicate otherwise.