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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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- Nehemiah 4:18
"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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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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Food For Thought
“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.”
- St. John Paul II
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A morsel for thought…
"If your work is strong enough for someone to hate you, it's strong enough for someone to love you. The middle is what you should fear."
- Sean McCabe @seanwes
- MADISON 31 MAY – Pontifical Mass at the Throne – Feast of the Queenship of Mary
- BLUE Pontifical Vestment and Violet Folded Chasuble Projects
- WDTPRS – Ascension THURSDAY: Courage and help when we are tried and tested
- Concerning head veils and contexts
- The Lord’s Ascension, Beans, and You
- “A long time ago in a decade far, far away…”
- PHILIPPINES: Muslim terrorists kidnap Catholic priest, 13 others at cathedral
- Vigil of Ascension Thursday
- You Do It WDTPRS: Mary, Help of Christians
- Crux tweets horrid image of Pope Francis, Pres. Trump… funded by @KofC
- About Manchester and other terrorist attacks – a couple of rants and ACTION ITEM!
- Approaching Jupiter
- A First Things article recommended, about Pope Benedict
- ASK FATHER: Visible tattoos and altar service
- Anthony Esolen makes a point – with napalm
- ASK FATHER: Boys choosing female saints for confirmation names
- SSPX claims about permission from Rome to ordain priests
- A young priest recounts his experience and aspirations
- ASK FATHER: Is having a “straw subdeacon” for a Solemn TLM okay?
- Pope Francis sets date for Consistory for new Cardinals – short, odd list
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes
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- WDTPRS – 6th Sunday of Easter: We are simultaneously risen, rising, and about to rise
- Wherein Fr. Z relates a brutal tale of sudden realization and horror
- Latinists! A great opportunity in June
- ASK FATHER: Am I obliged to do the strange penance Father gave during confession?
- A Pope in hell?
- Card. Burke calls for explicit consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart
- Hate-filled lib liturgist attacks Benedict XVI for his praise of Card. Sarah
- Happy Anniversary Papa Ganganelli!
For your consideration…
"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: January 2014
Not all liberals are happy. You can’t make up a headline like this. Pro-animal groups appeal to pope over dove attack ROME — Animal rights groups on Monday appealed to Pope Francis to end the practice of releasing doves from … Continue reading
The Catholic sacred artist Daniel Mitsui sent me a beautiful rendering of Our Lady of Walsingham. The 7″ x 10″ print is ready for ordering HERE. Those saint in the corners are Catherine of Alexandria, Margaret of Antioch and Lawrence … Continue reading
Some Monday morning humor. I did know about Dixon Diaz, but he’s got some game:
During his daily off-the-cuff, non-magisterial sermonette today, Pope Francis spoke about priests. And he didn’t bash them! In fact, as a refreshing change of pace today, he said some good things about priests. […] “On the contrary, it is impossible … Continue reading
You may remember the strange tales of Irish Redemptorist (not-quite-former-yet) Fr. Tony Flannery, founder of the Ass. of Catholic Priests. Here is some news for the Fishwrappers and their fellow travelers. Take note of this piece in The Irish Times about … Continue reading
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The Post Communion of today’s Mass, on this 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, is spectacular: Quos tantis, Domine, largiris uti mysteriis: quaesumus; ut effectibus nos eorum veraciter aptare digneris. Let’s see if you, perhaps collectively, can do something along the lines … Continue reading
There are times when, try as I might, I have no idea what – or whom – Pope Francis is talking about. I am not alone. I had a few requests to explain something that Francis said to a group … Continue reading
Was there a good point in the sermon you heard at Sunday Mass? Let us know. Today I mentioned, inter alia, the spiritual works of mercy. Most of you know them by heart, of course, but perhaps there are some … Continue reading
I have had a few inquiries recently about Fr. Z’s Kitchen. Frankly, I haven’t been doing much cooking. The most extravagant thing I have made for myself recently is a grilled cheese (cheddar) on rye. Yum… but not exactly thrilling. … Continue reading
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After the dreck we have had to wade through lately, here is something of beauty. Here is a voyage within the Basilica Santa Maria La Nuova di Monreale in Sicily, a magnificent 12th c. Normano-Byzantine edifice which must number among … Continue reading
This via the delightfully-named Weasel Zippers: More on Cuomo HERE and HERE. And don’t forget THIS about how’s Cuomo’s hand-picked director for Homeland Security used the laser sight attached to his handgun as a pointer during a presentation and actually scanned … Continue reading