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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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"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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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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"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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Category Archives: On the road
Yesterday was as beautiful a day as I would have hoped for. Sunny, not to hot, and with a breeze. Delightful. Though the roof as I Ubered in. Having settled it, the first item on the list, on the way … Continue reading
To go North I must first go East, rather like starting Mass ad orientem so that you can sing the Gospel to the liturgical north. I thought my native Minnesota was flat! Had I greater presence of mind I … Continue reading
It seems that Natchitoches is famous for meat pies. So, I had to have one. And what would a trip to these parts be without an enormous bowl of gumbo. I am still not sure what gumbo is, but … Continue reading
When you see Spanish Moss, you know you aren’t in Wisconsin anymore. Having been scooped up at the airport, we drove even farther South until I was in one of the most dangerous places on your planet… where massive oil … Continue reading
As I drive across the state to another airport… a cheaper airport… I am listening to weather reports about possible tornados where I am going. Great. MKE is a strange airport. But this sign at TSA was fun. Nice club. … Continue reading
I’m off! I have a couple speaking gigs and a mother to visit. Hopefully weather will cooperate! Playlist for the first leg: 13 Hours in Benghazi. UPDATE Chic-Fil-A closed on Sunday, as usual. But there is a good burger place … Continue reading
Alas I am not in Venice. As I depart NYC once again, I am happy to have gotten all my errands accomplished. Late flights give me almost a full day. The trek from the door to LGA via Uber (the … Continue reading
The time in NYC continues. I had mentioned wine, women and song the other day. The Wine was about the psykter. The Women was about the Vigée Le Brun exhibit. The Song, was about the opera on Friday, Don Pasquale … Continue reading
I am in New York for a few days as the guest of a member of the Constantian Order of St George for their investiture, to see an opera, and have some R&R in the galleries of the Met. I’ll … Continue reading
Having spent a day in the Cupboard Under The Stairs, to wash clothes and refresh the suitcase, I’m off on this cold dark morning once again. Sleep? Pffft. Happy there were many good parking slots available. This is … Continue reading
Off we go. They are trying to get flights out before snow starts in Chicago. Do you ever find yourself in line to board and suddenly wonder if you locked your car? UPDATE Next leg. It is like … Continue reading
Some of you have suggested that I have a penchant for eating things like gagh. I won’t deny it. The other day I had something that you might find interesting.
First, a shout out to my friend Fr. Finigan who, in the hospital, has honored us with a bloggy homage in quoting “my view for awhile”. I hope he exchanges his view soon for a better view of Margate. Also, … Continue reading
I had a great road trip today. Finally I was able to trek out into the darkest depths of New Jersey to find the Summit Dominicans, the famous “Soap Sisters” about whom I’ve written often. Your job, after reading what … Continue reading