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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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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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.”
- St. John Paul II
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"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."
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- LENTCAzT 2017 23 – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent: Self-knowledge
- UPDATE: White Pontifical Vestments Project
- LENTCAzT 2017 22 – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent: The true Christian penitent
- ASK FATHER: Away from the Church for 17 years, but I want to return
- The Mysterious Case of the Hallow’s Missing Maniple
- PHOTOS: Pontifical Mass for St. Joseph
- Clarity from Vancouver about Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried
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- LENTCAzT 2017 21 – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent: Holy Mass is Calvary Triumphant
- A charming 15th century view of St. Joseph
- A Deacon’s First Holy Mass ‘ad orientem’ – Wherein Fr. Z issues an invitation
- OLDIE PODCAzT: St. Joseph’s hymn dissected & a hard sermon from St Bernardine of Siena
- LENTCAzT 2017 20 – Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent: Envy
- My View For Awhile: Lovely Nightmare Edition
- LENTCAzT 2017 19 – 3rd Sunday of Lent: SCRUTINY SUNDAY
- “If you don’t commit adultery, I’ll kill myself!” – “Well, okay.”
- Pope Francis GOES TO CONFESSION!
- WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Lent (1962MR): “When the priest’s hand extends over you, you are sheltered from the attacks of Hell.”
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- LENTCAzT 2017 17 – Friday 2nd Week of Lent: Focus on your vocation as it truly is
- 20 March – MADISON, WI – Pontifical Mass for St. Joseph
- An argument and call for ‘ad orientem’ worship
- ACTION ITEM – URGENT PRAYER REQUEST – Fr. Philip Johnson
- LENTCAzT 2017 16 – Thursday 2nd Week of Lent: Two sorts of Churches
- ASK FATHER: Wedding of Catholics with a non-priest out in Mother Nature
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- 15 March – Wherein Fr Z rants about the #IdesOfMarch
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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Today I stopped in at Gammarelli to talk about the upcoming pontifical set of vestments in white and I saw a relatively inexpensive rose pianera. They will make a matching cope and have it to us by Gaudete Sunday. Hopefully … Continue reading
The pilgrimage group having dispersed in Venice, we made our way to Lake Garda simply to rest up and have a nice view. That was gloriously accomplished. Now it’s time for the third phase. I headed back to Rome for … Continue reading
A few more images of Venice before transitioning to another place. From the vaporetto on the way out to San Giorgio Maggiore, a view of Santa Maria della Salute. Over the door of the church you still find the arms … Continue reading
This improbable place never ceases to amaze. St. Mark’s Square, which at about noon today will start to fill up with water. Raised sidewalks of metal scaffolding will be set up for people to file along. In this age of … Continue reading
Welcome to Florence. Giotto’s bell tower. The hotel is very close so I can hear the bells clearly. The new Museum of the Duomo is open and it is stunning. After a few hours in this exquisite museum I understand … Continue reading
This is what is in the window of Gammarelli right now. You can tell that they are getting ready for a consistory. Off to Assisi. First stop, Santa Maria degli Angeli and a visit to the little Porziuncula church. \ … Continue reading
A quick shot from yesterday evening as I headed to the Vatican Museum to meet the group for the private visit. One of the most important statues in the history of Western art. And another one. And then there’s this … Continue reading
I’ve been on the move since I got here with a large group of people. A shot from last nights supper. About all I was able to manage was a place of veg. Today I stopped at the shop where … Continue reading
I’m on my way for what’ll be a fairly long Italian sojourn, to include two pilgrimages. Happily Hurricane Matthew has started out too sea, so it sseems he…she… it won’t be a factor today. Remember when hurricanes were all female? … Continue reading
I am in Chicago. More exactly, I am in Park Ridge, the city where the worst of the presidential candidates grew up! I will be here tonight and will watch the first presidential debate with friends. There will be cooking. … Continue reading
Off I go again. We are in the wretched boarding phase, during which everyone in an aisle seat is reduced to a meat turnstile by those who have no sense either of their depth and girth as augmented by packs … Continue reading
Inertia describes the tendency of bodies to resist a change in motion unless acted upon by outside forces. Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion while bodies at rest tend to stay at rest unless moved by some influence. … Continue reading
Last night the Extraordinary Ordinary, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, sang a Pontifical Requiem at the Throne as a “Month’s Mind” for Msgr. Delbert Schmelzer, a beloved priest of the diocese. Here are some images. … Continue reading
The Speculum Iustitiae conference continues today. You will recognize the title as being that given to Mary in her beautiful litany. It is encouraging that beautiful churches can be built still today in beautiful places. As Mass closed yesterday, Cardinal Burke … Continue reading