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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.
Joseph Ratzinger in The Spirit of the Liturgy
“I must refute any calumnies that have originated in certain parts of the press, or from certain ultramontanist circles and Vaticanisti, and this anonymous group of false “friends” around the Holy Father who have questioned my loyalty. All my life as a priest, theologian and bishop, I’ve worked for the Kingdom of God and his Holy Church. And to present me as an enemy of the Successor of St. Peter is completely crazy and unjust.”
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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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"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.”
- 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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- Lunacy in Lyon
- ASK FATHER: Catholic alternatives to Boy Scouts, now that they’ve gone crazy
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- ASK FATHER: Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost?
- ASK FATHER: Latin misspelling? “eundem” or “eumdem”?
- Italian Bishop praises Luther and Revolt as work of the Holy Spirit
- NIGERIA: Sun “event” on 13 Oct 2017?
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- Nebraska parish going “ad orientem”
- ASK FATHER: Assistant priest wonders what to do if pastor won’t speak to adulterous couples who receive Communion.
- Card. Burke’s smashing @Buckfast_Abbey talk on Message of Fatima
- ASK FATHER: Must the priest wear the cassock to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass
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- How does Pope Francis choose bishops of important dioceses?
- 28 November 2017 – @MadisonDiocese – Confirmation in the Traditional Rite
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- London Oratory School Schola – USA TOUR – 22-29 October 2017
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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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 on his … Continue reading
To begin, for the readers of the Fishwrap, I’ll lead off with this.
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Each summer, His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke organizes a conference for canon and civil lawyers. The presentations are … Continue reading
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From the Chancellor of the Diocese of Madison:
With this email I convey the dispensation of the Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, granted to any of those who assist piously in the Pontifical Mass for … Continue reading
Day 2 (aka 1st full day) of Acton U was replete – as always – with great presentations. In the afternoon, I went to a talk about the Benedictine Option. This is not about the arrangement of candles and Crucifix on … Continue reading
This time, my view for a while involved a windshield and, for a long stretch of Illinois and Indiana, Krazy Kaplan discount fireworks signs. I mean, there were literally dozens of big billboards, one after another.
A bird’s eye view of … Continue reading
Some really good food was consumed in Spain. I was pretty busy and not posting a great deal during the trip so here are some highlights.
Little marinated shrimps.
Iberico ham with the usual tomato smeared bread.
Chicken and morels.
Figuera. Yes, there … Continue reading
Time to head home.
I’ll say one thing about these early flight: things move faster.
The taxi driver nearly broke a new BCN track record. I noted that he crossed himself as we zoomed pasted the cemetery.
In the lounge I started to … Continue reading
I’m in a city and country I’ve never visited.
We got in late so we only had a couple snacks.
This morning it was off to the Prado, by way of the nearby church San Jerónimo el Real.
A glimpse inside.
I … Continue reading
The last few days have been a busy blur. But here are a few images from the blur.
First, a shot of the interior of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. It is a rare Gothic church, in the hands the hands of … Continue reading
Busy day. Today I got my basic shopping done for some clerical things and a couple books. We met for lunch a priest who teaches in one of the Roman schools.
The owner of the restaurant is from Amatrice. On the … Continue reading
The usual breakfast. The Roman cornetto (roll) is not duplicated anywhere else.
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We went to … Continue reading
Once back in the City, a switch is thrown in my head and it is as if I never left.
I made a run to Gammarelli to do some vestment business, but my guy wasn’t there. I’ll have to go back. … Continue reading
I’m off! It is nice to have visual verification that your bag is going with you.
I was in a bit of a hurry at the end of packing. I had carefully put out everything that had to go, … Continue reading
I am at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast!
With Card. Sarah. Paul Ryan is behind us.
… with Sam Gregg and Alejandro Chafuen, both with Acton Institute.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. No political red-meat, and he was charming.
Sr. Constance Veit, LSP (Little … Continue reading