VIDEO: A reaction to a first Traditional Latin Mass

This is pretty interesting. Here is a thoughtful young man with his observations about participating at a Traditional Latin Mass for the first time.

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GREAT NEWS! Baronius Press “Roman Breviary” AVAILABLE AGAIN!

This is great news for all those who have been seeking out the wonderful reprinting of the The Roman Breviary by Baronius Press. It is at long last back in print. I wrote about it in 2012.

This is a terrific set, with Latin and English in side by side, good binding, slip covers, and ribbons and commentaries.

Anyone seeking to use the older, traditional office, but perhaps don’t have the strongest Latin – this is helpful. Heck, my Latin is really strong and, from time to time, I use it so as to keep English in my head, too, rather than just the Latin.

As a matter of fact, mine is right here by me as a I write!

Don’t dawdle. It isn’t cheap, but it is a superb set.  If you have been wanting this, stick a crowbar into your wallet and get one before these sell out entirely and you have to wait again.


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Birettas and Berettas

This is different.

I have a problem with both of these guys, who don’t seem ever to have held guns in their lives.  This should be part of seminary training: you never know when you are going to be asked to bless a new shooting range, after all.

And that guy on the right?  He’s got it all wrong.  He has handled his biretta incorrectly.  C’mon, Fathers!  The middle “point” goes to the right.

And, given the angles of those weapons, that may be the bravest or the dumbest photographer in the world, I can’t decide which.

Seriously, hurray for them!

If anyone wants a shooting range blessed, I’m your guy.

St. Gabriel Possenti, pray for us.

[Imagine this part read really fast, like at the end of some commercials: NO ONE – should either open carry or concealed carry without understanding the consequences of that decision.  Training – lots of training – is the prudent path before carrying.  Instruction about all the legal ramifications is a must.  Even then, even after training and instruction, not everyone is cut out for carrying a weapon beyond the confines of one’s castle.  And you have to be in control of that weapon all the times and alert within your surroundings.  This isn’t a game or a matter of frivolous motives.  It’s deadly serious.  I have taken concealed carry weapon license classes for multiple states. I have taken defensive hand gun classes. I have been shot numerous times in role-playing scenarios, as a matter of fact. This is sobering stuff, once you get into it.  In these classes a lot of time is spent on the law and the consequences of displaying, brandishing, discharging a weapon in a self-defensive or home invasion situation. They impress on you that one you do this, your life changes. Also, they go over very carefully what the “castle doctrine” is a about. They hammer away that you don’t shoot a guy because he is walking out the door with your flat screen TV. A human life is not worth it. Could you shoot him? Yes, and you would legally be within your rights. But it would be just plain wrong to shoot a guy over property like that. A lot of the training focuses on trying de-escalate conflicts so that it is not necessary to defend yourself physically. My experience in taking these classes is that the other people in them leave with their eyes rather widened and with serious expressions.  Even if you choose never to carry a weapon, the training is valuable.]

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“It is just a building.” – UPDATE: Like Planned Parenthood selling off baby parts.

UPDATE 5 Nov 2018:

Here’s the deal.  I’ve been thinking about this demolition thing.  It’s not just a matter of demolishing a church and then selling the property.

What happens is that scavenger experts come in and inventory all the beautiful architectural elements, all the carved stone, columns, decorations, etc.  These things can be taken out before the structure is brought down and then sold off separately for HUGE MONEY.

So, you can see why some who really want lots of money would prefer to keep the church from being repaired.  Instead they would make a lot of money by stripping its bones and selling the parts… sort of like what Planned Parenthood does to babies.  Remember that?  The video of gal talking about selling off the baby parts to make even more money?

Get it?

In many cases – I’m not saying that that is the case here – the powers that be will keep lay people from fixing their church.  They know what the lay people don’t know.  The bits and pieces of their beautiful church are of great value.

I can’t imagine them doing that to THIS church.  Can you?   Nothing much.  Architectural elements?  Meh.

Originally Published on: Nov 4, 2018

One of the long-time readers here sent a copy of the document of the suppression (obliteration) a parish in the Diocese of Fall River.  The Church and Parish of St. Anne are no more.

My correspondent wrote:

It is just a building.  Just like the original Penn Station was just a train shed.

We’re so quick to jettison history for the sake of the almighty dollar.  The diocesan almoner is probably counting the bills as we speak.

I wish you had a chance to see the interior, marvel at the statuary, frescoes, gold leaf, ambulatory shrines…and a 4,000 pipe Casavant organ.

The rose marble high altar.  Stacks of crutches and other medical devices left at the statue of Good Ste Anne.

Yeah, it’s just a building.

In the meantime, another correspondent wrote on the same day about something going on in nearby Providence, RI.

From Rhode Island Catholic:

Traditional Latin Mass a draw at St. Mary’s on Broadway

PROVIDENCE — Two months after it has started offering the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, St. Mary’s Church on Broadway is drawing more than 250 people to its two Sunday Masses.

At the end of August, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a religious society which offers the Extraordinary Form, assumed leadership of the parish. The fraternity was invited to the Diocese of Providence by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin.

During a visit to the parish on Sunday Oct. 21, Bishop Tobin told the Rhode Island Catholic he was pleased with how the parish was progressing.

“I think they’re off to a terrific start. I think the response among the people has been very strong,” Bishop Tobin said.


We have to think “outside the box” about our old churches and the way we are doing things.

In order to think outside the box, maybe we need to get back into the box.  After all, just about every crazy thing outside the Catholic box has been tried, to no avail.  Maybe by getting back into the box we’ll find what will work, because it worked before.  Inside is the new outside.

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Screaming Man Charges Priest During Live EWTN Mass

From Gateway Pundit:

BREAKING: Deranged Man Charges Priest on Altar Screaming Profanities During Live EWTN Broadcast (VIDEO)

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass to fulfill your Sunday Obligation?

Let us know.

You were paying attention, weren’t you?

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Wherein Fr. Z offended a reader and yet reaps a reward

I received at my PO Box (address right sidebar), a Pack of Remonstrance, a Parcel of Castigation, a Carton of Chastisement.

Opening the cardboard container of shame, I found within …

The writer took as an affront my comments on 23 October about the insipid, lifeless, feeble, anemic, indeed “weak-kneed” (I almost wrote another thing) garlic in these USA.  At the time, I was enjoying the garlic in Rome… soooo much better.

As if to prove that domestic garlic is, in fact, not “weak-kneed”, the writer put his bulbs in a box and sent it along via post.

This, friends, is true Christian charity.

Everyone of you should feel free to send me samples of what you think is good that I don’t.

For example, I find that I am always disappointed with Lagavulin 16 when I have to buy it myself.   Another thing I find rather drab, are older series $100 bills.   And if only, if only there were a decent 1969 Camaro ZL-1 around.

In any event, I won’t be able to dig into those treasures immediately, as I am about to head off on a visit to my mother (where the garlic is probably as “weak-kneed” as what I’ve hitherto been constrained to use).  When I get back, however, it’s aglio, olio e pepperoncino, sportsfans!

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WDTPRS – 31st Ordinary Sunday: God gave us something to do in this vale of tears. 

The Collect for the 31st Ordinary Sunday, which was in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary, is also found in the Extraordinary Form on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost.

Omnipotens et misericors Deus, de cuius munere venit, ut tibi a fidelibus tuis digne et laudabiliter serviatur, tribue, quaesumus, nobis, ut ad promissiones tuas sine offensione curramus.

Munus means, first, “a service, office, post”. Synonyms are officium and ministerium.  A Greek equivalent is leitourgia, a needed civic work or service one performs because he ought to for the sake of society; whence our word “liturgy”.  In the New Testament munus/leitourgia points to concepts such as taking up collections for the poor (i.e., what man does for man) and religious services (what man does for God).  Munus also means “a present, gift”. Munus is a theologically loaded word, indicating among other things the three offices (tria munera) which Christ passed to His Church, the Apostles and their successors: to teach, to govern, to sanctify.

When the Lord gives us commands (and He does, e.g., love one another as I have loved you; pick up your Cross and follow me; be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect; do this in memory of me, etc.), we can sum them up in the two-fold commandment of love of God and of neighbor.

All followers of Jesus have been given a two-fold munus to fulfill which reflects the three munera Christ gave to the Church’s ordained priesthood.

I invite you to try an experiment.  See what happens to your perception of the Collect if you make munus mean “office” rather than “gift.”  While reading it, hearing it, can you keep both concepts simultaneously in mind?

Offensio (related to offendo) concerns “a striking against, a stumbling”. It is also “an offense” and “that which causes one to offend or sin” as in a lapis offensionis (a “stumbling-block” cf 1 Pet. 2:8).  Offendo, by the way, can also mean “to meet by chance”.

Servio, “to serve”, is very rarely found in the passive.  We must break “that it be served in reference to You” down into “that You be served”.


Almighty and merciful God, from whose gift it comes that You be served by the faithful worthily and laudably, grant us, we beseech You, that we may run toward Your promises without stumbling.


God of power and mercy, only with your help can we offer you fitting service and praise. May we live the faith we profess and trust your promise of eternal life.


Almighty and merciful God, by whose gift your faithful offer you right and praiseworthy service, grant, we pray, that we may hasten without stumbling to receive the things you have promised.

This Collect gives me the image of a person hurrying to fulfill a duty or command given by his master or superior.  He is rushing, running.   He might even be carrying a heavy burden.   While dashing forward, he strives to be careful under his burden lest he stumble, fall, lose or ruin what he carries.

Isn’t this how we live our Christian vocations?

God has given us something to do while in this vale of tears.

When we discern God’s will and do our best to live well according to our state in life, we will experience heavy burdens.  Our human nature is wounded and there is an Enemy who hates and tempts us.  When we are faithful to our vocations, we receive many opportunities to participate in carrying the Cross of Jesus.

The Lord Himself told us, through the Gospels, that if we want to be with Him, we must participate in His Cross, even daily (Luke 9:23).  During His Passion, our Lord literally carried His (and our) Cross.  As He was driven by the soldiers over the uneven road, as careful as He must have been, He stumbled and fell.

We stumble and fall, though not like our sinless Lord.  We stumble mostly by choice.

In this Collect do we hear an echo of the petition in the Lord’s Prayer? “Lead us not into temptation.”

There is a tempter out there who desires us to fall and give offense to the Lord.  The Enemy places obstacles before our feet.  That one – the Enemy – we do not want to meet with, even by chance.  Be sure to make good use of sacramentals and go to confession regularly.  Along with those, make good holy Communions and the Devil will have little to say to you.

As we draw closer to the end of this liturgical year, Father prays that we run, rather than drag along, toward the reward of heaven.  We beg God that we do so without mishap.   We beg not to give offense by what we do. We ask that the road be made free of stumbling blocks for our running feet.

Our Lord understands the tough road we travel. He does not abandon us when we stumble in sin.

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UPDATED – MUST WATCH: Arroyo with removed @BishopMDHolley and SUPERB #Synod2018 analysis


It seems that Bp. Holley wasn’t the only thing removed. The video I posted earlier was removed. However, the different segments of the show were reposted on Youtube.

Originally Published on: Nov 1, 2018


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Did you mention “catafalques”?

The other day I answered a reader’s question about Requiem Masses with absolution of the catafalque.

Here are a three examples of of catafalques, which substitute for the the presence of the body of the deceased.

This is the TMSM’s catafalque, which looks very much like a regular coffin covered by a pall.  It was constructed by members of the Society and is easily transported, arranged, and removed.

On the other hand, when you have had your thing going for a few centuries, you might be able to do this.

Here is the catafalque for this year’s Requiem at Ss. Trinità dei Pelegrini in Rome in the hands of the Fraternity of St. Peter.

I love this stuff, especially the obvious Memento Mori elements of the skulls.  We really need to bring these elements back into our vestments and ornamentation for Requiem Masses.  Yes, yes.  “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”, blah blah blah.  The fact is that decades of white vestments, informal canonizations, horrid eulogies and hot air have distorted the Catholic’s Christian identity.

So, that was Ss. Trinità dei Pelegrini in Rome.   Now we go a little way north to Florence and the Chiesa dei Santi Michele e Gaetano, in the hands of the Institute of Christ the King.

Okay, we got at least three layers of Requiem cake here and probably around 20 candles.  Anything worth doing is worth over doing!   This is quite the sight.

So, those were pretty amazing.  However, we of the TMSM had the Extraordinary Ordinary for our Requiem, celebrated at the throne.  That’s something they won’t have.

When you have a big church, you may as well build big.

Here is the catafalque for Ven. Pius XII.

Remember that you can gain plenary indulgences through 8 November by visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead.



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PHOTOS – Pontifical Requiem for Deceased Priests

Quickly, some photos from tonight’s Pontifical Requiem Mass celebrated for the deceased priests and bishops of the Diocese of Madison. The Extraordinary Ordinary, Bp. Morlino, celebrated the Mass and did the absolution of the catafalque.

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New report: strong link between homosexuality and clerical abuse – #sodoclericalism

Here’s a strong cup of wake-the-hell-up coffee from my friend Jennifer Morse and Ruth Institute. The National Catholic Register conveys the news.

Is Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Related to Homosexual Priests?
An interview with sociologist Father Paul Sullins, whose new study documents a strong linkage between the incidence of abuse and homosexuality in the priesthood and in seminaries.
Matthew E. Bunson
On Nov. 2, the Ruth Institute published a new report that dares to ask a question many researchers — and Catholics — have been afraid to ask: What has been the role of active homosexuality and homosexual subcultures in the priesthood and in seminaries on the sex-abuse crisis?

The report — which indicates a very strong correlation between homosexual priests and homosexual subcultures and the incidence of clergy sexual abuse — is in part a response to the two important studies commissioned by the U.S. Bishops in the face of the sex-abuse crisis that were conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The 2004 study was entitled, “The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States,” and the 2011 report was called, “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010.”

The 2011 report was heavily criticized at the time of its release for its assertion that it found no evidence that homosexual priests were to blame for the abuse crisis, despite the fact that more than 80% of the victims were male and that 78% were postpubescent. Critics claimed that the report bowed to political correctness and fear of a backlash in academia.

Seven years on, the Ruth Institute has weighed into the research of the sex-abuse crisis, specifically addressing the issue of homosexuality. A global nonprofit organization, the Ruth Institute was founded by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., to help study and find solutions to the toxic impact of the sexual revolution. The new report was the work of Father D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., a senior research associate of the Ruth Institute. Father Sullins recently retired as professor of sociology at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., and has focused on same-sex parenting and its implications for child development, the trauma that women suffer following abortion, and the impact of clergy sex abuse. A former Episcopalian, Father Sullins is a married Catholic priest.

The central thrust of the report is that the share of homosexual men in the priesthood rose from twice that of the general population in the 1950s to eight times the general population in the 1980s, [Sweet Jesus, save us!] a trend that was strongly correlated with increasing child sex abuse. At the same time, a quarter of priests ordained in the late 1960s report the existence of a homosexual subculture in their seminaries, rising to over half of priests ordained in the 1980s, a second trend that was also strongly correlated with increasing child sex abuse.

Father Sullins spoke to the Register about the report on Oct. 31. Aware of the controversy that will surround any effort to research the possible role of homosexual priests in the clergy sex-abuse crisis, including the likelihood he will be demonized and called a homophobe, he said bluntly, “To people who hate the truth, the truth looks like hate.

What follows is an interview with Fr. Sullins about the report.   One of the things he points out is that we don’t know with accuracy which seminaries were the most involved in promoting deviant men and “de-selecting” those who are straight and faithful.

This work is urgently needed.

The problem is not “clericalism”.  The problem is homosexual clericalism…. sodoclericalism.

Until this is addressed fully, the problems won’t be dealt with.

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ASK FATHER: What is All Souls Mass “with a Catafalque”?

First of all, don’t forget to get those indulgences!  HERE

Today is the Commemoration of All Souls, meaning, our liturgical remembrance of those souls now in the purifying state of Purgatory.

Prayer for the dead is a work of mercy.  You can help those who have gone into death by your prayers and good works to which the Church has attached indulgences, applying to them the merits of Christ and the saints.

I received a note from a reader…


I have attended many Traditional Masses, but – until next week – an All Souls Mass with a Catafalque.

What can I expect regarding the Catafalque itself and what (if
anything) is expected of me regarding Absolution at the Catafalque.

As Traditional Masses expand and more Catholics come in contact with our reemerging liturgical treasures, perhaps my question may be of value to other readers.

Absolution of the Catafalque.  What’s with that?

Traditionally we pray over the bodies of the dead before they are consigned to their earthly resting place to await the Resurrection at the end of things.   These prayers ask God’s mercy on the deceased and petition a relief of temporal punishment due to sin so as to speed their souls to heaven.

When, in the traditional, form of the Roman Rite, we have a Requiem Mass for the Dead, we can also have an “absolution of the catafalque”.  A catafalque is a framework, often decorated, which supports a coffin during a funeral or while lying in state.  At the end of a Requiem Mass when the deceased’s body is present, the coffin is on the catafalque.  However, we celebrate Requiem Masses in the traditional form for the dead even when the body is not present.  As a matter of fact, this was very common in most places, especially when there were several priests at a parish.  It was not uncommon for a parish to have a Requiem every day.  In these cases, there could be the absolution at the end, as if there were a body present.  The catafalque would be set up and the absolution would be given, as if there were a body.   Sometimes, to substitute for the catafalque a pall, a large cloth to drape the coffin, would be placed on the ground, to symbolize the catafalque and body.

After the Mass, the celebrant puts on a black cope and goes to the catafalque. Chants and prayers are sung.  He goes about the catafalque with holy water and incense.  More chants are sung and that’s that.

Here is a photo of the Extraordinary Ordinary of Madison while he sprinkled holy water on the catafalque during the annual Requiem we have for the deceased priests of the diocese.

So, in short, the catafalque symbolizes the moral presence of the bodies of those for whom we are praying for relief from temporal punishment due to sin and swift entrance to heaven.  In the traditional rite, we treat it much as we would the body of the deceased, with the chants, prayers and absolution as if before burial.

Here is a video from a some time ago of the absolution of a catafalque after a Mass at Sanctissima Trinità dei Pellegrini in Rome.

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BRICK BY BRICK in Florida! New Sunday TLM established.

I received wonderful news this morning.  A kind soul informed me that a regular Sunday Traditional Latin Mass will be implemented.  Here’s what I received:

Great news! Another traditional Mass is starting up in the Diocese of Palm Beach—in Vero Beach. 12 pm Sundays! beginning the First Sunday of Advent 2 December at Saint John of the Cross 7590 26st Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32966.
We are very grateful to the decision-makers who have made this possible.
Please share this invitation with friends in Vero Beach!

This comes from the Friends of the Traditional Mass Jupiter

What really makes my socks roll up and down with this news is that my mother lives a stone’s throw away and I get down there to visit when I can.  As a matter of fact, I’ll be there next week.

Brick by brick, friends.  This is how we reclaim our Catholic identity.

We need side by side, frequent, offerings of the TLM everywhere.

You’ve seen how things are going in the Church.

‘C’MON FATHERS!   Let’s get going!

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Run, don’t walk, to read it.  Summary view of the 2018 Synod (“walking together”)

At the UK’s (and soon to be also USA’s) best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, you must… I repeat MUST… read George Weigel’s biting postscript on the 2018 Synod (“walking together”).  HERE  Weigel’s is the first of several postscript “letters” posted together.

Weigel is as scathing as he is comprehensive in his synodal retrospective.  He effectively and rightly flays the hide from the managers of this edition of “walking together”.  For example, Weigel exposes how a discussion of “synodality” was smuggled into the final document.  He observes that a push toward “synodality” will ultimately break down into regional variants, a concern that seems dead on target:

And before long, the Catholic Church would have been deconstructed into a simulacrum of the Anglican Communion, a lot of which is dying from, among other things, a surfeit of “synodality.”

Against charges sure to emerge from the portside of the Barque of Peter, it must be underscored that these are not the concerns of Ultra-Traditionalists at war with Vatican II. Rather, they are the entirely legitimate concerns of some of the Church’s most dynamic bishops, all of whom are proponents of the New Evangelization. What they see in this local-option Catholicism is a prescription for utter incoherence leading to evangelical failure.


It is interesting that Trotsky’s famous phrase “permanent revolution” came up while they were “walking together”.

Weigel has spent a considerable number of his years writing about John Paul II.   For a couple years I have been saying on this blog that those around Francis are purposely, methodically, trying to snuff out the magisterial teaching of John Paul.   Weigel wrote this:

Cleaning the Slate or The Missing Pope

At a dinner during the Synod’s final week, the Polish bishops at Synod-2018 – Stanisław Gądecki, archbishop of Poznań, and Grzegorz Ryś, archbishop of Łódż – wondered aloud why there was no reference in the draft final report to the teaching or experience of John Paul II, the most successful papal youth minister in modern history and the author of the Theology of the Body, Catholicism’s most developed (and persuasive) answer to the claims of the sexual revolution. Similar questions were posed to me by Cardinal Kamimierz Nycz and his auxiliaries when I met with them in Warsaw during a brief visit there during the Synod. Thanks to an amendment proposed by the two Poles, the Theology of the Body did get a mention in the Really Final Draft Final Report (as did the Catechism of the Catholic Church). Still, the questions the archbishops raised were not misplaced, and one possible answer to them sheds further light on the Church’s immediate future.

The first thing to be noticed about this attempted airbrushing is that it is quite out of character in high-level Church documents. Vatican II made copious references to the magisterium of previous popes, especially Pius XII. In their magisterium, John Paul II and Benedict XVI made similar, extensive references to the work of their predecessors. This was not simply a question of good manners; it had a serious theological purpose, which was to demonstrate that, even as the Church’s thinking and teaching develops, that developed thought is in continuity with what has gone before, even as the Church’s experience and reflection leads it to draw new meanings from the treasure chest of the Deposit of Faith.

This now seems to have stopped. Amoris Laetitia, [there it is!] the apostolic exhortation completing the work of the Synods of 2014 and 2015, only quoted John Paul’s apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, Familiaris Consortio, in a bowdlerized form. John Paul’s encyclical on the renewal of Catholic moral theology, Veritatis Splendor, has virtually disappeared in the present pontificate. Now comes Synod-2018, which struck concerned Synod fathers as a deliberate attempt to marginalize the pope who reinvented Catholic young adult ministry in his extensive pilgrimages and in the phenomenon of World Youth Day (which other Synod fathers actually proposed eliminating).

No one is entirely sure what is going on here. But it is not beyond the bounds of propriety to suggest that, in today’s Rome, there is a devaluing of continuity coupled with a misunderstanding of the development of doctrine and a fascination with papal autocracy. More-than-hints of that were already evident at Synod-2014 and Synod-2015, and one prominent proponent of Pope Francis’s style of governance has even suggested that his “discernment” is independent of Scripture and tradition [Remember that?  HERE  Fr. Thomas Rosica – part-time pipe, full-time partisan – openly said that Francis, who can “discern”, is beyond tradition and Scripture.] – a species of ultramontanism that would make Henry Edward Manning and Alfredo Ottaviani blush. The problem has now come into clearer focus, and it was deeply disturbing to more than a few of the bishops at Synod-2018.


I could go on with examples of Weigel’s synthetic summary.  His acid comments about Card. Baldisseri can only be improved by the consumption of popcorn.

Run, don’t walk, to read it.  For your convenience… HERE


For extra credit reading, check out the Natholic Catholic Register. The great Ed Pentin interviewed Archbp. Anthony Fisher of Sydney, Australia. He was on the information commission for this Synod and he was elected to the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops, which will prepare the next fiasco... Synod. As one of my correspondent’s put it: He is “politely devastating”. As a matter of fact, the first thing he says when asked how the Synod went was:

Like the curate’s egg, it was good in parts.

Ouch. If you don’t know that phrase, “the curate’s egg”, try this HERE.

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