TLM training available for priests

The Vetus Ordo, the Usus Antiquior, the Extraordinary Form, the Pian Rite, the Tridentine Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass… call it what you want, there are priests out there who want to learn how to celebrate it.

There are so many good reasons to learn to celebrate it, among which:

  • It teaches you who you are as a priest in a way that the Novus Ordo cannot.
  • It will have a marked effect on your ars celebrandi.
  • It connects us across borders and centuries.
  • It will have a huge knock-on effect on your congregation.
  • If you don’t know it, you don’t know the Roman Rite for which you were ordained.
  • It will have an increasingly important role as demographic shift in the Church.
  • It’s beautiful.

Alas, priests can be busy.  Not all priests know someone in their diocese or order, nearby, who can teach them.   Priests can be tied down in a parish and unable to go to one of those places where workshops are offered, such as in Chicago at St. John Cantius.

A reader sent a link to a group who say that they will come to you.


It could be that a priest or two, or three, or four, could benefit from this.

Just do it.

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A priest’s prayers before and after making his own confession

From an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before my ordination.  They are dense with old wisdom.

Here are two prayers, in Latin and English, for priests, for before and after they make confession their own confession.

I’ve added accent marks.  In the translations I used an archaic style.  The content might seem a little flowery in our age of tweets and dumbed-down prose, but… there’s nothing wrong with that!  There are a couple tricky bits in the Latin, but I believe I’ve found the right solutions.

In this these troubling times, I suspect many priests, discerning the particular need and/or in good discipline, will seek to make their own confessions soon.  I hope these prayers could be of use.


Súscipe Confessiónem meam, piísime ac clementíssime Dómine Iesu Christe, única spes salútis ánimae méae, et da mihi, óbsecro, contritiónem cordis, et lácrimas óculis meis, ut dé?eam diébus ac nóctibus omnes neglegéntias meas cum humilitáte et puritáte cordis.  Dómine, Deus meus, súscipe preces meas.  Salvátor mundi, Iesu bone, qui te crucis morti dedísti, ut peccatóres salvos fáceres, réspice me míserum peccatórem invocántem nomen tuum, et noli sic atténdere malum meum, ut obliviscáris bonum tuum; et si commísi unde me damnáre potes, tu non amisísti, unde salváre soles.  Parce ergo mihi, qui es Salvátor meus, et miserére peccatríci ánimae meae.  Solve víncula eius, sana vúlnera.  Emítte ígitur, piíssime Dómine, méritis puríssimae et immaculátae semper Víriginis Genitrícis tuae Maríae, et Sánctorum tuórum, lucem tuam, veritátem tuam in ánimam meam, quae omnes deféctus meos in veritáte mihi osténdat, quos confitéri me opórtet, atque iuvet et dóceat ipsos plene et contríto corde explicáre. Qui vivis et regnas Deus per ómnia saécula saeculórum.  Amen.

Accept my confession, O most merciful and most gentle Lord Jesus Christ, sole hope of the salvation of my soul, and grant to me, Thy priest, I beg, contrition of heart and tears for my eyes, that day and night I might beweep all my failures with humility and purity of heart.  O Lord, my God, accept my prayers.  Savior of the world, good Jesus, who gave Thyself to the death of the Cross so that Thou mightst make sinners to be saved, look upon me, a miserable sinner invoking Thy Name, and heed not my evil in such a way that Thou shouldst forget Thy goodness. And if I have committed that by which Thou canst condemn me, Thou hast not lost that by which Thou art accustomed to save me.  Spare me, therefore, Thou who art my Savior, and be merciful to my sinful soul.  Free its bonds, heal its wounds.  Hence, most merciful Lord, by the merits of Thy Mother, the most pure and immaculate ever-Virgin Mary, whom Thou didst entrust as a Mother especially to priests, and by the merits of Thy Saints, into my soul send forth Thy light, Thy truth which all my defects require, and assist and teach me to unfold them fully and with a contrite heart. Who livest and reignest, God, forever and ever. Amen.


Sit tibi, Dómine, óbsecro, méritis beatae semper Vírginis Genetrícis tuae Maríae et ómnium Sanctórum, grata et accépta ista conféssio mea, et quidquid mihi défuit nunc, et de suf?ciéntia contritiónis, de puritáte et integritáte confessiónis, súppleat píetas et misericórdia tua et secúndum illam dignéris me habére plénius et perféctius absolútum in caelo. Qui vivis et regnas cum Deo Patre in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia saécula saeculórum. Amen.

O Lord, I beseech Thee, by the merits of Thy Mother, the ever-Virgin Mary, and of all the saints, let this my confession to have been pleasing and acceptable to Thee, and whatsoever was now lacking in me and in the sufficiency of my contrition, and in the purity and completeness of my confession, may Thy mercy and compassion make whole and, thereafter, deign to hold me fully and perfectly absolved in Heaven.  Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.  Amen.

This post is intended for bishops and priests and perhaps seminarians, for now to ponder.

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Francis wears leopard skin at Mass. Apologies from libs to Card. Burke to follow.

UPDATE 15 Sept: 

Fr. Hunwicke has added tuppence.

Pope Pardoctonus the First

In Mozambique Francis said Mass wearing a chasuble with leopard skin gallons.

A close look at large photos suggests that it is the real thing: the fur of a dead leopard worn during a public liturgical rite.

Hence, the signer of Laudato wore the skin of an endangered species in public, in a clear approbation of the killing and skining of leopards.

Of course if it’s fake leopard skin… that’s almost worse, for obvious reasons.

At least it wasn’t a wolf skin.

Will we now see the Fishwrap types praise Card. Burke when he submits to wearing ermine (i.e., fur of an animal)?

You can hear the libs minds grinding.

“But… but… but…”, sputter the libs, “It’s not Francis’ fault!  No, wait.  There’s nothing wrong with it because it’s, you know, cultural.   Endangered is such a slippery term.  Maybe leopards are a nuisance there!  Maybe.. no… wait, I don’t mean that these beautiful creatures who have more right to live in Africa than people do are… no, ummm… I don’t want you to think I’m speciesist or racist!  Only conservatives are racists!   No, the leopard thing… ha ha!… well… you know, they in their un-racist simplicity put it out there for him to wear and so he wore it.  If Africans shouldn’t tell Synod Fathers what to say, then we shouldn’t tell them what to wear!  Right?  After all… Vatican II!  So, he is just… you know… so humble he just put it on.   Card. Burke, however, when he puts on things people put out for him to wear is being arrogant and oppressive.  He hates animals and … HE HATES VATICAN II!”

In any event, it is good to know that the use of the fur of animals is in vogue again.


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PODCAzT 177: Latin of the Last Rites in the Traditional Form

We’ll explore this time the Latin of the Last Rites in the Traditional form.

There is enough evidence that Latin is more effective in our Rite than the vernacular, that the use of Latin, often, is warranted. It would be warranted in any event because it is the official language of the sacred liturgical worship of the Roman Catholic Church. From time to time I have lamented the blatant disobedience in regard to can. 249?

I remind the readership, especially those readers who are diocesan bishops, that the Code of Canon Law, can. 249, requires – it doesn’t suggest or recommend or propose, but requires – that seminarians be “very well skilled” in the Latin language:

I recently had the opportunity to administer the last sacraments to a man deeply committed to the traditional practice of the faith. He wanted the traditional rites and he wanted them in Latin. When I was in his presence, I queried again, and he affirmed that he wanted everything in Latin, even parts that could be done in English. Hence, I absolved him in Latin, anointed him in Latin, and gave him Viaticum in Latin.

On the drive home it occurred that some priests out there might benefit from a recording of the Latin of these rites, just I have made recordings of the Latin of other rites, such as parts of Holy Mass, the Blessing of Water, forms of absolution in both forms, the obligatory Latin parts in a traditional baptism, and so forth. So, why not these rites as well? I’ve done the forms of absolution for the sacrament of penance in the pre-conciliar and post conciliar forms in another podcast, but I’ll say them again here.

The book I will use is the Parish Ritual of 1962, recently reprinted.  US HERE – UK HERE

I toss in some helpful pointers for young guys, such as anointing the backs of the hands of priests, rather than the palms, as you do for lay people. I make distinctions about the sacraments of the living and sacraments of the dead.  Anointing is a sacrament of the living. Therefore it is to be received in the state of grace, except in the case wherein it is impossible to hear the confession of and absolve a person.

I read the Latin deliberately, without trying to be fluid or natural. This is intended as an instructional recording, to help young priests and seminarians with Latin.

Note the pattern of the rite.  The first thing that always happens is the expulsion of the Devil.  Then the sanctification part can begin.  This is the constant pattern of our rites, whether it is the cleansing of the priest’s lips before reading the Gospel or the exorcism of salt and water or of a church building before consecration.

The hymn you hear, if you are interested, is from the New English Hymnal – so it’s Anglican and perhaps used in the Ordinariate – ? – “Thou To Whom The Sick And Dying” sung by the Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir.  There is a series from great choirs around the UK to record all the hymns of that hymnal.  I have some of them, thanks to the kindness of readers in the past who checked my wish list.  I am still missing some of the series.

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WDTPRS – 23rd Ordinary Sunday: Submission, manumission, filiation

roman sarcophagus man sonThe Collect for the 23rd Ordinary Sunday – this Sunday – was not in any pre-Conciliar edition of the Roman Missal, but it was in the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary in a section for evening prayers during Paschaltide.  You have to wonder how they – the cutting and pasting experts – made these decisions.  Right?

Deus, per quem nobis et redemptio venit et praestatur adoptio, filios dilectionis tuae benignus intende, ut in Christo credentibus et vera tribuatur libertas, et hereditas aeterna.

Take note of the lovely chiasms (so-called because, stylistically, they form a X or Greek chi): redemptio venit…praestatur adoptio (subject verb… verb subject) and also vera libertas…hereditas aeterna (adjective noun…noun adjective).  And the two passives make a nice bridge.  It is brilliantly crafted and typically terse, according to the Roman genius.


Vocabulary connections suggest to me Patristic sources for this prayer (e.g., in St Hilary of Poitiers (+ c. 368) de trin 6, 44; St Ambrose of Milan (+ 397) ep 9, 65, 5).

Praesto, -iti, -atum means effectively “to stand before or in front”.   It has a wide range of meanings, however, including “to fulfill, discharge, maintain, perform, execute” and concepts surrounding the same, making praesto a little confusing.  The lexicographer Souter says that in about the 2nd century praesto meant, “lend” (like French “prêter”) and from the 4th century onward “offer”.  Cassiodorus (+ c. 583) and other authors use praesto for “help, aid, give”.   A. Blaise suggests the French “accorder” when praesto concerns God.  Some weeks ago, (19th Sunday) we saw adoptioHereditas can be, “heirship” or the inheritance, the patrimony, itself.


God our Father, you redeem us, and make us your children in Christ. Look upon us, give us true freedom and bring us to the inheritance you promised.

BTW.. in all the years that I wrote these columns, I constantly reminded people that the slavishly literal versions I provided week in and week out were intended to help you see how the Latin works, to get the bones of the prayers, for the sake of comparing and contrasting more easily the official translations..  They were never intended to be liturgically ready versions… even though they were often better than what we got!  So, keep that in mind.  They are workhorses, merely.


O God, through whom to us come both redemption and adoption is guaranteed, kindly give attention to your beloved children, so that both true freedom and the inheritance everlasting may be bestowed on those believing in Christ.

See what I did in there?


O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an everlasting inheritance.

What do you think?

By the fact of our unity with Christ in His and our common human nature, the way to divine sonship was opened up to us by the Father in Christ.

Christ is the Father’s Son by nature, we are sons and daughters by grace.

Our adoption through grace is “perfect” (adoptio perfecta) because it complete. Perfecta is from perficio, “bring to an end or conclusion, finish, complete”.  From God’s point of view our adoption is perfect because He puts His mark upon us, especially in baptism and confirmation.  Since God is not limited by time and for Him there are no past or future distinct from the present, He sees in perfection the results of every gift of adoption.  From our point of view adoption will only be completed when we see Him face to face.  Because of baptism the Father’s mark is sealed into us forever.  In this marvelous adoption the Holy Spirit brings the Father and Son to us when He takes up His rightful place in our souls, thus creating the perfect communion, even family, within our souls.

Today’s Collect has its foundation certainly in the New Testament imagery of adoption, but I think it also flows out of ancient Roman legal concepts of manumission and adoption, freeing of slaves and adoption of heirs.

Ancient prayers rang differently in the ancient ears than they do in ours.  Trying to get the content that rang then to ring also today is tricky.  Sometimes it can’t be done, and still retain the prayer’s concision, a characteristic of the Roman style.

Let’s bang our hammer on the bell that is “adoption” for a while and see what rings out.

Our adoption by God takes us out of slavery and gives us a new status as free members of the Church and as sons and daughters.  Baptism confers this freedom, membership, and adoption.

Even natural children of a father in ancient Rome required the father’s recognition (Latin recognitio – which is what today’s Motu Proprio on translation dealt with!) before they were legally considered to be his legitimate children and heirs with any rights.  Adoption could grant those same rights and privileges.  Roman adoptio removed a person from one familia and put him in another, while adrogatio legally placed people not under the power of a parent into a familia, thus placing them under the authority of the paterfamilias.  In Latin, a familia is a house and all belonging to it, a family estate, family property, fortune.  A familia had a head, the paterfamilias (or –familiae, the –as being a Greek genitive), the master of the house.

The baptized are no longer subject to Satan and destined for hell, but are now under new mastership of God.

In Rome there was also an “adoption” by being named an heir with the right of taking the name of the one bequeathing the patrimony.  However, this was not an adoption in the fullest sense: you became heir of the father’s name and property without the other powers of a paterfamilias until they were confirmed by magistrates, etc.

Even after baptism our state can be deepened through confirmation.

Ancient slaves could be freed, but that did not make them Roman citizens with the greater rights.  By baptism, we become citizens of heaven, members of the family of the Church.  Not only are we free, but we gain even the chance of eternal salvation.

In ancient Roman a slave could become a citizen through certain types of manumission, by adoption, through military service, or a special grant to a community or territory.  In a way, we have undergone all of these: by laying His hand on us (manus “hand” and mittere), we have been freed.  We have been made sons and daughters of a heavenly Father.

We are now soldiers in the Church militant.

By membership of the society of the Church, a holy and priestly People, we gain privileges and obligations.   God has recognized us as His own children with a perfect adoption.  This is true freedom and true heirship, excluding nothing and, in some sense, lavishing on us even more than we might have had before we fell under the Devil’s dominion through sin.

This is a difficult mystery to grasp: we are already sons and daughters in a perfect sonship by adoption, but that sonship is not yet complete: we lack the final essential component, that is, perseverance in faith and obedience for the whole course of our lives and their ratification in death and our particular judgment.

It is through many trials that we come to the perfection of adoption which we now share in an imperfectly perfect way.

These collects during the summer, during Ordinary time, contain reminders of who we are and, therefore, what we are to do.

Christ reveals both.

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Interesting old rubric: Post-Communion purification, ablution of the faithful, not just the priest

How seriously did our forebears take the reception of Communion and their duty to avoid possible profanation of the Eucharist.

Today I saw an interesting entry at Corpus Christi Watershed about a rubric which disappeared by the time of the 1962 Missale Romanum.

It is curious that in the 1962MR rubrics about certain things disappeared, such as the recitation of the so-called Second Confiteor.

I had forgotten about this rubric. Here’s CCW (in case someone is “triggered” by that, it’s not Concealed Carry Weapon):

As late as 1957, the Roman Missal contained this rubric:

Minister autem dextera manu tenens
vas cum vino et aqua, sinistra vero mappulam,
aliquanto post Sacerdotem eis porrigit purificationem,
et mappulam ad os abstergendum.

The Server, however, holding in his right hand
a vessel with wine and water, and in his left a cloth,
a little behind the Priest proffers them
[i.e. the communicants] the purification,
and the cloth to wipe their mouths.
That’s correct: An altar boy followed the priest, giving water and wine to those who have just received Holy Communion.


It seems that this practice fell aside, even as the rubric remained for a time. It was preserved at ordinations and other rare occasions.

The article curiously concludes:

Nevertheless, Fr. Herbert Thurston was probably correct to write, in 1911:

“Nay more, I will go so far as to say that if any priest did carry out the rubric in question, he would—at an early date—have his attention called to the matter by his Bishop, and would be reminded that it was not for private individuals to revive obsolete observances, when they have been suffered to fall into desuetude by a Church fully competent to enforce her own enactments if she wishes to do so.”

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More fresh hell from beyond the ‘limes’: the Land of Karl Rahner and Walter Kasper and Really Bad Ideas

The ancient Roman historian Tacitus said that the Germans of his day had a strong tendency to folk assembly government, and that big decisions were decided by the whole tribe.  The men of the whole tribe.  Women could speak up and their opinions were heard.

He also said that priests inflicted the punishments.

Germany hasn’t changed much.   They still have a propensity to tribal government – that is, when they haven’t given authority to a murdering nutcase – and priests are still inflicting punishment on the people of God.

What is the latest punishment these priests are cooking up like beery brats in the lardy frying pan?

I mean, of course, the Really Bad Idea that the German Church is going to undertake to have a “binding Synod”.

How bad is this idea?  This idea is so bad that even Francis warned about it!  And he wants a Synodal church. That’s how bad.

CNA got hold of the draft document for this Really Bad Binding German Synod Idea.


The text would create a “Synodal Way of the Catholic Church in Germany” which “aims to address and clarify key issues such as: ‘authority and separation of powers,’ ‘sexual morality,’ ‘the priestly mode of life,’ ‘women at the service of ecclesiastical offices’ over a two-year period.

The Synodal Assembly would be given the authority to pass resolutions in the name of the Church in Germany. The assembly will have up to 200 members, with the largest block, 70, coming from the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK).

German priests, religious, deacons, pastoral workers and other lay groups will also be represented. The 69 bishops who form the German bishops’ conference will be a minority of the membership. Each member – whether a bishop, a priest, or a layperson – will possess a single vote.


Does anyone think that this doesn’t fit, claw in glove, with the machinations of the Germans in the upcoming Amazonian Synod?

Does anyone think that this doesn’t connect to the loony Bishop Franz-Josef Bode’s promotion of homosexuality and Communion for everyone, adulterer or not? He’s, after all, only VP of the Caput Malorum Omnium (aka Germany) Bishops Conference.

Some things don’t change.

Returning to the ancient world for a moment, consider the ongoing influence of the ancient Roman limes.

The limes – not to be confused with what you put into your large and numerous Gins and Tonic after you’ve read about the antics of the Germans – was the boundary between the regions controlled by Rome and, on the other side, those controlled by the barbarians.  The Romans fortified a frontier stretching some 3000 miles from Britain to the Black Sea.  In Germany there were two massive sections along the Rhine and the Danube.  You can visit interesting museums and reconstructions when you travel there today, as I did many years ago when I was studying archaeology and history.

Their impact today?  It is interesting to note that – and this is a useful generalization – on the Roman side, people today still tend to drink wine, cook with olive oil, and the Catholic Church stayed relatively intact.  On the barbarian side, people tend to drink more beer, cook with lard, and the Protestant Revolt took a strong hold.

It still has a strong hold, it seems, and the beery, lardy, revolt is still going on today.

Ubi vinum ibi Ecclesia Romana, as my old pastor used to quip.  The Tyrolean, he, to the Prussian, me.

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A Friday incitement to stand firm and never to back down

Friends, it seems as if overwhelming forces are hijacking the Church, tying her hands and leading her to where she would not go. It is necessary that the Church go through her own Passion, just as Our Lord endured His.

And then there’s this goose.

Moreover, on my way back from a few days of R&R waaaaay up North, Tom Petty put a little iron back into my bloodstream.

We cannot back down. They can attempt all manner of slander, ridicule, persecution. But we cannot, will not, back down.

We will fight them on the beaches.


Just for nice.

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Jesuit-run John Carroll University goes to the zoo over annual “drag queen” shows

From The Blaze comes a story about how some students at a JESUIT college are miffed because the annual – that was annual and since 2013 – drag queen show was cancelled.

Some of you might say, “Hey! At least the Jesuits cancelled it!”

To which I reply, “Hey? Why the hell did they have it in the first place? Annually?”

But wait for the reason why it was cancelled.

Because it was immoral?  Because it was scandalous?  Because it was disgusting?  Because it is an insult to God?


[To be read with the proper … inflections…]
Catholic college cancels annual drag show — and some students aren’t happy: ‘Having that taken away from us is so diminishing’

A Catholic college in Ohio has canceled its annual drag show after a student newspaper column against the event sparked controversy last year, reported.

A John Carroll University spokesman told the outlet that “divisiveness” on the Jesuit school’s campus led to the decision[So!  They cancelled it because it was “divisive”!  Not because it was disgusting, immoral, a wholesale betrayal of the Jesuit identity they claim (- well, that one…) and an offense to God.]

“We are working with our students on new and more extensive programming that will promote the expression, appreciation, and understanding of the many identities represented at John Carroll University,” the spokesman said. “We are also engaging with community partners, alumni, and experts to advance the understanding of different points of view related to sexuality, faith, inclusion and respect.”


B as in B.  S as in S!

Here’s how these feckless sellouts at John Carroll University describe themselves on the “About” page.  Read this and think about YEARS of sanctioned “drag queen shows”.

The University finds the source of its inspiration in the experience of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the centuries-long commitment of the Society of Jesus to academic excellence and service to the common good. [Yeah… I’ll be ol’ Ignaz would be over the moon about drag queens.]

The Jesuit Catholic character of John Carroll University is a single reality based on the integration of faith and culture. [What does that even mean?  Their “character” is a “single reality”?] It represents a commitment to a church [“a church”… not to the “Catholic Church”] within the world, serving the human search for truth and value, and for justice and solidarity. [And… and… solidarity!] It also represents a reverence for the transcendent vision that Christ preached and lived as the ?nal best expression of human ful?llment[See anything wrong with that?  How about the fact that it is entirely inconsistent with the first part.]

This Jesuit Catholic character inspires and guides the intellectual, professional, and ethical labors that make John Carroll a university.  [But apparently, not “moral”, or “commonsensical”.]

God save those students.

It’s time now for the usual Jesuits to swoosh in and arbitrate.

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Francis: ‘It is an honor when Americans attack me’

From the Catholic Herald:

Pope Francis: ‘It is an honor when Americans attack me’

The Pope’s spokesman later clarified that the Pontiff ‘always considers criticisms an honor’, particularly from ‘an important nation’

Pope Francis told a reporter that it is “an honor when Americans attack me.”

The pope made his comments to Nicolas Seneze, a reporter from La Croix, the French Catholic daily newspaper, during the flight Sept. 4 from Rome to Maputo, Mozambique.

Seneze is author of “Comment l’Amerique veut changer de pape,” which can be translated as “how America wanted to change popes.” Seneze gave Pope Francis a copy of the book during the flight.  [The book is stuffed with rubbish from professional bomb throwers like Beans.]

Pope Francis said he had heard about the book, but had not been able to find a copy. The volume, currently available only in French, went on sale the day of the papal flight.

The book presents the long list of accusations against Pope Francis made in August 2018 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former nuncio to the United States, as one part of a concerted effort, led mainly by Catholics in the United States, to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Pope Francis’ ministry.

Seneze’s thesis is that “rigorist” Catholics, mainly wealthy, are opposed to Pope Francis’ emphasis on mercy over clear rules, [B as in B.  S as in S.] his teaching on ethical problems with the way the world’s economy is working, and his overtures to Cuba and China. [You mean the Chinese, who are now being crushed by the government?]

After telling Seneze that he had not yet read the book, the pope told him, “It’s an honor when the Americans attack me.”

And handing the book on to an aide, the pope commented, “It’s a bomb.” [Whatever that means.]

Shortly after Pope Francis returned to the front of the plane after greeting each member of the media, Matteo Bruni, his spokesman, came to the journalists with a statement.

“In an informal context, the pope wanted to say that he always considers criticisms an honor, particularly when they come from authoritative thinkers — in this case from an important nation,” Bruni said.  [Uh huh.]

A couple things.

What would Francis say about someone out there who lumps huge groups of people into one category?  “Argentinians are….”

There is an old phrase about politicians who accidentally tell the truth.

It could be that this phrase tells us something about what Francis really thinks about Americans.

Oh… and how many new cardinals did he select for these USA?

Okay, so this “I’m honored when Americans attack me” is just a passing remark.

Meanwhile, let all be reminded that we are duty bound to honor the Pope.

Among all the prelates of the whole Church throughout the world, the Pope has “primacy of honor”.

Let us continue to give him due honor.


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ASK FATHER: Why not use “Unbound” for “deliverance prayers”?

From a priest…


On your post about exorcism of a parish you mentioned in the comments not to use “Unbound”. I know people connected to this. Do you know of a good article explaining why? I interested being able to explain to my friends.

He refers to my post HERE and HERE.

I consulted a trusted exorcist about this.  He responded.

I’m unaware of any articles on the subject. But a reading of the book would tell you the following:

Although there are some important and proper elements that make up the method,

1.         Unbound is not meant as an exorcism of place

2.         Unbound speaks a lot about forgiveness, but I haven’t found a clear mention of sacramental forgiveness.

3.         It doesn’t distinguish between authority and power – not a small detail in these matters. In other words, it invites people (peers) to pray over others (peers), possibly arguing that if someone were to come to you asking for prayers of deliverance, then they give you authority over them. This is fallacious. It goes against natural law of authority. Parents have spiritual authority over their children, husbands over their wives, a priest over the faithful of his parish, and a bishop over his diocese, etc. In other words, a layman speaking tu a tu to an evil spirit sets himself up to get taken to the woodshed if an evil spirit is truly present.

If you publish something critical of Unbound, you be assured that their hyper-sensitive authors will hound you.

Yes, sometimes the hypersensitive – especially those with moral problems compounded with cowardice – do choose to hound, an anonymously.  I am not easily hounded.

I wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot aspergilum.

Traditional Rituale Romanum and a priest who is capable.

That’s the way to go.

REMINDER: I have recordings of the Latin for the rites of exorcism.  They are available for priests and bishops.  That’s it.  Period.  HERE

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Jesuits. Corruptio optimi pessima.

I received a book entitled On the Suppression of the Society of Jesus: A contemporary account.   US HERE – UK HERE I was so hoping that by “contemporary” the title meant our days.  However, it results from the 18th century, when Papa Ganganelli, Clement XIV of happy memory, suppressed the Society.  The book, published by Loyola Press, is by Guilo Cesare Cordara, SJ (1704-1785).  It is his contemporary account.  I’m looking forward to reading it, even though it will be defense of Jesuits and the Society.

Meanwhile, at Crisis I found an article by Michael Warren Davis:

Scrap the Jesuits and start over

Been there, done that.

Could it be done today?

Consider that the Superior of the Jesuits denies that the Devil is a personal, evil being.  The Devil is some sort of nebulous forces in structures.  Think about guys like Reese and Martin.  Think about the Jesuit who gave a guy, so he says, in Seattle a blessing to kill himself.

The old phrase in Latin is made concrete in the Jesuits today: corruptio optimi pessima… the corruption of the best thing is the worst kind of corruption.

There were truly great Jesuits.  There still are!  I know and respect some, and they are not all elderly.

The Jesuits need a massive reform from top – especially from top – to the last and most recent of their ranks.

It was a huge mistake not to dismantle the Legion entirely.  It could have been refounded in a new way later.  It would be a mistake not to rethink the Jesuits from top to bottom and then refound them.

One could weep.  I cannot imagine the pain of the faithful men in the Society.

I fear that no one has the guts to act like a real Jesuit and do what has to be done.  Rose bushes need to be hacked down in order to flourish again.

Pray for a new St. Francis Xavier to rise up.  Can you imagine what he would say, looking around?  We need Jean de Brébouf, not Jasmine the Poof.  When the Iroquois were torturing St. Jean to death, they drank his blood because they wanted to have his courage.  We need new Edmund Campions, Robert Southwells, John Gerards.  We need Rupert Mayers, not Daniel Berrigans.  We need John de Brittos, not Roger Haights.  We need Peter Clavers, not Thomas Reeses.  We need Walter Ciszeks not George Tyrells.  We need Peter Fabers, not Jon Sobrinos.  We need Robert Bellarmines, not Daniel Maquires.  We need Alfred Delps, not Robert Drinans.  We need William Doyles, not Ernesto Cardenals.  We need Aloysius Gonzagas, not Jacques Dupuis. We need John Hardons, not John Dears. We need Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez, not Antonio Spadaros.  We need Jean Pierre de Caussades, not Pierre Teilhard de Chardins. We need Francis Borgias, not Pedro Arupes.  We need Claude de la Colombieres, not  Carlo Maria Martinis. We need Peter Canisius, not Karl Rahners.

Are you out there?


Clement XIV (Ganganelli) swag that is available.


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Of St. Moses – Old Testament Lawgiver, Prophet and Prof. Camille Paglia – Feminist, Provocateuse

I have a very begrudging respect for Camille Paglia. I disagree with most of what she holds, but I admire her writing and her bluntness. I’m especially fond of how she calls out the cheerleaders of stupid brands of feminism (most of them).

More about Paglia and Moses in a bit.

Today, 4 September, is the feast of St. Moses, lawgiver and prophet in the Old Testament.

Many people do not realize that may Old Testament figures are considered by Holy Mother Church to be saints. Many of them are listed in editions of the Roman Martyrology, both pre-Conciliar and post.

Here is today’s entry for Moses.

1. Commemoratio sancti Moysis, prophetae, quem Deus elegit, ut populum in Aegypto oppressum liberaret et in terram promissionis adduceret; cui etiam in monte Sina sese revelavit dicens: “Ego sum qui sum”, atque legem proposuit, quae vitam populi electi regeret.  Ille servus Dei in monte Nebo terrae Moab coram terra promissionis plenus dierum obiit.

Anyone want to take a crack at What The Martyrology Really Says?

Enjoy some Mystic Monk Coffee, or refresh your depleted supply, and get out that dictionary if necessary.

Also, a question/request to readers:

Have any of you ever seen a stained-glass window of Moses at the cleft in the rock in Exodus 33?

I would like a good photo.

Back to Camille Paglia.  Really, there is a connection.

A few days ago in the Wall Street Journal, there was a piece about how idiot students (most of them) at the university where she teaches want her outsed.  Camille, you see, is not politically correct, or “woke” enough, or something.  And since the idiot students (most of them) are now entitled to be offended by everything they don’t understand (most of it), therefore Paglia has to lose her job.  See the line of thought?  It’s rather like how Madame Defarge at Fishwrap wants Chad Pecknold to be fired every time Chad writes something.

Back to the WSJ piece.  Here’s the horrifying link with Moses.


By contrast to her flaming public persona, Ms. Paglia is positively conventional in the classroom. “As I constantly stress,” she says, “my base identity is as a hard-working, no-nonsense schoolmarm—like the teaching nuns of global Roman Catholicism.” Despite her avowed atheism, she confesses to keeping a Mass card of St. Teresa of Ávila in her den at home. [I often wonder how much of an atheist she really is.]

This fall semester, she will teach two classes, “Art of Song Lyric” and “Style in Art.” She asks me to “stress that I do not teach ‘my’ ideas in the classroom.” Instead, she teaches “broad-ranging” courses and considers herself responsible for her students’ “general education—in which there are huge and lamentable gaps, thanks to the tragic decline of public education in this country.”

She recalls a “horrifying” example from her classroom a few years ago. She was teaching “Go Down, Moses, ” the famous Negro spiritual. “The whole thing is about antiquity,” she says, “but obviously it has contemporary political references.” She passed out the lyrics and played the music, “and it suddenly hit me with horror—none of them recognized the name ‘Moses.’ And I thought: Oh my God, when Moses is erased from the West, what is left of Western civilization?

Judging by last semester’s protests against Ms. Paglia, today’s college students seem better versed in the polemics of gender identity than in Judeo-Christian history.


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Lunch with Dante in Florence. The Poet comments on consistories.

Dante can provide wisdom on most of the troubles of our lives.   His wisdom pops up just about anywhere and in timely fashion.

Thus, a wise and respected friend was lunching in Florence in the shadow of the Duomo today and, lunching, captured this image which, in advance of the upcoming Amazonian Synod – or, perhaps a future consistory or even conclave? – provided food for thought together with the darn good food for the body.

What’s going on here?

Dante is in the Sphere of Mars in the Fifth Heaven.  He is conversing with Cacciaguida, related to Dante’s family, about the situation in Florence.  Cacciaguida blames several families for the corruption of Florence.  When you go about in Florence, by the way, you occasionally spot these plaques from the 1920s with Cacciaguida’s thoughts about these corrupting families at the places where they once lived.

With a substitution or two, it’s apt.

Così facieno i padri di coloro
che, sempre che la vostra chiesa vaca,
si fanno grassi stando a consistoro.

L’oltracotata schiatta che s’indraca
dietro a chi fugge, e a chi mostra ‘l dente
o ver la borsa, com’ agnel si placa, …

“So did the fathers of those
Who, when a vacancy comes in your church,
Fatten by stalling in the consistory.

“The overweening breed that plays the dragon
To one who runs off, but to one who shows
His teeth — or purse — is docile as a lamb….

For the record, the lunch included vitella tonnata and Vermentino.  A good combination, well chosen.

If you have never read the Divine Comedy, you should.  You could start with Anthony Esolen’s excellent translation (Part 1, Inferno US HERE – UK HERE) or perhaps with Dorothy Sayer’s fine version (Part 1, Inferno, US HERE – UK HERE).  There are many renderings to choose from.  I would very much like to teach on Dante someday.  Maybe it’ll happen.

When you make the life-changing choice to read the Divine Comedy, here are a couple tips.  First and foremost, make the decision that you will read the whole thing.  Don’t read just the Inferno.  The really great stuff comes in Purgatorio and Paradiso.

Also, read through a canto to get the line of thought and story and then go back over it looking at the notes in your edition.

Dante was, perhaps, the last guy who knew everything (with the possible exception of Erasmus).  Each Canto is dense with references.  You will need notes to help with the history, philosophy, cosmology, poetic theory, politics, theology, etc.  Really.  You will need help.

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Comprehensive Sexuality Education – A demonic agenda targeting children

Horrible “sex ed” agenda aimed at children.

This is pretty bad.   Get children out of the room before watching.  Really.

I won’t post the video on this blog, but GO HERE.

See what the United Nations and Planned Parenthood, etc. have in store for children.

Big Business Abortion and Big Business Sex.

Hook children on sex.  They are future customers.

This is also tied into demonic gender identity propaganda.


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