Bp. Morlino (D. Madison) will say Sunday Masses ‘ad orientem’


“We become a mighty army marching toward the place of the rising sun to meet the Lord led by the priest. That’s who we really are. As we offer the Eucharistic sacrifice, we march together toward the East to go run and meet the Lord who comes from the East at the end of history.

Now, no general ever led his troops by facing them and walking backwards. He would trip pretty soon. And if he’s built like me, it would be particularly not pretty.”

His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary, the Bishop of Madison, has announced that he is going to say Holy Mass ad orientem at the church of the Cathedral parish.

NB: The Cathedral of Madison burned down some years ago and so the Bishop has been using a downtown church that was clustered with the Cathedral for his regular Sunday Mass.

Here is the Bishop’s sermon.  Note how he weaves in reflection also on the Four Last Things.

Just after 8:00 in the sermon he starts to speak about the change to Masses ad orientem.



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Do you have any good news to share with the readership?  Let us know.

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“Catholics Come Home!” videos – then and now

In the past I have been impressed favorably by the short, inviting videos made by Catholics Come Home!

REMEMBER: If you are a fallen away Catholic, or you have strayed a bit, all 99.9% of you have to do to “come home” is to examine your conscience and make a good confession.  That’s it.   You will be able to receive Communion again (in the state of grace) and start working (with the help of grace) on those bad habits or problems you make have picked up.

Today I received this email:

Catholics Come Home….newer versions??

Fr. Z, you need to see this:

Here is the original video of Catholics Come Home from a few years ago. Very well done:

B) Now…..this was released the other day:

C)….And this:

Anyone can see there is a radical difference between the original, and the latter two newer versions:

(latter two)
-Eschatological sense is missing, eternal life with God? Salvation?
Repentance of sins?
-No mention of Jesus
-Greater focus on earthly/temporal happiness
-Environment, tolerance….??
-Promoting “human rights”, “We want a better life”, care for the
environment, dream of a better world…..??
*Shocking this was on the EWTN page.

Yes, the spirit, if we can call it that, of the first and then more two more recent videos is different.

Discuss: Do we dumb things down or deemphasize important and central characteristics of the Faith in order to get people into the door? Is that how we proceed with the New Evangelization?

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Literate: “What, Papa, is ‘Jesuit’?” Papa: “I think you’d better ask your Mother.”

From the erudite digital pen of Fr. Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment:

September 3 Anno Domini 2116: a family dialogue

An old favourite of some appreciative readers, reprinted by request with one or two tinkerings. 

Literate and Latinate six-year-old: Papa, why was the psalmody of this morning’s Mass of St Pius X so odd? I mean, in the psalmus of the Introit, why did we have Gratias Domini in aeternum cantabo, rather than Misericordias …? And why has ecclesia been replaced with coetus?
Papa: Well, my child, when that Mass was added to the Missal, the Holy See was rather keen on the Bea psalter.  [pronounced BAY-ah – BOOO!]
Literate …: What was the Bea, Papa?
Papa: It was an evil German Jesuit who …
Literate …: What, Papa, is ‘Jesuit’?
Papa: I think you’d better ask your Mother … not many people nowadays know the answer to that question … I’m not sure I do … but the Bea had acquired the confidence of Pius XII …
Literate … (fiercely)Ah, the pope who appointed Hasdrubal Bugnini who engineered the Great Liturgical Deformation of the twentieth century?
Papa: Exactly, best beloved, except that his name was Hannibal … Hasdrubal was his brother … sort of … perhaps I allow you to read too much Livy … and the Bea began its evil work by doing a new translation of the Psalter into Classical Latin and …
Literate …: But surely, Papa carissime, St Christine Mohrmann, the great Dutch Latinist and Doctrix of the Church, had just demonstrated that Liturgical Latin was an exquisite deeply Christian form of Latin expressly crafted to convey in all its transcendent beauty the Catholic Faith?
Papa: Indeed she had, but Pius XII, a weak and foolish pope, ignored her scholarship and allowed the Bea to do its worst. And …
Literate …: But why was today’s Mass not subsequently corrected when St Benedict XVII completed the Great Liturgical and Doctrinal Restoration in 2066 by promulgating the anathemas against Kasperism?
Papa: Because the liturgy, learned offspring, bears within it marks of all the periods through which, in its triumphant march across the centuries, it has passed. These harmless if profoundly eccentric details provide a powerful incentive to historical research such as that upon which you, after your Seventh Birthday, will embark. Now run along and finish your doctoral thesis on the de Beatificatione et Canonizatione of St Benedict XIV. Then you can ask your Mother what ‘Jesuit’ means before I read you your bed-time story from the newly recovered Hecaleof Callimachus.
Literate …: Thank you, Papa. I warmly anticipate each of those three agenda.

I’ll close comment here, so that you can comment over there.

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Catholics! WAKE UP!

millard-fillmoreThis leaves me disappointed and, frankly, disgusted.

From The Spectator:

Hillary’s Catholic Con

Barack Obama won a majority of the Catholic vote both in 2008 and 2012. Hillary Clinton, according to pollsters, is poised to do the same. She is leading Trump among Catholic voters by over twenty points. In an age of secularism and a secularized Catholic Church, Democrats have never found it easier to con Catholics. The more they promise to persecute them, the more they can count on their vote.

Trump says that he will lift Obama’s contraceptive mandate; she promises to enforce it. Trump says that he will appoint justices who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade; she promises to protect it. Trump says that he won’t force taxpayers to pay for abortions; she promises to ensure that they do. She is implacably opposed to every tenet of the natural moral law. Yet it appears that Catholics stand ready to vote for her.  [Putting aside what one might think about Trump, I cannot fathom how any even partially well-formed Catholic could stomach the thought of a Hillary Clinton presidency, much less voting for her.  I’ve been pretty clear about what my position is: I would vote for the corpse of Millard Filmore if someone ran it, if that meant keeping Clinton out of the White House.]

At the convention, Hillary engineered the most extreme platform ever. Her representatives wrote into it a proposal to undo the Hyde Amendment: “We will continue to oppose — and seek to overturn — federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.” “Access” is Hillary’s euphemism for forcing Americans to pay for abortion. If she wins, she will work to turn Obama’s contraceptive mandate into an abortion mandate. Her Catholic running mate, Tim Kaine, who symbolizes the secularization of the Catholic Church in America, has said that he is determined to get “comfortable” with Hillary’s position on the Hyde Amendment.


One of the overriding issues for me are appointments to the Supreme Court.  I am pretty sure I know what sort of person Hillary Clinton would nominate.  And while we don’t know one way or another whether he would stick to the list, the list that Trump proposed for potential nominees is by far better than the sort of person I am pretty sure Clinton would put forward.   I don’t know about the other candidates – whose names escape me at the moment.  Putting aside her lying and playing fast and loose with National Security and the integrity of the State Department, etc. etc., etc., think about the long-term consequences for this nation and for the world were Hillary’s picks to pack the SCOTUS.

Catholics!  WAKE UP!  

Given the sort of liturgical worship and horrid catechesis we have had since the ’60’s none of this is a surprise.  But it sure is sad to see.

Sigh.  Where are the brightest and the best?   It is hard to blame the people we would hope to see run, and who don’t.  Who would be eager to put themselves and their families through the election meat grinder?

The moderation queue is ON.

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ASK FATHER: Can “General Absolution” be scheduled in advance?

From a reader…


Our Dean plans to hold ‘The Rite of Reconciliation of several
penitents with General Confession and Absolution‘ as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In a note inserted in our parish newsletter, [Good… it’s in print.] he writes: ‘Pope Francis encourages us to experience this jubilee first-hand as the favourable time to heal wounds by offering everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation. The symbolism of opening the doors to God’s mercy and throwing the net wide is well provided for in this Rite… ‘Those wishing to received sacramental absolution in this form will be required to bow their heads in quiet prayer. In this way we are confessing that we are all sinners, and acknowledging together our vital need of God’s grace. The Service (lasting slightly less than an hour) will consist of the Liturgy of the Word, a homily and an examination of conscience. A litany of repentance then encourages us to renew out love in a heartfelt desire to amend our lives. We say together the ‘I confess’ and then General Absolution is bestowed by the laying on of hands as the priest prays over us. [No individual confession?] ‘A proclamation of praise and thanksgiving expresses our joy of forgiveness and we conclude by joining hands to say the Our Father, before sharing with each other a sign of peace. ‘Should anyone wish to speak with a priest about any matter, we will be available at the end.’  [This does not seem to include individual confession of sins (aka auricular confession).  Not good. NB: Pope Francis encourages people to GO TO CONFESSION, not to go to General Absolution (aka Form Three).]

My understanding of CCC 1480-1484 tells me that this… it’s not so good. I feel it would be a sin of omission for me to do nothing but what can I, a housewife, do about this other than beg St Teresa of Calcutta’s intercession? If you advise speaking to him, I’m happy to, but how on earth do I go about phrasing it?

I hope that the priest in question has good intentions, but this is just plain wrong.  You are right to be concerned.  It is also your right and duty to make your concerns known to your pastors. Canon 212 § 3 says that the faithful (which includes both lay people and clerics) have the right and, sometimes, the duty to make heir concerns know to their pastors. about those things which pertain to the good of the Church, according to their knowledge, competence, and dignity.   With regard to liturgical worship and the sacraments, Redemptionis Sacramentum 183 and 184 strengthen the explanation that the faithful can, and sometimes must, make their concerns know about abuses.

General Absolution (absolution given without individual confession of sins) is to be given in cases of grave necessity, emergencies (e.g., airplane about to crash, earthquake traps people under rubble, listeners are around in a hospital ward, battle is about to begin, 1000 people show up in the village when the missionary arrives on his circuit, etc.).

Canon 961 establishes that a grave necessity exists (outside of the clear case of danger of death) when…

“given the number of penitents, there are not enough confessors available properly to hear the individual’s confessions within an appropriate time, so that without fault of their own the penitents are deprived of sacramental grace or of Holy Communion for a lengthy period of time.”

All those conditions would need to be present for general absolution to be given licitly.

Telling people to “come back next week” would NOT deprive them of sacramental grace for a “lengthy period of time,” which most manualists – and we like manuals – would say is a month or more.

Furthermore, the Motu proprio of 7 April 2002 Misericordia Dei, 5 clarifies that

“judgment as to whether there exists the conditions required by canon 961 is [Note bene] not a matter for the confessor, but for the diocesan bishop who can determine cases of such necessity in light of the criteria agreed upon with other members of the Episcopal Conference.”

The local bishops lay down the conditions.  They may vary from place to place.  In Africa, for example, a missionary priest might arrive at a place to find a thousand people waiting.    That conference will lay down the proper conditions for the priest.  In the USA, these problems don’t exist.  Bishops have laid down the conditions (which repeat the point about a month or more – HERE).

The scheduling of General Absolution is, therefore, as wrong wrong wrong as wrong can be.  You cannot schedule an emergency in advance!

Since you don’t say when this is scheduled emergency is scheduled to take place (next week? next month? etc.), depending on your time frame you might try the following.

We are reminded in Redemptionis Sacramentum 183 and 184 that we should, ideally and if possible, bring concerns first to our  local pastors.  While we always have immediate recourse to the Holy See, it is fair and fitting first to address concerns to your parish priest, then to your local bishop, then to the Holy See.

However, and keep this in mind, all of us, no matter who we are – layman or priest – have the right always to address ourselves first, directly, to the Holy See!  No one can accuse us of cutting someone out or going over their heads.  Again, it’s usually better to work up the ladder, but it isn’t obligatory.

If there is a space of time to work in, you might ask this Dean to clarify whether or not there are going to be individual confessions before absolution is imparted.   It doesn’t seem like there is.  Also, it may be that he simply doesn’t know that the bishop, not he, lays down the conditions of General Absolution.  You might say something along the lines of, “What you described in the bulletin does not seem to include confession of sins before absolution.  However, that doesn’t seem to be permitted except in the case of emergencies. Otherwise the Bishop has to approve it before hand.  This isn’t an emergency that warrants General Absolution.  Is the bishop on board with this?”  If you can get a response from the Dean in a letter of some kind, that would be best.

If he blows you off, write to the bishop if there is time.

Otherwise, you could bring your concern directly to your local bishop without talking to the Dean.  If time is short, you could send, immediately, by fax or scanned attachment to an email, or by hand delivery (best), the printed material with the description of what is scheduled to the office of your diocesan bishop. Keep copies of everything.  Include a brief (one side of one sheet of paper), respectful cover letter. Include a question along the lines of: “Have you (i.e, the Bishop) given permission for this scheduled General Absolution according to can. 961 and according to the Motu proprio of 7 April 2002 Misericordia Dei, 5?  Is it permissible to attend such a scheduled General Absolution?”

If this is a very short time frame before the scheduled event, as you approach the bishop, you can also send a fax of the same to the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome, with a brief (one side of one sheet of paper) description of where this is to take place.  You might say in such a letter something like, “I send this information for the Cardinal Prefect’s opportune knowledge.  This scheduled ‘General Absolution’ has caused questions and wonder.”

When writing to a Congregation (or any Vatican office) you always write directly to its head.  In this case…

His Eminence
Robert Card. Sarah
Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments
Palazzo delle Congregazioni

Fax:  (from these USA 011-39-06-

Always, when writing to Church authorities, be brief and be kind.  Do not write angry words about anyone.  Keep it simple and stick to facts.  Include any and all printed matter, etc.) which will support your claims.  Assure them of your respect and promise of prayers.

The moderation queue is ON.

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“I ask St. Teresa of Calcutta to intercede with God for…”

On this first day on which Mother Teresa of Calcutta has been elevated to the altars of the whole Church, let us all ask her intercession for some pressing needs for our respective nations, especially for these USA.

In particular I ask St. Teresa of Calcutta to intercede with God for the conversion, or the failure, of Fishwrap.  I ask St. Teresa to intercede with God for the conversion, or the failure, of the dems’ presidential candidate.  I ask St. Teresa to intercede with God for the conversion, or the utter failure, of Islamic terrorists.

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VIDEO: ‘ad orientem’ worship

The single most damaging change made in the name of, the “spirit” of the Second Vatican Council, was the “turning around” of our altars.   We should recover ad orientem worship.

The video highlights the Traditional Latin Mass, but ee need ad orientem worship for both the Novus Ordo and the Traditional Mass.


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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two about made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation?  Let us know.

For my part here, “up North”, to the small gathering, I pointed to the silence of the people at the meal when the Lord cured the man with “dropsy”.  They had set a trap for Him, seeing if He would cure on the Sabbath.  I used to point of silence to speak about the nine ways in which we can be guilty for sins committed by other people (not just Original Sin).  We can be guilty of the sin of another by

  1. counsel
  2. consent
  3. command
  4. concealment
  5. praise
  6. provocation
  7. partaking
  8. defense
  9. silence

Depending on the dictates of the principle of fraternal correction, there are times when we simply cannot be silent about certain things, particularly when they have to do with grave matters of justice.

I mentioned that now St. Theresa of Calcutta, in front of the odious Clintons back in the day, was not silent.

Finally, we can’t be silent in concrete concern for the poor, not just those who are hungry for bread, as St. Theresa said, but who are spiritually and emotionally hungry. Be concerned for the concrete cases in front of you, not the abstract poor out there somewhere. Don’t be silent in action in their regard.

That’s a taste.   I did this pretty much off the top of my head since I didn’t expect a “congregation” (small though it was).

Did your priests mentioned St. Theresa of Calcutta today?

Here is the video of St. Theresa of Calcutta at the famous National Prayer Breakfast. There was sustained applause. The odious Clintons did not applaud.

Please take the time to watch this. Make sure your children see it. Share it around.

Transcript HERE

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A priest says his first Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form

Here is some good news.

My friend Fr. Jeffrey Keyes has posted about saying his first Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  HERE

Photos there.


Once priests learn the older Form, they ever after say the newer Form in a different, renewed way.  In turn that has a knock-on effect in their parishes.

This is why libs and aging hippies fear it.

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WDTPRS – 16th Sunday after Pentecost: good works bound up in grace

This Sunday’s dense Collect survived the scissors and paste-pots of the Consilium during the 1960’s and lived on in the post-Conciliar Missale Romanum as the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time (next week). This prayer, used for centuries, is in the Sacramentarium Hadrianum, a form of the ancient Gregorian Sacramentary.


Tua nos, quaesumus, Domine, gratia semper et praeveniat et sequatur, ac bonis operibus iugiter praestet esse intentos.

This is elegance.

This is a lovely prayer to sing. Latin’s flexibility, made possible by the inflection of the word endings, allows for amazing possibilities of word order. Latin permits rich variations in rhythm and conceptual nuances. For example, the wide separation of tua from gratia in the first line is a good example of the figure of speech called hyperbaton: unusual word order to produce a dramatic effect. It helps the prayer’s rhythm and emphasizes tua gratia. The use of conjunctions et and ac is very effective, as we shall see below.

The juxtaposition of praeveniat with sequatur reminds me of a prayer I used to hear at my home parish, greatly missed. The Tuesday night devotions there, which featured the Novena of Our Mother of Perpetual Help by St. Alphonsus Liguori (+1787), always included:

“May the Lord Jesus Christ be with you that He may defend you, within you that He may sustain you, before you that He may lead you, behind you that He may protect you, above you that He may bless you. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Let’s drill into vocabulary. The adjective intentus, means “to stretch out or forth, extend” as well as “to strain or stretch towards, to extend.” Think of English “tend towards”. The action packed Lewis & Short Dictionary states that intentus is also “to direct one’s thoughts or attention to.”

Looking at a word like this should convince any of you with children that they must study Latin. A firm grip on Latin will give shape to their ability to reason and provide insights into the meaning of our English words. Roughly 80 percent of the entries in an English dictionary reveal roots in Latin. Over 60 percent of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. Over 90 percent in the sciences and technology. Some 10 percent of Latin vocabulary merged into English without an intermediary language such as French. Words from Greek origin often entered English indirectly through Latin. Give your children, and yourselves, this splendid tool.

Latin has several particles that join parts of sentences and concepts together: et, – que, atque or (ac), etiam, and quoque. These little words all basically mean “and” but they have their nuances. For example, et simply means “and” while – que (always “enclitic”, i.e., tacked onto the end of a word) joins elements that are closely enough associated that the second member completes or extends the first. Another conjunction, atque (a compound of ad and – que) often adds something more important to a less important thing. The useful Gildersleeve & Lodge Latin Grammar points out that “the second member often owes its importance to the necessity of having the complement (- que).” Ac, a shorter form of atque, does not stand before a vowel or the letter “h” and is “fainter” than atque. Ac is much like et. Briefly, etiam means “even (now), yet, still”. Etiam exaggerates and precedes the words to which it belongs while quoque is “so, also” and complements and follows the words it goes with. There are some other copulative particles or joining words, but that is enough for now.

Let’s nitpick some more.

Our Collect has two adverbs, semper and iugiter. Semper is always “always”. Iugiter, however, means “always” in the sense of “continuously.” A iugum is a “yoke”, like that which yokes animals together. Iugum (English “juger”, a Roman unit for land measuring 28,800 square feet or 240 by 120 feet), is probably so named because it was plowed by yoked oxen. Moreover, Iugum was the name of the constellation Libra, the Latin for “scale, balance”. Ancient scales had a yoke-shaped bar. Thus, libra is also the Roman the weight measure for “pound”. Ever wonder why the English abbreviation for a pound is “lbs”?

The iugum was the infamous ancient symbol of defeat. The Romans would force the vanquished to pass under a yoke to symbolize that they had been subjugated. Variously, iugum also means a connection between mountains or the beam of a weaver’s loom or even the marriage bond.

Today’s adverb iugiter means “always”, in the continuous sense, because of the concept of yoking things together, bridging them, one after another in a unending chain. We get this same word in the famous prayer written by St. Thomas Aquinas (+1274) used at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament which is the Collect for Corpus Christi:

“O God, who bequeathed to us a memorial of Thy Passion under a wondrous sacrament, grant, we implore, that we may venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, in such a way as to sense within us constantly (iugiter) the fruit of Thy redemption.”


We beg, O Lord, that Your grace may always both go before us and follow after, and hence continuously grant us to be intent on good works.


our help and guide,
make your love the foundation of our lives.
May our love for you express itself
in our eagerness to do good for others

Yes… I did a double-take too.  It is a nice little prayer for use on a grade school playground.


May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works.

Back to happier things: copulative particles!

It is important not to get overly picky about particles or exaggerate their nuances. Still, today these conjunctions could be important. That et…et is a classic “both…and” construction. But our Collect has et…et…ac…. The et…et joins praeveniat and sequatur. That pair of verbs is followed by an ac. The author was providing more than a simply change of pace. While ac is not a very strong conjunction, the variation leads to a logical climax of ideas. This is why I add “hence” to my literal version.

As you read or, better yet, listen to the prayer being sung, attend to that tua gratia (“your grace”), underscored by means of hyperbaton. First, that “tua gratia” can be an ancient form of honorific address, as used today in some countries for nobility and certain prelates: “Your Grace”. So, in speaking of the gift, we speak of God Himself. Moreover, tua gratia is the subject of all the verbs. We beg God, by His grace, always to be both before us and behind us. We pray for this in order that we may always be attentive to good works. Our good works bound up in His grace.

We rely on grace so as not to fail in the vocations God entrusts to us.

God gives all of us something to do in this life. If we attend to our work with devotion He will give us every actual grace we need to accomplish our tasks. He knew us and our vocations from before the creation of the cosmos, and thus will help us to complete our part of His plan, so long as we cooperate. Living and acting in the state of grace and according to our vocations we come to merit, through Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice, to enjoy the happiness of the heaven for which God made us.

In our prayer we recognize that all good initiatives come from God. When we embrace them and cooperate, it is He who ultimately brings them to completion. He goes before. He follows after. Our good works have merit for heaven only because God inspires them, informs them, and brings them to a good completion. He works through us, His knowing, willing, loving servants. The good deeds are truly ours, of course, and therefore the reward for them is ours. But God freely shares with us His merits so that our works are meritorious.

Today’s Collect stresses how important our good works are for our salvation. They are manifestations of God’s grace, indeed, of God’s presence.

We pray God will lavish His graces on us. In turn, we should be generous with our good works.

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Archbp. Myers suspends priests who confuses the faithful

When someone has been sacked for dissent from Catholic teaching or because of some immoral “lifestyle” choice, I have mixed feelings.  On the one hand, good riddance.  On the other hand, I would – by orders of magnitude – prefer that they change their ways and keep their positions (provided they were competent, etc.).  Card. George once said that Americans can be simultaneously hedonistic and puritanical.  This crops up in an unforgiving spirit which some people manifest: they bash people who were public sinners. Don’t we want people to convert?  I do.

Anyway, I saw this at CWN:

A New Jersey priest has been suspended from public ministry because of his persistent homosexual advocacy.

Father Warren Hall revealed on Twitter that he had been suspended by Archbishop John Myers of Newark, because his public statements and actions are “confusing the faithful.” Last year Father Hall had been removed from his post as chaplain at Seton Hall University because of his outspoken support for homosexual causes.

Father Hall indicated that he thought his suspension showed that Archbishop Myers was out of step with Catholic thinking. He wrote on Twitter that “@Pontifex’s Reform are taking too long.”

Kudos to Archbp. Myers.

While I would rather see this guy change his ways and work to undo some of the scandal he has caused, my only comment until that happens is: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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I like what the monks are trying to accomplish at Silverstream Priory. BTW… I use the altar cards on my personal altar: I found that I liked them better than those which I used for years. But I digress.

Many people read this blog. I often wonder what might be possible if even a quarter of the readers donated $5 a month. There is power in numbers.   A few of you are doing some heavy lifting.   Perhaps more of you can get involved.

Hence, on the note of many of you getting involved, I ask you also to consider giving help, even in a small amount, to Silverstream. Here is an email I received from Dom Mark Kirby, the Prior:

Dear friends of Silverstream, beloved in Christ,

Dom Elijah, our newly–appointed cellarer (general manager) came to me yesterday, invoice in hand, with doleful news. We have exceeded the budget (based on projected cost) for Phase One of the current renovations. The required works proved to be more extensive than what the architect and engineers originally foresaw: entirely new electrical wiring, heating, plumbing, and fire alarm systems had to be installed to make our monastery, built in 1846, safe and habitable.

Phase One covers only 11 cells, bathroom facilities and a central “energy centre” or boiler house. I am obliged to appeal to all our friends to help us meet these onerous expenses.

action-item-buttonPlease give whatever you can — 5, 50, 100, 500, 5000, 10,000, 50,000 — in euros or in dollars, by September 8th, Our Lady’s Birthday. No gift is too small, and no gift too large. We shall ask Our Lady to reward your generosity to us. Heartfelt thanks.

Information on giving is at:   HERE 


Father Prior & Community

P.S. Dom Benedict and the new postulants are missing from the photo above! We are growing!

As we read in Ecclesiasticus 3:33: Water quencheth a flaming fire, and alms resisteth sins.


WDTPRS – 23rd Ordinary Sunday: Children of God, Soldiers of Christ

The Collect for the 23rd Ordinary 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.

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: redemptio venit…praestatur adoptio (subject verb… verb subject) and also vera libertas…hereditas aeterna (adjective noun…noun adjective).   Vocabulary connections suggest to me some Patristic sources for this prayers (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.


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


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.

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.  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 Rome required the father’s recognition 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 a complete 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”), 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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UK: Clergy warned not to wear distinctive collars

Fr-Hamel12-540x300It’s coming to a neighborhood near you.

Via Express:

Vicars told ‘don’t wear dog collars in public’ over fears jihadists are planning attacks

Worries knife-wielding ISIS jihadists will target churches were raised by experts and revealed by churchmen.

New counter-terrorism advice is being urgently issued to vicars and churches across the UK this week over fears an attack on British Christians is now likely.

The new security measures follow the murder of a priest by two Islamic State killers in France last month, amid fears a similar attack could now happen in the UK.

Experts warned a terrorist attack on churches “is coming”.

Places of worship in the UK, which are ‘easy targets’ for jihadists, are now being urged to take precautions and increase security.

A document called Counter Terrorism Advice for Churches urged religious leaders to prepare for terror strikes and to be on alert for attackers, who are likely to be armed with knives.

ISIS has threatened Christians before and has launched an effective genocide against the faith in lands it has seized in the Middle East.

Last Sunday Catholic Priest Albert Pandiangan was stabbed during by an ISIS-inspired knifeman during mass in Indonesia – who then tried to detonate an explosive device but failed.

Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, 85, had his throat slit by knife-wielding monsters wearing fake explosive belts when he was taken hostage at his church in Normandy on July 26.

The slaying has prompted guidance to be rewritten for religious institutions in the UK.

Ex-police officer Nick Tolson, who has advised the Home Office on counter-terrorism measures since 2012, has drafted the new tougher security recommendations.

He told the Mirror: ”Since the French attack we have to look at the possibility of an attack on a church in this country.

The risk level has gone up.

“Churches in the past were considered low risk – now we know an attack is coming… and churches are one of the easy targets.

“It’s likely to be a knife – not a machine gun, but we are covering that too.”

Read the rest there.

It could be a good idea to have a discussion about security at your parish.

Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, pray for us.
St. Pius V, pray for us.
Martyrs of Otranto, pray for us.
Our Lady of Victory, intercede for us with Christ the High Priest.

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