Obligatory reading? Differing suggestions.

fishwrapI’m sure you are all wondering what is going on at the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter – aka National Sodomitic Reporter these days.  A quick scan of their stories includes:

  • When women become a clear and present danger at the Vatican (which pushes for the ordination of women (written by an open lesbian who learned her craft at the knee of Sr. Margaret Farley)
  • Maybe it’s time to reconsider calling priests “Father” (by a Presybterian elder who should mind his own damn business)
  • What would we do without NCR? (I have lots of ideas about that – but this was offered by the aforementioned lesbian)
  • (ADDED 9 June): Sr. Margaret Farley at theological meeting: ‘We have not gone far enough’ (they thinks she’s just wonderful – read what the CDF thought of her HERE)

But today I note in particular a piece by the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left, Michael Sean Winters, in which he suggests that Card. Coccopalmerio‘s (esp. HERE) strange …

  • Commentary on ‘irregular unions’ should be required reading for all pastors

At the foundation of all the commentaries which suggest, as Card. Coccopalmerio and others do, that people can receive Communion after having sinned mortally and without confession and a firm purpose of amendment, is the premise that some people cannot keep God’s commandments, that God’s commandments are ideals to which not all are to be held, that these ideals are in fact impossible for some to keep.

That flies directly in the face of what the Church has been teaching clearly for a very long time indeed.

How about learning what the CHURCH teaches before we go off into speculative fancies?

Here is what the Session VI Council of Trent (1547 – Paul III, gloriously reigning) teaches about the possibility of obeying the Commandments (my emphases):


But no one, however much justified, should consider himself exempt from the observance of the commandments; no one should use that rash statement, once forbidden by the Fathers under anathema, that the observance of the commandments of God is impossible for one that is justified.

For God does not command impossibilities, but by commanding admonishes thee to do what thou canst and to pray for what thou canst not, and aids thee that thou mayest be able.[58]

His commandments are not heavy,[59] and his yoke is sweet and burden light.[60]

For they who are the sons of God love Christ, but they who love Him, keep His commandments, as He Himself testifies;[61] which, indeed, with the divine help they can do.

For though during this mortal life, men, however holy and just, fall at times into at least light and daily sins, which are also called venial, they do not on that account cease to be just, for that petition of the just, forgive us our trespasses,[62] is both humble and true; for which reason the just ought to feel themselves the more obliged to walk in the way of justice, for being now freed from sin and made servants of God,[63] they are able, living soberly, justly and godly,[64] to proceed onward through Jesus Christ, by whom they have access unto this grace.[65]

For God does not forsake those who have been once justified by His grace, unless He be first forsaken by them.

Wherefore, no one ought to flatter himself with faith alone, thinking that by faith alone he is made an heir and will obtain the inheritance, even though he suffer not with Christ, that he may be also glorified with him.[66]

  1. St. Augustine, De natura et gratia, c.43 (50), PL, XLIV, 271.
  2. See 1 John 5:3.
  3. Matt. 11:30.
  4. John 14:23.
  5. Matt. 6:12.
  6. Rom. 6:18, 22.
  7. Tit. 2:12.
  8. Rom. 5:1f.
  9. Ibid., 8:17.

This isn’t hard.  It is what the Church has always taught in different ways and formats.  For example, today I received in my email a passage from The Sincere Christian Instructed in the Faith of Christ, from the Written Word (1870) by Bishop George Hay.  Here is a bishop teaching, faithfully, what the Church teaches.  Perhaps this sort of thing should be “obligatory reading”?

Q. 6. Are we able, by the strength of nature alone, to keep the commands of God?
A. By our own natural strength alone, without the help of God’s grace, we are not able to keep the commands, nor, indeed, so much as to think a good thought towards our salvation. Thus the scriptures declare, that we are not sufficient to think anything of ourselves, as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,” 2 Cor. iii. 5. “And no man can say, the Lord Jesus, but by the Holy Ghost,” I Cor. xii. 3: that is, no man can say it, so as to be conducive to his salvation. And our Saviour himself, to show our total inability of doing any good of ourselves, and without his divine assistance, says, “Without me you can do nothing,” John xv. 5; and he confirms the same truth by the similitude of a vine, and its branches, saying,”As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me,” verse 4.

Q. 7. Are we able to keep the commands by the help of God’s grace?
A. Yes we are; and God, who requires us to keep his commands, is never wanting on his part to give us sufficient grace for that purpose. The truth of this is shown from several reasons.1. The scriptures are full of the warmest exhortations to all to keep the commandments, which certainly would be unbecoming the divine wisdom, if it was impossible to keep them with the help of God’s grace, or if that grace was ever refused us. 2. God every where obliges man to keep his commandments, under pain of eternal punishment. Now, it is totally inconsistent with his justice, and makes God a cruel tyrant, to say he would punish us for breaking his commands, if it was impossible for us to keep them. 3. We read of several in the scripture who actually did keep them perfectly, and are highly praised on that account, such as Abraham and Job, and particularly the parents of St. John the Baptist, of whom the scripture says, that”they were both just before God, walking in ALL THE COMMANDMENTS and justifications of the Lord, without blame,” Luke i, 6. 4. God himself declares, in the very first command, that he shows mercy to thousands of those that love him and keep his commandments,” Exod. xx. 6. 5. And St. Paul assures us, that God is never wanting on his part to give us all necessary assistance to keep them, saying,”God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what you are able to bear, but will make also, with the temptation, issue,”(that is, a way to escape) “that you may be able to bear it,” 1 Cor. x. 13.


Here is some truly obligatory reading.

Ch. 6. First Decree – On Justification (13 January 1547)

CANON XVIII. – If any one saith, that the commandments of God are, even for one that is justified and constituted in grace, impossible to keep; let him be anathema.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

2082 What God commands he makes possible by his grace.


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Oooo Canada! East v West

euthanasia_syringeThe Bishops of the Atlantic region of Canada, the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly (Archdioceses and Dioceses of Antigonish, Bathurst, Charlottetown, Corner Brook and Labrador, Edmundston, Grand Falls, Halifax, Moncton, Saint John (NB), St. John’s and Yarmouth) issued a pastoral letter in November 2016 in which they veered towards sacramentalizing euthanasia… in the sense of giving a quasi-blessing to euthanasia by giving the Last Sacraments to those who intend to commit that form of suicide.

Get it?  Suicide is a sin.  If a person intends to commit a sin, she can’t receive the sacraments, even the sacrament of penance.  Period.

Hence, as I wrote in a previous post on this,

“It is inconceivable to me that such a letter would have gotten past the rest of the Canadian Conference, or the Nuncio, or the CDF, or for that matter the guy who runs the gas station at the corner of Faith St. and Charity and who goes to Mass on Sundays.  What were they thinking?”

However, please note that the bishops in Western Canada had already issued in September 2016 a pastoral letter in which they took a position that is clearly in keeping with the Church’s teaching on euthanasia.

So, it’s East v West.   Did the Eastern Bishops purposely give their Western brethren the bird?  How else to explain this?  And this is one reason why I find the Easter Letter so confusing?

Given this confusion we have to ask hard questions.

Think about the (really bad) proposal of devolving the oversight of doctrine to conferences of bishops.  We have already seen the circus that has resulted between the bishops of Germany and the bishops of Poland taking contrary positions about the objectively confusing notions in Amoris laetitia.   Now we have two groups of bishops within the same conference taking opposite positions.  What’s next? Bishops deciding what is sound doctrine within their own dioceses on their own authority without regard to their own conference?   Isn’t that is where we started?   And then what?  How about the bishop deciding that the people in, say, Broward County can believe one thing and the people in Indian River County another?  How about the parish of St. Ipsidipsy one thing and the “Engendering Togetherness Community of Welcome” another?

Hmmm… that already sounds familiar.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Canadian bishops had their ad limina visit in Rome.  While they were there, they did a video with the clear cooperation of CNS, in which they doubled down on their position.

More from LifeSite HERE and HERE.

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Brick by Brick in Victoria

This is good news for the Diocese of Victoria… Canada, not Texas.

Cathedral site HERE

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A glimmer arrives at a good time, and from a young Jesuit!

ignatius-loyola-claudio-coello_smSometimes it happens on rough days that a glimmer peaks through.

I received a handwritten letter via snail mail (address on sidebar) from a young Jesuit… I know, I know….

Here is some of it:

Thank you for your vocation, your bold witness to the truth and beauty of the Church’s teaching, and your blog.  I’ve been in [JESUIT SCHOOL] for my theological studies for the past three years and found your blog encouraging and grounding to say the least.

Please pray for me and the twelve other men being ordained with me. For the greater part we are a solid JPII/Benedict group and I have a lot of hope for the good things we might do to do right by our Founder’s great vision.

That’s what I’m talking about!

There are a lot of younger Jesuits who want the real deal.  They need support.

Papa Ganganelli!  Pray for them!

Dear readers, pray for them.

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Your Good News

Do you have some great news to share with the readership? Let us in on it.

I, for one, need to hear some good news.

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Card. Sarah’s stellar talk on urgent needs for our sacred liturgical worship

Robert Card. Sarah is quite simply terrific and profound. He opened a conference on Sacred Liturgy in Milan with clear, simple, deep, and urgent remarks about what is needed in our liturgical worship today.

Read Card. Sarah’s great book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.  US HERE – UK HERE

Benedict XVI wrote a new preface for the next edition of the same book. [HERE] The violence with which the liberals attacked Benedict and his preface, and Card. Sarah, demonstrates who their true master is.  Sarah mentions this in his talk.  One hate-filled reaction, by the execrable Andrea Grillo, is HERE.

Here is my fast rendering of what interested me the most in Sarah’s talk in Milan, as recounted by the Italian language site La Nuova Bussola.


“I pray devoutly”, Sarah said at the beginning of his talk, “for those who have the time and the patience to read this volume closely [The Force of Silence]: that God will help them to forget the vulgarity and the baseness used by some people when they referred to the “preface” and to its author, Pope Benedict XVI. The arrogance, the violence of their language, the lack of respect and the inhuman scorn for Benedict XVI are diabolical and cover the church with a mantle of sadness and of shame. These people tear down the church and her profound character. The Christian does not combat against anyone. The Christian does not have enemies to crush.”

Then the Cardinal’s talk went on, seeking to focus on the theme expressed many times by Joseph Ratzinger on the fact that the Church rises and falls in liturgy. To grasp this, he called attention to three questions: Who is Jesus Christ? How to know Jesus Christ? Who is a Christian?

Do not separate the Christ of history from the Christ of faith.

In the liturgy, “we are not celebrating the ‘Jesus of history’, nor even ‘the Christ of faith’. We recognize humbly Christ risen as God, our Lord. He mustn’t be demythologized and distanced from everything that concerns our faith: the academic value of this separation notwithstanding, that cannot be considered a legitimate undertaking in the Church’s worship. When we celebrate the sacred liturgy, we participate in the adoration of Christ made a man for our salvation, fully human and fully divine.” Therefore, Sarah emphasized, “the liturgy cannot become simply a celebration of brotherhood, but must become worship of God”.


In reference to the so-called “reform of the reform“, the Cardinal said that we must consider this question with urgency. In some places there is a separation between the”old” and the “new” (rites), this opposition cannot continue. The liturgy cannot be modified according to every ecclesiological development. The Church does not have two separate identities before and after the Council.”

ORIENTEM CAR 01To be turned toward Christ

Then the Cardinal recalled some words of St. Ambrose, addressed to the baptized: “remember the questions that were put to you, think back on the responses: you turned your self toward the east, because he who renounces Satan looks at Christ face to face” (De Mysteriis). “Through the use of a common physical posture of profound significance next to one’s brethren, the neophyte takes his place as a Christian in the Church’s worship. I have spoken many times about the importance of recovering this orientation, to be turned toward the East during the celebration of today’s liturgy, and I continue to sustain that which I have said. I would simply note that in these words of St. Ambrose, we can appreciate the true power, the beauty, and also the significance when we look East. Thus are we united in the Church, which turns itself toward the Lord to adore Him, in order to look at Christ ‘face to face'”.

Ultimately,” the Christian is a person who takes his rightful place in the liturgical assembly of the Church, who takes from this font the grace and instruction necessary for Christian life. These people begin to penetrate and, therefore, to live ever more the deep mysteries communicated by Sacred Liturgy. For this reason, participation in Sacred Liturgy remains essential for the Christian”.

Communion on the tongue, kneeling

“Today I would expressly recommend the reflection on and promotion of the beauty, propriety, and the pastoral value of a practice developed during the long life and tradition of the Church, that is the act of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling. If St. Paul teaches us that, “at the name of Jesus every knee must bend in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10), how much more must we bend our knees when we receive the Lord in the sublime and intimate act of Holy Communion!

To reflect on this most delicate theme the Cardinal proposed to those present. The example of two Saints: John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. “The entire life of Karol Wojtyla was marked by a deep respect for the Holy Eucharist. (…) Today, I ask you simply to call to mind the last years of his ministry, a man marked in the body by illness, but John Paul II never sat in the presence of the Eucharist. He always forced himself to kneel. He needed the help of others to bend the knee and then rise up. Until his last days. He wanted to give us a great witness of reverence for the Most Holy Sacrament.”

Mother Theresa “surely touched daily the body of Christ present in the ruined bodies of the most poor.” However, with wonder and respectful veneration, she decided not to touch the Body of the transubstantiated Christ. Instead, she adored. She contemplated it silently. She knelt and she prostrated herself before Jesus in the Eucharist. And she received it like a little child humbly being fed by her God. Seeing Christians who receive holy Communion in their hands filled her with sadness and pain. She herself said: “when I enter into the world, the thing that saddens me the most is to see people receive communion in their hands.'”.

Sarah said he’s aware of the fact that the “present legislation contains the indult to receive the Eucharist standing and in the hand but that of receiving It kneeling and on the tongue is the norm for Catholics of the Latin Rite”.

That wound up being most of what was reported!

What a blessing Card. Sarah is for the whole Church.

We must TURN TOWARDS THE LORD again in our sacred liturgical worship, especially during Holy Mass.

We must bend our knees and receive Communion humbly, directly on the tongue from the anointed hands of our priests.

We must find more time for silence.

More obligatory reading…

God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith  by Robert Card. Sarah  US HERE – UK HERE

Sarah God Or Nothing 200

Buy it.  Get one for your parish priests.


Joseph Ratzinger, The Spirit of the Liturgy


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Prime Minister of Poland to European leaders: “Rise from your knees and from your lethargy!

I am in a developing state of envy of the Polish people.

At American Catholic I read that the Prime Minister (whose son was recently ordained for the FSSP), Beata Szyd?o, upbraided other European leaders for their head in the sand approach towards the invasion of their lands by unknown, unvetted agents of the Religion of Peace.

“We are not going to take part in the madness of the Brussels elite,” she railed. “We want to help people, not the political elites.

“Where are you headed Europe?” she demanded. “Rise from your knees and from your lethargy or you will be crying over your children every day.

“If you can’t see this – if you can’t see that terrorism currently has the potential to hurt every country in Europe, and you think that Poland should not defend itself, you are going hand in hand with those who point this weapon against Europe, against all of us.

“It needs to be said clearly and directly: This is an attack on Europe, on our culture, on our traditions.”

Addressing the people of Europe, she asked: “Do we want politicians who claim we have to get used to the attacks, and who describe terrorist attacks as incidents, or do we want strong politicians who can see the danger and can fight against it efficiently?”

Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us!
Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

And, everyone, please do read…

Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War by Sebastian Gorka.


More on this HERE.

And get a Kindle!  US HERE – UK HERE

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Msgr. Pope’s List of 8 Modern Errors (Libs! PAY ATTENTION!)


My friend Msgr. Charles Pope has a good post at the National Catholic Register (that’s the Catholic one, not to be confused with the National Schismatic Reporter aka Fishwrap).  He provides some good pointers which you (read “libs”) should use as a kind of examination of conscience (translation for libs: reviewing your thoughts, actions, omissions to search out faults – traditional called “sins” for the sake of “confession” – which is a sacrament – and “amendment of life” – which means intentionally changing your life, the desire and effort to stop doing things that are wrong… wrong means “bad”, but not in the sense of not doing enough about global warming, or stealing GOP yard signs, etc., which implies a judgment… which is…. oh well… forget it.)

Here’s Msgr. Pope’s list, with a brief tease.  Read the rest there.

8 Modern Errors Every Catholic Should Know and Avoid

Consider this eightfold list of modern errors that are common even in the Church.

There are many errors in our time that masquerade as wisdom and balance, but they are no such thing. I have written before (HERE and HERE) on many errors of our time of a more philosophical nature. The following list that I compile is more phenomenological than philosophical.

To say that something is phenomenological is indicate that it is more descriptive of the thing as experienced, than of the exact philosophical or scientific manner of categorizing it. For example, [See?  He has to do it too!] to say the sun rises and sets is to describe the phenomenon, or what we see and experience. The sun does not actually rise and set. Rather, the earth turns in relation to the sun which remains fixed. But we use the phenomenon (what we experience) to communicate the reality, rather than the more scientific words like apogee, perigee, nadir and periapsis.

And thus in the list that follows I propose certain fundamental errors of our time that are common, but I use language that speaks less to philosophies and logical fallacies, and more the to the errors as experienced.

Further, though the errors are common in the world, I present them here as especially problematic because we all too often find them in the Church as well. They are sadly and commonly expressed by Catholics and represent a kind of infection that has set in which reflects worldly and secular thinking, not Godly and spiritual thinking.

These are only eight. I am just getting started. I hope you will add to the list and define carefully what you identify. But for now, consider this eightfold list of modern errors that are common even in the Church.

1. Mercy without reference to repentance – For too many today, “mercy” has come to mean, “God is fine with what I am doing.” […]

2. Staurophobia – The term staurophobia comes from Greek roots and refers to a fear of the Cross (stauros = cross + phobia = fear). Within the Church this error emerges from reticence by Catholics to frankly discuss the demands of discipleship. […]

3. Universalism – Universalism is the belief that most, if not all people are going to be saved in the end. This is directly contrary to our Lord’s own words wherein he sadly attests that “many” are on the road that leads to destruction and “few” are on the narrow and difficult road that leads to salvation (See Matthew 7:14, Luke 13:23-30). […]

4. Deformed Dialogue – The term “dialogue” has come to mean an almost endless conversation. As such it lacks a clear goal to convince the other. […]

5. Equating Love with Kindness – Kindness is an aspect of love. But so is rebuke; so is punishment; as is praise. Yet today many, even in the Church, think of love only as kindness, affirmation, approval, encouragement, and other positive attributes. But true love is, at times, willing to punish, to insist on change, and to rebuke error. […]

6. Misconstruing the nature of tolerance – Most people today equate tolerance with approval. Therefore, when many demand or ask for “tolerance” what they really demand is approval. […]

7. Anthropocentrism – This term refers to the modern tendency to have man at the center and not God. […]

8. Role reversal – Jesus said that the Holy Spirit whom he would send to us would convict the world (see John 16:8). And thus, the proper relationship of a Catholic to the world is to have the world on trial. […]


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ASK FATHER: Can demons enter a church during the Traditional Latin Mass?

St. Margaret beating the Devil with a hammer.

St. Margaret beating a Jesuit… the Devil with a hammer.

From a reader…


When I first read your post on how the laity’s deportment affects the priest’s soul, [HERE] I thought you were saying you’d been physically struck by the devil during Mass. When I went back to ascertain if he chucked something at you or actually smacked you, I realized my scanning made me miss the point entirely.

But here’s a question it brings up….one of the reasons I initially went out of my way to go to TLM was because I read that the devil cannot enter the church during the TLM, because of the number of times the sign of the cross is made?

Is that true or just a bunch of hooey blooey?

Hooey blooey… a specific theological category much in evidence in the last few years and from surprising sources!

I, unlike, St. John Vianney, have not to my knowledge been physically assaulted by any of the agents of Hell.  Other kinds of assault have been incessant over the last 30 years.

Can the Devil or other fallen angels “enter” a church during a Traditional Latin Mass?

I would say, yes, of course they can.   It would not be an enjoyable experience for them, if the concept of “enjoy” can ever apply to them.  Since we are dealing with the experiences of angelic beings, this is way outside of what I can state with absolutely certainty.  However, I suspect that their entire existence now is one of spiritual pain, which they want every human being to share for the sake of diminishing the glory that will be God’s in the summation of all things.  That’s their goal. When a soul falls into Hell, they scream at God: “That’s one more you DON’T have!”

First, a church ought to be, itself, a sacramental.  Demons are repulsed by sacramentals.  Churches should, if possible, be consecrated.  If they are ever desecrated, they should immediately be tidied up and reconciled (yes, that’s the term for it).

Also, the presence of Holy Water blessed with the older, traditional rite will be seriously annoying to them, as will the sacred images and other blessed things.  Use sacramentals well!  Keep your rosary with you, and blessed medals, etc.  Have Holy Water in your home and perhaps even exorcised and blessed salt.  They hate that stuff, heh heh.

Supremely bothersome to the demons will be the priest and, of course, the Eucharist.  I assume that their well-deserved pain escalates to terrific agony during the sacred action of Holy Mass, and rightly so.

As far as the form of Holy Mass is concerned, I suspect that the TLM is far more excruciating to the Enemy than is the Novus Ordo.

Mind you, no matter the form, the priest is still a priest and the Eucharist is still the Eucharist.  There isn’t more Eucharist just because the traditional form is used.  I’m not sure I would say the same about Holy Water, which is why I have never and will never used the newfangled form.  However, the older, traditional form of Holy Mass has simply got to be more irritating to the Enemy for reasons that are obvious, the more frequent signs of the Cross being one of them.  And don’t forget the Latin!  The Devil hates Latin.  All reasons to increase the number of places where the TLM is celebrated.

Thank you Pope Benedict for irritating the Devil with Summorum Pontificum!

That said, the malice of the Enemy against us is so great that I imagine that they overcome their torment in order to continue their horrid mission.  Their hatred is strong and they are relentless.

Ask God and your Guardian Angel and St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, for protection against the attacks of Hell.  Since we are members of the Church Militant, ask them for, as I have described it elsewhere, Demon-Kevlar.

So, no, I don’t think that the sacred precincts and the Mass are themselves guarantees of expulsion of the Enemy.  They certainly help, but their hostility is a strong motivator.

But if you want a force multiplier against the wiles and attacks of the Devil, examine your conscience and…


That’ll fix ’em, the hellish bastards.  ¡Hagan lío!

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iPadre 25th

My friend Fr. Jay Finelli send this. Congratulations to him!


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Are you KIDDING?!?


Fr. Z’s Ancient Family Arms, Clericalized

Some years ago, in a burst of still slightly youthful zeal, I revamped my personal, clerical, family coat of arms with elements that were “meaningful”. A clerical student, deep student, of things heraldic – though rather antisocial – took me to task for my innovations.   I was, at the moment, unimpressed by the scathing criticism.  I reached out to him a few times about making corrections, but… in vain.  He never responded.  Even recently I attempted contact… alas.  So, I found another herald.

Many ecclesiastical scars, spiritual beatings, and life bruises later, I have simply reverted to my family arms, which are ancient… and mine.  An heraldic artist made a nice version for me.  I am having it embroidered on vestments and I am having a challenge coin made… they should be here soon!

Now I read that the Archdiocese of Detroit, in a fit of meaningfulness, has undertaken to redo the diocesan stemma.  They are making it meaningful.  The results are, predictably, risible.

The same clerical heraldic critic who drubbed me, drubs Detroit.  HERE


detroit arms

Guess which is the new one.

This is just plain DUMB.  I wonder if your opinion might matter.

Whom are they trying to impress?

How many times has unnecessary “rebranding” failed?



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Prints, cards of images from Our Lady of Fatima’s apparitions

The wonderful Benedict nuns in Missouri, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, have begun the building of their church.

To raise funds they are selling prints and cards with art by the sisters.

Here are two, appropriate for this centenary observance of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

Medium Fatima

And the vision the three children saw in October of the Holy Family, with St. Joseph blessing the crowd.

Medium Fatima Holy Family

Have a good look…


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Total Eclipse Planning

I am giving strong consideration to the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse.

Plans are to be made.

A strong contender must be in Missouri, near to St. Joseph and to Gower, which the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles are to be found.


However, it may be that it is too late now to organize some large Eclipse/Blognic.

That said… I’m thinking a special Solemn Eclipse Mass with custom vestments.  A friend of mine wrote:

“Black with a moon face?”

To which I responded:

“Black with a black circle surrounded by wavy gold and silver?”

Thus, he:

“Here’s a pattern we can use. Maybe we can borrow the monstrance.”


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WDTPRS – Pentecost Monday: Lord and Liberator, Counselor and Comforter

Today is Pentecost Monday during the Octave of Pentecost.  It is also called Whit Monday.

Whitsunday is Pentecost, from Old English hwita sunnandæg, “white Sunday”, perhaps a reference to the white garments of the newly baptized or even for the color of vestments once used for the feast.

We observe the Octave in the Traditional Roman calendar.  It was tragically, ridiculously, eliminated in the post-Conciliar calendar.

The Roman Station is S. Peter in Chains.

Listen to a PODCAzT for the days of the Octave of Pentecost which I made a few years ago.

Octaves are mysterious times during which the liturgical clock stops.

We have an opportunity to rest in the mystery, reflect on it during the 8th day – an echo of God’s rest continuing after the Creation and foreshadowing of the eschatological rest we will have in the Beatific Vision.

For Mass we sing the Pentecost Sequence, and use the Preface of the Holy Spirit, as well as a proper Communicantes and also Hanc igitur, as for Easter since Pentecost was also a time of baptism.

Let’s have a look at the Collect for today’s Mass of Pentecost Monday.


Deus, qui Apostolis tuis Sanctum dedisti Spiritum: concede plebi tuae piae petitionis effectum; ut, quibus dedisti fidem, largiaris et pacem.

I found this prayer in the 8th c. Liber sacramentorum Gellonensis.

I like that elegant splitting of Spiritum Sanctum with dedisti.

Our trusty Lewis & Short reminds us that effectus, us, (efficio) means basically “a doing, effecting; execution, accomplishment, performance; with reference to the result of an action, an operation, effect, tendency, purpose”.  Blaise & Dumas offers that effectus has to do with the “realization of a prayer”.


O God, who gave the Holy Spirit to Your Apostles, grant to Your people the realization of their dutiful petition, that you may bestow also peace upon those whom you have given faith.

What immediately jumps into my mind are the references to peace in the ordinary of the Mass and also in the modern form for sacramental absolution.

Allow me to stretch to a connection, in view of the Roman Station.

Christ is our Lord and Liberator.  After His Ascension he sent our Counselor and Comforter.

Together, under the eternal aegis of the Father, the Son and the Spirit bring us from bondage to freedom, anxiety to peace.

We need not fear our judgment.

This is accomplished through the ministry and mediation of the Church.

As a People who are members of Christ’s Body the Church we approach God’s mercy with a sense of filial duty, petitioning both the immediate effect of Christ’s merits and also the long-term effect of heavenly peace.

In the words of the Church’s worship, Christ Himself strikes from our limbs the heavy chains of our oppression.

True oppression is from sin.  True freedom comes from grace.

As we hear today in the Gospel from John 14:

If anyone love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me, does not keep My words.

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Off duty London cop v. Islamic terrorists

An off-duty cop “rugby tackled” one of the London “Religion of Peace” terrorists.

From BBC:


An off-duty policeman – an amateur rugby player – was stabbed after tackling one of the three attackers. He remains in critical condition.

Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick praised the “utterly heroic” actions of the officer, who was taken to hospital in a police car.

She added: “It’s hard to pick out individual stories but I am immensely proud of him and what he did.”

A British Transport Police officer, who faced the attackers armed only with his baton, was seriously injured but is now in a stable condition.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther from the BTP said the bravery he showed was “outstanding”.


Terrorism is on the rise.

It would be good for you to develop good situational awareness skills and, especially if you are responsible for a spouse and children, form some plans.  Other kinds of training could be a good idea, depending on your state in life.

And, of course…


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