Islamic State corrects Pope Francis: Yes, this is a religious war.

To paraphrase Trotsky, you might not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

At Christianity Today there is a sobering piece every leader in the Church should read.  My emphases.

Islamic State attacks Pope, says its war against Christians is most definitely a ‘religious’ war

Islamic State has denounced Pope Francis for stating that the war being waged on the West by Islamic State terrorists is not a “religious war”.

The terror group, also known as Daesh, says the acts of terrorism it carries out are most certainly religiously motivated and even bear the blessing of Allah as testified in the Koran.

It says Pope Francis and others who argue that Islam is a peaceful religion are delivering a “false narrative“.

The chilling religious propaganda behind IS [Islamic State] is spelled out in the latest issue of Dabiq, reproduced in a “safe” format by the Clarion counter-extremism project,

IS warns there will be no let up in the terror. It condemns Christianity as a “religion of polytheism”.

It contains a feature of the same name, and another headlined: “Why we hate you and why we fight you.”

It says the recent Orlando shooting was “most definitely” an act of terror: “Muslims have been commanded to terrorise the disbelieving enemies of Allah.”  [More on this issue of “terror” at the end of this post.]


[…]The magazine comes just days after Pope Francis insisted the war on terror being waged across the world is not a religious war. Speaking to journalists on the plane to Poland for World Youth Day, after a Catholic priest in France had his throat slit by two IS followers, he said the world is at war but it is not a religious war.

“It’s war, we don’t have to be afraid to say this,” he said. But it was a war of interests, for money, resources. “I am not speaking of a war of religions. Religions don’t want war. The others want war.”

IS says in its magazine that it is in fact a war of religion.

“This is a divinely-warranted war between the Muslim nation and the nations of disbelief,” the magazine states. “Indeed, waging jihad – spreading the rule of Allah by the sword – is an obligation found in the Koran, the word of our Lord, just as it was an obligation sent in the Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospel.”

The magazine adds: “The fact is, even if you were to stop bombing us, imprisoning us, torturing us, vilifying us, and usurping our lands, we would continue to hate you because our primary reason for hating you will not cease to exist until you embrace Islam.



Among those who have also reported on the IS magazine is Breitbart, which reports other disturbing statements, such as: “The blood of the disbelievers is obligatory to spill by default. The command is clear. Kill the disbelievers, as Allah said, ‘Then kill the polytheists wherever you find them.’

I recommend that you read Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War bySebastian Gorka. (UK HERE)

In this book, Gorka describes one of the reasons why these people choose to inflict terror.

According to the Pakistani general, there is only one target of importance in war: the soul of the enemy. The infidel foe must be converted to Islam or crushed. Lastly, since the only target that matters in war is the soul of the infidel, Malik concludes that the most effective weapon in war is terror. Here we see the relevance of his book to groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS. The enemy’s belief system must be utterly destroyed, and terror is the most effective way to do that. That is why 9/ 11 was so important. It is the highly symbolic suicide attacks, the crucifixions, the beheadings, the bombings of civilian crowds, and the videos of immolations that will destroy the will of the infidel to go on.

According to the Quranic concept of war, and because these terrorists are inspired to bring about the eschatological fulfillment of their religion, they wage war on the souls of the non-Muslim and, in their view, the insufficiently-Muslim.  Their war has an eschatological view.  They must destroy the spirit of their enemy.  This is why they use terror and why they commit atrocities which they record and broadcast.

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Summer Olympics and You

ancient olympics shoesSo, the 2016 Summer Olympics are upon us. The opening ceremony is tonight. There are various controversies going on.

Controversies aside, are you going to watch any of the events?

For my part, I’ll use my DVR to record swathes that I can zip through (I detest commericials) and I’ll watch the schedule for some of the sports that I was into when I was younger (fencing, karate) along with others like ping pong (yes yes, table tennis, I know I know) and gymnastic events. It’s also fun to see some of the classics of the olympics, track, jumping over stuff, throwing things, etc.

What about you?


Of course in the opening ceremony they just had to indulge in absurd global warming scare-mongering B as in B, S as in S.

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5 August: #InternationalBeerDay

Because of the great esteem I have for you, I want to remind you all that today is International Beer Day.

I can’t think of a better way to commemorate this day than to… well, other than sending me a donation… than to patronize the Benedictine Monks of Norcia and to obtain some of their wonderful beer: Birra Nursia!

It’s some of the best beer I’ve had.  And… you help real monks!

And speaking of beer…


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WDTPRS – 19th Ordinary Sunday: Trusting Audacity, Harrowing Consolation

The Collect for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time was not in previous editions Missale Romanum before the 1970 Novus Ordo. It has roots in the 9th century Sacramentary of Bergamo and thus is ancient text… sort of.

Note that for the 2002 Missale Romanum there was a variation from the 1970MR.  In the 2002MR the ablative absolute clause “docente Spiritu Sancto” was inserted.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,
quem [docente Spiritu Sancto –
not in the 1970MR]
paterno nomine invocare praesumimus,
perfice in cordibus nostris spiritum adoptionis filiorum,
ut promissam hereditatem ingredi mereamur

Paternus, a, um is an adjective, “fatherly”. Literally, a paternum nomen would be “Fatherly name”. In English we need to break that down a little, just as we do with the Latin for “Sunday”: dies dominica or “lordly Day” in place of what we say “the day of the Lord”. In English a paternum nomen is “the name of Father”. Latin uses adjectives and adverbs for more purposes than we do. Our trusted old friend Lewis & Short Dictionary informs us that invoco means “to call upon, invoke” especially as a witness or as aid. So, there is an element of urgency and humility in the word. Praesumo gives us the English word and concept of “presumption”. At its root it means, “to take before, take first or beforehand.” The adverb and adjective prae, the prefix element of prae-sumo, is “before, in front of, in advance of”. In a less physical sense it can mean “anticipate”, in the sense of “to imagine or picture to one’s self beforehand” or in a moral nuance “to presume, take for granted”. It is even, more interestingly, “to undertake, venture, dare” together with “to trust, be confident”.


Almighty eternal God,
whom, [the Holy Spirit teaching,
added in the 2002MR]
we presume to invoke by the name of Father,
perfect in our hearts the spirit of the adoption of children,
so that we may merit to enter into the inheritance promised

Notice that I translate filii as “children” rather than as just “sons”, according to the literal meaning. Latin masculine plurals, depending on the context (and unlike the diaconate), can also include females even though the form of the word is masculine.


Almighty and ever-living God,
you Spirit made us your children,
confident to call you Father.
Increase your Spirit within us
and bring us to our promised inheritance

Take careful note that the language of adoption has been expunged. Does this change the impact of the prayer? Does it present a different view of the Christian life than that presented in the Latin Collect?

An important element of our Collect comes from Paul: “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. We can invoke God the Father with confidence, not fear, when we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:15… and “Abba” does not mean “daddy”).


Almighty ever-living God,
whom, taught by the Holy Spirit,
we dare to call our Father,
bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts
the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters,
that we may merit to enter into the inheritance
which you have promised

During the Holy Mass, through the words, actions and intentions of the ordained priest, as a Church we presume with trusting audacity to consecrate bread and wine and change them substantially to the Body and Body of the Second Person of the Trinity.

We do this because Jesus commanded us to do so, but it is a harrowing and consoling undertaking all the same.

We are laying hands upon truly sacred things, the most sacred things there can be: Christ’s Body, Blood, soul and divinity.

What could be more presumptuous?

Two sections of the great Corpus Christi sequence by St. Thomas Aquinas (+1274) remind us of what is at stake when we approach the Blessed Sacrament for Communion (not my translation):

“Here beneath these signs are hidden
priceless things, to sense forbidden;
signs, not things, are all we see.
Flesh from bread, and Blood from wine,
yet is Christ in either sign,
all entire confessed to be.
… Both the wicked and the good
eat of this celestial Food:
but with ends how opposite!
With this most substantial Bread,
unto life or death they’re fed,
in a difference infinite.”

That last part bears repeating: “Mors est malis, vita bonis: / vide paris sumptionis / quam sit dispar exitus.”

Eternal death for the wicked if they receive Communion improperly. Eternal life for the good if they receive well.

See how dissimilar the different outcomes from the same act of Holy Communion can be?

This is good to ponder during Mass and the lead up to Mass:

Am I properly disposed to receive what Christ and the Church have promised are truly His Body and Blood? Do I dare receive? When was my last good confession?

Immediately after the Eucharistic Prayer but before our intrepid reception of Communion, we dare to pray with the words that the same Son taught us.

In introducing the Lord’s Prayer the priest says in Latin, “Having been instructed/urged by saving commands and formed by divine institution, we dare/presume (audemus) to say, ‘Our Father…’”. Audeo is “to venture, to dare”, and in this it is a synonym of praesumo. Jesus taught us to see God as Father in a way that no ever one had before. Christ revolutionized our prayer. In our lowliness we now dare to raise our eyes and venture to speak to God in a new way. We come to Him as children of a new “sonship”.

We learned from our examination of the Collect for the Third Sunday of Easter that adoptio is “adoption” in the sense of “to take as one’s child”. We find the phrase in Paul: adoptionem filiorum Dei or “adoption of the sons of God” in the Latin Vulgate of Jerome (cf. Romans 8:23; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5).

We do not approach God as fearful slaves. We are now also able to receive Communion with reverent confidence provided we have prepared well. God has done His part.

God will come to us not as “stranger God”, but as Father God!

What God does for us is not cold or impersonal. It is an act of love.

Even in commanding us, God the Son did not mean to terrify us into paralysis. This, however, was the result for some who, when hearing Christ’s teaching about His flesh, left Him because what they heard was too hard (cf. John 6). We need not be terrified… overwhelmed with awe, certainly, but not by terror.

Warned, urged, instructed by a divine Person who taught us with divine precepts, let’s get straight who our Father is and who we are because of who He is.

We are children of a loving Father. He comes looking for us to draw us unto Him because of His fatherly heart. The Holy Father Pope John Paul II wrote for the Church’s preparation for the Millennium Jubilee:

“If God goes in search of man, created in his own image and likeness, he does so because he loves him eternally in the Word, and wishes to raise him in Christ to the dignity of an adoptive son” (Tertio millennio adveniente 6).

As God’s adopted children we have dignity.

The adoption brought by the Spirit is not some second rate relationship with God or mere juridical slight of hand. It is the fulfillment of an eternal love and longing. This is a primary and foundational dimension of everything we are as Catholic Christians. It is perhaps for this reason that that the Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks so clearly to this point, in the first paragraph.

The adoption we speak about in this Collect is something far more profound than a juridical act by which one who is truly not of the same blood and bone is therefore considered, legally, to be so. Some Protestants see our return to righteousness in God’s sight, that is, justification through baptism, in these terms: a sort of legal sleight of hand whereby we remain in reality guilty and corrupt, but our disgusting sinful nature is ignored by the Father because the merits of Christ are interposed between His eyes and our debased nature.

However, we know by divine revelation and the continuing teaching of the Christian Church that by baptism more than a legal fiction takes place.

We are more than justified, we are sanctified.

Something of God’s divine grace is given to us, infused into our being so that we truly become sons and daughters of Almighty God, transformed radically from within, as members of Christ’s own Mystical Person. Thus, we too share Christ’s sonship. It is almost as if God infused His own Holiness DNA into us to make us His own in a sense far beyond any legal adoption could accomplish.  This transformation alters who we are without removing our individuality or dignity as persons. We are His and unified as One in Christ, and yet we remain ourselves. We are integrated into a new structure of Communion, indeed a new family.

By our discordant actions we can make this earthly dimension of our supernatural family, our Church, dysfunctional.

What a mystery it is that God, who lavishes upon us the mighty transforming graces we all have known and profess to love, leaves also in our hands the freedom to spurn Him and trivialize His gifts.

This freedom, itself a gift, could only be a Father’s gift to beloved children.

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5 August: Dedication of St. Mary Major – Our Lady of the Snows

Pope Liberius (352-366) was Bishop of Rome in difficult times. In 350 Constans was assassinated and Constantius became the sole Emperor by defeating Magnentius. Some bishops in the East who opposed St. Athanasius in Egypt appealed to Liberius to get involved with the Arian controversy Athanasius was embroiled in.

The Arian heresy and controversy was raging.  Arians didn’t want to acknowledge Christ as consubstantial with the Father. Thus, Liberius called a for a Synod in Rome, but the Synod came to nothing. Liberius then made an appeal to Constantius to call a council to be held at Aquileia.

Constantius had Athanasius condemned by both the Synod of Arles (353) and the Synod of Milan (355) and tried to win Liberius over to his side. When Liberius resisted, Constantius summoned Liberius to Milan and then exiled him to Bearea in Thrace. Liberius eventually acquiesced to Constantius once he was weakened from his sufferings in hardship and the Thracian cold.

St. Hilary of Poitier preserved letters of Pope Liberius attesting to what happened (Frag. Hist. 4,6).

Eventually Constantius let Liberius come out of his exile in Thrace. He went to Sirmium in 358 and then back to Rome. In Rome Felix II had taken over as bishop, but the people backed Liberius as the true Bishop of Rome.

Liberius had more than likely subscribed to the formula of Sirmium of 351 which was a “fundamentally” orthodox statement. Some Eastern bishops and “moderate” Arians met in the presence of Constantius to oppose Photinus. Photinus was condemned. Liberius did not subscribe to Sirmium 357, however. This meeting issued a pro-Arian statement. Nevertheless, St. Athanasius and St. Hilary and others considered Liberius to have erred gravely, but they were probably mistaken. Granting that Liberius was weak and his pontificate was fraught with problems, partly of his own creation, Liberius seems to have been more sinned against than sinner.

Yes, Liberius did condemn Athanasius, that staunch defender of Nicaean faith against the heretic Arians. but he was forced under duress and perhaps even torture to give support to the Arians. Nevertheless, Liberius refused to subscribe to an obviously Arian formula of faith and instead signed on that, while not explicitly condemning Arianism, did support for the most part the Nicaean faith.

Sometimes anti-Catholics will fling Liberius in our faces as an example of how the Pope cannot be thought to teach infallibly. Liberius, however, is a complex figure in difficult times and much of the “story” of his “fall” in weakness is not properly grasped.

After Constantius, the infamous Apostate Julian adopted a policy of toleration. Pope Liberius issued a letter to the bishops of Italy in 362 and a letter of reply to the bishops of the East in 366 which both affirmed the faith of the Council of Nicaea.

“But Father! But Father!”, some of you impatient libs might be mewling, “Would you get to the point?  What’s all this about Liberius?  And Councils?  Is it because you hate Councils?  After all, you hate Vatican II!”

Pope Liberius is important to us today because of the feast we celebrate: the Dedication of St. Mary Major, known as the Liberian Basilica. The Basilica is associated with Pope Liberius because of the famous story we all know about the miraculous snowfall on this day on the Esquiline Hill in Rome.

Anyone who has been in Rome in August will not question that at a snowfall would be indeed a miracle. To give you an idea of how hot it is in Rome in August, the soles of a pair of my running shoes melted and the layers came apart. In any event, the Basilica was completed by Pope Sixtus III and his archdeacon Leo (later Pope Leo I “the Great”). Here is what the Roman Martyrology says:

Dedicatio basilicae Sanctae Mariae, Romae in Exquilis conditae, quam in memoriam Concilii Ephesini, in quo Maria Virgo Dei Genetrix salutata est, Xystus papa Tertius plebi Dei obtulit….

The dedication of the basilica of Saint Mary founded in Rome on the Esquiline hill, which Sixtus III, Pope consecrated for God’s People as a memorial of the Council of Ephesus during which the Virgin Mary was hailed as Mother of God.

In the basilica you can see the great triumphal arch decorated with beautiful mosaics prepared and directed by the future Pope Leo I having anti-Manichean themes. On the summit of the curve of the arch you see the name of “Xystus Episcopus Plebi Dei” even to this day.

In St. Mary Major each year on this day there is a lovely custom of a “snowfall” of white flower petals inside the basilica to commemorate the church’s founding.

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Tu Vuò Fà L’Americano

I received a photo from a friend in Rome who supped today on KFC… yes, in Rome.

kfc rome

In his honor I post the following, for your enjoyment.

With all the lousy news these days, from every direction, we need to break the mood a bit.

If only it had been Chick-fil-a!

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Who are the members of the new “women deacons” study group?

The Holy Father appointed a committee to study – again – the notion of ordination of women as deacons.  This was already studied by the International Theological Commission, which leaned away from the possibility of sacramental ordination.

It is good to know who the people in this new study group are.  I know some of them already, personally or by reputation.  I’m looking around for more on those whom I don’t know.  So far, from what I can tell, the commission as a whole will probably lean in the direction of the impossibility of sacramental ordination.  Several members will desire that outcome and are already “out” and in favor of it.  Several members don’t seem to have pronounced themselves on the matter, but are “conservative”; they will not be in favor.

Of course we know Fr. Robert Dodaro of my old school the Augustinianum.  He was the editor of the Five Cardinals Book™. [UK HERE] That was an extremely important book in defense of matrimony, brilliantly conceived and executed simultaneously in five translations.  It is now in ten languages.   He is a patristicist as well as a patrologist and serves also as a consultor to the CDF.   He is a serious theologian and will be on the side of Truth.  Have a look at his amazing (and hard) Christ and the Just Society in Augustine. [UK HERE]

In searching this my own blog for the names of the other members and about the issue of deaconettes, I ran across an old entry on the topic wherein I posted a precis of and link to a post on the blog Laetificat written by a sometime commentatrix here, Elizabeth Durack (no, she’s not a member of the commission). Elizabeth participated in an online seminar called (I’m not making this up) “WOMEN DEACONS MOOS” held by one of the members of this new commission, the infamous writer for the Fishwrap, Phyllis Zagano [HERE and followup HERE].

Elizabeth recounts her experience of the MOOS.  The comments under her post, in which she responded to people who took her to task, are telling.  HERE

I’ll keep digging around for insights into other members.

Furthermore, I think the only stoles that a woman should ever wear are mink.

How would that look in Latin, I wonder? Something like: Ceterum autem censeo unicam stolam umquam feminis induendam esse mustelinam.

I don’t think the ancient Romans knew minks, and if they did, they would have thought them a kind of weasel.  Weasel in Latin is mustela, which is used in the scientific name for mink. I see, however, that the American mink has been distinguished from the European mink as vison (which is not Latin) rather than mustela.   Mustelinus, -a, -um is the adjective. It works for me.  Maybe some of you will have your own versions.

Moderation queue is ON.

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VP Biden officiated at “same-sex wedding”. Where are his pastors?

The other day, pro-abortion, “practicing Catholic”, democrat Vice President Joe Biden performed a same-sex civil “marriage”.

In effect, Biden gave the digitus infamis to the Catholic Church.

Canonist Ed Peters has observations about this scandalous flipping of the proverbial bird.  HERE

Some canonical thoughts VP Biden’s recent deed

[After discussion of why excommunication doesn’t apply in this case….]

But if canonical criminal law as found in Book Six of the Code is not (at least not immediately) useful against Biden’s affront to Christ’s and the Church’s teaching on marriage, canonical sacramental law as found in Book Four of the Code, especially Canon 915 therein, could be useful against Biden’s scandal. Canon 915, recall, directs ministers of holy Communion to withhold that most August sacrament from those who “obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin”.  [What Biden did is gravely sinful and it is manifest and he obstinately perseveres in supporting “gay” (I hate the twisting of that word) “marriage” (and it isn’t marriage in any true sense of the term.  For some of Biden’s history on this issue HERE.]

Let’s be clear: Canon 915 is a sacramental disciplinary norm. As such, Canon 915 is not a response to canonically criminal behavior but rather it looks primarily to address the classical scandal (CCC 2284-2287) given by one’s on-going, public, objectively evil conduct. [That describes Biden’s public behavior.] Now, standing alone, a single, albeit grave, affront to Church teaching (such as voluntarily assisting at one “same-sex wedding”) would not suffice to trigger Canon 915 (which looks for, among other things, perseverance in evil conduct), but it would certainly qualify as an especially egregious manifestation of one’s general contempt for Church teaching, a contempt that might have been demonstrated in other behaviors such as, say, on-going political support for “same-sex marriage”, and, for that matter, for legalized abortion, and so on. [See the link, above.]

Now, setting aside a very few 915 cases that could be decided on the spot (see my discussion of Canons 230/915, here), before being visited with the consequences of Canon 915, a Catholic should be formally confronted by the competent ecclesiastical authority about why holy Communion is going to be henceforth withheld and the steps required for readmission to the Sacrament explained. [That would be the Archbishop of Washington DC, where Biden lives.  It could also possibly be the Bishop of Wilmington, since Biden is from Delaware.] I am not aware, however, of any Catholic official with canonical-pastoral authority over Biden who has ever made such contact with him. Still, whatever pastoral failing that past lack of formal contact might represent, it does not preclude their discussing his situation with him now.

And Joseph Biden, I would say, stands in obvious need of such outreach.

Can. 915.  Now.

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I picked this up from SpaceWeather while looking at news about your planet’s Sun gobbling up a dying comet.

GREEN-BLOODED BOBBLEHEAD: The 50th Anniversary of Star Trek is now. To celebrate (and to support their crowdfunded research program) the students of Earth to Sky Calculus flew the pointy-eared science officer to the stratosphere on July 24, 2016. Here he is at the apex of the flight, more than 32.2 km (112,200 ft) above Earth’s surface:

You can buy this collector’s item for only $129.95 in the in the Earth to Sky Store.

Proceeds from the sale support space weather research. Bobblehead Spock hitchhiked on a helium balloon payload that carried an array of X-ray/gamma-ray sensors. By launching these sensors 3 or 4 times a month, the students have shown that cosmic rays are intensifying–a trend that affects mountain climbers, air travelers, high-altitude drones, and astronauts on the International Space Station.

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Paris Police quash protest over church demolition

The day after the funeral of Fr. Jacques Hamel, slain at the altar by Islamic terrorists, police storm a church in Paris, destined for demolition, and drag out the protesters.  Find the story HERE.


St. Rita is in the 15th.

“I think it’s like killing the priest who died last week for a second time,” one local resident said.

A parking lot is set to be built in place of the church.

Friends, churches aren’t gratis.  There are bills to pay.  If you want your church to stay open, support it.  Churches also stay open if there are priests.  If you want your church to stay open, pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and support well the priests you have now.


I received this image and note from a reader in the know.


The young priest is Father Jean-François Billot of the Institute of the Good Shepherd… and was ordained a priest in 2010. In this image, it appears that Father de Tanoüarn is trying to celebrate Mass at the altar, while Father Billot is trying to keep the police from interrupting the Mass. The police could have and should have waited until Mass was over.

There have been many erroneous reports about L’Eglise de Sainte Rita, claiming that it is a non-Catholic Church. The Institut Bon Pasteur was asked by the young parishioners themselves to be their chaplains, after the Gallicanists who used to run it abandoned the church due to its impending demolition.

Father de Tanoüarn thought it was a good opportunity to reconcile these people, who were literally “out in the peripheries” — to be their chaplain, to provide for them the Sacraments, in full communion with the Catholic Church.


Toward the end of this video, you can see how the police move in on the altar.

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Pope Francis blasts “gender” ideology, quotes Benedict XVI: “this is the age of sin against the Creator!”

Here’s something the Fishwrap (aka National Sodomitic Reporter) types will struggle with.

On 27 July the Holy Father had a closed-door meeting with the bishops of Poland.  There was a brief Q&A.  Today Francis’ remarks were published.

Here is an excerpt.  From Vatican Insider:

“In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa and some Asian countries we are seeing some real ideological colonisations,” he repeated. “And one of these, I’m going to say it outright, is gender”: “Today, children, children! are told at school that they can choose their sex. Why are they taught this? Because the books are supplied by the people and institutions that give you the money. These are the ideological colonisations backed also by countries that wield a great deal of influence. And this is terrible. Speaking with Benedict XVI,” he said, “who is well and lucid, he told me: ‘Holiness, this is the age of sin against the Creator!’ He is intelligent! God created man and woman; God made the world like this, like this, like this… and we are doing the exact opposite.

Gender-twisting, denial of sexual differentiation, same-sex and homosexualist agenda…



Remember what Card. Sarah said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast? HERE

“Good becomes evil, beauty is ugly, love becomes the satisfaction of sexual primal instincts, and truths are all relative,” said Sarah.

“All manner of immorality is not only accepted and tolerated today in advanced societies, but even promoted as a social good,” he continued.  “The result is hostility to Christians, and, increasingly, religious persecution.  Nowhere is [this] clearer than in the threat that societies are visiting on the family through a demonic ‘gender ideology,’ a deadly impulse that is being experienced in a world increasingly cut off from God through ideological colonialism.”

Those who think that same-sex activities and gender-bending are acceptable, have mirrored the primal, Original Sin and Fall of our First Parents.  They have listened to the demon, the serpent, the Enemy of the Soul and have subordinated God the Creator’s will to their own, as if they were there own little gods determining right and wrong, truth and falsehood.

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Last words of French priest murdered by Islamist terrorists: “Go away, Satan.”

From FNC:

Funeral Mass for murdered French priest: attackers were ‘Satan’

ROUEN, France – The archbishop of Rouen, leading Tuesday’s solemn funeral Mass for an elderly priest slain a week ago by two extremists, said the Rev. Jacques Hamel tried to push away his attackers with his feet, saying “go away, Satan,” remarks that underscored the horror of the murder at the altar that touched a chord throughout France.

Hundreds of priests and bishops filled the sumptuous Rouen cathedral along with many hundreds more people, including Muslims who have joined in the grieving since the murder of the 85-year-old priest, slashed by his attackers while celebrating morning Mass.

Hamel’s grisly murder sent shockwaves that went beyond his humble work as a small-town parish priest, touching other faiths and all of France. It came less than two weeks after 84 people were killed in an attack by a hurtling truck in Nice on a crowd of Bastille Day revelers.

“Evil is a mystery. It reaches heights of horror that take us out of the human,” Archbishop Dominique Lebrun said during the two-hour Mass.

“Isn’t that what you wanted to say, Jacques, with your last words, when you fell to the ground? After you were struck by the knife, you tried to push away your assailants with your feet and said, ‘Go away, Satan.’ You repeated it, ‘Go away, Satan.”


It’s coming, friends.  Ask God to show His mercy and stop the wave before it comes to you.

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Priests, bishops: Stop what you are doing and read.

I warmly direct the priestly and episcopal readership here to These Stone Walls, the blog of Fr. Gordon MacRae, an innocent priest unjustly jailed. He has a deeply moving and poignant post today which I won’t try to summarize or even describe.

Just go there and read it.


I will only add that, if things keep going the way they are going, and I don’t see why they won’t without disaster or divine intervention reorienting them, we priests ought to reflect on the possibility (probably?) of persecution. We must, now, try to get our heads into the right place beforehand so that when it comes, we will at least have the benefit of some spiritual preparation.

Biretta tip to Fr. Byers.  o{]:¬)

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First Mass in Krak des Chevaliers in 745 years

This is amazing.  I received a note…

First Mass in Krak des Chevaliers in 745 years, since 1271, celebrated by Fr Aubry of the Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer.

The fortress has been damaged and the town has all but been wiped out.

Learn more HERE.

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ACTION ITEM! Wherein Fr. Z makes suggestions to priests about “ad orientem” worship.

action-item-buttonIn an email exchange I had, and a conversation with a priest friend, a couple ideas came up.

Context: Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made a plea to priests to begin offering Holy Mass ad orientem versus.  He made this bid during a liturgy conference.  He wasn’t speaking officially, in his capacity as Prefect.  He was speaking as a man of prayer, who has a broad perspective and a privileged vantage point to regard what is going on in the Church.

So, Card. Sarah (pronounced Sah-RAH), made his bid and liberals reacted swiftly and sharply.  There were denials that the rubrics were changing, despite the fact that Sarah said nothing about that.  Then the now-retired papal spokesman leapt in and added comments that “reform of the reform” is not useful or acceptable or desirable or accurate… or something.   Apparently, that phrase is a cause of “misunderstandings”.  Card. Sarah has been quiet since that talk and after an audience with Pope Francis.

This brings me to me to the ideas.

First, if the powers-that-be don’t like the phrase “reform of the reform” (which I wasn’t really wedded to anyway), how about something like “correction of the deform”?  Perhaps that won’t give the wrong impression?

Second, I know priests who have and who are turning their worship ad orientem versus.  I have a suggestion for them.

I suggest, reverend and dear Fathers, that you write Cardinal Sarah a letter, telling him about your experience in the parish or chapel of ongoing ad orientem worship or your move towards it.

You might write something like,

Your Eminence,

I am pastor of St. Fidelia in Tall Tree Circle in the Diocese of Black Duck.  Two years ago, after a catechetical series of several weeks, we began to have all celebrations of Holy Mass ad orientem versus.

While a few parishioners resisted this reorientation, most everyone accepted it well cum serena pace.  To my knowledge no on died from fright or became seriously ill because they had to see the decorative back panel of my chasuble. Similarly no one was rendered incapable of following the liturgy due to lack of sight of my face.  I don’t not think that anybody lost her faith, had a case of the vapors, or spontaneously combusted.

A small group has begun to attend Mass at a neighboring parish, but several times more people have begun coming to St. Fidelia.

I have received numerous letters and comments that indicate an increased appreciation for the reverent atmosphere and greater sense of prayer.  I enclose a few examples, in copy.

Also, attached to the present letter, please find copies of my “Pastor’s Page” series about ad orientem worship.

Thanking Your Eminence for your generous service to the Church and with every good wish I am sincerely in Christ….

While some of above is clearly facetious – mostly to keep you reading to the end – your notes to Card. Sarah could be a) useful, b) interesting and c) consoling.

Another type of note could explain to the Cardinal how you plan on making the change to ad orientem worship.

Another type could tell Card. Sarah how you were bullied, pressured or otherwise threatened into remaining versus populum.

Or a combination of the above!

You do not necessarily have to write to Card. Sarah in his capacity as Prefect of the Congregation, lest someone get the idea that you were asking for official intervention.

You could write to him in his capacity as Cardinal-Deacon of San Giovanni Bosco in via Tuscolana.  After all, that’s what he is!

Here is His Eminence’s address.

Be sure to let him know that you remember him regularly in your prayers.  Also, if you have read his book, let him know.

His Eminence
Robert Card. Sarah
of San Giovanni Bosco in via Tuscolana

Just a thought or two.

The moderation queue is ON.

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