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"We as Catholics have not properly combated (the culture) because we have not been taught our Catholic Faith, especially in the depth needed to address these grave evils of our time. This is a failure of catechesis both of children and young people that has been going on for fifty years. It is being addressed, but it needs much more radical attention... What has also contributed greatly to the situation is an exaltation of the virtue of tolerance which is falsely seen as the virtue which governs all other virtues. In other words, we should tolerate other people in their immoral actions to the extent that we seem also to accept the moral wrong. Tolerance is a virtue, but it is certainly not the principal virtue; the principal virtue is charity... Charity means speaking the truth. I have encountered it (not speaking the truth) many times myself as a priest and bishop. It is something we simply need to address. There is far too much silence — people do not want to talk about it because the topic is not 'politically correct.' But we cannot be silent any longer."
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YOUR RECENT COMMENTS
- Kevin: I did and you’ re right. I was thinking past the point. Sorry! A lesson that I need to engage my brain fully before I spout.
- grateful: a suggestion : if when clicking on the “Go to confession ” it sent you to an examinatio n of conscience , a choice of a long or short form. Thank You, ps I went tonight- no...
- Marion Ancilla Mariae II: Some have alluded to the rule that women in pants in the church is inappropri ate, that females should wear dresses or skirts. To church I wear the afore-ment ioned veil,...
- jaykay: But how many of us know, in our declining parishes, just who is involved in this situation anyway? How many, even if they did know, would even care, since everyone charges up to receive...
- Suburbanbanshee: These ladies seem to have their head coverings screwed on right. :) But just remember, folks, that chapel veils as such are a thing of a moment — namely, the moment of the...
- jaykay: KateD, sorry to hear about your Missal, hope you get it back. I use my uncle̵ 7;s (RIP) 1946 Ordination and first Mass card as a marker for the Preface in mine. I’d be do strai...
- youngcatholicgirl: I start with “Ble ss me, Father, for I have sinnedR 30;” (Always have, probably always will.) My usual confessor begins first with the Sign of the Cross; when I go...
- Adaquano: We’v e recently started attending a new parish, and I was first struck by the many young families like us and that many of the moms and their daughters were wearing veils, after...
- kurtmasur: @Kevin: Kevin said: “Fr Z, If they were genuinely trying to abandon their sinful lives and living as brother and sister, reception of the Sacraments wouldn’t be an issue. ”...
- beelady: I attempted to go to Reconcilia tion tonight but left when I saw 15 people already in line 10 minutes before it started. Father only had 45 mins (before Mass) allocated to hear everyo...
- Sieber: Back in the day… … 230;.I recall beginning the formula with, Bless me FatherR 30;.& hearing a simultaneo us…. Benedictio ….fr om the other side of the...
- Sr. Christine: I remember using “Ble ss me, Father, for I have sinned, 221; until our pastor said it didn’ ;t make sense, as if we were asking to be rewarded for sinning(!) Proba...
- Prayerful: ‘Ble ss me Father for I have sinned, it is a week since my last Confession , since then I’ve … 217; I used to follow the Bless me Father for I have sinned with...
- iamlucky13: I start with, “Hi John, that was a funny homily you gave last week. Did you see the game after Mass? Yeah, it was a close one, wasn’ ;t it? Anyways, I have a lot on my mind I...
- John UK: Whatever happened to the following? (from Ordo Administra ndi Sacramenti et alia Quaedam Officia Peragendi ex Rituali Roman Extractus nonnullis adiectis ex antiquo Rituali Anglic...
- Kevin: How do we serve the church without trying to abandon our sinful lives? [Who says that they aren’t?] Fr Z If they were genuinely trying to abandon their sinful lives and living as brother and...
- ChesterFrank: With the preference s for the TLM and veils and such: I view it as evidence that Christiani ty and Catholicis m has become a subculture and counter-cu lture. As a subculture they are...
- Josephus Corvus: While today I use the “Ble ss me FatherR 30;” (with no pause), I seem to remember back when I had my First Confession and the parish had papers for everybody with...
- Matt R: The blessing is not universal. Germans use the sign of the cross. Hispanics often invoke Our Lady. But when it is done, the blessing is simply on the blessing of the deacon. “Dominus sit in...
- MoraeEncomium: Good for Benedict XVI to state clearly the ChurchR 17;s authentic teaching on communion for divorced and remarried. It is refreshing , we miss him. But this is a yet another...
- grumpyoldCatholic: Hmmm My church requires them. Yes there is a dress code. Women and girls should cover their heads (chapel veils or mantillas are available for loan in the vestibule) . Women and...
- Fr_Andrew: Being frequently on the receiving end of the box, my usual procedure is to (when I hear someone enter) give the traditiona l blessing: “Dom inus sit in corde … 221; It has...
- Geoffrey: I voted “som ething else” ;, as it always depends on the confessor. Oftentimes , they follow the Ordinary Form and begin by saying: “In the name of the Father, andR...
- Pio Pio Pio: When I was an undergrad at Florida State, one of my fondest memories was the first time I walked in to daily Mass at the Co-Cathedr al of St. Thomas More on the corner of campus only...
- Titus: I’ve used the Tan desk calendar for years, and have had their wall calendar this year: they’ ;re spectacula r, and almost irreplacea ble, if you want to keep track of both the...
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"Where priest and people together face the same way, what we have is a cosmic orientation and also in interpretation of the Eucharist in terms of resurrection and trinitarian theology. Hence it is also an interpretation in terms of parousia, a theology of hope, in which every Mass is an approach to the return of Christ."
Joseph Ratzinger - The Feast of Faith"In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. ... If all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do so in a particular way, in keeping with their responsibility as politicians." CDF 2003
One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting. — C. S. Lewis
Some words of wisdom…
The more vigorously the primacy was displayed, the more the question came up about the extent and and limits of [papal] authority, which of course, as such, had never been considered. After the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council. Eventually, the idea of the givenness of the liturgy, the fact that one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the West. In fact, the First Vatican Council had in no way defined the pope as an absolute monarch. On the contrary, it presented him as the guarantor of obedience to the revealed Word. The pope's authority is bound to the Tradition of faith. … The authority of the pope is not unlimited; it is at the service of Sacred Tradition.
Joseph Ratzinger in The Spirit of the Liturgy
"The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine—but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight."
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"Latin is a precise, essential language. It will be abandoned, not because it is unsuitable for the new requirements of progress, but because the new men will not be suitable for it. When the age of demagogues and charlatans begins, a language like Latin will no longer be useful, and any oaf will be able to give a speech in public and talk in such a way that he will not be kicked off the stage. The secret to this will consist in the fact that, by making use of words that are general, elusive, and sound good, he will be able to speak for an hour without saying anything. With Latin, this is impossible."
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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“The legalization of the termination of pregnancy is none other than the authorization given to an adult, with the approval of an established law, to take the lives of children yet unborn and thus incapable of defending themselves. It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation, and it is very difficult to speak of obsession in a matter such as this, where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience — the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being.”
- St. John Paul II
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"If your work is strong enough for someone to hate you, it's strong enough for someone to love you. The middle is what you should fear."
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For your consideration…
"One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting."
- C.S. Lewis
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“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”
Francis Card. George
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Charles Pierre Péguy Notre Patrie, 1905"If I ought to write the truth, I am of the mind that I ought to flee all meetings of bishops, because I have never seen any happy or satisfactory outcome to any council, nor one that has deterred evils more than it has occasioned their acceptance and growth."
St. Gregory Nazianzus ep. 131 - AD 382“We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.”
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I was sent a video by a reader of some loony wymny in Argentina burning Pope Francis in effigy. I don’t know what this group is about, but I can guess. It probably defies the Church’s teaching on contraception or … Continue reading
Sometimes I muse about what it must have been like for a pagan priest in 4th century Rome who tended a crossroads shrine as he watched the demolition of his entire world.
It is, perhaps, our turn now.
The not-so-Catholic-friendly, Liberal Religion … Continue reading
I like this. A lot.
Thousands of Americans have taken the government shutdown into their own hands, literally, as they stormed into the nation’s capital, tearing down barricades blocking off the World War II Memorial on the National Mall Sunday … Continue reading
Liberals, living in Nephelokokkygia, think that Pope Francis is “teachable“. When he confounds their expectations and does something Catholic, they say, “He’ll come around.” When he makes sharp negative remarks about radical feminists, they respond, “We’ll guide him him.”
And then it … Continue reading
I saw at the Omaha World Herald a funny analysis of the “Francis Effect”. It’s funny, but not because it is humorous. The piece combines information from those bastions of objective reporting on Church matters, AP and the … Continue reading
From a reader:
Is there a limit to number of statues permitted in a church or chapel?
The first law that governs the number of statues in a church is the law of physics whereby it is evident that two tangible objects … Continue reading
I missed this the other day. On review, it is important enough to post about.
Over at Fishwrap, the National Schismatic Reporter, there is an interview with the head of the LCWR, Sr. Florence Deacon, from 7 May, while she was … Continue reading
It took them a few hours to get organized, but Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter), in its capacity of LCWR spin surrogate, has started to twist Pope Francis’s address to the UISG (HERE) into something that it is not.
Here is … Continue reading
There is a trend you need to be aware of. Indeed, this is a virus you need to help inoculate others against.
Here are a couple examples of the virus that is spreading.
First, turn your attention a piece on the site … Continue reading
At Homiletic and Pastoral Review there is a good article by Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap. Let’s see the first part, with my emphases:
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Church in the United States is in … Continue reading
This is absurd.
The last acceptable prejudice around these days is to hate faithful practicing Catholics who accept the Churches teachings on faith and moral.
Now the acceptable prejudice is creeping into the catholic community itself.
I read at Catholic World Report about the … Continue reading
I have been saying for weeks now that the left has been hijacking pro-life language for their own ends. Right now, they are twisting their support for Pres. Obama (against people who “cling to guns or religion”) into a “prolife … Continue reading
I have been saying for a while now that the liberal catholic left’s spittle-flecked interest in stricter control has little or nothing to do with a true pro-life agenda. Fishwrap (aka National catholic Reporter) and their ilk have hijacked the … Continue reading
We start a new work week with some old fashioned dissent.
And I mean old.
Picture if you will the paradox of a visible but invisible group of women religious dissenters. Even as they stay in the public eye, because of one … Continue reading