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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
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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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Monthly Archives: April 2008
I got this very serious question via e-mail. I am horrified by what I read here, but I don’t have time to look up the concrete references. I am betting some of you can. I just don’t have time today. … Continue reading
Do you remember my talking about the parish in Greenville, SC, where the altar and direction of worship is being "reoriented"? During Lent the pastor Fr. Scott Newman issued in the parish bulletin a series of article explaining what worship … Continue reading
All of a sudden, the cassock decided it wanted to leave.
Oh would that we had more parish priests like don Camillo. Would that fictional characters could be canonized! Our friends at Rorate have another great entry today about how Guareschi’s character "don Camillo" strove to block the destruction of an … Continue reading
I got this question from a reader (edited): Dear Fr. Z, I am a catholic from the Netherlands and I`m following youre blog for some time now. You must forgive me for my bat writing in English; I`m still Dutch. … Continue reading
I was alerted to this by a reader: Controversial Episcopal bishop scheduled for Catholic book trade conference Bishop Gene Robinson St. Charles, IL, Apr 28, 2008 / 08:17 pm (CNA).- A group of Episcopalians has invited controversial Episcopal Bishop V. … Continue reading
This is in from CNS: Chinese orchestra to perform Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ for pope By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — China’s Philharmonic Orchestra was set to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "Requiem" in the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI, reported … Continue reading
As the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright continues to build, and we hear more of what he has to say about the foundations of his world view and that of the church where he was pastor, it would not … Continue reading
The apostolic visit of Pope Benedict XVI sparked off more debate about what bishops ought to do in the face of self-professed Catholic politicians who in a public manner act and speak contrary to the Church’s teachings and practices. Should … Continue reading
As some of you WDTPRSers might remember, I am a fan of the Don Camillo books and movies. So I was delighted to see that our friends at Rorate posted a really nice entry on the author Giovanni Guareschi. I … Continue reading
In the UK, The Telegraph has published something rather interesting: Short list to succeed Cardinal Murphy O’Connor By Tim WalkerLast Updated: 2:13am BST 28/04/2008 The candidates to succeed Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor as Archbishop of Westminster have been whittled down … Continue reading
Here is the Declaration on Relations with Rome issued by the traditional group called the Transapline Redemptorists. My emphases and comments: Declaration On Relations with Rome Made In Honour of Our Lady of Good Counsel April 2008 We hold firmly … Continue reading
I got a nice note from a reader: Father Zuhlsdorf, This evening I had the honor of attending the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at Seton Hall University celebrated by Father Grimm. I took about 150 pictures of … Continue reading
I kind reader sent some images from the Holy Mass celebrated with the 1962 Missale Romanum according to the provisions of Summorum Pontificum at Franciscan University in Steubenville. Nice! I am sure the students were very pleased!
Whereas Card. Egan of New York has issued a press statement taking to task former NYC mayor R. Guiliani (R-NY) for receiving Communion at the Holy Father’s Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, this is from the WaPo. For Pro-Choice Politicians, … Continue reading
This is just in from the Archdiocese of New York! Super WDTPRS kudos to a super alert fast friend for alerting me so swiftly! Statement of Cardinal Egan April 28, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2008 The following is … Continue reading
NLM has a great find: This bears watching as it illustrates the possibilities within the vernacular for Catholic Mass. This video was taken at the first Mass at the Sacred Music Colloquium at CUA last year. The video is long … Continue reading
Just when you thought the DaVinci Code dopiness was settling down…. this is in from ABC News. Was the Sistine Ceiling a Papal Insult? New Book Asks If Michelangelo Embedded Hidden Messages in the Sistine’s Frescoes April 28, 2008— For … Continue reading
Wanna read an article typical of much of the Italian press? Check this out. Ignazio Ingrao of the Italian Panorama (n. 18/2008) has a strange item (my translation): George W. Bush – The President of the United States, like Tony … Continue reading
There is a very interesting story at the National Catholic Register about the Holy Father’s brother Msgr. George Ratzinger. My emphases and comments. When Your Little Brother Is the Pope Part I of our exclusive interview with the Holy Father’s … Continue reading