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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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“He [Satan] will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.”
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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
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
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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: May 2008
I got this urgent question by e-mail: Fr. Z – I am a transitional Deacon preparing for Ordination and First Mass on June 28 and 29 respectively. I would like my friend, who is an installed acolyte and fellow seminarian … Read More
I received this by e-mail from a priest: Fr. Z, Long time reader, first time questioner. I’ve been celebrating the TLM since Winter ’06. In my parish, I celebrate the TLM on Tuesdays and Sundays for the faithful. My question … Read More
I received word from a close friend, the great Roman, Fabrizio Azzola, who also helps staff the COL Forum, that his latest child, wisely named “John”, has been baptized, the first child to be so brought into the firm embrace … Read More
I got this by e-mail. If you have some German, check out this blog! Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf, just wanted to tell you, I liked your "Pope Benedict is changing the conversation" so much, I translated and republished [here]. Keep on … Read More
Everything is up to date in Kansas City. They’ve gone just about as far as they can…. with building their beautiful new altars for Old St. Patrick’s Church in downtown KC. This is the church which H.E. Most Reverend Robert … Read More
The conclusion of the month dedicated to Mary was broadcast, live, this evening from the Piazza of San Pietro. The Holy Father came at the end and gave a splendid brief reflection.
I got this by e-mail: Two Masses this Weekend I’m happy to announce that the Extraordinary Form will be available both in Birmingham and in Huntsville this Sunday, June 1. Bishop David Foley will offer Low Mass in Birmingham at … Read More
First things first. I am very grateful to a couple readers who have enriched my life with new books and … a good thermos! PP of CA was very kind and found a thermos on my amazon wish list. This … Read More
The Liturgical Bee has received a challenge from a waspish, a-liturgical wasp. This is from KK of KC. I am reminded of an entry a while back where someone said of another person that s\he was being "waspish". There … Read More
From a reader: Today, during Holy Mass, I went to confession. The priest told me to say my Act of contrition, then he would absolve me. So, as I started to say it, he began to whisper something in Latin. … Read More
I received a question from a reader…. a very long, convoluted question (please keep them short or I just can’t wade through them), and so I edited it: Dear Fr. Z, In my home parish we are trying to get … Read More
Prayer for Priests Lord Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament,and living perpetually among us through Your Priests,grant that the words of Your Priests may be only Your words,that their gestures be only Your gestures,and that their lives be a … Read More
Vatican Congregation for the Clergy Theme for World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests May 30, 2008 by Cardinal Claudio Hummes Reverend and dear Brothers in the Priesthood, On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus let us fix … Read More
DECREE ON CELEBRATION OF THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL VATICAN CITY, 30 MAY 2008 (VIS) – The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments today published a decree authorising the celebration, on 25 January 2009, of Mass … Read More
[uc] I’ll begin putting up some images. Comments to follow. Let it be said that I am grateful grateful grateful that they simply broadcast the live feed, without commentary over it! Thank you EWTN. Thank you! First, I don’t think … Read More
Holy Church doesn’t promulgate laws about censures simply for the heck of it. There is long experience behind censures. Laws have theological grounding. The tougher censures are applied when the matter concerns something closer to the heart of who and … Read More
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith General DecreeOn the delict of attempted sacred ordination of a woman The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in virtue of the special faculty granted to it by the Supreme Authority of … Read More
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Spring at the Sabine Farm seems at last to be in full swing, though the nights are still very chilly indeed. The Red Bellied Woodpecker is getting some high nutrition snacks from the suet cage. Yum. This is not the … Read More
People often use the word "schism" to describe the irregular situation of the bishops and priests of the SSPX. They have reason to. In his 1988 Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei adflicta, Pope John Paul II used the word "schism". Today, … Read More