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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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- Wherein Fr. Z makes suggestions to young men thinking about seminary, seminarians, younger priests and the lay people who love them.
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- ACTION ITEM! Form of absolution to CHANGE in 2023. OPPORTUNITY: Inform priests who have been screwing around with the form of absolution.
- Highly recommended: Archbp. Aquila’s response to Card. McElroy’s errors.
- ASK FATHER: “I am in need of confession and I feel to embarrassed to speak to my church face to face.”
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- These folks could teach Moray eels a thing or two about slippery twisting. (Yes, this features a Jesuit.)
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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: January 2009
The road is long and dusty. You are parched… or you just fancy a sip of something. POLL CLOSED Which refreshing beverage do you prefer? Water (still or sparkling) (43%, 775 Votes) Adult Beverage (includes Irish Coffee & Long Island … Read More
Patrick Madrid caught that EWTN will air the CatholicVote.org pro-life ad which NBC refused. Irondale, AL (EWTN) – See the pro-life commercial NBC refused to air during the Super Bowl on EWTN Global Catholic Network this Sunday Feb. 1, beginning … Read More
Check John Allen’s piece on the SSPX thing going on. My friend the nearly ubiquitous John L. Allen, Jr. is, of course, the fair-minded columnist for the ultra-lefty National Catholic Reporter. Let’s look, with my emphases and comments. In the … Read More
And oldie but a goodie from Creative Minority Report… just to lighten things up a bit.
The excellent blog of the diocesan newspaper of Kansas City, MO, The Catholic Key has an interesting piece. You remember the Apostolic visitation of seminaries? Vatican to Visit U.S. Women Religious Institutes Breaking. Just came across my desk. More to … Read More
Thanks to Fr. ER of Orthometer for this! Spurred by this.
From Robert Micken’s of the far-left leaning English weekly, The Tablet. My emphases and comments. Benedict’s high risk strategy Benedict XVI and the Lefebvrists 31 January 2009 Robert Mickens The Pope has described it as an act of paternal mercy. … Read More
A reader alerted me to the following from Jesuit magazine America, which I share with my emphases and comments. The Good WordA Blog on Scripture and Preaching South Africa & Liturgical ChangePosted at: 2009-01-27 11:08:00.0Author: Chris Chatteris, S.J. In many … Read More
A reader alerted me to this from The Telegraph. Priests [not] stage fashion show The latest fashions among the clergy were on display in Devon as local priests [not] swapped pulpits for the catwalk. Last Updated: 1:40PM GMT 30 Jan … Read More
UPDATE: 23:35 GMT Some people have freaked out that I posted some fairly well-founded reports that Bp. Williamson was perhaps gravely ill. I clearly stated where I got the reports and I what my motives were. If his health is … Read More
From the always vigilant Rorate this is the apology sent be SSPX Bp. Williamson to His Eminence Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos, President of the P.Comm. Ecclesia Dei. It was written to 28 January 2009. Apology Letter of Bishop Richard Williamson … Read More
Now we must all pray that in the near future men of good will can work out differences with humility and charity towards each other.
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Some say the burger is the perfect food group. So what’s it gonna be? A hamburger? A cheeseburger? Of course, you can add all sorts of other things, such as lettuce or tomato, or a smear of mustard or mayo. … Read More
The traditional Catholic paper The Remnant has a piece by a frequent comment writer here, Brian Mershon, about a possible reconciliation of the SSPX with Rome perhaps by Candlemas, 2 February. I will not parse Mershon’s whole piece, for it … Read More
I received this very interesting note from a staffer of a US Congressman whom I will not identify for obvious reasons. I have his permission to share this: My emphases Fr. Z: As a Congressional staffer, I am extremely concerned … Read More
The johnny-on-the-spot site Rorate has two good pieces you would do well to look at. First, there is an entry called Cardinal Castrillón: Relevant declarations to Corriere della Sera Also check Corriere. Here is a salient point or two: The … Read More
And now… another dog bites man story from a washed up dissenter. This is in from ANSA: Liberation theologian and dissenter Leonardo Boff has determined that the lifting of the excommunications of the four SSPX bishops was a mistake. It … Read More
Several alert readers have sent me the following which I finally tracked down to our friends at NLM. Go check them out and spike their stats. The piece says it is from The Catholic Herald, the best Catholic paper in … Read More