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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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Daily Archives: 24 January 2009
In this Pauline Year, we should pay attention to the prayers for this great Apostle’s feast. Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote for The Wanderer. in honor of the Apostle to the Gentiles let us make a … Read More
Last night’s supper was a qualified success. I posted about the line up yesterday, I think. Friends came from far away and so we had a nice meal, a bit fancier than usual. They brought exquisite wine. Including, We used … Read More
Reactions to Pres. Obama’s decision. Vatican criticizes Obama on abortion issue VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican officials said Saturday they were disappointed by President Barack Obama’s decision to end a ban on federal funding for international groups that perform abortions … Read More
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When the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre decided to consecrate four bishops without the permission of the Holy See back in 1988, some of his priest broke away. Seeking unity with the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, they formed the Priestly … Read More
On 25 January 1959 Bl. Pope John XXIII, at the Basilica of St. Paul outside-the-walls, called for a reform of the Code of Canon Law, a Roman synod and … a Council. 50 years ago… tomorrow.
I am seeing a lot of confusion in the wake of the lifting of the excommunications of the bishops of the SSPX. Let’s get some things clear. VERY LITTLE HAS CHANGED JURIDICALLY except in the status of those four bishops. … Read More
The SSPX has sent out a letter of explanation to their followers. Let’s have a look with my emphases and comments. Letter of the Superior General of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X Dear faithful, As I announce in … Read More
A nice note came from a reader about the expanded use of the so-called "Benedictine Arrangement" of a versus populum altar, that is, placing the candles in a straight line, three and three, and the Crucifix in the center with … Read More
Fr. Reginald Foster, famous American Carmelite Latinist who works for the Holy See, is still in the hospital, but he is doing much better. He has visitors who write with the latest news and they sound positive. Fr. Foster was … Read More
I had a note from someone with irritating news. I think [Pres.] Obama is going to lift the Mexico City language today, probably around 3 or 4. Classic Clintonesque news dump late on a Friday afternoon. [It’s called "take out … Read More
My friend Fr. Ray Blake, PP of St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton, has found a response by Bp. Fellay of the SSPX to the Swedish TV station which broadcast the inflammatory interview with the SSPX bishop Williamson. Click to enlarge. … Read More
People of good will can differ on theological points and still remain in unity. People of good will can attain unity even when they disagree on matters which are by no means clear. The history of the Church’s great Councils … Read More
It is coooold out there this morning. It is -11F right now, -24C. These low temps tend to bring more birds around. So, the Pine Siskins are back in force! I haven’t seen them for a while. Though there are … Read More
His Hermeneuticalness has some interesting news and comments: This morning, the Holy See has communicated the Decree of the Congregation for Bishops which remits, for the four Bishops ordained by Archbishop Lefevbre, the censure of excommunication declared against them on 1 July … Read More
A reader from North Carolina sends a note: Dear Friends of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form in North Carolina Below the decree lifting the excommunication of the SSPX bishops. The is an occasion for rejoicing! We have prayed for … Read More