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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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Daily Archives: 1 February 2009
From a priest reader: I thought I read, when Mother Angelica opened her new shrine, there was somewhat of a dispute, because she wanted Masses said "ad Orientem" and others said she couldn’t. The matter, I think, was appealed to … Read More
From Toronto Catholic Blog comes this. Now… don’t freak out. Just remember that this is a brick by brick process. Some people will rush to all sorts of exaggerations. Take the report for what it is worth. I hope, frankly, … Read More
I think this next week is it. This is probably the week we will start to see an acceleration of expressions of real hatred of the Holy Father and the SSPX. The nastiness is starting to seep out cracks in … Read More
A student colleague of Fr. Hans Kung, Fr. Hermann Häring, has in the German press called for the Pope to resign. Guess why.
Marco Politti of La Repubblica interviewed the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, His Eminence G.B. Card. Re. That dicastery lifted the infamous excommunications. There is an interesting detail in the Cardinal Prefect’s comments which will be unpopular but is … Read More
A sort of sad interview in an Italian paper with a priest who has had some issues with the Pope. We have written about Fr. Farinella before. He was very negative about Summorum Pontificum. I believe he is also against … Read More
Someone from The Boston Globe alerted me to coverage of Card. O’Malley’s comments about the SSPX and Bp. Williamson’s controversial comments. O’Malley defends pope, apologizes to Jews Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston is praising Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to … Read More
From a reader: At least 150 were in attendance [At Blessed Sacrament Church] assisting in offering the sacrifice (counting by Communion) at 7 am at Blessed Sacrament church. After decades of waiting, it is altogether fitting that God so directed … Read More
Read Italian? Luigi Accattoli, Italian journalist, is blasting away at the SSPX bishops.
An reader who must have been cleaning out a cyber-drain alerted me to a whine… er um… post from the wymynpryst types… you know… the deluded. This is offered both for its amusement factor and to help you understand their … Read More
You know that I am rooting for His Hermeneuticalness. But what if…. what if…. The Mulier Fortis has a wickedly amusing thought.
In honor of the Super Bowl, which I may not watch .. or glance at with only partial interest because it doesn’t have anything to do with baseball or hockey, … Which team should emerge victorious? I think two teams … Read More
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It has been a while since I did a PODCAzT, but I figured it was time to plunge back in. Today we will drill into a hymn sung by Holy Church in the Liturgia horarum for Sunday Vespers every other … Read More
Be honest now. When it comes right down to it… and you can answer in perfect anonymity,… POLL CLOSED In which language do you really prefer for Holy Mass? Latin (or liturgical language of your Rite) (77%, 1,815 Votes) My … Read More
This is in from CathCon. This comes from Die Welt online. Remember that Card. Lehmann was also an apprentice of the late Fr. Karl Rahner. Unlike Fr. Ratzinger, Fr. Lehmann stuck rather closer to his mentor’s hermeneutic of discontinuity and … Read More
Fr. Thomas Dufner, pastor of Holy Family in St. Louis Park, MN, a friend of mine, has done wonders at his parish, in a near-Western suburb of Minneapolis. People travel long distances to attend Mass there. The church is beautiful, … Read More
May I ask you, please, to renew your prayers or continue them as the case may be for Fr. Reginald Foster? He is the well-known American Latinist and Carmelite working for the Holy See. You might recall that he was … Read More
Boston’s Archbishop Sean Card. O’Malley has a blog and he has written briefly on the SSPX controversy which recently arose. Hello to you all! The Vatican announced this week that the Holy Father has lifted the excommunications of four bishops … Read More
I received this from Alcuin Reid, who is the editor and author of good liturgical sources: Statement by Dr Alcuin Reid: On Friday BBC Radio asked me to discuss recent events concerning the SSPX on ‘The Sunday Programme’ this morning. … Read More