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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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- ADVENTCAzT 2022: 06 – Friday 1st Week of Advent: Pure of Heart
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- NOVENA for the Immaculate Conception (8 Dec): Day 3
- ADVENCAzT 2022: 05 – Thursday 1st Week of Advent: Darling plant
- CRISIS: A Unified Theory of “Backwardism” – Go read it NOW.
- Daily Rome Shot 594, etc.
- NOVENA for the Immaculate Conception (8 Dec): Day 2
- Swiss Bishop abolishes office of diocesan exorcist. What could go wrong?
- ADVENCAzT 2022: 04 – Wednesday 1st Week of Advent: Wanton women
- NOVENA for the Immaculate Conception (8 Dec): Day 1
- Daily Rome Shot 594, etc.
- ADVENTCAzT 2022: 03 – Tuesday 1st Week of Advent: “Choose life!”
- The Federalist’s reaction to the “Hell’s Bible” hit piece against TLM-going Catholics
- Daily Rome Shot 593, etc. video and a BOOK suggestion
- ADVENCAzT 2022: 02 – Monday 1st Week of Advent: “Wake up!”
- Daily Rome Shot 592, etc. with a recommendation or two
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 1st Sunday of Advent – 2022
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- DIEBUS SALTEM DOMINICIS – 1st Sunday of Advent: The Drills of a Militant Church
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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: December 2009
I mentioned on Plurk/Twitter that I was going to make what I call "spaghetti al seminario". This is pretty simply stuff and you can put it together with brutal speed. The name comes from the fact that in my seminary … Read More
May God bless you all abundantly for this New Year of Salvation. Have any resolutions?
From a priest friend and reader in an e-mail entitled simply: MANIPLE In honor of Fr. Z, I’m tying one on tonight, and tomorrow morning! Happy New Year! I love it when a priest is determined to tie one on … Read More
One of you readers caught the partial eclipse of the blue moon! Very cool. As view from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, GB at 1928 local time. Another, a priest friend, sent this from Ascona, Switzerland at 2010 GMT!
During 1st Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with the singing of the Te Deum for the end of the year, the Holy Father said, in my translation: Dear brothers and sisters, Rome needs priests who will … Read More
A couple weeks ago in my column for The Wanderer I spoke of the work of Christine Mohrmann. Also, I have on various occasions opined that sometimes it is okay for something you know to be a translation to actually … Read More
In a FOXNews story: HONOLULU — Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was taken to a hospital with chest pains on Wednesday, a Honolulu television station reported. Paramedics responded to a call at 2:41 p.m. from the Kahala Hotel … Read More
Space Weather News for Dec. 31, 2009 BLUE MOON ECLIPSE: For the first time in almost 20 years, there’s going to be a "Blue Moon" on New Year’s Eve. In Europe, sky watchers will witness an even rarer event–an eclipse … Read More
Want to have a chuckle while looking at a serious issue? Serious for the Lutherans, that is. You remember the ELCA decision last summer about homosexual clergy and same-sex unions? I picked up on the site of First Things their … Read More
Between various bouts with the keyboard today, I took a few photos of the every busy birds at the feeder. Lots of black and white these days. Though other muted colors come around. I am glad to see some House … Read More
You might remember that there was a dust up in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. Some parishoners of Our Lady of Fatima were trying to get their pastor, Fr. Jeffrey Robideau, removed. So often these stories about about a conservative-minded … Read More
In the now defunct but still relevant series The West Wing there is an episode in which the staff must chose figures for new US postage stamps. Witty political correctness ensues. At the time of the actual run of the … Read More
In your discussions of things ecumenical, remember to refer to Pope Benedict as "the Pope of Christian Unity". A reader alerted me to the following piece In the Canadian daily The Globe and Mail by Ian Hunter, Ian Hunter is … Read More
Today would have been the 89th birthday of Msgr. Richard Schuler, pastor and musician. He labored in the dark years after the Council to keep sound liturgy alive, promote proper sacred music, foster vocations to the priesthood, and hold the … Read More
A reader alerted me to an interview in the execrable Newsweek with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), pro-abortion but self-named "Catholic". You might remember some of her scintillating theological explanations about how she justified promoting abortion. Here is a bit … Read More
I’m back and the birds are busy! This Red-bellied Woodpecker is having a hard time with the shape of this feeder. This Hairy Woodpecker spent some time tapping on my window next to my desk. Chickadee. Nuthatch, scrounging.
1 January 2010 is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States. It is among the Holy Days for the Latin Church. If you are able to go to Mass on 1 January and do not go, you commit … Read More
We all know that Pope Benedict would not want to be completely surrounded by bullet proof glass everywhere he went. On the other hand, security around our Popes has been relatively light. The use of the sedia gestatoria would both … Read More
I case you had stopped wondering about why we needed Summorum Pontificum, try this. For Christmas Mass, we had a different priest by the name of Fr. ___. He started to get all the children to sit in front of … Read More