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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: 23 November 2010
It has been a busy day. Here is one reason: Prayer Request – Mothership Problem And because the Mac using PC snarkers have chimed in, I have started a “Get a Mac” fund. Here are some recent posts: Fr. Fessio … Read More
There is a poll on the site of the New York Daily News attached to a story about an 88 year old man who shot his wife in the head to end her suffering. As of now. UPDATE 24 Nov … Read More
USEFUL ANALOGY ALERT “Pope Approves Padded Pipes for Mugging” You would do well to read this carefully and use it in conversations. Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, wrote a piece for Reuters which means that it will get a little visibility. … Read More
The “head” of the Church of England gives the “body” of the Church of England a warning. From BBC: Queen gives warning to Church of England synod The Queen has spoken of the “difficult” and “painful” choices facing the Church … Read More
This is the sort of shallow, asinine, perhaps even mendacious BS we all knew would crop up in the mainstream media. NOTA BENE: This headline is a LIE. Note also that the URL for the story indicates something quite different. … Read More
My friend Greg Burke, the Rome correspondent for Fox News, has an article about the Pope’s new interview-book and the biggest news to come from it. Keep in mind, folks, that the whole Condom Conundrum, is energy-consuming frivolity compared to … Read More
From a reader: The folks at Rorate Caeli have posted that Pius XII granted an indult for Americans to eat meat on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Is this indult still in effect? I don’t know. Probably not. Also, it doesn’t … Read More
From time to time I have opined about why the Pope says certain things that are sure to provoke controversy. Some people have suggested that he is naive about the press (e.g., Regensburg, this condom thing). I don’t buy that. … Read More
Here is a CNS story by fellow Minnesotan John Thavis with my emphases and comments. Vatican clarifies pope’s reference to ‘male prostitute’ in condoms comment Posted on November 23, 2010 by John Thavis VATICAN CITY — When Pope Benedict commented … Read More
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Andrea Tornielli posted this about the recent Vatican mess up with the press. Here are a couple excerpts in my quick translation. With his characteristic irony and finesse, Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, often called … Read More
Here is some good news. The number of seminarians in England is on the rise. From CNA: England sees highest number of new seminarians in over a decade London, England, Nov 23, 2010 / 03:11 am (CNA).- Seminaries in England … Read More