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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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Monthly Archives: October 2012
I have boarded what has been dubbed The Hurtling Tube Of Flaming Death for Roma, and I am settling in for a boring few hours. As the great Roman Fabrizio – I think it is his turn to buy lunch … Read More
Dennis Prager has a good post called: Why a Good Person Can Vote against Same-Sex Marriage Changing the definition of marriage is bad for society. By Dennis Prager I love this paragraph: The history of left-wing policies has largely consisted of … Read More
The Canonical Defender, Prof. Ed Peters, is back at it after his synodal sojourn in Rome. A recent offering: Catholics, Communion, and Controversies by Dr. Edward Peters Controversies over participation in holy Communion by Catholics publicly at odds with Church … Read More
Here is a video from just after the Democrats’ Convention. WOW! If only our own bishops would speak with this clarity and righteous anger. Watch and learn. [wp_youtube]7_FrySY8oYM[/wp_youtube] Note his explanation of how insulting to black people it is to … Read More
Here are some posts, as they scroll along off the board quickly. First: Your Urgent Prayer Requests And… VP Biden’s last ditch effort to fool Catholics. Revolting. Card.Cañizares: “It is normal to use the 1962 Missal.” Some Civics! In the … Read More
From LifeNews: Pro-Abortion Biden Claims He’s a “Practicing Catholic” In New Ad by Steven Ertelt In a last-ditch effort to get Catholic voters to support pro-abortion President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, who also backs abortion, has released a new … Read More
From Andrea Tornielli of Vatican Insider: Cardinal Cañizares explains why he agreed to preside over [not just “preside over”] Saturday’s mass for faithful from the “Una cum Papa nostro” pilgrimage, in St. Peter’s Basilica ANDREA TORNIELLI “I gladly accepted to … Read More
POLL BELOW What happens if, in the presidential election, both candidates wind up with the same number of Electoral College votes? WaPo has some scenarios HERE. Review: Popular vote does not elect a President as it does Representatives to Congress … Read More
And this on the day I wrote about the Knox Bible. Life is funny. The amusing Eye of the Tiber has this: Washington, DC––Citing a need for the Church to “reach out to its estranged youth,” the International Commission on … Read More
Could there be an Ordinariate for former Lutherans in a way similar to those for former Anglicans? It is hard for me to see how. Perhaps it could be possible. From CWN: The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting … Read More
While preparing my post about Faith Magazine, I saw an article about Ronald Knox. That reminded me that Baronius Press recently sent me a copy of their new, beautifully bound, edition of Knox’s translation of the Bible. US HERE and … Read More
Over at the amusing and often useful blog Art of Manliness there is a post about Memento Mori art. “Memento mori!” means, “Be mindful of death!” or “Don’t forget that you are going to die so repent, confess your sins, and live … Read More
Do you know about Faith magazine? Faith is assembled and published as an actual magazine in England. It is also offered entirely for free online. Online you get the whole thing, not just selected articles. Faith, the magazine, is associated with the … Read More
From The Catholic Thing comes a piece by Robert Royal in which he looks with a critical eye at the closing propositions of the Synod of Bishops. My preface: The problem with criticizing the Synods of Bishops is that, by … Read More
I have been reading another dystopian novels by James Wesley Rawles, Founders. (The first in the series is Patriots, the next is Survivors.) I was pretty surprised to read this paragraph, about a couple who wind up being part of … Read More
This evening I was chatting by phone with a priest friend about, inter alia, American novels. Of course the great American novel came up. Hemingway came up, of course, in that context. Though we did not ultimately settle on a … Read More
From a reader: Diocese of Albany is asking all Mass attendees to participate in ritual of extending our arms and praying and blessing the priest who just said Mass. Part of their “Called by Name” vocations pitch. I didn’t hold … Read More
I am supposed to fly to Rome on 31 October (thank you, dear readers). In light of the terrible weather, can we have some discussion here, based on your experience and good knowledge – please don’t just add anecdotes, but … Read More
For some reason I have received questions similar to this one several times, so I will drill into the matter anew… again… um… From a reader: Why do we say “rose again” in the Creed when Christ only rose from … Read More