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- The most evident mark of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clerics who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds.
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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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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: March 2013
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Pope Francis sermon for the Vigil of Easter with my emphases and comments. Dear Brothers and Sisters, 1. In the Gospel of this radiant night of the Easter Vigil, we first meet the women who go the tomb of Jesus with … Read More
In two weeks Pope Francis has done more to promote Summorum Pontificum than Pope Benedict did since the day he promulgated it. After the decision by Pope Francis to wash the feet of two women on Holy Thursday, conservative Catholic … Read More
There is an adage: Qui bene distinguit, bene docet, that is, someone who makes distinctions well, teaches well. Distinguished canonist Ed Peters makes good distinctions about the Holy Father’s disregard for the Church’s duly promulgated law when he chose to … Read More
From a reader: I wanted to share with you my great joys. My wife returned to confession last night for the first time in over a decade, and only the third time ever. On Saturday evening, I will be baptized and received … Read More
Most of us here are bound by the Church’s law to fast and abstain today. What’s your plan?
Here is what I think Pope Francis is up to. In this explanation I am not necessarily endorsing specific things that he is doing (washing the feet of females in a prison) or not doing (refusing the mozzetta, etc.). I … Read More
Pope Francis’ sermon for Mass of the Last Supper at Rome’s juvenile prison “Casal del Marmo”: “This is moving, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. Peter understands nothing. He refuses but Jesus explains to him. Jesus, God did this, … Read More
From a reader in my email: Message: Dear Fr. Z, My sincere thanks and gratitude to you for your ministry. After a 16 year absence I returned to the Sacrament of Holy Confession for the first time this evening. After … Read More
Father Z TV is on today, live from the Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue. If ads pop up, I don’t control them. In the playlist right now are some chants, the Rosary (Sorrowful) in Latin, a couple versions of the Stations … Read More
Over at the National Catholic Register, Matthew Archbold has this sobering observation: Preparing my Children for Martyrdom I was looking at my children in Mass yesterday and a horrifying thought occurred to me. If I do my job well as … Read More
From Vatican Insider: New experiments on Shroud show it’s not medieval ANDREA TORNIELLI romE New scientific experiments carried out at the University of Padua have apparently confirmed that the Shroud Turin can be dated back to the 1st century AD. … Read More
We Catholics love our bells. Bells are, traditionally, not just blessed but “baptized”. They are given names as well. From The History Blog: Notre Dame gets new bells for her 850th birthday Notre Dame de Paris, the Gothic cathedral that … Read More
Here is a good Brick By Brick story. A while back I posted a note to traditional Catholics. This is our time to push forward and use the provisions of Summorum Pontificum and advance the vision of Benedict XVI. I … Read More
There is a new blog by Catholic women who are faithful to the Church’s teachings: Catholic Women Rising The manifesto: We the undersigned This blog has been set up as a place where faithful practicing Catholic women may register their … Read More
Pope Francis has openly expressed desire for dialogue with Islam. HERE. Here is a thought provoking piece from Robert Spencer about dialogue with Islam: Pope Francis: “Intensify” Catholic “dialogue” with Islam I am all for dialogue between Muslims and Christians … Read More
From Public Radio of Armenia: Rebels demand $250,000 for the kidnapped Armenian Catholic Priest A world wide appeal has been initiated by the Bishop Marayati, Armenian Catholic, of Aleppo for the release of Fr Michael Kayyal who was kidnapped on … Read More
Dr. Peters at In The Light Of The Law, a blog on matters canonical, has this to day. He doesn’t have an open combox (which I quietly envy sometimes), so we can have the foot-fight food-fight over here. The annual … Read More
In the next year or so, a large percentage of the dioceses in England and Wales will be opening up as their bishops retire. That means the role of the Apostolic Nuncio in Great Britain is of critical importance. … Read More