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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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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: July 2014
Hamas is a “humanitarian organization.” “And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization,” Pelosi said to Crowley. HERE Perhaps she should go spend some with Hamas … Read More
The Synod on the Family will start in October. Already the dissidents at the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) are whining. They have twigged to the fact that they are not going to get what they want. Today … Read More
I want you to stop for a moment and do something: Right now… try to imagine what goes through the mind of a soul during her first 15 seconds in Hell. The realization of where you are… “This can’t … … Read More
I am delighted to report that a reader sent me a recording of the now well-known “Internet Prayer” in Tagalog. It makes my day when I get recordings of native speakers reading this prayer. It really makes my day when … Read More
Sandro Magister at Settimo Cielo has a piece about the ever more influential Card. Pell, who has control of Vatican purse strings. Magister’s piece, in Italian, opens with a mention of the upcoming Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum 23-25 October. I … Read More
This is very cool. I must go see this soon. The Acuity Flagpole Project. It has pendula inside! It has its own internal climate! Standing 400 feet tall, the new Acuity Insurance Flagpole is the tallest flagpole in North America … Read More
At Pewsitter, this headline caught my eye: Accused Scranton priest sent to faithful thriving Paraguayan diocese whose bishop corrects gays and liberation theologists. Vatican investigates. Bishop defends priest. Cardinal suspends bishop then faints. That sums it up. Well… not quite. … Read More
There are so many terrible things going on right now. How about some good things? Here is a great quote from St. Briget of Sweden, which I saw at The Back Of The World: I Believe in Solemn, Reverent Liturgy … Read More
A priest I spoke with yesterday mentioned how clerics should properly use their birettas (hat, not Beretta… which is another post). I call proper use of the biretta “birettiquette”. Once upon a time I actually had made a little pamphlet … Read More
You will want to look at what Sandro Magister posted today. HERE Müller: “These Theories Are Radically Mistaken” The prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith refutes the ideas of those who want to permit second marriages … Read More
I saw at the blog of my friend, (still) the P.P. of Blackfen, His Hermeneuticalness himself, Fr. Finigan, that he has hacked his Kindle. Don’t have a Kindle yet. What on earth are you waiting for? USA HERE (for one … Read More
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This is big news. Via WaPo: D.C. police won’t enforce handgun ban; stay of ruling overturning law will be sought D.C. police were told Sunday not to arrest people for carrying handguns on the street in the wake of a … Read More
One hundred years ago, World War I began. The world hasn’t been the same since. Today a friend sent a pic from Business Insider which I now share. The other photos give a sense of what trench warfare was like. … Read More
Preliminary comments. Priests are for sacrifice. Sacrifice requires priesthood. If you don’t have sacrifice, you don’t need priests. You can have ministers, instead. Ministers are fine, but they aren’t priests. Second, Anglicans/Episcopalians don’t have priests because they don’t have valid … Read More
Joseph Card. Ratzinger – now Benedict XVI – wrote in his Spirit of the Liturgy: “Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been … Read More
National Catholic Register has something from a speech I just heard during the Napa Institute meeting. It affirms something I have been saying. Archbishop Chaput on Pope Francis: It would be a mistake to describe him as a “liberal” Is … Read More
Does this sound right to you at all? It sounds almost like a parody story, something from The Onion. But… it isn’t. From Todd Starnes: Troop leader: Customs and Border agent held Boy Scout at gunpoint A Boy Scout troop … Read More
From Fox: Border agents say violent MS-13 recruiting at Arizona facility for new Central American arrivals MS-13 members are infiltrating a federal facility for Central American youths illegally entering the United States — trying to cross the border with criminal … Read More