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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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- Francis’ dialogue with Jesuits in Bratislava about the Vetus Ordo, homosexuality, people who “wanted him dead”, a global Catholic TV channel doing the “work of the devil”
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- Vatican City State now demands COVID-1984 “Green Pass” or you can’t enter. Meanwhile, in Canada….
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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 2015
I have always had a hard time getting movies/videos from my iPhone to my WordPress blog (this blog) and, therefore, I don’t post many or any. Too bad! I see some cool stuff. I have one on my phone that … Read More
The other day I mentioned that I was upset enough by what I had heard about the Synod shenanigans that I walked for a few hours. One of the places I wound up was P.za di Spagna and the great … Read More
While here in Rome, I have each day been saying Mass for my benefactors for this Rome trip. Today I will be saying Mass for you sometime between 1800-1900 (I think) Rome time. If I am not mistaken, in … Read More
I received this from a priest reader. QUAERITUR: I am confused. I thought that a Synod of Bishops was a group of Bishops. That is also what Canon 342 says. But according to Fr. Thomas Reese the recent Synod also included … Read More
I’ve added more feedback. _____ ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED Published on: Oct 25, 2015 @ 18:10 As I mentioned in an earlier post, since I have been on pilgrimage, I’ve tried to be in as much of a Synod Free Zone as possible. … Read More
I have been – mostly on purpose – in a Synod Free Zone in the last few days, even though I am at Ground Zero. Yes, I am hearing a lot. No, I am trying not to let it … Read More
Was there a good point in the sermon you heard on Sunday? Let’ us know. Meanwhile… from a reader: Father, your charity in asking for only GOOD points made in the Sunday Sermon Notes is admirable. However, you are being … Read More
In the post-Conciliar, Novus Ordo calendar, the Solemnity of Christ the King is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, just before Advent begins. In the traditional Roman calendar it falls on the last Sunday of October. The feast was … Read More
Perna in Latin means “ham”. There is a street not far from where I am that, from the time of the Caesars, is called Panisperna. That’s where you could buy ham and … etc. Also, that’s where the Panisperna Boys … Read More
The procession and Pontifical Mass for the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage was this morning. Here are some shots. I prayed for you, the readers here, my family, my friends, my confreres in Madison, the … gulp… Synod. Starting in S. Lorenzo … Read More
For a long time Latin liturgical books, such as the four volumes of the Liturgia Horarum (Liturgy of the Hours for the Ordinary Form) have been very expensive or out of print. Furthermore, they were not well bound, as many … Read More
I’m staying close to the Campo de’ Fiori this time. It is handy for shopping and opportunities to spit at the statue of Giordano Bruno. I’m happily going to my “usual” family run vegetable stand which I have frequented since … Read More
My friend Fr Murray has good comments in his EWTN analysis of the Synod’s work: Fr. Murray touches on Pope Francis’ words about decentralization of the Curia. Robert Royal admits that he doesn’t know what Francis meant by decentralization and … Read More
A couple of really sad women… horrific world views… tragic consequences. First, Nancy “The Theologian” Pelosi at CNS: (CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act in … Read More
Some of the worst analysis from a TV broadcast and journalist that I have ever heard about the Church. HERE Count the problems. Remember… this is about the coverage. Moderation queue is ON.
Based on my vacuuming up bits of information via conversations and emails. Today the members of the Synod are going over the draft of the Final Report. God help us all. I am not optimistic, given the breakdown of … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: In the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass (EF), are Deacons (either transitional or permanent) allowed to distribute Holy Communion? Or is this a faculty reserved to only the Priest and Bishop? On the Correct Handling … Read More
While I was traveling a Friendly Roman Observer did some analysis of how the small groups or circuli minores are coming down… for the Kasperite (non) Proposal (boo!) or for the doctrine of the Church. I’ll share it here, somewhat edited. The small … Read More
… or like Pres. Obama. GREETINGS BY METROPOLITAN HILARION OF VOLOKOLAMSK TO THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE FOURTEENTH ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON THE “VOCATION AND MISSION OF THE FAMILY IN THE CHURCH … Read More