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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: June 2016
Death can strike at any moment of any day. Wherein Fr. Z begs bishops and priests to preach unvarnished truths.
Just the other day I was catching up on episodes of the series Blue Bloods (Catholic family, cops in NYC, etc.). In one episode a rep from the police force in London pressed the NYC police commissioner about what he … Read More
Via CRUX 2.0 we find something that is just too cool from AP. Sistine Chapel replica unveiled in Mexico City A private art project has created a temporary replica of the chapel in Mexico’s art deco Monument to the Revolution, using more … Read More
Here’s a step in the right direction for our upcoming ecumenical celebrations of the Reformation! From IOL: Women priests voiced dismay on Wednesday after Latvia’s Lutheran church ruled it would no longer allow women to be ordained, putting it at … Read More
Some really good food was consumed in Spain. I was pretty busy and not posting a great deal during the trip so here are some highlights. Little marinated shrimps. Iberico ham with the usual tomato smeared bread. Octopus. Eggplants. Sopa … Read More
News from the Religion of Peace comes to us via AhlulBayt News Agency: ISIS burns 19 Yezidi girls to death in Mosul AhlulBayt News Agency – Extremist terrorists of the ISIS on Thursday executed 19 Yezidi girls by burning them … Read More
At Crisis there is an entry by Anne Maloney, a Philosophy prof at – or all places – the College of St. Catherine in St Paul, Minnesota. Let’s just say that Saint Kate’s has been really weird for a really long time, … Read More
It has been a while since I’ve said it, so I’ll say it now: GO TO CONFESSION! There, I said it. And I mean it. I was sent a link to a piece at a blog called The Motherlands. The blogger … Read More
The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, headed by the great Robert Card. Sarah, has issued a decree making – for the Novus Ordo, mind you – what was the Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene into a … Read More
I saw at the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter), that RENEW seems to be slithering back! Many of you don’t remember RENEW. It is a program that was going to save the Church! Not so much. Way back in the … Read More
Sometimes a blending of Catholicity and pop-culture can produce cringe-worthy results. I have to admit that when I saw the headline for this I winced. But as I read on, I thought it was pretty darn good. At CNA: ‘This … Read More
In honor of what’s’er’face in California, I am watching my new disc of…
Nancy “The Theologian” Pelosi rides again! Same-sex ‘marriage’ is perfectly “consistent” with Catholic Faith
It has been awhile since Rep. Nancy “The Theologian” Pelosi said something stupid about Catholicism. It’s her turn again! At LifeSite I read: Nancy Pelosi: Gay ‘marriage’ is ‘consistent’ with Catholic teaching WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — House Minority Leader … Read More
A major scandal now rocks a sport which is dear to the hearts of all readers of this blog, I am sure. Strange brooms have been introduced into Curling! They make the rocks shift more in their icy slide than … Read More
Time to head home. I’ll say one thing about these early flight: things move faster. The taxi driver nearly broke a new BCN track record. I noted that he crossed himself as we zoomed pasted the cemetery. In the lounge … Read More
Do you have some great news to pass along to the readership? As I note in the comments (especially some in the queue under other entries), there is a lot of negative out there. We are facing serious problems in … Read More
I have been in Barcelona for a few days. Today I saw this. Of this building, Benedict XVI said, on the day he consecrated it (HERE): In this place, Gaudí desired to unify that inspiration which came to him from … Read More
My heart rate increased a bit when I read the following… I am aware that “Amoris Laetitia”, as an apostolic exhortation, does not come under any rubric of infallibility. Still it is a document of the papal ordinary magisterium, and … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have two younger brothers who are close in age and who were both baptized Catholic as babies. Very early in their life, when they were around 1 and 3 years old respectively, our mom left the church … Read More