War, described.

You might want to pause in your busy busy day to visit First Things and read a piece by Italian vaticanista Marco Tosatti.


Do you want to know the sort of man Card. Sarah really is?



At LifeSite there is a piece about the lib “feeding frenzy” surrounding Card. Sarah.

You all should read and reread my post about the new lib Red Guards.  HERE

The LifeSite piece names some names:


Liberal Catholics and the news sources they controlled smelled blood and immediately struck out at the Cardinal.

Joining in the feeding frenzy was Vatican communications consultant Fr. Thomas Rosica, who ripped Sarah for pushing a “personal agenda,” even though Cardinal Sarah was simply doing his job. Vatican adviser and Jesuit priest James Martin called the Pope’s move an “extraordinary … public rebuke.”

Commonweal contributing editor Massimo Faggioli said he didn’t “remember a cardinal prefect in the Roman Curia in need of such public and constant corrections.” La Croix editor Robert Mickens likely spoke on behalf of all when he wondered “why doesn’t Pope Francis just remove Cdl Sarah from his post?”


Because he has boldly spoken the truths of the Catholic faith, Cardinal Sarah is now treated as one of the most dangerous men in Christendom.

His critics have outlined their fears of what would happen to the new “openness” in the Church if Sarah were to become the next pope.



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  1. Michael says:

    “Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake.”

  2. un-ionized says:

    Cardinal Sarah is an officer and a gentleman. I wouldn’t hesitate to lend him my lawnmower. He would return it with a full tank of gas and a sharpened and balanced blade.

  3. drohan says:

    One strong man, with the faith of Christ, can overcome many difficulties, merely by his example of faith.

    I always say write to your ordinary. I do. It’s not like writing to a congressman, it’s more like writing a letter admonishing him to hold firm to the faith. I think there are some bishops who want to be loved by the world. They need to hear from the faithful. They need to know we don’t care what is going on in the world, we are focused on the life hereafter.

    I may also write Cardinal Sarah. No matter how strong one is, the pressure and weight can be immense, especially when one is attacked by people who are supposed to be on one’s own side. If solid faithful Catholics let him know how much we support him, it might steel his resolve even more. Is there a physical address where Cardinal Sarah can be reached?

  4. Christopher Meier says:

    I liked this subtle comment from the article:

    “the part of the Church that calls itself progressive while seeking a return to the 1970s: the bishops of Germany, Belgium, and England.”

  5. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    I noticed that too. A great line. A great perspective.

  6. Eric says:

    The “Ecumenical Mass.” I truly can’t wait. It will be the beginning of the end for those still enthralled with the disaster of the 70s liturgy. Tradition is for the young as you say Father. I believe this will be the turning point when the ordinary go-to-Mass-on-Sunday Catholic will turn not to the 1970s but the 570s, 1070s, 1270s, 1570s, and so on. The Mass of Gregory, Catherine of Siena, Thomas Aquinas, Loyola, Neri, Teresa of Avila, and Thomas More. Not Thomas Cranmer’s “Supper.”

  7. Mark Windsor says:


  8. Vincent says:

    Christopher, a bit harsh though – the bishops of England were a dodgy old bunch under the previous administration, but have improved immeasurably over the past ten years, mainly thanks to the good work that BXVI’s papal nuncio did. You only have to look at the recent growth seen by the Oratorians (previously in Westminster and Birmingham diocese) into: Middlesbrough, Cardiff, Salford, and Portsmouth – each at the request of the Ordinary. The FSSP were in Portsmouth and have now been invited into Liverpool and Northampton(!). The ICKSP are now in Shrewsbury and Lancaster (Preston x2).

    Each of those fraternities openly, primarily, or exclusively says the EF. The only exceptions are the Oratorians in Oxford and Brompton where they seem marginally less keen on providing the EF as standard. In addition, a number of the bishops have said EF pontifical Masses or other services, including FSSP ordinations in Warrington this summer.

    The bishops of England and Wales have also restored Friday abstinence and now restored the Epiphany and the Ascension to their correct days.

    If all of that is regarded as returning to the 1970s, I’d like to see some more thanks!

  9. These folks seem to think that in pitting Cardinal Sarah against Pope Francis, that this helps them. Further, they seem to think getting him fired would help Pope Francis do what they hope he will do. I am dubious about these propositions. They underestimate, I think, the constituency that Cardinal Sarah has.

  10. Semper Gumby says:

    God Bless Cdl. Sarah.

  11. Cranky Old Man says:

    I followed the link Fr. Z inserted, read the article, and as if that were not bad enough, found possibly the most terrifying prose of all at the end of the article: <> A tantis calamitatibus, libera nos, Domine!

  12. Cranky Old Man says:

    I followed the link Fr. Z inserted, read the article, and as if that were not bad enough, found possibly the most terrifying prose of all at the end of the article: “Editor’s note: We can send you an email alert every time Robert Mickens’ column, A Roman Observer, is posted.” A tantis calamitatibus, libera nos, Domine!

  13. Packrraat says:

    Father Z, where can we send a letter to Cardinal Sarah?

    [His Eminence
    Robert Card. Sarah
    Prefect of the Congregation for
      Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments
    Palazzo delle Congregazioni
    P.za Pio XII
    00120 VATICAN CITY]

  14. Dan says:

    I know that we are not to become anxious over things beyond our control and all of this should be and is being given primarily to prayer.
    The Church is really starting to feel like american politics. The two factions; the one that want change at any cost to better comfort earthly wants and desires, and the one that will fight to uphold the truths of the Catholic Church at any cost are at war. We already know the outcome of the war. We have been given that confidence. But how far will the Church be reduced prior to that?
    I can see two possible futures for the Church and in one of them (perhaps either of them), faithful Catholics better be prepared with knowledge and willingness to again preserve the faith in their homes and accept with open hearts the persecution that we already see beginning and Cardinal Sarah is already enduring.

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