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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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"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: January 2018
Today is Candlemas Eve, and tomorrow is the Feast of the Purification. We call it Candlemas because, with the references to light in the liturgy, we bless candles. Here are some poems for Candlemass First and foremost, making a reference to … Read More
Canonist Ed Peters has picked up on something Fr. Longenecker has done. I’ll add my voice. From Peters’ excelleny canon law blog In The Light Of The Law. About those Bloody 14 [allow me slightly to change the format, for … Read More
People either like or hate my food posts. Hence, I enjoy posting them. But first, as I watch what’s going on in the Church right now, two paintings at the MET jumped to my full attention. First, my necessary entrance … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: It occurs to me that two of the three people on Apollo 11 were in the military at the time of their trip the moon. The command module pilot, Michael Collins, and the lunar module pilot, Buzz Aldrin, … Read More
From a reader.. QUAERITUR: I have a particular devotion to the Priesthood and priests and would like to start visiting retired priests who are no longer able to live in residence in a rectory and have had to move on … Read More
Each year that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, in Lent, we witness the lunacy of dispensations so that people don’t have to do their regular Friday, lenten penance. This year, the Feast of St. Valentine – transmogrified, commercialized … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a sterling silver ring from a private vow I made a number of years ago. My spiritual director who witnessed my vow blessed my ring using the Blessing for any object from the Roman Ritual. Over … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it OK for a diocesan priest to offer Mass in an SSPX chapel on a regular basis? Interesting. Let’s consider a couple points. Can. 932 §1 states: “The eucharistic celebration is to be carried out in … Read More
I received an email about an interesting project. On February 2, 2018, which is the day celebrating the double Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, there will occur throughout … Read More
Not long ago, the Bishops of Kazakhstan issued a document, a Profession of the Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage. I wrote about it and provided an audio reading of it HERE. At The Catholic Thing my friend Fr. Gerry Murray has written … Read More
Today’s Collect prayer for the 4th Ordinary Sunday (it’s Septuagesima in the traditional calendar) was not in the post-Tridentine editions of the Missale Romanum but it does have its origin in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary. Were you to hear this … Read More
My friend Fr. Ray Blake, intrepid PP of Brighton, has a strong post upon which you might reflect. Peronism and Corruption I had a lesson in Peronism from an Argentinian waiter recently, in Argentina he was a PPE graduate. Peronism, … Read More
I’m on my way to NYC, for errands, fun, meetings and to attend a debate. UPDATE: Next leg… running a little behind, but I see that my bag is with me! These text notifications are helpful. There is a new … Read More
A remarkable vocation story. Fr. James Mawdsley, FSSP. For years I’ve written about how learning and celebrating the traditional form of Mass forms a priest. This priest touches on this transformative experience. (He mentions that blogs played a role. I … Read More
From a reader… As an avid reader of your blog please first be assured of my prayers. I recently attended an Engaged Encounter weekend in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the priest who said Mass had the couples surround … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a few sincere questions and I believe answers to them may help other readers, too. For years I have heard it said that the “universal norm” for receiving Holy Communion is kneeling and on the … Read More
WRONG: Maltese, Germans, Argentinians and now Braga. “Patently and gravely wrong.” Ed Peters explains the situation.
My old pastor and mentor, Msgr. Schuler, used to say: When you’re right, you can’t be wrong. The flip side is: When you’re wrong, you can’t be right. There are a lot of people out there who are just plain … Read More
UPDATE: I note that Mark de Vries has a better translation than the one someone has provided so far: HERE (In Dutch, the word for ‘thus’, and an informal word for ‘sister’ consisting of its first syllable, are homonyms…) ____ … Read More
The best English language vaticanista today is Edward Pentin. He has an interview with Bp. Athanasius Schneider today at the National Catholic Register (that’s the good one that begins with “National”). HERE The whole thing is worth reading. However, I … Read More
In honor of the Apostle to the Gentiles let us make a rapid comparison of the Collects for today’s feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. We’ll look first at the 1962 Missale Romanum and then the 2002 edition. The … Read More