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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: April 2018
I’m heading out on an adventure as chaplain to a pro-life pilgrimage group which will travel in S. Italy, where I have never been: Puglia, Calabria, Sicily with some time in Naples and, on my own, a few days in … Read More
Today, Sandro Magistero offers some information about Paul VI’s true attitude about the liturgical reform sparked by “experts” such as Annibale Bugnini well before the Council, during the Liturgical Movement, and carried out through and after the Council by the … Read More
In his preaching and writings, St. Augustine of Hippo (+430) frequently presents Christ as Medicus, or doctor/physician of the soul. Christ heals the ills of man brought upon ourselves by sin. This is hardly a surprise, given that in the … Read More
Coming up this weekend… Those who generally frequent Holy Mass with the traditional form of the Roman Rite heard the Gospel about the Good Shepherd last week. In the Novus Ordo, that Gospel is read this week, for the 4th … Read More
I have on occasion written about the important Apostolic Pardon or also Blessing, to be imparted to a person who is close to death. The Apostolic Pardon imparts to a person who is properly disposed, please God through the last … Read More
I’m sure that with this first shot, many of you will be able to tell where this is. If that elevated hint wasn’t enough. And then there’s this. It was pretty cold out there, I can affirm. But the 2nd … Read More
A study shows that men who are home-schooled enter the seminary at a higher rate than those who were in Catholic schools. 1 in 10 priests were home-schooled at some point and are 4 times more likely to enter seminary … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for the delightful and edifying omnibus that is your blog. It is my understanding that Pope St. John XXIII or his delegate created a syllabus of works to be read when studying Latin. Do … Read More
Here is a great tweet from Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence in Rhode Island. It struck me during a Funeral Mass today – most of the mourners, family and friends, were wearing black. The priests were all … Read More
ASK FATHER: Priest Mumbles Words of Absolution. Fr. Z says: FATHERS! Stop being JACKASSES and do it right!
FATHERS! This fellow’s note gives another example of why we priests must must must be careful and precise when giving absolution to penitents. Use the prescribed form of absolution in Latin or appropriate vernacular language and say the essential words … Read More
I am deeply grateful to all of you who have subscribed to be monthly donors. My usual practice is to write email “thank yous” when I get notifications that donations have come in. This month it has been…let’s say hard … Read More
“If it’s just a symbol, then to hell with it!” Wherein a Lutheran tells it as it is and then Fr. Z rants a lot.
Years ago, I was – for my sins – sent by the pastor of the parish to attend a Thanksgiving Day “ecumenical” breakfast. When I entered the place, a young man in clerical cloths and a tag identifying himself as … Read More
Today, in the traditional Roman Rite, is Good Shepherd Sunday. In the Novus Ordo people heard for the Gospel a passage about a post Resurrection appearance of the Lord. Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question about the number of times Holy Communion May be received in a day. And I know the answer sort of. The question is, if you may receive twice in the same day … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Have you ever heard of “betrothal ceremonies” in the Roman Rite prior to entering into marriage? Asking for a friend… Once upon a time the notion of “betrothal” was far more rooted in both secular and … Read More
Some of you long time readers may recall that I’ve been a character in a sci-fi series. I was even killed… at least once. If that isn’t a motivation to read them, I don’t know what is. I became a … Read More
After looking at the photo which a friend sent me, I’ve decided. Armed teachers and the Rule of Law. HERE
Here is the latest from Fr. Murray and Prof. Royal.