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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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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: July 2018
Comment moderation is ON. These days the gulfs that already yawn between different parties in the secular world as well as within the Church are becoming wider still. If there is any sort of controversy or disagreement, someone demands that … Read More
Here is an audio offering in which I read the post, here-under. Hopefully this will allow more people to absorb a few of my poor thoughts on this important anniversary. Let’s start with a taste of the text… there’s some … Read More
Here is an interesting bit of video from 1934 in Chicago, dealing with Church stuff. Toward the end, you see a procession into church and you hear some of the liturgical music. In other words you get a sense of … Read More
We live in confusing times. Confusion racks the Church, like horses pulling limb in four directions. Confused faithful even wonder about the indefectibility of the Church or their continued membership. Confusion like this is a sign of the Devil’s work. … Read More
From a seminarian: I am a seminarian for ___ and have recently begun reciting the Divine Office using the traditional breviary. Some other seminarians and I are now wondering if a priest is still only bound to recite 5 of … Read More
Here are a couple of noteworthy and encouraging bits of news. First… I have to go to Croatia. It keeps popping up on my radar. I had a note from a recently ordained Croatian priest looking for a little help … Read More
Was there a good point or two made in the sermon you heard at the Holy Mass to fulfill your Sunday obligation? Let us know what it was.
Each year when the Feast of St Mary Magdalene comes around, I remember certain people, and not just those named Magdalene. I remember, for example, a certain priest and his mother. On a hot Roman summer evening in 1989, on … Read More
At NLM there is a really good post by Greg DiPippo about the roller coaster history of the liturgical observance of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. You might recall that in 2016 Pope Francis made her day – in … Read More
Can you imagine more than a handful of bishops today doing something like this? In the days of the King’s Great Matter, only one bishop in England stood fast. Today at The Catholic Thing, Nicholas Senz has a good piece … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: What formula would be appropriate for blessing a power wheelchair? Wow! That’s an easy one. First, you can always use the Blessing “ad omnia“. But we can do better than that. With a slight twist I … Read More
It is a great FEAST today. I am enjoying an icy cold limonata! Today, 21 July, in the year of grace 1773, Pope Clement XIV of happy memory, issued his Bull by which he suppressed the Jesuits. I have all … Read More
I beg the readership today for prayers for the repose of the soul of my dear old friend Msgr. Camille Perl, who died recently. He had been from the beginning the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“. He was … Read More
The SSPX leadership has been meeting to elect officers and make decisions about their future direction. Recently, they elected as their Superior an Italian priest, Fr. David Pagliarani. If stories be true, he has some game. There is an anecdote … Read More
This blog works from your donations, especially monthly, subscribed donations. Today, the 20th of the month, there are only two people subscribed. Please consider signing up? NB: Some people had a hard time using the form, below. I figured out … Read More
You might think that this is a joke. It is a joke, but not the kind sane people think up. From Campus Reform (with my emphases and comments I’ll leave links in as texts): Activists demand more social justice in Medieval … Read More
News especially for P… …from SpaceWeather: SPIDERS AND SPACE WEATHER: Did you know that spiders can fly? Biologists call it “ballooning.” Spiders spin a strand of silk, it juts into the air, and off they go. Airborne arachnids have been … Read More
Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and have a day in the Roman liturgical book called the Roman Martyrology. I post about them on occasion. The Martyrology says that when the day is clear … Read More
UPDATE 20 July: They opened the sarcophagus and found… “a mummified family of three swimming in red liquid.” HERE ___ Originally Published on: Jul 11, 2018 From Science Alert: A Massive, Black Sarcophagus Has Been Unearthed in Egypt, And Nobody … Read More
Do you have some good news to share with the readership? Let’s hear it! We need good news. Here’s some good news for you. A few weeks ago, the Archdiocese of Washington DC got a new Auxiliary Bishop, Most. Rev. … Read More