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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: May 2021
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can the Pope “change” or “raise” the required age of Cardinals entering a Conclave, say to 85 years old, or even 90? He seems to be changing other laws all by himself, why not this? Does … Read More
The Fiftieth Day Feast, Hebrew Shavuot or Greek Pentekosté, for the Jews commemorated the descent of God’s Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, wreathed in fire, fifty days after the Exodus. But Jewish feasts also looked forward even as they … Read More
From a seminarian… QUAERITUR: I am a new seminarian in search of a biretta without a pom. I don’t mind buying my own, but I have yet to find a site that sells a biretta without a pom. Could you … Read More
Today is the feast of St. Aurea of Ostia, a martyr from the 2nd century about whom we know nothing for sure, except that she worked miracles, refused to sacrifice to the gods and was murdered in the 3rd c. … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Was the excommunication of Archbishop LeFebvre lifted? Is it possible to do so posthumously? The excommunication imposed on Archbp. Lefebvre by the law itself (latae sententiae) and also declared by the Congregation for Bishops was not … Read More
A friend of mine sent me a link to an interview with Card. Burke published in French by the excellent folks at Paix Liturgique. When His Eminence was asked about the high awareness of Americans about the Traditional Latin Mass … Read More
Today is the feast of St. Peter Celestine, Pope Celestine V, who famously resigned the papacy. One of the fascinating people in our Catholic family history. Pietro da Morrone, born c. 1215, in the Molise area of central Italy, came … Read More
ASK FATHER: Book with all the Scripture readings for the TLM and when the same occur in the Novus Ordo?
From a deacon… QUAERITUR: Is there a resource containing the readings, especially the gospels, for the TLM and where those same readings occur in the Ordinary Form. YES! There is! Every priest needs this book. Matthew Hazell did us an … Read More
At The Catholic Thing my good friend Fr. Murray has an exemplary piece about the FACT of public scandal created by Joe Biden and the FACT that the bishops of these USA haven’t given him the pastoral care that their … Read More
Today’s prayer – for Sunday after Ascension – because that’s what it is – survived the Consilium’s scissor and gluepot ministrations to live in the 2002 Missale Romanum as the alternative Collect for Mass on the day of Ascension. Rather, the … Read More
My emphases: “I speak not only to the communicant, but also I say to the priest who ministers the Sacrament: Distribute this gift with much care. There is no small punishment for you, if being conscious of any wickedness in … Read More
When I did the Studium at the Congregation for Causes of Saints, I had the opportunity to study amazing authenticated miracles, historic and modern. The modern miracles of healing are fascinating, especially because there is so much medical documentation. Back in … Read More