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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.”
“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops.”
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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
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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Very strange artwork in the background there.
No, it isn’t.
There are no titles available so I have no idea what the work is about. It looks a little scary to me, is that a baby drinking from a wolf?
It is some perspective painting that takes some looking at, and thinking about, though – and also makes me wonder if there are iconographic conventions where Romulus and Remus are concerned to which I have not been paying enough attention… for example, is that Romulus in the foreground and ‘further back’ along the line of the body of Lupa – on her right, seeming at first sight to be having an easier time of it, getting his milk? Or, quite the opposite?
A splendid photograph in any case with – which of the later bearded Popes, in three-dimensional bronze, as embodiment of christened Rome, with the nurturing of pagan Rome in its long praeparatio in the background?
Trying to learn more about the iconography, just now, I found the English Wikipedia article, ‘Capitoline Wolf’, full of interesting things new to me, but not without its frustrations. It says, “The programme of conservation undertaken in the 1990s resulted in an exhibition devoted to the Lupa Capitolina and her iconography.” The footnoted link in the Wayback Machine has photos of a couple interesting coins (with no notes about them) – and gives the name of the curator, Claudio Parisi Presicce – which let me learn that the Italian Amazon has second-hand copies of his exhibition catalogue listed. The WorldCat tells me there is a online eBook version of it, but not (so far as I can see) how to get a look…
The Wikipedia article also put me on to the fact of a statue at the Siena Cathedral and the ‘Siena Cathedral’ article tells me no more about it, but has a photo of a pavement about which it says, “The She-Wolf of Siena with the emblems of the confederate cities (Lupa senese e simboli delle città alleate) probably dates from 1373 (also restored in 1864).” As far as the iconography in the sample photos goes, Romulus and Remus and Lupa seem to be depicted in various different ‘poses’ down the centuries…
This is in the Sala of the Orazi and Curiazi in the Palazzo dei Conservatori on the Capitoline Hill. The bronze is of Pope Innocent X (Pamphilj), also famously depicted in paint by Velazquez.
Interesting juxtaposition of the shepherd and the wolf. Great photo!
Thank you! I did not have a proper sense of the painter, Giuseppe Cesari, or the sculptor, Alessandro Algardi, or indeed of the Palazzo dei Conservatori and all the great works found together there, or of the Sala of the Orazi and Curiazi (how hopeful was the Treaty of Rome when signed there? – and what horrors have followed!)
This has helped nudge me finally to start getting acquainted with Plutarch’s Life of Romulus (if only in translation, at first) – wow, what I’ve missed all these years, without knowing it.