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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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- The most evident mark of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clerics who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds.
St. John Eudes
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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
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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: August 2022
As I write, it is still, for a little while, the Feast of Bl. Idelfonso Schuster, OSB, (+1954) who was Archbishop of Milan and a great liturgist. I’ve learned a lot from him. Last May when I was in Milan, … Read More
An additional note about St. Raymond Nonnatus. I mentioned his feast in the Rome Shot post today. And today we have the amazing St. Raymond Nonnatus (yes, from Latin non natus). St. Raymond became Master General of the Mercedarians who labored to raise … Read More
Because I didn’t post yesterday, I had a few notes asking if I was okay. I acknowledge that it is rare for me not to post at least something. Yesterday, however, I wound up pretty busy and hampered by a … Read More
Today is the Feast of St. Raymond Nonnatus. Here he is venerated in the Church of Sant’Eustachio in Rome. St. Raymond has his name, “non-natus”, because he wasn’t born, but rather removed by caesarian-section when his mother had died. He … Read More
I celebrate as my onomastico or “name day” the Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist, 29 August. “He must increase,” said the Baptist, “I must decrease” (John 3:30). I need that rule of life. St Augustine of Hippo … Read More
This seemed appropriate. As featured in my recent cooking post… The waving flag is for donations for my upcoming trip to Rome in October. However on a daily basis please remember, when you are shopping online at Amazon, to enter … Read More
Some of you were asking me to make food posts. Lately, I have been very lazy in this regard. Frankly, I have not had much motivation to cook, especially do to the disgusting news and photos from Rome lately. There … Read More
This has a backstory. At Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) some oaf mocked you, my readers, calling you “Zed heads”. Therefore, with help from the talented Vincenzo, whom we haven’t seen in an age of the world, I offered you … Read More
Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff. Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at your Mass of obligation for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost (22th … Read More
27 August 1972. Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union sat down for Game 19 of the Match of the Century in the Laugardalshöll Arena in Reykjavík, Iceland. On this same day … Read More
I think today’s presser on the Synod (“walking together”) on Synodality (“walking togetherness”) produced the best description of Synodality (“walking togetherness”) so far. Cardinal Grech at Synod Presser: “To understand the Synodal Process one must think of a fruitful circularity … Read More
UPDATE: 27 Aug 2022 12:14: From my friend… GOOD GRIEF! Your readers really responded – as in, immediately! The book is now SOLD OUT, thanks to you. So I’m busy boxing up more copies to send to the Amazon warehouses. … Read More
In Reykjavík, 50 years ago, in the background they are negotiating about film rights. Game 19 is tomorrow. On a personal note, I was working on chess puzzles and totally going to the zoo to the point where I wanted … Read More
In general, I don’t want to know anything about the personal lives or thoughts of actors or other celebrities. If I go to a movie, I don’t want to know that the person on the screen is really a moronic … Read More
Church news, especially having to do with the papacy, has lately become a hybrid between a long-delayed forensic autopsy and Fawlty Towers, sickeningly hilarious. Yesterday, I saw this tweet from Damian Thompson. Crazy rumour in Rome that at his August … Read More
Please remember to use my links when shopping online. Thanks in advance. US HERE – UK HERE On 25 August 1972 in Reykjavík, Iceland, there was a press conference about the findings of the technical examination of the playing site, lighting, chairs, etc. … Read More
If I’ve said it once… Even as the demographic sinkhole opens up under the Church many “spiritual shepherds” would rather see a smoking crater than a sheepfold full of happy Tradition oriented Catholics. “I despair of young priests. I’d rather … Read More
A year ago, I posted about the psychological abuse of priests and the resulting moral injury. This topic returned to the fore as I read a recent story about a priest who was forced out of his position because he … Read More