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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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- From “The Private Diary of Bishop F. Atticus McButterpants” – 23-09-07 – Annual priest convocation
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- Card. Müller calls the October Synod (“walking together”): “the great hour of manipulation”
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- Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, leaves La Civiltà Cattolica to become “Under-Secretary” at Dicastery for Culture and Education
- 14 September: Exaltation of the Cross and Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. Wherein Fr. Z rants.
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- From “The Private Diary of Bishop F. Atticus McButterpants” – 23-09-12 – Request that relic of St. Jude’s Arm be brought to Diocese of Libville
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- Ed Pentin, the best working Vaticanista in Rome, has a must read post at his blog by José Antonio Ureta
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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 2023
At CWR, Carl Olson took on some words of Francis to Portuguese Jesuits – we saw something about that elsewhere – published in La Civiltà Cattolica especially about US “backwardists” and we poor benighted American’s and “ideology”. Thus, he demonstrates … Read More
Photo by The Great Roman™ Meanwhile, white to mate in two. How long did it take you? NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others. Priestly chess players, drop me a … Read More
Given that I recently posted again, after a long time, about Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession (HERE) I had to share this from my friend Patrick Madrid. Pertaining to Tip 2: pic.twitter.com/RkltGEqFOY — Patrick Madrid ?? (@patrickmadrid) … Read More
The late great liturgist and holy Card. Archbp. of Milan, Bl. Ildefonso Schuster, whom I often quote, died on 30 August 1954. Future Pope Roncalli . His tomb is in the Duomo of Milan. It was opened in 1985 as … Read More
Please retweet and share around. Hurricane Idalia arrived, Cat 3. I have an action item for you believing priests and bishops out there. With confidence we can pray the prayers which the Church has designated against storms. I believe what … Read More
“In the face of such barbs, how can I convince my Protestant and non-Christian allies that our Catholic teachings are not hypocrisy?”
There is an important article at the National Catholic Register written by a Chinese priest under a pseudonym. The plight of Catholics and the complicity – both active and passive – on the part of Rome are palpable. […] And … Read More
Welcome registrant: Gladtrad2 White to move and win (attain a winning position). Not all that tough, but it has a good tactic which should be a regular arrow in our quivver. NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next … Read More
Ad MULTOS annos! FRANCIS CARDINAL ARINZE IS 58 YEARS A BISHOP TODAY Today marks the 58th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of a remarkable figure in the Catholic Church and an illustrious Nigerian – Francis Cardinal Arinze. Cardinal Arinze was … 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
Many years ago I posted Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession If you are nervous about making a confession, or perhaps afraid, use these tips. I hope they will be helpful. I was recently contacted by a … Read More
Remember my New catholic Red Guards trope? pic.twitter.com/ufXNaJknZq — Matthew Hazell (@M_P_Hazell) August 28, 2023 This one ticks several boxes. Fr. Z kudos. Meanwhile, Very pleased to see Scott Hahn post this to his Facebook today. pic.twitter.com/gb25oWWR4t — Miguel ?? (@fredalmighty22) … Read More
Welcome new registrants: GhostofMrToad KC7ON The traditional Benedictines of Norcia make three kinds of beer. It’s great! In Chess News, Hans Niemann, Magnus Carlsen and Chess.com have settled their differences and released statements to that effect. It’ll be interesting to … Read More
Sometimes pieces, tid-bits of news, fall together in such a way that they seem to reveal a larger picture or presaging something not yet seen on the horizon. For example, in an exchange of texts today with a notable Catholic … Read More
Because Scott Hahn has recently been attacked by a fanatic, I recommend that you get one of Scott’s books and also a book from the publishing concern connected to the St. Paul Center, Emmaus Press. A good choice for the … Read More
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From “The Private Diary of Bishop F. Atticus McButterpants” – 23-08-28 – A visit to a Hispanic parish for food (and Fr. Luis)
August 28, 2023 Dear Diary, It was Fr. Luis’s “homecoming” this weekend, back to the parish he went to when he immigrated here, got involved and decided to pursue priesthood. Thank heaven he’s now over at Christ the King, though! … Read More
Share the good stuff. It’s the 13th Sunday after Pentecost in the Vetus Ordo and the 21st Sunday of the Novus Ordo. Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at your Sunday Mass of obligation? Tell … Read More
Your use of my Amazon affiliate link is a major part of my income. It helps to pay for insurance, groceries, everything. Please remember me when shopping online. Thanks in advance. US HERE – UK HERE Will @HariChess and Co be able to … Read More
GO TO CONFESSION. There is no sin so bad that you can commit that God can’t forgive, provided you ASK for forgiveness. The way He wants you to do that is through the SACRAMENT he instituted precisely so that we … Read More