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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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Category Archives: Hard-Identity Catholicism
Sermon and photos for the Requiem Mass of Gaetano, a poor man of the street, at Ss. Trinita dei Pellegrini in Rome
I had asked you to give alms to help bury the dead. HERE Gaetano Tinnirello. He lived rough, in the streets, and often with his dog was at the doors of my adoptive parish Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, the Vetus … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently made a confession (of mortal sins) where the priest used the full absolution formula, EXCEPT, he said “I absolve you OF your sins” instead of “I absolve you FROM your sins.” Do I need … Read More
The BBC – if you can believe it – has an interesting audio story about: “Trying to save the Latin Mass in France” – UPDATED
The BBC – if you can believe it – has an interesting audio story about Trying to save the Latin Mass in France This is worth listening to. Description: Communities that celebrate with the Latin Mass have prospered. Now, Pope … Read More
Firstly, animi caussa, 1st Vesper for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost from the Breviarium Romanum. Try HERE More for the brethren. Here is something I haven’t posted for a while. It’s from an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before … Read More
Speaking of the Diocese of Black Duck, I saw this in the fever swamp… My home diocese announced a plan to restructure the diocese and eventually eliminate 70% of the parishes. It’s a necessary move based on changing demographics and … Read More
Quite a few of you have written to me about something that my good friend Fr. James Jackson, FSSP (recently moved from Colorado to Rhode Island) published in his parish’s bulletin. I received two such emails this afternoon. Father is … Read More
I’ve been on the phone talking and texting for a good portion of the day. A lot of people I know are feeling a bit grim right now, but they know that this world is passing. Tonight I was sent … Read More
There is an instructive post at NLM by Gregory DiPippo about Ecumencial Councils that failed but were, nonetheless, legitimate Ecumentical Councils. Councils are called because there is a problem, not just for the heck of it. Or so it ought to be. … Read More
Let’s look at the Collects for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross in both the Ordinary and the Extraordinary Form, Novus Ordo (1970MR etc.) and the Vetus Ordo (1962MR of St John XXIII). These are now, apparently acknowledge … Read More
From Chess.com today, the Daily Puzzle is from one of the 18th c. “Modenese Masters”, Domenico Ercole del Rio (+1802). There is an elegant forced mate here in 3 but it requires a bold sacrifice. White to move. What a … Read More
I subscribe to very few print journals and magazines. I just can’t get through them all as they rain down on me. Hence, I am selective. One publication I do subscribe to is Touchstone. There was a powerful editorial in … Read More
It seems like just moment ago that I revisited the topic of Moral Injury. But now we have Traditionis custodes. Originally Published on: Jun 9, 2020 From a reader… I am a physician and have had the opportunity to work with several burnt … Read More
At Crisis there is an interesting suggestion today that applies not just to the secular order but… you read it and tell me what you think… perhaps also to the ecclesial order. The Meaning of Viktor Orbán by Declan Leary … Read More
With the latest attack on the roots of our Catholic identity the Church is one step closer to becoming a punchline. Wherein Fr. Z rants.
From Le Figaro via National Catholic Register… with my emphases and comments… by the great Robert Card. Sarah. On the Credibility of the Catholic Church Doubt has taken hold of Western thought. Intellectuals and politicians alike describe the same impression … Read More
Mosebach: “The vehemence of the motu proprio’s language suggests that this directive has come too late. “
The distinguished German author Martin Mosebach, whose amazing books I do not tire of recommending, has a piece at First Things about the Motu Proprio Traditionis custodes (TC). Mosebach begins from the premise that “papal authority is unraveling as never before” … Read More
Have you ever heard of “reception theory”? Reception theory states that a law, in order to be a law, a binding law, must be received by the community for which it is intended. If they community does not receive it, … Read More
At Rorate, Peter Kwasniewski posted a translation of a powerful denunciation of Traditiones custodes – Francis’ Plessy v Ferguson attack on the Benedict’s Emancipation Proclamation Summorum Pontificum. The text is a workshop on what is wrong in Rome, what is right … Read More
Knowing that we would have to keep up morale, the other day I put together a design for some new Z-Swag. HERE My first copies arrived today. They are nice, so I’m making the shop public There are shirts and … Read More
Stop what you are doing. Go to Crisis and read or listen to the brilliant offering by a young man named Clement Harrold. HERE A Time For Anger. Then come back. I look forward to your discussion here.