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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.”
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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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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is there any situation in which a Catholic layman could officiate a wedding? A friend has been asked to officiate at a non-Catholic wedding ceremony between 2 non-Catholic persons and is unsure whether the Church would … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Question on marriage: Canon Law says a Catholic marrying an Orthodox Christian by an Orthdox priest has a valid marriage (as long as the usual free to marry, openness to kids etc. are part of the … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Do personality disorders prevent a marriage from being valid? For example, if a couple married in the Church, and one and/or both of them are later diagnosed with a personality disorder (such as Obsessive Compulsive Personality … Read More
From a reader…. QUAERITUR: In what status does the Church consider the marriages of non-Catholics/Catholics to non-Catholics and marital relations within such marriages? I ask due to a couple I know of where neither spouse is baptized and the husband … Read More
ASK FATHER: Validity of absolution of accomplices in sexual sins and the censures – revisited in light of Amoris laetitia fn. 351
Today I had a somewhat protracted session of texting concerning censures for certain sins against the 6th Commandment of the Decalogue. For example, what happens to a priest who in the context of the Sacrament of Penance (and by extension … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thanks for everything you do, your blog has been tremendously helpful over the years. My girlfriend and I are getting engaged soon and when we went ring shopping, our favorite one was previously owned. I want … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it okay, if I marry my godfather’s daughter? We are not related by blood. An excellent question. St. Thomas Aquinas – whose feast it is today in the Vetus Ordo – wrote of spiritual affinity … Read More
Card. Müller has a new book out now, in which he talks about, inter alia, the Francis Regime. If that isn’t a spur to check it out…. However, my main point in this post is to relate what I saw … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: My husband and I (both Roman Catholic) are separated. We separated in July after I learned he is secretly gay and has been meeting men for a decade, including before and throughout the entire time we … Read More
Just to lighten your day a little, I saw this at Anne Barnhardt’s Saturday meme roundup.
Benedict XVI breaks silence: intro to new volume in an anthology series – includes thoughts on “same-sex unions”
I recall a time when I was genuinely eager for the rumored release of papal documents. They would come out and I would read them carefully looking for the good stuff. These days I don’t have that zeal and I … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it OK to get a divorce if you do not intend to get remarried? Although I admit to all my faults and know I am far from perfect, my wife has been an alcoholic for … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a pastor where a wedding is held delegate faculties for a deacon to assist at marriages in his parish over subjects that are not his? My wife and I were married by a Deacon in … Read More
This morning I had a debate with myself. Ought I or not to cancel my subscription to Claremont Review of Books? This same morning I serendipitously solved the debate through a fortunate click over to Ann Barhardt’s page. Ann posted … Read More
In a clear and long-overdue slap-down of the German bishops and their dreadful “synod” process, today the CDF released the text of a response to a dubium (that doesn’t happen as often as we would like, does it…) about “blessing … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Does a stillborn baby have to be baptized? A friend just gave birth to an 8-month stillborn baby who died in her womb early yesterday morning. What is the procedure before burial? Would appreciate your help. … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hello Father, i have a question about interfaith marriages. I’m Muslim and the woman I’ve been thinking of marrying a nondenominational Christian, but she fears it is sinful, there is a verse that suggests not to … Read More
Fr. Longenecker has a good piece at Stream. It’s as subversive as his advice to young people. In the setup for his argument for young couples (male and female) to marry in church, have kids, stick close to the Church … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was wondering if, given the circumstances and churches not allowing\ marriages to take place, if the Church permits a civil legal marriage to afford the couple the legal rights of a married couple and hold … Read More
I don’t like hypothetical questions. “What if’s…?” can go on forever. However, this one was interesting. So I reached out to my friend Fr. Ferguson, knowing in my bones that what I would get back would be a doozy. It’s … Read More