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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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Someone asked me what I was reading these days. Frankly, I am not into all that much at the moment, since I am catching up on some things. However, I have recently received some books that I intend to get … Read More
You might remember that I have challenge coins and that I like to exchange. I received a new coin from someone who sent the 2018 version last year. They look great! Thanks. I received two copies of a newly printed … Read More
UPDATE 5 Oct 19: I am well into this book. The first section is biographical. This is an important foundation for understanding how this auxiliary bishop from the former Soviet Union, raised his head up over the crowd during a … Read More
“He would have fled forever, into the hell of exile from God. But the sight of the vestments overcame him.”
I continue my re-reading, after many years, of Taylor Caldwell’s Grandmother and the Priests, savoring a chapter a day, or at least a chapter at a time with unwelcome days delays. Caldwell, not a practicing Catholic, grasped the Catholic worldview and … Read More
With delight I am making my way through a book I discovered many years ago, as we count the years, even before I entered Holy Church. I recall my own grandmother reading all the books of this writer. Taylor Caldwell … Read More
A prelude. I treasure a copy of a French book of etiquette from long lost decades, Le Livre D’Or Du Savoir-Vivre. Dictionnaire Illustre De La Politesse. It’s an informative hoot, since much of what it contains is seemingly outdated and, … Read More
What a great title! The nice folks at Angelico Press sent a copy of In Praise of the Tridentine Mass and of Latin, Language of the Church by Fr. Roberto Spataro, Secretary of the Pontifical Academy for Latin. US HERE … Read More
Oh, boy. Several people recommended that I read this book. I’m reading it and it is bothering me a great deal even as it informs and confirms. The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity US HERE – UK … Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Antonio Socci on why Benedict is still Pope and Sam Gregg on the Struggle for Western Civilization
Books are coming in like hail. Many on a similar theme. Here’s what I’ve been up to today, resulting in the melting of my brain. Today I read through The Secret of Benedict XVI: Is He Still the Pope? by … Read More
A couple days ago I received package from the nice folks at Preserving Christian Publications. “What”, quoth I, “could be in here?” Whereupon, I set it on the counter, got distracted and didn’t open it for a couple of days. … Read More
I received a Kindle copy of the appalling “gay” book by the “gay” French writer – and I use the term writer loosely. Damian Thompson’s review says it all better than I could: An exposé of high-ranking gays in the … Read More
Preserving Christian Publications has reprinted a 1962 Parish Ritual. Hooray! This book includes what the Collectio Rituum had but it includes more items and moments useful for parish life. It’s like the British Sacristy Manual, but it is set up for use in these USA. … Read More
May I have a moment of your time to plug a book? Since it has been a loooong time since I’ve had formal courses in Scripture (and some of that wasn’t so great), I’ve determined I need some refreshers. I’ve … Read More
As you know, Summorum Pontificum affirms that priests and those obliged to say the Office, can use the traditional, pre-Conciliar Breviarium Romanum. A while back I answered a query about use of the Breviarium Romanum published by the SSPX. HERE I came down on … Read More
booksI am catching up with all sorts of things that have stacked up. Here are a few of the books which recently came in. I haven’t looked into these yet. The first, I am going to very soon. A Catholic … Read More
As the new year begins, I’ll point to a new and interesting book about an infamous figure in the Church in the 20th century. Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the Liturgy by Yves Chiron. US HERE – UK HERE This is … Read More
This book has been terrific. The publisher, Regnery (really good) sent it and, at the last moment before I headed out the door to begin this trip, I slid it into the outside pocket of my suitcase. It isn’t released … Read More
I am happy to report that a fresh new copy of Sebastian Gorka’s new book has arrived. I look forward to delving into it. His previous book was a sobering and realistic education. Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies – … Read More
So time ago, I received a new book from a reader about Vatican I. I am not a great fan of the author, John W. O’Malley, who is a liberal Jesuit (tautology). His book on Vatican II was sharply partisan. … Read More
Books arrive from publishers and from readers. For those of you who read Spanish, you might check out a volume which came to me in Kindle form. “No lo conozco”: Del Iscariotismo a la Apostasía (Spanish Edition) by Antonio Caponnetto … Read More