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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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Wonderful about St. Joseph! “Terror of Demons”
- 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
- Francis’ NEW “Desiderium desideravi” an Apostolic Letter “on the liturgical formation of the people of God” – an attempt to explain Traditionis custodes, to calm the storm
- Batten down the hatches!
- ASK FATHER: Are we obliged to avoid businesses which will pay for employees’ abortion?
- ROME 22/06 – Day 28: Guess the meat
- In your goodness, pray for falsely accused priests and canceled priests
- ROME 22/06 – Day 26: Indulgences and indulgences
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (N.O. 13th Sunday)
- ROME 22/06 – Day 25: Really day 26, but… hey!
- ROME 22/06 – Day 24: “talkin’ ’bout my g-g-generation”
- It’s as if the stars aligned on 24 June
- ROME 22/06 – Day 23: Resistance is futile
- On this Feast of the Sacred Heart, when SCOTUS overturned Roe, remember that “Abortion Pill” use will be pushed hard by the Left, and that there is a SAFE REVERSAL after the first pill. @HeartbeatIntl
- US SUPREME COURT issued Opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson – ROE and CASEY OVERTURNED
- “Perdonamose!” St. John’s Birthday Feast and Midsummer Snails
- ASK FATHER: Pork butt for the Sacred Heart
- What do we do when we synodize?
- ASK FATHER: Does the humeral veil contradict in the use of Eucharistic ministers?
- ROME 22/06 – Day 22: “Even in another church St. Rita is sad… about… you know.”
- Vatican Synod’s (“walking together”) on spirituality of synodality (“walking togetherality”) is coming: The merciful heart loves… demons.
- ASK FATHER: What if 100 priests wanted to leave a diocese because of the bishop?
- LOOK! UP IN THE SKY!
- 22 June in the Novus Ordo: St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More
- ASK FATHER: Bishop bully: You have the right to kneel, but not to a kneeler.
- ROME 22/06 – Day 21: Different kinds of pawns
- “The point of entry must always be ‘situatedness’.”
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- ROME 22/06 – Day 20: Field of flowers
- ASK FATHER: If a Pope dies or resigns before a Consistory for the creation of Cardinals, are the designated men Cardinals or not?
- Online Conference with a good theme: Be Strong And Courageous – 18-22 July 2022
- Obedience and being a “restorationist”
Let us pray…
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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“Let the Jesuits come to me. With hands in the air and without algorithms.” Fr. Z says: Let the Jesuits GO TO CHINA.
When I was a little kid I used to look forward to morning cartoons. Even as an adult I always turned to find The Far Side before the box scores. Now we must content ourselves with jokers like this. In … Read More →
The “Great Progressive Propaganda Machine”, Totalitarian Agendas, Incrementalism, and YOU – Wherein Fr. Z rants
I don’t want to know anything about film and stage actors personal lives or, usually, vapid thoughts. Laura Ingraham had a good phrase for the screeching pop tarts: “shut up and sing”. If I go to a movie, I just … Read More →
Does this seem right to you? Advertising on a Vatican-owned building. #Netflix #TheTwoPopes pic.twitter.com/mnFReMDpqE — Cindy Wooden (@Cindy_Wooden) December 16, 2019 What is the problem? Netflix has a show which is horrifically blasphemous, timed for Christmas – the bastards – … Read More →
Here is a classic example of what is going on in the Church on the highest level. Follow the argument. My emphases. From Crux: ROME – A leading Vatican official says he would “hold the hand” of someone who was … Read More →
Throughout history, anti-Catholicism and anti-clericalism has specifically targeted the cassock for a great share of its fear and hatred. In some places the cassock could get you killed. Today as the Amazon Synod opens – during which we fully expect … Read More →
From a reader… QUAERITUR: You always [write] about going to confession and that’s great! But I read in a Catholic Herald article that in a speech about confession Pope Francis said that God ‘forgets’ our sins. How can that be? Is … Read More →
Sometimes I like to post lighter fare on a Friday. But today, I am so moved, so overwhelmed and thunderstruck with awe, that I must share this quote. Honestly, folks, I’m gobsmacked. I’m all at sixes and sevens. We once … Read More →
At Settimo Cielo long time vaticanista Sandro Magister posted something that should make everyone stop, breathe for a while, and consider options. Context: In October there will be a meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, during which the … Read More →
Go to radical-liberal, anti-tradition La Croix International, (LaCI) run by a cadre around openly-“gay” (and HERE) Robert Mickens. Mickens, you will recall, is so filled with animus for John Paul II and Benedict XVI that he lost his place with the … Read More →
The Catholic Church to Jesuits of Amerika: “No one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.”
THIS – at Америка – speaks for itself. Dean Dettloff. Who? HERE I note in particular another of his offerings: “Christian Socialism: The Fusion of Faith and Revolution”. Here’s a quote from his piece: Communist political movements the world over … Read More →
@JamesMartinSJ – “It is stupefying that women can’t preach”, says the Jesuit. Oh, yeah? Here’s what’s truly stupefying.
Get a load of this… It is stupefying to me that women cannot preach at Mass. The faithful during Mass, as well as the presiders, are missing out on the wisdom, experience and inspired reflections of half of its members. … Read More →
Today we hear an outstanding offering of William Kilpatrick who writes at Crisis. He has had a look at the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome in October about the Amazon. He has nailed it. A … Read More →
Today is the Feast of St. Vincent of Lérins. He bequeathed to the generations a few principles of identifying sound doctrine. I wrote something at length about that HERE. It might be a good idea to read that in tandem … Read More →
At Crux Charles Collins (quondam Vatican Radio speaker) has some cleared-eye comments on recent remarks made on an airplane trip by Francis about the possibility of the ordination of women to the diaconate. In his view, and I agree, Francis … Read More →
Another look at Catholic/Islamic statement: “diversity of religions … are willed by God in His wisdom”
What about that joint document of Francis and the Imam? Francis signed something that very strongly suggested that God wills, in his active/positive will, a diversity of religions. This is impossible. The only way to interpret that in a Christian … Read More →
The terrific and courageous Bp. Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary in Astana, has sent out for wide distribution an essay entitled The Gift of Filial Adoption The Christian Faith: the only valid and the only God-willed religion Clearly, from the title, this … Read More →
Francis signed document saying that God willed the “pluralism and diversity of religions”. What’s up with that?
UPDATE 6 Feb 2019 Fr. Hunwicke posted a comment at his splendid blog. HERE Fr Zed has given a characteristically fine and intelligent interpretation of PF’s words. As have some others. Having perused them, I am also rather interested in … Read More →
From Fabiosa: Have you ever thought that the science fiction film gadgets would be accessible in real life? And we aren’t talking about computers and mobile phones. Where some people are pleased and delighted about the advent of new technologies, … Read More →
Francis to clergy, seminarians, religion in Palermo: “Clericalism… one of the most difficult perversions”
Francis made a pastoral visit to Palermo. One of the events celebrated is the 25th anniversary of the death of Fr. Pino Puglisi, a venerated local figure. He challenged the Mafia. They killed him. BTW… the infamous Stonewall Inn in … Read More →
After the years and years of Agony in Albany, things are looking up. There is a great bishop there now and, I hear, many improvements. However, just as Rome was not built in a day, nor destroyed in a day, … Read More →