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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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Tag Archives: Damian Thompson
There is a convincing piece at Catholic World Report by James Baresel about what I think is the greatest conflict in the Church today: her conflict within herself over her sacred liturgical worship. Why, “greatest”? Because we are our rites! … Read More
His Eminence George Card. Pell gave a fascinating and multifaceted talk at the London Oratory recently. A friend of mine made a video, which he placed on YouTube. He talks about his experiences. However, at the Q&A time, Damian Thompson … Read More
Holy Mother Church is indefectible. The Lord promised that Hell would not ultimately prevail. He didn’t, however, promise that it wouldn’t prevail quite a lot. He made no promises about the mighty Church in N. Africa or Asia Minor… or … Read More
For this Sunday’s Pastor’s Page, Fr. Rutler offered this: The Magi gave the Holy Child presents of gold and myrrh and the essence of Boswellia serrata, which is the resin known as frankincense. The incense used in church may be pure … Read More
Wherein Damian Thompson (@holysmoke) vaporizes Christopher Lamb (@ctrlamb) of The Bitter Pill (aka @The_Tablet)
Over at the The Bitter Pill (aka The Tablet, aka RU-486) a papalotrous fledgling of the New catholic Red Guard, Christopher Lamb, has a vicious hit piece about Robert Card. Sarah. I was going to spend part of my precious … Read More
Damian is Unbound. Go right away to Damian Thompson’s latest podcast, an interview with Ed Condon. Damn! The synod and the sex scandal: two time bombs threatening Pope Francis’s moral authority His comments and Condon’s comments on the upcoming Synod … Read More
Firstly, there is a MUST LISTEN to podcast from Damian Thompson about Card. Pell’s railroading into jail. HERE Take the time. Next, at CNA there is a piece in which Card. Pell comments on the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Pan-Amazonian … Read More
Are you tired of torpor-inducing cliches from the pulpit? Do you grind your teeth and then yawn at the cringe-worthy pabulum dribbled by high clerics in interviews? I guide the readership to the latest and superb podcast from Damian Thompson. … 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
At the Spectator Damian Thompson has a blistering piece today about “Team Francis” as he and others have come to call the coterie of henchmen and dogsbodies who possess Casa Santa Marta. Thompson has come to the conclusion that “the pontificate of … Read More
Damian Thompson has a good commentary at The Spectator. He adds a wrinkle I had not thought about: The evasive coverage of this scandal by Team Francis hardliners is impossible to justify. Certain ‘reporters’ should ask themselves whether they have … Read More
UPDATE 8 Aug 2017 MacMillan’s piece is first up. Then at about 42:45 Beethoven’s 9th starts. ____ Originally Published on: Aug 7 Would that I were in London and able to attend the Proms. I would have very much enjoyed hearing the premiere … Read More
At the site of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is a preview article from their upcoming 14 July number which merits your attention. I ingested it with great interest along with my at least quadruple espresso ristretto this … Read More
Damian Thompson at The Spectator has penned a piece about Pope Francis. I don’t think I should reproduce any of it here or comment about it. I will merely point out the fact that it exists and then quietly back … Read More
At the NYT (aka Hell’s Bible) see what Ross Douthat has to say: Dilution of Doctrine LAST weekend Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee and a churchgoing Catholic, briefly escaped obscurity by telling an audience of L.G.B.T. activists that he … Read More
At Heat Street, Damian Thompson asks: “Is the Pope Catholic?” That site is a mess to read, so let’s see some of it here. My emphases and comments: Is the Pope Catholic? Here’s Why Many of Pope Francis Flock Aren’t … Read More
I bring to your attention a couple hard-hitting pieces not for the purposes of depressing you, but informing you. I’ve advised elsewhere that if this pontificate, or perhaps “parenthesis”, is getting you down, then stop paying so much attention to … Read More
Our Lord promised that, in the end, the gates of Hell would not prevail. He did not promise that they would not prevail where you live. They may indeed prevail in these USA, or in Europe. One way in which they … Read More
The other day I posted about an open letter, in the UK’s weekly the Catholic Herald, signed by almost 500 priests of England and Wales. The letter urged the members of the upcoming Synod in October to stand firm on the … Read More
Over at The Spectator, Damian Thompson has a good summary piece. He recaps what happened at the last Synod of Bishop, where controversy over the Kasper proposals about Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried dominated the proceedings. Damian is … Read More