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- #ASonnetADay – 66. “Tired with all these, for restful death I cry…”
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- #ASonnetADay – 65. “Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea…”
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- VIDEO: “Come Hell Or High Water”
- LIVE VIDEO – SATURDAY 17 October 1200h CDT Traditional Latin Mass – St Margaret Mary Alacoque & Exorcism against Satan and Fallen Angels
- The 16th of the month, is a very lean day.
- #ASonnetADay – 64. “When I have seen by Time’s fell hand defaced…”
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- Of Latin, Papa Ganganelli, and the suppression of the Jesuits
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- Jesuits PROMOTE “Pachamama Day”. I am not making this up. Vatican “Earth Mother” coin.
- LIVE VIDEO – 15 October 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5) – St. Teresa of Avila – INTENTION: In reparation for JESUIT BLASPHEMY and SACRILEGE in promoting Pachamama.
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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: Francis
The Mazza Hypothesis: Benedict resigned as Bishop of Rome but not Vicar of Christ. Wherein Fr. Z ponders with a heavy heart.
I’ve been pondering lately. One needs to do this out of love. Ponder, comes from Latin pondus, “weight”. Hence, I am weighing things. Augustine famously wrote, amor meus pondus meum… my love is my weight. In Augustine’s time, gravity was thought to … Continue reading
New book by Francis strongly endorses priestly celibacy. Will Beans, Austen and crowd apologize to Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI?
Speaking of papal books, Francis has a new book now, released on 11 February. It was a cooperative venture with a priest, Fr. Luigi Epicoco. San Giovanni Paolo Magno. Or St. John Paul, The Great. As reported by CNA, In … Continue reading
First, an image to set the scene. Let’s now move along. In the wake of posting about Robert Royal’s roundup of books on Francis, I read today at NRO a piece by Daniel J. Mahoney, “Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd”. The … Continue reading
UPDATE 3 Jan 2020: What’s this all about? #BREAKING: A new video has emerged of @Pontifex rebuffing a religious sister while visiting Chile in 2018. Is this pattern of easy accessibility causing Pope Francis discomfort and frustration? Is it a … Continue reading
ASK FATHER: “I utterly reject Bergoglio, so how can I remain a Catholic?” Fr. Z’s rant and beatdown.
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Now, to the point: How can I remain a Catholic when I UTTERLY reject Jorge Bergoglio as a false prophet of the devil? I can in no way continue to acknowledge him during Mass. Going to … Continue reading
Mere days after Francis granted an audience to Jesuit Homosexualist Activist James Martin for a photo op, the same Francis sat in the Vatican gardens in front of a S. American totem of what very much appears to be a … Continue reading
Francis on priests in private Jesuit meeting: psych problems = rigidity = fixation on sex = clericalism = demonic
The ubiquitous Jesuit Antonio Spadaro is perhaps Francis’ closest adviser and gopher. He is, among other, editor of La Civilta Cattolica and the administrator on his personal website, antoniospadaro.net, of a page dedicated to the homoerotic writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli. … Continue reading
My pal Fr. Gerald Murray has a combination of cri de coeur and parrhesia at The Catholic Thing. Deftly, he closes the jaws of reason, using Francis own words, around his inaction in the matter of addressing burning issues. Father is earnest, … Continue reading
During a 2017 visit to Bologna, with clergy. HERE Io ricordo, quando ero studente di filosofia, un vecchio gesuita, furbacchione, buono ma un po’ furbacchione, mi consigliò: “Se tu vuoi sopravvivere nella vita religiosa, pensa chiaro, sempre; ma parla sempre … Continue reading
LifeSite has an important article for understanding more about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Francis. The article stems from a 47 year old photo which shows a group who attended a conference in 1972, including Bergoglio, Liberation Theologian and now-laicized Leonardo … Continue reading
UPDATE 15 Sept: Fr. Hunwicke has added tuppence. Pope Pardoctonus the First In Mozambique Francis said Mass wearing a chasuble with leopard skin gallons. A close look at large photos suggests that it is the real thing: the fur of … Continue reading
From the Catholic Herald: Pope Francis: ‘It is an honor when Americans attack me’ The Pope’s spokesman later clarified that the Pontiff ‘always considers criticisms an honor’, particularly from ‘an important nation’ Pope Francis told a reporter that it is … Continue reading
From Vatican Insider: Papa Francesco bacia i piedi ai leader del Sud Sudan: basta guerre Il Pontefice in ginocchio davanti al presidente Salva Kiir e ai vicepresidenti designati del Paese africano che dovranno avviare a maggio un nuovo governo: «La … Continue reading
Sunlight and fire are both effective in purifying. In the wake of The Viganò Testimony and in accord with what Francis said on the airplane, we need to get to the bottom of things, investigate, open the dark places up for … Continue reading
Ubi loqui et debet et potuit, qui tacet consentire videtur. Washington Examiner: Pope Francis normally won’t stop talking. He’s picked a funny time to go silent by Becket Adams | August 30, 2018 01:08 PM For a guy who loves … Continue reading
Be sure to spend a little time with Thom Peters’ piece at Catholic Vote about Pope Francis, the new, projected encyclical on the environment and human ecology, and the UN. There are pithy phrases which we might put on mugs … Continue reading