Archive for May, 2007

How we could handle the dissenters who protest having the the “Old Mass” return to their “V2 spirit-filled” parish after the Motu Proprio is out:

That’ll learn ya, Troublemaker! Now shush up and pray!

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Regina Caeli

Since we are convinced, after long and serious reflection, that great good will accrue to the Church if this solidly established truth shines forth more clearly to all, like a luminous lamp raised aloft, by Our Apostolic authority We decree and establish the feast of Mary’s Queenship, which is to be celebrated every year in the whole world on the 31st of May. We likewise ordain that on the same day the consecration of the human race to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary be renewed, cherishing the hope that through such consecration a new era may begin, joyous in Christian peace and in the triumph of religion.  (Pope Pius XII AD CAELI REGINAM)

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Joan of Arc

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us, especially for your own French people.  May they go back to being the “Eldest Daughter of the Church”, instead of the orphan of that impious Revolution.

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In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1)

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A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee. (Psalm 90)

Battle of Le-Shima

Pray for the Souls lost fighting for this country. Keep Memorial Day as a memorial, not just an excuse to BBQ and get drunk.

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Romanism! Part VI

February 1922, Vatican City — The Sacred College of Cardinals receive final instructions from the Grand Marshal of the Sacred College before adjourning to the Sistine Chapel to begin voting for a new Pope.

 03 Feb 1922, Vatican City, Rome, Italy — Death of the Pope. The Papal guards carrying body of the Pope from the Papal Chambers to basilica in St. Peter’s where the body lay in state.

24 Feb 1922, Vatican City, Rome, Italy — Coronation of Pope Pius XI

Beatification of Bl. Conrad

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 Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates: and the King of Glory shall enter in. Who is this King of Glory? the Lord of hosts, he is the King of Glory. (Psalm 23)

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(Found on E-Bay)

Uphold thy servant unto good: let not the proud calumniate me.  My eyes have fainted after thy salvation: and for the word of thy justice. Deal with thy servant according to thy mercy: and teach me thy justifications. I am thy servant: give me understanding that I may know thy testimonies. It is time, O Lord, to do: they have dissipated thy law. (Psalm 118:122)

Cardinal Hoyos: “The time has come”, referring to Latin Mass.

(Picture Source)

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Shortly before he died, one of Israel’s most prominent rabbis wrote the name of the Messiah on a small note which he requested would remain sealed until now. When the note was opened, it revealed what many have known for centuries: Yehoshua, or Yeshua (Jesus), is the Messiah.

 The rabbi’s manuscripts, written in his own hand for the exclusive use of his students. Most striking were the cross-like symbols painted by Kaduri all over the pages. In the Jewish tradition, one does not use crosses. In fact, even the use of a plus sign is discouraged because it might be mistaken for a cross.But there they were, scribbled in the rabbi’s own hand.

When we asked what those symbols meant, Rabbi David Kaduri said they were “signs of the angel.” Pressed further about the meaning of the “signs of the angel,” he said he had no idea.  (Read the rest, very interesting).

Pray for the conversion of the Jews back to completed post-Messianic Universal Judaism (The Catholic Church).

Painting by William Bell Scott

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For since they hold it for certain that men destitute of all religious sense are very rarely to be found, they seem to have founded on that belief a hope that the nations, although they differ among themselves in certain religious matters, will without much difficulty come to agree as brethren in professing certain doctrines, which form as it were a common basis of the spiritual life. For which reason conventions, meetings and addresses are frequently arranged by these persons, at which a large number of listeners are present, and at which all without distinction are invited to join in the discussion, both infidels of every kind, and Christians, even those who have unhappily fallen away from Christ or who with obstinacy and pertinacity deny His divine nature and mission. Certainly such attempts can nowise be approved by Catholics… (Mortalium Animos Pope Pius XI)

In an unrelated story…. (Assisi Meeting overview)

In the first picture above of the Assisi meeting you will notice a woman with a headdress, and sunglasses, does anyone know what cult she represents? She just looks like a major weirdo who broke out of rehab, and kinda snuck up on stage. I am always bugged out over that picture. (I know there were other weirdos there too, but she just stands out for me).

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Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden light. (Matt 11:29)

(August 9, 1932, London, England, UK — Three lay brothers carry buckets and other farming equipment as part of their farming training for foreign missionary work at St. Josephs College, Mill Hill)

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Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize? So run that you may obtain. (Cor 9:24)

(18 Jul 1955 42th Tour de France.Nuns and a priest greet the cyclists as they cross Barcelonette during the 9th lap (Briancon-Monaco). Nuns left their convent to watch the riders pass. )

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But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven. (Acts 1)

A Mass being offered at the site of Our Lord’s Ascension, now unfortunately a mosque.

(Painting by James Tissot)

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In exitu Israel

When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a barbarous people: Judea made his sanctuary, Israel his dominion. The sea saw and fled: Jordan was turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the hills like the lambs of the flock. What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou didst flee: and thou, O Jordan, that thou wast turned back? (Psalm 113)

(July 1969, Venice, Italy — A procession over the Giudecca Canal during the Feast of the Redeemer. Participants cross a temporary bridge made from lined-up boats to attend Mass at the Redentore church. The festival commemorates Venice’s deliverance from the plague of 1576 when nearly 1/3 of the city’s population was wiped out)

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Meanwhile a Brazilian priest who works with native Indian groups sharply criticized the Pope for saying that the evangelization of Latin America had brought benefits to Indian culture. Father Paulo Suess told the Reuters news service that the Pope’s statement “was wrong and indefensible.” (CWN). (Bigger Whine)

Somebody should have told this Priest:

Missoula, Montana, USA — 6/21/1948-Missoula, MT: Father John J. Brown, first full-blooded Blackfoot Indian to become a priest of the Roman Catholic church, bestows blessings upon (l to r) Joe Woodcock, Chief Paul Charlo, and Pete Beaverhead in historic St. Ignatius Mission here.  Brown, whose Indian name is Ksistaki-Poka, was ordained a short while before this picture was taken.

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By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.  (Matt 7:16)

The crop of the “New Springtime”:

 In 1965, there were 180,000 Catholic nuns. By 2002, that had fallen to 75,000 and the average age of a Catholic nun is today 68. In 1965, there were 104,000 teaching nuns. Today, there are 8,200, a decline of 94 percent since the end of Vatican II. (Stats)

(November 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA — The majesty of the Roman Catholic Church transformed Convention Hall into a mighty cathedral.  At the first such service in the hall’s 10-year history, 15,000 men and women packed its vast reaches to hear Dennis Cardinal Dougherty celebrate a Solemn Pontifical High Mass, which was the high point of the Seventh National Congress of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.  Here, sisters of various orders of the Roman Catholic Church are shown as they attended the Mass.)

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Tradition derived from the apostles, of the very great, the very ancient, and universally known Church founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul; as also by pointing out the faith preached to men, which comes down to our time by means of the successions of the bishops. For it is a matter of necessity that every Church should agree with this Church, on account of its pre- eminent authority,that is, the faithful everywhere, inasmuch as the apostolical tradition has been preserved continuously by those faithful men who exist everywhere. (St. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies)

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Go see!

Hello All, Chances are if you visit this blog on a regular basis you like Traditional Ecclesial splendor. Well, Archistrategos has posted some great photos of Pius XII you have to see. Go and click on his Flickr link, and enjoy. Thanks Archistrategos! Here’s a taste:

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The Canon

Enough with the namby-pamby “Eucharistic Prayer # 7001a” stuff. Give me the The Canon of the Mass. Talk about the Church Militant!

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Pius XII: Soon Venerable?


Members of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes met May 8 to consider the cause of Pope Pius XII and apparently voted to recommend that Pope Benedict XVI formally declare him venerable.Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, vice director of the Vatican press office, confirmed the congregation had met, but since the result of the vote still had to be presented to the pope he would not say May 9 what the result was. (CNS)

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All Roads lead to Rome


And here I set my face towards home,
For all my pilgrimage is done,
Although, methinks, yon blood-red sun
Marshals the way to Holy Rome.

O Blessed Lady, who dost hold
Upon the seven hills thy reign!
O Mother without blot or stain,
Crowned with bright crowns of triple gold!

O Roma, Roma, at thy feet
I lay this barren gift of song!
For, ah! the way is steep and long
That leads unto thy sacred street.

A pilgrim from the northern seas–
What joy for me to seek alone
The wondrous

, and the throne
Of Him who holds the awful keys!

When, bright with purple and with gold,
Come priest and holy Cardinal,
And borne above the heads of all
The gentle Shepherd of the Fold. 

( Rome Unvisited Oscar Wilde)

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Souls ennobled, elevated and prepared by art, are thus better disposed to receive the religious truths and the grace of Jesus Christ. This is one of the reasons why the Sovereign Pontiffs, and the Church in general, honored and continue to honor art and to offer its works as a tribute of human beings to God’s Majesty in His churches, which have always been abodes of art and religion at the same time. ( Pius XII: Function of Art)

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Tiaras (Wiki)

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Ascension by Garofalo  (Source)

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It’s a damn shame that liberal “Catholics” use the name, and memory of Bl. John XXIII to justify their heresy, and contempt of Truth. The worst we can say about him was that we was perhaps a little overly optimistic of the state of the world, and the Church in relation to it. He would be shocked and sickened at the new liturgical sensibility. Besides, does he look like a liberal 🙂 ? Gosh, he looks like a Pope from the 13th century.

How do the liberals like this:

To propagate the truth of Jesus Christ is the truest function of the Church. Indeed, “it is the solemn duty of the Church to impart to . . . peoples, so far as possible, the outstanding blessings of her life and her teaching, from which a new social order should be derived, based on Christian principles. ( Bl. John XXIII PRINCEPS PASTORUM)

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I tend to like the gilded Roman-Style “fiddleback” chasubles, and Baroque vestments, particularly on the Pontifical level. However, Benedict is harkening back to an even older tradition in the Church with his “look”. I am, or course, referring to pallium worn by bishops. He brought back the older, larger style. I admit, I kind of like it, when done well. If only Marini would put him into some decent looking Gothic chasubles that is. That “look” for a Pontiff is very ancient, as most of the mosaics seen below are from between the 3rd-5th Century. If only he sported the Tiara like Innocent III. Spot the similarities:


(Source: Cafeteria Closed)

I never thought I would have a pic of Cardinal Kasper of my blog, but there you go.

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St. Pius V

 St. Pius V, pray for us. Pray for the Church in this time of indifferentism. Pray for the Church against a resurgent Mohomedism that knows not God and hates His Anointed. Pray for the conversion of sinners, and the Restoration of Catholic Worship. Pray for your Successor, Benedict XVI, that he may neither flee the wolves, nor bite his tongue when the Truth needs to be heard.

By these presents [this law], in virtue of Our Apostolic authority, We grant and concede in perpetuity that, for the chanting or reading of the Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment, or censure, and may freely and lawfully be used. Nor are superiors, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious, of whatever title designated, obliged to celebrate the Mass otherwise than as enjoined by Us. We likewise declare and ordain that no one whosoever is forced or coerced to alter this Missal, and that this present document cannot be revoked or modified, but remain always valid and retain its full force (Pope St. Pius V Quo Primum)



White founts falling in the Courts of the sun,

And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run;

There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared,

It stirs the forest darkness, the darkness of his beard;

It curls the blood-red crescent, the crescent of his lips;

For the inmost sea of all the earth is shaken with his ships.

They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy,

They have dashed the Adriatic round the Lion of the Sea,

And the Pope has cast his arms abroad for agony and loss,

And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross.

(Lepanto, GK Chesterton)

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Catholics read Scripture

This author of salvation, Christ, will men more fully know, more ardently love and faithfully imitate in proportion as they are more assiduously urged to know and meditate the Sacred Letters, especially the New Testament, for, as St. Jerome the Doctor of Stridon says: “To ignore the Scripture is to ignore Christ”; and again: “If there is anything in this life which sustains a wise man and induces him to maintain his serenity amidst the tribulations and adversities of the world, it is in the first place, I consider, the meditation and knowledge of the Scriptures. (Pius XII DIVINO AFFLANTE SPIRITU)

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But it is particularly as the ministers of Jesus Christ in the great sacrifice which is constantly renewed with abiding power for the salvation of the world, that we have the duty of conforming our minds to that spirit in which he offered himself as an unspotted victim to God on the altar of the Cross. In the Old Law, though victims were only shadowy figures and symbols, sanctity of a high degree was demanded of the priest; what then of us, now that the victim is Christ himself? “How pure should not he be who shares in this sacrifice! More resplendent than the sun must be the hand that divides this Flesh, the mouth that is filled with spiritual fire, the tongue that is reddened by this Blood!” (St. Pius X HAERENT ANIMO)

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MAY is Mary’s month, and I Muse at that and wonder why:

Her feasts follow reason, Dated due to season— Candlemas, Lady Day;

But the Lady Month, May,Why fasten that upon her,

With a feasting in her honour? (Continue: Hopkins)

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