February 21, 2015

A quick note of support for Vox Cantoris...

Just a quick note to lend my support to Vox Cantoris, the Canadian blogger who has fallen "out of communion" with Fr. Thomas Rosica, the #2 man in the Vatican Press office. David Domet needs everyone's support and prayers, and Fr. Rosica needs prayers also.

Vox has posted a long list of blog posts on the matter, so no need to list them again. From what I have read of Fr. Rosica, he has been fertilizing this garden for a long time, and should not be surprised at what it has yielded. Certainly not what he anticipated...

Fr. Rosica's attitude speaks precisely of what I had written a few weeks ago about "...the seemingly arrogant and elitist attitude" of some in Rome and the belief that "...the ordinary Catholic [is] ignorant of their Faith and will simply acquiesce - under obedience - to what is promulgated... despite its all too real potential for major moral conflicts."

As Aragorn said in Lord of the Rings: "Open war is upon you whether you would risk it or not."

Perhaps Fr. Rosica has not read the book or seen the movie, but war has found him nonetheless.

Courage Vox Cantoris!!





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February 20, 2015

St. Mary's Academy and College, Kansas - Keeping Catholic Education Alive

It could have been an Indian cultural heritage center; a police training facility; a public high school; a business park. It was even wanted by the "Moonies", at one time. But in the end, it retained its Catholic nature and identity...

A new video highlighting St. Mary's Academy and College, now into its 46th year of providing a solidly Catholic education to children K thru 12. The college is in its 26th year, by comparison, and continues to graduate young men and ladies, ready to "...instaurare omnia in Christo."




One of the few things Kathleen Sebelius did as Governor that I agreed with. 

(A few years, we gave her to Washington, D.C. ...)


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February 18, 2015

Lent 2015

Welcome to Lent, 2015.

A time of penance, fasting and reflection of our ultimate future. A time to realize that our ultimate end - death - awaits all who are currently breathing. A time to understand that justice will be meted out at our judgement - even if we escape it here on earth. A time to reflect that (1) nothing undefiled enters Heaven, that (2) all who die outside of Christ and His Church will live in Hell for all eternity and (3) that suffering for the expiation of our sins will occur - either on Earth on in Purgatory - because, well, see (1) above. 

Mostly, and despite its lack of authoritative teaching nowadays, it remains for us to remember during this Lent that there are three attributes associated with Christ, not just two. Mercy and Compassion are what we are today reminded of constantly to the point of it becoming a simple meme. But there is also Justice, to which all must submit, but which, sadly, seems to be locked into the Catholicism closet, only to be trotted out for a particular reason, like condemning a couple of traditional priestly congregations or certain individuals and/or media that strive to uphold the Traditional Catholic Faith, Her Truths and Her Teachings. 

So... remember the triumvirate of Mercy, Compassion, and Justice...

and have a Holy and Fruitful Lent.




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February 17, 2015

Remnant TV: INFLAMMATORY MEDIA: On Michael Voris & Mrs. Niles

An excellent commentary and summation by Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara of the latest Michael Voris/Reactionary Media/Traditional Catholic Bashing broadside. It's a bit over 30 minutes, but time well spent in educating oneself with clear and concise Truth. Misters Matt and Ferrara rip the false facade from the phantoms being paraded by Mr. Voris, whom they still cannot understand the "why" of what he is doing to his former friends. Probably neither does Mr. Voris...

They also provide an excellent defense of the Society of St. Pius X and shred the unfounded charge of schism laid upon them by Mr. Voris.





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Leighton's "The Accolade" and Defending Marriage


The Accolade - Leighton 1901

One of my favorite paintings is that of Edward Blair Leighton titled "The Accolade". A Catholic friend has a life-size framed copy in his home; my Estate Attorney (also Catholic) has a slightly smaller version hanging in his office; I know a priest who's Ordination card bears its image. I have seen the image used in conjunction with a favorite quote of mine from the Old Testament, whose words have been aptly applied to Our Lady:

"...I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue." (Ecclesiasticus 24-25)

This portrait can be applied as well, to those who defend their marriages against the modern evil known as divorce, as well as from specious annulments, whose meteoric rise to prominence the past 40 years has been a travesty to justice. In this regard, the Queen anoints her knight (the spouse) before he (or she) enjoins battle, and the knight gains the needed courage to face the unknown enemy (the divorce). To this particular picture, in this particular venue and fighting this particular battle, the words spoken by Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower to the troops preparing for the Battle of D-Day can also be applied:

"I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! 

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking." 

Indeed...may Almighty God, Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Lady bless us upon this great and noble undertaking in the defense of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and of our families.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam...


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February 16, 2015

A Friendly Reminder to My Readers

Pope Francis is the reigning Pope of the Roman Catholic Church... 


...validly elected and to whom all should offer prayers for the heavy Crosses he bears, whether self-inflicted or not. We are all sinners and even a Pope carries the stain of Adam's sin and is no more immune than the rest of us mere mortals. I don't agree with all of what Pope Francis does or says, any more than I agree with what most Cardinals and Bishops do or say, especially as regards the current debates on the DRM's**. But that doesn't make any of them less worthy of the office because they aren't following my version of Catholicism 101. Christ did not anoint me with the Keys to His Kingdom...

I will brook no sedevacantist BS on this blog. It will always be deleted, never to see the light of day. I can't stop the re-blogs of what I write being posted to such websites, but I can and most certainly will stop the attempted infestation on this one. 

**Divorced and Remarried's


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February 15, 2015

DICI: Bishop Athanasius Schneider Visits SSPX USA Seminary

From the USA District of the SSPX:


Bishop Schneider visits USA seminary

February 14, 2015 
A brief report outlining the events and purpose of the recent SSPX seminary visits made by Bishop Schneider and Cardinal Brandmuller.
On February 11, 2015, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, met with Bishop Bernard Fellay, SSPX Superior General, and also with several priests of the Society, at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona (United States).
This was the second visit by Bishop Schneider to one of our seminaries. On January 16, 2015, he had visited the St. Cure d'Ars Seminary in Flavigny (France). Both meetings pertained to the question of the liturgical reform of Paul VI and the doctrinal presuppositions of theNovus Ordo Missae.

Read full article here.

[Ed. Note:] One would think that considering Ecumenism, Protestant Bishops proclaimed as "brother bishops", and the tacit approval of "everyone can get to Heaven their own way as long as they know Jesus" meme, why the SSPX has not yet been welcomed with open arms by Rome? It seems everyone has been - Buddhists, Protestants, Animists, Gays, Atheists, Muslims, etc, etc, etc. I am somewhat dumbfounded that - considering the the Spirit of VII and God-Is-Love-In-Any-Form ecumenism - that Rome would act so harshly against another religious order (the FFI being the other) that simply seeks Jesus in their own way - namely, by holding fast to a Rite of worship that pseudo-ended in 1969?  

                      I mean...Where's the beef



If the late Tony Palmer can be proclaimed a "brother bishop"; if Pope Francis can pray with a Muslim Mufti; if past Popes, Cardinals and Bishops can set with heretics upon a stage at Assisi, then why is the SSPX still denied the "full communion" that other heretical sects apparently have??

Can someone please explain the reasoning here, for I see none. All I see is more confusion, error, compromise - and scandal - inflicted upon Holy Mother Church. 

St. Pius X, pray for us. 
St. Joseph, pray for us.


Prayers from: The Holy Ghost, Our Greatest Friend
(Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, O.P.) via Catholic Tradition:


Prayer for Unity:

O HOLY SPIRIT, Spirit of Truth, come into our hearts; shed the brightness of Thy light upon the nations, that they may please Thee in unity of faith. (Raccolta 277)



To Obtain the Grace of the Holy Spirit:

O GOD, before Whom every heart lies open, to Whom every will speaks, and from Whom no secret is hidden, purify, we beseech Thee, our hearts by the inpouring of the Holy Spirit, that we may come to love Thee perfectly and praise Thee worthily. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit in Favor of the Church:

O HOLY SPIRIT, Creator, be propitious to the Catholic Church; by Thy heavenly power make it strong and secure against the attacks of its enemies, and renew in charity and grace the spirit of Thy servants whom Thou hast anointed, that they may glorify Thee and the Father and His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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February 11, 2015

On the September 2015 Visit to the USA of Pope Francis...

In a press release at Speaker.gov, Boehner said:

In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another. We look forward to warmly welcoming Pope Francis to our Capitol and hearing his address on behalf of the American people. (my emphasis)
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Most Holy Father,

Although on the whole it will be a privilege to have you visit our country come September, I must say I am ill at ease about the whole affair. Why? Because I fear what you're going to say before our Congress. Or more so, I fear what you're not going to say when you speak before our Congress, of which a goodly amount are Catholic, or identify as such. (As for me, any Catholic politician, Democrat or Republican, who follows unquestionably any part of their party's political agenda that is in direct conflict with the Catholic Faith and Church Teaching, should not publicly promote themselves as Catholic, but I digress...)

Personally, I really don't want to hear you talk of rabbits, or of the God of surprises, or even of a Virgin who had doubts, to our Congress. I'm not interested in you giving them your opinion on global warming, the United Nations cause-of-the-month, or spanking children. It matters not one iota - and will change nothing - for you to counsel our Congress concerning the free market economy, how the rich need to share their wealth with the poor or the need to cure the worst epidemic known to man - youth unemployment. I don't give a respectful-hoot about Congress being chided for "slapping nature in the face" and wonder still about your Papal priority on the world's environment. Truthfully, the environment is NOT a priority for you as Head of Christ's Church on earth. If I may respectfully remind you, your priorities mainly lie in saving Souls, promoting the Social Kingship of Christ the King and defending the One True Faith.

I would hope to sit and listen with rapt attention on your opening remarks about how this country - and Congress - has let be murdered over 57 million innocent children through abortion. I would be awestruck as you hit them where it hurts, and remind them of the potential voters they have willingly let be killed off, and that has denied them potentially un-breakable majorities in Congress and the Presidency for generations to come (and I would marvel at how their backsides seem to itch as they move to-and-fro to find a comfortable spot in their seats upon hearing these words.) Would they even bat an eye at being reminded of the potential grandchildren that will never, ever be enjoyed, whether theirs or their constituents? Will they stand and turn their backs to you when you remind them of their never-to-be fellow junior Representatives and Senators that will never have the seat next to them, because they were killed in the womb? Will they stand and clap hands - or sit in mute silence - as you remind them it is time to help return to this country the moral compass it once possessed, and thereby to the greatness it once was before other men but, more importantly, before Christ. 

I can only assume that, at the very least, the Supreme Court will be represented by its Catholic members. What will they do as they sit, listen and be reminded by you that it was a Catholic Associate Justice that sided with the majority in Roe v Wade, which was a vote cast in clear and direct violation of Church Teaching and the 5th Commandment of God. Will they get up and walk away when you remind them that even as Supreme Court Justices, their first allegiance is to God and their Catholic Faith, before that of their Country and Man... and that the latter must always give way to the former when conflicts arise between the two polar opposites?

Holy Father, I hope you bring to bear your Office as Guardian of the Faith to remind Catholic politicians that if they personally and publicly support social positions contrary to God's Laws, Church Teaching and The Catechism of the Catholic Church, they do so at the peril of their immortal Souls. I will whoop and holler at your courage and strength for facing down the harsh stares that will be your reward, followed by fervent prayers that will be needed to sustain you from the wrath of the media afterwards. I will applaud you as you remind Congress itself, that their positions come not only with certain mandates from their constituents, but also those of Christ, who expects much from those to whom much has been given. 

And finally, I hope to hear you remind those Catholics in high office they must follow the same rules as the ordinary pew-sitter, and that upon your return to Rome you will formally direct the world's Bishops to apply Canons 915 and 916 to any who are "...obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin..." - including Catholic politicians. Some in Congress and many in the world will hate you for this, but I will love you for it. Some Catholics will try and vitiate what you direct, but many, many more will come to your defense ( those darn neo-pelagian traditionalists) from unexpected quarters (your own Cardinals and Bishops). You will lose your popularity on Twitter and on earth with many, but that will be more than offset by your popularity in Heaven with the only One that truly matters. 

In closing, Holy Father, may I respectfully remind you of the words of Our Lord:

"And you shall be hated by all men for my name' s sake...Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew, Ch.10)

Fear not, Holy Father, the wrath of mere mortals. Rather fear He who has charge over those mortals, as well as over you and I. 

I remain your obedient child, 

DH


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February 9, 2015

Of Dichotomies and Differences...

Question: Where lie the differences?





Resistere!

Cardinal Burke: I cannot accept that Communion can be given to a person in an irregular union because it is adultery. On the question of people of the same sex, this has nothing to do with marriage. This is an affliction suffered by some people whereby they are attracted against nature sexually to people of the same sex.
Question: If perchance the pope will persist in this direction, what will you do?

Cardinal Burke: I shall resist, I can do nothing else. There is no doubt that it is a difficult time; this is clear, this is clear.


Answer: One wears scarlet; the other wore purple. One remains "in Full Communion"; the other was perennially "out of Full Communion".


(Truly, isn't it about time this madness and confusion ends in Holy Mother Church??)



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February 8, 2015

The " blob of tissue" Lie

Development at 16 Weeks


As if it needs to be said at all, children in the womb are no "blob of tissue" and have infinitely more a right to life than do baby pandas, Redwood trees and furry kittens. To call children in the womb just "tissue" is as false as calling all religions the equal to that of Catholicism - both promote a lie despite the obvious facts to the contrary. 

The below facts are from the website Number of Abortions - Abortion Counters. The abortion clock shown is, of itself, hard to view in light of what the below facts attest. Hard to accept also, are the numerous moral Consciences that must be deadened in order to actively promote and persist in this most heinous act against innocent children, children who are unable to defend themselves from the instrument of death that invades the sanctity of their "home".


Fraternal twins in the womb -- 16 weeks

From the website:

* Why is there a "After 16 weeks gestation" abortion counter? There is a lot of argument about "When does life begin" ?  It would seem to be pretty hard for anyone to argue that a baby at 16 weeks gestation "is just a blob of tissue" based on what the scientific community knows today about the development of a baby at 16 weeks: 

- The body is fully formed, the fingers and toes have fingerprints & nails.

- Is about 5 inches long and weighs  about 3 ounces.

- The baby is moving about: may grasp for the umbilical cord , suck it?s thumb, and  make facial expressions

- The heart & circulatory system and the urinary tract are fully functioning. and the blood is pumping through these tiny veins

- The baby is inhaling and exhaling the amniotic fluid through the lungs.

 -The eyes are in the proper position, and the baby can see straight ahead & blink his/her eyelids.

- The genitals have formed. In the case of a girl, the uterus has already developed and the ovaries are in the proper place.

- Umberto Castiello, University of Padova, Italy  reported unborn babies have the ability to interact as early as 14 weeks into the pregnancy: "We conclude that performance of movements towards the co-twin is not accidental: already starting from the 14th week of gestation twin fetuses execute movements specifically aimed at the co-twin." 


And...just in case you were not convinced that each baby in the womb is a real person:

 A Picture of the Truth of Abortion

"But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea." (Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as documented in Matthew 18:6)


Photo Credit

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February 2, 2015

RORATE EXCLUSIVE Video of Franciscans of the Immaculate Seminary the day it was shuttered by Commissioner Volpi

Doing my part to get the word out...

Rorate Caeli's latest on the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate saga. Pray this debacle ends soon with the return to "full communion" (as if they could have been any more "full" than they were before the inquisition.)


RORATE EXCLUSIVE Video of Franciscans of the Immaculate Seminary the day it was shuttered by Commissioner Volpi
When will the mainstream media demand answers?

On December 8, 2013, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the the Theological Seminary of the Immaculate Mediatrix (STIM) of the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FI) was closed by their Apostolic Commissioner, Fr. Fidenzio Volpi. On the same day, one of the friars filmed the entire day, which presents the way of life in that same seminary.


Volpi meets with Pope Francis the day the seminary was closed.
This footage was then kept in secret, witness of something no longer tolerable to those in power, unseen until now.


In this Year of the Consecrated Life, on the Feast of the Purification, which is seen as the Feast of the Consecrated Life,Rorate has obtained this video exclusively, making public a contradiction that has been hidden up to now for the safety of those involved.

With all the problems and scandals in the religious life in our times, which seem to be deemed praiseworthy by the highest authorities, what you'll see in this video is what they find so unacceptable, so horrific, so dangerous that it had to be stomped out and crushed as "specifically ordered by the Vicar of Christ," Pope Francis.

Punishment and suppression -- and with no trial.

But perhaps our Lady, on her feastday, is offering a vision very different to that which seems to dominate presently in the Church -- a vision of the consecrated life which is, as Simeon says of Christ, a sign of contradiction.

A great number of the friars seen in this film have had to flee after the closing of the seminary, having found themselves in a new atmosphere of doctrinal corruption and moral relaxation, of the disintegration of the religious observance they had avowed themselves to maintain on pain of grave sin.

We say "flee" because it's true. We hear from numerous FI saying how they are in danger, how another Friar they know will speak with us "once they're safe" meaning in a new diocese with a friendly bishop. You'd think they were fleeing 16th Century England and the Tower -- but this form of priest hunting is so much more dangerous as it comes from within.

Watch the video. Spread it far and wide. And pray to our Lady today to make good of this nightmare and grant these good men peace at last.


 

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February 1, 2015

A Commentary on the 2015 Synod

It appears the Synod's governing council believes the ordinary Catholic ignorant of their Faith and will simply acquiesce - under obedience - to what is promulgated by them, despite its all too real potential for major moral conflicts.


If the seemingly arrogant and elitist attitude of the Governing Council at last year’s Synod on the Family was in doubt (see here), the upcoming 2015 Synod should cement that notion. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri has recently laid the groundwork of what we can expect at the upcoming October 2015 meeting of the Synod for the Family. It appears the stacking of the deck has begun; the preparation for the ramification of the neutering of Fidelity and Permanency, the 6th and 9th Commandments and the need for Confession to cleanse the Soul of adultery has been all but ratified. And if it has, the crack in the dike that started in October 1962 (see more on October below) will widen exponentially, the hemorrhaging of Mass attendance may continue, and either one may nigh be impossible to stop. Rome and Christ’s Vicar on earth will have approved of adultery as not-so-big-a-deal, though I have serious doubts about its approval elsewhere.

Every Catholic knows that those who commit mortal sin separate themselves from the Body of Christ and must be absolved of the sin before reception of Holy Communion. One who is in the state of mortal sin and receives Holy Communion without absolution commits real sacrilege and simply compounds the sin. There is – at present, anyway - no way out for the sinner, except through the door of the confessional. However, for the many who now find themselves in the throes of an adulterous relationship, a new way to return to full communion is being proposed that will negate – for them but not, apparently, for others - the need for the traditional confession, contrition and absolution. If this new “penitential practice” is successfully promulgated, the wheels will be placed in motion that will force an unfamiliar burden upon many Catholics - that of having to actually choose which Rome to follow: the Rome ever ready for change and for obfuscating doctrine for the sake of man, or, the Rome that upholds the immutability and clarity of the doctrines of Christ. The proverbial line-in-the-sand will have been drawn and, much like children having to choose which parent to Love in a contentious divorce, I do not envy the position of those who will be forced into making that choice.


Just reflect for a moment on what Cardinal Baldisseri is quoted as saying:

“The socio-cultural context [of the family] is outlined in broad terms in its lights and its shadows.”

“In the contemporary world [the family] presents anthropological conceptions, in many cases entirely new, that affect the understanding of the human and the mode in which he lives his social relations. A change in the self-understanding of man is reported frequently, which, in one way or another, certainly affects the lives of individuals and in the life of the family.”

The understanding of what he said still escapes me and maybe even the average Catholic, as well. No statement could have been better presented, however, that would hide from others what is the true agenda of the Synod. Common sense and reason, however, gives one enough insight to form a logical conclusion as to what the Cardinal was apparently trying to say. My translation of his statements is:

We fully intend to allow the divorced and remarried back into full communion with the Body of Christ by not requiring them to actually confess their sins of adultery to a priest, but simply to perform a proscribed period of “penitential practice”. However, the rest of you that have not been divorced and remarried, but are guilty of adultery within your marriage, still have to abide by the 6th and 9th Commandments and the current requirements of confession, contrition and absolution. Our new requirement will be just for a select clientele, not for the average Catholic. 

There…isn't that refreshingly clearer on what the Synod intends to do? These are words that any Catholic, no matter of which generation, can fully understand. But therein also lies the cardinal (Cardinal’s?) problem.

Your ordinary, Church-going, weekly Mass attending and Communion receiving Catholic is not blind. They know God’s Ten Commandments are still extant and in the clear and concise wording He gave to Moses. They know that the killing of innocent pre-born children is a mortal sin worthy of Hell. Those that are married know the bona of marriage – fidelity, permanency and procreation – and what they mean. They know that any emotional relationship with someone not their spouse could lead to adultery and that any physical relationship with another not their spouse most certainly is adultery. They know that adultery is a mortal sin, just like abortion, and that the only way to cleanse the Soul of mortal sin - any mortal sin - is through Confession, Contrition and Absolution. Basic Catechism 101 stuff. Further, I believe that many are now, or will soon become, quite worried over what may be about to happen within the Catholic Church, but more so of the future choice they may be forced into making.

So, what will they do come October if the unthinkable happens? What will they do if a select group of Catholics in the midst of mortal sin are allowed to return to full communion by simply performing what amounts to community service, under the guise of “penitential practice”? What will they do if that select group is allowed to circumvent the normal process that others are currently still required to abide by – including abortionists - in order to be absolved? (This apparent and unjust inequality in applying “penitential practices” has already been brought out by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith in an October 2014 article in Catholic Herald.)

And finally comes the question that won't be answered until it happens: Will they continue to support - financially or otherwise - a Catholic Church who has effectively neutered two Commandments, two-thirds of the marriage bona and chopped the legs from under abandoned spouses of a first marriage and their children? I haven’t a clue as to what they might do, but I certainly don't expect any mass (Mass?) apostasy. But I do expect there could very well be a not-so-silent protest - in words and/or actions – from the pews.

Regardless, I suppose all the answers will come this October, the month of Our Lady and Her Holy Rosary. It also happens to be the month of Fatima and of Lepanto, as well as the traditional Feast of Christ the King, who will no doubt be watching the proceedings of His Shepherds who have watch over His flock.



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The Remnant: The Traditional Latin Mass: A Reenactment of Christ’s Last Days on Earth

I feel duty-bound to post the link to this timely article in The Remnant, written by Father Leonard Goffine over 2 centuries ago, but as relavant today as it most likely was then. When we consider the two forms of Mass available today, it has always seemed to me the terms OF and EF are glaringly misapplied, if for no other reason than Fr. Goffine's conclusion to his commentary:

"At the same time it is seen from this, that those who wish the Mass to be said in their own language instead of Latin, complain unnecessarily, for everyone can unite himself with the priest and make his offering in his own tongue, since with God it does not depend upon the language, and there is in most prayer books an explanation of the ceremonies connected with suitable prayers. The Catholic Church has very wisely retained the Latin as the language of the Mass, as a means of preserving ecclesiastical unity, and Catholics can everywhere recognize themselves as such, when they find in every land the same divine service in the same language.

The holy Sacrifice would, besides, be endangered by the introduction of the different languages of the countries in which it is said, because the vernacular is always subjected to changes, would give rise to false interpretations, diminish reverence for the Most Holy Sacrifice, and might endanger the faith itself, while the Latin language is peculiarly suited to the dignity and majesty of the Mass; for it is truly a royal language, and is the language of the missionaries who subjected the world to the cross.

The celebration of the Mass is not for the instruction of the people so much as for their edification, and this easily results if each of the faithful assists with heart and lips, as best he can, at the Holy Sacrifice, having the sincere desire to share in all its fruits, which our loving Saviour obtained for us on the cross and wishes to bestow upon us. We are enriched by His merits, purified by His most precious blood, nourished and strengthened in the way of virtue by His most Sacred Body, and are changed from children of wrath to children of God, and chosen heirs of heaven."

The entire Remnant article is available here.

Fr. Goffine was seemingly every bit the precursor to St. John Marie Vianney, who was born 67 years after his death and the Patron Saint of Priests:

"...Goffine was a truly apostolic pastor, filled with an untiring zeal for souls, who edified everyone by his word and by his example. The purity of his life, the integrity of his morals, the fervour of his sermons, the pleasing style of his writings, commanded the respect of even the enemies of his religion. From the rudest and most forward of these he had often to endure the bitterest insults, but at these he showed himself the more cheerful, since by them he became the more conformable to those who had the happiness to suffer insults for the name of Jesus". (From his bio linked above)


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