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Monday, October 01, 2007

Chief Vatican Liturgist Replaced

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Times, they are a'changin

Lead us not into danger!

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Advertising seeking Catholic youth workers in Austria includes these rather alarming images.



Hello! We want to make the Church colourful

Catholics want to keep her Catholic!

Fully in keeping with the "spirit of the rainbow church".


Catholic children deserve better!


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We are Church

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Proclaim the radicals, who attend conferences far more often than they attend Mass.

Forgetting that the Church is not only on earth, but also in heaven and that the Church exists in the past and future, not just the here and now in fabricated events and encounters.
If you joined the socialists, and then set up an organisation, "We are socialist", in contrast to the rest of the party, you would be either laughed at or threatened.

As Chesterton put it, those who think they want democracy in the Church had better side with tradition.

"But there is one thing that I have never from my youth up been able to understand. I have never been able to understand where people got the idea that democracy was in some way opposed to tradition. It is obvious that tradition is only democracy extended through time. It is trusting to a consensus of common human voices rather than to some isolated or arbitrary record. The man who quotes some German historian against the tradition of the Catholic Church, for instance, is strictly appealing to aristocracy. He is appealing to the superiority of one expert against the awful authority of a mob. It is quite easy to see why a legend is treated, and ought to be treated, more respectfully than a book of history. The legend is generally made by the majority of people in the village, who are sane. The book is generally written by the one man in the village who is mad. Those who urge against tradition that men in the past were ignorant may go and urge it at the Carlton Club, along with the statement that voters in the slums are ignorant. It will not do for us. If we attach great importance to the opinion of ordinary men in great unanimity when we are dealing with daily matters, there is no reason why we should disregard it when we are dealing with history or fable. Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our father. I, at any rate, cannot separate the two ideas of democracy and tradition; it seems evident to me that they are the same idea. We will have the dead at our councils. The ancient Greeks voted by stones; these shall vote by tombstones. It is all quite regular and official, for most tombstones, like most ballot papers, are marked with a cross. "



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The Most Holy and Undivided Trinity

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In whose honour, Mozart wrote one of his Masses.
Click on the arrow to listen.




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Our Lady of Victories, Ingolstadt

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At which altar, Archbishop Lefebvre once celebrated Mass, served by the present doorkeeper in the same Church.

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Salsa Dance during Wedding Mass

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The quality of Belgian liturgy

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"Liturgy, however, is a global, symbolic activity which belongs to the order of the 'playful'. The uniqueness of 'play' is the fact that one 'plays in order to play', one plays for the sake of playing. The death of play is competition and financial interest".

Cardinal Danneels in Liturgy in a Postmodern World- an excellent collection of essays to read if you wish to find out what NOT to believe.






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Meet Dom Dominique Minier

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The monk who blends modern music and Gregorian chant. Here, in concert!


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St Bonaventura shows St Thomas Aquinas the Cross

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in which all science is contained. The Pope has a deep devotion to St Bonaventura, writing his second doctorate on the same. With the Saint, he shares a distrust of the intellectualism of the Thomistic schools.



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Americanist heresy lives?

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Jesus Christ side by side with George Washington at the induction of a new Pastor for Blessed John XXIII Church. Ok, it is in a local school but they could have been a bit cleverer when they placed the icon of Christ - or perhaps they are Americanists!




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Church of St. Josef burns

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but Parish determined to rebuild. All too often one has the sense that Diocesan administrations have been waiting for a fire or a storm to rid them of Churches that they do not want to keep open.



St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!
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Month of the Holy Rosary

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Queen of the holy Rosary, pray for us.
An indulgence of 300 days each time.
(Holy Office Oct.1, 1915; S.P. Ap., Nov. 24, 1933)

Those who recite a third part of the Rosary
in presence of the Blessed Sacrament
publicly exposed or even reserved in the tabernacle
as often as they do this, may gain
A plenary indulgence on condition of confession, and Communion (Apostolic Brief, Sept. 4, 1927)


The Dominicans of Brussels have rather started the month with a poetry week, complete with an art exhibition including pictures of naked women. No reference to the Rosary.


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Alien image of Christ

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Erected in Fatima of all places.














Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!



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Latin Mass in honour of the Precious Blood

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In the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges.


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Italian archbishop closes convent

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after nuns come to blows