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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Feast of Our Lady's Patronage of the Dominican Order

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The story of The Miraculous Image of the Madonna of San Sisto and St. Dominic

Open Air Mass- Where Is Thy Priest?

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Cola Mass

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Liturgy includes discussion comparing Coke and Pepsi. Just kidding, but why else should the crate be there?

Tony Blair converts to Catholicism

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in the nick of time, before a harder line Archbishop of Westminster is appointed who would find his views on moral questions unacceptable.

Mr Blair has also been made an African chief. This does not make him African.


The Profession of Faith, which was used prior to the Council for the reconciliation of converts.

I, N. N., with a firm faith believe and profess all and every one of those things which are contained in that creed which the holy Roman Church maketh use of. To wit : 1 believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible : and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages ; God of God j Light of light; true God of the true God; begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men, and for om salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. He was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered, and was buried. And the third day lie rose again according to the Scriptures : he ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of the Father, and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead ; of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 1 believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and lifegiver, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son: who, together with the Father and the Son, is adored and glorified; who spake by the prophets. And in one holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

I most steadfastly admit and embrace the apostolical and ecclesiastical Traditions, and all other observances and constitutions of the same Church.

1 also admit the holy Scriptures, according to that sense which our holy mother the Church hath held and doth hold, to whom it belongeth to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures: neither will I ever take and interpret them otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of theFathers.

1 also profess that there are truly and properly Seven Sacraments of the new law, instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord, and necessary for the salvation of mankind, though not all for every one: to wit, Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Order, and Matrimony : and that they confer grace : and that of these, Baptism, Confirmation, and Order cannot be repeated without sacrilege. 1 also receive and admit the received and approved ceremonies of the Catholic Church, used in the solemn administration of the aforesaid sacraments.

1 embrace and receive all and every one of the things which have been defined and declared in the holy Council of Trent concerning original sin and justification.

I profess, likewise, that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead. And that in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist there is truly, really, and substantially the Body tai Blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesot Christ; and that there is made a conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood; which conversion the Cathouc Church calleth Transubstantiation. I also confess that under either kind alone Christ is received whole and entire, aad a true sacrament.

I constantly hold that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful.

Likewise, that the Saints reigning together with Christ arc to be honoured and iuvocated, and that they offer prayers to God for us, and that their relics are to be had in veneration.

I most firmly assert that the Images of Christ, of the Mother of God ever Virgin, and also of other Saints, ought to be had and retained, and that due honour and veneration are to be given them.

1 also affirm that the power of Indulgences was left by Christ in the Church, and that the use of them is most wholesome to Christian people.

I acknowledge the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Church for the mother and mistress of all Churches; and 1 promise true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, successor of St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ.

I likewise undoubtingly receive and profess all other things delivered, denned, and declared by the sacred canons and General Councils, and particularly by the holy Council oi Trent. And 1 condemn, reject, and anathematise all things contrary thereto, and all heresies which the Churcb hath condemned, rejected, and anathematised.

1, N. N., do at this present freely profess and sincerely hold this true Catholic faith, out of which no one can be saved: and I promise most constantly to retain and confess the same entire and inviolate, by God's assistance, to the end of my life.

Rather Mr Blair's Catholicism identifies those who maybe a menace to society while still in the womb, and aborts them.

Once-doomed church reborn

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Christ, the Infant King!:

"When the Archdiocese of Chicago announced a few years ago that St. Gelasius Church in the Woodlawn neighborhood was being demolished, many people fought back -- neighbors, preservationists and even the mayor.

The stone edifice was spared. The parish no longer exists but the building is slowly being resurrected as a Catholic shrine.

Historic St. Gelasius Roman Catholic Church is one of the Woodlawn areas most prominent structures. Designed by the famous religious architect Henry J. Schlacks a disciple of master architect Louis Sullivan.
(Sun-Times file) It's also the American headquarters of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, a community of priests and brothers dedicated to the Tridentine Latin mass.

On Sunday, the building will be reopened for weekly worship. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses will be celebrated there, too.

And, on Dec. 29, Cardinal Francis George will be there to assist at a Tridentine 'solemn high mass' and crown a 3½-foot statue of 'Christ the King' -- the infant Jesus dressed in imperial garments."

Abortion clinic in Vienna molests protestors

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Not for the first time in Vienna, the police look on. The video is very offensive, so please don't click unless you are prepared.

Christmas greetings from Rowan Williams

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Well- up to a point.


Thanks to the perpetually magnificent Kreuz.net.

If anyone's in Singapore for Christmas!

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Sung Vespers (Extraordinary Form)@ Church of Ss. Peter and Paul's Adoration Chapel 1700hrs. Makan and Wine after the liturgy.

Unwavering (in) fidelity of English bishops : December 2007 : Holy Smoke : UK : Telegraph Blogs

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A year of shame.

This Pope does not do

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throwaway phrases.

"Those ideas, however, were overshadowed by a few throwaway phrases that betray a worrying insensitivity to how unfamiliar audiences are likely to hear what he says. One would think that by now the lesson would have been learned, but all evidence is to the contrary."

Papal Basilica to Open Ecumenical Chapel

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Or as an Anglican vicar once told me- St Paul's Outside the Walls, shouldn't that be St Paul's without the Faith.

Cunningly, the Roman authorities have placed the chapel in the baptistery, which traditionaly was always at the entrance to the Church. So no-one who attends services there is expected to remain spiritually complacent.


ROME, DEC. 21, 2007 (Zenit.org).- An ecumenical chapel at St. Paul's Outside the Walls is one of the first initiatives of the upcoming Pauline year.Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, archpriest of the papal basilica, announced plans for the chapel in an interview with L'Osservatore Romano.

The chapel will offer "the possibility for non-Catholic Christian communities to come and pray at the basilica and to celebrate liturgy," he said. It will be placed in a Greek-design baptistery, which was remodeled in the early 20th century.

"The altar, restored, will be one we found and removed during the recent excavations near the tomb of Paul, which have made the tomb visible to pilgrims," the cardinal explained.

On Monday, Cardinal Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo presented Benedict XVI with a program of the Pauline Year, to be celebrated from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009.