CHRISTUS VINCIT,CHRISTUS REGNAT,CHRISTUS IMPERAT
CHRISTUS AB OMNI MALO
PLEBEM SUAM DEFENDAT
GREAT TREASURES OF THE CHURCH
VENERABLE POPE PIUS XII and
BLESSED MARY OF THE CROSS MACKILLOP
THE VENERABLE POPE JOHN PAUL II and
VENERABLE FATHER JERZY POPIELUSZKO MARTYR
Of the 21 Decrees of the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints published on the 19th December, 2009, four give us particular reason for celebration.Firstly, the great and beloved Pope Pius XII,so renowned for his holiness, his love of the Church and especially of the Sacred Liturgy (who could forget "Mediator Dei"?) and so cruelly maligned by some bitter Jewish groups,is now declared "Venerable". Venerable Pope Pius XII pray to God that he will deliver His holy Church from all evil.
Secondly, the second miracle attributed to Blessed Mary of the Cross Mackillop, has now been recognised. Her Cause will now be considered by a Consistory of the Sacred Congregation which could reasonably be expected to recommend to the Holy Father her Canonisation. This is a particular joy for us as Australians and for all who love the authentic religious life. May the intercession of Blessed Mary of the Cross Mackillop work to lead all Australian female religious back to authentic fidelity to their vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience and lead them to adopt the mind of the Church in all humilityand abandoning the poisonous radical feminism.
Thirdly our beloved Pope John Paul II (THE GREAT) has been declared "Venerable"a cause of the greatest joy for all of us who received so gladly his faithful teaching, his powerful evangelisation, who knew his great devotion to Jesus Christ and to the Mother of God and his love of the Mass, the Sacraments and the holy Rosary.Venerable John Paul II pray for us,and continue to pray that the authentic teaching of Vatican II may be faithfully followed and not any false "spirit of the Council".
Fourthly we rejoice that the holy Martyr Father Jerzy Popieluszko, who after heroic witness to the Faith was foully and secretly murdered by the Polish Communist authorities in 1984 at age 37, in the declining months of Communist rule, is declared "Venerable". Venerable Father Jerzy Popieluszko pray for us, that we might have the courage to profess our Faith more vigorously, inspired by you example.
Lastly, let us give thanks for the holy and faith - filled Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI - whose approval has brought us these joyful tidings. What magnificent gifts at Christmas time!
In the days when "Brittania waived the rules" as the wags had it, it was not easy being a Catholic, if it ever has been. Even in his native Ireland, James Dixon found that to be so. Because Erin had long since ceased to belong to its people, but rather to the English invaders. King George III sat upon the English throne for 59 years. He had the misfortune to suffer periodic bouts of apparent insanity induced by the disease known as porphyria. One of his other misfortunes was to lose the American colonies in their struggle for independence. Closer to home, the Irish also developed the idea that they ought to rule in their own country.And in 1798, the United Irishmen rebelled against British rule. Most of the leaders of the Rebellion were in fact highly educated Protestants rather than Catholics. Nevertheless the popular support inevitably came from the Catholic majority. The Rebellion was bloodily repressed in short order. Then the fierce effort to find and punish the perpetrat…
the newly-announced Cardinals who will be made Cardinals in the forthcoming
Consistory on Saturday 19th November, 2016. They are heading into a
storm and beneath their feet the Roman
ground has been trembling. But the “storm” is creating the greater
the dots. On the
29th June, 2016 48 respected Theologians from around the globe write a 13 page Open Letter to the Holy
Father listing 19 Propositions in Amoris Laetitia which they state, are either false,
doubtful and or need amendment. We know of no publicised response. On 5th
July, 2016 , the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal
Sarah, in a personal Homily urges all Priests from the Month of November, to
commence celebrating Holy Mass facing East - Ad Orientem. Like all of his statements and
Homilies his proposal was well-reasoned. It was delivered at the Sacra Liturgia
Conference in London.
July, 2016 the Holy See explicitly rejects the idea stating that t…
This Post was first published in June 2011. There is a powerful message for us to-day.
Saint Basil would have been at home in the Post-Conciliar Church. He was no stranger to the problems that beset the Church even to-day.When he uttered the words "Silence is no longer safe", he, like so many of the early Fathers - think of St John Chrysostom - was attacked for his defence of Catholic doctrine.He shared with the others, the stress and strain of teaching, sanctifying and governing in times of great trial. Nevertheless, he realised what Saint Augustine ( A.D. 354 -430) would later spell out so clearly,and what that the Church reminds Bishops each year in the Reading of the Liturgy of the Hours: that if they do not correct the errors of those in their charge, they are themselves guilty of their charges' errors. What a great burden to bear , especially in the modern day, when error abounds. No wonder the Church prays for Bishops each time Holy Mass is said!