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SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 7th July 2010.

070707 The memorable date - in more ways than one - on which our beloved Holy Father signed the MotuProprioSUMMORUMPONTIFICUM freeing the celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Missal of Pope John XXIII, that is the traditional Latin Mass.

The Holy Father's intentions were several:
-to aid in the reintegration of Lefebvrists into the life of the Church
-to offer comfort to those already devoted to the Latin Mass, and
-to institute a gradual process whereby greater exposure to the ancient ritual would inspire greater reverence in the celebration of the NovusOrdo.

Three years on,  progress has been solid on all fronts. Though some Episcopal Conferences have, to put it mildly, dragg…

ENGLAND'S ROYAL MONSTER APOSTATE, MURDERER AND PLUNDERER OF CHRIST'S CHURCH

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 6th July 2010.




He was the most dazzling King of his time. Noted since his youth for his handsome good looks, athleticism and intellectual achievements, his court was the destination for the great achievers of his time. But, of late, things had begun to sour a little. Foreign adventures and his heavy gambling had left him cash-strapped. His wife had failed to produce a male heir, and his Chancellor, the Pope's Legate a Latere, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey had failed to secure from the Pope an Annulment of the King's marriage. This was particularly irritating because he did want a male heir, and his roving eye had fixed its attention on a very likely lass among his Queen's Ladies in Waiting: Ann …

THE GALILEO MYTH PART II

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The Galileo Myth


… Continued from Foundation January 2008 p.12.

IT WAS NOT UNTIL FOUR YEARS LATER that trouble arose, the ecclesiastical authorities taking alarm at the persistence with which Galileo proclaimed the truth of the Copernican doctrine. That their opposition was grounded, as is constantly assumed, upon a fear lest men should be enlightened by the diffusion of scientific truth, it is obviously absurd to maintain. On the contrary, they were firmly convinced, with Bacon and others, that the new teaching was radically false and unscientific, while it is now truly admitted that Galileo himself had no sufficient proof of what he so vehemently advocated, and Professor Huxley after examining the case avowed his opinion that the opponents of Galileo “had rather the best of it”.

But what, more than all, raised alarm was anxiety for the credit of Holy Scripture, the letter of which was then universally believed to be the supreme authority in matters of science, as in all others. When th…

THE GALILEO MYTH PART ONE

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 6th July 2010.

The Galileo Myth


GALILEO. Born at Pisa, 15 February 1564; died 8 January 1642.



The boy Galileo Galilei at an early age manifested his aptitude for mathematical and mechanical pursuits and his native genius speedily placed him in the very first rank of natural philosophers.

He became a fierce controversialist, who, not content with refuting adversaries, was bent upon confounding them. Moreover, he wielded an exceedingly able pen, and unsparingly ridiculed and exasperated his opponents. Undoubtedly he thus did much to bring upon himself the troubles for which he is now chiefly remembered. As Sir David Brewster (Martyrs of Science) says, “The boldness, may we not say the recklessness, with w…

SERVING WITH THE ANGELS - TREASURES - SACRED AND PROFANE - BURIED AND FORGOTTEN

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Serving With the Angels


IT IS INTERESTING how many treasures both sacred and profane get buried and forgotten with the passage of time - tilling the soil in Ireland reveals a Mass kit buried for safety (its priestly owner perhaps executed before he could return for it), a vast hoard of Roman coins recovered at the bottom of the excavation of an English well (if only the barbarian attackers had known) or a Papal Encyclical buried in the subsequent documentation of World War II and the Second Vatican Council “churchquake”. But the dust has settled and the advent of the computer database is shining light on some gems.

Eighty years ago the great Pope Pius XI issued the crystal clear gem of an…

SERVING WITH THE ANGELS REFLECTING ON THE EDITOR'S TASK

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Each month Acolyte is confronted with the spectacle of the large table at which the Editor labours to produce Foundation. It is not always an edifying spectacle for those who value order. But it enables me to see the wide variety of materials considered and then selected or rejected, whether for lack of space or perhaps lack of relationship to a theme either naturally evolving or being developed in a particular issue.

I watch him striving to avoid Foundation becoming yet another vitriolic chronicle of errors such as some other newsletters have become, as well as some Internet websites. It can’t be easy, because he is so much concerned to see right done. But he says that he tries to acce…

SAINT PAUL PART X SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM MACEDONIA II

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St Paul Writes from Macedonia II – First Epistle to Timothy


This is one of St Paul’s shortest Epistles. He is writing in AD 65. St James had been executed by Ananias three years earlier and in the previous year Rome had been destroyed by fire and the Emperor Nero had been persecuting the Catholics, in an endeavour to fix the blame on them. The infant Church was under external attack, but internally she was also under attack from false teachers. St Paul had left the Church in Ephesus under the care of the young man Timothy – his “beloved son in the Faith” (1 Tim. 1:2).

He recalls that when he left Timothy in charge in A.D 64 he had given him the task of correcting those propagating false …

NEW PREFECT FOR THE CONGREGATION FOR BISHOPS

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The Holy See has announced that the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Re as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and has appointed Cardinal Marc Ouellet until now Archbishop of Ottawa as the new Prefect of the Congregation.

This brings to an end intense speculation that had Cardinal George Pell as the likely appointee, and accords with later suggestions that significant figures in the Curia had sought to block that appointment, putting abroad stories about Cardinal Pell's ill health - stories clearly given the lie by his appearance and activity.

The record of the Canadian Church has been a sorry one for many years past. It would be surprising if a major player …

SAINT PAUL PART IX SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM MACEDONIA

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 28th June 2010.



ST. PAUL WRITES FROM MACEDONIA


We recall (FOUNDATION – Jan 2009) that there were actually four letters to the Corinthians. The first and third did not come down to us. Our first and second are actually the second and fourth.

Only six months after writing the first epistle to the Corinthians (actually St Paul’s second) from Ephesus, St Paul, now in Macedonia, is moved to write again. Our second Epistle to the Corinthians is actually his fourth.

It seems clear from this Epistle that what we know as first Corinthians and the missing third, had between them led to the correction of the abuses they addressed. But the peace was soon disturbed by some Jewish convert visitors to Corinth. They at…

SAINT PAUL PART VIII SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM EPHESUS

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St Paul Writes from Ephesus


In AD 54 St Paul, now in Ephesus, writes to the Galatians. Now 50-51 years old, he has been a Catholic for 20 or 21 years.

He had founded the church in Galatia only two years ago in AD 52 and had made a further visit to the Galatians in AD 53. He has been greatly disturbed by reports reaching him, that these Gentile converts were being led astray by Judaizers. These Jewish converts, most of Pharisaical training, had often been – and would continue to be - the bane of Paul’s missionary life.

Among the Galatians, the Judaizers had advanced three arguments:

  Paul was not a “real” Apostle as were those appointed prior to the Crucifixion;

  Paul was false to the teaching of Christ and the true Apostles in teaching that     converts to Christ, Jew or Gentile, were not bound by the Law;

  Gentile converts must be circumcised and submit to the ritual and dietary   requirements of the Law.

From the heart of the large and busy church in Ephesus, St Paul writes with righteo…