This is how most secular clergy spend half of their lives or more, while their consciences whisper: “This is wrong. Why am I taking part in it?”
When traditionalists insist that the products of last century’s Montinian tyranny are valid, we show more charity to our detractors than they do to us.
Pastor Aeternus gave us the limits of papal infallibility. It will be Francis—and also, to some degree, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI—who will provide the material for assessing the limits of papal fallibility.
Years ago I used to think that the Novus Ordo was free from objectionable material in itself while characterized by the privation of good and too prone to easy abuse on account of deficient rubrics.
Catholicism isn’t primarily about “the Church”—that is, the Church on earth in her structures, laws, works, affairs.
It is no wonder that idolatry is compared in Scripture to fornication. Desacralization too may be compared to fornication and adultery.
The qualifier “traditional” attached to “Catholic” is as coherent and meaningful as the familiar qualifier “Roman”—nay, far more so.
God made us for this end, that we could be joined to Him in a love freely willed and freely enjoyed, a vision of Him who is our Sovereign Lord, our divine Spouse. God created man in order to divinize …
Having a foretaste of divine glory and knowing what sublime purity is necessary in order to share it worthily, the soul longs to be made pure.
Sacred places are the first places to be destroyed by invaders and iconoclasts, for whom nothing is more offensive than the enemy’s gods.