Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rome Quotes

"When you marry people from Ukraine, there аre no desperate pleas to let the bride father's 'walk her down the aisle,' as they are unfamiliar with that custom. The Byzantine Celebration of the Mystery of Crowning begins at the back of the church with the formal betrothal, after which the couple walk together down the aisle to the singing of Psalm, 'Blessed is the man who fears the Lord... Your wife will be like a fruitful vine; your children like olive-shoots round about your table'."

-Fr. Athanasius 

Crisis in Authority Linked to Culture of Liturgical Abuse

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Once our schools abandon any common metaphysics, any common grounding of the human person and what it means for him to flourish, we are left with no good options when it comes to adjudicating moral and political conclusions. 

London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir (Hat Tip to Fr. Z)

Rome Quotes

"Face to face with us is drawn up the lugubrious array of the militant Godless, shaking the clenched fist of anti-Christ against everything we hold most sacred."

-Cardinal Pacelli

The Glory of the Roman Rite Inspires Conversion

The Fatal Blow: Winnipeg Statement of 1968

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Answering the Goofy Attack on Gender

Why is Modern Art so Bad?

God Bless Cardinal Burke!

Be a Cistercian Monk in Bohemia

Is this your vocation?

Help fill the beautiful, empty monasteries of Europe.

This Cistercian treasure, located in the South of Bohemia, was founded in 1259.

Visit the monastery of Vyšší Brod and discern if this is your call:[en]

Cardinal Ottaviani: Patron for Today

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pray for Pope Francis

Alice von Hildebrand told me she prays a rosary every morning for the Pope.  She began this under the papacy of Pope Bergoglio because he needs prayer. 


Cardinal Ottaviani: Pray for Us!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Letter From the Vatican in Latin

It was a joy to received this letter from the Vatican, just a few days before the historic papal abdication in 2013.  It celebrates the birth of Baby von Sonnen.  God bless and preserve Pope Benedict: sto lat!

Sacred Music Symposium!

This is very exciting news.

Please participate - especially if you are a music director!  Ask your pastor if your parish can sponsor you.  

See here for more details:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Cuban Catholics

It was a joy to sit next to these ladies in the front row of Havana Cathedral.  

They remind me of all that was and remains great in this former Spanish colony.  

All of us are fighting for the souls of our nations.

The important thing is to keep the Faith even amid a torrid persecution.

Cuban Altar Boy

Havana Cathedral.  Pray for this young man.  Cuba needs native priests and sisters.  All the nuns and priests you meet here are from somewhere else in Latin America or Spain. 

Holy Oils in Havana Cathedral

Downtown Havana Cuba Monument in Latin

Havana Univeristy: San Gerónimo de La Habana

The original Royal Pontifical University of Saint Jerome of Havana.  Pontifical status granted by the munificence of Pope Innocent XIII.  

The greatest foundation of support for Cuban culture has been the Catholic Church. 

Catholic Havana

Havana's New Mosque

Opened in 2015.  Located next door to the former U.S. Embassy in Havana. 

Pray for the conversion of these people to the Catholic Faith, through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima.  

Wooden Street in Havana

To prevent the noise of carriage wheels in front of the Governor's Palace. 

Pre-Cuban Revolution US Embassy in Havana

The Horter Building, in the heart of Havana.

Bring Back the Ferraiolo

Cardinal Tisserant's Secretary Weighs in On Amoris Laetitia Fiasco

"One of the worst sins a man can commit is adultery, divorcing his wife and marrying another, (Mt. 19:9), separating what God has united.  Based on this principle, I do not see how the set of guidelines produced by the two bishops of Malta can be accepted, since they clearly state that the door is open for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

Pope Benedict XVI condemned clearly and finally the theory of the internal forum, and I am unnerved not so much by the commentaries of the bishops, but by the attitude of the Holy Father, who appears to be encouraging bishops to modify the theology of sin and confession.  Let us pray that God protect His Church!"

-Mons. Pedro Lopez-Gallo


Monday, February 6, 2017

A Day in Old Havana

A traditional Cuban highball and cigar, is just what the doctor ordered when in Rome.

The Cuban mojito was invented in Havana.  So was the Wide Churchill.  They go well together, after dinner, on a cobbled street in Old Havana.   

The darker the rum the better.  Havana Club is what is served.  The custom here is nice -- the bar man places the bottle next to your glass, for you to pour your own.

Bacardi has not been sold here since the Revolution (their magnificent former Art Deco headquarters in Havana remains, appropriated by the Red Communists and never given back).

Music is nice, too.  Remember to pray for Cuba.  The people have suffered too long.  When you visit and spend your money, you greatly help the starving masses, strangled by a corrupt government.   

Palacio de los Capitanes Generales in Havana

A must see.

This is where the big man in town lived, the Governor.  

Astounding thick-walled Cuban baroque.

In one room on the main level are displayed old chasubles, one a gift of Pope Leo XIII.

Seen from the rooftop of the fabled Hotel Ambos Mundos. 

Old Havana

Rain or shine, it is terrific to walk amid these enchanting streets.

This stone is corral from the sea.

Bring an umbrella, it can rain here during the winter. 

The Old US Embassy in Havana

It can never be reopened.  Too many grave security threats.  

There is now a mosque located next door which recently opened.

Christ of Havana Overlooking Port of Havana

Seen from the rooftop bar of the Hotel Ambos Mudos, where Hemingway lived in the 1930s.

The statue was placed here, welcoming all who arrive in Havana by ship, in 1958.  Before it was sent to Cuba, it was personally blessed by Venerable Pius XII.  His blessing remains.   

By the way, it is total myth Hemingway was a great author.  His stories  have all sorts of sordid themes such as Masonry, booze, atheism and reckless and false male bravado.   

Glorious Havana Catherdal (And Entrance to Harbor)

From the rooftop bar of the Hotel Ambos Mundos.  

I am so happy Castro is not buried in Havana.  He has left this Catholic city forever and never to return.

He was cremated, in the tradition of pagans, and sent back to the southern wilds of the isle from whence his murdering revolution sprang.

Ancient Rome in Havana

Beau-Arts Renaissance for a government ministry building.  Very likely constructed during the American occupation.   

Lunch at Havana's El Patio

This mid-18th-century house was built from 1751-1775.  Magnificent original 18th-century stained glass on the upper-floor windows.  A fine spot for lunch, in the shadow of the mighty Cathedral. 

Havana Cathedral: Great Mission Outpost of the New World

Today all lands are mission lands.  

Busy yourself doing the Lord's work.