Friday, April 29, 2016

FYI: Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to Mexico (November 14 - 19)!

Join us and be transformed.


Dominicans in Portland (USA)

God Bless Our Seminarians

Mount Angel Chapel in Oregon (USA)

In the 1980s the fitting altar, tabernacle and mighty baldachin were unfortunately torn out in a fit of modernization.  Let's pray the chapel is restored -- or at least Our Blessed Lord restored to the seat of honor.

Mount Angel Benedictine Abbey (USA)

What is Wrong With This Picture?

Altars are to be dressed with blessed, cleanly laundered, pressed and starched altar linens.  Flowers and candles are to be on the gradine.    

Catholic Culture: Shrine in the Woods

Oregon, USA. 

In Tribute: Our Blessed Lady

Portland, Oregon (USA).

Catholic Church Architecture in USA

Mount Angel, Oregon. 

Sained Glass: Templum Domini Sanctum Est (The Temple of the Lord is Holy)

Mount Angel, Oregon. 

Air Force One

Counting down the days for this shameful presidency to be done with forever. 

Modern Rendition of Sacred Architecture

Church of St. Patrick in Vancouver, Canada.

This tower was completed in 2002.  The new church adjoining it in 2000. 

The pastor was a convert from Protestantism -- a super fine job!

What's Next: Euthanasia

World War II Flying Patch of the 475th Fighter Group: In Proelio Gaudete (Be Joyful In Battle)

St. Vincent de Paul Stores

Always a great place to find an old Latin Mass hand missal for a few dollars. 

The Catholic Gentleman

St. Catherine of Siena HD

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Euthanasia (Aka Now Being Cleverly Re-Named "Medical Aid in Dying")

"Mercy Killing" -- in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 

2276 Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible.

2277 Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.
Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.

2278 Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of "over-zealous" treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one's inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected.

2279 Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted. The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Happy 90th Birthday, Ma'am!

To the Queen!

Almighty God, we pray that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm, may continue to grow in every virtue, that, imbued with your heavenly grace, she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil and, being blessed with your favour may, with her consort and the royal family, come at last into your presence,through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

V. O Lord, save Elizabeth, our Queen.

R. And hear us on the day we call upon you.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come before you.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, we pray, that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen, who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm, may continue to grow in every virtue, that, imbued with your heavenly grace, she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil and, being blessed with your favour may, with her consort and the royal family, come at last into your presence,
Through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George

One of the most beautiful initiatives in the Church today. 

More than once yours truly had the honor to participate in events with them in Naples.

Each  year I attended their lovely Mass in Rome at Santa Croce on the Via Flaminia, a lovely basilica constructed under the reign of Pius X, built in celebration of the 1,600th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. 

May Almighty God restore the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and bless the initiatives of the Sacred Constantinian Order! 

The Way It Is

Ad Petri Sedem: Video of Annual Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome

 See video HERE.

Discover ‪#‎AdPetriSedem‬, the documentary film about the 4th consecutive Populus Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage!


Monday, April 18, 2016

RIP: Terry Dosh

Pray for his soul.

He was an ex-priest in my native city and a public dissenter. 

He ran away with an ex-nun in the seventies and created great scandal dedicating his life to telling other Catholics how horrible and wrong they were to support the horrible and wrong Catholic Church for teaching the horrible and wrong deposit of Faith handed down to us from Christ and the Apostles. 

Happy Birthday to Father Benedict!

Long may he live.

Pontifex Maximus!

Thanks, Francisco!


Thanks, Francisco! 

In Memoriam: Modern Missionary from Ireland

When We Kill Our Own

Know This Music: The Gregorian Requiem Mass

Spem In Alium (Thomas Tallis) - Tallis Scholars


Christus Surrexit - Bohemian Motet

From the Maws of Evil, Deliver Us Lord

Friday, April 15, 2016

My Desk: Honoring Pius XI

A fascinating and sometimes forgotten Pope.

Yours truly has had this image on my desk for years.   

One of five children, he was a quiet librarian, well in his sixties.  Then suddenly, within four years time, he become a diplomat, a nuncio, an archbishop, a cardinal and then the Roman Pontiff.

We need to ask Pius XI to pray for Pope Francis.

Pius XI grew up during a difficult time tainted with Voltairianism and all other sorts of hatreds for and threats to the Catholic Faith.  It only got worse as he got older.  Then he passed away on the eve of the mother of all wars, WWII. 

Pius XI witnessed the ill-informed and ill-disposed majority as it began passing more and more laws harmful to the freedom of the Church, and to society (themselves).  It was an age of revolutionary transition--which is exactly where we find ourselves again today.  A time of painful adjustment when many long-established institutions caved under pressure from the leftist spirit of the age. 

Pius XI studied in Rome for three years (1879 - 1882),  was ordained priest at the Lateran and met Leo XIII.

During that time he lived at the Lombard College, founded by St. Charles Borromeo.  The Lombard College, originally known as the Seminary of St. Ambrose and St. Charles Borromeo, was situated next to the Church of San Carlo Borromeo on the Corso.  I once toured the property and had lunch there.  It is truly lovely.  His first Mass was there, too, in the attached Basilica.   

The world is in flames and meanwhile our leadership is dallying about colluding in this smoke-screen babble about divorced persons committing a sacrilege at the altar -- a discussion which belongs behind closed doors in the aulas of pontifical universities.  This chatter has been an enormous distraction and a scandal to the Church and world.  There is no time to waste.

We need to be about the present business of meeting the overwhelming threats that have completely engulfed us in recent memory, before it is too late: euthanasia, conscience protection for pro-life physicians and pharmacists, unnatural marriage, sex education in schools, divorce, adultery, priests leaving the active ministry soon after ordination, gender ideologies, the porn epidemic, anti-Catholicism in the schools and courts, and any number of other extremely grave and pressing moral threats to the Church and family.

Other giants have gone before us.  Recently in my parish an elderly woman just passed away who was born in Germany in 1931.  She watched as her nation went bonkers.  She was forced to grow up in Hitler's Germany, attending his goofy, leftist schools.  She watched as her entire nation fell to pieces and went up in flames.  She was a faithful pillar of our local parish and community.  A faithful traditional Catholic, I can still see her kneeling in her black Spanish chapel veil.  RIP Elisabeth Maria.  Pray for us!       

John Henry Crosby: The Witness of Dietrich von Hildebrand

Michael Novak: Creativity and Economic Life

The Coming Storm

Catholic Asia: Future of the Church

Evangelize with Bumper Stickers

Venerable Pius XII Celebrates Papal Low Mass in St. Peter's Basilica

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Coming Storm: Legal Human Euthanasia

Canada's Abortion 'Numbers'

Antique Mitre

Cathedral of Portland, Oregon. 


Get to Know Each "Preface" of the Roman Missal

Developing your liturgical spirituality is very important.

Begin to familiarize yourself with each preface of the Roman Missal.

Know and pray them.  They are works of great artistic merit. 

What the Pope Drinks

From Knights Valley, California. 

Rectory (Priest House)

Some of the most peaceful moments of my life have been spent in rectories and convents.  One can feel something special.  I still feel this.  Blessed property.  A house of prayer.

Vesting Prayers for a Bishop from the Canon Episcopalis

When a bishop vests for Low Mass at the altar, is is nice for lay people to see and witness the donning of sacred vestments, rich with symbolism. 

What a Lavabo Set for a Bishop Looks Like

I wish they still made these.

They are very rare. 

Pewter is nice because it holds up for centuries. 

What the Three Chrism Mass Urns Look Like

What to Buy Your New Priest

Every English-speaking priest ought to have this 3-volume "Weller" edition of the Roman Ritual in Latin and English.

If he is smart he will keep this in his car, too, as well as in the sacristy.

Be generous and make sure your priest gets his copy.

Buy here:

Cantus Passionis

Hearing the Passion of Our Lord sung in Latin during Passion week is one of the most beautiful experiences on the planet earth. 

Our Lady of the Cape

A great French Canadian devotion for all of North America.  

Visit her shrine in Quebec. 

Tabernacle Key

Gloves of a Bishop