Three sublime truths for Corpus Christi

"O my God, holiness becometh Thy House, and yet Thou dost make Thy abode in my breast." I. The Mass 1. I ADORE Thee, O my Lord God, with the most profound awe for thy passion and crucifixion, in sacrifice for our sins. Thou didst suffer incommunicable sufferings in Thy sinless soul. Thou wast exposed in Thy …

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The Holy Innocents – Liturgical Highlights

"Ye play with your palms and crowns beneath the very altar." There are many moments of beauty and pathos in the Church's year. But, in my opinion, few are so equally filled with both bitterness and glory as the feast of the Holy Innocents. It is very noticeable that Christ's coming to the world is …

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The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: the only foundation of true freedom

Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 47: 11 Introduction In his 1947 essay Leisure the Basis of Culture the German philosopher Josef Pieper wrote: “[I]t might be asked whether we are not all of us proletarians and all of us, …

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The implicit and tacit expressions of the ordinary magisterium – Chapter IIIb of Fr J.M.A. Vacant’s nineteenth-century work on the magisterium

What is a Father of the Church? What authority do Doctors and theologians have in the Church? And what of the role of the liturgy? This is the second half of Vacant's long Chapter III. The first half considered how the ordinary magisterium teaches directly and explicitly, and how it makes use of secular learning. …

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Theology & History I: the relationship between liturgical tradition and antiquarianism

When this piece was first published, there were rumours about impending restrictions to the the traditional Mass, fuelled by a questionnaire sent to bishops and the expulsion of a Latin Mass group (FSSP) from the diocese of Dijon. Since then, of course, we have seen the publishing of the motu proprio Traditiones Custodes. This piece, …

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Doubtful Baptisms – reflections on the necessity for widespread access to conditional sacraments

In late 2020, it emerged that two priests had been required to seek baptism, confirmation and ordination after being invalidly baptised as infants. What are the potential consequences of the breakdown of sacramental practice in the post-conciliar Church? How does this compare to the sacramental security enjoyed in the Catholic Church prior to the Second …

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