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1. Do not be unreasonably concerned with the actual date of the document on the "liberalization" of the Traditional rites of the Latin Church. It will come out.


2. It is open season on Portuguese babies, as the "conservative" president of the Portuguese Republic signs into law the Socialist-inspired abortion bill. Even if there were no moral questions involved in the wholesale slaughter of future generations of Portuguese children, also with the use of public funds, it is once again impossible not to notice the curious way Europe has chosen to deal with its impending demographic collapse...

May Our Lady of the Rosary, our own patron saints -- the Italian-born Franciscan Protomartyrs, buried in Coimbra, Portugal --, as well as Saint Anthony of Padua, who was inspired by their great example, intercede to Almighty God for that once deeply Catholic nation.

Unfortunately, from a demographic point of view, one must note that Europe seems to be following a path that could lead to its departure from history. ... One could almost think that the European continent is in fact losing faith in its own future. ... The process of European unification itself is evidently not shared by all, due to the prevailing impression that various "chapters" in the European project have been "written" without taking into account the aspirations of its citizens.


A community built without respect for the true dignity of the human being, disregarding the fact that every person is created in the image of God ends up doing no good to anyone. For this reason it seems ever more important that Europe be on guard against the pragmatic attitude, widespread today, which systematically justifies compromise on essential human values, as if it were the inevitable acceptance of a lesser evil. This kind of pragmatism, even when presented as balanced and realistic, is in reality neither, since it denies the dimension of values and ideals inherent in human nature.


[And a message to our European readers:]

Dear friends, I know how difficult it is for Christians to defend this truth of the human person. Nevertheless do not give in to fatigue or discouragement! You know that it is your duty, with God's help, to contribute to the consolidation of a new Europe which will be realistic but not cynical, rich in ideals and free from naïve illusions, inspired by the perennial and life-giving truth of the Gospel.


Recess for a few days; urgent news may be posted at any time.


  1. Anonymous12:16 AM

    "Do not be unreasonably concerned with the actual date of the document on the "liberalization" of the Traditional rites of the Latin Church. It will come out."

    Quite right.

  2. New Catholic,

    There is untranslated video of a German news source over at Cathcon in which the indult is discussed.

    It looks interesting. Cardinal Lehmann is interviewed. I'm afraid however with my thirty years-old high school German I'm only able to pick up every fifth word.

    Would you be able to translate?

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  4. A few bullet points.

    Corruption in the Church / reformation / 30 years war / 1776 / french revolution / 1848 and all that / 1871 / 1914 / 1917 / League 1919 / 1939 and all that / UN 1945 / corruption in the Church / treaty of Rome / VII discontinuity....

    Fill in your own favourite dates / might think it had all been planned.

    Unless one knew better *cough*.

    And new philosophy calls all in doubt,
    The element of fire is quite put out,
    The sun is lost, and th'earth, and no man's wit
    Can well direct him where to look for it.
    And freely men confess that this world's spent,
    When in the planets and the firmament
    They seek so many new; they see that
    this Is crumbled out again to his atomies.
    'Tis all in pieces, all coherence gone,
    All just supply, and all relation;
    Prince, subject, father, son, are things forgot,
    For every man alone thinks he hath
    got To be a phoenix, and that then can be
    None of that kind, of which he is, but he.

    John Donne, the greatest poet the world has ever seen,
    "An Anatomy of The World", 1611, excerpt.

  5. It is nice to read the Holy Father's message/warning to Europe. Such words are indeed encouraging for they are words that would fit nicely into Quas Primas.

  6. Anonymous6:27 PM

    I cannot quite put my finger on it but I have the sense that within the last year a corner has begun to be turned and that lines have begun to be redrawn. I can see a great leadership opportunity for a more uncompromising Church.

  7. Wow. Apparently even self deprecating humor is not allowed.

  8. Anonymous5:25 PM

    The Remnant is reporting yet another date for the MP: May 5, 2007 (St. Pius V).

    Remnant Editorial

  9. Interesting. The First Things blog seems to obliquely reference the same story - that the Holy Father gave the May 5 date to Alice von Hildebrand ("the distinguished elderly lady") in a private audience.

    That makes two gossipy sources at the polar ends of (relatively orthodox) Catholicism.

  10. Anonymous5:57 AM

    I have a lot of respect for Benedict XVI; he is courageous, but he is engaging in a battle wherein the war is already lost, much as a general continued to fight in the southern part of the u.s. well after the war was decided. Still, Benedict must fight on, because what is the alternative? We are mired and smeared in our own filth. No return to the "good 'ol days", because they're not happening; not only has the toilet been flushed, but we are at the bottom of the bowl, swirling and twirling in the apogee of our selfishness...

  11. Anonymous3:55 PM

    Agência Ecclesia is reporting this (in portuguese): In my poor translation, title "Pope called Curia chiefs". And follows "Benedict XVI met this morning, in Vatican, with the Roman Curia chiefs." Then come speculation on the subject S. Pio V Missal "liberation".


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