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Summer of Prayer - Winter of Prayer

Things really do slow down in the Old Continent during summer... Even in the middle of a considerably complex monetary crisis, Europeans keep some habits of the past: for instance, after an "emergency meeting" today in Brussels, it was announced that "the ministers [and leaders of the Eurozone] will start their summer recess, meaning that the outlines of the Greek rescue won't be clear until September at the earliest" (Der Spiegel). Quite an emergency! 

The Holy Father has been at Castel Gandolfo since July 7, and the Vatican is in its annual season-long vacanze, going full-stop in August. The leaders of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) will be received in the Vatican in September.

It is not resting time everywhere, though, and we chose to mark the Catholicity of this blog by using the image of the Andes in winter (seen behind the Church of the Sacramentines, in Santiago, Chile) in our header above. At the very least, we please ask our readers to pray for peace and unity in the Church in these summer/winter months. Please, do not take a riposo from this intention.


  1. John McFarland11:18 PM

    Dear New Catholic,

    You say:

    "The leaders of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) will be received in the Vatican in September."

    You link this to Bishop Fellay's sermon at Winona, where the Bishop said:

    "The truth is that Cardinal Levada has called me to Rome and it appears that it will be around the middle of September. That’s the only thing I know."

    So even your rather modest remarks are a bit of an overstatement.

  2. Anonymous12:21 AM

    Let's hope that that while baseball cap doesn't find its way onto the papal coat-of-arms. Please please tell me that I does not have a plastic adjustable strap at the back.


  3. Anonymous12:24 AM

    I've heard, by the way, that Bishop Williamson has lost his appeal. 'Not sure if this is recent news or not.

    The Appeals Court reduced his find but still found him to be guilty of haveing the wrong personal opinion on a matter of secular history. We can see how the Germans have learnt absolutely nothing from the War when they pass laws telling people what they can and cannot think on matters of history. So much for freedom. They don't understand the concept.


  4. Anonymous1:32 AM

    They know what they're doing in Europe. America is incapable, really, of taking a break, even when the work we do is fruitless and everyone knows it deep down.


  5. Anonymous2:35 AM

    ...we please ask our readers to pray for peace and unity in the Church.

    AMEN! O Lord, end the confusion!

  6. Hope Springs Eternal3:00 AM

    So true. We cannot afford to take a vacation from prayer.

  7. Gratias4:57 AM

    Benedict XVI is writing the third volume of Jesus of Nazareth. His writings will survive him and nourish the Faith of future generations. Long live Benedict XVI.

  8. He said he will be received in September; we say he will be received in September. How is what we say an overstatement, Mr. McFarland?...

  9. Anonymous1:27 PM

    Here is a link to the words of Bishop Fellay himself discussing the situation in the Church today and the upcoming meeting with Cardinal Levada in September:

    If you proceed to about the 25 min point in the recording, you will hear the astounding remarks that give chills up and down one's spine. It is obvious to me that the principle of non-contradiction is guiding the SSPX in their relations with the Vatican. Please remember that the holy rosary is our most valuable weapon in our times. God bless you all.

    LtCol Paul E. Haley, USAF(Ret)

  10. I also think the German laws regarding "correct" views of their history is terribly misguided.

    Instead, a deep, consistent devotion to the truth of what happened--there is no subsistute.

    This is why +Williamson's remarks on the state-guided attempt to exterminate Jews were so loony. The documentation, ie, the set-up of the camps, the largely accurate figure of several millions of Jews killed, is solidly based.

    Why a Bishop of the Catholic Church should see it as his role to speculate on such issues--and I see no intrinsic harm in historians looking this over--is a mystery to me. It could, and did, only inflame passions, and harm the reputation of Traditional Catholics.

  11. P.K.T.P.

    Generally the adjustment straps use velcro nowadays. I can deal with that well enough.

    But if His Holiness ever starts wearing one with "Git 'er Done" embroidered on it...

  12. I hope he plays some Mozart during his break.

  13. Anonymous10:45 PM

    "America is incapable, really, of taking a break, even when the work we do is fruitless and everyone knows it deep down." Sorry!!! I am afraid America is a major problem and many many of the evils affecting the world are from your country!

  14. Anonymous5:21 AM


    Who needs Mozart when we have Bach. Mozart was not worthy so much as to unbutton Bach's shoes.

    I'm still concerned about the white prole cap. I hope that he sticks to white socks, however.


  15. Anonymous 22:45: There is no contradiction between the sentence you quote and your own words.

  16. Johnny Domer6:19 AM

    Good Lord, we trads are the whiniest bunch. In one comments section of a relatively benign and uncontroversial post that basically just asked the readers to pray for the Church, we've managed to whine about 1. NC allegedly stretching the facts, 2. the baseball hat the Pope wears on vacation, 3. Bishop Williamson's conviction (admittedly troubling, but not a topic of this post at all), 4. how uniquely evil America is (because the rest of the Western world is such a paradise of virtue and goodness). I'm even whining about all of the whiners! I can't break free of the vicious cycle of whining!

  17. Anonymous12:50 PM

    Johnny it is not bad surely for posters to show a bit of passion. Much better than the modern gospel of mediocrity and why cant well all just get along? Luv Luv Luv

  18. Anonymous8:45 PM

    "Benedict XVI is writing the third volume of Jesus of Nazareth. "

    Oh, no! Volume II gave me indigestion and a headache. I'm sure it was the book and not anything I ate. I won't be buying nor will I read Volume III.

    Holy Father, do you think you could find some orthodox Catholic theologians to quote from in this volume?


  19. Anonymous8:48 PM

    Johnny D

    At least you have the honesty to recognize and admit that you are whining about whiners.


  20. Relax on the cap, it was gift, and likely ditched right after photo.

    I know a highly placed bishop who was given such a cap, and it was handed off quite quickly first chance.

  21. Peter, at least he is wearing the cap with the bill in front and not on the side or totally reversed. One could mention what G. Faye says about that kind of thing but one will refrain. On +Williamson, you might want to Google for Paul Gottfried's takes on the German political/cultural situation in general. If memory serves he essentially says that the current regime, installed by the Allies after the War, does not allow real poltical discourse (except in a narrow band of thought, one would suppose).

  22. Anonymous5:53 AM

    Dear Woody:

    I think we can safely say that this Pope will not be putting his cap to the side and a ghetto-blaster on his shoulder, although I like the idea of a blaster that blasts classical music to all the people on the street. That would be fun. Dangerous, but still fun.


  23. I love this one having sung it many times myself - Ah! What might have been....


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