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In the first papal visit, Saint Pius V

In his visit to Saint Mary Major today


  1. Many Catholics are ecstatic about his election and they cite many of his positive personal attributes - as if any neo-modernist Prelate was devoid of any good.

    He will do many praiseworthy things and he will do some truly dreadful things (effete ecumenism) that will continue to be examples of a dramatic rupture with the past and which rupture has been institutionalised in the political praxis of the modern Popes.

    One ought not be surprised to hear of his devotion to Mary or his compassion for the poor nor ought one be silent when he goes to Synagogues and Temples and worships with those who are not Catholic for such actions have been consistently condemned for nearly 2000 years.

    Papa's got a brand new bag and it is filled with the good old and the rotten new; get used to it.

  2. Jason C.12:57 PM

    I would imagine that the urge to visit or speak with Benedict XVI is going to be overwhelming for the Holy Father, and soon. He has a rare opportunity in that, nearly always, the prior pope's dead upon the new one's accession; now, however, His Holiness has the opportunity to seek the counsel of someone he trusts and--if we are to believe some of the news stories--actually supported in the last conclave. If he is going to clean house as some suspect, Benedict may know who and what in the Vatican is expendable and who and what isn't--and yet BXVI was largely unable to remove man of the men with whom he'd associated for the last two decades in the curia, so perhaps Francis will eschew Benedict's counsel on these matters?

    Very strange times. Viva il Papa.

  3. I'm afraid I over reacted last night with my comments on various blogs. I am still cautious and am willing to give him a chance. As pointed out the view from Argentina is totally different from Rome.
    29 tis
    Media distortions coming. def: humility - groveling, caving in to the liberal agenda, caving in to the feminist agenda, caving in to the homosexual agenda. Will he be the media's leftist liberal savior? I doubt it and then he will become their target as an evil Catholic. Same old same old.

  4. Anonymous1:10 PM

    Il Card. Ratzinger nel Conclave del 2005 ha votato per 4 volte il Card. Biffi (Bologna)

  5. Instead of all these black profecies, how would it be to trust the holiness and grace that always have been close to the see of Peter? No pope have been perfect and few popes have had their agenda fixed and ready before the conclave. We know that the Evil one hates devotion to Our Lady and that one speaks of him and mention his name. This man does.

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  7. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco assiduissime.

  8. Matt, I feel the same way. In some ways he's starting to remind me a little bit of Papa Luciani, John Paul I.

    I'm still uncomfortable with his apparent avoidance last night of the few remaining signs of Papal authority (the Papal red mozzetta and stole), and that many reports indicate he's not exactly a friend of tradition. But he's our Pope now, and I'm praying earnestly for his health and success.

  9. Michael Y.1:49 PM

    We cannot have false optimism and, least of all, listen to the secular media or any media for that matter. The worry about the future comes from the previous actions of Cardinal Bergoglio and, remember John Paul II was a Marian pope!

    The worry is justified, but may I suggest that we all pull a St. Catherine of Siena and pray and offer a sacrifice a day for Pope Francis? Truly, we don't know what will happen but we do know this and that is God will not leave us as orphans. This situation has all the settings of it is darkest before the dawn situation, maybe, maybe a miracle might be in the offing.

    I don't say this as some holier than thou, I am praying constantly to God to ask Him to help me pray for Francis, I do find it difficult as sad as it is to say. Maybe, let us storm Heaven with our prayers and sacrifices and maybe the darkness we feel now will turn to light.

  10. Wake Up England1:50 PM

    Oh dear. It didn't take long for the Falklands issue to come up. Rather difficult for us English catholics; whom do we support on this issue, The Pope or The Queen?

  11. A very interesting picture.

  12. Prof. Basto2:03 PM


    Let's see how things go.

    One thing at a time.

    I'm waiting for the appointment of the new Curial heads.

  13. Deus, qui, ad conterendos Ecclesise tuae hostes et ad divinum cultum reparandum, beatum Pium Pontificem maximum eligere dignatus es: fac nos ipsius defendi praesidiis et ita tuis inhaerere obsequiis; ut, omnium hostium superatis insidiis, perpetua pace laetemur.

  14. Gabriel2:36 PM

    One must never despair.
    The Holy Spirit leads the Church and knows exactly what He's doing! :)
    We must only continue to pray for our Pope and do our best to be good Catholics.

    Personally, I don't think anything will change for the Traditionals but much will change for the curia and powerholders in the Vatican Offices. This Pope, hopefully, will clean the Church of all the scandals and dirt that has accumulated throughout the centuries.

    The Holy Spirit will not allow him to change any doctrine of dogma!

    We must believe and have faith.

  15. Paul Haley2:57 PM

    Is this the right man to guide the barque of Peter through the troublesome waters in which we find ourselves these days? We shall see. One wonders what he was saying in his prayers before the tomb of St. Pius V. Hopefully, he was asking for his intercession in solving the divisions in the Church today.

    I will pray for him and ask that we all do the same. Let's face it - he has a monumental task facing him with the modernist pressures he is under. Two things he could do right away: regularize the FSSPX and consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That would go a long way towards starting his pontificate on the right foot.

  16. Don M3:06 PM

    Saint Pope Pius V Ora Pro Nobis
    I wanted to just say thank you for having the Breviary/office on this site for all hours of the day.
    It has been very helpful.
    St. Louis IX Ora Pro Nobis
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Ora Pro Nobis
    St Francis Ora Pro Nobis

  17. According to this, Pope Francis "demands urgent clean-up of Curia."

  18. I am not Spartacus said...

    "... it is filled with the good old and the rotten new;"

    “Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” (G.K. Chesterton)

    Destroy sin with prayers and sacrifices for our new Pope


    With my children
    Planted seeds
    To grow a garden
    For our needs.

    Dropped the kernels
    In a row
    Each took turns
    To dig and hoe.

    Then we watched
    And checked each day
    Rotting moss
    Helped soften clay.

    Dewy sprouts
    With misty drops
    Warmed in beams
    To make a crop.

    Truth? In time -
    Is old grows new
    Ancient earth
    Brings that in view.

    Unkempt gardens
    Brown untame
    Green still bursts
    From what looks lame.

    'Til growing's done.

    Crumbling dirt
    What's it worth?
    Forests flowers
    Fare of earth.

    Children laughing
    Garden grown
    Yellows roan.

    I speak, "Hush,
    Say a prayer
    Learn the secrets
    Gardens bear.

    Ancient crumbling
    Is short strife -
    In old, old, gardens
    Grows gold, gold, life!"

  19. Carolus4:15 PM

    Papal Mass at the Sistine Chapel.

    Solemn Mass, with Deacon, incense, pontificalia.

    Vestments, white.

    Gloria in excelsis is being sung, with organ accompainment.

    I don't know if the rubrics allow for this. This isn't the Mass of Inauguration of the Pontificate, and its Lent. Is this allowed by the Book on the rites for the beginning of a new Pontificate?

  20. Elmer4:21 PM

    Please give me a chance to post as the last few times I was slighted (unless perhaps you were just too bombarded with posts last month). My point: The doomsday prophets need to recall that the office is greater than the man. As Jesus said: "Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith?" (Matth 8:26). Pope Francis is solid on doctrine and he was the Ordinary for the Eastern Rite Catholics in Argentina, who have no Bishop, which is quite unusual. So he is familiar with diversity in liturgy knowing the Rite of St. John Chrysostome. Given that since a young man he had a lung removed, I see symbolism in this and hope that he can be a bridge to the Eastern Orthodox to get the two lungs together again, as the old analogy goes. At any rate it isn't helpful let our impatience and anger let loose regarding the restrictions places on the Latin Mass in Argentina by trashing the Pope at the first Google search you do on his life. He is after all not liked by the Jesuit Order for having quashed Liberation Theologians in Argentina: a good sign, yes, not to be liked by the Jesuits? I think this Pope will be the Pope of the reform of the bureaucracy of the Vatican. I don't think we'll see any of his speeches printed in the Oservatorre Romano that were never given, for example. He is not going to reverse Summorum Pontificum: Pope Benedict laid all the groundwork for the Liturgy: now a reform of the bureaucracy needs to be done: I [pray he fires a lot of disingenuous bureaucrats soon.

  21. Alan Aversa said...
    According to this, Pope Francis "demands urgent clean-up of Curia."

    14 March, 2013 15:38

    Actually, that article was mostly quoting Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. The article terrified me (Schönborn/fox/hen-house).

  22. jerome4:46 PM

    the versum populum altar is back in the Sistine Chapel....

    only the beginning....

    Msgr Marini has started his way of cross, I guess he should resign as the new pontiff is likely going to undo everything Benedict XVI had done

  23. I'm watching the Mass too. Interesting that he doesn't seem to sing, either in the Mass today, or when he gave his Urbi et Orbi blessing last night.

    I also noticed that he did not genuflect at the consecration, but bowed instead. I don't mean this question to sound silly or irreverent, but does he have bad knees, or some other problem that prevents him from genuflecting?

    I was impressed by his emphasis on the Cross and the Blood of Christ in his homily.

  24. In regard to the Holy Father's Mass at the Sistine Chapel. EWTN's audio feed is, as usual, awful. The Univision audio feed is, as usual, perfect. As usual, the Univision commentator chatters endlessly. He chatters over the Mass...over the choir. Where to turn? Incredible!


  25. PrayWithoutCeasing5:32 PM

    Wake Up England said...
    Oh dear. It didn't take long for the Falklands issue to come up. Rather difficult for us English catholics; whom do we support on this issue, The Pope or The Queen?


    As another English Catholic I say we support the Pope in this matter, he has a God-given role in this world and is meant to guide us morally - whereas the Queen is a protestant whose role in this world is purely material not concerned with saving souls from Hell and damnation (this is what I believe). Am I correct, are there many English people on this blog?
    Thank you.

  26. Benedict Carter5:32 PM

    Papal sermon, (Catholic Herald translation):

    There’s something that is common in the three readings, a theme of movement in confession. To go, to build and to confess. We walk in the light of the Lord. God said to Abraham: walk in my presence… Walk – our lives are a journey. When we stop there is something wrong. We must keep on moving. In the presence of God, in the light of the Lord, trying to live that irreproachability that God demanded of Abraham. Build. Build the Church. To build the Church with rocks. Rocks are consistent, material things, they are heavy, they are marked by the Holy Spirit. Building the Church that is the bride of Christ. That is another movement in our lives, the building up of the Church. And now, confession. We can walk as much as we want, we can build many things, but if we do not confess in Christ, to Christ, then something is wrong. When you no longer walk, you are halted, you are at a standstill. When you don’t build on solid rock, what happens? The same thing that happens to children on a beach building sand castles. They will dissolve. They are without consistency. When we do not confess. He who does not pray to the Lord prays to the Devil, he who does not confess to Christ, he is confessing to worldliness to the Devil. To keep on walk, to keep on building, to keep on confessing to Christ. But this is not always that simple. Because as we walk on that journey, as we build, as we confess, sometimes there are tremors, there are movements, that are not proper to our journey. That drag us backwards. This Gospel revealed a very special situation. Peter himself confesses to Christ. He says you are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. I will follow you. But I will follow you in all possibilities without the Cross… so we are walking without the Cross. But if we walk without the Cross and build without the Cross and confess in Christ without the Cross, then we are not our Lord’s disciples. We are a worldly people. We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes. But we are not disciples of the Lord.

    I would like for all of us to have the courage … carrying the Lord’s Cross… and to build the Church, the blood of the Lord that was shed on the Cross. And to confess the only true glory that is the crucified Lord. I hope that for all of us the Holy Spirit and through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that this grace will come to pass. Walking, building and confessing to Jesus Christ, crucified.

  27. Alexandr5:33 PM

    Please head over to the conservative site Virtue Online and read where the new Pope as cardinal said that the Anglican Ordinariate was unnecessary.

    "Many are asking me what Jorge Bergoglio is really like. He is much more of a Christian, Christ centered and Spirit filled, than a mere churchman. He believes the Bible as it is written. I have been with him on many occasions and he always makes me sit next to him and invariably makes me take part and often do what he as Cardinal should have done. He is consistently humble and wise, outstandingly gifted yet a common man. He is no fool and speaks out very quietly yet clearly when necessary. He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the church needs us as Anglicans. I consider this to be an inspired appointment not because he is a close and personal friend but because of who he is In Christ. Pray for him."

  28. Cathy5:48 PM

    Will Francis clean up the Church as did St. Pius V whose tomb Francis visited on his first day as Pope?

  29. In regard to genuflecting, it appeared during the exit from the Sistine Chapel that he walks with some difficulty. Perhaps that helps explain the bows instead of genuflections during the Consecration.

  30. He strikes me as holy and heterosexual which is about as good as it is going to get for the Church at the moment. Deo Gratias

  31. Q Horatius6:33 PM

    Has anyone else seen the Papal homily? It's on the Catholic Herald live blog ( - look under 16.38 and 16.37). It certainly seems to me fairly fiery stuff!

    “If we walk without the Cross and build without the Cross and confess in Christ without the Cross, then we are not our Lord’s disciples. We are worldly people. We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes. But we are not disciples of the Lord.”

    Fat Pope, thin Pope indeed.

  32. CelebratingLent6:42 PM

    Carolus, Apparently he believes in diversity in liturgy:

    "article Geremia links to actually confirms the OP. But it is not good news. Shortly after the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum, Cardinal Bergoglio did arrange for a Traditional Mass to be said regularly in Buenos Aires, in the cathedral no less (the crypt). However, he assigned as chaplain a priest who hated tradition and kept innovating and doing "mistakes." People stopped going and so this TLM no longer exists.

    One example of his innovations: he would follow the calendar of the Ordinary Form, therefore doing the readings of the Ordinary Form in the TLM (Responsorial Psalm instead of Gradual and all). The readings were said by lay people.

    I'm sure not one of us would attend such a Mass.

    I'm still reading the article. For those who understand Spanish:

  33. In all of Argentina there is not a single extraordinary rite Mass!!

  34. RogerThat8:12 PM

    Well, I think criticism to the new Pope won't stop until people get some clarifications regarding the Good Old Mass. Wonderful would be if anyone next to him "as a Pope" just leaked something on this matter.

    And, certainly, he will prove by his own what is like not to be obeyed.

    Oh yes, don't forget that Cardinal Ratzinger now has much time to read catholic blogs. I'm sure he can intercede for us.

  35. He openly mentioned the devil. I think this is a good sign.

  36. Alan Aversa

    The last supreme pontiff who was about to have a "clean up" only endured a month!

  37. Prof. Basto8:45 PM

    Official text of the Pope's homily in today's initial Mass with the Cardinal Electors:

  38. Anonymous9:59 PM

    For what it's worth here's Pope Benedict's first Mass after his election in 2005:

    Things have come a long way since this. So be thankful.

  39. Unknown person at 14 March, 2013 19 :

    Without being in a fighting mode, it seems to me, after a quick check on the SSPX South American website - that your claim is incorrect. My Spanish is pitiful, but it appears this massively Catholic country is relatively well served for the Old Mass.

  40. No one was more disappointed then I yesterday. I am a little cheered by this short article by Christopher Ferrara from

  41. Although not my first or second choice by any means (and I, by the allowance of God, had no vote), I cannot do other but profess my filial love for Pope Francis, the first of that name. I am touched by his consecration to Mary and reverence of the great Pope Pius V. It is not only that my salvation depends on my subjection to the Holy Father, but that, with the same certainty as it seems to me that he does not have the depth of insight into the Liturgy that Benedict had, I also think he believes in our Lord Jesus, loves Him, wants all souls to believe in him, and particularly loves our sweet Lord in the poorest of the poor. It is true, as he said in the homily, that anyone who prays to another besides our Lord prays to a demon. May his pontificate convict the souls that have prayed to demons.

    Oremus pro Pontice Nostro Francisco.


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