Friday, June 30, 2006
It appears that, in recent years, a certain "Divine Mercy" devotion has gained in popularity among Novus Ordinarians. Frankly, we've always been suspicious of this particular devotion simply because of the gaudiness of the image of Our Lord* with which it is associated. Sure enough, we were correct in our suspicions. As it turns out, Sr. Faustina's writings had, in fact, been condemned by the Church and even put on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum... all until a certain cardinal from her home country of Poland was elected to the papacy.
Now, good Catholics, there is a lesson to be learned from this, and it is that aesthetics do matter. Putting all scholarly theological issues aside, God would never favor an image as atrocious as the Divine Mercy. Any Catholic with a sense for the history and traditions of the Church would know this by just looking at the image without having to even read about it.
* The image was too ugly to put on our blog, so we only linked to it.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
A former Catholic...
Sunday, June 18, 2006
The words of St. Edmund Campion, English Martyr:
In condemning us, you condemn all your own ancestors—all the ancient priests, bishops and kings—all that was once the glory of England.
An abortion survivor...
The Medieval Mass in Sweden
Saturday, June 17, 2006
An interesting tribute...
Procession FSSPX Immaculee Conception Paris, 2004
J.D. Carriere: The Alcoholic Doctor
Thursday, June 15, 2006
"The New Springtime" in Formerly Soviet Georgia
Sunday, June 11, 2006
A reader sent this in by way of the Catholic Medieeevalism list:
In art, Leo III is shown crowning Charlemagne [Grandes Chroniques de France, 14th century). A restored, near-contemporary mosaic survives in the Lateran depicting Saint Peter giving the pallium to Leo and a standard to Charlemagne. Another image from the Grandes Chroniques de France illustrates the Torture of Leo III.Born in Rome, Italy; died June 12, 816; canonized 1673. Son of Atypius and Elizabeth, Leo was chief of the pontifical treasury or wardrobe (vestiarius) and a cardinal-priest of Santa Susanna when he was elected pope on the day his predecessor, Hadrian I, was buried, December 26, 795. Hadrian's two nephews both hoped to be made pope themselves. In 799, they incited a gang of young nobles to attack Leo. On Saint Mark's day Leo was riding in a procession when these roughs dragged him from his horse, tried to cut out his tongue and attempted to blind him. Leo escaped to the monastery of Saint Erasmus with the help of the duke of Spoleto. There he recovered quickly, miraculously according to some.Leo enlisted the help of the most powerful layman of the age, Charlemagne, who was at Paderborn. Charlemagne provided troops a few months later to guard the pope as he journeyed from Paderborn back to Rome, where he entered the city amid rejoicing.His enemies, however, did not rest. They accused Leo of perjury and adultery. In 800, Charlemagne came to Rome and appointed learned commissioners to examine whether any fault in Leo could account for the attacks made on him. The convened synod found none. Leo took an oath that he was innocent of any of the charges before the assembled bishops.On Christmas Day Leo crowned Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor in Saint Peter's Basilica. This was the beginning of the Holy Roman Empire, an attempt to realize Saint Augustine's ideal of the City of God, which profoundly affected European history for many centuries. On this alliance was founded the unity of (Western) medieval Christendom; but opinions vary about the precise significance of the coronation and whether pope or emperor gained most from it in authority and protection. Nevertheless, Leo and the emperor now worked side by side to resolve quarrels throughout the Holy Roman Empire, and to combat the spread of Islam.In 804, Leo visited the emperor and came to an agreement with him about the division of the empire among Charlemagne's sons. Leo formally agreed to it two years later. With Charlemagne's help Adoptionism was fought in Spain, but when Charlemagne wanted the _expression Filioque ("and the Son") added to the Nicene Creed, Leo refused, in part because he would not permit secular interference in ecclesiastical affairs, and in part because he did not wish to offend the Byzantine Church.Generally, the two acted in concert. They settled the dispute between Canterbury and York (see under Saint Wilfrid). In the quarrel between Archbishop Wilfrid and King Cenulf of Mercia, Leo intervened, suspended the archbishop, and put the kingdom under interdict. After the death of Offa, who had requested that Pope Hadrian create a metropolitan at Lichfield, Leo restored Canterbury to its former status in 803.At the suggestion of Charlemagne, Leo also created a fleet to combat the Saracens, recovered some of the Church's patrimony in Gaeta with the emperor's help, and was the beneficiary of much treasure from him. Charlemagne's bounty permitted Leo to restore many churches both in Rome and Ravenna, help the poor, and patronize the arts.When Charlemagne died in 814 and Leo's protection was gone, his enemies again rose against him. He crushed one conspiracy by executing the ringleader, and another revolt by the nobles of Campagna, who planned to march on Rome, was suppressed by the duke of Spoleto. The saint died two years after his great ally, Charlemagne (Attwater, Benedictines, Bentley, Delaney, Encyclopedia, Farmer).
A tip of the biretta goes to Ted Hewitt. Thank you for keeping us up to date on this kind of material!
Saturday, June 10, 2006
We've recently been alerted to a new monarchist website. Click on the link above to pay it a visit. The commentary and the artwork are all pretty solid. Many of our readers will like it.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
...be roasting heretics. We love it. We just wish we could see the picture!
Monday, June 05, 2006
Romish Legions? That's enough to warm our...
...cold, blackened, spiderweb infested little hearts. Someday we'll make it true. Mwahahahaahahaha!!!
Basilica of St. Boniface, Munich
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Words: How We Abuse Them
Speaking of Protestantism, why, exactly, do we refer to the revolts of the 16th century as a "Reformation?" We think the word "deformation" would be more accurate, but couldn't we at least come up with something neutral? These revolts were nothing more than the proliferation of thousands of brand spankin' new sects. They didn't "reform" anything. They broke away from the one, holy, Catholic, apostolic, and Roman Church.
Moving a little later in history, why do we call the War Between the States the "Civil War"? A civil war is where two (or more) groups want to rule one country, not when one part of a country breaks from another. The term "The War of Northern Aggression" would be more accurate.
Bringing us to more contemporary matters, why are American leftists allowed to call themselves "progressives"? It was bad enough when they appropriated the word "liberal" for themselves (which they took from the classical liberals), but now this? A cure for cancer would be progress. Affirmative action and abortion on demand would be... something other than progress.
And, finally, to not come across as overly partisan, what's so conservative about "neo-conservatives"? First, they get us into a war of choice in Iraq for the sake of spreading democracy, then they blow the federal budget. With "conservatives" like this, who needs "progressives"? We've suggested several times on this blog that divided government might actually be best (and data actually exists to justify this opinion).
The Protestant Deformation: The Root of All Evil
Many people have wondered why we spend so much time railing against the errors of Protestantism. Up to now, we have not provided an explanation. Basically, our reasoning goes like this. The Protestant revolts of the 16th century involved the kings and princes rebelling against the rightful authority of God as invested in Holy Mother Church. This led to the revolts of the people against the rightful authority of their kings during the time of Cromwell and the American and French Revolutions. After this, we see today's liberalist rebellion against the hierarchical nature of the family, with the result being rampant divorce and the violent murder of millions of unborn children.
The 95 Feces*
We'd like to thank Matthew Fox, formerly of the Dominican order, for providing such a wonderful parody of Martin Luther's 95 Theses. The original article comes from St. Joan of Arc, a heretical sect that operates with the approval of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
* The idea for the title above comes from Traditio in Radice. They didn't come out and say it explicitly, but we did. Unlike them, we have no class.