Sunday, 15 January 2017

Communion on the Tongue Is an Apostolic Tradition

Statements from Popes, Saints and Church Councils:

St. Sixtus 1 (circa 115): “The Sacred Vessels are not to be handled by others than those consecrated to the Lord.”

St. Basil the Great, Doctor of the Church (330-379): “The right to receive Holy Communion in the hand is permitted only in times of persecution.” St. Basil the Great considered Communion in the hand so irregular that he did not hesitate to consider it a grave fault.

The Council of Saragossa (380): Excommunicated anyone who dared continue receiving Holy Communion by hand. This was confirmed by the Synod of Toledo.

The Synod of Rouen (650): Condemned Communion in the hand to halt widespread abuses that occurred from this practice, and as a safeguard against sacrilege.

6th Ecumenical Council, at Constantinople (680-681): Forbade the faithful to take the Sacred Host in their hand,threatening transgressors with excommunication.

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274): “Out of reverence towards this Sacrament [the Holy Eucharist], nothing touches it, but what is consecrated; hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest’s hands, for touching this Sacrament.” (Summa Theologica, Part III, Q. 82, Art. 3, Rep. Obj. 8.)

The Council of Trent (1545-1565): “The fact that only the priest gives Holy Communion with his consecrated hands is an Apostolic Tradition.”

Pope Paul VI (1963-1978): “This method [on the tongue] must be retained.” (Memoriale Domini)

Pope John Paul II: “To touch the sacred species and to distribute them with their own hands is a privilege of the ordained.” (Dominicae Cenae, 11)

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

ZUHLIO RETURNS! “Cardinal Kasper Will Accompany Me”


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Fr. Z confirms that Zulio has returned! Fr. states:-

"It is my pleasure to release at long last the super ultra exclusive new hit from the always backward-looking performance artist Zuhlio!
I had note from Zuhlio, who has been pensive of late:
I’ve been pensive of late. Just ponder about the great contributions that His Eminence Walter Card. Kasper has been making to the Church for so many… so very many many many years.  It’s seems like such a long time that he’s been making contributions and we just can’t have enough of them.  He’s been, God bless him, lowering the standards for living our faith for so very many many many years.   I had to find a way to honor him.  What’s better than… a song?


Thus spake Zuhlio.   He quickly teamed up with his old colleague from back in the day, The Ineffable TTF to produce what will surely be yet another platinum hit.
You recall some of Zuhlio’s previous hits, which you without question whistle on the way to those nightly adoration hours.  Who can forget “Where Have All the Sisters Gone?”  How about “Lady Tambourine Priest”?  How about his even bigger hit song from his urban rapper phase “Aging Hippie Paradise”.  And then there was the classic: “I am the very model of a modern ultramontanist!” Will we ever forget “Fifty Ways To Rig A Synod“?

And now the moment you’ve been waiting for."


Head of CDF Cardinal Muller Warns Against Ideological Efforts to Change Doctrine since Vatican II



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EWTN News UK writes:-

"Cardinal Müller has warned that ideological efforts to change doctrine since Vatican II were deeply misguided because they attempted to subject the Word of God to the pride and prejudice of individuals. Cardinal Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made his remarks in an address at the presentation of the latest volume of Joseph Ratzinger’s complete works at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

In the light of Vatican II Cardinal Müller explained the differences between ideologies being imposed on the Church and genuine theology:

“Ideology is always a proud attempt to subject the Word of God and the doctrine of the Church to the prejudice of one’s own thoughts, with the aim to obtain a manipulative power over the faithful and their lives. Theology is the humble reflection on faith that rises up from listening to the Word of God. Any fear that the Council might provoke a breach with the tradition of the Church is not only heretical: it would dismantle the meaning of supernatural mediation.”

Cardinal Müller characterized the period following the Second Vatican Council as a "conflict between theology and ideology":

"The expected Pentecostal renewal was replaced by the perspective of a ‘Babylonic’ confession of faith and by the attempt to contradict the thought of the theological school. All of this was not a work of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit always listens to the Church in love and truth. Defecting from faith and counterfeiting faith, and the division from the Church that follows, are fruits of another spirit that is not the Spirit of God."

For the full article and comment, see Deacon Nick Donnelly's column, at:- https://www.ewtn.co.uk/news/latest/ideological-efforts-to-change-doctrine-since-vatican-ii-are-deeply-misguided-says-card-muller.

Low Mass at Prinknash Abbey this Morning



Low Mass in the Old Rite (EF form) is celebrated every Saturday, at Prinknash Abbey, in the Cotswolds, at 11am.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults January/February 2017 Events

Source: wikicommons - the Three Magi. unknown painter, upload by Adrian Michael

January

Friday 6th Jan - Low Mass of the Epiphany (EF) at St. Gregory's Church, Cheltenham (GL50 3PR) - supported by Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults, followed by Mercedes' leaving do at 7:45pm at the Bottle of Sauce pub (over the road from St. Gregory's Cheltenham).

Tuesday 10th Jan - 8pm Rosary and wine- normally in the Old Priory adjacent to St. Gregory's Church (text 07908105787  to confirm details)

February 

Wednesday 1st Feb - Low Mass of St. Ignatius of Antioch (EF) at St. Gregory's Church, Cheltenham (GL50 3PR) - supported by Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults.

Tuesday 14th Feb - 8pm Rosary and wine - normally in the Old Priory adjacent to St. Gregory's Church (text 07908105787 for more details and to confirm details)

Tags: Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults, Epiphany Old Rite Mass, Rosary and wine.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

When Catholics Suffer they Turn to Our Lady and her Rosary



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Great article from Deacon Nick Donnelly at EWTN UK. He writes:-

"When Catholics are really suffering, really going through a dark time, many, if not most, turn to Our Lady and her Rosary. This is a common Catholic experience for two reasons — we know Mary is our mother and we also know that we can get closer to Jesus through His mother.
Deep down we relate to Mary as our Mother.  Maybe without even knowing it we live the reality of Jesus word’s from the Cross:

“When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother’. From that time on, this disciple took her into His home. (Jn 19:26).

Mary wants to come into our home.  Mary wants to be part of our lives.  Mary wants us all to know her mother’s love and care.

The other reason is that we know that when we get close to Mary, we get close to Jesus in a special way.  In a way that’s different to when we approach him directly. Pope St John Paul II described this special way of getting close to Jesus.  He explained that the Rosary provides us with a way of moving closer to Jesus through sharing the life and memories of His Mother. Pope St John Paul writes that Mary’s memories of Jesus, impressed upon her heart throughout their life together, became the ‘rosary’ she pondered and prayed in the silence of her heart."

For the full article see:- https://www.ewtn.co.uk/news/catholic-commentary/when-catholics-go-through-a-dark-time-we-turn-to-our-lady-and-her-rosary.

2017 is the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. "We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete." Pope Benedict XVI



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A few years ago Pope Benedict gave a sermon in Fatima about the incompleteness of the message of Fatima and how it is still unfolding:-

"We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete. Here there takes on new life the plan of God which asks humanity from the beginning: “Where is your brother Abel […] Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!” (Gen 4:9). Mankind has succeeded in unleashing a cycle of death and terror, but failed in bringing it to an end… In sacred Scripture we often find that God seeks righteous men and women in order to save the city of man and he does the same here, in Fatima, when Our Lady asks: “Do you want to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the sufferings which he will send you, in an act of reparation for the sins by which he is offended and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?” (Memoirs of Sister Lúcia, I, 162).

At a time when the human family was ready to sacrifice all that was most sacred on the altar of the petty and selfish interests of nations, races, ideologies, groups and individuals, our Blessed Mother came from heaven, offering to implant in the hearts of all those who trust in her the Love of God burning in her own heart. At that time it was only to three children, yet the example of their lives spread and multiplied, especially as a result of the travels of the Pilgrim Virgin, in countless groups throughout the world dedicated to the cause of fraternal solidarity. May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfilment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity."

Benedict XVI
Sermon
Fatima, May 13, 2010

We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete. Here there takes on new life the plan of God which asks humanity from the beginning: “Where is your brother Abel […] Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!” (Gen 4:9). Mankind has succeeded in unleashing a cycle of death and terror, but failed in bringing it to an end… In sacred Scripture we often find that God seeks righteous men and women in order to save the city of man and he does the same here, in Fatima, when Our Lady asks: “Do you want to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the sufferings which he will send you, in an act of reparation for the sins by which he is offended and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?” (Memoirs of Sister Lúcia, I, 162).
At a time when the human family was ready to sacrifice all that was most sacred on the altar of the petty and selfish interests of nations, races, ideologies, groups and individuals, our Blessed Mother came from heaven, offering to implant in the hearts of all those who trust in her the Love of God burning in her own heart. At that time it was only to three children, yet the example of their lives spread and multiplied, especially as a result of the travels of the Pilgrim Virgin, in countless groups throughout the world dedicated to the cause of fraternal solidarity. May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfilment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.

Benedict XVI
Sermon
Fatima, May 13, 2010
- See more at: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/12/2017-prophetic-mission-of-fatima-is-not.html#more

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Happy Christmas - "Come ye Nations and Adore the Lord"



Gerard David - Triptych with the Nativity

ALLELÚIA
 
Alleluia, alleluia. V. A sanctified day hath
shone upon us: come ye nations and adore the
Lord: for this day a great light hath descended
upon the earth. Alleluia. 
 
Text of the Alleluia for Christmas Day - 3rd Mass  (1962 Missal).

Sovereign Order of Malta says 'No' to Pope's Commission to investigate sacking of Chancellor



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From Deacon Nick Donnelly EWTN UK:-

"The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta has issued a statement making it clear that the Holy See does not have the authority to appoint a commission to investigate the replacement of the former Grand Chancellor. This statement was in response to the Holy See's Secretariat of State announcing that Pope Francis had appointed a team to investigate the removal of the Order’s Grand Chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager."

The full article can be found at:- https://www.ewtn.co.uk/news/europe/sovereign-order-of-malta-says-no-to-pope-s-commission-to-investigate-sacking-of-chancellor.