So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Cæsar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours. ~Fortescue
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Female Religious Orders (2)
Male Religious Orders (2)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Female Religious Orders
Male Religious Orders
Friday, November 23, 2007
Blessed Pius IX's Mitre
I thought that no one had worn the Mitre after Bl. Pius IX, but we can see that Pope John Paul II wore it once. Well, he had to wear something that had to go with the Eastern Mitre-crowns.
The Immaculate Conception Mitre seems somewhat smaller (compared to the ones worn by Pius XII & John XXIII). However, as seen in this picture of Pope Pius IX, it seems he had a preference for somewhat smaller Mitres (but not ugly like the modern ones). (The above is supposed to be a picture -not a painting- that was later retouched, but I cannot prove it).
This picture (of vestments that belonged to Bl. Pius IX) again shows a beautiful Mitre that was smaller than the ones worn by Pius XII and John XXIII.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Primacía y Supremacía Papal
Coronación del rey Pepín (~800)
“…Las más gloriosas casas reales no son más que de ayer cuando se comparan con la línea de los Supremos Pontífices. Esa línea la podemos rastrear en sucesión intacta desde el Papa que coronó a Napoleón en el decimonoveno siglo hasta el Papa que coronó a Pepín en el octavo; y aún más allá del tiempo de Pepín se extiende la augusta dinastía hasta que se pierde en el crepúsculo de leyendas. La república de Venecia le seguía en antigüedad, pero esta republica de Venecia era moderna en comparación con el Papado. Y la republica de Venecia ya no existe, pero el Papado permanece. El Papado permanece, no en deterioro, ni en pedazos de antigüedad, sino que continúa llena de vida y de útil vigor…”
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Devotion to Mary
The Church in every age, and now more than ever, has professed such devotion to Mary that Protestants rabidly accuse Her of Mariolatry, as though we Catholics venerated the Blessed Mother of Jesus as God. It is gross calumny; for in this, as in everything pertaining to piety, we know that the Holy Spirit comes to the aid of Christ’s Bride, safeguarding Her from all error.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Papal Primacy and Supremacy
"...The Catholic Church is still sending forth to the farthest ends of the world missionaries as zealous as those who landed in Kent with Augustine, and still confronting hostile kings with the same spirit with which she confronted Attila. The number of her children is greater than in any former age. Her acquisitions in the New World have more than compensated for what she has lost in the Old. Her spiritual ascendancy extends over the vast countries which lie between the plains of the Missouri and Cape Horn, countries which, a century hence, may not improbably contain a population as large as that which now inhabits Europe..."
"...The members of her communion are certainly not fewer than a hundred and fifty millions; and it will be difficult to show that all other Christian sects united amount to a hundred and twenty millions. Nor do we see any sign which indicates that the term of her long dominion is approaching. She saw the commencement of all the governments and of all the ecclesiastical establishments that now exist in the world; and we feel no assurance that she is not destined to see the end of them all..."
"We therefore teach and declare that, according to the testimony of the Gospel, the primacy of jurisdiction over the universal Church of God was immediately and directly promised and given to Blessed Peter the Apostle by Christ the Lord…. And it was upon Simon alone that Jesus, after His resurrection, bestowed the jurisdiction of Chief Pastor and Ruler over His fold in the words, “Feed My lambs, feed My sheep. …If anyone, therefore, shall say that Blessed Peter the Apostle was not appointed the Prince of the Apostles and the visible head of the whole Church Militant, or that the same directly and immediately received from the same our Lord Jesus Christ a primacy of honor only, and not of true and proper jurisdiction; let him be anathema."
Dogmatic Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent and Vatican I