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Maxims of Christian Chivalry…… May 7, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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……and, I might add, Catholic manhood. From a Facebook I belong to, and the book Maxims of Christian Chivalry. These are exhortations to virtuous manhood which are, for the most part, timeless. Our culture would be infinitely better off today if these were even remotely observed. I wasn’t expecting to post this today, I in fact  just got sent this, but it makes a very interesting corollary with the nuptial blessing for wives I posted earlier.

‘Count William of Holland when elected King of the Romans in 1247 was knighted at Cologne. At this time he was only asquire, so it was necessary, according to the customs of creating the Christian Emperors, that he should be made a knightbefore receiving the crown of the Empire at Aix-la-Chapelle [Aachen]. When everything was prepared in the church at Cologne, after Mass the Squire William was led by the King of Bohemia before the Cardinal, Fr. Caputzius, Legate of the Pope Innocent, when the King addressed the Cardinal in these words: “We place before your honoured Reverence, beloved father, this squire, humbly beseeching that in paternal kindness you would accept his desires that he may become worthy of associating among knights.”

Then the Cardinal said to the youth: “What is a knight according to the meaning of that word? Whosoever desireth to obtain knighthood must be high-minded, open-hearted, generous, superior, and firm; high-minded in adversity, open-hearted in his dealings, generous in honour, superior in courtesy, and firm in manly honesty. But before you make your vow take this yoke of the Order which you desire into mature consideration. These are the rules of Chivalry: 309px-Willem_Thibaut_-_Willem_van_Henegouwen_-_Lakenhal

1st. Before all, with pious remembrance every day to hear the Mass of God’s Passion. 
2nd. To risk body and life boldly for the Catholic faith.
3rd. To protect Holy Church with her servants from every one who shall attack her.
4th. To search out widows and helpless orphans in their necessity.
5th. To avoid engaging in unjust wars.
6th. To refuse unreasonable rewards.
7th. To fight for the deliverance of the innocent. 
8th. To pursue warlike exercises only for the sake of perfecting warlike strength.
9th. To obey the Roman Emperor or his deputy with reverence in all temporal things. [I’ll do that as soon as there is another Holy Roman Emperor!]
10th. To hold inviolable the public good. 
11th. In no way to alienate the feudal tenures of the Empire.  [I shall not so alienate]
12th. And without reproach before God or man to live in the world. 

When you shall have faithfully attended to these laws of Chivalry, know that you shall obtain temporal honour on the earth, and, this life ended, eternal happiness in heaven.”

When the Cardinal had said this he placed the joined hands of the young warrior on the holy book of the Mass, out of which the gospel had been read, saying: “Wilt thou piously receive knighthood in the name of God, and fulfill, to the best of thy power, according to the letter, what has been taught?” The squire answered: “I will.”

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I pray you enjoy this bit of Catholic culture as much as I did!

This PSA should be plastered all over the country May 7, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
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When out and about, or, God forbid, watching TV, one is constantly exposed to a variety of do-good service messages. These are called Public Service Announcements, and cover all manner of subjects from dental hygiene to admonitions not to drink and drive to reminders to “duck and cover” in the event of a sudden, bright flash in the sky (OK, I’m pre-dating even myself). They’re all over the place.  Especially in government buildings. Schools are notorious for them.  Most colleges have posters up admonishing all kinds of bad behaviors like excessive drinking, sexual license, etc., whose net effect seems to be to encourage them on some rebellious childish level.

But I found a poster at Orbis Catholicus that I think really should be in every church, government office, school, post office, and plenty of billboards around the country.  Since the mantra “contraception is good, contraception is great, let us thank God for our daily pill” is so deeply engrained in the culture, it’s going to take an enormous propaganda campaign to even begin to ween the vast majority of people off this “wonder drug” class 1 carcinogen.  Let this be the start:


A glorious blessing given to women at the Traditional Nuptial Mass May 7, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Sacraments, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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I had not been to a Traditional nuptial Mass until this past weekend. It was glorious. My wife has many pictures and video I would love to get uploaded.  I was struck by this blessing given by the priest to the wife after the Pater Noster. It is definitely no longer part of the nuptial Masses in the Novus Ordo.  I thought the sentiments it conveyed and the blessings it imparted were so sublime.  They are no doubt very offensive to modern feminist ears. So be it. I think a wife given the virtues below would be very blessed indeed. I pray that more and more spouses of both sexes may receive such blessings, AND strive to conduct their lives in consonance with all the virtues listed below!

O God, who by Thy mighty power didst make all things out of nothing; who having set in order the elements of the universe and made man to God’s image, didst appoint woman to be his inseparable helpmate, in such wise that the woman’s body took its beginning out of the flesh of man, thereby teaching that what Thou hadst been pleased to insittute from one principle might never lawfully be put asunder; O god, who hast hallowed wedlock by a mystery so excellent that in the marriage bond Thou didst foreshow the union of Christ with the Church; O god, by whom woman is joined to man, and that union which Thou didst ordain from the beginning is endowed wtih a blessing which alone was not taken away either by the punishment for Original Sin or by the sentence of the flood; look in Thy mercy upon this Thy handmaid, who is to be joined in wedlock and entreats protection and strength from Thee. May the yoke of love and of peace be upon her.

True and chaste, may she wed in Christ; and may she ever follow the pattern of holy women: and may she be dear to her husband like Rachel; wise like Rebecca; long-lived and faithful like Sara.

May the author of deceit work none of his evil deeds within her.

May she ever be knit to the faith and to the commandments. [I love it…….”knit”]

May she be true to one husband and fly from forbidden approaches. May she fortify her weakness by strong discipline.

May she be grave in demeanour and honoured for her modesty.  PrincessGraceReceivesCommunion

May she be well taught in heavenly lore.

May she be fruitful in offspring.

May her life be good and sinless.

May she win the rest of the blessed and the kingdom of Heaven.

May they both see their children’s children unto the third and fourth generation, and may they reach the old age which they desire.

Per unum Christum Dominum nostrum……..

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Congratulations to Josh and Sarah!

I wish my wife could have received this awesome blessing!


There is no limit to the damage that is done when a bishop publicly espouses heresy May 7, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, pr stunts, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, the return.
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And retired Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, the darling of the aging heretical hippies of the “spirit of Vatican II” generation, has been publicly espousing heresy for decades. Not years. Decades.  And, as far as I know, he has never been formally rebuked, by name, by any ecclesial authority.  The National Apostate Reporter constantly relies on Gumbleton’s assumed “moral” and Church authority to buttress their masses of heresy.  So, when the Distorter writes a piece about how contraception use is wonderful, and how all American catholycs with any sense use it with abandon, they’ll get a nice quote from Bishop Gumbleton, always happy to oblige, especially when he can stab one of this fellow bishops in the back, to help sell their case.  And, uninformed catholycs will conclude that, either Gumbleton’s authority is genuine, and the Church must be OK with contraception (or sodomite marriage, or abortion, or whatever), or, that since there is such a divergence of authoritative positions on the topic in question, it must not be a well-decided issue and therefore grown-up catholycs with their big-kid diapers on can make an “adult decision” about whether to embrace heresy or not.  This is precisely the tactic the Distorter has used for decades to peel catholycs away from the Faith, and keep those already outside the Body of Christ, out.

Never was this more apparent when, after Archbishop Vigneron of Detroit advised those Catholics rejecting the Faith and adopting heretical views, such as two people of the same sex being given recognition as “married” by the state, to stay away from Communion because they are persisting publicly in a state of grave sin, Gumbleton was happy, eager to get in as many press outlets as possible (a fact I am certain has much to do with Gumbleton’s love of heresy) and tell Catholics to keepy re-crucifying Christ by receiving the Body and Blood.  How many Catholics (or catholycs) have been swayed by Gumbleton’s positively diabolical abuse of his office into heresy is known only to God, but I would imagine that over the years he has played a crucial role in leading millions away from the Faith.  I pray he comes to his senses before his death (he’s 83), for I would not want to have to give an account for all those souls led astray.

This situation in Detroit revolves around a Mass offered by Gumbleton at an apostate catholyc college called Marygrove. Dignity, a group that advocates for homosexual rights in a manner in near constant conflict with the Doctrine of the Church, has a weekly depravity-enabling Mass at Marygrove’s chapel, with Gumbleton offering.  Given its specific goal of repudiating constant Church belief, there is no question this Mass is illicit, and it may even be invalid, knowing what is known of Gumbleton’s views (for instance, does he intend to confect the Blessed Sacrament from the bread and wine, or does he see this as a mere symbol?).  This Mass has persisted for decades!  And there is no sign it will be terminated any time soon.

As the woman said, those who reject Church Dogma don’t have a problem the Church, or with Scripture, they have a problem with Jesus Christ. Gumbleton

The fact this Mass exists gets to the heart of the matter. Archbishop can say what he wants, but it is action that really counts. Allowing this Mass to continue is an inescapable contradiction to Vigneron’s own words.  How can it be allowed to persist?  And how can Gumbleton continue to be allowed to speak as an authoritative representative of the episcopacy?  Yes, it would be lovely if the Vatican would intervene, but why can’t Archbishop Vigneron stop these diabolical Masses and the arch-heretic Gumbleton?  He is fully vested with the power to do both.

Ah, but collegiality says no major decision of that sort can be taken without “consultation” with his brother bishops, some of whom are open or secret allies of “justus and peas” men like Barney Gumbleton (I know his name, but he looks like a Barney to me. And what is with that haircut?).  And Barney knows that, better than anyone.  That is how he as managed to operate, directly attacking the Faith, for decades. Which proves, once again, just what a disaster collegiality is, and how it has done nothing to increase a local ordinary’s power and authority, but has in fact fatally undermined it. I pray that the Church will return to that model of Authority that existed prior to Vatican II.

Dom Prosper Gueranger’s seven principles of liturgical reform May 7, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, reading, scandals, secularism, Tradition.
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The great Benedictine Dom Prosper Gueranger was the father of the modern liturgical reform.  In France, he sought to restore the liturgy, which had been devastated by the twin blows of radical Jansenism and the predations of the French Revolution.  In actuality, the first of those two was far more damaging than the latter, at least to the liturgy. For the Jansenists posited a brutally simplified liturgy, which in many respects encompassed the same changes as were made 515LeBKnh4L__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_after the most recent Council.  Before I provide Gueranger’s principles, I will give you a brief description of the Jansenist’s severe changes to the Mass, which were inspired by their crypto-Calvinism and much “enlightenment” thinking.  The following description comes from Dom Alcuin Reid’s The Organic Development of the Liturgy, pp. 41-42:

[Abbe Jacques Jube, one of the principle architects of the Jansenist liturgy, but whose reforms were very typical…..] …wanted no more than one altar in his church.  “The words Sunday Altar were inscribed upon it for no one was to celebrate Mass there except on Sundays and feast days. Once Mass was over this altar was promptly and completely stripped, just like all the altars in the Latin Church on Holy Thursday after the morning office. At the actual time of celebration the altar was covered with a cloth, but even there were neither candles nor a cross. [Jansenists, like the protestants they so frequently imitated, were very nearly iconoclasts. They stripped churches bare of religious art and decor. I should add that the altar was frequently a bare table-type altar] It was only in going to the altar that the priest was preceded by a large cross, the same which was carried in processions and the only one in the church. Arriving at the foot of the altar, he said the opening prayers, and the people answered in a loud voice. He next went to a chair at the SAMSUNGepistle side of the sanctuary. Here he intoned the Gloria and the Credo, without, however, reciting either of them through; nor did he say the Epistle or Gospel. He only said the collect. [The implication is that either the choir, or others completed these prayers and readings. In some Jansenist Masses, the laity performed some of the readings, and these were almost always in the vernacular]. He did not usually recite anyting that the choir chanted. The bread, the wine and water, were offered to the celebrant in a ceremonious way, in which there was nothing blameworthy; for this was a long-standing custom in many of the churches of France. But to these offerings of the sacrificial elements was joined that of the season’s fruits. In spite of inconveniences these fruits were placed upon the altar. [This is something commonly seen in more “progressive” parishes] After they had been offered, the chalice, without veil, was brought from the sacristy. Both deacon and priest held it aloft, reciting the Offertory prayer together……..but they recited the formula aloud to show that their offering was being made in the name of the people. The entire Canon, as might be expected, was likewise recited aloud. [Again, to show that the Sacrifice was being made in the name of the people] The celebrant let the choir say the Sanctus and Agnus Dei. The blessings which accompanied the words: Per quem haec omnia…….were made over the fruits and vegetables on the altar, and not over the bread and wine.”gesu e maria 2009 xii

As can be seen, the Jansenist Mass contained many elements which predated the changes made with the Novus Ordo by 300 years. The Jansenists eventually became numerous enough to hold their own, illicit synod, at a town called Pistoia.  This synod, and the changes to the Mass it recommended (some of the above, vernacular readings, other “enlightened” changes) were strongly repudiated and condemned by the Holy See.  At that time. But 200 years after the Synod of Pistoia, many of the same changes were formally endorsed by the Vatican.

dedication_sarasota_003These Jansenist changes were illicit on several grounds.  One, they were frequently made without episcopal approval (though, as this heresy went on, many bishops did sadly come to endorse it, especially in France).  Secondly, they were sudden, violent changes, imposed often against the will of the people.  They were not, then, truly organic changes to the liturgy, which should normally be small steps taken over time, with general approval and episcopal oversight. Thirdly, as was pointed out by the Holy See, these changes were actually offensive to Catholic theology on numerous grounds. The Mass really became very anthropocentric, focused on man, and the focus shifted away from God. Finally, the Mass became less a Sacrifice of propitiation offered to God for the forgiveness of our constant sins, but became more a tool of instruction and for sharing Scripture. Again, that reveals the marked protestant influence (and Calvinism was raging in France at the time), as well as foreshadowing the deliberate focus on instruction and Scripture in the Novus Ordo.

Finally, to get to Dom Prosper Gueranger’s seven principles of liturgical reform, these are taken from the same book, pp. 29-30:

  1. A liturgical form drawn up to satisfy the requirements of literary pretensions can never last.
  2. The reform of the Liturgy, if it is to last, must be brought about, not by the learned, but must be done with due reverence, and by those invested by competent authority. [It should, in other words, really trickle up from below, rather than being imposed from the top down]
  3. In the reform of the Liturgy one needs to guard against the spirit of novelty, restoring ancient forms that have become defective to their original purity, and not abolishing them.
  4. Abbreviation is not liturgical reform: the length of the Liturgy is not a defect in the eyes of those who should devote their lives to prayer. [I have been told apocryphal stories of 20 minute Low Masses in the pre-Novus Ordo days. I have never seen that. I have seen 15 minute Novus Ordos, and even 30 minutes on Sunday. The shortest TLM I’ve been to was right at 30 minutes, on a weekday, with no sermon. Sunday High Masses typically last an hour and a half, or more. The average for a weekday Low Mass is about 40 minutes.]
  5. To read large quantities of Sacred Scripture in the office [or the Mass] does not satisfy the whole obligation of priestly prayer, because to read is not to pray.
  6. There is no foundation to the distinction between public office and private office because there are not two official Prayers of the Church…..
  7. It is not an evil that the rules of divine worship are numerous and complicated, because the cleric is trained with such diligence that he is perfectly able to accomplish the great Opus Dei……… [and, the laity can follow along quite well in the Latin/vernacular missals provided for that purpose]

The corollary to these liturgical principles, which are founded on respect for Tradition and plain reason, is Gueranger’s denunciation of the anti-liturgical heresy.  This post is already quite long, so I won’t go into that much here, except to say that the Novus Ordo as it is presently offered in most locales is in many respects quite contrary to both the positive principles espoused above, and the negative proscriptions of the anti-liturgical heresy Gueranger denounced 150 years ago. Traditional Latin Mass_Jim

The imposition of the Novus Ordo was an enormous novelty, the first time in the 2000 year history of the Church that an entirely new Liturgy, fabricated by a small committee of self-anointed experts, was imposed on the Church.  Some may point to the Council of Trent as doing something similar, but Reid and many other students of the liturgy note that is not really the case. First of all, Trent allowed venerable Masses with a long Tradition (200 or more years) to remain. For the first two decades after the Novus Ordo, there was no such “indult” granted to the Traditional Mass.

Secondly, all Trent really did was codify and slightly simplify the dominant Gallico-Roman Mass being offered throughout most of the Catholic world.  It did not impose a new Mass which was very different from what had gone before.  There was an elimination of some of the long sequences which had proliferated during the Middle Ages, sequences which made the Mass frequently approach or exceed 3 hours on certain feast days, and a rationalization of some of the Propers which had been distorted over time, but that’s about it.  So, the core of the Mass, I would say well over 95%, remained exactly as it had been before. This includes the ancient Canon, now completely removed from the Novus Ordo (Eucharistic Prayer 1 being quite different from the Canon), which dates back to at least the 3rd century in essentially the same form as today.  It is very possible the Canon has carried forward from apostolic times in essentially the same form as today, or at least with great similarity.

One final note. As Dom Reid points out, it is very possible for liturgical reform to fail. There have been reforms of the Breviary and the Mass which have not succeeded in the Church’s long history.  Those reforms which were made along the lines of Gueranger’s principles have almost universally been long lasting and successful. But those which deviated from those principles, like Cardinal Qugnonez’ 16th century changes to the Breviary and the Jansenist changes to the Mass, have tended to die out.