Letter #79, 2021, Sat., July 31: Viganò

    Letter #79, 2021, Saturday, July 31, Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola: Archbishop Viganò on Traditionis custodes

    Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 80, has released a new text, dated July 28, on the recent papal decree Traditionis custodes [“Of tradition the guardians”]. The entire text is below. (Here is a link to the original text in Italian.)

    A few preliminary observations.

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A Critical Conversation Continues (18.B)

I began my homily today by telling the story of the Speaker of the House of Commons telling Winston Churchill to withdraw an insulting remark he made about another MP. Churchill had a parliamentary excuse at the ready. “Mr. Speaker, I was quoting.”

Afterwards, one of his colleagues asked  whom he was quoting. The future prime minister answered without hesitation. “Myself.”

For some reason I went looking on my blog to see what I’d said about this Gospel in past years. My homily in 2015 seems to have stood the test of time, so this Sunday I am quoting myself!

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 I dislike censorship.But there appears to be a convention that bloggers bear some responsibility for what appears on their blog. I intend, henceforth, to move the goal posts slightly, and, in future, to bin a greater variety of comments than I have binned in the past.I hope my readers across the water will forgive what follows …Opinions, and the strength of their statement, which are within a

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Enemies of Society

I’m reading historian Paul Johnson’s Enemies of Society, published in 1977, and it is as timely now as it was over four decades ago – even prophetic in its own way, offering a hermeneutic to interpret the strange days in which we now live. Each chapter has a theme, from the role of science and religion, to the necessity of a ‘middle class’, and what that (much derided) term really means.

Here are but two passages, one a quotation from political thinker, and anti-Marxist, Isaiah Berlin:

It is one of the stratagems of totalitarian regimes to present all situations as critical emergencies, demanding ruthless elimination of all goals, interpretations and forms of behaviour save for one absolutely, specific, concrete, immediate end, binding on everyone, which calls for ends and means so narrow and so easily definable that it is easy to impose sanctions for failing to pursue them. 

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Letter #78, 2021, Sat., July 31: Italians

    The celebration this morning, Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 7 a.m. of a Mass or prayer for Pope Francis according to the old Tridentine rite, in the Church of St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal, Virginia, USA, at the head of the Shenandoah Valley. The Mass was attended by about 70 people.

    “In this case, the major lobby group in the Italian bishops’ conference was set against Summorum Pontificum, mainly because in Italy, rather later than in France, young priests were beginning to celebrate the traditional Mass and to adopt more traditional ideas. They noticed a “traditionalization” of the seminaries, which worried them greatly. In the Curia as well, people like Cardinal Parolin, Cardinal Stella in the Congregation for Clergy, etc., were also very concerned.” —Fr. Claude Barthe, a French priest who has been a leading proponent of the old Mass in France, in a recent interview in the French journal Présent, translated into English by Rorate Caeli here. His point is that Pope Francis did not decide to publish his decree just on his own, but was urged to do so by these Italians prelates in his inner circle

    “The Virginian? He may not realize it yet, but he is the last hope of the Third Revolution. The First Revolution was won at Yorktown. The Second Revolution was lost at Appomattox. The Third Revolution will begin there, in the Shenandoah Valley.” —The late Walker Percy, a Catholic convert who won the National Book Award in 1962 for his novel The Moviegoer, in his later novel, Lancelot (NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977), p. 220. Christendom College was founded in the Shenandoah Valley in 1977

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