Our Lady of the Rosary, 2016

Today is the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Our Lady’s gift to her children.  The Rosary is the second best gift that the Queen of Heaven has given to her children. The first best gift is of course, Our Savior Jesus Christ!

“Non virtus, non arma, non duces, sed Maria Rosarii victores fecit.”
“Non virtus, non arma, non duces, sed Maria Rosarii victores fecit.”

THE HOLY ROSARY: Ultimate Liturgy

By Solange Hertz

The Rosary Is Her Gift To Us…Not Even the Pope Can Change That

(Fundamental Reasons Why So Many Faithful Catholics Never Embraced the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary)

There is no mention whatever of the Rosary in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. Not even in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, whose final chapter deals exclusively with our Lady ’s role in the Church. A vague reference in Article 67 to “practices and exercises of devotion towards her” might be assumed to include it, but according to Bishop Rendeiro of Coïmbra, the Bishops who wished to add to the text “the Rosary with meditation on the Mysteries of the life of Christ and the Blessed Virgin” were voted down. Apparently the Council deemed it best to follow the recommendations of the Theological Commission and make no mention of particular devotions, for fear of encouraging manifestations of piety beyond what they termed “the limits of sound and orthodox doctrine.” …

Not for them the beloved adage of the saints, “De Maria numquam satis!” They were solicitous to “painstakingly guard against any word or deed which could lead separated brethren or anyone else into error regarding the true doctrine of the Church.” They would only concede that the Church “has endorsed many forms of piety toward the Mother of God,” forms which “have varied according to the circumstances of time and place and have reflected the diversity of native characteristics and temperament among the faithful.”

In point of fact the Rosary began at the foot of the Cross along with Sacred Heart devotion. When Our Lady appeared to St. Dominic with instructions to propagate the Rosary, she did so for the same reason that our Lord would one day appear to St. Margaret Mary. In neither case was anything new proposed to the faithful, who were merely being recalled to practices known in the Church from the beginning, but which they were in imminent danger of forgetting.

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The Desolate Synod

Today, we repost an article by Hilary White in The Remnant Newspaper online, a review of  Ann Roche Muggeridge’s classic work, “The Desolate City: Revolution in the Catholic Church” (1990). It is useful to keep the revolution framework before us as we see these final stages crash in on us.

The Never-ending Springtime of Vatican II
The Never-ending Springtime of Vatican II

Revisiting the Desolate City: Some Thoughts on the Current State of the Revolution

Written by Hilary White

Even in the very depths of the worst possible of worst-case scenarios of crisis in the Catholic Church, denial is not helpful. The crocodile does not care how tightly we close our eyes as it eats us.

For some time now, with an exponentially growing audience of new and deeply alarmed Catholics, Mike Matt and I have discussed the need to restate the basic points of the Traditionalist position, to locate it in the context of the history of the Church over the last century and our current crisis. To do this, I have been revisiting some old books. Even for someone who read my way out of Novusordoist conservatism and into the Traditionalist position, it can be extremely valuable to review what brought us to this dire condition.

It can be great fun re-reading old books, like visiting friends you haven’t seen in a while and reminiscing about the old days. The other day, I picked up my old copy of the late, great Anne Roche Muggeridge’s seminal 1986 examination of the Church’s crisis, “The Desolate City: Revolution in the Catholic Church,” (1990, updated and expanded edition) and in a situation as confusing as ours the book is worth reading again for the clarity of her examination.

It was also fun to pick out the names she held up at that time as hopeful. In her description of the Hunthausen Affair, the sad story of one of the weak and half-hearted attempt to address the disaster in Seattle, that failed miserably, she describes as one of these young hopefuls a certain Father Donald Wuerl. Wuerl, she said, was made a bishop with the express mandate to clean up Hunthausen’s mess, particularly in the area of the latter’s “pastoral” response to homosexuality. (She describes the “Dignity Mass” in Seattle’s cathedral as the last straw for the remaining believers in his flock.) Residents of the archdiocese of Washington DC may wish to join me in a dark and hollow laugh.

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