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More on Norcia and St Benedict

More on Norcia and St Benedict

By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative Prayer, fasting, the liturgy, discipline, work: these are the foundations of a Christian life that ...

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In Beer Veritas

In Beer Veritas

After that last, I need a drink... By Rod Dreher, American Conservative I asked Fr. Martin how brewing beer serves the Church. ...

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Pitched Battle on a Mad Monday at the Synod

Pitched Battle on a Mad Monday at the Synod

From Sandra Magister's Blog, via Rorate Caeli's English translation. I have tried to spare readers too much detail on the Synod. ...

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The Family Synod and Practical Atheism

By Lyle Dunne Pastoral concerns seem to focus on emotional states and feelings of inclusivity as ends in themselves, rather than ...

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Cardinal Burke and Fr Glen Tattersall outside Newman Parish Church, Caulfield (photo: Newman Parish website).

Cardinal Burke on the Integrity of Marriage and the Family

By Raymond Cardinal Burke Even within the Church, there are those who would obscure the truth of the indissolubility of marriage ...

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More on Norcia and St Benedict

Gary Scarrabelotti 14 October, 2014 0 Comments

By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

Prayer, fasting, the liturgy, discipline, work: these are the foundations of a Christian life that does what it is supposed to do: unite us to our Creator.

Following on from In Beer Veritas, here are a couple of additional pieces from the same trip – the first one, What We Need are Men Like St Benedict, talks about St Benedict and the monastery, and contains a link to the trailer for Quaerere Deum (To Seek God), a 2011 documentary about these monks. The other, just titled Norcia, is more of a travelogue, sharing the delights of regional cuisine (including donkey sausage).

Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia (Photo: UK Telegraph)

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In Beer Veritas

Gary Scarrabelotti 14 October, 2014 0 Comments

After that last, I need a drink…

By Rod Dreher, American Conservative

I asked Fr. Martin how brewing beer serves the Church. He said that you’d be surprised by how many people who aren’t especially interested in Christianity taste the beer and find that it really tastes good. Then they want to know more about how it’s made, and sooner or later, some of them want to know about the faith. Besides, he said, drinking beer makes the heart glad.

The monks of Norcia are Benedictines who pray the old mass, and who chant the hours in Latin. To be in their basilica during mass or the hours is like stepping into another century. To describe it as aesthetically rich and spiritually nourishing hardly does the experience justice.

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Pitched Battle on a Mad Monday at the Synod

Gary Scarrabelotti 14 October, 2014 0 Comments

From Sandra Magister’s Blog, via Rorate Caeli’s English translation.

I have tried to spare readers too much detail on the Synod. I know it’s important, but it’s also an occasion of scandal, and a danger to one’s faith – or at least mine. But sometimes the message from the secular press needs to be put into perspective. – Ed.

[Rorate's] conclusion: Bruno Forte made up homosexuality paragraphs by himself

POST SCRIPTUM – In the afternoon of Monday, October 12, “L’Osservatore Romano” gave a first dim account of the pitched battle that burst into the open in the morning in the Synod Hall after the reading of the “Relatio post disceptationem” written by Cardinal-Rapporteur Peter Erdo, with the collaboration – at times with prevarication [prevaricante - "with malicious abuse of one's position"], as Erdo himself made known in the morning press conference – of Special Secretary Bruno Forte.

Forte acted like a Bugnini for “Gayness”, making things up to achieve his own end.

Under the gunfire of around 41 interventions, Cardinals Pell [Secretary for the Economy], Ouellet [Prefect for Bishops], Filoni [Prefect for Propaganda Fide], Dolan [of New York], Vingt-Trois [of Paris], Burke [Prefect of Apostolic Signatura], Rylko [President of Laity], Müller [Prefect of Doctrine of the Faith], Scola [of Milan], Caffarra [of Bologna] among others spoke up, all against an opening to second marriages as proposed by Cardinal Kasper, who also intervened.

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A Pessimistic Case for Hope

Gary Scarrabelotti 3 October, 2014 0 Comments

By Yuval Levin, First Things.

The prospect of social liberals annihilating their opponents in the public square over the coming years is not much more plausible than the expectation that social conservatives were set to do so in 2004.

Ten years ago this fall, it seemed for a moment like social conservatives might be ascendant in our politics. Immediately after the 2004 election, some analysts on the right and left alike said George W. Bush’s reelection signaled a rising tide of “values voters” who would yield an enduring nationwide advantage for Republicans on social issues.

Photo:" Time" Magazine

In a post-election op-ed that the New York Times’s headline writers subtly titled “The Day the Enlightenment Went Out,” Gary Wills said the American people were giving up on modernity. On CNN the day after the election, conservative commentator Tucker Carlson said “it is clear that it was not the war on terror, but the issue of what we’re calling moral values that drove President Bush and other Republicans to victory.”

Many social conservatives now look wistfully upon that moment and see in the decade that followed what traditionalists are apt to see in the world in general: a sorry decline.

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So you want to be an organist?

Gary Scarrabelotti 3 October, 2014 0 Comments

R. J. Stove, in reminiscent mood, has attempted to oblige tyros with his thoughts on what Mozart called the King of Instruments

The year:  1999. The scene: the choral rehearsal room, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, five minutes before Sunday Mass. The chief organist was away ill. The deputy chief organist was running late. The assistant deputy chief organist was incomprehensibly incommunicado (no texting or social media facilities then, naturellement). An understandable balefulness characterised the conductor’s desperate enquiry of the assembled singers: ‘Is there anyone here with organ-playing experience?’

"...an organ for home use"? (St John's Church, Vilnius University.)

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