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Letter #66, 2021, Sat., July 24: Endless

A Hebrew scroll of the book of Psalms     A drawing of the Abbot Joachim of Fiore (1135-1202), holding a book entitled The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ, which means The Revelation of Jesus Christ or The Unveiling of Jesus Christ     (The text which follows is taken from the Wikipedia entry on Joachim)     Joachim believed [...]

Letter #64, 2021, Fri., July 23: SSPX

    Above, Father Davide Pagliarini, 50, since July 11, 2018 is (so, from three years ago) — the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X (the SSPX for short, founded in 1970 by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1906-1991). This makes Fr. Davide arguably the highest-ranking "leader" of the "Traditionalist" group in the [...]

Letter #63, 2021, Thursday, July 22: Cardinal Burke

    American Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, 73 (link). Burke, a canon lawyer by training, has just released his own reflection on Pope Francis's July 16 decree on the liturgy, on his own website. (link)     "A schismatic spirit or actual schism are always gravely evil, but there is nothing about the UA [the old Latin rite of [...]

Letter #62, 2021, Thursday, July 22: Viglione

    Italian Professor Massimo Viglione. He has just written a reflection on the liturgy. The reflection was published on the website of Italian Catholic journalist Aldo Maria Valli, who is a friend of Archbishop Viganò. The text below is introduced by Valli, and also by Archbishop Viganò. Viglione has often expressed on the internet his appreciation [...]

Letter #61, 2021, Wednesday, July 21: “Far worse”

    "It would be most inconvenient for the articles of our Constitution to be rejected by the Central Commission or by the Council itself. That is why we must tread carefully and discreetly. Carefully, so that proposals be made in an acceptable manner (modo acceptabile), or, in my opinion, formulated in such a way that much is said without seeming [...]

Letter #60, 2021, Wednesday, July 21: Tracking

    "Edmund Campion (25 January 1540 – 1 December 1581) was an English Catholic Jesuit priest and martyr. While conducting an underground ministry in officially Anglican England, Campion was arrested by priest hunters..." —Wikipedia, entry for Edmund Campion (link)     Letter #60, 2021, Wednesday, July 21: Tracking     Everything about this story is sad, and nearly everything is wrong.     Yet everything about this story is also... a [...]

Letter #59, 2021, Tuesday, July 20: Pius V

    The cover of Monsignor Annibale Bugnini's classic work, The Reform of the Liturgy, 1948-1975 (Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1990). Bugnini lived from 1912 to 1982 (link). Here is a link to a brief biography (link). Bugnini was for almost 30 years, from 1948 to 1975, the key Vatican figure in organizing the reform of the [...]

Letter #58, 2021, Monday, July 19: Worship

    The cover of Monsignor Annibale Bugnini's classic work, The Reform of the Liturgy, 1948-1975 (Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1990). Bugnini, who came from Umbria in the center of Italy, lived from 1912 to 1982 (link). Here is a link to a brief biography (link). Bugnini was for almost 30 years, from 1948 to 1975, the [...]

Letter #57, Friday, July 16, 2021: Lebanon #3

    Letter #57, Friday, July 16, 2021: Lebanon: Looking for Hope     "May God protect Lebanon." -- Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, after resigning yesterday at the Baabda presidential palace in Lebanon     Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri speaks at the presidential palace after resigning yesterday, July 15, 2021. Hariri had served as Prime Minister of Lebanon a decade [...]

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