Quae Sunt Dei

The King’s majesty hath the chief power in this Realm of England, and other of his Dominions, unto whom the chief Government of all Estates of this Realm, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Civil, in all causes doth appertain, and is not, nor ought to be, subject to any foreign jurisdiction … We give not […]

Once the Glory

The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God; it cannot be withstood. So the faith was planted: So it must be restored. St. Edmund Campion, Challenge to the Privy Council. It was not our death that ever we feared. But we knew that we were not lords of our own lives, […]

Closer to Home

In your country, Venerable Brethren, voices are swelling into a chorus urging people to leave the Church, and among the leaders there is more than one whose official position is intended to create the impression that this infidelity to Christ the King constitutes a signal and meritorious act of loyalty to the modern State. Secret […]

Improper and Indecent

[T]he public washing and usually also kissing of the feet of women on the part of a man, in our case, of a priest or a bishop, is considered by every person of common sense in all cultures as being improper and even indecent. Thanks be to God no priest or bishop is obliged to wash […]

More Grievous than Schism

Manifestum est autem quod infidelitas est peccatum contra ipsum Deum, secundum quod in se est veritas prima, cui fides innititur. Schisma autem est contra ecclesiasticam unitatem, quae est quoddam bonum participatum, et minus quam sit ipse Deus. Unde manifestum est quod peccatum infidelitatis ex suo genere est gravius quam peccatum schismatis. Sancti Thomae de Aquino, Summa […]

Emperors Bowed the Head

As regards the Roman Emperors, immediately on their becoming Christians, their exaltation of the hierarchy was in proportion to its abject condition in the heathen period. Grateful converts felt that they could not do too much in its honour and service. Emperors bowed the head before the Bishops, kissed their hands and asked their blessing. […]

First Vespers of St. Ninian in Aberdeen Breviary

In Festo Sancti Patris nostri Niniani Episcopi et Confessoris. Breviarium Aberdonense, pars. aestiv., fol. CVII. I. In primis Vesperis. Antiph. Ovans agat hæc concia | Niniani solemnia. Trinæ vocis tripudio | laudum sonat obsequia, Ut mens, lingua, et actio | pari concordent gloria; Placebit sic laudatio | Deo, reddenti præmia. Ps. Laudate pueri. Ant. Ille Pictorum tenebras | fugat, […]

Epiphany Proclamation a. D. 2016

NOVÉRITIS, fratres caríssimi, quod annuénte Dei misericórdia, sicut de Nativitáte Dómini nostri Jesu Christi gravísi sumus, ita et de Resurrectióne ejúsdem Salvatóris nostri gáudium vobis annuntiámus. Die vigésima quarta Januárii erit Domínica in Septuagésima. Décima Februárii dies Cínerum, et initium jejúnii sacratíssimæ Quadra- gésimæ. Vigésima séptima Mártii sanctum Pascha Dómini nostri Jesu Christi cum gáudio […]

In Vigilia Nativitatis Domini

Octavo Kalendas Ianuarii Luna quinta decima Anno 2015 Domini. Anno a creatione mundi, quando in principio Deus creavit caelum et terram, quinquies millesimo centesimo nonagesimo nono; a diluvio autem, anno bis millesimo nongentesimo quinquagesimo septimo; a nativitate Abrahae, anno bis millesimo quintodecimo; a Moyse et egressu populi Israel de Aegypto, anno millesimo quingentesimo decimo; ab […]

We Are the Ones Who Killed Him

The man of yesterday, like that of today, without distinction of race, color of skin, culture, country and continent, is directed almost exclusively toward the possession and use of material goods. And in the more specific cultural context of western society, it is not exaggerating to affirm that man works, organizes and manages human, political, […]

After Holiness the People Yearn

The religious tendencies of the American people are manifest. They cling to Protestantism in spite of its shifting doctrines and shambling organizations because it offers them the sovereignty of Jesus Christ for their soul’s salvation. According to the last census there are about thirteen millions of Protestant church members, and a moderate estimate of “adherents” […]

Vade, et Iam Amplius Noli Peccare

To conclude, I feel wounded in my heart as a bishop in witnessing such incomprehension of the Church’s definitive teaching on the part of my brother priests. I cannot allow myself to imagine as the cause of such confusion anything but the insufficiency of the formation of my confreres. And insofar as I am responsible for the […]