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Papal views on aesthetics

The Westminster succession.

Cathcon on the Westminster Succession

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From Bishop Roche, may all Catholic people be delivered. If he has pastoral concern, he has a funny way of showing it.

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More than financial measures

Galileo Galilei was “never condemned” by the Vatican.

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Cathcon translation of Vatikan: „Galilei wurde nie verurteilt“

This has just been stressed by Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi of the Pontifical Cultural Council for Culture. This was although an ecclesiastical court thoroughly investigated the theses of the Italian physicist on the functioning of the universe and prepared a written condemnation. But this was "never signed" by the then Pope Urban VIII, himself a scientist. The Vatican wants according to Ravasi to publish in the near future Galileo’s trial documents, "in extenso, accompanied by an in-depth, contextual analysis."

The Pontifical Cultural Council is currently setting up a congress on the case of Galileo Galilei. It will be primarily about the interaction between theology and science. In his speech Archbishop Ravasi stressed both areas were "distinct, but not opposed." In the search for truth "jumping over boundaries" is therefore not necessary. - Pope John Paul II rehabilitated Galileo in 1992 in a presentation to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Abbey returns to Old Rite- world first II.

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Press release from Abbey now added to original story

Cardinal Newman's Prayer for the Poor Souls

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Newman Reader - Verses on Various Occasions - Verse 173

HELP, Lord, the souls which Thou hast made,

The souls to Thee so dear,
In prison for the debt unpaid
Of sins committed here.

Those holy souls, they suffer on,
Resign'd in heart and will,
Until Thy high behest is done,
And justice has its fill.
For daily falls, for pardon'd crime,
They joy to undergo
The shadow of Thy cross sublime,
The remnant of Thy woe.

Help, Lord, the souls which Thou hast made,
The souls to Thee so dear,
In prison for the debt unpaid
Of sins committed here.

Oh, by their patience of delay,
Their hope amid their pain,
Their sacred zeal to burn away
Disfigurement and stain;
Oh, by their fire of love, not less
In keenness than the flame,
Oh, by their very helplessness,
Oh, by Thy own great Name,

Good Jesu, help! sweet Jesu, aid
The souls to Thee most dear,
In prison for the debt unpaid
Of sins committed here.

The Oratory.
1857.

Wednesdays- dedicated to the Honour of St Joseph

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St Joseph, Patron of a Happy Death
Pray for us!

Before the Council, there was a Confraternity to pray for those near death (les agonisants in French). One cannot imagine a more important work for the Church but it has been swept away in the whirlwind of the last forty years.

Feast of St Leonard of Port Maurice

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The Hidden Treasure of the Holy Mass

On the Fewness of the Saved.

Also known as the Apostle of the Way of the Cross on account of the number of stations he erected during his missionary journeys. His missionary activities were an inspiration for St Paul of the Cross when he founded the Passionists.

His biography