Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger on Receiving Communion: in the Hand or on the Tongue?

"The second objection we wanted to consider was directed against the act of receiving Communion: kneeling—standing, hand—mouth." …. "Well, here again we know that until the ninth century Communion was received in the hand, standing. That does not of course mean that it should always be so. For what is fine, sublime, about the Church … Continue reading Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger on Receiving Communion: in the Hand or on the Tongue?

Joseph Ratzinger on the Changes to the Offertory Prayers in the Reformed Liturgy

One of the constant criticisms that Traditionalists level at the Reformed Mass is the changes to the Offertory prayers. For example, a piece from Rorate Caeli says, "the Novus Ordo, like Cranmer’s missal, repudiates an oblative offertory, replacing it with a supper-oriented 'presentation of gifts' based on the Jewish berakah." Rad Trads think such a … Continue reading Joseph Ratzinger on the Changes to the Offertory Prayers in the Reformed Liturgy

“The Orthodoxy of Amoris Laetitia” by Pedro Gabriel: a book review

The Short Review Anyone concerned about the controversy surrounding Amoris Laetitia needs to read this book. https://wipfandstock.com/9781666733280/the-orthodoxy-of-amoris-laetitia/ The Longer Review Pedro Gabriel is a regular contributor to the website Where Peter Is and has become of one my favorite authors there. When I heard he was writing this book I was excited, and Mr. Gabriel … Continue reading “The Orthodoxy of Amoris Laetitia” by Pedro Gabriel: a book review

Is the St. Michael Prayer After Mass An Indispensable Part of Our Tradition?

This blog post is probably one of my longer and more boring ones. But I did some research and figured it worth typing up. Hopefully it's coherent. It's also an obscure history, so there isn't a lot of factual information readily available. I made use of what I could find, and further research may reveal … Continue reading Is the St. Michael Prayer After Mass An Indispensable Part of Our Tradition?

Abortion and COVID-19 Vaccines: Have the moral arguments switched sides?

I've not written about COVID-19 vaccines because I believe it outside my ken. I'm not a scientist and any knowledge I possess must come from someone else—in reality, the vast majority of anything we call knowledge is received from someone else, which is something that needs to be discussed and acknowledged more often. But the … Continue reading Abortion and COVID-19 Vaccines: Have the moral arguments switched sides?

The motte-and-bailey fallacy and Douglas Wilson

I recently heard of a logical fallacy called a motte-and-bailey fallacy, named after the motte-and-bailey castle design. It was a medieval fortification consisting of a walled courtyard surrounded by a ditch (the bailey, easier to defend) outside of which was a raised area of ground (the motte, more difficult to defend). What the fallacy does … Continue reading The motte-and-bailey fallacy and Douglas Wilson

What would Pope Pius XII think of the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes?

"The Sovereign Pontiff alone enjoys the right to recognize and establish any practice touching the worship of God, to introduce and approve new rites, as also to modify those he judges to require modification. Bishops, for their part, have the right and duty carefully to watch over the exact observance of the prescriptions of the … Continue reading What would Pope Pius XII think of the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes?

Household Management, Cultivation, and Invisible Hands

Some things I've been pondering lately. The word "economy" comes from the Greek word oikonomíā which means "household management." The root of the word is inherently familial; family is the source of economics. Implicitly there seems a "sense of smallness". One doesn't immediately imagine an empire when one thinks of "family." One imagines a father … Continue reading Household Management, Cultivation, and Invisible Hands

Religious Agrarians and Atheistic Industrialists

The Angelus, by Jean-François Millet I’ve been loving the Front Porch Republic the last few months. It's a shame it took so long to discover them. This article from Mark T. Mitchell was quite good. Below is a particularly poignant passage. The agrarian is guided by gratitude. He recognizes the giftedness of creation and accepts … Continue reading Religious Agrarians and Atheistic Industrialists