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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
|Procession to St Peters at the 2019 Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage, Rome
1. What does it mean to be
president of the International Federation Una Voce?
The Federation an an umbrella
group for lay Catholics attached to the ancient Latin liturgy of the Catholic
Church. We do not exercise authority over our members, but they come to us for
advice, and we represent their concerns in the Holy See and in the world-wide
The Federation’s members elect a Council, currently about 20 people from all over the world, and a President; the Council elects the Treasurer and Secretary and allocates other tasks to its members. Because of the geographical spread of councillors, we communicate mainly by email and have instituted regular Zoom meetings.
The President, generally with a colleague or two, usually travels to Rome once a year to meet Curial officials, clergy, journalists, and others, to keep up with what is going on. As Secretary I have been involved in such trips for some years, and it has been very interesting. As well as concrete information, one gets a feeling for the assumptions and habits of mind which govern the Holy See. This insight is reflected in the way we carry out all our work: whether we want to appeal to these assumptions in our representations to the Holy See, or to modify them, one needs to know what they are.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
As the United Kingdom has secularised, so the role of Christian ministers has diminished. If you read stories of natural crises from fifty years ago, priests and Anglican vicars are often involved. At the 1966 disaster at Aberfan in Wales, when a heap of spoil from a coal mine engulfed a school, the local vicar was practically the only person regarded as having responsibility for the emotional and spiritual trauma suffered by the people of the town. One of the most memorable images from the “troubles” of Northern Ireland is of a Catholic priest waving a white handkerchief, escorting a group of people carrying an injured man to safety, on “Bloody Sunday” in 1972. Times, sadly, have changed.
As the role of the Church has diminished, so have priests’ opportunities to make a positive difference. Last week a prominent Catholic Member of Parliament, David Amess, was stabbed by (apparently) an Islamist fanatic. As he lay dying, a Catholic priest was refused admission through the police cordon to give him the Last Rites. The priest seemed to accept the explanation: Amess, surrounded as he was by police officers and medics, was in a “crime scene” which couldn’t be disturbed by anyone as trivial as a priest.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
|Venerating Our Lady of Walsingham at the end of the
LMS Walking Pilgrimage in August this year.
It’s not an accident that all of these Catholics at the old Mass are white, because one of the things that happened after Vatican II was an ‘inculturation’ of the liturgy. …The Latin Mass is white and European by its definition, because it’s a product of the Catholic Church of the 16th century. So, this is creating serious problems because it is never limited to the liturgy only, but it is always the first step to saying Vatican II was a disaster.
I would far rather ignore these childish accusations, but I fear that if they are repeated frequently enough without rebuttal they will become established as part of the liberal narrative about the Traditional Latin Mass. But in order to shoe-horn the movement for the ancient Mass into the role of the bad guys in some racially-charged political confrontation, Faggioli needs to distort the past and ignore the present. Let’s start with the past.
Read the whole thing there.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Reactions to Traditionis CustodesFrom members' magazines: Peter Kwasniewski on proclaiming the Gospel to the north; Pope Francis and Dante; Remembering Mgr Richard Soseman; Cardinal Merry del Val.Features: J.R.R.Tolkien by Robert Lazu Kmita; Traditional walking pilgrimage in Spain.50th Anniversary of the English Indult; Petitions from 1966 to 1997.
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Saturday, October 09, 2021
Friday, October 08, 2021
Thursday, October 07, 2021
|An 'off line' Guild event
Sunday, October 03, 2021
Saturday, October 02, 2021
Reposting: last call for this round.
Socratic Seminars: October 2021
I am returning to these after a break over the Summer. I have been doing them since January 2021 and have an established pattern, alternating different dialogues to discuss in a series of four seminars.
The idea is that these are open to anyone over 16, regardless of prior knowledge, and take place on line, for a modest fee. The early dialogues are works of real philosophical value but presented in a way designed (I imagine) to engage people without prior training: they are the training. These seminars have been satisfying for me and have engaged the interest of a range of participants: at any rate they tend to come back for more.
This round the following are on offer:
Series 2: Apology (on Socrates' mission), the Crito (on political obligation), Charmides (on temperance), and Hippias Minor (on voluntary wrongdoing).
Intermediate (for those who've done either or both of the introductory series of seminars 1 and 2):
Series 4: Protagoras (virtue and its teachability) and Gorgias (oratory and justice), each divided into two parts.
More advanced (for those who’ve done either or both of the intermediate series of seminars, 3 and 4):
Series 6: Symposium (on eros) and Parmenides (on the Forms), each divided into two parts.
I teach on Thursdays, we find a time convenient to each person in each seminar. Numbers between two plus plus me to five plus me.
I hope to start on Thursday 7th October.
Email me to register your interest. Joseph.shaw99 AT gmail.com
More information can be found here.