Saturday, October 24, 2020

Found While Looking for Something Else . . . .

 From E.I. Watkin's The Church in Council, pg 142, [the chapter on  the Council of Constance (3 November 1414 - 22 April 1418)]:

It is extremely difficult in fact to decide how far we can believe the constant and well nigh universal complaints that the papal curia had been degraded into a money-making machine and in consequence had become a fountain head of ecclesiastical corruption.  Not only was gross exaggeration conventional mediæval rhetoric.  We must also bear in mind the widespread pulpit denunciations of the extortion and wickedness of the pope and the Roman curia.  Whereas Catholics today [i.e., 1959-1960] are taught to revere and love the Holy Father as a man -- 'our Pope, the great and good' -- in the later Middle Ages they heard very different teaching.  In short, to point a truth by exaggerated statement, we may say that, as regards popular Catholic estimation of the Pope, as distinct from his office, the pendulum has swung from 'the Pope can do no right' to 'the Pope can do no wrong.'

Aaaaand . . . back again.



Friday, October 02, 2020

2 October -- Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels

Bad night last night and got up  way too late this morning.  You wouldn't think someone here in semi-lockdowned southern California, all of whose normal activities have been cancelled, would have so much to do that he would run out of time on their feast day to put something up on his blog about the Holy Guardian Angels to whom he actually has a great devotionn now would you.  

But I did.

Here it is almost 9 p.m. and already the arms of Morpheus are calling.  In lieu of something new, here's a piece The Inn put up a very long time ago from the Blessed Cardinal Schuster.

Sancti Angeli Custodes nostri, defendite nos in prælio, ut non pereamus in tremendo judicio!