Open to me the portals of repentence, O Christ our God.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Reminder: Tommorow @ 11:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time EWTN Will Air The Ordinations To The Holy Priesthood of The FSSP Candidates, LIVE

Ordaining Bishop will be His Eminence Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos!



I found this over @ Antonia's blog.
My wife will think it was made just for me.


Saturday, May 24, 2008

Chant - Music for Paradise


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Byzantine Catholic Chapel in the National Basilica in Washington, DC

"Only Begotten Son and Immortal Word of God,
Who for our salvation didst will to be incarnate of the holy Theotokos and ever virgin Mary,
Who without change didst become man and wast crucified, O Christ our God,
Trampling down death by death, Who art one of the Holy Trinity,
Glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us." -Justinian's Hymn

Laus Tibi, Christe!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Whiskey Review: George Dickel Original Tennessee Whiskey

Okay, it's about time for another Whiskey review...After all, Lent is long over.

The two or three readers of this blog already know about my fondness for Bourbon Whiskey, however this time I have selected a Tennessee Whiskey that a friend of mine introduced me to.

George Dickel Original Tennessee Whiskey is a moderately priced whiskey between $20-30 a bottle. Dickel is 90 proof and has a nice complexity to it, I get a wonderful spicy note. It has a great aroma, but gosh, I think most Whiskey's do. I drink it on the rocks as I do all other whiskey and would say that Dickel is a very good sipping whiskey and recommend it to anyone who appreciates a good Bourbon or Scotch.


Monday, May 12, 2008

3,000 Assyrians Received into the Catholic Church

Article taken from Rorate Caeli Blog

The Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter and Paul has formally received into its fold, those members of the Assyrian Catholic Apostolic Diocese who, under the leadership of Mar Bawai Soro (pictured above), had asked to be reconciled with the Catholic Church last January 17, 2008.

One bishop (Mar Bawai himself), six priests, 30+ deacons and subdeacons and an estimated 3,000 faithful were received into full communion during liturgical celebrations for the Feast of Pentecost. The announcement by the Chaldean Catholic Church can be found here.

The Black Cordelias blog has an earlier article here.

Mar Bawai Soro has long advocated the Primacy of the See of Rome. On November 2, 2005, he presented to the Synod of Bishops of the Assyrian Church of the East (of which he was a bishop at that time) a paper entitled "The Position of the Church of the East Theological Tradition on the Questions of Church Unity and Full Communion " in which, among other things, he stated that

The Church of the East attributes a prominent role to Saint Peter and a
significant place for the Church of Rome in her liturgical, canonical and
Patristic thoughts. There are more than 50 liturgical, canonical and Patristic
citations that explicitly express such a conviction. The question before us
therefore is, why there must be a primacy attributed to Saint Peter in the
Church? If there is no primacy in the universal church, we shall not be able to
legitimize a primacy of all the Catholicos-Patriarchs in the other apostolic
churches. If the patriarchs of the apostolic churches have legitimate authority
over their own respective bishops it is so because there is a principle of
primacy in the universal Church. If the principle of primacy is valid for a
local Church (for example, the Assyrian Church of the East), it is so because it
is already valid for the universal church. If there is no Peter for the
universal church there could not be Peter for the local Church. If all the
apostles are equal in authority by virtue of the gift of the Spirit, and if the
bishops are the successors of the Apostles, based on what then one of these
bishops (i.e., the Catholicos-Patriarchs) has authority over the other

The Church of the East possesses a theological, liturgical and
canonical tradition in which she clearly values the primacy of Peter among the
rest of the Apostles and their churches and the relationship Peter has with his
successors in the Church of Rome. The official organ of our Church of the East,
Mar Abdisho of Soba, the last theologian in our Church before its fall, based
himself on such an understanding when he collected his famous Nomocanon in which
he clearly states the following: “To the Great Rome [authority] was given
because the two pillars are laid [in the grave] there, Peter, I say, the head of
the Apostles, and Paul, the teacher of the nations. [Rome] is the first see and
the head of the patriarchs.” (Memra 9; Risha 1) Furthermore, Abdisho asserts “.
. . . And as the patriarch has authority to do all he wishes in a fitting manner
in such things as are beneath his authority, so the patriarch of Rome has
authority over all patriarchs, like the blessed Peter over all the community,
for he who is in Rome also keeps the office of Peter in all the church. He who
transgresses against these things the ecumenical synod places under anathema.”
(Memra 9; Risha 8). I would like to ask here the following: who among us would
dare to think that he or she is more learned than Abdisho of Soba, or that they
are more sincere to the church of our forefather than Mar Abdisho himself? This
is true especially since we the members of the Holy Synod have in 2004 affirmed
Mar Abdisho’s List of Seven Sacraments as the official list of the Assyrian
Church of the East. How much more then we ought to consider examining and
receiving Abdisho’s Synodical legislation in his Nomocanon?

Five days later, Mar Bawai was suspended by the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church. The story behind this, as well as the full text of the paper on papal primacy that Mar Bawai had presented to the Synod, can be found here.

Following upon his suspension, Mar Bawai and the clergy and faithful who had remained loyal to him formed the Assyrian Catholic Apostolic Diocese, then proceeded to draw ever closer to the Catholic Church through the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate. How fitting that they finally came home on Pentecost Sunday. Deo Gratias!


Tridentine Latin Mass is for all: Cardinal Hoyos

"In the introduction to the new DVD, which can be seen at, Card. Castrillon Hoyos says in particular:"It [the Latin Mass] is not a gift for the so called Traditionalists, no, it is a gift for the whole Catholic Church. [...] and then by the will of the vicar of Christ, [priests] must accept the petitions and the requests of the faithful who want this mass and must offer it to them. And even if it is not specifically asked for or requested they should make it available so that everyone access to this treasure of the ancient liturgy of the Church.[...] The Holy Father want this form of the mass to become a normal one in the parishes so that in this way young communities can also become familiar with this rite."God bless the Cardinal and the Pope!" Taken from Gloria.TV