Yet another beautiful day...

With cloudless skies and a gentle breeze. Today is the feast of Saint Alexius (Introibo, CE, Wiki), who was much venerated at Rome in the 4th century. 

Found this post at Saints Will Arise this morning-- Kate Edwards, Benedictine oblate and famous scholar who provides an enormously helpful apparatus, freely available online, for the Benedictine Office, posted yesterday. 

And in other places, where bishops are not generous, [Traditionis custodes] will surely drive some into open schism.

Perhaps it is time. 

I for one am sick of going, as I occasionally or even regularly have had to do in the past, to a local Novus Ordo parish (since any Mass is better than none and for health and other reasons can't always get across to the other side of town for the TLM) and being shocked at the outright heretical things preached in sermons, and the liturgical abuses that continue to be perpetrated, often, it seems at the direct direction of the diocesan authorities.

In the early centuries of the Church, Catholics refused to attend Arian parishes, perhaps we should too?

Dr Edwards elects to practice Benedictine humility and obedience for now, at any rate. But...

But we must pray hard and work for this appalling legislation to be ignored by our bishops, and quickly overturned.

Ante Sextam. Dr Tim Stanley in the Spectator.

... I'm reluctant to accuse the pontiff of outright lying, but his Traditionis custodes is disingenuous. He claims that all Benedict wanted to do was provide for the handful of dying traditionalists who wanted the Old Rite, but we all know there was more to it than that-- that there was a hope of modernising the Old Rite while clearing up abuses in the New, while acknowledging that the Old is a perfectly valid expression of the Catholic faith (which is a recipe for mutual enrichment and genuine unity). Moreover, practice of the Old is one of the few areas of growth in the Western Church-- to the embarrassment of those who hate it-- and the reasons for its success are obvious. For many attending it for the first time, stripped of its social context in the 1960s, it is refreshingly novel and it strikes them as prayerful and beautiful, an antidote to the noise of the 21st century. Francis claims that it has become a rallying point for critics of the modern church, that it is a threat to unity-- and that's true in parts, but not in the vast majority of dioceses. Indeed, the best effect of Benedict's action was to divorce practice of the Old Rite from schismatics: it meant that if you wanted to enjoy it, you no longer had to attend a dubious underground church in Bayswater. It is Francis who has made it controversial again, pushing it to the margins and then accusing it of being marginal....

It is also the feast of Saint Graebnat (6th century), of Saint Jadwiga (14th century), and of Saint Ennodius (6th century).

V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. R. Deo grátias.