Wednesday, June 17, 2015


All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou Brother Sun with golden beam,
Thou Sister Moon with softer gleam!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou Brother Wind who art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou Sister, Moon in praise rejoice,
Sweet lights of evening, find a voice!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Swift Sister Water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear!
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou Brother Fire, robust and bright,
So playful, strong, so warm and light!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Dear Mother Earth, who day by day,
Unfold thy blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
All flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
All ye with mercy in your heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Most kind and gentle Sister Death,
Waiting to hush our final breath,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord that way hath trod.

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise God the Father, God the Son,
Praise God the Spirit, Three in One!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Laudato Sia, Dio Mio Signore
Saint Francis of Assisi (+1225)
translated and paraphrased William H. Draper (+1933) et al.

A prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.

O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!

Given in Rome at Saint Peter’s on 24 May, the Solemnity of Pentecost, in the year 2015, the third of my Pontificate.


  1. Oh Fr D - you've left out the line the Krazies love: "Woe to those who die in mortal sin!"

  2. A TWO HUNDRED page encyclical! YAWWWN

    1. Your brilliant mind must find the Bible a real bitch then, eh?

    2. Anonymous 7:31
      Start with one of the two prayers Fr D has posted here. True they're a bit longer than the Hail, Mary but see if you can stay awake through one of those.

    3. Yes, in fact I find the Scripture readings in the new lectionary, especially the daily cycle, particularly laborious!but I guess you're right who sits there reading the documents of the Second Vatican Council, or the Fourth Lateran Council, or Constantinople for that matter. and encyclical, at least I always thought, is supposed to be a letter... not a book!

    4. There's a new lectionary? The one at our church was authorized in 1969.

  3. I wonder how that section on consumerism squares with Father Z's business. Oh and the meltdown on Rorate ' Twitter feed is spectacular.

  4. D, wot th hek? You gone soft or summin? This post ain't like yous bt spose anyone kin sort a chng an mello. Good on u, D. Tyme to smel th rosis I spct. Kep on trukin.

  5. Thank you, Fr. D! Although you make sport of so much ecclesiastical madness, through postings like the present one you always bring us around to what the church is all about.


  6. Auntie is very cross at Father D for publishing prayers that have not been submitted to the ICEL and Vox Clara committees at the Vatican for revision.

    She quickly e-mailed "A prayer for our earth" to the committees. They agreed with Auntie's outrage and replied that they are still working on suitable revisions. The process will take at least a month, but that they have revised the first few lines in accord with Liturgiam Authenticam. From now on, this prayer should begin as follows:

    O God who, being omnipotent and even omnipresent both in the totality of the universe and in the most minuscule of your creatures, embraces with your clemency all existent beings, grant, we humbly beseech you, graciously to vouchsafe the inundation of your charity, that, protecting life and beauty we may be replete with quiescence and live as brothers [NO INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE ALLOWED] inflicting detriment upon no one.

    Auntie thanks Father D for his kind compliance with these higher standards of elevated language and liturgical correctness.

  7. Anonymous at 7:31 A.M.

    Yes, about 200 pages.

    That is why "nobody" (among the laity) reads Papal Encyclicals. I noted the other day here that some 85 years ago, Pope Pius XI noted that few laymen, speaking relatively, read Papal documents...addresses...pronouncements. Instead, it is via liturgy, as Pope Pius XI noted, that Catholics encounter in most powerful fashion the Church's teaching.

    Father noted in regard to my statement about Encyclicals that it's the job of the clergy to unfold Encyclicals to the Faithful. Excellent point.

    But there is the reality that 80 to 90 percent of Catholics in the West refuse to assist regularly at the Novus Ordo Mass. Therefore, it is important that you (you are among the laity?) and spread the word to our brothers and sisters as to the contents of Pope Francis.

    Please read the Encyclical. Then offer information about the Encyclical to those who will listen.

    Mark Thomas

    1. Mark, could you kindly give source and cites for your contention that 80-90 percent of Catholics ... refuse to assist? Are you talking of Catholics or your bocce team?

  8. Fr. D, I'mma need you to make a post about the encyclical itself so that we can have a big discussion. Frankly, the radtrad blogs are freaking me out.

    1. I am rather enjoying Rorate 's meltdown.

    2. Back at Amazon Wishlist HQ, the natives are restless, even revolting:

      "Oh, I thought there had been a long anti capitalist tradition at the Vatican. Jonathan Kwitny in his biography, “Man of the Century” about John Paul II, describes him in the introduction as the “world’s most eloquent critic of capitalism”.

      Looking at his encylical letter Solicitiudo Rei Socialis and Centessimus Annus, one would form that opinion.

      Distributism rules. That was an attempt by G.K Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc to put into practice the Church’s social teachings."

      Lacy Boy spits the pacifier, fumbles, loses the plot, harrrumphs and goes off sulking....and is consumed in a cloud of resentment:

      [Here they come! No, I don’t think it does. However, there are a couple spots in the encyclical that ought to make a thrill run up distributist legs.]

    3. Pope Francis makes a quite eloquent argument against capitalism in his encyclical.

      When people become self-centred and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. Laudato Sii (204).

    4. That certainly puts a damper on the old wish list, doesn't it.

  9. Anonymous at 7:31 A.M.

    Perhaps you could offer the following ideas to your pastor to prepare for the next Encyclical...or your parish may already promote the distribution of Encyclicals.

    Anyway, the laity don't read Encyclicals. Perhaps that would change in large part if they were presented literally with an Encyclical.

    Exhort your pastor to...

    -- Take up special collections for a bulk order of a pending Encyclical.

    -- Could the parish sell advertising on the back covers of a special order of the Encyclical...akin to advertising on church bulletins? (I don't know about copyright considerations.)

    -- Have some special sales (bakery goods, plants...whatever) to raise money for the bulk purchase of Encyclicals.

    -- A raffle to raise money to place a bulk order for an Encyclical.

    -- Order the Encyclical(s) them on tables (include donation boxes...raise some additional money for the poor) so that each worshiper can pick an Encyclical following Mass.

    -- Have your pastor exhort each parishioners to read then pass along to lapsed Catholics copies of the Encyclical. a few Encyclicals to distribute yourself.

    But please read the Encyclical. Then do your best to promote its teachings.

    Mark Thomas

    1. Mark where are you from? I think i know you.
      Justin Thyme
      Faithful Catholic

    2. Justin, are you in Texas?

    3. I am in the See of Bridged Ports on the Atlantic in the Nutmeg State. Never been to the Lone Star State.
      Justin Thyme
      Faithful Plain Ole Catholic

    4. Justin, I have visited relatives several times in Connecticut. I have great memories of my visits to the beautiful Nutmeg State.

      Mark Thomas

  10. Dear Father,

    The following is from Rorate Caeli blog, June 3, 2014 A.D., during which New Catholic praised Pope Francis as a Traditional Catholic Pope in regard to the Church's Social Teaching:

    Posted by New Catholic at 6/03/2014 08:45:00 PM

    "I would like to start quoting Michael Sean Winters’s recent article in NCR:

    "Last week, the Holy Father addressed leaders of United Nations who called on him in Rome. He gave a short talk, which included these words calling for ‘the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State.’

    "Here comes Father Zuhlsdorf, who runs a popular conservative blog. ‘I wonder how many people are still listening to him seriously on this issue,’ opines Reverend Father.

    "Not content to take a swipe at the Pope, he goes after a few cardinals, adding, ‘I suspect other people might have the same reaction that I have when hearing/reading this stuff. It comes across as naive, out of step with history. Has any nation successfully dealt with poverty through redistribution? I don't think so.

    "Moreover, who would supervise this process of global redistribution? Angels? EU bureaucrats? The UN? Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga? Card. Kasper?’.”

    Rorate Caeli continued with New Catholic's commentary...

    "Once again, the Traditional Catholic voice went unheeded. Very few indeed have been making the case, a case that is true, that the positions stated by Pope Francis on economic and social matters are much closer to the Traditional Catholic position on the economy and the State than not.

    "Indeed, it can be said unhesitatingly that this is one area in which the Pope will find mostly allies in Traditional Catholics.

    "They know by heart, also as victims of injustice (including within the Church), that the doctrine of the Church regarding people, society and economic relations, and individuals faced with government, is one which privileges "justice" as its foundational aspect."

    "We would like to reinforce what we posted just a few days ago: social concerns, in theory and in practice, cannot be left by Traditionalists as an unoccupied field to the ecclesiastical "leftwing", to the unbelieving liberals.

    "By criticizing the current Pope when he indeed defends positions kept by his predecessors on Social Doctrine (admittedly, Pope Francis often fills such defense with unexpected idiosyncrasies, but not essential deviations), "Conservatives" bring themselves to an untenable position.

    "The traditional Catholic Social Doctrine is ours, it is wholly traditional, and it is our responsibility to defend it, to put it into practice in our communities (including with specific actions for the benefit of the most derelict in society), and also to defend His Holiness in those cases in which he makes its defense in the current economic environment."


    What an about-face from Rorate Caeli on His Holiness Pope Francis. Very sad.

    Mark Thomas

    1. Mark Thomas, when you say "very sad" it appears that you don't like Rorate supporting Pope Francis? You appear to be never satisfied.


    2. Cyril, I found it sad that Rorate, unlike many conservatives, Traditionalists, mocked Pope Francis' defense and promotion of Catholic Social Teaching after having recognized that Pope Francis was Traditional when it came to Catholic Social Teaching.

      I don't understand as to why Rorate mocked the Encyclical when it's obvious that the Encyclical is Traditional in regard to it's exposition of the Church's Social Teaching.

      As to being satisfied...I am very thankful and satisfied in all that God has given me...and unsatisfied in that I could and should be a much holier Catholic.

      Mark Thomas

    3. I believe Rorate Caeli will mock anyone that is not committed to the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass. Those of us who are average Catholics attending the regular Mass in English each week and are content with that are considered fools by the holier than thou retrorate crowd. The Holy Father will not give in to their style of dressing and praying, and judging and condemning. I pray they come to see the church is a place for all of us .
      Justin Thyme
      Faithful Catholic

    4. Justin Thyme...what do you mean please that the "Holy Father will not give in to their style of dressing and praying"?

      Mark Thomas

    5. Mark, For better or for worse, Pope Francis seems to prefer simple, plain vestments and the Ordinary Form for the Mass and Liturgy of the Hours.
      Personally, I prefer the style that Pope Benedict used. Many historical pieces worn by popes from the 18th and 19th and early 20th centuries. Pope Francis occasionally wears one of the chasubles from Popes Paul VI or John Paul II. Whereas Rorate, seeming to be led in many ways by Father Cipolla, seem to wish that everything after 1950 be burned.
      I attend the E.F. whenever possible. I love the beauty and clear simplicity. Not to mention the daily noon time Low Mass completed in less than twenty minutes leaves me time for lunch. I also love Pope Francis' open and informal style.
      Justin Thyme

    6. Justin, Low Mass in 20 minutes...that is too fast for liturgy.

      Mark Thomas

    7. when I was an altar boy for the vetus ordo the daily masses always finished in 25 minutes.

    8. In clerical religious houses many priests customarily 'said' their semi-private 1570 Mass in something between five and ten minutes.

    9. Well...Daily Mass is likely to have fewer worshipers...the Communion Rite would be shorter. Unfortunately, the Low Mass mentality has pervaded the Latin Church for centuries. Vatican II failed to correct that mentality.

      The Low Mass mentality is alive and well throughout the Latin Church. Minimalistic liturgy.

      Mark Thomas

  11. Great comment by Garry Wills in the NYR of books:

    "Now Pope Francis, with his encyclical on climate change, has introduced a concern for the poor into the environmental discussion. But conservative Catholics (including five actual or potential candidates for president) forgive him, since he knows nothing about science—if he did, he would realize its anti-biblical animus. He does not know, as the conservatives do, that the masked godless thing must be met by a holy resistance. This is what the French anthropologist Olivier Roy calls “holy ignorance.” It is not a failure of intelligence, but a proud refusal to know things tainted by the arrogance of inevitability. He writes: “There is a close link between secularization and religious revivalism, which is not a reaction against secularization, but the product of it. Secularism engenders religion.” The defenders of the lost cause feel persecuted, and the more support there is for their opponents, the grander they are in their lonely war."

  12. Great post on Eye of the Tiber that about sums things up.

    " Catholic blogger Dermot McHenry, who wrote a scornful attack on Laudato Si yesterday, reported this morning that he was now about ready to consider actually reading the encyclical for himself."

  13. Professor Lard Ass obviously had one or two 'adult beverages' too many and missed this one:

    pelerin says:

    20 June 2015 at 4:04 AM

    "Having only come across reference to the Acton Institute on this blog I decided to find out more. I was surprised to find that in 2005 the Acton Institute received $155,ooo dollars from Exxon Mobil and that Exxon Mobil has drawn criticism for its history of lobbying in attempts to discredit the idea that climate change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Food for thought following Pope Francis’ encyclical."

    1. Amongst other savory and not at all tendentious funders.

  14. Mr. Zuhlsdorf must be reveling in his own place of heaven on earth at this Acton Institute event. He gets to pass what he thinks is wisdom but not more than flatulence in a crowd of dull-witted delusionals. He gets to mutter is some gibberish that he believes to be church-Latin. And, he gets to do this all on the free money of his financial supporters.

    What a splendid job Mr. Zuhlsdorf does in fulfilling the role of useful idiot for the moneyed corporate interests of America.

  15. D, this is fir u. Ewes gorn sof an mks me soft turds ewe:

    Sofli wisperin I luv ewe
    Ekos of yr voic r callin
    Stil thru mi drms
    Sofinin th chil of th brze

    Thru ma winda
    I kin c th moonglo
    Paintin silva shados
    On a rose-colid lan

    A werle tht we
    Wok han n han
    In a da of gol colid
    Bi th glo of nu luv

    I luvs ya D!

    1. Wow, you write in the same Latin dialect as Mr. Zuhlsdorf.

    2. Welcome back, mensa boy.
      Clearing out the state hospital again, I see.

    3. Smfh this iliterate fuck is back

    4. The 'kipper and lager' bovver boi returns with his Coventry after the Blitz doggerel.

    5. 9:44 PM sounds like Tancred of the 'Polished Turd.'

    6. u gotta problemwiddat?

    7. Hey asshole... Return your GED and demand stronger meds...

  16. A video to accompany the above "poem" is available at Worth a watch, if only for the deplorably awful lip-synching so endemic in 1970s Top of the Pops.

  17. Lard Ass continues to drown in his own self-referencing bullshit:

    "Since the texts are amended and adjusted and changed after the initial public release (in multiple vernacular languages), people who refer to the vernacular versions (from the initial time of release) are not actually referencing the official, final document! They don’t go back to redo the vernacular translations in light of the changes in the official, final Latin!

    Students, church officials, bishops when they write pastoral letters… they aren’t reading the real thing.

    Thus, I hope there will be an official, Latin version Laudato si’, to which one can refer.

    I’m especially looking forward to how certain things will be translated! I remember in my work with Fr. Foster having to do a simultaneous translation exercise from an article in TIME on economics. I pretty much fell apart when I got to “marginal propensity for change”. If the concepts in Laudato si‘ are comprehensible, they should be able to be expressed in Latin.

    We also need the official Latin.

    Otherwise, this pontificate risks having a Magistweeterum rather than a Magisterium."

    1. Mr. Zuhlsdorf is as inept in economics as he is in Latin. The "Marginal Propensity" metric whether respecting savings, consumption or for that matter any behavior in terms of a change in income IS a measure of change.

      There is no such measurement as a marginal propensity to change...

      Mr. Zuhlsdorf is barely competent as a priest, much less an economist or a political analyst to be taken seriously.

  18. The Leaping Lunatic, Mundabor, gets all teary as he anticipates the great redemption from the present bondage:

    "Bad Popes, buffoonish priests, and horrible encyclicals will pass. They might pass after us, but they will pass one day. We soldier on, and wait for the end of the punishment. Penance and prayer, not Pollyannism or quasi-autonomy from the Church, will take us out of the worst."

    1. MundyBore and his Fellow Creeps can't PASS soon enough. Good riddance to them all.

  19. I am holding my sides laughing that Lacy-boy got punked by this guy Reginald Foster.
    This is the same priest that appeared in the Bill Maher movie "Religiulous".
    Maher was interviewing him just outside the Vatican gates and he was telling Maher that the Bible is essentially a bunch of fairy tales.
    Maher loved him and what he had to say.
    Considering that Lacy-boy considers Maher a son of Lucifer, the fact that he is trumpeting Foster is a scream.

    1. He is also pimping a class with Foster on the blog today. What do you want to bet that Foster considers Zed to be a joke?

      There is a funny chapter about Foster in the John Thavis book and he is definitely an eccentric.

    2. Mr. Zuhlsdorf is declining into jokedom at an increasing rate. During my career I have been through a few mergers and have had to adapt to new management and board's business culture and ideals, even down to a preferred dress code.

      It remains a cause for my total bafflement that underlings the likes of Burke, Morlino and sub underlings the likes of Zuhlsdorf are able to get away with the shit they stir and the outright crap that they spew.

      The Pope says this about weapons manufacturers

      What did they say at the Acton Cesspool?

    3. The only thing Lard Ass is interested about Foster, any anybody or any thing else is how much free load cash can be extract from the anaesthetized disciples.
      It's always helpful and comforting to have a strong sense of providence about these things. As time goes by, the dots will be joined in the Z story and he will be exposed and unravelled in the eyes of his followers. I have a hunch that this will be much sooner than later.

  20. Don't forget Grinding Groins Hunwicke, Ultra Bitter Bridgeport semi-Episcopalian sedevacantist Onion Grinch, and Hidden Homo Mundabor whose blogs all continue to spin out of control and out of the Church. If only they'd stayed in the places they used to hate before they brought their hatred and ignorance in to ruin our Church. All because poor old Benedict was so easily deceived by them.

    1. It's interesting 232, I used to be a virulent anti Catholic, mostly as a result of childhood abuse in the early 60s. One of my therapeutic exercises was to study and learn about the Church...

      My learning here has given me the vision to clearly see that these freaks are the anomalies... Not the Church.

      Mr. Zuhlsdorf is my personal peeve... He is engaging in a form of financial dominance over his contributors purporting to lead and teach but really supporting his own sinfully lifestyle at the alter of greed and gluttony.

      Cunniwicke is a pseudo intellectual gasbag. I feel sorry for the CC having to harbor this waste of flesh but I believe he is collecting on a C of E pension... But still, this jerk needs to be disciplined too.

      Monday's Bore is a freelancer... An asshole for certain but he isn't scamming support from the faithful.

    2. Piss and shit... I've been autocorrected.

      I intended to say sinful lifestyle at the altar of greed...

  21. Lard Ass the Rapacious is at it again on June 23:

    "BTW…only four people are signed up for a monthly donation for this date, the 23rd of the month, using the subscription button. Go to the very bottom of the this blog or…

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    1. Is it conceivable that a bulb so dim would exist to give this turd almost 4k per year?

      I wonder if Z isn't paying Morlino off for protection.

      Corapi was a shitstick but less offensive than Zully and he got heave hoed in pretty fast order a couple years ago. I'm guessing that Faddah Corapi got the axe quickly is that his indiscretions involved a woman.