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The Traditional English Mass

The Traditional English Mass at Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas
You've probably heard of the Traditional Latin Mass. That's the unofficial designation for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Unofficially it's also known as the Tridentine Mass or the Vetus Ordo (meaning "Old Order"). Since Pope Benedict XVI 2007 motu proprio entitled Summorum Pontificum, the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) has seen a profound resurgence. With the potential regularisation of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) in the near future, we may even see exponential growth in the years ahead.

Many Catholics are drawn to the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) for very good reasons. The language may have appeal to some. After all, Latin is still the official language of the Roman Catholic Church, and besides its beauty, Latin does offer a mystical "separation" between the language of everyday life, and the worship of God. There are many Christians, not just Catholics, who…

Catholic Voting and Political Parties

As a general rule, I try to stay out of politics on this blog. That's probably a good thing. However, I think I would be negligent if I didn't mention something every once in a while. I do eventually have to stand before our Maker and give an account for my life, and yes, politics is a part of my life. So yes, God will ask us to give an account for our political positions as well.

I know lots of Catholics would just assume keep religion and politics separate. I get it. Part of it is about wanting to keep our religious beliefs pure and unspoiled by the dirty partisanship that inevitably permeates politics. Part of it is about wanting to vote a certain way, without letting religion spoil it. Part of it is just confusion in general, due to poor catechesis from our religious leaders, not knowing which issues to put before others.

I'll try to simplify matters here as much as I can, then I'll tell you how I have managed to deal with in in my own conscience. Here are the bas…