29/6: Happy Feast of Ss Peter & Paul…Faith of our Fathers, Living Still!

On this day, Catholics recall the key event in the establishment of Christ’s Church on earth, when He appointed Peter to lead His Church: “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church…” (Matthew 16:18)

These days, however, more than ever, we need to remind ourselves about the profession of Faith which Peter made in the divinity of Christ  just prior to Our Lord’s appointment of him as the first pope:  having asked the disciples “whom do men say that the Son of man is?” (v.13) He then turned to Peter to ask him directly: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (v.16).   

Now, with Peter’s profession of faith made public, he is given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven (v.19)

The election of Pope Francis has thrown the Church into turmoil, so let’s use this thread to remind ourselves, firstly, of the need to pray for the Pope and for all the Bishops of the Church, but also to remind ourselves of the need for steadfast faith in the face of this terrible crisis – there is little merit, after all, in fidelity to Christ and Church when ruled by a faithful, saintly pope!

Key question:  should Pope Francis make a public declaration of Catholic Faith, to mark today’s Feast, given the confusion surrounding many of his public statements and the scandal surrounding Amoris Laetitia? 

As with all Feast Day / devotional threads we may discuss relevant issues, of course, but also post favourite hymns, prayers, poems, and share stories of miracles of grace attributable to these great saints.

A very happy Feast of Ss Peter & Paul to all our bloggers, and visitors to this site. 

Comments invited…

23 responses

  1. A very happy Feast Day to one and all.

    I, for one, definitely DO think that Pope Francis should make a (very) public declaration of Faith, without delay. As in, “immediately”.

    • Dear Madame Editor,

      In the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul is preceded by Petrivka (St. Peter’s Fast – aka the Apostles’ Fast). It starts the Monday after the Sunday of All Saints (Trinity Sunday on the Latin calendar) and lasts until June 28 inclusive.

      Here’s some excerpts from Great Vespers:

      With what spiritual songs shall we praise Peter and Paul?
      They slew the godless tongues of idolaters.
      They are fearful swords of the Spirit and notable ornaments of Rome,
      nourishers of the whole world
      and the God-inspired tablets of the new covenant.
      Christ, in His great mercy, has proclaimed their honour in Sion.

      In Tone 4, Glory…

      Christ asked three times: Peter, do you love Me?
      Thereby He satisfied the three-fold denial;
      and Simon, understanding the mystery, cried to the Lord:
      You know all things; You know that I love You.
      After this, Christ said to him:
      Feed my sheep, feed my lambs;
      feed those sheep which I have fashioned for salvation with my own blood.
      Therefore, O blessed Apostle of God,
      beseech Him to grant us great mercy.

      Now…

      O Mother of God, David the prophet and forefather of Christ foretold in song
      the great things that would happen to you.
      He revealed that you would be a queen,
      standing at the right hand of God,
      and that you would be the Mother of Life and Intercessor for the world.
      He prophesied that God, in his good will toward mankind,
      would become incarnate of you without a human father.
      Thus He would restore His image within us,
      which had become disfigured by our passions.
      He would seek out the lost sheep that was trapped in the hills;
      He would lift it upon His shoulder and carry it to His Father
      who would place it in the midst of His heavenly hosts.
      In like manner, Christ will save the world because of His great and abundant mercy.

      Source: http://lit.royaldoors.net/2017/06/14/june-29-2017-holy-glorious-all-praiseworthy-and-chief-apostles-peter-and-paul/

      A happy feast day to all, especially Petrus.

      Yours in Christ the King,

      Margaret USA

  2. Editor,

    I agree that Pope Francis should make a public declaration of Faith. Though I doubt it. Most likely he would object to the hymn Faith of our Fathers as being divisive, it is not on heard very often nowadays.

    • Theresa Rose,

      Thank you for this. I tried to find a congregation singing this (one of my all-time favourite) hymn on YouTube but almost every version was of a different tune and many were Protestant choirs and churches! Amazing. There is only Catholic congregation singing the correct tune that I can find and it is not clear, sound not great, so many thanks for posting the traditional, stirring version!

    • In the Protestant branch from which I escaped we sang that hymn lustily as a challenge to papists! We considered them the torturers and us Protestants the poor beleaguered martyrs. Imagine my surprise when my wife told me that, in Catholic churches, that same hymn was sung for their cause, in other words they were the martyrs, I was astounded!

  3. Today, sadly, brings news of charges of historical sex abuse against Cardinal Pell – click here to read more.

    I do not see this as a strong case at all, from what has been made public so far, so I am suspicious of these allegations. There will be many reports, however, containing different information, so feel free to post other links to enable us to get a clearer picture of the situation.

    In any event, coming to us on today’s Feast of Ss Peter & Paul, I suggest we all pray hard for Cardinal Pell – that the truth will out, whatever that truth may be in this case and that justice will be seen to be done.

    • Editor

      It will be another pair of conmen trying to get some financial compensation from the Church for so-called offences that apparently took place when the Pope was still an altar boy!

      Whatever happened to the statute of limitations? How is a person supposed to prove their innocence after a four decade lapse in time, especially when financial gain is on the cards for those making the accusations? There is no longer true justice in any Western legal system.

      Cardinal Pell’s strident response to these charges tells me right away that he is an innocent man being targeted by a couple of chancers.

      • The accusations against the Cardinal are said to stem from actions which took place thirty years ago.

        Who here, I wonder, can remember what they were up to thirty years ago? I can remember finals and graduation sort of, and a move to a new city to begin my working life … but apart from that, zero?

        • Prognosticum

          I agree entirely, and I believe it was actually forty years ago they say the Cardinal offended. I suppose the best place for a kangaroo court is Australia, eh??

          Another development here is the fact that a Prince of the Church is being charged by secular authorities and tried in a secular court, this is unheard of.

          The Church, like the military, has her own tribunals to try accused clerics and prelates. She also has adequate methods of punishment for those found guilty of heinous crimes. That Cardinal Pell is the first prelate not to be granted this right is telling. It demonstrates that the main exercise of these historical cases is vengeance. There is nothing remotely just in this development, it’s a case of publicly humiliating the Church and opening the way for another round of compensation. So much for Vatican II’s rapproachment with the world. It’s clearly a one-way street that’s taking the Church right to the summit of Calvary.

      • It will be another pair of conmen trying to get some financial compensation from the Church

        Athanasius,

        it very much looks that way. Here are the details of the Cardinal’s accusers:

        One of the accusers, Lyndon Monument, is an admitted drug addict and has served almost a year in prison for violently assaulting a man and a woman over a drug debt. Monument has also accused a boyhood teacher of forcing him to perform sex acts. What an unlucky guy.

        The other accuser, Damian Dignan, also has a criminal history for assault and drunk driving. He has also accused a female teacher of beating him during class when he was a youth. He says he lives alone, suffers from leukemia, and has “lost everything” due to alcohol abuse.

        http://www.themediareport.com/2017/06/30/cardinal-pell-case-facts/

        So, both men have criminal records and a track record of accusing people of abuse. Both also have a history of abusing alcohol or other drugs.

        Of course we cant judge a book by its cover, but these facts do not paint the accusers in a rosy light.

        • Gabriel Syme,

          That is just astounding! How can these two accusers be given any credibility whatsoever in a court of law!

          The worrying thing is the media said there were “multiple” accusers but that could be just two, more than one. If there are any more and they are as “credible” as these two, the Cardinal will be walking free, head held high, in no time.

  4. Congratulations to Petrus, and a very happy Feast Day to all!

    Yes, Pope Francis certainly needs to make a public profession of faith, as Msgr. Bux recently stated, but I’m not holding my breath. Even if such a profession were to happen, the “faith” the Pope professes would not be recognizable as the Catholic Faith.

    Here is the latest evidence of this: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/06/de-mattei-francis-imposes.html#more

    In my opinion, this perverse action greases the skids for two things: one, “concelebration” with ministers of false religions (i.e. another steppingstone to a One World Religion); two, the institution of the same “team” approach to revolution that was adopted long ago by the NWO, an approach which pretty well ensures that resistant individuals will be overruled by group consensus.

    And I’m still praying for this Pope – either for his conversion, or for his speedy removal from the Chair of Peter. Thy Will be done….

    • RCA Victor,

      I think you are on to something there. This “working paper” by the Congregation for the Clergy, which repeats that “ the concelebrated Mass is preferable to individual celebration” (the bold is in the original …) is sinister, indeed.

      We are witnessing the evolution, not just of the new Mass, but of the new Modernist version of the Church – no doubt about it.

      Ss Peer & Paul, pray for us!

      • I had not heard of this development, but it seems to me to reflect the prevailing mindset since Vatican II, albeit the 1983 Code of Canon Law explicitly prohibits the imposition of concelebration.

        As I understand it, the problem surrounding concelebration stems from our lack of knowledge about what was going on in the Church in the second and third centuries. Were the presbyters around the Pope at this time ‘concelebrating’, or were they just sitting ‘robed in the sanctuary’?

        There appears to be very little evidence that they were concelebrating in the modern sense of the term. How, apart from the words of consecration, can one concelebrate a liturgy in which there was still a high degree of improvisation? Even today when we have printed booklets, the need to hold said booklet interferes terribly with the gestures which the concelebrating priest must make, particularly the epiclesis. On this point there is a photo somewhere on the internet showing a concelebration in the Archdiocese of Westminster subsequent to Vatican II. Each concelebrent has his own corporal replete with paten and chalice, as well as his own missal.

        If we really must have concelebration in the Novus Ordo, then it should be limited, in my view, to celebrations over which the bishop presides and to only as such a number of priests which can comfortably stand around the three sides of the altar at any one time. One of the most lamentable effects of concelebration as it has evolved since Vatical II has been, especially in the papal liturgies, to divorce the consecration from the altar.

        Many people also point to the East to justify concelebration, and on a visit to Russia a few years ago I put this to a Russian Orthodox priest. He told me through an interpreter that the modern Catholic practice is unknown to Russian Orthodoxy.

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