The Title of this post says it all

Pope meets the Queen – who, unlike the Archbishop of Canterbury, is a real Protestant

Gotta love that. Interesting take in the article too:

Today’s meeting undoubtedly reflects a clash of historical traditions and formal theology. But it is also an encounter between two devout, old-fashioned, conservative Christians – and, in that respect, a meeting of minds.

Just go to his site and keep reading.

…is encapsulated in this quote from the Anchoress:

Papal Mass Ends in Scotland: First leg of the trip is over, tomorrow the real drama, the passionate engagement begins. I loved the Scots singing Auld Lang Syne and Loch Lomand at the end of Papal Mass; great joy amid crowd. Christ, blest and broken, for the life and light of the world. No wonder the secularists hate it all so much! A pal in UK tells me some in punditry are aghast at the enthusiastic attendance of the youth; doesn’t fit the “Benedict is evil, and you must hate him” narrative. Just now, as he appeared on the jumbotron, almost ready to take his leave, the young people cried out for him.

They cry out for Christ, for the constant reality of the love of Christ. — 2:11 PM emphasis mine

The Pope will always be hated by the world, because he is an ambassador for the cause of Christ and that is as opposed to the world as you can get.

“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. John 15:18-23

This is the message of absolute truth you can embrace it for your salvation or you can combat it, but you can’t ignore it.

Via Michael Graham, remember this is a field trip of a public school:

And here is what Graham says, he is exactly right.

This wasn’t a private school trip. It’s a public school, and students are lining up to pray. Can you imagine that happening on a field trip to a church or synagogue? Then again—have you ever HEARD of a Massachusetts public school visiting a church?

The worst part to me is the “we were feminists first” nonsense. Tell that to the Muslim women in Europe today wearing burkhas and bowing to their husbands in public. As Charles Jacobs points out, it’s utter nonsense.

If they were taken to a Catholic Church and prayed (they could not be given communion under Catholic Rules btw) the MSM would be in an uproar, but then again we Catholics don’t behead unbelievers (and those on the left who scream Spanish inquisition give me some examples from the 20th century) while those who suggest drawing Islam have to change their names and run.

Blogchild of mine the Carmelite has gotten a piece published at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette on the subject of Women priests in the Catholic Church:

As I said, in order to confect the Eucharist, the priest must be validly ordained — not “done in secret” by bishops who “secretly support their cause.” All sacraments are gifts of God to the Church and therefore cannot be performed in secret. The great exception to this is in areas where there is grave danger of persecution of the Church in some countries.

Thus, the ordination of women as priests is indeed a grave matter against the sacrament of ordination and the other sacraments as well because priests administer all. God becomes incarnate in today’s world through two means: the birth of a new child (see Genesis 1:26) and through the Holy Eucharist.

You should of course read the whole thing, and as she is looking for sponsorship for her trip to the canonization of Br. Andre Bessette, feel free to give her a hand.

Two more videos from last Sunday’s festival. The first is the procession about to enter the Church:

There was already a pretty packed church at this point.

The final video is of the closing song in Italian at the end of the Rosary and the litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It should not be forgotten that for all the food and pastry and music this is a religious devotion.

The funds raised that you see pinned to the banner were enough to seed us for next year’s festival. Hope to see you there.

My last video from CNMC was taken just as I had to run off with Lisa Henley who gave me a sec just before the Cardinal speak.

Unless my fortunes change a bit I will unlikely be able to make it next year, but I’m very happy to have been able to manage this one.

Update: Got her name wrong, corrected it

The Roma Band of Boston played at the Madonna Della Cava festival last Sunday. We talked to the band before the festivities began:

If you are looking for an Italian band for an event (And you should be) The Roma Band should be high on the list.

This is the last field guide entry from CNMC and the penultimate interview from the cnmc that I will be posting. He is also the only person from CNMC that was already on my blogroll.

If Thomas Peters never wrote a word on a blog he would still be an impressive young man. I’d like to give his father a pat on the back. I pray my sons turn out half as good.