- His determination to put into effect the decrees of the Council of Trent (dare we say, he lived "in the spirit of Trent"?).
- Following the Council's decrees, he saw to the publication of the Roman Catechism (1566), the Roman Breviary (1568), and the Roman Missal, a.k.a. the "Sacramentary" here in the United States (1570).
- Declared St. Thomas Aquinas a Doctor of the Church on April 11, 1567.
- After the victory at Lepanto of a coalition of ships from Spain, Venice, and the Papal States over the Ottomans was attributed by Pius to Our Lady's intercession, he instituted the Feast of "Our Lady of Victories" on October 7 (the date of the battle). The name of the feast was later changed by his successor to "Our Lady of the Rosary".
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Pontiff, You are the successor of Peter;
Pontiff, You are the teacher that confirms your brothers;
Pontiff, You who are the Servant of the servants of God, fisher of men, shepherd of the flock, You link heaven and earth.
Pontiff, You are the vicar of Christ on earth, a harbor amidst the waves, You are a beacon in the darkness; You are the defender of peace, You are the guardian of unity, watchful defender of liberty; in You is the authority.
You Pontiff, you are the unshakable rock, and on this rock was built the Church of God.
O happy Rome, O noble Rome.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
(Now, ready for some good news?) What the seminary lacks in numbers, it may make up for in intensity and eagerness. The seminarians speak of finding a joy and purpose that eluded them in secular careers. “We live in a very confusing world, a world where there is a lot of evil in it, and good men need to step forward,” said Brian Graebe, a former high school teacher who is finishing his first year. “You can stick your head in the sand, or you can do something to change it. What more heroic life is there than to touch these eternal mysteries?” (Amen, preach it!)
The biggest change, however, is in the age and backgrounds of seminarians. Decades ago, young men entered the seminary in their teens (...and, decades ago, young men also got married in their teens, and some went to war in their teens, and many got jobs in their teens that they intended to keep until the day they would retire from it. The root of the Church's vocations shortage is grafted onto the bigger crisis of our culture's phobia towards any decision that involves a permanent commitment. Colleges allow students to be "undecided". I can sign a contract committing myself to some business deal, and some lawyer can get me out of it. I can make the promise to love someone for the rest of my life, and a divorce gets me out of that. Should we be that shocked that, when we ask young men to make a decision that will affect them forever, they're a little bit hesitant? NEWSFLASH: THEY'RE NOT USED TO IT!).