Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Action Item! Be a "Custos Traditionis"! Join an Association of Prayer for the Reversal of "Traditionis Custodes".

Fr Zed has a wonderful idea! I'm in and I encourage all my readers to join me. Prayer works and it's about the only thing that we, as laity, can do.

From Fr Z's Blog

As the smoke clears and the initial shock of the cruelty of Traditionis custodes ebbs… but will not go away… we have to bring our legitimate aspirations to prayer and penance.

I propose…

… an informal association of prayer and penance dedicated to two petitions offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which are

  • the softening of hearts of those interpreting Traditionis custodes (bishops, Roman Congregation officials);
  • the overturning of, or reversal of, or major amendment of Traditionis custodes.

The title of the hurtful document immediately brings to mind the adage of Juvenal, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes… Who’s guarding the guards”?

The “guards” or “guardians” referenced in the title of the document, though we lack the Latin sentence, surely point in the main to diocesan bishops.  They are the custodes intended, plural of custos…. “a guard, watch, preserver, keeper, overseer, protector, defender, attendant, etc., protectress, etc., in a friendly or hostile sense”.  NB: Male or female, both.

I appeal to you, dear readers, in the prophetic words of Fulton Sheen, always on the sidebar of this blog,

“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops.”

You are the guardians of the guards. YOU, dear readers, are the custodes custodum.

I ask you to join with others, making an informal but serious pledge to do two things for the two intentions, above.


  • recite the beautiful and powerful Memorare prayer DAILY;
  • make an act of physical or material penance for the two intentions ONCE A WEEK.

Will you be a "Custos Traditionis" and commit to a DAILY 'Memorare' and WEEKLY penance?

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