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"Father Isaac Jogues was truly a martyr before God, rendering witness to Heaven and earth that he valued the Faith and the propagation of the gospel more highly than his own life, and losing it in the dangers into which, with full consciousness, he cast himself for Jesus Christ…" — Fr. Jerome Lalemant (writing in 1647)
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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Why Is This Interview Not Better Known?
published 26 March 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

HE FOLLOWING INTERVIEW ought to be much better known. What is quite interesting is that Cardinal Ratzinger in 2003 hints at the possibility of Summorum Pontificum. It contains many beautiful statements by the saintly Cardinal Ratzinger, a true servant of our Lord and Saviour. Here is one of many: “We are today not another Church as 500 years ago. It is always the same the Church. What is one time holy for the Church is always holy for the Church and is not in [an] other time an impossible thing.”

Cardinal Ratzinger also reveals that he had intended to retire in 1991 so he could pray and write books, but when he saw Pope John Paul II suffering so much, he felt called to continue in his post.