BLOG: Patriotic Rosary? Seriously?


On June 21st, dioceses across the United States will kick-off the “Fortnight for Freedom” during which “a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty” will take place through “prayer, study, catechesis and public action.”

As part of their “Fortnight” activities, many dioceses are planning the recitation of a bastardized, hybridized, nationalized twist on Mary’s Psalter called the “Patriotic Rosary,” which among other idiotic things intersperses readings from notable figures in American history — some of whom were virulent anti-Catholics — the singing of patriotic songs, and the rattling off of the names of all fifty states while curiously failing to mention that hotbed of debauchery known as Washington D.C.

In any event, you won’t catch me participating in this mockery of the Most Holy Rosary. I’ll just stick with the same devotion that was prayed by so many of the saints throughout the centuries; that which was good enough to secure victory at the Battle of Lepanto, along with the specific intention that our bishops may once again find the courage to invoke the Sovereign rights and prerogatives of Christ the King and His Holy Catholic Church.