"A Chaplet of Devotions, Causes, and Societies to Which the Catholic May Safely Adhere" is the tenth chapter of Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies.
Father Tarcisius compiles information about three noteworthy devotions and clubs:
- The Saint Contraceptua Youthful Anti-Smut League
- The Knights of the White Sepulchre
- The Devotion of the Vestal Verger
To understand the premise of this chapter one need only to comprehend the first sentence: “will the advocates of this so-called ‘aggiornamento’ denude the Church of all its special clubs and devotions?” In short, will all the changes brought forth after the reforms of the Second Vatican Council (or perhaps the Third Vatican Council from the proceeding chapter) do away with long-popular church clubs and groups? Father Tarcisius goes as far to describe these reformers as “folk-singing, altar-swerving, delatinizing renegade[s]” who will eventually come to realize they need “clubs, sodalities, and leagues” to pass their time.
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