Anniversary! (HINT: Nolan Ryan)

I like anniversaries.  At least, I like them sometimes.

Here’s one I like.

I saw when I was looking for something else.

Nolan Ryan Robin VenturaToday is the 22nd anniversary of when Nolan Ryan beat the … out of Robin Ventura!  HERE

You charge the mound because you’re furious. Because you want to hurt someone. You know you’ll be ejected, fined, suspended, but it’s all worth it for brief taste of revenge. You never do it thinking that it all might go horribly wrong, and you might wind up on the receiving end of one of the most iconic beatdowns in sports history. Robin Ventura was one of the finest third baseman to ever play the game of baseball. I can’t hear his name without picturing him in a headlock, being whaled upon by a 46-year-old man.

It was nothing personal. The Rangers (and Ryan in particular) and White Sox had been at each other’s throats for three years, going back to when rookie Craig Grebeck had pimped a spring-training home run off the aging, ornery flamethrower. The two teams exchanged occasional beanballs, but things escalated in a game on Aug. 2 that saw four hit batsmen.

On Aug. 4, 1993, Robin Ventura greeted Ryan with a first-inning RBI single. In the second, White Sox starter Alex Fernandez hit Juan Gonzalez. So when Ventura came up in the third, Ryan drilled him in the upper arm. Ventura took four steps to first, then changed his mind.

Ventura’s errors were manifold. Rather than barrel into Ryan at full speed, he slowed down when he hit the mound, allowing Ryan to remove his glove. Ventura went low on Ryan, trying to wrap up his trunk, but couldn’t get any leverage on the big Texan. Ryan wrenched Ventura’s head to the side, as if trying to wrest it off, then deliver five or six short, quick uppercuts to Ventura’s dome before the cavalry could arrive.

Ivan Rodriguez was the first there, and the 21-year-old catcher was already in rough shape. He had undergone surgery on a broken cheekbone less than a week earlier, and had missed the previous night’s game with what sound like post-concussion symptoms. “I didn’t try to go out there and fight,” Rodriguez said. “I went out there to try to separate them.”

He couldn’t do a thing, as Ventura’s momentum was carrying the fight away from Rodriguez and into center field.


Read the rest there!

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ASK FATHER: Color of sanctuary lamp

sanctuary lampFrom a reader:

Father, Today I visited a church in a nearby town in a different diocese. The Bishop in that diocese sent out a letter about a year ago that all tabernacles are to be in front of the church. This parish had the tabernacle in the back in a room all it’self and they left it there, but put another one in front. They both have a white lamp! I was with a friend from that town & he was not surprised. I wondered if that lamp is allowed to be in a white or clear glass instead of a red one.

The color of the sanctuary lamp is often red, but this isn’t prescribed anywhere.  The burning lamp in many places indicates that the Eucharist is reserved there.  I would say that the use of a red lamp is so common that using a different color is not a great idea.   It caused confusion for you to see a white one.

In Roman churches there can be also as many as 7 lamps hanging before the tabernacle.

Another way to show that the Eucharist is present, is to have a veil on the tabernacle and/or baldachin.


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My View For Awhile: Mazzucchelli Edition

A priest friend and I are headed to SW Wisconsin to visit churches built by the Dominican missionary Ven Samuel Mazzucchelli.

We will aim at Dubuque to see the Cathedral.  The founder, Bp Loras was a friend of St John Vianney.

Meanwhile it is a picture perfect summer day.

More later.


It’s later.

We stopped in Schullsburg to see a parish founded by Ven. SM.  A nice civil war memorial.

Ven. SM named the streets in the town around the parish, which is at the corner of Truth and Judgment.

Then on to New Diggings.    This area had lead mines.   This little church, St. Augustine’s, was built by the Venerable.

It remains today as it was in his day.


On to Benton to see the grave of the Venerable.


Then it was on to Dubuque where we saw the cathedral.   It was hard to get into.  We eventually found a sign directing us to the rectory, where we were met with indifference but, nevertheless, led to the church.  No males in sight, btw.  No lights were turned on for us and we were told to find our way out.  Thus, we didn’t get a chance to visit the crypt.

It was then on to Sinsinawa Mound to see some of the items that belonged to Ven. Samuel, the founder of this group of Dominicans.   This is a super liberal group.

This was in the parking lot next to our car.

The inside of their chapel.   Look at the vast number of places in the choir stalls.  This was built, if I recall, in 1964.

You should be able to click the image, below, for a large version.

On our way to see an exhibit about the Venerable, we saw this helpful sign, which must have been intended for use during some sort of retreat.

Here is the painting whence the image of the Venerable is copied.

A copy of a wilderness altar.

Actually, the exhibit on Fr. Mazzuchelli was pretty interesting.  There were also displays about St. Clare Women’s College.

In their bookstore.

The gift store was … eclectic.

Then is was on to Fennimore to see the marvelously restored parish church, which is entrusted to the priests of the Society of Jesus the Priest.

Then it was back to Madison.

The temperature was about 80F and we had puffy white clouds and a breeze.  Perfect for a drive.


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Our Lady of the Clergy

Our Lady of the Clergy

O Mary, Queen of the Clergy,
thou who art the Mother of the Church,
the Queen of missions,
the fulfillment of all ecclesiastical virtues;
deign to sow in the pure hearts of our first communicants abundant graces for priestly and missionary vocations.
Prepare the souls of our seminarians for the dangerous duties of their future sacred ministry.
Fill our priests, thy favorite sons,
with a burning ardor of indefatigable zeal,
and grant them the holiness and knowledge
necessary for their glorious mission.

O Queen of priests,
thou who art the appointed patron of the Catholic hierarchy, enlighten and strengthen our bishops
so that they may be thy people’s vigilant pastors and zealous leaders.

Extend thy powerful protection
to our Holy Father the Pope,
that he may guide the ship of thy Church
with a firm and sure hand
through the storms and convulsions of the modern world to the port of eternity.

August Queen of heaven and earth,
O divine captor of my heart,
draw all souls to thee
and chain them to thy virginal heart by the unbreakable bond of a love so pure and so zealous that they may live only to love and please thee,
now in the darkness of exile
and soon in the splendors of our eternal home.

(Translated from the French Prayer:
Notre Dame du Sacerdoce.
P. Ignatius Mary OFM
Imprimatur: Fr Paulus, CP Metis, le 16 juin 1925. E. Emel, Vicaire Général)

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Hillary Clinton supports Planned Parenthood

Just a reminder of what you all know.

The other day she said that the baby parts videos were disturbing. She now repeats that she supports Planned Parenthood, big business abortion, founded by Margaret Sanger to get rid of undesirable people.

Today the Senate votes.

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ASK FATHER: Really long Elevation, Consecration – POLL

hand bellsFrom a reader…


We have a new priest in our parish (not the pastor). He’s done a few Sunday masses so far.

He’s got a few quirks, the most noticeable of which are during the consecrations of the bread & wine — elevating the host for about 2 minutes, then kneeling before the altar for another 1-2 minutes, elevating the chalice for the same, kneeling after that for the same. It totals about 6-8 minutes added on to the consecration.

Is this simply unusual, or against protocol?

Of course, it’s always better to have a priest be extra reverent than not reverent enough. Still, this weekend I finally looked up while he was doing it and kids were antsy, a lot of teenagers were just looking around the church, etc. His extra devotion was so long that it was hard not to be distracted.

That’s certainly unusual.  I would say that it is, in a public Mass with a congregation, perhaps a little self-indulgent.  Private Mass is one thing, but Mass with lots of people is another.  I have no doubt that Father is deeply pious, but this sort of liturgical practice could refocus attention to himself, which is contrary to the essence of the moment.

The length of time I elevate the Host is, of course, ideal. If asked, your parish priest will say the same about the length he chooses.

One of the things I have been trying to is to break the altar boys of is long rings (i.e., this isn’t a fire alarm) or a specific pattern that takes no account of what the priest is doing for the elevation (i.e., altar boys don’t get to decide how long the elevation lasts).  They are to make crisp, brief rings, paying attention to what the priest is doing.

Keeping in mind that Mass is not the time for sustained adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as if Mass were Exposition, and keeping in mind that part of the genius of the Roman Rite is the deprivation of our senses of sight and hearing during certain moments, and keeping in mind that bells are secondary to the Blessed Sacrament, how long do you think the priest should extend the elevation?

Please give your best answer and then use the combox.  We had this poll once before, but it is worth posting again, anew.  Anyone can vote, but you have to be registered and approved to leave a comment.

ROUND 2: The Host and Chalice should be elevated during Mass for

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Early Monday evening, the U.S. Senate will vote on S. 1881, to prohibit taxpayer funding of big biz abortion Planned Parenthood.

From Life News:

While most members of the Senate are strongly pro-life and support yanking taxpayer funding from the nation’s largest abortion business, there are seven members of the Senate — three Republicans and four Democrats — who are considered the most likely to support de-funding Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, some of them have already announced publicly they intend to back funding for Planned Parenthood despite the fact the abortion company sells the body parts of aborted babies.

Here are the seven senators who need to hear from you in the next 24 hours. If you live in their states, it’s time to pick up the phone and call now to ure them to vote to de-fund Planned Parenthood.


Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK) 202-224-6665
Sen. Mark Kirk, (R-IL) 202-224-2854
Sen. Susan Collins, (R-ME) 202-224-2523


Sen. Joe Donnelly, (D-IN) 202-224-4814
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, (D-ND) 202-224-2043
Sen. Bob Casey, (D-PA) 202-224-6324
Sen. Joe Manchin III, (D-WV) 202-224-3954

Friends… if you live in these states get on the phone.  If you don’t live in these states, get on the phone to your own Senators’ offices.  Be heard.

How to contact your Senator HERE


From FNC:

The Senate failed Monday to advance a Republican-led measure to halt federal aid to Planned Parenthood, but leaders of the GOP-controlled chamber appear ready to continue the fight, galvanized by a series of unsettling videos about the group.

The vote to bring debate on the bill was 53 against to 46 in favor.

The measure had not been expected to get the 60 votes needed to move it toward a final vote because Republicans needed several “yeas” from Democrats, who largely support Planned Parenthood.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was among the Democrats who voted to defund the group. Manchin, whose state has increasingly become more Republican leaning, was undecided until a few hours before the vote.

“I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in (the) recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion,” he said before voting. “Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization.”

New York Sen. Joe Donnelly was the only other Democrat to vote yes. The only Republicans to vote no were Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He voted no so he could again bring up the measure.

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ROME: “Shadow Synod” II September 10-12

I received word of a conference coming up in Rome.  The conference is clearly part of an organized effort to influence the proceedings of the upcoming Synod of Bishop on the family… and not in a good way.   This conference – like the recent “Shadow Synod” of 5 May last – is also to be held in the black shadow of the Jesuits.  It will be at the Gregorian University, like the last one.  It’ll be an after-glow of the burning City of God that was the “Shadow Synod”.

Happily, like good Northern Europeans, they are charging lots of money to attend, perhaps not knowing that in Rome no one pays anything. So, there will be 4 people at this.  But that’s not the problem.  They will have papers which will go into a book which will then be distributed to.

Let’s look at the brochure and make some comment.

Large images by clicking.

Note: Where you see Piazza della Pilota… that’s the Jesuit Gregorian University, even though the Greg isn’t mentioned.

An Opening Address will be given by our old friend Oscar Card. Rodríguez Maradiaga.


Note the description of the conference. They are looking for

“fresh perspectives on … the relation between doctrine and pastoral practice, the sense of the faithful, an ethics of mercy, and indissolubility int he context of a contemporary theology of marriage.”

This is sponsored by INTAMS and Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn, Dutch.   She’s a wealthy liberal with close ties to the Jesuits.

Andrea Grillo, from the Rome’s liturgical institute Sant’Anselmo, is an enemy of traditional worship.

Eberhard Schokenhoff, one of the worst, was a speaker at the 5 May Shadow Synod.  HERE and HERE  For this guy, God doesn’t communicate truths to us.  No, we are in dialogue with God and we, somehow, shape God.  He’s for Communion for everything that breathes, it seems.  He is a heretic.

What could possibly go wrong?

This is part of an orchestrated effort to condition the environment of the Synod.

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Catholic League on the publicly funded hate speech in Milwaukee

From the Catholic League:

Milwaukee Hate Speech Publicly Funded

August 3, 2015

Bill Donohue comments on the Milwaukee Art Museum’s anti-Catholic exhibition and its reliance on public funding:

Anti-Catholic art is always objectionable, but it is doubly so when it is publicly funded. Such is the case with the Milwaukee Art Museum: it is now showcasing a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made up of condoms; it was supposed to be displayed in November, but they moved the date to July 30. I have already addressed this hate speech, disguised as art, for what it is, and the lame defenses that officials associated with the museum have offered (click here). Now it’s time to examine the museum’s funding.

At the federal level, the National Endowment for the Arts gave this museum an $80,000 grant during the period of August 2008 to April 2010. In addition, it received $212,500 in federal aid from other sources. Statewide, it receives monies from the Wisconsin Arts Board; it was given $17,500 in fiscal year 2015. At the local level, it receives funding from the Milwaukee Arts Board for some exhibitions.

The arts community typically defends itself by saying that not every controversial exhibition receives public funding. But money, being fungible, means the taxpayers are on the hook for contributing to institutes that sanction hate speech. Catholics in Wisconsin, and in Milwaukee, should not be forced to have their hard-earned dollars underwrite a museum that denigrates their religion. If Catholics are forbidden from erecting a nativity scene on public property, the state should be forbidden from funding speech that trashes Catholicism.

We are contacting public officials in the executive and legislative branches of both the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee. Because officials from the Milwaukee Arts Museum refuse to act responsibly, the time has come to deny public funding to this establishment.

Perhaps Governor Scott Walker can prod the state legislature to act.

Contact Governor Walker’s office:

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ACTION ITEM! “Officer Down!” – Memphis officer slain

rom Fox News:

Authorities identify suspect wanted in fatal shooting of Memphis police officer during traffic stop

A suspect has been identified in the search for a gunman who shot and killed a Memphis police officer during a traffic stop, the city’s police director said Sunday night.

A warrant for first-degree murder has been issued for 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn, who is believed to be the shooter, Police Director Toney Armstrong said at a Sunday evening press conference.

Wilbourn is currently on supervised release for a 121 month sentence for robbery of a banking institution, Armstrong said.

Officer Sean Bolton, 33, may have interrupted an illicit drug transaction when he encountered a Mercedes-Benz illegally parked on a Memphis street Saturday night, according to Armstrong.

After Bolton illuminated the Mercedes with his spotlight, he approached the vehicle and was confronted by its passenger, who allegedly shot Bolton multiple times after a struggle, the director said.

Armstrong told reporters that 1.7 grams of marijuana was found inside the vehicle.


Armstrong said police are using all available resources to find the shooter and that officers are grieving, adding that “this is just a reminder of how dangerous” the job is.

“Sadly to say, we’ve been here before,” he said.

Bolton is the third Memphis officer to be fatally shot in slightly more than four years.


“The men and women in blue have certain rules of engagement that they have to follow, but at any given minute in a 24-hour day they’re dealing with folks who have no rules of engagement.

Meanwhile… God help you if you defend yourself from terrorists.


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