Monthly Archives: September 2006

My Roman neighborhood: Sant’Eustachio

I live in the Sant’Eustachio area of the ancient center of Rome. I thought on his feast day you might like to see a few photos: Here is a view of the church named for this saint. It is a … Continue reading

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The Roman Martyrology and The Roman Martyrology

  Over at Argent we find a blurb about Sant’Eustachio (St. Eustace) and companions from, as he writes, The Roman Martyrology.  Here is his offering: From the Roman Martyrology: At Rome, the holy martyrs Eustace, and Theopistes, his wife, with … Continue reading

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Marian apparitions

While I read with interest and devotion those things about Marian apparitions which receive formal approval of Holy Mother Church, I don’t spend a great deal of energy on Marian apparitions. Today, however, we observe the the Feast of Our … Continue reading

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WDTPRS and Diocese of Knoxville

A tip of the biretta is owed to frequent participant Henry    o{]:¬)   for the news that WDTPRS is quoted on the site of the Diocese of Knoxville, where His Excellency Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz is laboring in the Lord’s vineyard.  … Continue reading

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The WSJ gets it right about Pope Benedict

In today’s Opinion Journal/Wall Street Journal online there is a featured article, free to read. It is worth a few minutes of your time. Here is an excerpt (my emphasis): In Christianity, God is inseparable from reason. "In the beginning … Continue reading

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West Wing Redivivus

Well…. I am in the process of watching the next West Wing.  Lot’s of familiar faces… the same graphics and intros… even an Oval Office sketch at the beginning.  This is supposed to be edgy.  WW meets SNL. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Yah right… that’s gonna happen!

In the Jerusalem Post today we read: Citing the words of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslim religious leaders in the Gaza Strip on Sunday warned Pope Benedict XVI that he must "accept" Islam if he wanted to live in peace.   … Continue reading

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Prof. Adel Theodor Khoury & Pope Benedict

I have read in the ENGLISH language converage that the German expert on Islam mentioned by the Pope during his Regensburg Address, Prof. Adel Theodor Khoury, distanced himself from the Pope’s remarks.  However, if you read the story, he didn’t … Continue reading

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Civilized dialogue: The Regensburg Address

In the older, traditional calendar of the Roman Church, used usually with celebrations of Holy Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum today is also the feast of the Impression of the Stigmata on St. Francis. The feast has brought to … Continue reading

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The Holy See’s first encounter with Islamic terror

The first modern experience the Holy See had with Islamic terror was in St. Peter’s square on 13 May 1981.  The Soviets wanted JP2 dead.  They asked the Bulgarians to help and they found someone predisposed to shoot a Pope: … Continue reading

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Benedict did not grovel during his Angelus address

The Holy Father gave his Angelus address today at Castlegandolfo. At the beginning he departed from his text many times to console those present who were being treated to heavy rain. The press reacted instantly, stating that the Pope apologized. … Continue reading

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24th Sunday of Ordinary Time: POST COMMUNION (1)

EXCERPT:
The vocabulary of our prayer today is very dense, and so our English translation will suffer if we try to come up with one-to-one equivalents for the Latin elements. For example, the word sensus has great weight. It means more than simply “sense”. Even in a non-theological source such as the preferred Latin Dictionary of fame we find that sensus carries meaning beyond what we might perceive by the five physical senses of the body or by the perceiving powers of the mind. It points to that which is common to all human beings, “common sense”. This not the “common sense” which we might have (or lack) in, for example, not standing too close with our back to the lions’ cage when posing for a photo. This is also not the Kantian a priori principle of every judgment of taste, the Kantian term for the so-called subjective principle which determines only by feeling rather than concepts, though nonetheless with universal validity, what is liked or disliked by all people. It is not quite the ancient Greek idea of koine aisthesis according to the Aristotle (De anima – II,6, 418a17-20) which applies to our capacities of perceiving objects through more than one sense. Aristotle suggests a “common sense” power by which we perceive things. Medieval Aristotelians suggest that sensus communis is the root and origin of all sensing. Thus we are able to hear the roar, feel the bite and then see the shaggy mane and realize that it is the one and the same lion gnawing us as he drags our leg into the cage … when we lack the other sort of common sense. So, we might say that this is the power of uniting mentally the impressions conveyed by the five physical senses which constitutes ordinary understanding, without which one is foolish or insane and thus prone to lack common sense.
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Peace loving muslims on the Pope

Do you recall my entry on their cartoons? Here is another round of elegies of the Pope presented by those who embrace the religion of peace. If anyone needed any proof of precisely why the Pope had to say the … Continue reading

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The Pope on Sacred Music

When the Holy Father was in Germany recently, on 13 September he dedicated a pipe organ in Regensburg. At that occasion the Pope said (my emphasis): In the constitution on sacred liturgy of the Second Vatican Council ("Sacrosanctum Concilium"), it … Continue reading

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Stuck on stupid

Over at American Papist there is a good roundup of coverage on what the Holy Father said in Regensburg that has some muslims freaking out and burning him in effigy. Take a little time and read some of the stories … Continue reading

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