Monthly Archives: November 2006

“…the existence of a Ratzinger is like a slap on a sunburned back…”

If you don’t check out Diogenes every day on Off the Record… well… start.  I posted a blurb on the WSJ article, but Diogenes today says what I think and prevent myself from writing.  Here it is (my emphasis):

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Book list meme

Over at Idle Speculations we find the BBC’s (gak) list of 200 books for your Christmas vacation.  It might be fun to see just how many of them we have read. 
The Top 200 were (those I’ve recal reading are … Continue reading

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Vatican premiere of “The Nativity Story” movie

I attended tonight the world premiere of the new film “The Nativity Story”. It was shown to a full house in the Paul VI audience hall in the Vatican. Having the premiere of a film like this was … Continue reading

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WSJ: sub-optimal article on Pope Benedict

I usually like the Wall Street Journal and I read it often, especially the opinion page. However, the WSJ has an article on the Holy Father right now that really misses the mark, both in its quality of writing … Continue reading

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“…he supervised the translation of many of the liturgical texts…”

When I first began the WDTPRS series, I got some snarky hate mail from whiners saying things like, "How DARE you ciriticize the translation? How DARE you translate liturgy prayers? After all they were done by EXPERTS!!" I … Continue reading

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Solemnity of Christ the King: COLLECT (2)

EXCERPT:
The first objective of our participation in the Church’s sacred rites is to praise God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and give God glory. Liturgical and Biblical Latin is rich with words and phrases which exalt and express praise of God. In fact, the concepts of “glory” and “majesty” are nearly interchangeable in this light. We, on the one hand, render up honor and glory to God in a way external to God. On the other hand, glory and majesty are also divine attributes which we in no way give Him, which He has – or rather is – in Himself by His nature. When we come into His presence, even in the contact we have with Him through the Church’s sacred mysteries, His divine attribute of splendor or glory or majesty, whatever you will, has the power to transform us. His majestic glory changes us. So, it is right to translate these lofty sounding attributions for God when we raise our voices in the Church’s official cult. Continue reading

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Link to Ecclesia de Eucharistia in Latin

Here is a functioning link to the encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia.

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Children of Men Revisited

I am rereading The Children of Men by P.D. James after my unfortunate viewing of the new movie of the same name.  UK HERE
It had been some years since I read the book but I remembered something very different from … Continue reading

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Pontifications on “pro multis”

Over at Pontifications someone threw his hat into the ring about the pro multis question.  Over there you can read:

I’m all in favor of correct or superior translations of biblical and liturgical texts, and therefore I support the restoration of … Continue reading

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French politics and “Tridentine” Mass

Does anyone think these days about the "derestricting" of the "Tridentine" Mass? I still do.
You might remember when everything was flying furiously a few fair weeks ago that the French bishops went bananas about the possibility of an indult.  At … Continue reading

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Glass House

When the Holy Father travels to Turkey, he will not be received there as a Head of State. There are consequences for protocol.

It was also announced recently that the Pope’€™s welcome has been downgraded to a second-class protocol instead … Continue reading

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Kudos to Valle Adurni

You must go over to Valle Adurni for the blow by blow description, with pictures, of the Papal Coronation of John XXIII. There are some VERY funny editorial comments interspersed with Father’s descriptions of the ceremonies:

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Facing the East… and a QUIZ

Put everything down and read this:

The Byzantine Divine Liturgy, like that of all the Eastern Churches, is celebrated facing East. The priest and all the faithful look to the East, whence Christ will come again in glory. The … Continue reading

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Official document from Rome on homosexual activity by clerics

Here is a rather strongly worded document issued by the Roman Pontiff on clerics who commit homosexual acts (Latin original followed by my translation):

Contra quoscumque Clericos, tam saeculares quam regulares, nefandi criminis reos.
PIUS EPISCOPUS (SANCTUS PIUS Pp. V)SERVUS SERVORUM DEI
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Common Declarations and Deal Breakers

The Commmon Declaration, the Holy Father’s Address, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Address… ho hum.
You’ve all seen them in the news and, with a yawn, maybe scanned them and moved along quickly to find something more interesting. I did. … Continue reading

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Question for users of this blog

Quaeritur:  Are any of you making use of the "Recent Comments" links I put on the left side bar?
Also, I have discovered the blog looks different when using MS IE as compared to Firefox (which is the browser I usually … Continue reading

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What Does Pope Benedict Really Say? Who knows!?

There is a must read article by Sandro Magister on the problems the Holy See is having in actually reporting what Pope Benedict is really saying.  Here at WDTPRS we have dealt with this before.
He is a engaging snip from … Continue reading

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The Blessed Sacrament: minimum daily requirement

I happily tip my biretta to The Ironic Catholic and Catholic and Enjoying It! for the following.

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What do Episcopalians really say?

I ask you….

Reluctant biretta tip to Whitehall for this unfortunate graphic.  o{]:¬(
How those of that communion, trying to be well-meaning and faithful to what they know, must suffer.
I have a solution for them.

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