Monthly Archives: May 2007

John Allen in Hell’s Bible on the Motu Proprio

My friend and now former Rome resident John L. Allen, the nearly ubiquitous and fair-minded columnist for the lefty National Catholic Reporter has an op-ed piece in Hell’s Bible today.  Keep in mind that "senior Vatican official" and "Vatican authorities" … Continue reading

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Request to readers

Would you readers kindly do me the favor of offering prayers for an intention that has come up?  Many thanks in advance!  o{]:¬)

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Der Spiegel: Motu Proprio THIS WEEK

At the same moment that GK sent an e-mail I was reading an article in Der Spiegel which says that the Motu Proprio will be coming out this week.  There is a comment in the context of a larger issue: … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 32: Gregory the Great on Job; rubrics; sacred music

In this somewhat longer PODCAzT we hear from St. Pope Gregory the Great (+604) who gives us a commentary on Job’s suffering.  These days in the Office of Readings, now that it is "Ordinary Time" again… sigh… we are hearing … Continue reading

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“Some pig!”

And on another topic,  Alabama Boy Kills 1,051-Pound Monster Pig, Bigger Than ‘Hogzilla’ Saturday , May 26, 2007 An 11-year-old Alabama boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog that just may be the biggest pig ever found. Jamison … Continue reading

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Let’s just get it over with

So, let’s just get it over with and turn Westminster… the Cathedral… the Catholic Cathedral… into a mosque. Okay… I’m exagerating, to make a point. Hermeneutic had this before but this is just in from the Telegraph‘s Damian Thompson: Allah’s … Continue reading

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Restoration: Pont. Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told the Italian daily La Stampa that the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue is to be restored. This is the office primarily in charge of dialogue with Islam.  Last year, Pope Benedict merged the department with the … Continue reading

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Groooooovy

My good friend J of the UK, a matey chap if ever there was one, alerted me to a grooooovy YouTube filmette.  It is in an entry over at the wonderful Roman Miscellany.  I can’t believe I missed this one … Continue reading

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Pentecost at the Pantheon

There is a tradition in Rome on Pentecost Sunday.  At the Church S. Maria ad Martyres, the Pantheon, at the end of Mass red rose petals are let fall in great abundance through the oculus, the dome’s "eye" which is … Continue reading

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Send voicemail to Fr. Z

You can now send a voicemail message. Hmmm…. VOIZEMAIL?   Check out the left side bar. I will be alerted by e-mail when you send one.  At first the messages will be private only.  I will moderate them.  If the … Continue reading

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Fun with the new Compendium

The new book is quite informative and, I must say it, amusing. For example, I have learned more about "eyes".  We all know that when moving about during Mass priests ought to keep their eyes cast down piously.  However, on. … Continue reading

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Papal chess praxis: position play

A few people have written asking me about some Vatican appointments they noticed in the Bolletino.  I also saw this subject on a blog or another site.  Just to mention two appointments, some have noticed that the Fr. Michael Zielinski, … Continue reading

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It’s out! (…a book, not the MP)

I picked up my spankin’ new copy of the reissue of Ludovico Trimeloni’s Compendio di Liturgia Pratica today (Milano: Marietti 1829, 2007), pp. 865, E. 40. This heavy Italian tome teaches you how to do everything liturgical…. as it was … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 31: Hilary on the the gift of baptism; valid and invalid sacraments

In today’s PODCAzT we hear St. Hilary of Poitiers (+367), the malleus Arianorum speak across the centuries.  He talks about what the Holy Spirit does in us by baptism.  He does so, of course, against Arian and Sabellian heretics. I … Continue reading

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Baseball stadium and Cathedrals… think about it

Baseball is the game God loves most. It is therefore perfectly reasonable that baseball parks ought to be designed much as a cathedral might be.  This from The Lion and the Cardinal (edited and with my emphases and comments): I … Continue reading

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