Monthly Archives: May 2007

Bp. Betori on the new enemies of Christianity

Clearly the Pope is back in Italy and back at work. There is a great report on ANSA and SIR today about a sermon delivered by H.E. Giuseppe Betori, secretary of the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI).  He was in Gubbio … Continue reading

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Electronically delivered Catholicism ramblings

At BetNet there is a post about the iRosary, ostensibly using an iPod or other mp3 player for your recitation/audition of the Rosary.  iRosary uses the advantages of the iPod to make the rosary more attractive and flexible for younger … Continue reading

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Years ago when people were suggesting St. Isidore of Seville (+636) as the patron saint of the internet, I was asked to write a prayer people could recite before using the internet.  I wrote the prayer in Latin and submitted … Continue reading


Throwing the strawmen

Today is the Ides of May.  In ancient Rome it was a today for ancient Roman priests and officials to throw the argei into the Tiber of the Sublician bridge, and important wooden structure under care of pontifices.  Argei were, … Continue reading

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The Pope’s airplane comments and the left’s obsession

The slithery Marco Politi of La Repubblica has been saying for months that the Holy Father has been committing public gaffs, as in his comments at Regensburg when he angered Muslims.  Now Politi is fixated on the Pope’s remarks on … Continue reading

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FLASHBACK: 1988 – Ratzinger on the Lefebvre “schism”

I tip my biretta to Pontifications    o{]:¬)   for reminding me about a speech Joseph Card. Ratzinger gave in Chile in 1988 just days after the late Archbp. Marcel Lefebvre illicitly consecrated bishops in an act many think was schismatic.  My … Continue reading

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A trip to China for Pope Benedict?

Today in Adnkronos we read the following surprising report: As Adnkronos has learned in the environs of the Vatican, the Secretariate of State is supposed to have received from the Chinese organizers of a large art exhibt "Leonardo da Vinci … Continue reading

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Motu Proprio news in The Times

A kind WDTPRSer sent me a link to a story in the The Times about the Motu Proprio. An article by Ruth Gledhill mentions the resistence coming from German bishops to the MP.  She claims that the Pope will not … Continue reading

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History in stone

If you have a command of Latin, and you pay attention while walking around Rome, you can find some interesting things.  Here is an inscription on the facade of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.  Here is the transcription:                                  ORUM ORDINIS             … Continue reading

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Where are you?

Here are some of the places where recent readers are (I cut out the repeats).  New Bern, North Carolina Anonymous Proxy São Paulo, São PauloWinnipeg, Manitoba Modesto, California Seattle, Washington Eschborn, Hessen Tucson, Arizona North Reading, Massachu… Mount Prospect, Illinois … Continue reading

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Why the Motu Proprio and more Latin are needed

  This is a comment to another post, off topic, but a very good topic.  My emphases: vox borealis:  I am a long time lurker but never left a comment.  I know this is rather off-topic, but–I am teaching a … Continue reading

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Eucharistic Procession in Rome

This afternoon in Rome there was a Eucharistic procession from the Basilica Santa Maria sopra Minerva to the famed Chiesa Nuova.  It was in honor of today’s feast of Our Lady… of the Eucharist. The procession is about to leave … Continue reading

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Private v public values

The Italian newpaper Libero contrasted the simultaneous demonstrations in Rome yesterday: milk and binkies v. sweat and smoke.   By all accounts there were over 1 million people at St. John Lateran for the traditional values "Family Day" gathering.  Some … Continue reading

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Winners and losers

Today was "Family Day" in Rome and it was a huge, vast, mind-blowing success.  It was lay organized and attended.  It would have been a success, according to the organizers, had over 100,000 people come to St. John Lateran for … Continue reading

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