Monthly Archives: December 2007

St. Agnes on a snowy night

The other night, at St. Agnes, it was snowing.   It was quite lovely.  

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CWN on document clarifying Summorum Pontificum

Here is a piece from Catholic World News about the rumors concerning the explanatory document for Summorum Pontificum. However, I am sceptical.  I suspect we will not see the document until, perhaps, before Easter. My emphases and comments. New Vatican … Continue reading

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The return of triumphalism

  More and more Pope Benedict’s intentions are being clarified in regard to the Church traditional liturgical expressions. The Holy Father’s throne is raised high above the floor of the Basilica.  I had heard when I was in Rome from … Continue reading

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A new look for WDTPRS

In the near future WDTPRS may have a new look.  This is the direction I am leaning right now.  

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A reader requests help about baptism in older rite

I got a note via e-mail and I simply don’t have time at the moment to respond directly.  Perhaps you folks can help this person: Father, I know you are busy but I am hoping you will be able to … Continue reading

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500 signatures collected for old rite in Milan

Andrea Tornielli of il Giornale reports that in Milan some 500 signatures have been collected from people who desire to participate at celebrations of Holy Mass in the older rite. My translation of Tornielli’s piece: The signatures of 500 people … Continue reading

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The deathmask of St. Charles Borromeo

I tip my biretta to WDTPRSer aventicus   o{]:¬)   for this great glimpse of the deathmask of St. Charles Borromeo. [youtube:] Truly one of the great noses of all time. 

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Thanks to you WDTPRSers

Many thanks to MF for sending me the book from my wishlist.  Also, I am grateful for the recent donations from you kind readers.  They help a great deal.

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Msgr. Schuler

Today would have been the 87th birthday of Msgr. Richard J. Schuler, former pastor of St. Agnes Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Ad orientem versus

I tip my biretta to Cacciaguida       o{]:¬)

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WDTPRS – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas – Holy Family

A liturgical “octave” is an eight day period following and including the feast. In a way, the Church suspends time so that we can “rest” within the mystery we have celebrated while contemplating it from different angles. Perhaps you have … Continue reading

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Card. Bertone on the instruction about Summorum Pontificum

Andrea Tornielli on his blog for il Giornale has a glimpse of an interview with the Cardinal Secretary of State, H.E. Tarcisio Bertone, to be published soon in the weekly La Famiglia Cristiana.  Card. Bertone mentions the instruction on Summorum … Continue reading

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Are attempts being made to silence Damian Thompson?

  I picked this up from the blog of my friend Fr. Raymond Blake (whom I hope to see, perhaps in February).  I think it is worth some attention in the Catholic blogosphere. My emphases. I thought you might be … Continue reading

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Presepio at St. Agnes

At St. Agnes in St. Paul there is always a very fine presepio, or creche, or nativity scene.  Here are a couple images. And here is one of those details which you just can’t plan:   The sanctuary is nice … Continue reading

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A Chicago make over

Yes, folks, it is possible to renovate without wreckovating.  It is also possible to unwreckovate.  Much can be accomplished with the combination of intelligence, good will, and lots and lots of money. The Institute of Christ the King, always good … Continue reading

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