Monthly Archives: December 2007

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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The rite of exorcism

There was a rumor going around that Pope Benedict was contemplating or working on a document about exocists.  According to law, dioceses must have an appointed exorcist.  I suspect many dioceses don’t.  There is a news item today from apcom.  … Continue reading

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NCR: another editorial whine about Pope Benedict and liturgy

The ultra-leftist National Catholic Reporter has another predictably whiny editorial against the Holy Father’s vision for the Church and his moves to reform the liturgy. My emphases and comments. Issue Date:  December 28, 2007 Liturgy reform: No going back When … Continue reading

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The future of the Congregation for Divine Worship

From the site Palazzo Apostolico we find this bit.  Keep in mind this is consistent with the usual back halls murmuring anytime the main chairs of dicasteries come into play.  The following is typical of Roman curial speculation.  My translation: … Continue reading

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“The Christmas Feast is already a fading memory…’

Over at the anecdotal place there is a great entry with a post-Christmas debriefing by W.H. Auden, which I share here. This is a wonderful way to sharpen your sense of the Octave of Christmas, which we are still celebrating. … Continue reading

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Here’s a headline we haven’t seen before

From the Regular Guy we find this:  USCCB President To Participate In Latin Mass His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will assist in a celebration of the Traditional Latin … Continue reading

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