Monthly Archives: March 2008

Times: Vatican tones down Good Friday service to avoid upsetting China

From The Times Online we read:
Vatican tones down Good Friday service to avoid upsetting ChinaRichard Owen of The Times in Rome
Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the Archbishop of Hong Kong and a noted critic of Beijing, has "toned down" his meditations … Continue reading

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Keep your ears for the Holy Father’s Thursday sermons

Keep your eyes peeled for English translations of the Holy Father’s sermons for the Chrism Mass and the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
Wow.
Today is too high impact for me to work through a translation.
In the EWTN coverage there was a … Continue reading

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EWTN coverage of Holy Father’s Chrism Mass

I watched through the EWTN coverage of the the Holy Father’s Chrism Mass and I have some observations.
It could be that the comments of Sandro Magister (and perhaps even on this humble blog) had a bit of an effect.  The … Continue reading

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S. St. Paul, MN – St. Augustine’s Church: Triduum – 1962 Missale Romanum

Sacred Triduum will be celebrated with the 1962 Missale Romanum at St. Augustine’s in South St. Paul, MN.
Holy Thursday – 8:00 pmGood Friday – 7:30 pmVigil of Easter – 11:00 om 
I think because the priests for St. Augustine also staff … Continue reading

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Marshalling his energies….

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict will reduce his activity at this week’s Good Friday procession by watching most of the service from a vantage point instead of walking around Rome’s ancient Colosseum, a spokesman said on Tuesday. [Entirely understandable.  … Continue reading

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Thanks to you all for the 2008 Catholic Blog Awards

The results are in for the 2008 Catholic Blog Awards.
Thank you!
How did WDTPRS do?

Best Apologetic Blog – 1st
Best Blog by Clergy/Religious/Seminarian – 1st
Best Designed Catholic Blog – 3rd
Best Group Blog – N/A
Best Individual Catholic Blog – 1st
Best Insider News Catholic … Continue reading

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WDTPRS reboot

We rebooted the server.
Are we faster?

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Catholic Herald: Arco on the theological value of Benedict XVI’s vestment statements

The insightful Anna Arco has a good article in The Catholic Herald, WDTPRS’s favorite Catholic newspaper of the UK.
You will like this, I think, unless you … well… you’ll see what I mean.
My emphases and comments.
Benedict XVI proclaims … Continue reading

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Another Black/Red variation! ROLF!

  I tip my black biretta  o{]:¬)   to The Black Biretta who presents another set of helpful texts.  One has a variation on Say The Black – Do The Red
 

 
ROFL!!  When Fr. Triglio … Continue reading

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Sports on Good Friday… anyone else irritated?

I don’t especially follow college basketball, but I do follow the Men’s Hockey team of my less than "Alma" Mater the University of Minnesota.
The WCHA/NCAA scheduled playoffs during the Triduum.
Grrr….
In this day and age of DVR’s this is not so … Continue reading

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Question from a reader: commentaries on the beatitudes

Let’s get everyone in on this.
Here is a question from a reader:
Do you know of any particular good commentaries on the beatitudes, especially what is means to be poor in spirit? 
I imagine that … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Wine in the chalice but no water – invalid?

A United States Marine writes with a query:

Father – at a recent Mass I noticed that the priest forgot to mix a small amount of water with the wine just before consecration, as is usual.  Did this invalidate the … Continue reading

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Kenya: Card. Arinze on inculturation

Our friend Fr. Blake has a good piece about Card. Arinze, Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni (oh yah… and also Prefect of the CDWDS) about inculturation.
Be sure to check out Fr. Blake’s page.
Emphases and comments mine.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, … Continue reading

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UPDATE on the Pope’s new pastoral staff

A reader posted a comment about the new pastoral staff, which we discussed in the entry on the Holy Father’s Palm Sunday Mass.
He pointed out that the staff used by Pope John Paul II, and also by Pope Benedict, is … Continue reading

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Card. Zen’s meditations for the Good Friday Stations available in Italian

The meditations of Card. Zen for the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday are available, only in Italian, on www.vatican.va.
The artwork for the Stations is in a Chinese style. 
For example, here is Jesus before the Sanhedrin:

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Upheaval in Tibet, and a Chinese Cardinal wrote the Good Friday Stations this year

The Holy Father sent a letter to Catholics in China last year.
There is now civil strife in Tibet, spreading to neighboring provinces.
Joseph Card. Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop of Hong Kong, is the author of this years Stations of the Cross for … Continue reading

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Oldie PODCAzT 15: Augustine – Christ is Vine and Life (in today’s Office of Readings)

Here is a an oldie PODCAzT from last year.  Yes… I am into recycling.
This PODCAzT was dated 14 April 2007, and I was in Rome. It was Wednesday of Holy Week, as today is, so we can use it today … Continue reading

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Weekly Novus Ordo Sunday Masses in Glasgow, Scotland

The future Archbishop of Westminster, His Hermeneuticalness Fr. Tim Finigan tipped me off about a Novus Ordo Mass in Latin every week in Glasgow, Scotland. 
I am very happy to promote this on WDTPRS!
Here is the post from The … Continue reading

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Gluten free Hosts and mustum for wine – dust up in Spain

Here is an interesting story about the use of low-gluten Hosts for people who are intolerant of gluten.  By extension it reminds us of the use of mustum, a wine whose fermentation process is halted by freezing.
Almost gluten-free Communion for … Continue reading

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Miss Manners: A Priest Walks Into a Bank …

A reader sent my this article.
I resonate with what follows.  
Very often I notice though I am very obviously dressed in my black suit with Roman collar, people in, for instance, banks et alibi, address me by my first name.  … Continue reading

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