Monthly Archives: April 2008

QUAERITUR: Consecrating Hosts apart from the consecration during Mass

I got this very serious question via e-mail.  I am horrified by what I read here, but I don’t have time to look up the concrete references.  I am betting some of you can.  I just don’t have time today. … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Turning the altar around in Greenville, SC – It’s time!

Do you remember my talking about the parish in Greenville, SC, where the altar and direction of worship is being "reoriented"?  During Lent the pastor Fr. Scott Newman issued in the parish bulletin a series of article explaining what worship … Continue reading

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All of a sudden, the cassock decided it wanted to leave. 

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Rorate strikes again: How don Camillo blocked the removal of an altar

Oh would that we had more parish priests like don Camillo.  Would that fictional characters could be canonized! Our friends at Rorate have another great entry today about how Guareschi’s character "don Camillo" strove to block the destruction of an … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Validity of matter of Hosts; adding water to Holy Water

I got this question from a reader (edited): Dear Fr. Z, I am a catholic from the Netherlands and I`m following youre blog for some time now. You must forgive me for my bat writing in English; I`m still Dutch. … Continue reading

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You’ve gotta be kidding me…

I was alerted to this by a reader: Controversial Episcopal bishop scheduled for Catholic book trade conference Bishop Gene Robinson St. Charles, IL, Apr 28, 2008 / 08:17 pm (CNA).- A group of Episcopalians has invited controversial Episcopal Bishop V. … Continue reading

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Can these guys do the music for the next Papal Mass in Washington?

This is in from CNS: Chinese orchestra to perform Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ for pope By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — China’s Philharmonic Orchestra was set to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "Requiem" in the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI, reported … Continue reading

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What is Black Liberation Theology? Some basics.

As the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright continues to build, and we hear more of what he has to say about the foundations of his world view and that of the church where he was pastor, it would not … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 54: Pro-Abortion Politicians and Communion; St. Ambrose and Emperor Theodosius

The apostolic visit of Pope Benedict XVI sparked off more debate about what bishops ought to do in the face of self-professed Catholic politicians who in a public manner act and speak contrary to the Church’s teachings and practices.  Should … Continue reading

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Rorate posts on Giovanni Guareschi – well done!

As some of you WDTPRSers might remember, I am a fan of the Don Camillo books and movies. So I was delighted to see that our friends at Rorate posted a really nice entry on the author Giovanni Guareschi.  I … Continue reading

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