Monthly Archives: April 2008

Oldie PODCAzT 51: Communion in the hand

I got some really nice feedback from via e-mail:
Dear Father:
After being a Protestant for many years I was confirmed into the Catholic church 5 years ago….  I have always struggled with the communion issue–in the hand or by … Continue reading

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Canon 1405

The fine canonically focused blog In the Light of the Law has a fascinating post today about removal of a bishop from the clerical state.  We often hear about removal of priests, but not of bishops.   But, bishops are clerics … Continue reading

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ante diem ix kalendas maias Vinalia

In ancient Roman terms, and even modern Roman Catholic calendraical terms, today is ante diem ix kalendas maias Vinalia (urbana).  
This is the day the wine which was ‘bottled’ in the previous autumn was opened and tasted for the … Continue reading

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CNA: John Henry Cardinal Newman to be beatified

John Henry Cardinal Newman to be beatified

Cardinal John Henry Newman

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2008 / 03:12 am (CNA).- The Vatican has approved the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the English convert and theologian who has had … Continue reading

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NatReview: Rich Lowry – editor on “Dictatorship of Relativism”

Here is a piece by Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review.  My emphaes and comments.
Dictatorship of RelativismThe pope bears important truths about the roots of our experiment in liberty.
By Rich Lowry
When President Bush and Pope Benedict XVI stood together … Continue reading

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A friendly how to e-mail Fr. Z reminder!

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Folks, I literally get hundreds of e-mails a day.  o{]:¬/
If you write to me, please keep a few things in mind.
1) If you don’t get a reponse, that is not a slight. o{]:¬)2) If you don’t put anything in the … Continue reading

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Excellent Eucharistic Procession … is there any other kind?

Our friend Diogenes deserves a tip of the Z biretta    o{]:¬)   for alerting us all to this nice collection of photos of a Eucharistic procession at Notre Dame.
Anecdote:  One day in May I was hanging around outside the Paul … Continue reading

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Brick by brick… ring kiss by ring kiss

RealClearPolitics has an interesting piece by E.J. Dionne which I share with you along with my usual emphases and comments.
 

April 18, 2008 The Pontiff’s CountercultureBy E. J. Dionne
WASHINGTON — The most jarring word that Pope Benedict XVI is using during … Continue reading

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Slate article on how the right sees Benedict XVI.

There is a useful article at Slate.  Nota bene: this was from before the Pope’s visit.  I wonder how it stands up in the wake of the Pope time in the USA.
My emphases and comments.
"God’s Rottweiler" Becomes the Church’s "Beloved … Continue reading

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Nashville, TN: “Priests receive training in celebrating Tridentine rite”

Great news was sent to me from Nashville!  This is on the website of the Diocese of Nashville.  My emphases and comments:

April 18, 2008
Priests receive training in celebrating Tridentine rite
Andy Telli, Tennessee Register
Father William Fitzgerald’s interest in the so-called Tridentine … Continue reading

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Dublin: TLM “goes from strength to strength”

I got this piece of news via e-mail:
Dear Fr Z.,
The chaplaincy set up in the archdiocese of Dublin to cater for those attached to the Mass and sacraments in the extraordinary form goes from strength to strength.
Daily Mass is celebrated … Continue reading

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Hilarious left turn at The Shrine

The Whapping Shriners have a really funny pic:

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Benedict XVI’s stained-glass image at St. Patrick’s: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Many years ago, when I was at first in Rome, when I strove to acquire Italian, learn a new home, and fight terrible loneliness in exile from my patria, living with Italians only, I was desperate to hear or read … Continue reading

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National Catholic Prayer Breakfast – Keynote by Bp. Robert Finn (Kansas City-St. Joseph)

During a recent visit to Kansas City, MO, I had the privilege to chat briefly with H.E. Most Reverend Robert Finn. Though the conversation was short, his bearing and comments impressed me.  I have also read some of his things.  … Continue reading

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National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: President Bush’s remarks – updated

Here are President Bush’s remarks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.  My emphases and comments.
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Washington Hilton HotelWashington, D.C.8:33 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for the gracious welcome. Austin, thanks for your kind introduction. Thanks for giving me this unusual … Continue reading

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NatReview: Kathleen Parker – In praise of criticism

Here is a good piece by Kathleen Parker of National Review, with my emphases and comments.

April 18, 2008, 0:00 a.m.
‘Out of Step’ In praise of criticism.
By Kathleen Parker
Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the U.S. has afforded the … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI: deparature address

First, let me say that I don’t know much about US or diplomatic protocol for visits and departures by heads of state, but I thought Vice President Cheney and his wife staying for the until the papal airplane actually pulled … Continue reading

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Rumination

I am still digesting.
Are you still digesting?
Such rich fare over the last few days.  

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Benedict XVI’s sermon at the Mass in the Bronx

 Here is the text of the Holy Father’s sermon for his Holy Mass in The Bronx, in NYC.  My emphases and comments: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In the Gospel we have just heard, Jesus tells his Apostles to put … Continue reading

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Comments on the Pope’s Mass in the Bronx – updated

I will post some comments on the Holy Father’s Mass as it progresses.  I sincerely hope it will be fruitful for all who follow it!
As soon as the Holy Father finishes his sermon, I will post it in another entry … Continue reading

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