Daily Archives: 24 September 2008

A shot in the sacristy

Our friend John Sonnen of Orbis Catholicus shot a photo in the sacristy of Ss. Trinita dei Pelegrini of me with an old friend in Rome, Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro, who runs the Rome office of HLI.  This was last week … Continue reading

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A Seven Dials break

If any of you are near Seven Dials, I’ll spend a few minutes at The Crown. There is good Internet access here and Chinese food close at hand.

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Glorious hours

I have just emerged from the National Gallery! Glorious hours! What a place. I learned a great deal and saw many paintings well known to me over the years. These visits have been wonderful reminders of the passage of years. … Continue reading

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The Lamb and Flag

The names of pubs often reveal England’s particularly Catholic roots. Today I met the splendid Anna Arco for lunch at the Lamb and Flag near Leicester Square. I was tempted to go to Chinatown again… but it was time for … Continue reading

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How St. Padre Pio received the stigmata

Here is a fascinating story posted on ZENIT. Everyone should read it closely. The Secret Story of Padre Pio’s Stigmata Volume Reveals Report of Vatican Investigator By Mirko Testa ROME, SEPT. 22, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A volume detailing the report of … Continue reading

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From a reader: Dear Fr. Z, [Wednesday] is the beginning of the September Ember Days, and I am helping spread the word that this year, on the heels of the first anniversary of the motu proprio, we traditional Catholics should unite … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: “biretiquette” for the Novus Ordo

From a reader: Thank you for the wonderful blog, I check it several times a day.  I have a question about the use of the Biretta in the Novus Ordo.  When can it be worn at Mass?  I wear it … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Deacons, blessings and the older Roman Ritual

From a reader: The Code of Canon Law (1169.3) restricts deacons to only giving blessings expressly permitted by law. The current Book of Blessings reserves very few blessing to priests only. My question: what blessings, if any, would a deacon … Continue reading

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