Monthly Archives: September 2008

Archbp. Burke on Democrat Party: risks becoming “party of death”

When His Excellency Most Rev. Raymond Burke was moved from being Archbishop of St. Louis to Rome as the new Prefect of the Apostolic Segnatura, many people asked me if this was an example of promoveatur ut ammoveatur, that he … Continue reading

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The Apostolic Pardon – Fathers, do you know it?

My recent posting about the question on administration of the sacrament of anointing led to some interesting comments.  Someone mentioned the Apostolic Pardon, or Apostolic Benediction.
It is critically important that you – as a person who is going to die … Continue reading

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“I didn’t know you were Catholic.”

I was just talking to a friend who told me about a very curious thing which Speaker Pelosi (of Meet The Press gaf fame) said to Sec. Paulson.  This is in a New York Times story:
Paulson Begs
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Meeting on “miracle” attributed to Card. Newman?

I found this on Catholic Culture:
Beatification of Cardinal Newman: decision tomorrow?September 29, 2008
A Vatican panel examining the healing of a Massachusetts man will meet tomorrow to rule on whether the cure, attributed the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman, is … Continue reading

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Puzzled: Why is Fordham Univ giving an award to Justice Breyer?

Now that I am back home, I am catching up on news and mail.
I was aware during my recent travels that Fordham University was planning on giving an award to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.  The prize is the Stein … Continue reading

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Reminder: Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Biden

We all know that Congress is busy these days, but let us not forget that the Archbp. of San Francisco wants to have a private discussion with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about her understanding of the Church’s teachings … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict on the help of angels

Today at Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict addressed a group and appropriately spoke about the Holy Angels, saying:
The invisible presence of these blessed spirits is of great help and comfort to us: they journey by our side and protect us in … Continue reading

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Office of Pontifical Ceremonies – who was appointed, who not

I have received dozens of e-mail from people alerting me to the news that my friend Fr. Uwe Michael Lang of the Brompton Oratory and the CDW has been appointed as a consultant for the Office of Pontifical Ceremonies headed … Continue reading

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Michigan: Gregorian chant workshop for beginners

I received a note from my friend Fr. Robert Johansen about a Gregorian chant workshop he has organized for beginners.
No previous knowledge of Chant required – This is truly for beginners!
Saturday, October 18, 20089:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Card. Levada on separation of faith from life

Prefect of the CDF, William Card. Levada – from recent remarks in Los Angeles where he gave a talk at a prayer breakfast on 16 September 2008:
"Of course, what is essential is a correct understanding of the just autonomy ofthe … Continue reading

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