Monthly Archives: December 2008

Dear Richard McBrien…

Pope Benedict XVI, in his address to the Plenary Session of the International Theological Commission (5 Dec 2008) said: From the subjective point of view, that is from the viewpoint of the one who does theology, the fundamental virtue of … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Drafted into directing a TLM choir! HELP!

From a reader: I wondered if you might be able to help me, I know you’re busy so please don’t bother yourself if you don’t have a quick answer or resource.  I got elected, recruited, uh more like drafted into … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: which Marian antiphon after Compline?

From a reader: Compline ends with a Marian antiphon, as you know.  For the Advent and Christmas seasons, the proper antiphon is the "Alma Redemptoris Mater."  After that, you pick up the "Ave Regina Caelorum" through Lent.  This is true … Continue reading

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Gainesville, VA (D. of Arlington): 6 January – Solemn TLM

From a seminarian: For the feast of the Epiphany, there will be a Solemn High Mass at Holy Trinity parish in Gainesville, VA.  Several local seminarians from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the Institute of Christ the King, and … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: stole over the chasuble

From a reader: Visiting my grandmother out here in Texas and went to Mass Saturday evening. Saw the priest was wearing his stole on top of the chasuble. I seriously thought about asking him, politely, if he was aware it … Continue reading

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National Catholic Reporter: undermining your faith yet again

Some years ago I attended in Chicago a meeting of the Catholic Press Association, a left-leaning organization.  Card. George gave a splendid address on the vocation of a Catholic journalist. His Eminence offered that the role of a Catholic journalist, … Continue reading

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A recipe for falling away from the Catholic Church

From Insight Scoop: … brought to you by National "Catholic" Reporter: 1 cup of growing disenchantment 1/2 cup of some pronounced unease3/4 cup of rotting historical illiteracy1 cup of disillusioned with dogmatic bans3 teaspoons of outgrown child childhood fantasies about … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas (1962MR)

What is going on in today’s …. COLLECT – LATIN TEXT (1962MR): Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, dirige actus nostros in beneplacito tuo: ut in nomine dilecti Filii tui mereamur bonis operibus abundare. This Collect survived the surgeons of Bugnini’s Consilium to … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: 1 January Mass obligation and SSPX chapel

From a reader: Does the Mass according to the Traditional calendar for January 1 satisfy the Holy Day obligation for that day? We are in Belgium and would like to attend a traditional Mass, since the other churches in Belgium … Continue reading

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Massive Mass in Spain for the Family

From a reader: I’m a regular reader of your blog who lives in Madrid, Spain.  Today there was an outdoor Mass to commemorate the Feast of the Holy Family, which aimed to draw attention to the importance of the Christian … Continue reading

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