Daily Archives: 21 January 2009

A tribute to the inauguration poem

For Tuesday’s afflicted: From Dr. Boli’s Celebrated Magazine: A POEM FOR THE INAUGURATION. SOMEWHERE A POET scratches out a line. Somewhere a teacher says Take up your pencils. Somewhere a secretary says Ow my wrist hurts. Somewhere a clerk says … Continue reading

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Excommunication of SSPX bishops to be lifted within days?

I already reported this here, but the intrepid and trustworthy Andrea Tornielli has this: There will be made public in the next few days a decree with which Benedict XVI chose to cancel the excommunications of four new bishops ordained … Continue reading

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SSPX Bp. Williamson: ‘There were no gas chambers’

Here is an interesting piece from Ruth Gledhill of The Times: My emphases. Traditionalist bishop: ‘There were no gas chambers’ Bishop Richard Williamson is a hardline ultra-conservative bishop of the Society of St Pius X. He faces possible prosecution for … Continue reading

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A wonderful tradition

Benedict XVI blessing lambs on St. Agnes Day.

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A poem in winter

From the Laudator temporis acti: Wallace Stevens, The Snow Man: One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the boughs Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; And have been cold a long time To behold the … Continue reading

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Soaring rhetoric?

I must unburden myself. Many people, especially in the media, have bought into the claim that President Obama is a great speaker, an elemental force of public speaking.  I beg to differ.  He reads a well-crafted speech with polish and … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: TLM on 25 Jan. for Conversion of Paul, not 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

From a reader… actually quite a few readers, but this e-mail is representative: I’m wondering if you have an opinion on whether the Conversion of St. Paul can be celebrated this Sunday in the EF?  It’s not mentioned in the … Continue reading

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Again, priest teaches his flock about liturgy – this guy gets it! (Part II)

At St. Mary’s in Norwalk, CT, Fr. Greg J. Markey is instructing his flock on liturgical matters. I have written about this fellow before.  He "gets it". We saw Part I the other day. Let’s have a look at Part … Continue reading

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21 January: St. Agnes, virgin and martyr

Behold the skull of Agnes. The dies natalis ("birthday into heaven") of Agnes was recorded in the register of the depositio martyrum as 21 January. St. Agnes was slain probably during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian in 304. Some … Continue reading

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