Monthly Archives: February 2009

NAC seminarians – Roman Stations

Feel free to send photos and accounts of your Roman Stations during Lent!
I’ll make sure you are anonymous if you wish to be.

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Blizzard

We are having a bit of a blizzard.
Supplies have been laid up.
I jarred some very spicy homemade mostarda last week for such an occasion.  I made a batch of oranges and lemons, and a batch of carrots, celery and fennel.  … Continue reading

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A Diocese responds: it is okay to violate the Holy Thursday rubrics

A reader read a piece on this blog about the washing of the feet of women on Holy Thursday and decided to approach the liturgy office of his local diocese. 
He received this response.
For now I will edit out the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: difference between hand missals

From a reader:
I have a quick question if I may. Do you what the differences are, if any, between The New Missal for Every Day and The New Roman Missal by Fr. Lasance? I have the New Roman Missal, but … Continue reading

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Archd. St. Paul/Mpls on lifting the SSPX excommunications

From The Catholic Spirit of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis comes this statement of the Chancellor of the Archdiocese about the SSPX.
My emphases and comments.
Lifting of bishops’ excommunication doesn’t mean they are in full communion with church 
By … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: The Perfect Priest

I received the following e-mail:
Maybe this is a dumb question, but in a recent survey in our diocese, the priests stated that one of the most stressful problems for them were what the survey question called "expectations of the laity". … Continue reading

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Catholic Herald: Documents show Pius saved Jews from Nazis

This is in from The Catholic Herald.   
Documents show Pius saved Jews from NazisBy Ed West27 February 2009
Documents discovered in the Vatican Secret Archives prove that Pope Pius XII helped to save thousands of Jews during the Second World War … Continue reading

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Food for thought about communications

Quite often of late and by many we have had opportunity to discuss the "communications skills" of Holy Mother the Catholic Church in its "official" voice.
I found this interesting entry at ragan.com.
Some of the language is a little less … Continue reading

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Way of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori (voice and with chant)

For your Lenten spiritual warfare, here are two version of the Via Crucis, the Way or Stations of the Cross, by St. Alphonsus Liguori.
If people a truly impeded from going to a church, chapel or place where the Stations have … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s Message for Lent

REPOST:
Are you thinking about what you will do for this season of spiritual warfare?
Here is the Holy Father’s message for Lent 2009
My emphases and comments.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!
At the beginning of Lent, which constitutes an itinerary of more … Continue reading

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PCED: Declaration by SSPX Bp. Williamson: “regret… apologise”

Here is a Declaration from SSPX Bp. Williamson released by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
DECLARATION
The Holy Father and my Superior, Bishop Bernard Fellay, have requested that I reconsider the remarks I made on Swedish television four months ago, because their … Continue reading

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D. Scranton: Bp. Martino challenges the “Diversity Institute” at a Catholic Univ.

Scranton’s Bishop, His Excellency Most Reverend Joseph Martino keeps firing on all cylinders.   This is in from CNA with my emphases and comments.
Bishop asks university to consider closing Diversity Institute
Scranton, Pa., Feb 26, 2009 / 03:06 am (CNA).- Following controversy … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Discouraged

Patrick Madrid asked me to pass this along:
As you all know, we’re living through some very difficult, even perilous, times. Many people are moving beyond nervous to scared. The next step for some will be a deep discouragement that could … Continue reading

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POLL: ashes

Some people are under the impression that Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation.
It is not. 
Still, the inclination toward a feeling of obligation is laudable.
Lent is a very important season in the yearly cycle of a … Continue reading

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Not quite articulate

Not quite clean

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Interview with a …. er um…

There is an interview in French in Le Monde with Fr. Hans Küng.
I like how he compares Benedict to a Soviet dictator shut up in the Kremlin and compares him to an "integriste" from whom Catholics no longer expect anything.
True … Continue reading

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Experts at hating

I am not a great fan of SSPX Bp. Williamson, as you know.  Though from time to time he hits one out of the park, his ideas about many things are strange and destructive.  Broken clocks, and all. 
I profoundly … Continue reading

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Cardinals promoted

I missed this yesterday.
VATICAN CITY, 24 FEB 2009 (VIS) – The Holy Father promoted:
 – Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to the order of bishops, assigning him the suburbicarian see of … Continue reading

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progressivist penance

From The Catholic League:
February 25, 2009
Progressives Celebrate Ash Wednesday
We thought you’d like to know how progressives view penance.  Here is what Roger Ray had to say about the issue in today’s edition of the News-Leader, a Springfield, Missouri newspaper:
"As a … Continue reading

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Dumb article in The Times about Benedict XVI

There is a profoundly silly article by John Follain on the Pope in the last Sunday number of The Times.
The writer clearly dislikes this Pope and what he is doing.  From that point of view he couldn’t possibly write a … Continue reading

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