Monthly Archives: February 2009

A note for those who want to post comments

ALL: Two things.
If there is going to be discussion here, I ask that it be civil.
My mood today, and the list of things to do I face, are such that I will simply lock people out of the blog for … Continue reading

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What’s sauce for the goose-step…

I am reading stories that "the Vatican" has "rejected" Williamson’s recently issued apology.
Fr. Lombardi said:
…Williamson’s statement "does not seem to respect the conditions" set forth by the Vatican on February 4, when it ordered Williamson to "in an absolutely unequivocal … Continue reading

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The first Roman Catholic bishop in House of Lords since 16th century

From The Times:
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor set to be first Roman Catholic bishop in House of Lords since 16th century

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QUAERITUR: Indulgence for Stations of the Cross

From a reader:
Last night the family that I live with recited the Stations of the Cross together in our home. At the end, we prayed for the intentions of the Holy Father and had a discussion about eternal/temporal punishment, indulgences … Continue reading

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The auxilliary dust up in Linz, Austria – dustier still

The indomitable Raphaela has been busy:
Hello again Father,
Another piece from, hot off the presses. It seems that the bishop of Linz was called to Rome at short notice, presumably to explain himself. The rest of the Austrian bishops’ conference, … Continue reading

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“We Are Church” whiners feel “cheated of their aims”!

Get out your hankies.
I received this from the indomitable Raphaela in her translation:
“We Are Church” group faces crucial test
KATH.NET Excluxive: Vatican II texts threaten to drive wedge into movement  Munich (
The “We Are Church” movement is evidently faced with … Continue reading

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Some Roman TLMs – great news

A friend sent the following note, very hope-filled:
At San Giovanni in Laterano!! Twice in 5 days! The Pope is prepping up I tell you!
I’ll leave it in Italian.  The point is plenty clear!  The news is from Messa in … Continue reading

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Op-ed supporting Bp. Martino in the Phil. Inquirer

An alert friend saw that former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) a pro-life Catholic politician for a change, had comments about the backbone Bp. Martino of Scranton has been revealing in the public square.
Mr. Santorum writes an op-ed piece in The … Continue reading

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Bp. Martino instructs Sen. Casey on the Mexico City Policy

Bishop Martino of Scranton is really defining the issue … AGAIN:
Bishop Again Voices Concern Regarding Sen. Casey’sMexico City Policy Vote
The following letter has been sent to Sen. Bob Casey:
Dear Senator Casey,
It is a matter of deep concern … Continue reading

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Archbp. Vlazny (Portland, OR) on the lifting of the excommunications

His Excellency John Vlazny of Portland, Oregon, has made comments about the lifting of the excommunications of the four SSPX bishops.
Let’s have a look with my emphases and comments.
All in the familyBy Archbishop John Vlazny The first two weekends of … Continue reading

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