Monthly Archives: February 2009

“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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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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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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 … 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 … 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, … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 Some of the language is a little … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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