Monthly Archives: February 2009

QUAERITUR: ashes for infants

From a priest reader:
Dear Father Z.
The "mad dash" for ashes has begun here.  A question I have, that you  may know the answer to or at least have an opinion of, is, does it  make sense to impose ashes on … Continue reading

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Holy Father at Santa Sabina

The Holy Father has processed from Sant’Anselmo on the Aventine Hill to Santa Sabina for the Station Mass of Ash Wednesday.
As I write he is vesting for Mass.
It is live on various streams.
I have the sermon and will post some … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 7 Comments

The Tablet: no dissent allowed

Damian at Holy Smoke reports that The Tablet, after launching bitter personal attacks on Fr. Finigan of The Hermeneutic of Continuity, will not publish a contrasting letter by a once favored contributor, the fine composer James MacMillan.
Since The Tablet won’t … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Ash Wednesday

Today’s Roman Station is Santa Sabina.
The Collect in the 2002 Missale Romanum, is an ancient prayer found in the Gelasian Sacramentary for the Vigil of Pentecost. It is also among the prayers for the 4th day of the 4th month, … Continue reading

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Bp. of East Anglia (England) comments on SSPX excommunications

His Excellency Most Rev. Michael Evans, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia has commented on his website about the lifting of the excommunications of the four SSPX bishops.
Shall we have a look?  My emphases and comments: 
STILL IN SCHISM … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: changing words near the consecration

From a reader:
When I travel I frequently have to attend NO Masses.  Such was the case last Sunday.  The parish is liberal and so is the “guest” priest, but I was with a friend, so on I went.
The priest changed … Continue reading

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Posted in ASK FATHER Question Box | 32 Comments

A convent dilemma

I had an e-mail which is both sad and uplifting.
Sad because the obvious decline of religious life.
Uplifting because of the potential and the fact that someone wants to do something about it.
Parishes far and wide are trying to figure out … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 42 Comments

Book Change

Do you say the office, from either devotion and/or obligation?
Change your volume and get your ribbons set up.

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 63 Comments

Reponse to a reponse on question of insisting on Communion in the hand

I have gotten some e-mail about the question sent me about the man who, at the Communion rail during a TLM, stood insisting to the priest that he be given Communion in the hand.
Originally I had the combox open on … Continue reading

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An unspeakably ironic note

A reader sent a fun note:
Father,
I saw this prayer on the website of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions.  As you are well-aware, many members of the Federation are the same people who are on the “progressive” side of the … Continue reading

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Archbp. Ranjith’s observations about today’s state of the liturgy

We haven’t heard much from His Excellency Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith lately.  He is the indomitable and clear-thinking Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.
CWN has posted that Archbp. Ranjith wrote a forward to a book … Continue reading

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The Colonel

A tip of the biretta to Vincenzo for alerting us to this glimpse of Mel Gibson’s new movie!
THE COLONEL
(WARNING: Some scenes may be disturbing.)
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1nluSJfxCg]

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The Tablet attacks Fr. Finigan, then tries to silence his response

This is hilarious.  His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan, who was recently the object of a mean-spirited hit-piece by Elena Curti in the pages of The Tablet, writes:

CENSORED!
The Tablet have asked me to remove this post because it is a breach … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: removing holy water during Lent

I have had a couple questions via e-mail already about dopey plans in some parishes to empty holy water fonts during Lent and even dopier plans to replace the holy water with sand or dirt.
Anyway, some time ago I wrote … Continue reading

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24 Feb: Comet Lulin and Saturn converge! … but wait…. there’s more!

From SpaceWeather.com
COSMIC COINCIDENCE: What are the odds? On Tuesday, Feb. 24th, Saturn and Comet Lulin will converge in the constellation Leo only 2 degrees apart. At the same time, Comet Lulin will be making its closest approach to Earth – … Continue reading

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Cards. Ruini and Scola on “secularism”

I parsed Kmiec in TIME.
Take a look at these pieces by Card. Ruini and Card. Scola on secularism.  They are posted by Sandro Magister.
Lead off:
Here is how they see the Church’s role in the public sphere: if it were silent, … Continue reading

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A parish car, perhaps?

Lot’s of parishes have a car, for the practical use of the staff.
This could have been parked along side the Railians at St. Mary’s in Brisbane last Sunday.

From one of my daily sites, Engrish.

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I want to put a stop to something

Not a few people have written me e-mails along the lines:
"How could the Holy Father appoint to New York a bishop who celebrated Mass wearing a ‘cheesehead’ hat?"
The reference is to Archbp. Timothy Dolan who has been moved from Milwaukee … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: insisting on Communion in the hand at a TLM

From a reader (edited):
I was recently at a TLM.
During Communion, a man walked up to the rail, refused to kneel and put his hands out to receive Our Lord.
The priest rightly [?] refused him and went back down … Continue reading

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Mickens of The Tablet: more bitter fear about continuity and true unity

The Tablet is dedicated to attacking the Holy See on the matter of the unity of the Church if that unity includes traditional Catholics.
For The Tablet and some of its contributors, the Church is for the liberally … Continue reading

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