Monthly Archives: February 2009

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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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 … Continue reading


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 … 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 … 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:]

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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

From 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 pure. Continuity … Continue reading

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