Daily Archives: 17 March 2009

Penjing Report

I am sure you are dying to know how Penjing is doing. On a nice warm day Penjing is out catching some rays along with the rosemary, basil, thyme, sage and jasmine trees.

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QUAERITUR: making vestments

From a priest reader: I’m sure you’ve posted on this, but I cannot recall when… I’m interested in who you would suggest to make a vestment, particularly a rose one, so it’s just right. My preference would be either a … Continue reading

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POLL: to chew or not to chew

There was a very spirited discussion in the last POLL post about Communion in the Hand.  There is also an active combox here. The overwhelming response of readers of this blog responded that they prefer to receive normally on the … Continue reading

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Card. Castrillon is little inclined to shoulder the blame – rightly

His Eminence Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, had an interview with the Spanish language El Tiempo.  He made comments about the lifting of the excommunications of the four SSPX bishops, especially Williamson’s. Card. Castrillon … Continue reading

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Rabbi: Pope must remove his Cross to visit Western Wall

From The Jerusalem Post, this beggars belief. Western Wall rabbi says pope should not wear cross at siteMar. 17, 2009Matthew Wagner , THE JERUSALEM POST Ahead of Pope Benedict XVI’s May visit to Israel, the rabbi of the Western Wall, … Continue reading

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Every day I get notes from people asking me to be their college campus telephone poll, and advertise their TLM celebrations. I am usually happy to do so, of course, especially for new TLMs placed on parish schedules. But I … Continue reading

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I had a question from a reader: Do you have any good opinions on beer (in general) or belgian/lambic beer in particular   I am in favor of beer, in general, and in particular. I don’t know much about Belgian … Continue reading

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S. Africa protest over new Catholic Mass translation

This is in from the wire.  My emphases and comments. SAfrica protest over new Catholic Mass translation By MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press Writer Michelle Faul, Associated Press Writer – Mon Mar 16, 5:03 pm ET JOHANNESBURG – A new translation … Continue reading

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Year of the Priesthood: 19 June 2009-2010

A you all know by now, the Holy Father has proclaimed a special "Year of the Priesthood" beginning 19 June 2009. This coincides with the 150th Anniversary of the death of St. John Vianny, the Curé of Ars, who hitherto … Continue reading

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Hand in Glove – 02: another Communion in the hand experiment

The entry on Communion in the hand, which had photos of a black glove before and after an unconsecrated host was placed on it, has generated a lot of comments. Some people were concerned that experiment the photos showed perhaps … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: priest lays on hands, deacon anoints the sick

  From a reader: Father, I have a question about what happened during all the Masses (OF) this weekend at my local parish.  I’m assuming it was the same at the other two because it was advertised, but the Mass … Continue reading

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