Monthly Archives: June 2009

QUAERITUR: Feast of the Precious Blood

From a reader:
As you know, July 1st is the Feast of the Precious Blood in the pre-1969 calendar.  Unfortunately, this is one of the "idea feasts" which didn’t make the "expert" cut in 1969 (and the highest-ranking victim of tinkeritis … Continue reading

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Prayer request

Today is the consecration as bishop of Fr. Lee Piche.   It will take place in the Cathedral of St. Paul, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In your charity will you please pray for him?
Perhaps you might stop right now and say, right … Continue reading

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National Catholic Register thanks priests

On the very day the Year for Priests began, I was happily able to post about a nice thing that happened to me on an airplane.
This now comes from the editors of the National Catholic Register with my emphases and … Continue reading

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Help from readers?

Can anyone identify this bishop?

I am wondering if this isn’t he.

UPDATE: 1 July
All the photos are here.

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St. Paul, Apostle – new finds

In December of 2006 I attended a presser on the unearthing, but not opening, of the tomb of St. Paul, Apostle, in the Basilica of St. Paul outside-the-walls.
At that time questions were raised about the opening of the tomb, but … Continue reading

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Hints at content of the new “social” encyclical

From CNA with my emphases and comments:

Italian newspaper reveals key paragraphs from Pope’s upcoming social encyclical

Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2009 / 09:45 am (CNA).- The upcoming social encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI "Caritas … Continue reading

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Neum by neum in Chicago

From a reader:
Hello Fr. Z,
Just in case no one has sent this to you yet, here is a link to one of many great videos just up on YouTube of the Sacred Music Colloquium in Chicago, done by the the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: how to celebrate Novus Ordo Masses “ad orientem”

From a priest reader:
I am a priest in my 60’s I remember serving the Tridentine mass. I am interested in celebrating mass ad orientem but I was wondering how. I have some questions.
1.    At the beginning of the mass … Continue reading

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How quickly they forget

First, let me say that I was weary of the Michael Jackson coverage before it began.
That said…
People are gushing about how Michael Jackson broke racial barriers.  "Before there was Oprah… before there was Obama…" blah blah blah.
Have people forgotten Jesse … Continue reading

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Statement of SSPX Rector about priesthood ordinations on 27 June 2009

As you know, the SSPX has the German bishops in a Tizzy because of the ordinations at their German seminary in Zaitzkofen.
To be clear, the SSPX does not have permission from the Church to ordain anyone.  The SSPX are suspended … Continue reading

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