Monthly Archives: June 2009

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 in veritate" – Charity in … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Fr. Tim Vakoc, RIP

The funeral of Fr. Tim Vakoc, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and a Military Chaplain wounded in Iraq some years ago, took place today at the Cathedral of St. Paul. His casket borne into the … Continue reading

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A Swiss bishop sounds off about Vatican II

A reader sent me the following from the website of the Diocese of Basel, Switzerland.   His Excellency Most Rev. Kurt Koch has weighed in with comments in a rather highly amped German-language speaking environment.  As you know there is a … Continue reading

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Ad orientem versus

Over at NLM there is a good photo of His Eminence Daniel Card. DiNardo reading Holy Mass ad orientem. The Mass was at the Anglican Use parish Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas.  

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“aestate pueri si valent, satis discunt!”

Friends from Rome are visiting the Sabine Farm.  Alas, they must drink my poor Sabine wine rather than the Falernian and Caecuban and Formian they are accustomed to quaff. We do, however, know how to prepare Sabine meats on the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Closing of Year for Priests, June 11 or June 19?

From a priest reader: I’d like to point out a discrepancy, with the hopes that your wide outreach might bring about a clarification. The discrepancy concerns the closing date for the “Year for Priests”.  The Holy Father says [LINK] that … Continue reading

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Interview with SSPX Fr. Schmidberger, Superior in Germany

Our friends at Rorate have put up an English translation of an interview by KNA (Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur) with SSPX Fr. Franz Schmidberer.  Fr. Schmidberger was once the Superior of the SSPX and he is presently the SSPX Superior for Germany.  … Continue reading

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Amerika Magazine gets it wrong again

The Jesuit editors of Amerika Magazine have little clarity about both recent American history or sound theology.  This is obvious from their editorial in the 22 June issue. Be prepared for some bad writing here.  They are getting worse. Now … Continue reading

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Clergy and music revisited

Remember the question about deacons and music ministry? Vultus Christi had an interesting photo of a group of priests of the Diocese of Tulsa singing Gregorian chant during a Mass.

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QUAERITUR: Novus Ordo Lectionary with the older Mass, TLM

From a reader: Is it okay to attend Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite when the readings are in the vernacular and taken from the Lectionary for the Ordinary Form? I know this was expressly prohibited before … Continue reading

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Archbp. Vigneron’s blog

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit has started a blog for the coverage of his trip to Rome to receive the Pallium.

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