Monthly Archives: June 2009

CNA: U.S. bishops support for Bishop D’Arcy on Notre Dame

From CNA:
U.S. bishops express support for Bishop D’Arcy on Notre Dame

Bishop John D’Arcy

San Antonio, Texas, Jun 23, 2009 / 05:02 pm (CNA).- The latest gathering of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed “appreciation and support” for Bishop of … Continue reading

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Ed Peters on SSPX ordinations

The distinguished canonist Ed Peters, on his blog In The Light Of The Law, has opined about the illicit ordinations performed by the SSPX.
This is timely especially because of the tensions in Germany between the bishops in that conference and … Continue reading

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Pres. Obama to appoint new “bioethics commission”

From CNA with my emphases and comments:
Obama plan to disband Bioethics Council draws criticism
Washington D.C., Jun 23, 2009 / 06:14 am (CNA).- Last week, it was made public that President Obama will disband the President’s Council on Bioethics, and create … Continue reading

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Killing some time

Waiting for a flight… NYT Crossword … 8 minutes.

I almost never do these.  As a matter of fact, I haven’t worked a crossword for very long time. 
I usually get hung up with the pop culture references, but this … Continue reading

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Fr. Tim Vakoc – Military Chaplain – RIP

In your charity please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Tim Vakoc, a military chaplain severely wounded in Iraq years ago. He was finally overcome by his wounds.
We were in seminary together in St. Paul.
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Taxi

I believe this is now a universal word.

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Italian address “de novissimis”

For those of you who read Italian, there is a good piece on the Four Last Things by French Bishop Jean-Pierre Batut, auxiliary of Lyon, on the site of Chiamati al cielo from the Diocese of Bergamo.

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QUAERITUR: deacon in music ministry

From a reader:
There is a situation I would like to ask your (or your readers’) advice about. If a man whose job was to be a music director at a parish with a serious sacred music program perceived a calling to … Continue reading

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Supper was “Ottimo”

I won’t show you photos of what I had for supper.
It was great and with good company.
We ate at Ottimo on 24th, close to the parish, St. Vincent de Paul’s.
I recommend this place.  The chef, Salvatore, is a great fellow … Continue reading

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“tweet… tweet tweet… tweet tweeeeet!”

UPDATE 2019 GMT:
You bumped me to 34!
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ORIGINAL POST
Twitter is turning out to be an interesting tool for rapid notices.  Anyone watching the new from Iran has seen how Twitter is changing the reporting about what is going on.
I am … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: promoting reverence at Communion

From a priest reader:
Quick question with regard to GIRM #281.
"Holy Communion has a more complete as a sign when it is received under both kinds.  For in this manner of reception a fuller light shines on the sign of the … Continue reading

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Response to America Magazine’s Editorial “Community of Disciples” (22 June 2009)

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 18 JUNE
They are at it again with the same old tricks.  They are losing on the issues, so they try to silence people by saying that they aren’t being civil or reasonable or tolerant.
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Chinese Lunch!

I am at the Grand Sichuan on 9th (between 24th & 25th) for lunch. I remember this place from years ago.
Starting with dumplings in sesame sauce.

UPDATE
Time for Kung Bao Ji Ding from fresh never frozen free range chicken. Wonderful!

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Westminster Cathedral’s main altar

From the blog Holy Smoke by Damian Thompson:

The big free-standing altar [read: "picnic table"] that cluttered up the sanctuary of Westminster Cathedral has gone for good, it seems – with the full approval of Archbishop Vincent Nichols, who is happy … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Old & new calendar – feast of St. John Vianney

From a reader:
I have a question for you regarding the celebration of feasts that fall on a different date in the new calendar rather than the old. Our diocesan office of worship is planning events for the year of priests, … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Confessions forbidden on Sunday?

From a reader:
We had a visiting priest today who refused to hear confessions because the CIC forbids the Sacrament of Penance to be celebrated on Sunday.  I’ve checked my own copy of the CIC and found no such Canon at … Continue reading

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New Sottosegretario for the CDF

It was announced that…
 – Appointed Msgr. Damiano Marzotto Caotorta, bureau chief of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as under secretary of the same congregation.
 
Msgr. Marzotto Caotorta was what is called a "capo d’ufficio".  … Continue reading

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An audio homily of the day

I have often been tempted to start a daily audio homily.
I am tempted, I say.
A friend of mine, I just discovered, is actually doing it!
My good friend Fr. Gerry Murray, pastor of St. Vincent’s in Manhattan has … Continue reading

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“Prolong, prolong that tide of song, O leafy nightingale and thrush!”

I love this time of year, with the long lingering evenings, especially with a breeze soughing in the leaves and friends for a supper.
I am in New York City at the moment, and there is little here of the blackcap, … Continue reading

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Humbling experience

I went to the Morgan Library tonight.
There is wonderful exhibit there of illuminated Medieval manuscripts. I went on the recommendation of a nice fellow who gave me a ride into town from LaGuardia.
Stunning.
In the new acquisitions exhibit, … Continue reading

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