Monthly Archives: September 2009

Praying …. TO… Pres. Obama?

I don’t what you think, but on this video it looks like people are praying to President Obama.
What they are doing is super silly, and the prayer part is about 1:30" into the clip.
It seems to be some kind … Continue reading

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Pontifical Spider

There are famous photos of Pope Pius XII and his canary.
Now for the pontifical spider.

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QUAERITUR: can all daily Masses be TLMs in a regular parish?

On ZENIT there was a question put to their resident liturgical expert, Fr. Edward McNamara, of the Legionaries of Christ.

Frequency of the Extraordinary Form
And More on Habit-Wearers
ROME, SEPT. 29, 2009 ( Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor … Continue reading

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John Allen on the Pope, Prague and “affirmative orthodoxy”

My friend John Allen, the fair-minded nearly ubiquitous columnist of the otherwise ultra-lefty weekly fishwrap National Catholic Reporter, has an interesting piece today about the Holy Father’s trip to Prague. 
Allen looks at the Holy Father’s work there from the … Continue reading

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REVIEW – Movie recommendation: Bright Star

I went with several friends tonight to see a movie.
Bright Star
This is about the early 19th c. English romantic poet John Keats, who died so young in Rome.
The movie focuses on the last year or so Keats spent … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: yet another reason why we need the new translation

The new translation of the Missale Romanum is coming and, my oh my, do we need  it and soon.
Yesterday when I was saying Mass in English at the parish of a priest friend, I nearly gaped at the inept translation … Continue reading

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development: giving money to which groups?

From CNA: 

Watchdog group ‘pleased’ with defunding of grantees who violate Catholic teaching
Washington D.C., Sep 27, 2009 / 05:04 pm (CNA).- A watchdog group which discovered that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has given grants to groups which support … Continue reading

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Medjugorje news

Some news about Medjugorje, which I picked up from the great Fr. Blake, PP of Brighton:
The Bishop of Mostar has issued a series of restrictions on Medjugorje, I am afraid it has been translated by machine, the original can be … Continue reading

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I do enjoy good Chinese food when I can get it.
Lunch brings some juicy Shanghai style buns.

And pan fried noodles.

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Seattle: brick by brick

Here is some nice brick by brick news from Seattle.
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer with my emphases and comments.

Saturday, September 26, 2009Last updated 1:59 p.m. PTDominus vobiscum: Latin mass returns to Seattle
The chants are stuff of childhood … Continue reading

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