Monthly Archives: September 2009

Italian edition of Mosebach’s “The Heresy of Formlessness”

I understand that at last the black ball imposed by Italian published has finally been lifted on Martin Mosebach’s The Heresy of Formlessness.  If you haven’t read this book, I recommend it.  There are wonderful insights herein even for the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: If I kneel for Communion, am I in rebellion?

From a reader: I was told by a pastor in the Dallas Diocese today that I was in rebellion because I genuflected before I received Communion at his Novus Ordo church.  He also criticized those few who knelt for Communion.  … Continue reading

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National Day of Prayer… questions

I understand that President Obama endorsed the Muslim "National Day of Prayer".  Did he do so for the Christian "National Day of Prayer"?

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One sentence about Jews revised in U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults

From America a useful note: Vatican Approves Catechism Revision The Vatican Congregation for Clergy has approved a small change in the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults clarifying teaching about God’s covenant with the Jewish people. The U.S. Conference of Catholic … Continue reading

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A sour article from The Tablet about possible reintegration of the SSPX

With my emphases and comments from the recent number of RU–486 (aka The Bitter Pill aka The Tablet) in the news section for… FRANCE Faint hopes on outcome of SSPX talks Tom Heneghan in Paris Christa Pongratz-Lippitt in Vienna CARDINAL … Continue reading

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Has anyone read this book?

Has any one read this book? Spies in the Vatican: The Soviet Union’s War Against the Catholic Church by John Kohler? I take conspiracy books with large blocks of salt. However, there were some summers in Rome when my resisdence … Continue reading

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Out for a stroll

Our friend John Sonnen posted a photo of a priest in Rome who is one of the Canons of the Basilica of St. Peter. What John didn’t mention is that this is the renowned theologian and long time professor at … Continue reading

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Cardinal Castrillon’s reaction to Swedish Bp. Arborelius: “calumny”

I don’t have the time and energy to do the translation at the moment, but I thought I would help get this interesting piece from Fides et Forma His Eminence Cardinal Castrillon, former President of the Pont. Comm. Ecclesia Dei … Continue reading

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Wanna read some comments under an NCR post?

I am sure you remember how the NCR instrumentalized an old priest of the Diocese of Kansas City, MO, to attack his bishop… NCR’s bishop… His Excellency Most Rev. Robert Finn. NCR published a letter from a priest of the … Continue reading

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Unbleached beeswax candles – where to get them?

Our friends over at NLM have a really good entry about sources for unbleached beeswax candles used for Requiem Masses. Here is the post: Sourcing Unbleached Beeswax Altar Candles One of our priestly readers wrote in with the question of … Continue reading

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Archbp. Nienstedt (StP/Mpls) on health care reform

In his weekly column on the site of the weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese, The Catholic Spirit, His Excellency Most Rev. John Nienstedt the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has some observations about health care. My emphases and comments. … Continue reading

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Archbp. Nauman responds to HHS Sec. Sebelius, pro-abortion Catholic

I found this at The Catholic Key: Archbishop Naumann Responds to Sebelius’ WaPo Interview Claim Last week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sat down for an interview with the Washington Post. When asked about last year’s request by Kansas City, Kansas … Continue reading

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Espresso: Italian Church imposing discipline on liturgical music [POLL ALERT]

The affliction many people experience each week in church from the music choices and choosers is not limited to the Anglophone world.  You should hear the stuff they play in churches in Italy. You feel like you are drowning in … Continue reading

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Pres. Obama’s “science czar”: compusory involuntary abortion because of climate change

From WorldNetDaily there are some comments about Pres. Obama’s "Science Czar" John Holdren. Obama science czar John Holdren stated in a college textbook he co-authored that in conditions of emergency, compulsory abortion would be sustainable under the U.S. Constitution, even … Continue reading

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A report about that TV program in Sweden

From a reader in Sweden about the TV transmission on the SSPX Bp. Williamson thing: A brief report from Sweden regarding the documentary from Sweden, yesterday evening. The documentary "Uppdrag granskning" was mostly a boring failure: very, very little was … Continue reading

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