Monthly Archives: December 2009

Update on a parish conflict in Michigan

You might remember that there was a dust up in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.  Some parishoners of Our Lady of Fatima were trying to get their pastor, Fr. Jeffrey Robideau, removed.   So often these stories about about a conservative-minded … Continue reading

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New USPS stamp … surprise!

In the now defunct but still relevant series The West Wing there is an episode in which the staff must chose figures for new US postage stamps.  Witty political correctness ensues. At the time of the actual run of the … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s Anglican provisions like the razing of ecumenical Berlin Wall

In your discussions of things ecumenical, remember to refer to Pope Benedict as "the Pope of Christian Unity". A reader alerted me to the following piece In the Canadian daily The Globe and Mail by Ian Hunter, Ian Hunter is … Continue reading

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Msgr. Richard Schuler, RIP… 89th birthday

Today would have been the 89th birthday of Msgr. Richard Schuler, pastor and musician.  He labored in the dark years after the Council to keep sound liturgy alive, promote proper sacred music, foster vocations to the priesthood, and hold the … Continue reading

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Pro-abortion Speaker Pelosi gives more public scandal

A reader alerted me to an interview in the execrable Newsweek with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), pro-abortion but self-named "Catholic".   You might remember some of her scintillating theological explanations about how she justified promoting abortion. Here is a bit … Continue reading

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The Feeder Feed

I’m back and the birds are busy! This Red-bellied Woodpecker is having a hard time with the shape of this feeder. This Hairy Woodpecker spent some time tapping on my window next to my desk. Chickadee. Nuthatch, scrounging.

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REMINDER – 1 January – Holy Day of Obligation

1 January 2010 is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States.  It is among the Holy Days for the Latin Church. If you are able to go to Mass on 1 January and do not go, you commit … Continue reading

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WDTPRS POLL: attacks on the Pope and the sedia gestatoria

We all know that Pope Benedict would not want to be completely surrounded by bullet proof glass everywhere he went. On the other hand, security around our Popes has been relatively light. The use of the sedia gestatoria would both … Continue reading

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Yes, liturgical abuses are still going on

I case you had stopped wondering about why we needed Summorum Pontificum, try this. For Christmas Mass, we had a different priest by the name of Fr. ___. He started to get all the children to sit in front of … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: odd elevation style

From a reader: My family attended a Novus Ordo Christmas Vigil Mass with a visiting priest. During the major elevation (This Is My Body), he elevated the host with one hand (his right) while the other held on to the … Continue reading

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