Monthly Archives: January 2010

Econ on da groun… econ on da groun

I picked this up from the always interesting Action … you know… da Acton Action Institute blog.
Put yo coffee downdown on da grounbefore watchin’ dis thangput yo mug on da groun’you be looking like a foolwit yo coffee on da … Continue reading

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“There is no place in the Church for a Pope Emeritus.”

ASCA has a story (in Italian) stating that the postulator of the cause of Pope John Paul II, Msgr. Slawomir Oder, says that in 1989, confirmed in 1994, the Pope had already signed a resignation letter in case he became … Continue reading

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“the hair-raising moment of the whole experience”

My musings continue about what is probably a myth that Latin worship is somehow too foreign or tooo haaard for parishes.
This came from a reader:
The following is from the blog of my son’s principal, Fr. Guillermo "Willie" García-Tuñón, SJ: The Mass … Continue reading

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Prayer request for a priest

I am getting e-mail from a priest acquaintance, Fr. B, who is suffering from some pretty dreadful maladies.  He is in a clinic right now.
Would you in your charity stop and, right now, say a prayer for him?
UPDATE 2251 GMT:
I … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 21 Comments

Following TEAM RUBICON in Haiti

Team Rubicon is a self-financed and self-deployed group of former Marines, soldiers firefighters, Jesuits, health care professionals currently providing emergency relief in Haiti.  They provide their own security and deal with whatever they find.
UPDATE 26 Jan:
The Original 8
Years ago … Continue reading

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Some Catholic stats and surprises… Fr. Z rants

I think we all know that some sectors of the Church’s life, in the USA at least, though better than in many places in the world have nevertheless been devastated in the last 40 years.
We know this is true … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 115 Comments

Wherein Fr. Z muses about Latin and the vernacular and mirages

In the poll I posted about preference for language of Holy Mass in the Latin Rite, Latin is pasting the vernacular.
Anyone can vote in that poll… registered to comment here or not.
In the entries I have been posting with your … Continue reading

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Old Mass/new Mass thoughts – part 8

Under another entry (“I am 59 years old and like the current liturgy.”) there has been some consideration of the age of Catholics who prefer the newer form of the Roman Rite, the Novus Ordo. 
Some suggest that people … Continue reading

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Caveat pipiator: The Vatican and Twitter

Who’s tweeting the tweeters? 
When I learned that the Vatican had launched a couple Twitter feeds, I thought was do these … folks, know what they are in for?  If this is being handled by the usual … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Priest won’t preach on Sunday assigned to deacon

From a reader:
This Sunday my family and I attended a OF mass, [or "Ordinary Form" or Novus Ordo] at the homily, ironically the reading was Christ’s first homily; the priest informed us “This was the Deacons week to preach, do … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Conversion of St. Paul – Collects compared (1962MR & 2002MR)

In honor of the Apostle to the Gentiles let us make a rapid comparison of the Collects, or “Opening Prayers”, for today’s feast. 
We’ll look first at the 1962 Missale Romanum and then the 2002 edition. 
The Collect is nearly … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict and ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox

Pope Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.
He is the Pope of Christian Unity because he is the Pope of Continuity.
Liberals will always try to define the parameters of ecumenical dialogue and will inevitably introduce compromises in essential points … Continue reading

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D. Phoenix raises the bar on time and extent of marriage preparation

People have a natural right to marry.  Despite that, I have from time to time heard smart people, including priests, opine that while perhaps it ought to be relatively easy to get a divorce, it should be really hard to … Continue reading

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Your good news

To start a new work week, how about some of your good news?

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A little cartoon irony

With a biretta tip to The Black Biretta, this was on the site Catholic Cartoons.

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 11 Comments

The Feeder Feed and thanks to readers

I am remiss in sending out shouts and thanks to those of you who have sent things from the wishlist or have made donations through the donation button.   The list is long, but among you are BP of NC, KA, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS POLL: A different Mass preference poll: language

Here is a new WDTPRS POLL for you!Please choose the option that best describes your preference and be sure to give your reasons in the combox!
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UPDATE 2308 GMT
So far, people are overwhelmingly choosing Mass involving Latin over the vernacular.
 

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Web series invites viewers to choose outcome of unintended pregnancies

I am uneasy about this.
From CNA with my emphases and comments:
 
Viewers will choose outcome of women with unintended pregnancies in new series
San Diego, Calif., Jan 24, 2010 / 07:06 am (CNA).- A new webcast series will focus on the … Continue reading

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Karaoke

Have you ever.. I don’t know the proper verb here… done… karaoke?
It seems to pop up all the time in the British TV series I have seen, as well as from time to time in Chinese movies.

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Pope Benedict invites priests to give a ‘soul’ to the fabric of the ‘Web’

First, may I direct you back to an editorial I wrote for the UK’s Catholic Herald?
From CNA:
Holy Father encourages online priestly ministry
Vatican City, Jan 23, 2010 / 10:24 am (CNA).- In his message for the 44th World Day for Social … Continue reading

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