Monthly Archives: February 2010

Registration update

I just approved a passel of registrations which had piled up during my recent travel.  Sorry about the delay. However, there were some which I did not approve.  I won’t approve a registration which offers absolutely nothing recognizable in the … Continue reading

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Another brick in the Wall of Solomon

Time and time again I read about how archeologists discover things which confirm "tales" from ancient authors or from Scripture, putting skeptics and scoffers in their lonely place. I picked this up from The Sacred Page: Archaeologist sees proof for … Continue reading

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Thugs at the Cathedral of Chicago

From LifeSite: Monday February 22, 2010 Gay Mob Protests Wedding Vow Renewal at Chicago Cathedral by James Tillman CHICAGO, February 22, 2010 ( – Last Valentine’s day, Feb 14, Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral offered married couples a chance to celebrate … Continue reading

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Availability of the TLM in Italy

Rorate has this interesting post about the availability of the TLM in Italy.  The current situation for the TLM in Italy (This set of statistics – taken from Unavox via Messa in Latino – counts 64 places throughout Italy where … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Wednesday 1st Week of Lent – Oratio super populum (2002MR)

ORATIO SUPER POPULUM (2002MR):Tuere, Domine, populum tuum,et ab omnibus peccatis clementer emunda,quia nulla ei nocebit adversitas,si nulla ei dominetur iniquitas. This "Prayer over the people" was in the Liber sacramentorum Augustodunensis for Ash Wednesday, and it seems to have been … Continue reading

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More on curling

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Post hoc ergo … wellll… maybe not so much.

From a reader: Hi, Father. It is rather interesting that after dropping the priests from their cruises, Celebrity now has this PR nightmare of 350 people sick on their cruise ship! And no priest to give anyone Last Rites!

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Time to search the stacks of the good theological library at St Paul Seminary in St Paul. In my day this seminary was pretty dreadful, but HUGE improvements have been made. And so… UPDATE: A nice surprise. One of the … Continue reading

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Supper: Chinese!

Tonight before heading tovthe library I am taking in an early supper at a very good Chinese spot on the east side if St Paul. Shanghai juicy dumplings. As you can see before even thinking about a photo I ate … Continue reading

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The battles of the curling ice sheets go on.

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When neglect is your ally

I don’t recall if this quote was from the book or the movie version of The Count of Montecristo but went the old priest in the prison is giving lessons to Dantes, he says of their relative freedom to carry … Continue reading

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Prayer request for priests

Would you in your charity please say a prayer for priests who are looking for another diocese? I have had several requests on these lines lately.  It strikes me that you might lend a spiritual hand, especially in that this … Continue reading

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ante diem vii kalendas martias

This is interesting, from RogueClassicism.  I wrote about the Roman god Terminus the other day: ante diem vii kalendas martias Traditional end of the Roman year (followed by a period of intercalation) Terminalia — a festival in honour of Terminus, … Continue reading

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D. Scranton: new bishop!

From CNA: Bishop-elect Joseph BamberaRelated articles: Vatican City, Feb 23, 2010 / 11:59 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict appointed a replacement today for the diocese left vacant by the unexpected resignation of Bishop Joseph Martino last August. Msgr. Joseph C. Bambera … Continue reading

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McBrien urges priests to disobey and resist translation

That darling of the ever more elderly dissident set, NCR‘s Richard McBrien has a new whine about the new English translation of the Roman Missal… which is coming whether the liberals like it or not. My emphases and comments. The … Continue reading

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