Monthly Archives: February 2010

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 is … 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, the divinity who … 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 was chosen … 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 New Roman … Continue reading

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Brick by brick at Georgetown

Here is some brick by brick new from Georgetown University sent by a reader.
My emphases and comments:
Student Push to Reinstate Campus Latin Mass SucceedsBy Lenard Babus Feb 09 2010
A renewed push by students for the reintroduction of regular celebrations of … Continue reading

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Brick by brick in San Bernardino

This comes from a reader for the brick by brick file.
Dear Father Z,
After yesterday’s, February 21, 2010, TLM at San Secondo d’Asti Parish, Guasti, Ca, Una Voce San Bernardion handed out a pamphlet including their accomplishments in 2009. Among … Continue reading

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Battle in the air

More work on an airplane. Reading about the battle of the “ressourcement” theologians with “neo-Thomists”.
I find Chinese music goes well with this sort of thing, don’t you?

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Brick by brick in New Haven

I am on a plane waiting to take off so I can’t give this the usual treatment. I will add that later.
But this is a brick by brick moment.
Folks, in about five years or so we are going to … Continue reading

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About Communion in the hand

We MUST rethink Communion in the hand.
I found this over at Rorate:
 When will the horror of Communion in the hand stop?Leading by example is nice, but the general pontifical faculty of allowing Communion in the hand (extended to Poland, for … Continue reading

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Relic of St. Peter

This morning at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ, where I have been for the last week, I had the chance to bless people with a reliquary containing relics of Sts Peter and Paul (among others).  You can see it set … Continue reading

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Blognic Philly II UNDERWAY!

We have gathered as announced at the Irish Pub on Walnut near Rittenhouse Square. We came a bit early and found blognicers here already. We are on the upper level in the corner, rather than the lower front … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Blognic – Sunday 21 Feb – 4-6 PM

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The best time for the Philadelphia Blognic II is Sunday, 21 February, in the afternoon from 4:00-6:00 pm.  
I made a slight change to accommodate those who want to attend Vespers at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ.
The same location as … Continue reading

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Cheesesteak jaunt

Fr. Pasley and I dashed into south Philly for a cheesesteak at D’Alessandro’s.

These are not production line steaks, I can tell you. 
We ate in, with some of the local color.

We have pronounced these very good steaks.  I had one … Continue reading

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UPDATE from Mater Ecclesiae

Interesting place, Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ! Thereis always something interesting going on here.
I reported earlier that abundant snow was inexorably caving in the roof of part of the rectory.
Last night, just as I was settling in to watch … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Saturday after Ash Wednesday – Prayer over the people (2002MR)

A great new feature of the 2002 Missale Romanum in Latin is that for Lent the "Prayer over the people" or Oratio super populum has been revived as an option.
This is a step in the right direction, to be … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Saturday after Ash Wednesday – Prayer over the people (1962MR)

Today’s "Prayer over the people" in the 1962 Missale Romanum is also the Postcommunion of Septuagesima Sunday.
ORATIO SUPER POPULUM (1962MR): Fideles tui, Deus, per tua dona firmentur: ut éadem et percipiendo requirant, et quaerendo sine fine percipiant. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: It is hard to learn the “Tridentine Mass”?

From a priest reader:
I’ve been a priest since 1984 and when I was ordained my bishop did not look favorably on the traditional Latin Mass.  Therefore my seminary training at St. Meinrad did not include any mention of the Tridentine … Continue reading

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Tried and true… and back

From time to time I have heard… always from liberals… that children shouldn’t be made to memorize when they learn.  They claim that, because children don’t "understand" what they are memorizing, memorizing is counterproductive. Piffle!
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CURLING UPDATE

I don’t know if you will be able to tear yourselves away to go to Friday night devotions, but tonight there is plenty of CURLING to see!
Alas, in the RESULTS: the USA men (all from Minnesota, no?) are way … Continue reading

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