Monthly Archives: March 2010

A way to support Pope Benedict on 24 April – Pontifical Mass in Washington DC

It occurs to me that coming up in April Catholics in the US (and elsewhere) could have a good way to show support for His Holiness Pope Benedict. At 1:00 pm on 24 April at the National Shrine of the … Continue reading

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Cong. Clergy rejects appeal of parish priest in Thiberville

From Rorate: The blog Osservatore Vaticano reports that Cardinal Hummes of the Congregation of the Clergy has rejected — with unusual speed — the appeal lodged by the Abbe Francis Michel against his sudden dismissal from the curacy of the … Continue reading

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Levity in preparation for a Holy Thursday liturgical abuse many of you will endure

From the official WDTPRS parodohymnologist, Tim Ferguson, comes insightful gloss prepared a couple years ago about  the liturgical abuse so many people see on Holy Thursday. A Holy Thursday Reflection on “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” by Lew Brown, … Continue reading

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I approved a whole raft of registrations.  Sorry it took me so long.  I have been busy. I didn’t approve all of them, however. HINT: It helps if you add some note about yourself when you register.  And I don’t … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Catholic “seder” meal

From a reader: If you have time this week, I was hoping you could post something about Seder meals and whether or not they are important for Catholics to have them.  It seems that I’m hearing varying responses about it.  … Continue reading

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The perfect pew… or how to avoid the sign of peace

At Holy Innocents in Manhattan there are a few instances of the perfect pew for those who are especially disinclined to a group hug at the "sign of peace".

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“There’s nothing to stop them”

Hey Bart! From CNA with my emphases and comments: Executive order on abortion funding won’t stand, Washington Post columnist says Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2010 / 06:56 am (CNA).- Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker has denied that President Obama’s executive … Continue reading

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The dogs of Proverbs 26:11

Now this is a good day’s work. From First Things with my emphases and comments. Mar 29, 2010 George Weigel The sexual and physical abuse of children and young people is a global plague; its manifestations run the gamut from … Continue reading

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If you are not on offense, you are on defense

I have said that it might be necessary for us to just endure the kicking for a while. That doesn’t mean that the Pope has to endure it. In the course of a discussion with a priest friend tonight I … Continue reading

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More dopiness

Mo Dowd of Hell’s Bible is also never clever. She did, however, come up with this one all by herself! Yup, we need a Nope. A nun who is pope. Hmmm.. what rhymes with nope… ?

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“Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”

Do you all remember the Holy Father’s words from his sermon at the "inaugural" Mass for his pontificate? My dear friends – at this moment I can only say: pray for me, that I may learn to love the Lord … Continue reading

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“The impossibility of any real renewal, as long as they remain in power.”

If in following all the other great news about the Church these days you happened to miss this, take some time and have a look at Sandro Magister’s new piece about the Legionaries of Christ. Legionaries. The "Nomenklatura" That Must … Continue reading

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“…the chattering of dominant opinions…”

From a CNA wrap up about the Pope’s sermon for Palm Sunday with my emphases: During his homily, the Holy Father emphasized that being Christian means “considering the way of Jesus Christ as the just way for being men – … Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins – punchline

Richard Dawkins is closing in on "punch line" status. My friend the great pastor of Blackfen, His Hermeneuticalness has an excellent comment about Dawkin’s latest attack. Goebbels redivivus Damian Thompson today has a quotation from Richard Dawkins about the Holy … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with this picture

I thought this was unusual. An ad on an NYC subway car.

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