Monthly Archives: July 2010

RATS IN THE RECTORY! Of priests and rodents

I posted about the issue of the Hamster on the sidebar (yes, I actually wrote that sentence). Now I read about another priest with a rodent problem: rats in the rectory (yes, I wrote that too and I can already … Continue reading

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Sharia Law, our Catholic Identity, and the soul of Western Civilizaition

Benedict XVI has been engaged in a fight for the soul of Europe, but the scope of the war is far wider. Catholics have a role to play. I have often written about what I call Pope Benedict’s "Marshall Plan".  … Continue reading

Posted in New Evangelization, Our Catholic Identity, Pope of Christian Unity, SESSIUNCULA, The future and our choices | 64 Comments

Malware warning? It’s the HAMSTER’s fault! His fate is in your hands. POLL

I received emails today from readers who said that when they came to the blog, they received a "malware" warning. To my knowledge there is no malware on the page anywhere.  The warning is coming because of the Hamster Cage … Continue reading

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The Feeder Feed: two new birds

Action at the Feeder and elsewhere, today. Grosbeaks galore. I believe this is  new visitor.  I think it is Brewer’s Blackbird. I don’t think it is Common Grackle, because it didn’t have the purple and green sheen. Not sure.  Two, … Continue reading

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New Pres. of Pont. Council for Christian Unity: ad orientem… Latin

Our friends at Rorate have posted an excerpt of an interview with Archbp. Kurt Koch the new President of the Pont. Council for Christian Unity.  Here is an excerpt of the excerpt, originally with Gaudium Press in Spanish. Gaudium Press: … Continue reading

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Good news about a WDTPRSer

It is nice to get feedback and news about readers. From a reader: Joe of St. Therese posted today, July 30, 2010, that he has been accepted by the Order of Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy. Joe posts here.  Joe said … Continue reading

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My friend Fr. Ray Blake, the great p.p. of St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton, has started an initiative which all priests of England and Wales should know about. Go to read Priests Open Letter in Support of Pope Benedict’s Visit … Continue reading

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Catholic priest found dead in Mexico

R.I.P. From CNA: Catholic priest found dead in Mexico Mexico City, Mexico, Jul 30, 2010 / 02:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Local authorities have reported that a priest, Fr. Carlos Salvador Wotto, was found dead at the parish of Our Lady … Continue reading

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New Kindle is coming

The new Kindle from Amazon is coming.  The price has dropped.  The new Kindle will be released on 27 August. There are two versions. For $139 it connects with wifi and has a 6" display. Two colors.  USA preorder HERE … Continue reading

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BENEDICT XVI’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR AUGUST VATICAN CITY, 30 JUL 2010 (VIS) – Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for August is: "That those who are without work or homes or who are otherwise in serious need may find understanding and … Continue reading

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Congressmen (R & D!) propose total ban on taxpayer-funded abortion

From CNA: Congressmen to propose government-wide ban on taxpayer-funded abortion Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2010 / 06:03 am (CNA).- On Thursday Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) [A Democrat!] were scheduled to introduce legislation which would establish a … Continue reading

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First, a commercial. I would like to add some Twitter followers.  If you are using Twitter, would you please follow? Now… ATTENTION PRIESTS OF ENGLAND AND WALES Canadian Anglican Catholic group votes to unite with Rome “Meat cleaver” journalism – … Continue reading


SUNDAY SUPPER – 5: De re coquinaria – Coliculi elixati?

I am thinking in advance about Sunday Supper. What to do? I have been looking through Apicius’ 2nd century work De re coquinaria for some hints about how to use all the broccoli that is coming in. Also, I have … Continue reading

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The Pope’s new book for children

Did you hear that Holy Father has, inter alia, penned a book for children? I am guessing it will become a bestseller. This is a little book called Gli Amici di Gesù, The Friends of Jesus.  It will be fairly … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: birettiquette, revisited

And now for the really important things. From a reader: Dear Father,Can you point me (or ask your readers to help to point me) in the direction of a guide to the use of the biretta at Mass in the … Continue reading

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