Monthly Archives: July 2010

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 permanent government-wide … 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?

Canadian Anglican Catholic group votes to unite with … Continue reading

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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 short.  The … 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 Ordinary Form?  … Continue reading

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St. Martha: pulling apart a painting

In the National Gallery in London, you will find a painting by  Velazquez entitled Christ in the House of Martha and Mary.  I never fail to visit it when I visit that gallery.
The painting – a variation on the bodegón … Continue reading

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Papal visit to the UK: people will have to pay to see the Pope? WDTPRS POLL

From CNS:

Catholics in England will have to pay to attend some events during Pope Benedict XVI’s Sept. 16-19 trip to Scotland and England, according to reports in our client paper in London, the Catholic Herald. Catholics will pay … Continue reading

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News about Benedict XVI’s book Jesus of Nazarth vol. 2

I received a press release today that the second volume of Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth will be published by Ignatius Press (no surprise there) and released in Spring 2011.

Pope’s new book on Jesus to be published by Ignatius … Continue reading

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I’m Spartacus! Er… no…ummm, wait a minute!

I just heard an interesting thing as I was flipping past Sean Hannity’s show (I always flip past unless I spot a guest I am interested in).
Michelle Malkin, who is usually apt when she speaks, made a strikingly bad … Continue reading

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Oprah going to Medjugorje?

I had an email today that Oprah may be going to Medjugorje.
Okay.  Rumor? Fact?  Dunno.
If Oprah converts to Catholicism because of Medjugorje, then I will have to rethink my position.

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