Monthly Archives: July 2010

23 July: St. Ezekiel, prophet

From rogueclassicism:

ante diem x kalendas sextilias

Neptunalia — an obscure festival (obscure in the sense that we really don’t know what went on) in honour of Neptune
ludi Victoriae Caesaris (day 4)
64 A.D. — the Great Fire of … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Harry Potter

From a reader:
Recently very good friends of mine told me that is is probably a sin to have read the Harry Potter books – even as a child with no intent of getting involved in "magic" or anything of that … Continue reading

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Anglican eucharist for the “other specied”

About eucharistic communion for the "other specied" members.
I learned this morning about an Anglican giving their version of communion to a dog! 
If you are worried about Our Lord’s admonition in Matthew 7:6, don’t.  No sacrament was violated because Anglicans … Continue reading

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NY Times, Boston Globe and THEIR “Zero Tolerance” rule

From The Catholic League with my emphases and comments:
BOSTON GLOBE & NYT LACK "ZERO TOLERANCE" RULE
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:
Yesterday, a Boston Globe editorial unfavorably compared the Vatican to the American bishops, saying that "Until the … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI among the top ten oldest Popes since 1400

From CNS:
Benedict XVI among the top ten oldest Popes since 1400
Rome, Italy, Jul 22, 2010 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI is now the seventh oldest Pope since reliable records began being collected in the year 1400, according to … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 11 Comments

Video Camera Will Show Mars Rover’s Touchdown

From NASA… which used to have space as its main objective:
Video Camera Will Show Mars Rover’s Touchdown
July 19, 2010
A downward-pointing camera on the front-left side of NASA’s Curiosity rover will give adventure fans worldwide an unprecedented sense of riding … Continue reading

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Very OLD Widow!

For you lovers of reverent liturgy and Summorum Pontificum… try this!
And review this.
On July 6th, Swedish divers were exploring off Aaland Island, midway between Sweden and Finland, looking for a sailing vessel they’d encountered earlier when they found the wreck … Continue reading

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Posted in Just Too Cool, Lighter fare, SESSIUNCULA | Tagged | 12 Comments

UK police will monitor internet for threats during Pope’s visit

Remember this?
A follow up from the persistent Anna Arco of the UK’s best Catholic weekly:
Police are monitoring internet for threats against the Pope during British visit
By Anna Arco
British police have said they are monitoring the internet for threats against … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 34 Comments

My Favorite Things… revisited

Years ago, long before the existence of WDTPRS, the official WDTPRS Parodohymnist – in the dark days of seminary – worked up new words to a tune familiar to all.
To the Sound of Music tune "My Favorite Things":
Dalmatics on … Continue reading

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Posted in Lighter fare, Parody Songs | Tagged | 11 Comments

QUAERITUR: I didn’t understand the words of absolution as spoken

Every time I post about the variations priests impose by their own self-centered authority on the celebration of sacraments, and the confusion it causes members of the faithful, questions multiply in my inbox. 
"But Father! But Father!", some say.  "This … Continue reading

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Brighter shining than the sun

For the Just Too Cool file.  Or should that be Just TOO HOT?
Scientists find most massive star ever discovered
LONDON – A huge ball of brightly burning gas drifting through a neighboring galaxy may be the heaviest star ever discovered — … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 9 Comments

“Catholic” MSM pundits and getting things dead wrong

TIME is at it again, this time with the help of Tim Padgett.
Padgett is typical of so many self-professed "Catholic" MSM pundits. 
Keeping in mind that some of Padgett’s assertions are by now cliché, use this … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 73 Comments

Video tour through the famous Loome Theological Bookseller in Minnesota

The other day I had a trip to one of the most tantalizing places I know … Loome Theological Bookseller in Stillwater, MN.

Allow me to give you a little video tour of the place!
As you can see they have just … Continue reading

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Posted in Just Too Cool, On the road | Tagged | 12 Comments

More hijinx about the Holy Father saying the old Mass

I hope the Holy Father does, in fact, say the older form of Mass whenever it pleases.
The Pope of Rome should be able to use the Roman Rite when it pleaseth His Holiness of our Lord.
The other day the story … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | Tagged | 51 Comments

McBrien wants the bishops to endorse Obamacare

I am tired of writing that Richard McBrien doesn’t get it when it comes to abortion.
He does get it.
Face facts.
Richard McBrien supports “a woman’s right to choose.”
He should simply say it openly instead of writing articles pretending … Continue reading

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Posted in Emanations from Penumbras, SESSIUNCULA | Tagged , | 28 Comments

Protect the Pope.com

Biretta tip to His Hermeneuticalness

Protect the Pope.com is a new website which counters attacks on Pope Benedict’s reputation and integrity, and provides information and resources for Catholics to respond to incidents that constitute incitement to religious hatred.
At the launch … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 7 Comments

Islamic Standard (UK) provokes protests against Pope

At the National Catholic Register (the Catholic paper), Matthew Archbold has the following.
My emphases and comments:
Is the Pope In Danger?
by Matthew Archbold Monday, July 19, 2010 6:02 AM Comments
I’ve been saying recently that Pope Benedict XVI is heading into … Continue reading

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Posted in The Last Acceptable Prejudice, Throwing a Nutty | 83 Comments

What Does The Cricket Really Say?

I had an interesting question via email from a reader.
I suppose this has something to do with a) interest in the way people who speak different languages name the sounds animals make b) the coming of summer.
QUAERITUR: What … Continue reading

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Posted in ASK FATHER Question Box, SESSIUNCULA | Tagged | 16 Comments

OpEd piece for the Washington Post

Some of the commentators who have added their opinions in the combox after my OpEd in WaPo really need your help.
A few contributors can both read and think, but there are some deeply confused people over there.  And a couple … Continue reading

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What’ll they think of next?

Those wacky geeks at MIT… what’ll they think of next?
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHGODp0b8Ks]

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Posted in Just Too Cool | Tagged | 10 Comments