Monthly Archives: September 2010

REVIEW: “Annunciation” by artist Daniel Mitsui

I am sure you remember my review of artist/illustrator Daniel Mitsui’s Crucifixion.  Mitsui has a blog called The Lion and the Cardinal, an obvious Patristic reference which never fails to delight me. Today I received another print from him, a … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Use of the beretta at Mass in the Ordinary Form

From a reader: Can a beretta be used in the OF? When would it be used? Yes, without question!   But make sure that it is clean and in good working order so that it doesn’t misfire. I would use … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: “Nice to see you!”, during Communion

From a reader: While about to receive Communion today I was told by a Eucharistic minister “nice to see you” immediately after she had said “Body of Christ,” to me. I had not even responded, “Amen” yet. Is this permissible? … Continue reading

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What’s your good news?

Do you have good news to share?

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The Tablet online edition = Grima Wormtongue

From the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, comes this analysis piece by William Oddie.  My emphases and comments. There are various perspectives from which we can view the papal visit: and one of them is as a PR … Continue reading

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BLOG RENEWAL: Is the blog loading quickly? Slowly?

A friend wrote to whine at me that the blog seemed – to him – to be loading slowly.   I rather think he might be raving mad, even nuts.   Surely a side effect of living too close to the Vortex. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Eating, plays in churches

From a reader: I was in a discussion with someone about eating in the Church not necessarily at Mass AND use of the Church for plays, community events, shelter, etc.   What are the rules for behavior inside a Catholic Church?  … Continue reading

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Calendar confusion: Ember Week

As I look at the calendar, as I read comments on the blog, as I read my email, pace Johnny Mercer, is you is or is you ain’t Ember Saturday? Today I said the Mass for Ember Saturday.   I think … Continue reading

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A kind reader, AN, sent a photo of her travel mug the other day, thus brightening up a pretty dismal battle with the blog. Fill yours with some coffee. And send your snaps!

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Anglican Archbp. Williams causes another dust up for the C of E and himself

There is a good deal of controversy in England right now about comments made by Anglican Archbp. Rowan Williams before Benedict XVI’s visit to England. In an article in The Times published today, the contents of an interview with Archbp. … Continue reading

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RATS IN THE RECTORY! Of priests and rodents: Part 2

Remember these guys?  Here are some priests in Georgia suffering from a home invasion. By rats. Check the blog Southern Orders. The latest in the saga: This is rat central and I have an update for you on the rectory … Continue reading

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Tonight’s irony packed supper

It being an Ember Friday I ate rather little today, and I am avoiding meat. So, I thought to prime myself for a workout tonight with some pasta and things from the garden. I picked a mess of these little … Continue reading

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Madison, WI 1-2 Oct: Sacred Music Workshop

There will be a workshop on Sacred Music in the Diocese of Madison, WI on 1-2 October, Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  Use that link for concrete information about schedules, etc. The workshop is entitled “A treasure of inestimable value”, … Continue reading

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Archbp. Chaput to conference of religion journalists

There is a long piece on CNA about an address given by His Excellency Most Rev. Charles Chaput of Denver.  Here are some snips with my emphases and comments: Prejudiced journalism ‘diminishes public life,’ warns Archbishop Chaput Denver, Colo., Sep … Continue reading

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Outstanding analysis of Papal Visit by Samuel Gregg

In another entry, I suggested that I needed better analysis of Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK. Lupus in fabula, is I believe the customary phrase. This comes from Samuel Gregg of the Acton Institute, and one of the smarter … Continue reading

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