Monthly Archives: September 2010

QUAERITUR: Everyone must stand until distribution of Communion is over

From a reader: Our last pastor decided we should all stand up before the Great Amen (going so far as to pause the Mass until all were standing -and some peoples refusal to stand became a horrible distraction and battle … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Using the orginal “main” altar rather than the “table”

From a seminarian reader: My present church is thinking on having a EF Mass as well as a Versus Deus [Deum] OF Mass. The Original High Altar is still in place with the Tabernacle. There is however a smaller “fixed” … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Gathering around the altar at school Mass

From a reader: It was announced during our school Mass today, by the associate here at the parish where I teach, that henceforth, whatever class has “planned” the school Mass each week will be invited to gather around the altar … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can bishops forbid pastors to add a TLM to the schedule

I have of late received more than one email from readers with similar questions. In effect, they have asked if diocesan bishops can forbid pastors to add a Traditional Latin Mass to the Sunday Mass schedule, or if the local … Continue reading

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POTUS again omits “Creator” from Declaration citation

From Creative Minority Report with my emphases and comments: Well, for all those who said it was just a slip of the tongue last time or that his speechwriters were to blame, Obama just made sure you knew that he … Continue reading

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2 October – Kansas City, KS – FSSP Ordination

Have you ever seen an ordination to the priesthood with the older, traditional Roman Rite…. A reader sent notice of the following: FSSP ORDINATION KANSAS CITY THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 Rev. Mr David Kemna will be ordained to the priesthood … Continue reading

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Wyoming Catholic College update

Some of you will recall that I visited Wyoming Catholic College last winter.  I found it splendid. Here is an update from the WCC blog (in case you know young people trying to figure out where to go to college). … Continue reading

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Previously on RATS IN THE RECTORY (here). On the blog Southern Orders I saw that Fr. M has some news, as well as a very satisfying and at the same time disgusting photo. Well, I got access to a computer … Continue reading

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BLOG RENEWAL: Preview of comments

For those of you who like to have that last shot at previewing your comments before hitting that submit button… I believe I have a working Preview function up and running.

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Fr. Thomas Dubay, RIP

I just received word that Fr. Thomas Dubay, SM, has died. Please pray for the repose of his soul. Fr. Dubay was a fine author on issues of the spiritual life.  His books are very good.

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