Monthly Archives: October 2010

Liberals finally defend Liturgiam authenticam!

Many readers are sending me links to liturgical writers and pages and blogs, liberals, frothing about changes the Holy See is making to the English translation of the Roman Missal approved in 2008 by the USCCB and given the nod … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Mortal sin to join SSPX third order?

From a reader: I have a question about becoming a 3rd Order member with the SSPX. Would it put me into mortal sin to become a member? I have not attended their Mass on general orders from Pope Benedict XVI … Continue reading

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What is your good news?

First, happy Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude.  St. Jude is a patron of “impossible causes”, which gives me some comfort today. Second, today is the anniversary of the 312 AD Battle of the Milvian Bridge, when Constantine defeated Maxentius.  … Continue reading

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Unbleached beeswax candles

Over at NLM there was a post about unbleached beeswax candles, which are traditionally used for Masses for the Dead. Reverend Fathers, Your Excellencies and sundry Graces… please consider the use of beeswax candles for All Souls and Requiem Masses.  … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: reconsecrating, restoring a chalice

From a reader: Many years ago, a chalice was donated to the parish of my grandfather as a memorial after his death. After several years, my grandmother received a call from the pastor stating that they were cleaning house in … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: priest adds a word to words of absolution

From a reader: Father, i went to confession this afternoon and instead of the usual “I absolve you from your sins…” the priest said instead, “I now absolve you from your sins…”. Was my confession valid? Yes, it was valid. … Continue reading

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BLOG RENEWAL: combox and mobile theme

Under another entry a commentator said that, in his experience, there is an odd glitch in the combox.  He says that the input editor suppresses a space between the punctuation at the end of a sentence and the beginning of … Continue reading

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“I worked so hard for that title!”

I don’t like being called anything but “Father” … except for those times when I don’t care.   After all, I worked hard for that title. Oooops… er… um… no… um… no, wait.    It has to do with that ontological character … Continue reading

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Minnesota Democrats: ANTI-CATHOLIC in print

I wonder if there is a federal statute that covers using the U.S Postal Service for the distribution of discriminatory printed material aimed at a specific religious group.  I am no lawyer, but I can wonder.  Right? Yesterday I posted … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI on regulating migration

A friend of mine, the great Roman Fabrizio noticed this and sent it along for our opportune knowledge. The Holy Father, in his “Message” for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, offered: ” The Church recognizes this right in … Continue reading

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Msgr. Gherardini on the SSPX talks and the future of the SSPX

Our friends at Rorate have a bit of an interview with the distinguished theologian Msgr. Brunero Gherardini (an old prof at the Lateran back in my day). My E and C. Msgr. Brunero Gherardini on the SSPX On September 29, … Continue reading

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Nuns auctioning rare Honus Wagner baseball card

From AP with my usual treatment: Holy card! Nuns auctioning rare Honus Wagner By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press BALTIMORE – Sister Virginia Muller had never heard of shortstop Honus Wagner. But she quickly learned the baseball great is a revered … Continue reading

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Composer James MacMillian explains what happened before the Papal Visit

Here is a story from The Telegraph about the trouble distinguished composer James MacMillian had with the liturgical establishment before the Holy Father’s visit to Scotland and England. James MacMillan is a Scottish composer whose symphonies, concertos, operas, sacred music … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: confessor without a stole, outside a confessional

From a reader: Today I was reading “Pardon and Peace” by Fr. Randolph, and he writes “Church law requires that confessions should normally be heard in a proper confessional” and that for hearing confessions “a priest should always wear a … Continue reading

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Did the Holy Father get a free ride from the BBC during his visit?

From Damian Thompson: The Times’s paywall is mysteriously down, so I nipped behind it and found a blog post from my former colleague the Rev George Pitcher, now the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Public Affairs. Writes George: I confess … Continue reading

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