Monthly Archives: October 2010

Democrats in Minnesota anti-Catholic political postcard campaign

I have seen this story in various places, but LifeSite has a good summary. A campaign postcard the Minnesota Democratic Party sent to voters in the Midwestern state is causing a strong reaction from pro-life advocates. It claims the Catholic … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: taking a chalice home to pray for vocations

From a reader: There is a “program” at Church, where a family takes the Chalice Home with them to pray for an increase in vocations. Now, our parish is supposed to be the most conservative in the area, and our … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Sunday obligation and Communion service

From a reader: Recently a friend of mine went to what he thought was Mass, but actually turned out to be a eucharistic service on a Sunday. He says the ordinary priest was absent but another person (assuming a priest … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Indulgences for the dead and visiting a cemetery

From a reader: Your recent answer to a question about prayers and Masses for non-Catholic departed brings to mind a question some friends and I were deliberating over. With regard to the indulgences we can gain for the departed during … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can non-Catholics be saved?

From a reader: Can non-Catholics who die outside formal union with the Church be saved? I’ve had the statements of the Council of Florence pointed to as proof to interpret extra ecclesiam nulla salus. This seems to contradict what’s said … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: homemade marriage vows

From a reader: I recently attended a Catholic wedding between two Catholics. During the ceremony, I believe the couple did the declaration of intentions according to the Rite of Marriage. When it came to the wedding vows, instead of using … Continue reading

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APNews: “Catholic bloggers aim to purge dissenters”

From Townhall comes this: Catholic bloggers aim to purge dissenters APNews Pressure is on to change the Roman Catholic Church in America, but it’s not coming from the usual liberal suspects. A new breed of theological conservatives has taken to … Continue reading

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Some critics of the new translations: “radioactively cynical”

Over at First Things Fr. Rutler has some comments about the new translation and liturgy in general. Here are a few excerpts. We join him in medias res with my emphases and sinographs: […] Publicly owned corporations are more accountable … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Old Rituale Romanum and “churching” of women

From a deacon: May God Bless you for your work. I will be traveling home for Thanksgiving break to Baptize my twin brother’s newborn son. He and his wife are faithful, traditional Catholics. I was wondering if it is still … Continue reading

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The 2012 Synod of Bishop will focus on…

From CNS comes this news.  Woo hoo. Next synod theme: New evangelization October 24, 2010 by John Thavis VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict announced today that he’s chosen “new evangelization” as the theme for the next world Synod of Bishops in … Continue reading

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POLL: Halloween costumes in church next Sunday at Mass

DO YOU HAVE A BLOG?  Please link!  Let’s get a strong participation in this poll and discussion. A priest reader sent a suggestion for a WDTPRS POLL. Next Sunday coincides with the Eve of All Hallows.  A “hallow” is an … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: 22nd Sunday after Pentecost – the curial cage match

This week’s Collect is an ancient prayer, found in the 9th century Liber sacramentorum Augustodunensis (Augustodunum is the ancient Roman name for Autun, France) on the 25th Sunday after the Octave of Pentecost.  It was also in what is coming … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Masses for dead Protestants

From a reader: I was reading your post regarding “Masses for things instead of for people”. I remeber reading The Prophecies of Anne Catherine Emmerich, and reading this: ‘more Protestant souls stayed in Purgatory the longest not because they were … Continue reading

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Bishop assaulted in Canada

I suspect this sort of thing is going to happen more and more frequently. From CBC: B.C. bishop severely beaten One person is in custody after the Roman Catholic bishop of Kamloops, B.C., was severely beaten at the city’s cathedral. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Late evening Sunday Masses

From a reader: Several churches in my area hold Sunday Mass in the evening, in addition to in the morning. Is it permissible to attend these Masses if we cannot make morning Mass, or is it even permissible to hold … Continue reading

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