Monthly Archives: December 2010

QUAERITUR: Can we be godparents to the child of followers of the SSPX?

From a reader: My husband and I have been asked to be Godparents to the son of friends of ours who are  members of a Pius X church. It is my understanding that the Society has not yet reached full … Continue reading

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ALERT! I asked for good news, but…Christmas collection stolen, orphans suffer

From a reader: I know you’re looking for good news, but this item just crossed my deck. Fr. William Felix, a good man and a holy priest, has had the entire Christmas collection stolen from his parish, St. Charles Borromeo … Continue reading

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“I don’t go to Mass because…”

His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan, has a great insight, by means of a reductio ad absurdum: I am heartily sick of the protest “I don’t go to Mass because my parents forced me to go when I was young.” OK … Continue reading

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What is your good news?

Have any good news for us?

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Kansas City, MO: Cause for Sainthood for Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey

Here is some good news from the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph: Diocese Granted Jurisdiction in Historic Process Half a world away from a shrine that attracts millions of Christian and Muslim pilgrims each year, a Cause for … Continue reading

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One of the dumbest things I have read about Bp. Olmsted and St. Joseph’s formerly Catholic hospital

Via The Motley Monk I picked up this statement the President of Catholics for Choice, Jon O’Brien.  Even if you are not sure what to think about Bp. Olmsted (D. Phoenix) declaring that Sr. McBride was excommunicated for her approval … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Permanent deacons and the Roman collar.

I have had a number of questions from permanent deacons about the use of clerical dress, either in a liturgical setting or as street clothing. After consulting a trustworthy canonist, I will respond to them all here. In 2009, the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” and +Joe Bagofdoughnuts, Bp. of Black Duck

I was working on my weekly article for the paper, for the column that gave this blog its original name and purpose, and turned up something that might interest you. The column this week is about the section in the … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de mysterio…. Ever heard of it?

In 1997 the Holy See issued an important document, unusual in its form and provenance in that it was signed by eight dicasteries, or departments of the Roman Curia. Congregation for the Clergy Pontifical Council for the Laity Congregation for … Continue reading

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Card. Burke pontificates with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

Here is some liturgical eye-candy for ya! Go to the site of AirMaria for many more great photos! His Eminence Card. Burke on 26 December pontificated in the Extraordinary Form at the seminary of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate … Continue reading

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Blogs You Might Consider

I like Catholic bloggers who work and play well with other bloggers.  Some don’t, you know.  Some bloggers think that others bloggers are competition.  I think we can all help each other out, instead of being petty. I believe in … Continue reading

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Liturgical tradition of the Feast of the Holy Innocents

A priest friend sent this: Dom Gueranger has some fascinating points for today’s feast.  He states that the vestments for today’s feast is Purple: “The Red vestments of a Martyr’s Day would be too expressive of that stream of infant blood … Continue reading

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Violence against Christians

I am looking at some stories on CWN. Philippines: bomb explodes during Christmas Mass A bomb exploded during Christmas Mass in a chapel on the island of Jolo, injuring 11. “I was reading the Gospel,” said Father Romeo Villanueva. “I … Continue reading

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The right to bear arms… and fill the freezer.

Even if Admiral Yamamoto didn’t actually say this, it is nevertheless true.  Se non è vero, è ben trovato: You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass. I received this amusing … Continue reading

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Smells and bells and sights and sounds and snow

Yesterday, we had a beautiful solemn TLM at Holy Innocents in Manhattan, the undersigned as celebrant.  Here is a brief sample.  I set up my little camera on a ledge pointed toward the altar just to see what might happen. … Continue reading

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