Monthly Archives: August 2011

Gladiator school of Vienna discovered

Very cool:
Archeologists locate ruins of gladiator school
By: The Associated Press | The Associated Press | 08/30/11 10:48 AM
Archeologists say they have located and excavated the ruins of a massive amphitheater used to train gladiators east of Vienna in what they … Continue reading

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The Feeder Feed: Dinosaur edition

I have finally received proof that birds really are modern dinosaurs.
A reader sent me this photo.

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Today a jocular friend texted me to suggest that perhaps Pope Benedict’s appointment of Archbp. O’Brien as Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem – admittedly younger and with obviously greater military credentials than the … Continue reading

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Name day lunch

Xiao long bao… because they are the best I have had in the USA.

And some spicy shrimp in garlic sauce… because they’ve had their heads hacked off.

I hate platitude cookies.
I expect a fortune.
I detest, even more, flattery cookies… sycophantic cookies.

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Remember the ghastly statue of Bl. John Paul II?

You remember I am sure the horrid statue of John Paul II in front of the Roman main train station.
This just in.
Controversial John Paul statue looks set for makeover
Artist ready to make some alterations
29 August, 16:02
(ANSA) – Rome, August 29 … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: plastic “catch” sheet on the altar

From a reader:
Is it permissible to put a sheet of plastic on the epistle side of
the altar at the TLM in order to catch wine and water spills?
There has been some disagreement about this in our Latin Mass community. References … Continue reading

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POTUS and issues of human life

Here is part of a post at Life Site. You should read the whole thing there.
Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: The List Goes On and On..
Dear Readers,
Today, updated our exclusive and extensive listing of the pro-abortion and anti-life actions … Continue reading

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Do you have some news?

Share some news… hopefully good news.
Also, post, if you care too, some good point from the sermon you heard for Sunday.

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What to do with obsolete ICEL Missals – “Sacramentaries”

People have been asking what to do with obsolete editions of the lame-duck Sacramentary. I have made some suggestions in the past.
The Canadian Bishops gave their own suggestion.
For real.
De-commissioning the Sacramentary
1. After the Prayer after Communion, the Priest … Continue reading

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Requiem for an ICEL translation

In England the new translation of the Ordinary of Mass will be used beginning September.  Therefore, this Sunday was the last Sunday people will be constrained by law to hear the lame-duck ICEL version in force for these last few … Continue reading

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