Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fr. Trigilio: what makes priests happy, what grinds them down, and a suggestion

My friend Fr. John Trigilio, who head the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, has a not on his blog The Black Biretta about priests and happiness.
Here are a few paragraphs from his longer post, which I encourage you to take a … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Tucker on the new “white paper”: “a near total absence of clear thinking”

My friend Jeffrey Tucker knows more than his Gregorian chant.  Most of the readers here will know him from The Chant Cafe.  Did you know that Tucker also knows a thing or two about economics and that he is on … Continue reading

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Your State of Life – WDTPRS SURVEY

Here is a survey about YOU.  Pass the word to others.
IMPORTANT: Anyone can participate in this survey.  I cannot tell who you are or even where you are. If some bishop or priest out there is worried about being identified, … Continue reading

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Baldachin by Baldachin: Texas edition.

The other day I wrote about the restoration of the spiffy baldachin over the Archbishop’s cathedra in the Cathedral Shrine of St. Paul in Minnesota.
A priest friend, Fr. SR of TX, sent photos from his phone of a new baldachin … Continue reading

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Fun With Latin! “The makeup of the cosmos.”

In preparing an article for The Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly, I ran across something fun I wrote for the now concluded WDTPRS series’ look at the Third Eucharistic Prayer.
Enjoy!
Mundus, a, um is an adjective for “clean, cleanly, … Continue reading

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“This day is called the feast of Crispian.”

From a reader:
A little trivia for you. Today commemorates the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.
“He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian:’
Then will he strip his … Continue reading

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Skype security hole and a 72 Hour Kit

From the National Terror Alert Response Center page:
Fox News reports a flagrant security flaw in the massively popular Skype video chat service may be putting Internet users worldwide at risk.The serious security breach in the Internet video chat program, which boasts … Continue reading

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Book/Library database software

I have a lot of books. I know an old priest who has even more.  A LOT more. One of these days his library will have to be cataloged.
What am I saying… MINE has to be cataloged!
Does anyone out there … Continue reading

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RECENT POSTS and THANKS!

First off, thanks to readers who have sent things from the wish lists or donations. I have your names jotted down and will remember you next Saturday when I will say Mass for the intention of my benefactors.

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In retribution for my sins… a terrible thought to make the blood run cold! Save me, O Lord!

I just had a horrible though that made my blood run cold…..
It just occurred to me what a Dantesque contrapasso it would be – for my black and horrible sins – were some bishops to engineer me being assigned to … Continue reading

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Catholics on social issues in Minnesota

As I have written before, during the 2012 election run-up Minnesota will be a battle-ground state for the defense of marriage issue.  The Catholic bishops of Minnesota will be deeply involved.  Archbishop Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis has all … Continue reading

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Samuel Gregg on the new “white paper” from the Pont. Con. for Justice and Peace

From National Review Online comes a piece by the eminent Samuel Gregg, a fine scholar with his head screwed on in the correct direction. He gives some reactions to the new “white paper” as I call it from the … Continue reading

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A reader used an Examination of Conscience to identify a sin

A while back I linked to the site of Fr. Tim Finigan’s parish where he has made available different examinations of conscience.

Thank you for this invaluable advice.
I found a check-box style examination of conscience similar to the one you linked … Continue reading

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A proposal for a “traditional” edition of the Ordinary Form missal in English

At NLM Shawn Tribe has offered a proposal for an Ordinary Form Roman Missal with the new, corrected translation in a format much like the usual editions of the older Missale Romanum.  He has some sample pages.
If an edition of … Continue reading

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The new “white paper” from the Pont. Council Justice and Peace. Fr. Z rants like loon.

I am reading through the new “white paper” (I won’t dignify it with “document”) from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and trying to keep my blood pressure down.
I have a few things to digest yet, and it takes … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: The “Novus Ordo” Ordinal for ordaining bishops, priests, deacons

From a reader:
Leo XIII condemned Anglican orders and succession as invalid since 1552. Even after re-admitting the prayers regarding the “work and office of a priest” in the ordination 100 years later, the line had become extinct so it was … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: A lay person asked me to be an Extraordinary Minister for a Mass

From a reader:
This evening during Mass a man I casually know came up to me and asked me to fill-in for a no-show as an extraordinary minister of the Precious Blood. I am not and have never been an EME. … Continue reading

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Your news and your notes

Please share some good news with the readership.  And if there was some good point from the Sunday sermon you heard, let us know!
For my part, I have two points.
First, I received some nice – early but nice – greetings … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Gift for a priest: reversible stole

From a reader:
My friend’s ordination is coming up in a number of months, and I’d like to get him something meaningful and useful. I’m a little short on money, so I have to start planning and saving now.
He’s traditionally-minded (fully … Continue reading

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Bp. Sample on “ad orientem” worship

His Excellency Most Rev. Alex Sample of Bishop of Marquette.  ‘Nough said.

WDTPRS kudos to Bp. Alex Sample.

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