Daily Archives: 9 November 2011

Does Pope Benedict have arthrosis? (degenerative joint condition in his legs)

From Phil Lawler at CWN:
The Pope’s aching joints; the Vatican’s odd silence
By Phil Lawler | November 09, 2011
Today CWN passes along the report that Pope Benedict suffers from a degenerative joint condition in his legs. Although I am sorry … Continue reading

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CWN – Irish foreign minister: Pope not invited for 2012 visit

From CWN:
Irish foreign minister: Pope not invited for 2012 visit
November 09, 2011
A papal visit to Ireland in 2012 now seems unlikely, in light of a public statement by the country’s foreign minister that the government does not plan to extend … Continue reading

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Coach Paterno – WDTPRS POLL

UPDATE 10 Nov 0320 GMT:
I just saw a news flash that Penn State has sacked Joe Paterno effective immediately.  I’ll close the poll, below.
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Hugh Hewitt tonight is covering the situation with Penn State and Joe Paterno.  There is also a … Continue reading

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EAS and EAS… ?!? Coincidence? You decide!

Something odd happened today.   I watch very little TV during the day but sometimes if I am making lunch or doing something in the kitchen I switch it on to see if something interesting is going on.
As I watched, this … Continue reading

Posted in Global Killer Asteroid Questions, Lighter fare, Look! Up in the sky! | Tagged , , , | 25 Comments

QUAERITUR: Are Eastern Catholics also “Roman” Catholics?

From a reader:
Are ALL Catholics, (Eastern Rite Church) considered Roman Catholics? Or do they go by the name of the rite, like Maronite Rite Catholics? Had to answer this question in school, and didn’t know the difference.
I am not an … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Our Catholic Identity | Tagged , | 49 Comments

Episcopal Church nuns received into the Catholic Church

UPDATE: I posted a request to readers HERE about writing to the sisters to welcome them into formal communion.
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I enjoyed this story in the Baltimore Sun:
Archdiocese of Baltimore welcomes new order of nuns
All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor left the … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Just Too Cool, Non Nobis and Te Deum, Our Catholic Identity, Pope of Christian Unity | Tagged | 13 Comments

QUAERITUR: Priest lost use of arm. Is Mass still valid?

From a reader:

A priest I know has temporarily lost the use of his left arm because of surgery and has been saying Mass using his right arm only. He keeps his left arm under the chasuble, and someone else helps … Continue reading

Posted in ASK FATHER Question Box | 15 Comments

Archd. of New York’s particular law forbidding Catholic ministers any participation in same sex “marriage”

The Canonical Defender, Prof. Ed Peters, author of a useful book on “annulments” (paperback and Kindle) has posted at his excellent blog In The Light Of The Law about particular laws for the Archdiocese of New York issued by Archbishop … Continue reading

Posted in One Man & One Woman, Our Catholic Identity, The Drill, The future and our choices, The Last Acceptable Prejudice | Tagged , , , | 20 Comments

QUAERITUR: Is “I absolve you” alone sufficient for validity?

From a reader:
Dear Fr. Z
I recently went to confession, the priest said everything correctly (atleast, im pretty sure he did anyway) up until the part where he is suppose to say “I absolve you of you’r sins.” but, all he … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, The Drill | Tagged , , | 17 Comments