Daily Archives: 12 December 2011

QUAERITUR: Can EMCHs give “blessings”?

From a reader:
At Mass this morning, at least one of the EMs was ‘blessing’ children
as they came forward. My understanding was that only priests could
give blessings.
We are a parish with 2 priests covering 3 churches, plus one Permanent Deacon.
The priest … Continue reading

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A golden subject: Reclaiming silence in our churches. A Scotish bishop’s good insights.

The Bishop of Aberdeen, Scotland, has issued in interesting pastoral letter about the need to reclaim, indeed, “create” silence and, through silence, prayer.  The bishop, Most Rev. Hugh Gilbert, OSB, was once a monk and abbot of Pluscarden Abbey. … Continue reading

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One from a bushel of oysters!  This was a nice surprise.
The right tool makes all the difference.

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Recent Posts of Interest, Voice Mails, Pingbacks, and THANKS!

First, many thanks to those of you who have been buying Mystic Monk Coffee and tea and other swag and mugs, etc., from my shops, and using the Amazon links and search boxes here.  I haven’t been at home for … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can a bishop forbid Mass in Latin?

From a reader:
You recently had a post about Latin and the Novus Ordo with a
reference to canon 928. You asserted that Mass can always be
celebrated in Latin based on that canon. If one’s bishop makes it a
policy that priests who … Continue reading

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Phoenix: Mercy Sister excomm’d for abortion decision at Catholic hospital no longer excomm’d?

Did anyone notice this little story in the “briefs” at CNS?
Mercy nun at hospital that allowed abortion ‘no longer excommunicated‘
PHOENIX (CNS) — A Mercy sister who was automatically excommunicated because of her role on the ethics committee that allowed an … Continue reading

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A reading tip – Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories

Not exactly light reading, but this is an important topic… and not just for priests and bishops!  Everyone should be concerned about this.
Check out David F. Pierre Jr.’s book Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories.
It is … Continue reading

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John Patrick Card. Foley, RIP

In your charity, please remember to pray for the repose of the soul of His Eminence John Patrick Card. Foley, who died on 11 December at the age of 76.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light … Continue reading

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Please? Some good news!

What is your good news?
Also, is there a really good point from your Sunday sermon you can share?

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