Monthly Archives: May 2012

A heads up about a few upcoming events. Readers can add.

I get zillions of requests from people to give them free advertising here. FYI… I will be accepting a few paid ads – at my discretion – for the sidebar. I’ll use a CPM formula, for a month or portion, … Continue reading

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QUESTION TO READERS: Expanded Pentecost liturgy in the Ordinary Form

A reader has a question for the readership, and I also am interested in the answer: Is anyone observing the new Ordinary Form extended form of the Vigil of Pentecost, with First Vespers (possibly) and the four OT readings and … Continue reading

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26 May: St. Philip Neri – inflame us with that same fire

Did you know that St. Philip Neri is a co-patron of Rome? COLLECT: Deus, qui fideles tibi servos sanctitatis gloria sublimare non desistis, concede propitius, ut illo nos igne Spiritus Sanctus inflammet, quo beati Philippi cor mirabiliter penetravit. Sublimo, according … Continue reading

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Yet another CNS video with SSPX Bp. Fellay

In another entry I posted videos from Catholic News Service of interviews with SSPX Bp. Fellay. Yet another! These are “extras”, that is, short comments they did not have in other videos. What is so amazing about these videos is … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: A young person’s first TLM

From a reader: I want to share with you my high school friend’s first experience with the EF. Last week, we had the first mass in the Extraordinary Form in our area by a priest who has been waiting a … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, HONORED GUESTS, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM, The Drill | Tagged , | 11 Comments

A deacon responds to a gushy women’s ordination propaganda piece in a secular newspaper

A while back there was a dippy filmette about wymynprysts “Pink Smoke Over the Vatican” inspired by an equally dippy column in the Bakersfield Californian by one Valerie Schultz, a board member of CSUB’s Institute for Religion, Education, and Public … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: If we have to agree with Vatican II do we have to agree with Communion in the hand, altar girls, EMHCs, etc?

From a reader: I’m wondering what type of assent are we as Catholics supposed to give to the Vatican II council? Also do we have an obligation to agree with things like Communion in the hand, and other parts in … Continue reading

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Fr. Sirico (about new book) interviewed by Stuart Varney – fun!

I wrote about Fr. Sirico’s new book HERE. Fr. Sirico had a great interview on Stuart Varney’s show on Fox Business Network. You should enjoy this. From Stuart Varney’s show on FNC: Watch the latest video at

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SCHOLION: The three phases of temptation

I have an obligation as an Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist to remind (or in many cases teach) you about something before the big Memorial Day (PENTECOST) weekend. The manualist I sometimes cite, Fr. Adolphe Tanquerey, writes about temptation in The Spiritual … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Four Last Things, GO TO CONFESSION, New Evangelization, Our Catholic Identity | Tagged , , | 14 Comments

Again RECENT POSTS and a request

On the right sidebar, I have quite a few links to posts, even those which have scrolled off the front page.  But here are some for your convenience (especially for those of you sending me email about things I have … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: A new priest fulfilling a promise for his first three Masses of thanksgiving.

From a son-to-be ordained deacon: Many years ago, as I was beginning in seminary, I made a private vow to the Blessed Virgin that I would offer the first liturgically free Mass in her honor if she would help me … Continue reading

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The Vatican Document Leaks – The Butler Did it!?

From the intrepid Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa: 05/25/2012 Vatican announces it has caught poison pen letter writer The culprit is allegedly the Pope’s butler, a layman. But doubts are growing in the Holy See ANDREA TORNIELLI vatican city The … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Manual of Minor Exorcisms – For the use of Priests (Catholic Truth Society)

I recently received from the UK-based Catholic Truth Society, a copy of their Manual of Minor Exorcisms – For the use of Priests. And excellent.. excellent… gift for a priest or a transitional deacon about to be ordained (less so … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Window Glass Discovered at Glastonbury Abbey

From a reader for your Just Too Cool file: Anglo-Saxon Window Glass Discovered at Glastonbury Abbey (Somerset) New research led by the University of Reading has revealed that finds at Glastonbury Abbey provide the earliest archaeological evidence for glass-making in … Continue reading

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Meanwhile… back in my native place Minnesota…

I hope by now you have watched the Catholic News Service videos about the SSPX. Meanwhile, in my native place of Minnesota – ground zero for defense of true marriage – comes this! WARNING! The light reflected from all that … Continue reading

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