Monthly Archives: July 2012

QUAERITUR: How many priests are in the SSPX?

The SSPX says that they now have 569 priests. Remember that the SSPX, or FSSPX, is a “priestly fraternity”, a “society of priests”.  Lay people don’t belong to the SSPX, though there are some associated groups. Meanwhile, Benedict XVI is … Continue reading

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Will Christianity supplant Islam in Iran?

During the annual meeting of our “gang of priests” we have heard informative talks about Islam.  A propos the topic, this was forwarded by a priest friend and participant in our meeting.  From God Reports with my emphases and comments: … Continue reading

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Reason #5863 for Summorum Pontificum

From the site of the Italian daily La Repubblica comes this. CAPTION: Melissa, a street-artist, play the sax during Mass. She earns her living in the streets with her saxophone. Melissa has always had a dread: to play in a … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM, Throwing a Nutty | Tagged | 48 Comments

New Glaswegian Archbishop predicts jail for supporting true marriage, traditional family

I have heard, and I think this may be anecdotal, that Card. George quipped that his successor might wind up dying in jail. The England and Wales and Scotland are farther along in the culture war that we are in … Continue reading

Posted in One Man & One Woman, Our Catholic Identity, Religious Liberty, The future and our choices, The Last Acceptable Prejudice | Tagged , , , , , , | 41 Comments

The SSPX’s “sine quibus non” conditions

From the intrepid Andrea Tornielli: […] The latest version of the doctrinal preamble – discussed by cardinals of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Pope – is considered by the Holy See to be … Continue reading

Posted in Benedict XVI, Brick by Brick, Our Catholic Identity, SSPX, The Drill | Tagged , , , , | 102 Comments

Benedict XVI: above average

More than seven years ago, on April 19th, 2005, Benedict XVI was elected Pope. On average, Popes usually reign for 7.19 years. Now, Benedict XVI has surpassed that average. [wp_youtube]pEseBlORSy0[/wp_youtube]

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QUAERITUR: Variations in reciting the Rosary

From a reader: On Wednesday before Mass a friend of mine leads the public recitation of the Rosary. She inserts after the Fatima Prayer in each decade this pray; Jesus, protect and save the unborn and the sanctity of life. … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , | 36 Comments

QUAERITUR: How to clean a messy thurible

Not long ago, I had a question from a reader about a good way to clean an encrusted thurible (the thing in which we burn incense and then swing around, from the Latin word “thus… incense”). At the site of … Continue reading

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Should the SSPX throw Bp. Williamson out of their “priestly fraternity”?

Via CMR I found this about the SSPX and their equivalent of the “crazy-uncle in the attic” Bp. Williamson. My emphases: Bishop McCrazy Says He Wants Bp. Fellay Out Bishop Williamson of the SSPX, a guy who makes the Moony … Continue reading

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Gang of Priests – UPDATED

I am with a gang of priests for our annual get together. There may be a little less going on with the blog for a few days. This morning I gave a conference to the crew on causes of saints. … Continue reading

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New CDF Prefect on talks with the SSPX

From CNA: Rome, Italy, Jul 24, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News). Although the new head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is optimistic about reconciliation with the Society of St. Pius X, he says that … Continue reading

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Card. Burke: Catholic colleges should require the required “mandate” for profs to teach

From the Cardinal Newman Society: Cardinal Burke Says Theologians’ Mandatum Should Be Required by Colleges, Disclosed to Students Theologians, Canonists Respond to Pope Benedict’s Call for Compliance Manassas, Va. – Catholic families have a right to know which theology professors … Continue reading

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What is your good news?

Do you have some good news to share? I, after a couple really nasty weeks, am getting together with a group of priests for an annual meeting.

Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 48 Comments

Sr Patricia Miller in op-ed canonizes St. Obama for his respect for religious liberty. No, really.

Joseph Goebbels advised that when telling lies, tell a big one and tell it often. Another approach is to jam so many distortions into so brief a space that they are too hard to refute in as short a period … Continue reading

Posted in Biased Media Coverage, Blatteroons, Dogs and Fleas, Emanations from Penumbras, Magisterium of Nuns, Our Catholic Identity, Religious Liberty, SESSIUNCULA, The Drill, Women Religious | Tagged , , , | 69 Comments

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point from the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Share it!  

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