Monthly Archives: September 2012

LA priest suspended for lobbying for same-sex “marriage”

During my London sojourn, several people have asked me about the state of the Church in the USA, and have usually also added a query about how Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles is doing.
Here is a story from CNA:
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SSPX Fr. Schmidberger interviewed

Over at Rorate our friends have posted the summary of an interview with SSPX German District Superior Fr. Schmidberger on the status quaestionis of their relations with Rome.  Here are two salient bits:
These additional requirements consist, according to Father, of the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Uncovering the ciborum

From a reader:
This past Sunday, September 16, 2012, I attended mass celebrated by an elderly priest. Present on the altar was a covered ciborium. At the time father consecrated the large host the ciborium remained covered, father uncovered the ciborium … Continue reading

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14 Oct: WASHINGSTON DC – Pilgrimage to begin Rosary Novena for Life and Liberty

From the USCCB:
Pilgrimage to begin Rosary Novena for Life and Liberty
WASHINGTON—A Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington is slated for Sunday, Oct. 14 at 12 noon … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Confessor asked if I believe in “reincarnation” because I said I was sorry for the “sins of my past life”.

From a reader:
I was wondering the correct formula for confession. I read online somewhere “Bless me father for I have sinned it has been X weeks since my last confession… I accuse myself of the following sins…” (list in kind … Continue reading

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A superb essay on Sacred Music

Stop what you are doing and either bookmark this or go to read this essay right now.  HERE
Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J., knocks it outta da park on Sacred Music.
Here’s a taste, which you can enjoy while sipping your Mystic … Continue reading

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Top Catholic High Schools

The Cardinal Newman Society has identified some excellent High Schools.
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“Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school,” said Patrick J. Reilly, … Continue reading

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Deplorable churchy jargon

This amusing piece came from the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald (do you subscribe?):
The English language is not a walled garden, but rather a trampled field over which many passers through have left their mark. The French language has … Continue reading

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Confessional

The confessional Fulton Sheen used at St Patrick’s, Soho Square, London.

Do everybody a huge good deed and go to confession. Sin hurts everyone. Reconciliation helps everyone.

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QUAERITUR: May the pascal candle be used at EF baptisms?

NB: In a comment below, a participant posted some points about when the paschal candle may be used in the Extraordinary Form.  Don’t just read my answer and then move on without also reading that comment.  You will know which … Continue reading

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Goose

Via the Laudator:
Robert Southey (1774-1843), To a Goose:
If thou didst feed on western plains of yore;
Or waddle wide with flat and flabby feet
Over some Cambrian mountain’s plashy moor;
Or find in farmer’s yard a safe retreat
From gipsy thieves, and foxes sly … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: suffering and grieving over my past life

From a reader:
Lately my mind has been getting assaulted by the remembrance of my past life and all my sins; it was rooted in egoism and hedonism- not a pretty sight, and I wish it would all go away.
I know … Continue reading

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“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….”

Very cool… er um… hot back then.. no.. cool… but…
Just read:
NASA Telescopes Spy Ultra-Distant Galaxy
PASADENA, Calif. — With the combined power of NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could … Continue reading

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Spicy!

Whew!
Pork dumplings in hot soup! That red is indeed suggestive of the flavors. The green is cilantro. Excellent. Whew!
The Jasmine tea is very good.
There is something in this soup I can’t put my finger on (lest it melt off). It … Continue reading

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A note about the Mrs. Christ papyrus fragment

So another feminist opportunist of the Elaine Pagels ilk, whose purpose in life is to make money while making the lives of real scholars and real believers more difficult, is talking about a fragment of papryus which, she claims, states … Continue reading

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“And he shall make all, both little and great, rich and poor, freemen and bondmen, to have a character in their right hand, or on their foreheads.”

Under the entry about our obligation to attend Holy Mass, someone posted this comment (I removed it to here):
I’ve always had a fantasy where I make wallet sized Catholic obligation cards.  These would have check boxes or punch boxes for … Continue reading

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A request to readers for help

Would you say a prayer to St. Anthony for me?  I lost something important to me which I would very much like to recover.
I mislaid my commonplace book, in which I have been recording quotes, occasions, writing about travels and … Continue reading

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French Card. Barbarin says same-sex ‘marriage’ opens door to other deviant acts

From CNA:
French cardinal says ‘gay marriage’ opens door to incest, polygamy
Lyon, France, Sep 18, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon said government approval of gay “marriage” in France could pave the way for the legalization … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: A rule that the priest is the only one in the sanctuary during the consecration?

From a reader:
Is it a rule that the priest is the only one in the sanctuary during the consecration?
No, there is no such rule.
Surely the deacons (subdeacons) and other servers must be there near to the altar, within the sanctuary. … Continue reading

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EMBER DAYS

The September Ember Days (Wed, Fri, Sat) traditionally follow the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (14 September).
These days were penitential in spirit.  They were also traditional times for ordinations.
If nothing else, pray during these Ember Days in … Continue reading

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