Monthly Archives: November 2012

Remember 1859? 2013 will be the peak of solar activity.

I doubt many people reading this have personal memories of September 1859.  The question was rhetorical.  And yet that date should now stick in your mind.
in 2013 your earth’s yellow Sun’s activity, such as solar flares and coronal Mass ejections, … Continue reading

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Posted in Look! Up in the sky!, TEOTWAWKI | Tagged , , , , | 28 Comments

Some Z-Swag “in the wild”!

My good friend, His Hermeneuticalness, the great Dean of Bexley and p.p. of Blackfen, the unabashedly Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist, Fr. Tim Finigan, posted at his excellent blog shot of some of my Cafepress Z-Swag caught “in the wild”.
Go there for … Continue reading

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“Behold, He is in the inner chambers” – Blasphemy and Obama

I read a story about some dopey “comedian” who called Pres. Obama our “lord and savior”.  He said exactly, …
First of all, give an honor to our God and our lord and savior, Barack Obama. Barack Obama.
This was not in … Continue reading

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Posted in Dogs and Fleas, Four Last Things, Our Catholic Identity, The future and our choices | Tagged , | 79 Comments

“In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus.”

Reading The Hobbit was one of the most important things I did in my life.  In another book, Tolkien used the image of the pebble that starts the avalanche.  That is what The Hobbit was for me.  Among the rocks The … Continue reading

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New meaning for “Black Friday”: Planned Parenthood’s discount coupon

Planned Parenthood is in the business of abortion. Big business abortion is the name of their game.
Here is something I saw on the site of The Christian Post:
Planned Parenthood Clinic Offers ‘Black Friday’ Discount for Birth Control, Abortions
The traditional first-day … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Vernacular Proper in the TLM?

From a reader:
I am considering starting an EF daily Mass in my parish. I am considering offering it as per usual with the exeption of using the vernacular for the propers (introit, collect, gradual, communion, post communion) and the readings. … Continue reading

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Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , , , | 55 Comments

Pont. Comm. “Ecclesia Dei” on going to SSPX Masses and “straw subdeacons”

Our friends at Rorate, who are often on top of this sort of thing, reveal a letter sent by the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” to a questioner.  The letter is unsigned, though it has the stamp of the Commission.
Here, as … Continue reading

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“Tell me now if it is possible for you to have faith in your heart and not tremble.” – St. Leonard of Port Maurice

Today in the Novus Ordo calendar is the feast of St. Leonard of Port Maurice (+1751).
In one place, St. Leonard expounds on the number of those who make it to heaven. He is not optimistic. And he gives reasons.
Christ died … Continue reading

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Posted in Four Last Things, Saints: Stories & Symbols | Tagged , | 125 Comments

Curran Fishwraps Häring. Groovy!

Fishwrap tapped one of their darlings, former-Catholic theologian and dissenter Charles Curran, to write an encomium of the late Fr. Bernard Häring, CSsR, whose “proportionalist” legacy in moral theology is decidedly mixed.
First, Curran in his piece, reputedly about Häring, winds up … Continue reading

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Posted in Liberals, Our Catholic Identity, The Drill, Throwing a Nutty, Vatican II | 49 Comments

QUAERITUR: Can a priest in the confessional assign AA meetings for penance?

From a reader:
Can a priest give AA meetings for a overindulgent penitent?
WHAT?!?  Noooo… bad idea.
Look. A priest can, I guess, give whatever penances he can get away with.   If the penance is too onerous or impossible, or too vague … Continue reading

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When TEOTWAWKI comes, will you have had enough coffee?

It is “Cyber Monday”, as the online retailers are calling it!
I guess this is a secular money day of obligation.
Okay… now that you are online… buy some …
[CUE MUSIC]
Mystic Monk Coffee!
There are so many good reasons to refresh or build … Continue reading

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Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Lighter fare, New Evangelization, TEOTWAWKI, The Campus Telephone Pole, Year of Faith | Tagged , , | 26 Comments

Your Good News!

Do you have some good news for the readers?
Will you tell us what it is?

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 41 Comments

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point from your Sunday sermon today?
Let us know all the good stuff!

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 42 Comments

PUDDING REPORT: Christmas Pudding 2012 is underway!

Things are underway on this “Stir Up Sunday”, the Last Sunday after Pentecost. “Stir Up” comes from the first words of the Collect for Holy Mass in the Usus Antiquior.
I decided that for this round I would use the recipe … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 134: Christ the King, the Collect, and a listener’s question

Here is a little offering about the Collect for the Solemnity of Christ the King, as it is today in the post-Conciliar, Ordinary Form, calendar.  I use some material I wrote for the best Catholic weekly in the UK, The … Continue reading

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Posted in ASK FATHER Question Box, Four Last Things, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, Our Catholic Identity, PODCAzT, Reader Feedback | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Yet another group of dissidents forms … where else?….

Get this from the Irish Examiner:
Umbrella group aims to speak for Catholics
By Claire O’Sullivan
Friday, November 09, 2012
A new lay organisation which wants to articulate the views and opinions of mainstream Irish Catholics is being established. [The premises you are supposed … Continue reading

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Posted in Dogs and Fleas, Liberals | Tagged , | 72 Comments

Mobile Theme UPDATE

When we moved the blog to a new server, the mobile theme got screwed up somehow. In the interim, I implemented a simpler mobile theme and then worked to get the better, fancier theme (the one I actually paid … Continue reading

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Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes | 9 Comments

Some Z-Swag “in the wild”!

A reader sent me a great photo.  Note the wonderful car magnet!  Or maybe it is a sticker?
Nice kids too!

You can get all sorts of great stuff HERE.
There are all sorts of variations of this car magnet concerning priests and … Continue reading

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Posted in In The Wild, Just Too Cool, Reader Feedback | 4 Comments

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

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Continued from THESE.
I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Many requests are heart-achingly grave and urgent.
We should support each other in works of mercy.
As long as my blog reaches so many readers in … Continue reading

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Posted in SESSIUNCULA | 60 Comments

You never know what is in the closet …

… until you start digging around.
A priest friend showed me this treasure:

Discuss.
UPDATE:
But wait!
There’s more!

UPDATE:
Yes, it is supposed to be St. Isidore of Seville as “patron of the internet”.
A couple problems manifest themselves immediately.
First, there is no indication that the saint … Continue reading

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Posted in Just Too Cool, Lighter fare, SESSIUNCULA | Tagged | 63 Comments