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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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

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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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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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

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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