Monthly Archives: February 2013

Interesting papal trivia

At the improving Catholic News Service there is an interesting papal trivia post. Check it out HERE.
As with baseball, the accumulation of small pieces of information can be of critical importance in that moment of greatest need!
Here is the … Continue reading

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Papal spokesman on SSPX, last minute gesture from Pope Benedict

There has been some chatter about the possibility that before 28 February Pope Benedict would do something for the SSPX. An 11th hour sign of benevolence, perhaps.
I doubted that.
Today the papal spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, mentioned this in his … Continue reading

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Posted in Benedict XVI, Linking Back, Our Catholic Identity, Pope of Christian Unity, SSPX, The future and our choices | Tagged , | 227 Comments

Re-Elect The Pope gear “in the wild” – BUTTONS AVAILABLE

The Committee To Re-Elect The Pope was formed on the day Pope Benedict announced his resignation.
We all, I think, want a man who stands in continuity with Benedict and understands and share his vision about a range of things, including … Continue reading

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Question to readers for clarity’s sake: Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood – What’s up?

I have found that when I place a question here to the readership, experts (and non-) come out of the woodwork.
So, I put a question to the readers.
Do you know what the situation is right now with the Girl Scouts … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z considers doing something questionable

I am – horribile scriptu – considering subscribing to the online New York Times (aka Hell’s Bible) for the duration of all the papal stuff going on. Know your enemy, after all.
Even as I think about this, I keep in … Continue reading

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Blog problem today. Coincidence?

The blog was down in a strange way today.  It would not load.  Perhaps one of the web processes had a problem.  Server reboot.  Fixed.
However, both Free Republic and Drudge were down today too.
And now that the blog is loading … Continue reading

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In honor of Ember Wednesday in Lent

As I explained in today’s LENTCAzT there is a connection between today’s Ember Day observance and Japanese food.
In honor of that connection … tempura!

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Wherein Fr. Z makes a suggestion to Cardinal Electors

Here is a point that is so obvious that I am surprised no one has made it yet.
Some people are talking – as they did in 2005 – about the election of a cardinal from the “emerging” Church.  Several names … Continue reading

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Laudamus Te Magazine. Fr. Z makes a proposal.

Sometime ago I wrote about the a fairly new publication called Laudamus Te, HERE.  You can find readers’ comments about it under that entry. One year subscription is $32 per year. They have a volume rate, which will help parishes and … Continue reading

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POLL: What name will (not should) the next Pope choose?

One of the more entertaining aspects of a papal election is speculation not only about whom the Cardinal Electors will choose, but what the new Pope’s name will be.
Entertaining, yes, but there is a serious side to it. John Paul … Continue reading

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Chinese inspired “flying confessors”

Great missionaries once went to mission countries such as China.
These U.S.A. are now mission territories.
I was inspired by something I read at NEWS.VA.  Is this an idea for the weathly, formerly Christian lands in which most of you readers live?
Wen … Continue reading

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Posted in GO TO CONFESSION, Just Too Cool, Lighter fare, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, New Evangelization | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Show your support for Pope Benedict

Reminder: Help each other out by checking “Your Urgent Prayer Requests”
Also, earlier today I wrote about a nice project for 28 February. HERE.
Re-Elect Pope Benedict SWAG!!
You can also decorate your ride home (and other things) with bumperstickers and magnets.
In English … Continue reading

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An examination of conscience to help make a better confession by a really sound priest

Last year I posted about some sheets developed by my friend the great Fr. Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, to help people with an examination of conscience before going to confession.  He made them available at the blog of his parish, Our … Continue reading

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Pres. Obama to Pope Benedict: “I… I… I… I…”

When Pope Benedict announced his impending departure into the sunset, the first thing that stood out in Obama’s statement was that he made the situation about himself.   Someone else had the same reaction
I picked this up from The Right’s … Continue reading

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Solidarity with an initiative in Rome of support for Benedict XVI on 27 Feb

My friend the great Roman Fabrizio sent me an article about an initiative of support in Rome for Pope Benedict in his last days as Bishop of Rome.
At CulturaCattolica.it we read:
On 27 February, His Holiness Benedict XVI’s last evening in … Continue reading

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@Pontifex Project: Week 7

Benedict XVI is STILL POPE.
I suggested a project using Twitter HERE.  Let’s create a “stack” of tweets during the day.  Concentrate your effort on a day and single theme instead of various scatterings over days when they might not be noticed.
Here is … Continue reading

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Cooking for the Pope

I saw a wonderful article on the site of Catholic World Report:
Mother who cooked for Pope recalls his paternal care
Madrid, Spain, Feb 18, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A woman who helped cook for the Pope during his visit … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Good Friday prayer for the Pope during “Sede Vacante”

When there is no Pope, priests and bishops have to pay attention during the Eucharistic Prayer to omit the name of the Pope.
I received a question today:
If we are still Sede Vacante on Good Friday, is the intercession … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Is it an insult for deacons to kneel during the consecration? (I’m not making this up.)

From a deacon:
I was reprimanded today for kneeling at the altar during consecration and told there is an insult in the US church against this -I can find no documents that lead me to believe this is true. Any insight … Continue reading

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Cardinals and their doctorates… or not.

It was once customary for bishops to sport after their names the “D.D.” of the “Doctor of Divinity” degree. Whenever I see that designation I think of a limerick I learned from the late Msgr. Richard Schuler…
There once was a … Continue reading

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