Monthly Archives: March 2013

Asking for a few seconds of help.

May I ask for your support? This blog was nominated for an award, the Best Catholic Blog, in the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. Click HERE. Choose “What Does The Prayer Really Say” (though we are shifting to “Fr. Z’s Blog”). … Continue reading

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What Did St. Francis Really Say? 02

On matters liturgical, St. Francis of Assisi. Epistola ad clericos Let us all consider, O clerics, the great sin and ignorance of which some are guilty regarding the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and His … Continue reading

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A personal note

Dear readers, I have had some connection problems and so forth.  I have posted less often than one might expect a prolific poster to post. I need a little space to absorb and sort and parse and divide and contrast … Continue reading

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POLL: First impression of Pope Francis, on a scale of 1-10

While we are in his first hours and days as Pope, let’s hear about first impressions.   Anyone, even non-registered readers, can vote.  The software shouldn’t be able to track who you are.  I invite other bloggers to spread the … Continue reading

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Who was St. Francis of Assisi? Check out a great new biography.

Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP, who posts here now and then, fairly recently published a new biography about St. Francis of Assisi.  This might be a good book for your parish priest or for seminarians or for yourself, as we watch … Continue reading

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Pope Francis – the real deal – has Audience with Cardinals

Today I took in the Audience Pope Francis held for the College of Cardinals in the Sala Clementina.  It was entirely charming. There was a little scare, however.  After the first greeting by the Dean of the College, Card Sodano, … Continue reading

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What Did St. Francis Really Say?

Now that we have a Pope named Francis, and we know that he intended to invoke St. Francis of Assisi, we might delve into Francis looking for some clues as to what (we hope) the new Pope might be up … Continue reading

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Putting Popes in Perspective

From Astronomy Pic of the Day comes this fascinating shot of a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection), a comet, and your planet. The Comet PanSTARRS, which brightened and was visible for the papal election process (along with another comet, by the … Continue reading

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My call to the SSPX as Francis begins.

Gentlemen, I now repeat, on the first full day of the pontificate of Francis. The entire SSPX should gather in St. Peter’s Square, crawl on hands and knees to the Apostolic Palace and beg the new Pope to allow them … Continue reading

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Conclave concludes: Mass in the Sistine Chapel with Cardinals

His Holiness Pope Francis has begun his Mass in the Sistine Chapel with all the Cardinals. Thus we bring to an end the Conclave rites, though the conclave is officially over now. Some shots and comments (for as long a … Continue reading

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Card. Bergoglio, in 2007 after Summorum Pontificum, TLM within 48 hours

Forty-eight hours after Summorum Pontificum, then Card. Bergoglio arranged Holy Mass in the traditional Roman Rite. From Clarín: SE CELEBRO POR PRIMERA VEZ EN EL PAIS DESDE QUE EL PAPA LA AUTORIZO Regresó la misa en latín, con mujeres cubiertas … Continue reading

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Some views from the Square after the “white smoke”

Just a few pics I took last night, to share something of the moment and my view. From my phone: An exhausted me. Note the edge of the Roman hat.   These are the guys I was standing near.  Happy, … Continue reading

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Updates on Pope Francis’ first day as Pope – Great moments! (live blogging)

During the press briefing today, we were told that after the first appearance and blessing last night, Pope Francis went back to the cardinal’s residence, Casa Santa Marta, on the little bus with the other cardinals rather than take the … Continue reading

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“What is that banana peel doing on MY SIDEWALK?”

Dear readers, Over the years it has been part of my plan to provide a space in which – to put it bluntly – some of you of the more traditionalist flavor could vent a little.  After decades of what … Continue reading

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My take on Card. Bergoglio in 2009.

My take on Card. Bergoglio in 2009. Who’s the important one?

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