Monthly Archives: June 2013

QUAERITUR: Are priests allowed to carry handguns?

From a reader:
Are priests allowed to carry handguns? I have heard stories of priests owning guns, going hunting, etc, but could a priest have a handgun, conceal and carry, etc? What do you think about a priest having a handgun … Continue reading

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Ignorance of Christian doctrine is main cause of the decline of Faith

Over at Eponymous Flower I saw a post that Cardinal Burke has praised the old Catechism of Pius X.
I must agree. Back in the day, Catechisms were designed to help you understand and also memorize things. Somewhere along … Continue reading

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Acton U 2013: Day 3 (with UPDATES)

After Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, we had breakfast with great conversation about the encroachment by the US government on our civil liberties.
Now I am in the first talk: Religious Liberty: The Dawn of the First Amendment

UPDATE
Next talk: Theologians … Continue reading

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White House issues advice about shootings at churches – POLL

More great advice from the Obama Administration today.
On the heels of a shooting at a Catholic Church in Utah (HERE), I spotted at RNS, that the White House has issued some advice for how to deal with shootings at churches: … Continue reading

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DISGUSTING

Direct from the triumph of his anti-religious comments in Ireland, Pres. Obama thrills again.
At American Spectator I picked up this encouraging gem.
Obama never fails to enlist children in his secularist crusades, whether at home or abroad. Last week he trotted … Continue reading

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Acton U 2013: Day 2 (with UPDATES)

Yesterday evening we heard a talk from Marina Nemat, who had been tortured in an Iranian prison. She spoke about her faith.
Then a few of us watched the last period, etc. of the Bruins/Hawks game. Sigh.
This morning, after … Continue reading

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Gregg’s: Are we becoming Europe?

At Acton University (follow tweets #ActonU) we are having a “blogger luncheon” and Samuel Gregg is addressing us.
Gregg is making brief remarks and answering questions about his recent book Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a … Continue reading

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2nd miracle for John Paul II takes another step forward

One news source I saw this morning says that the theologians who are consultants for the Congregation for Causes of Saints have put their stamp of approval on a second miracle for Bl. John Paul II.
Without going into details (you … Continue reading

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Acton U 2013: Day 1 (with UPDATES)

I am once again participating in Acton University. This is a wonderful few days.
There are swarms of people this year, I think last night the announcer said 1300 people from 85 countries.

Fr. Robert Sirico gave the opening address.

Over the years … Continue reading

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“Better to die honorably in the field than ignominiously hang upon the gallows.”

I subscribe to Bill Bennett’s radio program and I get regular daily emails as an kind an American history almanac.  Today I had one that stuck me, and thus I share it.
Abigail Adams to John Adams, June 18, 1775
Shortly after … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! ST. JOSEPH’s name NOW in Eucharistic Prayers II, III, IV

Have you seen the news? Decades after John XXIII placed the name of Joseph in the Roman Canon, it seems that the name of the great Patron of the Dying, Terror of Demons, will be in the Eucharistic Prayers … Continue reading

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“When ‘Guitar Masses’ became a chew toy between traditionalists and progressives

There is a smart and well-written article at The American Spectator on liturgical music by Patrick O’Hannigan, whom I have mentioned before.
The piece is longish, so here are a few bits to whet your appetite.
Can Liturgical Music Be Saved?
By PATRICK … Continue reading

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Pres. Obama sticks his nose into Catholic education in IRELAND

Another example of what this man wants: total isolation of any religious values in the private sphere alone. Pres. Obama is working either to intimidate or legislate or even TAX religious freedom out of the public square.
From the Scottish Catholic … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

What there a good point or two from your Sunday sermon that you heard?
Let’s us know what it is!
Remember the sermon? o{];¬)

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What is your good news?

Do you have good news for the readers?
For my part, I have gotten a lot of work done in the last few days.
I had a good breakthrough on an ongoing project.
A seminarian is coming by in the mornings to learn … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Wouldn’t audible prayers in the Extraordinary Form be better?

From a reader:
I was born during Vatican II and until recently, had no exposure whatsoever to Mass in the Extraordinary Form. At the invitation of a friend, I have been visiting a local parish that offers the EF and … Continue reading

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Request for Prayers

I have a special request for Father’s Day.
Pray for the parishioners of the parish entrusted to Fr. Erik Richsteig.  Fr. Richsteig is seen around the interwebs.  There was a terrible shooting at his parish this morning.
According to the Salt Lake … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 11th Ordinary Sunday: God begins and completes the meritorious things we do

This week’s Collect is effectively the same as one in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary and the prayer in the 1962 Missale Romanum used during the week after Trinity Sunday.
Deus, in te sperantium fortitudo, invocantibus nostris adesto propitius, et, quia sine … Continue reading

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Irish PM ‘c’atholic Enda Kenny – what a classy guy

I read at the site of the Cardinal Newman Society (see their great RSS feed on my sidebar!), that that paragon of class the PM of Ireland Enda Kenny – pro-abortion catholic – has again stuck his nose into the Church’s … Continue reading

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What is “lobby” all about in the Vatican “gay lobby” chatter going on?

There is a lot of chatter on the interwebs about the whole “homosexuals in the Vatican” thing.
This has been so obvious to me for so long that it isn’t news. It also makes me angry, and not … Continue reading

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