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Monthly Archives: December 2014
From Catholic Vote with my emphases: CATHOLIC CHURCH FAILS TO BEHEAD A SINGLE PERSON IN 2014 For the most intolerant and extreme religion in the world, this is a rather embarrassing statistic. It appears that the Catholic Church, widely recognized as the … Continue reading
The nice lady of SPORCH sent me a new set of Extraordinary Form altar cards for Requiem Masses! They are spectacular. Your TLM community needs a set! They are pretty big. Here they are on the edge of a large … Continue reading
Tomorrow I will celebrate my Holy Mass for the intention of all those who have been benefactors during the year, people who have sent donations and anything from my wishlists. I am very grateful to all of you. In a … Continue reading
Today, the last day of the year, you have an opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, by taking part in the recitation or singing of the Te Deum in a church or oratory. Tomorrow, 1 January, … Continue reading
Over at The Spectator, Damian Thompson has a good summary piece. He recaps what happened at the last Synod of Bishop, where controversy over the Kasper proposals about Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried dominated the proceedings. Damian is … Continue reading
A while back the Pontifical Council for Culture (PCC) posted a video about women. Actually, it is of a woman asking women to send photos, tweets, videos, social media stuff by women about women to the same Pontifical Council. The 2 … Continue reading
Speaking of Hell’s Kitchen, over at CWR there is a dynamite interview with Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of St. Michael’s in Manhattan. He speaks on a range of issues, from the decision of the Church of England to “ordain” women … Continue reading
How I would like to have been in Manhattan on Sunday at Holy Innocents parish for their Patronal Feast! Holy Innocents, once considered for the guillotine, was given a reprieve by His Eminence Timothy Card. Dolan. Many people expressed their dismay that such … Continue reading
Be sure to check out Andrea Galiarducci’s latest Monday Vatican analysis. “A must today as ever: Talking about God in light of Pope Francis’ missionary push” Galiarducci opines that Pope Francis has had some success in polishing the Church’s image. … Continue reading
Certain elements in the Church are lately emboldened. They have sensed that they have a window of opportunity. The iron is heating and they are striking. Today we read of a bishop in Belgium who has been touted as, perhaps, … Continue reading
What is going on in today’s …. COLLECT (1962MR): Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, dirige actus nostros in beneplacito tuo: ut in nomine dilecti Filii tui mereamur bonis operibus abundare. This Collect survived the surgeons of Bugnini’s Consilium to live on in the 3rd Sunday … Continue reading
Today we bless WINE! The liturgical year guided and nourish and shaped Catholics for centuries. It does so far less now. But once, people not only followed the turning of the earth and the wheeling of the stars and the … Continue reading
Things that are funny, especially ironically or satirically funny, are so because they instantly recognizable kernels of the truth. You’ve gotta hand it to SNL this time. They cut pretty close to the bone. More and more reasons for Summorum Pontificum.
The posts scroll off the main page pretty quickly. Here are some helpful links to recent posts. First, remember… YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS Then… ACTION ITEM! Send Fr. Z Christmas cards from around the world I’m starting to get cards. … Continue reading