Daily Archives: 8 December 2017

Happy Birthday Blog!

On 8 December 2005, I posted this photo.  This blog project began. Today is the 12th anniversary of this blog. This photo was a shot from my apartment window in Rome on the evening of the day Pope Benedict was … Continue reading

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Tota pulchra es, Maria

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception! When I was in seminary in Rome, the rector called everyone to the chapel and personally taught all the men this chant. Here’s another version which I love, by Maurice Durufle. It took a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What Happens to Professed Religious in Orders that Don’t Make It?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: As one currently discerning a religious vocation, I was wondering: if someone takes vows in a religious order before it is officially approved by the Holy See (such as an “ad experimentum” order), what happens to … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 2nd Sunday of Advent: “we escape neither the Enemy lion nor the glorious Lion of Judah”

Our Collect (once called the “Opening Prayer”) for the 2nd Sunday of Advent was not in the pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum but it was in the so-called Rotulus (“scroll”) of Ravenna, dated perhaps as early as the 5th century. Omnipotens et … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters performs an autopsy.

When it was found that the Pope’s Letter to Bishops of Buenos Aires was included in the AAS with a note from Card. Parolin, libs lined up for their customary conga line.   They blew up the importance of that moment … Continue reading

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A limerick about a famous modern churchman

A couple notes. First, if your German is not up to speed, Barmherzigkeit is “mercy”. Second, … later on. From Ignatius His Conclave: Said the Cardinal, “Don’t be afraid Barmherzigheit is my trade, In amorous dealings Give way to your feelings; … Continue reading

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Fr. Blake on That Book – “The Dictator Pope”

A couple people in my email have referred to the pseudo-anonymous offering Il Papa Dittatore – The Dictator Pope as “The Book”.  My post HERE No… The Book™ remains  Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church – US HERE – … Continue reading

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Relics of St. Francis Xavier to go on tour in….

As I write… US HERE – UK HERE – It seemed appropriate. In Rome, one visits the Gesù, the great church of the Jesuits (of yore) in the heart of the Centro.  There one venerates the relics of mighty saints, Ignatius and the missionary Francis … Continue reading

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