Monthly Archives: October 2019

ROME DAY 10: Conference, Requiem and Guts

Your yellow Sun rose today at 7:18 and will set at 18:35, while no one will hear the Ave Maria bell at 18:45. There was a conference yesterday at the Angelicum (the Dominicans’ university) about John Henry Newman.  The line … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When could priests wear casual attire?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In the United States, I imagine you would agree, it is not uncommon to see priests in very casual attire. Under what circumstances (if any) would the traditional modus operandi allow for dressing down (i.e. not … Continue reading

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ROME DAY 9: Campo, Clams and a Canonization Sonnet

Sunrise was at 7:17 this morning and my phone will announce Colors at 18:36.   HOWEVER, the Ave Maria has changed to 18:45!  How time flies. Yesterday, being Friday, I wanted to get some fish.  My first idea was to have … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to protest, perhaps in Rome?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, do you think individuals or groups of non-Italian Catholics can picket or demonstrate in Saint Peter’s Square? I’m from the U.S.A. and thinking I’d like to fly over and start doing so! As a frequent … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Cocktail advice for Our Lady of Victory

From a reader… a little late… sorry! QUAERITUR: Our group of philosopher/theologians meets every Friday and this week we wanted to toast to Our Lady of Victory. Might you have a good cocktail recipe to celebrate our victory over the … Continue reading

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ROME DAY 8: Bridges, Inscriptions, Cheeses

In Rome sunrise was at 7:14  and the Sunset will be at 18:40 and the poor Ave Maria bell is still set, in vain, to ring at 19:00 for the Curia. Under one of these ROME posts someone mentioned a … Continue reading

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Mass for Benefactors ,11 Oct, and Requiem

Dear readers, I am very grateful for the notes of prayers for my swift recovery from this cold (and lest it turn into bronchitis, to which I’m prone here).  Also, quite a few of you have clicked that wavy flag … Continue reading

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“Supertradmum” (Marie Dean): R.I.P.

Dear readers, I was informed today that a long-time reader and commentator here,  with the handle “Supertradmum” has died.  I had posted about her illness a while back.  She died in St Joseph’s Hospice, London, this morning. In your goodness … Continue reading

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ROME DAY 7: Weird Amazon Stuff, Death and a Spatula

Sunrise – 7:14, Colors – 18:40, Ave Maria 19:00. Rome is truly “crazy town” right now. Over at Santa Maria in Transpontina there is a display, with people stationed to offer help to the curious, of what (they hope) the … Continue reading

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The Holy See: Goat Rodeo

This is just great.   The Communist founder of the anti-Catholic La Repubblica, Eugenio Scalfari had a chat with the Pope.  Scalfari, slightly younger than dirt and no doubt still enjoying a perfect memory so he doesn’t have to – you know – … Continue reading

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#AmazonSynod, optional celibacy, divorced and remarried priests, and Amoris Laetitia

Let’s think about “optional celibacy” which the Germans and other iconoclasts want in order to drive the Church towards becoming a well-connected NGO. Let’s use Amoris laetitia (“The Joy of Sex”) as a lens. So, Father is married.  The marriage doesn’t … Continue reading

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ROME DAY 6: Twisty Tower, Tuna, and “Tini”

Sunrise was 7:13 and Colors will sound tonight at 18:41.  Once again 19:00 is the Ave Maria (as if anyone even bothers with that any more). One of the great rivals of the history of art in Rome was between … Continue reading

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“Amazon rite” proposed at Amazon Synod: more condescension to follow

From Ed Pentin at the National Catholic Register about topics raised at the Amazon Synod: According to a Vatican-provided synthesis of interventions, subjects so far discussed have included a reflection on “indigenous rites” of the Sacrifice of the Mass that, it … Continue reading

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A priest opines on the effect of optional priestly celibacy

I received this from a priest friend who, for reasons that are riotously obvious these days, desires anonymity. He reflects on the discussion of optional celibacy that the Amazon Synod is sure to push.  Of course the Germans, who are … Continue reading

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Amazon Synod and deaconettes?

You know that the issue of deaconettes is going to be raised at the Synod (“walking together”) on the Amazon. The former Prefect of the CDF, Gerhard Card. Müller responded to something a wacky S. American suggested, namely, that the … Continue reading

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