The slide continues… rock in the Sistine Chapel

We saw that the Sistine Chapel was rented out to Porsche.

We had the projections of critters on the facade of the Vatican Basilica.

Now we have rock music in, again, the Sistina.

From Reuters:


The Edge, lead guitarist with the Irish band U2, has become the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel, a venue he described as “the most beautiful parish hall in the world.”

The performer, whose real name is David Evans, sang four songs on Saturday night for about 200 doctors, researchers and philanthropists who attended a conference at the Vatican on regenerative medicine called Cellular Horizons.

Backed by a choir of seven Irish teenagers, and wearing his trademark black beanie cap, he played acoustic guitar and sang a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “If It be Your Will”, and versions of U2 songs “Yahweh”, “Ordinary Love” and “Walk On.”

The Edge, whose father died last month from cancer and whose daughter overcame leukemia, is on the board of foundations working for cancer prevention.

He joked with his audience, telling them he was stunned when asked to play in the chapel, which was painted by Renaissance master Michelangelo in the 16th century.

“When they asked me if I wanted to become the first contemporary artist to play in the Sistine Chapel, I didn’t know what to say because usually there’s this other guy who sings,” the musician said, referring to U2 front man Bono.


He didn’t ask. He was asked.

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Believing in two genders is a ‘hate crime’ at (Jesuit) Loyola Marymount:

More idiocy at a Jesuit-run school. Surprised?

Form The College Fix:

Believing in two genders is a ‘hate crime’ under police investigation at Catholic college

‘You can have your opinion’ as long as it doesn’t ‘deny my existence’

It’s uncommon at Jesuit universities these days for someone to openly share a traditional Catholic viewpoint. [Which we have seen over and over again.]

When it happened at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the school was so spooked it called the Los Angeles Police Department.

Both the police and the university’s Bias Incident Response Team are investigating the stated belief that only two genders exist, male and female, as a hate crime.

A Loyola alumni office employee discussed her views on sexual orientation, which align with the Roman Catholic Church, with three students who were hanging up posters on the subject on April 14.

Cosette Carleo, one of the students involved, told The College Fix in a phone interview that the hate crime under investigation is “denying transgenderism.

Carleo’s account agrees in part with an email by the husband of the employee with whom she tangled.

The employee told Carleo, who identifies as gender-neutral, that only two genders exist, male and female, according to the student. Carleo told The Fix that statement was the hate crime.

Carleo responded that “you can have your opinion” as long as it doesn’t “deny my existence.”


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I’ve heard of “flying bishops”, but … not this

I saw at via the curiously-named Eponymous Flower an … what’s the word … oddity, hopefully unique.   Not my translation:

The new Archbishop of Palermo, recently appointed by Pope Francis, Msgr. Corrado Lorefice, swung himself in a bicycle and drove through the presbyterium of his Cathedral.



“Palermo. Primatiale Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption, Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Feast of the Athletes. Image: His Excellency Most Reverend Monsignor Corrado Lorefice, Archbishop-Metropolitan, Primate of Sicily, on a bicycle in the chancel of his cathedral..

The Archbishop was given a bike that he didn’t want to try outside the church. Instead, he rose immediately and in full regalia as celebrant,  chasuble and miter,  got on the bike  and drove it through the presbytery of his episcopal church. The Cathedral of Palermo is not only where lay the Stauferkaisers Henry VI. and Frederick II. and the Norman King, Roger II. It is above all one of the oldest Christian places of worship in Europe. The area of ??the Cathedral was secret at the latest  in the second century gathering of Christians in underground tunnels. Here the martyrs of the persecution of Christians were buried. The Christians gathered at their graves. In the early fourth century, the construction of the first cathedral was carried out. Under Pope Gregory the Great, the second cathedral was built around 600.


The Bicycling Bishop?

The Peddling Prelate?

The Cycling Overseer?

The Velocipedal Vescovo?

Your Excellencies, please don’t do this… in the sanctuary your Cathedral?  Or anywhere else in your Cathedral?  Or in any church?  Or anywhere at all while wearing Mass vestments?  Please?

The moderation queue is definitely ON, especially for the immoderate.

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Bright flash of light marks the moment of conception

Many think that the image on the Shroud of Turin is of Christ and that the image formed when a great burst of light occurred at the moment of His resurrection.

How about a burst of light at the beginning of human life?

The following item raises a great many moral questions, but the discovery that there is a burst of light at conception is utterly fascinating.

From The Telegraph:

Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg

Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.

An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.

Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.

Not only is it an incredible spectacle, highlighting the very moment that a new life begins, the size of the flash can be used to determine the quality of the fertilised egg.  [Ummm… How were the ‘materials’ obtained?  What happens to the ‘fertilized egg’ (= person) now?]

Researchers from Northwestern University, in Chicago, noticed that some of the eggs burn brighter than others, showing that they are more likely to produce a healthy baby. [No, that’s not at all a slippery slope towards eugenics.]

The discovery could help fertility doctors pick the best fertilised eggs to transfer during in vitro fertilisation (IVF).  [Did I mention eugenics?]

“It was remarkable,” said Professor Teresa Woodruff, one of the study’s two senior authors and an expert in ovarian biology at Northwestern.

“We discovered the zinc spark just five years ago in the mouse, and to see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breathtaking.

“This means if you can look at the zinc spark at the time of fertilization, you will know immediately which eggs are the good ones to transfer in in vitro fertilization.

“It’s a way of sorting egg quality [?] in a way we’ve never been able to assess before. “All of biology starts at the time of fertilization, yet we know next to nothing about the events that occur in the human.”

Currently around 50 per cent of fertilised eggs do not develop properly and experts believe that faulty genetic code could be responsible.

Some clinics take videos of the egg developing to try pick up problems early, [?] while others check for genetic mutations, but that is an invasive procedure which can damage the tiny egg. Often it is just down to a clinician decided which eggs look the healthiest.

But the new findings could give and extra indication that an egg is flourishing. A video of nine human eggs coming into contact with sperm enzyme showed two flashed much brighter than the rest.


[…]The bright flash occurs because when sperm enters an egg it leads to a surge of calcium which triggers the release of zinc from the egg. As the zinc shoots out, it binds to small molecules which emit a fluorescence which can be picked up by camera microscopes.

Over the last six years this team has shown that zinc controls the decision to grow and change into a completely new genetic organism.  [And then there’s God….]



Again, there are many and serious moral issues at play here, but the discovery is still amazing.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday Obligation?

Let us know!

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WDTPRS – 6th Sunday of Easter (OF): We are risen, rising, and about to rise all at the same time

Here is this week’s Collect, for the 6th Sunday of Easter in the Ordinary Form:

Fac nos, omnipotens Deus, hos laetitiae dies, quos in honorem Domini resurgentis exsequimur, affectu sedulo celebrare, ut quod recordatione percurrimus semper in opere teneamus.

This is glued together from bits and pieces gleaned from prayers in the ancient Veronese and Gelasian Sacramentary.

Affectus means “a state or disposition of mind, mood” or “affection” in the sense of “love, desire, fondness” etc. Sedulus, is “busy, diligent, careful”.  There is also an adverb, seduloTeneo has connotations of “to grasp”, both in the physical and intellectual senses.  Recordatio is “a recalling to mind”.  It betokens bringing something back to the heart (cor).


Almighty God, cause us to celebrate these days of joy, which we are carrying out in honor of the rising Lord with zealous affection, so that we may grasp in deed what we are traversing in remembrance.

We could even say something like “busy love” for that affectus sedulus.


Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honor of the risen Lord, and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do.

In our Collect we call up from memory and call to mind (heart – cor) gifts that are so important that they must summon forth concrete responses from here and now.  Certainly this is true during Holy Mass, when the priest does what Our Lord commanded us as a Church to do: “Do this in memory (commemoratio) of me.”

Allow me to digress a little about the concept of “memory”.

St. Augustine of Hippo (+430) makes a connection between recordatio and memoria in a letter to his childhood friend and fellow convert Nebridius (ep. 7).  For Augustine, memory was the place of encounter between the self and God in what he calls beata vita, the “blessed life”, which refer to the happiness that comes from unity with God.

When looking for ways to explain the Trinity and to recognize Its reflection mirrored in man himself, Augustine personifies (hypostasizes) memory, intellect and will, having memory correspond to God the Father.  For Augustine, memory was both the locus of the self as well as the faculty that connects the here and now with the past and future.  Memory is therefore a sort of “vanishing point”, constantly slipping away into the past.  It also where the self and God and are found together. God keeps us from vanishing into something even less than a memory.

Our liturgical commemoration during Mass is more than a simple “remembrance of things past.”  The rising of the Lord (which some say is symbolized by the reuniting of Christ’s Body and Blood when the priest drops the small particle broken from the Host back the chalice) means that we also, even in this earthly life, are rising in Him.

We are risen, rising, and about to rise all at the same time.

We must respond in concrete ways with gratitude for the gift of life, the gift of being in God’s image, the gift of the dignity this image gives us, the gift Our Lord gave us when He opened again the way to communion with the Trinity and the Beatific Vision.  Good works performed by the baptized in charity and in conscience unity with Christ, are simultaneously our acts and His acts.  In works of mercy performed in true charity, we experience a liberation, a freeing from the past, present, and even the future. Christians remind and remember who they are by submitting to Christ in the service of others.

Commemorate the mysteries of Easter with busy love.

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1 May: St. Joseph the Worker

In the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, on Sunday 1 May we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph, Opifex or Worker.  We don’t ignore the 5th Sunday after Easter, of course (6th Sunday of Easter in the Novus Ordo): prayers from the Sunday formulary are added after those for Joseph.

Joseph the Worker is a modern feast.  Celebration of his principle feast on 19 March goes back to at least the 10th century.  In 1870, Bl Pius IX declared Joseph to be the Patron of the Universal Church and gave him a feast on the Wednesday of the 2nd week of Easter.  In 1955, however, Ven Pius XII abolished that feast and instituted St Joseph The Worker on 1 May.  This was a response to Communist celebrations of “May Day”, which in part commemorated a bombing, riot, and massacre in Chicago in 1886 called the Haymarket Affair, the consequences of which are, according to some, still felt today around the globe.

St Pope John Paul II wrote about work in his 1981 Encyclical Laborem exercens and about Joseph in his 1989 Apostolic Letter Redemptoris custos.  Of work, he wrote that it is an essential part of human nature, an activity that gives us dignity, while toil is a consequence of sin.  Of Joseph, he wrote,

“Human work, and especially manual labour, receive special prominence in the Gospel. Along with the humanity of the Son of God, work too has been taken up in the mystery of the Incarnation, and has also been redeemed in a special way. At the workbench where he plied his trade together with Jesus, Joseph brought human work closer to the mystery of the Redemption.”

Joseph didn’t perform miracles that we know of. He didn’t go forth and preach boldly or offer himself in bloody martyrdom, as some did.  Instead, in his quiet way, Joseph is as a model for how we should work.  That is, he worked with God and for God.  He worked with God in that he worked with Jesus and for Jesus as carpenter and bread-winner and then as a teacher of carpentry to His Son.  Joseph worked with love.

He was blessed to see the Man God with his physical eyes.  That is, he literally had God before his eyes as He worked.

We don’t have the Lord physically before our eyes as we work, but by Faith we can keep him before our inner eyes, the eyes of our hearts, as we work, even in the most menial of tasks.

As a good Jewish man and father he would have prayed many times a day and taught the Lord His prayers as worked.  Praying as we work is something we should do as well.

Take Joseph as your model, both you men and women, and also teach your children to do the same.  When you work or do chores, however unpleasant you might think they are, remember to do them for God and with love for Him.  Begin your day along with your other prayers by saying “Lord, all that I do today, I do for love of you and for your glory.”  You can say that all during the day.

Never forget, in all your works, to think of God and perform them for love of him.  As we are in the state of grace, those works which are done for God and for the love of him will be rewarded in eternity.  The smallest act will be rewarded before the throne of the divine Judge if it is done with love.

Many saints were very humble and worked hard in small jobs for their whole lives, they were not great nobles or flashy public people.  They were farmers like St. Isidore, soldiers, manual laborers, craftsmen, servants.  How did they save their souls and become saints?  Through the good intention with which they worked, which rendered the small tasks they performed meritorious before God.

Again, the most insignificant actions, such as walking, washing, and working, can win for us the joys of heaven. Do all that you do for God and He will crown your works as His own.

The Latin Church approves 6 litanies for official, public prayer, including one for St Joseph.  Look it up and pray it. Ask your priests to lead you.

And today, especially, beg the help of Joseph for the unemployed.

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Nuns mapped stars for the Vatican

I spotted a cool article at CNS about four Italian sisters who helped to map a half million stars for the Vatican’s part in a vast mapping project.

Mapping with the stars: Nuns instrumental in Vatican celestial survey

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Of the many momentous or menial tasks women religious perform, one of the better-kept secrets has been the role of four Sisters of the Holy Child Mary who were part of a global effort to make a complete map and catalog of the starry skies.
Up until recently, the women were no more than nameless nuns whose image has long been preserved in a black and white photograph that showed them wearing impeccably ironed habits and leaning over special microscopes and a ledger.
But now their identities have been pulled out of obscurity by Jesuit Father Sabino Maffeo, assistant to the director of the Vatican Observatory. He stumbled onto their names as he was going through the observatory archives, “putting papers in order,” he told Catholic News Service April 26.
Sisters Emilia Ponzoni, Regina Colombo, Concetta Finardi and Luigia Panceri, all born in the late 1800s and from the northern Lombardy region near Milan, helped map and catalog nearly half a million stars for the Vatican’s part in an international survey of the night sky.
Top astronomers from around the world met in Paris in 1887 and again in 1889 to coordinate the creation of a photographic “Celestial Map” (“Carte du Ciel”) and an “astrographic” catalog pinpointing the stars’ positions.
Italian astronomer and meteorologist, Barnabite Father Francesco Denza, easily convinced Pope Leo XIII to let the Holy See take part in the initiative, which assigned participating observatories a specific slice of the sky to photograph, map and catalog.


Read the rest there.

The piece mentions Fr. Francesco Denza. There is more about him HERE. And interesting fellow and one of many priest-scientists… just to show how much the Church hates science, right?

Frankly, many women religious would do better to do things like this than the antics they are up to these days.

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St. Paul, MN – St. Agnes Church: Month Mind for Mother Angelica with Mozart, Mass in Latin

At my home parish of St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN, there are orchestral Masses (Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven, etc.) on 30 Sundays of the year, along with Gregorian chant Propers.

This year they added a Mass to the repertory.  The Mass is offered for Mother Angelica, recently deceased.  R.I.P.


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NEW MUSIC CD from the Benedictines of Mary! – UPDATE – AUDIO SAMPLES

UPDATE:  All proceeds from the CD will go to building projects that the nuns have.  HELP THEM BUILD!

At CRUX there is a piece about the sisters.  Check it out.


Many of the nuns, ranging in age from 18 to 92, don’t even know of the commercial success of their albums.

The mixture of silence and song is part of the 1,500-years-old Benedictine way of life. It is a spiritual path born out of the Catholic faith that has given the church many saints, including its founder, St. Benedict.

The nuns in Gower milk cows, gather eggs, make vestments and nurture the souls of weary priests. One of their particular specialties is hand-making church vestments.


ORIGINAL: Published on: Apr 27, 2016

I hope that you have all obtained and enjoyed the music CDs from the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.  These nuns can sing!  They have music discs for Lent and Advent, Easter, for Mary, etc.  Now..

Let’s have a listen to a few samples…

USA HERE  and UK (not yet)

And while you listen, wash up with SOAP from the nuns in Summit (they are building too) and drink COFFEE AND TEA from the monks in Wyoming (and, yes, they also are building)!  Then make donations to our vestment project and, maybe also to me!


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