Category Archives: Classic Posts

What is Pope Francis really saying?

Here is what I think Pope Francis is up to.
In this explanation I am not necessarily endorsing specific things that he is doing (washing the feet of females in a prison) or not doing (refusing the mozzetta, etc.).
I am trying … Continue reading

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Dear Traditionalists,…

I had this from a reader. He said he was not advocating these things. However, liberals will advocate them.
I’ve got some other suggestions.  But first the wacky liberal stuff:
I have an idea for a blog topic – how about brainstorming … Continue reading

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How I received our new Pope.

Today was a day of deep blessings and deep frustrations. It was a day of wetness from rain and wetness from tears.
Let me dispense with the frustrations. The cellular network and internet in the area was nearly completely overwhelmed so … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI on Vatican II: Council of the Fathers v. Council of the Media

Today during his annual meeting with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome, of which Benedict is still the Bishop, the Holy Father spoke about the Second Vatican Council.  Not my translation, but my emphases and comments:
[T]here was the Council … Continue reading

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29 August – Beheading of St. John the Baptist: diminishing returns

Today is the feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist.
I consider this (also) my name day, and in so many ways it is more appropriate for me than the Nativity of John in June.
Here is the Roman Martyrology entry … Continue reading

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The bones of St. Augustine

Yesterday, I posted about the bones of St. Monnica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo.  Today we move to the mortal remains of her sainted son.
Augustine died on 28 August 430.
Sometime before the early 8th century, Augustine’s remains were … Continue reading

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The 2020 annual LCWR Assembly

I picked this up from a future edition of the National catholic Reporter.
Breaking down barriers, affirming freedom
Jamie O’Brien
12 August 2020
HONOLULU (NcR) The 2020 annual national assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is underway in Honolulu, under the swaying palms … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI explains to German bishops what the “pro multis” really says.

The Holy Father has explained to the bishops of German-speaking countries what the prayer really says.
Just as the document Liturgiam authenticam required a revision the English liturgical texts, all the different languages need revision, including German.  You may recall that the Holy … Continue reading

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A Most Tragikal Hystory of Obama I

Today is National Talk Like Shakespeare Day!
In honor of this day, I urge you to speak in iambic pentameter and use words like “fleer”, “prithee”, and “guerdon”.
In honor of this banner day, anniversary most auspicious, I have in the past … Continue reading

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Nuns Gone Wild: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Those of you who wonder why the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the American Bishops initiated a reform of the leadership of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), should take a little trip down memory lane.
Vast … Continue reading

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“If I were the Devil…”

Liberals demand that you deny common sense and they reduce the supernatural to the natural.
Paul Harvey on 13 October 1964

The third session of Vatican II was going on when this was on air.

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Santorum’s Catholicism, candidacy, and Archbp. Chaput’s address “The Vocation of Christians in American Public Life”

It is timely to haul this old PODCAzT out of cold storage.  In light of presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s comments about Pres. Kennedy and Catholicism and the public square, let’s review Archbp. Chaput’s outstanding address in Houston in 2010.
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BUGINICARE DEVELOPMENTS

Back in 2009 I posted about:
BUGNINICARE
UNIVERSAL SPIRITUAL-CARE REFORM FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
(Socialized Worship)
Taking his cue from post-war European national health care programs, Annibale Bugnini, assisted by a small circle of spiritual-care specialists and church policy makers, spearheaded a massive … Continue reading

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Paul VI: “danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law”

The pontificate of Paul VI produced many a disaster, in my opinion, but when it came to a crucial turning point, in the face of diabolical opposition Paul VI issued Humane vitae.
I suspect many of you have never actually read … Continue reading

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1953 – Pius XII to American seminarians: be holy, be heroes, be officers of the Church Militant

In looking for a quote by Pius XII, a reader directed me, us, to a speech of Ven. Pius XII delivered on 14 October 1953 (Acta Apostolicae Sedis 45 (1953) pp 679 ff.) at the opening of the North American … Continue reading

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Wherein is found Fr. Z’s annual singing rant on Advent vestments. WDTPRS POLL!

Some veteran readers here know about my annual rant about BLUE vestments during Advent.  Lest all other Advent considerations be overshadowed by the implementation of the new, corrected translations, herebelow I rant.
I think this liturgical abuse is fading, but we … Continue reading

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Must read: Archbp. Chaput’s address at U of Pennsylvania

Everyone should read the Most Rev. Charles Chaput’s (Archbp. of Philadelphia) 7 November speech at the University of Pennsylvania.
HERE.
Excerpt:
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Most of us here tonight believe that we have basic rights that come with the special dignity of being human. These rights … Continue reading

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REVIEW: New editions of the Roman Missal SIDE BY SIDE

Yesterday I was at Leaflet Missal Company in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The Church goods section there, run by John, can provide priests with the best traditional stuff.
John of Church Goods put out all the US editions of the new, corrected … Continue reading

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A great anecdote

My friend the great p.p. of Blackfen, about to celebrate the parish’s patronal feast, His Hermeneuticalness the mighty Fr. Finigan, has a great anecdote about the late and lamented Michael Davies.  Be sure to read Fr. Finigan’s whole entry, which … Continue reading

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The lost tomb of St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church. A Roman mystery.

If there have to be reality TV shows or treasure hunt movies, I propose finding the tomb of St. Jerome (+420) in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.
For a couple years I have posted something about Jerome’s burial … Continue reading

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