Category Archives: Classic Posts

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, … 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 … Continue reading

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Bugninicare, revisited

A friend and I were talking this morning and he brought back to mind something I posted a few years ago. Given the fact that, as this presidential election cycle revs up and Obamacare is a huge issue, it is … Continue reading

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2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, reenacted, sort of, at Marathon

According to one reckoning, today, 12 September, could be the anniversary of the Battle of Marathon (490 BC).  They are probably wrong, but… who cares? Marathon is, of course, a Greek word (Mάραθον or modern Greek Μαραθώνας and ancient Μαραθών, … Continue reading

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“Martha, Martha!”

In the National Gallery in London, you will find a painting by Velazquez entitled Christ in the House of Martha and Mary. I never fail to visit it when I visit that gallery and that painting when I cross the … Continue reading

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Fishwrap has an excellent interview with Archbishop Chaput

Even as blind squirrels sometimes find acorns, sometimes the National Catholic Fishwrap does something right.  And it won’t surprise anyone that my friend the nearly-ubiquitous John L. Allen, Jr. was involved. Fishwrap – rather Mr. Allen – has a long, … Continue reading

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The Bonaventuran Pope of Christian Unity

I posted this back in 2006 about how the “Pope of Christian Unity” is influenced by St. Bonaventure.  A few years have passed, so I think this should be reviewed and verified: Are you looking for insight into how Pope … Continue reading

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Universae Ecclesiae 28, the Eucharistic Fast, and You.

I had a post about Univerae Ecclesiae 28 and how the derogation in that paragraph makes it clear that the provisions of Summorum Pontificum exclude female service at the altar in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The reason … Continue reading

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Card. Burke’s opinion on female servers in the Extraordinary Form

About the sad situation at Fisher House in Cambridge, where the chaplain had for some time, I am told, determined to have a female altar server for celebration of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, something that truly goes against … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Pastor changes the offertory. What do I do?

From a reader: How should I approach my pastor about liturgical abuses he has been committing? The recurring abuse has been his changing the Offertorium to “Lord, accept this bread and wine. It comes from the earth, and it comes … Continue reading

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Once again, the key passage

Here once again is the key passage on the subject in the book, “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times,” when Seewald asks the pope whether it was “madness to forbid a high-risk … Continue reading

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St. Jerome’s final resting place

I have posted this is years past, but I worked so hard on it when I originally wrote it that I want to get as much mileage out of it as I can.  Besides, there are new readers here all … Continue reading

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RATS IN THE RECTORY! Of priests and rodents: Part 2

Remember these guys?  Here are some priests in Georgia suffering from a home invasion. By rats. Check the blog Southern Orders. The latest in the saga: This is rat central and I have an update for you on the rectory … Continue reading

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Outstanding analysis of Papal Visit by Samuel Gregg

In another entry, I suggested that I needed better analysis of Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK. Lupus in fabula, is I believe the customary phrase. This comes from Samuel Gregg of the Acton Institute, and one of the smarter … Continue reading

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