Category Archives: Classic Posts

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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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 opportune … 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, Latin … 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 … Continue reading

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22 July: Of St. Mary Magdalene, and Proust, and cookies, and St. Augustine

Here is an annual post which, I humbly submit, bears some repetition.
Today is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, disciple of the Lord.
Often saints are identified as martyrs or virgins or widows.  She was a “disciple of the Lord”, which … 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, and … 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 … 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 for … 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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