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“Empires perish. Tradition endures” – VIDEO about the Traditional Latin Mass, Usus Antiquior

A short documentary has been posted about the Usus Antiquior, or the traditional expression of the Roman Rite. You may see a couple familiar people. The video was made by the son of the doctor who runs the Catholic clinic … Continue reading

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NEW BEER OPPORTUNITY from the traditional Benedictine Monks of Norcia

Here is some GREAT news!   The wonderful, traditional Benedictine monks in Norcia, Benedict’s place of birth, have had to scramble for years after the earthquakes which devastated that part of Italy – two years ago.   I was in Rome at … Continue reading

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TLM training available for priests

The Vetus Ordo, the Usus Antiquior, the Extraordinary Form, the Pian Rite, the Tridentine Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass… call it what you want, there are priests out there who want to learn how to celebrate it. There are so many … Continue reading

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“He would have fled forever, into the hell of exile from God. But the sight of the vestments overcame him.”

I continue my re-reading, after many years, of Taylor Caldwell’s Grandmother and the Priests, savoring a chapter a day, or at least a chapter at a time with unwelcome days delays. Caldwell, not a practicing Catholic, grasped the Catholic worldview and … Continue reading

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Your Good News

Do you have some good news to share with the readership? Yesterday, Sunday, we had the help of a newish deacon, so that we could have Solemn Mass. More and more young men are taking to the Traditional Roman Rite. … Continue reading

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“My sons playing Mass ‘against pagans’.

Children at Mass.  Ah… children at Mass.  They are simultaneously the great consolation of priests and, hopefully, the seniors of a congregation, as they can also be the woe. Look at the average age of people at some suburban parishes, … Continue reading

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BOOK: Grandmother and the Priests

With delight I am making my way through a book I discovered many years ago, as we count the years, even before I entered Holy Church. I recall my own grandmother reading all the books of this writer. Taylor Caldwell … Continue reading

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VIDEO: 1950 – Pius XII infallibly proclaims the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In 1950 my late pastor, Msgr. Schuler, was in Rome on a Fulbright working on the manuscripts of Giovanni Maria Nanino, the successor of Palestrina for the Sistine Chapel.  He had great stories about being a priest in Rome in … Continue reading

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BOOK : A guide for forming Catholic gentlemen and future priests – and a mini rant.

A prelude. I treasure a copy of a French book of etiquette from long lost decades, Le Livre D’Or Du Savoir-Vivre. Dictionnaire Illustre De La Politesse.  It’s an informative hoot, since much of what it contains is seemingly outdated and, … Continue reading

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UPDATE! Navy Chaplain’s replacement vestments – DELIVERED!

Do you remember the project to replace the travel vestments of the Navy Chaplain whose plane crashed into the river on landing?  He lost everything.  HERE and HERE I started a campaign to have new vestments made and YOU AMAZING readers … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio: Very cool idea – “Shrines on the Air” Special Event?

The other day, in reference to the conference I attended at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near La Crosse, WI, I mentioned that it would be very cool indeed to hold a “special event” at the Shrine, perhaps … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Ancient Roman Tchotchke

This is so amazingly cool that I have to share it.  A friend alerted me to this story.  I would very much like to see this exhibit at the Ashmolean.  Perhaps Fr. H might take it in and discuss it … Continue reading

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A new rodentine challenger in Baltimore for that soft spot in our hearts

Remember “Pizza Rat“?   He lives in the imaginations so many of us as an icon of determination. There is a new rodentine challenger for that soft spot in our hearts. A rat runs through a FOX45 Baltimore Reporter’s live shot … Continue reading

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New British PM reciting the Iliad in Homeric Greek

Under another entry a commentator posted about new British PM Boris Johnson’s spontaneous recitation during a TV interview of the first 43 lines of the Iliad in Homeric Greek. I must say that I’m impressed. Waaaaay back when, when I was in … Continue reading

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Tour Talk – #TDF2019 – @Le_Tour Stage 15

The coverage of the Tour continues, with magnificent coverage. There are closeups in the peleton, cams on bikes, helicopters and motorcycles. Today one of the guys on motorcycle talked about the rules and dynamics of being on the road. Sudden … Continue reading

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