Category Archives: Lighter fare

14 January – Happy Feast of the Ass!

Today, 14 January, is the Feast of the Ass, Asses… the Festum Assinorum (in Latin, plural… inclusive!). No, I am not talking about whom you think I’m talking about.  And, no, it’s not a special Jesuit feast. The feast which became popular … Continue reading

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ZMIRAK: Hawaii Sen. @maziehirono Is Right. We Must Intern the Knights of Columbus in Camps

Go read John Zmirak’s scorn-laced send-up of the moronic statements by Sen. Mazie Hirono (PartyOfDeath-HI) about federal a court nominee who belongs to the Knights of Columbus.  HERE Senator Mazie Hirono Is Right. We Must Intern the Knights of Columbus … Continue reading

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Fun about a box of stuff, a papal tomb and ancient reading glasses (“cheaters”)

In addition to books that pour in, and a few magazines, I get the monthly newsletter from the Fabbrica di San Pietro.   They always have fascinating short articles with photos about aspects of the Basilica of St. Peter and the grounds … Continue reading

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Marble machine

And now for something completely different. A friend sent this. It’s amazing.

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Fr. Z’s Predictions for 2019

2019 Predictions 1. Pres. Trump will get yet another SCOTUS pick. 2. Francis and the meeting in Rome about protection of minors will miss the point of The Present Crisis and do nothing concrete. 3. The Diocese of Madison will … Continue reading

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Audio: Politically Correct Night Before Christmas

Here’s something fun.   The Great Roman alerted me to a podcast from Madison’s best radio host – she should be national – Vicki McKenna: the voice of reason in a city of chaos. POLITICALLY CORRECT NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS So, word reached … Continue reading

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BURNING QUESTION REVISITED – The true plural of “Gin and Tonic” – POLL

In the Christmas number of the UK’s (and now USA’s) best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is a lighthearted feature in which notables are asked about “the perfect Catholic cocktail”.   I sense that they didn’t ask me because my opinion … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Pastor says “Gaudete Sunday, is no more”

This greeted me in my email today. I pray that you are well. I am a permanent Deacon.  I began my homily today … making mention that today we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, or “Rejoice Sunday.” After Mass my pastor approached … Continue reading

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Of getting Latin wrong, corrections, and of priests and their Latin or lack thereof

I have notes from people asking about something that my friend Ann Barnhardt wrote about the Latin text of the address Benedict XVI gave when he announced that he was going to abdicate.  Ann contended that the Latin, as written … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion, kneeling on the tongue

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I regularly receive Holy Communion kneeling (on the floor) at my OF-only parish. My pastor has asked me a few times not to do that, though not forcefully – he’s never unkind about it or actually telling me to … Continue reading

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A sample of notes from readers about Bp. Morlino

The death of Bp. Morlino of Madison has had the effect of demonstrating that he truly deserved the nickname The Extraordinary Ordinary. I have received a flood of emails and text messages from all over the world expressing sorrow at … Continue reading

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“No man can by force of will say that three times three is not nine.”

Fr George Rutler, pastor of St. Michael’s in Manhattan first-rate thinker, issues a weekly, Sunday essay as a “Pastor’s Page”.  This week’s column for the Novus Ordo Feast of Christ the King opens and closes with a deep incision and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: My priest doesn’t carry the “emergency phone”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What’s the deal with priests carrying their emergency cellphone on them? [Hmmm… I don’t know what the deal is!] I was disturbed to learn that our priest doesn’t keep it with him. When I asked him … Continue reading

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Sweetheart Grips and Fortune’s Wheel

I can’t resist posting this. There are a lot of after market gizmos and gadgets that one can use to bling-up?… pimp?… one’s 1911 (“Nineteen-Eleven”), that classic, US military issue pistol to which so many (I am not one of … Continue reading

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Latin-less Priests and Homeschoolers – UPDATED

UPDATE 17 Nov: I’ve received some interesting emails since this discussion about Latin began in these electronic pages. First, Thank you for writing such an awesome blog. I am a big fan. In your recent blog about the future of … Continue reading

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