Category Archives: Lighter fare

ASK FATHER: Blessing objects through plastic wrapper, box, etc.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Today I asked a priest to bless a green scapular. I had the package open for it to be taken out, but to my surprise the priest left it inside the plastic packaging, sprinkling the holy water on the outside.
Can the … Continue reading

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A “digital” Synod?

When I worked in the PCED, frustrated with the resistance to any new tech, I developed the phrase, “Here in the Vatican we update our equipment every 50 years, whether it needs it or not.”
I note with apprehensive amusement a … Continue reading

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Bulletin blurb from 1967 from a Long Island Parish

This, from a priest friend, is too good not to share.
Apparently Father had had enough with the nuptial confetti.

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PARODY SONG ALERT: A Pirate Looks at … Solemn Masses

I received a note from one of you readers, who was channelling his inner Zuhlio.
Frequent reader, occasional poster. I’m stationed up at ___ Air Base waaaaay up in ___, and we’ve been stuck in doors due to a winter storm. While listening … Continue reading

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Making the Church appealing. What “sells”?

When it is time to draw people in, do those in charge show ugly modern churches bereft of statues, windows and obviously Catholic elements?   SURE they do!
When it is time to make a movie and portray something about the … Continue reading

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Of “paradigm shift” interest

May I direct the readership’s attention today to an amusing piece at First Things?   The pseudoanonymous writer pokes fun at inconsistencies in a speech recently delivered by a certain prelate at a certain well-known English university.
As it opens, we read:
In … Continue reading

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Fun with @OneMadMomBlog – BuzzFeed – Alt-Right and @SebGorka

In regard to the Hamanesque BuzzFeed hit piece, almost certainly arranged by a certain Jesuit, One Mad Mom noted that the writer attempted to link me with the Alt-Right even while saying that there is not “obvious” connection.  LOL!  She … Continue reading

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Pilgrimages and Local Gin

This spirit-filled offering comes from the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald:
Meet Walsingham’s Catholic gin-makers
England’s great pilgrimage site now has a gin distillery inspired by the Faith
Every year 250,000 people make the journey to Walsingham, a remote village in … Continue reading

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14 Jan – Happy Feast of the Ass!

Tomorrow – 14 January – is the Feast of the Ass, 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 in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: URGENT EMERGENCY PREDICAMENT! Mass in Presence of a Prelate but we don’t have a Pax Brede!

When I see the word “brede” I can’t help but think of the novel In This House Of Brede by Rumor Godden (US HERE – UK HERE).
From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Our little EF congregation would like to invite our Bishop to attend a Mass. we … Continue reading

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How bad is the situation of vocations to the priesthood tragic Germany?

How bad is the situation of vocations to the priesthood tragic Germany?
“In 2017, only 76 priests were ordained in Germany; in 2000 there were still about twice as many, namely 154.  When the German Bishops’ Conference tallied this number nationwide … Continue reading

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“ENGAGE THE MESMERIZER!” Sheer fun.

“Engage the Mesmerizer.”
No, the Mesmerizer is not an Austrian bishop minion of Ming the Merciless who thence performs a philosophical fan dance to convince you of Thomism which isn’t really there.
This is a line from the rollicking fun SiFi novel… … Continue reading

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Head exploding juxtapositions (literal and figurative)

Here’s a jocular head exercise for the readership.
Today I saw a video (sent by an old staffer of the COL Forum) about drone warfare.
It’s terrifying. Watch this, please, and try not to freak out about the potential misuse of this … Continue reading

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Midweek Lighter Fare

And now a tune from Death and the Marginalia.
The video was made by HERE

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Did you know that there was a “British Teilhard Association”? No one else did either, it seems.

From the Catholic Herald:
British Teilhard Association dissolves due to lack of members
The move comes just weeks after Pope Francis was asked to remove the decades-old official warning against Teilhard’s works
A British association dedicated to Jesuit thinker Teilhard de Chardin dissolved … Continue reading

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