Category Archives: Lighter fare

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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In how many ways is this creepy?

We might make a list of how many ways this is a creepy. From Fox: Man, 35, reportedly marries computer hologram Surrounded by nearly 40 people, a 35-year-old man reportedly married a virtual hologram earlier this month. Akihiko Kondo, who … Continue reading

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Birettas and Berettas

This is different. Priests officially opening a new shooting range in Poland earlier this week pic.twitter.com/qF2w7JH5bV — Notes from Poland ?? (@notesfrompoland) November 4, 2018 I have a problem with both of these guys, who don’t seem ever to have … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z offended a reader and yet reaps a reward

I received at my PO Box (address right sidebar), a Pack of Remonstrance, a Parcel of Castigation, a Carton of Chastisement. Opening the cardboard container of shame, I found within … The writer took as an affront my comments on … Continue reading

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Thanks for the birthday greetings and a clarification

Many thanks to you who sent birthday greetings with notes. Several of you said that you would have Masses said for me, which is very much appreciated. Another several wrote along the lines of, “You are THAT OLD?!?” Others, reading … Continue reading

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Some good news from Montana, a laugh, and some reactions to Paul VI canonization

From a reader… In Great Falls, Montana, there are only 4 parishes where there used to be eight. The reasons are partly a drop in the city’s population, partly a drop in the number of observant Catholics, and mostly (I … Continue reading

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What to do with former-Card. McCarrick’s galero in the @WashArchdiocese Cathedral

When a Pope names Cardinals they “get the red hat”.  These days the “red hat” is a Roman biretta in the cardinalatial red, porpora sacra.   However, as old paintings and present ecclesiastical coats-of-arms demonstrate, the old red hat was the great … Continue reading

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