Category Archives: Lighter fare

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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Fr. Z’s Predictions for 2018

2018 Predictions
1. Pres. Trump will acknowledge North Korea a nuclear state to diffuse the military option.
2. The building of The Wall will begin.
3. Justice Kennedy will resign from the Supreme Court, and Pres. Trump will get another pick.
4. Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Father’s “shred clinic”

With a tip of the biretta to Rev. Mr. Kandra (open invitation to him to be the deacon in a Solemn Mass sometime).
In answer to his question: No, I can’t do that.  And he makes it look easy. Fr. … Continue reading

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The official Parodohymnodist strikes again! “Baby it’s Springtime now!”

Newly received from the official Parodohymnodist, Fr. Tim Ferguson:
Listening to one of my least favorite Christmastime songs, this popped in my head. I call it: “A dialogue between a traditionalist and a modernist”
Baby it’s Springtime now!
I really can’t pray – Baby it’s … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Egg nog – A holiday treat for all, or only for deaconettes?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
What are your thoughts on egg nog? A delicious holiday treat, or a custom befitting female deacons? Is non-alcoholic egg nog truly egg nog (or the other way around)?
These are the important questions, Father.
I am sure you are … Continue reading

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POLL: Starting your confession: “Bless me, Father…” or “Forgive me, Father…”

In another post, I responded to a question from a reader about blessings at the beginning of sacramental confession, following the words, “Bless me, Father, I have sinned…”.
Of course, some people begin their confession differently.
It occurred to me to find … Continue reading

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