Category Archives: Lighter fare

NEW Fr. Z Swag Available: Pope Clement XIV Ganganelli (1769-1774)

Slowly but surely I’d like to build up more pontifical coffee mugs.  I have some selections with Pius XII, Leo XIII (that’s a good one), etc. Today, I make available also For all the selections click >>HERE<< Enjoy in your … Continue reading

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17 Feb 1600: Giordano Bruno burned at the stake

Last night I watched a segment of The Hollow Crown.  Series 1 (Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V) US HERE – Series 1 UK HERE – Series 2 (Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 2, … Continue reading

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In the wake of other news about Card. Burke…. From the often amusing Eye of the Tiber: The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has named Cardinal Raymond Burke to be the first prefect of the Congregation of Janitorial Services. Francis’ … Continue reading

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“…let him be anathema.”

This quote came up in the combox: A reading from the 13th session of the Council of Trent: “CANON XI.- If any one saith, that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist; let … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile – Creepy Airport – The Sequel

I’m still trying to get home from Denver. We zipped quickly past the creepy killer demon-eyed death horse. Apparently it is some sort of spirit horse. Blech. Worst check in process anywhere. It was not good on Sunday either. Today, … Continue reading

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The two smallest nations on earth have squared off: the Vatican City State and the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta.   I understand that San Marino may be readying for its own move. The often amusing Eye … Continue reading

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The Maltese Fiasco – The Movie?

I haven’t yet heard who will star in this new film noir boxoffice buster. Meanwhile, my friend Fr. Murray has a comment at The Catholic Thing. Meltdown in Malta [They should start using The Maltese Fiasco, btw] […] The bishops of Malta have … Continue reading

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14 January: Happy Feast of the Ass!

Rev. Mr. Greg Kandra reminds us that today is the Feast of the Ass.  Wikipedia HERE I wrote about this back in 2012 HERE There are medieval liturgical rites which ought to be revived… not just on this day but … Continue reading

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Variation on the dreaded Christmas gift sweater

This almost needs a caption call. From The Onion: Pope Francis Wearing Sweater Vestments He Got For Christmas Moderation queue is ON, of course.

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If “2+2” can equal “5” in theology, then it can also equal “9” and “catfish”

The other day, Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro, who associates himself very closely with the Holy Father, tweeted this: Antics like Cameli’s [HERE] can only be topped by Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro’s tweet yesterday. Theology is not #Mathematics. 2 + 2 in … Continue reading

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An Epiphany hymn… differently

From a couple years back… in case you are new around here. On a lighter note for your Epiphany joy, here is an offering from the official Parodohymnodist, the great Fr. Tim Ferguson. He provides an introduction: I was just … Continue reading

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ZUHLIO RETURNS! “Cardinal Kasper Will Accompany Me”

It is my pleasure to release at long last the super ultra exclusive new hit from the always backward-looking performance artist Zuhlio! I had note from Zuhlio, who has been pensive of late: I’ve been pensive of late. Just ponder about the great contributions … Continue reading

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The Vatican v. The Knights of Malta – High Drama – UPDATE

UPDATE 5 Jan 2017: The UK publication The Tablet (aka The Pill) claims to have seen letters indicating that Pope Francis did not want the Albrecht von Boeselager thrown out as Grand Chancellor and then suspended from the Order. Their headline… just … Continue reading

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A wonderful photo to cheer you up

One of the best things I’ve seen for a while. A moving truck near the White House. Biretta tip to Pamela Geller –   o{]:¬) Meanwhile, in just a few short days…

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Fr. Z’s Predictions for 2017

Right out of the gate this year! ObamaCare (aka “Affordable” Care Act) will be repealed. Construction will begin on The Wall. Pres. Trump’s first international trip will be to Jerusalem. Pres. Trump will appoint two Justices to the Supreme Court. … Continue reading

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