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Category Archives: “But Father! But Father!”
I have often commented that the cutters and pasters who glued the Novus Ordo orations together on their scholarly desks systematically excised certain concepts, such as sin, guilt, propitiation, etc. You know, the “scary” stuff that might make people feel … Continue reading
UPDATE: 1 July 2019 (Precious Blood) Concerning the video about the late Card. Bernardin (linked below) and my association with the novel Windswept House (which has identifiable real people as fictionalized characters), I bring an update. This is one of … Continue reading
UPDATE 27 April: I’m very fortunate to know and have worked with a fine graphic artist, David P. Burkart. You can see my coat-of-arms – my family’s historic arms – on my right sidebar. He’s terrific! David just made a … Continue reading
This morning at Mass a detail in the Gospel pericope struck me with force. Buried in the longish reading is the key, probably, to its selection by our forebears, who so lovingly polish the gems of our sacred liturgical rites … Continue reading
Germany seems to be the caput malorum omnium in the Church today. Every weird, heretical, and just plain stupid thing comes from that dark swamp of arrogant confusion. “But Father! But Father!”, you libs are blubbering “you are the arrogant and confused … Continue reading
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
An image to consider. Two rays extending from the same point get farther and father apart the longer they extend. If the one ray is the trajectory of Christ’s true Church, then the other ray, that departs from it, … Continue reading
Today I read at Crisis a smart piece by Eric Sammons which argued that, because of the unaddressed, indeed covered up scandal of McCarrick … and others, just wait!… Catholics should address the problem of feckless bishops by withholding money: … Continue reading
My inbox is being pelted with a story that some Armenian Orthodox bishop in Tehran “ordained” a female deacon. For example HERE and HERE. To which I respond: Ho hum. First, I’m not sure that we care much about a … Continue reading
Sunday in the Octave of Christmas, in the Novus Ordo calendar, is the Feast of the Holy Family. In the traditional calendar, the Feast of the Holy Family will be celebrated on Sunday, 7 January. Our liturgical, seasonal context is … Continue reading
Yes, I have blessed smart phones, tablets and computers. Consultation with exorcists will inform you that demons are really good at infesting electronic equipment. I’ve heard enough scary stories from exorcists about that to leave me cautious and, at times, … Continue reading
You all know that I tend to bang on about Latin in our sacred liturgical worship. Most of us belong to the Roman Catholic, Latin Church. The Latin Church. Never using or hearing our language of prayer and teaching affects … Continue reading
We’ve come around this weekend to the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year. In the newer, post-Conciliar calendar this Sunday is back to back with the Solemnity of Christ the King, honoring the future Second … Continue reading
Have you followed the tennis match back and forth that has resulted since Card. Sarah’s suggestion in La Nef that the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Forms of Mass should have a coordinated Lectionary? Some were cool about that suggestion and … Continue reading