Category Archives: Puir Slow-Witted Gowk

QUAERITUR: Validity of baptism when water touches only the hair – Fr Z rants

From a deacon:
I was wondering how safe it is to assume that water flowing over the hair along with the correct words constitutes a valid baptism. I ask because there were just 12 babies baptized in my parish and some … Continue reading

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What does the gowk really say?

A scene from The Fortune of War (6th in the series), which includes the wonderful word “gowk”.
At this time our friends Capt. Aubrey, Dr. Maturin and some of the crew from HMS Leopard are on their way back to England … Continue reading

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The Tablet equates striking the breast during the Confiteor with child abuse.

At The Tablet aka The Bitter Pill, there is a piece by one Melanie Lately, a guest contributor, which deserves our attention – and not because of its excellence.
Commentators in the combox over there have dealt with the obvious problems, … Continue reading

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Too stupid for words: planting trees instead of going to confession

I am not making this up.  This is from Treehugger.
Really.
Priest in Brazil Replaces Prayer With Tree-Planting
by Stephen Messenger, Porto Alegre, Brazil on 06.22.11
Planting trees may be a great way to help save the environment, but thanks to one Catholic diocese … Continue reading

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McBrien thinks the Pope is … wait for it… wrong about women’s ordination!

Richard McBrien in his column in the National catholic Fishwrap says that the Church’s infallible teaching about the impossibility of the ordination of women isn’t really infallible.  How dare the Pope say that it is?
His basic idea is that since … Continue reading

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The Archbishop of Glasgow on the Holy Father’s provisions in Summorum Pontificum

All day long people have been filling my email with requests for me to react to the opinions of His Excellency, nay rather, His Grace, Mario Conti, Archbishop of Glasgow, who has spoken about the Holy Father’s provisions in  Summorum … Continue reading

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A new batch

I have ticked a few things off my To Do List for the day and can now settle down to read a bit.
I need, inter alia, to make some more notes about Augustine’s commentary on 1 John, which we will … Continue reading

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Agony in England or Reason #100988876 for Summorum Pontificum

P.A.I.N.F.U.L…..
To all my readers across the pond and elsewhere… I am so very sorry.
[Sorry about the vile ad, as well.]

UPDATE:
I am trying to think of a light-hearted analogy.
In the spirit of my baseball/cricket analogy at the time of Universae Ecclesiae….
Imagine … Continue reading

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Mickens of The Pill K.O.’s “Universae Ecclesiae”!

Robert Mickens of The Pill (aka The Tablet aka RU486), found something really wrong with Universae Ecclesiae, something truly disturbing.
Some puir slow-witted gowk in the CDF or Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” screwed up the title or “incipit” of the Instruction … Continue reading

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