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As part of this first part of my Italian Sojourn, I am will a good sized group of pro-life activists with Heartbeat International. We’ve been based out of a couple stable places and making day trips to interesting attractions. Yesterday, we went to Parma, a region where the famous cheese Parmigiano-Reggiano is crafted, and then to a small producer of cured ham, precisely the fiocco and the culatta portions of the leg are taken, otherwise known as prosciutto.  It was both informative and delicious.

Heartbeat – among other activities – runs a nationwide network of doctors who can prescribe the abortion pill reversal protocol. Abortion Pill Rescue Network.  One thing that the pro-life movement faces now is the fact of the rise of chemical, pill abortions taken at home. Women change their minds and don’t know what to do. EVERYONE should know about the safe and effective way of reversing the abortion.  You should learn something about it so that you can tell others.  It’s a race now.

The second part of the Sojourn will begin in another week or so, when I will head south to Florence and then Rome for the month of June.

Back to cheese and ham.

Here is a whole prosciutto leg.   Next to it are the culatta and the fiocco, which are carved out of the larger leg and processed separately with different timing but the same technique.

The amazing baptistry of Parma.

They were getting ready for a confirmation in cathedral.  It was a nightmare of aural chaos as they “tuned up” the shriekers.   It was hard to spot anyone in those assembling who had the slightest respect for the place or the moment.  Really sad.

But… wow.  What a church.

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Archbp. applies can. 915 to Pelosi: until PUBLIC regret for supporting abortion, no Communion

Will this put calcium and testosterone into the bishops’ conference?

First, what does can. 915 really say? HERE

From CNA:

Archbishop Cordileone tells priests that Nancy Pelosi Communion denial is ‘pastoral, not political’

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone took extra pains Friday to explain to priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco his decision barring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving Communion because of her advocacy of abortion.

In a May 20 letter addressed priests of the archdiocese, Cordileone explained that his instruction is nothing but the application of the Church’s teaching. The archbishop addressed a separate letter to the laity.

“There are those who speak of such actions as I am taking as ‘weaponizing’ the Eucharist. However, this is simply application of Church teaching. One would have to demonstrate that a person’s actions in following Church teaching is explicitly for a political purpose in order to justify the accusation of ‘weaponizing’ the Eucharist,” the archbishop wrote. “I have been very clear all along, in both my words and my actions, that my motive is pastoral, not political.”

He added “that one can also violate Church teaching and take Holy Communion for a political purpose as well, thus ‘weaponizing’ the Eucharist for one’s own ulterior motives.”

Cordileone had notified Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a resident of the archdiocese, May 19 that because of her obstinate support for legal abortion she is not to present herself for Communion, and that should she do so, she is not to be admitted.

Cordileone’s instruction applies only within the San Francisco archdiocese.

The archbishop explained to his priests that since September 2021, he has made several attempts to have a dialogue with Pelosi about her support for legal abortion. His efforts, he said, were met either with no response or “that the Speaker was unavailable due to her schedule.”

“In consequence of all this and all that has led up to it, it is my determined judgment that this resistance to pastoral counsel has gone on for too long, [A looooong time ago was already “too long”, but hey! this is right.] and there is nothing more that can be done at this point to help the Speaker understand the seriousness of the evil her advocacy for abortion is perpetrating and the scandal she is causing. I therefore issued her the aforementioned Notification that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”


His notification added that she may be admitted to Communion after [NB] having publicly repudiated her advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and having received absolution.

Cordileone pointed out that the law he is applying in this situation, Canon 915, is found in the book of canon law that deals with the Church’s sanctifying office, rather than in “Book VI, which is the Church’s legislation on penal law.”

Thus, this is not a sanction, or a penalty, but rather a declaration of fact: the Speaker is ‘obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin’ (canon 915). A sanction, on the other hand, such as excommunication, has its own particular process and reasons for being applied. This is quite distinct from the application of canon 915,” he explained.

The archbishop went on to note that the promulgation of Pope Francis’ recent revision of penal law described “three pastoral motives that have also guided my discernment here: responding to the demands of justice, moving the offending party to conversion, and repairing the scandal caused.”

He observed that “Pope Francis’ purpose in issuing this revision of the Church’s canonical legislation on penal sanctions is clearly motivated in large part by the commitment to insuring the integrity of the Church’s sacramental life.”

“It is for this reason,” he added, “that there is now a canon which punishes by suspension, to which other penalties can be added, one who ‘administers a sacrament to those who are prohibited from receiving it.’”

Cordileone added that his decision had not been made lightly, but is “the fruit of years of prayer, fasting and consultation with a broad spectrum of Church leaders whom I respect for their intelligence, wisdom and pastoral sensitivity, and it continues my efforts to invite the Speaker down the path of conversion.”

With regard to the sanctity of life the Church is in a spiritual battle, he maintained: “It is not poetic rhetoric to call the proliferation of abortion demonic.

Because of this, he asked of his priests three things: to preach about the topic; to promote living the consecration of the archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and to pray the St. Michael prayer after Mass.

and to pray the St. Michael prayer after Mass.

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Just Too Cool at Le Barroux

Le Barroux is the short name for the Benedictine Abbaye Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux in S. France. They are a traditional Benedictine community of monks. On the next hill is an Abbey of nuns. This place is fantastic.

Just as the Italian Norcia Benedictines have been working to build their beautiful community through making great beer, the monks at Le Barroux are reviving the ancient vineyards of the Avignon Popes. I have an affiliate program with both of them.

Le Barroux sent out a news letter today with a very cool piece of news. One of the nearby residents found in his field of olive trees a 4 cm lead seal with the figure of Pope Clement V. It reads: Sigillum Domini Pape in comitatu venaysini (Seal of the Lord Pope in the Comtat Venaissin).   It was found between the Abbey church and a nearby chapel, right where the first papal vineyards were.

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Daily Rome (not) Shot – 502 – bonus pics

The first part of the first part of the trip draws to its conclusion.  We now transfer to another location and start exploring there.   Afterward, a brief couple of days in a famous city and then on to Rome for the Roman Sojourn, to which the wavy flag is dedicated.Please remember me when shopping online. Thanks in advance.US HERE – UK HERE

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ASK FATHER: Traditional Confirmation Availability?

From a reader…


Now that confirmation season is in full force, do you know of any diocese that are granting permission to have confirmation in the old rite? My family and I live in 2 locations throughout the year (…..,), and both FSSP parishes have been denied the traditional rite. I would be happy to talk with you further, but your blog seemed like a convenient place to ask what is going on around the nation.

Where can Traditional Confirmation be found … where people from elsewhere would be welcomed……

Oh, friend, my heart hurts for you.

This requires bishops with fatherly hearts who care for people who simply want the Faith of their fathers.

I guess that perhaps 1 bishop in 100 knows that there are substantive differences between the traditional rite and the new rite. And among those who do know that, few will care.

Frankly, bishops talk about going to people on the periphery, and they create time and resources. But the bishops themselves have created this periphery! They would rather not have to remember that it’s there, that those people are out there – eyes and hands reaching out to those bishops from without.

Perhaps readers will have some positive news.

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ARIZONA: Abortion Pill Rescue Network

Some of you will have heard of Heartbeat International, an organization that helps small clinics for women. Fantastic. They are also handling the nationwide network of doctors which can prescribe the REVERSAL process of the abortion pill. This DYI abortion process is getting bigger. Many women change their minds and don’t know what do to do. IT CAN BE REVERSED.

I received news today that was cheerful…

From an Arizona center that just started Rescuing babies through Abortion Pill Rescue Network 1 month ago

“ at 10:47pm, we received our first Abortion Pill Reversal phone call. Our medical team immediately called in the prescription and the client just now arrived at our location for her ultrasound. Pls, pray there will be a heartbeat and for God to give our team wisdom. This is huge!!! We only launched the APR program this month!”

Heartbeat International.org – to learn more about Abortion Pill Rescue Network

APRWorldwide.com – for doctors to join our network of volunteers

Everyone should know about this.

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ASK FATHER: Can Catholics still get married with the Traditional Latin rite of Matrimony?

From a reader…


Does Traditions custodes in any way change the position of the traditional rite of marriage as related to the requirement to observe canonical form? Can a Catholic still marry validly and licitly in the older rite? Would permission from the local ordinary be required?

Your question opens onto to several fronts.  Let’s take care of the immediate question first.

The Apostolic Letter Traditionis custodes, makes no mention of either the Sacrament of Marriage or the ritual involved in the contracting of marriage for Latin Catholics.

TC states – as if it were a fact – that the current liturgical books are “the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite”. That statement is, like any statement, obviously open to proof to the contrary.  Gratis asseritur, gratis negatur.

In fact, several months later, the very same Francis issued an Apostolic Constitution (which has greater canonical weight than a mere Apostolic Letter), Praedicate Evangelium, in which he acknowledged and legislated for two forms of the Roman Rite.


Being faithful sons of the Holy Church we must more recent and weightier rulings as those in force now.  PE does not mention any liturgical books other than the Roman Missal of 1962.

Several months later, the erstwhile Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments answered several dubia that had been proposed… apparently.  Those who … apparently…  asked those eleven questions, and only they, are bound by the responses given, in which the Prefect mandates that the Rites for the Sacraments using the 1952 Rituale, may only be performed in personal parishes dedicated to the Extraordinary Form.

Thus, unless your diocese submitted those eleven questions – which purportedly gave rise to the responses – there is nothing in the universal law that would prohibit the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage using the classic ritual.  Such a marriage, presuming everything else is in order, would be valid and licit.  Unless there is particular law in the diocese, no specific permission is needed.

There is without question reasonable doubt in the air in these days about this and other matters concerning the Traditional Latin Mass, the Sacraments, and other items from the ritual.  The constant changing, updating, and tweaking of the Code of Canon Law and the shifting of terminology, competency, and even authority has lent to the Church a constant state of inconstancy.

It is helpful to review Canon 14, one of the canons by which all the canons in the Code and all legislation – are to be interpreted.

“Laws, even invalidating and incapacitating ones, do not oblige when there is a doubt of the law…”

A doubt of the law arises when serious, reasonable men find themselves confused, not merely when some uninformed or uneducated person doesn’t understand the law.

We right now in a situation where much doubt has been sown. Perhaps intentionally?  It might not be a waste of time to review Francis’ Four Postulates from his programmatic encyclical Evangelii gaudium.   Review those “tools”, as it were, of control and change through disruption ad conflict, and then take a look around.

Holy Mother Church doesn’t want us in a state of constant agitation or uncertainty for long periods of time.  Hence, enshrined in her law are principles of interpretation which allow us to navigate the treacherous waters we are in and also – this is important – puts us at ease about the validity of many acts and situations.  We don’t have a visible Church with laws so that we can be constantly worried about what’s going on.  If that is the state of affairs, then something isn’t right.

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I use this portable router and WIFI hotspot when I travel in these USA and abroad.  Fast enough for Zoom.  I can also connect my DMR (ham radio) through it.  If you use my link, they reward me with more data.  I’m taking it with me on my Italian sojourn.


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Concerning the Traditional Latin Mass in Washington D.C.

The effects of the cruel Traditionis custodes are widespread.

Here is an excerpt from an email, followed by a link to a blog post about the D.C. situation regarding the Vetus Ordo.

We are praying hard for the Cardinal at this time. It is particularly important to my family, as my 5 sons (with a 6th on the way!) have been baptized in the Traditional Rite. Additionally, my 2 oldest sons have learned to serve the TLM, and have benefited immensely from doing so, especially my eldest, who is struggling with feelings of frustration and anger over losing the rite he has come to love so well. For myself, it is strange to think that I am likely the first man in my family in direct male descent in the past 500 years to not have learned to serve the TLM – but still thanking God that these sons learned to do so. I sincerely hope and pray that my younger sons will be allowed to learn to serve the rite that their grandfather, great-grandfather and ancestral patriarchs did.

May God’s will be done. There is power in the Blood, and without that, nothing.

As I read that I had the image of a Recusant man in the 1530’s England writing by candlelight.

The link he sent:  HERE   A quick bite:

Some parishioners held signs with phrases like “T.L.M. Please,” “Prayer, Not Politics,” and “Cardinal Gregory: The Lord Be With You, Please Let us Pray.” At the front was a small girl who insisted on waving a Sacred Heart banner larger than herself for the better part of the afternoon, undaunted by the rain. All of this was plainly visible to the cardinal and synod delegates inside.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 4th Sunday after Easter (5th Sunday of, N.O.)

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at your Mass of obligation for the 4th Sunday of Easter?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?

I have some written remarks about the TLM Mass for this Sunday – HERE


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Fr Dana Christensen: R.I.P.

At last Fr. Dana Christensen as gone to God.  His was one of the more of more heroic struggles against the effects of Original Sin that I’ve encountered.

In your goodness, please pray for him.

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday after Easter (1962MR): The smoke of Satan in the Temple of God

The Collect for the 4th Sunday after Easter, in the traditional Roman calendar, is the same as the Collect for the 21st Ordinary Sunday in the post-Conciliar calendar. Or… the other way around! Let’s look at the structure.

Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis id amare quod praecipis, id desiderare quod promittis, ut, inter mundanas varietates, ibi nostra fixa sint corda, ubi vera sunt gaudia.

A master crafted this prayer. It is in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary.  Listen to those “eee”s produced by the Latin “i”.

Savor those parallels.

Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis
id amare quod praecipis,
id desiderare quod promittis,
ut, inter mundanas varietates,
ibi nostra fixa sint corda,
ubi vera sunt gaudia.


Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis
id amare quod praecipis,
id desiderare quod promittis,
ut, inter mundanas varietates,
ibi nostra fixa sint corda,
ubi vera sunt gaudia.

When the text is simply on the page, in continuous lines (word wrap?), you don’t see it.  You have to hear it.

Varietas means “difference, diversity, variety.”  It is commonly used to indicate “changeableness, fickleness, inconstancy.”  I like “vicissitude”.  The adjective mundanus is “of or belonging to the world”.


O God, who make the minds of the faithful to be of one will, grant unto Your people to love that thing which You command, to desire that which You promise, so that, amidst the vicissitudes of this world, our hearts may there be fixed where true joys are.


O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found.

Let us revisit that id…quod. We can accurately say “love that which you command,” or “love what you command”, but that strikes me as vague.  Can we be more concrete and say “love the thing you command… desire the thing you promise”?

We are called to love and desire God’s will in concrete situations, in the details of life, especially when those details are little to our liking.

We must love God in this beggar, this annoying creep, this Jesuit, not in beggars, creeps, and Jesuits in general.  We must love Christ and His Cross in this act of fasting, this basket of laundry, thisbishop who cancels priests. I said it was a challenge!

We must not reduce God’s will to an abstraction or an ideal. “Thy will (voluntas) be done on earth as it is in heaven”… or so it has been said.

Lest we forget why we needed new translation….


Father, help us to seek the values that will bring us lasting joy in this changing world. In our desire for what you promise make us one in mind and heart.

Good riddance!  “Values”.  Very slippery.  Typical of the obsolete translation.

To my ear, “values” has a shifting, subjective starting point. In 1995 Gertude Himmelfarb wrote in The De-Moralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values that “it was not until the present century that morality became so thoroughly relativized that virtues ceased to be ‘virtues’ and became ‘values.’”

In this post-Christian, post-modern world, “values” seems to indicate little more than our own self-projection.

John Paul II taught about “values”, but in contradiction to the way “values” are commonly understood today.  For example, we read in Evangelium vitae 71 (emphasis added):

“It is urgently necessary, for the future of society and the development of a sound democracy, to rediscover those essential human and moral values which flow from the very truth of the human being and express and safeguard the dignity of the person: values which no individual, no majority, and no state can ever create, modify, or destroy, but must only acknowledge, respect, and promote.”

In his 1985 letter to young people Dilecti amici 4, John Paul II taught:

“Only God is the ultimate basis of all values…. in Him and Him alone all values have their first source and final completion… Without Him – without the reference to God – the whole world of created values remains as it were suspended in an absolute vacuum.”

Benedict XVI has spoken about the threats we face from the “dictatorship of relativism”, from the reduction of the supernatural to the natural, from caving in to “the world”.

Christ warned His Apostles about “the world”, saying said: “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7).  He spoke about this world’s “prince” (John 12:31; 14:30 16:11).  St Paul wrote: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

If what “the world” offers gets priority over what God offers the world through His Holy Church, we produce the situation Paul VI described on 29 June 1972, the ninth anniversary of his coronation:

“Through some crack the smoke of Satan has entered into the temple of God.”

Our Collect today asks God to grant that His will be the basis of our “values” in concrete terms, not in mere good intentions or this world’s snares.

Of course today, we see what the Satanic smoke in the Lord’s House has done.  John XXIII and Paul VI wanted to throw the windows open to the world.  Be careful what you wish for.

Now we have to throw the windows and doors and maybe the roof also to the renewing light and rushing wind of the Holy Spirit of Truth to clean out the slimy residue the smoke left on just about everything.


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Hero priest Joseph Card. Zen, 90, has been arrested in Hong Kong

It is reported that Joseph Card. Zen, 90, has been arrested in Hong Kong.

Pray for him and Chinese Catholics.

I have not seen any statement from the Holy See.

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My View For Awhile: Strangers and Italian Sojourners

I’m on my way to Italy. At first I’ll be with a magnificent group of pro-lifers in the north.

Meanwhile, this is how the trip began.  A not small service dog as my middle seat companion.   She was very good, I have to say.

Up and away…. to E Concourse.  I think the gal on the escalator got her shoes mixed up.

Of is this a thing?

Here at E Terminal of Atlanta, is what I assume to be one of the fast COVID check places.

Folks, what I did to get a test valid for within 48 hours of my arrival was… horrid.  Quite.  simply.  Horrid.  That, and whole series of snafus that wound up being expensive to solve made the lead up to this trip really stressful.

This morning, day of travel, I got an email from Air France, my connecting airline, informing my that passengers to Italy have to have masks and they specified FF2P.

I looked them up.  They don’t sell them where I live, at least a few hours before a flight!

I used some highly descriptive language as I contemplated the situation.   They sent an email a few hours before the flight saying people have to have something that many won’t have.

So, I’m in the lounge waiting, working on the phone to find things that were supposed to arrive last week but were late – NEVER TRUST FEDEX AGAIN – I note nearby two guys who are talking about Rome and I see that they have the type of mask required by Air France’s email.

I struck up a conversation, gave a few restaurant suggestions, and then explained the MASKSIT.  Asking if one of them had an extra mask of that type, I offered one of the two N95 masks I stuffed into my pack for one in trade.

Thus I had one of the weirdest bartering moments of my life: the Delta E Concourse Lounge Mask Diaper Barter Exchange Caper.

Holding our newly exchanged masks.

Notice that they are both N95.

This stuff is so stupid.   It makes us all stupid.

I will see if the Air France people enforce this type of mask.  And, if they do, whether they will make them available.




The process at CDG was pretty much as it was BCT (Before COVID Theatre). Smooth. No reference to tests, etc. Of course there are indications on the boarding passes, but they don’t seem interested. Perhaps the drama will commence in Italy.

Meanwhile the lounge is comfortable and it affords a bit of quiet and a bite.

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