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Daily Archives: 7 July 2007
Yes, we have talked about Chillin’ the Veuve around here for a long time. Other people out there are celebrating in other ways. Some formally and liturgically, some less liturgically. All joyfully. Here is one e-mail I got. My Finnish … Read More
The vaticanista Luigi Accattoli, who writes for the NYT of Italy, Corriere della sera, has interesting comments about the way the two big recent documents were released, the Motu Proprio and the Letter to Chinese Catholics. This is worth a … Read More
I received this via e-mail from Br. Thomas Augustine: Dear Father, Greetings from Still River. Our community will be offering a Te Deum after the 9:15 Sung Mass on Sunday in our Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel. Only the Traditional … Read More
An APCOM story has Card. Ricard of Bordeaux saying that Summorum Pontificum produces "neither winners nor losers". Sound familiar? Other highlights of the interview with Card. Ricard in the French weekly Famille Chretienne. With my interlinear comments. 1. The Pope … Read More
The papal spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, rattled off a statement on Vatican Radio about the purpose of Summorum Pontificum. Not a lively reading, but there were some very good points in it. Here are is a highlight in my translation: … Read More
If you want a video piece in Italian, go here. There are zillions of errors in the piece, for example, no distinction about "Latin Mass". The B role is amusing: it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the topic! The … Read More
The AP has a piece mentioning yours truly (my emphases and comments): Pope Relaxes Restrictions for Latin Mass By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press Writer VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI removed restrictions on celebrating the old form of the … Read More
The Official WDTPRS Parody Song Writer, the esteemed Tim Ferguson has been at it again. As he put it, “I ruminated a bit more … and came to the realization that, while “La Donna e Mobile” might be readily appreciated … Read More
Our great friend Fr. Finigan over at The Hermeneutic of Continuity has this celebratory video, which he made. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEdyIvvUJB0]
After that first entry, let’s get that flag out in front! Champagne breakfast? Or wait until later?
Thanks to be to Pope Benedict, who has given back to the Church and the world a great gift. As one friend put it, the world has been made just a little bit safer to live in. This document is … Read More