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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
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Monthly Archives: September 2007
I posted this last year. But I put so much work into it that it deserves recycling. Some time ago, there was a discussion on one of our splendid Catholic blogs making mention of the burial place of St. Jerome … Read More
His Excellency Most Reverend John T. Steinbock of the Diocese of Fresno has made a statement about the application of the provisions in the Pope’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. My emphases and comments. Mass in Latin Pastoral Message aired … Read More
I tip my biretta to the always engaging Diogenes for the links to what follows. Another Episcopalian has decided he can no longer endure the self-destruct mode that Church is vigorously wrapped up in. So, he is swimming the Tiber. … Read More
Corriere della Sera‘s Luigi Accatoli has an article about the possibility of Pope Benedict celebrating Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter with the extraordinary use of the Roman Rite he derestricted with Summorum Pontificum. Accatoli raises the interesting question … Read More
The Jersey Journal has an article on the implementation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum in My emphases and comments. Church celebrates a return to traditional mass in LatinMonday, September 24, 2007By CHARLES HACKJOURNAL STAFF WRITER At a solemn Latin … Read More
Here is an interesting piece from the Pawtucket Times. My emphases and comments. 09/28/2007Introibo ad altare Dei (I will go in to the altar of God)By DONNA KENNY KIRWAN [CLICHE ALERT!] PAWTUCKET – St. Leo the Great Church will be … Read More
Here is an interesting piece from the nearly ubiquitous John L. Allen, Jr., the former Roman correspondent for the lefty NCR. Get this. My emphases. Benedict XVI’s approval rating in America is 73 percent, poll finds By John … Read More
That might be a little exaggeration, but the Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli has posted on his blog Sacri Palazzi: The nomination of Msgr. Guido Marini, of the clergy of Genoa, as head of the Office of liturgical celebrations of the … Read More
Today, as last year, in the chapel of the Sabine Farm, Holy Mass was celebrated with the 1962 Missale Romanum. The vestments were appropriately angelic and festive. After all, the chapel was filled also with angels. Here is a little … Read More
Here is a nice article from Catholic New York. My emphases and comments. Solemn Joy Traditional Latin Mass community celebrates pope’s decree By CLAUDIA McDONNELL Reverence and devotion filled the air like incense [There is really something very different about … Read More
It has been almost a month since the last PODCAzT. My travels and time restrictions have kept me busy. But today we listen to St. Augustine of Hippo talk about shepherds in union with Christ. Also, I have provided a … Read More
It has been a while since I’ve posted one of these "where are you" entries. Here is a snapshot of the last few minutes. These places are not precise. Someone living in St. Ipsidipsy might actually be registered on the … Read More
The Bishops of Germany have issued a statement about the implementation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. It is available at kreuz.net. The following translation is from cathcon. My emphases and comments. Guidelines of the German Bishops for the … Read More
In the continuing drama of the "Fourth Secret" of Fatima (that is, the part of th Third Secret which hasn’t been revealed by the Holy See) read this from CWN: Italian journalists protest exclusion from Fatima discussion Rome, Sep. 27, … Read More
His Excellency Most Rev. Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of Dallas has issued a letter to priests of that diocese about the Holy Father’s provisions in Summorum Pontificum. My emphases and comments. Bishop Farrell’s letter to the priests August 24, 2007 … Read More
Yes… apparently. A kind reader sent me a copy on an e-mail received from EWTN’s Gordon Siobley responsding to a question about future broadcasts of the older form of Mass. EWTN plans to occasionally air the Extraordinary Form of the … Read More
I have a bizzaro evening planned. Tonight is the 7th season premier of Smallville. I was introduced to this series by a Canadian priest in Rome some years ago and have been hooked ever since.
At this time of year the Chinese celebrate their Mid-Autumn Festival. With a click of the chop-sticks to Cha Xiu Bao: Bright moon, when did you appear? Lifting my wine, I ask the dark night sky. Tonight in the palace … Read More
I know I am catching up with some dated news, but recently there was a bit of a debate about the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum among Italian bishops during a meeting of their conference (CEI): 17-19 September. The CEI is … Read More