Monthly Archives: October 2008

Benedict XVI’s Preface to the first volume of his Opera Omnia (on liturgy)

The gentlemanly Sandro Magister has provided us with an English translation of the Holy Father’s Preface to his Opera Omnia which is underway. The first volume was, unsurprisingly, his liturgical writings.  As I have been saying, liturgy is at the … Read More

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Benedict XVI: “Pitiful Diatribes on Exterior Forms”

At Catholic Culture there is an interesting piece by Jeff Mirus. My emphases and comments: “Pitiful Diatribes on Exterior Forms” Posted Oct. 27, 2008 1:28 PM by Dr. Jeff Mirus If you argue endlessly about this or that form of … Read More

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A transitional “ad orientem” proposal

Over at Standing On My Head Fr. Dwight Longenecker has something to say about saying Mass ad orientem. Let’s have a look with my emphases. Here’s a suggestion and question about the liturgy. I was celebrating Mass on Sunday away … Read More

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Bp. Boyea of Lansing, MI corrects pro-abortion Gov. Granholm

The dreadful pro-abortion but "Catholic" Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) is now showing her colors. Apparently, Gov. Granholm is in favor of an embryonic stem-cell research referendum which is on the ballot in Michigan.  This is "Proposal 2".  Proposition … Read More

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Card. O’Brien writes hard letter to PM Gordon Brown!

My friend Fr. Blake of St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton has posted a letter of His Eminence Keith Patrick Card. O’Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER 28 October … Read More

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An election prayer

Election Prayer by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Lord Jesus Christ, You told us to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God. Enlighten the minds of our people [in] America. May we choose … Read More

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Willmington: Bp. Malooly corrects Sen. Biden in the newspaper

His Excellency Frances Malooly, the new Bishop of Willmington, Delaware, had an op-ed piece the other day in the News-Journal. This is the diocese of pro-abortion vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE). My emphases and comments.     Catholic Church has … Read More

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Is there a correlation?

I think it would be interesting to explore whether there is any overlap in the list of US bishops who have been supportive of Summorum Pontificum on the one hand, and the list of US bishops who have made strong … Read More

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Bp. Gracida: Catholics can’t vote for pro-abortion candidates

From a reader about the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas: Catholic Bishop Rene H. Gracida Releases Radio Ad Stating no Catholic can Vote for Barack Obama in Good Conscience MEDIA ADVISORY, October 24 /Christian Newswire/ — Today – perhaps in … Read More

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More photos of the Old St. Patrick’s consecration online

The site Kansas Catholic has some great photos of the consecration of Old Saint Patrick this last weekend.  Check it out! Here are a couple teasers.  

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A Sabine view

Just because it’s pretty.

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“Pronto, Vaticano”

Years ago, when I worked in the Vatican and cellphones were not yet an option, placing some calls required you to go through the Vatican switchboard.  So, I can attest to much of the substance of this article. Here is … Read More

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Thanks to readers and Penjing update

It is time once again to thank you readers for… well.. several things. First, I repeat my gratitude to those of you who voted for WDTPRS on the Blogger’s Choice Awards.  WDTPRS came in first, as you may recall.  Your … Read More

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Card. Castrillon responds to some questions about Summorum Pontificum

A kind reader alerted me to a interesting set of responses from His Eminence Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos to questions about Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum.   The Q&A is, interestingly enough, posted on, the website of the Congregation for Clergy.  … Read More


Archbp. Naumann: most important issue to Catholics is abortion

A friend alerted me to this from the site of Kansas Liberty: My emphases and comments: Archbishop defends church’s ‘rights and responsibility’ to teach moralsNaumann says most important issue to Catholics is abortion Last week the Roman Catholic archbishop of … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Can a bishop forbid a priest to say Mass ad orientem?

From a priest reader.  This is edited to preserve anonymity.  My emphases: Dear Fr. Z.: I have been transferred to a new assignment.  At that time I determined to celebrate Mass ad orientem.  The bishop has received letters of complaint … Read More

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K of C’s: radio ad features heartbeat of 10-week-old unborn child

REPOST: This is interesting: Knights of Columbus airs pro-life ‘heartbeat’ radio ad New Haven, Oct 6, 2008 / 08:25 pm (CNA).- A new Knights of Columbus radio spot featuring the heartbeat of a 10-week-old unborn child and urging listeners to … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Bought a Baronius Missal… how to set up the ribbons

Here is a question from a reader. It brings up good questions.  People often come to see their beloved old hand missals for Mass as treasures, dear old friend, a life-long companion.  Thus, they probably use their hand-missals in very … Read More

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On the way home

After my travels I am finally heading back to the Sabine Farm. So…. yet another airport.

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Nice photo from the Pontifical Mass

This is from the Pontifical Mass at Old St. Patrick’s last Saturday.

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