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Daily Archives: 19 February 2009
Some recent entries: A fictional dialogue Fr. Kennedy of Brisbane: See ya! BBC: SSPX Bp. Williamson expelled from Argentina Exercises in intimidation: The Tablet attacks Fr. Finigan Attack on the Pope by a group of European “rupture” theologians TIME: Catholics … Read More
A shot from the morning view of the chapel at sunrise. Cold outside. But it is sure warm inside, as this jar of Chinese hot pepper oil suggests!
Sandro Magister has posted a marvelous fictional dialogue… and more. Go check it out. In the meantime, enjoy this with my emphases and comments: The text that follows is not a review of the book "Who’s afraid of Vatican II?" … Read More
The excellent canon law blog of Edward Peters, In the Light of the Law, there is an interesting post about a … well… read it. Be sure to go to the site and look at comments and the rest. Spike … Read More
I was alerted to the following ironic tidbit. The embattled auxiliary bishop-elect of Linz was assigned the same titular diocese as that which was held by the late Archbishop Jean Jadot. Zuri(Titular See) Zuitanus Past and Present Ordinaries * … Read More
You know about the weird dissident Fr. Kennedy in Brisbane, who baptizes invalidly and doesn’t believe in the resurrection of Christ. Now this. Finally… finally… Priest fired for unholy communion Cosima Marriner February 20, 2009 THE first Australian priest … Read More
From a reader: You might be interested in the fact that, starting next monday, the Trappist abbey of Mariawald, Germany, will begin the transition to the usus antiquor. As can be seen here, daily Holy Mass in the "Tridentine Rite" … Read More
From BBC NEWS: Argentina expels Holocaust bishop [What a nasty headline] Argentina has ordered an ultra-traditionalist British bishop who denies the Holocaust to leave the country or face expulsion. The Interior Ministry said Richard Williamson had been told he had … Read More
Two German Cardinals have spoke up in defense of Pope Benedict against the criticisms from bishops in Germany over the lifting of the excommunications of the SSPX bishops. First, Walter Card. Kasper spoke bluntly with Vatican Radio about the anti-Roman … Read More
UPDATE 2356 GMT 23 Feb. The Tablet attempts to silence Fr. Finigan’s response.__________________ UPDATE: 2014 GMT 19 Feb: His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Finigan responds. __________________ I mentioned a while back that the UK’s ultra-leftist weekly, nicknamed "the bitter Pill", but regularly … Read More
A regular reader/commenter sent the following blurb from the "European Society for Catholic Theology". Have you ever heard of this group? Has anyone? My interlocutor begins with a dry observation. Joke of the day: "As Catholic theologians working in the … Read More
The dreadful Time has a piece about FOCA My emphases and comments. The Catholic Crusade Against a Mythical Abortion Bill By Amy Sullivan / Washington Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009 The U.S. Catholic Church’s crusade [NB: when liberals use the word … Read More
The Times-Tribune.com of Scranton, PA. The Bishop of Scranton, His Excellency Joseph F. Martino, whom we have written of before, has really anted up. My emphases and comments. Bishop warns Irish planners in Scranton BY LAURA LEGERESTAFF WRITER Published: Thursday, … Read More
The site of National Review has a great account of Wednesday’s conversation between pro-abortion Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. The CornerWednesday, February 18, 2009 Speaker in Rome [NRO Staff] This just in: … Read More