Monthly Archives: March 2009

musing on a rainy afternoon

I am contemplating the rapid expansion of big government while I drink tea… upon which I did not pay a tax. The expansion of spending is so massive that it will probably be impossible walk back the systemic changes which … Continue reading

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Card. George: Notre Dame … “extreme embarrassment” to Catholics

From LifeSite.  My emphases and comments: Exclusive: President of US Bishops Conference: Notre Dame Obama Invite an "Extreme Embarassment" By Kathleen Gilbert NOTRE DAME, Indiana, March 31, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking as the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic … Continue reading

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In the meantime… Chevy 789

I am still waiting for my Bugatti Veyron from those award things. But in the meantime, can I have one of these? I’m just askin’ Behold the Chevy 789. This car was built by N2A motors (No Two Alike). The … Continue reading

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Laura Ingraham explains the situation about Notre Dame

From Freedom’s Lighthouse, Laura Ingraham explains the situation about the Notre Dame invitation to the crew of Fox & Friends. [flv]09_03_31_FNC_INGRAHAM.flv[/flv]

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URGENT prayer request: against floods

From a reader: Please offer up a prayer for us in Fargo ND.  We are all doing our best to avoid a catastrophe from the flood hitting our city.  National Weather Service just revised crest predictions by another foot to … Continue reading

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J.H. Newman on Notre Dame… in advance

From First Things.  Biretta tip to my friend Fr. GM    o{]:¬) My emphases and comments. Newman and Notre Dame By Joseph BottumTuesday, March 31, 2009, 12:10 PM Fr. George Rutler’s 1995 book Crisis of Saints has just been republished, which … Continue reading

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Head of Holy Cross Fathers on controversy at Notre Dame

UPDATE The Full text of the letter. CNS has a piece about the reaction of the Superior of the Holy Cross Fathers (who staff Notre Dame), to the controversy. Head of Holy Cross order asks Obama to rethink position on … Continue reading

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Archbp. Nienstedt writes to the Pres. of Notre Dame

His Excellency Most Rev. John Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul & Minneapolis, has issued a letter with comments about the invitation by the University of Notre Dame to Pres. Obama. The following is the complete text of Archbishop Nienstedt’s letter … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI orders Apostolic Visitation of Legionaries of Christ

CNS says Pope Benedict XVI has ordered an apostolic visitation of the Legion of Christ and its institutions, in the wake of disclosures of sexual impropriety by the late founder of the order, Father Marcial Maciel Degollado. Details to come.

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Patrick Buchanan on Notre Shame

Patrick J. Buchanan on Townhall.com has some observations about Notre Dame and the invitation to Pres. Obama. My emphases and comments. Tuesday, March 31, 2009  Is Notre Dame Still Catholic? by Patrick J. Buchanan  By inviting Barack Obama to deliver … Continue reading

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Bishops, collegiality, and can. 915

From Lifesite comes an interesting comment by Deal Hudson: There are canonical issues here which a canonist might help us with: for example, if a congressman, senator, appointed official gets a home in Washington, DC and spends a lot of … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Good Friday – plain Cross or Crucifix

From a reader: I need some help.  For years I remember my parish using a beautiful Crucifix for Veneration on Good Friday (nearly 6 ft. tall and everything).  I am now Liturgist there, working alongside a … pastor who insists … Continue reading

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PRAYER REQUEST: Bp. Fred Campbell, D. Columbus, OH

In your kindness please pray for Bishop Fred Cambell of Columbus, OH, who is having amputation surgery today.   Bishop Campbell will have his left leg amputated below the knee today, Monday, because of skin cancer, according to a letter … Continue reading

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Effective Leadership

Effective leaders always distribute those important "attaboys"! Remember, everyone… hell is forever.  There is nothing positive. There is no reprieve. 

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The blog feed

In these pages the "blog feed" might mean something … else. Here is a Nuthatch, impatiently waiting for me to leave the proximity of the feeder. In fact, impatience and irritation was the theme of this shoot. The Chickadees are … Continue reading

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Archbp. Chaput’s workshop on debate and discourse

There is an article/interview in the Boston Globe with Denver’s Archbishop, Most. Rev. Charles Chaput.  This is not quite prompt, since it refers to 17 March, but it was on the Globe’s site on the 29th.  From the blog of … Continue reading

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Archbp. Dolan on Pres. Obama at Notre Dame

This is in about Archbishop Dolan’s reaction to the coming appearance of Pres. Obama at the Univ. of Notre Dame.  From Milwaukee’s TMJ4. Archbishop Dolan: Notre Dame Made a "Big Mistake"By Tim Lethlean Archbishop Timothy Dolan appeared on Today’s TMJ4’s … Continue reading

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Msgr. Bux on liturgical reform of Vatican II

I noticed this on Rinascimento Sacro.   The great Msgr. Bux has given a conference on the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council. You can read it in Italian.

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Kmiec vs Wiegel: dueling editorials

In a sort of op-ed cage-match, the Chicago Tribune has back to back editorials on the topic of Notre Dame University’s invitation to President Obama.  One is in favor, the other against. One is by Doug Kmiec, the other by … Continue reading

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More Brisbane hijinx

On a distasteful note, in Brisbane, Australia, the way-out-there Peter Kennedy is splitting a group even farther from Holy Church and taking it on the road. My emphases and comments. This is from ABC: A controversial church congregation in South … Continue reading

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