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Monthly Archives: June 2009
When I am in St. Paul I sometimes take a break from the good Chinese to stop at a well-known deli, Cecil’s on Cleveland. If you can’t be in New York, you can come here. Service is … well, you … Read More
From the site of First Things, Michael Novak has a comment about the anticipation felt by liberals over the Holy Father’s upcoming encyclical. My emphases and comments. Economic Heresies of the LeftJun 29, 2009Michael Novak What exactly is in Benedict … Read More
There is a very interesting piece from Sandro Magister’s Chiesa on the new discoveries about St. Paul which have recently come to light. This is one you want to read carefully… especially you seminarians out there. My emphases and comments. … Read More
Ed Peter’s of In The Light Of The Law has correctly understood a burning issue of our day. L’OR and the Loss of Reason For most of my life L’Osservatore Romano has been a sleepy Roman rag that arrived weeks … Read More
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More and more I have the impression that "the environment" is rapidly becoming the focus of a new age sort of a religion. I missed this when it came out, from Catholic World News: Catholic World News (CWN) Feature Stories … Read More
People are telling me I must upgrade to Windows 7. Riiiight. Like we had to upgrade to Vista… is that it? So… asuming for a moment that this is in the cards…. Do you have to upgrade from the same … Read More
Please pray for the consecrandus.
With a tip of the biretta to Fr. Roderick, I present this great iPhone ap commercial spoof with a Catholic twist. It was made by P. Camarata. It looks like that guy needs to charge his iPhone… a common experience … Read More
From a reader comes yet another e-mail without a link: Info from theratzingerforum: Our Pope’s Mosaic in St. Paul’s Outside the Walls hat been altered and shows now the pallium which the Pope is wearing now, no longer the one … Read More
From a reader: As you know, July 1st is the Feast of the Precious Blood in the pre-1969 calendar. Unfortunately, this is one of the "idea feasts" which didn’t make the "expert" cut in 1969 (and the highest-ranking victim of … Read More
Today is the consecration as bishop of Fr. Lee Piche. It will take place in the Cathedral of St. Paul, in St. Paul, Minnesota. In your charity will you please pray for him? Perhaps you might stop right now and … Read More
On the very day the Year for Priests began, I was happily able to post about a nice thing that happened to me on an airplane. This now comes from the editors of the National Catholic Register with my emphases … Read More
Can anyone identify this bishop? I am wondering if this isn’t he. UPDATE: 1 July All the photos are here.
In December of 2006 I attended a presser on the unearthing, but not opening, of the tomb of St. Paul, Apostle, in the Basilica of St. Paul outside-the-walls. At that time questions were raised about the opening of the tomb, … Read More
From CNA with my emphases and comments: Italian newspaper reveals key paragraphs from Pope’s upcoming social encyclical Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2009 / 09:45 am (CNA).- The upcoming social encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI "Caritas in veritate" – Charity in … Read More
From a reader: Hello Fr. Z, Just in case no one has sent this to you yet, here is a link to one of many great videos just up on YouTube of the Sacred Music Colloquium in Chicago, done by … Read More
From a priest reader: I am a priest in my 60’s I remember serving the Tridentine mass. I am interested in celebrating mass ad orientem but I was wondering how. I have some questions. 1. At the beginning of the … Read More
First, let me say that I was weary of the Michael Jackson coverage before it began. That said… People are gushing about how Michael Jackson broke racial barriers. "Before there was Oprah… before there was Obama…" blah blah blah. Have … Read More
As you know, the SSPX has the German bishops in a Tizzy because of the ordinations at their German seminary in Zaitzkofen. To be clear, the SSPX does not have permission from the Church to ordain anyone. The SSPX are … Read More