Monthly Archives: June 2010

Liturgical silence

You should take a moment to read the latest post by His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Finigan, about liturgical silence. Here is a bit. One of the attractions for many people, of the celebration of Mass according to the usus antiquior is … Read More

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WDTPRS POLL: About the iPad app for the Roman Missal… again

I have written before about the iPad app for the Roman Missal (which costs $4.99 through iTunes), iMissal. Not much reason to write about it again, except for a few details.  For example, I wondered what would happen with a … Read More

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Clinton Era Memo Betrays Kagan’s Extremist Pro-Abortion Thinking

From Operation Rescue with my edits: Clinton Era Memo Betrays Kagan’s Extremist Pro-Abortion Thinking Written by Operation RescuePosted June 30, 2010 Commentary by Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, Operation Rescue Washington, DC – Earlier this week, the Clinton Library released … Read More

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Important appointments made by Pope Benedict

The usual stream of pre-summer break appointments is flowing from the Holy See. The other day, I wrote about what one commentator here quipped could be called the Congregatio pro repropaganda.  We weren’t sure what the new dicastery was going … Read More

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Did I mention garum? Buy your garum using amazon (when available)! From rogueclassicism comes this about that precious liquid garum, in modern terms colatura.  (Check here and here.) Garum Festival Are Classicists aware of this event in Tunisia? The Garum … Read More

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Benedict XVI’s Sermon for Sts. Peter and Paul

What did the Pope of Christian Unity really say to new Archbishops and to the delegate of the Ecumenical Patriarch? From the website of Vatican Radio here is the English text of the Holy Father’s sermon for the Solemnity of … Read More

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QUAERITUR: sacristy sign with the name of the bishop

I had an interesting note from a priest with a question: I want to put in our sacristy a sign for visiting priests about the name of the bishop so they know what name to say during the Eucharistic Prayer.  … Read More

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WDTPRS: The Pallium, its blessing and imposition

Today during Holy Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter, near to Peter’s tomb, the Holy Father gave the pallium to new metropolitan archbishops. The pallium is a sign of the jurisdiction metropolitans have in their provinces and also a … Read More

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Russian spy cliff-hanger

What about those Russian sleepers in the USA! Ironically, last night I watched the last episode of season 7 of what is called in the USA MI-5 (in the UK Spooks) about the Russians waking up sleepers in UK to … Read More

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Fr. Sirico: the ramifications of driving Christianity from the public square

On (The Detroit News) Fr. Robert Sirico has a column about the terms the ramifications of driving freedom of religion from the public square. My emphases and comments. Don’t devalue Christian heritageFr. Robert Sirico A week or so ago … Read More

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Hidden treasures rediscovered

A sign that things are changing. Younger priests are starting to open up dusty old cabinets, looking for treasures. On NLM I saw this.  Happily they posted also an English translation of the original German.   The Vestment Treasury of … Read More

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An appointment with appointments

This is the traditional season in Rome for speculation about retirements and appoints to curial offices. So this comes from Vatican Radio: (28 Jun 10 – RV) Pope Benedict announced the creation of a New Pontifical Council dedicated to the … Read More


Play Station or Playing Field?

When the Italian team returned to Italy from S. Africa, they were all dressed in black. Via The Catholic Spirit and Catholic News Service this about the increasingly strange L”Osservatore Romano on Italy’s World Cup disaster.  Vatican newspaper weighs in … Read More

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“Let those who are bound fear, those who are loosed fear.”

Tomorrow is a great day for the Roman Church and the Catholic Church throughout the world.  Because tomorrow is an important feast, Holy Church has designated a vigil.  And vigils were always times of restraint and penance in preparation for … Read More

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Dad’s quick comeback

From my email: Dad’s quick comeback  A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car.  His father said he’d make a deal: ‘You bring … Read More

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Papal con-fab with Cards. Sodano and Schoenborn

Did you see this communique from the Holy See Press Office about the meeting of Benedict XVI with Card. Sodano and Card. Schoenborn? I was about to work up a translation and then I found a note from a reader … Read More

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Vesuvius A.D. 79: How the people in Pompeii died.

Biretta tip to rogueclassicism, which directed me to an article about how the people in Pompeii died during the famous eruption of Vesuvius.  There is a scholarly article called "Lethal Thermal Impact at Periphery of Pyroclastic Surges: Evidences at Pompeii" … Read More

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Your good news

What’s going on with you?  What is your good news?


Wow… just… wow…. That’s ugly.

At the Italian site Fides et Forma, Francesco Collafemina has posted photos of supremely ugly churches.  I mean… reeeeealllly ugly. This church is called Santa Monica.  I don’t think St. Monica or her son would be amused. And another view…. … Read More


Rabbi’s reaction to SCOTUS nominee Kagan

From CNA about POTUS’s SCOTUS’s nominee: Rabbis say Kagan not a ‘kosher’ Supreme Court nominee Alexandria, Va., Jun 27, 2010 / 06:13 pm (CNA).- According to the National Rabbinical Alliance and its more than 850 Orthodox Jewish members, Supreme Court … Read More

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