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Daily Archives: 22 June 2010
I understand the intrepid Andrea Tornielli says Basel’s Bishop Kurt Koch could be the new Archon of Alliteration … ehem… Administrator of Assonance, … no, that’s not it … the new Capo of Concord… the new Director of Dialogue… ugh… … Read More
President Bartlett would not fire Gen. McChrystal. BTW… here is another example of a volcano influencing history. It seems McChrystal and staff were stuck together for a long time because of the volcano in Iceland. Oops. Do you get the … Read More
You might have read that the Vatican’s increasingly strange newspaper L’Osservatore Romano had a fluff piece on that famously "Catholic" movie The Blues Brothers. I like The Blues Brothers. After all these years it still makes me laugh… perhaps because … Read More
From a priest reader: I’ll get right to the point: is it not required that a concelebrant be able to see the matter he is consecrating? I am certain that it is, but I am not able to defend this … Read More
Usually the average parish bulletin "pastor’s page" is… well… suboptimal. But not at the little parish St. John’s on the east side of St. Paul, MN where the mighty Fr. George Welzbacher is pastor. He has a highly crafted Pastor’s … Read More
I have written about Loome’s Theological Booksellers – near my native place in Minnesota – on more than one occasion (e.g., here and here). They are now on Twitter and Facebook. Please give them a boost! But wait! There’s more! … Read More
For your brick by brick file… I have written about Madison’s bishop, Most Rev. Robert Morlino before (for example here and here). Pro-abortion activists, aging-hippie liturgy types, and proponents of wymynprysts really dislike this guy. All the more reason to … Read More
The fair-minded nearly-ubiquitous John Allen, sadly still with the National Catholic Reporter, posted the transcript of his interview with His Eminence Francis Card. George of Chicago, now President of the USCCB. There has been a question about what Card. George … Read More
My friend Greg Burke, the Rome correspondent for Fox News, had a great piece on Live Shots the other day. Andrea Bocelli: Doctor Told Mom To Abort Me June 9, 2010 – 7:21 AM | by: Greg Burke Singer Andrea … Read More
On the Italian site Oratoriani I found that the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments on 15 June approved the liturgical texts for the Memorial of (soon-to-be) Blessed John Henry Newman. Here is the COLLECT for the … Read More
The Daily Mail has a spectacular NASA photo taken from the International Space Stationof Southern Lights 350km over over the Indian Ocean. The Southern Lights