Monthly Archives: September 2010

QUAERITUR: Everyone must stand until distribution of Communion is over

From a reader: Our last pastor decided we should all stand up before the Great Amen (going so far as to pause the Mass until all were standing -and some peoples refusal to stand became a horrible distraction and battle … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Using the orginal “main” altar rather than the “table”

From a seminarian reader: My present church is thinking on having a EF Mass as well as a Versus Deus [Deum] OF Mass. The Original High Altar is still in place with the Tabernacle. There is however a smaller “fixed” … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Gathering around the altar at school Mass

From a reader: It was announced during our school Mass today, by the associate here at the parish where I teach, that henceforth, whatever class has “planned” the school Mass each week will be invited to gather around the altar … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can bishops forbid pastors to add a TLM to the schedule

I have of late received more than one email from readers with similar questions. In effect, they have asked if diocesan bishops can forbid pastors to add a Traditional Latin Mass to the Sunday Mass schedule, or if the local … Continue reading

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POTUS again omits “Creator” from Declaration citation

From Creative Minority Report with my emphases and comments: Well, for all those who said it was just a slip of the tongue last time or that his speechwriters were to blame, Obama just made sure you knew that he … Continue reading

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2 October – Kansas City, KS – FSSP Ordination

Have you ever seen an ordination to the priesthood with the older, traditional Roman Rite…. A reader sent notice of the following: FSSP ORDINATION KANSAS CITY THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 Rev. Mr David Kemna will be ordained to the priesthood … Continue reading

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Wyoming Catholic College update

Some of you will recall that I visited Wyoming Catholic College last winter.  I found it splendid. Here is an update from the WCC blog (in case you know young people trying to figure out where to go to college). … Continue reading

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RATS IN THE RECTORY: Not so sudden DEATH!

Previously on RATS IN THE RECTORY (here). On the blog Southern Orders I saw that Fr. M has some news, as well as a very satisfying and at the same time disgusting photo. Well, I got access to a computer … Continue reading

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BLOG RENEWAL: Preview of comments

For those of you who like to have that last shot at previewing your comments before hitting that submit button… I believe I have a working Preview function up and running.

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Fr. Thomas Dubay, RIP

I just received word that Fr. Thomas Dubay, SM, has died. Please pray for the repose of his soul. Fr. Dubay was a fine author on issues of the spiritual life.  His books are very good.

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REVIEW: “Annunciation” by artist Daniel Mitsui

I am sure you remember my review of artist/illustrator Daniel Mitsui’s Crucifixion.  Mitsui has a blog called The Lion and the Cardinal, an obvious Patristic reference which never fails to delight me. Today I received another print from him, a … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Use of the beretta at Mass in the Ordinary Form

From a reader: Can a beretta be used in the OF? When would it be used? Yes, without question!   But make sure that it is clean and in good working order so that it doesn’t misfire. I would use … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: “Nice to see you!”, during Communion

From a reader: While about to receive Communion today I was told by a Eucharistic minister “nice to see you” immediately after she had said “Body of Christ,” to me. I had not even responded, “Amen” yet. Is this permissible? … Continue reading

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What’s your good news?

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The Tablet online edition = Grima Wormtongue

From the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, comes this analysis piece by William Oddie.  My emphases and comments. There are various perspectives from which we can view the papal visit: and one of them is as a PR … Continue reading

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BLOG RENEWAL: Is the blog loading quickly? Slowly?

A friend wrote to whine at me that the blog seemed – to him – to be loading slowly.   I rather think he might be raving mad, even nuts.   Surely a side effect of living too close to the Vortex. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Eating, plays in churches

From a reader: I was in a discussion with someone about eating in the Church not necessarily at Mass AND use of the Church for plays, community events, shelter, etc.   What are the rules for behavior inside a Catholic Church?  … Continue reading

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Calendar confusion: Ember Week

As I look at the calendar, as I read comments on the blog, as I read my email, pace Johnny Mercer, is you is or is you ain’t Ember Saturday? Today I said the Mass for Ember Saturday.   I think … Continue reading

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COFFEE MUGS GONE WILD 4

A kind reader, AN, sent a photo of her travel mug the other day, thus brightening up a pretty dismal battle with the blog. Fill yours with some coffee. And send your snaps!

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Anglican Archbp. Williams causes another dust up for the C of E and himself

There is a good deal of controversy in England right now about comments made by Anglican Archbp. Rowan Williams before Benedict XVI’s visit to England. In an article in The Times published today, the contents of an interview with Archbp. … Continue reading

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