Monthly Archives: December 2010

NCR’s very first “Person of the Year”: Sr. Carol Keehan

National Catholic Reporter has named Sr. Carol Keehan as their very first “Person of the Year”. Even though she was head of the Catholic Health Association, a political lobby group, before 2009 Sr. Keehan was relatively unimportant. Then Sr. Keehan, … Read More

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Possible reception of 5 Anglican Bishops, their wives, and 3 Nuns at Westminster Cathedral tomorrow

My friend Fr. John Boyle posted this at his blog Caritas in veritate.  Be sure to visit him for follow up news. Reception of Five Anglican Bishops, their wives, and three Nuns at Westminster Cathedral tomorrow I have heard on … Read More

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1st Vespers with the Holy Father

Pope Benedict will soon (as of the time of this writing) be in the Vatican Basilica for 1st Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, followed by the singing of the Te Deum for the close of this … Read More


Another Vatican website quirk concerning Summorum Pontificum

Under another entry in the combox, our friend iPadre pointed out that, at the time of this writing. on the Vatican website, the Supreme Pontiff’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum is still provided only in Latin and Hungarian. Languages equally comprehensible … Read More

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Pages removed from Vatican’s online 1960 “Acta Apostolicae Sedis”: Rubrics of Breviary and Missal

The Vatican website’s OCR copy of AAS 52 has blank pages for pp. 593-740. John XXIII’s new code of rubrics, “Rubricae breviarii et missalis Romani,” is on pp. 622-42. Those inclined to look for conspiracies might wonder whether someone were withholding this … Read More

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Kathryn Jean Lopez on MTV’s pro-teen abortion reality show

Kathryn Jean Lopez has a new article on the disturbing special run on MTV (aka evil media sewer) earlier this week, in which a young woman from the reality TV show 16 and Pregnant decides to have an abortion, and … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Can I continue to be an Extraordinary Minister of Communion?

From a reader asked a question about the post I made about the document Ecclesia de mysterio, which among other things requires that we avoid using Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to often or in too many numbers when circumstances don’t … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Ember Days with the Novus Ordo

From a reader: I was wondering if you could help me out. Are Ember days optional in the Pauline Mass? I ask because a friend of mine says hat they have been done away with in the Pauline Mass because … Read More

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You say “wherever” and I say “everywhere”…

Documents from the Holy See were, once upon a time, composed in Latin.  They tended to be clear and concise.  Then things changed, with unfortunate results.  Document over the last couple decades have sometimes been murky and often been far … Read More

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New Vatican laws for Vatican finances

Did you notice that Benedict XVI created a new “internal affairs” unit prevent problems with the Holy See’s finances, both internal and external? There is a story on CNS which covers this better than I can. I did note, however, … Read More

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Interview with Jeffrey Tucker about liturgical music

The Church’s sacred music played an important role in my conversion, when I was a young man.  There is a great deal of work to do. But perhaps just as in the spring rivers will thaw and log jams start … Read More

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Tulsa – 24-26 Jan: workshop for priests on the Ministry of Exorcism

This is a note explicitly for priests. Again, we are given an example of how Bp. Slattery of Tulsa is standing up and doing his work.  Every diocese should have an appointed exorcist.  I believe this is not always the … Read More

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A natural law argument

I bring to your attention an exchange between Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George, on the one hand, and Barry Deutsch on the other, and then the response of Girgis, Anderson and George. Click HERE. At issue … Read More

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Fr. John Harvey of Courage, R.I.P. – UPDATED ARRANGMENTS

I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of Fr. John Harvey, OSFS, who died yesterday. Fr. Harvey was the founder and director of Courage, a ministry to homosexuals to help them live chaste lives. Fr. Harvey’s funeral … Read More

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Prayers please

May I please ask your prayers for a concern? Thanks!


QUAERITUR: Can we be godparents to the child of followers of the SSPX?

From a reader: My husband and I have been asked to be Godparents to the son of friends of ours who are  members of a Pius X church. It is my understanding that the Society has not yet reached full … Read More

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ALERT! I asked for good news, but…Christmas collection stolen, orphans suffer

From a reader: I know you’re looking for good news, but this item just crossed my deck. Fr. William Felix, a good man and a holy priest, has had the entire Christmas collection stolen from his parish, St. Charles Borromeo … Read More

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“I don’t go to Mass because…”

His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan, has a great insight, by means of a reductio ad absurdum: I am heartily sick of the protest “I don’t go to Mass because my parents forced me to go when I was young.” OK … Read More

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What is your good news?

Have any good news for us?


Kansas City, MO: Cause for Sainthood for Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey

Here is some good news from the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph: Diocese Granted Jurisdiction in Historic Process Half a world away from a shrine that attracts millions of Christian and Muslim pilgrims each year, a Cause for … Read More

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