Monthly Archives: December 2010

One of the dumbest things I have read about Bp. Olmsted and St. Joseph’s formerly Catholic hospital

Via The Motley Monk I picked up this statement the President of Catholics for Choice, Jon O’Brien.  Even if you are not sure what to think about Bp. Olmsted (D. Phoenix) declaring that Sr. McBride was excommunicated for her approval … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Permanent deacons and the Roman collar.

I have had a number of questions from permanent deacons about the use of clerical dress, either in a liturgical setting or as street clothing. After consulting a trustworthy canonist, I will respond to them all here. In 2009, the … Read More

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WDTPRS: “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” and +Joe Bagofdoughnuts, Bp. of Black Duck

I was working on my weekly article for the paper, for the column that gave this blog its original name and purpose, and turned up something that might interest you. The column this week is about the section in the … Read More

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Ecclesia de mysterio…. Ever heard of it?

In 1997 the Holy See issued an important document, unusual in its form and provenance in that it was signed by eight dicasteries, or departments of the Roman Curia. Congregation for the Clergy Pontifical Council for the Laity Congregation for … Read More

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Card. Burke pontificates with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

Here is some liturgical eye-candy for ya! Go to the site of AirMaria for many more great photos! His Eminence Card. Burke on 26 December pontificated in the Extraordinary Form at the seminary of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate … Read More

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Blogs You Might Consider

I like Catholic bloggers who work and play well with other bloggers.  Some don’t, you know.  Some bloggers think that others bloggers are competition.  I think we can all help each other out, instead of being petty. I believe in … Read More

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Liturgical tradition of the Feast of the Holy Innocents

A priest friend sent this: Dom Gueranger has some fascinating points for today’s feast.  He states that the vestments for today’s feast is Purple: “The Red vestments of a Martyr’s Day would be too expressive of that stream of infant blood … Read More

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Violence against Christians

I am looking at some stories on CWN. Philippines: bomb explodes during Christmas Mass A bomb exploded during Christmas Mass in a chapel on the island of Jolo, injuring 11. “I was reading the Gospel,” said Father Romeo Villanueva. “I … Read More

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The right to bear arms… and fill the freezer.

Even if Admiral Yamamoto didn’t actually say this, it is nevertheless true.  Se non è vero, è ben trovato: You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass. I received this amusing … Read More

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Smells and bells and sights and sounds and snow

Yesterday, we had a beautiful solemn TLM at Holy Innocents in Manhattan, the undersigned as celebrant.  Here is a brief sample.  I set up my little camera on a ledge pointed toward the altar just to see what might happen. … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Which ’62 altar missal should I buy?

From a priest reader: Fr. Z, I’ve decided to take the plunge and use my Christmas money to buy a 1962 Missale Romanum for the altar, so I can get up to speed on the EF in the next year. … Read More

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Tornielli on Protestant Traditionalists

Beyond the interview with Card. Canizares, Andrea Tornielli added a rather explosive entry to his blog:  The Liturgy and Traditionalist Protestantism.  (My translation.) Let’s just say it: many (or some, or few, you decide) traditionalists do not love Pope Benedict’s … Read More

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Interview with Card. Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Cong. for Divine Worship

The intrepid Andrea Tornielli has an interview in Il Giornale with the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, His Eminence Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera.   The article is entitled: “Basta con la messa creativa, in chiesa silenzio e preghiera… Enough … Read More

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QUAERITUR: priest switches from incense censer to a bowl

From a reader: Our pastor has stopped using the traditional censer at Solemn Masses (of which he has very few –only the highest of feasts) in favor of using a free-standing incense bowl that he places in front of the … Read More

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QUAERITUR: priest in track suit for sacraments

From a reader: Well.. a priest I know of, turned up late for a baptism and didn’t vest before baptising this baby, he stayed in the tracksuit he was wearing…and also he does not wear a stole while hearing confessions … Read More

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“Here’s a fun game! Let’s grab the veil!”

As you know, on Sunday’s – if I can – I like to visit a nice museum if possible while traveling. On this snowy snowy New York Sunday afternoon, a priest friend and I made our way to the Metropolitan … Read More

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What the Military Must Learn from the Church

From the National Catholic Register with some editing and my emphases and comments. While the consequences of abolishing Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell for the military is of great interest, for WDTPRS Mr. Drake’s comments on what homosexuality does to … Read More

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WaPo, by indirection, finds direction out.

From WaPo‘s On Faith…  with my emphases and comments. Pope’s master of liturgy helps Benedict restore traditions By Jason Horowitz Washington Post Staff Writer IN ROME On a rainy Christmas Eve, Pope Benedict XVI followed a procession of Swiss guards, … Read More

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Brick by Cincinnati Brick

Here is a brick by brick piece in the Cincinatti Enquirer. Catholic group looks to form Latin parish The first time Ashley Paver stepped into St. Mark’s Church in Evanston, he knew he’d found the right place. The tile mosaics, … Read More

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Papal Midnight Mass with no Communion in the hand

I was not able to watch all of the Papal Mass in the Vatican Basilica, but I have started to get interesting emails about something people noticed. Among them was this email from a priest in Rome: In a change … Read More

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