Monthly Archives: February 2011

Dr. Peters: indefatigable vivsectionist – CONTINUED and UPDATED

ORIGINAL: Published on: Feb 26, 2011 Dr. Ed Peters, canonist, may be able to add “indefatigable vivsectionist” to his CV if he keeps up this pace. A few days ago, he exposed problems in a statement from the Diocese of … Read More

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WDTPRS POLL: How do you pray the Rosary?

NB: Don’t forget the Spiritual Bouquet (you can participate daily) for Pope Benedict! The Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary is prayed according to different methods in different parts of the world.  For example, in Italy it will usually … Read More

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Concerning the “liturgical vigilante”

Be sure to check out Pat Archbold’s perspicacious and amusing piece over at the National Catholic Register entitled, “Liturgical Vigilantes“. A few of good bits: As general rule, vigilantes are not born, they are made. Their steely resolve to right … Read More

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Your good news and request for prayers

Do you have any good news to share with the readers? For my part, I am embarking today on a new writing project.  Please say a prayer that my mind be clear and that I not write anything too ridiculous … Read More


Where you are!

Here is a ten minute snapshot of places people are – more or less – when they visit!   These may be pretty rough approximations. Anaheim, California Springfield, Illinois Waterbury, Connecticut San Francisco, California Richmond, British Colum… Windsor, Connecticut Milwaukee, Wisconsin … Read More


Chicago Pro-Life Flash Mob!

From a reader: CHICAGO – A pro-abortion “Walk for Choice” rally was held in downtown Chicago’s Daley Plaza on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Participants of the “Walk for Choice” were protesting HR Bill 3 which limits taxpayer funding for Planned … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Video in place of sermon

From a reader: Is it permissible to have a video homily, instead of an actual spoken homily by the priest or deacon? Now the message was from the [b]ishop of ____ and was about the annual sharing appeal, but it … Read More

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Concerning ashes.

Today is Sexagesimus Sunday.  Ash Wednesday is but a week and a half away. “Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.” I am sure you are making your plans for your Lenten practices.  No, really… … Read More

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CANADA: 1 year-old Joseph’s life is in danger from courts, hospital

Most of you know the situation of the baby in Canada, Joseph, whom the hospital seems determined to kill. Read about this situation HERE.

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QUAERITUR: Do I have to use ecclesiastical pronunciation of Latin?

From a reader: If I am to pray in Latin, how beholden am I to the regulated ecclesiastical pronunciation? I ask because I have a hobby that involves some pronunciation in classical Latin. Learning two pronunciations of the same language … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Can a priest simply refuse to hear a confession?

From a reader: I’ve never cried over Church related matters until last night after I was refused Confession. I’m in grave mortal sin, and I tried to go to confession twice yesterday, but I had no luck. The first parish … Read More

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Creepy homosexual demonstration at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral

Really creepy people.  It is very creepy to disrupt legitimate worship services. They are cowards, too.  You can bet they wouldn’t do this at a mosque. And to think that Rahm Emanuel will soon be mayor there. From LifeSite News: … Read More

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QUAERITUR: How old can an altar “boy” be?

From a reader: Is there an upper age limit to serve as an altar “boy” at a TLM? I am a 35 year old father who converted at about age 30.  I’m encouraging my six year old son to consider … Read More

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VERY COOL! Out-of-print books scanned and online

With an enthusiastic biretta tip    o{]:¬)    to His Hermeneuticalness, I share this very cool information for your consideration. Splendid collection of scanned books Don Paco of the Ite ad Thomam blog, has scanned hundreds of volumes for the Ite ad … Read More

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WDTPRS Sexagesima Sunday

In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Sexagesima, Latin for the “Sixtieth” day before Easter.  This number is more symbolic than arithmetical. Last week was the first of these pre-Lenten Sundays, Septuagesima or “Seventieth.  The pre-Lenten Sundays prepare … Read More

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Bringing spaghetti to a gun fight: NCR writer attacks Dr. Peters, Peters responds.

An Irishman was walking down the street one day and, to his delight, he saw a big crowd surrounding a couple of blokes coolly and systematically duking it out.  The Irishman, let’s call him Sean, shoved and elbowed his way … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Holy Communion at two Masses on the same day?

From a reader, comes a question I have answered quite a few times, but which bears repetitio. Are there any circumstances in which one can receive Communion more than once a day? I spent Christmas at Clear Creek Abbey in … Read More

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A clarification about my statements concerning SSPX bishops

Whenever I post something about the SSPX, and I mention that the priests and bishops of that Fraternity are suspended, I get loads of email protesting that they aren’t. They are.  Sorry. That said, I sincerely hope and pray that … Read More

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ALERT! Right after helping this blog by voting in the Reader’s Choice Award (click at the right), would you look at this poll on the site of the Wall Street Journal? Here are the results at the time of this … Read More

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Catholic Herald (UK) – Wm. Oddie opines about Pres. Obama

From William Oddie of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald comes this strong opinion piece about the President of the United States.   I generally dismiss transatlantic views of any POTUS.  This commentary, however, caught my attention because it … Read More

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