Monthly Archives: February 2011

“It wouldn’t be the first time a Pope has had his arm twisted.”

This comes from Damian Thompson: 10,000 traditional Catholics appeal to the Pope not to water down Summorum Pontificum My first ever blog post, four years ago, reported that Catholic traditionalists were worried by the non-appearance of a Motu Proprio removing … Read More


Friday: Reading Pope Benedict’s new book

I have read a couple stories lately which claim that Pope Benedict’s second volume on Jesus of Nazareth has some surprises. It does. I may not post as much today. I have an advance copy (strictly embargoed, which I respect), … Read More


Help the blog. Vote today.

You can vote daily for WDTPRS in the Best Blog category and the Best Podcast category at the Reader’s Choice Awards. It takes but a moment and I would be grateful for the token of appreciation. Because of award page … Read More

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QUAERITUR: advice to a new Catholic mother?

From a new mother: What advice is there for a new mother? I have no examples in my life, I became Catholic on my own. But since I’ve had my baby, all of my previous devotions I had adapted into … Read More

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The black helicopters have arrived

This may be my last post. Can anyone tell me what the heck this is?

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A jewel of a comment from a priest. Must read.

Under another entry, my old friend Fr. Sotelo made a good observation: Perhaps it is now time for the bishops to sit down and write the Charter for the Protection of the Blessed Sacrament, so that He is no longer … Read More

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Can. 915 – Lunge, parry, riposte – Dr. Peters, Bp. Hubbard and Gov. Cuomo (D. Albany), Dr. Peters

The great canonist Ed Peters, on his blog In the Light of the Law, let’s us know about an exchange over an issue of canon law he has had with the Diocese of Albany, NY. Dr. Peters, a referendarius (consultant) … Read More

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“a te numquam separari permittas”

I just completed an article for The Wanderer.  In this week’s offering I delved into the first of the priest’s possible preparatory prayers before Holy Communion during Mass. In this preparatory prayer we find the phrase “a te numquam separari … Read More

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WINONA, MN: Annual SSPX seminarian/priest hockey game

The SSPX seminary for the USA is found in the southern part of my native Minnesota, … hockey is just plain normal. A thoughtful reader alerted me to this story from the Winona Daily News for your “Just Too Cool” … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Can I go to another parish for a “big” confession?

From a reader: I was recently listening to one of your podcaZts about St. Augustine, and became convinced of my need to make a good confession. A quick questions: I would prefer not to confess at my own parish if … Read More

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Bp. Morlino’s (D. Madison) full statement available

As promised, the statement from the Bishop of Madison, WI,  H.E. Most Rev. Robert Morlino, is now available in toto on the website of the diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Herald (of Madison, of course). I had a few previews of … Read More

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A Mystic Monk shot… with a .308!

An alert reader let me know that H.E. Most Rev. Paul Etienne, Bishop of Cheyenne, WY, went to visit the Carmelite men near Cody, WY.  There are photos on His Excellency’s blog. “But Father! But Father!”, some of you are … Read More

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Obama Administration ceases defense of natural, true marriage

Under the cover of the chaos in Madison and the Middle-East, President Obama turns against natural marriage. Didn’t they just – by fiat via pro-abortion Catholic Sec. Sebelius – eliminate some conscience protections for health-care workers? Remember, the University of … Read More

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The Feeder Feed: predator edition

It has been a  while since I have posted about the feeder. During a recent cold snap, this Chickadee puffed up to keep in the heat. Many thanks to readers who contributed with donations.  During a recent sale I was … Read More

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Bishop of Madison, WI writes about conflict between Governor and unions

Badger Catholic shared this with me and I bring it to your attention. H.E. Most Rev. Robert Morlino, Bishop of the DMZ … er um… Madison, Wisconsin (we have written of this fine bishop here and many other places on … Read More

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An act of defiance by a priest

From the Minneapolis STrib comes this. The featured cleric, Fr. Michael Tegeder, pastor of St. Edward’s in Bloomington, MN, has been a source of dissent in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for years.  We have seen him here … Read More

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Norma Jean Coon, A woman who did the “woman priest” thingie and simulated ordination to the diaconate has had a change of mind and heart.  She has a webpage where she explains herself. My emphases and comments.  This starts off … Read More

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Mix up in reporting about ordaination of a married Lutheran minister

Liberals are having palpitations over the story that a "German man married to nun ordained as priest with pope's approval".  That is how AP put it.  Here is what happened. Permission was given by Pope Beneditct XVI that a married … Read More

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UK: Catholic Church rejects Govt. plans to allow homsexual “weddings” in churches

The other day I posted a new PODCAzT about the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's 2003 document Considerations regarding proposals to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons. That CDF document, addressed to bishops, states in terms … Read More

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Turn about is fair play

I posted a cartoon about a parish bulletin here in which the character, writing the parish bulletin, picks on a parishioner who is a parsimonious lick-penny. Giving equal time…

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