Monthly Archives: April 2011

SSPX Bp. Williamson: I’m not yet a Sedevacanist and its hard to say Pope Benedict is a formal heretic

Our friends at Rorate have posted about comments made by SSPX Bp. Williamson. My emphases: In his latest column regarding the beatification of John Paul II, one of the Bishops of Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, Richard Williamson, ends … Read More

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Is there no connection between personal holiness and vocation performance?

Some time ago, the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Causes of Saints said that the beatification of Pope John Paul II was not a judgment about his pontificate. The UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, has some Q&A … Read More

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John Paul II – priesthood

I owe this to His Hermeneuticalness and John Paul II. Full disclosure. I was ordained by John Paul II: One of the themes of Pope John Paul II’s pontificate was his insistence on the necessity of the priesthood and his … Read More

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Fr. Z in WaPo on John Paul II’s beatification

I have a piece in the Washington Post today at their invitation.  The typo, rather omission, in the second paragraph (as it appears in the online version as I write) is good for my humility. Many argue that John Paul … Read More

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The CDF on a burning issue of our day … wait for it….

… the biblical obligation of head coverings for women in church, … because we haven’t had enough of that yet. The Canonical Defender, Dr. Peters, has added a note to his esteemed commentary on head coverings. Hat tip – (HA!  … Read More

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Fortune Cookies: Wherein Fr Z rants

I ask you. Is it too much to expect that something labelled “fortune cookie” should have a fortune within? Instead, to the very last cookie, they are in reality purveyors of platitudes. Platitude Cookies. For example: I find misspellings charming … Read More

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John Paul’s coffin exhumed before the beatification

From CNA: John Paul II remains moved in front of St. Peter’s tomb Vatican City, Apr 29, 2011 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The casket containing the mortal remains of Pope John Paul II has been exhumed ahead of his … Read More

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US CATHOLIC: Dumb article on the new translation

I haven’t yet been impressed with much that the publication US Catholic produces when it comes to anything remotely liturgical.  An article by Bryan Cones has lowered it in my estimation even more. What kind of God do the new … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Good Friday – vestments for other priests present

From a priest: There is a big debate happening among some of us concerning the vesture for the Liturgy of the Passion on Good Friday. On one side the camp, there is the argument that ALL priests in attendance should … Read More

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Veselka Variety

On Each trip to NYC I check out a new cuisine. Tonight we are doing Ukrainian. Situated in the East Village, this is the sort of place I like. Unassuming. Starting with borscht. Next, Varenyky. Bigos. Beet and Horseradish salad. … Read More

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Why pro-abortion advocates are terrified of ultra-sound machines.

Intentionally or unintentionally, this commercial is a good pro-baby advocate. You can see why pro-abortion advocates are terrified of ultra-sound machines. [wp_youtube]OxbRdxbBROI[/wp_youtube]

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Gotta love Manhattan

Straight forward.


OSV: Ecumenism and the Pope of Christian Unity

Our Sunday Visitor was kind enough to send me an advance copy of an editorial for their 8 May issue.  I think, once you read it, you’ll know why they sent it. Allow me to preface this by saying that … Read More

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Broken Arrow by Broken Arrow

Happy news was related to me via email. One of WDTPRS’s favorite American bishops, His Excellency Most Rev. Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma found a place for the FSSP in Broken Arrow, home of one of the great pitchers of … Read More

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Cause proposed for California-based Basque Claretian missionary priest

From the Pasadena Star-News with my emphases and comments: Claretian priest buried at the San Gabriel Mission is subject of recent petition for sainthood By Brenda Gazzar, SAN GABRIEL – Three decades after his death, a steady stream of visitors … Read More

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Beating back the smoke of Satan

There are many who think that the beatification of John Paul II has come too quickly.  It is too soon, they say, to have the proper perspective about the nexus of his pontificate and his life of heroic virtue.  I … Read More

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A priest rants about modern weddings

A friend alerted me to a fine rant by a priest, who has the unlikely name of Reverend Know-It-All.  I hope our mail doesn’t get mixed up. In any event, Rev. K-I-A has good observations about weddings.  Weddings can be … Read More

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A Pope as tough on himself as he was on others

From the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald comes this story about a saintly Pope in difficult times. My emphases and comments: The holy pope who lived on vegetable broth and crayfish St Pius V (April 30), who excommunicated … Read More

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PASCHALCAzT 51: Easter Thursday – You who arrive only at the eleventh hour

These 5 minute daily podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day and a little insight into Easter and its Octave. Today is Wednesday in the Octave of Easter. Happy Easter to all! The Roman Station is … Read More

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Fr. Pfleger suspended by Card. George

Remember the Chicago – and I say Chicago rather than Catholic – priest Fr. Michael Pfleger? A reader alerted me to this headline and story in the Chicago Tribune: Cardinal suspends Pfleger: ‘You are not able to pastor a Catholic … Read More

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