Daily Archives: 18 July 2011

Great animated movies

Tonight I caught a few minutes of The Incredibles.  This is a fun movie.  This movie has it all, for adults of a certain age.  I’m a sucker for super-hero movies anyway going way back.  I had my own Superman … Read More

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Happy Anniversary, Magnum Incendium Romae!

Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Fire of Rome in A.D. 64. I’m just sayin’…


QUAERITUR: Deacons receiving Communion more than twice a day – Fr. Z rants

From a transitional deacon: Is it lawful for a deacon to communicate more than twice on a Sunday, or any other day, for that matter? I am currently a transitional deacon, and I am unsure if deacons can receive more … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Confirmed or ordained but not in the state of grace – Fr. Z rants

From a reader: My question is regarding confirmation. Do those who receive the sacrament have to be in a state of grace in order for it to take? (the answer, I assume, is yes). I ask this because I am … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Can I make the Act of Contrition in Latin?

From a reader, edited: Would it be acceptable, when in the confessional, to recite the Act of Contrition in Latin? Over the past several years I have become proficient in a fair number of Latin prayers, including those of the … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Validity of baptism when water touches only the hair – Fr Z rants

From a deacon: I was wondering how safe it is to assume that water flowing over the hair along with the correct words constitutes a valid baptism. I ask because there were just 12 babies baptized in my parish and … Read More

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Soap Sisters Summer Sale

Perhaps you will remember the Soap Sisters about whom I have written a few times.   The fine Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, NJ, produce Seignadou Soap to help keep life and limb … Read More

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Kindling your interest in a new way to devour books

I like listening to audio books.  They allow me to do other chore-like things which don’t in themselves require intense concentration.  They are great for long road-trips in a car or on an airplane. I have also enjoyed – for … Read More

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The next Archbishop of Philadelphia, gossip, and my proposals to readers

We may read soon about a nomination of a new Archbishop of Philadelphia.  Philadelphia has long brought elevation to the cardinalate.  So once did St. Louis and Detroit.  Conditions change. The main candidate I have heard about for Philadelphia is … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Catholics and “secret societies”… and group blogs of anonymous bloggers

From a reader: In your recent post, the examination of conscience listed a question about secret societies. I am theology teacher in a diocese where we have many unfaithful priests in positions of influence. A group of lay people, most … Read More

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“Memento mori!”

Throughout history our insightful forebears have inserted into rituals which exalt some mere mortal  certain elements intended to deflate, remind that we are mortals. For example, in ancient Rome during a general’s triumph a slave stood beside the triumphator in … Read More

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Egg indulgence

Yesterday I posted about poaching an egg.   That is to say cooking an egg in water, not stealing an egg. Some of the commentators chimed in with methods of preparing eggs in water which involve keeping the egg within … Read More

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