Monthly Archives: May 2012

The flight summary

The flight passed without an inordinate number of alarming incidents. I am glad to report that Delta has updated their video system, though I wonder if their choices of Snakes On A Plane, Airport, Castaway, Con Air, Passenger 57, and … Read More

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Fulfilling Mass Obligation at SSPX chapels: Has there been a reversal?

I am just getting up to speed on this, since I am on the road. Someone submitted a question to the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” about whether or not we fulfilled our obligation on days of precept (i.e., Sundays, Holy … Read More

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What a view!

My view for a few hours and it has already been a long day.

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Ecce vide, pulchra sumus

In rooting around in my things while writing an article for the paper, I found a great quote of Augustine. For Augustine all created things in the universe, even inanimate things, both give witness to God and give Him glory. … Read More

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An Ember Day reminder

Our friends at Rorate have a good post reminding us that today, which on my planet is Wednesday in the Octave of Pentecost, is also an Ember Day. More on Ember Days, HERE. Traditionally, these Ember Days were times for … Read More

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USCCB website:

I just found this on the site of the USCCB: Catholics Care.  Catholics Vote. I won’t explain it because I want to manipulate you into going there to see what it is. o{];¬)  

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SSPX reunion with Roman Pontiff “postponed”

People are sending me email about the reconciliation of the SSPX being “postponed”. How can something that was not scheduled be postponed? Relax. Breathe. Pray. The Holy Father has plenty to do. There are few important things he is surely … Read More

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NCFishwrap publishes LCWR prayer “for discernment”. Fr. Z opines.

The Fishwrap (aka the ultra-liberal dissenting National Catholic Reporter) has published a prayer written by a woman religious in advance of responding to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the upcoming annual meeting of the Leadership Conference … Read More

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Eye-candy from the annual Chartres Pilgrimage

The liturgical eye-candy specialists at NLM have posted some great photos of the annual pilgrimage to Chartres Cathedral (for those of you in Fridley, that’s a big, pretty church in France). Sample.     We need more processions. Anecdote:  One … Read More

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Good website for info about the attack on the Church through the HHS mandate

The Administration of “The First Gay President” is attacking the first liberties of all Americans by undermining the 1st Amendment.  Pres. Obama is, through the HHS mandate, attacking also the Catholic Church and all religious institutions in the USA. I … Read More

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Please pray for this dead Chinese bishop

In your charity will you stop and pray for this man? From UCANEWS: Restrictions in place for bishop’s funeral Officials say ‘no’ to honoring status of Changzhi prelate who died last week reporter, Changzhi China May 30, 2012Government officials … Read More

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QUAERITUR: A regular confessor, anonymity and the Seal

From a reader: I make frequent use of the Sacrament of Penance and have a regular confessor. It’s always “anonymous,” but not anonymous. It’s awkward. The priest knows it’s me, but when he’s giving counsel he gets caught up on trying come up … Read More

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Saudis Demand McDonald’s Be Punished For Happy Meal Toy

Via Sancte Pater comes this from Inquisitr: (The Inquisitr) The people of Saudi Arabia are furious with the McDonald’s fast food chain for a toy which they say desecrates the name of Muhammed, the prophet of Islam. They are demanding retribution. … Read More

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Have you told your Senator to oppose LOST? The “Law of the Sea” Treaty?

The “Law of the Sea” Treaty (LOST) would, if ratified by the Senate, undermine U.S. sovereignty.  LOST is also called the “United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”  It would give huge power over many spheres of America trade … Read More

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From SpaceWeather: Space Weather News for May 29, 2012 ASTEROID FLYBY: A small asteroid is flying past Earth today inside the orbit of geosynchronous satellites and only 14,000 km above the surface of our planet. Named “2012 KT42,” the 3- … Read More

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CDF publishes the 1978 norms about apparitions and private revelations

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been doing their job.  They have published … get that? … published… something that has been around awhile. “Norms regarding the manner of proceeding in the discernment of presumed apparitions or … Read More

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A new Archbishop for Denver

Denver has a new Archbishop: His Excellency Most Rev. Samuel Aquila, formerly of Fargo. We have read about him quite a few times here. You may remember that during this round of ad limina visits, the Holy Father received well … Read More

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More beautiful art from Daniel Mitsui! Five new color prints, including Pentecost, Christ the High Priest (think “ordination gifts”!)

I have written several times about the art of Daniel Mitsui. For Mr. Mitsui’s site click HERE. He has sent me a few more things, this time from a series of drawings for the Holy See’s Vox Clara Committee (the … Read More

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QUAERITUR: I don’t know if the priest gave me a penance during confession. Are my sins forgiven?

From a reader: Father, I went to Confession this weekend and the confessor was a man with a very thick [FOREIGN] accent. On top of that, while pronouncing the absolution he seemed… a little out of it (that sounds like … Read More

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