Monthly Archives: May 2012

Is it easier to pray in your car in the parking lot than in church before or after Mass?

Today on the digital, full version of the UK’s best Catholic Weekly, The Catholic Herald (to which you can subscribe from anywhere in the world), I found a good letter to the editor, an image of which I post, below: … Read More

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France: Muslims enter church, throw rocks during mass

I picked this up from the blog Etheldreda’s Place of frequent commentator here, Supertradmom. You know, these days there just aren’t enough girls being named “Etheldreda”. In any event, take a look at this, which I lifted from the aforementioned. … Read More

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Very Cool Stuff: A dad and IRLP (that’s Ham Radio lingo) and panning for gold

As some of you know, I have been studying for my Ham Radio license.  I am squared away with the Technician’s License material and could do that exam at any time, but right now life is really – excuse the … Read More

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7 October: Sts. John of Avila and Hildegard of Bingen to be proclaimed Doctors of the Church

From VIS: ST. JOHN OF AVILA AND ST. HILDEGARD OF BINGEN TO BE PROCLAIMED DOCTORS OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH Vatican City, 27 May 2012 (VIS) – After celebrating Mass this morning in the Vatican Basilica for the Solemnity of Pentecost, … Read More

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Any Good News?

What is your good news these days?


Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Were there some good points in the sermon you heard for Pentecost? Let us know what they were.


A Sunday afternoon riff on salty bread and Chinese noodles

I am enjoying a break in my evening for a bit of frivolous entertainment. I was going to watch Bladerunner, but opted for something considerably lighter. However, in a moment of post-modern self-conscious connection-making I’ll make a connection between this … Read More

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Please use the sharing buttons!  Thanks! You have by now heard that the Holy Father’s valet, or butler, has been arrested for stealing documents and leaking them to the press.  The Butler is presently confined in the Vatican jail (yes, … Read More

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UPDATE on the dust up in the Diocese of Madison and YOUR signs of support

Some time ago I wrote here about the sad situation in Platteville, WI, in the Diocese of Madison where His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino is bishop. As you may remember, some liberals got their knickers in a knot … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Biased Media Coverage, Brick by Brick, Just Too Cool, Lighter fare, Linking Back, Our Catholic Identity, Priests and Priesthood, Throwing a Nutty | Tagged , , ,

Routine gizmo maintenance and reminders

Before I travel overseas I like to update my phones (USA and UK my old iPhone 3gs) and make sure everything is working well. I do the same to the laptop, of course. I did a jailbreak on my old … Read More

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A heads up about a few upcoming events. Readers can add.

I get zillions of requests from people to give them free advertising here. FYI… I will be accepting a few paid ads – at my discretion – for the sidebar. I’ll use a CPM formula, for a month or portion, … Read More

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QUESTION TO READERS: Expanded Pentecost liturgy in the Ordinary Form

A reader has a question for the readership, and I also am interested in the answer: Is anyone observing the new Ordinary Form extended form of the Vigil of Pentecost, with First Vespers (possibly) and the four OT readings and … Read More

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26 May: St. Philip Neri – inflame us with that same fire

Did you know that St. Philip Neri is a co-patron of Rome? COLLECT: Deus, qui fideles tibi servos sanctitatis gloria sublimare non desistis, concede propitius, ut illo nos igne Spiritus Sanctus inflammet, quo beati Philippi cor mirabiliter penetravit. Sublimo, according … Read More

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Yet another CNS video with SSPX Bp. Fellay

In another entry I posted videos from Catholic News Service of interviews with SSPX Bp. Fellay. Yet another! These are “extras”, that is, short comments they did not have in other videos. What is so amazing about these videos is … Read More

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GUEST POST: A young person’s first TLM

From a reader: I want to share with you my high school friend’s first experience with the EF. Last week, we had the first mass in the Extraordinary Form in our area by a priest who has been waiting a … Read More

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A deacon responds to a gushy women’s ordination propaganda piece in a secular newspaper

A while back there was a dippy filmette about wymynprysts “Pink Smoke Over the Vatican” inspired by an equally dippy column in the Bakersfield Californian by one Valerie Schultz, a board member of CSUB’s Institute for Religion, Education, and Public … Read More

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QUAERITUR: If we have to agree with Vatican II do we have to agree with Communion in the hand, altar girls, EMHCs, etc?

From a reader: I’m wondering what type of assent are we as Catholics supposed to give to the Vatican II council? Also do we have an obligation to agree with things like Communion in the hand, and other parts in … Read More

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Fr. Sirico (about new book) interviewed by Stuart Varney – fun!

I wrote about Fr. Sirico’s new book HERE. Fr. Sirico had a great interview on Stuart Varney’s show on Fox Business Network. You should enjoy this. From Stuart Varney’s show on FNC: Watch the latest video at

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SCHOLION: The three phases of temptation

I have an obligation as an Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist to remind (or in many cases teach) you about something before the big Memorial Day (PENTECOST) weekend. The manualist I sometimes cite, Fr. Adolphe Tanquerey, writes about temptation in The Spiritual … Read More

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Again RECENT POSTS and a request

On the right sidebar, I have quite a few links to posts, even those which have scrolled off the front page.  But here are some for your convenience (especially for those of you sending me email about things I have … Read More

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