Monthly Archives: June 2012

Once you have multiple monitors/displays…

… you will never go back. My computing life changed with the addition of multiple monitors.  Much of my work was simplified.  I was able to multitask more effectively.  My writing process (and I write a lot) changes when I … Read More

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Fishwrap’s Sr. Maureen Fiedler’s little nutty about the appointment of Greg Burke. Fun!

Over at Fishwrap, the appointment of Greg Burke as the Holy See’s new Director of Communications has put the always-amusing Sr. Maureen Fiedler into a spittle-flecked nutty. This is pure fun. New Vatican spokesman follows the church’s latest trend by … Read More

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Curious Curial Moves, including Pont. Comm. “Ecclesia Dei” and Cong. Divine Worship

Interesting news. American Archbishop Augustine DiNoia, O.P., is moving from the Congregation for Divine Worship to be the Vice President of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“. I am not sure where the present Secretary Msgr. Pozzo is going… or if … Read More

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“Bob, you’ve been traded to Diocese of Black Duck.”

I have watched Moneyball a couple times. The movie offers grist for our mill. In one scene Carlos Peña is curtly traded by the A’s to the Tigers because of internal team management (vision) conflicts. Priests are mostly treated like … Read More

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The PC Police: Political Correctness v Police Chaplains

The secularist, dictatorship of relativism’s war on Jesus continues. From CMR Matthew Archbold gives us this: No Jesus Allowed for Police Chaplains Police chaplains in this North Carolina town are allowed to pray but they’re not allowed to pray to Jesus. … Read More

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My preference for concelebration

Every time I post about concelebration and private Masses, interesting discussion evolves. This was sent by a reader.  From this Pinterest page, these priests are saying their daily Masses during the annual Chartes Pentecost pilgrimage. On another note, here is … Read More

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QUAERITUR: No group Rosary in church because it is “private prayer”

From a reader: A group of us wanted to recite the Rosary after Mass in church and our pastor said ‘No the Rosary is a ‘private prayer’ and cannot be said as a group in church…..your thoughts ??? Are you … Read More

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VIDEO Jennifer Roback Morse and Eric Metaxas on Religious Freedom

Please use the sharing buttons!  Thanks! From the nice folks at Acton Institute: [wp_youtube]P31UflWhyBc[/wp_youtube] Eric Metaxas and Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse articulate the grave dangers of the Health & Human Services (HHS) Mandate with regard to religious freedom in America. … Read More

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Your Good News!

Do you have some great news to share with the readers?


Very cool: Ancient Roman stuff found in a 5th century tomb in Japan

For your Just Too Cool file comes this from the History Blog: Roman jewelry found in ancient Japanese tomb Two glass beads that bear the characteristics of Roman craftsmanship have been found in a 5th century tomb in Nagaoka, near … Read More

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PODCAzT 132: Ratzinger on Conscience and Truth – Part 3

In 1991 Joseph Card. Ratzinger gave a talk to American Bishops called “Conscience and Truth”. This talk is useful today, especially in the context of two major controversies that are going on as I write, namely, the defense of the … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Did you hear a really good sermon for your Sunday Mass? Let us know some good points. Some of you may be tempted to tell us about the ridiculous or heretical.  Please, don’t.


JUST TOO COOL: A priest friend has an official day proclaimed for him in my native place!

This needs wide coverage. My good friend Fr. Joseph Johnson, for a few days more Rector of the Cathedral parish of my native place, St. Paul in Minnesota, who engineered having the Cathedral of St. Paul made the National Shrine … Read More

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Happy Birthday 1962 Missale Romanum! [puff… sip … puff]

I must hand it to our friends at Rorate, who are always on top of this stuff. Today is the 50th “birthday” of the 1962 Missale Romanum! As per Rorate: The Decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites establishing the … Read More

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Saturday Supper: Dining with “the enemy”!

Since it is a Vigil of a Feast (St. John the Baptist) I extended my Friday abstinence (and fast, as it turns out) to 1st Vespers. For breakfast, 2 poached eggs and half an English muffin, for lunch some pickled … Read More

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Vatican Secretariat of State creates new “Director of Communications” position and fills it with American Greg Burke

Okay, cat’s outta da bag. Vatican Insider finally has it. I’ve know about this for a while, but didn’t want to say anything about it. It seems that my friend in Greg Burke, formerly a Fox News correspondent in Rome, … Read More

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Of Beer, Norcia, Monks, Boars, Cheese, Truffles and the City of God

For your Just Too Cool file, the great Benedictines monks in Norcia, Italy (the place where it is said St. Benedict was born) are making BEER! Birra Nursia! I often go to their website to listen to the office chanted. … Read More

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Fork over your forks

Surreal from Politico: Forkless Friday at Obama event LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. –Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama? One wouldn’t think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he’s attended ranging … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Can the newly ordained hear confessions? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader: Being that it’s ordination season and there’s lots of new young priests eager to do priestly things, there’s something that crossed my mind recently. My understanding is that in order to hear confessions and absolve sins, priests … Read More

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QUAERITUR: A priest who won’t prevent self-intinction

From a reader: I am a lay eucharistic minister, and 2 parisheners recieve communion, then dip it in the cup.. I told my parish priest and he never did anything about it. He acted as tho he knew it was … Read More

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