Monthly Archives: November 2012

Remember 1859? 2013 will be the peak of solar activity.

I doubt many people reading this have personal memories of September 1859.  The question was rhetorical.  And yet that date should now stick in your mind. in 2013 your earth’s yellow Sun’s activity, such as solar flares and coronal Mass … Read More

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Some Z-Swag “in the wild”!

My good friend, His Hermeneuticalness, the great Dean of Bexley and p.p. of Blackfen, the unabashedly Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist, Fr. Tim Finigan, posted at his excellent blog shot of some of my Cafepress Z-Swag caught “in the wild”. Go there … Read More

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“Behold, He is in the inner chambers” – Blasphemy and Obama

I read a story about some dopey “comedian” who called Pres. Obama our “lord and savior”.  He said exactly, … First of all, give an honor to our God and our lord and savior, Barack Obama. Barack Obama. This was … Read More

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“In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus.”

Reading The Hobbit was one of the most important things I did in my life.  In another book, Tolkien used the image of the pebble that starts the avalanche.  That is what The Hobbit was for me.  Among the rocks The … Read More

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New meaning for “Black Friday”: Planned Parenthood’s discount coupon

Planned Parenthood is in the business of abortion. Big business abortion is the name of their game. Here is something I saw on the site of The Christian Post: Planned Parenthood Clinic Offers ‘Black Friday’ Discount for Birth Control, Abortions … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Vernacular Proper in the TLM?

From a reader: I am considering starting an EF daily Mass in my parish. I am considering offering it as per usual with the exeption of using the vernacular for the propers (introit, collect, gradual, communion, post communion) and the … Read More

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Pont. Comm. “Ecclesia Dei” on going to SSPX Masses and “straw subdeacons”

Our friends at Rorate, who are often on top of this sort of thing, reveal a letter sent by the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” to a questioner.  The letter is unsigned, though it has the stamp of the Commission. Here, … Read More

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“Tell me now if it is possible for you to have faith in your heart and not tremble.” – St. Leonard of Port Maurice

Today in the Novus Ordo calendar is the feast of St. Leonard of Port Maurice (+1751). In one place, St. Leonard expounds on the number of those who make it to heaven. He is not optimistic. And he gives reasons. … Read More

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Curran Fishwraps Häring. Groovy!

Fishwrap tapped one of their darlings, former-Catholic theologian and dissenter Charles Curran, to write an encomium of the late Fr. Bernard Häring, CSsR, whose “proportionalist” legacy in moral theology is decidedly mixed. First, Curran in his piece, reputedly about Häring, winds … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Can a priest in the confessional assign AA meetings for penance?

From a reader: Can a priest give AA meetings for a overindulgent penitent? WHAT?!?  Noooo… bad idea. Look. A priest can, I guess, give whatever penances he can get away with.   If the penance is too onerous or impossible, … Read More

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When TEOTWAWKI comes, will you have had enough coffee?

It is “Cyber Monday”, as the online retailers are calling it! I guess this is a secular money day of obligation. Okay… now that you are online… buy some … [CUE MUSIC] Mystic Monk Coffee! There are so many good … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point from your Sunday sermon today? Let us know all the good stuff!


PUDDING REPORT: Christmas Pudding 2012 is underway!

Things are underway on this “Stir Up Sunday”, the Last Sunday after Pentecost. “Stir Up” comes from the first words of the Collect for Holy Mass in the Usus Antiquior. I decided that for this round I would use the … Read More

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PODCAzT 134: Christ the King, the Collect, and a listener’s question

Here is a little offering about the Collect for the Solemnity of Christ the King, as it is today in the post-Conciliar, Ordinary Form, calendar.  I use some material I wrote for the best Catholic weekly in the UK, The … Read More

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Yet another group of dissidents forms … where else?….

Get this from the Irish Examiner: Umbrella group aims to speak for Catholics By Claire O’Sullivan Friday, November 09, 2012 A new lay organisation which wants to articulate the views and opinions of mainstream Irish Catholics is being established. [The … Read More

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Mobile Theme UPDATE

When we moved the blog to a new server, the mobile theme got screwed up somehow. In the interim, I implemented a simpler mobile theme and then worked to get the better, fancier theme (the one I actually paid for) … Read More

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Some Z-Swag “in the wild”!

A reader sent me a great photo.  Note the wonderful car magnet!  Or maybe it is a sticker? Nice kids too! You can get all sorts of great stuff HERE. There are all sorts of variations of this car magnet … Read More

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Please use the sharing buttons!  Thanks! Continued from THESE. I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Many requests are heart-achingly grave and urgent. We should support each other in works of mercy. As long as my blog reaches … Read More


You never know what is in the closet …

… until you start digging around. A priest friend showed me this treasure: Discuss. UPDATE: But wait! There’s more! UPDATE: Yes, it is supposed to be St. Isidore of Seville as “patron of the internet”. A couple problems manifest themselves … Read More

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