Monthly Archives: October 2013

My View For Awhile

Not quite fully rested or completely without traces of the crud I picked up in Roma, but more or less shipshape. On the way in, an interesting view. UPDATE: Hot sour soup and platitude. Alas the place has slipped a … Read More

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“Did you get my texts?”

I really like the option of texting.  However, I do get some that I am not so pleased to get.  And they almost always come at the wrong moment. From xkcd:

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Always work with kids and dogs?

Okay, the filmettes of the little kid who invaded Pope Francis’ space during the big “Family Day” do in Rome are fun.  I am sure the MSM will play them for a couple days and even more people (who may … Read More

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REVIEW: FILM – The Lives of Others

Last night I watched a very disturbing, very well made film: Das Leben der Anderen…. The Lives of Others. US HERE UK HERE The film has a couple scenes that would make it unsuitable for children.  It is rated R.  Also, … Read More

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3000 religious leave religious life each year. Why? Some reasons.

I saw this at CWN: Curial official: over 3,000 religious leave consecrated life each year [Makes you wonder how many enter religious life.  I’ll bet not 3k!] The secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of … Read More

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The tactics of the ‘c’atholic Left

I am sure that readers of the Fishwrap will leap to denounce the tactics employed by protesters such as those in Wisconsin (HERE) and also, once again, in Brussels. They should denounce their tactics, but I doubt they will. Once again, in … Read More

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Franciscans Friars of the Immaculate news

I had placed this entry under password protection after urgent pleas from someone in the FFIs. Enough of the news is out and around now so I am putting back into public view. The goal of the group of Friars … Read More

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At long last! Inspectis dierum nostrorum!

At the blog of The Chairman of the LMS there is great news. For a while I lamented that the Congregation for Catholic Education’s 1990 Instruction on the Study of the Fathers of the Church in the Formation of Priests … Read More

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Fishwrap’s spittle-flecked nutty about the new Archbishop of Hartford

Over at Fishwrap (aka the National Schismatic Reporter), venomous writer Michael Sean Winters threw a spittle-flecked nutty about the appointment of Most Rev. Leonard Blair as the new Archbishop of Hartford. I won’t go into the details of MSW’s spittle-flecks. I’ll … Read More

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SYRIA: VIDEO Muslim cleric smashes statue of Mary – “Allahu akbar”

More TLC from the Religion of Peace: Syria: Muslim cleric gleefully smashes statue of Virgin Mary to shouts of “Allahu akbar” The title of the video represents the cleric, Omar Gharba, as saying, “We won’t accept anything but Wahhabism in … Read More

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NORCIA 2014 Calendar (Hint: BEER!)

The wonderful Benedictine monks of the Monastero di San Benedetto at Norcia, Italy, gave me their new 2014 Calendar.  Order one HERE In the calendar are great shots of their monkish lives, involving the two great pillars of prayer and … Read More

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What Wisconsin Democrats Are Really Like

Liberals think they hold the moral high ground. Here’s their moral high ground: Death threats against the Wisconsin Governor, wife and children from Democrats. Liberals would have us believe that only pro-lifers and tea-partyers engage in this kind of thuggery. … Read More

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This is tantamount to the imminent global threat of the loss of Twinkies we endured some months ago. From The Blaze: DIVORCE OF THE CENTURY? MCDONALD’S HAS CUT TIES WITH HEINZ KETCHUP McDonalds has officially ended their longstanding relationship with … Read More

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A plug for some British news and analysis sources

I had a note from a friend in London who is the media coordinator for Westminster Cathedral.  Of late he has set up some new social media opportunities for the great church. Facebook Twitter Flicker  Take a look at those. … Read More

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Card. Pell on the SSPX and Pope Francis

Vatican Insider has an interview with Card. Pell, who is one of the Gang of 8. In this interview the cardinal comments on the recent meeting of the Council of Cardinals with Francis, the reform of the Roman Curia, and … Read More

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Weigel on “traditionalists”

I saw this at First Things: Protesting Too Much Matthew J. Franck At National Review Online over the weekend, the familiar-to-First Things-readers George Weigel published a talk he gave recently in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in the course of which he … Read More

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When I was in Rome recently I ran into the editor of a newish online magazine called REGINA I was told that the magazine, available only in digital form, has a strongly traditional view and is especially geared to women. … Read More

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REQUEST: Buy some Extraordinary Form learning materials for a “baby priest”

I was contacted by a priest: Dear Fr. Z:  I am a baby priest (ordained 18 months ago) who would like to learn how to say the EF. I don’t have anybody to mentor me, so I need teach myself.  … Read More

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Redefining ‘pedophilia’ as a ‘sexual orientation’

I have written more than once that a goal of homosexualists includes the elimination of the age of consent.  Goals like this are attained through creeping incrementalism. I just read this, from the University of Southern California: Pedophilia Now Classified As … Read More

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