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Monthly Archives: August 2014
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am struggling with food and alcohol addiction. After confessing this, my penance was to fast the next day after such indulgences. I was discouraged. My confessor did not know my circumstances. I have successfully done … Read More
Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for your Sunday Mass of obligation? Let us know!
More from the Religion of Peace via Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch. This time we see the deadly ministrations of the mouth-breathers of Boko Haram. I’m no shrink, but these guys clearly suffer from “Isis-envy”: Nigeria: Islamic jihadists loot and … Read More
Time and again, priests tell me that when they learn the traditional form of Holy Mass and begin saying it, it changes them profoundly. Today I received this note from a priest (slightly edited): I finished the [Saint John Cantius … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am an instituted acolyte in formation for Holy Orders. Based on my reading of the GIRM, an instituted acolyte is an extraordinary minister of holy communion and would be expected to serve in that role … Read More
UPDATE 30 Aug: In yet another proof that liberals have a nasty streak a mile wide but no sense of humor, Michael Sean Winters at the Fishwrap posted a snarky attack on both me and on Cardinal Burke. Let me … Read More
More from the Religion of Peace and the Left who turns a blind eye. This from Truth Revolt: A horrifying news report in The Telegraph has recently confirmed that 1,400 children were discovered as victims of Muslim rape gangs and prostitution rings in Rotherham, … Read More
A priest friend sent this to share for your Just Too Cool file. From Science Daily: Burning Incense Is Psychoactive: New Class Of Antidepressants Might Be Right Under Our Noses Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is … Read More
From a reader… QUAERTUR: While out of town we attended a Redemptorist ____. They had a visiting priest from “Food for the Poor. He began the Mass as if he were a Baptist preacher making us all say “Amen” several times until … Read More
Today is the feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist. I consider this (also) my name day, and in so many ways it is more appropriate for me than the Nativity of John in June. Here is the Roman … Read More
This came in via email. Please, if you are a citizen of these USA – or even if you are not – support the Archdiocese for Military Services. Dear Friend of Church and Country, There is no other non-profit organization or … Read More
From a reader… QUARITUR: I know Cardinals can celebrate pontifical high masses “at the throne” anywhere. Can metropolitan archbishops do so anywhere within the ecclesiastical province, or only within their own archdiocese? According to the Usus Antiquior, the Extraordinary Form – call … Read More
I am hoping for an widespread outbreak of Pontifical Masses in the traditional form of the Roman Rite. Thus, I was pleased to receive photos of a Pontifical Mass at the Throne celebrated by His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke when … Read More
Congratulations to Congressman Sensenbrenner! From the WSJ: Joined by church leaders, Sensenbrenner becomes Catholic Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) converted to Catholicism in a quiet ceremony at Milwaukee’s St. Francis de Sales Seminary on Monday — a private affair … Read More
I read in the La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno that His Excellency Most Rev. Nunzio Galatino, Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) has thoughts about “unconventional couples” and the sacraments. ‘Church musn’t exclude unusual couples’ Italian bishops say (ANSA) – Rome, … Read More
The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera, has been transferred to Spain at the new Archbishop of Valencia. He will fill the vacancy left with the transfer of Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra to Madrid. Thus, rumors that … Read More
Auctores scinduntur… authors are divided on the pontificate of Pope Francis. He is, undeniably, popular. However, we read in The Week, based on Pew, that despite Francis’ marvelous showing in the polls, as high as 83% favorable, the view many … Read More
From a priest… QUAERITUR: I mostly do the Extraordinary Form. I saw in the De defectibus of 1962, it tells priest to fast 3 hours before communion, does that still hold with extra ordinary form Mass or does the hour … Read More