Monthly Archives: September 2015

10 less than perfectly reported points about Pope Francis’ US trip

I direct the readership’s attention to a helpful contribution from Acton Institute (which you should share with as many as possible in order to provoke MS Fishwrap into a case of the vapors). I won’t share the whole thing. Go there … Read More

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My View For Awhile: Domum

Off I go again, after this short trip to the land of the rising sun.  The system works well here: bus service runs to the airport regularly (though I am informed that it will be late to the hotel today). … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Another nitwit priest changes words of absolution. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: During my recent confession, the words the priest used to absolve me was: “I release you from your sins in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” Is it a big deal saying “release” … Read More

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WDTPRS – 18th Sunday after Pentecost: Sometimes correction hurts.

The Collect for Sunday Mass this week in the Extraordinary Form wound up in the Ordinary Form Missale Romanum as the Collect for Saturday in the 4th Week of Lent. Go figure. It had an ancient source in the Gelasian … Read More

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Was the election of Pope Francis “invalid” because Cardinals committed certain crimes?

Canonist Ed Peters looks into the issue of the excommunication incurred by a cardinal elector who “canvasses” for votes in the context of a papal conclave.  HERE I won’t, here, get into Dr. Peter’s proposal that automatic (late sententiae) excommunication should … Read More

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Tokyo – Day 4: Kabuki, shrine, sushi and Caption Call

For the last full day in Tokyo, let’s start out with another great subway PSA. Caption call!   Yesterday was Sumo wrestling.  Today, Kabuki. In the Kabukiza, Ginza.  Photos were not allowed during the performance itself. Inside. We went for … Read More

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Thomas Merton, the example

At the UN Pope Francis held up Thomas Merton as an example. Here is a bit of Thomas Merton, the example: Pope Francis quoted Thomas Merton. Here is Merton on chant: This is what I think about the Latin and … Read More

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Tokyo – Day 3: Edo and Sumo and CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Saturday

I enjoy the subway PSA’s… this one needs a caption. I caught a few minutes of the Holy Father’s visit to St. Patrick’s.  My good friend Fr. Murray is one of the commentators.  Alas, rainy Tokyo.  From my window you … Read More

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From Spaceweather: SUPERMOON ECLIPSE: This weekend’s full Moon is a supermoon, the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year. And it is going to be eclipsed. On Sunday evening, Sept. 27th, the supermoon will pass through the shadow of Earth, … Read More

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A special gift to seminarians who attended Pope Francis’ Mass (HINT: Card. Sarah Alert!) )

Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, is amazing. Here is some encouraging news from a seminarian. I’m a seminarian for the Diocese of ___. Seminarians and religious were inside the Basilica … Read More

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Pentin on Card. Daneels, member of the upcoming Synod

Edward Pentin has been doing a lot of heavy lifting these days, in advance of the Synod coming up in October.  It is going to be a war.  Check out Pentin’s ebook The Rigging of a Vatican Synod: An Investigation … Read More

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“Liturgy” of Women’s Ordination Conference

At the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap), dissidents as they are, they fall over each other in support of the (impossible) ordination of women.  Tom Fox seems especially enamored of this fantasy. There was a gathering of some supporters of women’s ordination, Conference for … Read More

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Pope Francis to US Congress on threats to the family

As I am in Tokyo, I haven’t kept my eyes glued to coverage of the papal visit of Pope Francis. I did, however, tune in via Slingbox to watch His Holiness address Congress. I had wished for stronger, clearer, obvious, … Read More

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TOKYO – Day 2: Noodles, barriers, and prizes

Today we found ramen. Ramen here is nothing like what you might find in packets in grocery stores. It is an entirely different creature. And there are seemingly infinite varieties. When you stop at a good ramen shop, there is … Read More

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Should Congressman boycott Pope Francis?

I am on vacation, so I don’t want to drift to far into the papal visit (which I am not closely following right now).  I might add this, however: While we don’t expect anything along the lines of what Benedict … Read More

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TOKYO – Day 1: Of flames and fish

I am on vacation, so I am not paying huge attention to the papal visit.  That’s what vacation is for, right? Tokyo. Since my hosts and traveling companions are foodies, we are exploring traditional foods along with the wonders of … Read More

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Great analysis of the “spin” of last year’s Synod on the Family. Fr. Z rants.

Synod Fatigue is sure to be setting in now, if it hasn’t already. Just wait.  It’ll get worse. But you must stay focused.  Don’t tune out Synod news. “But Father! But Father!”, some will say, “It’s all too much!  I … Read More

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“While my lips murmur the words of the Breviary which I know by heart…”

Fathers and those of you obliged to recite the Office, especially those of you who use the older, traditional Roman Breviary, attend. My friend Greg DiPippo posted something spectacular at NLM (he’s doing great work right now) about the Breviary. Here is … Read More

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The View From The Fainting Couch: Make Popcorn

In the past, even recently, I have brought to the readership’s attention the venom of MS Winters of the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter.) Today (HERE) MS Winters has had a case of the vapors over the Fr. Sirico’s clever riposte.  HERE  … Read More

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio #SilentKey priest ham… R.I.P.

I received a note from a member of Juventutem today: Silent Key: W8QXL Bishop Boyea reports the passing of Msgr. Tony Majchrowski (96), until now the oldest serving pastor in the Diocese of Lansing. In addition to his long and … Read More

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