Monthly Archives: September 2015

St. Mary Goretti USA Pilgrimage – NEWS

TWO developments… below. But first… You may have heard that the relics of St. Mary Goretti are on “pilgrimage”, as it were, in these USA.  HERE Pilgrimage of Mercy: the Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti From … Continue reading

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On this day in 1941 “Teddy Ballgame” Williams became the last player to hit .400 in a season. He did this during a double-header against the Philadelphia Athletics on the last day of the regular season. When he reached .400 … Continue reading

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NEWS: In the past Popes both smiled and were nice to babies

One of you readers sent a link to a video of a clip from a 1958 movie called “Embezzled Heaven”. In it there is footage from a real audience with Ven. Pius XII. Some of it is obviously staged. It … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard during your Sunday obligation Mass?   Let us know.

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Blood Moon Edition (and bacon)

I returned from Tokyo tonight to find the famous annihilation SHTF TEOTWAWKI moon going on. First, I went to a “bachelor party” of sorts for a young fellow who contributes to Gregorian chant here in the Diocese of the Extraordinary … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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). … Continue reading

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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” … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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SUPERMOON ECLIPSE

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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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