Monthly Archives: January 2016

Pope Francis! Restore the Feast of the Circumcision!

UPDATE: The video… Visita di Papa Francesco alla Sinagoga di Roma Un simpatico incontro all'esterno della Sinagoga e una richiesta particolare rivolta al Santo Padre. Posted by Tv2000 on Sunday, January 17, 2016 I found this anecdote from Crux’s John … Read More

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Divine Praises … sung

On Sundays at my home parish in my native, St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN, the hour of Vespers has been sung in Gregorian Chant, using the Liber Usualis, at 3 pm for some 40 years… at least.   Vespers followed by Benediction … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon that you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know what it was.   For my part, I contrasted the “troubled times” theme in the Mass setting, Haydn’s Missa in angustiis, and … Read More


My View For Awhile: Ordinary Form Edition

I am in my chilly native place at the moment.  Tomorrow, I’ll have the 10 AM Mass at my home parish, St. Agnes in St. Paul, where I have not been for a long while… too long.  The music is … Read More

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WDTPRS 2nd Ordinary Sunday: the position of a beggar

In the reformed calendar, we have moved into the Time called “Ordinary”, by which we mean “ordered”, not “unexceptional”. In the traditional calendar of the Extraordinary Form, this is the “Time through the year”, divided into time after Epiphany and after … Read More

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Little Red Riding Hood (Has a Gun)

Sometimes whimsical retellings of old yarns appear, such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Here’s something amusing from the NRA Family page. Little Red Riding Hood (Has a Gun) Here are a couple excerpts: Once upon a time, there was … Read More

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To those who muse that “Such a thing could never happen again!”, I respond, “You’re idiots.”

Last night I finished  Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler.  It is engrossing. You might recall that the other day I posted – from the book – about a group of ex-priests who formed a unit with … Read More

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Thief with a gun in a Milwaukee parish church

In a church in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a man attempted to steal a couple purses, said he had a gun, and was taken down by an off-duty police officer.   HERE […] Capt. Adlam said the robbery “would appear … Read More

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“I have confronted a few priests, as politely as possible, and hated every second of it.”

Most of us have have struggled at one point or another, often to the the point where a little trickle of blood emerges from the corner of our mouths, to bite our tongues during sermons.   Listening to at best pabulum and … Read More

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Anglican Communion suspends US Episcopal Church over same-sex “marriage”

Before anything else let me say: Anglicanorum coetibus! Here’s something slightly interesting. From USA Today: Anglicans suspend Episcopal Church over stance on same-sex marriage The Anglican Communion suspended the Episcopal Church, it’s American branch, from voting and decision-making for three years … Read More

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Concerning the death of David Bowie

At Crisis my friend Fr. Rutler reacts to the cloths-tearing grief provoked in some, including some in Rome, by the death of David Bowie. Here are a few of my favorite lines from Rutler: “…the Vatican, just wiping up from its … Read More

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Giving Catholic children the gift of music

Yesterday I read in the newest issue of Sacred Music an article about the Ward Method of teaching Gregorian chant to the young. Today I received a note from a priest friend in Texas, Fr. Reynolds, about the music program for the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: People “dunked” the Host in the chalice

From a reader… QUAERITUR: During Holy Communion at Mass on Sunday I observed two individuals who took (not received) the blessed sacrament in hand then proceeded to an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion an we’re allowed to “dunk”. the host … Read More

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Card. Rodriguez: Pope Francis v. the homosexual lobby

UPDATE 15 Jan: In the combox, below, someone brought up a piece by John Allen at Crux about this.  HERE I don’t look at Crux much anymore, so I was happy for the heads up.   In his piece Allen … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can a bishop forbid open carry of guns in states where it is legal?

UPDATE 14 Jan: At A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics there is an interesting reaction to the Diocese of Dallas’ new policy about guns.  A couple of the posts there touch on this topic, as a matter of fact. One … Read More

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ASK FATHER: House cassocks

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is a house cassock and what is the general etiquette regarding their use? Clerical decorum has nearly completely broken down. All you have to do is look at a group of concelebrants. There are hardly … Read More

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Powerball: 1.5 Billion – POLL

The Powerball lottery is up to $1.5 Billion.  That’s not what you get, but… what you get ain’t nothing. Sooo… how many chances/tickets did you buy? I suspect this might prompt some interesting discussions about statistics. The combox is also … Read More

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Weigel on improvising priests. Fr. Z rants.

We had an honorable mention in a piece by George Weigel today, not by name, but pretty much everyone knows what’s what. In First Things, Weigel is rightly worked up about priests who, contrary to law and good sense, impose … Read More

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests by … Read More


Jude Law to play fictional Pope in new TV series

From the best Catholic weekly in the UK (and not just I write for it), The Catholic Herald, comes this. Apparently, a new series is being filmed these days starring Jude Law as an American Pope Jude Law appears in ‘uncomfortable’ … Read More

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