Monthly Archives: December 2016

The 1914 Christmas Truce

From Just after midnight on Christmas morning, the majority of German troops engaged in World War I cease firing their guns and artillery and commence to sing Christmas carols. At certain points along the eastern and western fronts, the … Read More

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OLDIE: Fanon Alert! Benedict XVI and Christmas Mass

From 24 December 2012, of happy memory…. His Holiness has his fanon again for the First Mass of Christmas. Nice to see. More on the fanon, hated by liberals and the ungodly, HERE.

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WDTPRS – 24 December – Novus Ordo: The consolations of Thy Coming

The Collect for today’s Mass in the Novus Ordo, the last of Advent, stares at the very threshold of the humble place where the Lord was born. COLLECT (2002MR): Festina, quaesumus, ne tardaveris, Domine Iesu, ut adventus tui consolationibus subleventur, qui … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can we have Masses said for non-Catholics?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it appropriate to have Masses said for deceased non-Catholics? What about Gregorian Masses? You are in our prayers! Thank you for your time and your ministry. It is praiseworthy and a work of mercy to … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Seminarian gives homily at Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It has happened at least two times now where our pastor has preached 30 second homily and then says, ” and now our resident seminarian will offer some words on today’s gospel. ” The seminarian then … Read More

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Book which Pope Francis mentioned in address to Roman Curia

Yesterday His Holiness Pope Francis addressed himself to the Roman Curia for the annual Christmas greeting. He mentioned Industriae ad curandos animae morbos, that is, “Initiatives (for superiors) to cure illnesses of the soul”, a work of Jesuit formation by … Read More

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Pope Francis’ Christmas Address to the Roman Curia

His Holiness Pope Francis today gave his annual Christmas “greetings” address to members of the Roman Curia.  HERE  With his extemporaneous words at the end, it amounts to some 43oo words and covered 8 single-spaced pages of Times 12 point … Read More

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ASK FATHER: I don’t feel appreciated as a parish volunteer

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I volunteer a substantial amount of my time and talent to help our priests with sacramental prep, providing music for Mass (which alone takes up several hours), as well as helping to clean the rectory on a regular … Read More

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Brick By Brick in Duluth: TLM instituted in a parish

For your Brick By Brick file, from the Duluth Tribune: Kenwood neighborhood Catholic parish brings back the Latin Mass The people at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church are worshipping like it’s 1962. [A little Minnesota Prince reference.] Not all of the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can I give SSPX followers Holy Communion?

From a reader, a priest… QUAERITUR: We offer the old mass every Sunday at midday. Missa cantata with very sound teaching. There are individuals who choose to attend Sunday mass at an sspx chapel near to us (and no nearer … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Are pastors bound to teach oddities of Amoris Laetitia?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Fr. Z: Our bishop visited our parish tonight to install our new pastor. The rite required father to vow to adhere to the teachings “which either the Roman Pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciates when … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can religious priests omit wearing an alb for Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is a priest required to wear an alb when saying Mass? I’ve seen on two separate occasions where Franciscan priests would just wear the chasuble and stole over their habit without putting on an alb. While I was interred … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Blessing wine on St. John’s Day… or “another beverage”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: You usually give your readership an annual reminder for the blessing of wine on St. John’s Day. The Rituale says “Benedicere… hunc calicem vini et CUJUSLIBET POTUS”- so presumably any hard beverage could be blessed with … Read More

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Super cool Galileo gravity experiment

Super cool. Galileo claimed that if there was no air, a cannonball and a feather would, if dropped, hit the ground at the same time. One of the Apollo astronauts did this experiment on the moon with a hammer and … Read More

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DOUTHAT in NYT: Ongoing ‘Amoris laetitia’ controversy

Dear readers… a lot of time and electrons are being spilled on Amoris laetitia these days because it may be the most important controversy of our time, with long lasting implications for doctrine on faith and morals, and on discipline.  Our … Read More

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Edward Feser: The Five Dubia and the Silence of the Pope

I found Edward Feser’s essay on Schadenfreude to be especially helpful after the election of Donald J. Trump as President of These United States of America after the humiliating defeat of Hillary and everything she stands for.   Truly helpful. … Read More

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TURN TOWARDS THE LORD AGAIN! Shrine of O.L. of Guadalupe

I am delighted to post that henceforth all Masses celebrated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near La Crosse, WI will be celebrated ad orientem. HERE […] In his homilies for both the Third Sunday of Advent and the … Read More

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The Pope, The Five Dubia and the “Formal Correction”

His Eminence Raymond Leo Card. Burke gave interview to LifeSite. He said that the “formal correction” of Pope Francis he had mentioned before could “probably” be issued sometime after the upcoming Feast of the Epiphany, thus after 6 January 2017 Among the … Read More

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Among the dumb and evil things on the internet…

I’ve seen some pretty dumb things on the internet.  I’ve seen some pretty evil things on the internet.  I’ve seen things that are both pretty dumb and pretty evil on the internet. This has to be right up there with … Read More

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Can “Rome” be trusted? SSPX questions and beyond

I have smart friends who think that – things being as they are – the SSPX should NOT at this time accept terms offered by the Holy See. It’s hard to see what that might entail… things being as they … Read More

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