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Monthly Archives: January 2017
These days it seems like we are “all Amoris laetitia all the time”. That’s because the document has stirred great confusion. The confusion has resulted even in contrary interpretation on the part of conferences of bishops, no less, about whether … Read More
Yet more SCV – SMOM reactions (for those of you in Columbia Heights, Stato Città Vaticano v Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta). Damian Thompson wrote at The Spectator about SCV v SMOM HERE. He strongly underscored the … Read More
The two smallest nations on earth have squared off: the Vatican City State and the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta. I understand that San Marino may be readying for its own move. The often amusing Eye … Read More
Pres. Trump has made YHUGE moves against Big Business Abortion, especially Planned Parenthood. It’s gonna be beautiful. Believe me. There is a “petition” you can sign to say “Thank you!” for cutting off tax payers’ dollar for Big Business Abortion, … Read More
It is sometimes observed that elements of the Roman Rite, both traditional and revised, accrued as if my accident. Liberals contemptuously squint at gestures (especially the reverent ones) as if they were barnacles on the hull of a ship that … Read More
In honor of the Apostle to the Gentiles let us make a rapid comparison of the Collects for today’s feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. We’ll look first at the 1962 Missale Romanum and then the 2002 edition. The … Read More
The Holy See issued a press release about the SMOM (aka Knights of Malta) dust up. HERE Traduzione in lingua inglese Yesterday, 24 January 2017, in audience with the Holy Father, His Highness Fra’ Matthew Festing resigned from the office … Read More
Some people on the Kasperite side (give Communion to the divorced and remarried who have no purpose of amendment, etc.) have a spittle-flecked nutty when can. 915 is brought into the discussion. Distinguished commonsense canonist Ed Peters has offered us … Read More
You will want to see this. HERE Some of the faithful in Malta are making their case in the open. The other day a priest friend said to me: “Let bishops start treating the faithful the way they treat us.” … Read More
Having braved the snow storm, I white knuckled it to the airport. Half an eye was on my phone as I anticipated a cancellation or delay notice. None was forthcoming. The ramp was as jammed as I have ever seen … Read More
The moderation queue is definitely ON for this one. Initial notes. Blasphemy involves words or gestures, also thoughts, which show contempt for God or dishonor God regardless of whether the person intends that contempt or dishonor or not. Blasphemy is … Read More
Monday was a Good News day. HERE I read that the US House of Representatives passed a bill today. Among other things, this bill also chips away at Obamacare. From CNA: US House votes to permanently ban federal abortion funding … Read More
Quickly, here are a few of the books which I have lately received. First, when Anthony Esolen writes something, we should pay attention. I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but the intro is great. US HERE – UK HERE … Read More
At the Spanish site InfoVaticana we read: ÚLTIMA HORA: Dimite el Gran Maestre de la Orden de Malta a petición del Papa Según ha podido saber InfoVaticana, el Papa Francisco le habría pedido que presentara la renuncia. Matthew Festing fue … Read More
The distinguished, commonsensical canonist Ed Peters has a blistering bit today at his blog In the Light of the Law. Let’s see what he has to say, with my usual emphases and comments. I’ll cut in to the meat. You should … Read More
A couple of cheerful items crossed my screen on Monday. First, Pres. Trump reinstated the “Mexico City Policy”, which bars international NGOs that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government funds (i.e., taxpayer dollars). My only regret is that … Read More
I learned from a friend that today is – was – is the Feast of the Espousal of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. I found an old office in an early rendering of the Breviarium Romanum HERE. Here is … Read More
Just for fun, The Great Roman Fabrizio sent some photos from the Mass celebrated by Card. Muller at the Church of St. Agnes on the P.za Navona. I thought you might like to see them. I am always happy to … Read More
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday Obligation? Let us know. For my part,… I haven’t had my Sunday Mass yet, so I haven’t said anything yet!
My friend Fr. Robert Sirico of ACTON INSTITUTE was one with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto for coverage of the Prayer Service the day after President Trump’s inauguration. Fr. Sirico and ACTON INSTITUTE make lefty catholics such as those at the … Read More