Monthly Archives: February 2017

1 Year Later: Fr. Paul Scalia’s funeral sermon

One year ago today I watched Fr. Paul Scalia celebrate Holy Mass for the repose of his father’s soul: the funeral of late Justice Antonin Scalia.  The sermon was noteworthy and I bring it back to your attention one year … Read More

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Your Good News

Do you have some good news to share with the readership? Let us know.  I’m sure that we all could use some.  

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News from earthquake shaken Norcia and the Benedictine Monks

News has come from the monks of Norcia.  They have a huge challenge ahead as the rebuild.  Please support them.  They are a rock solid, worthy cause.   Some times it is hard to know if your monetary support is … Read More

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Brick By Brick – Altar By Altar: Turning again to the liturgical East again

In my email today I had more than one note about pastors shifting their sanctuaries to ad orientem worship. One note said: Starting this week, our Table altar is going into storage and all Masses at our parish will be ad orientem … Read More

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Card. Arinze Defends Catholic Doctrine… Again

With the help of LifeSite we hear from the great Francis Card. Arinze, Cardinal Bishop of the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni, former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Emeritus of Onitsha, Nigeria.  His Eminence … Read More

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“Well! This is different!”, quoth I. The First Lady’s Rally Prayer POLL.

Yesterday I watched the TV coverage of Pres. Trump’s massive rally in Florida. Apparently, lines were a mile long to attend. My jaw nearly dropped when First Lady Melania Trump began with the Lord’s Prayer. As this developed, “I thought … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

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

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WDTPRS – 7th Ordinary Sunday: Spiritual, rational things pleasing to God

Let us look at the Collect for the upcoming 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Novus Ordo. Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, ut, semper rationabilia meditantes, quae tibi sunt placita, et dictis exsequamur et factis. Note the spiffy separation of et dictis…et … Read More

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Answers to “Dubia” from the Vatican! About the Traditional Mass and overly restrictive bishops.

If you are a priest who has been hassled by your bishop about saying the traditional Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum, pay attention.  Help has arrived. Recently a priest of my acquaintance sent two questions to my old haunts the … Read More

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Card. Müller on the ordination of Deaconettes: “not necessary and not possible”

As you may remember, some months ago Pope Francis saw to the creation of a group to study the question of female deacons (aka deaconesses, aka deaconettes).  Last November, when the group met for the first time, I wrote: “Their … Read More

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Michael Novak – R.I.P.

I learned this from Acton Institute’s PowerBlog: Theologian, public intellectual, and close friend of the Acton Institute, Michael J. Novak Jr., passed away last night on February 16, 2017. Acton Institute President Rev. Robert A. Sirico reflects on the passing … Read More

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Theologian opponent of ‘Humanae vitae’ reveals himself as an “active homosexual

Imagine how shocked I am at this news. From Catholic Culture: Theologians’ conflicts of interest Gregory Baum, one of the influential theologians who led the charge against Humanae Vitae, has now revealed that he is, and has been since the … Read More

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17 Feb 1600: Giordano Bruno burned at the stake

Last night I watched a segment of The Hollow Crown.  Series 1 (Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V) US HERE – Series 1 UK HERE – Series 2 (Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 2, … Read More

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80 M

During the night I happened to get up for a while and, as one does, I checked my email. One message was entitled: “80 M!” “That’s odd”, quoth I, “I’m not active these days on the 80 meter band.”  (That’s … Read More

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BREAKING Card. Burke NEWS!

In the wake of other news about Card. Burke…. From the often amusing Eye of the Tiber: The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has named Cardinal Raymond Burke to be the first prefect of the Congregation of Janitorial Services. Francis’ … Read More

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Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some people are excused because they’re hard! Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Look. I’m the first one to admit that I am a sinner.  I sin and I go to confession with a firm purpose of amendment.  When I fall, I get back up, again with a firm purpose of amendment.  I … Read More

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Card. Burke goes to Guam – What’s up with that?

You may, by now, have read new stories about how His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke has been “sent to Guam”.  He will preside over a canonical trial of a bishop who has been accused of sexual abuse of minors. This … Read More

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ASK FATHER: St. Patrick’s Day 2017 on Friday in Lent

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am responsible for a brunch which is served after the Saint Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral in my Archdiocese. This year, Saint Patrick falls on a Friday of Lent. I believe this means I … Read More

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Fr. Murray on Card. Coccopalmerio’s booklet defense of Communion for mortal sinners

I direct the readership to dash over to The Catholic Thing for a new column by my friend Fr. Gerald Murray.  He drills into the booklet offered to the public through the intermediary of the Vatican Press by His Eminence … Read More

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Knights of Malta to elect a new Grand Master – with a twist?

This is interesting.  Is someone backing off a little? From the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta (SMOM): The government of the Order of Malta to convene the Council Complete of State on 29 April to elect the … Read More

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