Monthly Archives: January 2018

Candlemas Eve and Candlemas Poetry

Today is Candlemas Eve, and tomorrow is the Feast of the Purification.  We call it Candlemas because, with the references to light in the liturgy, we bless candles. Here are some poems for Candlemass First and foremost, making a reference to … Read More

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14 ‘c’atholic Senators SUPPORT ABORTION past 20 weeks

Canonist Ed Peters has picked up on something Fr. Longenecker has done.   I’ll add my voice. From Peters’ excelleny canon law blog In The Light Of The Law. About those Bloody 14 [allow me slightly to change the format, for … Read More

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NYC Days 1-3: Slips and sliders

People either like or hate my food posts. Hence, I enjoy posting them. But first, as I watch what’s going on in the Church right now, two paintings at the MET jumped to my full attention. First, my necessary entrance … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Who is in charge of the Moon?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It occurs to me that two of the three people on Apollo 11 were in the military at the time of their trip the moon. The command module pilot, Michael Collins, and the lunar module pilot, Buzz Aldrin, … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Visiting retired, elderly priests

From a reader.. QUAERITUR: I have a particular devotion to the Priesthood and priests and would like to start visiting retired priests who are no longer able to live in residence in a rectory and have had to move on … Read More

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14 Feb 2018 – St. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday

Each year that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, in Lent, we witness the lunacy of dispensations so that people don’t have to do their regular Friday, lenten penance. This year, the Feast of St. Valentine – transmogrified, commercialized … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Re-bless a ring that has been re-plated?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a sterling silver ring from a private vow I made a number of years ago. My spiritual director who witnessed my vow blessed my ring using the Blessing for any object from the Roman Ritual. Over … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can a diocesan priest say Mass in an SSPX chapel?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it OK for a diocesan priest to offer Mass in an SSPX chapel on a regular basis? Interesting. Let’s consider a couple points. Can. 932 §1 states: “The eucharistic celebration is to be carried out in … Read More

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2 Feb – Rosary To The Interior: For the Purification of the Church

I received an email about an interesting project. On February 2, 2018, which is the day celebrating the double Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, there will occur throughout … Read More

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Fr. Murray looks again at the Profession about marriage issued by the Bishops of Kazakhstan

Not long ago, the Bishops of Kazakhstan issued a document, a Profession of the Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage.   I wrote about it and provided an audio reading of it HERE. At The Catholic Thing my friend Fr. Gerry Murray has written … Read More

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WDTPRS – 4th Ordinary Sunday: Billy loves bugs

Today’s Collect prayer for the 4th Ordinary Sunday (it’s Septuagesima in the traditional calendar) was not in the post-Tridentine editions of the Missale Romanum but it does have its origin in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary. Were you to hear this … Read More

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Fr @RayLBlake explains Peronism

My friend Fr. Ray Blake, intrepid PP of Brighton, has a strong post upon which you might reflect. Peronism and Corruption I had a lesson in Peronism from an Argentinian waiter recently, in Argentina he was a PPE graduate. Peronism, … Read More

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My View For Awhile: Debate Edition

I’m on my way to NYC, for errands, fun, meetings and to attend a debate. UPDATE: Next leg… running a little behind, but I see that my bag is with me! These text notifications are helpful. There is a new … Read More

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VIDEO: A remarkable vocation story.

A remarkable vocation story. Fr. James Mawdsley, FSSP. For years I’ve written about how learning and celebrating the traditional form of Mass forms a priest. This priest touches on this transformative experience. (He mentions that blogs played a role. I … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priest tells people to stand around the altar during Eucharistic Prayer

From a reader… As an avid reader of your blog please first be assured of my prayers. I recently attended an Engaged Encounter weekend in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the priest who said Mass had the couples surround … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can a bishop forbid kneeling for Communion?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a few sincere questions and I believe answers to them may help other readers, too. For years I have heard it said that the “universal norm” for receiving Holy Communion is kneeling and on the … Read More

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WRONG: Maltese, Germans, Argentinians and now Braga. “Patently and gravely wrong.” Ed Peters explains the situation.

My old pastor and mentor, Msgr. Schuler, used to say: When you’re right, you can’t be wrong. The flip side is: When you’re wrong, you can’t be right. There are a lot of people out there who are just plain … Read More

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Card. Eijk: Pope Francis should create clarity about ‘Amoris laetitia’

UPDATE: I note that Mark de Vries has a better translation than the one someone has provided so far:  HERE (In Dutch, the word for ‘thus’, and an informal word for ‘sister’ consisting of its first syllable, are homonyms…) ____ … Read More

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Bp. Schneider of Kazakhstan on Archbp. Lefebvre of the SSPX

The best English language vaticanista today is Edward Pentin.  He has an interview with Bp. Athanasius Schneider today at the National Catholic Register (that’s the good one that begins with “National”).  HERE The whole thing is worth reading. However, I … Read More

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Pilgrimages and Local Gin

This spirit-filled offering comes from the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald: Meet Walsingham’s Catholic gin-makers England’s great pilgrimage site now has a gin distillery inspired by the Faith Every year 250,000 people make the journey to Walsingham, a … Read More

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