Monthly Archives: September 2021

¡Hagan lío! Wonderful wine from traditional Benedictine monks!

I have received great news from the people handling the excellent Via Caritatis wine from the traditional Benedictines of Le Barroux in France. The monks are working the first papal vineyards in France near Avignon.  Some terraces go back to the 5th … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is it sinful to make or use fake papers, vaccine passports, or false documents?

This is a really interesting question from a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it sinful to make or use fake papers, vaccine passports, or false documents? It depends. I direct you and others to a video of a debate about this issue … Read More

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What news did my mail and chat bring me today?

What news did my mail and chat bring me today? Corriere della Sera has, in Italian, Francis’ remarks on the airplane ride back to Rome after his trip in E. Europe. UPDATE: The Vatican Press Office official transcript HERE – … Read More

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15 September: Seven Sorrows of Mary – The “Our Lady of Sorrows Project”

Today, the day after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, is the Feast of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  There is an analogous commemoration on Friday after 1st Passion Sunday. Some time ago, I wrote a … Read More

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Hurricane paths mapped from 1985 to 2005. Wherein Fr. Z rants about life-saving stuff.

Take in this photo from APOD.  These are hurricane paths mapped from 1985 to 2005. A few really bad ones are in there. Disasters always happen to other people… until it’s your turn. You should have plans and backups, especially … Read More

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WDTPRS- Exaltation of the Cross and Basil Emeritus

Let’s look at the Collects for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross in both the Ordinary and the Extraordinary Form, Novus Ordo (1970MR etc.) and the Vetus Ordo (1962MR of St John XXIII).  These are now, apparently acknowledge … Read More

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FOLLOW UP to “Of Leo XIII, Caruso, and Chess”

From a reader reacted to THIS post… I see from your recent post that you are a denier of the Fifth Lateran Council. You resist its Canons on the playing of chess and association with actors. After 800 years, we … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 16th Sunday after Pentecost (24th Ordinary – N.O.)

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday (obligation or none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was. Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to … Read More

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Francis leaves Hungary – strange hand gestures on departure

Does anyone know what this is about? Is it something he picked up from the crowd? Any comment from the newsies? This is Francis leaving Hungary today. Moderation queue is on.

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WDTPRS – 24th Ordinary Sunday: Does it really make a difference to offer prayers to God?

Given The Present Crisis™ – exacerbated by the antics of Francis with Traditionis custodes and the manifest incompetence and faithlessness of Biden – and the call, often taken up now, for prayer and more prayer, we might consider: Does it … Read More

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Saturday Interlude: Of Leo XIII, Caruso, and Chess

UPDATED: See end. Did you know that Canon 16 of the Fourth Council of the Lateran in 1215 forbade priests from playing chess? It was considered a game of chance (clearly by non-chessplayers).   That canon also forbade participation of clerics … Read More

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2021-23 Synod… “Walking Together”… with?

I sent this out to a few of my incredulous brethren the other day, with the note… “No.  Really.” The Logo for the Synod (“walking together”) which is coming up. I think it’s missing something… beyond heterosexuality.  

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Rome Shot 272 (bonus)

Photo by The Great Roman™ What you see here are small format bottles of the delicious beer brewed by the traditional Benedictine monks of Norcia, Italy.  There are two kinds, dark and blond, both extravagantly good, especially with cheeses and … Read More

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Of chess and clerics

Out of curiosity, en passant as it were, are there any Catholic clerical chess players among the readership? I don’t mean just clerics who know how to play, but rather clerics who do play.  More often than a couple times … Read More

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