More homosexualist rubbish from – wait for it! – German bishops!

And more from Germany… it’s always Germany…

The story in German at KathNet.

Bischöfe mit Wissenschaftlern einig: Homosexualität ist etwas Normales
Ist das lehramtliche Verbot praktizierter Homosexualität noch zeitgemäß? Ist Homosexualität eine normale sexuelle Ausrichtung? Ist eine sexuelle Beziehung nach einer Scheidung “schwere Sünde”? Darüber diskutierten deutsche Bischöfe mit Experten.

Bishops agree with scientists: Homosexuality is something normal
Is the doctrinal prohibition of practiced homosexuality still timely? Is homosexuality a normal sexual orientation? Is a sexual relationship after a divorce a “serious sin”? German bishops discussed this with experts.

Who wants to bet that they are discussing this in the same way that Dems discussed impeachment the day after the 2016 election?

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ADVENTCAzT 2019 07: “O Come Redeemer of the Earth”

Here is ADVENTCAzT 07, for Saturday in the 1st Week of Advent.

Today we hear some wisdom from Meditations for Each Day, by Antonio Card. Bacci [US HERE – UK HERE]  I give you also an hymn about the Incarnation written by St. Ambrose of Milan, on his feast day, used in the Liturgy of the Hours during Advent.

The Benedictines of Gower Abbey introduce the topic of the second part.  [US HERE – UK HERE]

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ASK FATHER: Do I sin if I think that Benedict XVI on purpose didn’t resign the papacy?

From a reader…


I have become increasingly convinced by those who say that Pope Benedict XVI purposefully performed an invalid resignation of the papacy.

Does this belief potentially place me in a state of serious sin? I do not besmirch Francis and largely keep these thoughts to myself.

I know that ideally I simply would adopt some medieval peasant piety and worry only about my own prayer life and soul and not Church politicking, but now that the “Genie is out of the bottle” so to speak, I am finding it very hard to put it back.

I am not going to get into the arguments on either side of the issue.  Personally, I am carefully weighing what I read.   What I can say is this in general terms.

Writing about his struggle with the Anglican Church and his conversion to the Catholic Faith St. John Henry Newman wrote in his Apologia, “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.” He is writing about doctrine, but it applies also to the issue at hand.  Let’s see the context with some emphases.

Many persons are very sensitive of the difficulties of Religion; I am as sensitive of them as any one; but I have never been able to see a connexion between apprehending those difficulties, however keenly, and multiplying them to any extent, and on the other hand doubting the doctrines to which they are attached. Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt, as I understand the subject; difficulty and doubt are incommensurate. There of course may be difficulties in the evidence; but I am speaking of difficulties intrinsic to the doctrines themselves, or to their relations with each other. A man may be annoyed that he cannot work out a mathematical problem, of which the answer is or is not given to him, without doubting that it admits of an answer, or that a certain particular answer is the true one. Of all points of faith, the being of a God is, to my own apprehension, encompassed with most difficulty, and yet borne in upon our minds with most power.

Sorting out the arguments about the resignation of Benedict, though they touch on the theological, ecclesiological reality of the Petrine Ministry and the indefectibility of the Church as guaranteed by Christ, are really juridical issues.  That doesn’t make them unimportant, but it shifts our questioning into a different category.  As Newman wrote, above, there is a difference between the annoyance we can have in struggling to understanding God and in understanding a mathematical problem.  It seems to me that this is more a math kind of problem than a God kind of problem.

The effects of Original Sin force us to struggle with vexing questions in the tangle of our minds.  However, we also have the help of proper authorities (e.g., forebears, experts, Scripture, the Magisterium, etc.).  Our task is made more complicated when our questions concern authority’s authority, not whether some authority is doing a good job or not, but if it is indeed proper authority.  In most cases we are argue the rightness and wrongness of something on its merits.  But when rightness also flows from an office, and when the legitimacy of the office itself is in question, we are in a hard place.

At this point I want to bring in another point upon which is anchored our traditional Act of Faith: “O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three divine persons, Father, Son … Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

Let us also attend to the Apostle to the Gentiles, writing to the Galatians: “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit, of the spirit shall reap life everlasting.”

As I said before, we struggle with certain questions in the tangle of our minds even as we make use of authority.

We had better be pretty sure about our motives if we are going to raise questions or even perhaps stand firm against something which seems to most people to be clear.  And the more important the issue, the more urgently, unswervingly we must test ourselves.

Sincere questions are not sins. Still in the matter of doctrine, there is a distinction between doubts which are involuntary and doubts which are voluntary.

The CCC 2088 distinguishes, “hesitation in believing, difficulty in overcoming objections with the faith, or also anxiety aroused by its obscurity” (CCC 2088) from what arises when you “disregards or refuses to hold as true what God has revealed and the Church proposes for belief.”

That has to do with articles of Faith.  I think we have to apply this also to the less doctrinal and more juridical issue of Benedict’s resignation. One can have questions and doubts and then, with complete sincerity, struggle to work them out, seek answers now from here now from there, looking at all possible angles with honest appraisal while seeking wise authority’s help.

On the other hand, it is also possible to engage in subtle self-deception, by a reluctance or maybe even stubborn refusal to consider the other side of the question. That kind of voluntary doubt is an attack on truth. An attack on truth is an attack on God and is sinful.

There are a lot of smart people on both sides of the questions that surround Benedict’s abdication.  They deserve a respectful hearing.  I’ve heard good arguments on both sides. Most of them seem to be trying sincerely to get to THE TRUTH of the matter.  Some have come down on one side because they simply don’t like Francis.  That’s not a good enough reason.  Others are really drilling.  They have to be taken seriously.

There is something tangibly diabolical in the way that this has all transpired, which is evident from the obvious division and distress that is swelling in the Church in many sectors.

It is particularly distressing that the very office Christ created within the Church, the Petrine Ministry, intended to be a focal point of unity and a source of certainty, has become, in both respects, less unifying and less calming than the other popes of this century and of the last.

Whatever it is that do with your questions or doubts or convictions, test them and do not engage in any self-deception. God is not mocked and God cannot be deceived. God knows you better than you know yourself. God is closer to you than you are to yourself.

Finally, if you sense that you might be placing yourself in a state of spiritual peril by getting into these matters, then put them aside.

Frankly, I am not convinced that we are going to be able to sort out your question any time soon and that the troubling effects of the doubts will continue to grow for sometime, at least until the end of this pontificate. But remember always that hundreds of generations of Catholics went through their whole lives hardly even knowing the name of the current Pope. They lived and died in their Catholic vocations and now enjoy the bliss of heaven barely aware of the concrete details of the papacy or the Roman Curia or maybe even who the bishop was, since often the bishop resided far away even from the diocese.

We don’t have to know every little thing that goes on. There is a sin called curiositas.  We humans by nature desire to know things.  But when that desire becomes immoderate, for the sake of the knowledge of things itself rather than for the good that can come from knowledge, we stray into the realm of sin.  It may be better for many people to “fast” and “abstain” from current Church news, lest the taste of that which titillates the palate of the new, the now, the scoop and skinny draws us into dwelling on questions that none of us can solve, at least with speed and ease.

You yourself must police your conscience in these matters.  When it comes to your topic, what could be sinful for one, might be still sound for another.

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Reflections on the symbolism of the altar rail or Communion rail and some practical suggestions

At Crisis Austin Ruse has a thoughtful piece about altar rails.  He writes:


It seems to me that among the most harmful innovations that happened in the Church at mid-century was doing away with the altar rail and caving in to those who insisted on standing and receiving in the hand. I can’t prove it, but I firmly believe that the decline in belief in the Real Presence can be traced to the inevitable lack of reverence that comes with standing and certainly by handling the Sacred Host in our own grubby paws.

The decline in Eucharistic belief was also precipitated, I think, by doing away with other Eucharistic traditions like Adoration and Corpus Christi processions. Thanks be to God all these things are coming back. Hundreds now participate in Corpus Christi processions through the streets of our big cities. Adoration is popping up everywhere—usually attended by new altar rails.

I had thought there was magic in the altar rail itself, but I was wrong. There is a kind of divine magic, however, in a priest using the altar rail. It is like the Eucharist itself: the bread and wine do not become the Body and Blood on their own. The priest must confect them. Similarly, the altar rail is a dead thing unless and until the priest stands over to one side and says, “We are going to start using it. We are going to line up along the rail. You can choose to stand or kneel. It’s up to you.” Watch. Something magical happens. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.


Ruse says, rightly, that the priest should indicate by his own choice that people should and can use the rail.

I have another suggestion.  Make and attach housling cloths.   Have servers turn the housling cloths over the rail during the recitation of the Our Father and then turn them back after Communion.

At the parish where I am the visiting fireman on Sundays, after going ad orientem the pastor had a rail put in.  The society I run, the TMSM, had housling cloths made and they were immediately put into use.   It didn’t take long.  As a matter of fact it was an astonishingly fast transition from people standing and receiving in the hand to virtually everyone kneeling and receiving on the tongue.  It happened with very little urging.  At the time, I explained in strong terms in sermons my thoughts and preferences but also stressed the law for the Novus Ordo and for the TLM.  I did that maybe a couple times.  I suspect the pastor did too.   It seems to me that, once it was explained, and that once we highlighted the rail especially with the housling cloths (i.e. HINT HINT… KNEEL HERE… KNEEL HERE…) the transition was smooth and swift.

For you priests out there, and bishops, here are some notes about Communion rails and definition of the liturgical space of a church.

First, however, just for fun, here are some pics.

This is what the sanctuary and nave looked like after going ad orientem but without the housling cloths on the rail.

Not too bad.

This was taken during a Pontifical Mass with the Extraordinary Ordinary for the centenary of Our Lady of Fatima’s final apparition.  Note the housling cloth behind the rail.

A server turning the cloth at the Our Father.

The turning of the cloths gives a powerful emphasis to the rail.

A screenshot from last Sunday’s stream:

Now, some thoughts.

A church is a sacred place, made sacred by consecration.  The whole church is sacred.  Within the holy space, there is a “holy of holies”, just as there was in the ancient Temple.

From another point of view, it is useful to consider what St. Augustine of Hippo (+430) explained concerning Christ speaking in every word of the Psalms. For Augustine, in the Psalms sometimes Christ speaks with His voice as Head of the Body which is the Church, sometimes He speaks as the Body. At times He speaks as Christus Totus, the Body with the Head, together.

The true Actor of the sacred action of Holy Mass is Jesus Christ the High Priest, who -through us His members, having different roles – raises words and deeds to the Father. Sometimes He acts and speaks in the person of the alter Christus the priest (Head), sometimes in the words and actions of the congregation (Body), sometimes when the priest and people act and speak together (Christus totus). Christ makes our hands and voices His own in the sacred action, but He is the actor and speaker.

The church building itself ought to manifest this three-fold distinction.

The sanctuary, at the head of the floor plan, is the place where Christ the Head of the Body speaks and acts, the nave is the place of the congregation, the Body.

A communion rail is not only practical. It defines the holy of holies.  It underscores the dignity of the liturgical actors, priest and congregation.

Some might claim that the Communion rail then becomes a barrier for the laity in the congregation to keep from away from the holy of holies. That is false. The rail helps to point out that, in the church building’s layout, the congregation has its own proper character and dignity that must not be compromised or violated by “invasion”, so to speak, by the priest – except in those defined moments such as the Asperges or Vidi aquam or a procession with the Blessed Sacrament.

The lack of a clear delineation of space blurs all our liturgical roles.

If the priest and people are invading each others space and roles, then proper worship is crippled.  Lay people receive mixed signals which erode their identity and the priest devolves into a mere “presider”.

The congregation has its own important role and this is defined in the building.

Dragging lay people into the sanctuary is a clericalism of the very worst sort.  It signals to lay people that they have to be given the duties and place that pertain to the priest in order to elevate their status.  “You aren’t good enough unless you are permitted – by me – to do what I can do.”  I hate that clericalist attitude.

Kneeling at the Communion rail is not only a sign of reverence in the Real Presence before reception of Communion, but – for that close and indeed mysterious encounter of priest (head) and congregation (body) – is a reverent acknowledgement of the Christus totus in action in the sacred mysteries.

Consider what we profess that we believe is happening during Mass: there is a mysterious nexus of the divine and earthly.  Sometimes we say that heaven comes down to Earth, or God is called down to our altars.  How is that “easy”?  This is hard, difficult stuff to get our heads around.  We need the physical symbols of the delineated spaces that provide a concrete and defined point of contact between Christus caput with Christus corpus and that mystical moment of Communion, that connection and unity which is Christus totus.  And I think that that is also more clearly underscored by Communion on the tongue rather than – admit it – self-communication by Communion in the hand.

This is a useful way to understand in a healthy way something more about the outward expression of “active participation” during Holy Mass, and the meaning of altar rails and sanctuaries.

This is yet another reason why Summorum Pontificum is so important.  We need its gravitational pull. We need what the older form of Mass offers – and all that goes with it – to revitalize our Catholic identity which flows first and foremost from our baptism and liturgical worship.

More altar rails! Define our sanctuaries!

And just for fun, here is a shot of a beautiful altar rail in a church in Rome, which is actually carved like a housling cloth.

Here’s the Spada Chapel in San Girolamo della Carità.


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ADVENTCAzT 2019 06: “Jesus thirsts for us to thirst for Him.”

Here is ADVENTCAzT 06, for Friday in the 1st Week of Advent.

Today Fr. Patrick Troadec offers us notes in From Advent to Epiphany [ US HERE (English) – UK (French original) HERE] and we hear about pointing out and illuminating the texts in the altar Missal from Nothing Superfluous by Fr. James Jackson [US HERE UK HERE].

The Benedictines of Gower Abbey lead us in.  [US HERE – UK HERE]

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Stepping on the Third Gear

Tonight, I heard of this story for the first time.  As I was flipping past something I figured would be boring I heard the word “peloton”.  Since I avidly follow the Tour, I clicked back and saw that the company that makes the Peloton exercise bike, which connects you to other riders via the internet to form a riding group, a “peloton”, has a commercial that made lib heads explode.   Of course I had to see what was up.

It seems that the bad guy, of course a man, in this commercial is an evil sexist.  Why?  He bought his wife this nefarious oppressing exercise bike.  Apparently, that means he is sinister-…ly forcing her into a certain body type and, naturally, blind obedience.

Watch how oppressed she is and feel the rage build.

Okay… maybe you didn’t feel the rage.  But libs do.  They’re even attacking the male actor, who appears for about 2 seconds.

Frankly, it seems to me that she liked the bike and wanted the bike and used the bike because she liked and wanted it.  How twisted is that?!?  Still, she seems rather determined.  I suspect that she would have told him to get lost if he suggested she was spending too much time on the bike.  Mind control?

I feel so manipulated that I want a bike too!

As a matter of fact, the music in the background suggests that he has a pretty high regard for her. Or is it my imagination?

‘Cause she’s so high
High above me
She’s so lovely
She’s so high
Like Cleopatra
Joan of Arc
or Aphrodite

Maybe it was that “Da-da-da-da-da” set off the libs.

It’s … code.  In Morse it could mean any number of things.  Who can crack it?



Well… maybe it’s something else.

In any event, the tide has definitely turned against men.

These sexist ads! Not like the good old days.

Next time, pal, just buy her the washing machine.

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Newly Received! Challenge Coin – Coloring Books – Bibles – 2020 Ordo

You might remember that I have challenge coins and that I like to exchange. I received a new coin from someone who sent the 2018 version last year. They look great! Thanks.

I received two copies of a newly printed Douay-Rheims version of the Bible.  The book is small, hard bound, on very thing “bible paper”.  This is from Preserving Christian Publications.   US HERE – UK HERE  There is a red cover and a black cover.    Right now they are on sale for $28 rather than $32.

One nice thing is that it lies open!   This is from

Daniel Mitsui sent COLORING BOOKS.   They are amazing.  US HERE  UK HERE

A friend of mine said that he used these books with a friend who had memory and motor control afflictions and they were effective fending off the symptoms.

Christian Labyrinths: A Celtic Coloring Book  US HERE – UK HERE

I imagine you would need some 0.05 pens for this.

That’s a lot of dots.

Do you have a 2020 Ordo? Better slightly late than never.

From St. John Cantius.

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ASK FATHER: Are vestments made of materials other than silk tolerated for Mass in the Extraordinary Form?

From a priest…


My sincere thanks and respects for your good work you do with your “blogapostolate”. Your words have helped my keep my head and remain in my foxhole fighting on while trusting Our Lord.

My question: Are vestments made of materials other than silk tolerated for mass in the extraordinary form? (Specifically: polyester and cotton polyester blends)

I never considered the question before ordering 4 low mass mass sets of polyester from Catholic Liturgicals (the Indian company) and receiving 3 low mass of a sets of a cotton-poly blends from a friend .

A few months ago I read JB O’Connell’s study of the rubrics and his commentary on the material of vestments (pp 166-167). In light of his citations of the S.R.C, I am afraid I may not use them. Father, I do not want to abuse the sacred liturgy or engage in sinful ignoring of the rules

I am a young diocesan priest who has learned and celebrated the EF just this year. I understand and affirm that silk is the proper material for the sacred vestments, but for those of us who celebrate the EF only privately the cost of such vestments seems out of reach.

Thanks for being concerned about offering the very best for sacred worship.  Thanks for your kind words.  And THANK YOU for learning to celebrate Holy Mass in the traditional form.  It’s important.

Part of this is, I think, conditioned by technology.  Once upon a time, the only fabric available was from natural fibers.  When artificial fabrics were invented, they weren’t of sufficient quality to be worthy of the altar.   It took a long time for really fine fabrics to develop, and that was after prescriptions from the Sacred Congregation.  Now we have fabrics that are splendid, and they are artificial or mixes.

Yes, you can use vestments that are made from artificial fibers.

That said, I think it is always best to opt to natural, organic fabrics.

We have to find a balance between the possible of the present and the possible of the future.   For example, when I took over leadership of the TMSM I had hardly anything (money) to work with.  However, we needed vestments for a Pontifical Requiem.  I used Catholic Liturgicals for that set… grudgingly.  We received the vestments in time and we used them several times but I longed for something better every time I was forced to look at them.  “Bid your time”, quoth I.   After a few years, after fleshing out our treasury of vestments in more commonly used colors, I returned to black.  We now have a splendid set for a Pontifical Requiem and I filled out the set with items for pre-55 Holy Week, such as folded chasubles that can be used as ordinary Roman chasubles and a broad stole.  I wanted those also in the case that we lend the vestments for a Novus Ordo funeral where there may be a couple of concelebrants.   Maximize.

The fabric for the new set in black is a blend, and it is fantastic, and it is unquestionably worthy of the altar.

Had I held out for all silk damask with real silver, I’d still be fundraising on the 10th anniversary of my passing.  There’s always the lottery.  I am engaged in the art of the possible right now and the anticipation of the possible later.  When I am able to upgrade, I upgrade.  When I can fill a gap, I fill it.

Mostly, I am very grateful to donors who have made our work possible.

But, yes, you can use vestments made from cotton-poly blended fabrics.

As for pure polyester of the Catholic Liturigicals … think of all those little polyesters slaughtered.   Seriously, this nasty stuff is made from oil, coal and water.  It is more like plastic than true cloth and it highly flammable.  It is cheap and it looks it.  However, we are engaged in the art of the possible.  Until you get something better use those and then either hand them down (if they are still usable) or put them out of their, and our, misery.

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APR [Abortion Pill Reversal] 1,000 babies saved since 2012

APR [Abortion Pill Reversal] is a life-saving effort that has already contributed to nearly 1,000 babies being saved since 2012.

Mifeprex or RU-486 – women change their minds!

There is a network of doctors who will prescribe this reversal protocol.  Contact the network, they find a local doctor for you.  The success rate is astonishing.

It is important to get the word out about this.

This following news is from HeartBeat International.

In March 2019, North Dakota passed a law requiring abortion providers to inform women about the possibility of rescuing their babies using the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol. The American Medical Association (AMA), together with the state’s sole abortion clinic and its medical director, have sued the state, claiming the law violates their rights by requiring them to inform women about this life-saving medical intervention.

They also have challenged the human being disclosure — a provision of North Dakota law which requires physicians to tell women that abortion terminates “the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” Like the APR provision, Big Abortion is challenging this provision on First Amendment free speech grounds. In both instances, abortion advocates rely on the NIFLA v. Becerra decision, where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot force pregnancy centers to advertise taxpayer-funded abortions.

Heartbeat has asked the court for permission to intervene as to both parts of the lawsuit allowing Heartbeat, along with the State of North Dakota, to defend APR and the human being disclosure. We received word last week that the judge accepted our request. This will allow Heartbeat to present additional evidence in support of APR and why it is important for women to be informed about this life-saving option.

We’ll be able to argue in support of the human being disclosure. Our friends at NIFLA are also involved in the lawsuit and are challenging only the human being disclosure and are represented by different attorneys.

Every woman deserves to know the whole truth about abortion; that includes the facts about her unborn child, and the choices she can make every step of the way.

APR is a life-saving effort that has already contributed to nearly 1,000 babies being saved since 2012. Not only is the protocol worth defending, but so are all the trained medical providers that the AMA is abandoning in favor of their own abortion agenda. This is a worthwhile fight with lives at stake.

We will keep you up-to-date as additional information is received.

God bless you as you champion life!

Background Information

·        Overview article: AMA: Here’s living proof that Abortion Pill Reversal treatment works

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Sending snail-mail 2019 Christmas cards

If you would like to send me Christmas greetings or cards, please send by snail mail, if possible with really cool stamps.

As I have done in years past, I’ll try to post all the places whence they were mailed from around the world.  Keep in mind that if you don’t include your address, I can’t easily do that.

I have a US PO BOX address.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf
Tridentine Mass Society of Madison
733 Struck St.
PO BOX 44603
Madison, WI 53744-4603


If you need to send anything that requires a signature, such as gold bars, a Bugatti Chiron, bearer bonds, cases of Pappy Van Winkle, complete Pontifical Mass vestment sets … you know, the usual stuff, get in touch with me for an alternate address.

Please! DON’T send perishable food items. I am sure they would be wonderful, and neither poisonous nor hallucinogenic… mostly. But, please, just don’t.  I can’t get to the P.O. Box everyday.

If you put glitter in the card, I’ll recite the Maledictory Psalms against you. No. Really.  And if you send something threatening or illegal, I’ll turn it in to law enforcement.  I’m sorry I have to write that under such a cheery topic, but this is the world we live in.

I always enjoy the Christmas cards.  Also, I find the notes and letters which describe the year people have had to be interesting and, often, moving.  I read them all.  And drawings by kids are a hoot.

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Solemn Requiem Mass for the late Bp. Robert C. Morlino, prayers also for Bp. Paul Sirba – VIDEO/AUDIO sermon

Last night we celebrated a Solemn Requiem Mass for the 1st Anniversary of the interment the late Bishop of Madison, Robert C. Morlino.  I included also prayers for my friend Bp. Paul Sirba of Duluth, who died a few days ago, also of a heart attack.

We used for the first time black and rose vestments from the new set which the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison had made for Pontifical Masses.

Here are a few pics from the Mass.

Before the Mass there was an amusing moment.  I saw that the deacon of the Mass, a priest who had been Bp. Morlino’s MC for quite awhile, was wearing a plain alb.  I said, “I suppose I should also use a plain alb rather than one with lace.  Which do you think Morlino would want?”  His reaction was priceless.  In that instant I knew how ridiculous my question was.

I wish the lighting had been better.

Here is the sermon after the Mass and before the absolution of the catafalque.


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ADVENTCAzT 2019 05: Angelic suggestions or our own thoughts?

Here is ADVENTCAzT 05, for Thursday in the 1st Week of Advent.

Today Abbot Anscar Vonier in The Human Soul [US HERE – UK HERE] talks about how angels prompt us. Since it is Thursday, we pray for priests. We hear the Gradual for the 1st Sunday of Advent and a beautiful hymn to Mary by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, Queen of Priests and Mother [US HERE – UK HERE].

These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank you!  Chime in if you listened.

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MADISON – 4 Dec – 6:30PM – Solemn Requiem Mass for Bp. Robert C. Morlino

Tonight at 6:30PM at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI, (location) there will be a Solemn Requiem Mass for the late Bp. Robert C. Morlino, who was interred one year ago on this date, 4 December 2018.

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ADVENTCAzT 2019 04: When liturgical participation became “doing”

Here is ADVENTCAzT 03, for Tuesday in the 1st Week of Advent.

Jacques-Benigne Bossuet talk about the serpent and the woman, and Peter Kwasniewski remarks on active participation (actuosa participation, actual participation) in the liturgy.

We are accompanied by the Umeå Studentchoir from the album Julsång.

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Fulton Sheen’s Beatification put on hold at the request of “some bishops”.

Via LifeSite:

BREAKING: Vatican postpones beatification of Fulton Sheen after request by some US bishops

VATICAN CITY, December 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, beloved by generations of American Catholics, has been abruptly put on hold by the Vatican.

“The Holy See decided to postpone the date of Beatification, at the request of a few members of the Bishop’s Conference who have asked for further consideration,” according to a press release from the Diocese of Peoria, where Sheen’s beatification ceremony was to take place.

“In our current climate, it is important for the faithful to know that there has never been, nor is there now, any allegation against Sheen involving the abuse of a minor,” continues the statement. “At no time has his life of virtue ever been called into question.”

Peoria Bishop Danial Jenky “is firmly convinced of the great holiness of the Venerable Servant of God and remains confident that Sheen will be beatified. Bishop Jenky has every intention of continuing the Cause, but no further date for Beatification has been discussed.”

Sheen’s beatification was to take place in less than three weeks, on December 21, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria, Illinois, where Sheen was ordained to the priesthood on September 20, 1919.


Some bishops?

Yeah, some bishops!

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