Category Archives: Lighter fare

Springtime! US diocese to eliminate 70% of its parishes

Speaking of the Diocese of Black Duck, I saw this in the fever swamp… My home diocese announced a plan to restructure the diocese and eventually eliminate 70% of the parishes. It’s a necessary move based on changing demographics and … Read More

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I just had a momentary waking dream….

I just had a flash of an American bishop calling a simultaneous meeting of all the clergy of the diocese together with a press conference… Thank you for coming.   I’m Jude Noble, Bishop of the Diocese of Black Duck. I’ve … Read More

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Just to lighten your day a little,…

Just to lighten your day a little, I saw this at Anne Barnhardt’s Saturday meme roundup.

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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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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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“Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood!”

UPDATE: BTW… doesn’t that ACLU graphic remind you of something? Doctor Strangelove, maybe? I thought this was an interesting juxtaposition. Far from compromising them, vaccine mandates actually further civil liberties. They protect the most vulnerable, people with disabilities and fragile … Read More

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Everyone wonders why Chess isn’t an Olympic sport

People all over the world wonder why Chess is not an Olympic sport. Why? Chess has it all. “But Father! But Father!”, some of you skeptics, probably papolatrous pipsqueaks – Peepees – are peeping, “In chess they, you know, they … Read More

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What is your good news?

We’ve had so much bad news lately.  How about some good news? It has been some time since I’ve inquired. What is your good news? For my part, I built some shelves in the garage and survived the heat and … Read More

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“The Traddy-Ban captures Rome”

From the inimitable Eccles… The Traddy-Ban captures Rome Catholics worldwide have been stunned by the news that the Tradi-ban is now occupying Rome, led by the triumvirate of Bar-Golio, Pah-Rolin, and Ahfah-Roche. Last night Rome was full of Tradi-Ban troops … Read More

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Some “nuns” are really going to pot

I see that the LCWR recently had their annual confab, but alas by Zoom or some such. They’ve had some meetings that were so weird that you would think they were all smoking hash.  You can see what they are … Read More

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Just For Nice

This is wonderful…. …at the Offerimus tibi, the deacon looks like he’s completely given up, but subdeacon and priest seem fully engaged! When I was a kid, I only had the wherewithal to play Low Mass. This is spectacular. pic.twitter.com/xK3xmUaqQq … Read More

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Trouble keeping the sacristy quiet before Mass?

Fathers, do you have trouble keeping the sacristy quiet before Mass?  Too much random, unfocused chatter irrelevant to the sacred action about to take place. Old sacristies would have a large sign calling for… SILENTIUM I may have found something … Read More

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BREAKING “Latindr App used to catch priests in compromising situations”

This is straight from Eccles and so it must be true. Latindr App used to catch priests in compromising situations As reported by journalists from the Bitter Pillar (formerly the Tablet), data from the popular social networking Latindr app, used by … Read More

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I’m pretty good with flags. I am scratching my head over this.

I’m pretty good with flags. I am scratching my head over this. I saw this during a mountain stage of the Tour de France. I seems to be for Asturias and… ? Anyone?

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20 July: International CHESS Day!

Before it isn’t the 20th any longer (soon, where I am), I wish all of you a happy International CHESS Day! In honor of this esteemed occasion, I repost… Animi caussa… the names of the pieces. 1 rex, sive scaccus 1 regina (vel virgo, vel amazon, … Read More

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Seriously humorous SSPX statement on “Traditionis custodes” and a terrific imaginary curve ball

The SSPX office in Menzingen put out a statement, still only in French, about Traditionis custodes. HERE  Here’s a taste… From Summorum Pontificum to Traditionis custodes, or from the Nature Preserve to the Zoo […] A organized extinction While Francis … Read More

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Analogies usually limp, but they are still helpful

I saw today sometime, I don’t recall where exactly for it has been busy day, that Joseph Ratzinger referred to the Church’s care of her sacred liturgical worship as like to tending a garden. I like the analogy.  We prepare … Read More

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This story has it all. Grand backdrops! Carabinieri … in clerics? JESUITS!

When the movie is made, it must star Peter Sellers as the Capo of the Guardia di Finanza‘s Bunko Squad on load from the Paris Sûreté, at one point impersonating an Argentinian in white. From Crux: Undercover as priests, Italian … Read More

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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On!

Yesterday, Italy beat England in soccer (football) to win the European Championship. When Italy won, the cheer in Rome was apparently so great that it showed up on seismographs that measure earthquakes. Which reminded me of one of the most … Read More

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