Category Archives: The Olympian Middle

Ross Douthat explains the situation to liberal ‘c’atholic academics.

Ross Douthat is not lying down and letting the effete liberal catholic academic mafia kick him. He has declared war. Rather, perhaps he has openly stated that a state of war does in fact exist – he didn’t start it – and that … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters’ stern words about the dangers of anti-law mentality

Distinguished canonist Ed Peters has something to say about canon law and the disasters that follow when a spirit of antinomianism ticks up.  HERE  My emphases and comments. Canon law has never been ‘the frame of reference’ for the Church When … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 3: Synod Free Zone, Abbatial Mass and – Fr. Z rants

I have been – mostly on purpose – in a Synod Free Zone in the last few days, even though I am at Ground Zero.   Yes, I am hearing a lot.  No, I am trying not to let it … Continue reading

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Synod rule changes to be announced on Friday. Hold on to your socks.

From the Bollettino: Avviso di Briefing, 29.09.2015 [B0737] Si informano i giornalisti accreditati che venerdì 2 ottobre 2015, alle ore 11.30, nell’Aula Giovanni Paolo II della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, il Cardinale Lorenzo Baldisseri, Segretario Generale del Sinodo dei … Continue reading

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The Flag, Pope Francis, Cuba and Religious Freedom

Look… Pope’s meet with all sorts of people.  That said, I direct your attention to a piece at USA Today by Nichols Hahn of Real Clear Religion.  My emphases. Havana’s U.S. flag no victory for pope: Column Secretary of State John Kerry’s … Continue reading

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The Decline and Death of Christianity. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Our Lord promised that, in the end, the gates of Hell would not prevail. He did not promise that they would not prevail where you live. They may indeed prevail in these USA, or in Europe. One way in which they … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Seminarians required to stand for Communion. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Okay… this is going to be hard. From a seminarian: I am currently a ___ year seminarian attending ___ . antecently, a new ‘policy’ was adopted here: all must receive Holy Communion standing. The Holy See has made it absolutely clear that we all have … Continue reading

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CINOs

I point the attention of the readership to something at American Catholic.  This is dreadful, but I sense that much of our struggle for our Catholic identity will be circumscribed by situations like this. The University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) says, … Continue reading

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Jesuits here, Jesuits there

The latest from Sandro Magister involves Pope Francis, a writer for the Jesuit produced journal La Civiltà Cattolica, the bishops of the Philippines, Pope Francis, and Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ. ROME, January 29, 2015 – They have not gone without … Continue reading

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Posted in Emanations from Penumbras, One Man & One Woman, Our Catholic Identity, The Drill, The Olympian Middle | Tagged , , , | 27 Comments

It’s. Another. Religion.

I was once in a parish with a school. I visited class rooms. I was asked to blessed the class rooms by the pastor. By way of explanation of what blessings are all about I wanted to make the distinction … Continue reading

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VIENNA – Card. Burke calls on Catholics to “speak up and act”. Interview.

At Breitbart there is a new interview piece by Edward Pentin with His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke.  As you will recall, during the Synod, Pentin was the one who outed Card. Kasper’s attitude toward the African Church. That was a … Continue reading

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A sharp view of the Synod and the winds of change

Marco Tosatti, an Italian journalist whom I have always liked and for whom I have even greater respect now than before, has a piece at La Stampa which bears attention. What really caught my eye was his quotation at the … Continue reading

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The lesson of Thrasybulus

As I contemplate certain things going on in the Church right now, I am reminded of Thrasybulus of Miletus. The story of Thrasybulus is in Book V of Herodotus’ Histories.  A messenger from Periander, a 7th c. BC tyrant of Corinth, asks Thrasybulus, tyrant of … Continue reading

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More bile from CRUX

Crux Watch continues.  Are you starting to get a picture of what Crux is like? I am. Here is a taste from today by Margery Eagan.  Tell me if this doesn’t drip bitterness and really make you want to adhere to … Continue reading

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Posted in CRUX WATCH, Liberals, One Man & One Woman, Our Catholic Identity, The Coming Storm, The Olympian Middle | Tagged , | 36 Comments

SHOCK! A Catholic bishop who speaks like – *gulp* – a Catholic bishop!

As you know, not to long ago Bp. Howard Hubbard was retired from his looooong tenure as Bishop of Albany.  He was succeeded by Bp. Edward Scharfenberger. Recently Bp. Scharfenbeger gave a speech to an interfaith group in Albany.   … Continue reading

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