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Lunch with Dante in Florence. The Poet comments on consistories.

Dante can provide wisdom on most of the troubles of our lives.   His wisdom pops up just about anywhere and in timely fashion. Thus, a wise and respected friend was lunching in Florence in the shadow of the Duomo today … Read More

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WDTPRS – 15th Ordinary Sunday: Too far right or too far left, we wind up in the ditch in the dark

This week, the 15th Ordinary Sunday in the Novus Ordo calendar, we have a good example of the dramatic difference between the old, Obsolete ICEL version we suffered with for decades, and the Latin with the Current ICEL version. The Collect … Read More


The Negative Power of Silence

Perhaps you have the same reaction that I have.  One of the things that provokes in me the worst sort of anxiety is being told that something is up, but not being told what it is.  For example, you are … Read More

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ESOLEN: The prelates of sodom – #sodoclericalism

A The Catholic Thing the scholar and translator of Dante’s Divine Comedy uses this most important of works to unpack a central issue in The Present Crisis. There are those today, such as highly tattooed gang of Team Francis, who work … Read More

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“Not so fast!”, says the damned soul. “Amoris laetitia says,…”.

So this morning my phone goes “ding”.  “What fresh hell is this!?”, quoth I, reaching. Indeed, it was “fresh hell”! At Messa in Latino a wag has posted a bit of Dantesque parody about an adulterous soul in Hell. A soul has … Read More

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Anthony Esolen makes a point – with napalm

The brilliant Anthony Esolen (how I envy his prose) makes a point – with napalm – at the increasingly useful Crisis today.  The post confirmed me in my desire never to be on his bad side. He begins… Don’t Let A Foolish … Read More

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“O you who come to this abode of pain…”, thoughts on ‘Amoris laetitia’

Today at The Catholic Thing Robert Royal has a short and suggestive piece about sex and deception. Dante – Il Poeta  – gives him a lift. Royal recounts teaching Dante’s Inferno, the first part of the Divine Comedy,  to students. One of the … Read More

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To a priest who learned the Traditional Mass and then quit because it was hard.

I have often written about how priests are never the same after having learned how to say the older, traditional form of Holy Mass in the Roman Rite.  Many priests have related to me about how, once they learned, or … Read More

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Our Rich Traditions of Ember Wednesday of Advent

Do you remember the little mnemonic poems?  “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”, or else “Fasting days and Emberings be Lent, Whitsun, Holyrood, and Lucie.” The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after St. Lucy are the Advent Ember Days. In the old Julian … Read More

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Anthony Esolen under attack by his school, Domincan-run Providence College

I often direct you to the writings of Anthony Esolen, who contributes frequently to the increasingly-valuable Crisis.  Esolen is a prof at Domincan-run Providence College. I saw this at Touchstone, where Esolen is an editor. If you have benefitted from the writings … Read More

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WDTPRS 2nd Ordinary Sunday: the position of a beggar

In the reformed calendar, we have moved into the Time called “Ordinary”, by which we mean “ordered”, not “unexceptional”. In the traditional calendar of the Extraordinary Form, this is the “Time through the year”, divided into time after Epiphany and after … Read More

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WDTPRS – 13th Sunday after Pentecost: “E ‘n la sua volontade è nostra pace!”

Today’s prayer survived the redactors to live on in the Novus Ordo as the Collect for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time.  It is an ancient prayer, found in the Veronese and the Gelasian Sacramentary. COLLECT (1962MR): Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, da … Read More

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WDTPRS 8th Sunday after Pentecost (1962MR): Being even more ourselves.

In the Extraordinary Form, Sunday’s Collect is from the ancient Veronese Sacramentary and the Gelasian and the so-called Gregorian. It survived the liturgical tailors with their scissors and thread to live on in the post-Conciliar Missale Romanum on Thursday of the 1st week of Lent. However, there is … Read More

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Pope Francis did two really cool things

First, yesterday, Pope Francis went to a parish near Ostia (Rome’s ancient port where St. Augustine’s mother, St. Monica, died – today is her feast in the traditional calendar). Before saying Mass, His Holiness heard confessions! Fathers… hear confession! Second, … Read More

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WDTPRS 8th Sunday after Pentecost (1962MR): Being even more ourselves.

Ordinary Form 18th Ordinary Sunday HERE Today’s Collect is from the ancient Veronese Sacramentary and the Gelasian and the so-called Gregorian. It survived the liturgical tailors with their scissors and thread to live on in the post-Conciliar Missale Romanum on … Read More

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CDF and LCWR: A “Dialogue” by Prof. Esolen. Fun and sad.

At The Catholic Thing, Anthony Esolen has a great dialogue, I use the word a little loosely, which typifies much of what the LCWR is doing in the face of the CDF’s guidance.  Let’s have a look at a little … Read More

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Saturday Stroll

Today I have done some reading and listened to the monks of Le Barroux sing the Tenebrae office. For lunch I found a great pastrami sandwich and went to the Park. Okay… here’s a better shot of the pastrami.   … Read More

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A Sunday afternoon riff on salty bread and Chinese noodles

I am enjoying a break in my evening for a bit of frivolous entertainment. I was going to watch Bladerunner, but opted for something considerably lighter. However, in a moment of post-modern self-conscious connection-making I’ll make a connection between this … Read More

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WDTPRS Thursday 5th Week Lent (Prayer over the People): of spewing, pointless running, and the virtue of religion

Please use the sharing buttons! Today’s “Prayer over the people”, at the end of Mass in the Ordinary Form, was originally in a truncated form in various manuscripts of the Gelasian Sacramentary. However, I eventually found it also in a … Read More

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In retribution for my sins… a terrible thought to make the blood run cold! Save me, O Lord!

I just had a horrible though that made my blood run cold….. It just occurred to me what a Dantesque contrapasso it would be – for my black and horrible sins – were some bishops to engineer me being assigned … Read More

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