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Sunday, June 29, 2008

You're HIRED!


Watch out, all you giant puppet makers. I've hired some muscle.
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  I stumbled upon the 2008 Eucharisticc Procession being shown live on EWTN last week. And there...leading this solemn event...GIANT NUN PUPPETS. I hereby declare a JIHAD on giant puppets, ESPECIALLY giant CATHOLIC puppets. No more. Stop it. Now.
 BUT WAIT...there was more! There was a Mexican bishop wearing a HAT!
  AND the ugliest monstrance on the face of the earth.

I won't even talk about the schloky music they were playing throughout the procession.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

Only Boys May Apply


A priest in Wisconsin has announced that hence forth, only boys can serve as Altar Boys. Welll...DUH. I won't link to the Madison Times story because the comments are obscene.

"Members of St. Barnabas Parish in Mazomanie say they are stunned to learn that the priests leading their Catholic community will no longer allow their daughters to be servers at Mass. From now on, only boys will be able to assist priests in the ancient religious rite.

The new policy was announced at a meeting with parents Tuesday by Rev. John Del Priore, who was assigned to the parish on June 1.

"It's an outrage," said Tammy Parks. "They said it was a good way for boys to be indoctrinated into being a priest."

After letting her 11-year-old daughter know that she would no longer be allowed on the altar, Del Priore asked her 8-year-old son about his interest in becoming an altar boy, Parks said in an interview.

"Not only is the priest discriminating against my daughter, he's teaching my son that that is appropriate behavior," she said.

Parents at St. Barnabas are so distressed that there is talk of having the boys boycott altar duty.

The Catholic Church broke with centuries of tradition in 1994, when the Vatican said girls would be allowed to join "altar boys" in assisting priests at Mass.

It is up to the local bishop to decide whether to allow lay women, or girls, to serve when needed, said Brent King, director of communications for the Madison Diocese. Female servers have been allowed in the Madison Diocese, King said, but it is ultimately up to each individual priest to decide whether he needs help at the altar. Priests may ask whomever they wish to assist them, so long as that person is a Catholic in good standing, King said.

He stressed that servers take on the duties of acolytes, traditionally a low clerical rank.

"Neither lay women nor lay men have the right to carry out the function of acolyte," King said.
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Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria


St. Cyril succeeded his uncle, St. Theophilus, as Patriarch of Alexander. This made me think of this:

Theophilus Thistle, the thrifty thistle sifter, while sifting a sieve of unsifted thistles, thrust thrice three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb. See that thou, thistle sifter, while sifting a sieve of unsifted thistles, thrust not thrice three thousand thistles through the thick of thy thumb. Success to the thrifty thistle sifter!
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Where Have I been?

Sorry for the lack of posts. I've been busy. Dancing. With Matt.