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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Fanon Alert!

Pope Benedict XVI wore a fanon last night.

Father Z explains:

The fanon, used since at least the 8th century, is a shoulder-length silken cape, striped in white and gold, that is worn on top of the pontifical vestments, though beneath the pallium. Only the Roman Pontiff may wear it. John Paul II used the fanon once, early in his pontificate, at a Mass celebrated at Santa Cecilia. I knew the rector of that basilica and heard all about the battle that occurred over that Mass! The expression on the face of then-MC Msgr. Magee, later the unhappy bishop of Coyne, says what the liturgical establishment thought of the fanon.

Prayers for a Priest

Patheos posts a note about this priest:

He is Father Luke Suarez. Read the article...

The True Meaning of Christmas

Two things:

1) This is a show that would NEVER be made today. IN fact, Charles Schultz said if he hadn't written it, it would never have been on TV in the first place.

2) Linus drops his security blanket as he quotes the angel saying, "Fear not!".

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Return of Tradition

I'm not sure about the title of this article in The Economist: "A traditionalist avant-garde". It's certainly not something I would call a "cutting edge" type movement, is it?

Smells and bells! 

Feast Day of St. Dominic of Silos, December 20

St. Dominic of Silos is has the following patronages: against rabies; against rabid dogs; against insects; captives; pregnant women; prisoners; shepherds.

What about pregnant dogs and rabid women? Or captive insects? Or captive pregnant prisoners who used to be rabid shepherds?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Clowns in the Sanctuary! RUN!


Liturgical Referee

The Curt Jester talks Liturgical Referees, and hilarity ensues...

Some examples:

Liturgical dance detected!
Illegal use of hands. Normally called when the celebrant has left the sanctuary to shake everybody’s hands.
 The “What the heck am my hearing” signal is one of the most common signals and indicates syrupy banal liturgical music or the inappropriate use of secular music such as show tunes and popular music (especially from the seventies).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It's Not Really Anything Jesus Said, But....

it's still pretty funny.

Thankfully, All the Major Problems With the Church Have Been Resolved!

From the Catholic News Service:

"Bishop Richard Garcia of Monterey will travel to the historic Old Mission San Juan Bautista on December 22 to offer a Mass of reconciliation and apologize to members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of the Ohlone people.

According to the tribal band’s web site, Spanish colonists enslaved members of the tribe at the mission between 1797 and 1834."

So a guy born in Mexico is going to  apologize to 500 people for something the Spaniards did over 200 years ago?

Who is this guy? He seems pretty busy:

    Chair: Task Force on the Spanish Language Bible for the Church in America (USCCB), 2003 -
·      Chair: Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America (USCCB), 2009 -
·      Chair-elect: Committee on Migration (USCCB), 2010 -
·      Member: Committee on Doctrine (USCCB), 2003-
·      Member: Subcommittee on Hispanics and the Liturgy (USCCB), 2005 -
·      Board Member: Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
·      Board Member: ENDOW – Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women
·      Board Member: MATT – Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together
·      Ex-Officio Board Member: Catholic Community Foundation, San Antonio
·      Episcopal Moderator: ANSH – National Association of Hispanic Priests
·      Episcopal Moderator: National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana
·      Founding Member: Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L.) 

I wonder if he's a member of La Raza?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Man Angry That Only Women Can Become Female Priests

From the site, Eye of the Tiber:

Medford, OR––Speaking at a Women’s Rights group at the home of fellow parishioner Florence Hensley of Medford, Oregon this week, 58-year-old Roger Shannahan complained that the group was being sexist for unjustly excluding men from the group’s hopes of a female priesthood. “I mean, you could see in the early Church numbers of male figures that held positions of authority,” Shannahan told the group. “St. Paul was a man, for instance. He had authority, right? So, if St. Paul was a man and had authority, why wouldn’t I be able to have it?” Hensley, who hosts the weekly Women’s Rights group, told Eye of the Tiber after the meeting that men cannot be considered, not because men are unequal, only because it is not in a man’s nature to become a female priest. But Shannahan believes otherwise, telling Eye of the Tiber that the group has always overlooked men simply because of the group’s own insecurities. “I’m sick and tired of sitting on the sidelines. I too have a voice.”

Noli Fumare, Suggestus II

There's a train station in England - in Wallsend, to be specific - in which the sings are in English and LATIN. Of course.

I didn't know why either until I read more about it. Wallsend. As in the end of the wall. Hadrian's Wall! Caesar Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus Buccellanus Augustus was the emperor of Rome from 117AD until 138AD. He built Hadrian's Wall across the northern end of England, running west to east for close to 80 miles as a defensive structure. Parts of it still exist today. Oh...and Hadrian HATED Catholics.


Aggregate, on penalty kicks.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Feast of St. Lucy, December 13

We don't know much about St. Lucy, but they really whoop it up her feast day in Sweden!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dope Slap

Bishop Morlino planted a dope slap on a couple of "sisters" from the Sinsinawa Dominican nuns for their involvement with a group called the "Wisdom's Well" in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisdom Well is an "Interfaith Spirituality Center". All you need to know about the Sinsinawa Dominicans nuns is....THEY HANG OUT WITH GIANT PUPPETS!

Pope Tweets for the First Time

It's about time! He looks like he's having a great time, too!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Breaking News

From the blog site, Eye of the Tiber:

Cincinnati, OH––It was reported this week that 34-year-old parishioner of Holy Family Parish in Cincinnati Karl Tucker spent all Mass Sunday bitter at his gardener, Jesus, for what he called “years of neglected requests.” “It just seems like he never listens anymore,” Tucker reported to friends after Mass. “Every week, it’s like, I ask him to cut my lawn a certain way, and he just goes ahead and does it his own way.”

 Their site says "Breaking Catholic News So You Don't Have To".

The Laughing Policeman

Father Z says, "Perhaps the most annoying song ehvvverrrr." And who are we to argue with a priest?

Feast of St. Daniel the Stylite, December 11

The things you learn... First of all, I never heard of St. Daniel the Stylite. He was a monk in the 5th century. He was a stylite, which I found out means "a type of Christian ascetic who in the early days of the Byzantine Empire stood on pillars preaching, fasting and praying. They believed that the mortification of their bodies would help ensure the salvation of their souls." then I found out that Daniel climbed up on his pillar and only came down once in 33 years - "to turn Emperor Baliscus away from backing the heresy of Monophysitism." Monophysitista believed that the Incarnate Christ "had only a single "nature" which was either divine or a synthesis of divine and human. Monophysitism is contrasted to dyophysitism (or dia-, dio-, or duophysitism) which maintains that Christ maintained two natures, one divine and one human, after the Incarnation."

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8

The question was asked if the Holy Day of Obligation of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is moved to Sunday this year. According to "Because this feast honoring Mary, the Mother of God, celebrates one of the most important events in salvation history, it is never abrogated, even when it falls on a Saturday or a Monday."

It Would Be Funnier if it Wasn't True

Feast of St. Nicholas, December 6

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Mar Saba

Today is the feast day of St. Sabbas, who founded the monastic settlement of Mar Saba in 483 AD. Mar Saba is in the West Bank, so it wouldn't surprise me if the Muslims eventually trash the joint. I'm glad photos exist. The monastery is actually called a LAVRA, which is a Greek word for a collection of caves or cells for hermits.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

You Gotta Givie 'em Credit

When you're the National Catholic Register, it must be hard to get your readership to go any lower. But they've managed to do it! "The National Catholic Reporter has called for the ordination of women to the Catholic priesthood, condemning the Church’s teaching on the issue as “unjust.”

Monday, December 03, 2012

Feast Day of St.Francis Xavier, December 3

His body goes on display every ten years. The body is described as "incorrupt". On the one hand, he looks pretty corrupt to me. On the other hand, he died in 1552.

Vatican praises new UN status for Palestine

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican praised a United Nations vote making Palestine a non-member observer state but called for full recognition of Palestinian sovereignty as necessary for peace in the region...Such a solution would require "effective commitment to building peace and stability, in justice and in the respect for legitimate aspirations, both of the Israelis and of the Palestinians". Of course, the Palestinians are quite clear about their "aspirations" - the extermination of Israel as a country. In the video, the complex position of the Palestinians is made clear.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Benedictines of Mary

You can read more about them here. I love that they refer to priests as "the apostles of our time."

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Feast Day of St. Catherine Laboure, Novmeber 28

St. Catherine was a Daughter of Charity in France. The Blessed Mary appeared to her three times in 1830. Mary told St. Catherine to commission the production of the Immaculate Medal - which she did. "Catherine reported that the Blessed Mother returned during evening meditations. She displayed herself inside an oval frame, standing upon a globe, wearing many rings of different colors, most of which shone rays of light over the globe. Around the margin of the frame appeared the French words Ô Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous (O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee). As Catherine watched, the frame seemed to rotate, showing a circle of twelve stars, a large letter M surmounted by a cross, and the stylized Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns and Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. Asked why some of her rings did not shed light, Mary reportedly replied, "Those are the graces for which people forget to ask." Catherine then heard Mary ask her to take these images to her father confessor, telling him that they should be put on medallions, and saying "All who wear them will receive great graces.""

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Feast Day of St. James Intercisus, November 27

Intercisus is Latin for "cut into pieces". Which is what happened to St. James in 421 AD. Twenty-eight pieces, to be exact.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The SIsters of the Third Order of St. Francis

The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis came up in conversation recently, and I admit I knew nothing about them. So I did what we do now a-day - I did an internet search. And it got me thinking....what is that white bib-like thing called that nuns used to wear. My teachers at Our Lady of Sorrows School were Sisters of St. Joseph and looked like this:
Anyway - it's called a wimple.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Father Z says, "Let’s be clear about this. Catholics are obliged to believe in the existence of the Devil and of Hell. These are de fide doctrines taught by the Church without the possibility of error." And he says priests will go there if they fail to teach us about it.

What? WHAT?

I tell you what... if I was on the Parish Council I never would have voted to get a new sound system. It would be a lot cheaper to have a box of these babies in the back of the church. Help yourself!

Signing Off

Pope Benedict XVI has written a book, called 'Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives'. In it, the Pope claims that "The calculation of the beginning of our calendar – based on the birth of Jesus – was made by Dionysius Exiguus, who made a mistake in his calculations by several years". Jesus was actually born several years earlier than the year 0. So that means - according to the Mayan Calendar - I am already dead.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Clericus Cup 2012

I wasn't blogging at the time so I missed some big soccer news: "The Pontifical North American College Martyrs soccer team won the championship match of the annual Clericus Cup tournament on May 12. They defeated the reigning champions of the Pontifical Gregorian University 3-0."

Las Posados in Anna

Hey look! It's Father Fed! Las Posados is Mexican for "Poseidon", a holiday event where the community re-enacts the movie "The Poseidon Adventure". Father Fed is the Gene Hackman character, Reverend Scott.

Monday, November 19, 2012

According to Matthew

"Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Wait for the 1:30 mark....

Friday, November 16, 2012

The BLACK Chasuble

I believe that at some point in my life I have seen the black chasuble - but for the life of me, I can't remember when. I wonder if it's like the green soccer referee shirt because it's the last one you buy after you have all the others? Anyway, it's apparently worn on All Souls' and at times of mourning or sadness. I'm thinking funeral masses...

Feast of St. Gertrude, November 16

Feast of Saint Albert the Great, November 15

Hello? Do you have St. Albert in a can? Yes, we do. Better let him out!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More Election Info

We have already seen that 75% of "Hispanic" Catholics voted for Obama. Turns out, those who claim to be Catholic but do not attend Church every Sunday like Obama, too!

Of Course, It Could Have Been Like In Genesis....

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Catholics For Obama, 2012 Edition

I read that Catholics, once again, gave the most pro-abortion, anti-religion politician in America most of their votes. Turns out that was slightly misleading. Only 40% of White Catholics voted for him (and shame on you), but an eye-popping 75% of Hispanic Catholics voted for him. Apparently, some expect more from the government than what the expect from God.

Astounding? There's Gotta Be Another Word For It...

I never heard of "Saint" Christina the Amazing until today (I checked into Sister Martha's blog). First, let it be said that the Church does not recognize her as a saint - she was considered one when she was alive in the early 12th century.Secondly, if the stories are true, I don't think "Astounding" is good enough of a word. She died, but then at her funeral Mass she got up and levitated to the top of the church. She said she couldn't stand the smell of the souls that were in the church with her. Then she told everyone she had been to hell, purgatory, and heaven. Then she spent the rest of her life doing penance for the souls in purgatory - throwing herself into fireplaces, running through briar patches, swimming in freezing water for days on end - without getting so much as a scratch. Astounding? How about amazing, astonishing, astounding, blindsiding, dumbfounding (also dumfounding), eye-opening, flabbergasting, jarring, jaw-dropping, jolting, shocking, startling, stunning, stupefying?

Feast Day of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, November 13

St. Frances Cabrini was born in Italy, but spent most of her adult life working with immigrants in Chicago. Even though she died in Chicago in 1917, she is buried in New York City (of all places). She was the first American citizen to achieve sainthood The first saint BORN in the United States was Elizabeth Anne Seton - but of course you knew that.

You go, Archbishop!

Monday, November 12, 2012

It seems like every time I try to get to this blog, Google wants to make it as difficult as it can. But I think it works now and I am about to blog again. For all of you who actually read this (me), I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Cathloics Who Voted Against the Blount Amendment

The Senate Thursday defeated a proposal that would have allowed employers and health plans regulated by the 2010 health care law to opt out of paying for medical services that are contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions. Senator Mark Begich (Alaska, D) – Opposed Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa, D) – Opposed Senator Richard Durbin (Illinois, D) – Opposed Senator Mary Landrieu (Louisiana, D) – Opposed Senator John Kerry (Massachusetts, D) – Opposed Senator Barbara Mikulski (Maryland, D) – Opposed Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri, D) – Opposed Senator Robert Menendez (New Jersey, D) – Opposed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York, D) – Opposed Senator Jack Reed (Rhode Island, D) – Opposed Senator Pat Leahy (Vermont, D) – Opposed Senator Maria Cantwell (Washington, D) – Opposed Senator Patty Murray (Washington, D) – Opposed All of them are Democrats. Shocka. 53% of Catholics voted for Obama.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Like Henry in the Snows of Conossa

Marc Thiessen is reporting that Fidel Castro intends to either convert or return to Catholicism when Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba in March. Despite being the idol of our leftist friends in America (I'm talking to you Sean Penn, Jack Nicholson, and everyone who works for NPR), Castro is one of the vilest, vicious thugs to ever destroy a country. According to "The Black Book of Communism", "From 1959 through the late 1990s, more than 100,000 Cubans experienced life in one of [Castro’s] camps [or] prisons…. Between 15,000 and 17,000 people were shot." Anyway, Jonah Goldberg wrote about this on National Review's website under the title seen above. What does it mean? In the year 1077, The Holy Roman Emperor, Henry IV, was excommunicated. He went to the castle in Conossa where Pope Gregory VII was staying. He had to wait for three days outside the gates before the Pope would see him. Pope Gregory DID lift the excommunication.

Holding Hands During the Lord's Prayer (Re-post from 2/15/07)

I am not a fan of holding hands during the Our Father at Mass, although I have no problems if YOU want to. To avoid conflict, I am going to order one of these: The "Our Father Holding Hand" is a one-size fits all that you can easily slip on your real hand and then slip it off discretely so the progressive congregant to your left or right has a hand to hold. Meanwhile, your real hands are now reverently folded so that you can pray the Lord's Prayer without getting stuck in that giant 60's style peace chain."

Will Obama's Health Plan Use Public Money to Fund Abortions? (Re-posted from 9/19/09)

I don't know... let's ask him!
53% of Catholics voted for Obama.

Cardinal Dolan

I love the fact that somehow this is news - Cardinal Dolan wants to be a saint! Stop the presses!

Sign the Petition

Cardinal Dolan has signed this petition, and if it's good enough for him it's good enough for me!

Friday, February 24, 2012

If You Knew Latin, You'd Be Laughing

Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt.

Things That Don't Make Sense, Part 2

Headline from the Catholic Culture Org: Vatican official discusses Pope’s Twitter outreach

Things that Don't Make Sense, Part 1

The actress who played Clare in the 1961 movie, "Francis of Assisi" is now a nun. A BENEDICTINE nun. NOT a Poor Clare.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Plenary Indulgences

Fr. Z's blog tells me: " A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who in any Friday in the season of Lent piously recite the prayer "En ego, o bone et dulcissime Iesu", before an image of the Crucified Jesus Christ after communion; … (Reference: Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. concessiones.)" Cool! An indulgence! What is it? The Catholic Encyclopedia says "An indulgence is the extra-sacramental remission of the temporal punishment due, in God's justice, to sin that has been forgiven, which remission is granted by the Church in the exercise of the power of the keys, through the application of the superabundant merits of Christ and of the saints, and for some just and reasonable motive." KEY FACTOR - "It is not the forgiveness of the guilt of sin; it supposes that the sin has already been forgiven." It does NOT take the place of confession.

Father Barron comments on Lent

Second Day of Lent

Let me just say that is making this very difficult...

Monday, February 20, 2012

I'm Back

And it's all about Lent. I have decided that I will get back to blogging - not as penance, because it makes me a better Catholic. So I will start with this. It's not often I read an article that has a line "Murray reached beneath the thesis/hypothesis schema into a much older stratum of Catholic tradition, where he found, in the fifth-century writings of Pope Saint Gelasius I" but now I have. Believe it or not, I understood it. Sorry, I seem to have forgotten how to post a link.