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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.