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Paul VI and Pentecost

Posted: Thursday, June 12th, 2014 @ 2:44 pm in Church Issues, Liturgical Calendar, Time After Pentecost | 1 Comment »

A few days ago on Rorate Caeli‘s twitter feed, they mentioned the story of Paul VI crying on the first Pentecost Monday after the reform. As the story goes, he was surprised to find green vestments laid out for him. He asked where the red vestments were, and was told by his MC that there […]


Posted: Friday, September 27th, 2013 @ 9:43 pm in Church Issues, Saints | Comments Off on Necessary

“They openly declared that they were Christians, and that the Christian faith is necessary to salvation.” This is from the third lesson of Matins for today’s feast of Sts Cosmas and Damian. This is what they told the Roman prefect when they were arrested on charges of being Christians.  What stood out to me, was […]

The Pope and the Future

Posted: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 @ 9:15 pm in Church Issues | 2 Comments »

Well, there is nothing like having a new pope to get someone back into blogging.  Clearly I am late to the party, but in the immediate aftermath of the conclave, pretty much every possible thing has been said anyway.  So, I don’t have anything special to say about His Holiness, or the election.  But I […]

What Modern Churchmen Don’t Know

Posted: Monday, October 31st, 2011 @ 10:13 pm in Church Issues, Culture, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on What Modern Churchmen Don’t Know

From the commentary on the Feast of Christ the King in the St. Andrew Missal: The Pontiff points out in his encyclical letter on this occasion that people are instructed in the truths of faith, and brought to appreciate the inner joys of religion far more effectually by the annual celebration of our sacred mysteries […]

Seder Meals

Posted: Monday, April 6th, 2009 @ 9:18 pm in Church Issues | 2 Comments »

It’s that time of year again. When mostly well meaning Catholics will host/participate in some variety of Seder Meal in order to learn more about the Jewish roots of Christianity, or to get closer to Our Lord. Or something. Having recently engaged in a conversation about this, I thought would put together all the info […]

Templars Exonerated

Posted: Friday, October 12th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm in Church Issues | Comments Off on Templars Exonerated

Well, it’s about time.  The short story is, the Templar’s involvement in coordinating efforts during the Crusades put them in control of a lot of money.  Charges of heresy were brought against them to suppress them for their money.  The Pope caved under pressure from France.  Now the record is being set straight.  There is […]


Posted: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 @ 9:33 pm in Bible, Church Issues | Comments Off on Machabees

I am reading the book of Machabees and it struck me that the lamentation of Mathathias (Judas Machabee’s father) could apply to the Church today almost word for word (except for the part about the old men being murdered). From 1 Machabees 2:7-14: And Mathathias said: Woe is me, wherefore was I born to see […]

There is still a long way to go

Posted: Sunday, July 22nd, 2007 @ 9:31 pm in Church Issues, Liturgy | Comments Off on There is still a long way to go

After two weeks I am still as pleased as anyone about the Motu Proprio. I am aware of the various concerns and confusions that have come up, but I simply don’t believe with they prove serious problems. However, we must not let our guard down. We must not stop praying for liturgical restoration. Summorum Pontificum […]

Who is a traditionalist?

Posted: Friday, July 13th, 2007 @ 9:35 am in Church Issues | 3 Comments »

Through the Lion and the Cardinal I saw this quote from the Undercroft: The truly momentous aspect of Summorum Pontificum and its accompanying letter is the one most commentators will miss: it is the Holy Father’s implicit re-statement of Nicea II – that the whole tradition of the Church retains its permanent value; that whatever […]

Reviewing Dignitatis Humanae

Posted: Friday, May 25th, 2007 @ 6:52 am in Church Issues, Culture, Philosophy, Theology | 1 Comment »

Dignitatis Humanae (english | latin) is the Vatican II document on religious liberty. It is one that radical traditionalist general take as a slam dunk against Vatican II. I read it a few years ago and I didn’t notice any heresy in it then, but that was before I knew anything about the traditionalist movement […]