Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ten reasons why I never wash

Ten reasons why I never wash

    1.  I was forced to as a child.
    2. People who wash are hypocrites – they think they are cleaner than everybody else.
    3. There are so many different kinds of soap, I can’t decide which one is best.
    4. I used to wash, but I got bored and stopped.
    5. I wash only on special occasions, like Christmas and Easter.
    6. None of my friends wash.
    7. I’ll start washing when I get older and dirtier.
    8. I can’t spare the time.
    9. The bathroom is never warm enough in winter or cool enough in summer.
    10. People who make soap are only after your money.
Amazing how explanations that sound reasonable when you're talking about going to Mass/church come off really petty and immature when applied to taking a bath.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I'm sorry, I've caught poetry ...

One of the best things about having a blog like this is that you can inflict your poetry on an unsuspecting general populace without the disgusting necessity of having it scrutinized by agents and publishers prior to publication. Heh heh heh.

Christmas Eve Reflection

The Child who, wrapped in linen soft,
And lying on the new-mown heather,
Reached out his hands to girl-child mother,
The first disciple of them all.

Monday, December 20, 2010

And now for an army completely different ....

The end of "don't ask, don't tell" has come, although there'll be some kinks (er, sorry) to work out before our gay soldiers, sailors, airpersons and Marines come completely out of the camouflaged closet. I'm quite certain, however, that we'll never see this on an American parade ground:

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A high-handed outrage in Phoenix

NEW YORK, December 16, 2010 ( - The American Civil Liberties Union has attacked Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix after news broke this week that the bishop had taken further steps against a Catholic hospital that had performed a direct abortion. [Because we all know that losing Catholic Church backing will cause federal and state funding to dry up—no, wait, we live in America.]

Reacting to the latest clash, Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, staff [liar .. er,] attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project [You’re kidding me, right?], said the staff of the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center “did the right thing” by killing an unborn child late last year to avert aggravation of the mother’s pulmonary hypertension. [Because, of course, a theoretical medical threat takes precedence over a real human’s right to live.]

“A hospital’s first responsibility must be to protect the health of its patient, [and, of course, the unborn don’t qualify as “patients”]” said Kolbi-Molinas in a statement Wednesday. “Religiously affiliated hospitals are not exempt from federal laws that protect a patient’s right to receive emergency care [except if you’re unborn], and cannot invoke their religious status to jeopardize the health and lives of pregnant women [There’s a flag on the play … yes, it’s fifteen yards for misuse of adjective, because the mother’s life was already in (theoretical) jeopardy and refusal to abort would not have increased it, and loss of down for unsportsmanlike rhetoric].”

The pro-abortion wing of the advocacy group had already written to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in July of this year urging them to investigate [!?] Catholic hospitals that refuse to perform direct abortions as a matter of Catholic moral principle. [And what’s to “investigate” … whether they’re serving nutritious meals? No, no, my dears; the word you’re looking for is “persecute”.]

The Arizona Republic had revealed earlier this week that Bishop Olmsted had offered an ultimatum to the hospital’s parent company in order to keep their official Catholic status. The bishop said the hospital would have to backtrack on its endorsement of the abortion, submit to a diocesan review, and agree to ongoing staff training on the U.S. bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives. [The nerve of the guy! He acts like the Church has some kind of authority over Catholic hospitals! Next he'll be bringing in the comfy chair!]

Should the hospital not comply, it would still be able to call itself “Catholic,” but the diocese would officially renounce the facility and priests would no longer be permitted to conduct Mass there. [O the humanity! O the repressive brutes!]


Umm ... ditto?

Listen to Michael Voris' latest think-piece on RealCatholic TV. He kinda reminds me of a blow-dried, physically fit Rush Limbaugh with a baccalaureate in Sacred Theology ... except that he knows something of what he's talking about.

As much as I can agree with the substance of Voris' smackdown, and while I can to a certain extent enjoy the rant as a rant, I just can't get that worked up about the quasi-religious nuns left in the old orders. Sure, they've done their damage; but like the KKK in American politics, they're pretty much a spent, sterile force in the Church in America. They're old, sad and pathetic. Let's smile at them, nod at their misanthropic ravings, and pray that their hearts and minds be opened before they die to God's redemptive grace.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

How JFK corrupted American Catholicism!

This was shot at Thomas More College's President's Council Symposium on Catholic Statesmanship at the Harvard Club, held just the other day. The speaker is Dr. Hadley Arkes of Amherst College, a Jewish convert to Catholicism and a remarkably earthy, witty fellow indeed:

Dr. Hadley Arkes at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts from Thomas More College of Liberal A on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Speaking of being offensive ....

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Chase Bank is afraid to put up Christmas trees in their lobbies because they don't want people to feel unwelcome. Good Lord, I feel sorry for those poor atheists, surrounded everywhere by signs that people still prefer hope to despair, prefer stories that bring meaning to our existence rather than stories that mash our noses in meaninglessness.

Chase Bank, this song's for you:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This is where I draw the line

As a Catholic raised in the post-V2, Novus Ordo Church, I've come to accept a few common problems with the way the Mass is celebrated at many parishes. What follows is not necessarily specific to my parish:

I accept that the choir will sing with more enthusiasm than skill, and that the director will choose songs unfamiliar to us and just beyond the choir's ability. If I attend a folk Mass, I accept that the songs will be performed 4-8 bpm too slow, leading "Blessed Be the Lord" to sound like a dirge, and that at some point during the liturgical cycle "Lord of the Dance" will be played despite my most desperate pleas to God. If I attend the LifeTeen Mass, I accept that I will know none of the lyrics, and that the lead guitarist will rock the house whether rocking the Lord's house is appropriate or not.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What's happening in College Station, Texas?

Somewhere I heard that the university which has produced the most vocations in the last few years isn't a Catholic institution, like Creighton or Loyola or CUA. Rather, it's Texas A&M. Perhaps the secret lies in a church near the campus ....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Another sign that some people just don’t get Catholicism …

A homosexual organization is planning a massive “kiss-in” in front of the pope as he leaves Barcelona's cathedral on Sunday during his planned visit to Spain.

The group, which calls itself Queer Kissing FlashMob, is calling on homosexuals to kiss each other for two minutes as the pope passes, and then disperse. The group hopes to infiltrate the crowd by dressing like people from traditional Catholic movements such as “Cuentame” and Opus Dei, according to its website.

“In view of the inevitable visit to Barcelona by the highest representative of an institution that for many years has been antagonistic, not to say an enemy of the struggle for sexual and affective rights of many who don’t practice exclusively reproductive sex ... we have planned to do something to show our discomfort,” said one version of the group’s Facebook page, which has also called upon participants to avoid all verbal forms of expression and gestures of hostility.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Show us your rosaries!

Thus saith The Crescat: "October is traditionally the month of the Holy Rosary. The rosary is one of the most obvious outward signs of our Catholic identity. I've also noticed that every rosary has a story and holds a special place in the heart of the owner. All you have to do is comment on someone's rosary, remarking about it's beauty or uniqueness. What usually follows is a brief story of how and where they acquired it. Some used to belong to a special person, some were purchased on a pilgrimage, while others may have been blessed by a priest who is a good friend."

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Way

From a book I gotta read to a movie I gotta see:

From Rome Reports:
September 26, 2010. The American film actor Martin Sheen is returning to his roots. He’s making a journey to Spain, the land of his father, who decades ago emigrated from Galicia to the United States.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Father Barron on a book I gotta read!

Father Robert Barron, the maestro of, gives us a book report on Peter Hitchens' The Rage Against God. (Hitchens, if you don't know, is the brother of the rabidly atheist journalist Christopher Hitchens. He's also a journalist and editorialist, and a high-church Anglican.)
 If anyone wants to buy themselves—or me (hint hint)—a copy, they can find it here at
And, by the way, in the spirit of charity I want to offer prayers to both brothers on the revelation that "the Hitch" is dying of cancer. For Christopher, that he may finally embrace the truth he has denied so long, and for Peter that he may find comfort in his sorrow. I suggest the Divine Mercy Chaplet: For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

From the "Public display of ignorance" file ...

We, the undersigned, share the view that Pope Ratzinger [This sort of gratuitous discourtesy merely puts the signers' immaturity on display] should not be given the honour of a state visit to this country. We believe that the pope, as a citizen of Europe and the leader of a religion with many adherents in the UK, is of course free to enter and tour our country. [Mighty white of you.] However, as well as a religious leader, the pope is a head of state, and the state and organisation of which he is head has been responsible for:

  • Opposing the distribution of condoms and so increasing large families in poor countries and the spread of AIDS. [Take note that papal opposition hasn’t stopped the distribution of condoms anywhere. The increase of large families and the spread of AIDS has been in countries where condoms have been widely distributed. In areas where the government has actively promoted chastity and fidelity, AIDS has diminished as a threat.]
  • Promoting segregated education. [And this is a problem ... how? By not making Catholic schools non-sectarian?]
  • Denying abortion to even the most vulnerable women. [Because the Pope is for the most fundamental human right—the right of life.]
  • Opposing equal rights for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people. [The only thing the Pope has openly opposed is same-sex marriage, which is an oxymoron. See the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s letter On the pastoral care of homosexual persons. It was written while Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger was the Prefect of the Congregation.]
  • Failing to address the many cases of abuse of children within its own organisation. [Okay, and where have you been the last eight or nine years? The Catholic Church has done a lot more to address the problem than most government-run school systems.]

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Roamin' Catholic priests

Here is a really powerful funeral homily delivered by Fr. Bill Casey, who made the wonderful speech on superficial preaching I posted about back in March:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

From the "I'm so misunderstood" files ....

Ali Agca, the Turkish assassin who shot John Paul II on May 13, 1981, claims it wasn't his intention to kill the Pope but to wound him. Oh, well, that's not so bad, is it?


After serving 19 years for the attack on JP2 in Italy, he was extradited to Turkey to serve a 10-year sentence for the killing of journalist Abdi Īpekçi. Having completed his sentence, he's now at liberty and is, in the grand tradition of Western justice, writing a book ....

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A little light summer reading ...

 Homer’s Iliad.

No, I’m not trying to bolster my slender credentials as either an intellectual or a classicist. On my last trip back home to Omaha, I caught poetry. After committing two blatant acts of doggerel, I decided to go back to the basics. You have to start with the epic tradition—Iliad, Odyssey, Aenid, Beowulf—then move up through Chaucer, Dante, Chanson de Roland, Spenser, Shakespeare ….

Lot of catching up to do ….

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The dumbing of American Catholicism

This speech by Fr. Robert Barron of Word On makes a very telling criticism about Catholic catechesis of the last 40 years:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The unreason of despair

The atheist cries, “I will not content myself with a God who would permit for one tiniest part of a second the torment of a child!” And so he contents himself with a universe that is indifferent to the torment of millions of children and adults. He cannot lift a finger to save a child in this life; therefore he must consign her to eternal death, uncomforted and unavenged. He cannot envision a Plan that will give her suffering meaning; therefore he will make her suffering meaningless. He cannot give her justice in this life, so he will deny the possibility of justice in a Life hereafter. Because there can be no good Purpose to her suffering, there can be no purpose at all, save a jury-rigged, ephemeral, individually constructed “purpose” whose reality is dishonest as the grand Purpose he denies so forcefully. If this be not a philosophy of despair, then there is no such thing as despair.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Lord's Prayer and obedience

This is an extract from Fr. Andrew Garcia, SJ, "Ignatian Obedience in the Light of The Spiritual Exercises", New Jesuit Review (2010, Vol. 1, No. 3):

Thus, the mission of the Son is to restore all things back to the Father. This is brought about by the fulfillment of the Father’s will, that is, to inaugurate the kingdom of heaven here on earth. And it is in the Son’s “inauguration” of the kingdom that he brings about our redemption. The mission to establish his kingdom on earth is only possible in an obedience to God’s will; the words of the Our Father sum this up succinctly, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” One thus realizes that in the “Our Father” the Son is describing nothing less than his mission here on earth [emphasis mine—TL]: it is he who praises and thanks the Father (“hallowed be thy name”); it is he who brings about the kingdom of heaven by perfectly carrying out the Father's will (“thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”); it is he who gives us our daily bread in the sacrament of Eucharist and asks for our forgiveness to the Father on the cross in the sacrament of confession (“give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses”); and it is he who prays for us, as he did for Peter, in our moment of trial and temptation by the evil one (cf. Lk 22:31-32 “and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one”). And in fulfilling his mission, we can all say with him and in him “Our Father, who art in heaven...”

Sunday, May 23, 2010

What do men want from women?

I have been told repeatedly that men like domestic women, which I suspect is their not so subtle way of saying they don't think I am. Gentlemen, help me out here. I sincerely want to know what your personal definition of this term means to you.
How could I resist?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oh, well ... so much for Doomsday ....

New York Man Spends Life Savings Ahead of May 21 Doomsday

A New York man spent his entire $140,000 life savings advertising his prediction that the world will end May 21, the New York Post reported Friday.
Robert Fitzpatrick, a 60-year-old Staten Island resident, said he spent at least that sum on 1,000 subway-car placards and ads on bus kiosks and subway cars.
They say, "Global Earthquake: The Greatest Ever! Judgment Day May 21, 2011."
In a self-published book, "The Doomsday Code," Fitzpatrick said the Bible offers "proof that cannot be dismissed."
"Judgment Day will surprise people. We will not be ready for it," Fitzpatrick said in an interview with the newspaper. "A giant earthquake will render the earth uninhabitable."
If you want to set an alarm clock, the quake will happen just before 6:00pm local time, he said.
"God's people will be resurrected. It is also the day that God stops saving anyone," he said.
Fitzpatrick hopes that he is one of the chosen ones, but he could not be really certain.
"There's just a little doubt," he said. "Most churches teach that if you just believe, you will be saved. It is not our choice. It is God's choice."
And so, one more idiot claims his timetable is Scripture-based, while ignoring passages that clearly say the time of the Second Coming is unknown, that the day of the Lord will come "like a thief in the night" (1 Thess 5:23; cf. Mt 24:36, 44, 25:13; Mk 13:35-37; Lk 12:46; 2 Pet 3:9-10; Rev 3:3). And he spent his life savings doing this.

I don't know whom we need saving from more ... our enemies or our friends.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

From the "Abbie Hoffman's Great Political Plays of the 1970s" file

According to Deacon Keith Fournier of Catholic Online, members of an LGBT activist group, Rainbow Sash, are planning to disrupt Pentecost Masses at cathedrals across the nation, with particular emphasis on Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral, the apostolic seat of Cardinal Francis George OMI, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In fairness, Rainbow Sash’s own press release doesn’t say anything about disruption. They merely say they plan to enter cathedrals wearing rainbow sashes. But according to “American Papist” Thomas Peters, Rainbow Sash has in fact disrupted masses before.

Apparently the way to spread the gospel of love and tolerance is to make a public jackass of yourself and profane the Eucharistic celebration? Oh yeah, that’ll change hearts and minds. While you’re at it, why not stage a sit-in and sing several repetitions of “Kumbaya”?

UPDATE 5/24/10:
Yup, they entered the cathedral. Wearing rainbow sashes. And that's it.

So sorry for the melodrama, folks. They went into church. And life went on.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

From the "Glad You Did Your Research" Department

Once again, the Associated Press demonstrates its nonpareil grasp of detail with its reportage on Msgr. Luiz Marques Barbosa, a Brazilian priest caught on video molesting young men and now facing criminal charges.

(By the way, Bp. Valerio Breda of Penedo has suspended Barbosa and two other priests of the diocese; the diocese is cooperating with the police as well as conducting its own investigation. Doubtless the New York Times will still wonder why Cardinal Ratzinger didn't defrock Barbosa in 1985. (If you don't get why that remark is sarcastic, let me know and I'll tell you.))

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A simple question

Would somebody please tell me what kind of insane logic the mainstream media are using? We Catholics are defending the Pope against unjust, insupportable charges of sheltering pedophiles, not defending the pedophiles themselves.

Oh, wait a minute ... too many words. This is what gets read: "We Catholics are garble garble garble garble garble garble garble defending pedophiles." Go figure.

(The garble garble garble sound is all that comes through when you're singing very loudly while holding your fingers in your ears.)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia!

Despite my blatant Catholicism, I've always loved Georg Friderich Händel's Messiah, especially No. 44—Chorus: "Hallelujah!" However, I could never figure out why it got associated with Christmas, since it's so clearly a song of Easter, just as I can't figure out why my page has difficulty showing the frame for my YouTube links:

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Teaching the hard truths

Father John Zuhlsdorf (the irrepressible “Fr. Z”) over at What Does the Prayer Really Say has a quite stunning mini-sermon entitled, “Here it is in a nutshell, folks”. It starts off with the bald assertion, “You are going to die.” And it doesn’t get any lighter from there. Unless you count the concession that your passing on could be a few years from now. (Leading one combox frequenter to remark, “I see Fr. Happy Fun Priest is in full form today.”)

The timing is interesting because Msgr. Charles Pope on the Archdiocese of Washington blog had a piece up the other day on the common Catholic complaint about the poor quality of homilies. The entry included a speech by another priest, Fr. Bill Casey, about superficial preaching, that had me practically shouting “Hallelujah!” by the end of it. Msgr. Pope isn’t afraid to tackle the harder points of the faith; I’ve referenced his reflection on genocide in the Old Testament in my other blog. His piece from November, “Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free”, is worth reading as well.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Nazarenos: Not what you think!

From Catholic Eye Candy:

A common feature in Spain is the almost general usage of the nazareno or penitential robe for some of the participants in the processions. This garment consists in a tunic, a hood with conical tip (capirote) used to conceal the face of the wearer, and sometimes a cloak. The exact colors and forms of these robes depend on the particular procession. The robes were widely used in the medieval period for penitents, who could demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity.These nazarenos carry processional candles or rough-hewn wooden crosses, may walk the city streets barefoot, and, in some places may carry shackles and chains on their feet as penance.

They come in different colors, presumably according to the liturgical season. Regardless, don't look for such a procession in your hometown soon; it'll be a looooong time before the other guys in hoods are dead in the American psyche.

Makes me wonder, though ... did the other guys steal the idea from us?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Archbishop Sheen On Confession

Da Mihi Animas has a marvelous, moving speech by the great Servant of God +Fulton J. Sheen about the Sacrament of Confession. Judging from the color and internal references, I would guess that the speech took place some time in the early 1970s. Abp. Sheen had a very simple, storyteller's approach to preaching that allowed people to forget how broad and well-educated his intellect was. Put differently, he was sophisticated enought to be simple without being simplistic. Watch and marvel.

Da Mihi Animas: Archbishop Sheen: On Confession

Saturday, February 13, 2010

De scalis ad Campis Elysiorum

 A few days ago, while I was reading an update to Father Z’s blog post “Aging Hippie Paradise” (a rap by his alter ego Zuhlio), I found a link to a translation of Sir Mixalot’s “Baby Got Back” by Quislibet. (As the Crescat would say, “Hi-freaking-larious!”) It occurred to me that those of us who can’t quite “get” rap and are a bit older might be more elevated by conversion of another classic song into the mother tongue. And if you want something done, sometimes ya gotta do it yourself ….

Sunday, February 7, 2010

You tell 'em, Jester!

 Once of the nice things about the short format of this blog is that I can simply refer readers to other blogs, along with an “attaboy” when such is called for. Jeff Miller’s recent post, “Stop using reality against us”, is just one such.

This is my favorite part:

 The abortion industry and abortion supporters have always been about minimizing or hiding reality. Women are told across the world falsehoods about the stages of the child in their womb. Terms are used to describe this that have no bearing on the reality. Over and over Ultrasound has been called a weapon because it helps to visualize reality. Laws requiring that women be properly informed about the life in the womb and presented with factual medical and scientific information about this are blocked time and again by the pro-abortion crowd.

A mother choosing life is polarizing and divisive. What a sick culture we live in.

Read the rest of this wonderful post at the Curt Jester.

Monday, February 1, 2010

From the Department of Redundancy Department

 This item comes to us from the Catholic News Service’s story about the 173rd Airborne guarding the Haitian refugees at a local golf resort:

Given the circumstances, it’s understandable that the military would want to keep order, lest violence break out during the distribution of aid. Homeless Haitians greatly outnumbered soldiers and a group of medical workers at the club. In this day of a security-conscious American government,  the only way military planners see as the way to keep order, it seems, is to make it difficult for anyone to upset the normal flow of things.

So the only way to keep order is to … keep order? Thanks for the clarification.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sacred, Beautiful and Universal: Colloquium XIX

Okay, this is how Catholic Church music should sound:

I think I should let the video speak for itself, and the people within speak for themselves. All I can say is: "WOW! What beatiful—nay, divine!—music! Who would not feel in the presence and awe of God with that in his ears?"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How to boost the number of priestly vocations!

The following is a response I posted in Father Z’s blog. There was an ongoing argument started when someone saw that the number of permanent (lay) deacons had doubled since 1985 (from 7,204 to 16, 380) while the number of diocesan priests almost halved (from 22,265 to 13,072), and immediately committed a post-hoc fallacy: “The decline was caused by the reinstitution of the permanent diaconate!” Unfortunately, my entry was fairly late in the game, so I doubt it’ll be noticed:

The reason for the decline of priestly vocations is not due to the re-establishment of the permanent diaconate. Rather, there are two proximate causes: 1) Failure of priests to actively recruit; and 2) Altar girls.

Friday, January 22, 2010

On the Senate race in Massachusetts

I posted this comment on GetReligion’s story on the Democrat debacle over Teddy Kennedy’s long-time seat:

Marcia Coakley lost because she took victory for granted, and for that reason failed to do things that she should have learned in Electioneering 101—Kiss the babies, shake the hands, meet and greet everyone from the mayor to the local bag-lady, and for goodness’ sake be careful not to p*** off a swing bloc with an ill-considered statement. She left everything on the table, and ought not to be surprised that Scott Brown swept it up. He worked for the seat; she didn’t.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Killer Instinct

 On Christmas Eve on my other blog—what’s its name again?—I spoke about men and women’s social expectations for them. My argument was that women had stopped expecting men to behave as Menschen (which isn’t quite the same as Übermann, but definitely a little more than your average Joe. When a German calls another man a Mensch, you can almost hear him underline it and put an exclamation point after it: “What a man!”). And because women no longer demanded special treatment by men, men stopped trying to be Menschen and became dogs … except that such a comparison is unfair to the dog, who at least can be expected to show some fidelity.

Now in the magazine First Things, poet and homeschooling mother Sally Thomas takes a look at the problem from the other side of the fence. Her argument is a little more than simply saying, “Boys will be boys”. Rather, she goes on to argue, “It’s a mistake for parents to presume that a fascination with the idea of blowing something away is, in itself, a disgusting habit, like nose-picking, that can and should be eradicated. The problem is not that the boy’s hand itches for a sword. The problem lies in not telling him what they are for, that they are for something—the sword and the itch alike. … Heaven forbid, we always say, that our boys should have to go to war. Still, what even a symbolic knighthood accomplishes is the recognition that a boy’s natural drive to stab and shoot and smash can be shaped, in his imagination, to the image of sacrifice, of laying down his life for his friends.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Mass/Old Mass

 Father Z at What Does the Prayer Really Say is soliciting comments about the “New Mass” (Novus Ordo or Ordinary Form) versus the reintroduced 1962 Extraordinary Form of Pope John XXIII (EF or TLM [Tridentine Liturgy Mass? Traditional Latin Mass?]). Here’s the bulk of my response:

If I ever participated in a TLM, it was from the cry room with the other young’uns. My clearest memories of Mass as a child were of the Novus Ordo; in fact, I remember distinctly that at one communion the music ministers sang “Day By Day” from Godspell, and at another singing the “hymn”, “Teach your children well/ Their fathers’ hell/ Did slowly go by ….” (Thank God that phase didn’t last long!) After high school, for awhile I sang and played guitar at Mass (though I never heard anyone call me a “music minister”) and taught CCD—an example of the blind leading the blind if ever there was one.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

This has been floating around the Catholic blogosphere!

The following hoaxes/myths will be exposed in 2010:

Manmade global warming
Atheistic evolution
Relativism is the only absolute
Abortion is "health care"
Nobody can do health care better than the government
A Catholic can be pro-choice

The government will take care of you
How Obama saved America
America no longer needs God

Come, Lord Jesus!

The Most Rev. Robert F. Vasa

Sunday, January 3, 2010

So why did I need a second blog?

Especially when the first blog hasn’t exactly set the world on fire? I don’t know. Call me masochistic … I’m just not being ignored enough.

The truth is, though, that I wanted to experiment with the blog as an online diary. Outside the Asylum, whatever else you can call it, is the syndicated op-ed column I’ve always wanted to write. However, I’m starting to get into a rut with the topics, and I really don’t want to re-plow the same tired row no matter how fertile it is. Plus, I want some room to be more light-hearted. (What, me too serious? No way!)

The other thing is, this year I decided that I should finally get up off my lazy tuchas and start going to church regularly like the good Catholic boy I sometimes pretend to be on OTA. As I try to expand my devotional life and get back into the habit of practical Catholicism, I hope that it will inspire some deeper thoughts. Or at least provide some fodder for chuckles.

Feast of the Epiphany:
Is 60:1-6
Ps 72:1-2,7-8,10-13
Eph 3:2-3, 5-6
Mt 2:1-12