Category Archives: Miscellaneous

A Blessed Thanksgiving

I’m not always sure what to make of the “happy” label on holidays. If we are having a “happy” thanksgiving, does it mean our parades, football, and turkey have lulled us into a collective and blissful ignorance of the impoverishment … Continue reading

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Papal Self-Citation

Frequent commenter FrMichael mentioned Pope Francis in a comment, referring to … … the endless self-citation he is apt to do … Apparently all recent popes do it. I checked the footnotes in three early papal documents, all apostolic exhortations: … Continue reading

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Saturn in Music

Many classical music folks and astronomers know the Saturn movement from The Planets. Here’s a very obscure astronomy-related piece of music: Saturn by Alan Hovhaness. An abbreviated version is on YouTube here in concert. I see the old Crystal recording … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Doc on Family

In three days, the Vatican releases the┬áPope Francis post-synod document Amoris Laetitia–in the vernacular, the Joy of Love. Lots of ink and screen pixels have been spent on the topic of the family. Nothing really significant here, but a few … Continue reading

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Whirl The Seasons Round

A shape-note song for the first week of Advent. Text here: With inward pain my heart-strings sound, My soul dissolves away; Dear Sovereign, whirl the seasons round, And bring the promised day.

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Leaking

Jimmy Mac sent me a link to this article detailing the difference between Vatican finances and scandals in 2013 and now: The first Vatileaks case portrayed an elderly Benedict XVI seemingly unaware of the power struggles and institutionalized corruption around … Continue reading

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The Fruits of Trent, Plus Opinionology

AL suggested something of an anti-traditional crusade on my part. I don’t deny that I find many aspects of traditional Catholicism lacking: the promotion of uniformity, poorly performed chant, clericalism, opposition to key movements from Vatican II, an adversarial tack … Continue reading

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