On Playing Pretend

Go read something else, I don't know if this makes any sense.I suppose admitting to playing 'dress-up' as a child is these days akin to admitting a flamboyant homosexuality. But from what I understand -- which is admittedly little -- homosexuality has become a positive thing! (No, really, I read it on a blog!) And thus, in the proper English tradition, I shall keep calm and carry on. Now ladies, you must realize that for little boys there is nothing less frivolous and more solemn than … [Read more...]

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Walker Percy Interviews Himself

The whole thing is priceless, but have my favorite part:Q: What kind of Catholic are you? A. Bad. Q: Are you a dogmatic Catholic or an open-minded Catholic? A: I don’t know what that means . . . . Do you mean do I believe the dogma that the Catholic Church proposes for belief? Q: Yes. A: Yes. Q: How is such a belief possible in this day and age? A: What else is there? Q: What do you mean, what else is there? There is humanism, atheism, agnosticism, Marxism, behaviorism, materialism, B … [Read more...]

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There Is No Such Thing as a Charismatic Mass

Within our most marvelous, most excellent discussion of our So Very Sacred Liturgy, a few have brought up the fact of being both Traditional and Charismatic Catholics, and of seeing no problem between the convergence of these two. I agree, because the Liturgy is not Traditional, nor is it Charismatic; it simply is, and is attended by Charismatics, Traditionalists and all the rest. I do take issue, however, with the idea of a Charismatic Mass. It's not that I dislike the music or the expression … [Read more...]

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Amidst Our Liturgical Differences…

...which should not exist, for we receive the liturgy, and do not create it, it is worth pointing out something we can all agree on: Liturgy itself is awesome. I did an amateur covering of this fact a while back, defending liturgy with three points.1. That Everyone uses a liturgy.2. That liturgy is essentially universal and wonderfully democratic.3. That the Liturgy is a gift.I'd like to think that those three post are decent 'primer posts' for discussion on the Liturgy, as I r … [Read more...]

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Yep.

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On Latin and Circumflubbergation

Heralding the swift-rising dawn of the New Translation, I'm making an extra college-sized effort to post on the Liturgy this and next week. My thesis is no secret: To label ourselves Traditional Catholics or Charismatic Catholics or Your Word Here Catholics in regards to the Liturgy is not helping the Church. Of course, of course; there are many wonderful species the Catholic genus might have. But when it comes to the Mass, they must be staid. Why? Because the Holy Mass is the thing itself. It … [Read more...]

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Traddys vs. Moderns and the Stupidity Thereof

As the New Translation of the English Missal nears, I am getting more and more pumped about the Liturgy. It is the greatest thing since sex. (And I do not mean that flippantly; the marital union is but a shadow of the union attained at the wedding feast between Heaven and Earth.)But alas and alack and areallylame, these seem to be the days when one must 'pick sides' in regards to the Liturgy, between the (what?) Traditionalists? Conservative Catholics? Latin-Massers? and the (who?) … [Read more...]

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Your Weekly Fix of Catholic Art – Mending

Awesome new hip-hop album from rapper Paradox and DJ Sean P.Go get ye some.  … [Read more...]

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5 Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should.

As Catholics, we try not to be smug. We really do. But the world makes this task exceedingly difficult when they take our stuff. The truth is that Western Civilization owes its very existence to the Catholic Church, what with the saving efforts of her monks during the Dark Ages, her development Scientific method, the University System, the agricultural advances of the monasteries and - of course - the wealth of art and literature the Church has inspired and produced. But I want to focus on a few … [Read more...]

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Totally Consecrated

Guess what I'm doing right now? I'll tell you: The Total Consecration To Jesus Christ Through Mary, which I am currently in the business of renewing. It is a method of Consecration to Christ written by Louis de Montfort, a 17th century Saint, which claims Mary the Mother of God as the surest way to her Son. I aim to renew my promise to be her slave."Woah now," I hear the understandably misunderstanding voices cry. "Slave?" Yes, and in the only context which makes moral sense - in that I will … [Read more...]

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