Cardinal Sarah endorses facing East, suggests appendix to Roman Missal

Details:  Paying tribute to the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy as a liturgical “Magna Carta,” Cardinal Robert Sarah called for a more faithful implementation of its text, lamented misinterpretations of its teaching on “active participation,” and suggested an appendix to the Roman Missal that might better manifest the continuity of the extraordinary [Read More…]

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New Brooklyn bishop-elect to offer Latin Mass for persecuted Christians

You may remember that Pope Francis last month named a devotee of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, Rev. James Massa, as an auxiliary bishop to Brooklyn.  Fr. Massa has a special interest in issues affecting the people of the Middle East. He worked for the USCCB for several years as Executive Director of the United States [Read More…]

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The story behind the cappa magna

Every now and then, a sharp-eyed observer armed with a camera and a pair of binoculars treks into the wild, sets up a base camp and waits patiently for the arrival of a creature both rare and exotic—and perhaps, to some bird-watchers, comical. He’s looking for the Cappa Magna Cardinal. This seems to be what has happened, [Read More…]

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VIDEO: vicar general strums guitar and sings during homily

Here’s something you don’t see every day. This is Fr. Charles Cimpl, vicar general for the diocese of Sioux Falls, SD, and pastor of St. Michael’s parish. The event was evidently a children’s Mass. See what you think. Meantime…looking through the website at Fr. Cimpl’s parish, I came upon this column, which I think most priests and [Read More…]

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Here it is: the winning design for the altar at Washington’s papal Mass

From The Catholic Standard:  Because the crowd of people who will gather at Pope Francis’s open air Mass in Washington in September won’t be able to experience the interior beauty of the Basilica of the National Shine of the Immaculate Conception during the Mass, the winning students of the altar design contest decided to bring [Read More…]

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Deacons, take note

If you ever feel compelled to chant the Gospel, here is how it’s done. This dropped into my Facebook feed this morning: a video of Boston’s Fr. Robert Reed (ace author, head of Catholic TV, and a longtime FOTB) when he was Deacon Robert Reed, chanting the Gospel for Pentecost at St. Peter’s in 1985. [Read More…]

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Holy smokes: an electric incense thurible?

A reader mentioned this to me in an email, and I didn’t even know such things existed. But through the miracle of Google, I found it: NO MORE CARBON – only the aroma of incense all around. INSTRUCTIONS: It is extremely easy to use and fully automatic. After having added your incense, all you need to [Read More…]

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Archdiocese bans photographs during all religious services

View image | gettyimages.com Details:  Dublin archdiocese is banning photographs being taken during religious ceremonies, in order to protect children from potential abusers. Each diocese in Ireland has been directed to have guidelines governing the filming and photography of children while they are on church grounds. The move derives from standards issued by the National [Read More…]

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A Catholic funeral for…a dog?

Check this out:  It happened on April 22, 2015 in the city of Sambreville, Belgium, in St. Victor Church of Auvelais. The parish priest, Fr. Francis Lallemand, took the initiative of celebrating the first religious service for a dog that we know of. He opened his church for the burial religious and preached a homily [Read More…]

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What happens if a priest can’t continue Mass?

The tragic story of a priest who died at the start of Mass last Sunday raises the question of what happens in such circumstances. The document De Defectibus, promulgated by Pope Pius V in the 16th century, offers this: If before the Consecration the priest becomes seriously ill, or faints, or dies, the Mass is discontinued. If [Read More…]

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