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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Midnight Mass

This Christmas Eve, at midnight, I had the great pleasure of attending Solemn High Mass for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord at St. Mary's Church in Norwalk, Connecticut: Extraordinary Form with Mass setting by Tomás Luis de Victoria sung by an expert choir. This was my first experience of Midnight Mass celebrated in accordance with the 1962 Missal and, God willing, it will be the way I observe Christmas for the rest of my days.

St. Mary's Parish is a leader in restoring the traditional Latin Mass to Catholic worship, even to the extent of making extensive "re-restorations" to their historic church (e.g. restoring the altar rail and moving out the free-standing altar) to accommodate its celebration. Amen, amen.

Photo from the website of the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny, where many other photos of this celebration may be found.

Yellow Peril

From NH Journal:
Outgoing [New Hampshire] Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter implied the Chinese cost her re-election in November and secretly funneled money to help her Republican opponent Frank Guinta during a post-election interview with ABC News.

“They’re in the halls of Congress everywhere,” Shea-Porter said in the interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “[A]nd it means, for example, that you sit on a committee and you say something about concern about Chinese influence or something, you don’t even know if in the next election, somehow or another, they manage to send some money to some group that now doesn’t even have to say where they got it.”
Ms. Shea-Porter is a liberal and a Democrat.

(Thanks to the MCJ)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Move Over, Placido!

Merry Christmas everyone! And to make your Yuletide even merrier, please accept with my compliments an extraordinary rendition of Adolphe Adam's beloved classic, "Cantique de Noël" (O Holy Night). Talent like this does not come along everyday but alas! this artist remains anonymous.

Thanks and warm Christmas greetings to John J. O'Sullivan™.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wow, a Bishop with Spine!

Who would believe it? (from Women of Grace.)
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix is planning to strip a local medical center of its Catholic status tomorrow if it does not meet his demands to guarantee compliance with Church teachings.

The Arizona Republic is reporting that Bishop Olmsted sent a letter on Nov. 22 to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the same hospital where Sister Margaret McBride gave approval for an abortion to be performed on a woman allegedly suffering from pulmonary hypertension last year. In the letter, the bishop is demanding that the hospital comply with Catholic health-care rules, educate its medical staff on those rules, and acknowledge what is the correct Church position on the abortion that took place. If the hospital’s parent company, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), does not agree to these demands by tomorrow, he will strip the facility of its Catholic status.

“There cannot be a tie in this debate,” Olmsted wrote. “Until this point in time, you have not acknowledged my authority to settle this question...”

“Your actions communicate to me that you do not respect my authority to authentically teach and interpret moral law in this diocese,” he writes. (Emphasis added.)
If our bishops had shown such firm resolve dealing with predator priests who raped adolescent boys, there is no telling what better repair Holy Church would be in these days. God grant us more bishops like Olmstead.

(Thanks to Augustine)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Stop the Presses!

Rep. Ron Paul, in a sympathetic account in, of all places, the New York Times! Who would believe it--even the comments are mostly favorable.

(Thanks to John J. O'Sullivan™)

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Slapping Down the Muslim Turk

An Austrian parliamentarian has finally had enough.

This Will Get People's Attention

(From the Dennis Miller Show)

UPDATE: Son of the Big Mo!
Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

A headline liberals can't bear to see: "Bush job approval rating higher than Obama's." Yup, faster than anyone imagined: "This is the first time Gallup asked Americans to retrospectively rate Bush's job performance. And it was a stunning turnaround from his low point of 25 percent in November 2008. The 47 percent number is 13 points higher than the last Gallup poll taken before Bush left office in 2009 and the highest rating for him since before Hurricane Katrina in 2005."

Monday, December 06, 2010

On the Feast of Saint Nicholas

Caution: Low production values but sound theology!

(Thanks to John J. O'Sullivan™)

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Awesome Majesty

Storm over Montana
Photograph by Sean Heavy

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

(Thanks to the MCJ)