Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas All!

The twenty-fifth day of December.
In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth;
the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood;
the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;
the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses
and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;
the one thousand and thirty-second year from David's being anointed king;
in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;
in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome;
the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
the whole world being at peace,
in the sixth age of the world,
Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since his conception,
was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary,
being made flesh.

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Christmas Sequence from the Dominican Rite.

Joyfully the faithful chorus rejoices,
alleluia, the King of Kings is brought
forth from the womb of the immaculate
one, a wondrous thing!

The angel of counsel is born of a virgin,
sun from a star, sun knowing no setting,
star forever shining, forever bright.

As the star its ray, the virgin brings forth the son in like manner: neither star by its ray nor mother by her son is blemished.

The tall cedar of Lebanon is likened to
hyssop in our valley; the word, spirit of
the most high, underwent incarnation,
taking on flesh.

Isaiah sang it, the synagogue remembers,
yet will never cease to be blind if it
believes not its own prophecies, nor the
those of the sayings of the sibyls.

Wretched one, believe the ancient truth,
why would you be damned, miserable people? Consider the Son, whom scripture teaches; the very one the childbearer bore. Amen.

-- Bernard of Clairvaux

(If Bishop Skylba has a problem with VENI EMMANUEL, this would give him a coronary.)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's A Civil War/Zombie Movie For Pete's Sake!

After a particularly trying week (lots of funerals, an observed holy day of obligation, vows Mass for the SLC lay Carmelites, and a couple of Masses in the Extraordinary form--take that Trautperchild), I am down at mom's and I just watched The Grey Knight (aka The Killing Box). To my knowledge, this is the only occupant of that most esoteric of genres; the Civil War/Zombie movie. The plot is interesting--a battle accidently unleashes forces that turn a Confederate brigade into zombies (albeit intelligent, talking zombies). It is up to a Union officer and his Confederate mentor to stop the menace. It is minimally gory, has some good chills, and has a fairly engaging plot. I first saw it about 10 years ago on HBO. This is the director's cut. Give it a try.

Declaration of Dependence

(More from Zo.)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Remember The Other Ship Permanently Stationed At Pearl Harbor.

Most people know about the U. S. S. Arizona, sunk at Pearl Harbor, never completely salvaged, and now a memorial. But, did you know that there is another un-salvaged ship at Pearl Harbor that was also sunk on December 7, 1941. She is the U. S. S. Utah, BB-31, a battleship later converted into a target ship. She was accidental sunk as she was not in her usual berth. (The Japanese were instructed not to attack her as she was not considered a worthwhile target.) 58 officers and men were killed when she went down. One of these men, Chief Watertender Peter Tomich was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in saving others as the ship sank. The U. S. S. Utah remains at her berth on Ford Island. (Her bell was salvaged is in front of the NROTC building at the University of Utah.) Read more about her here.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Causes For The Decline of Confession.

Much has been written about the precipitous decline in the use of the Sacrament of Confession over the last forty years. Chief among the causes is, of course, the loss of a sense of sin. After all if we are all good people, just human after all, then what do we need to confess? Also, there is the lack of preaching and catechesis on the sacrament. Then there are the defects in the practice of the sacrament. Among these are the illegitimate use of General Absolution, the poverty of regularly scheduled opportunities for the sacrament, reliance on seasonal communal penance services, and the abysmal and nigh unworkable modern rite. Plenty of blame to go around.

I would add another causes, really a contributing reason for minimalism in scheduling, Saturday evening Vigil Masses. In the old days, Saturday afternoons and evenings were devoted to hearing Confessions. However, with the advent of the Saturday vigil Mass, this was not the case; a Mass needed to be celebrated and prepared for. Confession got squeezed out and unnecessarily so.

There are few reasons for Saturday vigil Masses and many for suppressing the practice. What began as an outreach for people who could not attend Mass on Sunday morning has become a convenience for people who like to sleep in. Further, it is destructive to the special nature of Sunday. It is much better to have a Sunday evening Mass if an evening Mass must be said.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


how I can afford to buy one of these before the Obamanation tries to outlaw them. Why do I want one? So that I can shoot it. Guess I will have to take a trip next week up to Idaho to once again try my hand at the Utah State Lottery. That is unless some nice person wants to buy one for me.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I Plead Guilty!

If it comes to this, may God grant me the grace to be truly guilty! (Whether they will take me alive is another issue.)

Hey! Sir Richard Rich (Doug Kmiec) and other 'Catholic' Obamabots...

read this and tell me again how Obama is so in tune with the Church's thinking.

Annonymous Mail.

Some one sent a copy of a poor written and slanted CNS article on the Fr. J. Scott Newman flap from the latest issue local Diocesan newspaper. It was addressed to Father Erik and Deacon with no return address. The subtext was, "See there was nothing wrong with voting for Obama and you should shut up about politics." On the off chance that the author reads this blog, it is still wrong to vote for Obama, the issue is whether or not and under what conditions a person would be morally culpable. (This is what Fr. Newman needed to be a bit more precise about in his otherwise excellent statement.) Also, you might want to look elsewhere for a more accurate presentation of news. See this Newsbuster post for better info. Lastly, I really should just tear up anonymous non-sense.
(Our paper's dubious editorial judgment is one of the reasons I wish Fr. Rohlheiser really was in exile.)

Advent Is Coming...

thus, three issues need to be made clear:

First, BLUE is not the liturgical color of Advent. (In the Latin Rite, Blue is not a liturgical color except for feasts of Our Lady where the Spanish indult applies.) Don't give me the BS that it is really just a very dark purple. If it looks like blue, then it is blue. (My favorite story about this concerns Cardinal Levada when he was the ordinary of Portland. It seems that he arrived at a parish to celebrate Mass and the parish was decorated with joyfully expectant Advent blue. His emminence then informed the pastor that he would wait to beginning Mass until after the blue was exchanged for the proper liturgical color. I don't know whether this is true as I heard it second-hand, but I hope it is.)

Second, Ebeneezer Scrooge is not the patron saint of Advent. There is no need to be a liturgi-nazi concerning Christmas lights and decorations during Advent as long as a) Baby Jesus is left out of the manger until Christmas Eve and b) lights and decorations are left up through the Christmas season.

Third, it is possible and in deed laudable to go to Confession more frequently than communal penance services during Advent and Lent.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Vampire Day: Follow Up.

How many of my left-coast readers remember this guy? For those of you who don't, he is Bob Wilkins host of Creature Features. He introduced me to many great and many crappy monster movies as a child. (We got him on the cable up in SLC.) One of the great things about Bob was that if a movie was bad, he would tell you. (Not that it would stop me from watching it.)

Anyway, I should have mentioned Bob yesterday in my posts. (Here is a link to his website.)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Vampire Day: Tangential Observation.

I used to think Vincenzo was Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons. But, now I think he is Anthony Vincenzo, Carl Kolchak's boss in The Night Stalker.

Vampire Day: Some Favorite Vampire Movies.

The Night Stalker starring Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak (who along with Dr. Abraham Van Helsing and Robert Nevile have the dubious honor of being my childhood fictional heroes). About a reporter chasing a vampire in 1970s Las Vegas, this TV movie is one of the best vampire movies ever.

The best Stoker adaptation is Count Dracula with Louis Jourdan. It is faithful to the spirit of the book, though it has the common fault of collapsing the Holmwood character into Morris. This BBC production is quite good and finally available on DVD.

'salem's Lot. There have been two TV adaptations of this; one in 1979 and one in 2004. Both are good but the 1979 version directed by Tobe Hooper is more faithful to the book and still holds up well. The 2004 TNT version staring Rob Lowe tries too hard to be modern, topical, and socially relevant. (Trivia: there was a planned series based on the 1979 version that, much to Stephen King's relief, was never made.)

30 Days of Night. Gorey, dark, and flawed. But also scary as all get out. (The original graphic novel is better.)

Last and certainly least is The Deathmaster. This 1972 schlockfest is about a vampire who takes over a hippie commune. (See, I told you hippies were evil!) It troubled my sleep for weeks when I first saw it; of course I was nine.

Vampire Day: Five Favorite Vampire Novels.

Dracula by Bram Stoker. This is the granddaddy of the all. While there were earlier novels, this is the one that set the standard for all that followed. It is an interesting story with great characters written in an engaging epistolary form. If you have only seen the movies, don't think you know the story (especially if your knowledge is based on the woefully mis-titled Bram Stoker's Dracula.)
Read the book.

'salem's Lot by Stephen King. Not only is this a great vampire novel that I have read more times than I can remember, it is among King's best despite its pretentious 70s style. King himself envisioned it as a modern Dracula. It certainly lives up to that vision and is even scarier than the original. (When I first read it in 1979, I started the book at 7:00 pm and finished it at 4:00 am the next morning. I waited until the sun rose to go to sleep.) The confrontation between the vampire Barlow and the alcoholic priest Calahan is a classic as is the revenge of the town children on the mean bus driver.

Vampire$ by John Steakley. This is a fun book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The hunters include a young priest and a former pro-football player headed up by a former government operative named Jack Crow. And get this, they work for the Vatican and the Church is presented in a positive and respectful light. The vampires are thoroughly evil and nasty. (We even learn that vamps love opera and hate rock-n-roll. Lots of great characters in here. A good vampire novel has to have good characters. Don't judge this book by the John Carpenter movie based on it. (Does Carpenter hate the Church and priests or is it just me?)

They Thirst by Robert McCammon. Picture 'salem's Lot on steroids. This time the vamps take over Los Angeles. One complaint; if one is going to include the Church in a book, it helps to do research so that you get the terminology right. Crosses and crucifixes are not the same thing. Alas, this has been out of print for several years.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. All the movie adaptations have been good ( I am a big Omega Man fan--Chuck Heston and machine guns!) but the book is so much better.

Vampire Day Comes To Orthometer.

There is a new vampire movie out today, Twilight. Evidently, it is selling well. Ordinarily, I would be happy. I like vampire movies. Unfortunately, this isn't a real vampire movie. It is a "poor-misunderstood-angstridden-creature of the night" movie; think Anne Rice. Amy Wellborn criticizes it for "overheated needy romanticism". I don't understand the tendency to reinterpret evil as good and good as evil. (In a lot of revisionist vampire fiction, the hunters are presented as evil narrow-minded bigots. How dare you judge blood drinking corpses! Commentaries on Dracula like to insult Van Helsing, Harker, Holmwood, and Morris and exalt the Count.) None of that for me! I like the clear cut good v. evil let's stake the bloodsucker tales.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Change? What change?

Hey Obamabots! You voted for the guy who said you would give you change you can believe in (tm). What has he given you so far? Let's look at his executive appointments: State-the Hildebeast, HHS-Tom Daschle, AG-number 2 AG under Clinton, CoS-another Clinton guy. Yeah, feel that fresh breeze from outside Washington. Feel betrayed yet?

(Update: This image from the incomparable Vincenzo, of course.)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Monster Crapper Fire.

Who says Ogden is boring? From KUTV news:

A large number of portable toilets caught fire in back of a building in Ogden sending a plume of smoke into the air that was visible all over the valley.
The structure fire ignited in Ogden at 1263 West 3050 South. Sky-2 video showed dozens of porta-potties melted down. Firefighters have dowsed the blaze. The cause is not known.

A "World War Z" Movie!

From Dark Horizons:

Marc Forster Initiates "World War Z"
By Garth FranklinFriday, November 14th 2008 7:43am

The "Quantum of Solace" director is set to helm "World War Z", the film adaptation of Max Brooks's best-selling and politically charged novel about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies reports Variety.

The book is a collection of first person accounts of various survivors from around the globe a decade after a zombie pandemic first emerged from the Three Gorges Dam area in China in the 2010s and proceeded to decimate the globe.

The accounts involve not just some diverse stories of battles for survival, but the religious, geo-political, and environmental implications that came with the plague.

"Changeling" scribe and "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski is writing the screenplay, and Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing.

If they don't butcher the book, this should be great!

Props To The Mormons.

Long time readers will know that I disagree with the Mormons on many issues. (Someone even ouch speculated that I would be happier if they would all move to the moon; no Kolob would be just fine.) But I have to give them an extended Zuccetto spin for standing up to the gay lobby and fighting for Prop 8 tooth and nail in California. Now they are getting a lot of grief from the homo-fascists. Well they have my prayers that things won't get out of hand and my gratitude for their efforts.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mad TV: Davey and Goliath II - Pet Cemetery

(Zuccetto Spin to Kindertrauma.)

Bishops For Obama?

Yesterday, Jesterius Magnus posted concerning an exchange between Laura Ingram and Raymond Arroyo of EWTN concerning the bishops and the Obamanation of Desolation. Here is what was said,

Laura Ingraham: Here is the problem, how many of the bishops voted for Obama.

Raymond Arroyo: ...The bishops I spoke to say that maybe half of their brother bishops if not more voted for Obama. Because they thought the symbol of Obama would overcome racism and be a great healer and unity.

Yeah, it made me mad too. While this is hearsay, it rings true to me. I know of several priests who supported little O. Some of them are moonbat heretics sure, but a couple are otherwise good priests, but stuck in the 1960s.

Don't get me wrong. Racism is an evil. But it is not the greatest evil. Healing and unification are goods, but not the highest good. Choosing this values over a respect for innocent human life is opting for a lesser good. What is sin but choosing the lesser good?

Some may have bought the arguement that more welfare will mean few abortions. Even if this were true and I don't believe it is, this is to forget the words of St. Paul to do no evil even if good should come of it. The object is not to reduce abortions but elliminate them. Obama's policies will increase them, end of story.

Assuming that what Arroyo was told is true, why is it true? First, many bishops are from a generation that was educated to see statism as a good and desirable thing. They are sympathetic to classical big government solution of the Democrats. They were given the view that to be a good person, one has to be a Democrat. You find this when someone say, "Sure Congressperson Nancy is bad on respect life, but she is soooo good on social issues. Social issues effectively trump life issues for them.

Second, they are surrounded by the left. Look at many of those who serve in chanceries. Just as it would be foolish to expect a media that is 90% Democratic to give a conservative a fair shake, so it is unrealistic to expect bishops to receive good and even counsel when the views they hear are largely from the left.

Third, there may be some white liberal guilt at work. We can all feel good now because we have voted for the Black fellow. See we have proven we are not racists.

These are largely political reason, but there is a fundamental spiritual and theological flaw. They have forgotten what is truly important and fundamental. Yes, we are not one issue voters, but we are fundamental value voters. Life and the sanctity of the traditional family have been traded for lesser things. In this, I detect the influence of proportionalism.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Some Good, Some Bad.

I was watching the USCCB meeting on EWTN today. Bishop Trautperchild showed himself yet again to be an elitist ass, but was fortunately voted down. (Your Excellency, please go gentle into that good night of retirement.) Many bishops evidently and vocally recognized their collective failure in educating for the election. However, there did not seem to be a recognition that Faithful Citizenship itself contributed to that failure; too nuanced and apt for selective reading. Also, CCHD needs to be shut do or radically restructured to eliminate support of so-called 'advocacy' groups.

A Great Step Forward? My @#$!

A comment by a friend of mine on Roman Catholic Blog upon Bishop Gregory's post election statement:

"the election of Mr Obama was "a great step forward for humanity..."

Really, Archbishop Gregory? The greatest pro-abort presidential candidate and who has vowed to pass the Freedom of Choice Act, is a great step forward for humanity? Towards where, Archbishop? Is is the same "where", that President Obama referred to in his victory speech when he stated "I promise you, we as a people will get there."?

If a white presidential candidate with an equally horrific abortion record was elected last night, would you Archbishop Gregory, think that it was a great step forward for humanity as well?

Let us recognize prejudice when it rears its ugly head. Let us not sacrifice the moral absolute truths of our Christian Faith for the supposed advancement of one's own race. What answer at the Last Judgment will one give to the many more Black infants aborted in their mother's womb under Obama's Presidency? It advanced our humanity?

Where was the Catholic vote for the only pro-life Catholic nominee who happens to be Black, Allen Keyes?

That's My Kind Of Lighter!

Having read the comics, I am looking forward to this movie.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Want To Know How We Got Here and Where We Are Going? Read This!

Fascinating read and a cool cover.

Who Says War Is Never Justified?

The only good smurf is a dead smurf.

Not In My Name!

(From a John Allen NCDistorter piece via Pewsitter.)

Another tension between “hardliners” and “compromisers” that could surface at Baltimore concerns a parish collection set for late November by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, a church-affiliated charity intended to support the working poor. Neuhaus has called upon the bishops to “shut down” the campaign, asserting that it has funded pro-abortion activities over the years, that its resources go entirely to non-Catholic agencies, and that it was a major contributor to ACORN, a network of community-based groups that backed Obama.

Barring something dramatic in Baltimore, it seems for now the Nov. 22-23 collection will go ahead as planned. On Nov. 3, the bishops’ conference issued a press release from Bishop Roger Morin, auxiliary bishop of New Orleans and chair of the conference subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, urging church-goers to contribute.

“In the name of all of the Catholics in the United States, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development fights poverty and challenges injustice,” Morin said.

Well I am opposed to poverty and injustice. However, I don't think supporting Alinskyite or Marxist organizations is the way to do it. So kindly don't support them in my name thank you very much.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Did You Notice...

That our next president's initials are B. O.? That just stinks.

What The ?

I think they are scraping the bottom on collector DVDs. I just ran across an add for a 2-disc collectors extended edition of the Kevin Costner crap fest known as Waterworld. (Oh my! You mean the theatrical cut could have been longer?!?) What's next? The director's cut of The Last Action Hero?

A Thought To Cheer You Up.

However bad you feel this morning, realize that Hillary feels worse.

Initial Post Election Comments.

May God help us. The majority of the people of America have spoken. Fundamentally, they have spoken against life and the Gospel and for the culture of death and secularity. (Though I think a good many simply said, Hey this guy will give me stuff and stick it to the rich.) It also shows what the unrelenting partisanship of the media can do and that yes you can buy an election. While it would be tempting to crawl under a rock (I dread the inaugural celebrations. Remember the love fest Hollywood did for Carter?), we have work to do. We need to fight tooth and nail everything that is contrary to the Gospel or injurious to our country, beginning with the FOCA act. (I also hope Senate Republicans develop a pair.)

Most of all, we need to pray. First, pray for Obama's conversion. Second, pray for Obama's frustration. Third, pray for his safety. (Yes, there are likely some nuttjobs who want to assassinate him. Aside from the fact that no one should be murdered, the thought of him as a martyr is truly chilling.)

Lastly, it is my fervent prayer that the media and popular culture will treat President Obama with the same respect and fair-mindedness they have show President Bush over the last eight years.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Standing Up To The ONE.

Sent by a reader.


Manassas, VA - When Sen. Barack Obama chose Manassas, Virginia, to make his last stand Monday night before the polls opened, he knew well that he was in a very pro-life, conservative area with large numbers of Catholics and homeschoolers. Surprised that Obama would come to their hometown and with just hours to get the word out and secure a city permit, about 70 local residents rallied to protest Obama’s radical positions on abortion.

“Obama wants to prove that Virginia is in play,” said Rosario Reilly, a Catholic homeschooling mother in Manassas who helped organize the rally. “Not in my backyard!”

Protesters noted that roughly one-third of the cars passing by to attend the Obama rally were from Maryland and other states as far away as Michigan. Buses filled with Obama supporters came from Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Protesters carried signs supporting the McCain-Palin ticket and reminding passers-by of the horrors of abortion. Obama has pledged that he will sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would reduce abortion restrictions and significantly increase the numbers of abortions in the United States.

Kaiser Wilhelm Action Figure!

How cool is that! (I could do without the Private Adolf Hitler one.) This is from a catalog I received yesterday.

Now I am off to vote.

BTW, my parish has adoration from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm today for those who are near.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Zombie Survivor.

The Zombie Survival Test -- Make and Take a Fun Quiz @'s User Tests!

Sen. Obama, I Have One Question...

Pilgrimage Stop #2 -- Coimbra

Our second stop was the Portuguese city of Coimbra. It is a beautiful university town, but more importantly it is the site of the Carmel where Lucia, last of the Fatima visionaries, lived and died. They have a little Lucia museum. (I suspect exists so that people won't bug the nuns and will come in handy if she is beatified.) It is very well done and doesn't presume to canonize Sr. Lucia. It simply explains the events at Fatima and how she lived her life in Carmel. The sister's chapel is beautiful and the liturgical vandals haven't hit it.

What I Am Going To Do Tomorrow.

I am going to do what I did in 2004. I will go to vote. But then I will stay away from the net, the TV, and the radio. I am not interested in exit polls or the opinions of so-called expects. And I will pray A LOT. When I wake up on Wednesday morning, I will check the net and see whether or not our country has lost its soul. In a way I envy the liberals. They can always go running off to Canada, England, or some other socialist paradise. If America falls, there is nowhere else to go.

Did I Do Enough?

"So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, you shall give them warning from Me. If I say to the wicked man, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life." --Ezekiel 33: 7-9.

These words have weighed heavily on my conscience of late. I ask myself, "Have I done enough to prepare my flock for the momentous moral decision our country faces?" Yes, I have preached the Church's teaching on the sanctity of innocent human life. Yes, I have preached on our responsibility to act in accord with the Church's teaching all of time, even in the voting both. We have respect life signs in the church. We distributed the Catholic Answer's voters guide.
I could take comfort in the fact that I am not one of those shepherds who walks on eggshells lest he offend someone. I am not a priest who give money to Obama knowing that he stands against the most important values taught by the Church. I haven't channeled Bernardin's seamless garment non-sense. And while this is all true, it seems rather hollow today.
I can't help but wonder if I could have done more. Whether or not I should have spoken about the sanctity of life and traditional (i.e. real) marriage more often. Maybe I should have taken the risk and bluntly said from the pulpit, "No Catholic can in good conscience vote for Obama. If you do so, you are risking your soul." I hope I did enough and if I didn't that God and the innocents will forgive me.

Pilgrimage Picture #1

Three ugly things: me, the AOL crucifix, and the new basilica at Fatima.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The A-TEAM ( Actually The

BTW I'm Voting For Mccain / Palin

And The Sir Richard Rich Award Goes To...

Douglas W. Kmiec for his tireless work in subverting Catholic consciences to vote for the most pro-abortion, pro-gay, pro-anything the Church teaches against candidate every. To paraphrase Sir. Thomas More in the Robert Bolt play, "Douglas, it profits a man nothing to gain the whole world and lose his soul. But for a federal judgeship?"

(Don't know who Richard Rich was? Click here.)

Scarey Houses On Mom's Street.

Mom's neighbors Leanne and Betty go all out in decorating their house all year long, but most especially at Halloween. They out did themselves this year. (Notice all the carved pumpkins.) But this year they had competition up the street. I have to say that the Barry sign is scarier than anything Betty and Leanne put up.

I would never go trick or treating at that house. They would likely take candy from the kids who have too much and give it to the ones too lazy to trick or treat. (Of course most of it would likely go to those administering the redistribution.)

Scarey Senior Godson And Family.

Here is senior godson Matthew and his brothers dressed up for Halloween. (The big kid is their dad Dave. You may remember that Dave was severely burned in a shower accident while working as a contractor in Iraq. As you can see, the prayers worked and he is fully recovered.)

Official Orthometer Gunboy At Halloween.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pilgrimage Observation #1: Side Altars Should Be Used!

I like side altars. I like celebrating Mass at side altars. I rather got used to it on my pilgrimages to Rome. One sad thing about Fatima and Lourdes is that the side altars in the older basilicas are unused. It seems that one must either pre-schedule one of the modern little chapels or be forced to con-celebrate. (I am not a big fan of con-celebration unless I know the principal celebrant well. Too often have I been an accidental accessory to liturgical abuse.) If there are side-altars, they should be available for use for Mass not as stands for potted plants.

Pilgrimage Stop #1: Fatima

Our first stop (not counting Ohare, Charles De Gaul, and Lisbon airports) was Fatima. What an amazing place. I celebrated our first Mass at the main altar in the old (real) basilica where the three visionaries are buried. All the important sites are within walking distance. My favorite is the hill which has the outdoor Stations of the Cross and the site of the apparition of the Angel of Peace. We also visited the homes of the visionaries. I have to say that while I liked all the places we visited, this one was my favorite. (I picked up some acorns there and will try to grow some Fatima oaks for the parish next year.) A wonderful place to pray!

The new basilica isn't as bad as I feared, but it does give the impression of being an oil drum. It is rather sad. It is made of beautiful materials but is stark and rather ugly. (In many ways it reminds me of the LA cathedral.) The crucifix above the altar is one of the ugliest things I have every seen. The giant 'crucifix' outside looks like someone crucified the AOL guy. (I will post pictures when I get them from fellow pilgrims. I don't like carrying a camera when I travel.)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Ultimate Reason To Vote For McCain.

While stuck in Charles De Gaul Airport on a 5 hour layover, I discovered a shrine to the Obamantion of desolation in the bookstore. The French REALLY, REALLY, REALLY like Barry. They REALLY want us to elect him. One over ridding principle of my life has long been, do exactly the opposite of what the French want. So, Vote for McCain and piss-off a Frog.

Back, With Jetlag, But Still Back.

Sorry for the long absence, but I only had a week back before my two weeks on the pilgrimage and during that week I was cramming for our first public celebration of the Mass according the the extraordinary rite. (It went well.) The pilgrimage went well. (I really like Portugal, Spain, and Crotia--France was semi-tolerable.) The journey back was interesting. We left Zagreb at 5:00 am local, 5 hour layover in Paris, 7 hours in a cramped Air France seat (they hate tall people), 5 hours in Chicago, and arrived in SLC at 11:00 pm. I am still semi-conscious.

I will be doing several posts on the pilgrimage, but here are some initial observations:

--Glow-in-the-dark Statues increase in tackiness in direct proportion to their size. (They had a four foot one at a store in Fatima.)
--Liturgical vandalism hit France especially hard. (No wonder the SSPX is so strong there.)
--All America should do penance for exporting gangsta 'culture' to the rest of the world, especially graffiti.
--Side chapels should be used.
--Tacky vestments are not limited to the US.
--Real men use soap, not shower gel.
--Humming "Deutchland Uber Alles" while in France is amazingly therapeutic.
--When did Colin Powell become such a weenie?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Greetings From Behind The Avocado Curtain.

First stop in the granola bowl is Apple Valley visiting my friends the Qs from Catholic Caravans. I am staying with them at their house down the street Roy Roger's place. Roy and Dale passed away a few years ago and their museum with the stuffed Trigger was moved to Branson, MO.

Next stop: Little Saigon and my friend the ginger priest Joey D..

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Crossing The Border.

I am leaving today for the People's Republic of Kalifornia to visit some friends and then go one retreat at that island of orthodoxy in the sea of fruits, nuts, and flakes; the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Alhambra. The retreat master is Fr. Benedict Groeschel CFR.

In-N-Out here I come!

(PS The Digi needs to email me.)

It's Not Whether You Win, But How Long You Last.

I could survive for 1 minute, 25 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor

(Zuccetto Spin to the Roman Sacristan.)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Where Are You?

Spore is out! Must play Spore! Must conquer space. (And do my other work too.)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

What-Where-When Meme.

Stolen from Karen the Gem of San Diego Bay.

1. President Kennedy's Assassination - 22 November 1963

I was about a year and a half from existence

2. England's World Cup Semi Final v Germany - 4 July 1990

I was in Cuernavaca, Mexico suffering from a wonderful Giardia infection. Not being a soccer fan, I just remember that everything ground to a halt when there was a World Cup game on. On this day however, the language school had a Fourth of July Party for us gringos. They served Muppetos (tequilla shooters with 7-Up).

3. Margaret Thatcher's resignation - 22 November 1990

This was the first semester of my second year of theology. This means that I was studying my buttocks off for Fr. Jeremy's Liturgical Theology class. What were those psycho Brits thinking? They should have kept her forever.

4. Princess Diana's death - 31 August 1997

Second year of my first pastorate. Remember thinking to myself, "So? It is sad when anyone dies before their time, but it isn't like she was Mother Theresa." I still can't understand her deification.

5. Attack on the twin towers - 11 September 2001

I was doing my morning blogcrawl before Mass, when the sister who worked for me called and asked whether or not I had the TV on. I didn't but when I did, I was floored. All I could think of was the Tom Clancy novel where the airliner was crached into the Capital. After saying Mass rather shell-shocked, I spent the rest of the day watching the tube and waiting for the Air Force Reserve call up that never came.

6. The election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger to the papacy - 19 April 2005

Sitting at my desk listening to EWTN and playing World of Warcraft. (Yes, I know I am a geek.) When they said that the bells were going off, I went and got the ladies from the office. All the time I was waiting, I was praying for either Ratzinger or Arinze. When he came out on the balconey, I shouted, "YES!" Then I called my Italian Monsignor friend and told him the two words he had previously poo-pooed, "German Pope."

If I Could Ghostwrite For Sarah.

You may have heard how Sarah P. is under investigation for ordering the firing of her state trooper ex-brother-in-law. This is how I would have her respond to this issue:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, I did not order the firing of Mike Wooten because he is my ex-brother-in-law. I ordered his firing because he drove his squad car while drunk and tried to tasser my 11-year-old nephew. I enjoyed ordering his dismissal because he is my ex-brother-in-law.

Friday, August 29, 2008

What's Not To Like?

Head over to Creative Miner-or-ity Report for PA's great description of Rush's commentary on McCain's VP choice.
She seems great to me. The only negative thing I can find about her is that she gives her kids strange names. (She would fit in well here in Utah.)

Yet Another Reason I Have Little Use For The USCCB.

In the California Catholic Daily, there is this little item about some called the Matthew 25 Network. These cool-aid sellers want to convince us that the Obamanation is the fulfillment of Our Lord's command of charity (by putting failed government programs on steroids of course not to mention getting rid of those pesky unborn.) Who is a mover and shaker in this group? One Sharon Daly, onetime mover and shaker at the USCCB.

“People like myself get a lot of attention when we talk about issues like abortion and family life, but not when we talk about helping low-income people,” Sharon Daly, a former vice president of Catholic Charities USA and onetime director of domestic social policy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told the Monitor. “Matthew 25 gives us the opportunity to try to get candidates to focus on these concerns.”

Obama, Daly told the Monitor, “says he found his Christian faith while working as a community organizer among low-income people in a Catholic-sponsored program.” (I bet this is more of your Catholic Campaign for Human Development dollars at work.)

Somehow, I doubt that she talks much about abortion or family life. She seems to be one of those seamless garment types who gives lip service to fundamental moral principles but seems more concerned with building up the welfare state.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Stolen Meme.

(Stolen from Alli at Holy Cookie, who stole it from Adoro, who stole it from someone else, etc....)

Basically, the idea is to bold the books you've read and highlight the books you'd like to read. And per my usual style...commentary will accompany some of the selections.

1.Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen -
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - (What kind of a Si-Fi geek would I be if I hadn't read this.)
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - (Yes, I have read them, enjoyed them, and not become a Wiccan.)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - (I probably should read this, but I have an aversion to books most people are forced to read in High School.)
6. The Bible – (Duh!)
7. Wuthering Heights -
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - (Great book and preparation for the Obama administration.)
9. His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman - (Not if you paid me.)
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (Ok, so I had to read this in Jr High. I still liked it.)
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy –
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare -
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier –
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife -
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald -
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll – (No way, the movie freaked me out.)
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - (Helped me become Catholic.)
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres –
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - Angels and Demons was so bad, why would I want to read this crap.
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving (I liked Garp but most Irving is tedious liberal crap.)
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins -
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery -
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - (Feminist crap.)
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
49. Atonement - Ian McEwan –
50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
51. Dune - Frank Herbert
52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens -
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley -
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (Tell me about the rabbits, George.)
61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (I avoid porn even when it masquarades as literature.)
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac -
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville -
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett -
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74. Ulysses - James Joyce (I tried but it was too confusing.)
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77. Germinal - Emile Zola
78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79. Possession - AS Byatt
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker (Feminist porn.)
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86. Charlotte's Web - EB White -
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom - (Of course, this assumes that you get there.)
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery -
92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93. Watership Down - Richard Adams
94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo -
9. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
100.The Outsiders (Forced to read in 8th grade. Hated it.)

Bringing Out The Big Guns.

A couple of weeks ago, we found a big wad of gum stuck to the missalette rack in the front pew of the church. I hate gum. People chewing it look like cattle. I especially don't like it in church as it ends up in very bad places. (Not to mention the problem with the Communion fast as well as the fact that Our Lord's Holy Body doesn't need company when we take Communion.) So I am thinking of post this in the entrance of the church.

Hey Joey! You Know Where I Am. Make My Day!

Several of my favorite blogs have brought up Biden's (henceforth to be referred to by Msgt. Paleolithic Papist's wonderful appellation of Joey Hair-plugs) rather pathetic defense of his own Cafeteria Catholicism.

The next Republican that tells me I'm not religious, I'm going to shove my rosary beads down their throat.

Well Joey, I'm telling you that you are not a religious Catholic. You may well be a very religious Wiccan, Unitarian/Universalist, or Molochist, but your views make you anything but a relgious Catholic. Come to Ogden and we will see what object ends up in whose orifice.

(Moreover, I suspect his beads would be something like these.)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Plastic Jesus.

(Another attempt to drive Tom in Vegas over the edge.)

Liturgical Pet Peeves.

It has been a while since I have done one of these, but I am hearing more and more about this one: the congregation being instructed to greet one another right before Mass begins. (In fact, one of my deacons ran into this and a bunch of other non-sense while visiting Colorado last weekend. From what he told me, I could do a whole series on the abuses from that parish.) But back to the topic. Some may be asking what is wrong with this. It sounds nice and builds community. WRONG. Firstly, it is an illegitimate addition to the liturgy. If Rome had wanted us to this, we would have been instructed to do it in the rubrics. Second, it blows the hell out of any sense of reverence. (See chatting in church.) :Like hand-holding during the Our Father and the cocktail party sign of peace, this is yet another case of focusing on us to the detriment of who the liturgy is really all about: God. Community and love of neighbor is a fruit of the Mass show by our behavior after the dismissal. We love our neighbors because we love God above all things.

(See also this great post from Victorious Anita.)

The Fifth Mark Of The Church.

When I was beginning study at the seminary, I was introduced to a priest from my home parish. He was ordained for another diocese and has been a very good friend. (He is also one of the few people who is almost as conservative as me.) I have always remembered one of the things he said to me in our first conversation. It went something like this:

Don Vincente: Erik, always remember the fifth mark of the Church.

Me: Fifth mark?? (Thinking that father had gone off into lala-land.)

Don Vincente: The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and funny.

I had a good laugh over it at the time. But increasingly over the years, I have come to realize how right he was. A lot of funny things happen it the Church. Not in a sacrilegious or mocking sense (those these happen too), but joyful and happy things. Take for example, the innocent malapropisms that happen during the readings: the letter of St. Paul to the Filipinos, flaming brassieres, and once an unfortunate mispronunciation of organism in a pre-Mass announcement. Little children at Mass: "I just went poopie!"and "Is he done yet?" Somehow I don't think the Lord minds when we finds these entertaining and smile.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Violence On Sesame Street.

What I Have Been Up To.

Yes, I have been learning the Extraordinary Form. Unfortunately, I have been unable to go to any of the training sessions held around the country. (Most of them are held during wedding season, which makes my attendance all but impossible.) So, I have been studying the rubrics and watching videos. Recently, I realized I had reached the limit of what I could learn by doing that, so I have progressed to hands-on walkthroughs. (I find it much easier to learn things while I am doing them.)

Curiously, I find the Extraordinary Form more difficult to learn than the Maronite Rite was. I think it is because the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms are just similar enough to encourage confusion.

Anyway, it is progressing well. I am looking at October for the first public celebration and we will see what interest there is in the parish. (At last, decades of rescuing missals, altar cards, and vestments will bear fruit.)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Let The Joyful News Go Out To All The Nations!

The long reign of darkness is over. Our friends at the CDW, fresh from causing much wailing and grinding of teeth in the FDLC and Diocese of Erie with the uncompromising approval of Vox Clara translation of the ordinary of the Ordinary Form, have charged out onto the field and eliminated the Four Letter Word. Yes Orthometrists, no longer will we be terrorized by the use of "Yahweh" in bad 70s era songs. I have additional cause for joy in that I have been fighting these songs for all of my priesthood. And for the same reasons that the CDW has cited! In your face Liturgihippies! Here is a link (via The New Liturgical Movement) to the CDW letter and its USCCB cover. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go back to singing the Ren & Stimpy "Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy" song.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

New Parishioner And Her Fan Club

Click here to see. (Oh no! Sings-at-Mass-toddler has a baby sister.)

Priest Secrets And Upcoming Road Trip.

Alert! I am going to let you in on a trade secret about Confessions. (No, I am not going to violate the seal.) They can be a lot of fun. Of course, they can be extremely humbling and uplifting, such as when we reconcile someone after 20 or more years away from the Faith. But they can also be entertaining, especially Children's Confessions, though to adapt Bishop Sheen's line about hearing the Confessions of nuns, it is a bit like being stoned to death with popcorn. It can also be fun when people slip when reciting the Act of Contrition. Many has been the time I have heard, "Oh My God, I am hardly sorry...." Even better is when someone begins to say, "Bless us Oh Lord and these Thy gifts...." But the best was when a young man gave the Boy Scout oath. I can't help but think that Our Lord is chuckling too.

Next month, I am going on retreat with Fr. Benedict Groeschel at the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Alhambra, CA. It turn out that I will have coverage the weekend before, so I can go down a little early for an In-N-Out and Fry's fix.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Musing Of A Sleep Deprived Monday.

Didn't get much sleep last night and I don't know why. What little I did get was interrupted by the 50 pound Gunny wanting to go outside at 3:00 a. m.. So when I woke up, I was semi-comatose. When I said my first Mass I was semi-comatose, but as it was for St. Jean Marie Vianney, my patron and whose relics lie in our altar, I gave it the old seminary try. Afterwards, the blessed caffeine hit my system. (Did you know that if I drank over 340 cans of Diet Pepsi at one sitting, I would die of caffeine toxicity?) This was followed by a visit from our stained glass maker. He brought the plans for the rest of the windows in the church: 4 seraphim, an alpha, an omega, and the eight days of creation. They will be wonderful! The afternoon was spent visiting the sick. I was able to have a nice conversation with an old friend from Carbon County and received some good advice from some kind parishioners. (I think the later was a gift from the Cure of Ars.) Then I visited Mary's Muse and her new spudlet #8, a beautiful 7 pound baby girl who is adored by her parents and siblings. Lastly, the evening Mass. I think it will soon be time for sleep.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

10 Things I Want To See In Action.

Kit, Esq. has tagged me with the "10 things I want to see in action" Meme. (And very creatively I might add.) Here they are in no particular order, but please keep in mind that: I am a pyro, grew up around Marines, and collect Imperial German memerobilia.

1. An Atomic Explosion. (Film just doesn't cut it. I want to see the real thing. No not used on anyone, just a demonstration. I think they should set one off above ground every ten years for both entertainment and to remind folks of how destructive they are.)

2. A Full-Broadside From An Iowa Class Battleship. (Again, film doesn't cut it. And if it should happen to be directed at the GTU in Berkeley, well....)

3. The Paleolithic Papist On His Heretic Worshiper Tour. (I especially look forward to the LA Congress, the Diocese of Rochester, St. Joan of Arc Minneapolis, St. Sabina Chicago, and the next Poncho Gal Coven.)

4. The Inquisition. (Old School version.)

5. A Real Crusade. (That way the Muslims will know the difference.)

6. An Ordinary Form Mass Celebrated With The Unadulterated Vox Clara Translation.

7. Papal Tiara, Sedia Gestatoria, and Flabellum. (Can someone tell me how their retirement has actually improved papal ceremonies? Rhetorical question.)

8. Instruction on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Lay Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of the Priest.

9. Redemptionis Sacramentum.

10. SPORE!

Tagged are the Tara-ist at Loved Sinner and DGD & Company at The Sci-Fi Catholic.

Don't Shop At Petco On Saturdays!

It is pet adoption day and I almost came home with a third dog!

Soggy Fish Sandwich Sunday.

Yup, it is the Eighteenth Sunday of the Year during the A cycle of readings. This means the Gospel reading is the multiplication of the loaves. This also meaning that throughout the Modernist world dipsticks, some well-meaning others not, are preaching the soggy fish sandwich story. This explains away the miracles by saying, "Jesus didn't really multiply the loaves. He was just such a good person that everyone shared the bread and fish they had brought with them. Sharing was the real miracle." Thank you, Barney. (The title for this explanation comes from Fr. Benedict Groeschel CFR.) Aside from being an assault on the plain meaning of Sacred Scripture, it is an indirect assault on the doctrine of the Real Presence. The multiplication of the loaves was a prefiguring of the Holy Eucharist. In other words, this is heresy.

So, if you should encounter any homilizing this weekend I encourage you to follow the example of my friend Miss Diane Q.. A few years ago after hearing a soggy homily, after Mass she marched up to the offending deacon and stongly, but charitably, explained to him what was wrong with this. Let no heresy go unchallenged!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Problem With Internet Explorer and Blogger

There seems to be a glitch with blogger that IE doesn't like. Will be posting after it is fixed.

Update: Yes it work with Firefox, but I still like IE. (I know. I am a sick puppy.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I Officially Forgive Jon Voigt

for being the father of Angelina Jolie because of his roles as Pope John Paul II and in Zoolander and as well as this spot-on opinion piece about the Obamanation of Desolation.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Victory Through Technology

in the never-ending battle against the skate-punks.
They never quit. Each year we have several hundred dollars in vandalism by the little SOBs. Put bumps on the rails, they come and grind them off. Video surveillance, the disable the cameras. And if they get hurt, guess who is liable. Add to this the fact the we are not responsible for providing entertainment for them. The other day the Tara-rist had to run off two carloads of the little @#$@s.
Well no more! As no one has provided me with a mini-Predator drone, I have decided to develop my own skate-punk trap based on that most useful and entertaining device, the backyard bug-zapper. Of course, it needs to be altered for the new target. First, it must be larger. I think 6 feet tall with do. Second, bright light won't attract them. So instead, we will use a pony keg and a couple of cases of red bull. Third, the voltage needs to be ramped up--220 v. should do.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

One Word Meme.

(Stolen from Adoro, who stole it from Fr. S, who stole it from a simple Catholic.)

1. Where is your cell phone? Desk.
2. Your significant other? None.
3. Your hair? Head.
4. Your mother? Home.
5. Your father? Deceased.
6. Your favorite things? Bulldogs.
7. Your dream last night? Unknown.
8. Your favorite drink? Glenlivet.
9. Your dream/goal? Purgatory.
10. The room you’re in? Office.
11. Your church? Catholic.
12. Your fear? Hell.
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here.
14. Where were you last night? Rectory.
15. What you’re not? Liberal.
16. Muffins? Poppy-seed.
17. One of your wish list items? Canon.
18. Where you grew up? Utah.
19. The last thing you did? Game.
20. What are you wearing? T-shirt.
21. Your TV? Off.
22. Your pets? Sleeping.
23. Your computer? Duh.
24. Your life? Half-over.
25. Your mood? Snarky.
26. Missing someone? Torq.
27. Your car? Vue.
28. Something you’re not wearing? Tutu.
29. Favorite store? Euroclero.
30. Your summer? Hot.
31. Like (love) someone? God.
32. Your favorite color? Purple.
33. Last time you laughed? Today.
34. Last time you cried? Unknown.
35. Who will re-post this? Tara-rist.

The Mean Kitty Song

Friday, July 18, 2008

Another Sign Of Societal Decay.

Hyde Park Remakes Edwards' "10"
By Garth FranklinFriday, July 18th 2008 3:21am

Hyde Park Entertainment Group plans to remake the classic 1979 Blake Edwards romantic comedy "10" say Variety. Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews and Bo Derek starred in the original film about a man going through a middle-age crisis who becoes infatuated with a younger newlywed and follows her on her Mexican honeymoon. The studio will engage in a global search for a newcomer to play the new "10."

From Dark Horizons.

Why I Trust Vox Clara.

I occured to me today that some of you might wonder why I trust the work of the Vox Clara commission in the re-translation of the Ordinary Form of the liturgy into English. There are several reasons. First, their mandate and principles of translation are founded on accuracy not the previous theory of dynamic equivalence, which leads to paraphrase that is highly subject to ideological distortion. (See the systematic suppression of the idea of sacrifice in the current translation.) Second, it is headed by Cardinal Pell. He is smart and more importantly completely orthodox in his understanding of the Faith. Third, and in many ways most personally significant, one of the members of the commission is Fr. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, who was taught us Fundamental and Liturgical Theology at the seminary. He is a monk of Mt. Angel Abbey who currently teaches half-time at Mt. Angel and half-time in Rome. Not only is he a top-flight theologian, but he is also a poet--which means that not only does he understand the meaning of the texts, but he is able to put this understanding into faithful and beautiful language. In short, I trust that anything Fr. Jeremy works on will be first-rate. He also has written a great little book on understanding the Mass. I highly recommend it.

6 Things About Me That, While Unremarkable, You Probably Don't Want To Know.

Deacon Scott Evil has tagged me with the 6 unremarkable things meme. This requires that:

1. Link the person(s) who tagged me.
2. Mention the rules on my blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of mine.
4. Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking them. (Consider yourself tagged if you wish.)
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged. (Don't want to.)

Well here they are:

1. I prefer to eat pizza with a spoon. First, I eat the topping, then I eat the crust. Don't know why I do.

2. The ringtones on my cell phone are "Tubular Bells (The Exorcist)" and "Deutchland Uber Alles.".

3. I saw each of the first five Star Trek movie on opening day. (No, I wasn't dressed like a Klingon, but I wish I was.)

4. I have seen every movie made by Boris Karloff post-Frankenstein.

5. I go postal if someone ring the doorbell multiple times (i. e. staccato knock).

6. While in college, I won $20 at a party by eating a milk-bone dog biscuit covered in horseradish sauce. (I should also mention that in junior high I ate a Styrofoam bowl for $5.)

What We Do Means Something.

A family in my parish has had an unpleasant few months. One of the grandchildren, who was baptized a Catholic, but not raised as one, was being married outside the Church. My parishioners are faithful Catholics. They were at a loss about what to do. Should or shouldn't they go? They asked for my advice. I told them not to go as the attempted marriage of a Catholic outside the Church (without the permission of the local ordinary) is not in reality a marriage. If they went, their attendance would say the exact opposite that yes this is a marriage. You may disagree with me, but that is my opinion. We should witness to the truth by all that we say and do even at the cost of precious personal relationships. This is not a moral judgment on the couple. The uncatechized fellow didn't know any better, but the reality remains the same: it is not a marriage. What we do means something. What we do needs to reflect the reality of our beliefs. The family ended up not attending the wedding. They have received a lot of flack from some other relatives, but I am confident they did the right thing.

Recently some have expressed shock that Burke the Magnificent placed a PPCP, Sr. Louise Lears, under interdict for participating in the simulated ordination of a couple of Water Witches. Her participation in this event was a very public up yours to the Church and Her teachings. She and her friends should not be surprised that she is being held accountable for her actions.