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Bishop Sorondo, Or, How to Argue like a 3-Year-Old

Occasionally my wife and I get sucked into an argument with our three-year-old daughter. It... it is never worthwhile. With this in mind, I present part of an interview that the excellent Diane Montagna of LifeSiteNews did with the nefarious Bishop Sorondo. Sorondo is an Argentinian close to our Pontiff. He recently was caught giving Holy Communion to his home country’s president (the president is actively pro-abortion, and lives with a woman who is not his wife). Enjoy the mind of a three year old, dressed as a bishop, at work:

BS: Yes, maybe two or one bishop. But it’s not a problem. It’s not a problem in Italy. It’s not a problem with the Pope. St. John Paul II gave Communion to [inaudible], to all people, who promote abortion. This is the practice [inaudible] Maybe I’m not happy with this. DM: But it would be an opportunity. This was a public scandal. The fact that a pro-abortion president who’s sleeping with his mistress...  BS: So you say… DM: He’s living with his mistress! BS: I don…

CandleMiss Sunday (That's Right)

Sometimes a guy just has to rant. At a future moment, maybe even later today, I may pause, recollect myself, and offer due thanks to God for all of His abundant blessings. But not now. Not after yet another failure. Later it will have to be.

I rant, or whine, about another failed attempt to attend the traditional Latin Mass (TLM). This time it occurred on the Feast of the Presentation, or Candlemas.

Now you need to understand the difference between the Novus Ordo vs. TLM on Candlemas. I grew up my entire life not knowing the purpose of this feast. It had some vague references to candles (in the form of one quick prayer at the beginning of Mass), and then usually ended with the priest telling us we are all called to be the light for others.

A few years ago I took my family to Candlemas at the traditional Latin Mass. It was the first time in my life that I started, even in an infinitesimal way, to grasp the significance of this feast. A trite yet necessary statement: the focus was placed…

Some Concerns with the Exodus 90 Program

Exodus 90 is underway for many Catholic men. It is an intense 90 day program based on prayer, asceticism, and fraternity. For 90 days these men will take cold showers, abstain from alcohol and most media, fast twice per week, give up snacks and desserts, along with various other spiritual tasks. I applaud such a penitential spirit.

The inevitable…. HOWEVER…

However, I do have two concerns about Exodus 90 which could use some explaining.

1: Sundays

The Church already has a wise, if not perfect, system of fasting and feasting. Catholics are encouraged to do penance on Wednesdays and Fridays (some add in Saturdays as well). In addition, there are specific periods of penance (Lent, Advent, Ember Days). Feasting occurs on Sundays as well as on major Feast Days and Solemnities (e.g. the Assumption of Mary). There is a built in balance to life.

My problem with Exodus 90 is that, from what I hear, Sundays and Feast days are placed aside. For instance, February 2nd of this year is the Feast of the …

ICYM: Christopher Tolkien, Rest in Peace

In case you missed: Christopher Tolkien, son of the legendary JRR Tolkien, passed away this week. He was 95. 
One can imagine Christopher laying in bed and falling into a dream world of a lonely mountain, a brave hobbit, and the adventures encountered on an unforgettable journey.
Years later Christopher had his own contribution to his father’s work, as he is known for doing much of the map work for Middle Earth.
Lawsuits and scandals have marred the Tolkien name in the past couple of decades. Still, the loss of Christopher is to lose a close glimpse of the man who made hobbits, orcs, and elves unforgettable.

Living with Christ, Water Journeys, and Enneagrams

In Canada January the 7th was the Memorial of St. Andre Bessette. My family has a devotion to this great saint, and so I smuggled in a Living with Christ daily missal booklet from the church in order to have St. Andre’s updated Collect prayer on hand for praying the Divine Office.

Whoops. I should have just ripped out the page with the prayer. 

What did bringing a Living with Christ booklet into my home give me? Let’s take a look…

-An opening address by Gilles Mongreau, SJ. He vaguely discusses light, while condemning those who “try to cling to old ways of thinking, even going so far as to try to violently enforce the return of a ‘golden age.’” I’m not sure who exactly this is referring to. Those violent traditional Catholics? Or Muslims? -Prayers of the Faithful, including decrying “the abuse and misuse of the world’s resources,” asking for a “deep and mutual respect for all faith traditions among all leaders and teachers,” and my favourite, a prayer “for us, God’s priestly people…

It's Not So Much the Slap...

It’s not so much that the woman grabbed onto his arm and seemed to jerk him rather suddenly – though she did seem rather desperate about something.

It’s not so much that the Pope slapped her – though I’ve never seen an old man, even the most ornery, slap a woman before.

It’s not so much that he allegedly called her a b*#$% - though there is an entire website dedicated to his crude sayings (I’m not endorsing the website, hence, no link provided).

It’s not so much the look of anger after he slaps himself free – though it is rather astonishing.

It’s not so much that main Catholic websites, such as, had nothing on the story until after the mainstream media started reporting on it – though hiding troubling papal behaviour is common.

It's not so much the embarrassment we feel as Catholics - though sinners we all are.

It’s this: that the very next day he condemned violence against woman.
Via Crux:

Sigh. Just keep praying for him.