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Universæ Ecclesiæ 19

In a footnote to my post yesterday regarding the goings-on at Fisher-More College, I noted number 19 of the PCED instruction Universæ Ecclesiæ, which reads: “The faithful who ask for the celebration of the forma extraordinaria must not in any way support or belong to groups which show themselves to be against the validity or [...]


Musicam novam præsento. Years ago, “the Connells” were a one-hit wonder with 74-75; I have no idea what it’s about, but I loved the song. I’ve been evaluating Reaper as a new DAW, and I wanted to try recording a piece that used a single track of guitar rather than layers and a piece with [...]

Habemus Papam!

Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Georgium Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem Bergoglio, qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscus!

Conclave incipit

In die primo conclavis, prædictiones duas habeo. Primus, Angelus Card. Scola eligetur, et secundus, Paulus VII vocabitur. Utrum vel non ille res bona est, non possum dicere. Orate pro Cardinalibus!

The Church of England rejects women bishops

N.b., A revised version of this post will follow in coming days. Today, the General Synod of the Church of England was all-but universally expected to approve a motion authorizing the consecration of women as bishops, eighteen years after the Anglicans first ordained women to the priesthood in 1994 and twenty-five years after their first [...]

Fratres Cæruleorum

Elwoodus: Sicagum CVI mille passuum hinc est; habemus cisternam plenam petrolei, dimidium sarcinæ sigarettarum, obscura est, et vitra pro sole gerimus. Iacus: Feri id.

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

We again mark the eleventh armistice. We were in Sydney earlier this year, and I was struck by their war memorial; most commonwealth countries have something like the Cenotaph in London, bearing the legend “the glorious dead.” The ANZAC memorial is quite different. Its heart is a statue titled “the sacrifice,” and it was one [...]

Site error

Apologies, a post still in draft was inadvertently published yesterday; it has now been removed.

Re the Colorado shooting

Overnight, a gunman opened fire into a crowded theater in Colorado. The victims—and the perpetrator—in the Colorado shooting are in my prayers. I must add this: This crime was not only ghastly, it was premeditated, and planned; predictably, the drumbeat has already begun to execute him. As Catholics, however, we must be a united voice [...]

Radical skepticism

I have previously talked about “radical skepticism.” Here’s an illustrative example that raised its head earlier. When a piece is traditionally ascribed to a given author or composer, but there are serious reasons to doubt otherwise, it is reasonable to express skepticism about the piece’s provenance. It is radical skepticism, by contrast, to reject the [...]