Monthly Archives: February 2013

Panier de Crabes

Un panier de crabes, meaning a basket of crabs, is frequently an expression French people use when considering the Vatican. Crabs are good to eat, when they are fished out of the sea, boiled alive and eaten cold or as … Continue reading

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Back from England

We returned home last Thursday after having buried my beloved mother, and having seen her body lying cold and flat in the coffin in the chapel of rest the day before. I said the Subvenite and the Libera me and … Continue reading

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Interesting point of view by Sandro Magister

Sandro Magister has written an article Last-Ditch Appeal: The Pope Should Withdraw His Resignation making the case for a hypothesis of Pope Benedict XVI withdrawing his abdication before the end of this month. Of course he would lose all credibility. … Continue reading

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Sunday Evening Worship with the Baptists

Sophie and I are presently with my sister near Bradford and Leeds, and we prepare to go over to my father’s house the other side of the country. My sister and brother-in-law are Baptists (my sister married a Baptist). Yesterday … Continue reading

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Another Reflection for this Lent

It is customary during Septuagesima-tide to prepare ourselves for Lent, deciding which spiritual disciplines we are going to be more serious about, which sins and vices we are going to work against, what things which are neutral or good in … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Funeral

The arrangements are in place and my mother’s funeral will be held in family intimacy on Wednesday 20th February. I will be away from blogging and perhaps also all internet-based contact from the morning of Friday 15th February until I … Continue reading

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Problems Downstream

I could also call this article The Wacko Factor! Another British conservative press article: Pope Benedict XVI resigns: he won’t be a recluse, so could he divide the Church? I see the conspiracy theories coming! Thirty years ago I was … Continue reading

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Views on Benedict XVI

The news came out yesterday that the See of Rome will be vacant as from the end of this month and there will be a conclave to elect a new Pope. The bookmakers are taking bets and calculating probabilities, based … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI is abdicating

Here is the most official source I can find: Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation at end of month on Vatican Radio. Also see Damian Thompson’s Pope resigns. This is unbelievable news, but evidence of Benedict XVI’s deep humility. I’m … Continue reading

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Rome and the SSPX – the dead end

This article has been doing the rounds. The Impossible “Road Map” of Peace with the Lefebvrists. I usually lack interest in this flogged and sterile subject. The Novus Ordo conservatives tell the SSPX to submit as if the current Pontiff … Continue reading

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