Monthly Archives: November 2020

Freedom and Tyranny

I find this lecture very powerful in the effort to affirm our individual freedom as opposed to being the property of the totalitarian state or other group of dominant dogs. I recommend listening to it with attention. An essential condition … Continue reading

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Excita, Domine…

This is a spiritual conference for the Sunday Last before Advent. I have not recorded Mass today. To be frank, I am going through a period of tiredness and SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and I am sure that the lockdown … Continue reading

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Morality or Wholeness

One of the finest moral theologians I have known of was Fr Servais Pinckaers OP (1925 – 2008) who taught at Fribourg University. I was one of his students, and am proud of that fact. He is one of those … Continue reading

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Sturm und Drang

It sometimes happens that I give the same title to two different postings. The last time was in January 2017 when I discussed Christian eschatology. Indeed as we approach Advent I find a number of Catholic and Orthodox bishops discussing … Continue reading

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Guillotine et Bouffe-Curé?

I received a kind message from an American friend forwarding me this text about the closure of churches during the present lockdown in France. Dear friends, I would like to ask for your prayers for Catholics in France, who are … Continue reading

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To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite

I have been looking at an old article from 2013 on Western Rite Orthodoxy, a new proposition. I am staggered by the number of comments that followed my review of some ideas put out by Fr Anthony Bondi of the Russian … Continue reading

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Flogged and Excommunicated!

During my stay more than twenty years ago with the monks at the Abbey of Triors, I was quite surprised by some of the chapters of the Rule of St Benedict. No community I know of uses corporal punishment, but … Continue reading

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Trinity XXII

Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity in the Use of Sarum.

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Fair Discussion and Heterodoxy

Exactly like at the time of the first lockdown, I am dismayed about how eminent experts on epidemics and viruses are shouted down and subject to ad hominem attacks, especially with political overtones. I already wrote a couple of articles, … Continue reading

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All Souls 2020

Sarum Mass of All Souls, a sorely needed consolation in our time of anxiety and being reminded of our mortality. The vestments are believed to have been discarded by a church in Avignon in the 1970’s and they were given … Continue reading

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