Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SANCTE PATER: Overnight With Father Benedict Groeschel

SANCTE PATER: Overnight With Father Benedict Groeschel

SANCTE PATER: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis de...

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Bizarre Days At the Vatican

Bizarre Days At the Vatican

What In the World Is Going On In The Church?

Frighting Post from Father Alan McDonald at Southern Orders.

ISIS and the mystery of the jihadi brides | RedState

ISIS and the mystery of the jihadi brides | RedState

The Eclectic Reader: Winnie and Wolf

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Anglicans Ablaze: Pope Francis signals blessing to breakaway traditi...

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Abbey Roads: Why young people are leaving the Church ... or - w...

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Guglielmo Tell (Teatro alla Scala, 1987)


This production of Rossini's opera William Tell was performed in Milan in 1987 with the La Scala Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti.  The lead role was sung by Giorgio Zancanaro.

I'm not crazy about "modern" or "post-modern" staging of opera.  This wasn't too bad, though.  The opera is set in thirteenth century Switzerland but this staging has the characters wearing costumes from the early 19th century.  There were three giant screens hung over the stage which displayed mountains or water or whatever the scene was.  The giant screens weren't too bad, but I never figured out what the giant choir stall stuck in the middle of the stage was supposed to be about.

The music was superb and the singing and acting were great.  It would have been much better, though, with a traditional staging with something approximating period costumes.

Of course, this opera is about the famous legend of the Swiss hero William Tell who was forced by the Austrian conquerors of Switzerland to shoot an apple off of his son's head who then leads the revolt of the Swiss against the Austrians.  All around it's a good show.

Abbey Roads: Remember when Obama said: “Now let’s make two thin...

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Louisville, KY Human Rights Commission Says Christians Must Leave Religion At Home

The Louisville, KY Human Rights Commission has ruled against a Christian T-Shirt Shop for refusing to print Gay Rights T-Shirts.  The owners have been ordered to attend "diversity training" to unlearn them of their backward religious beliefs.  The Chairman of the Commission stated that Christian business owners must "leave their religion at home" or be in violation of the law.  Welcome Comrades to the United Soviet Socialist States of Amerika.   Full story here.

Governor Mike Huckabee Threatens to Leave GOP Over Gay Marriage

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Evelyn Waugh on 1984

Evelyn Waugh on 1984

Five Myths About the “Rapture” and the “Left Behind” Industry | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Five Myths About the “Rapture” and the “Left Behind” Industry | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Only Bureaucratic Neglect Could Make Ebola A Problem For The US | RedState

Only Bureaucratic Neglect Could Make Ebola A Problem For The US | RedState

Sin, Homosexuality, and Fascism | RedState

Sin, Homosexuality, and Fascism | RedState

Is Pope Francis Purging the Curia of Conservatives

Thanks to Father Alan McDonald at Southern Orders

Abbey Roads: Mashuga!

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Fr. Benedict Groeschel dies on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis

Fr. Benedict Groeschel dies on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis

Fr Groeschel: Home for the Feast of St Francis

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The Ugliness of Mortal Sin

The Ugliness of Mortal Sin

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Father Benedict Groeschel

This post concerns the death of Father Benedict J. Groeschel, a spiritual guide and mentor for many people.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cambodian Buddhist Monks Smoke Meth in Temple

Dolan is Charged to Model Christ, Not the Pharisees

Dolan is Charged to Model Christ, Not the Pharisees

The Kraken Unleashed: Are We Ready to Fight the Beast?

The Kraken Unleashed: Are We Ready to Fight the Beast?

PopeWatch: Bernardin II

PopeWatch: Bernardin II

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Moderate Appointed Archbishop of Chicago

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Southern Catholicism: Embracing Tradition

Southern Catholicism: Embracing Tradition

Anglicans Ablaze: Dozens of Yazidi women 'sold into marriage' by jih...

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New Catholic Churches in the South

Judge rules polygamy ban violates religious freedom | Christian News on Christian Today

Judge rules polygamy ban violates religious freedom | Christian News on Christian Today

Anglicans Ablaze: Do we dare pray for ISIS?

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Aggie Catholics: 100 Ways To Pray

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Salve Regina!

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Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: Guess what the most serious problem in the Arab world is?

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Permissible Genocide?


The Episcopalians Do It

Interesting post from Father McDonald at Southern Orders.

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Chinese Catholics Barred From Traveling To See The Pope

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Mother of God.  In the east this feast is called the Dormition of the Theotokos.

From Blessings of the Daily: A Monastic Book of Days by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette:

"This feast is considered, especially in the East, the most prominent of all the feasts celebrated in honor of the Mother of God. It is also one of the most ancient.  In the Christian East, the feast is kept with great solemnity and is preceded by a two-week fast as preparation.

Some Christians, not of the Orthodox or Catholic tradition, have a difficult time trying to comprehend the mystery we are about to celebrate.  After all, there is no testimony in the Scriptures concerning the death and Assumption of the Mother of God into heaven. Our belief is founded on sacred tradition, the belief of the ancient, undivided Church. . . . Saint Juvenal, bishop of Jerusalem around the time of the Council of Chalcedon, relates the tradition as it was believed by the Christians of Jerusalem:  Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles (except Thomas), but when her tomb was opened at the request of Saint Thomas, it was found empty; where from the Apostles concluded that her body had been taken up to heaven."