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March 14, 2013

If anyone says to you, "I told you so!" with regard to the election of Pope Francis, he needs to go to confession. I don't think anyone saw this one coming. Yes, the word is then-Cardinal Bergoglio finished second in the running in the last conclave (2005), but that did not seem to give anyone prescience when it came to the outcome of this conclave. Because of his age alone (76) the general consensus was he was a long-shot at best.

Looking back now in the distant past of, oh, a little...

March 4, 2013
From the video for the Annual Catholic Appeal

The Diocese of Madison consists of eleven counties in southcentral and southwestern Wisconsin. It was formed in 1946 from parts of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Diocese of La Crosse (which diocese is famous, at the Catholic Answers office, for having been the first bishopric of Raymond Cardinal Burke, our favorite papabile). The present bishop of Madison is Robert C. Morlino, who was appointed in 2003. His flock consists of 277,000 people, about 30 percent of the area’s total...

March 2, 2013

"For a bishop, as God's steward, must be blameless... he must hold firm to the sure word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to confute those who contradict it. For there are many insubordiante men, empty talkers and deceivers...they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for base gain what they have no right to teach."

- Titus 1:7-11

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February 26, 2013

By nature I tend to be a rather contrary person. Or, as my father sometimes put it, I tend to end up "crosswise in the door" when told that a particular direction is one in which I must go. Perhaps then it is no surprise that I kind of liked wearing a veil to Mass . . . until I was told I had to do it. Ever since then the subject makes me bristle.

The first time I wore a headcovering to Mass was soon after my conversion in 1996. A friend invited me to a diocesan-approved Tridentine...

February 25, 2013
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (San Diego County, CA)

On the first Sunday of Lent I attended Mass at the local Carmelite monastery rather than at my parish church, so this past Sunday was the first time I had seen my parish church transformed for Lent. As I looked about the sanctuary, I sighed.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states:

During Lent it is forbidden for the...