Month: March 2015


Yikes, the bi-lingual Mass.

Can anyone tell me why I intensely dislike the bi-lingual Mass? My dislike is most intense when the priest does things twice (once in each language), but I don’t like it even when he’s just alternating between the two languages. Am I a closet racist against Mexicans? Perhaps, but the racism is buried so deep that I can’t see it, and it would make Mexicans racist because one of my assistants, who is 100% Mexican, says the Mexicans dislike the bi-lingual Mass, too.

I sympathize with the priests who basically have two congregations to serve and simply can’t do two Masses on certain occasions (like Maundy Thursday), and I certainly don’t have a better idea than the bi-lingual Mass, but it doesn’t change the fact that I really dislike it. I just wish I could figure out the source of the distaste.

Aside: I actually do have a better idea: Do the Mass in Latin. I have only one semester of Latin and was hopelessly lost the three times I went to a Latin Mass, but I could get the hang of it. Bring back a universal language and the liturgical tension that is the two-language parish would subside.

Of course, people in Europe would say we have a universal language: English. It is the new lingua franca. Just as Latin was the lingua franca for over a thousand years because of the hegemony of the Roman Empire, English is the lingua franca today because … Read the rest


Miscellaneous Rambling

Welcome to EWTN 24/7 Week. Lots of good stuff out there. Take advantage of it. * * * * * * * Speaking of good stuff, if you haven’t checked out the Fr. John Riccardo podcasts, you need to. He’s probably the best Catholic speaker since Corapi. That’s probably not the greatest comparison, but the guy is great. His grandfather was the President of the Detroit Lions in the 1950s (the great era of multiple championships and Bobby Layne) and his father was President of Ford (a not-so-great era of motor cars). He went to the University of Michigan, graduating just a year ahead of me. I probably bumped into him at some parties or bars, based on the way he describes his early twenties. If you check him out, use the fast forward button at the beginning to get past the preliminary stuff. Each podcast is a recording of a live speech he gave and starts with other stuff of uneven quality (one podcast featured a prayer by a woman that was probably the longest prayer I’ve ever heard; one of the only times a prayer almost prompted me to mutter the f-bomb). * * * * * * * Speaking of muttering the f-bomb, Netflix’s House of Cards has prompted me to mutter it a few times with its season three. I’ve now stopped watching, in the middle of episode 32. The writers are more concerned about advancing their homosexual agenda than telling a compelling story. I could stomach the queer line if the show were good, but it simply drags. How the writers could write two great seasons and … Read the rest



Congratulations to Michigan State University, which has plowed into the Elite 8 . . . as a seven seed.

It makes you wonder: What was the selection committee thinking? Why in the world would you give MSU, which almost always turns into a Top 10 team in March, a 7 seed?

I might have the answer: The team selection and seeding don’t depend on what the committee thinks a team will do. It’s based on what a team did during the regular season.

And Michigan State lost 11 games in the regular season, going 26-11. Can you blame the selection committee for seeding them 7th?

Actually, you probably can. Most of those 11 losses came against powerhouse teams: ND, Duke, Kansas, Maryland, Wisconsin. And the AP voters were impressed enough to rank MSU 23rd in the nation at the end of the regular season . . . which should translate to, at a minimum, a sixth seed. And to the extent the committee takes into account late-season performance (which pundits say it does, which would, incidentally, imply that a projection for how a team will do plays into the committee’s analysis), the committee shouldn’t have ignored MSU’s late season surge: winning four straight before losing to Wisconsin in over-time in the Big Ten championship game.

I’m reminded about how well the Big Ten did in the football bowl games this year . . . and reminded that Ohio State won the national championship:

Ohio State 42, Alabama 35
Michigan State 42, Baylor 41
Wisconsin 34, Auburn 31 (OT)
Missouri 33, Minnesota 17
Stanford 45, Maryland 21
Pedophile State 31, Boston College 30 (OT)
USC 45, … Read the rest



When I self-diagnosed myself with gluten intolerance, I swore off beer. I tried a few gluten-free beers, but only one of them tasted like a “real” beer. I’d been drinking beer for over thirty years, but I haven’t gone back. It’s all vodka all the time, with some gin and perhaps rum now and then.

That might have to change. According to The Telegraph, people besides eunuchs, gays, and gluten-intolerants are drinking the stuff: “How we all went crazy for gluten-free beer: Brewers and shops are reporting increasing demand for gluten-free beer – and it’s not just the coeliacs who are drinking it.” Excerpts:

“Normal beers are generally made using barley and wheat, both of which contain gluten. Gluten-free beers tend to use alternative grains and grasses such as millet, rice, corn, buckwheat or sorghum in place of these during the brewing process. . . . Flavour-wise, gluten-free beers are often described as crisp and cider-like with fruity accents. . . . Thirsty coeliacs as well as people following the popular paleo eating plan, which restricts all types of grains. Going gluten-free is also a general lifestyle choice for the heath-conscious, who associate it with better digestion and general gut health . . .”.… Read the rest

Thursday Thweets

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Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He gave me permission to use them here. I hope y’all find them as interesting as I have over the years. Most of them have never been published.

Chesterton Short(s)

In April of 1924, the Queen’s Doll House was unveiled at the British Empire Exhibit, complete with crown jewels, wine cellar, a working gramophone, pianos, and a two-thousand book library. A number of authors, including Chesterton, Maugham, Housman, and others, contributed handwritten volumes, each the size of a postage stamp. [Ted Morgan, Maugham, New York, 1980, p. 274]… Read the rest