23 December 2008

Merry Christmas Blog Varia--and Preview of Coming Attractions

Now THAT's a title!

Obviously, as any sentient reader of this or other blogs can tell, the Catholic news has been ever so slow lately. Perhaps that is a good thing, as I need the time in Advent to prepare for the coming of the Infant King as much as (or more) than anyone. That being said, I thought I would just post a few random items in case blogging is light in the next couple of days:

1. First of all, as many readers will be ditching reading blogs for a few days as much as bloggers will be ditching writing them, I wanted to wish all readers and their families a very Merry, Joyous, Peaceful and Holy Christmas. I appreciate your interest in this blog and in the news of the local and universal Church. I will remember you in prayer at Mass on Christmas.

2. I wanted to send out a personal note to friends and family who are out of town and may find this blog a more effective way to keep up with my family and me than actual conversation. You are missed, and I'm sorry again that my Christmas cards will not arrive on time. The above image comes from one such friend and mentor.

3. Next, I would be remiss if I did not point out that the next few weeks will bring some important news to Saint Louis Catholics. No, this is not a cryptic word or picture puzzle, just basic math. If I can add the days correctly in the now-in-the-background-but-still-ongoing process to laicize one Marek Bozek, we should hear some news very soon. If I were a betting man, I would not bet on the Polish excommunicate. Also, of course, we will have a new Archbishop at some point soon. As Doctor Snide remarked about my first timeline projection, "It's a good thing we didn't follow that tip!" So, not a prediction, but common sense indicates that an appointment will be coming in the coming weeks as well.

I will be all over each of these stories as they happen, and will try to scoop the Post and Whispers again-- but don't hold your breath on the last one at the least.

4. For those of you dying to read more about head coverings for women, and I know you're out there ;-), I am trying to coax the Unknown Canon Lawyer X to post a piece specifically addressing any possible objection to his argument based upon Inter Insignores. This, so far, has been raised twice and I have responded to this objection-- but, as I am not the canon lawyer, I am happy to defer to a more exact legal argument. So, I am hoping he will come through. In the meantime, there is one reader who is just beginning a dialogue with UCLX on a different angle, but this is still at a nascent stage.

For those of you tired of the veil issue, the scroll bar at right is still functional. :-)

5. Finally, feel free to use the combox for this post, or for the Christmas day post (assuming I have one) to post any comments about your Christmas Mass experiences or Christmas customs that you think may be of interest to readers.

Again, a very Merry Christmas to you all!


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to tim man and family.

From LMG and family.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year for you and your family Mr. thetimman!

My family will be attending St. Francis de Sales tonight for Midnight Mass for the first time.

Thank you for being faithful to the Church, and her teachings with your blog.

It has been a real blessing for the faithful of the Archdiocese to recive Catholic truths from you.

Keep the faith...

-Dan D.

thetimman said...

thanks, and to you all.

Patrick Kinsale said...

Merry Christmas everyone!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you, thetimman, and your family! No doubt the New Year will bring many wonderful happenings at the Oratory, and we thank you for making them known.

Merry Christmas also to Canon Wiener, Abbe Apple, and all the staff and members of the Oratory!

Kansas Catholic said...

Merry Christmas to all Saint Louis Catholics, a blog that would be good at half the price--I mean twice the price. : )

Your friends in Kansas.

Colleen Hammond said...

Merry Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and thank you for the excellent posts on veiling in church. I'm happy to report that as a Catholic born post-Vatican II, after reading your post and having had other promptings over the years since my "reversion," my almost 4-year old daughter and I wore veils for the first time to a Novus Ordo Christmas Day. I admit to having felt a little like a fish out of water, but at the same time, it was very freeing - perhaps not the best way to describe it, but there you go.

So - thanks for posting about veils and all other topics that are of great interest to Catholics!

Merry Christmas!!!

P.S. I had my veils made locally through www.monkrock.com. Wonderful people over there!

thetimman said...

Mary, God bless you! Thanks for your kind words. I am glad the post had such an effect. It is kind of weird at first, as my wife and daughters can attest, but the Lord did reassure His disciples that anyone who acknowledged Him before others, he would acknowledge before His heavenly Father.

Colleen, and everyone else, Merry Christmas!