Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving reading (and listening)

For those in the United States, these are days of Thanksgiving, which usually means a break from work and relaxation that comes from food and time with family.  If you find yourself with some leisure, we have three recommended pieces which help fill in "back story" on various episodes of the last 40 years.

Archbishop Lefebvre and the Hot Summer
Jean de Viguerie gives the most complete narration (that we have ever seen, in English) of the 1976 summer which saw the Archbishop suspended a divinis.  For those of you unfamiliar with the story, this long read will catch you up.  For those who think you know the story (people like myself who have read both biographies of the Archbishop), you'll still learn things you didn't know.

The SSPX and the new rite of Episcopal Consecration
Bishop Williamson's opinion on the Thuc line.  Bishop Tissier's opinion on the New Rite for Episcopal Consecration.  And Bishop Fellay's politicking with the Roman authorities.  Fr. Cekada walks us through the issues.

The "Siri Thesis"
I've only ever had a good impression of John Vennari when we've met in person and though I disagree with him on quite a few issues, I have to give him credit when he nails a particular issue, and for those who have recently been writing to ask me about the "Siri Thesis" I have consistently sent John's article on the topic.

Also...

A thoughtful and unique Christmas gift
One of the laymen at St. Gertrude's took some of the wood from a recent remodel of the high altar and built this unique and wonderful miniature altar.  A truly Catholic gift - great for a seminarian - current or future!

If you have some free time, Friday night at 8pm Eastern will be the Season 2 finale of Restoration Radio.  We will discuss the results of the end of season survey, preview Season 3, and share some of the projects we will be working on in 2014.  We will take calls so feel free to call in!