Tag Archives: language

Profanity is Useful

Profanity is useful. People need those words to express things that cannot otherwise be expressed. There are times when the artful use of non-profanity works better and there are times when you simply must have the quick punch of a “bad” word. And to have profanity, you need to maintain at least a loose taboo […]

Main Stream Media’s Motu Proprio Improprieties

I’ve been rather hesitant to say anything whatsoever about the recently released motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, which allows for more liberal use of the Tridentine mass (in its 1962 form). I figured I had little to say that wouldn’t be said by others with greater eloquence. However, in the last few days I’ve read a […]

Pride of Place

Readers of Stuff’s post on singing before/during/after communion may find these interesting. The Mass of Vatican II […]In any case, the first use of actuosa participatio, i.e., active participation, referred explicitly and exclusively to the restoration of the congregational singing of Gregorian Chant. In 1928, Pope Pius XI reiterated the point in his Apostolic Letter, […]

Don Imus Should be a Gangsta Rapper

I’m a gangster, I’m a straight up G. The gangster life is the life for me! Shooting people by day, selling drugs by night. Being a gangster is hella tight. – “I’m a Gangster” by Rappy McRapperson Nerdcore rap cracks me up in general, but the above parody of gangster rap is one of my […]

Latin Goodness

A BoingBoing contributor interprets a Latin sign on a church wall as being a threat, but the "memento mori" message is a Medieval reminder to us that we are mortals. Rather, I think the message is really a reminder to those goofing off outside that the fun won't last forever (and therefore they should consider […]