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Musings From “Sanctus”

August 21st, 2009, Promulgated by Gen

Here’s your latest dose of “Sanctus.”

“When they changed the way the altars were, so they weren’t facing the right way, people just lost their minds.”
“I went to Mass yesterday, and she (yes, you know who) was there. And she was wearing these skimpy little shorts! Okay, fine, you can stop the habits, but shorts? And at Mass? This is worse than when Frank showed up to Mass wearing a t-shirt with a bathing beauty on it. I saw him come into church with that thing on and I said, ‘What the hell do you think you’re doing, Frank?’ He looked down at the gal on his shirt and said, ‘enjoying myself.’ Well, father saw the shirt and nearly refused him communion. Oh, and Frank’s daughter was so embarrassed. I mean, really, if there’s a choice between cartooned perfection on a t-shirt and elderly flab up close and personal, I’ll take the shirt.”
“I really liked the Latin. It’s something that the Protestant churches just don’t get. It was so majestic.”
“That Sr. Barbara (Ms. Barbara Swiecki) always plays around with the Mass. She gets all the kids in a circle and has a talk. Geeze, you’d think the priest would smack her for that.”
“When I worked at Kodak, I used to tell the guys, ‘Don’t talk about religion. You can have your opinions, but keep ’em to yourselves. I’m Catholic. That ain’t changing.’ So then they just shut up real quick. I guess they knew I had ’em licked.”
“This Asian pastor and his wife live next to me, and they tried to convert me when they moved in. Well, they could have gotten a lot farther if they didn’t have chickens and hens running around their property. For cripe’s sake, that’s not too sanitary. I don’t know what they are (denomination) but they’re just out-there. I told them, ‘I’m Catholic. I like my Church. Keep yours to yourself.’ Well, they just gave up. Guess they didn’t like that I didn’t convert.”



20 Responses to “Musings From “Sanctus””

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sanctus for bishop of Rochester

  2. Anonymous says:

    Could we buy Sanctus a camera to carry with him at all times?

  3. Gen says:

    I leave it to you to explain what "digital" means to a 92 year old man. lol

  4. Anonymous says:

    Amen, Ben, Amen.

  5. Mr. B says:


    What you say makes a lot of sense, but to engage in a dialogue, one needs to be informed. One thing that we have not done well since V2 is catechesis.

    I went to a Jesuit HS in the late 70?s. The communion song was always ?Dust in he Wind? by Kansas. We analyzed ?The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? for freshman religion. Think about it. My education in the faith was seriously flawed.

    The result is many gaps in my knowledge and understanding of my own religion. I walked around with many muddled concepts for decades. I was a lapsed Catholc for 20 years.

    It?s only since I started Adoration that things have been more in focus. Funny ? as my ability to see with my eyes diminishes, my ability to see with my heart grows.

    We need to distinguish the differences between us and our fellow Christians. We need to shout it from the rooftops (like in this blog).

    We need to show compassion for all of His lost sheep (even You-Know-Who).

    We need ?Catholics Come Home?.

    We need to pray to "He who makes all things possible".

    God Bless.

  6. Dr. K says:

    "The communion song was always ?Dust in he Wind? by Kansas."

    I saw this used after Communion but a year ago… at a Funeral Mass! To the best of my knowledge, songs by Kansas have not been approved by the Bishop's conference.

    Sometimes priests do not have the courage to stand up and say "I can't allow that", for fear they might offend someone and they may go elsewhere. We need more Fr. A's.

    ~Dr. K

  7. Anonymous says:

    I'd rather strengthen our Church than strengthen other religions! Sure, we need to understand other faiths, but we should not do it at the expense of our own.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Look at the bruha caused by the evangelicals on this blog this week. You think they give a rat's tail about ecumenism? Not likely. Why should we be passive and encourage people to attend Protestant services when they are ciphening off Catholics all the time?

  9. Ben Anderson says:

    who said anything about attending protestant services or being passive? I'm simply following scripture:
    Luke 11:33
    "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light."

    This is in stark contrast to "Don't talk to me about religion". Certainly we need good catechesis. You must be well grounded in your faith to offer a defense of it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hey anonymous, shut up.

  11. Gen says:

    Actually, he does know.

    We joke often about his clarity in terms of faith, and his forgetfulness in terms of expiration dates.

    Kindly remind me of the focus of this blog, seeing as how you say I've forgotten. My header reads thus:

    A blog dedicated to Roman Catholic Orthodoxy, Proper Liturgy and Catholic culture. The intent of this blog is to bring various liturgical abuses and abuses of power in the lay-run Church to light, especially in Rochester, New York.

    I think Sanctus is a great advocate for these things.

  12. Anonymous says:

    ANON — Stop your hateful rants against the blog authors. You are a guest here. You're reading free information too, you're not paying for any of this. Stop being so ungrateful and stop acting like a jerk. These great Catholic writers are sharing their minds and the fruit of the work with us, appreciate it, and stop trying to find fault with everything.

  13. Gen says:

    I didn't know I had bodyguards. lol


  14. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous, the only embarrassment here is you. Who would read a blog, and comment upon incessantly, that they find so vile and disgusting? Find better things to do with your time, like go to Confession.

  15. Sister Emily says:

    Talking about someone who is dead is in poor taste? I didn't know that. I will remind my Priest on Sunday.
    From what I have read it sounds like Sanctus could hold his own and doesn't need rescueing.

    I agree with 10:31

  16. Sister Emily says:

    I have just been attacked!!
    I did go back and read what SHE said MY REMARKS STAND. I kinda like bring called a groupie,makes me feel young.

  17. Sister Emily says:

    Anon.11:57 SAYS:

    I don't mean it in the way that you undertand it,it's not just that don't laugh in the right places.


  18. Sister Emily says:

    P.S. anon 11;57pm
    You sound a few minutes I will pray for you..But what do you expect? The people that post here put alot of time and energy in educating people. We have a place to show our love for our Lord and Priase him together. What is wrong with a little fun?.We don't have to wait till Sunday or when a church in this town is open. As you can see we don't
    always agree, but when you come on the attack as you did it interupts the purpose of what they are trying to do and it offends more people then them.
    No I do not think the people running the show are Icons. That is silly. What ever happened that makes you angry with one of the authors offer it up. Good night.
    P.S. Ouch !!I am no Ray Grosswirth!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Is the person whining here the same whiner at belated smack down?

  20. Rob says:

    This man has so much wisdom, thank you for sharing.

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