Category Archives: Amusements

A hymn for marriage cases

In the wake of Pope Francis’ two motus proprio reforming the procedures for annulment cases, I realized that what this topic needs is a good hymn. Or a bad hymn. Something.

A colleague supplied the first line (a bit irreverent in its wording, admittedly) and chose a tune (ABBOTS LEIGH):

Frank, you give the great annulment;
Loose the bond and set me free
My old marital involvement
Kept me in captivity
Once a wedding, now a burden
Doubtful in validity


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Looking a gift album in the mouth

LOL. The headline has it right. Seen on Slashdot:

Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2’s Album On Their Devices

Apple may have succeeded at breaking two records at once with the free release of U2’s latest album, titled Songs of Innocence, via iTunes. But now, it looks like it’s also on track to become one of the worst music publicity stunts of all time.

Users who have opted to download new purchases to their iPhones automatically have found the new U2 album sitting on their


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Songs for next Christmas

John Schultz and his brother Fr. Steve, co-founders of this blog, were kidding today about making a Christmas album together. It’s not too far-fetched an idea; after all, they were both music majors, and they have performed Christmas music together before. For example, here
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Certainly proper and dignified. But the song titles that their friends suggested ran in a different mode:

“Boar’s Head (Deli) Carol”


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Song For A Contemporary Nativity Set

57-380-thickbox.jpgHave yourself a minimalist Christmas
with a set of blocks
each a single color and an oblong box

Have yourself a geometric Christmas
It’s a tidy plan
As if they were painted like a Mondrian

Bet you knew
that our Lady’s blue
while Saint Joseph’s all in brown
Deeper shades from the Orient
tell you Magi are in town.

Soon it will be copied


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A ditty for St. Nicholas’ day

The other day, “Curt Jester” Jeff Miller read Taylor Marshall’s account of how Saint Nicholas of Myra confronted the heretic Arius at the Council of Nicaea (and rearranged his dental work). Well, Jeff wished that there were a Christmas song about the event, so I obliged him:

I saw Santa punching Arius,
in Nicaea where the council met last night;
the bishops were aghast, and the bruise is gonna last:
he seized him with his left hand and then slapped him with the right;


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