Saturday, January 05, 2013

Regional Mediteranean Cooking...

Fried calamari, dipped
in spicy red sauce.

For the old feast of the Circumcision...

Kat has a post up about the veneration of relics... principally, the Holy Prepuce - click here.

For more general information, go here.

I was always under the impression the devotion and veneration of this particular relic was more or less discouraged - if not forbidden in modern times.

Put me through to the Institute,
I wanna check this one out
with Christopher West.


  1. Ewwww.

    Eww eww eww eww eww.


    Speaking of circumcision, in NY Jewish parents have to sign a consent form before an Orthodox mohel can circumcize their sons. In the traditional rite, the mohel sucks the blood off of the infant's penis. Thousands of babies have been infected with Hepatitis because of this.

    The more you know.

  2. That's okay Thom - if you don't like calamari you can always substitute onion rings with ketchup.

  3. Shouldn't the mohel have to be checked for communicable diseases?

  4. Nan - I'm going to research that - I think it sounds kind of like something SSPXers might make up.

  5. Terry Nelson writes : "it sounds kind of like something SSPXers might make up."

    Interesting. I never would have guessed that Thom OSF go his low down from the SSPXers.

  6. Thom is correct. Most likely the medieval antisemites exaggerated this practice to support their theories of Jews sacrificing and killing children to drink their blood during Passover - a practice ultr-traditionalists continue to believe happened.

  7. Oh,dear. I don't know if I'll ever be able to enjoy fried calamari again. And it's so good with beer.

    Thom, I think you mean herpes. According to a Sept 2012 NYTimes article, in NYC there are 3,600 orthodox circumcisions a year. Between 2000 and 2011, 11 infants were infected with herpes, and two died. Oral herpes is described in the article as highly infectious, spread by saliva, sharing drinks, or even a towel.

    1. I wouldn't make it up, Terry.

      E, you're right. I confused them. I'm not always great with STDs.


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