Sharon Kabel

Librarian; Nuisance


I am a Catholic librarian interested in finding high quality information, arranging it usefully, and aggressively citing my sources.

I started a Wordpress site in March of 2016, as a way to keep track of interesting quotations from books and articles that I read (material that may still be under copyright is quoted sparingly). This site has morphed into my portfolio, as I either collate the many fascinating resources I encounter, or I make them when I can't find them.

I have a MS in Library Science, and a BA in English, so I am particularly interested in research methods, and good writing. I was voted “most likely to win the Nobel Peace Prize” and “most likely to make a sarcastic comment” by classmates.

I also run latinmasswedding.com.

My first website name was A Wild Sostenuto, from Richard Wilbur’s poem, “For C.”

Still, there’s a certain scope in that long love
Which constant spirits are the keepers of,
And which, though taken to be tame and staid,
Is a wild sostenuto of the heart,
A passion joined to courtesy and art
Which has the quality of something made,
Like a good fiddle, like the rose’s scent,
Like a rose window or the firmament.

Recent Posts

The Second Vatican Council Documents in American Catholic Newspapers

In James Hitchcock's 1979 work Catholicism and Modernity, there is a quotation that particularly interested me: One of the choicest of …

Missals in The Catholic Commentator

Background This post is part of a series on a comprehensive review on occurrences of the word “missal” in the Catholic News …

Missals in the Shepherd of the Valley

About I recently started a comprehensive search of ‘missal’ in the Catholic News Archive (CNA). By …

Brighton Beach

My grandmother, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, left behind a beautiful photo album of her childhood and college years. I digitized it …

A Glimpse into 1970s Liturgical Music

Most of my content is fairly dense, so today I decided to take a break and have fun with some lighter content. The National Association …


Credibly Accused

A visual data project about the lists of credibly accused clergy released by American Roman Catholic dioceses

Dies Irae

A walk through Fr. Nicholas Gihr's classic work

Family Archive

An ongoing preservation of family records

Grand Jury Report

A summary and visualizations of the 2018 PA Grand Jury Report

Papal Documents

An ongoing series of charts that visualize papal and curial documents

Pre-1955 Holy Week

A collection of commentaries on aspects of the pre-1955 Holy Week


How New Is the New Traditional Wedding Preface?

On March 25, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith issued Quo Magis, which, among other things, added an optional preface (de …

“May Your Kids Always Like You”: Subtle Changes in the Rite of Marriage

The Rite of Marriage was codified in the 1614–15 Rituale Romanum by the Council of Trent. The 1962 Rite of Marriage is identical to the …

Bible Vigils, and Why We Don’t Have (or Need) Them

Although it is now frequently claimed that the traditional Latin Mass (TLM) was never abrogated (totally abolished) following the …

Bible Vigils: Guest Article

Bible vigils were a Catholic phenomenon of the 1960s. They were called by a variety of names, “Bible vigil” being the most common but …

‘Virtually Impossible with an All-Latin Liturgy’: A Brief History of Active Participation

Although active participation may have dissipated as a liturgical rallying call, it remains an unusually revealing and concise way to …