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.

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

Hymns for Saint Joseph

Pope Francis declared 2021 to be the year of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mother and foster father of Our Lord. Below …

'You would not be heart-broken by these changes if you really understood the Church': A 1965 letter on the new Mass

Monsignor J. D. Conway ran a Q&A column in several Catholic newspapers, such as the Catholic Messenger and the National Catholic …

Catholic fact check: Pope Pius IX on Liberal Catholics

The following quotation is attributed to Pope Blessed Pius IX: Liberal Catholics are the worst enemies of the Church. (While I'm not …

Catholic fact check: Jean Guitton, Pope Paul VI, and the liturgical reforms

Photograph: Pope Paul VI and Jean Guitton. Undated. Claim The following quotation is found all over the internet. It's attributed to …

Printable Marian Antiphons

There are four Marian antiphons that are sung, during the Divine Office and sometimes during Mass, throughout the year. Alma …


Cataloging the Crisis

Exploring lesser-known people and events within modern Catholic reforms

Church Fires

A report on American Catholic church fires and the Catholic News Archive

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

O Antiphons

A walk through the O Antiphons with Dom Gueranger

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


On the Mythical Pius XII Thanksgiving Indult

Every year around Thanksgiving, a flurry of social media posts make the rounds in traditional Catholic circles, concerning a mysterious …

Catholic News Archive

The Catholic News Archive (CNA) is a freely available unique digital collection of American Catholic Newspapers. With an impressive …

Abbess Caritas Pirckheimer: A Crucial Witness In Times of Persecution

By virtue of her birth, her education, and her talents, Abbess Pirckheimer was uniquely positioned to be a bastion for Bavarian …

The Consecration of a Small English Church in 1846

In the fall of 1846, construction finished for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Spinkhill, Derbyshire, England. The event …

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 …