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

Printable Marian Antiphons

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

Pairing Mass and Credo Settings

The Kyriale contains all of the chants for the Ordinary of the Mass, including Mass and Credo settings for the entire liturgical year. …

Father Joseph Byron and Dialogue Homilies

Father Joseph Byron came to my attention because of his connection to a minor innovation, “dialogue homilies.” It is …

St. John Chrysostom on wifely obedience

Artwork: Greek Miniaturist, “Homilies of Ioannes Chrysostomos.” c. 1078. Manuscript (Ms. Coislin 79) Bibliothèque …

Research Methods for Charts on Papal Citation Sources

An ongoing project of mine is analyzing papal documents by word count, paragraph count, and citation sources. Given the traction my …


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 …