Sharon Kabel

Librarian; Nuisance


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

My degrees are in Library Science (MS) and Literature (BA), so I am particularly interested in research methods, editing, and writing. Contact me for a quote if you need project help in any of these areas.

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.


  • Metadata
  • Catholic research
  • Fact checking


  • MS in Library Science, 2016

    Drexel University

  • BA in Literature, 2013

    Belmont Abbey College



Project support, fact checks


Essays, papers, chapters, books

Thesis and Dissertation Editing

All style guides

Recent Posts

Catholic fact check: Pope Pius XII, the universal tongue, and catacombs

The following quotation is attributed to Pope Pius XII: The day the Church abandons her universal tongue [Latin] is the day before she …

Catholic fact check: Father Edward Schillebeeckx and Implicit Conclusions

The following quotation (or variations thereof) is attributed to the controversial theologian Father Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P.: “We …

Catholic fact check: Cardinal Karol Wojtyla and the final confrontation

The following quotation is attributed to Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope St. John Paul II: We are now standing in the face of …

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 …


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


Surveying Sacraments - a Global Snapshot of Traditional Weddings

Catholic with a small c, my catechism taught me, means universal. Our Faith’s long history, unique claim to the Truth, and geographic …

Sharon Kabel on a Supposed Saying of Pope Pius XII

Our friend Sharon Kabel has just posted another one of her useful and interesting research pieces, this time on a saying ascribed to …

Follow-Up on the Turkey Indult

In November of last year, I shared a provocative hypothesis: thanks to the discovery of new evidence, it was possible for the first …

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 …