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

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 …

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 …


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 …