Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z's Blog

Frank commentary on Catholic issues – by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf o{]:¬)
Fr. Z's Blog

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Formerly entitled: "What Does The Prayer Really Say?" - Clear, straight commentary on Catholic issues, liturgy and life by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf    o{]:¬)

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3 April – Holy Mass (TLM) Friday in Passion Week – LIVE VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5) – With “fervorino”

Apr 3, 2020

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I am again going to LIVE stream a Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Daylight Time (= GMT/UTC -5 and ROME 1900h). The Mass formulary will be for Friday in Passion Week (the week before Holy Week).  I will add … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 38 – Friday in the 5th Week of Lent – Passiontide: Who do we think we are?

Apr 3, 2020

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Today is Friday in the 5th Week of Lent – Passiontide.  The Roman Station is Santo Stefano Rotondo in Monte Celio, the round basilica. We are today one week from Good Friday.  As such it is the feast of our … Continue reading →

Introducing the Catholic Signal Corps

Apr 3, 2020

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Catholic Signal Corps. What do I mean? Consider… Big social media outlets are filtering, censoring, shadow banning content and users, “deplatforming” those whose opinions are not “acceptable” to them. This is going to get worse as we continue to polarize. … Continue reading →

2 April – Holy Mass (TLM) Thursday in Passion Week – LIVE VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5) – With “fervorino”

Apr 2, 2020

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I am again going to LIVE stream a Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Daylight Time (= GMT/UTC -5 and ROME 1900h). The Mass formulary will be for Thursday in Passion Week (the week before Holy Week). You can find … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 37 – Thursday in the 5th Week of Lent – Passiontide: Counterpart to the Prodigal Son

Apr 2, 2020

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Today is Thursday in the 5th Week of Lent – Passiontide.  The Roman Station is Sant’Apollinare alle Terme Neroniane-Alessandrine near the Piazza Navona. I am happy to read again today from the new English translation of Fr. Patrick Troadec’s work … Continue reading →

READER FEEDBACK: Live Masses and what the The British Government just did

Apr 1, 2020

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I received some interesting feedback today from a reader in England: From a reader… Thank you very much indeed for The Divine Mass, today. I counted up to 50 “Virtual” Congregation Members, today. You will be pleased to know that … Continue reading →

1 April – Holy Mass (TLM) Wednesday in Passion Week – LIVE VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5) – And a cute kid…

Apr 1, 2020

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NB: Today’s Mass will be celebrated for the intention of benefactors, who have sent individual donations or who have subscribed (HERE) and who have sent items from my wishlist. I am again going to LIVE stream Holy Mass at NOON … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 36 – Wednesday in the 5th Week of Lent – Passiontide: Christ’s most painful wound

Apr 1, 2020

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Today is Wednesday in the 5th Week of Lent – Passiontide.  The Roman Station is Santa Marcello, where the miraculous Crucifix is found. It was carried through the districts of Rome during the Plague of 1522. Today St. Bernard of … Continue reading →

Fomites of Viruses, Fomites of Sins, and YOU

Mar 31, 2020

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Today on a TV news channel I heard a doctor talking about the ways that virus can spread.  He used a term “fomites” (pronounced “foe-mights”).  I immediately knew what it was about, but I looked it up: “any inanimate object … Continue reading →

31 March – Holy Mass (TLM) Tuesday in Passion Week – LIVE VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

Mar 31, 2020

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Today I am again going to attempt to LIVE stream Mass at NOON (Central Daylight Time = GMT/UTC -5  This weekend Europe went on daylight savings. So Rome is -7 again.) Holy Mass (TLM) will be the formulary for Tuesday … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 35 – Tuesday in the 5th Week of Lent – Passiontide: Don’t step ahead of Providence!

Mar 31, 2020

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Today is Tuesday in the 5th Week of Lent – Passiontide.  The Roman Station is Santa Maria in Via Lata. I am excited to read today from the new English translation of Fr. Patrick Troadec, SSPX, work Toward Easter.  I … Continue reading →

30 March – Holy Mass (TLM) Monday in Passion Week – LIVE VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

Mar 30, 2020

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Today I am again going to attempt to LIVE stream Mass at NOON (Central Daylight Time = GMT/UTC -5  This weekend Europe went on daylight savings. So Rome is -7 again.) Holy Mass (TLM) will be the formulary for Monday … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 34 – Monday in the 5th Week of Lent – Passiontide: “We are perishing!”

Mar 30, 2020

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Today is Monday in the 5th Week of Lent – Passiontide.  The Roman Station is San Crisogono in Tratevere. What we must do when we realized we have sinned. Subscribe on SOUNDCLOUD. I provide these podcasts especially in gratitude to … Continue reading →

29 March Sunday – VESPERS live-streamed 1500h (GMT -5)

Mar 29, 2020

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It was a custom for Catholics on Sundays to return to their churches for Vespers.  As a matter of fact, in some traditional hand missals you will find the prayers for Vespers.  Moreover, the Second Vatican Council asked that Sunday … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Pasta e ceci alla Romana

Mar 29, 2020

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Yesterday The Great Roman™ sent me a photo of a fine bowl of pasta e ceci in the Roman style. This is a good lesson about custody of the eyes.   We tend to want what we see.   I immediately wanted … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 1st Passion Sunday 2020 (TLM)

Mar 29, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation?  WHOOPS!  You probably are in a place where you don’t have an obligation, either because the bishop dispensed it or there … Continue reading →

POLL: Veiling and covering images on 1st Passion Sunday 2020, 5th of Lent

Mar 29, 2020

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We are really getting into it now. From this Sunday, traditionally called 1st Sunday of the Passion, it is customary to veil images in churches. In the Gospel in traditional Form of the Roman Rite we hear: Tulérunt ergo lápides, … Continue reading →

29 March – LIVE Sunday Mass (TLM) 0730 CDT

Mar 29, 2020

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I’ll say Mass at 0730 this morning. In Europe you switched to daylight savings. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPOv8zi09j0w0JlN1OTXXOQ That’s the parish channel rather than my personal channel.

LENTCAzT 2020: 33 – 5th Sunday of Lent – 1st Passion Sunday: Time to die

Mar 29, 2020

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Today is 1st Passion Sunday, the 5th Sunday of Lent.  The Roman Station is St. Peter’s Basilica on the Vatican Hill. This podcast intends to help you get ready to die… liturgically. Subscribe on SOUNDCLOUD. I provide these podcasts especially … Continue reading →

@MadisonDiocese : Bp. Hying’s Decree altering conditions for gaining Plenary Indulgences

Mar 28, 2020

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This could be a model for other dioceses. Below is a decree from Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, of the Diocese of Madison, by which he grants that people within the Diocese of Madison can gain plenary indulgences without confession … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Blessing sacramentals over a live stream on the internet

Mar 28, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: During this time of plague, may priests live-stream the blessing of sacramentals? A priest has asked parishioners who want to have these objects blessed to prepare water, salt, etc., view the blessing ritual online, and presumably … Continue reading →

28 March – Holy Mass (TLM) Saturday 4th Week of Lent – LIVE VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

Mar 28, 2020

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Today I am again going to attempt to LIVE stream Mass at NOON (Central Daylight Time = GMT/UTC -5). Holy Mass (TLM) Saturday 4th Week of Lent with a commemoration of St. John of Capistrano. HERE I have permission from … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 31 – Saturday in the 4th Week of Lent: Reward for an act of charity.

Mar 28, 2020

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It’s Saturday in the 4th Week of Lent. The Roman Station is San Nicola in carcere. I have a personal connection to this church from my time in seminary onward. Alban Goodier helps us to see what a seemingly small … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Best practices for following a Mass which is live-streamed on the internet or broadcast on TV

Mar 27, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: What are your thoughts about what to do during streamed Masses? I tend to think that in this time where it is impossible to attend Mass, it is at least beneficial to be united with one … Continue reading →

Wherein a seriously annoyed Fr. Z rants – UPDATED

Mar 27, 2020

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UPDATE Concerning something I ranted about below, I read this at CNA: Updated: Springfield, Mass. diocese rescinds policy permitting nurses to anoint Thanks be to God. One hour after the publication of the story below, the Diocese of Springfield informed … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! BISHOPS and PRIESTS – Exorcise and bless!

Mar 27, 2020

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Luke 4:40-41: When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out … Continue reading →

Startling visuals from special “Urbi et Orbi” ceremony in Rome against the pandemic

Mar 27, 2020

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Today Francis has an extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi” ceremony, with prayers in this time of pandemic.  They brought the famous Crucifix from San Marcello.  It had been carried in 1522 in procession through Rome against the plague for several days.  … Continue reading →

27 March – Votive Mass “for the sick” – LIVE VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

Mar 27, 2020

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Today I am again going to attempt to LIVE stream Mass at NOON (Central Daylight Time = GMT/UTC -5).  This will be Votive Mass (TLM) “Pro Infirmis… For The Sick”. HERE I have permission from the bishop to use this … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 31 – Friday in the 4th Week of Lent: “The nature of our pride”

Mar 27, 2020

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It’s Friday in the 4th Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Sant’Eusebio. Joseph Ratzinger gives us a reality check in one of his meditations for the Stations of the Cross. Subscribe on SOUNDCLOUD. I provide these podcasts especially in … Continue reading →

1st Space Force mission is a go

Mar 26, 2020

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This is some cool news… From the Washington Free Beacon: First Space Force Mission Is A Go ‘We’re launching a giant spacecraft into space’ Space Force’s first official mission is a go, with personnel set to launch a military communications … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 30 – Thursday in the 4th Week of Lent: “I command you, get up!”

Mar 26, 2020

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It’s Thursday in the 4th Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti, in the rough and tumble Suburra area of Rome. Today Fr. Patrick Troadec, SSPX, gives us a fervorino about how the Lord … Continue reading →

Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

Mar 26, 2020

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And to all my readers, I add… Temba, his arms wide.  

Fakebook blocking or deleting live-streamed Catholic Masses

Mar 25, 2020

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This is interesting… I am receiving screenshots and statements reporting @Facebook blocking and/or deleting live-streamed #Catholic Masses and #Christian content during the ongoing #coronavirus restrictions. I have contacted @fbnewsroom, as the evidence suggests targeting.#CatholicTwitter pic.twitter.com/Z6XoKP78m6 — Bree A Dail (@breeadail) … Continue reading →

ROME: Famous 1522 Plague Procession Crucifix moved to St. Peter’s

Mar 25, 2020

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The famous plague procession Crucifix in Rome’s San Marcello al Corso has been moved from its chapel in the center of Rome to St. Peter’s Square for a prayer Francis will recite on 27 March at 1800h (Rome time) I … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How to contact priests to serve their private Traditional Latin Masses

Mar 25, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: With the outbreak of COVID-19 in Seattle and the shift to exclusively private masses, I imagine there are a good number of priests in my city saying the EF who could use servers. What’s the best … Continue reading →

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Mar 25, 2020

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PLEASE use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests … Continue reading →

25 March: Feast of The Good Thief, St. Dismas… who stole heaven

Mar 25, 2020

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Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation. However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas! Fulton Sheen famously quipped of this thief-saint that he “stole heaven”.  A good thief … Continue reading →

25 March – Annunciation – LIVE VIDEO: Mass at 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

Mar 25, 2020

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UPDATE My bad.  There was one more button to click to make it live. TOMORROW I’ll get it right. I was tempted just to say Mass again… but I really shouldn’t do that without exception need.  My screwing up the … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 28 – Tuesday in the 4th Week of Lent: Conscience and making excuses for sins

Mar 24, 2020

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It’s Tuesday in the 4th Week of Lent. The Roman Station is San Lorenzo in Damaso, another of the many churches dedicated to St. Lawrence, so beloved of the Romans. Card. Bacci talks about a well-formed and about a badly-form … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: A priest wants to be able to celebrate Easter in the Extraordinary Form

Mar 24, 2020

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From a priest… QUAERUNTUR: I am the parish priest at ___.   I’m going to use the suspension of public masses to work on my Latin. [Oorah!] Thank you for encouraging and providing resources for this. Could you please send me … Continue reading →

Francis: Coronavirus is nature’s “revenge”, “tantrum”, “cry” for help

Mar 24, 2020

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I am not making this up. This is not The Onion.  Neither is this Eye of the Tiber. From Breitbart: Pope Francis: Coronavirus Pandemic Is Nature ‘Throwing a Tantrum’ ROME — Pope Francis told a Spanish journalist Sunday that nature … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ: Ham Radio in Pandemic – ZedNet is ACTIVE!

Mar 23, 2020

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In this time of being shut in, I’ve been checking on the bands. I’ve had a couple of emails from folks saying that, just before the Coronavirus flare, they obtained their Technician license and had received their call signs.   While … Continue reading →

Supply chain, Truck Divers and YOU! Something you can do to help. ACTION ITEM!

Mar 23, 2020

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Practically everything already have or you need is at some point moved by a truck, which means a truck diver. I heard a good idea from a friend. Think about the drivers.  They need to have places to rest, refresh, … Continue reading →

ITALY: At least 60 Italian priests have died after contracting coronavirus.

Mar 23, 2020

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From CNA: At least 60 Italian priests have died after contracting coronavirus Rome, Italy, Mar 23, 2020 / 10:07 am (CNA).- In the past week alone, more than 3,000 people have died in Italy after contracting the coronavirus. Among the dead … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 27 – Monday in the 4th Week of Lent: The next phase now begins

Mar 23, 2020

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It’s Monday in the 4th Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Santi Quattro Coronati, the Four Crowned Saints, early martyrs who refused to weaken their identity. Today Pius Parsch helps us to get our bearing on where we are … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM – In this time of mostly private Masses, priests should use the Traditional Latin Mass, the Extraordinary Form!

Mar 22, 2020

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From a priest … QUAERITUR: All priests in many countries are now just doing private masses. How about saying them in ef? Thats my plan. [kudos!] Same time every day in the parish church. Can’t get more obviously private than … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM: 1000 subscribers for YouTube live stream

Mar 22, 2020

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Thinking ahead. To be able to live stream to YouTube with my mobile phone, I need 1000 subscribers. Can you give me a hand? HERE UPDATE 23 March: Thank you, dear readers, for helping with this. I had hoped to … Continue reading →

POLL: Did you watch a live stream of Mass for Laetare Sunday 2020?

Mar 22, 2020

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In this time of coronavirus, when people are closed in and Masses have been cancelled, in most places the obligation to hear Mass has been lifted. Otherwise, because of circumstances, you do not have an obligation that you cannot fulfill. … Continue reading →

LAETARE Sunday 2020 Rose Vestment POLL

Mar 22, 2020

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Did you see rosacea vestments today (hopefully not baby-rattle pink)? Anyone can vote, but only registered and approved users can add comments. What did you see and how did you see it?

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 4th Sunday of Lent 2020 Laetare – putting you in the chalice

Mar 22, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Continue reading →

Laetare Sunday, Mass, live video 0730 CDT

Mar 22, 2020

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I’ll be saying Mass, in an empty church, on Sunday morning.  0730 CDT  (GTM -5) It’ll be strange.   But I’ll have you all with me one way or another. HERE  

LENTCAzT 2020: 26 – 4th Sunday of Lent – Laetare: Millions of favors hang from heaven

Mar 22, 2020

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It’s 4th Sunday of Lent – Laetare. The Roman Station is Santa Croce in Gerusaleme, The Holy Cross in Jerusalem. There are reserved here relics of the Lord’s Passion recovered by St. Helena and brought to Rome. We hear today … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Lentils from the Benedictine Monks of Norcia. IMPROVISE – ADAPT – OVERCOME

Mar 21, 2020

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The other day I received my newsletter from the great, , traditional Benedictine monks in Norcia . The beer monks. You might consider subscribing to their beer club!  Sign up and receive their terrific beer every month.  This is very … Continue reading →

UPDATE: Construction of a new Swiss Guard Helmet

Mar 21, 2020

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Do you remember the ACTION ITEM to make a fitting helmet for a Swiss Guard which you good people fulfilled?   I have news. First, I was supposed to go to Rome for the swearing in ceremony of the new Guards … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Questions about anointing, Extreme Unction, absolution in time of pandemic

Mar 21, 2020

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From a priest… QUAERUNTUR: I understand that a priest can anoint with an instrument: if he can’t reach inside the collapsed house, but a little wooden rod could, he may anoint in this way. My question is, can he use … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 25 – Saturday in the 3rd Week of Lent: No human being would have thought of this sacrament

Mar 21, 2020

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It’s Saturday in the 3rd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Santa Susanna, though it would be at observed across the street at the beautiful beautiful Carmelite church St. Maria della Victoria where you find Bernini’s astonishing statue of … Continue reading →

A note about sending Mass intentions. DON’T… unless you have made contact beforehand.

Mar 20, 2020

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Dear readers, I know that it is often very difficult to find parishes or priests for the Mass intentions you desire. Do NOT, NOT, send me Mass intentions or Mass stipends without contacting me in advance and obtaining a response … Continue reading →

JUST TOO COOL! VIDEO – Flying Rosary! Latin for “Rosary” is “Corona”, by the way.

Mar 20, 2020

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I was sent this by a priest friend in Rome. You might know that the Latin for a rosary is corona!     Meanwhile…

ASK FATHER: If a priest keeps hearing confessions, contracts Coronovirus and dies, is he a martyr?

Mar 18, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, if a priest catches China Flu while hearing confession and dies of it, is he not a martyr? Why the fuss; mask up, disinfect, wash hands, hear confession. If my priest believes what the Church … Continue reading →

In time of Coronovirus a priest foolishly suggests confession by phone. FAIL!

Mar 18, 2020

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I read an INCREDIBLY IRRESPONSIBLE comment from an Italian priest, unhappily now a prof at my “alma mater” the Pontifical Lateran University. In a story at CNS, Fr. Giorgio Giovanelli, suggested that Francis could – and should – give permission … Continue reading →

Don Camillo’s stands fast as the flood rises.

Mar 18, 2020

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From the movie made from Giovannino Guareschi’s “Return of Don Camillo“. Don (the title of a diocesan priest in Italy) Camillo is the pastor of a village by a river, which is in flood stage.  The people have fled to … Continue reading →

Russian Orthodox react to Coronovirus: “the Bloodless Sacrifice can in no way be canceled”

Mar 18, 2020

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The Russian Orthodox Church is making changes to how their people receive Communion. HERE NB: They are not cancelling their Divine Liturgy. They are not cancelling Communion.  My emphases. Instructions to Rectors and their Parishes, and to Abbots and Abbesses of … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 22 – Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Lent: Doing without

Mar 18, 2020

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It’s Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is San Sisto, though observed (when permitted) at Ss. Nereo e Achilleo. In this time of growing privation, though not very serious for most of us… yet… Card. Bacci … Continue reading →

Something to Cheers you up in the COVID-19 pandemic!

Mar 18, 2020

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Just watch and laugh. And of course there wasn’t a lab in China… nah… …. !

MAIL FROM A PRIEST: “We have more time to do PRIESTLY things!” ACTION ITEM!

Mar 17, 2020

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I want to pass along to my brother priests and bishops this great email.  Dear readers, would you consider printing it out and giving it to your local priests or sending them an email with a link to this post? … Continue reading →

SPIRITUAL WEAPONRY ALERT! PDF of traditional Prayer In Time of Epidemics – UPDATED

Mar 17, 2020

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UPDATE: 17 March 2020 The PDF has been updated, improved, and slightly corrected. Feel free to download, print, and give it your your priests. ___ Originally Published on: Mar 16, 2020 I saw that the FSSP put out a PDF with … Continue reading →

Self-isolating? Relieved from work? LEARN LATIN!

Mar 17, 2020

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Over at First Things there is a piece by Joseph Epstein about his decision, later in life, to learn Latin.  It’s engaging.   Read it there. However, he mentions some sources for learning Latin, which I will countersign.  For example, when people … Continue reading →

Remember to “pay it backwards”. Remember our seasoned brethren.

Mar 17, 2020

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I am not sure where I heard this, in the ongoing scrum of COVID-19 news coverage and discussion.   I often multitask when the news is on.  I don’t even remember if this was the exact phrase that was used, but … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 21 – Tuesday in the 3rd Week of Lent: The Universal Prayer

Mar 17, 2020

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It’s Tuesday in the 3rd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Santa Pudenziana. Today we hear a magnificent prayer, comprehensive, attributed to Pope Clement XI (+1721).  It is truly a “universal” prayer, because it covers all the needful bases. … Continue reading →

PODCAzT 181: The Latin of “A Prayer In Times of Epidemics” from the Rituale Romanum – PRAYERCAzT

Mar 16, 2020

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In this PODCAzT I read for you the Latin version of the extract from the traditional Rituale Romanum of A Prayer In Times of Epidemics (RR Tit. IX. Ch. X). It really should be done in Latin. These devotions and … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Can our priest add to Mass prayers the votive collects against epidemics?

Mar 16, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I hope you are doing well today. My pastor is the dean for the archdiocese of ___. He wanted to know if he has the competent authority to allow himself to offer Mass of the Féria … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Diocese cancelled all Masses. Would it be wrong to go to the SSPX?

Mar 16, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: As our diocese has cancelled all Masses until further notice which includes our TLM parish would it be disobedient and/or sinful to attend the local SSPX Mass which goes against both our local ordinary and our … Continue reading →

ITALY: Police shoo away people outside a church hearing Mass through the open doors

Mar 16, 2020

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The shape of things to come? I was texting with The Great Roman™ today.  He’s fine and so is his family, but he’s frustrated, as you can imagine.  Everyone is in lockdown.  You can’t go anywhere except a nearby church … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How to gain a plenary indulgence if I can’t receive Communion? PRIESTS! BISHOPS! PAY ATTENTION!

Mar 16, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can you please clarify the conditions to gain an indulgence? My diocese thankfully has not yet closed churches but my archbishop has forbidden communion on the tongue. In obedience, my TLM pastor is continuing to say … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 20 – Monday in the 3rd Week of Lent: By faith we make use of the Passion of Christ

Mar 16, 2020

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It’s Monday in the 3rd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is San Marco near the Piazza Venezia. Today St. Thomas Aquinas bends our minds around Christ’s saving work, divine, accomplished through His humanity, for us who must receive it … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: If the diocese cancelled Mass, but Father says Mass anyway, can we attend? Can government forbid it?

Mar 15, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our Gov. In NC has banned gatherings of 100, church and schools alike (but not restaurants, malls, etc). One is subject to Misdemeanor II charges. Our holy priest told a parishioner that he will say mass … Continue reading →

Francis Bergoglio’s Day Off? Seriously… Francis walks in empty Rome to venerate the famous Plague Crucifix of 1522

Mar 15, 2020

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These are serious days, but I hope a little humor can be applied. Francis Bergoglio’s Day Off! A day well spent. It would have been better to have a procession, but… hey!  I’ll take it! BTW… this is the Ides … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 3rd Sunday of Lent 2020 – The rise of spiritual warriors

Mar 15, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Subscribe to video stream of Ss. Trinità in Rome for Traditional Masses LIVE

Mar 13, 2020

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My adoptive parish in Rome, Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, the official parish in Rome for the traditional Roman Rite, will be video streaming Masses. However, for YouTube to allow them to stream LIVE, they have to have at least 1000 … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Advice from Italy about Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020

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Here is some advice.

LENTCAzT 2020: 17 – Friday in the 2nd Week of Lent: Envy contains an element of fear

Mar 13, 2020

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It’s Friday in the 2nd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is San Vitale. Today we hear about envy, jealously, with the help of Thomas Aquinas, Dante and Dorothy Sayers.   I sincerely believe that many of the tensions in the … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: I might be contagious. Would it be a sin to go to confession to an elderly priest?

Mar 12, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Given that the priests at the chapel where I typically confess are all rather elderly and at high risk should they become infected, would it potentially be morally problematic to go to confession and put them … Continue reading →

A beautiful Gregorian chant against disease

Mar 12, 2020

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Several sources sent to me about this chant, but a good one seems to be Rorate right now, which has a well crafted, useful page of the chant. The origins of this prayer are, as some writings have detailed, from the Sisters … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! PROCESSIONS! They’re happening!

Mar 12, 2020

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I’ve been calling for processions using the traditional Rituale Romanum against the present contagion. Let’s get out there!   Take it to the streets! “Meno chiacchiere… più processioni!… Less chattering … more processions!” I received notice from Birmingham, Alabama’s Cathedral of … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 16 – Thursday in the 2nd Week of Lent: Acquire the true riches!

Mar 12, 2020

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It’s Thursday in the 2nd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Santa Maria in Trastevere.  This is one of the oldest churches dedicated to the Mother of God. We hear from Fr. Troadec today about Dives and Lazarus, the … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Eucharistic Processions in time of disease!

Mar 11, 2020

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In the past I recounted how, outside the hideous Paul VI Audience Hall, during a meeting of the Italian Bishops Conference, an old bishop who had escaped the nonsense within growled something I’ve shared here many times: “Meno chiacchiere… più … Continue reading →

Just Too Cool from my adoptive home parish in Rome

Mar 11, 2020

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I was sent this little video from my Roman home parish.  

LENTCAzT 2020: 15 – Wednesday in the 2nd Week of Lent: Monotonous Christ

Mar 11, 2020

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It’s Wednesday in the 2nd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Santa Cecilia in Trastevere.  I have a personal relationship with this basilica. Today Fulton Sheen talks about how monotonous Christ’s life was. In these podcasts I sometimes use … Continue reading →

Don’t CANCEL Masses in order to avoid crowds and the spread of Chinese virus. ADD MASSES!

Mar 10, 2020

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Here is something good. Dioceses and conferences of bishops are panicking. “BIG CROWDS SPREAD DISEASE! We have to SHUT DOWN MASSES!” No.  ADD MASSES!   The crowd at each will be smaller. Look at what this Polish bishop suggests. In connection … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: More about removal of Holy Water at church because of the Chinese Virus. BYOB!

Mar 10, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our TLM group shares a church with the NO parish and they have removed holy water from the stoops at the entrance. Apparently our Bishop has instructed this to be done to avoid anything being “shared”. … Continue reading →

Purim 2020

Mar 10, 2020

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Part of our family history as Catholics are the Jewish festivals.  We don’t observe them today, but the are part of our long-term heritage.  The Jewish festivals pointed backward to important events in salvation history and forward to their fulfillment … Continue reading →

A Latin note

Mar 10, 2020

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From Twitter…. Oratio quadragesimalis diversas formas sumere potest, sed quod vere ante oculos Domini valet, illud est ut illa in nobis fodat, ad duritiam cordis nostri scarificandam perveniens ut id ad Ipsum convertat. — Papa Franciscus (@Pontifex_ln) March 9, 2020 … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 14 – Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Lent: “Act as if each day were the last of your life”

Mar 10, 2020

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It’s Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Santa Balbina.  However, it’s observance was moved to San Bartolomeo on the Tiber Island.   Moreover, in Rome churches have been shut down for the time being because of … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: What about confession if the virus gets really bad and we are all locked down?

Mar 9, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I just read that Italy is taking the measure of locking down the entire country, 60 million people, until 3 April.  I don’t know if this is irrational panic or not.  Let’s say that it is.  … Continue reading →

MEXICO: Women protestrices vandalize #Catholic churches, assault those who tried to protect them

Mar 9, 2020

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Get a load of this. This video was taken from inside the #Catholic church in #Mexico, where believers used pews to barricade themselves inside, while those participating in #DiaInternacionaDeLaMujer tried to break through.#CatholicTwitter pic.twitter.com/KbYcrD091p — Bree A Dail (@breeadail) March … Continue reading →

This blog, donations, cancellations, and you.

Mar 9, 2020

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Friends, I am deeply grateful for your donations. They are what keep me in insurance and groceries. That said, I have had a few notes from people wondering why I cancelled their monthly donations. I haven’t. Here’s what is happening … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: What to do when intransigent priests refuse Communion on the tongue.

Mar 9, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m thinking we should all have a united voice on the question of reception of Holy Communion in a time of draconian policies forbidding Communion on the Tongue with the excuse of Coronavirus. You have a … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 13 – Monday in the 2nd Week of Lent: Scale that mountain, then go back down

Mar 9, 2020

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It’s Monday in the 2nd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is the amazing San Clemente. Today we hear the last Angelus address given by Benedict XVI. It was the 2nd Sunday of Lent. He talks about climbing the mountain … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 2nd Sunday of Lent – 2020

Mar 8, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 12 – 2nd Sunday of Lent: Words instruct, examples attract

Mar 8, 2020

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It’s the 2nd Sunday of Lent. The Roman Station is Santa Maria in Domnica. Today we learn about a Pope with a square halo and hear from Card. Bacci about books and learning. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who … Continue reading →

Amazing video clip from a movie!

Mar 7, 2020

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As people (read: bishops, chanceries) freak out over coronavirus, I offer this, which I picked up from a Tweet.  I don’t know what the movie is.  Anyone? He’s sweating.  Maybe he has The VIRUS! Meanwhile, lighter fare for those of you … Continue reading →

PRIESTS! BISHOPS! ACTION ITEM! Ideas, some novel, some not so novel, for increasing CONFESSIONS

Mar 7, 2020

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Have I ever urged you … GO CONFESSION! Yes, I believe I have. I have also urged priests and bishops to preach, teach, admonish, in season and out, about the Sacrament of Penance and to hear confessions.  Get into the … Continue reading →

The next Synod (“walking together”) will be about the Synod. No! Really!

Mar 7, 2020

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This is not from Eye of the Tiber or The Onion… From CNA: Pope Francis announces a 2022 synod on synodality Vatican City, Mar 7, 2020 / 05:00 am (CNA).- The next ordinary Synod of Bishops will be a synod … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 11 – Ember Saturday in the 1st Week of Lent: The goal is transfiguration

Mar 7, 2020

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It’s Ember Saturday in the 1st Week of Lent. The Roman Station is San Pietro in Vaticano. Today we hear about the logic of the Ember Days and the progression of thought from the 1st Sunday of Lent to today, … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z proposes possible Communion in the hand during the Traditional Latin Mass

Mar 6, 2020

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Communion on the hand, though permitted by an indult in most places, is appalling and a major factor in the statistically confirmed plummet in belief by Catholics in the Church’s teachings on the Eucharist.   As soon as possible, Communion on … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Must Holy Water fonts be flowing all the time?

Mar 6, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Quick question. In our diocesan review today for a new church I’ve designed, our progressive director of liturgy said that we are REQUIRED to have flowing water in our font according to the authority of the … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 10 – Ember Friday in the 1st Week of Lent: O Queen of Priests and Mother

Mar 6, 2020

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It’s Friday in the 1st Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Santi Dodici Apostoli. We hear today about a saint who bilocated to be at a Pope’s deathbed.   We also pray, at the foot of the Cross, with Mary, … Continue reading →

Decades of liturgical abuses and sacrilegious Communions and, suddenly…

Mar 5, 2020

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…. ironic, much? The background image is that of a “pest doctor” or “plague doctor”. Pest, refers especially to Bubonic Plague. The mask with the long beak-like nose contained herbs that cut down the smell of mortality and also were … Continue reading →

AUDIO: Way of the Cross in different versions read by Fr. Z

Mar 5, 2020

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Here are my audio projects of the Way of the Cross. Remember… On 1st Fridays, please pray the Act of Reparation. GO TO CONFESSION! For priests, especially, try The Way Of The Cross For Priests from the Benedictines of Silverstream Priory.  HERE.  Would you consider … Continue reading →

Wherein buttinski @austeni publicly insults @latinmassuk over his suggestion of Spiritual Communion in time of contagion. @fatherz subsequently rants.

Mar 5, 2020

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An unavoidable periergos of the extreme papalotry gang, Austen Iveriegh today sticks his nose in where it has no business in Tweet intended to denigrate Joseph Shaw of the UK’s long-established Latin Mass Society.  I am a dues paying member of … Continue reading →

Coronavirus, Redemptionis Sacramentum 92, Communion on the Tongue and You

Mar 5, 2020

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From Redemptionis Sacramentum. This 2004 Instruction of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments is in force now. [91.] In distributing Holy Communion it is to be remembered that “sacred ministers may not deny the sacraments to … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 09 – Thursday in the 1st Week of Lent: Bread, ham and slow neutrons

Mar 5, 2020

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It’s Thursday in the 1st Week of Lent. The Roman Station is San Lorenzo in Panisperna. We hear today about the martyrdom of St. Lawrence and Fulton Sheen adds a comment.  You will also hear a bit of the wonderful … Continue reading →

12-14 June 2020, Guadalajara, Summorum Pontificum, liturgy conference with Card. Burke

Mar 4, 2020

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In Guadalajara, Mexico, there will be a conference about Sacred Liturgy, called Summorum Pontificum.  11-14 June.  It will be held by the FSSP in Mexico.  Card. Burke will be there.   This will be their third annual conference. There will also be … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Help the tornado ravaged TLM church in Nashville!

Mar 4, 2020

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UPDATE: Also, https://assumptionchurchnashville.org/on-line-giving ____ I had intended to post about this earlier, but – grrr – I lost the other email. Here we go! I received this note, however, just now from a reader whom I’ve met a few times … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Can we have a more synodal church and married priests like the Eastern Orthodox?

Mar 4, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: While many pushing for “synodality” and married clergy have nefarious intentions, is it possible that moving in this direction might open the door for reunification with the Eastern Orthodox churches? Is it possible to have a … Continue reading →

In the wake of my Holy Land Pilgrimage: in come the slippery Jesuit and aging hippies

Mar 4, 2020

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Here’s an interesting note in the wake of my entirely TLM pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  On the very early morning when we departed our residence in Jerusalem we had Mass at Midnight, using a proper for pilgrims leaving the … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 08 – Wednesday in the 1st Week of Lent: “To believe is to accept not seeing.”

Mar 4, 2020

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It’s Ember Wednesday in the 1st Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Santa Maria Maggiore. We review the miracle of snow in a Roman August and hear from Fr. Troadec about the beautiful gift of our baptism  [US HERE … Continue reading →

The slipperiness of Jesuit homosexualist activist @JamesMartinSJ

Mar 3, 2020

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At Complict Clergy there is a recording of Jesuit homosexualist activist James Martin speaking almost candidly at the perennially insane, infamous, renegade parish St. Joan of Arc in my native Minneapolis.   That place is crazy weird.  Just the venue for … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 07 – Tuesday in the 1st Week of Lent: Every trouble proceeds from the perverse root of self-love

Mar 3, 2020

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It’s Tuesday in the 1st Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Sant’Anastasia al Palatino Today St. Catherine of Siena shares something that the Lord told her. And Fulton Sheen opines about selflessness. Along the way you hear a bit … Continue reading →

REMINDER: Pre-order the new book by Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI: From The Depths Of Our Hearts

Mar 3, 2020

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Before the official 12 March release, today I received from the publisher a hardcover of the new book by Card. Sarah and Pope Benedict XVI. US – pre-Order with a discount  HERE  FRENCH HERE There is AT LAST a UK link … Continue reading →

Be The Maquis! TRADIVOX – Catechism Restoration Project

Mar 2, 2020

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I am daily bombarded with “Please promote my book!”, “We need to raise funds to replace our convent’s roof.”, “A seminarian needs to pay off debts.”, “Advertise our liturgy conference!”… to which I haven’t been invited. Folks, as much as … Continue reading →

What would 13th c. sacred chant sound like in Hagia Sophia? Find out!

Mar 2, 2020

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I received various notes about a brief clip on NPR about the making of a recording of Byzantine chant in a virtual, digital, recreation of the interior Hagia Sophia. Somehow they were able to recreate a virtual interior of Hagia … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Building a new, traditional monastery in France!

Mar 2, 2020

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I bring to your attention a lovely video about the new Benedictine monastery that is to be built for an international, English-speaking monastic community in the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France. They use the Traditional Rites! This is a very good … Continue reading →

“Social Justice Warrior Therapist”

Mar 2, 2020

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I picked this up from the Rush of Madison, the brilliant Vicki Mckenna of WIBA. I quote what she opined: “This parody is so accurate that I couldn’t even laugh. “Social Justice Warrior Therapist”” NB: There are a couple of … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Can a bishop order Holy Water removed from churches? Wherein Fr. Z URGENTLY rants. ACTION ITEM FOR BISHOPS AND PRIESTS!!

Mar 2, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a bishop validly restrict or totally eliminate access to holy water during times of flu season or other sickness? Our local bishop just did this, and all of our holy water fonts were GONE this … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 06 – Monday in the 1st Week of Lent: “Refresh and heal our broken hearts”

Mar 2, 2020

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It Monday in the 1st Week of Lent. The Roman Station is St. Peter in Chains. We hear today about the hymn for Vespers during Lent, Audi benigne Conditor. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 1st Sunday of Lent 2020

Mar 1, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Continue reading →

Communion in the time of Coronavirus. Best Practices, Risk, and You.

Mar 1, 2020

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My recent voyage to the Holy Land, with many Masses at holy sites and lots and lots of hand sanitizer, and my return home through the massive hub AMS and lots and lots of hand sanitizer, and catching up on … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Lent (Novus Ordo): a season of transforming mystery

Mar 1, 2020

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The Roman Station for the 1st Sunday of Lent is St. John Lateran. COLLECT – LATIN TEXT (2002MR): Concede nobis, omnipotens Deus, ut, per annua quadragesimalis exercitia sacramenti, et ad intellegendum Christi proficiamus arcanum, et effectus eius digna conversatione sectemur. Quadragesima is the … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 05 – 1st Sunday of Lent: gentler in everything

Mar 1, 2020

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It is the 1st Sunday of Lent.  Lent is really underway now. The Roman Station is St. John Lateran. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

Happy Bissextilis! (No, it’s not a Jesuit holiday.)

Feb 29, 2020

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It is a Leap Year Day.  In Latin this is bissextilis, and has nothing to do with prominent Jesuits and their abetters. When there isn’t a 29 February, the saints are observed on 28 February.  For this intercalary day in the … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 04 – Saturday after Ash Wednesday: Backbiting and hen plucking

Feb 29, 2020

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It is Saturday after Ash Wednesday.  Lent is getting underway. The Roman Station is Sant’Agostino.       REMINDER: I am on pilgrimage in the Holy Land.  I remember my benefactors in my prayers. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors … Continue reading →

27-28 Feb 2020 HOLY LAND TLM PILGRIMAGE – Day 6-7: The Dead Sea and the Holy Sepulcher

Feb 28, 2020

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From way up in Jerusalem we zoomed way down past sea level to the lowest place on your planet, where the Jordan enters the Dead Sea. It was a short hike from there to the mountain where the Lord was … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 03 – Friday after Ash Wednesday: When the lights are out and silence has fallen

Feb 28, 2020

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It is Friday after Ash Wednesday.  Lent is getting underway. The Roman Station is Sts. John and Paul on the Caelian Hill.       REMINDER: I am on pilgrimage in the Holy Land.  I remember my benefactors in my … Continue reading →

Fri 28 Feb (Thurs evening in USA!) – Mass for Benefactors at the Holy Sepulcher of Christ in Jerusalem

Feb 27, 2020

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Tomorrow, Friday 28 Feb 2020, early our time in Jerusalem (evening on Thursday 27 Feb in the USA),  we will rise and go to the beginning of the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of the Cross”.   We are planning to begin … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 02 – Thursday after Ash Wednesday: “A hand was lifted up against the face of Christ”

Feb 27, 2020

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It is Thursday after Ash Wednesday.  Lent is getting underway. The Roman Station is San Giorgio in Velabro.       REMINDER: I am on pilgrimage in the Holy Land.  I remember my benefactors in my prayers. I provide these especially in … Continue reading →

Pres. Trump’s Message for Ash Wednesday

Feb 27, 2020

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Did you all see the Ash Wednesday Message from Pres. Trump? Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2020 Presidential Message on Ash Wednesday, 2020 Melania and I wish everyone observing Ash Wednesday a peaceful and prayerful … Continue reading →

Italy shuts down Masses, but leaves everything else going.

Feb 26, 2020

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A reader sent me a link to the site of the SSPX in Italy. They have a statement in reaction to the government shut down of Masses till 1 March. As you know, there has been an outbreak in Italy. … Continue reading →

26 Feb 2020 HOLY LAND TLM PILGRIMAGE – Day 6: Jesus Wept and Peter Denied

Feb 26, 2020

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Today took us to several significant sites in the life of Our Lord and His chief Apostle and His Blessed Mother. We started Mass at the church built near the spot where the Lord came ’round the bend and saw … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 01 Ash Wednesday – The ash marks won’t last, except…

Feb 26, 2020

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It is Ash Wednesday.  Lent begins. The Roman Station is Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill.       REMINDER: I am on pilgrimage in the Holy Land.  I remember my benefactors in my prayers. I provide these especially in gratitude to … Continue reading →

24-25 Feb 2020 HOLY LAND TLM PILGRIMAGE – Day 4-5: Carmel and Caesarea, Bethlehem and Baptist

Feb 25, 2020

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Zuhlsdorf’s Law has kept me from posting. On the way… a view from a distance of the place where Mary was probably born. Above Haifa is the Stella Maris convent, built around the cave in which Elijah stayed. We had … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2020: 00 Shrove Tuesday – GO TO CONFESSION

Feb 25, 2020

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And so we begin again a series of daily 5 minute podcasts for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. I provide these especially in gratitude … Continue reading →

Is Francis perhaps backing away a little from the progressivist, lib, German-driven agenda?

Feb 24, 2020

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I wonder if Sandro Magistro is right? He doesn’t often put his foot wrong. At his place, Magister has an analysis piece worth reading. He is of the mind that the resistance to the obvious machinations of the Germans, and … Continue reading →

HOLY LAND TLM PILGRIMAGE – Day 3: Primacy of Peter, Pan, NOT Peter Pan

Feb 23, 2020

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Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee. What it sounded like. https://wdtprs.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Galilee_birds_dawn_02.mp3   Today we explored Peter. It is Quinquagesima Sunday, but because we were at the place where the Lord appeared to the Apostles after the Resurrection, and Christ interrogated … Continue reading →

HOLY LAND TLM PILGRIMAGE – Day 2: Beatitudes, Fish and Fisherman

Feb 22, 2020

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Today we went up to the mount where the Lord delivered the greatest sermon ever to be given and recounted, the Sermon on the Mount. On the way, we went by the opening of the valley that leads up to … Continue reading →

Forty years ago… USSR v US at Lake Placid

Feb 22, 2020

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I’ve been lately in a place where a lot of miracles were worked.  However, today I also remember the so-called “Miracle on Ice”. Forty years ago… can it be that long?… the US ice hockey team beat the Russians. I … Continue reading →

HOLY LAND TLM PILGRIMAGE – Day 0-1: Sunset, Sunrise, Son of God

Feb 21, 2020

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Last night before my flight I saw the sun go down on Manhattan from Brooklyn. This morning I saw it rise over the Sea of Galillee. Fishermen were pulling in nets this morning. The place we are staying is right … Continue reading →

It seems Francis isn’t a big fan of homosexualist Jesuit James Martin

Feb 21, 2020

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I think that Jesuit homosexualist activist James Martin is probably pretty bright.  He has found a niche wherein he excels.  He has carefully cultivated an image.   Since his message perfectly dovetails with “the wisdom of this world”, adored by the … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: This year, Jerusalem

Feb 19, 2020

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I’m on my way to the Holy Land. In the midst of the first of two layovers, the next one longish. So far, everything is going smoothly.   Even in the psychedelic bad trip tunnel in DTW. The blog combox has … Continue reading →

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Feb 18, 2020

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I am gearing up for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  All Masses will be in the traditional Roman Rite. I will take my benefactors and donors along in my intentions while I am saying Masses at the holy sites. … Continue reading →

17 February 1600: Giordano Bruno’s date with the stake

Feb 18, 2020

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I almost forgot!  Today, 17 February, is the anniversary of Giordano Bruno’s meeting with the stake in the Campo de’ Fiori of Rome.  Anti-Catholics and masons put up a gloomy, ugly huge statue of him, the base decorated with plaques … Continue reading →

JUST TOO COOL: All 12 Raphael Tapestries back in the Sistine Chapel

Feb 17, 2020

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For your Just Too Cool file. For the first time in centuries all 12 tapestries commission by Leo X and designed by Raphael are back in the Sistine Chapel where they belong. For a week only. The 12 tapestries were … Continue reading →

Fathers! Votive options on Tuesday and Thursday after Sexagesima: Passion of the Lord and Reparation for Insults against the Eucharist

Feb 17, 2020

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Today I received an email with an interesting liturgical note. I was reminded that on Tuesday after Sexagesima Sunday (in other words, as I write, tomorrow 18 Feb), there was a tradition of saying a Votive Mass of the Passion … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Sexagesima and 6th Ordinary 2020

Feb 16, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Continue reading →

Olive branches between Francis and Card. Müller

Feb 16, 2020

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At Corriere today there is an odd story that might interest you. Papa Francesco scrive al cardinale Müller: disgelo con i tradizionalisti Il Papa in una lettera di 7 righe: «Caro fratello, molte grazie per il tuo libro: il tuo … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: What are the authentic rubrics, postures for lay people at the Traditional Latin Mass. Are we doing it wrong?

Feb 15, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I had a conversation with someone who said that we were all kneeling and standing at the wrong time in the traditional Latin Mass that we have.  Instead, we are supposed to be doing what … Continue reading →

All those synodizers, those dreamers of process, get a key thing wrong

Feb 15, 2020

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The left has a problem in view of the Amazon Synod (“walking together”) and Francis’ document Querida. The Synod was stacked so as to make certain recommendations. They made those recommendations. Francis tells everyone to read them, and he himself ignores … Continue reading →

Card. Zen, Cops, and a Cappa Magna

Feb 15, 2020

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As you know, the great Card. Zen is in NYC now for a great meeting and Mass.  We will hear all about it.  How I wish I could have been there. That said, I just received a great photo from … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – Sexagesima Sunday: Some make it but many do not.

Feb 15, 2020

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In the traditional Roman calendar, last week was the first of the pre-Lenten Sundays, Septuagesima or “Seventieth” before Easter. This Sunday is called Sexagesima, “Sixtieth”.  This number is more symbolic than arithmetical. For a fuller explanation, HERE. Pre-Lent Sundays have … Continue reading →

After Querida Amazonia, Francis isn’t flavor of the month with seriously disappointed libs

Feb 14, 2020

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Here’s an interesting tidbit. CNS reports that, during an ad limina meeting with US bishops, Francis expressed displeasure with the libs who accused him of not being brave enough to obey the Holy Spirit and approve of married priests and deaconettes. … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: “kissing the porch”

Feb 14, 2020

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For this Ordinary Form calendar Sunday, we have reached the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time. In the Extraordinary Form this Sunday is the sober but helpful, purple-draped pre-Lenten Sexagesima Sunday.  The calendar is helping those who follow the TLM to … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z responds cordially to The Remnant’s polite response – #UniteTheClans

Feb 14, 2020

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I opened my snail-mailbox and found my copy of The Remnant, freshly arrived. In this offering (31 January 2020… late?) you find their coverage of the event in Munich, the Acies Ordinata, in protest against Card. Marx and the antics of the … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Adoption and “rescue” of frozen IVF embryos in cryogenic oppression through surrogate motherhood

Feb 14, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: We recently had a Mormon physician die who became unhealthily fascinated with procreation. He began an IVF “service”. With his passing, there are untold numbers of cryogenically frozen human embryos. If Catholics, who had nothing to … Continue reading →

VIDEO – On EWTN – Fr. Murray and Dr. Royal about Exhortation, devastating interview with Card. Zen about China

Feb 14, 2020

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Tonight on Arroyo’s show, my good friends Fr. Murray and Prof. Royal talk about a range of issues involving the new Apostolic Exhortation. In the second half of the show, former Bishop of Hong Kong Joseph Card. Zen gave a … Continue reading →

A priest is diagnosed with a brain tumor. See how he reacted.

Feb 14, 2020

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Fr John Hollowell has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Here is his response to the news. Fr. Z super kudos to Fr. Hollowell.

ASK FATHER: Two Catholics getting married in the Orthodox Church

Feb 13, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have friend who is getting married in the Orthodox church. This friend and his wife to be were both Catholics, but recently left the Church for the Orthodox church. Is this marriage valid? Should I … Continue reading →

One year ago…. Opportunity was declared dead.

Feb 13, 2020

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It was one year ago that the Mars rovers Opportunity was declared dead.  HERE A sad day. But we now have a SPACE FORCE! A different sort of opportunity was declared dead just the other day at the release of … Continue reading →

New book by Francis strongly endorses priestly celibacy. Will Beans, Austen and crowd apologize to Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI?

Feb 13, 2020

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Speaking of papal books, Francis has a new book now, released on 11 February. It was a cooperative venture with a priest, Fr. Luigi Epicoco.  San Giovanni Paolo Magno.  Or St. John Paul, The Great. As reported by CNA, In … Continue reading →

Something to warm up the heart a little

Feb 12, 2020

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I had to share this for your Just Too Cool file. At Task & Purpose… STOCKTON, Calif. (Reuters) – William White, a 104-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, is celebrating Valentine’s Day this … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! The “Birettas for Seminarians Project” needs URGENT ATTENTION!

Feb 12, 2020

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Pope Francis wanted some “lío”.  “¡Hagan lío!”, right?  I’ve got some “lío” right here. Some time ago I started the BIRETTAS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT. Seminarians contact the great John Hastreiter at Leaflet Missal Co. with their hat size. YOU readers … Continue reading →

Thoughts about the Amazon Synod (“walking together”) document. Wherein Fr. Z opines also on something sad about #Bookgate

Feb 12, 2020

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The Exhortation following the ghastly Amazon Synod (“walking together with a demonic idol”) is now out. No married priests and no deaconettes. More on the Exhortation below. First, however, something which you should know about. Sandro Magister doesn’t often put … Continue reading →

11 February 2013 – Benedict XVI announced abdication

Feb 12, 2020

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In 2013, on this day 11 February, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Benedict XVI announced that he would abdicate. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about his resignation. There were several strange events that preceded his announcement. … Continue reading →

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Feb 11, 2020

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests … Continue reading →

Getting things straight about the book by Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI

Feb 11, 2020

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At Church Militant there is a piece which accuracy sums up the controversy surrounding Card. Sarah’s recently published book, together with Benedict XVI.  The Depths Of Our Hearts. The book is out in French and Italian.  The English, inexplicably, languishes in … Continue reading →

Priestly, not prissily.

Feb 10, 2020

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In another post, I directed you to Michael Matt’s video.  In that video he touches on several points.  In my other post I underscored one theme.  Here, I’ll underscore what he says, pretty disparagingly, about priests who talk in a … Continue reading →

Why does Francis partner with JEFFREY SACHS?

Feb 10, 2020

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Michael (“#UniteTheClans”) Matt of The Remnant has a video with some really good information, which you should all know about.  All of you.  All of you should know this. First, some of you will be tempted to focus on Michael’s … Continue reading →

The German Synod (“walking together”): the culmination of German alienation from authentic Church renewal

Feb 10, 2020

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My old friend Msgr Hans Feichtinger has a piece today at First Things about the clown-car of a synod (“walking together”) going on in that caput malorum omnium, Germany.  He’s German, though not working in Germany (lucky, he) and he knows what he … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Septuagesima and 5th Ordinary 2020

Feb 9, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM: Help a Catholic blogger colleague – UPDATED!

Feb 9, 2020

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A long-time friend of this blog, whom I have also seen whenever I have visited London, the blogger of Mulier Fortis (aka Susan McLernon) needs a hand right now.  She has medical problems and financial stress.  I first met Mac during the … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – Septuagesima Sunday: Affliction and Freedom

Feb 8, 2020

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The Church begins to sing in a new key today.  We are arrived at Pre-Lent.  The seriousness of the upcoming time of discipline rings in our ears. The antiphons for the first part of Mass carry a theme of affliction, … Continue reading →

SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY 2020 – Pre-Lent begins! Get your head into gear.

Feb 8, 2020

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In the new-fangled calendar Sunday is the 5th in Ordinary Time, and celebrated in green vestments,in the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter. The Roman Station for Septuagesima is St. Lawrence … Continue reading →

LifeSite posts verbatim interview with Bp. Sorondo of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. It isn’t pretty.

Feb 8, 2020

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Diane Montagna posted something at LifeSite that serves a good purpose. She sat down with the controversial head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (you know, the crowd that has Jeffrey Sachs on speed-dial) who are musing about “transhumanism”, Bishop … Continue reading →

Card. Sarah: The priesthood is in mortal danger. Wherein Fr. Z rants to priests.

Feb 8, 2020

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Ed Pentin, still the best, working English Vaticanista hands down, posted at the NCReg an interview with Robert Card. Sarah.  The Cardinal talks about the book, to be released in English in March. I’ve read it already (advance English copy … Continue reading →

JUST TOO COOL: Judean date trees grown from 2000 year old seeds

Feb 7, 2020

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Also for your Just Too Cool file, sent by a friend. From Science Alert: A Long-Lost Legendary Roman Fruit Tree Has Been Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seeds Scientists have cultivated plants from date palm seeds that languished in ancient ruins and … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Right of appeal of a diocesan Catholic school

Feb 7, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I pray that you will answer this query. Under canon law, is there any right of appeal regarding the closure of a diocesan Catholic elementary school, currently under the auspices of a particular parish. There are … Continue reading →

Air Force Bases to change names: SPACE FORCE BASE!

Feb 7, 2020

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For your Just Too Cool file. From Florida Today… Air Force: Space Coast bases will change names to reflect Space Force The Space Coast’s two Air Force bases will soon change names to reflect their connections to the military’s newly … Continue reading →

Germans go to the zoo. Synod (“walking together”) and heresy. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Feb 6, 2020

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Weird German bishop (tautology?) of Osnabrück, Franz-Josef Bode, is for pretty everything that would tear the Church apart and remake her in the secularist image so hotly desired by the Left. At katolisch.de we find that Bode, emerging puffed up … Continue reading →

READ: NRO piece by Daniel J. Mahoney, “Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd”

Feb 6, 2020

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First, an image to set the scene. Let’s now move along. In the wake of posting about Robert Royal’s roundup of books on Francis, I read today at NRO a piece by Daniel J. Mahoney, “Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd”. The … Continue reading →

Sequel to Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”? RESURRECTION

Feb 6, 2020

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This is pretty exciting.  I read at Messa in Latino that Mel Gibson is making a sequel to The Passion Of Christ about the Resurrection. The cast should come back for this next offering. Anyone know anything else for sure? … Continue reading →

IL MESSAGGERO: Archbp. Gänswein sacked? #BOOKGATE continues – UPDATED

Feb 6, 2020

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UPDATE 6 Feb 2020: Some updates at the bottom: how other newsies are treating this. ___ Originally published on: Feb 6, 2020 at 02:43 The Italian daily Il Messaggero of 6 February has run with the story that was in the … Continue reading →

BREAKING: SECRET PROTEST CALLED AGAINST FUTURE PAPAL CONCLAVE APP

Feb 5, 2020

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On the heels of posting this – BREAKING: IOWA CAUCUSES AND PAPAL CONCLAVES! – I just received the following… February 5, 2020 – (ROME, ITALY) An unconfirmed source reported on Tuesday, 4 February, that Pope Francis has hired the Iowa … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Priest says “for all” rather than “for many”

Feb 5, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a priest change the words”for many “ to “for all?” The priest said it’s optional. No. A priest may not by his own authority change the liturgical texts. That would be a liturgical abuse. The … Continue reading →

Hate In The Time of Coronavirus

Feb 4, 2020

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Disease knows no religious border. Viruses are ecumenical. As Coronavirus rises in China (HERE), we read that the government has cracked down even more on Christians, forbidding Christian funerals. UCANEWS says The government claims the new rules aim to “get … Continue reading →

Rush has lung cancer. Catholics owe him BIG TIME. Wherein Fr. Z rants. ACTION ITEM!

Feb 4, 2020

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Rush Limbaugh has advanced lung cancer.  He made the sad announcement yesterday. ACTION ITEM: Please pray for a complete, swift, durative miraculous cure for him, perhaps through the intercession of Ven. Augustus Tolton. Every reader here, every committed conservative, faithful … Continue reading →

BREAKING: IOWA CAUCUSES AND PAPAL CONCLAVES!

Feb 4, 2020

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I just received the following… February 4, 2020 – (ROME, ITALY) A source within the Vatican, whose identity must remain secret, divulged that Pope Francis has hired the Iowa Democrats to develop an app for the next conclave. In the … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM: Another young family man with ALS, “Lou Gherig’s Disease” – UPDATED

Feb 3, 2020

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A little while ago, I posted about a young priest with ALS, Fr. Dana Christensen.  He has asked people to pray to Ven. Fulton Sheen for a miraculous complete cure. Another affliction of ALS has stuck another young man I … Continue reading →

Prayers for a priest after suicide. Priests, drugs, and you.

Feb 3, 2020

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A terrible thing happened recently.  A young priest, almost certainly reacting badly to medication, committed suicide.  Fr. Evan Harkins, of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph, had been on medication for an ailment.  It seems to have affected … Continue reading →

MUST READ: Robert Royal’s stunning review of books about Francis and of his pontificate

Feb 3, 2020

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My good friend Prof. Robert Royal has a highly useful essay at Claremont Review of Books, Winter – 2019 – entitled “Is The Pope Catholic?”  [UPDATE: Prof. Royal wrote this during during the Synod of October 2018!  It is still … Continue reading →

PHOTOS of beautiful Pontifical Mass in Rome at Ss. Trinità and UPDATE on the Baptismal Font Project

Feb 3, 2020

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Last October I involved you in a project at at Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, the FSSP parish and my adoptive home parish in Rome.   Historically, the place had never been a parish church. Therefore, it didn’t have a baptistry or … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: What is St. Augustine’s true name?

Feb 3, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a number of volumes of St. Augustine’s writings, almost entirely English translations. However, I recently acquired a volume of his writings in Latin and the title page refers to him as “Sancti Aurelii Augustini.” … Continue reading →

3 February: St. Blaise Day and the special blessings of candles and of throats

Feb 3, 2020

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  Today is the Feast of St. Blaise, about whom we know very little.   We have only this very brief entry in the Martyrologium Romanum:   Sancti Blasii, episcopi et martyris, qui pro christiano nomine Sabaste in Armenia passus … Continue reading →

Archbp. of Kampala forbids Communion in the hand, other decrees

Feb 3, 2020

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From PML (Post Media Ltd in Uganda) comes this story.  HERE The Archbishop of Kampala, Most Rev. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga (age 67), has issued some decrees. First, he has decreed on 1 Feb 2020 that “every priest, be it a … Continue reading →

POLL: St. Blaise Day Blessing of Throats – 2020

Feb 2, 2020

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Tomorrow, Monday 3 February 2020, is the Feast of St. Blaise, upon which we traditionally have the blessing of throats. However, in some places, because so many are in church today for Sunday Mass, the St. Blaise blessing was given. … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Feast of the Purification (TLM) Presentation (NO) 2020

Feb 2, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: St. Blaise blessing of throats on a different day? And MORE on Blaise blessings!

Feb 1, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Some of us have a hard time getting to Mass on Feb 3rd for the Saint Blaise throat blessing with the candles. Would it be okay for a priest to give that blessing on another day? … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Saturday: surprise!

Feb 1, 2020

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ZedNet is operational.  More HERE.  We should figure out some schedules. Meanwhile, a local Elmer sent me something the other day.  He captured a shot of the QRZ page which featured my call that day!  Fun. That’s about it. If you … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Different kinds of Holy Water

Feb 1, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus, my parish in Tokyo has temporarily discontinued the use of Holy Water upon entrance to the chapel. This has me thinking about the various types of Holy Water. Can … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Pay the German “Church Tax” or not, given what the German Church is doing?

Jan 31, 2020

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From a GERMAN reader… QUAERITUR: Currently, I am required to pay my income tax in Germany, which also includes the “Church Tax” as I have declared that I am a Roman Catholic. It appears one cannot just opt-out of this … Continue reading →

Lest BREXIT go unnoticed, a Martyrology entry: “Pridie Kalendas Februarii Luna sexta Anno Domini 2020…”

Jan 31, 2020

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I received this from a reader. Pridie Kalendas Februarii Luna sexta Anno Domini 2020 Britanniae, anno LXVIII regni Elizabethae Reginae, Imperium, splendore radians, ab illo comitio diabolico scilicet, Unione Europaea, post annos dolorosos XLVII, (br)exiit. ‘In Britain, the 65th year … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: In time of high risk contagion, nitrile gloves for distribution of Communion?

Jan 31, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Are disposable nitrile gloves acceptable of a Priest distributing the Eucharist? Nitrile gloves are proven to help prevent the spread of pathogens. Yes, this can be done.  Should it be done is another thing. Holy Communion … Continue reading →

The church of England apologizes for its temporary lapse into Christianity

Jan 31, 2020

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The late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus said that the Anglican Church existed in order to make irony redundant. Today I read that the church of England apologized for its temporary lapse into Christianity. From The Guardian… Church sorry for saying that sex … Continue reading →

Lovely poetry about Candlemas, the beautiful Feast of the Purification, Presentation of the Lord

Jan 30, 2020

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Candlemas is coming up, the Feast of the Purification, as it is traditionally called.  We call it Candlemas because, with the references to light in the liturgy, we bless candles. Candlemas is the conclusion of the Advent/Christmas cycle.  We are … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Father had his dog with him at the altar during Mass

Jan 29, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hi Father-     I attended an N.O. Mass this morning, along with about 50 others, and I was shocked to see the priest allow his dog on the altar!  During the sermon, the priest stopped, looked … Continue reading →

URGENT POLL: Which pizza is better? NYC or Chicago style?

Jan 29, 2020

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In my ongoing desire for clarity, I have posted about the burning issues of our day. For example, I have sought clarity, and found it, about the true plural of the drink made from Gin and from Tonic.  The answer … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Suspension of Communion on the tongue because of #Coronavirus

Jan 29, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, in the Philippines a bishop told people to stop receiving Communion on the tongue and receive only in the hand because of Coronavirus and don’t have the chalice too. What say you? We have seen … Continue reading →

VIDEO contrasts participants in March for Life and Women’s March

Jan 29, 2020

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LifeSite posted this fascinating, predictable, video.   But an image is worth a thousand words. Listening to the view of the other side in this video is like witnessing the autopsy of long dead cadaver in really bad shape. You can … Continue reading →

Blog changes – speed! And “Catholic Signal Corps”

Jan 29, 2020

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I had posted a while ago that there was going to be yet another maintenance issue coming up. As you recall, we did a massive switch to a new server last October.  That went well. This time we had to … Continue reading →

China, FlightAware, and You

Jan 29, 2020

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There is an online resource for tracking airline flights: Flightaware.   It is fascinating to see the planes move in real time.  You get a sense of how important air travel and freight is for all of us. You also get … Continue reading →

Worried about Coronavirus? Feed your anxiety, and commonsense.

Jan 28, 2020

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A little anxiety can create clear thinking.  A lot of anxiety can cause paralysis.   We need information to help us game things out in our heads, which ought to be a constant, commonsense, practice of situational awareness. I’ve been a … Continue reading →

A troubling, curious point in the Third Secret of Fátima

Jan 27, 2020

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Something was made known to me a while back that I have been pondering.  It involves the Third Secret of Our Lady of Fatima.  It really bothers me. A refresher: The three children who were the seers at Fatima, received … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Rutler hits for six

Jan 27, 2020

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Fr. George Rutler knocks it outta da park today.  Rather, he would probably prefer to have hit for six.  “Hit for six”, as he would know, is not only a good thing in cricket, but is also “to be hit … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: The “churching” of women after childbirth and the blessing of expecting mothers

Jan 27, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently had a conversation with an Episcopal priest about the approaching Feast of the Purification. He said that he would not emphasize the Churching of Women connection. There is such a ceremony in the old … Continue reading →

Too often TV and film directors and designers get Catholic thing wrong, absurdly so.

Jan 27, 2020

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There are quite a few churchy things in TV and film these days.   For example, the intellectually insulting Two Popes (absurd on the face of it) and the weird and often vile sequel The New Pope. Also, churchy things are often on … Continue reading →

Your Good News

Jan 27, 2020

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It has been too long since I have asked about your good news.   What’s up?  Are there good things going on that you would like to share with the readership? For my part, I going to work on some Hebrew.  … Continue reading →

Death, #KobeBryant, and You

Jan 26, 2020

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You will hear a great deal in the next few days about the early death of basketball star Kobe Bryant, who seems to have been a practicing Catholic.   It might even bump some impeachment coverage off the waves. A death … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 3rd after Epiphany (TLM) & 3rd Ordinary (NO) 2020

Jan 26, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Doing something

Jan 26, 2020

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I really like this. Believe me. I’ve said that graffiti splatters should be publicly beaten. This is another thing. These guys are making better art with spray cans than most of the other “icon” work I’ve seen. Some of the … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Staunton Edition

Jan 25, 2020

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There are certain things that one chooses for his “daily carry”. You can guess at a couple of the things I always carry. Did your guess include… Why carry this all the time? CNA reported that a car crossed a … Continue reading →

450K-500K estimated at 2020 March For Life

Jan 25, 2020

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A contact Trump 2020 campaign says that the Park Service estimated 450000 – 500000 people participated in the March For Life yesterday. I supposed that number does not the unborn. It was huge, as large a crowd as I have … Continue reading →

Washington DC DAYS 2-3: Motus and POTUS

Jan 25, 2020

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UPDATE: Since I am behind in mail, I want to thank those of you who sent donations to help pay for my trip to DC for the March.  Thanks a million.  As always, I consider it an honor and duty … Continue reading →

Washington DC DAY 1: Goofing around, a kitchen and a quote

Jan 23, 2020

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Firstly, I have decided to hold a rare DC blognic. However, I determined it would be best for it to be at an undisclosed location and by invitation only. Who knows if there would be some counter blognic held? Meanwhile, … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: To Washington DC, NON-Impeachment Edition

Jan 22, 2020

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Pres. Trump declared that 22 January is National Sanctity of Human Life Day. CNA HERE  Of course today is the anniversary of the 1973 SCOTUS decision Roe V Wade. I am on my way to Washington DC today, so I … Continue reading →

A site with statistics for the growth and availability of the Traditional Latin Mass?

Jan 21, 2020

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Is there a good site with statistics for the growth and availability of the Traditional Latin Mass in these USA? We know it is happening. Do we have numbers?

21 January St. Agnes: “Intercede and beg a return of orthodoxy, sanity and sanctity to the Roman Church!”

Jan 21, 2020

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Let us today invoke St. Agnes, virgin and martyr. O glorious Agnes who, though weak, were chosen by God to make His own might manifest in your martyrdom, together with the Peter and Paul and the other Roman martyrs and … Continue reading →

OLDIE PODCAzT 127: The Eve of St. Agnes and a Bleak Midwinter

Jan 20, 2020

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As a favor to a friend, I’ll repost this old podcast.  It is the Eve of the Feast of St. Agnes, which of course reminds us of the famous poem by Keats. I, fan of poetry that I am, read … Continue reading →

A diocese smells the coffee: starts planning for decline of the Novus Ordo and growth of the TLM

Jan 20, 2020

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A sink hole. That’s the image I use most frequently right now for what is going to happen to the Church in the near future. A demographic sink hole is about to open up under the Church in these USA … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Glass chalices…. again?

Jan 20, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I read about a parish using invalid hosts made from several varieties of grain. I have been to a mass recently where a glass chalice was used (as a matter of fact, with a simple blessing, … Continue reading →

A few things of interest: TLM pilgrimage opp, new book, against pendulums, and Warhol the hack

Jan 20, 2020

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A couple of notes… First, this sounds good.  Someday I too would like to visit Poland. A pilgrimage to Lithuania and Poland, with daily celebration of the TLM, is being planned from May 4-16, 2020, under the spiritual guidance of … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 2nd Sunday – 2020

Jan 19, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. I did … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z is moved to pray to martyred nuns, newly discovered, about something that happened today. – UPDATED

Jan 19, 2020

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UPDATE 20 Jan 2020 I received this nice note today: I cannot tell you why you were drawn to our martyred sisters, but I can tell you this: The order suddenly has an influx of vocations and discerners particularly in … Continue reading →

A note of thanks. Mass for Benefactors.

Jan 18, 2020

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Today I received a very much needed item from my wish list. There was no slip in it to indicate who sent it!  Therefore, I will send out a public note of thanks. Also, because tomorrow I don’t have a … Continue reading →

Remember #UniteTheClans ? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jan 18, 2020

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UPDATE: From a friend: My German friend who attended today told me that De Mattei wanted it kept quiet as he was afraid Marx would step in and shut it down. Apparently the state and Marx work closely together. It … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 2nd Ordinary (NO) & 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (TLM): God knows our needs better than we do.

Jan 17, 2020

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I can’t think of a time when it was more important to beg God for mercy and aid, with bent knees, face to the ground. In the reformed calendar, we have moved into the Time called “Ordinary”, by which we mean … Continue reading →

Card. Sarah has met with Benedict XVI as the haters stir “incessant, nauseating, dishonest controversy” #BOOKGATE

Jan 17, 2020

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The new book, From The Depths Of Our Hearts, has really freaked out some people on the left, including the papalotrous. US Pre-Order Soon HERE for 12 March 2020 release! – FRENCH HERE On my flight home the other day, I wrote: I … Continue reading →

UPDATE! ASK FATHER: Use of a Catholic church for the “ordination” of woman Episcopalian “bishop”

Jan 17, 2020

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UPDATE 17 Jan 2020: There is a development.   CNA reports: Catholic parish will not host Episcopalian consecration The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia will no longer hold an episcopal consecration and ordination at a Catholic parish in Williamsburg, following an … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: I discovered that the hosts used are from flour of a variety of grains. What to do?

Jan 17, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently discovered that the priests at a chapel I had been attending have been using bread made of flour from a variety of grains, so it’s clearly invalid. The chapel is run by religious order … Continue reading →

“Let the Jesuits come to me. With hands in the air and without algorithms.” Fr. Z says: Let the Jesuits GO TO CHINA.

Jan 17, 2020

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When I was a little kid I used to look forward to morning cartoons. Even as an adult I always turned to find The Far Side before the box scores. Now we must content ourselves with jokers like this. In … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ: Ham Radio Thursday – ZedNet reminder and a throat tightener

Jan 16, 2020

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As you recall, ZedNet is operational.  More HERE.  We should figure out some schedules. In a rather lackadaisical way I’ve put my toes into the waters of Morse Code.  I find it fascinating and would like to do CW, maybe … Continue reading →

Some stuff from my mail

Jan 16, 2020

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These came to my mail. A little levity in a serious matter. And, in language the left can understand… Twitter provides more grist. This from Beans.. How much damage the use of “ontological” has done to recent Church teaching on … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: north

Jan 15, 2020

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I’m heading home after a maternal visit. Alas I am reading the spittle flecked raving of a hysterical and, apparently psychic, Austen Ivereigh at Commonweal. “None of this will bother Francis”! As if he has a clue about what bothers … Continue reading →

More about #BOOKGATE and a Litany Against Modernists

Jan 15, 2020

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More on BOOKGATE below. But first, I thought some of you would enjoy this new litany (for private use) in Italian. LITANIE ANTIMODERNISTE O glorioso S.Ignazio   fa finire questo strazio S. Giovanna d’Arco   al modernista chiudi il varco … Continue reading →

To save the world, we have to save the liturgy. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jan 15, 2020

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My mantra in these electronic pages for years was and is and will be “Save The Liturgy, Save The World“. Sounds odd at first? Consider that of all the relationships we have, that which we have with God is and … Continue reading →

Summary of FACTS about the controversial new book by BOTH Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI

Jan 15, 2020

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Edward Pentin has posted at the National Catholic Register a summary of the FACTS surrounding the controversial new book from Card. Sarah and Pope Benedict XVI. HERE As you know, as soon as the book was announced the attacks began … Continue reading →

14 January – Festum Asinorum #FeastoftheAss Day! (No, it’s not a special Jesuit holiday.)

Jan 14, 2020

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It may be that you have been distracted by book news. However, in other news, today is the Feast of the Ass. Today, 14 January, is the Feast of the Ass, Asses… the Festum Asinorum (in Latin, plural… inclusive!). No, I … Continue reading →

Letter from Card. Sarah in which he forgives his persecutors

Jan 14, 2020

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UPDATE: From Ignatius Press UPDATE: “I confirm that I was able to speak this morning with Archbishop Georg Gänswein. This press release remains my one and only version of the course of events. I also had a conversation with Fayard’s … Continue reading →

“With all the priests, we pray: Save us, Lord, we perish!” A snippet from the new Benedict/Sarah book

Jan 14, 2020

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A snip of the co-authored introduction from the new book, by Sarah and Benedict.   The book is offered “en hommage” to all the priests of the world. We thought in particular of priests. Our priestly heart wanted to comfort them, … Continue reading →

FIRST REMARKS about the new book by Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI

Jan 13, 2020

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Robert Card. Sarah and Pope Benedict XVI have collaborated on a new book. They respond to certain aspects of The Present Crisis.™ From the Depths of our Hearts The dedication of the book says it all. En hommage aux prêtres … Continue reading →

UPDATE – HILARITY ENSUES- Lib reactions to the new book from Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI

Jan 13, 2020

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UPDATE 14 Jan 2020: This is how the enemy rolls. Make a nasty insinuation or ridiculous proposal. Let the poison you create bubble for a while. Start walking back what you originally said. Meanwhile, you’ve managed to gain a little … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Holy Family/Baptism – 2020 – Fr. Z rants about word accents and microphones

Jan 12, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Why can’t I confess my sins to God and not the priest?

Jan 12, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: if god forgives sins why cant i confess my sins to god and ask god to forgive me does that suffice for confession This is one of the oldest and most common Protestant objections to the … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – Holy Family (1962MR): Extend your family bond around someone you know who has no one else

Jan 11, 2020

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Recently we had an interesting discussion post here about the discomfiture some people have for the Feast of the Holy Family.  HERE In the traditional Roman calendar, this Sunday, the 1st after Epiphany, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy … Continue reading →

2020 March for Life Friday 24 January & West Coast Walk for Life Saturday 25 January

Jan 11, 2020

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The 2020 March for Life is coming up.  HERE   and a full list of events (including a “sit in” at Pelosi’s office!) HERE I am going to be there. Friday, January 24, 2020 8:30 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form/Old … Continue reading →

Card. Sarah: “Catholics can no longer remain silent.”

Jan 10, 2020

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The Church and her Lord cannot be separated.   The Church and the Catholic Christian cannot separated.   The Lord endured His Passion and Cross.  So too must the Church and individual Catholics endure a passions and crosses.   The Church is, I … Continue reading →

ATTENTION: Blog SHUT DOWN and a REPEAT APPEAL

Jan 10, 2020

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Nota Bene: We are moving the blog to a dedicated server. There will be a short “content freeze” (meaning, you can’t add new posts, comments, people won’t be able to discuss) for about 15 minutes starting 11 January, Saturday 2300 … Continue reading →

The “Great Progressive Propaganda Machine”, Totalitarian Agendas, Incrementalism, and YOU – Wherein Fr. Z rants

Jan 10, 2020

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I don’t want to know anything about film and stage actors personal lives or, usually, vapid thoughts.  Laura Ingraham had a good phrase for the screeching pop tarts: “shut up and sing”.   If I go to a movie, I just … Continue reading →

Chinese Joseph Card. Zen’s Open Letter to all the other Cardinals

Jan 9, 2020

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The great Chinese prelate Joseph Card. Zen has sent a letter to all of the members of the College of Cardinals.   HERE  It includes Dubia of the cardinal regarding “Pastoral guidelines of the Holy See concerning the civil registration of … Continue reading →

ROME: NEW Traditional Mass location

Jan 8, 2020

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News in Rome.  I was informed that the Institute of Christ the King will have an “apostolate” in Rome at the Basilica of Celso and Giuliano.  HERE   This baroque church is on the rather narrow street that points you directly … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Warmer

Jan 8, 2020

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It’s the first flight of the new year. Hooray? So far things have gone like clockwork even if that clock’s hands are still at quite drowsy positions. However. It is a constant of the cosmos that plans do not survive … Continue reading →

PHOTOS: Blessing Epiphany Water 2020

Jan 8, 2020

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A few action shots from the Blessing of Epiphany Water on the Vigil of Epiphany, 5 January, at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI. The Rite is mighty powerful, involving first the singing of the Litany of Saints, the exorcism … Continue reading →

UPDATE: 2019 Christmas cards!

Jan 8, 2020

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I have been meaning to do a Christmas card roundup, but every time… I mean every time… I have reached for the large box I was collecting them in, I was interrupted.  Tonight, when I am under the gun and pack … Continue reading →

CNN settles with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann

Jan 8, 2020

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This is interesting in the extreme!   News outlets, including Daily Wire, have something other than the retaliation of Iran. CNN has reportedly settled with the Convington KY HS student, Nick Sandman.  You will recall that Sandman, at the time 16 … Continue reading →

GREAT SCHRÖDINGER’s GHOST! Research on church attendance and … CAT OWNERS

Jan 7, 2020

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In Christianity Today I read that… I can hardly bring myself to type… the horrific revelation that Cat Owners Are Less Likely To Go To Church This explains a lot, doesn’t it. By Schrödinger… is anyone really surprised, much less … Continue reading →

New video documentary about Benedict XVI from German TV

Jan 7, 2020

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At National Catholic Register the intrepid Ed Pentin has posted at there is a 30 minute video documentary in German about Pope Benedict XVI’s life in the Vatican Gardens.  It aired on German TV on 3 January.   HERE It is … Continue reading →

Media Report looks at the anti-Catholic bias of Associated Press writers

Jan 7, 2020

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Take a moment at least to scan the Media Report article about how the AP (Associated Press) writes about the Catholic Church.  HERE Another reason why alternative Catholic, non-legacy, sites can be important.

ASK FATHER: Is cooking on Sunday a sin?

Jan 7, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I saw someone say that cooking on Sunday violates the third commandment and food for Sunday must be made before Sunday. Is this true ? No. As much as we honor our Jewish forbears, we do … Continue reading →

Stuff Received: Our Lady of Victory Print, Pius Clock, Silly Jesuit Operas

Jan 6, 2020

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Even as I am finding the strength to downsize, and I’ve committed myself to throwing something out or handing it off each day, there are a few things which are essential. For example, a PIUS CLOCK. I’ve had one of … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – Epiphany Collect: Liturgy should be “epiphany”

Jan 6, 2020

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In the Novus Ordo calendar Epiphany (which is supposed to be 12 days after Christmas – the reason it is called “Twelfth Night”) is sometimes moved to the Sunday.  I suppose that they reasoned that more people would celebrate the important … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: A sick child and fulfilling Mass obligation

Jan 5, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I attended an Extraordinary Form Mass this morning [Sunday] so I could stay home with a sick child while my husband and older children went to a later Novus Ordo Mass at our parish. I forgot … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: External Solemnities… er um… hooray?

Jan 5, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was very surprised this morning to discover that the regular TLM being celebrated by the pastor was that of the Epiphany rather than the Holy Name. I am not aware of any legal provision for … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Holy Name/Epiphany – 2020

Jan 5, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Kitchen – Of the Bard, Crow and Fishy Noodles

Jan 4, 2020

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I take a break from deep musing upon the mystery of the Epiphany to watch an episode of hilarious Upstart Crow [and UK… you probably know about this already… HERE] and have some fishy noodles. I was going to have … Continue reading →

“Let y’all know!” The “Noveritis” Epiphany chant announcement of 2020’s movable dates and feasts

Jan 4, 2020

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At Epiphany we Latins have – traditionally – chanted a solemn proclamation of the key liturgical dates or movable feasts for the new year of salvation, just begun. This underscores how these dates and seasons are all interconnected. The liturgical … Continue reading →

Distraught woman grabs Francis’ hand and pleads. What did she say? – UPDATED

Jan 4, 2020

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UPDATE 3 Jan 2020: What’s this all about? #BREAKING: A new video has emerged of @Pontifex rebuffing a religious sister while visiting Chile in 2018. Is this pattern of easy accessibility causing Pope Francis discomfort and frustration? Is it a … Continue reading →

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST for a young priest diagnosed with ALS – #padresfight

Jan 3, 2020

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I have sad news. Fr.  Dana Christensen, a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, who comments here frequently, has been diagnosed to be in the initial stages of  amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.   There is no … Continue reading →

From the Seven Sisters Apostolate about distraction during prayer

Jan 3, 2020

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I have written about the Seven Sisters Apostolate on other occasions.   It is a great pleasure to know that there is a group organized for my poor person.   As a matter of fact, lately I have wondered on a few … Continue reading →

More nutty from a bishop. Yes, a German bishop.

Jan 3, 2020

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At Novena News which leads to Kathpress.at we read: Bishop of Limburg Georg Bätzing made the observation about the Church’s oppression of women and boycott from ordained office in a New Year’s Eve message. The prelate admitted that he must “take seriously … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: A priest gave me a penance in confession that was too hard

Jan 2, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Long ago I went to confession and was given and reluctantly agreed to\ a rather onerous penance not required by justice. I didn’t end up doing it after thinking about it for a while and went … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Why do Catholics hold their hands open and turned upward during Mass?

Jan 2, 2020

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have seen a certain posture at Mass: Why do you think people do this? Why do they choose this non-Roman posture instead of the orans posture? And what posture should I do at home? Just … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Oxtails, Christmas Pudding and Gifts

Jan 2, 2020

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It’s a new year of salvation. I spent a rather quiet New Year’s Day, after morning Mass. But I developed a craving for some Roman comfort food. Nothing but oxtails would do.  Happily, a quick trip to the shops obtained … Continue reading →

Your Octave of Christmas 2020 Sermon Notes

Jan 1, 2020

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Obligation for this Octave of Christmas, the Feast of the Circumcision, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God? Let us know. Here’s mine.

Fr. Z’s Predictions for 2020

Jan 1, 2020

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2020 Predictions 1. Pres. Trump will be reelected in an historic landslide. 2. Pres. Trump will get yet another SCOTUS pick. 3. The Pachamama idol worship will not die and the Holy See will promote even more earth/climate worship/panic. 4.  … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2019 32: The first shedding of His Blood

Jan 1, 2020

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Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 32, The Octave of Christmas, the 8th day after Christmas, Feast of the Circumcision, Feast of Mary the Mother of God. This is the final podcast. Slightly longer today.  Dom Prosper Guéranger sets the scene for this … Continue reading →

The Texas church shooting and our future choices. Wherein Fr. Z opines.

Dec 31, 2019

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People are asking for my reaction to the terrifying church shooting in Texas. A man was acting oddly in the church during the service.  The church had some trained people at the service who noticed him and then watched him.  They … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2019 31: Te Deum laudamus

Dec 31, 2019

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Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 31, Tuesday in the Octave of Christmas, the 7th day after Christmas. We hear about the indulgences offered on this, the last day of the year, and also on the first day of the new year. And … Continue reading →

Insight from Fr. Longenecker about about a devious tweet by a priest. Wherein Fr. Z also rants. – UPDATED

Dec 30, 2019

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UPDATE 31 Dec 2019: Fr. Sichko’s response… ___Originally Published on: Dec 30, 2019 Over at his place, Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a post which challenges, by asking, whether every family is a “Holy Family”.  He has reacted to some unfortunate tweets … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Were Jesus, Mary and Joseph “refugees”? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Dec 30, 2019

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Several readers have asked whether or not the Holy Family were refugees. Some are reacting to “nativity” scenes, showing them in cages, and so forth, which is an obvious manipulation of the Nativity narrative to score cheap political shots, at … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2019 30: Snatched up into invisible love

Dec 30, 2019

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Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 30, Monday in the Octave of Christmas. We hear from St. Augustine about who the boss really is.  The Christmas Preface is amazing.  Fulton Sheen on true love. These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude … Continue reading →

Your Sunday in the Christmas Octave 2019 Sermon Notes

Dec 29, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. For … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2019 29: With His feeble voice He calls, “My Father!”

Dec 29, 2019

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Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 29, Sunday in the Octave of Christmas. Dom Prosper Guéranger points to three amazing aspects of the Christ Child. Fr. Troadec ponders the Child with Joseph and Mary. These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Are “Novus Ordo” ordinations truly valid?

Dec 28, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I’ve done some reading on whether Novus Order orders are truly valid or not and am confused. Would love to get your learned comments on the matter. Thanks for your work. You ask if ordinations … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: “I dread the Feast of the Holy Family.”

Dec 28, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Every year since so returned to the Church I dread the Feast of the Holy Family. I don’t come from a pious family, nor am I married, but instead chose to live a life of perpetual … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2019 28: Bye bye, lully lullay

Dec 28, 2019

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Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 28, for Holy Innocents. Lully, Lullay.  And dom Prosper Guéranger writes of the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  We hear the rendering of the text of the Coventry Carol by Philip Stopford. These 5 minute offerings are … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2019 27: He was a martyr in intention and desire

Dec 27, 2019

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Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 27, for St John’s Day 2019! Dom Prosper Guéranger talks about St. John the Evangelist and his non-martyrdom but authentic martyrdom. These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank you!  Chime … Continue reading →

Amazonian and Pachamama skúbala in annual Vatican CHRISTMAS CONCERT -VIDEO

Dec 26, 2019

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More Vatican lunacy. There was a concert in the Paul VI Audience Hall for Christmas.  On YouTube. It was broadcast on Mondovisione.  In fact, it was a fundraiser for something earth saving.  The broadcast was punctuated with pictures of deforestation, … Continue reading →

Harry Potter author vilified by the Left for saying that biological sex can’t change.

Dec 26, 2019

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As my old pastor put it perfectly, liberal is from the word for “free”.  A liberal is is one with whom you are free to agree.  Scratch one and beneath the veneer you find a nazi. Check out the Catholic … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Deacons in the Novus Ordo

Dec 26, 2019

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From a diaconal reader… QUAERITUR: I have begun serving Solemn High Masses, at local parishes near my assignment for a couple of years now. The experience of serving at the Latin Mass has enriched my diaconal ministry in ways that … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2019 26: The Child who made His mother

Dec 26, 2019

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Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 26, for St Stephen’s Day 2019! Fulton Sheen gives us where heaven truly is.  Fr. Troadec chimes in St. Stephen and strength. These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank you!  Chime … Continue reading →

Your Christmas Mass 2019 Sermon Notes – VIDEOS

Dec 25, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Christmas Mass Obligation? What was it?  There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2019 25: The inscape of the universe

Dec 25, 2019

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Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 25, for Christmas Day 2019! Merry Christmas! Today Joseph Ratzinger explains about the ox and the ass and the mystery of the manger.   Fulton Sheen talks about the microcosm and macrocosm paradigm in the Crib and the … Continue reading →

Terriffic News! Card. Cupich approved the Constitutions of the Canons of St. John Cantius in Chicago

Dec 25, 2019

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Merry Christmas! This is from the site of the Canons of St. John Cantius in Chicago: Cardinal Cupich Approves Constitutions of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius On December 23rd, the Feast of St. John Cantius, the documents and … Continue reading →

AUDIO: Singing the 2019 Christmas Proclamation – Kalendas – in Latin – TLM Extraordinary Form

Dec 24, 2019

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Better late than never, for those priests out there who are going to, or want to, chant the annual Christmas Proclamation, or Kalenda.   The nice folks at Cappella Gregoriana Sanctæ Cæciliæ olim Xicatunensis have a PDF again this year. Here is … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Too much water mixed with the wine in the chalice. Valid?

Dec 24, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Your article, “ASK FATHER: Altar boy notices priest skipped the consecration of the Precious Blood” states that Mass is not celebrated until the priest consumes both species of the sacrament. Since our congregation receives under both … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: What’s up with Francis’ 2019 Christmas address to the Roman Curia?

Dec 24, 2019

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I am being bombarded by questions from readers, priests included, about Francis’ 2019 Address to the Roman Curia for Christmas. Here are a few notes.   First, let’s contextualize the speech, which I think is important as it probably signals what’s … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 23: Be less and less the victim of your moods

Dec 24, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 24, for Tuesday in the 4th Week of Advent. Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet and Fulton Sheen tell instruct us. These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank you!  Chime in if you listened.  … Continue reading →

WDTPRS 23 December – The Final O Antiphon – O Emmanuel: The Lawgiver

Dec 23, 2019

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Today is the final full day before the Vigil of Christmas. In the last days of Advent before the Vigil, the Latin Church sings the O Antiphons for the Magnificat of Vespers.  The song O Come O Come Emmanuel is … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 23: “Love to be unknown”

Dec 23, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 23, for Monday in the 4th Week of Advent. Card. Bacci and Fr. Troadec tell us a few things. These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank you!  Chime in if … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 22 December – O Rex Gentium: Mud or dust?

Dec 22, 2019

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A continuation of our look at the O Antiphons for these last few days before Christmas… LATIN: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. ENGLISH: O King … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 4th Sunday of Advent – 2019

Dec 22, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it?  There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure.   So, … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 22: God is a better artisan than you

Dec 22, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 22, for the 4th Sunday of Advent. Dom Gueranger talks about the last stretch before Christmas.  Fulton Sheen underscores letting God do His thing. The Benedictines of Gower Abbey sing to us.  [US HERE – UK HERE] These 5 … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 21 December – O Oriens: “O dawn of the East”

Dec 21, 2019

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We continue our look at the O Antiphons. LATIN: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol iustitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis. ENGLISH: O dawn of the east, brightness of light eternal, and sun of justice: … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 21: “It requires more courage than brains to know God”

Dec 21, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 21, for Saturday in the 3rd Week of Advent. We read from the intriguing book by Fr. James W. Jackson, a priest of the FSSP Nothing Superfluous: An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Altar boy notices priest skipped the consecration of the Precious Blood

Dec 21, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a couple of questions regarding something that happened recently at a weekday TLM.  Our good and reverent priest was distracted during Mass one morning and completely forgot to consecrate the Precious Blood.  After consecrating … Continue reading →

WDTPRS The O Antiphons: 20 December – O Clavis David – The Key to everything

Dec 20, 2019

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We continue our look at the O Antiphons with today’s O Clavis David Again we hear the theme of Christ as the Liberator. LATIN: O clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 20: Mary is the Mother of Mercy

Dec 20, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 20, for Friday in the 3rd Week of Advent. Father Troadec speaks about the role of Mary in God’s mercy.  Canon Croegaert explains why we eat the Sacrifice at Communion.   The Benedictines of Gower Abbey sing to … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Irritating fundraisers during Mass

Dec 19, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was and still am a strong supporter of the EF, but after years of building and developing both personal and professional relationships, I fell away from my faith. I have recently begun attending Sunday Mass … Continue reading →

WDTPRS The O Antiphons: 19 December – TRUEST Liberation Theology!

Dec 19, 2019

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Here is the O Antiphon for 19 December: O Radix Jesse Again Our Lord is presented as the Liberator. LATIN: O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum … Continue reading →

GARUM WATCH! Ancient factory found in Israel

Dec 19, 2019

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Garum. I occasionally write of garum. The ancient Romans eagerly doused their foods and used as a cooking ingredient a fermented fish sauce: garum.  The preparation of garum is described by Pliny.  Modern Vietnamese fish sauce and modern S. Italian … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Inside Notre-Dame de Paris since the fire, things that survived

Dec 19, 2019

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Here is a video from inside Notre-Dame in Paris.  You can see what has been going on after the fire.  You can see some of the things that survived. And…

ASK FATHER: Peter’s Pence these days. Alternatives?

Dec 19, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I read an article in the Wall Street Journal this morning about how the Peter’s Pence collection largely funds the Vatican deficit. I am a stickler for finance and am forced to run a very lean … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Frustrated by a lack of reverence, liturgical discipline. Am I in the right church? Is this Really God’s house?

Dec 19, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: This is my first letter to you. I am old and grew up with the old Mass. I have tolerated the NO for years and years. But it has grown steadily worse. Today’s Sunday Mass (in … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 19: Divine tears of the Infant Jesus

Dec 19, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 19, for Thursday in the 3rd Week of Advent. Dom Prosper Guéranger reminds us to do penance during Advent.  Card. Bacci talks about the divine tears of the Infant Jesus. US HERE – UK HERE These 5 … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: A blessing for guns

Dec 19, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: One of our parishioners posted this image on his facebook page and I commented, “Hey, if you have guns you want blessed, let me know.” Low and behold he took me up on the offer. That … Continue reading →

WDTPRS: O Antiphons – 18 December – O Adonai

Dec 18, 2019

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The O Antiphons: 18 December – O Adonai LATIN: O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento. ENGLISH: O Lord and Ruler … Continue reading →

Read every word of this.

Dec 18, 2019

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[…] [Teresa] Piccola [wife, mother, pro-life activist] would undergo the solemn rite of exorcism once per week for more than 18 months, in sessions lasting up to three hours. On those days, she and the deliverance team (which included the … Continue reading →

Head of Pontifical Academy FOR LIFE would hold the hand of person committing suicide. FAIL

Dec 18, 2019

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I read with horror the other day that the head of the Pontifical Council for Life, Archbp. Vincenzo Paglia, said that he would hold the hand of a person committing suicide.   This is the same Archbp. Paglia who is behind, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Is the will really “fixed” at death or do we get another chance?

Dec 18, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is death truly definitive in terms of divine judgement? There is a priest who spoke on the Patrick Coffin show (Fr. Chris Alar) that says that after we die we are given a chance to choose … Continue reading →

“We can’t deny Communion! We mustn’t ‘politicize’ the Eucharist!” False argument.

Dec 18, 2019

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There is a good piece today at The Catholic Thing which looks at denial of Holy Communion to obstinate public supporters of abortion.  The writer brings up the example of the late Archbp. Rummel of New Orleans who, in the … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 18: It’s your inalienable right to decide

Dec 18, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 18, for Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Advent. Fr. Troadec offers advice about making a Spiritual Communion.  [US HERE (English) – UK (French original) HERE]. Fulton Sheen says it’s up to you.  Pius Parsch speaks about the Advent Ember … Continue reading →

PODCAzT 180: Kwasniewski on how Vatican II reversed the order of priority, exalting “active participation” over proper liturgical worship of God

Dec 17, 2019

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I found a great article at LifeSite by Peter Kwasniewski which screamed to be made into a podcast.  Sometimes I do this with good articles to make sure the content is more available to those who are pressed for time … Continue reading →

Support for Fr. Joseph Illo. Fr. Z rants about denial of Communion

Dec 17, 2019

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I want to offer my public support for Fr. Joseph Illo in San Francisco at Star of the Sea (beautiful title).  He wrote about a tough call he had to make as pastor.  HERE The basics: A women took her … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! End of year giving suggestions from @FatherZ

Dec 17, 2019

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At the end of the year most people consider their annual charitable giving. In this time of great confusion for the institutional Church, here are a couple suggestions for your donation dollars. First, year in and year out I have … Continue reading →

WDTPRS: O Antiphons – 17 December – O Sapientia

Dec 17, 2019

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On December 17th we enter into that final stretch of our Advent preparation. In the Church’s solemn prayer of the hours, at Vespers, the great “O Antiphons” are sung. Today we have the first. Years ago, I made a little … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 17: The final stretch

Dec 17, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 17, for Tuesday in the 3rd Week of Advent. I speak about the O Antiphons, which we start today.  We are in the final stretch before Christmas. These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially … Continue reading →

Vatican allows blaspheming Netflix to advertise on building

Dec 16, 2019

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Does this seem right to you? Advertising on a Vatican-owned building. #Netflix #TheTwoPopes pic.twitter.com/mnFReMDpqE — Cindy Wooden (@Cindy_Wooden) December 16, 2019 What is the problem? Netflix has a show which is horrifically blasphemous, timed for Christmas – the bastards – … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 16: The Universal Prayer

Dec 16, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 16, for Monday in the 3rd Week of Advent. We hear form St. Augustine about how to deal with the seemingly unfair fact that some bad people enjoy great advantages while good people suffer or are poor.  … Continue reading →

NYC Days 4-5: Pastrami, chess boards and Chinese food

Dec 16, 2019

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I didn’t give a last update of my recent NYC trip.  I went because my friend Fr. Murray was receiving an award.  Of course I had to get some of the things I can’t get in Madison. Like decent pastrami.  … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 15: The sparrow of present satisfaction

Dec 15, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 15, for the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Pius Parsch helps us into the 3rd week of Advent in a dialogue with Mother Church. These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank … Continue reading →

More shots of the Pontifical Mass with Cardinal Burke

Dec 14, 2019

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On 8 December, His Eminence Raymond Leo Card. Burke offered a Pontifical Mass at the Throne at tiny St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI.  We were squeezed in to capacity both in the sanctuary and the church itself.  It was … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM: Rapid response to help a priest

Dec 14, 2019

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Dear readers, without going into details, I suggest a rapid response of charity for a priest whom I believe to have been falsely accused of something and poorly treated thereafter… for a long time in a kind of hellish diocesan … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 13: “It is not success which counts for God”

Dec 13, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 13, for Friday in the 2nd Week of Advent. Cardinal Bacci talks about the relationship of love and knowledge.  [US HERE – UK HERE]  Work to satisfy God alone. These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for … Continue reading →

The Last Full Moon Of This Decade

Dec 13, 2019

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Last night I was zipping through Columbus Circle and saw that your planet’s Moon was full. At it turned out, the last Full Moon of your decade was at 12:12 EST on 12/12. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. … Continue reading →

NYC Days 2-3: Gantlets and gauntlets and decadent carrot cake

Dec 12, 2019

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To start, may I just say that this travel posts are driven through the gantlet by a number of imagination challenged mouse milkers. All I have to do is post a photo of food with a chive on the plate … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 12: “Advent is a time of being deeply shaken”

Dec 12, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 12, for Thursday in the 2nd Week of Advent. Fr. Alfred Delp, SJ, instructs us in Advent of the Heart. US HERE – UK HERE. And we pray for priests. We hear singing by the Benedictines of … Continue reading →

A few more pics of the beautiful Mass with Card. Burke

Dec 11, 2019

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A few more shots from last Sunday’s Mass with Card. Burke at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff. His Eminence celebrated a Pontifical Mass at the Throne.

Note the twisted moral logic of those in power today

Dec 11, 2019

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Here is a classic example of what is going on in the Church on the highest level.   Follow the argument.  My emphases. From Crux: ROME – A leading Vatican official says he would “hold the hand” of someone who was … Continue reading →

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Alphonse Matt, publisher of The Wanderer – R.I.P.

Dec 11, 2019

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I have a prayer request. Mr. Alphonse Matt died on Sunday, 8 December. He was 88 years old.   Al, whom I had known for many years and was was a fellow parishioner at St. Agnes in St. Paul, was the … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 11: Tabernacling Himself in His own creation.

Dec 11, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 11, for Wednesday in the 2nd Week of Advent. Patrick Troadec talks about John pointing to the miracles of Jesus. [US HERE (English) – UK (French original) HERE]  Fulton Sheen describes in the manner in which Christ came into our world. … Continue reading →

VIDEO: @BishopHying of @MadisonDiocese in Rome for the ad limina visit 1 & 2

Dec 11, 2019

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Two “Moments” with Bp. Hying during his ad limina visit. He has good insights.

NYC Day 1: Italian Sauce or Gravy

Dec 10, 2019

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Yesterday’s travel was complicated by horrid weather and even more horrid construction around LGA. “When will you have an end?!?”, cried Julius II. I hope the new airport is a masterpiece of design. I’m not holding my breath. I understand … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 10: “Some candle clear burns somewhere I come by.”

Dec 10, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 10, for Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Advent. Today we hear part of a radio broadcast made my Joseph Ratzinger in 1980.  He is speaking on St. Nicholas Day, which is past, but “light” is the … Continue reading →

Pontifical Mass with Card. Burke

Dec 9, 2019

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Yesterday we had, in Madison, a Pontifical Mass at the Throne celebrated by His Eminence Raymond Leo Card. Burke. The Mass was at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, executed through the agency of the TMSM. Alas, I was very tired … Continue reading →

STUDIES: When highly developed cultures undergo sexual revolution and license they collapse with monotonous regularity within three generations

Dec 9, 2019

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I am posting this mainly for bishops and priests to read over and ponder. I know… I know… “I’m tooooo busyyyyy to reeeeead anything morrrrrre.” No, not this time.   You should pay attention to this one. Here is something, frankly, … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Gotham Assault

Dec 9, 2019

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I’m on my way to NYC for friends, museums and an event. I saw this alarming sign in the airport. My markup. Who else is listening? SkyNet? One step closer. UPDATE WELCOME TO ALBANY! Except I’m supposed to be at … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Dec 9, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? For my part, I heard Card. Burke, at our parish, during our Pontifical Mass at the Throne. I’ll … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 09: Head and heart

Dec 9, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 09, for Monday in the 2nd Week of Advent, this year – in some places – the transferred Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We hear the Sunday Gospel today with a comment by Dom Prosper Guéranger in … Continue reading →

Happy 14th Birthday, Blog!

Dec 8, 2019

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On 8 December 2005, I posted this photo.  This blog project began. Today is the 14th anniversary of this blog. This photo was a shot from my apartment window in Rome on the evening of the day Pope Benedict was … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 08: “How beautiful thou art, O Lady”

Dec 8, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 08, for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, this year the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Today we hear some wisdom from Fr. Patrick Troadec about Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God [US HERE (English) – UK (French original) HERE].  Also, … Continue reading →

More homosexualist rubbish from – wait for it! – German bishops!

Dec 7, 2019

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And more from Germany… it’s always Germany… The story in German at KathNet. Bischöfe mit Wissenschaftlern einig: Homosexualität ist etwas Normales Ist das lehramtliche Verbot praktizierter Homosexualität noch zeitgemäß? Ist Homosexualität eine normale sexuelle Ausrichtung? Ist eine sexuelle Beziehung nach … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 07: “O Come Redeemer of the Earth”

Dec 7, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 07, for Saturday in the 1st Week of Advent. Today we hear some wisdom from Meditations for Each Day, by Antonio Card. Bacci [US HERE – UK HERE]  I give you also an hymn about the Incarnation … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Do I sin if I think that Benedict XVI on purpose didn’t resign the papacy?

Dec 6, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have become increasingly convinced by those who say that Pope Benedict XVI purposefully performed an invalid resignation of the papacy. Does this belief potentially place me in a state of serious sin? I do not … Continue reading →

Reflections on the symbolism of the altar rail or Communion rail and some practical suggestions

Dec 6, 2019

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At Crisis Austin Ruse has a thoughtful piece about altar rails.  He writes: […] It seems to me that among the most harmful innovations that happened in the Church at mid-century was doing away with the altar rail and caving … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 06: “Jesus thirsts for us to thirst for Him.”

Dec 6, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 06, for Friday in the 1st Week of Advent. Today Fr. Patrick Troadec offers us notes in From Advent to Epiphany [ US HERE (English) – UK (French original) HERE] and we hear about pointing out and illuminating the texts in … Continue reading →

Stepping on the Third Gear

Dec 6, 2019

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Tonight, I heard of this story for the first time.  As I was flipping past something I figured would be boring I heard the word “peloton”.  Since I avidly follow the Tour, I clicked back and saw that the company that … Continue reading →

Newly Received! Challenge Coin – Coloring Books – Bibles – 2020 Ordo

Dec 5, 2019

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You might remember that I have challenge coins and that I like to exchange. I received a new coin from someone who sent the 2018 version last year. They look great! Thanks. I received two copies of a newly printed … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Are vestments made of materials other than silk tolerated for Mass in the Extraordinary Form?

Dec 5, 2019

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From a priest… QUAERITUR: My sincere thanks and respects for your good work you do with your “blogapostolate”. Your words have helped my keep my head and remain in my foxhole fighting on while trusting Our Lord. My question: Are … Continue reading →

APR [Abortion Pill Reversal] 1,000 babies saved since 2012

Dec 5, 2019

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APR [Abortion Pill Reversal] is a life-saving effort that has already contributed to nearly 1,000 babies being saved since 2012. Mifeprex or RU-486 – women change their minds! There is a network of doctors who will prescribe this reversal protocol.  … Continue reading →

Solemn Requiem Mass for the late Bp. Robert C. Morlino, prayers also for Bp. Paul Sirba – VIDEO/AUDIO sermon

Dec 5, 2019

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Last night we celebrated a Solemn Requiem Mass for the 1st Anniversary of the interment the late Bishop of Madison, Robert C. Morlino.  I included also prayers for my friend Bp. Paul Sirba of Duluth, who died a few days … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 05: Angelic suggestions or our own thoughts?

Dec 5, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 05, for Thursday in the 1st Week of Advent. Today Abbot Anscar Vonier in The Human Soul [US HERE – UK HERE] talks about how angels prompt us. Since it is Thursday, we pray for priests. We … Continue reading →

MADISON – 4 Dec – 6:30PM – Solemn Requiem Mass for Bp. Robert C. Morlino

Dec 4, 2019

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Tonight at 6:30PM at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI, (location) there will be a Solemn Requiem Mass for the late Bp. Robert C. Morlino, who was interred one year ago on this date, 4 December 2018.

ADVENTCAzT 2019 04: When liturgical participation became “doing”

Dec 4, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 03, for Tuesday in the 1st Week of Advent. Jacques-Benigne Bossuet talk about the serpent and the woman, and Peter Kwasniewski remarks on active participation (actuosa participation, actual participation) in the liturgy. We are accompanied by the … Continue reading →

Fulton Sheen’s Beatification put on hold at the request of “some bishops”.

Dec 3, 2019

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Via LifeSite: BREAKING: Vatican postpones beatification of Fulton Sheen after request by some US bishops VATICAN CITY, December 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, beloved by generations of American Catholics, has been abruptly put on hold … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! #GivingTuesday suggestions from @FatherZ

Dec 3, 2019

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Americans are generous.  Catholics are generous.  We are hard-wired to help.  We are especially interested in concrete ways to help, not vaporous.  We are also a little concerned about how the money we contribute is used.   I am. Here are suggestions … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2019 03: “Make straight the path”

Dec 3, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 03, for Tuesday in the 1st Week of Advent. John Paul II talks about preparing the way of the Lord. Card. Bacci talks about “scales falling”. St. Thomas Aquinas prays. The wonderful Benedictine nuns of Gower Abbey … Continue reading →

New gear from Rome: Vimpae and BUCKLES!

Dec 3, 2019

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New gear came from Rome, today. I had a pair of vimpae made with Bp. Hying’s coat-of-arms. These are used during Masses with bishops by the ministers who hold the miter and the crosier. Also, there are silver shoe buckles. … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Transit of Mercury

Dec 2, 2019

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Just for fun. From APOD. I especially like the “We’re all going to die!” music.

ADVENTCAzT 2019 02: When a friend harms you, it hurts all the more.

Dec 2, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 02, for Monday in the 1st Week of Advent. Today Bp. Schneider talks about how Christ’s friends make Him suffer, Fulton Sheen reflects on how God would work in us and the Lord describes something of the … Continue reading →

PRAYER REQUEST: Bp. Paul Sirba, R.I.P.

Dec 1, 2019

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Please pray for the repose of the soul of my old friend Bp. Paul Sirba of Duluth.  I’ve known him since the early 80’s and we were fellow parishioners at St. Agnes in St. Paul.  Paul was the Assistant Priest … Continue reading →

Sending snail-mail 2019 Christmas cards

Dec 1, 2019

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If you would like to send me Christmas greetings or cards, please send by snail mail, if possible with really cool stamps. As I have done in years past, I’ll try to post all the places whence they were mailed from around … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 1st Sunday of Advent 2019

Dec 1, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? For my part,…

ADVENTCAzT 2019 01: “If we love Him, He will come to us”

Dec 1, 2019

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Here is ADVENTCAzT 01, for the 1st Sunday of Advent. Today we hear the place of Advent in the liturgical year.  We have some help from dom Prosper Gueranger. The opening chant is the Introit from the 1st Sunday of … Continue reading →

Strange business this: a non-blessing blessing. A Fr. Z mini-rant to priests.

Nov 30, 2019

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Very strange business this. At the end of the audience no one knows what to do after this strange conclusion. This was today, 30 November 2019. Pope Francis’ rather unusual blessing today at the conclusion his audience with the participants … Continue reading →

Advent is here again. ACTION ITEM!

Nov 30, 2019

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GO TO CONFESSION! Advent is more about the Second Coming of the Lord than the first.  Do penance to celebrate well the First Coming of the Lord at Bethlehem.  That will include also a thorough examination of conscience.   Then… GO … Continue reading →

Jesuits and Drag Queens. Tautology?

Nov 30, 2019

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From the Louis Joliet Society. Drag Queen Story Hour Brought to You by Catholic, Jesuit Marquette University The Louis Joliet Society has learned that Marquette University hosted a Drag Queen Story Hour as part of its Community Day celebration on October 12, … Continue reading →

30 Nov 1969 – 50th Anniversary of imposition of the Novus Ordo – PODCAzTs Revisited

Nov 30, 2019

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It has been 50 years. 50 long years. Some might say, “Only 50? It seems longer.” Note the bizzare photo of a Novus Ordo being celebrated in the Sistine Chapel. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the going-into-effect of Paul … Continue reading →

SHOPPING ONLINE? Please use my link!

Nov 30, 2019

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SHOPPING ONLINE using Amazon? Please use my link! When you use my link to shop via Amazon, I get a small percentage of anything purchased. It adds up. It is a significant element of my income. I can’t see who … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Advent (N.O.): They are His but they are ours

Nov 29, 2019

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We’ve come around this weekend to the beginning of a new liturgical year. It will be the 1st Sunday of Advent. In the newer, post-Conciliar calendar this Sunday is back to back with the Solemnity of Christ the King, honoring … Continue reading →

New Registrations, Users – tips

Nov 29, 2019

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There has been quite an influx of registrations lately.  Thanks. You only have to register if you want to comment. I should note that I don’t automatically approve every registration.  If you don’t cooperate with a little biographical information to … Continue reading →

PRIEST HUNT: Europe – Mozarabic Rite

Nov 29, 2019

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I was contacted in regard to finding a priest in Europe who can travel and who can celebrated the Mozarabic Rite. Yes, you read that correctly. Drop me a line.  HERE  

PODCAzT 179: Kwasniewski on the myth of ancient Communion in the hand

Nov 27, 2019

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We welcome as our guest… Peter Kwasniewski and an article he recently posted at LifeSite about Communion in the hand. Not long ago, surveys from the Pew Research center uncovered that a huge number of Catholics do not believe in … Continue reading →

Sunday 8 Dec 2019 – Madison, WI – Card. Burke – Pontifical Mass at the Throne for the Immaculate Conception

Nov 27, 2019

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On Sunday 8 December 2019, at 10 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Pine Bluff, WI, His Eminence Raymond Leo Card. Burke will celebrate a Pontifical Mass at the Throne in the traditional Roman Rite for the Feast of the … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Lighting Advent wreath during Mass – REVISITED

Nov 27, 2019

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From a reader some years back. QUAERITUR: Father, is it appropriate to replace the penitential rite with the lighting of the advent wreath? No. Just… no. The longer explanation is, course, Nooooooooo. Attention to the wreath during Mass seems like … Continue reading →

D. Grand Rapids – Priest denies Communion to Lesbian judge married to a woman. He’s now under attack.

Nov 27, 2019

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UPDATE: The Diocese of Grand Rapids is backing up the priest, Fr. Nolan! This is good news. Statement regarding St. Stephen parish I am pleased that the Diocese is backing the priest in this matter.  It’s an important signal to … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How to pray the “Cursing Psalms” against our enemies?

Nov 26, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can you once again address the maledictory Psalms and how to use them? I think you last did so over 3 years ago. Thank you! Wow.  Another third rail question today. This is what I wrote … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: “I utterly reject Bergoglio, so how can I remain a Catholic?” Fr. Z’s rant and beatdown.

Nov 26, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Now, to the point: How can I remain a Catholic when I UTTERLY reject Jorge Bergoglio as a false prophet of the devil? I can in no way continue to acknowledge him during Mass. Going to … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: For the TLM does the tabernacle have to be in the center?

Nov 26, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Fr. Z, are there some sorts of specified rubrics for the celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form if the tabernacle is off on the side, in what might be termed a side chapel, but is … Continue reading →

The importance of saying the black and doing the red

Nov 26, 2019

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A cautionary tale. If you don’t know what you are doing, don’t just charge ahead. Wait for the MC. Say the black. Do the red. That was painful. The video of the whole Mass. For that snippet, start at about … Continue reading →

What’s happening to Catholics in China?

Nov 26, 2019

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The Vatican changed its stance toward the Church’s presence in China.  What fruits have come from this change? The following piece has lots of photos at the original page, which you can visit. From Bitter Winter: Xi Jinping Portraits Replace … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Christmas Pudding 2019

Nov 25, 2019

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A few people asked me to post about making this year’s Christmas Pudding.   Yesterday was “Stir Up Sunday” (¡Hagan lío! Sunday?), the last of the liturgical year.  It is so-called because of the first words of the Collect.  But I’ve … Continue reading →

Your Good News

Nov 25, 2019

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Do you have any good news to share with the readership? Let us know. For my part, I see that the project to provide a “bespoke” helmet for one of the Swiss Guards is nearing completion. UPDATE:  It’s done! Also, … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Helmet for one of the Swiss Guards – UPDATES

Nov 25, 2019

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We’ve all had the experience at some time of spending time in poorly fitting clothing, perhaps with little opportunity to move about for relief.  We just have to bear it. Now imagine that the ill-fitting clothing is completely unyielding, because … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King 2019

Nov 24, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? For my part, I spoke of the beauty of the Christian soul in the state of grace and … Continue reading →

24 Nov 2018: Bp. Morlino – 1st anniversary – R.I.P.

Nov 24, 2019

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Today, 24 November, is the 1st anniversary of the death of Madison’s former Bishop, Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary. While I am confident in his eternal destiny, for he was deeply devout and he received the Last Sacraments with … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Visiting priest says don’t receive Communion on the tongue because of colds and influenza

Nov 23, 2019

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From a reader: Today at Mass, a visiting retired priest sat down after communion and proceeded to admonish those of us who receive the Holy Communion on the tongue saying that we should cease to do so because it is … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost: Like lightning in the East

Nov 23, 2019

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This is the Last Sunday of the liturgical year. The last part of the liturgical year thematically dovetails with the first part of the new liturgical year.  Advent was once longer, so the overlap of reflection on the End Times across … Continue reading →

More on “foot washing”.

Nov 22, 2019

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I saw this at ChurchPop: Husband Washes Wife’s Feet at Wedding Reception Instead of Tossing Garter: “You Deserve to Be Cherished” How beautiful! Have you ever seen anything like this before? Catholic speaker, podcaster, and television personality Stacey Sumereau shared … Continue reading →

Grim surveys about decline of Christianity in USA, Italy

Nov 22, 2019

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A while back we learned through the Pew Research Center that about 30% of practicing Catholic believe the Church’s teaching about transsubstantiation. Pew now tells us more about Catholic in these USA and in Italy.   Sandro Magister writes about it.  … Continue reading →

6 December: Exorcists call for Fasting, Prayer, Reparation

Nov 21, 2019

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS At National Catholic Register see the article about a call from exorcists to pray and fast in reparation for the demonic idol worship in the Vatican and during the Synod (“walking together”) on the Amazon. Four Exorcists … Continue reading →

Worthy reading. More Pachamama and more from Archbp. Viganò.

Nov 21, 2019

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At the Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception last week (HERE with VIDEO), you could tell that quite a few of the congregants were unfamiliar with the Traditional Mass by the fact that they sang the Pater … Continue reading →

21 Nov: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. With a prayer of my own.

Nov 21, 2019

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Today is the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Presentation in the Temple. The Collect for the Mass in the traditional form: Deus, qui beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, Spíritus Sancti habitáculum, hodiérna die in templo praesentári voluísti: praesta, quaésumus; ut, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Guidelines for sitting in choir, including birettaquette and also hoodiquette. With a short Fr. Z rant.

Nov 20, 2019

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From a Dominican… QUAERITUR: Regarding the Pontifical Mass, there were Dominicans in choir. There is a resurgence of the traditional Dominican Rite. I am writing to ask if you can point to a source that tells what Dominicans are supposed … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: We can eat halal meat?

Nov 20, 2019

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For some reason the issue of idols keeps coming up. Pope Francis had a meal catered for 1500 poor people.  He served them lasagne alla bolognese, lasagne in the style of Bologna.  Sort of. By the way… it’s lasagne, plural, just … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Why didn’t the Assistant Deacons wear surplices during the Pontifical Mass at the Shrine? #MassoftheAmericas Wherein Fr. Z analyzes and then rants.

Nov 19, 2019

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The other day, His Excellency Most Rev. Salvatore Cordilone of San Francisco celebrated a Pontifical Mass at the Throne at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  It was televised.  A new musical Mass setting was used and new vestments … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Seminarians are waiting for BIRETTAS! Priests are waiting for SATURNOS!

Nov 18, 2019

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I had a note from John in Church Goods at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul.  John is at the action center of the Birettas for Seminarians Project and the Saturnos for Priests Project. John reports: Update: Priests waiting for Saturnos – … Continue reading →

Ultra-dissident “Voice of the Faithful” to host an online meeting about deaconettes. Anyone can register!

Nov 18, 2019

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This is interesting. Voice of the Faithful – which is neither – is sponsoring an online meeting about the ordination of woman to the diaconate.   It is hosted through the super-liberal Hofstra University. Anyone can register!  HERE Topic Women Deacons … Continue reading →

For some lighter reading

Nov 18, 2019

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If you are looking for some lighter reading today, zip over the Sandro Magister’s page.   He has a post about how the semi-official journal of the Holy See La Civiltà Cattolica (edited by Jesuits, ), promotes Francis as a master of … Continue reading →

VIDEO – Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Nov 17, 2019

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Here is the video of the Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which I attended last Saturday. There was a new composition for the Mass. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was the celebrant.  Check out in … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Nov 17, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it?

My View For Awhile: Domum

Nov 16, 2019

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My time in the District has been great. I pretty much unplugged from the mass of email and did some recreational reading. I met friends, and enjoyed the Mass today. If you are near DC go to the Verrocchio exhibit … Continue reading →

They pretend it’s about language, but in reality it’s about content.

Nov 15, 2019

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My good friend of many years, Msgr. Hans Feichtinger, has an excellent piece today at Crisis.   He puts his finger directly on the problems flowing from Germany and on the whole environment that spawned the Amazon Synod (“walking together”). Many … Continue reading →

MY VIEW FOR AWHILE: DC Mass Edition

Nov 14, 2019

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There will be a Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday. Archbp Cordileone is the celebrant. There is a newly composed musical setting. However, it’s more important that a Pontifical Mass at the Throne be celebrated … Continue reading →

Some reading for the road

Nov 14, 2019

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As I prepare to make a trip, I find good reading is available. First, from The Catholic Thing: Drawing Bright Lines by David Carlin m an old man, and though I hope, and on certain days even go so far … Continue reading →

The demonic Pachamama idol mess isn’t going to go away

Nov 13, 2019

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The constant veneration and display of the demon Pachamama during the Amazon Synod must not be simply waved aside. Two things for the record. Card. Cupich of Chicago has defended the veneration of this demon idol, though that is not … Continue reading →

When life gives you lemons, you can help seminarians

Nov 13, 2019

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Did you know that in the Roman Rite we use liturgical lemons? Whenever the celebrant has to clean something off his hands, such as chrism or ash, he uses pieces of bread and slices of lemons.  Water isn’t enough cut … Continue reading →

Some interesting reading for this morning

Nov 13, 2019

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Today you will want to read about Card. Sarah at Crisis. Cardinal Sarah Marshals the Church Militant And read his book. The Day Is Now Far Spent is now available in English. HERE Some time ago, there was an unhinged … Continue reading →

@FatherTF good explanation of “Perfect Contrition”

Nov 12, 2019

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Sometimes we Catholics use technical terms which, over time, have become a little confusing.  For example, recently I wrote a clarification about what praying for the “Pope’s intentions” really means. My good friend Fr. Tim Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, has a good post … Continue reading →

BEER OPPORTUNITY from the traditional Benedictine Monks of Norcia! Think: Thanksgiving and gifts

Nov 12, 2019

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Here’s a refresher about a good opportunity news!   The wonderful, traditional Benedictine monks in Norcia (Benedict’s place of birth) have a great deal on their beer just in time for the holiday season.  How about beer with your savory Thanksgiving … Continue reading →

Veterans Day & Remembrance Day

Nov 11, 2019

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This is the most beautiful thing I’ve heard in a long time.  Biretta tip to a commentator here. o{]:¬) While it is true that today is not US Memorial Day, it is Veterans Day and, in the commonwealth nations, Remembrance … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Nov 11, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? For my part, I got to be the deacon for a Solemn Mass today and did not have … Continue reading →

Rome: Mass at St. John Lateran for Dedication – wierd

Nov 10, 2019

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I saw some of the video of the Mass at the Lateran, Rome’s Cathedral Church, for the feast of its dedication, 9 November. Strange.  Two things. Where are the altar candles? What’s with shapeless bag albs and no cinctures?   There … Continue reading →

Happy 244th Birthday USMC!

Nov 10, 2019

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Raising a glass, especially to those now actively carrying the torch of freedom! Have a ball and no heel-taps. Today, instead of my usual daily carry coin, I’ll haul this one around.      

@DouthatNYT interviews Card. Burke

Nov 9, 2019

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May I preface this by saying that I am still angry at the way former-cardinal-bishop-priest Theodore McCarrick was handled?  For his punishment he was made again a lay person?!?  REALLY?  Most of you reading this are lay people.  THAT’s a punishment?  And if the … Continue reading →

WDTPRS: Dedication of St. John Lateran

Nov 9, 2019

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This is the Feast of the Dedication of the Papal Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior and St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist, which we call St John Lateran.  Rome’s Cathedral was solemnly consecrated on 9 November … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: ZedNet revived

Nov 9, 2019

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ZedNet has been quiet over the last month. I had sketchy internet in Rome. However, I saw a registration recently in which the registrant, also a ham, specifically mentioned ZedNet. We should get this going. For more on ZedNet – … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z maps weird things, connects dots, rants a lot, and offers an ACTION ITEM!

Nov 9, 2019

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Yesterday evening I wrote about “creeping incrementalism” which can manifest in different ways, namely, the slow removal of things, until something is changed, and the slow addition.  Think of removing grains from a heap of sand until there is now … Continue reading →

UPDATED: United Nations published environment, population control children’s book called “Pachamama”

Nov 9, 2019

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Do you know about the so-called “Sorites or Heap Paradox”? Imagine you have a heap of sand.  You begin one by one to remove the individual grains of sand.  One by one. QUAERITUR: At what point is that collection of … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM: Feedback Project

Nov 8, 2019

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During the last few weeks, we had to move the blog from one provider to another. It was a little harrowing. However, the necessity provided the opportunity to assess how well the blog was functioning. If that pertains to the … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: I’ve lost all desire and motivation to pray, fast, etc. It all seems so pointless.

Nov 8, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve lost all desire and motivation to pray, fast, etc. I’ve become apathetic towards the spiritual life. It all seems so pointless. God stopped listening and caring about me years ago, and I feel as though … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 32nd Ordinary Sunday: Your mission as a Christian

Nov 8, 2019

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Let’s look at the Collect for the 32nd Ordinary Sunday, keeping in mind that Monday, 11 Nov 2019 is Armistice or Veterans Day, also called Remembrance Day. DONATE to the Archdiocese for Military Services! Sunday’s Collect has an antecedent in the … Continue reading →

Earthquake near Rome

Nov 7, 2019

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Pachamama is a gift that keeps on giving. There was an earthquake near Rome today. HERE This came one day after Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, described on EWTN how Pachamama is worshiped above Jesus in Peru, and how an earthquake … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Gaining indulgences and “the Pope’s intentions”. Prayer for the Pope, or for what the Pope designates?

Nov 7, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: The people in the chapel I attend – lay people and even the priests – insist on saying that the rules for indulgences include praying for the pope. [No.] I have tried and failed to instruct … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Should I accept an invitation to be installed as an acolyte?

Nov 7, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: First, thanks. Your blog helped me find my way back into the Church after many years and was very formative for me. I and several other men I’m close with have been asked by our pastor … Continue reading →

LATIN MASS MADNESS!!!!

Nov 7, 2019

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Just a little lighter fare in the wake of some attacks on the TLM… no… on the PEOPLE who love the TLM. Do you DARE to find out for yourself?

Archbp. Viganò speaks: “We are in the grip of a religious chaos of gigantic proportion….” – a “satanic plan”

Nov 7, 2019

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For all of us Catholics, the landscape in the Holy Church is becoming darker by the day. The ongoing progressive offensive portends a real revolution, not only in the way the Church is understood, but also in the apocalyptic images it … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: For Communion can I chose to go only to the priest and not the lay ministers?

Nov 6, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I felt very uncomfortable when I attended a weekday Novus Ordo mass and the priest called up 3 EMs (when there was maybe 40 people) and then positioned himself on one of the sides to hand … Continue reading →

Wherein Austen Ivereigh channels his inner Hillary

Nov 6, 2019

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Speaking of the Fishwrap, they embraced the ever-more papalotrous Austen Ivereigh as he channels his inner Hillary Clinton. Austen Ivereigh said the pope remains popular with Catholics in the pew, but a well-funded opposition comprised largely of ecclesial elites are … Continue reading →

FISHWRAP: Piteous tirade about the people who attend the Traditional Latin Mass

Nov 6, 2019

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Happily, I had not sullied my eyes with a glimpse of the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) for some time.  Then I received a message from a priest friend asking if I had seen the opinion piece there about the Traditional … Continue reading →

QUINQUENNIUM ALERT – Robert Card. Sarah

Nov 5, 2019

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In general, appointments in the Roman Curia tend to be ad quinquennium… for a five year period.   In ancient Rome, five-year periods were important for census taking, etc.: a lustrum.* As it turns out, His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah, was … Continue reading →

Your Good News

Nov 5, 2019

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Do you have some good news for the readership? We could all use some. For my part, I understand that the Jesuit homosexualist James Martin, LGBTSJ, mentioned my name the other day in a talk at a parish in NYC. … Continue reading →

Chinese Catholics barricade themselves in church to prevent its destruction

Nov 4, 2019

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I don’t think there is any way to avoid this conclusion: the Holy See sold out our Chinese brothers and sisters. From CNA: Chinese Catholics barricade themselves in church to prevent demolition Beijing, China, Nov 1, 2019 / 09:07 am … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Nov 4, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? For my part… I have some jocular introductory remarks about the TMSM and singing. I’ll start the video … Continue reading →

VIDEO – Meet the guy who boosted and “tiberized” Pachamama and “Pachamama meets the God of Surprises”

Nov 4, 2019

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Corrispondenza Romana has a video introduced by Roberto de Mattei, in which the young Austrian man who tossed the wooden Pachamama demonic graven images into the Tiber. I saw the video at Rorate at first. Fr. Z kudos to Alexander … Continue reading →

New GREEN vestments from “Sacra Domus Aurea”

Nov 3, 2019

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When you love someone, you lavish attention. You provide the best and the beautiful. In Madison that is what we are trying to do with Holy Mass. Our Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison (please donate! – 501(c)(3)) … Continue reading →

The numbers are growing and the “gravitational pull” is getting stronger

Nov 3, 2019

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Did you all see the article in the Washington Examiner? It tells us something that we all know. All of us, even the libs. Some day, more bishops are going to admit that this is a trend. Then we’ll see what … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 31st Ordinary Sunday: RUN! RUN! RUN!

Nov 2, 2019

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The Collect for the 31st Ordinary Sunday, which was in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary, is also found in the Extraordinary Form on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost. Omnipotens et misericors Deus, de cuius munere venit, ut tibi a fidelibus tuis … Continue reading →

Archbp. Cordileone answers some questions

Nov 1, 2019

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Coming up in November, His Excellency Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, will celebrate a Pontifical Mass at the Throne at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Those interested can learn more about the Mass of the Americas … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage 2019 – review

Nov 1, 2019

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LifeSite has a video about the Summorum Pontificum procession to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pontifical Mass. Send to Kindle

@JamesMartinSJ twists the truth again… on purpose?

Nov 1, 2019

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Fr James Martin, LGBTQSJ.   The Jesuit homosexualist activist. There are so many things to say about James Martin. Let’s focus today on the whopper he tweeted about Communion for pro-abortion politicians. Two tweets… connected. Denying Communion to politicians, Democrat or … Continue reading →

10 Dec now Memorial of Our Lady of Loreto (Novus Ordo) – LATIN PROBLEM ALERT

Nov 1, 2019

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In the Bolletino yesterday, we read that Francis has made 10 December in the Novus Ordo an Optional Memorial (Memoria ad libitum) for Our Lady of Loreto. The decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship is in the above-linked Bolletino … Continue reading →

Try to do some task today with zeal, focus and excellence

Nov 1, 2019

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We hear the phrase “Church Militant” often right now. Rightly so. We are in a war. War on the spiritual, angelic level rages around us constantly. The world, the flesh and the Devil war upon us as we struggle along … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – ALL SAINTS – Holy Day of OBLIGATION in 2019

Nov 1, 2019

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Thursday 1 November 2017 is a Holy Day of OBLIGATION. Check your parish schedules for Masses. For our part, there will be a Missa Cantata at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI, in the Extraordinary Form.  6:30 PM. The Collect for today’s … Continue reading →

URGENT ACTION ITEM: Special warfare for the Church on 1 Nov, 2 Nov, 3 Nov – VIDEO

Nov 1, 2019

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Friends and I have kicked around a project which you can all participate. Get this video out to at least FIVE other people. Ask each one of them to share it with another FIVE… etc. What’s this about? The Church … Continue reading →

Looking for a disc of the movie ‘Apocalypto’

Nov 1, 2019

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Has anyone noticed that the Mel Gibson movie Apocalypto is nearly impossible to find, and, via Amazon, is hugely expensive and probably bootleg? HERE Why would that be, I wonder. I wonder. Send to Kindle

Ritual bowl for demonic Pachamama placed on St. Peter’s altar at closing Mass of #AmazonSynod

Oct 31, 2019

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Robert Moynihan is a long-time vaticanista.  In his latest “Letter #59, 2019: In plain sight“, he looks into the pagan element worked into the closing Mass of the Amazon Synod (“walking together”).  We had speculated about whether or not the … Continue reading →

For your “You can’t make this up!” file. Italian Bishops publish “Pachamama Prayer” in booklet

Oct 31, 2019

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On my way back to these USA, I got wind via The Great Roman the story on an Italian site that the Italian Bishops had published, before the Synod, a prayer involving Pachamama, the S. American demon those nitwits prayed … Continue reading →

HOME DAY 1: Thanks

Oct 31, 2019

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Roman Sunset 6:39. Sunset 17:08.  Ave Maria bell 17:30. Madison Sunrise 7:32.  Sunset: 17:51.  There is not now nor has there ever been an Ave Maria bell in Madison. In case you are curious, the next change to the time … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 28: My View For Awhile

Oct 30, 2019

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Today your planet’s yellow Sun shall appear from Rome to rise at 6:37 and to set at 17:10. And for the Curia the phantom Ave Maria would sound, if it sounded, at 17:30. Yesterday brought a friend and I to … Continue reading →

Communion denied to pro-abortion candidate Biden. Good.

Oct 29, 2019

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Here’s a good thing.   The priest at this parish rightly denied Holy Communion to former VP Joe Biden according to can. 915.   By can. 916 he should not have presented himself for Communion. From ABC news in S. Carolina. FLORENCE, … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 27: Birthday Memories

Oct 29, 2019

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Roman Sunrise 7:36. Roman Sunset: 18:11. Roman Ave Maria 17:30. Yesterday was a bit of a down day.  I didn’t do much, other than to get my things organized for packing and to write an article for Catholic Herald. In … Continue reading →

A ‘Humanae vitae’ moment for this pontificate? It’s time to pray for a miracle.

Oct 28, 2019

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I have in the past written, when writing about miracles, that it we don’t pray for miracles, we won’t receive them. Praying does not compel God to grant them, but praying prepares us to accept all that God grants and … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 26: Old friends, new friends, dear friends

Oct 28, 2019

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Sunrise in Rome: 7:35.  Sunset in Rome: 18:12.  Ave Maria: 17:30. Today is the Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles.  Martyrs.  Their tomb is in St. Peter’s Basilica.   I posted a photo of their resting place yesterday. In a … Continue reading →

Long-lost medieval painting found in old French woman’s kitchen

Oct 28, 2019

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This is an amazing story. Via BBC. Cimabue painting found in French kitchen sets auction record A long-lost painting by a celebrated Italian artist that was found hanging in the kitchen of an elderly French woman has sold for €24m … Continue reading →

Can’t wait to get one of these!

Oct 27, 2019

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Marco Tosatti posted at his place about the Synod and a well-known con-game called “three card monte”. In the course, however, he included this. Oh yeah… gotta get me one o’ these!   Maybe a full Pontifical set! No doubt they … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 25: Witnessing, Witnesses and Wonder

Oct 27, 2019

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Sunset today was at 7:34 and Sunset over Rome will be at 18:14.  The Ave Maria rings – or should ring  -at … hmmm 17:30.  Interesting. Of course we shifted here from “daylight savings” back.  Hence, an extra hour of … Continue reading →

The #AmazonSynod and what happened AFTER the Golden Calf Incident

Oct 27, 2019

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Bp Athanasius Schneider recently penned a piece which likened the introduction and honoring of the demonic wooden idols, the amazonian Pachamama figures – whether they are part of a cobbled-up fake cult like Wicca or not is irrelevant – as … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 24: Talk, walk and balk

Oct 26, 2019

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Sunrise in Rome – 7:33 and Sunset – 18:15. The Ave Maria is still pinned to 18:30. I’ve been terrifically busy the last couple of days.   Hence, brief and less posting. Lots of great people have descended on Rome for … Continue reading →

Will the allegedly recovered depontified, intiberized demon idol Pachamamas reappear at the END?

Oct 25, 2019

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A lot of people… a LOT of people… are writing to me about how the Pachamama pagan demon idols were found and fished from the Tiber, are being held in a secure location and that Francis apologized for their theft … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 22: Lights, egg, and sweets

Oct 24, 2019

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Sunrise in Rome was at 7:29 and Sunset 18:19 and the Ave Maria still at 18:30. I’ve had a couple days I’d rather not talk much about.   I had a meeting at a certain shop and started to get things … Continue reading →

Vatican employee caught messing with Wikipedia entry of @TaylorRMarshall

Oct 24, 2019

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Here is something amusing. Here is something not amusing at all. First, do you remember the dust up over the doctored letter of Benedict XVI when he declined to review books about the theology of Francis?  A guy in the … Continue reading →

@JamesMartinSJ – the Bible might be wrong in condemning same-sex sexual behavior

Oct 24, 2019

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This, folks, says just about everything. Interesting: "Where the Bible mentions [same-sex sexual] behavior at all, it clearly condemns it. I freely grant that. The issue is precisely whether the biblical judgment is correct. The Bible sanctioned slavery as well … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Am I still forgiven if I don’t to my assigned penance?

Oct 24, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I saw a tweet about a question on confession.  The person said the penance she got from the priest in confession was hard but she didn’t completely do it.  She wanted to know if she was … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 21: Doohickey, Spiffy Alley, and Flower Therapy

Oct 23, 2019

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Sunrise 7:27. Sunset 18:19. Ave Maria: 18:30. First things first.   Does anyone know what this doohickey is? Especially for MA, who wanted to get in to see this church, Santa Maria in Aquiro.  This was one of the ancient diaconal … Continue reading →

PRIESTS: Are you available to take a “Gregorian Mass” intention?

Oct 23, 2019

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In the past I have played “yenta” and put lay people who want Gregorian Masses (30 consecutive Masses for a single intention – usually, but not limited to, for the deceased). I have a few requests that are languishing. Priests: … Continue reading →

What “GO TO CONFESSION!” produces

Oct 22, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am inspired by your words about the importance of regular confession and preparing our soul for the end of our earthly pilgrimage, as well as your blunt Truthfulness about the pains and anguish of Hell. … Continue reading →

22 October: Sts. Nunilo and Alodia! Virgins and Martyrs

Oct 22, 2019

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The other day I was in the Vatican gardens and I saw the “Peace Tree” where an Imam recited a sutra from the Koran intended to claim the Vatican for Allah.   Nope.  I said some very harsh things to that … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 20: Great saint, tourist inferno, and fury

Oct 22, 2019

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The Roman Sunset was 7:28 the Roman Sunset 18:21 is and the Ave Maria is 18:30. today I made my way through several of the rings of tourist hell, like Dante in search of my reason. Indeed the reason why … Continue reading →

ZUHLIO RETURNS: Pachamama’s Garden

Oct 22, 2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (ROME) In a surprise move international recording star and global warming expert ZUHLIO has emerged from retirement at the request of a subgroup of the drafting committee of the initial third working group of the Synod (“walking … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Pachamama demon idols take a dive into the Tiber.

Oct 21, 2019

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This video pretty clearly shows that someone entered the church in the Via della Conciliazione, Santa Maria in Traspontina, took some of the seemingly ubiquitous pagan demon Pachamama idols out of their displays, and then left the church, went to … Continue reading →

Bp. Schneider on today’s “vacuum of prayer and adoration”. Fr. Z makes a plea to bishops and priests.

Oct 21, 2019

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From his terrific new book… Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age US HERE – UK HERE   With my emphases: SCHNEIDER: The whole crisis in the Church, as seen after the Council, was manifest in an incredible inflation of … Continue reading →

Jesuit Homosexualist Activist James Martin’s recent spittle-flecked nutty. Reactions.

Oct 21, 2019

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As the canonization of St. John Henry Newman rolled up and rolled over us in Rome, I had anticipated that the Jesuit homosexualist activist ringleader, James Martin, would weaponize the saint because of Newman’s strong friendship with a man. It … Continue reading →

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Oct 21, 2019

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 19: Altar v. Altar, Heart, Food Play

Oct 21, 2019

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In Rome the Sunrise was at 7:27.  Sunset will be at 18:22.  Ave Maria at 18:30, this time.  See? For the Sunday, the pastor at Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini asked me if I would be celebrant for the principle Mass.  … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: A priest asks about “behind the lines” warfare against the Enemy.

Oct 20, 2019

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From a priest in a European country writes… QUAERITUR: First thanks for your blog. It`s one of the things that kept me sane during my seminary years. [Thanks for that!] I`m a newly ordained priest from ___. A few moments … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Oct 20, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it?

ROME DAY 18: Gardens, Trees, No Roundup

Oct 20, 2019

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The rose at 7:26 in Rome today and it will set at 18:24.  The Ave Maria bell will be neglected, as usual, at 18:45. Yesterday, I trotted over to the Porta Sant’Anna and met a couple friends for a walk … Continue reading →

WE DID IT! This blog now has a new suit of armor and a new steed to ride.

Oct 19, 2019

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We did it. We had a fairly narrow window to get the blog moved, but the CRACK EXPERT TIGER TEAM did it. The blog has a new home. Many many thanks go out to CB and JR (amazing) who were … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 17: Che Guevara, Baby Socks and Clam Sand

Oct 19, 2019

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0724 1825 1845 The madness of the Amazon “walking together” Synod continues.   Outside the unofficial church of the squatting amazonians and their accomplices this woman was holding forth to Swiss TV.  Note the shirt. Inside (there is a video) a … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 16: Saints, Stamps and Sole Music

Oct 18, 2019

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7:23 is when the Sun rose, which in turn will set at 18:27 and the Ave Maria should – but won’t – ring at 18:45. One of the things that was causing a lot of stress some time ago is … Continue reading →

First, FSSP presence and now @ChickfilA has opened its first UK restaurant

Oct 17, 2019

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YES! I arrive home to England to the news that @ChickfilA has opened its first UK restaurant in Reading. Surely this is the third miracle of Saint John Henry Newman? — Fr James Bradley (@FrJamesBradley) October 16, 2019 Reading is … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Bp. Hying on St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Oct 17, 2019

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Bp. Hying of Diocese of Madison loves the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a matter of fact, at his installation Mass he declined to wear the chasuble with his own new coat-of-arms we had made especially to match what everyone … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! COMPETED! Baptismal Font for Rome’s Traditional Parish

Oct 17, 2019

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UPDATE 17 Oct: WE DID IT. “For Luigi!” Last night an American woman dropped in at the sacristy, knowing I would be there, with an envelope full of Euro. The pastor was there too, so she put it directly into … Continue reading →

You are all going to die. That’s not a threat, it’s a fact. Great AUDIO reflection on YOUR future.

Oct 17, 2019

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I often write about the petition in the Litany that God preserve us from a “sudden” and especially “unprovided” death, that is, no time to repent and no opportunity for the last sacraments and, hopefully, Apostolic Pardon. Ann Barnhardt, online … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 15: Folders, Funky Tomatoes, and Foolish Altars

Oct 17, 2019

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Sunrise… 7:22… Sunset… 18:28 and the Ave Maria is at…. ? Why 18:45, of course. And somebody finally bit and asked “What is that Ave Maria bell? Is that the Angelus?” No, it is not the Angelus, which is said … Continue reading →

#AmazonSynod through a lens from St John Henry Newman

Oct 17, 2019

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Corruptio optimi pessima… the corruption of the best thing is the worst sort of corruption. The other day I heard Australian author Tracey Rowland give a great talk in Rome about Newman’s idea of a university in juxtaposition with what’s … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Is Francis an Antipope because Cardinals conspired and the conclave was invalid?

Oct 17, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: In your podcast the other about [Fr. Thomas G.] Weinandy’s idea of an “internal papal schism” you said that nobody is saying that Bergoglio is an Antipope. But there are people saying that and Bergoglio is … Continue reading →

Lutheran Satire educates

Oct 16, 2019

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As former Lutheran… have a gander…

Pagan Idols at the Amazon “walking together” Synod

Oct 16, 2019

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More blah blah from the Holy See about the antics surrounding the Amazon (“walking together”) Synod… Amazoniana Synod… cha cha cha… We’ve seen the photos of the ubiquitous carving of the pregnant woman, which is pretty obviously some sort of … Continue reading →

Amazon Synod and deaconettes?

Oct 8, 2019

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You know that the issue of deaconettes is going to be raised at the Synod (“walking together”) on the Amazon. The former Prefect of the CDF, Gerhard Card. Müller responded to something a wacky S. American suggested, namely, that the … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 5: Marks, Medieval Lions, and Mussolini Trees

Oct 8, 2019

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Roman Sunrise was at 6:47 and Colors will sound at 18:43.  The Ave Maria is still pinned at 19:00. The walls of Rome provide both endless fascination and deep contempt for its moronic youth, some of whom seem to have … Continue reading →

#AmazonSynod -1st attack on the Priesthood: The Cassock

Oct 7, 2019

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Throughout history, anti-Catholicism and anti-clericalism has specifically targeted the cassock for a great share of its fear and hatred. In some places the cassock could get you killed. Today as the Amazon Synod opens – during which we fully expect … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Baptismal Font for Rome’s Traditional Parish

Oct 7, 2019

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nce upon a time , as a seminarian in Rome, I came to know a young man, about my same age, who grew up in the neighborhood between San Carlo ai Catinari and Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, between the Campo … Continue reading →

INDULGENCE 1st Sunday of October – Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii

Oct 7, 2019

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There is a beautiful tradition for this day (often right at 1200 noon).  Once upon a time one could obtain this day a plenary indulgence by reciting the Supplication to the Madonna of Pompeii.  The other day for this is 8 … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 4: Carbonara, Caravaggio, altar idiocy

Oct 7, 2019

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On this Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary the Roman Aurora is at 6:45, Sunrise 7:11, Sunset 18:45 and the Ave Maria is still set at 19:00, not that anyone pays attention to it anymore. I am reviewing Chesterton’s … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 3: The Bones of Borgia Popes

Oct 6, 2019

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Today the Aurora was a 6:44.  I was awake to see it.  Colors tonight at 18:46.  The Ave Maria is still at 19:00. When you really start to dig into the history of the streets of Rome, fascination drives you … Continue reading →

Freemasonic, Gnostic, Satanic influences, tactics

Oct 6, 2019

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A thought… One can recognize that Freemasonry is the Anti-Church in the following astonishingly frank witness of Giuliano Di Bernardo, Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge Gran Loggia Regolare d’Italia, which he gave during his television appearance on April 11, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How to “activate” or “invoke” the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Oct 6, 2019

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From a reader under another post: How exactly does one “activate” or “invoke” the Sacrament of Confirmation? Firstly, make a really good examination of conscience.  Then, GO TO CONFESSION!  Follow up with a devout Holy Communion. Then, if you have … Continue reading →

Mere days after meeting with Jesuit homosexualist, Francis witnesses pagan ceremony in garden

Oct 5, 2019

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Mere days after Francis granted an audience to Jesuit Homosexualist Activist James Martin for a photo op, the same Francis sat in the Vatican gardens in front of a S. American totem of what very much appears to be a … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Fr. Z calls for prayer, fasting in defense of the Church

Oct 5, 2019

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I lived in Rome for a long time.  I have a good feel for this place, since over many years I left a lot of blood, sweat and tears here. Since I’ve been back on this trip – the last … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How should good Catholics deal with homosexuals?

Oct 5, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Fr. Thank you for the sterling work you do with your blog. Within my circle of friends at my accommodation we have a number of practicing homosexuals. In the pass I have avoided such people … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 2: Greens and greens

Oct 5, 2019

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Today the Roman Aurora is at 6:43, Sunset at 20:48 and the Ave Maria at 19:00. Some of you have asked about my green grocer.   She’s still at it, in the stall in the Campo de’ Fiori, every day. One … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Do Popes need permission to consecrate bishops?

Oct 5, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: When the pope personally ordains a new bishop, does the ordination liturgy still contain the question about a mandate from the Apostolic See? This would seem redundant if the pope is present and/or the celebrant and … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Blessing of pets and of stuffed animals

Oct 4, 2019

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From a priest… QUAERITUR: Today on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi many parishes and schools will have a blessing of pets. We did ours this morning at our school and it went well. There were horses, a … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 27th Ordinary Sunday: Of ashes, beggars and you

Oct 4, 2019

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When we pray with the right attitude, particularly when kneeling before the altar of Sacrifice, joined in heart and mind with our mediator, the priest, Christ Himself makes up for what we are incapable of accomplishing on our own. St. … Continue reading →

1st FRIDAY – Pre-Synod Stations of the Cross

Oct 4, 2019 0:50:42

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There are many devotions we can use before the Synod.   However, since it is a 1st Friday, perhaps you might use the Way of the Cross. Here also are a few of my audio projects of the Way of the Cross. On … Continue reading →

ROME DAY 1: Cleaning, clerical shops, and cardinalatial gear

Oct 4, 2019

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Another days dawns.  I brought a portion of my curial calendar along with an old backing.  My calendar informs me that today, in Rome, that sunset is at 18:50, and the Ave Maria is at 19:00. The morning of the … Continue reading →

ROME Day 0: Rain, Dubia Cardinal, and the Great Roman

Oct 3, 2019

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I have found that uploading photos on the fly, literally, can be difficult.  Hence, thin posting. On the way into Rome, there were some rather ominous clouds piling up. Sure enough.  I got settled into the monolocale macolato and headed … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Reader Request – Program for 1st Mass (TLM)

Sep 29, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Do you have an example of a program for a priest’s first Mass? Specifically, one that could catechize non-practicing Catholics or non-Catholics who might attend by explaining what goes on during the Liturgy? Thank you and … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 29 Sept 2019

Sep 29, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass of Sunday Obligation? Let us know. For my part, I spoke about angels and St. Michael.

ASK FATHER: Mustaches and receiving the Precious Blood

Sep 29, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a fairly bushy mustache. I don’t feel comfortable receiving the Precious Blood as I sometimes get liquids on my mustache, my morning coffee is sometimes a chore. That said, a friend said I was … Continue reading →

Detroit cop intervenes. Stoic Fr. Z tries not to tear up.

Sep 29, 2019

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I grew up surrounded by cops. My mother was the FIRST woman on the Minneapolis Police Department.  Imagine how they swarmed our house.  These were incredible men, family men, engaged, dedicated. I bleed blue. When I read of attacks on … Continue reading →

UPCOMING BOOK LENGTH INTERVIEW with Bp. Athanasius Schneider

Sep 28, 2019

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This is going to be amazing. Bp. Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary of Astana and hero, has a book length interview coming out via Angelico Press. However, watch this spot!  If at the time of this writing, you use the links, below, … Continue reading →

“Who is like God”? Vigil of Michaelmas

Sep 28, 2019

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Here’s something that comes with this week’s Catholic Herald for Michaelmas, of which today is the Vigil. In the Novus Ordo calendar the 26th Ordinary TobitSunday supplants the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.  In the traditional calendar, these Archangels … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM: Priests in Rome, world to use Prayer of Exorcism (long St Michael Prayer) against diabolical influence in Vatican

Sep 28, 2019 0:03:38

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UPDATE: I read the prayer this morning.  It is a powerful prayer, to be sure.  I hope other priests today will do the same, even if they are late to this post. Originally Published on: Sep 28, 2019 @ 01:06 I received … Continue reading →

Francis on ice hockey… yes, ice hockey

Sep 27, 2019

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As a Minnesota kid I skated and played hockey.  Hockey is in the family. Hence, when I saw that Francis addressed himself to the International Ice Hockey Federation (they gave him a uniform sweater with a Roman numeral – you … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Are permanent deacons necessary?

Sep 27, 2019

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From a permanent deacon… QUAERITUR: What is your take on the state of the permanent diaconate? Permanent deacons don’t seem to have a “home” in the Church. Many in the traditional community bemoan permanent deacons as a Vatican II oddity, … Continue reading →

A note to benefactors

Sep 27, 2019

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It has been a rocky few weeks.  But, in a few days, I’ll be on my way to Rome (via Brooklyn) for the better part of the month. There’s a lot going on during October, for sure.  John Henry Newman … Continue reading →

A young priest learns he was lied to about the Traditional Mass

Sep 27, 2019

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Invariably, priests who learn the Extraordinary (because it’s great, not because supposed to be rare) experience a shift in their understanding of Holy Mass and their position as priest/victim at the altar. Here is a blurb I picked up from Messa … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! SATURNOS FOR CLERICS!

Sep 27, 2019

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By now most of you know about the Biretta for Seminarians Project. You – seminarians and lay people – contact John Hastreiter in church goods at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul – 651-209-1951 Ext-331. Seminarians: give name, address, HAT SIZE and John will put you … Continue reading →

Michael Davies, RIP. VIDEO on Firing Line from 1980. Fascinating and familiar.

Sep 27, 2019

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Yesterday, sorry I’m late, was the anniversary of the death of Michael Davies. I knew him, not well, but well enough. He would come to Rome and I had some meetings and meals with him. I found him to be … Continue reading →

Francis on priests in private Jesuit meeting: psych problems = rigidity = fixation on sex = clericalism = demonic

Sep 26, 2019

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The ubiquitous Jesuit Antonio Spadaro is perhaps Francis’ closest adviser and gopher.  He is, among other, editor of La Civilta Cattolica and the administrator on his personal website, antoniospadaro.net, of a page dedicated to the homoerotic writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli. … Continue reading →

Francis’ circle of ardent defenders uses “diabolical cancer” against all whom they wish to silence

Sep 26, 2019

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During the Wednesday General Audience, Francis strongly rebuked those who, in an organized way, as accusing people of being schismatic simply because they are exercising parrhesia. Here is something of his address (my translation): And the Apostles create seven deacons, … Continue reading →

“Sometimes you can benefit the Church just by ceasing to do something stupid.”

Sep 25, 2019

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Eloquent Anthony Esolen uses the sharpie of his brain to underscore with slashing priority a point that would solve a lot of problems.  HERE The issue he addresses is the appalling English translation used at Mass in the Novus Ordo.  … Continue reading →

Seven Sisters Apostolate and an urgent request to readers

Sep 24, 2019

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Allow, please, a personal note. This last week brought news, like an oncoming train in a tunnel, that will result in some serious changes for me.  Also, there are some super-stressing things weighing on me right now in addition to … Continue reading →

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham to members of the Ordinariate

Sep 24, 2019

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Happy Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham to members of the Ordinariate across the Pond. I heard that the Ordinariates will be meeting in Rome during October.  Hopefully, some of the members who go to Rome will reach out to … Continue reading →

Card. Burke on the Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris, proselytizing, accusations

Sep 24, 2019

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At La Nuova Bussola there is an interview with Card. Burke in English.  HERE Highlights… […] Proselytism means to impose your doctrine on others or to make becoming a member of the Church the condition for receiving material aid. This … Continue reading →

AMAZING INTERVIEW with @Card_R_Sarah “I believe that we are at a turning point in the history of the Church.”

Sep 23, 2019

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Cri de coeur is the Word of the Day, it seems. At the National Catholic Register, there is an interview with Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. His newest book The Day Is Now Far Spent is … Continue reading →

Fr. Murray’s cri de coeur with parrhesia to Francis

Sep 23, 2019

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My pal Fr. Gerald Murray has a combination of cri de coeur and parrhesia at The  Catholic Thing.  Deftly, he closes the jaws of reason, using Francis own words, around his inaction in the matter of addressing burning issues. Father is earnest, … Continue reading →

VIDEO: 2019 Ordinations of the Institute of Christ the King in Florence

Sep 23, 2019

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Check out this video from the Institute of Christ the King. They have an overview of their “ordination week” with snippets of tonsure through ordination to the priesthood.       You get the impression that they take these things … Continue reading →

VIDEO: @BishopHying of @MadisonDiocese about suffering

Sep 23, 2019

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Bp. Donald J. Hying of the Diocese of Madison is issuing nearly daily brief videos, just a couple minutes each, on varying topics. Lately, he concluded a 5 part series on suffering. Unfortunately, the diocesan channel on YouTube doesn’t show … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 22 Sept 2019

Sep 22, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass of Sunday Obligation? Let us know. For my part, in my conviction that we need more liturgical catechesis as well as eschatological catechesis (the two are … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Grandparents were Masons. Is there demonic attachment now for generations?

Sep 22, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Fr Z – First, let me again express gratitude for your priesthood and the work you do. Your constant, faithful representation of the Faith and calm, stalwart encouragement are invaluable boons. Second, I read this … Continue reading →

@JamesMartinSJ responds to Archbp. Chaput via @CatholicPhilly

Sep 21, 2019

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The other day I posted – HERE – about Archbp. Chaput’s column in Catholic Philly about a address given by Jesuit homosexualist activist James Martin in Philadelphia. Chaput’s column nailed it – after the fact, alas, of the event. I … Continue reading →

The Restrainer of 2 Thessalonians, Liturgy and the End Times. Wherein Fr. Z speculates and rants.

Sep 21, 2019

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Here’s something to chew on for this Ember Saturday. Earlier, I posted a video about the Traditional Latin Mass in a parish setting. The presence of that Mass in the schedule has exerted a huge influence on the worship of … Continue reading →

“Empires perish. Tradition endures” – VIDEO about the Traditional Latin Mass, Usus Antiquior

Sep 21, 2019

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A short documentary has been posted about the Usus Antiquior, or the traditional expression of the Roman Rite. You may see a couple familiar people. The video was made by the son of the doctor who runs the Catholic clinic … Continue reading →

Project to fast and pray for the Church! It’s Ember Friday in September. DO IT!

Sep 20, 2019

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Chaos is spreading.  Synods loom on the horizon.  Some aspects of the Church’s governance, teaching and worship are hardly to be recognized any longer as authentically Catholic, in continuity with what our forebears received and handed on. Remember the initiative … Continue reading →

NEW BEER OPPORTUNITY from the traditional Benedictine Monks of Norcia

Sep 20, 2019

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Here is some GREAT news!   The wonderful, traditional Benedictine monks in Norcia, Benedict’s place of birth, have had to scramble for years after the earthquakes which devastated that part of Italy – two years ago.   I was in Rome at … Continue reading →

A revert and the power of a good confession: “I left like a new man.”

Sep 20, 2019

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From the site of my friend Marcus Grodi, the Coming Home Network Carlos Zamora was raised Catholic, and went to confession a few times, but never took it seriously. When he returned to the Church later in life, and finally … Continue reading →

An old Jesuit advised Francis: “Think clearly, but speak obscurely.”

Sep 20, 2019

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During a 2017 visit to Bologna, with clergy. HERE Io ricordo, quando ero studente di filosofia, un vecchio gesuita, furbacchione, buono ma un po’ furbacchione, mi consigliò: “Se tu vuoi sopravvivere nella vita religiosa, pensa chiaro, sempre; ma parla sempre … Continue reading →

Tall Poppy Syndrome and two American Bishops

Sep 19, 2019

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A couple of bishops have raised their heads in defiance of contemporary Tall Poppy Syndrome. First, Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky issued a letter to his subjects in the Diocese of Peoria.  He kindly allows us to eavesdrop by putting … Continue reading →

The priest’s voice and the “priest voice” during Holy Mass. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Sep 19, 2019

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At NLM, Peter Kwasniewski dedicated a post to: “The Parish Low Mass Is Not a “Silent” Mass: The Rubrics on Clara Voce”. Note well that he specified “parish Mass”, in contrast to a “monastic Mass”. In a monastic setting, or … Continue reading →

The true “pseudo-schismatic” Church in Germany

Sep 19, 2019

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Team Francis and the New catholic Red Guards who march and sloganeer for them have been hurling, as anxious chimps do their poo, the word “schism” at Catholics who are worried that Catholic doctrine is being made obscure or even being … Continue reading →

Idea for the Pan-Amazonian #Synod2019

Sep 18, 2019

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This, from the Twitter feed of Union Seminary in NYC (non-denominational at Columbia U). This is a GREAT idea for the upcoming Synod! They could bring in all sorts of trees and plants, maybe with some snakes and frogs still … Continue reading →

Initiative of Prayer and Fasting from now through October 2019 (and the Synod)

Sep 17, 2019

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A call has been issued by Card. Burke and Bp. Schneider to fast one day a week and, daily, to recite one decade of the Holy Rosary in the lead up to, the prosecution of, and the immediate aftermath of … Continue reading →

St. Robert Bellarmine – Pray for us! Help us with your teaching and example!

Sep 17, 2019

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Today I greet readers and friends who are blessed with the name “Robert”.  Happy Novus Ordo Name Day. You get two Name Days, since the traditional day is 13 May. In particular I remember in prayer His Excellency Most Reverend … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Did Francis say something heretical about God and our sins?

Sep 16, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: You always [write] about going to confession and that’s great!  But I read in a Catholic Herald article that in a speech about confession Pope Francis said that God ‘forgets’ our sins.   How can that be?  Is … Continue reading →

Blinky light shoes at Mass

Sep 16, 2019

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I am, oh joy, at the annual diocesan assembly of priests.  Always, enlightening. Speaking of enlightening, the subject of altar “servers” wearing blinky light shoes came up. Have you seen those?   With every step a light flashes? Where I am … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Should I “poison” by Facebook account?

Sep 16, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Will I be guilty of causing scandal if I “poison” my Facebook data in order to protect myself from them? I just read an article how it is better to run a script to make your … Continue reading →

Of “schism” and the abolition of the USCCB

Sep 16, 2019

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A couple of reading assignments for this morning. Check out Ross Douthat on the Left’s “schism” hysteria.  HERE Also, at Crisis there is a piece which suggests the abolition of the USCCB.  HERE This passage summed up a lot of what … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Sep 15, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass of Sunday Obligation? Let us know. For my part, I wrote the 7th and final offering in the Our Lady of Sorrows Project and then I … Continue reading →

Our Lady of Sorrows Project: 7th Sorrow – The Burial of Jesus

Sep 15, 2019

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Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.  So, on this day, after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we conclude our brief work. So far… 1st Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon 2nd Sorrow – The … Continue reading →

Our Lady of Sorrows Project: 6th Sorrow – The Piercing of the Side of Jesus, and His Deposition.

Sep 15, 2019

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So far… 1st Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon 2nd Sorrow – The Flight into Egypt 3rd Sorrow – The loss of the Child Jesus in Jerusalem 4th Sorrow – Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary 5th Sorrow … Continue reading →

Jesuit-run Amerika aims at Francis’ “detractors”. Incoherence ensues.

Sep 14, 2019

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Jesuit-run Amerika Magazine trotted out a piece by a Barcelona-based Jesuit professor of theology which claims to explain why certain, primarily northern, theologians reject Pope Francis’ theology. The article intentionally misconstrues what it is about Francis’ teaching that seriously alarms more … Continue reading →

@JamesMartinSJ and internet bullying

Sep 14, 2019

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It seems that a Twitter user accused Jesuit homosexualist activist Fr James Martin of writing fake supportive letters to himself.  The person who wrote that accusation (who later apologized) used a sardonic generic label “RadTrad Twitter™”: “So, it appears we … Continue reading →

Our Lady of Sorrows Project: 5th Sorrow – The Crucifixion of Jesus

Sep 14, 2019

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So far… 1st Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon 2nd Sorrow – The Flight into Egypt 3rd Sorrow – The loss of the Child Jesus in Jerusalem 4th Sorrow – Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary Now we … Continue reading →

Fakebook

Sep 14, 2019

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For some reason, the Fakebook sharing button seems to be working. Share while we can!

Mind-blowing profundity at the reconstituted John Paul II Institute 2.0

Sep 13, 2019

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Sometimes I like to post lighter fare on a Friday.  But today, I am so moved, so overwhelmed and thunderstruck with awe, that I must share this quote.  Honestly, folks, I’m gobsmacked.  I’m all at sixes and sevens. We once … Continue reading →

RECENT POSTS and THANKS!

Sep 13, 2019

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Things scroll off the front page pretty fast.  Here are some posts going back a couple weeks. First, can we pray for each other? Your Urgent Prayer Requests And now: Our Lady of Sorrows Project: 5th Sorrow – The Crucifixion … Continue reading →

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Sep 13, 2019

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Fr. Murray, Prof. Royal on EWTN on Francis’ latest PPP (Papal Plane Presser) comments

Sep 13, 2019

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My friends Fr. Murray and Prof. Royal were on EWTN with Raymond Arroyo’s The World Over. They discussed Francis’ comments during the latest PPP (papal plane presser).

@FatherZ responds to @PhilipPullella of Reuters about the Holy Spirit and the elections of Popes

Sep 12, 2019

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I had retweeted my friend Fr. Blake’s tweet. I don’t see this continuous criticism from our beloved Holy Father as Christlike, I find it painful and destrucitve of faith and unity, and contrary to the action of the Holy Spirit’s … Continue reading →

Our Lady of Sorrows Project: 4th Sorrow – Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary

Sep 12, 2019

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So far… 1st Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon 2nd Sorrow – The Flight into Egypt 3rd Sorrow – The loss of the Child Jesus in Jerusalem Now we turn to… Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary. (Tradition … Continue reading →

“This is the time God chose for us. Get up off the ground!” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Sep 12, 2019

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Time for A Rant. I know that many of you readers are upset by what is going on in the Church.  May I repeat some advice? Remember that Popes come and go.  There are good Popes and bad Popes, important … Continue reading →

Australia: New legislation – priests must violate the Seal or face jail

Sep 11, 2019

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It believe it is more important now than ever that we return to the old-fashioned confessionals with a complete physical barrier between the penitent and confessor, with a window having a fixed grate and a curtain or something to obscure … Continue reading →

What the papalatrous are doing with the term “schism”

Sep 11, 2019

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Sometimes I have to triage my time.  For example, I can do some reading about “chaos theory” or “fundamental force concepts”. On the other hand, I can read the transcript of a papal presser aboard an airplane.   Either way, I have … Continue reading →

Our Lady of Sorrows Project: 3rd Sorrow – The loss of the Child Jesus in Jerusalem

Sep 11, 2019

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So far… 1st Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon 2nd Sorrow – The Flight into Egypt Now we turn to… The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:43–45) In the Presentation, the Lord – the … Continue reading →

“How are they down, how have they fallen down Those great strong towers of ice and steel”?

Sep 11, 2019

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There are times when being a priest has its perks.  Today was one of them.  I had an early call from the oldest friend of my life who needed a prayer intention covered.  I was able to say Mass for … Continue reading →

Your Good News

Sep 10, 2019

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Do you have some good news for the readership?  We could all use some. For my part, I was able the other day to provide the last rites for a fellow who desired every single word in Latin in the … Continue reading →

Our Lady of Sorrows Project: 2nd Sorrow – The Flight into Egypt

Sep 10, 2019

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The first post in the series is 1st Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon Now we turn to the: 2nd Sorrow – The Flight or Escape into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13-23) Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the … Continue reading →

Tech advice from readers about new computer

Sep 10, 2019

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Apart from the back end of the blog, which is a nightmare for me, I have close to home tech issues. I’ve been running an HP Pavilion, with Windows 7, since 2009.   Windows will end support for 7 soon.  I … Continue reading →

“The Church of priests is coming to an end.” What’s really going on.

Sep 10, 2019

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At Settimo Cielo long time vaticanista Sandro Magister posted something that should make everyone stop, breathe for a while, and consider options. Context: In October there will be a meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, during which the … Continue reading →

On “Bullshit” and the New ‘c’atholic Red Guards

Sep 10, 2019

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Today there is an amusing and insightful piece at First Things about the “Theory of Bullshit”… no, it’s a real thing… proposed in the 80s by the distinguished Princeton professor and philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt. BTW… I usually write B … Continue reading →

Concerning Mutual Enrichment. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Sep 9, 2019

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I remember, years ago, some folks who were deeply attached to the Traditional Latin Liturgy of the Roman Church almost lynched me when I suggested that there was something that we could learn from the Novus Ordo. Over the years, … Continue reading →

Our Lady of Sorrows Project: 1st Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon

Sep 9, 2019

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Sunday, 15 September is, in the traditional calendar, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (2nd Class). For Holy Mass we will use the 14th Sunday after Pentecost with commemorations of the Feast. I believe that the Rubricae Generales of … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! 9 Sept is International Buy A Priest A Beer Day! #IBAPABD

Sep 9, 2019

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NB: Scroll down for the Latin and English texts for the Blessing of Beer. You don’t want to miss this.  It’s too important.  And this has been a really tough year for priests, all things considered. Show a little love.  … Continue reading →

Article explains a lot about Bergoglio/Francis, Amazon Synod, connection with Liberation Theology

Sep 8, 2019

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LifeSite has an important article for understanding more about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Francis. The article stems from a 47 year old photo which shows a group who attended a conference in 1972, including Bergoglio, Liberation Theologian and now-laicized Leonardo … Continue reading →

8 Sept – Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sep 8, 2019

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Stop for a moment.  Consider what our eternal prospects were before the birth not only of Our Lord, but also before the birth of His Mother, from whom He took our human nature, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ponder the state … Continue reading →

TLM training available for priests

Sep 8, 2019

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The Vetus Ordo, the Usus Antiquior, the Extraordinary Form, the Pian Rite, the Tridentine Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass… call it what you want, there are priests out there who want to learn how to celebrate it. There are so many … Continue reading →

A priest’s prayers before and after making his own confession

Sep 7, 2019

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From an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before my ordination.  They are dense with old wisdom. Here are two prayers, in Latin and English, for priests, for before and after they make confession their own confession. I’ve … Continue reading →

Francis wears leopard skin at Mass. Apologies from libs to Card. Burke to follow.

Sep 7, 2019

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In Mozambique Francis said Mass wearing a chasuble with leopard skin gallons. A close look at large photos suggests that it is the real thing: the fur of a dead leopard worn during a public liturgical rite. Hence, the signer … Continue reading →

PODCAzT 177: Latin of the Last Rites in the Traditional Form

Sep 7, 2019 0:29:52

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We’ll explore this time the Latin of the Last Rites in the Traditional form. There is enough evidence that Latin is more effective in our Rite than the vernacular, that the use of Latin, often, is warranted. It would be … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 23rd Ordinary Sunday: Submission, manumission, filiation

Sep 7, 2019

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The Collect for the 23rd Ordinary Sunday – this Sunday – was not in any pre-Conciliar edition of the Roman Missal, but it was in the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary in a section for evening prayers during Paschaltide.  You have … Continue reading →

Interesting old rubric: Post-Communion purification, ablution of the faithful, not just the priest

Sep 7, 2019

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How seriously did our forebears take the reception of Communion and their duty to avoid possible profanation of the Eucharist. Today I saw an interesting entry at Corpus Christi Watershed about a rubric which disappeared by the time of the … Continue reading →

Jesuit-run John Carroll University goes to the zoo over annual “drag queen” shows

Sep 5, 2019

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From The Blaze comes a story about how some students at a JESUIT college are miffed because the annual – that was annual and since 2013 – drag queen show was cancelled. Some of you might say, “Hey! At least … Continue reading →

Francis: ‘It is an honor when Americans attack me’

Sep 5, 2019

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From the Catholic Herald: Pope Francis: ‘It is an honor when Americans attack me’ The Pope’s spokesman later clarified that the Pontiff ‘always considers criticisms an honor’, particularly from ‘an important nation’ Pope Francis told a reporter that it is … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Why not use “Unbound” for “deliverance prayers”?

Sep 4, 2019

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From a priest… QUAERITUR: On your post about exorcism of a parish you mentioned in the comments not to use “Unbound”. I know people connected to this. Do you know of a good article explaining why? I interested being able … Continue reading →

Jesuits. Corruptio optimi pessima.

Sep 4, 2019

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I received a book entitled On the Suppression of the Society of Jesus: A contemporary account.   US HERE – UK HERE I was so hoping that by “contemporary” the title meant our days.  However, it results from the 18th century, … Continue reading →

Of St. Moses – Old Testament Lawgiver, Prophet and Prof. Camille Paglia – Feminist, Provocateuse

Sep 4, 2019

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I have a very begrudging respect for Camille Paglia. I disagree with most of what she holds, but I admire her writing and her bluntness. I’m especially fond of how she calls out the cheerleaders of stupid brands of feminism … Continue reading →

Lunch with Dante in Florence. The Poet comments on consistories.

Sep 4, 2019

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Dante can provide wisdom on most of the troubles of our lives.   His wisdom pops up just about anywhere and in timely fashion. Thus, a wise and respected friend was lunching in Florence in the shadow of the Duomo today … Continue reading →

Comprehensive Sexuality Education – A demonic agenda targeting children

Sep 2, 2019

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Horrible “sex ed” agenda aimed at children. This is pretty bad.   Get children out of the room before watching.  Really. I won’t post the video on this blog, but GO HERE. See what the United Nations and Planned Parenthood, etc. … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! East Coast BISHOPS, PRIESTS: Pray the Litany against Hurricane #DORIAN

Sep 2, 2019

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Please retweet and share around. Hurricane Dorian is out there.   My mother lives along the eastern coast of Florida. Hence, I’m paying attention to the track.  It’s hard to say where it’ll go, but it isn’t going to be fun … Continue reading →

2 Sept 1859: The Carrington Event

Sep 2, 2019

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On this date, 2 September 1859 your planet was struck by a massive solar storm which caused the Carrington Event. Read about it.  A powerful solar wind struck the Earth.  The “Northern Lights” were visible in the Caribbean.  You could … Continue reading →

Observations about the newly named Cardinals. Fr Z briefly rants.

Sep 1, 2019

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You know what an atomizer is, right?  Think of those bottles of perfume with little squeeze bulbs that send out poofs. To atomize means to break down into discreet parts, to separate something into tiny bits. That’s what is happening … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Sep 1, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon of the Mass you heard to fulfill your Sunday obligation? Let us know. For my part, I drilled into the details of the Lord’s parable about the Good Samaritan, explaining a … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 22nd Ordinary Sunday: O mighty God of hosts, graft into our hearts the love of Your Name!

Aug 31, 2019

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In the Sanctus of Holy Mass and, in the great Te Deum, we echo the myriads of angels bowed low in the liturgy of heaven before God’s throne: “Holy, Holy, Holy LORD GOD SABAOTH …. God of “heavenly hosts”. With … Continue reading →

“Dario Viganò is getting bigger now. No, not that Viganò who is in hiding now!”

Aug 31, 2019

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As a quondam but not-too-dedicated vaticanista, I watch now the goings on “oltratevere” (see… I can still bring the yiddish when I want to) in a combination of morbid fascination, as with glancing at road kill, and amusement, as with … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Trailer for Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce as Benedict XVI and Francis in upcoming ‘The Two Popes’

Aug 30, 2019

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Well, this is going to be … interesting. It will be interesting to see if their portrayal of Benedict (Hopkins is a great actor) is anything like the real Benedict. Back in the day, I had an awful lot of … Continue reading →

Support a project of evangelization through beauty, music and the TLM

Aug 30, 2019

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I thought y’all might want to know about this. This comes from the choir director at Sacred Heart Church in Grand Rapids, MI… which has an amazing school and a great liturgical program.  I have visited the parish and celebrated … Continue reading →

NB: new registrations approved after a delay

Aug 30, 2019

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I’ve been on the road for a couple of days, and so not able to review and approve registrations. This morning I approved a whole raft of them.  Thanks! BTW… I get emails from people who say that they’ve tried … Continue reading →

Creepy, unsettling evil. Yes, a Jesuit was involved. UPDATED: Fr Z rants about idiotic false compassion.

Aug 30, 2019

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UPDATE 30 August: This is a very important update, which, in justice, people should follow up on and read. Jesuit-run (of course) Amerika has an interview with the Jesuit who was the celebrant of “Bob’s” last Mass, where he seems … Continue reading →

VIDEO – Bp. Hying of @MadisonDiocese on minimalism. Then Fr. Z rants at length.

Aug 28, 2019

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Bp. Donald Hying of the Diocese of Madison is issuing brief daily videos.  Today he talks about “minimalism and maximalism”. This is really important for our individual lives and for the whole life of the Church, especially in these troubling … Continue reading →

PODCAzT 176: How to sing Table Prayers in Latin

Aug 27, 2019 0:13:28

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Today I talk about prayer before and after meals.  What inspired me is the recent arrival of beautiful little books – new – for singing the table prayers in Latin.  They are from the Monastery of St. Benedict, in southern … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: A man at work wants to be addressed as a woman.

Aug 27, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Fr. I’m hoping for some advice as to how to charitably and prudently deal with a gender dysphoric coworker without giving a pinch of incense to Jupiter. Specifically, it is likely that I will need … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: If adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will end, why do we say, “without end” when we pray?

Aug 27, 2019

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From a Sister… QUAERITUR: We are trying to revive the practice of Perpetual Adoration in our congregation. Previously (1882-1986), when there was a change of adorers the incoming adorer would say “Praised and adored be without end” and the outgoing … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How to make a good confession, especially after many years

Aug 27, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hello, Father. I have a request. Since you often exhort people to go to confession, and since many haven’t gone in years and have anxiety about the form it takes, what to do or what to … Continue reading →

@LMSChairman Joseph Shaw on relentless marginalization of “trads”

Aug 27, 2019

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Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society in the UK, is doing some heavy lifting.  Thanks to my friend Fr. Tim Finigan – biretta tip o{]:¬) – I spotted this twitter thread of some 10 tweets in which Shaw … Continue reading →

“Ad orientem” worship: help against clericalism

Aug 26, 2019

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“[A] common turning to the east during the Eucharistic Prayer remains essential. This is not a case of something accidental, but of what is essential. Looking at the priest has no importance. What matters is looking together at the Lord. … Continue reading →

It is time to #UniteTheClans

Aug 26, 2019

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Consider three data points. The Pew Research Study about the Eucharist Shifting Demographics From 2007 to 2017 locations for the TLM grew from 50 to over 500. The editor of The Remnant, my friend Michael Matt, has begun to promote … Continue reading →

Five short videos about CONFESSION from Bp. Hying of @MadisonDiocese

Aug 26, 2019

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You might take some time to take in several of the daily videos from Bp. Donald Hying of Madison on a topic dear to this blog: the Sacrament of Penance. HERE GO TO CONFESSION! Here is the first of 5 … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: The priest asked me what my penance should be

Aug 26, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I went to Confession yesterday, and the priest asked me to suggest a good penance for myself. I was completely taken aback. I hate vague penances like “give to the poor,” so I suggested three Hail … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Aug 25, 2019

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Was there a good point or two in the sermon which you heard at your Mass in fulfillment of your Sunday obligation?

Your Planet’s On The Move

Aug 25, 2019

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Very cool video from a different perspective.  We are used to observing the night sky from what we feel is a fixed point on Earth.  But it isn’t fixed.   We are constantly on the move.  What if we could view … Continue reading →

Fishwrap’s @MichaelSWinters wants action from the US bishops. So does @FatherZ

Aug 24, 2019

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Michael Sean Winters (aka the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left, aka Madame Defarge the Tricoteuse) is worried.   He has called to the US Bishops to stop the schism! In his latest panic attack at Fishwrap, Winters identifies several groups … Continue reading →

WDTPRS 21st Ordinary Sunday: the smoke of Satan v. invisible love

Aug 24, 2019

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Let’s look at the Collect for the upcoming 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time: Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis id amare quod praecipis, id desiderare quod promittis, ut, inter mundanas varietates, ibi nostra fixa sint corda, … Continue reading →

More on liberal liturgists’ attacks on “ad orientem” worship, bishops and priests who support it

Aug 24, 2019

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Yesterday, I commented on the smarmy piece at Fishwrap against ad orientem worship and against Bp. Morlino and Bp. Wall. “An another thing!”, as the saying goes. Consider this. If your life is centered on Christ, you would more than likely … Continue reading →

Fishwrap attacks “ad orientem” worship and the strong trends they fear

Aug 23, 2019

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Each day I get up, and after prayers, say within myself, “What fresh and stupid hell awaits me today?” The Fishwrap often answers that question, as it did this morning. Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) has targeted Bp. James Wall … Continue reading →

5th Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Our Lady

Aug 22, 2019

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Today is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, in the newer, Novus Ordo calendar. Here is an oldie post from 2006, the final installment of my Patristic Rosary Project. ___ We conclude our Patristic Rosary Project today with the: … Continue reading →

Instead of a syncretistic Synod (“walking together”) about the Amazon, here’s a better idea.

Aug 22, 2019

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If the Instrumentum Laboris and the last two rigged goat rodeos are any indication, the Amazon Synod (“walking together”) is going to be a disaster. Put that along side a milestone.  It has been a full year since Archbishop Viganò published … Continue reading →

The Devil Wears SJ. The Jesuit Superior General: The Devil is a symbol, not a person.

Aug 22, 2019

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This week brought us Jesuit Thomas Reese, who undermined faith in transubstantiation.  I wrote about that HERE.  And Jesuit James Martin is incessantly sowing confusion about same-sex relationships and the Church’s teaching about homosexual acts. Now this. From CNA: Vatican … Continue reading →

“He would have fled forever, into the hell of exile from God. But the sight of the vestments overcame him.”

Aug 22, 2019

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I continue my re-reading, after many years, of Taylor Caldwell’s Grandmother and the Priests, savoring a chapter a day, or at least a chapter at a time with unwelcome days delays. Caldwell, not a practicing Catholic, grasped the Catholic worldview and … Continue reading →

22 August: Mary’s Immaculate Heart and Queenship

Aug 22, 2019

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On 22 August we observe, in the traditional Roman calendar, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  In the newer calendar it is the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When the angel Gabriel came to Mary he told … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Getting necessary gear for the Traditional Latin Mass

Aug 22, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: We have been gradually building up our liturgy practice in a little but growing community centered in the traditional Mass. We now have a Sung Mass every Sunday. The altar service includes the Master of Ceremonies, … Continue reading →

PODCAzT 175: Traditional Profession of Faith of Converts

Aug 21, 2019 0:13:15

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The other day I made a podcast with the Latin that must be used in the traditional rite of baptism. Today I continue on the theme of entrance into the Church with the profession of faith of a convert. The … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Incorrupt bodies of saints

Aug 21, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hi Father, is it important for a saints body to be incorrupt after death? Does it confirm the person was holy and what does it say about the saints whose bodies are not incorrupt? Thanks! Well, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How to explain the Eucharist to a Jesuit ( @ThomasReeseSJ )?

Aug 21, 2019

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Four years ago to this day, I posted ASK FATHER: How to explain the Eucharist to a 3 year old? It could be reworked into a post along the lines of: ASK FATHER: How to explain the Eucharist to a … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Bring pebbles to church so we can make a new altar

Aug 21, 2019

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The other day at lunch with a friend who was driving through the zone, after hearing a few of the things he had lately encountered in the Church I opined that we are moving from our phase of naive ecclesiastical … Continue reading →

20 August: St. Samuel, Old Testament prophet

Aug 20, 2019

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Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered by Holy Church to be saints. They are not on the Latin Church’s universal calendar – except for a few of those mighty ones who stand astride the two … Continue reading →

Jesuit Thomas Reese against Transubstantiation. Wherein Fr. Z responds.

Aug 20, 2019

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Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, is well known to readers of this blog as a charlatan theologian. He was once the editor of Jesuit-run Amerika, but in 2005 the CDF ousted him due to his stances on the use of condoms, … Continue reading →

“LaCI and Beans” back at it again! Attack US Bishops for their enthusiastic implementation of law

Aug 20, 2019

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Go to radical-liberal, anti-tradition La Croix International, (LaCI) run by a cadre around openly-“gay” (and HERE) Robert Mickens.  Mickens, you will recall, is so filled with animus for John Paul II and Benedict XVI that he lost his place with the … Continue reading →

PODCAzT 174 and PRAYERCAzT: The Latin of the Traditional Rite of Baptism of a Child

Aug 20, 2019 0:18:56

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In this PODCAzT, which also serves as a PRAYERCAzT (my somewhat languishing project to provide Latin language help for men learning the TLM) we will hear the minimum amount of Latin required in the rite of Baptism of One Child … Continue reading →

Your Good News

Aug 19, 2019

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Do you have some good news to share with the readership? Yesterday, Sunday, we had the help of a newish deacon, so that we could have Solemn Mass. More and more young men are taking to the Traditional Roman Rite. … Continue reading →

Monday Morning Brain Jumpstart: some good reading

Aug 19, 2019

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There are some great reads available today. Try these. Peter Kwasniewski at NLM: The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Liturgical Wisdom Nathaniel Peters at Public Discourse: The Rise of the Nones (This one is important.) Jonathan B. … Continue reading →

“My sons playing Mass ‘against pagans’.

Aug 18, 2019

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Children at Mass.  Ah… children at Mass.  They are simultaneously the great consolation of priests and, hopefully, the seniors of a congregation, as they can also be the woe. Look at the average age of people at some suburban parishes, … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Our attitude at the altar

Aug 18, 2019

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Was there a good point or two in the sermon which you heard at your Mass in fulfillment of your Sunday obligation?  Let us know. For my part, I connected the Gospel parable of the Pharisee and the Publican praying … Continue reading →

That tragic Portland parish, the mistreatment of the priest. Fr. Z’s solution: “Let’s make a deal!”

Aug 18, 2019

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I have been wanting to post something about this ever since I heard about it, days ago.  Others have done yeoman’s work to cover it.  For example, LifeSite. The bare bones: At an ultra-liberal parish in Portland – and that … Continue reading →

Is cutting off the money the way to go?

Aug 18, 2019

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The other day, I posted a question from a reader about a priest who had, for the second year, put out a “gay” flag at the parish for Hubris Week.  HERE I suggest that, in a situation like this where satisfaction … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Can I wear a scapular on my bullet proof vest?

Aug 17, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I want to wear a scapular on my bullet proof vest. The best way to do this is to sew a Velcro patch onto one, but would doing that be considered impious or a mistreatment of … Continue reading →

BOOK: Grandmother and the Priests

Aug 17, 2019

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With delight I am making my way through a book I discovered many years ago, as we count the years, even before I entered Holy Church. I recall my own grandmother reading all the books of this writer. Taylor Caldwell … Continue reading →

What is a “liturgist”? Some thoughts.

Aug 17, 2019

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Go over right away to read Anthony Esolen’s latest at The Catholic Thing. He reflects on how hard it is to pray at a rather usual “Novus Ordo” Mass. His description could match any number of places. Then he asks: … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 20th Ordinary Sunday: Live in love to have later Love Himself

Aug 17, 2019

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The Collect for the 20th Ordinary Sunday, found also in the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary, is in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost. Deus, qui diligentibus te bona invisibilia praeparasti, infunde cordibus nostris tui amoris affectum, … Continue reading →

Adventures in “gay” ad blocking

Aug 17, 2019

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I hate this ubiquitous “gay” rainbow garbage. First, I can’t stand what has been done to the word “gay” and I detest the appropriation of a sign of God’s benevolence to promote a totalitarian agenda. I noticed at the bottom … Continue reading →

Lighter Fare For Friday

Aug 16, 2019

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It has been a serious week. Let’s have something a little less heavy. First, some memes that amused me.   For a long-time reader who works for NASA Driving. And now to make you suffer. For the libs here. Welllll… … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: @BishopBarron on the Pew Research and lack of belief in the Eucharist. Fr. Z rants a little and issues an invitation.

Aug 16, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Bishop Barron has a video reacting to the Pew Research saying that 75% of Catholics think the Blessed Sacrament is just a symbol.  He talks about the failure of catechetics and educators and that social justice … Continue reading →

The latest podcast on the upcoming Synod from Damian, Unbound. “@HolySmoke” is right!

Aug 16, 2019

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Damian is Unbound. Go right away to Damian Thompson’s latest podcast, an interview with Ed Condon. Damn! The synod and the sex scandal: two time bombs threatening Pope Francis’s moral authority His comments and Condon’s comments on the upcoming Synod … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Why didn’t Benedict XVI say the #TLM? How can we get one? What does the future look like?

Aug 16, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for your blog. I get so much from it! Never stop! I know you like one question at a time, but maybe you’ll do this. I heard a podcast at 1 Peter 5 with … Continue reading →

@JamesMartinSJ praises preaching by a religious sister. Let’s consider what he praised!

Aug 15, 2019

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Once upon a time, when you could recognize religious by the habits they wore, a Jesuit was riding grandly in his carriage when he spotted a Minim, of the the order founded by St Francis of Paola, on foot and … Continue reading →

VIDEO: 1950 – Pius XII infallibly proclaims the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Aug 15, 2019

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In 1950 my late pastor, Msgr. Schuler, was in Rome on a Fulbright working on the manuscripts of Giovanni Maria Nanino, the successor of Palestrina for the Sistine Chapel.  He had great stories about being a priest in Rome in … Continue reading →

Shoot up in Philadelphia – cops injured. I’m a simple guy and I’m worried.

Aug 15, 2019

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I spent a lot of my youth in squad cars, police stations and jails. Before, you libs nod and sputter, “That explains a lot.  That’s why you HATE VATICAN II!” My folks were cops. I grew up surrounded by cops, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Priest puts up scandalous “gay” flag for annual public “pride” week. Bishop: zero help.

Aug 14, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m asking for some advice/direction on a frustrating and too common issue. A local parish priest in my diocese has been flying the pride flag outside his parish for the second year in a row for … Continue reading →

Your Good News

Aug 14, 2019

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Do you have good news for the readers?  Let us know. I have a few tidbits. First, today I had lunch with a priest friend from my native place who was driving through on the way home from a long … Continue reading →

It’s no surprise at all that Catholics don’t know or believe about the Eucharist. After all, worship is doctrine and we are our rites!

Aug 13, 2019

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Devastating. At NRO there is something from John Hirschauer (William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism at National Review Institute) about the huge percentage of Catholics who don’t believe what the Church teaches about the Eucharist. We shouldn’t be … Continue reading →

A quick look at some ‘c’atholic media

Aug 13, 2019

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It is necessary from time to time to put on the forensic pathologist cap. I always feel like I need to wash with bleach after I read this stuff, rather like the investigation of a crime scene where the deceased … Continue reading →

BOOK : A guide for forming Catholic gentlemen and future priests – and a mini rant.

Aug 12, 2019

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A prelude. I treasure a copy of a French book of etiquette from long lost decades, Le Livre D’Or Du Savoir-Vivre. Dictionnaire Illustre De La Politesse.  It’s an informative hoot, since much of what it contains is seemingly outdated and, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Am I obliged to tell an old priest about his liturgical ad libs?

Aug 11, 2019

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From a seminarian… QUAERITUR: Thank you very much for everything you do on this blog. I am a seminarian and an avid reader of this blog. My seminary is orthodox, but these are difficult times in the Church and it … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Aug 11, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon during your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know. For my part, I started with the image of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem and then went into the problem of a vast … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 19th Ordinary Sunday: Father God, not Stranger God

Aug 10, 2019

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The Collect for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time was not in previous editions Missale Romanum before the 1970 Novus Ordo. It has roots in the 9th century Sacramentary of Bergamo and thus is ancient text. Note that for the 2002 … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Was I automatically excommunicated?

Aug 10, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Since latae sententiae excommunication is not incurred without committing a mortal sin, and acting against one’s conscience regarding something one thinks might be mortally sinful is itself a mortal sin, is excommunication incurred if one thinks … Continue reading →

Fr. Murray makes a point – VIDEO

Aug 10, 2019

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Raymond Arroyo had Prof. Royal and Fr. Murray on his EWTN show. At this point, Fr. Murray makes a good point.  Believe me, good points are made through the whole video!  But start here. Fr. Murray is simply the best … Continue reading →

Great. Just… great! Another thing to worry about.

Aug 9, 2019

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As if planet killing asteroids and civilization killing CMEs weren’t bad enough, now we get to think about… “killer electrons”. At SpaceWeather: A NEW SOURCE OF SPACE RADIATION: Astronauts are surrounded by danger: hard vacuum, solar flares, cosmic rays. Researchers from … Continue reading →

CNA: “This is not the first low-quality document the Synod secretariate has produced”

Aug 9, 2019

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Firstly, there is a MUST LISTEN to podcast from Damian Thompson about Card. Pell’s railroading into jail.  HERE  Take the time. Next, at CNA there is a piece in which Card. Pell comments on the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Pan-Amazonian … Continue reading →

UPDATE! Navy Chaplain’s replacement vestments – DELIVERED!

Aug 9, 2019

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Do you remember the project to replace the travel vestments of the Navy Chaplain whose plane crashed into the river on landing?  He lost everything.  HERE and HERE I started a campaign to have new vestments made and YOU AMAZING readers … Continue reading →

@CCPecknold writes on belief in the Eucharist and Fr. Z rants at length

Aug 9, 2019

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I need seminarians and young (especially) priests to pay attention to this. Chad Pecknold, contributing editor at the Catholic Herald (where I have a weekly column), is articulate, bring and right. He manifests these attributes much to the dismay of … Continue reading →

9 August – St. Edith Stein – Her dialogue between Ambrose and Augustine

Aug 9, 2019

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Today is the feast of St. Edith Stein, co-patroness of Europe.  Ethnically Jewish, she converted and entered Carmel as Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  In 1942 she was rounded up by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, where she … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio: Very cool idea – “Shrines on the Air” Special Event?

Aug 8, 2019

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The other day, in reference to the conference I attended at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near La Crosse, WI, I mentioned that it would be very cool indeed to hold a “special event” at the Shrine, perhaps … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM: Spiritual Bouquet for Bp. Hying

Aug 8, 2019

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May I suggest to the readership your participation in a Spiritual Bouquet for the new Bishop of Madison, Most Rev. Donald Hying? Bishop Hying took up his crozier in Madison at the end of June. A Spiritual Bouquet is a … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: As a youth minister, I don’t think clergy have my back.

Aug 8, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father have you seen this recent Pew poll on how we as Catholics view the Eucharist? I’m a Youth Minister @ my Church. I can do talks till I’m blue in the face, but feel I … Continue reading →

For the ‘c’atholic Left, the Church should be perpetual Woodstock

Aug 8, 2019

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As I write, I am watching my recording of the public TV series American Experience – “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation“. FIFTY YEARS. A half a million kids descend on a field in NY for to hear music … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: SSPX Bp. Fellay member of the Roman Rota

Aug 7, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Did you know that [SSPX] Bp. Fellay is now on the Roman Rota? A judge of the First Instance. No. It’s not that I didn’t know that. Rather, that claim is not accurate. Bp. Fellay would … Continue reading →

Bill introduced in Wisconsin to force priests to violate the Seal of Confession

Aug 7, 2019

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A bill has been introduced by Wisconsin Dems which would seek to force priests to violate the Seal of Confession under penalty of civil in case of abuse of minors. From Channel 3000 in WI: Clergy required to report child … Continue reading →

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Aug 7, 2019

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests … Continue reading →

Seriously? Chow Mein Sandwich?

Aug 7, 2019

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You know about efforts to revive and restore the Church of St Anne in Fall River.  Good things are happening. I received a note from one of the fellows involved.  It seems that at $5 a shot they made $7500 … Continue reading →

10th Annual Canon Law Conference – Day 1

Aug 6, 2019

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One of the events I look forward to each year is the annual conference held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near La Crosse, WI. These conferences are rather like a retreat, with time for prayer and rest. … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Monday: kicking myself

Aug 5, 2019

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I could kick myself. I am heading to La Crosse today for the annual Speculum Iustitiae canon law conference.  I might have thought to get my act together ahead of time so that I could operate from there.  I’ve gotta … Continue reading →

Your Good News

Aug 5, 2019

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Do you have good news to share with the readership? Let us know. For my part, I will today drive to La Crosse, WI for the annual canon law conference organized under the aegis of Card. Burke and held at … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes and ASK FATHER: sermons and birettas

Aug 4, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon during your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know. Today I had the pleasure of being deacon for this morning’s Solemn Mass.  One of the local priests had, at the last … Continue reading →

St. John Vianney’s things

Aug 4, 2019

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The Novus Ordo calendar has St. John Vianney – confessor, the other kind of confessor too, draft dodger, Legion of Honor recipient, patron of priests, for the Feast today, 4 August.  In the traditional calendar, he is celebrated on 8 … Continue reading →

Letter of Francis to priests

Aug 4, 2019

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Today, Sunday 4 August, in the Novus Ordo calendar Feast of St. John Vianney, Patron of Priests, a Letter of Francis to priests was released. Perhaps it was released in anticipation of the Feast of St. John Vianney celebrated on … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Priests who bless with their fingers in the Greek icon “ICXC” style

Aug 4, 2019

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From priest… QUAERITUR: At the moment I’m at a presbyteral retreat. When you get a bunch of priests together, you’re bound to see the whole range of liturgical “sensibilities,” leaving aside entirely the dinner table conversation… [For sure.  I look … Continue reading →

JUST TOO COOL: Ancient Roman Tchotchke

Aug 3, 2019

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This is so amazingly cool that I have to share it.  A friend alerted me to this story.  I would very much like to see this exhibit at the Ashmolean.  Perhaps Fr. H might take it in and discuss it … Continue reading →

What does @JamesMartinSJ say about the “gay” desecration of the Montréal church? – UPDATED

Aug 3, 2019

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UPDATE 3 August 2019: Still nothing from James Martin on this.  We know he has seen it by now. Is this important? Someone sent me a link to an article at the detestable New Ways Ministry about the event. The … Continue reading →

Fishwrap’s latest spittle-flecked nutty about Card. Burke

Aug 2, 2019

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The Biological Solution keeps rolling up stats and the Demographic Deluge soon to hit the Church will empty pews in the burbs.   What will be left?   Hard to say.  However, I think it will involve the steadily growing traditional communities, … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 18th Ordinary Sunday: cold reality, warming confidence

Aug 2, 2019

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When the priest, alter Christus, says our prayers during Holy Mass, Christ, Head of the Body, speaks. His words have power to form us. Formed according to the mind of the Church, we Catholics then go out from Mass to … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Repeat a wedding ceremony with a friend presiding?

Aug 1, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Long time reader, first time questioner. I have a friend that will soon be getting married. On Saturday he will have a traditional Catholic Church wedding. However, on Sunday he is having a reception in which … Continue reading →

2 August until midnight: “Portiuncula” Plenary (or Partial) Indulgence

Aug 1, 2019

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From midnight tonight to midnight tomorrow, 2 August, you can gain the “Portinuncula” Indulgence. This indulgence seems to have been granted directly by Christ Himself in an appearance to St. Francis.  The Lord them told Francis to go to Pope Honorius III, who, … Continue reading →

1 August – Seven Holy Maccabees: A mother urges her children to their deaths

Aug 1, 2019

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In the new-fangled, Ordinary Form calendar today is the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’Liguori, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church so famous for his contributions to moral theology.   One of the great thrills of my life was to … Continue reading →

Bishops and the Internet – positive developments

Aug 1, 2019

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Recently, His Excellency Most Reverend Donald Hying, Bishop of Madison, has been issuing brief – a just a couple minutes at a time – video messages via YouTube.  He’ll tackle a topic in a single spot or in a short … Continue reading →

More on the systematic attack on John Paul II’s Magisterium. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Aug 1, 2019

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A systematic attack is being waged on the teaching legacy of John Paul II.  Without fail, also look at THIS about the “purge” of the last remaining “Wojtylians”. The latest front in the attack is the intentional demolition of the Institute … Continue reading →

Your Good News

Aug 1, 2019

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Do you have good news to share with the readers?  Let us know. For my part, I admit to having been a little down lately.  Today, I had, in rapid succession, three great consolations.  My spirits are lifted. And, for … Continue reading →

PROPONITUR: Retired military chaplains – using the Vetus Ordo – form an Oratory.

Jul 31, 2019

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I have a radical idea.  It keeps popping into my head.  I think that means that I’m being prompted from upstairs to post it. PROPONITUR: Half a dozen retired military chaplains – who want to use the Vetus Ordo 95% of the … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z gives advice to new and to young priests

Jul 31, 2019

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Congratulations, reverend and dear gentlemen and welcome to the priesthood.  We older guys are all for you, except when we are against you.  That’s going to happen, now and then.  If you are straight and you are faithful, some guys … Continue reading →

31 July – St. Ignatius of Loyola! Please intercede for your spiritual sons.

Jul 31, 2019

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Today is the Feast of the founder of the Jesuits. May I say from the onset that I have some spiffy Pope Clement XIV gear? HERE Here is the Martyrologium Romanum entry for this great saint, Ignatius of Loyola. To … Continue reading →

A new rodentine challenger in Baltimore for that soft spot in our hearts

Jul 31, 2019

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Remember “Pizza Rat“?   He lives in the imaginations so many of us as an icon of determination. There is a new rodentine challenger for that soft spot in our hearts. A rat runs through a FOX45 Baltimore Reporter’s live shot … Continue reading →

What’s up at the Fishwrap these days?

Jul 31, 2019

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Meanwhile, what’s going on at the Fishwrap (aka National Sodomitic Reporter)? As I write, this is the featured piece over there. ‘Queer Eye’ shows how grace works When the U.S. bishops met this past June, Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary of … Continue reading →

This is pretty weird.  But… well… not really.  It’s Germany, after all.

Jul 30, 2019

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This is pretty weird.  But… well… not really.  It’s Germany, after all. This in the Cathedral of Paderborn.  Not sure when.  Perhaps one of you readers will know. https://twitter.com/i/status/1156178218128461825 What a contrast to their patronal feast in 2017.  HERE  Gregorian … Continue reading →

UPDATED – IMPORTANT – John Paul Institute 2.0 and the systematic purge of the last remaining “Wojtylians”

Jul 29, 2019

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UPDATE 30 July 2019 Folks, this is a “big deal”. What’s being done to the John Paul II Institute is emblematic of what is happening – and is going to happen – in Rome and in the rest of the … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – UPDATED

Jul 28, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon during your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know. UPDATE 29 July Today I read a terrific piece at Crisis by Fr. George Rutler about Notre-Dame in Paris   Do go there and … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Kitchen and Tour Talk – #TDF2019 – @Le_Tour Stage 21 – with BIG news!

Jul 28, 2019

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In a post about the Tour de France, early on, I mentioned that somewhere in storage I had a big corkscrew made by Campagnolo.  I found it. And it’s the last day of the Tour. The Columbian, Egan Bernal has … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 17th Ordinary Sunday: Sin-Teflon and Demon-Kevlar

Jul 27, 2019

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Shall we look at the Collect for this Sunday’s Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form? COLLECT (2002MR): Protector in te sperantium, Deus, sine quo nihil est validum, nihil sanctum, multiplica super nos misericordiam tuam, ut, te rectore, te duce, sic bonis transeuntibus nunc utamur, ut … Continue reading →

New British PM reciting the Iliad in Homeric Greek

Jul 27, 2019

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Under another entry a commentator posted about new British PM Boris Johnson’s spontaneous recitation during a TV interview of the first 43 lines of the Iliad in Homeric Greek. I must say that I’m impressed. Waaaaay back when, when I was in … Continue reading →

For the Latinists… amusement opportunity alert!

Jul 27, 2019

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Those of you who read Latin could find some respite from the heat of the day by stepping with Fr. Hunwicke into the cool of the Ashmolean for a chat with the great Legislator, Pope Lambertini aka Benedict XIV, of … Continue reading →

Amazing results in the saving of St. Anne’s beautiful shrine in @FRDiocese

Jul 26, 2019

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Remember the story some time ago about the beautiful Shrine of St. Anne in Fall River, MA, that was scheduled for closure? It looked grim for the magnificent church. A group of lay people got organized, worked something out with … Continue reading →

Tour Talk – #TDF2019 – @Le_Tour Stage 19 – The WEATHER wins!

Jul 26, 2019

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High drama in the highest altitudes of this year’s Tour. As they crested the high point of this stage, a hail and snow storm hit the route in the Alps, and the officials called the race.  They also determined to … Continue reading →

More on the Jesuits’ perennial rejection of women – UPDATED – @JamesMartinSJ is sad

Jul 26, 2019

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On the feast of St. Mary Magdalene homosexualist Jesuit James Martin said that he is “stupefied” that the Church doesn’t let women preach. Right away I posted HERE that all major orders have female components except the Jesuits.   Martin would … Continue reading →

Surviving and thriving in the Demographic Disaster we face as a Church. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jul 26, 2019

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The article I read at Crisis, to which I will soon turn my attention below, has the ring of truth. But first, some scene-setting. In these USA, we as a Church are like band of adventurers on the march towards … Continue reading →

Jesuitical screenshots

Jul 26, 2019

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Here is something instructive from One Mad Mom.  Moms pay attention to details. A Tale of Two Screen Shots Two screen shots from Fr. Martin say what we all know but I’ll just paraphrase: “I have no say in what … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Bp. Hying @MadisonDiocese on St. James the Greater

Jul 25, 2019

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Almost every day, His Excellency Most Reverend Donald Hying, Bishop of Madison, offers a short video on some precise topic or in a short series. Today Bp. Hying speak of St. James the Greater (older, taller), whose Feast it is. … Continue reading →

“But Father!  But Father!”, some of you pussivanting libs are zeeping,…

Jul 25, 2019

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I have often commented that the cutters and pasters who glued the Novus Ordo orations together on their scholarly desks systematically excised certain concepts, such as sin, guilt, propitiation, etc. You know, the “scary” stuff that might make people feel … Continue reading →

New Survey: 50 percent of US Catholics know what transubstantiation is

Jul 25, 2019

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It may make a difference at which church these questions are asked. I read at Crux, Only half of US Catholics get Church teaching on Communion, study finds I know that where I am, people know and believe. ROME – … Continue reading →

A National Review response to stupefied @JamesMartinSJ

Jul 25, 2019

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The other day Jesuit golden boy and homosexualist activist James Martin tweeted… It is stupefying to me that women cannot preach at Mass. The faithful during Mass, as well as the presiders, are missing out on the wisdom, experience and … Continue reading →

Tour Talk – #TDF2019 – @Le_Tour Stage 15

Jul 24, 2019

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The coverage of the Tour continues, with magnificent coverage. There are closeups in the peleton, cams on bikes, helicopters and motorcycles. Today one of the guys on motorcycle talked about the rules and dynamics of being on the road. Sudden … Continue reading →

The Catholic Church to Jesuits of Amerika: “No one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.”

Jul 24, 2019

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THIS – at Америка – speaks for itself. Dean Dettloff.  Who? HERE I note in particular another of his offerings: “Christian Socialism: The Fusion of Faith and Revolution”. Here’s a quote from his piece: Communist political movements the world over … Continue reading →

Another assault on Holy Orders

Jul 24, 2019

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At Lifesite I read that in the caput malorum omnium, Card. Marx, Archbishop of Freising-Munich has proposed that lay men and (of course) women should preach at Mass. Given the general state of things in Germany… they probably couldn’t do any worse. … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Remembrance of Madeleines Past

Jul 23, 2019

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Yesterday I wrote about the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene and averted to “Madeleines”, the Marcel’s immortalized morsel. I had made Madeleines last year for the day and determined that I would do the same this year. However, because of … Continue reading →

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Jul 23, 2019

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests … Continue reading →

Concelebration, the rights of priests, and changing times

Jul 23, 2019

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At NLM Peter Kwasniewski has a piece about how concelebration has been and still is being forced on priests.   For some, this is almost a mania and you incur their wrath if you don’t con-comply. I say that concelebration should … Continue reading →

@JamesMartinSJ – “It is stupefying that women can’t preach”, says the Jesuit. Oh, yeah? Here’s what’s truly stupefying.

Jul 23, 2019

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Get a load of this… It is stupefying to me that women cannot preach at Mass. The faithful during Mass, as well as the presiders, are missing out on the wisdom, experience and inspired reflections of half of its members. … Continue reading →

GREAT NEWS! Bp. Wall of @DioceseofGallup will celebrate Sundays ‘ad orientem’

Jul 22, 2019

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I don’t know about you, but I needed some good news. Here’s some good news. His Excellency Most Rev. James S. Wall, Bishop of Gallup, on 22 July, Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, issued a letter to the people of … Continue reading →

Earth’s Circular Shadow on the Moon – observed by Aristotle

Jul 22, 2019

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Here is a beautiful photo from Astronomy Pic of the Day.  HERE HDR: Earth’s Circular Shadow on the Moon  Image Credit & Copyright: Cristian Fattinnanzi Explanation: What could create such a large circular shadow on the Moon? The Earth. Last week’s full … Continue reading →

VIDEO which could help some participate more fully at the Traditional Latin Mass (and probably Novus Ordo too)

Jul 22, 2019

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A young priest of Denver, Fr. David Nix, put together a video about a year ago, in which, while he says a Traditional Latin Low Mass, he superimposes quotes from St. Francis de Sales – reflections on each step of … Continue reading →

22 July: Mary Magdalene – one tough cookie

Jul 22, 2019

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At NLM there is a really good post by Greg DiPippo about the roller coaster history of the liturgical observance of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. You might recall that in 2016 Pope Francis made her day – in the Novus … Continue reading →

FEAST DAY! 21 July 1773 – Clement XIV suppressed the Jesuits!

Jul 21, 2019

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It is a great FEAST today. Today, 21 July, in the year of grace 1773, Pope Clement XIV of happy memory, issued his Bull by which he suppressed the Jesuits. I have all sorts of Papa Ganganelli gear which you can order … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 16th Ordinary Sunday: Right now you are being hunted

Jul 20, 2019

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The Collect for the 16th Ordinary Sunday is not in any pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum.  It has its antecedent in a 9th century manuscript.  Enjoy the fine clausula (rhythmic ending). Propitiare, Domine, famulis tuis, et clementer gratiae tuae super eos dona multiplica, ut, … Continue reading →

Mass texts for St. Elijah, Prophet – 20 July

Jul 20, 2019

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Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and have a day in the Roman liturgical book called the Roman Martyrology. I post about them on occasion. The Martyrology says that when the day is clear … Continue reading →

20 July 1969 – Man on the Moon – 50 years ago

Jul 20, 2019

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Today is the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon – 20 July 1969. As a little kid I spent my summers in Montana and Wyoming, riding and running like a swift browned animal.  The … Continue reading →

Beans, beans, the musical fruit

Jul 20, 2019

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For an incisive look into Massimo “Beans” Faggioli of the now-ridiculous Villanova, check out 1 Peter 5 today.  Skojec has him firmly in the cross-hairs. HERE Beans is a pretty smart guy, but instead of doing something serious and helpful … Continue reading →

Pres. Trump running for Pope

Jul 20, 2019

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I know that all you readers love Pres. Trump, unequivocally and unreservedly. Here is something pretty funny from a site called A-CNN (Alium-Cepa News Network – get it?). It seems that Pres. Trump is now running for Pope and that … Continue reading →

Building recruits for the New catholic Red Guards! 

Jul 20, 2019

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From LifeSite. You can see what they are doing, even before the upcoming Synod is rigged. Let the rigging begin! EXCLUSIVE: Speakers at Vatican-run youth meeting call for women’s ordination, LGBT inclusion VATICAN CITY, July 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A … Continue reading →

New music from the London Oratory: Sacred Treasures of Spain!

Jul 19, 2019

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Last May in Rome, on the steps of Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, I ran into Charles Cole, director of the magnificent boys choir at the Brompton Oratory in London.  He said that they had a new disc coming of sacred … Continue reading →

Toxic Masculinity and Sequels

Jul 19, 2019

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I just saw this tweet from my friend, the Rush of Madison on WIBA, Vicki McKenna: The new Top Gun had better be teeming with toxic masculinity or I’m not watching. https://t.co/e5zmuRftH0 — Vicki McKenna (@VickiMcKenna) July 19, 2019 A … Continue reading →

What a difference a day made

Jul 19, 2019

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I’m on the road and I’m having problems with my laptop WiFi. I can see networks, but I can’t connect to any networks, including my mobile hotspot and my mobile phone. It was working well last night.  Today, not so … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Traditional “Supplied rites” after emergency or modern rite baptism

Jul 18, 2019

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From a reader on Twitter… QUAERITUR: @fatherz Thx for posting about the Taylor Marshall & Fr Nix talk which I also watched. How can we get the Baptism old rite elements supplied? My priests r unaware it’s permitted. Is there … Continue reading →

Sick-Call Sets and You

Jul 18, 2019

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From a reader… Hello Father, Old time follower here (chat room and bird feeders at Sabine Farm). Thought you might find this picture interesting. I’m a cradle Catholic in my 70s and I just unpacked these from old family boxes. … Continue reading →

Day 2 – St. Paul Center Priesthood Conference

Jul 17, 2019

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About that strange card game last night. One of you readers wrote: They are playing a game called The Grizzled, which is a tricky cooperative game about soldiers in World War I. You may be interested to know that the … Continue reading →

17 July 1794: “Mother, permission to die?”

Jul 17, 2019

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In 1794, the Place de la Nation on the east side of Paris was called the Place du Trône-Renversé… Toppled Throne Square. In 1792 a guillotine was set up here and the killing began. Robespierre and Barère made terror an … Continue reading →

URGENT ACTION ITEM: Note from long-time reader who is dying

Jul 17, 2019

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I received a note from a long-time reader and comment contributor, Supertradmum … I have been in hospital again because one of my lungs with cancer is failing. This means that the fluid which builds up and was expelled every … Continue reading →

16 July 1969 – #Apollo11 and Our Lady of Mt Carmel

Jul 17, 2019

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I have amazingly clear memories of  the whole Apollo 11 mission.  Indeed of all the missions before and after, but this and 13 in particular. I received this… From a reader: Today, July 16, is the 50th anniversary of the … Continue reading →

Day 1 – St. Paul Center Priesthood Conference

Jul 16, 2019

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I’m in WV for the St. Paul Center (East Coast) conference/retreat for priests in West Virginia. The trek from PIT by shuttle van was uneventful, if a little bumpy.   The location for this conference, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, is impressive.  … Continue reading →

Mark Shea is sad because seminarians are Catholic

Jul 16, 2019

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UPDATE 19 July: Another voice chimes in about Mark Shea.  HERE ___ I was amused by this, which provoked some interesting twitter comments. Mark Shea strikes me as… bumfuzzled.  Too bad.  He had promise. The left has had its time. … Continue reading →

Amazon Prime Day Discounts

Jul 15, 2019

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A public service announcement for those of you who shop online. At Amazon there are “Prime Day” deals today and tomorrow. You would think that they would call this “Prime Days”. But no. PRIME DAY DEALS   For example… And, … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: To the East and to priests

Jul 15, 2019

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I’m heading to a conference for priests held by the St. Paul Center. We shall see. More to come.

Good VIDEO for people who aren’t familiar with the TLM or with our traditions

Jul 14, 2019

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I occasionally catch video interviews that Taylor Marshall has with folks who interest me. Today I saw most of a video he did with Fr. David Nix, a good young priest in Denver whom I’ve met.  They both are both … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Sex before Communion

Jul 14, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: The Roman Catechism (Trent) says that a couple should abstain from the marital act at least three days before receiving Holy Communion. I have read that this, though still advisable, is not required under current law. … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – GO TO CONFESSION! – VIDEO

Jul 14, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon during your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know. For my part, I had a note early this morning from the scheduled celebrant, our VG, who succumbed to some ailment (get … Continue reading →

13 July: St. Ezra (Esdras), Old Testament Prophet and some spectacular baroque musical weirdness

Jul 13, 2019

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Today is the feast of St. Ezra or Esdras. In the 5th c. BC, the Persian Artaxerxes allowed a scribe named Ezra to return to Jerusalem to restore the Temple worship and the law of Moses.  At Jerusalem he finds … Continue reading →

SSPX video of their amazing new US church project.

Jul 12, 2019

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There is an amazing video available of an amazing project mounted by the SSPX in these USA.  They are building a huge and beautiful new church. One of the things I find interesting about this video is the intelligent commentary … Continue reading →

BOOK: In Praise of the Tridentine Mass and of Latin, Language of the Church

Jul 12, 2019

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What a great title! The nice folks at Angelico Press sent a copy of In Praise of the Tridentine Mass and of Latin, Language of the Church by Fr. Roberto Spataro, Secretary of the Pontifical Academy for Latin. US HERE … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 15th Ordinary Sunday: Too far right or too far left, we wind up in the ditch in the dark

Jul 12, 2019

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This week, the 15th Ordinary Sunday in the Novus Ordo calendar, we have a good example of the dramatic difference between the old, Obsolete ICEL version we suffered with for decades, and the Latin with the Current ICEL version. The Collect … Continue reading →

“Damn!”, quoth I.  “That’s the spirit.” Coasties getting the job done.

Jul 12, 2019

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Last night I saw on the news a video of a Coastie jump onto a moving surfaced submarine hauling narcotics to these USA and pound the hatch till it opened. “Damn!”, quoth I.  “That’s the spirit.  That’s an object lesson.” … Continue reading →

How credible is “credible” in allegations against priests?

Jul 12, 2019

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The accusations – based on a repressed memory of something 40 years ago – about Fr. Eduard Perrone in the Archdiocese of Detroit continue to raise questions.  Dark questions. Something is not right about this. Michael Voris is digging in.  … Continue reading →

Tour Talk – #TDF2019 @Le_Tour Stage 6

Jul 11, 2019

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SPOILER WARNING (if you haven’t watched your recording) The Tour continues.  Peter Sagan had an amazing sprint to win Stage 5 and Alaphilippe is still, as I write, in the Yellow Jersey.  Wellens is King. They have moved from Alsace … Continue reading →

What the ‘c’atholic Left is up to on Twitter

Jul 11, 2019

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Like the world, the flesh and devil, the catholic Left never sleeps. They are fierce users of social media. What are they up to today? Here’s something from relentless self-promoter and catty provocateur, Beans. I’m blocked by Beans, btw. I … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Should Catholic parents attend wedding of daughter outside the Church?

Jul 11, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, should Catholic parents even attend the wedding of their Catholic daughter to a non-Baptized man outside the Church? Unitarian, to be exact. The father is going to walk his daughter down the aisle, and Catholic … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: “Funeral Liturgy Outside Mass”

Jul 10, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Earlier this week, my wife attended what she thought would be a Funeral Mass for a Catholic relative, but was dismayed to find that it was merely a Liturgy of the Word service, followed by schmaltzy … Continue reading →

@Church_Militant on the public lynching of Fr. Eduard Perrone

Jul 10, 2019

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Full disclosure. Fr. Eduard Perrone has been a friend for many years. I don’t believe a word of the allegations. BTW… Perrone famously blew the whistle on the disgusting goings-on at St. John’s Seminary. Furthermore, last year at the Canon … Continue reading →

Really old frozen permafrost critters revived. What could possibly go wrong?

Jul 9, 2019

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This is creepy. At National Post I see a story about some folks who revived a bunch of moss and microbes from hundreds of years ago that lay frozen under a glacier. Yeah… it’s growing. And they found wormy things, … Continue reading →

Tour Talk – 2019 Tour de France

Jul 9, 2019

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I am sure you already are deep into it, but for those of you who are behind the curve, the 2019 Tour de France is underway. In my distant youth I did a little cycling, so I have a taste … Continue reading →

The Church Militant and You

Jul 9, 2019

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I had reason this morning to review what I might have written about our state in the Church in this earthly realm and I found this. It struck me as something that might be helpful, given what’s going on right … Continue reading →

William F. Buckley and Fulton Sheen on Firing Line! 1970

Jul 9, 2019

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This is great. William F. Buckley had Archbp Fulton Sheen on Firing Line in 1970. I especially enjoyed Buckley’s comments about the National Catholic Reporter! (aka Fishwrap, aka National Schismatic Reporter) Listen at 34:30!

BOOK: The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity

Jul 8, 2019

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Oh, boy. Several people recommended that I read this book. I’m reading it and it is bothering me a great deal even as it informs and confirms. The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity US HERE – UK … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Help a traditional deacon get to priesthood. Watch marvelous Fulton Sheen video of 1950 Roman Holy Year

Jul 8, 2019

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Back in April, I wrote about a seminarian in a traditional group, the Institute of Christ the King, who had posted a video about wartime Vatican City, 1941, narrated by Fulton Sheen.  This seminarian, now ordained to the diaconate, was … Continue reading →

07/07/07 – 12th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum – Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jul 7, 2019

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Today is the 12th Anniversary of the release of the of Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. Just for fun, this blog’s page on that day: HERE I call the Motu Proprio “The Emancipation Proclamation”. Summorum Pontificum was a hugely important … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Jul 7, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon during your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know. For my part, I underscored – on this 4th Sunday after Pentecost – that God doesn’t choose men who are worthy to … Continue reading →

The beatification of Fulton J. Sheen, patron of faithful priests persecuted by bishops

Jul 7, 2019

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Now that the wrangling over the body of Fulton Sheen has been resolved by a secular court, and the body of the Venerable has been transferred from this sometimes tomb in New York City to it’s resting place in Peoria, … Continue reading →

Because of so much darkness, there has never been a better time to be a young priest

Jul 6, 2019

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 At Complete Christianity (a member of the new FOEDUS – League of Catholic Bloggers) Shane Schaetzel, a lay convert to the Church, wrote a post that I wish that I had written. Let me just say- as a forward to … Continue reading →

Card. Müller on the proposed reform of the Roman Curia

Jul 6, 2019

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Yesterday I mulled over the draft of the proposed reform of the Roman Curia.  I’m not optimistic. Today I see in the National Catholic Register (thanks M) an interview by Ed Pentin with Gerhard Card. Müller. Müller opines… PENTIN: What … Continue reading →

A dowager of the catholic Left has get’s a dose of the Left’s own medicine.

Jul 6, 2019

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A dowager of the catholic Left has, like the cobbler in the story, been given a taste of the Left’s own medicine.  She didn’t take it very well.  Her reaction was to whine about it to a writer at Hell’s Bible, … Continue reading →

UK readers, especially priests, HELP!

Jul 5, 2019

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I was sent this.   I very much would like to see the rest of it. Anyone?  It seems to me that the best bet would be old Missals in the UK. [I’m convinced it’s a send up, folks, as I … Continue reading →

Francis’ projected restructuring of the Roman Curia – wow…just…. wow…

Jul 5, 2019

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I’ve been reading around the topic of Francis’ proposed restructuring of the Roman Curia.  It is, in Latin terms, revolutionary: Res novae. At the National Catholic Register there is a summarizing piece by Ed Condon.   Within, you read… The most dramatic reform … Continue reading →

For UK readers about online shopping

Jul 5, 2019

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Dear UK Readers, sometimes I appeal to you to use my links to enter Amazon for online shopping.  With each purchase, I receive a percentage.  This is important for my budget. Right now and until 20 July the percentage has … Continue reading →

A young priest reflects on celebrating the TLM and its positive influences

Jul 5, 2019

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Today at Rorate there is a positive post. Fr. Tim Iannacone, a young priest ordained in 2017, assistant in a Connecticut parish, contributed an essay on his experience of learning to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass, discovering its benefits for … Continue reading →

PRAYER SUGGESTION: Archbp. Carroll’s “Prayer for Government”

Jul 4, 2019

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Everyone, Happy 4th of July and God Bless America! Fathers, you might want to have everyone pray this after Mass on major public holidays in these USA.  This, and other prayers, are deeply needed. The following prayer was composed by … Continue reading →

SYZYGY WATCH! Rare Total Eclipse of the Sun

Jul 4, 2019

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There was a rarish total solar eclipse on 2 July which terminated at the eastern coast of S. America (think Argentina… portentous!). Rarish because totality was viewed close to sunset, near to the horizon, producing some amazing views. A reader … Continue reading →

Historic church, rescued from demolition, to reopen in @FRDiocese

Jul 3, 2019

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Do you recall the post about saving a spectacularly beautiful church, a shrine to St. Ann, in Fall River, MA?  Miracles have been granted there. A lot has happened since I posted that.   One thing that happened is that a … Continue reading →

Excellent twist in Alaska about tax-payer funding of abortion

Jul 3, 2019

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If it weren’t such a serious topic this would be a real hoot. Alaska’s governor and legislature are against public funding of abortion.  However, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that tax payers had to pay for abortions. To deal with … Continue reading →

NEW VIDEO from Bp. Hying of @MadisonDiocese

Jul 3, 2019

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The other day I posted a video from the new Bishop of Madison, Most Rev. Donald Hying, 5th to wield the pastoral staff in this diocese. Bp. Hying frequently made brief videos while he was still in Gary and he … Continue reading →

PODCAzT 173: A darkly humorous look at the Amazon Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris

Jul 3, 2019 0:35:23

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Today we hear an outstanding offering of William Kilpatrick who writes at Crisis.  He has had a look at the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome in October about the Amazon. He has nailed it.   A … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Wednesday: A Case in Point, ZedNet and Solar Cycles

Jul 3, 2019

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I had a note today pointing me to SpaceWeather (which I regularly monitor) which has a post about new spots on your planet’s yellow star.   These spots herald Solar Cycle 25, because they have a distinct signature. To wit: SUNSPOTS … Continue reading →

What is he really saying?

Jul 3, 2019

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Ideologues are totalitarians. There is a group of hard-core ideologues grouped around Francis. As always, these ideologues demand that you deny the evidence of your senses, including common sense, and ignore the principle of non-contradiction.  It’s the alternate universe of … Continue reading →

2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation (Traditional 2 July)

Jul 3, 2019

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In the traditional calendar, the Feast of the Visitation, 2 July, came at the end of the long-suppressed Octave of John the Baptist.  In the Novus Ordo it now falls on 31 May, between the Annunciation and the Birth of … Continue reading →

1 July – Most Precious Blood and also…

Jul 2, 2019

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Today is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood… in the older, traditional calendar of the Roman Rite.  Thus we inaugurate the month of July, during which in a special way, fire up our devotion to the Most Precious Blood … Continue reading →

Mail from a priest: “It finally dawned on me that the dysfunction could be demonic.” Then a short rant from @FatherZ

Jun 30, 2019

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A priest sent an interesting email, in the wake of what I wrote HERE about the need to perform exorcisms of all church properties.   I short, I wrote: […] If I were a diocesan bishop, I would immediately go through my entire … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost: The dangers of worldly things

Jun 30, 2019

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In the older, traditional calendar of the Roman Rite, today is the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost. Let’s have a look at the… COLLECT (1962MR): Protector in te sperantium, Deus, sine quo nihil est validum, nihil sanctum: multiplica super nos misericordiam tuam; ut, te … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Can a deacon serve as acolyte in the Extraordinary Form Mass?

Jun 29, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a deacon serve as acolyte in the Extraordinary Form Mass? Sure.  If there are not enough servers for the sake of a Solemn Mass, and for some reason you have a plethora of deacons and … Continue reading →

A confluence of promptings leads Fr. Z to rant and to make a plea to bishops.

Jun 29, 2019

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A confluence of promptings drove me to my storage locker. There was a recent reading about the infiltration of the Church so as to obtain for the infiltrators high positions of influence. HERE The book didn’t make a strong case … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 13th Ordinary Sunday: error binds and truth frees

Jun 29, 2019

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At work in the Collect for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time are themes of divine adoption and the splendor of truth. Our prayer connects being wrapped up in error with separation from God.  It joins divine adoption with coming … Continue reading →

Listen for their hearts.

Jun 28, 2019

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I wrote this for the current issue of the Catholic Herald, now published in both the UK and these USA.  Each week I write 400 words for the issue. ___ As this number of the weekly you now peruse was issued, … Continue reading →

VIDEO: “A Moment With The Bishop” – ACTION ITEM!

Jun 28, 2019

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People have been writing to ask, “How’s the new bishop?”  They refer, of course, to the newly installed successor to the late Bp. Morlino of Madison.  Bp. Donald Hying, late of Gary, officially took his crook and cathedra in Madison … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Hard time getting kids confirmed with traditional rites. Can you go to another diocese?

Jun 27, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I wonder if you can help me out here. I have a good old friend who is having the dickens of a time with the confirmation of his children. He and his wife and children really … Continue reading →

A Cardinal examines the underlying vision of the upcoming Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris

Jun 27, 2019

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The Pan-Amazonian Synod is coming up in October.  Expect it to be highly engineered toward the expectations inhering in the Instrumentum Laboris, now available also in English.  HERE Meanwhile, the experts of organization – who put faithful, traditional Catholics to shame … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: A soul in anguish about the state of the Church. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jun 26, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, I feel [unsafe] going to Church, which I unfortunately cannot bring myself to do. I firmly believe in the Catholic Faith and all of its traditional teachings. However, going to Mass anywhere has proved … Continue reading →

The TMSM welcomes Bp. Hying to @MadisonDiocese – UPDATED

Jun 25, 2019

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His Excellency Most Reverend Donald Hying has come to Madison as the diocese’s 5th Bishop.  On Monday, 24 June, Vespers was celebrated on the vigil of his installation on 25 June.  You can see the ceremony and hear the Bishop’s … Continue reading →

Aftermath: the modernist star-trek altar from Notre-Dame de Paris

Jun 25, 2019

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You might recall that the fire in the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris brought down part of the roof precisely over the modernist star-trek altar set up in the crossing of the nave and transepts.   A massive rubble smashed down … Continue reading →

Clerical beards.

Jun 25, 2019

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I saw at Pathetic from the esteemed Rev. Mr. Kandra a fluffy bit about more and more seminarians and priests – of the Latin Church – sporting beards.   HERE A couple things.  It has not been the custom of Latin … Continue reading →

PARODY SONG ALERT: Amazoniana Synod

Jun 24, 2019

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The other day, I posted about the upcoming Pan-Amazonian Synod at which the members will among other things discuss married priests as a solution to the shortage in that mission territory.  I wrote that “I try try try to give … Continue reading →

Earthquake at near Rome – 20:43:47 (UTC) Magnitude 3.4 at a depth of 5 KM – @ Colonna, Italy

Jun 24, 2019

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There was just an earthquake 1 KM north of Colonna, Italy, in the Castelli Romani 24 KM SE of Rome. 20:43:47 (UTC) Magnitude 3.4 at a depth of 5 KM. This is near well-known places such as Frascati and other … Continue reading →

VIDEO Fr @GeraldMurray8 and Dr @RobertSRoyal analyze hot-button issues

Jun 23, 2019

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My friends Fr. Murray and Dr. Royal were on EWTN with Raymond Arroyo last Friday, 21 June.   They spoke at length about the upcoming Synod, about the new document from the Cong. for Catholic Education on “gender theory”, about ongoing … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Can I really fulfill my Mass obligation at an SSPX chapel?

Jun 23, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve always had the impression that Cardinal Hoyos and Msgr. Perl have affirmed that so long as a person is not developing a schismatic mentality, that he/she may fulfill their sunday (and assumedly holyday?) obligation at … Continue reading →

Concerning the upcoming Synod, Germans and Tapirs

Jun 23, 2019

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I try try try to give these Synod (“walking together”) guys the benefit of the doubt, but does anyone sincerely believe that talking about married clergy is really about shortage of priests in a mission country?  Really? I can’t say … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM: How you can help defend the Seal of Confession in California

Jun 22, 2019

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Every once in a while, some legal case pops up whereby one side tries to undermine the Seal of Confession. These attempts usually go down in defeat. However, each time they are advanced, the needle is bumped ever so slightly … Continue reading →

“This ‘Communion in the hand’ thing needs to stop.”

Jun 22, 2019

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I received this from a priest… Dear and Reverend Father, I thought that you may find the attached image useful, as heartbreaking and enraging as it is. Today, an elderly woman came into my office. She was very confused and … Continue reading →

Shades of Windswept House

Jun 21, 2019

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A quick post… y’all should go over to Church Militant and see the report about Chicago’s Card. Bernadin and Card. Cupich.  HERE Do any of you remember Windswept House?

#ActonU 2019 Day 4: Great people… great content

Jun 21, 2019

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I’ve been to a lot of conferences.   Often, things get behind schedule due to lack of planning and discipline (which is disrespectful of the participants and speakers). None of that at Acton University!  Things run on time.  You never have … Continue reading →

Archd. of Indianapolis says Jesuit school isn’t Catholic

Jun 21, 2019

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UPDATE 22 June: CNA has more of the back story. HERE UPDATE 21 June: Check out canonist Ed Peters on this story. HERE ___ You may have already seen this, but I’m both glad and sad to post it. This … Continue reading →

#ActonU 2019 Day 1 = Day 3: getting up to speed

Jun 20, 2019

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Once again I have the pleasure of participating in Acton Institute’s summer event, Acton University, several days of outstanding lectures and meeting people from dozens of countries and varying walks of life and religions. Getting here wasn’t easy this time.  … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Do we receive also the Holy Spirit in Communion?

Jun 20, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, as the solemnity of the Holy Trinity is close ahead, a friend of mine was wondering: if the Trinity can never be split, do we receive the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist? I thought not … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Obligation to attend the local parish instead of going somewhere else

Jun 19, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Someone told me that I am bound to attend mass at my territorial parish, even though it is a rule that is not followed by many people. I was told this as reason for why I … Continue reading →

Online Shopping Reminder and BIRETTA PROJECT

Jun 19, 2019

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Folks, when you shop using Amazon, please consider entering Amazon through the links on this blog.  That way I get a small percentage of each sale.  The percentage depends on the product.  It’s very helpful. Amazon didn’t like that I … Continue reading →

Blistering NRO piece flames the recent USCCB meeting

Jun 19, 2019

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Beware.  This piece from NRO might provoke thoughts that require confession.  I’m not kidding. That said, this blistering entry by Declan Leary jabs a serious bruise.    Themes: passing v. lasting – passivity and reaction v. activity v. proaction. Let’s … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Trying to translate prayers into Latin, but I don’t trust Google

Jun 19, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m trying to translate a few prayers into Latin, but I don’t trust Google Translate’s accuracy. Is there anything I can do? Let me get this straight… You don’t trust Google? Shhhhhh.  C’mon!  Why are you … Continue reading →

Lib ‘c’atholic outcry in … 3… 2… 1

Jun 19, 2019

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Lib catholics often fall into the camp of those for whom every utterance of Francis is like to an oracle of the 5th apparition of Vishnu.   They insist that everything he says and does is of the Magisterium.  Anyone who dares … Continue reading →

Fr Rosica, amazing papal claims, and resignations

Jun 18, 2019

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Let’s be clear. There is an element among Francis’ most dedicated promoters, channel their inner Rex Mottram and declare nearly every syllable that he utters to be oracular and under the inspiration of the Spirit.   Some of them form an … Continue reading →

Priest apologizes to traditional Catholics: “The future of the Church is in her past.”

Jun 18, 2019

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From a priest… (my emphases) Dear Fr Z: I’ve just returned from France where, among other things, I took part in the Chartres Pilgrimage. After registering for the Pilgrimage, I discovered that the usus antiquor would be required of all participating priests, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Is a concelebrated Mass just one Mass or several Masses?

Jun 18, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Your recent post and “rant” regarding concelebration made me realize…I don’t actually know what happens at a concelebrated Mass. Is it technically two Masses (if there are two concelebrating priests)? How does that actually work? At … Continue reading →

Your Trinity Sunday 2019 Sermon Notes and the “Trinitini” martini

Jun 16, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Trinity Sunday Mass of obligation? Let us know. Also, apart from good points – which is what we want here – let us know if any of … Continue reading →

Thoughts about the change to CCC 2267 on the death penalty

Jun 15, 2019

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When the change was made to the Latin text of CCC 2267 – concerning the death penalty (claiming that it is now always “inadmissible”) – I both said in sermons and wrote here that the change was troubling and for … Continue reading →

Chilean priest’s episcopal consecration axed because of some comments

Jun 15, 2019

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I suspect there’s more to this story than this story suggests.  Nevertheless, it is a sign of the dopiness of the times we are enduring, that a priest, soon-to-be bishop can be dismissed for something as insignificant as this. From … Continue reading →

Canonist Ed Peters eviscerates bishops – one in particular – who won’t apply law

Jun 15, 2019

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Right away go over to canonist Ed Peters’ place and read his vivisection of Card. Cupich. It’s not just Cupich whom he has eviscerated.  It’s all the bishops who refuse to implement the Church’s Canon Law.   I believe bishops take … Continue reading →

Please

Jun 15, 2019

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Prayers, please.

USCCB meets. They talk about the “nones”. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jun 14, 2019

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How many times have I written it here? Nothing we undertake as a Church, this plan or that project or this resolution to form a committee or action item, will succeed unless it flows from and returns to our sacred … Continue reading →

New “Chernobyl” TV show and the End Times

Jun 13, 2019

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I understand that there is a new series on HBO about the Chernobyl disaster.  I haven’t seen any of it yet. During the summer after the April 1986 Chernobyl disaster I was in Rome for Fr. Reginald Foster’s intense Summer … Continue reading →

A “Catholic Signal Corps” – Thinking about a Catholic digital future and this blog

Jun 13, 2019

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Semper paratus. Here is an idea I have brought up in the past. Since this blog is facing huge changes, of existential ramifications, I have pondered how much easier life could be for me and for others if there were … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Traditional aspergillum or “whisk”?

Jun 13, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: For years now our parish has used the equivalent of a small whisk broom instead of a more traditional aspergillum during the Easter season. The “whisk broom” seems to throw much more water and the priests … Continue reading →

BOOKS RECEIVED: Antonio Socci on why Benedict is still Pope and Sam Gregg on the Struggle for Western Civilization

Jun 13, 2019

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Books are coming in like hail.  Many on a similar theme. Here’s what I’ve been up to today, resulting in the melting of my brain. Today I read through The Secret of Benedict XVI: Is He Still the Pope? by … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Pipe organs, being expensive, how about manually pumped reed organs?

Jun 11, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Pipe organs being too expensive for most parishes, and many electronic organs being used instead sound terrible and turn people off from the organ, what are your thoughts on bringing back reed (pump) organs to church? … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Alb for a boy’s pretend “Mass” set?

Jun 11, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am making a set of vestments for my 9 year old son to use for pretend Mass over the summer. (I’ve been inspired by your posts regarding the travel vestments being made for your priest … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Marital relations after a tubal ligation 22 years ago out of fear of pregnancy

Jun 11, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am very uneasy in my conscience. Twenty-two years ago, after the birth of our fourth child (last 3 were high risk pregnancies that ended in C-sections), my wife felt she was too old (38) to … Continue reading →

On a painfully hopeful day, consolation arrives – new icon of Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy

Jun 10, 2019

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It has been a painful and hopeful day.  Hopefully painful, or painfully hopeful, I can’t decide.  The needle drifted a to the later as I opened my mail. First, it is REALLY supposed to be MONDAY in the OCTAVE of … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z reads, rants and prays

Jun 10, 2019

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There is an article today at National Review which has a reaction to Pope Francis’ strange words about the Eucharist.  HERE.   Francis said that, since “there is already unity” among Christians, then we shouldn’t have to “wait for theologians to … Continue reading →

Chief of the Vichy Knights of Malta forbids the Extraordinary Form

Jun 10, 2019

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UPDATE 11 June: A spokeswoman for the @orderofmalta in Rome has confirmed to me this morning that this June 10 letter of the Grand Master banning all liturgical ceremonies in the Extraordinary Form within the Order is genuine. pic.twitter.com/J2aUrCUiWY — … Continue reading →

Your Good News

Jun 10, 2019

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It has been some time since I’ve asked you what’s going on.  Do you have good news? I can start out with a couple items of lighter fare. I just learned of a Ham Radio net that operates on weekends … Continue reading →

Cardinals and Bishops issue a “Declaration of Truths” intended to “aid” the Supreme Pontiff

Jun 10, 2019

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A small group including Card. Burke and Bp. Schneider have issued a Declaration of Truths comprising some 40 paragraphs over 8-pages under various subheadings, and have also issued an Explanatory note comprising some 1300 words and 2 single spaced pages. … Continue reading →

Octave of Pentecost PODCAzTs

Jun 10, 2019

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Some 11 years ago, I made a series of PODCAzTs for the Octave of Pentecost.   My technical  abilities have improved a little since then, and I seem to have had a little more energy, but they aren’t bad. So, these … Continue reading →

Great concelebration photos during Chartres Pentecost Pilgrimage

Jun 9, 2019

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During my last Rome visit I posted a photo of real concelebration: three priests at the same time saying their Masses at three altars in the nave of a Roman church. Today I found a great series of pics at Messa … Continue reading →

Your Pentecost Sunday Sermon Notes

Jun 9, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the Holy Mass you heard to fulfill your Pentecost Sunday obligation? Let us know. I spoke about the ongoing role of the sacrament of confirmation in Christian life. There were a couple things … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: DXing and Vatican call sighting, and Vatican Radio LATIN news program

Jun 8, 2019

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I have had some success making DX contacts recently.  Here’s a shot of my log from yesterday. Sometimes when it is hard to copy the callsign letters, some hams will veer away from the standard NATO alphabet and use other … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – Vigil of Pentecost (1962MR): from gerbils to lions

Jun 8, 2019

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Can you believe that today is already the Vigil of Pentecost? COLLECT (1962MR): Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut claritatis tuae super nos splendor effulgeat; et lux tuae lucis corda eorum, qui per gratiam tuam renati sunt, Sancti Spiritus illustratione confirmet. Splendor … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: Holy Church’s warp and weft hold true

Jun 8, 2019

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The Fiftieth Day Feast, Hebrew Shavuot or Greek Pentekosté, for the Jews commemorated the descent of God’s Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, wreathed in fire, fifty days after the Exodus.  Fifty days after Our Lord’s Resurrection, the tenth (perfection) … Continue reading →

“Why should I send somebody in my place to be killed?”

Jun 8, 2019

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At the site of the Knights of Columbus (bad choice about the uniforms, men, very) magazine, Columbus, there is a seriously moving account of D-Day and the storming of the beaches of Normandy. HERE A sample… […] Then the coxswain … Continue reading →

DAY 9 – Novena of Prayer to the Holy Spirit – AUDIO

Jun 8, 2019 0:09:20

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Let us, upon our knees, pray in a special way to God the Holy Spirit during this time between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost. This is one way to pray.  I invite the readership to join in. MANNER OF PRAYING THE … Continue reading →

DAY 8 – Novena of Prayer to the Holy Spirit – AUDIO

Jun 7, 2019 0:09:02

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Let us, upon our knees, pray in a special way to God the Holy Spirit during this time between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost. This is one way to pray.  I invite the readership to join in. MANNER OF PRAYING THE … Continue reading →

Bp. Paprocki bans pro-abortion politicians from Holy Communion

Jun 6, 2019

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Bp. Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, the capital city of the state, has issued a decree on 2 June which bans pro-abortion politicians from receiving Holy Communion in the diocese entrusted to his care. The trigger for this was the … Continue reading →

NCRegister about D-Day Catholic chaplains

Jun 6, 2019

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It’s the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. The National Catholic Register has an article about Catholic chaplains in the conflict. The whole article is great.  Here, however, is an interesting bit about a priest: […] Among the massive carnage of D-Day, … Continue reading →

Calling experts with WordPress

Jun 6, 2019

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Are there any experts on WordPress out there? I don’t mean, “I sorta know a little about it” or “I’ve done a few things with WordPress… a while ago”. I mean really expert. Please get in touch.  HERE

DAY 7 – Novena of Prayer to the Holy Spirit – AUDIO

Jun 6, 2019 0:08:54

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Let us, upon our knees, pray in a special way to God the Holy Spirit during this time between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost. This is one way to pray.  I invite the readership to join in. MANNER OF PRAYING THE … Continue reading →

Was a priest banned by Twitter for reminding women modestly to cover up at Mass?

Jun 5, 2019

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It seems that Fr. Kevin Cusick – a prolific tweeter and a columnist at my old stomping ground The Wanderer – was banned from Twitter because of reactions to his comment to women to dress modestly at Mass for the sake … Continue reading →

DAY 6 – Novena of Prayer to the Holy Spirit – AUDIO

Jun 5, 2019 0:08:55

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Let us, upon our knees, pray in a special way to God the Holy Spirit during this time between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost. This is one way to pray.  I invite the readership to join in. MANNER OF PRAYING THE … Continue reading →

UPDATES: Black vestments, Gitmo, challenge coins, and some food

Jun 4, 2019

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I thought I’d give you updates on a few things. First, regarding the Black Vestments project the mighty TMSM is pushing forward.   I had shown ya’ll a photo of the fabric for the set, though it had gold writing, instead … Continue reading →

BOOKS RECEIVED: Taylor Marshall’s “Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within”

Jun 4, 2019

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Prayers, please. I am down with a head cold, very stuffed up, head-achy, and fatigued. Hence, I am catching up on some reading.  I have a stack of … no, rather … stacks and stacks of books pressing on me, … Continue reading →

75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Rome – 4 June 1944

Jun 4, 2019

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The 75th Anniversary of D-Day is 6 June. Today, however, is 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Rome. In the following video, you can see among other things the invasion of Anzio, just below the Castelli Romani across the plain … Continue reading →

Pres. Trump recalls 40th anniv. of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland

Jun 4, 2019

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I found this in my email.  I regularly get messages from the White House Office of Public Liason.   This surprised me a little.  Also, HERE Presidential Message in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s First Pilgrimage … Continue reading →

DAY 5 – Novena of Prayer to the Holy Spirit – AUDIO

Jun 4, 2019 0:08:47

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Let us, upon our knees, pray in a special way to God the Holy Spirit during this time between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost. This is one way to pray.  I invite the readership to join in. MANNER OF PRAYING THE … Continue reading →

Bp. Tobin catches hell for warning about “Pride” events. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jun 3, 2019

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I suspect that before too long we will see violence in the streets and overt attacks on churches over this. Boston Globe story about the vituperative blow-back that Bp. Thomas Tobin of Providence, RI is getting about a tweet he … Continue reading →

DAY 4 – Novena of Prayer to the Holy Spirit – AUDIO

Jun 3, 2019 0:08:51

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Let us, upon our knees, pray in a special way to God the Holy Spirit during this time between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost. This is one way to pray.  I invite the readership to join in. MANNER OF PRAYING THE … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Jun 2, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon during your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know.  And let us know if you celebrated Sunday after Ascension, 7th Sunday of Easter, or Ascension Thursday Sunday.

June and Martin, SJ

Jun 2, 2019

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Why is Jesuit homosexualist Father James Martin’s obsessive focus so troubling?  Here’s an example. No mention of June as the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart. Rather, his focus for June is on “pride” in sodomy. To all my many … Continue reading →

DAY 3 – Novena of Prayer to the Holy Spirit – AUDIO

Jun 2, 2019 0:08:51

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Let us, upon our knees, pray in a special way to God the Holy Spirit during this time between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost. This is one way to pray.  I invite the readership to join in. MANNER OF PRAYING THE … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Gifts for new priests… an out of the box idea.

Jun 2, 2019

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This is ordination season for many dioceses and religious communities. This is therefore the season for people to write asking for advice about what gifts to give to new priests. The possibilities are manifold.  If you have enough time, and … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Playing cards and deception, bluffing, lying

Jun 1, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I play board games and card games and some involve deception/bluffing/lying. For example, one game called cockroach poker involves different animal suits of cards, and on your turn you place a card facedown in front of … Continue reading →

Feb 2020 – Holy Land Pilgrimage – all TLM Masses

Jun 1, 2019

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Have you been to the Holy Land yet? I haven’t. That’s going to be corrected in February 2020. For more information contact: HERE Some bullet points: -All meals included. -Daily TLM at the holy sites. -Ash Wednesday in Jerusalem. -Pre-dawn … Continue reading →

Reminder to priests having the care of souls about hearing confessions: do it … or probably go to Hell.

Jun 1, 2019

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My friend Fr. Martin Fox has a good post – directed at priests – about hearing confessions.  HERE I like his peroration… Yes, it’s hard work, especially when you’ve got lots of other things to do, and that’s certainly true … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: Shhhhh!

Jun 1, 2019

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First things first. I’m calling CQ for a good graphic artist who might design an appropriate logo for ZedNet.  Maybe something with… lightning bolts against ones and zeros. I dunno.  I’m not creative that way. Regarding ZedNet and DMR operation, … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – Sunday after Ascension: We have not been terrified by chains!

Jun 1, 2019

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Today’s prayer – for Sunday after Ascension – because that’s what it is – survived the Consilium’s scissor and gluepot ministrations to live in the 2002 Missale Romanum as the alternative Collect for Mass on the day of Ascension. Rather, the … Continue reading →

DAY 2 – Novena of Prayer to the Holy Spirit – AUDIO

Jun 1, 2019 0:08:58

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Let us, upon our knees, pray in a special way to God the Holy Spirit during this time between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost. This is one way to pray.  I invite the readership to join in. MANNER OF PRAYING THE … Continue reading →

Quam terribilis est locus iste! Hic non est aliud nisi domus Dei, et porta caeli!

May 31, 2019

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Holy Church has given two great gifts to all of humanity: art and saints. Both art and saints reflect God’s beauty and, therefore, call to each man to recognize also what is good and what is true. Art reflects God’s … Continue reading →

CHICAGO Fri 31 May – Procession with “Our Lady of the Broken” from @SJCantius

May 31, 2019

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Are in or near Chicagoland? Check this out. On Friday, May 31st, thousands will pray and walk for peace in Chicago with a broken statue of the Virgin Mary. https://t.co/YaVYaMsl6p pic.twitter.com/p5zFPVJ7gY — St John Cantius (@SJCantius) May 13, 2019 Go … Continue reading →

Zersetzung and the Pontifical Shunning of Prof. John Rist

May 31, 2019

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I noted at LifeSite something which is personally upsetting.   It concerns a friend and old prof of mine at the Augustinianum, the Patristic Institute, in Rome.   Prof. Rist taught at the Augustinianum for years.  He is a serious and well-known … Continue reading →

A warning from recent history about changes to the CDF and notes about authentic and deficient “evangelization”

May 31, 2019

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A priest friend sent this around to a select group.  I think more people should know about it. As we read about the proposed Curial “reforms”  Ottaviani reminds us that the seeds for this were sown by Paul VI another … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: “Priest screws around with order of Mass. Should I mind my own business?” @FatherZ rants, advises.

May 31, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our priest always reverses the order of the peace and the fraction. Specifically, he observes the following order: Our Father, embolism, doxology. Prayer for the peace of Christ. Fraction and commingling. Exchange of peace. Agnus Dei. … Continue reading →

DAY 1 – Novena of Prayer to the Holy Spirit – AUDIO

May 31, 2019 0:08:56

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Let us, upon our knees, pray in a special way to God the Holy Spirit during this time between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost. This is one way to pray.  I invite the readership to join in. MANNER OF PRAYING THE … Continue reading →

FOLLOW UP – Travel Vestments for US Navy Chaplain

May 30, 2019

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You will recall that a friend of mine’s airplane went into the river on landing at NAS JAX and he lost his vestments.  I started a fundraiser to have new vestments made at Gammarelli in Rome. Gammarelli sent photos of … Continue reading →

“Quam pulchri super montes pedes adnuntiantis et praedicantis” – Lordly Feet on Ascension Thursday

May 30, 2019

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There are many images of the Lord’s Ascension to heaven through history, and rightly so.  This is probably the greatest of all the Feasts of the Lord and for our own humanity.  Imagine!  Our humanity is seated – RIGHT NOW  – at … Continue reading →

Rome Day 5-7: Caponata, Carbonara, and Che Guevara

May 26, 2019

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I’m behind on my travelogue.  May I make this a quick one? An advantage to an apartment is that you can make breakfast when you want from leftovers. Out of order.. which drink is mine?   This is NOT breakfast. But … Continue reading →

WDTPRS: Prayer “Pro seipso sacerdote – For the priest himself” (1962MR)

May 26, 2019

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This time of year many new priests are being ordained and, consequently, many priests observe their own anniversaries. In the traditional, Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite a priest can add orations for himself, Pro seipso sacerdote, on the anniversary … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s 28th Anniversary of Ordination: St. Philip plays a prank.

May 26, 2019

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“Well… I made it this far.” That’s what I say to myself when this date rolls around. Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How to break the bondage of bad habits, vices?

May 25, 2019

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From a priest: QUAERITUR: Father, you stated: “Create a vacuum and something else will rush in to fill it. Think of this in our human, lived experience. If you have a bad habit, you will more than likely never break … Continue reading →

10 Great Meals In Literature

May 25, 2019

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A friend – quite the eclectic reader – sent an interesting piece from The Telegraph of a few years back. 10 Great Meals In Literature Wow.  Great idea.   How did the selector do?    Let’s see. 1) Mad Hatters Tea … Continue reading →

Francis: Church Must Learn to Abandon Old ‘Traditions’

May 24, 2019

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Today is the Feast of St. Vincent of Lérins.  He bequeathed to the generations a few principles of identifying sound doctrine.  I wrote something at length about that HERE.   It might be a good idea to read that in tandem … Continue reading →

Editorial: Church leaders, to be “transparent”, are still abusers. Of priests.

May 24, 2019

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What an easy way the forces of Hell have found to bring down good priests and bishops.  First, through agents and for decades undermine the Church’s identity through dreadful preaching and worse liturgy.  Then, as society swirls on its parallel … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Little daughter interested in the Mass

May 24, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: My daughter, aged 5, was playing and I saw she had set up a little altar with bread and fruit juice. I jumped in and went over the mass with her; including why and what the … Continue reading →

PARIS: 500 undocumented Africans stormed, seized Terminal 2 of CDG airport

May 23, 2019

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From Canada Free Press: In a rally on Saturday,  Salvini kissed his rosary, looked up to statue of the Blessed Virgin atop the 14th-century Milan Cathedral and said on behalf of the Italian people, “I entrust Italy, my life, and … Continue reading →

Rome Day 4: Of crashing ceilings, weeping parents, and the dust and hearts of saints

May 23, 2019

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Lots of walking today.  I purposely guiding my path past Er Belli’s house.   You remember him from yesterday’s post. I went to Gammarelli and picked the lace for Fr. Johnson’s new alb which my Society, through the donations some of … Continue reading →

@Church_Militant report on a twisted priest-predator has a familiar ring

May 23, 2019

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I received this note from Church Militant: Church Militant filed a FOIA request and obtained the disturbing police audio recordings of Fr. Robert DeLand, now serving time in Michigan State Prison, caught in the act of preying on a 17-year-old … Continue reading →

Card. Müller on deaconettes. “No.”

May 22, 2019

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I am reminded of years in the past when I would sometimes be challenged again and again for decisions I had made.   I eventually would say, “I have two answers.  There’s a short answer and a long answer.”  “What’s the … Continue reading →

Rome Day 3: Roman trash talk, perspiration, and prostitutes – UPDATED

May 22, 2019

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UPDATE: Below, I inserted the Great Roman’s reading of the Belli Sonnet.  It’s a hoot. ___ In the rush to get a few things posted yesterday, I forgot this.   I saw this chasuble at Gammarelli.   I don’t in general like … Continue reading →

Persecuted Fr. Kalchik responds to homosexualist Jesuit Martin

May 22, 2019

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At Church Militant, there is a response by Fr. Paul John Kalchik – who was notoriously tossed from his Chicago parish after an infamous and blasphemous “gay” flag was burned – to homosexualist activist Jesuit Fr. Jasmine Martin, SJ. More … Continue reading →

Anniversary of a turning point in Christian history

May 22, 2019

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Precisely in this time of year, it is the anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta, by the invading infidel Muslim under Suliman, called by some “the Magnificent”. This was a key moment in Western history, given the strategic importance … Continue reading →

NEW FROM MITSUI! Our Lady Untier of Knots

May 21, 2019

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It’s always a pleasure to showcase the sacred art of Daniel Mitsui. He works in various media and with a creative fusion of genres. His Archangel Michael as samurai warrior is amazing. He has accomplished a new work, which is … Continue reading →

Stupid angry lib (I know, tautology) at The Atlantic against priesthood

May 21, 2019

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UPDATE 22 May: Fr. Robert Sirico responded to Mr ex-priest, angry lib Carroll, also in The Atlantic. Sirico’s piece is as measured as Carroll’s is unhinged.  It is as succinct as Carroll’s is prolix.  As clear as Carroll’s is muddled. ____ … Continue reading →

Rome Day 1-2: Views, fabrics and eats

May 20, 2019

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Yesterday morning brought a smooth landing at Fiumicino – not to be underestimated – but iffy weather. As a matter of fact, it rained hard yesterday morning and again in the evening, with some sunny moments in between. My apartment … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: All Roads Edition

May 19, 2019

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Off to Rome. This is the second Sunday in a row when I’ve gone from church pretty much straight to the airport with a brief delay in between. At Mass today we had a 1st Holy Communion, which is always … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 4th Sunday after Easter (1962MR): The smoke of Satan

May 19, 2019

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The Collect for the 4th Sunday after Easter, in the traditional Roman calendar, is the same as the Collect for the 21st Ordinary Sunday in the post-Conciliar calendar. Or… the other way around! Let’s look at the structure. Deus, qui … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 5th Sunday of Easter: The prayer’s very word order reveals God’s love

May 18, 2019

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As we journey from the passion and Easter toward Ascension and Pentecost, the Church in Holy Mass leads us through meditations on the fruits of the Resurrection and our baptism.  Our mysterious procession was made possible by the Cross.  Our … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: QSL Cards and some firsts

May 18, 2019

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Regarding ZedNet and DMR operation, I refer to you THIS. I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list. Now for some fun stuff. … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Diaconate Ordination of the the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter @CSPOrd

May 18, 2019

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Here is a video of an ordination to the diaconate of men for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, at their Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, TX.     The rite uses their English translation.  If nothing … Continue reading →

Donations, PayPal, alternatives, and you

May 17, 2019

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Dear readers, your donations are gratefully received and I remember donors and benefactors in prayer and with Mass intentions. The same goes for those of you who send items from my wishlists (right side bar). And there are options for … Continue reading →

Irish Ass. of Catholic Priests in toddler meltdown mode against Francis over no women deacons

May 17, 2019

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There are, apparently, still some priests left in Ireland for the tens of people who still want the sacraments.   Evidence for this claim is found in a story at IrishCatholic.com.  It concerns that pungent group, the Ass. of Catholic Priests.  … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Thursday: ZedNet, my first pile up, and remote from GITMO and… Vatican City?

May 16, 2019

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Just a reminder to any hams out there who might be interested in ZedNet. ZedNet is a worldwide talkgroup – 31429 More HERE.   But quickly… For you who are into this digital stuff, ZedNet still exists on the Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” … Continue reading →

GERMANY: Pro-women’s ordination group: “We want to take Mary off her pedestal”

May 16, 2019

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The German Church seems to be the caput malorum omnium. In the wake of the dissolution of the misplaced aspirations of promoters of female diaconate, comes this. From CNA: German bishop supports ‘Church strike’ for women’s ordination Munich, Germany, May 15, … Continue reading →

What’s up at the southern border of these USA

May 16, 2019

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This is one of most informative video clips I’ve yet seen about what’s going on at the southern border of these USA. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com The bit about the Honduran woman learning about how to get to … Continue reading →

Lib liturgy positivists force people to stand after Communion

May 16, 2019

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We’ve seen notices from a diocese of chancery decrees (bullying?) imposing that people remain standing after Communion, instead of having personal freedom to kneel in prayer and awe about the Presence within them.   No, No!  You MUST STAND. My friend … Continue reading →

Student ‘steals’ pro-life sign on camera, gets arrested, but she’s the victim!

May 15, 2019

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This is largely satisfying in an awful sort of way.   Listen to this brainwashed girl, a great example of the subversive work of decades within “education” and pop-TV, etc. From WND: Student who ‘steals’ pro-life sign on camera shocked by … Continue reading →

Benedict XVI’s recent essay is a subtle correction of Amoris laetitia ch. 8

May 15, 2019

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At Crisis find analysis by Richard A. Spinello of Benedict XVI’s recent explanation for The Present Crisis. The writer says that Benedict has, between the lines, criticized Amoris laetitia. I also, a couple says back, saw a piece arguing that … Continue reading →

15-18 July 2019: East Coast Priest Conference in Wheeling, WV – looks good!

May 15, 2019

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I have heard great things from a couple priests about the St. Paul Center’s East Coast Priest Conference.   This year, 2019, it is to be held at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, WV, which looks like a really … Continue reading →

NEW BOOK from Martin Mosebach – Subversive Catholicism: Papacy, Liturgy, Church

May 15, 2019

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German-born Martin Mosebach in an award-winning author who has penned works in many genres, novels, poems, and even opera libretti.   He is an eloquent defender of our Catholic traditions and patrimony.  If you haven’t yet read his exquisite The Heresy of … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: The TLM’s Orationes Diversae and Oratio Imperata

May 14, 2019

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UPDATE: My good friend Fr. Finigan has a post about Votive Mass which is sort of related to this. HERE ___ From a reader… QUAERITUR: In the Missale Romanum of the traditional Mass (1962), there is a section called “Orationes … Continue reading →

Historic chasuble rediviva

May 14, 2019

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A priest friend sent photos of a chasuble he initiated at Gammarelli in Rome.  It is inspired by the chasuble of St. Thomas Becket. The fabric is cut and it is ready to be sewn.  

MULTIPLE CMEs ARE COMING – GEOMAGNETIC STORM UNDERWAY NOW

May 14, 2019

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This might have an effect on Ham Radio operation.  Also, those of you in the north might watch for aurora borealis! From SpaceWeather: GEOMAGNETIC STORM UNDERWAY NOW: A surprise geomagnetic storm is underway on May 14th. Storm levels are currently at G2 (moderately … Continue reading →

The shortage of priests didn’t just happen by itself, it was engineered.

May 14, 2019

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At The Media Group there is a piece about the epidemic of false accusations against priests.  They have the numbers.   This is economic persecution based on greed, pure and simple. On another note concerning priesthood, LifeSite re-posted a great piece … Continue reading →

14 May – St. Paul, MN: Argument of the Month – SSPX

May 13, 2019

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If I had a little more time before my next trip, I would head over to the Twin Cities for this. Argument of the Month has been going for years at the parish of a friend of mine, Fr. John … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

May 12, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of obligation?   Let us know. Taking my cue from the 2nd Reading from Revelation (N.O.) I spoke about the characteristics of the risen body we hope … Continue reading →

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

May 12, 2019

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Can lay people assist with sprinkling rite and give homily?

May 12, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I had to use my territorial novus ordo parish for a valid mass instead of the TLM since I work in emergency medicine and sometimes shift work makes it difficult to get to a TLM or … Continue reading →

“Meno chiacchiere… più processioni! … Less chattering … more processions!”

May 11, 2019

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I received a video which has some good grist for our Catholic identity mills. First, note that people are happy. Joy is a mark of the working of the Holy Spirit. Even in adversity it is possible to have Christian … Continue reading →

What priests – and you too – will have to deal with

May 11, 2019

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I spotted this on Twitter. It’s not just the anti-Catholicism that comes from the outside that troubles us. More troubling is the anti-Catholicism from within. It has ever been so, since Judas sold the Lord. This is what faithful priests … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: My mind goes blank just before confession

May 11, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a frustrating problem that has plagued me for years without fail. Throughout the week, all my faults and sins that a I’ve committed since my last confession ruminate through my mind clearly and distinctly. … Continue reading →

“Tactical Rabbi”. Why not “Tactical Priests”? “Tactical Bishops”?

May 10, 2019

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Let us begin our reflection on this post with a favorite passage of Scripture from Nehemiah 4:16-18 about the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, a pivotal moment in salvation history: And it came to pass from that day forward, … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Conversion of an NFL player and the Traditional Latin Mass

May 10, 2019

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Several kind souls have sent this video and I have heard about this young man from friends in Kansas City for some time now. You can see also my friends Fr. Matthew Bartulica and Fr. Shawn Tunink (who has a … Continue reading →

Maybe “Pray Brethren that my sacrifice and yours …” doesn’t mean what people assume.

May 10, 2019

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From Fr. Hunwicke, something provocative… with my emphases and comments: ORATE FRATRES “Pray Brethren that my sacrifice and yours …” We find the roots of this formula, which precedes the Prayer Over The Offerings, in Carolingian Gaul, in a rubric … Continue reading →

Francis and the Deaconess Study Commission

May 10, 2019

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At Crux Charles Collins (quondam Vatican Radio speaker) has some cleared-eye comments on recent remarks made on an airplane trip by Francis about the possibility of the ordination of women to the diaconate. In his view, and I agree, Francis … Continue reading →

Day 6-7 – NS Guantanamo Bay: Of mates and doors and details

May 9, 2019

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My time here at GITMO is paying some dividends.  First, the heat seems to be helping my shoulder and foot, which were injured during the winter.   Also, today I got some writing done for the paper ahead of time. Some … Continue reading →

The Present Crisis and the crisis of liturgy and catechesis

May 9, 2019

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Rev. Msgr. Richard C. Antall is pastor of Holy Name Parish in the Diocese of Cleveland.  He has, today, a piece at Crisis which is worthy of close attention. Please don’t jump to the false conclusion that I am in strong … Continue reading →

A good article that explores what REAL clericalism is. UPDATED

May 8, 2019

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UPDATE 10 May 2019: Fr. Longenecker has a post about different layers of clericalism.  It is well written and has a good insight that builds on what I wrote, below.   Go over there to get the full line of his … Continue reading →

QUIS UT DEUS? Who is like God? 8 May: Feast of the Apparition of Michael the Archangel

May 8, 2019

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Today is the Feast of the Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel, in the Traditional Calendar. You might remember that St. Michael appeared on the top of a mountain in S. Italy, along the back of the “ankle” of the … Continue reading →

8 May Indulgence: Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii

May 8, 2019

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There is a beautiful tradition for 8 May, this day (often right at 1200 noon). Once upon a time one could obtain this day a plenary indulgence by reciting the Supplication to the Madonna of Pompeii.  The other day for this … Continue reading →

Deaconettes? Not gonna happen

May 8, 2019

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Here is some of the Q&A with Francis on the airplane for the Bulgaria visit. Josh McElwee, [for pro-women’s ordination] National [c]atholic Reporter:Thank you so much, Holy Father. In Bulgaria you visited an Orthodox community that has continued a long … Continue reading →

Day 5 – NS Guantanamo Bay: Of Chesty Puller, tabernacle doors, and more iguanas

May 7, 2019

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Since I prodded the curious with iguanas, here are more iguanas.  They were hanging out near the chapel this morning after Holy Mass. Within the chapel at GITMO, there is a small, daily Mass chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is … Continue reading →

Day 4 – NS Guantanamo Bay: Of a Sunday Mass hymn, tohu wa-bohu, and chess

May 7, 2019

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Getting off this island is turning out to be harder than getting on, and that isn’t easy either. I hope to be here for another set of Sunday Masses, but transportation issues are … fluid.  I think I need to … Continue reading →

A “Say the Black” moment from a … Jesuit!

May 6, 2019

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At Jesuit-run Amerika there is an unexpected article.   It – I’m not making this up – is a call for priests to stop making up prayers and doing their own thing during Mass.  No, really.  At a Jesuit publication.   Jesuits … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Navy chaplain’s vestments lost in the airplane crash – UPDATED

May 6, 2019

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UPDATE: Since in 24 hours we completed our objectives and exceeded expectations, it’s time to close this down. However… go to the bottom and read my 7 May update for more. UPDATE: I’ll add updates at the bottom, but this … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

May 5, 2019

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Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? What was it? For my part… … I said Mass at the chapel at NS Guantanamo Bay.    I spoke to the congregation about … Continue reading →

Of blessings of airplanes and blessings from God

May 4, 2019

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This post comes to you from fabled Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at the NAS.  How I got here and what happened after is the topic of this entry.   But first a forward… I have often related from the pulpit and … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Humidity Edition and CQ! UPDATES

May 2, 2019

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I’m heading south and, frankly, I’m not quite sure about my return date. That’s a tale for a different post. The airport is NUTS this morning, pre-0600. I wonder if Delta changes schedules so that flights leave at the same … Continue reading →

Read the linked article carefully!

May 1, 2019

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Avete viatores et vos omnes qui transitis per viam. Legitote titulum meum. Every one of you clicking through this blog should STOP for a breath and use this link HERE and read carefully the linked article. On this note, I’ve … Continue reading →

A bit of cheery news about a potential Extinction Level Event. But not to worry!

May 1, 2019

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Meanwhile, I read this cheering bit of news at FNC: Huge ‘God of Chaos’ asteroid to pass near Earth in 2029 A 1,110-foot-wide asteroid named for the Egyptian god of chaos will fly past Earth in 2029 within the distance … Continue reading →

1 May – St. Joseph the Worker: Mighty intercessor in time of need

May 1, 2019

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Pray to St. Joseph, especially in your needs concerning your work and your vocation.  St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor.  He comes through for you especially when you are specific about what you need and when you need it. I’ve … Continue reading →

Two object lessons in how to avoid some serious sins.

May 1, 2019

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My mail box is filled – as are my instant messages – with the “news” that 20 Catholic notables issued an open letter arguing that Francis has committed heresy by word, deed and omission.  I haven’t read the letter yet, … Continue reading →

30 April (NO) – St Pius V – A saint against clerical depravity

Apr 30, 2019

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Allow me today, the Novus Ordo Feast of St Pius V, to repost something edifying and useful.   NB: Pius V’s feast is observed in the traditional Roman calendar on 5 May. _______ At The Josias, which a friend and patron … Continue reading →

Peter’s Pence and You – ACTION ITEM

Apr 30, 2019

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I switched on early morning news today to see if there was anything really big going on that I should know about.  I usually do that on the verge of a journey.   Today I learned that the massive horde swarming … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Blessed wine turns to vinegar… still blessed?

Apr 29, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I had an almost empty bottle of wine I had blessed on the Feast of St. Blaise. I tasted it and it started to get a mild vinegar taste/smell to it. I still drank it, but … Continue reading →

Triumphant Renovationism – the ironic hypocrisy of the ‘c’atholic left

Apr 29, 2019

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I am not a daily reader of Rod Dreher. However, today I was directed by someone to read something he wrote about a Russian Orthodox reacting to what we Catholics are doing. Let’s see.  My emphases and comments. […] Looking around for … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Happy Low Sunday!

Apr 28, 2019

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Was there a GOOD point made during the sermon you heard at your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know! Happily, the one I heard at a solemn Mass, for which I was deacon and not priest, focused on Thomas… … Continue reading →

PASCHALCAzT 54 – Low Sunday, Octave of Easter: Taking off the robes

Apr 28, 2019 0:04:59

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It’s Low Sunday, the Octave of Easter, also called “Dominica in albis” and Quasimodo Sunday, from the Introit. Christ is risen! Alleluia!  The Octave is over! Today we hear about a vastly neglected membership of our Holy Church, whose voice … Continue reading →

PRAYERCAzT / PODCAzT 172: Blessing Holy Water in Latin with the traditional Rituale Romanum

Apr 27, 2019 0:17:43

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From a priest: Could you record for your priestly audience the correct pronunciation for the Holy Water blessing in Latin? Sure!   I can do that. I will also include this in the What Does The Prayer Really Sound Like series, … Continue reading →

@MadisonDiocese prepares for the transition to @BishopHying – UPDATED

Apr 27, 2019

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UPDATE 27 April: I’m very fortunate to know and have worked with a fine graphic artist, David P. Burkart.  You can see my coat-of-arms – my family’s historic arms –  on my right sidebar.  He’s terrific! David just made a … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ – #HamRadio Saturday: ZedNet slowly growing

Apr 27, 2019

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Just a reminder to any hams out there who might be interested in ZedNet. Just recently a Catholic permanent deacon who has been a reader of many years has chimed in on ZedNet, through his local repeater.  The technology is … Continue reading →

PASCHALCAzT 53 – Easter Saturday: Fear not!

Apr 27, 2019 0:04:59

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It’s Easter Saturday. Christ is risen! Alleluia!  The Octave is almost over! Today John Paul II speaks to us about the “day the Lord has made”.   Fulton Sheen instructs us about conformation to the world or to heaven. I provide … Continue reading →

PASCHALCAzT 52 – Easter Friday: Graces unused are not often repeated

Apr 26, 2019 0:04:59

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It’s Easter Friday. Christ is risen! Alleluia!  Yes, you can eat meat today! From a super early sermon, by Melito of Sardis (+ c. 180).  Try to keep up! And Fulton Sheen gives us an important, very important reminder. I … Continue reading →

Latin and You. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Apr 26, 2019

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Each year – in fact more than once each year – a serious problem for our enervated Catholic identity rises to the surface to demand our attention. The lack of Latin in the Latin Church. I am sure that there … Continue reading →

An interlude… from today’s Matins

Apr 25, 2019

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In the Office of Matins this morning, we had this stunning line from Pope St. Gregory I, the Great.  I’ll give you the whole reading for context. Lectio 3 María ergo cum fleret, inclinávit se, et prospéxit in monuméntum. Certe … Continue reading →

VIDEO @EricMetaxas on what’s important

Apr 25, 2019

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Eric Metaxas was on with Tucker Carlson.  Here is a short clip, well worth your time! I warmly recommend Metaxas’ books about Dietrich Bonhoeffer… US HERE – UK HERE … and Wilberforce… US HERE – UK HERE

ASK FATHER: Eating meat on Friday during the Octave of Easter

Apr 25, 2019

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Let’s get out in front of this before the calendar clicks over to Friday From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife and I recently returned to the traditional friday abstinence from meat year round. Traditionally, would the friday abstinence from meat also … Continue reading →

Happy feedback and a note about donations

Apr 25, 2019

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What a great day this is turning out to be. From a reader… Fr Z – I am grateful for your work and would like to support you monthly. I think you mentioned a particular day of the month is … Continue reading →

GOOD NEWS! 5th Bishop of Madison appointed!

Apr 25, 2019

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I am pleased to read that, today, His Excellency Most Reverend Donald Joseph Hying will be translated from Gary to Madison.  His appointment was announced today. This is good news and the answer to many prayers.  I sense that the … Continue reading →

PASCHALCAzT 51 – Easter Thursday: Hell grasped a corpse, and met God.

Apr 25, 2019 0:04:59

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It’s Easter Thursday. Christ is risen! Alleluia!  The Octave is well underway. St. John Chrysostom pours out his heart for us today. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

Your Good News

Apr 24, 2019

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Do you have good news for the readership?  I haven’t asked for some time.  It is always pleasant to hear how grace is working in your lives. I survived the Triduum.  I’m making some important decisions for the TMSM.  I … Continue reading →

A lesson in “selective aggression”

Apr 24, 2019

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This story surprised me.   It’s about a fellow, James Holzhauer, who has been winning a lot of money in a streak on “Jeopardy!”. The Paul Batura’s Fox News story starts: ‘Jeopardy!’ star James Holzhauer’s secret to success is a blueprint … Continue reading →

A Cardinal on the ropes of logic

Apr 24, 2019

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After a busy week, I am catching up on things. There came to my attention a TV interview granted by His Eminence Joseph Card. Tobin, in the never-before-cardinalatial see of Newark, less than 17 miles and about a 45 minute … Continue reading →

PASCHALCAzT 50 – Easter Wednesday: You are a holy seed, a new colony of bees, the very flower of my ministry

Apr 24, 2019 0:04:59

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It’s Easter Wednesday. Christ is risen! Alleluia!  The Octave is underway. Today we some of my own musings, along with support from St. Augustine in the 5th century.  He preaches to the newly baptized with beautiful images… including bees! I … Continue reading →

Fr. Z seeks advice about women

Apr 24, 2019

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Now that I have your attention, I would like to solicit some female readers… for advice. For advice about a Ladies Altar Guild.  Altar… Society? I am sure that some of you have experience in establishing and participating in a … Continue reading →

A few Easter Vigil moments – UPDATES

Apr 23, 2019

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A couple shots from the Easter Vigil with vestment sets that the TMSM had made during the last year.  Please support the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison! UPDATE: More photos and also sights from Easter Sunday.

PASCHALCAzT 47 – Easter Sunday: Leave the shrouds in the tomb

Apr 21, 2019 0:04:59

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It’s Easter Sunday. Christ is risen! Alleluia! Today we hear from Fulton Sheen something that might disturb us, even on this beautiful day. Then, from the 7th century, a rush of joy. In honor of Notre-Dame de Paris, something from … Continue reading →

Benedict XVI on the Paschal Candle

Apr 21, 2019

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From Benedict XVI’s Vigil Mass sermon in 2012… the last he celebrated in St. Peter’s: Dear friends, as I conclude, I would like to add one more thought about light and illumination. On Easter night, the night of the new … Continue reading →

WDTPRS and AUDIO: The Exsultet – explained, translated, sung

Apr 20, 2019 0:10:55

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It’s hard to believe but this post goes back to 2005! 14 years ago! I always get requests about the Exsultet, so here you are. ___ Originally published in 2005 The EXSULTET is one of the most spectacular moments of … Continue reading →

JUST TOO COOL: Fr. Z kudos to Our Lady’s Bees! They survived the fire #NDParis

Apr 20, 2019

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UPDATE BELOW! “All of you who stand fast in the Lord are a holy seed, a new colony of bees, the very flower of our ministry and fruit of our toil, my joy and my crown.” – St. Augustine of … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 46 – Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell

Apr 20, 2019 0:04:59

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Today is Holy Saturday. Our Lenten journey is complete. We hear from an fine article by David Arias on the Harrowing of Hell from 2014 in the ever-useful Crisis. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me … Continue reading →

POLL: Foot-washing on Holy Thursday where you are – ORDINARY FORM

Apr 19, 2019

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Quick polls  

“Behold, I make all things new.”

Apr 19, 2019

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US HERE – UK HERE The moment which, every time, nearly overwhelms me to the point of not being able to breathe is when Christ falls and His Mother has her flashback.  She – past and present – rushes to … Continue reading →

#GoodFriday and You: Prayers for Holy Souls in Purgatory and Plenary Indulgences

Apr 19, 2019

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Something which would enormously help every aspect of the life of the Church in the modern world is a revival of classic devotions and the return to a style of prayer which, to our ears, seems quite formal and, at … Continue reading →

Good Friday Reminder: Fasting, Abstaining, and You

Apr 19, 2019

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Tomorrow is Good Friday. Let’s review our obligations before the day arrives so that we aren’t taken by surprise. Two days of the year we modern Latin Church Catholics are asked both to fast and to abstain from meat. According to the … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 45 – Good Friday: The ultimate pulpit

Apr 19, 2019 0:04:59

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Today is Good Friday. The Roman Station is Santa Croce. Fulton J. Sheen underscores three vocations at the foot of the Cross. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

TMSM: Holy Thursday Mass with the new vestments

Apr 19, 2019

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UPDATE: A good photographer also captured some moments from the Mass last night.  The gallery is HERE. Example: During the sermon…. you get a sense of the beauty of moment. We are trying to do something beautiful for God. Click … Continue reading →

A good article in Crisis about France. Fr. Z adds a short rant.

Apr 18, 2019

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From the onset I have hoped that the burning of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame will “spark” the Faith in Paris and in France.  And I don’t think that it is a mere “coincidence” that the famous church burned.   It may … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 44 – Holy Thursday: Sin is in the blood

Apr 18, 2019 0:04:59

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Today is Holy Thursday. The Roman Station is St. John Lateran. Fulton J. Sheen introduces an aspect of the Agony in the Garden. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

So a guy with gas cans walks into @StPatsNYC in Midtown Manhattan…

Apr 18, 2019

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…. No!  Really! The NYPost reports – and I have verified through a NYPD source that this is for real – a guy with gas cans walked into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan today and got his crazy ass … Continue reading →

ARRIVED: Tenebrae Hearse! And a successful bout with Zuhlsdorf’s Law

Apr 17, 2019

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The Tenebrae hearse arrived in time. I wanted it days ago, but it came. I wanted it days ago so that we could check it out and solve problems (which, since I have read a lot of Augustine, and I … Continue reading →

PRAYERCAzT: What does the Latin Exorcism really sound like? FOR PRIESTS ONLY – UPDATED

Apr 17, 2019

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UPDATE 17 April 2019: A while ago I had a request from an exorcist of a US diocese for a recording not only of Chapter 3, but also of Chapter 2.  “Euge! Euge!”, quoth I, “It is, however, long.   But … Continue reading →

Fundraising idea for #NotreDame

Apr 17, 2019

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I’ve been chatting with a friend.  Here’s an idea. Those who are responsible for Notre Dame Cathedral might sell cubes of charred wood and vault from the burned roof.   Say, 1 cm (5 cm for a lot more).   This would … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Interview with Fr. Jean-Marc Fournier

Apr 17, 2019

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Here is an interview with Fr. Jean-Marc Fournier, the priest military chaplain to the firefighters of Paris.  He was a member of the FSSP. Generally accurate translation (by someone out there): ‘I am Father Fournier, chaplain-major at the Paris Fire … Continue reading →

POLL: @GameOfThrones – Final Season #GoTS8

Apr 14, 2019

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Some time ago I posted a faux titles video of Game Of Thrones which showed Rome being built instead of the GoT world.  I was surprised at the reactions I got.  Of course I hadn’t seen any of the show … Continue reading →

Your Palm Sunday Sermon Notes

Apr 14, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know!

LENTCAzT 2019 40 – Palm Sunday: Something borrowed

Apr 14, 2019 0:04:59

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Today is Palm Sunday. Holy Week begins. The Roman Station is San Giovanni in Laterano. Podcast #40! Fulton Sheen gives us the Lord’s lesson in contrasts. You’ll here something from one of the best chant discs I’ve ever heard, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: The priest is a jerk and has hang-ups

Apr 13, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can priests be trusted with all parishoners or do they have hang-ups with particular types of people? I am a single woman and I feel like the priest at my church doesn’t like to be called … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: My unbaptized wife insists on contraception

Apr 13, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m a youngish Catholic man who very much wants closeness with Christ through the Church in Her teachings and Sacraments. I’m also a Catholic man married to an unbaptized woman, who has been insistent on taking … Continue reading →

A detail in a detail in a header on this blog and some details about a liturgical detail.

Apr 13, 2019

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Speaking of Tenebrae hearses… As you know, the TMSM has obtained a new-old hearse.  THANK YOU, MB, for the generous donation! A Tenebrae hearse is a pavement standing candelabra with 15 candles. After each psalm of Matins and Lauds a … Continue reading →

What went through my during the Gospel this morning?

Apr 13, 2019

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This morning at Mass a detail in the Gospel pericope struck me with force.  Buried in the longish reading is the key, probably, to its selection by our forebears, who so lovingly polish the gems of our sacred liturgical rites … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 39 – Saturday the 5th Week of Lent: The hour has come

Apr 13, 2019 0:00:01

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Saturday after Passion Sunday, Saturday in the 5th Week of Lent. … Continue reading →

More thoughts on Benedict XVI’s 6000K word essay on The Present Crisis

Apr 12, 2019

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I wrote a rapid reaction to Benedict XVI’s piece HERE. Here are some fuller, additional thoughts. Ratzinger/Benedict writes from a unique perspective of age and the experience of key positions in the Church from post-WWII directly through to the present.  … Continue reading →

NEW VESTMENTS! Stunning new Pontifical Set has arrived!

Apr 12, 2019

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It has been a long time coming, but the day has arrived. Today we received the new Pontifical Mass vestments from Rome. Gammarelli always packages things perfectly, with layers of poly/plastic to protect the contents. The shipment had been help … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 38 – Friday the 5th Week of Lent: Our Lady of Sorrows

Apr 12, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Friday after Passion Sunday, Friday the 5th Week of Lent. We … Continue reading →

UPDATE: Beresheet Moon Landing expected to start at 3:05 p.m. EST (2005 GMT).

Apr 11, 2019

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Israel spacecraft Beresheet will attempt Moon landing today. Moon Landing expected to start at 3:05 p.m. EST (2005 GMT). UPDATE: A selfie from Beresheet… UPDATE: The lander did NOT safely land. UPDATE: We were using ZedNet during the landing process.  … Continue reading →

Benedict XVI: Make The Church Credible Again!

Apr 11, 2019

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From Benedict XVI’s latest essay: The extent and gravity of the reported incidents has deeply distressed both priests as well as laity, and has driven more than a few to call into question the very Faith of the Church. It … Continue reading →

Pope Francis kneels, kisses the feet of the leader of South Sudan

Apr 11, 2019

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From Vatican Insider: Papa Francesco bacia i piedi ai leader del Sud Sudan: basta guerre Il Pontefice in ginocchio davanti al presidente Salva Kiir e ai vicepresidenti designati del Paese africano che dovranno avviare a maggio un nuovo governo: «La … Continue reading →

Animi caussa: Some spittle-flecked nutty lib reactions to Benedict XVI’s latest

Apr 11, 2019

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How are the papalotrous reacting to Benedict XVI’s reflections? Let’s look at Twitter. I pray that Benedict lives long enough to write another substantial work of theology. Because if he dies tomorrow and this stands his last published opus it … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 37 – Thursday the 5th Week of Lent: Babylon

Apr 11, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Thursday after Passion Sunday, Thursday the 5th Week of Lent. Babylon … Continue reading →

Initial reaction to Benedict XVI’s latest essay: a cri de coeur

Apr 11, 2019

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Benedict XVI has released a three part essay address, firstly, it seems, to the clergy of Germany. It is a scolding. However, it is also clearly for the whole watching world. The MSM will be excited about the title: The … Continue reading →

CQ CQ CQ – #HamRadio Wednesday – More DMR and THE MOON

Apr 10, 2019

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Be sure to catch up on ZedNet progress.  HERE Also, as a follow up to the fascinating tale of the Israeli Moon lander Beresheet (Hebrew for “In the beginning…” (1st word of the Genesis, and also of Gospel of John) … Continue reading →

A public “Amoris Laetitia” celebration of getting around adultery

Apr 10, 2019

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It has been some time since we’ve looked into issues arising from the ambiguity laden Ch. 8 of Amoris laetitia.  Remember that those who wish to distort the words of the Lord and Catholic moral theology will read it one way, … Continue reading →

First photograph of a real Black Hole

Apr 10, 2019

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No, this is not a photo of the HQ of the Fishwrap, a place so dense that no light can escape it. Nor is it a pic of the Jesuits’ Generalate in Rome.  This isn’t an artistic rendering of the … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Valid or invalid gluten free hosts?

Apr 8, 2019

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From a priest… QUAERITUR: I was at a church this week and this is the gluten-free stuff they’re passing out.  Look at the ingredients.  How can this be valid matter? Just so that you can see it more clearly. NO!  … Continue reading →

Reader Feedback: Internet Prayer Funny and Thank You!

Apr 8, 2019

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This is from a reader…  great story about the Internet Prayer (always linked on the top menu)! I am a vice principal and theology teacher at a Catholic K-12 school in Texas. Last week I printed your post about St. … Continue reading →

“Here comes the choochoo!”

Apr 8, 2019

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At NLM, Peter Kwasniewski easily handles the facile notions of Msgr. M. Francis Mannion at the ultra-progressivist Pray Tell about Latin and vernacular in the Church’s sacred liturgy.  In a nut shell, if people can’t understand the language (Latin) they … Continue reading →

Does anyone have a 1959 Cantus Passionis? Post-1955?

Apr 8, 2019

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You know what would be really useful? A reprint of the 1959 Cantus Passionis. I think that was the last version published before the Flood struck. It could be that the traditional movement is heading in the direction of the … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 34 – Monday the 5th Week of Lent: Repent to avert destruction

Apr 8, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Monday after Passion Sunday, Monday the 5th Week of Lent I … Continue reading →

SPACEWEATHER: Strange Northern Lights!

Apr 7, 2019

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This is from SpaceWeather…. very cool. I’ll bet this freaked out a lot of people… though there aren’t a lot of people up there. ___ ROCKETS DUMP CHEMICALS INTO NORTHERN LIGHTS: Last night (April 5th) in Norway, researchers at the Andøya … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z makes an appeal

Apr 7, 2019

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Dear readers, this is an appeal. Your use of my links to stuff on Amazon or your use of my search box on the right sidebar provides important income. Every time you enter Amazon through my links or that search … Continue reading →

Minimalist Catholics or More?

Apr 7, 2019

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Fr. Jerabek, at his blog, has a good reminder about Lenten penance, and Fridays, and fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of the year are days of penance.  Fridays of Lent are more specific. All Catholics who have completed 14 years … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes and Passion Sunday POLL: veils on images

Apr 7, 2019

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Was there a good point made during the sermon you heard for your Mass of obligation this  5th Sunday of Lent (Novus Ordo). From this Sunday, traditionally called 1st Sunday of the Passion, it is customary to veil images in … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 33 – Passion Sunday, the 5th of Lent: Getting ready for the tomb

Apr 7, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Passion Sunday, the 5th of Lent. We are drawing closer to Jerusalem. … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Archbishop – ooops – “consecrates” whisky instead of wine.

Apr 6, 2019

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Wait long enough and that hardly-to-be-imagined thing will happen. Holy Church has been at this Holy Mass thing for a really long time and in really diverse circumstances.  Hence, she has been through a great many “What if X happens…?” … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 32 – Saturday of the 4th Week of Lent: Catechumens grow in the womb of their mother, the Church

Apr 6, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Saturday of 4th Week of Lent. Today we hear about the ancient catechumens … Continue reading →

Passiontide – Veiling of images in churches

Apr 6, 2019

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We with Vespers today we have arrived at Passiontide. From this Sunday, traditionally called 1st Sunday of the Passion, it is customary to veil images in churches. In the Gospel in traditional Form of the Roman Rite we hear: Tulérunt … Continue reading →

BOOKS RECEIVED JUST IN TIME! Useful liturgical books for the entire year and for Holy Week

Apr 5, 2019

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A couple days ago I received package from the nice folks at Preserving Christian Publications. “What”, quoth I, “could be in here?” Whereupon, I set it on the counter, got distracted and didn’t open it for a couple of days. … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM: Help for a traditional Catholic seminarian continues!

Apr 5, 2019

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UPDATE 6 April: Please do NOT… NOT… send me money to send to him. ___ Originally Published on: Apr 5, 2019  The other day, under another post, I suggested some help for a seminarian in the ICK who has a seminary … Continue reading →

PODCAzT 171: The strange birth of the Novus Ordo – 50 years later

Apr 5, 2019 0:37:14

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This last week saw the 50th anniversary of the “birth” of the Novus Ordo – after an unnaturally swift gestation – on 3 April 1969 when Paul VI promulgated the Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum. Today I read for you, and I … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 31 – Friday of the 4th Week of Lent: Christ’s sympathy with death and sorrow

Apr 5, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Friday of 4th Week of Lent and a 1st Friday. Today we hear … Continue reading →

4 April – St. Isidore of Seville, the Internet Prayer and You

Apr 4, 2019

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I often forget to pray before using the internet. I sometimes fail in charity when using the internet. This tool of social communication and research and entertainment has amazing upsides, but it also has spiritually deadly perils. We all should be … Continue reading →

We need Forty Hours Devotion! Please, Fathers and Bishops!

Apr 4, 2019

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I long for the return of the Forty Hours Devotion, Quarant’ore.    This devotion developed in time of necessity.  It is not a kind of long Corpus Christi.  It is not a long Holy Thursday.  It grew up to beg … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 28 – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent: Dung in the wrong place or the right place

Apr 2, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent. Laetare still echoes in our ears, but … Continue reading →

HYUGE advance for Law Enforcement Officers thanks to Pres. Trump

Apr 1, 2019

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As many of you know, I’m a big supporter of LEOs.  With my family background, I pretty much bleed blue.   Also, I am a strong proponent of the 2nd Amendment and LOTS of training for … well.. everyone, whether they … Continue reading →

POSITIVE NEWS! TLM parish in @dioprovidence

Apr 1, 2019

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Positive news from the Diocese of Providence, RI. Here is a news story about the revival of a parish, which was going to close, by the Fraternity of St. Peter, FSSP. I want to add a couple things before you … Continue reading →

Getting ready for Holy Week and singing the Passion in Latin

Apr 1, 2019

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Where I am, we are preparing for the great Triduum with its ceremonies which make present to us, sacramentally, the mysteries they represent. Yes, we are going full-tradition this year. I am very hopeful about having the help of priests … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Communion on the tongue for people with Oral Herpes – HSV-1

Apr 1, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father Z, I have been diagnosed with oral herpes. It is fairly common and to my knowledge I am asymptomatic. With that said should I avoid receiving the precious blood ever? Also, can I still receive … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Prayers for the late Fr. Augustin Toshio Ikeda, chaplain of Traditional Latin Mass in Tokyo

Apr 1, 2019

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Dear readers, I earnestly request your prayers for the repose of the soul of a great priest, extremely important to his flock in Japan, Fr. Augustin Toship Ikeda. I met Fr. Ikeda during my last trip to Tokyo, in January. … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 27 – Monday of the 4th Week of Lent: The Betrayer

Apr 1, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is the Monday of the 4th Week of Lent. Laetare still echoes in our ears, … Continue reading →

Patience?

Apr 1, 2019

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Please pardon the delay for the new LENTCAzT. I’m a little tired. The last couple of days have been exacting. Among other things, I was a speaker at a fine men’s conference in Milwaukee, an amazing event, really. I’ll be … Continue reading →

Your LAETARE Sunday Sermon Notes & Rose Vestment POLL

Mar 31, 2019 0:16:13

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Was there a good point in the sermon you heard at the Mass to fulfill your Sunday Obligation?  Let us know. Here’s mine. Also, did you see rosacea vestments today (hopefully not baby-rattle pink)? Anyone can vote, but only registered … Continue reading →

POSITIVE! New head transformed Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” within the CDF

Mar 31, 2019

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Edward Pentin reports at the National Catholic Register that Francis has appointed someone to run the new section within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which has taken over the brief of my old stomping ground the former … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 26 – 4th Sunday of Lent: King of hearts and souls, not digestive tracts

Mar 31, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is the 4th Sunday of Lent. LAETARE! Fulton Sheen helps understand something about the … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 25 – Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent: The ultimate heresy of the Reformation

Mar 30, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is the Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent. Fulton Sheen helps us keep … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 4th Sunday of Lent- Laetare: Prompt devotion, eager faith – PHOTOS

Mar 29, 2019

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The nickname Laetare originated from the first word of the Introit chant for Sunday’s Mass, “Rejoice!” On Laetare Sunday there is a slight relaxation of Lent’s penitential spirit, because we have a glimpse of the joy that is coming at Easter, … Continue reading →

Catholics and the kissing of rings… or not. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Mar 26, 2019

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UPDATE 26 March: I saw this at the Catholic Herald: A Vatican spokesman said the Pope was “amused” by the reaction to the video. “Sometimes he likes it, sometimes he does not. It’s really as simple as that”. Francis was … Continue reading →

Jesuit-run homosexualist Amerika’s latest pro-sodomy blasphemy

Mar 26, 2019

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Jesuits.  What more is to be said? The Jesuits who run Amerika Magazine have a homosexualist agenda, that is, the promotion and normalization of sodomy. Look past the homosexualist fanaticism of Jesuit Fr. James Martin, and you find also the … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 21 – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent: From the very threshold

Mar 26, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is the Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent. St. Ambrose talks to us … Continue reading →

ALERT! Registration queue

Mar 26, 2019

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I just went through the queue of new registrations, which were languishing in limbo. Sorry about the wait.

ASK FATHER: How early can the Easter Vigil begin?

Mar 25, 2019

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As we are our observance of the Triduum at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff in the Extraordinary Form, I also received a question about the time to begin the Easter Vigil. The time for the Easter Vigil is explained in … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Francis’ Mass ad orientem at Loreto and… something else

Mar 25, 2019

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Two videos of Francis at Loreto, where the Holy House is venerated. First, the whole Mass Francis celebrated… ad orientem.   Take careful note of the dreadful music, with which Italians are regularly afflicted.  Mass starts at about 14:00. No concelebration. … Continue reading →

25 March: Feast of The Good Thief, St. Dismas

Mar 25, 2019

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Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation. However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas! Fulton Sheen famously quipped of this theif saint that he “stole heaven”. Luke 23:39-43: … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 20 – Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent: The angel’s greeting to Mary

Mar 25, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is the Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent.   It is also the Feast … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Pasta e ceci … with a quiz

Mar 24, 2019

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I had a strong desire for pasta e ceci… a commonly made thickish soup of chickpeas and small cut pasta. Romans make it with generous black pepper, rosemary and anchovy. I simply made it without consulting recipes because… well… I … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Bishop forces priest to use table altar instead of high altar for Extraordinary Form

Mar 24, 2019

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From priest… QUAERITUR: Recently my bishop refused to let me celebrate a Solemn High Mass at the high altar of the Church, insisting altar that is used in the Ordinary Form should be used. So I celebrated the Solemn High … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 19 – 3rd Sunday of Lent: Mass is not a souvenir

Mar 24, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is the 3rd Sunday of Lent.   In ancient times, scrutanies of catechumens began.    … Continue reading →

Vicious letter to a young, faithful priest

Mar 23, 2019

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This is an example of what the young, faithful and tradition (aka Catholic) priest faces in parishes which have, for decades, been twisted out of shape. A letter from a parishioner to a young pastor of a parish came to … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 18 – Saturday in the 2nd Week: God chooses the weak

Mar 23, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Saturday in the 2nd Week of Lent.    Scott Hahn talks about two Old Testament … Continue reading →

STOP THE PRESSES: Young people sing in the Illinois State Capitol

Mar 22, 2019

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I have written about the breath-taking, throat-choking, eye-blurring composition of Philip Stopford, “Lully, Lulla, Lullay”. This is the “Conventry Carol” about the Holy Innocents, a carol in some ways so heart-piercing that it seems out of step with Christmastide, except … Continue reading →

Study Commission: no evidence women were ordained to the diaconate

Mar 22, 2019

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At LifeSite there is a story related to the final report of the study commission set up by Francis to look into the historical issues of female deacons, deaconesses, deaconettes, whatever. It was not the job of the commission to … Continue reading →

Your Good News – UPDATED

Mar 22, 2019

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Do you have some personal good news for the readership? Yesterday, I found daffodils on sale. One of my favorite flowers. Here, “Still Life with Extinguished Candle, Daffodils and Ganganelli Mug“. There’s an allegory in there somewhere, just as in … Continue reading →

Dots to connect

Mar 22, 2019

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Another post providing more dots to connect.  What they mean and how they line up and where they point… who knows.  I suspect that we are entering the phase when the Church will begin to shine with the light of … Continue reading →

Francis’ Triduum Schedule: strange lacuna

Mar 20, 2019

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From an astute reader… QUAERITUR: I’m sure you saw the announcement of pp. Francis’s Holy Week schedule. I want to say that in the past there was at least mention made that an announcement of “The Mass of the Lord’s … Continue reading →

Bp. Schneider: On the question of a heretical pope

Mar 20, 2019

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There is an interesting essay by the great Bishop Athanasius Schneider at 1Peter5 today.   I’ve only had a chance briefly to scan it.  However, it, even in that fast look, bore fruit.    Hopefully, I can get back to … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Father doses off during Mass

Mar 20, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve noticed one of our priests frequently doses off and falls asleep…sometimes even during Mass or other liturgical functions. Thankfully, the sleeping is short lived and he wakes back up, but I fear he might fall off into a … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 15 – Wednesday in the 2nd Week: Card. Burke

Mar 20, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Wednesday in the 2nd Week of Lent.       Card. Burke talks to … Continue reading →

Officially BADASS CATHOLIC PHOTO

Mar 20, 2019

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Years ago I heard an old bishop growl, “Meno chiacchiere – più processioni. … Less jabbering – more processions.” This, my friends, is an officially BADASS CATHOLIC PHOTO. A procession in honor of St. Joseph in Detroit. ¡Hagan lío!

Germany: More dissent from nuns

Mar 19, 2019

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Today started with a post about that caput malorum omnium that is Germany.  Let’s continue. The ultra-left La Croix stumps, not reports, on a German nun advocating women priests. If one had the slightest… slightest… understanding of priesthood as flowing from the … Continue reading →

“Te, Ioseph celebrent”, a hymn in honor of the Terror of Demons

Mar 19, 2019 0:27:21

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Back in 2009 I made a PODCAzT – TEN YEARS AGO?!? – about the hymn sung in the Liturgy of Hours in honor of St. Joseph.   That post eventually was augmented with photos sent by The Great Roman™ of … Continue reading →

CRISIS: Keen analysis of the implosion of the German Church

Mar 19, 2019

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At Crisis you will find a devastating article by a friend of mine, Msgr. Hans Feichtinger.   He look at recent statistics of abuse in the caput malorum omnium, the German Church and what German bishops are proposing to do. HERE … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 14 – Tuesday in the 2nd Week: Glorious St. Joseph!

Mar 19, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Lent.    St. Joseph is celebrated today. We … Continue reading →

Lighter fare

Mar 18, 2019

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James Lileks was, when I was a student at the U of Minnesota, a clever lad who wrote for the university paper and then went on to do other writerly things. He sends out fun tweets, for a long time … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z rants about Hell and sin and Enemy of the soul

Mar 18, 2019

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I often read from visitors here that they rarely, if ever, hear anything about the Four Last Things from their pulpits. I mention the reality of our possible eternal destiny with some frequency here and from the pulpit. It is … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 13 – Monday in the 2nd Week: Kneeling at Mass, its actual liturgical function

Mar 18, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Monday in the 2nd Week of Lent.     Martin Mosebach explains more about … Continue reading →

“You just want the 1950’s back!”

Mar 18, 2019

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One of the things that the goulish faculty of my hellish US seminary hissed at me in my re-education sessions during my second awful year when I was under super double-top secret probation, was “You just want the 1950’s back!” … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How can eating desserts during Lent be fasting? Would Jesus eat desserts?

Mar 17, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father Z in the tradition of the Church could one have two small meals and for your full meal have a full meal including dessert? Should we not have a spirit of penance? How can fasting … Continue reading →

News from the great Benedictines at Norcia: building, dogs, liturgy, beer

Mar 17, 2019

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In my email I found something from the great Benedictines at Norcia. I’ll “Rosica” it by cutting and pasting… but no, I told you where it is from.  Darn.    Anyway, the formatting remains messy. Remember: BEER!   Buy Beer … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: A question about a marriage situation (not mine)

Mar 17, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question about a marriage situation (not mine). If a marriage was valid, is it enough to resolve the state of sin of the re-“married” party(s) to simply abstain from sex without leaving the “second spouse?” Especially … Continue reading →

How to spot a good preacher

Mar 17, 2019

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I picked this up from a tweet by a classicist.  It applies well to preaching.   Since it’s Sunday and you all had to sit and listen … and some of you had to stand and preach… [200] itaque intellegens … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Mar 17, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know!

CNA Exposé: Archbp. Francis Chullikatt, Holy See’s former Observer at the UN

Mar 17, 2019

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A long and disappointing read is available at CNA about Archbishop Francis Chullikatt the Holy See’s unfortunate former permanent observer to the UN , apparently a “nasty little man”.   It’s hard to imagine – or maybe it isn’t – … Continue reading →

St. Patrick’s Breastplate: Armor for our time

Mar 17, 2019 0:03:38

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During these dark days, we can benefit from the use of this prayer, called the Breastplate, or Loríca of St. Patrick, “The Cry of the Deer” (Latin Lorica is pronounced lo-REE-ka).  It is said that St. Patrick (+461) sang this when an … Continue reading →

VIDEO: This explains the Church in Germany

Mar 14, 2019

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Germany seems to be the caput malorum omnium in the Church today.  Every weird, heretical, and just plain stupid thing comes from that dark swamp of arrogant confusion. “But Father! But Father!”, you libs are blubbering “you are the arrogant and confused … Continue reading →

Quo Rev.dus Zed Rev.do Ioanni Hunwicke gratias persolvit

Mar 13, 2019

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Apud paginas Rev.di Ioannis Hunwicke [HOC], et verba exarata erga me clementia benedicentiaque nuper repperi et magno spe gravido nuntio perfruitus sum.  Exempli et animi gratia: Res mira! Hodie ridentem inveni magnum et carum pontificem! Quem saepe lugentem, miserum inveneram, … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 – 08 Wednesday in the 1st Week of Lent: the struggle of a soul against sin

Mar 13, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Wednesday in the 1st Week of Lent.  Lenten Ember Days!     John … Continue reading →

FATHERS! Traditional Holy Week Call For Help.

Mar 12, 2019

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Having been lead by the Sprit into the desert, I feel compelled to put out some feelers. We of the TMSM would like to be able to facilitate Solemn liturgies in the traditional Roman Rite for Holy Week, at least … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 – 07 Tuesday in the 1st Week of Lent: Priests… brands plucked out of the burning

Mar 12, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today Fulton Sheen tells us about the priests who returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian … Continue reading →

Bp. Athanasius Schneider’s NEW WEBSITE

Mar 11, 2019

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Do you remember that some time ago lib camp followers around the Vatican suggested that there should be some sort of approval system for Catholic websites? LOL! Yes… that was a good one. We know how that would have turned … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Blessing “Combat Rosaries” and Benedict Medals for the Pontifical Swiss Guard

Mar 11, 2019

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Si vis pacem para bellum! A few years ago, at my prompting, Fr. Richard Heilman, pastor of St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff here in the Diocese of Madison, sent some of his tough, gun-metal hued “Combat” Rosaries to the Pontifical … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Does Lent really have 40 days? How does that add up?

Mar 11, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, sorry for the possibly silly question, but adding up the days from Ash Wednesday to the Lord’s Supper Mass, excluding, it does not add up to 40 if we exclude Sundays as memorials of the … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 – 06 Monday in the 1st Week of Lent: “Loving searcher of our heart”

Mar 11, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog. Today is Monday … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Sunday Ragù

Mar 11, 2019

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Lately, Sundays have found me in the kitchen making something interesting… to me, at least.   Yesterday I had a hankerin’ for Ragù alla bolognese. When I say “ragù” I don’t mean something in a jar!  Ragù alla bolognese is a classic … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Mar 10, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? I was deacon for the Mass so I didn’t preach.  However, the celebrant spoke to not being afraid of three things, temptations towards … Continue reading →

Mass and Triumphalism. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Mar 10, 2019

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The other day I posted something about churches and synagogues losing membership.  HERE This is going to happen, friends.  Demographics, on top of decades of stupidity, are not on our side. I’m not saying that this is the great “falling … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 – 05 1st Sunday of Lent: The heart of all temptations – FIXED!

Mar 10, 2019 0:04:59

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UPDATED: There was a link problem.  It’s fixed. These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who … Continue reading →

USA – Daylight Savings begins tonight: adjust clocks, don’t miss Mass

Mar 9, 2019

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In these USA Daylight Savings begins with repercussions for Sunday Mass. We “spring forward”, and so we lose an hour. Reset your regular clocks before going to bed.  Many phones and mobile devices automatically adjust and they have alarm clocks! … Continue reading →

9 March – St. Frances of Rome

Mar 9, 2019

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I have great affection for St. Frances of Rome, Santa Francesca Romana. When I was exiled from these USA to Rome, I lived at first in her house, the Palazzo of the Ponziani family into which she married, where you … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Lent (Novus Ordo): The transforming Lenten “Sacrament”

Mar 9, 2019

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The Roman Station for the 1st Sunday of Lent is St. John Lateran. COLLECT – LATIN TEXT (2002MR): Concede nobis, omnipotens Deus, ut, per annua quadragesimalis exercitia sacramenti, et ad intellegendum Christi proficiamus arcanum, et effectus eius digna conversatione sectemur. Quadragesima is the … Continue reading →

Concerning vestments and the TMSM and YOU

Mar 7, 2019

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One of the things I have tried to accomplish with the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison (the TMSM is 501(c)(3)) is to provide worthy vestments for the celebration of the sacred mysteries. YOU readers, from all over … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 – 02 Thursday after Ash Wednesday: blessing of ashes

Mar 7, 2019 0:04:59

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These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog. Today is Thursday … Continue reading →

More dangerous garbage from the National Schismatic Reporter

Mar 6, 2019

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This is the sort of dreck that Fishwrap publishes on Ash Wednesday – destruction of the Church’s identity and life through “updating” the sacraments. Keep in mind that Christ instituted the sacraments during His earthly life. The Church has authority … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Ash Wednesday Kitchen: Rose, Rice and Rapture

Mar 6, 2019

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Today is not only Ash Wednesday, but it is also the Feast of St. Rose of Viterbo.   St. Rose died on 6 March 1251.  Today is her “dies natalis… birthday (into heaven)”.   However, there is an amazing event in Viterbo … Continue reading →

Church groups are losing members. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Mar 6, 2019

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The fundamental reason why God gave us a Church which we could recognize by its marks is that we are sinners who are going to die. Through His Church, Christ provides the ordinary means of our salvation. We have the … Continue reading →

Ash Wednesday – Fasting, Abstainence, and You together with notes on alligator, endothermic moonfish, and muskrat

Mar 6, 2019

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According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church, Latin Church Catholics are bound to observe fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday. Here are some details. I am sure you know them already, but they are good … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 – 01 Ash Wednesday: Emendemus in melius

Mar 6, 2019 0:04:59

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NB: FAST AND ABSTINENCE! We begin now a series of daily 5 minute podcasts for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. I provide these … Continue reading →

Stupid Idea: Sand in holy water fonts during Lent. Fr. Z opines.

Mar 5, 2019

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You would think that this stupid idea would have been eradicated by now but, no. I am sure that in some places you readers will see that Holy Water has been removed from the stoops – at the beginning of … Continue reading →

BOOK NOTES: New from Peter Kreeft and a one-day KINDLE sale on the Rumer Godden’s In This House Of Brede

Mar 5, 2019

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I am starting on a new book from Ignatius Press by Peter Kreeft – always good – who has written a fictional conversation about the Eucharist between three religious figures of the 20th century: C.S. Lewis J.R.R. Tolkien Billy Graham … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Separating priest from altar in the Novus Ordo

Mar 5, 2019

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From a reader… I have a question about the GIRM. If I’m reading it correctly everything except from the Offertory through Communion Rite must be done from the chair, and the missal and chalice placed elsewhere except for those times. … Continue reading →

LENTCAzT 2019 – 00 Shrove Tuesday: Prepare for this transforming season

Mar 5, 2019 0:04:59

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And so we begin again a series of daily 5 minute podcasts for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. I provide these especially in gratitude … Continue reading →

Fr. Z makes a suggestion. The last video of the late, great Bp. Morlino.

Mar 4, 2019

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From what I have picked up, many people these days look at annual diocesan fundraising drives and campaigns with deep suspicion or even resentment.  I have received numerous emails asking about the morality of cutting off money to dioceses or … Continue reading →

Shrovetide: Collop Monday

Mar 4, 2019

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We have arrived at the final days of Shrovetide.  “Shrove” is from “shrive”, “to absolve a penitent”. On this day one customarily in earnest began to consume the leftover meat in the house, before Lent began. Remember: once upon a … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Mar 3, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know what it was. For my part, for Quinquagesima Sunday, I connected the image in 1 Corinthians 13 of seeing “darkly” … Continue reading →

QUESTION for readers: FAST STB

Mar 3, 2019

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Do any of you readers out there know of any – officially accredited – schools/programs of study whereby someone could complete an STB quickly?  In less than 3 years? How about by distance learning? The idea would be to get … Continue reading →

VIDEO – Pontifical Swiss Guard

Feb 28, 2019

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Have you seen this?

28 February 2013 – Benedict XVI…

Feb 28, 2019

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6 years ago today… The Holy Father is leaving the Apostolic Palace to go to Castel Gandolfo. Some images… Our final view of Pope Benedict XVI as Roman Pontiff. UPDATE:  The doors are closed.    

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Feb 28, 2019

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests … Continue reading →

“an open attempt to normalize homosexuality among clergy”

Feb 28, 2019

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At The Catholic Thing there is an interesting piece about Stephen P. White.  The writer looks at three pieces which concern The Present Crisis in the Church, and draws an interesting conclusion. […] These three pieces represent a shift away … Continue reading →

URGENT UPDATE Sexagesima Thursday: Solemn Feast of Reparation of Insults Offered to the Most Holy Sacrament

Feb 27, 2019

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UPDATE 27 Feb: I have received more information for this Mass, including all the orations for the Mass.   Now the texts are complete.   I have linked to a PDF, provided by the Benedictines of Silverstream. Click HERE Originally Published on: Feb 25, … Continue reading →

CH: Traditional Latin Mass attendees more devout and orthodox, study says. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Feb 27, 2019

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From the Catholic Herald. My emphases and comments: Traditional Latin Mass attendees more devout and orthodox, study says A new survey suggests Catholics who attend the Old Rite are more faithful to Church teaching Catholics in the US who attend the … Continue reading →

CRISIS on The Francis Effect

Feb 27, 2019

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At Crisis today, there is a no-holds-barred piece in the wake of the seriously disappointing Rome “summit” that concluded recently. Jonathan B. Coe is the author. Understanding and Combating the Francis Effect This is a brutally blunt offering. The first … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Patron Saint of aquaculture workers

Feb 26, 2019

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Since there is a great deal that’s fishy going on inside and coming out of the Vatican, thus making it a kind of fish hatchery, I thought this question was appropriate. From a reader… QUAERITUR: My dad is the manager … Continue reading →

WOW! WWII era triptychs for Catholic Masses for the military

Feb 26, 2019

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I saw something amazing at Amy Wellborn’s blog.  She writes about a group during WWII, Citizens Committee for the Army, Navy and Air Force, which commissioned artists to make portable triptychs for use during Catholic Masses.  The idea was to transform … Continue reading →

Of anti-Catholic bigots and attacks on the Catholic Church

Feb 26, 2019

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A couple legislative items to ponder… At Fox we read about the Party of Death, enslaved to Big Business Abortion: Dems block ‘born alive’ bill to provide medical care to infants who survive failed abortions Senate Democrats on Monday blocked … Continue reading →

Another reason for ‘Anglicanorum coetibus’: Church of England says Sunday services no longer mandatory

Feb 25, 2019

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I think it was the late Fr. Neuhaus who quipped that the purpose of the Church of England was to make irony redundant. Today I read this at AP.  No, this is not Eye of the Tiber or the Onion.  … Continue reading →

About Clown Masses and what we are up to today.

Feb 25, 2019

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There’s an old chestnut about how you can rate as “successful” the Masses of various religious orders.  For example, the Mass of Benedictines is successful if more than half of the notes were sung properly.  Its successful for the the … Continue reading →

Run, don’t walk, to Crisis…. NOW!

Feb 25, 2019

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Run, don’t walk, to Crisis…. NOW! Francis Allies Reveal Their Plans for Revolutionary Change HERE Read the whole thing.  Take careful notice of all the links in the text. Discuss. Moderation queue is ON.

From contact to shots fired in 3 seconds

Feb 25, 2019

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This is the Sword of Damocles that hangs over the heads of law enforcement officers, who deserve our thanks. Here is an amazing video of how cops can go from contact to shots fired in 3 seconds. The reader who … Continue reading →

A Pope Speaks: Pius XII on something the #PBC2019 summit didn’t discuss. AUDIO

Feb 24, 2019 0:01:24

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Two things drive this post. First, the Roman “summit” rammed a major aspect of The Present Crisis into a smaller box than reasonable people allow.  They excluded many things that could have been addressed.  One of them is the devolution … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Feb 24, 2019 0:17:21

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know what it was. For my part, I spoke to the parable of the Sower and the Seed which is the … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Rapid Western Strike – RETURN TRIP

Feb 21, 2019

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No, I am not heading to your planet’s moon. I did, however, get up early to watch Super “Snow Moon” set. Quite a sight, all teed up like this.  The largest of 2019. Parking today was horrid. An advantage of … Continue reading →

Bob Hope makes insightful observation

Feb 21, 2019

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Something to delight the Great Roman™, in gratitude for the video from Nigeria.  I was shown this last night on the way back to LA from a talk I gave. Enjoy!