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{]:¬)

Link: wdtprs.com/blog

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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!

These, ladies and gentlemen, are men.

Feb 21, 2019

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Nigerian solidiers, fighting the Islamic beasts of Boko Haram, adore the Blessed Sacrament in Zambiza forest. They seem to know you have to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament. They even found a thurible. There’s more reverence in the African bush … Continue reading →

Mighty St. Thérèse, victim of “fake news” and the cruelty of libs

Feb 20, 2019

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I am a great fan of St. Joan of Arc, a saint also for our day.  Also, I am indebted to St. Thérèse for help with my vocation in the dark days of my US seminary nightmare.  She was instrumental … Continue reading →

New book from Card. Sarah

Feb 20, 2019

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I was very pleased to see this tweet: I am pleased to announce the release in France of my new book written with @ndiat1 and whose title will be: “The evening is approaching and the day is already falling”. My … Continue reading →

Open Letter From Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller to Conferences of Bishops: “The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church”

Feb 20, 2019

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Open Letter From Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Brandmüller to Conferences of Bishops My emphases and comments: Open Letter to the Presidents of the Conferences of Bishops Dear Brothers, Presidents of the Conferences of Bishops, We turn to you with deep … Continue reading →

Fr. Finigan @FatherTF and the importance of memorization

Feb 19, 2019

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From time to time I comment on the importance of memorization in our life of the Faith.  Memorization was demonized by libs.  The reason is obvious.  Once a person memorizes something, it is his.  It sticks in him, sometimes waiting years … Continue reading →

During the Rome “summit” we celebrate the Feast of St Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church

Feb 19, 2019

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Speaking of homosexuality, during the Rome “summit”, on 23 February, we will celebrate the feast of St Peter Damian (d 1072), Doctor of the Church. St. Peter was a spectacular theologian and reformer.  One of his hardest hitting works is … Continue reading →

Rome abuse “summit”, an SSPX video, and an @fatherz Jeremiad

Feb 19, 2019

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On the brink of the commencement of the sex abuse “summit”, which is organized to speak to a dreadful problem in the Church, but is designed to avoid the root cause, I received this morning a video produced by the … Continue reading →

The Rome “summit”, “gay” priests, and #sodoclericalism – Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Feb 18, 2019

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You’ve probably heard that a book is timed to be released simultaneously in several languages at the beginning of the Roman episcopal “sex summit”.  Bishops from around the world are to meet to discuss important problems that scandalize and wound … Continue reading →

Fr. Rutler’s Weekly Column

Feb 18, 2019

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Fr. Rutler’s Weekly Column February, 17, 2019 Like the optimist who sees a glass of water half-full and the pessimist who sees it half-empty, people assess the times in which they live by their personality. Each age has had its … Continue reading →

Interesting observation by @CCPecknold about laicization of McCarrick

Feb 15, 2019

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Rumor has is that ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick – disgraced – may very soon be “laicized”, that is, stripped of the clerical state. Prof. Chad Pecknold of CUA has a piece today in the NY Post.  He has some interesting posts: … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – Septuagesima Sunday: PRE-LENT BEGINS!

Feb 15, 2019

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While in the new-fangled calendar Sunday is the 6th 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. … Continue reading →

Flowchart

Feb 15, 2019

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I very much liked this tweet… In case you need a flow-chart to help you arrive at the obvious conclusion… pic.twitter.com/W5dkuES7xc — SuperNerd Media (@SuperNerdMedia) February 15, 2019

Of Flaring Suns and Starry Nights

Feb 14, 2019

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While Ham Radio operators are vexed by the lack of spots on your planet’s yellow star, there is still activity. Frankly, having read recently 48 Hours by William Forstchen – US HERE – UK HERE – this sort of story makes me … Continue reading →

A quick book plug: A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament

Feb 14, 2019

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May I have a moment of your time to plug a book? Since it has been a loooong time since I’ve had formal courses in Scripture (and some of that wasn’t so great), I’ve determined I need some refreshers. I’ve … Continue reading →

Opportunity: R.I.P.

Feb 14, 2019

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How sad.  Mars rover Opportunity seems to have come to the end of its mission.  HERE Low batteries and a bad dust storm.  That was it. A 3 month mission lasted almost 15 years.

POLL: Prayers after Mass

Feb 13, 2019

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There is a poll at the ridiculously liberal blog Pray Tell which some of you readers might want to look at. The question of the poll: Should additional prayer texts be recited communally after the dismissal of the Mass? HERE While … Continue reading →

“Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times.”

Feb 13, 2019

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From Matins today: Lesson from the second letter of St. Paul the Apostle to Timothy (2 Tim 3:1-5) Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, … Continue reading →

Do you know priests who are struggling, under attack? Terrific movement: Seven Sisters Apostolate

Feb 13, 2019

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The other day I posted about priests who are bullied when they do the right thing.   In my email I got notes from people offered financial help, a place to live, pro bono counseling, etc.  Some of you readers are … Continue reading →

Movement in the causes of Bl. John Henry Newman and Card. József Mindszenty

Feb 13, 2019

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Here’s some news from today’s Bolletino. Francis met with the Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints and he approved some decrees.  Among them… il miracolo, attribuito all’intercessione del Beato Giovanni Enrico Newman, Cardinale di Santa Romana Chiesa, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: During sick call, tea and biscuits before administering Communion

Feb 13, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: When a priest arrives at a sick person’s house in order to provide Communion, should the Communion rite happen immediately upon arrival? I presume that tea, biscuits and chatting should certainly not happen beforehand? I was … Continue reading →

Another look at Catholic/Islamic statement: “diversity of religions … are willed by God in His wisdom”

Feb 12, 2019

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What about that joint document of Francis and the Imam? Francis signed something that very strongly suggested that God wills, in his active/positive will, a diversity of religions.  This is impossible.   The only way to interpret that in a Christian … Continue reading →

Your Good News

Feb 12, 2019

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It has been a while since we’ve heard your good news. What’s up? For my part, I am still on the mend.   I’ve also been delving more into the Old Testament.

“Rumors that a certain prelate threatens his orthodox priests with institutionalization or laicization are not rumors… they are truth”

Feb 11, 2019

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Back in August 2018 I posted one of the hardest things I’ve ever written for this blog.  HERE This just came from a reader.  I’ve anonymized it a little. Dear Fr. Z., I hope these days find you better in … Continue reading →

BREAKING: Rubrics and color-blindness

Feb 11, 2019

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From the often amusing Eye Of The Tiber: Explaining his frustrations at not being able to properly do the red and say the black in his missal during Mass, local color blind priest Father Richard Wendell asked congregants to try as … Continue reading →

Card. Kasper attacks Card. Müller who publicly proclaimed Catholic doctrine

Feb 11, 2019

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Be sure to check out these important posts and podcasts: PODCAzT 169: Bp. Athanasius Schneider on “the only God-willed religion” PODCAzT 170: Card. Müller – Manifesto of Faith: “Let not your heart be troubled!” The second of those presents Gerhard … Continue reading →

Thoughts about ‘ad orientem’ worship and priests being bullied

Feb 11, 2019

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The rubrics of the Novus Ordo Missale Romanum and the tradition of many centuries have the priest at the altar facing liturgical East.  That is to say, as he celebrates Holy Mass with a congregation present, there are moments when … Continue reading →

How many baptist pastors are married?

Feb 11, 2019

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Sometimes you hear the argument that, if only priests could marry, the problem of abuse of minors would be solved. One is tempted to ask… QUAERITUR: How many baptist pastors are married? I read at FNC: Hundreds of Southern Baptist … Continue reading →

L’Affaire McCarrick: Soon to be “Mister”

Feb 8, 2019

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This is an interesting development in L’Affaire McCarrick. From Vida Nueva Digital: Francisco expulsará del sacerdocio a Theodore McCarrick por abusar de menores Theodore McCarrick está viviendo quizá sus últimos días como sacerdote. El que fuera cardenal y uno de … Continue reading →

When winter gets reeeeeally long

Feb 8, 2019

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This is the sort of thing we native Minnesotans get into when the winter starts to drag. And, in honor of the UM Golden Gophers upcoming defeat of Penn State later today…

PODCAzT 169: Bp. Athanasius Schneider on “the only God-willed religion”

Feb 8, 2019 0:24:15

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The terrific and courageous Bp. Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary in Astana, has sent out for wide distribution an essay entitled The Gift of Filial Adoption The Christian Faith: the only valid and the only God-willed religion Clearly, from the title, this … Continue reading →

Card. Burke’s new, official website

Feb 8, 2019

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Word is getting around, but I thought I would help. His Eminence Raymond Leo Card. Burke has a new, personal website. https://cardinalburke.com/ You can send him prayer intentions for which he will pray.  And you can sign up for notifications.

ASK FATHER: Popes in red rather than white?

Feb 7, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would you like to see the pope (or maybe the next one) resume wearing a red cassock? Well, this is a truly burning question, isn’t it. There are conflicting theories about how the pope wound up … Continue reading →

St. Francis and the Sultan: What really happened in 1219 in Catholic Muslim dialogue?

Feb 6, 2019

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The Islamic/Catholic Fraternity document has caused a stir.  I wrote about a neuralgic point in it, yesterday, and some people had a spittle-flecked nutty. There is more to say about that document.  I’ll get to it again, soon. I suspect … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: The authority of pastors, parish priests, over people

Feb 6, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, My family and I regularly travel to a different parish, in a different diocese, to attend Mass at an FSSP Mass centre. The FSSP Mass centre is served by priests from a nearby personal … Continue reading →

WDTPRS: The new Latin Collect for Paul VI – a key phrase hunted up

Feb 6, 2019

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In the Bolletino today we find liturgical decrees and texts pertaining to the celebration (in the Ordinary Form) of the recently canonized Paul VI. His optional memorial will be 29 May, the annivesary of his ordination to the priesthood.  He … Continue reading →

Francis signed document saying that God willed the “pluralism and diversity of religions”. What’s up with that?

Feb 5, 2019

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UPDATE 6 Feb 2019 Fr. Hunwicke posted a comment at his splendid blog.  HERE Fr Zed has given a characteristically fine and intelligent interpretation of PF’s words. As have some others. Having perused them, I am also rather interested in … Continue reading →

PODCAzT 168: Concerning the Sermon at Mass

Feb 4, 2019 0:12:06

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Here is a quick PODCAzT partly to get me going again and partly because the topic really got my mind going. Today we hear from Martin Mosebach’s wondrous The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy (Revised and … Continue reading →

JUST TOO COOL: Eucharistic Procession throughout the entire school building

Feb 1, 2019

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I received a good note about my home parish back in my native Minnesota, the famous St. Agnes in St. Paul.  I really need to get back there. Dear Fr. Z., Thanks for all your work, especially in these trying … Continue reading →

Candlemas Eve, poetry and you

Feb 1, 2019

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Today is Candlemas Eve, and tomorrow is the Feast of the Purification, as it is traditionally called.  It celebrates also the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple.  We call it Candlemas because, with the references to light in the … Continue reading →

Franklin Graham to Card. Dolan about Gov. “Ghoul” Cuomo

Feb 1, 2019

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LifeSite picked it up. Franklin Graham to Cardinal Dolan: ‘take a moral stand’ against Gov. Cuomo January 30, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Protestant evangelist Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, took to Twitter urging New York’s Cardinal Timothy … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How to explain changing parishes without sounding “elitist”

Feb 1, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Wondering if you had any advice on how to explain to family and friends why my wife and I have decided to go to mass on Sunday at another parish the next town over without sounding … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Butter in coffee on Ash Wednesday

Feb 1, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I know this is a bit early for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, but I am curious (and excited about Lent). There’s a trend of putting butter into one’s coffee. Basically it’s supposed to make you … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Missing Mass in a winter storm

Jan 31, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: This Sunday morning a big snow storm made the roads look treacherous. I live 10 miles from church. I assumed Mass was cancelled but could find no texts or other notices either way. Later, I found … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Catholic marriages without Nuptial Masses

Jan 31, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: It has been over 20 years since I’ve attended a marriage in the OF between two Catholics that has had a Nuptial Mass. Why doesn’t the Church require that if two Catholics are getting married, they … Continue reading →

Wikileaks: Francis’ private letter about power struggle over Knights of Malta

Jan 30, 2019

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UPDATE: At the Register Ed Pentin provides some explanations.  HERE Originally Published on: Jan 30, 2019 Wikileaks.   Whatever you may think of Wikileaks, this is interesting.  HERE My emphases: Pope’s Private Letter Reveals Early Involvement in Power Struggle 30 January, 2019 Documents released by … Continue reading →

CREEPING INFANTICIDE: NY style ghoulish abortion bill now introduced in Virginia

Jan 30, 2019

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It had to happen.  If it was successful in NY, it would be attempted in other states.. Read at LifeSite about a bill in Virginia that would allow abortion even at the point of giving birth.   Good heavens… is “abortion” … Continue reading →

Canonist Ed Peters on trying Gov. Andrew “the Ghoul” Cuomo for heresy. Fr. Z makes some observations.

Jan 30, 2019

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When I was travel back to these USA from Tokyo, I was addressed by fellow travelers about Gov. Cuomo.  “When is he going to excommunicated?”  They were really angry. People are angry.  Rightly so.  They want action, not words, from … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Marijuana and validity of marriage

Jan 30, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently marijuana was legalized in Canada. As such, the issue has come up that Marijuana can stay within the system for a very long time and a habitual user can be impaired by marijuana even if … Continue reading →

Hearts and vinegar – a taste of St. Francis de Sales in Benedict XVI’s Spe salvi

Jan 29, 2019

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In the traditional Roman calendar, today is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor.   He was a great warrior for the Church in the face of the Protestant Revolt. According to the Louis de la Rivière in … Continue reading →

BOOKS RECEIVED: Breviarium Romanum

Jan 29, 2019

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As you know, Summorum Pontificum affirms that priests and those obliged to say the Office, can use the traditional, pre-Conciliar Breviarium Romanum.  A while back I answered a query about use of the Breviarium Romanum published by the SSPX.  HERE  I came down on … Continue reading →

D. Albany Bp. Scharfenberger calls out hypocrite Gov. Cuomo

Jan 27, 2019

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It seems that Albany’s bishop, Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger, is not remaining silent about Gov. Cuomo and his hypocrisy. From Fox: NY Bishop Calls Out Cuomo Over State’s New Abortion Law: ‘It Goes Way Beyond Roe vs. Wade’ A … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: What happens to Guardian Angels after we die?

Jan 26, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: What happens to your guardian angel after you die? Did he necessarily exist before you were conceived? If so, was he possibly somebody else’s guardian before? Indeed are angels the guardians of more than one soul? Thanks for the … Continue reading →

Fr. Murray on the Covington Matter and NY State abortion debacle

Jan 26, 2019

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My good friend Fr. Gerald Murray was on EWTN commenting on the Covington Matter and on the abortion debacle in NY. You won’t find a better commentator.

Msgr. Pope and canonist Ed Peters on NY Gov. Cuomo: “It is time to end the charade”

Jan 26, 2019

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Canonist Ed Peters responded to Msgr. Charles Pope’s implicit request for canonical clarifications in the matter of NY Gov. Cuomo and his complicity… nay, rather, full-throated promotion of infanticide.  If there were ever a case of application of the law … Continue reading →

US bishops asked about women deacons

Jan 25, 2019

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A CNA piece at the Catholic Herald looks into women deacons, deaconettes, whatever.    Yesterday, I posted about a brilliant piece at Touchstone which shows, incontrovertibly, that the reasoning behind support for ordination of women (to any grade of order) is the same … Continue reading →

Bishop of Covington does a 180, apologizes.

Jan 25, 2019

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Say you set out on an errand by foot to the post office.  Trudge trudge trudge.   Suddenly you realize that you made a bad turn and you are going in the wrong direction.  Someone might say, “Hey, buddy!  If … Continue reading →

25 January 1959 – 60th anniversary of the calling of Vatican II

Jan 25, 2019

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On 25 January 1959, just under 3 months after his election to the See of Peter, John XXIII, at St. Paul’s outside-the-walls, stunned his listeners and the rest of the world. 60 years ago he announced the summoning of an Ecumenical … Continue reading →

The “logical union of women’s ordination and sodomy”

Jan 25, 2019

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I have noticed lately an uptick in chatter about women deacons, deaconettes, deaconesses, whatever.  There was a conference at Fordham recently at which speakers (read: promoters) blew past the obvious problems of our lack of certainty about what ordination may … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! For the Covington men at a crucial turn in their young lives!

Jan 24, 2019

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Since I have been in Tokyo, I haven’t been tracking the US news very much.  I’ve only slightly followed the disgusting Covington Matter. This morning I caught up. I learned that Bp. Foys addressed the school, but parents weren’t allowed … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Confession before suicide

Jan 24, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I haven’t been to confession in a long time, and I’d like to go soon. But I’ve also been very depressed and considering suicide. So I feel like one of my motivations to go would be to prepare … Continue reading →

Fr. Rutler on the Covington Matter and a certain bishop

Jan 23, 2019

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I’ve been out of sync with the US news cycle and, so, I’m catching up.  What I’ve read about these Catholic kids at the March for Life in what we might call the “Covington Matter” is horrifying. The old Latin … Continue reading →

TOKYO – Day 1-3: Feeding soul and body

Jan 23, 2019

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Elsewhere I said that I was in Tokyo. I’m still in Tokyo. I am here with a great group of guys for some R&R. On the evening of my arrival, one of the key figures of Una Voce Japan graciously met … Continue reading →

Super-Wolf-Blood Moon!

Jan 20, 2019

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Tonight… for a lot of you. Alas, I won’t be able to view it. Rats. I would have loved to see this thing against the background of downtown Tokyo, where I am as I write. We have a Super-Wolf-Blood Moon. … Continue reading →

WDTPRS: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany – liturgical unicorn

Jan 20, 2019

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Here is what I offered for my weekly column for the UK’s best Catholic weekly the Catholic Herald – now also in the USA. This week we encounter a liturgical unicorn. We shall celebrate the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time … Continue reading →

Francis suppressed the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”. Fr. Z remarks.

Jan 19, 2019

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The new “pipe” (some of you will get that) of the Holy See’s communication commisariat issued an editorial about the formal suppression of my old office, the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”.    Well… my old office is still there.  And my … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Do I have to sing at Mass?

Jan 19, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: My question is, what am I required to participate in vocally when attending the Novus Ordo Mass. Where I attend, we are prompted to participate in singing four songs, sometimes five, and they are only songs, … Continue reading →

Scandalous parish in @ArchdioceseSPM – public celebration of homosexuality, IVR and surrogacy

Jan 18, 2019

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UPDATE Jan 18: It’s a good thing that people took the time to download that video. The parish (I assume) pulled it. However, we still have the proof that it happened as described. I think LifeSite has the video. Originally Published … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Westward

Jan 18, 2019

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I had some apprehension about airport security this morning because of the Shutdown™?. Sure enough, check in was mobbed. Having priority status helped and the line moved well. TSA was stacked up, but I really have to hand it to … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Finding good sponsors for confirmation

Jan 18, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: My son’s godmother passed away. He only had 1 godparent, because all the males I know, have not been confirmed. My question is what happens now? My son will be confirmed next year. Can someone else … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Where can I get good Brown Scapulars?

Jan 17, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: You posted once reference to a nice scapular that you purchased, I bought one on your reference and need to replace it, but couldn’t find anything on your site about it? Do you remember where to … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Friday penance on flight across International Date Line

Jan 17, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have the privilege of traveling to Western Australia for work in a few weeks and during my trip I will skip Friday. I leave the US on a flight on Thursday and after an almost … Continue reading →

Public penance and public reparation

Jan 16, 2019

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The other day, Archbp. Vigano, bless him, issued a public letter in which he calls for disgraced Theodore McCarrick publicly to repent. I have on various occasions opined that bishops should prostrate themselves in the steps of their cathedrals in … Continue reading →

Card. Mahony to speak at the Three Days of Darkness

Jan 16, 2019

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Time is flying and, in March, the Three Days of Darkness will be renewed in Los Angeles, the infamous – and all these terms are debateable – Religious Education Conference. If you can believe it, the former Archbishop of LA, … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Jan 13, 2019

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard as you fulfilled your Sunday Mass obligation? Let us know.

ASK FATHER: Standing on altar to change sanctuary lamp.

Jan 13, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is the consequence of standing on the alter table to change a hanging sanctuary lamp? (I just saw this after mass today) Consequences can be dire, especially for the ladies of the altar guild who … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Feasts of new saints in the Traditional Latin Mass

Jan 12, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was able to attend the talk by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski the other night in Minneapolis but so many hands were going up I was not able to ask my question. Do you think at some … Continue reading →

Good points in Lawler’s recent book: The Smoke of Satan…

Jan 12, 2019

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I have now read Philip Lawler’s recent book The Smoke of Satan: How Corrupt and Cowardly Bishops Betrayed Christ, His Church, and the Faithful . . . and What Can Be Done About It.  US HERE – UK HERE Here … Continue reading →

Two cordial warnings to readers

Jan 12, 2019

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I have two cordially offered warnings for readers. First, when you make French Toast from old pannetone, and you determine that it would be good with a little maple syrup, double check that you have taken the correct bottle from … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Excessive pious gestures during Mass

Jan 12, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Folks at my (exclusively Extraordinary Form) parish genuflect when the cross and then the priest pass them during the procession and recession. They also bless themselves everytime the priest does during the mass. I did not … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – Holy Family (1962MR): Families not of blood

Jan 11, 2019

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In the traditional Roman calendar, this Sunday, the 1st after Epiphany, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. The 1570 Missale Romanum does not have the feast of the Holy Family.  I believe devotion to the Holy Family really … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Can we use the Breviarium Romanum published by the SSPX?

Jan 11, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a Catholic in full communion with Rome use the Breviarium Romanum published by the Econe Seminary (the version used by the SSPX)? Two issues come forth. First, only some Catholics are obliged to read the … Continue reading →

FOLLOW UP on Gluten and Celiac post

Jan 11, 2019

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There is a lively post on low-gluten hosts and celiac disease.  HERE In the comments under that post, a commentator says: TLM people don’t believe that lay people should ever touch a chalice, this means that I can’t receive communion … Continue reading →

ZMIRAK: Hawaii Sen. @maziehirono Is Right. We Must Intern the Knights of Columbus in Camps

Jan 10, 2019

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Go read John Zmirak’s scorn-laced send-up of the moronic statements by Sen. Mazie Hirono (PartyOfDeath-HI) about federal a court nominee who belongs to the Knights of Columbus.  HERE Senator Mazie Hirono Is Right. We Must Intern the Knights of Columbus … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Gluten-free madness the work of the Father of Lies?

Jan 10, 2019

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FOLLOW UP HERE From a reader… QUAERITUR: Might the gluten-free madness that grips Western society be the work of the Father of Lies? Most people who believe themselves to be gluten-intolerant are just engaging in speculation and it might be … Continue reading →

Of desecration of liturgy and identity. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jan 10, 2019

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Let me begin with several hooks upon which we can hang some useful ideas as we look down the line at an article from Regis Nichols at Crisis. First, in April 2017, a preface Benedict XVI wrote for the Russian translation … Continue reading →

NEW BOOK from William R. Forstchen. “Sauron’s Eye” is about to kill everything on Earth.

Jan 9, 2019

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One of these days, friends, your planet is going to get really pasted by your yellow Sun.  It is not a matter of “if”.  It is a matter of “when”.  Contemplate losing all electricity.  What would happen to your life? … Continue reading →

Fun about a box of stuff, a papal tomb and ancient reading glasses (“cheaters”)

Jan 8, 2019

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In addition to books that pour in, and a few magazines, I get the monthly newsletter from the Fabbrica di San Pietro.   They always have fascinating short articles with photos about aspects of the Basilica of St. Peter and the grounds … Continue reading →

BOOK RECEIVED

Jan 8, 2019

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booksI am catching up with all sorts of things that have stacked up. Here are a few of the books which recently came in. I haven’t looked into these yet. The first, I am going to very soon. A Catholic … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: “I’m seriously considering adopting some form of sedevacantism”

Jan 7, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I’ll get straight to the point: I’m having difficulty believing that the Pope is the head of the Church. I know that regarding the past heresies Popes were often negligent in carrying out their duty to oppose error, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Advice about homeschooling and High School

Jan 7, 2019

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I’m out of my depth with this one.  I’ll bet there are quite a few of you out there who have sorted this issue. Hence, I’ll open this up to the readership. From a reader… QUAERITUR: My son will be … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Jan 6, 2019

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Was there a good point made during the sermon you heard at your Mass of Obligation for this Sunday, Epiphany? Let us know what it was! For my part, I spoke about the various lights and “stars” which guide us … Continue reading →

Ready for the Epiphany Blessings

Jan 5, 2019

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Getting ready for tomorrow’s blessing, this afternoon I removed the chalked inscription from my doorway. On Epiphany I will use blessed chalk to mark the door once again after blessing The Cupboard Under The Stairs. When the chalk is blessed … Continue reading →

The Party of Death, having a party at the 116th Congress

Jan 5, 2019

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I switched off the news for a couple of months.  After the Kavanaugh hearings and the midterms, I just couldn’t take it anymore.  As for TV, I just can’t deal any longer with three heads in boxes all shouting at … Continue reading →

An Argentinian bishop on Communion in the hand

Jan 5, 2019

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An retired bishop in Argentina, age 92, Most Rev. Juan Rodolfo Laise, O.F.M.Cap. has a book: HOLY COMMUNION Communion in the Hand: Documents & History – Some Reflections on Spiritual Communion and the State of Grace – 2018 218 pages hardcover … Continue reading →

Beans reveals his self-interest

Jan 5, 2019

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Evidence of self-interest. Where does his mind go? Catholic publications obsessively insisting on the fight against heresy and heretics are the Catholic equivalent of “Playboy”. Only, “Playboy” used to publish better interviews. — Massimo Faggioli (@MassimoFaggioli) January 5, 2019 I’m … Continue reading →

Marble machine

Jan 5, 2019

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And now for something completely different. A friend sent this. It’s amazing.

Special Blessing of Epiphany Water on the Vigil of Epiphany

Jan 5, 2019

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Wonderful customs come with the Feast of the Epiphany.  Real Epiphany is 6 January, by the way.  Happily, this year it doesn’t get transferred to a Sunday because it falls on a Sunday. On Epiphany we find in the Roman … Continue reading →

Francis and the retreating US Bishops

Jan 4, 2019

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As the US bishops meet in a retreat at Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary, with reflections by Rainiero Cantalamessa and the aegis of – I guess it was unavoidable – Card. Cupich, Francis sent them a letter.  HERE There is a piece … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Friday penance for a vegetarian

Jan 4, 2019

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question and I think you are the perfect ossified manualist to give me the answers I need. I am a vegetarian. When it comes to Friday Penance, am I covered because I am … Continue reading →

What is your good news?

Jan 4, 2019

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It has been some time since I’ve asked. What is your good news? Share something good and positive with the readership.

1st Friday and Saturday Devotions and You

Jan 4, 2019

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Reminder. Today is a 1st Friday, the first of a new Year of Grace. Do you keep 1st Fridays in special way as the Sacred Heart of Jesus urged? Do you engage in the Saturday devotions which Our Lady asked … Continue reading →

Photos of Ultima Thule!

Jan 2, 2019

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The first images of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule are on SpaceWeather. New Horizons is a NASA spacecraft that was the first to visit Pluto in July 2015.  It continued into the Kuiper Belt.   This is only the fifth craft … Continue reading →

REVIEW: “Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the Liturgy” by Yves Chiron

Jan 2, 2019

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As the new year begins, I’ll point to a new and interesting book about an infamous figure in the Church in the 20th century. Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the Liturgy by Yves Chiron. US HERE – UK HERE This is … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z rants at the beginning of a New Year of Salvation

Jan 2, 2019

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I’ve noted with interest a number of reviews of the past year regarding the Church.  Not a few saw the last year as a “year from hell” or an “annus horribilis”. Sure.  That’s not unfair.  It was a very difficult … Continue reading →

“Let y’all know!” The “Noveritis” Epiphany chant announcement of 2019’s liturgical dates

Jan 2, 2019 0:02:28

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At Epiphany – once upon a time far more important than Christmas – we Latins have the custom of singing a solemn proclamation of the key liturgical dates – movable feasts – for the new year of salvation, just begun. … Continue reading →

Fr. Z’s Predictions for 2019

Jan 1, 2019

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2019 Predictions 1. Pres. Trump will get yet another SCOTUS pick. 2. Francis and the meeting in Rome about protection of minors will miss the point of The Present Crisis and do nothing concrete. 3. The Diocese of Madison will … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 31: Jesus is only eight days old, and already His blood is flowing

Jan 1, 2019 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 31, the Octave of Christmas. These 5 minute offerings … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! 31 DEC & 1 JAN – Plenary INDULGENCES Alert!

Dec 31, 2018

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FATHERS!  Tell your people. Catholics can gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year’s EVE, 31 December (EnchInd. 26) be the recitation or the singing of the Te Deum. To gain the indulgence the usual following conditions must be met. 1. Sacramental confession … Continue reading →

On changing the Italian text of the “Our Father”. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Dec 30, 2018

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At First Things, Charlotte Allen deftly explains the spectacularly bad move to change the official wording of the Lord’s Prayer in Italian. In effect, she points out that this tinkeritis (my word) is yet another abysmally obtuse reaction by bishops and … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Dec 30, 2018

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at your Mass of Obligation for Sunday in the Octave of Nativity of Our Lord? Let us know what it was! Yes, a good point!

CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 29: No manger scene is complete without the ox and the ass

Dec 30, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 29, Sunday in the Octave of Christmas. These 5 minute offerings … Continue reading →

As the Christmas Octave continues…

Dec 29, 2018

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The Christmas Octave is underway.  It is still Christmas!   We should revel in the happy feast and celebrate the mystery of the Word’s incarnation and coming into our midst.  Happily, the Church halts her liturgical clock for this Octave so … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 28: God’s glory. It’s a public matter, not private.

Dec 29, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 28, in the Octave of Christmas. These 5 minute offerings are … Continue reading →

End of year 2018 charitable giving and YOU. A suggestion.

Dec 28, 2018

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We are coming to the end of the calendar year. Sometimes people want to make deductible donations, but they don’t know to whom.  Is the organization doing something good? Here’s a pitch for the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison.  … Continue reading →

More thoughts about upcoming Pont. Comm. “Ecclesia Dei” document or suppression

Dec 28, 2018

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the implications of a new Motu Proprio by which the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” might be suppressed because the “pastoral emergency” for which it was created is no long present.  It’s brief would, … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 27: His death was first, His life was last.

Dec 28, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 27, Holy Innocents in the Octave of Christmas. These 5 minute … Continue reading →

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Dec 27, 2018

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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 by email asking … Continue reading →

27 Dec – St. John Evangelist: “We must deny to Protestantism any right to use the Bible, much more to interpret it.”

Dec 27, 2018

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Today, being the Feast of the Evangelist John, we have a special blessing for wine and other libations.  I wrote about that HERE.  We have this blessing because of an assassination attempt.    There was an attempt on the life … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 26: Adoration of the Child Jesus becomes Eucharistic adoration

Dec 27, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 26, for St.John’s Day in the Octave of Christmas. These 5 … Continue reading →

UPDATE – Portuguese Bishop “corrects” claims about the perpetual virginity of Mary

Dec 26, 2018

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UPDATE 28 Dec: My correspondent sent a fast translation a new piece. Observador has written a new piece explaining the mess and quoting Bishop Linda. He appears as a victim who was unfairly involved in a misunderstanding. This was put together by a … Continue reading →

RUMOR VOLAT: Buzzing about the suppression of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”

Dec 26, 2018

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Reports are circulating into my phone, my mail box and onto the interwebs (Messa in Latino and Tossati) that the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” (PCED) could be suppressed soon and absorbed into the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Must we do penance on Friday in the Octave of Christmas?

Dec 26, 2018

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Some of you, in this busy time of visits and dashing about, may want to plan ahead for Friday of this week. Inevitably questions come up about penance on Friday during the Christmas (or Easter) Octave. The Octave of Christmas does not … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 25: Why St. Stephen after Christmas?

Dec 26, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 25, for St. Stephen’s Day.  Happy Boxing Day! These 5 minute … Continue reading →

Audio: Politically Correct Night Before Christmas

Dec 25, 2018

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Here’s something fun.   The Great Roman alerted me to a podcast from Madison’s best radio host – she should be national – Vicki McKenna: the voice of reason in a city of chaos. POLITICALLY CORRECT NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS So, word reached me about … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 2nd Mass of Christmas (1962MR): bathed in new light

Dec 25, 2018

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Originally, the second Mass of Christmas went together with Lauds.  The antiphons of Lauds form a kind of call and response, or question and answer cant about the experience of the shepherds coming to find the Christ Child.  Sometimes the … Continue reading →

CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 24: Christ born homeless at home

Dec 25, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 24, for Christmas Day. These 5 minute offerings are a token … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Your favorite Nativity image

Dec 25, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is your favorite Christmas image? Well, a rather personal and extremely difficult question. Without a lot of reflection, what came quickly to mind is the 1597 painting in the Prado by Federico Barocci. There’s stillness and there’s action.  The composition … Continue reading →

Portuguese Bishop denies perpetual virginity of Mary

Dec 24, 2018

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Observador, a Portuguese site, posts the responses of Bp. Manuel Linda, Bishop of Porto, and Fr. Anselmo Borges, essayist and university professor at Coimbra University, to seven questions. Their responses include that Mary was not a virgin and that Christ, conceived in … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 23: Many want God, but on their terms, not His

Dec 24, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 23, for Christmas Eve. These 5 minute offerings are a token … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 22: “Put forth Your power, O Lord, we beseech You, and delay not”

Dec 23, 2018 0:04:59

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UPDATE: Glitch fixed.  Wrong file got uploaded.  Sorry.  If the old one is still playing, it’s stuck in your cache.  Try downloading. Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well … Continue reading →

Anti-Catholicism alive and well in Democrat (aka Party of Death) Senators

Dec 23, 2018

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From CH: Senators quiz nominee about membership of ‘extreme’ Knights of Columbus A spokesperson said the Knights were ‘extremely disappointed’ with the questioning Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have questioned a candidate for the federal bench over his membership of the Knights … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 4th Sunday of Advent: “Crede ut intellegas!  Believe that you may understand!”

Dec 22, 2018

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Let’s view the Collect in the Novus Ordo for the 4th Sunday of Advent, which is also the Post Communion for the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962MR). The Annunciation was the … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: When to sing the Christmas Proclamation

Dec 22, 2018 0:04:55

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: The Christmas Proclamation (from the Martyrology).  I know it is sung prior to Midnight Mass in the OF.  Does it fit in the Traditional Mass, or is it relegated to the hour of Prime? We are talking here about … Continue reading →

Wherein Francis gives Tanquerey as Tonic to the Curia

Dec 22, 2018

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  I must say that Francis hasn’t lost his penchant for springing surprises. Yesterday was the annual audience with the Roman Curia for their exchange of Christmas greetings, etc.  The “etc.” has also in years past included a couple of brutal verbal … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 21: “Jesus wanted to be born in a manger.”

Dec 22, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 21, for Saturday in the 3rd Week of Advent. Gaudete! These … Continue reading →

BURNING QUESTION REVISITED – The true plural of “Gin and Tonic” – POLL

Dec 21, 2018

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In the Christmas number of the UK’s (and now USA’s) best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is a lighthearted feature in which notables are asked about “the perfect Catholic cocktail”.   I sense that they didn’t ask me because my opinion … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z is disgusted

Dec 21, 2018

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I received this from a reader, photos and text. First, some photos. It’s good to go to confession at this time of the year, please consider doing so.  If it has been many years, no worry, just ask the priest to help … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 20: “Watchman, what of the night?”

Dec 21, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 20, for Friday in the 3rd Week of Advent. Gaudete! These … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Ultimate Edition

Dec 20, 2018

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I am on my way home from the nation’s capital. Hopefully, the last flight of the year. Some of you wrote to ask my why I would go on a trip after getting banged up a couple weeks ago. This is why. Furthermore, … Continue reading →

ACTION ITEM! Please help Our Lady of Hope Clinic – MATCHING GRANT

Dec 20, 2018

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Sometimes people have a hard time finding causes to support.  I have a few organizations which I trust 100% for my own charitable giving. This is one of them that I admire.  And, when I got home after being banged up … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 19: The application each makes to himself of the law of God

Dec 20, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 19, for Thursday in the 3rd Week of Advent. Gaudete! These … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Exposition on a “makeshift” altar and lay testimonies

Dec 19, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was at a CRHP (Christ Renews His Parish) “evangelization of the faithful” retreat not long ago, where parishioners give their testimony and conversion stories to other parishioners. One such testimony of about 30 minutes took place at a podium to … Continue reading →

Fishwrap’s MSW v. EWTN – paragon of self-parody

Dec 19, 2018

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At Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) Madame Defarge (aka Michael Sean Winters – Tricoteuse of the New catholic Red Guard – aka Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left) has produced another masterpiece of irony. Madame, who wants to watch his opponents guillotined or … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 18: The damage liturgical ‘expertise’ has done to us!

Dec 19, 2018 0:00:01

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 18, for Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Advent. Gaudete! These … Continue reading →

More news from Rome concerning communications

Dec 18, 2018

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As the text messages from across the pond started to come in this morning, I did as I more and more often now do.  With a groan I put on my cheaters and grump, “What fresh hell is this?” Today I … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Penultimate Edition

Dec 18, 2018

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I’m on my penultimate air trip (I hope) of the year. Three things to note. First the pilot wanted to board early! Second, there is no tail number on this airplane, hence I’m not sure about who is actually running this … Continue reading →

Priest preaches at funeral, world falls on his head – UPDATE – HOMILY TEXT

Dec 17, 2018

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UPDATE 17 Dec 2018: Canonist Ed Peters has a post about the text of the sermon that Fr. LaCuesta gave at the funeral for the young man who committed suicide. The family fueled the usual hyped-up MSM faux reporting.  The priest’s reputation has … Continue reading →

17 Dec: St. Daniel and the Furnace Boys

Dec 17, 2018

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Some don’t know, and understandably so, that the Church recognizes many great figures of the Old Testament as saints, and she gives them feast days. They may not appear on the general calendar for liturgical observation, but they are listed in … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 16: O Antiphons

Dec 17, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 16, for Monday of the 3rd Week of Advent. These 5 … Continue reading →

Advent Penance Service Idiocy

Dec 17, 2018

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From a friend. WARNING TO MALE READERS: Simply reading the text in the images, below, may compromise your testosterone level.   Imagine what reading aloud might do. This idiocy was perpetrated on the People of God at a parish. It came with … Continue reading →

POLL: Gaudete Rose Vestments and Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Dec 16, 2018

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard as you fulfilled your Gaudete Sunday Mass obligation? Let us know. Meanwhile, lets have a poll. Choose your best answer. Add interesting and thoughtful comments.  Anyone can participate in the poll, but you must be … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Pastor says “Gaudete Sunday, is no more”

Dec 16, 2018 0:04:38

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This greeted me in my email today. I pray that you are well. I am a permanent Deacon.  I began my homily today … making mention that today we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, or “Rejoice Sunday.” After Mass my pastor approached me … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 15: Joyful Longing, Longing Joy

Dec 16, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 15, for the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Gaudete! These 5 minute … Continue reading →

UPDATE: Sending snail-mail 2018 Christmas cards

Dec 16, 2018

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UPDATE: 15 Dec 2018 I returned home, and checked the PO Box, which was jammed with cards.  Thank you. Many of you included kind words about my recent injuries.  Thank you.  Many of you also expressed prayers for Bp. Morlino.  I am … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Limping Homeward

Dec 15, 2018

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It has been great, though slow going in NYC.  Time to head home. I had access to the lounge this time in a new way. I am seriously irritated that Delta club membership will no longer be acknowledged by partner airlines. … Continue reading →

Newly born religious groups, strangled in their cradles

Dec 15, 2018

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In July I wrote about a group in Ferrara (HERE) which, having great success, is being treated rather curiously by the local bishop.   The Priestly Brotherhood of the Family of Christ (FSFC) seems to be doing great things. I read at … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 14: LIBERALS!

Dec 15, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 14, for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent These 5 … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – Gaudete Sunday: “good news” of the chaff’s destiny in “unquenchable fire”

Dec 14, 2018

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The 3rd Sunday of Advent is nicknamed “Gaudete … Rejoice!”, from the first word of the first chant, the Introit.  Today we relax slightly our penitential focus during Advent. Some say Advent is not a penitential time, even though it has … Continue reading →

Fast growth in Paganism, Wicca (the joke that is no joke)

Dec 14, 2018

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The modern made up “wicca” and “witch” thing is a combination of laughably stupid hokum and spectacularly dangerous demonic infiltration.   The Enemy is perfectly fine with being involved with “games” (e.g., ouji, cards, etc) and this risible wicca rubbish, … Continue reading →

VIDEO: The new church of Gower Abbey (and the Extraordinary Ordinary)

Dec 14, 2018

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As we come to the end of the year, many of you are considering your end of year charitable giving for tax deductions, etc.   Hence, I will probably drone on about the TMSM. However, I want to bring to your … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 13: The Dirty Bucket

Dec 14, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 13, for Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent These 5 … Continue reading →

Priests and bishops who are probably going to Hell

Dec 13, 2018

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There is a good piece at Crisis today about the Sacrament of Penance.  It touches on many issues, including availability of confession times, some poorly formed confessors who don’t acknowledge certain sins as sins, and the lack of support some … Continue reading →

End of year 2018 charitable giving and YOU. A suggestion.

Dec 13, 2018

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We are coming to the end of the calendar year.  Start thinking about doing your taxes. Sometimes people want to make deductible donations, but they don’t know to whom.  Is the organization doing something good?  The end of the year is … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 12: Patience

Dec 13, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 12, for Thursday of the 2nd Week of Advent These 5 … Continue reading →

Holy Face of Manoppello, Sankt Gallen, “designer babies”

Dec 12, 2018

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At LifeSite there is an engaging article/interview with an expert, Paul Badde, who has written about the image of the Holy Face kept at Manoppello, Italy.  They touch on the role this image might have played in the thwarting of … Continue reading →

Card. Müller’s interview about Church and theology in Germany

Dec 12, 2018

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LifeSite has a precis of Card. Müller’s interview with the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost.  He talks about the state of the Church and of theology in that caput malorum, Germany. Scathing. Also, of great interest, were his comments on homosexuality: For the U.S. audience, … Continue reading →

A priest’s thought after going ‘ad orientem’

Dec 10, 2018

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From an old friend of mine in my native place, Fr Tom Dufner, a great priest.   We’ve been doing ad orientem at daily Mass on and off for a few months. We’ve put several articles in the bulletin to prepare the way. This … Continue reading →

Priests and Latin. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Dec 10, 2018

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Since I posted on the issue of the Latin text of Benedict’s resignation and brought up, again, the issue of poor to zero Latin preparation of seminarians and priests, I have to make a few observations. Fathers.  If you belong to … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: ”Festina Lente” Edition

Dec 10, 2018

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I made the decision to go to NYC last night. My ribs are still sore but now much less. My shoulder is still pesky. My foot keeps me moving quite slowly. I am determined to be patient, ask for help (harder … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 09: Proper Marian Devotion

Dec 10, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 09, for Monday of the 2nd Week of Advent These 5 … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Dec 10, 2018

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass to fulfill your Sunday Obligation? Let us know. I made three points. One was about asking for miracles, while explaining the miracle for the cause of St. Juan Diego, … Continue reading →

Of getting Latin wrong, corrections, and of priests and their Latin or lack thereof

Dec 9, 2018

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I have notes from people asking about something that my friend Ann Barnhardt wrote about the Latin text of the address Benedict XVI gave when he announced that he was going to abdicate.  Ann contended that the Latin, as written … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 08: Egocentrics and God’s gifts

Dec 9, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 08, for the 2nd Sunday of Advent. These 5 minute offerings … Continue reading →

A conflicted Fishwrap v. Francis on homosexuals in seminary and priesthood

Dec 8, 2018

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It took a while.  They probably needed to get the ringing in their ears to stop after being gobsmacked. The National Sodomitical Reporter (aka Fishwrap) hardly loses any opportunity to defend that which is contrary to nature. However, Fishwrap is also mired in the … Continue reading →

On this day in 2005 …

Dec 8, 2018

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Today is the 13th birthday of the blog. I started it originally for the purpose of creating an online archive for my weekly articles for The Wanderer.  It rapidly grew into something more than that. You readers have been very good to me … Continue reading →

Help a young entrepreneur!

Dec 8, 2018

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Let’s give this guy a boost.  A young entrepreneur reached out to me for help with his project.  He started something called Crown and Stars, clearly in honor of the Blessed Virgin. He told me that he wants to make… Catholic and … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 07: “If she had not given her ‘Fiat!’…”

Dec 8, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 07, for Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent, Feast … Continue reading →

7 Dec – Titanic, intriguing St Ambrose of Milan, bishop and doctor

Dec 7, 2018

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Today is the feast of St. Ambrose of Milan, a titanic figure of the early Church, massively influential, endlessly intriguing.  He died in 397 and is entombed in Milan, where you can visit and venerate his bones, which were recently … Continue reading →

UPDATE on injuries and recovery with heartfelt thanks

Dec 7, 2018

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UPDATE 7 Dec 2018: Many people have sent notes asking how things are going.   I can give this report. First, I was able to get up and, with some assistance, get to church last night for the Requiem for Bp. Morlino.  I … Continue reading →

Solemn Requiem for @BishopMorlino in @MadisonDiocese

Dec 7, 2018

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Last night a Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated at Pine Bluff, WI, at St. Mary’s Church for the repose of the soul of the Extraordinary Ordinary… who shall wear that mantle in the future?… His Excellency, Most Rev. Robert C. … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 06: Our Lord will appear in His humanity so that He can be seen by the just and the wicked

Dec 7, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 06, for Friday of the 1st Week of Advent. These 5 … Continue reading →

VIDEO – Funeral of @BishopMorlino of @MadisonDiocese

Dec 6, 2018

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Remember: The passing of Bp. Morlino, and his replacement, is being closely watched around the world. Some people have asked me if a video of the funeral of the late Bishop Morlino is available. Right now, yes.  HERE I would point out a … Continue reading →

Latin Mass Society of England & Wales @latinmassuk – Re-upping!

Dec 6, 2018

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I just re-upped my membership in the venerable LMS, the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. >>HERE<< They have been fighting the good fight for decades and they deserve lots of support, even from those of us who do not live … Continue reading →

Recent Registration

Dec 6, 2018

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Folks, I let quite a few registrations go unattended lately.  I trust you will have been patient and you will forgive my tardiness. This morning I went through over 100 registrations and approved almost all of them. If you registered a while … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 05: The priest, John the Baptist, points toward Jesus

Dec 6, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 05, for Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent. These 5 … Continue reading →

New art from Daniel MITSUI – great gift idea

Dec 5, 2018

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Are looking for unique religious gifts? May I suggest checking out the beautiful art of Daniel Mitsui? Daniel works with a fascinating fusion of forms and produces some invocative religious images, pleasing at a glance but profitable for contemplation. He sent me … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 02: The time of silent apostacy

Dec 3, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Happily, I made a couple before my accident! Here is ADVENTCAzT 02, for Monday … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Au revoir Edition

Dec 2, 2018

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Bye, Paris. Thanks to readers for help with the better seat.

ADVENTCAzT 2018 01: Exceeding great Love

Dec 2, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Happily, I made a couple before my accident! Here is ADVENTCAzT 01, for the … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Why should a Protestant convert and join the Catholic Church?

Dec 1, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Why should a Protestant like me convert and join the Catholic church, given the current corruption that appears to reach all the way to the top? (This is not an idle question. I was ready to call a priest and learn more, … Continue reading →

Francis: Homosexuals “should not be accepted into the ministry or consecrated life.”

Dec 1, 2018

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Aciprensa has it.  HERE The UK’s (and now US’s) best Catholic weekly has it.  HERE Francis made a book/interview which will be released next week.  A sample has been released. In the sample we find that Francis says that pastoral care must be … Continue reading →

Prayer Request from Fr. Z – UPDATE

Dec 1, 2018

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UPDATE BELOW Originally Published on: Nov 30, 2018 If I could interrupt for a moment to request some prayers. Without being overly dramatic, I was hit by a motorcycle today. I am wrapping up a visit to Paris.  I went to Emergency and got … Continue reading →

ADVENTCAzT 2018 00: The mysteries don’t change, but each year we are different

Dec 1, 2018 0:04:59

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Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Happily, I made a couple before my accident! Here is ADVENTCAzT 00, for Saturday … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Recourse to the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”

Nov 30, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently, our stable group of roughly 50 people took the extraordinary step of asking our bishop for a regular celebration of the EF, having already spoken to the pastor of the parish. He responded in the negative. How do we go … Continue reading →

EWTN World Over @worldoverdc tribute to @BishopMorlino

Nov 30, 2018

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EWTN on Raymond Arroyo’s The World Over has a tribute to Bp Morlino.

An important moment for the US Church in the USA, in light of The Present Crisis.

Nov 30, 2018

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I will keep saying it. The passing and replacement of Bp. Robert Morlino is an important moment for the Church in the USA, particularly in light of The Present Crisis. The Diocese of Madison has a page with links to some personal … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Communion, kneeling on the tongue

Nov 30, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I regularly receive Holy Communion kneeling (on the floor) at my OF-only parish. My pastor has asked me a few times not to do that, though not forcefully – he’s never unkind about it or actually telling me to stop (rather … Continue reading →

4 Dec: @BishopMorlino funeral broadcast on EWTN

Nov 30, 2018

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The passing of Bp. Morlino – and the naming of his successor – is an important moment for the Church in the USA, particularly in light of The Present Crisis. There has been quite a bit of even international coverage of … Continue reading →

Italian Press on the Extraordinary Ordinary @BishopMorlino

Nov 29, 2018

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I keep coming back to the passing of Bp. Morlino, and not merely because of my personal connection. The passing of Bp. Morlino – and the naming of his successor – is an important moment for the Church in the USA, … Continue reading →

@SSPXEN Tribute to @BishopMorlino of @MadisonDiocese

Nov 29, 2018

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This was gracious. From the US site of the SSPX. Bp. Robert Morlino, Brave Defender of the Traditional Mass, Passes Away Bishop Morlino of the Madison, WI diocese, passed away Saturday evening last, after a sudden “cardiac event,” shocking traditionally-minded faithful who had … Continue reading →

@Bishop Morlino and his hope for a @MadisonDiocese Cathedral

Nov 28, 2018

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The funeral for Bp. Morlino will be on 4 December.  He will be buried immediately after the funeral in Madison’s Resurrection cemetery. It was Bp. Morlino’s desire to provide the city and diocese with a new Cathedral church once again, which … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z offers a cautionary tale to those who struggle with liturgical conundra.

Nov 28, 2018

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The site of the CMAA, Musica Sacra Forum, published response to the 29 – yes, twenty-nine – dubia submitted to the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”. The questioner is a Polish priest, I assume young, working on a doctorate. Folks, I get it.  I get … Continue reading →

The Oath: Every Bishops’ Aaron and Hur

Nov 28, 2018

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Consider what is entrusted to a bishop. Consider how he, like everyone else, struggles with the world, the flesh and the Devil. Consider that, though fortified with the graces of the sacrament of orders and defended by the holy angels, a bishop … Continue reading →

Thoughts, deeds for @BishopMorlino. Your feedback, homework!

Nov 27, 2018

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I am deeply moved by all the emails I have received after the too early passing of Bp. Robert Morlino of Madison, the Extraordinary Ordinary (the ExO). People have written from all over the world.  They sense that this is an … Continue reading →

Card. Sarah on kneeling before the Eucharist, Communion in the hand

Nov 27, 2018

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The other day I visited the chapel of an important Marian apparition.  There were many pilgrims including groups of young people.  A worker nun breezily made a sort of bow to the Blessed Sacrament as she passed before the tabernacle. That … Continue reading →

Two stories about a great bishop

Nov 26, 2018

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Two recent pieces about the late, great Extraordinary Ordinary, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, tell you a great deal about the man, who was misunderstood by many – purposely in the case of quite a few. First, there is a … Continue reading →

“No man can by force of will say that three times three is not nine.”

Nov 25, 2018

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Fr George Rutler, pastor of St. Michael’s in Manhattan first-rate thinker, issues a weekly, Sunday essay as a “Pastor’s Page”.  This week’s column for the Novus Ordo Feast of Christ the King opens and closes with a deep incision and … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost: Beg His help. Beg His mercy. Praise Him for His gifts.

Nov 25, 2018

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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 this … Continue reading →

STIR UP SUNDAY 2018 – Christmas Puddings, Explosions, and You

Nov 25, 2018

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The last Sunday before the new year is Stir Up Sunday. This is the day on which many will prepare their traditional English Christmas Pudding. The “stir up” comes from the first words of the traditional Collect at Mass of the Last … Continue reading →

R.I.P. Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison

Nov 25, 2018

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From the Diocese of Madison It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison.  Bishop Morlino died tonight, Saturday, November 24th, at approximately 9:15 pm at St. Mary Hospital in Madison at … Continue reading →

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS – ONE SPECIAL

Nov 24, 2018

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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 by email asking … Continue reading →

Sweden has started “chipping” its residents

Nov 23, 2018

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From Fabiosa: Have you ever thought that the science fiction film gadgets would be accessible in real life? And we aren’t talking about computers and mobile phones. Where some people are pleased and delighted about the advent of new technologies, others … Continue reading →

Black Friday Online Shopping

Nov 23, 2018

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Folks, please do me a favor. If you are shopping online today (lot’s of discounts), please use my Amazon search box on the right side bar. Even if you spot something at another site, just highlight/copy what you want elsewhere and then … Continue reading →

More garbage from Germany: Communion for Protestants

Nov 23, 2018

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That caput malorum omnium, Germany, has produced another nasty that will take years of effort to clean up, if it can ever be cleaned up. LifeSite has it.  A German bishop, Felix Genn of Münster, published a guide about the pastoral care for married … Continue reading →

“You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means”

Nov 21, 2018

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Canonist Ed Peters has a good reminder about excommunication at his fine blog.  HERE Bottom lines: It isn’t as easy to get excommunicated as one might think. Excommunication, it isn’t easy as thinking that someone ought to be excommunicated. “You Keep Using That Word, … Continue reading →

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

Nov 21, 2018

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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 præsentári voluísti: præsta, qu?sumus; ut, eius intercessióne, … Continue reading →

VIDEO: A few good men and The Present Crisis

Nov 21, 2018

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Beans v. the East – @MassimoFaggioli cheapshots Orientals

Nov 20, 2018

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Ubiquitous and relentless self-promoter Massimo “Beans” Faggioli has eructed yet another oh-so clever tweet: Like Orientalism, Catholic Ad Orientalism assumes a certain role of Western civilization in global Christianity — Massimo Faggioli (@MassimoFaggioli) November 18, 2018 Huh? I haven’t paid much attention to Beans … Continue reading →

The effect of the Extraordinary Form on vocations to the priesthood

Nov 20, 2018

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From a reader… In recent weeks I recall reading here and elsewhere some encouraging speculation and projections about the numbers of vocations produced by traditional vs. non-traditional types of communities. I’ve discovered that my parish seems to support those projections. We … Continue reading →

Dinosaur Media attack on Catholics who uphold Faith and Morals

Nov 20, 2018

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UPDATE 20 Nov: Dreher’s take.  HERE Originally Published on: Nov 18 ____ From NBC comes a piece of sheer anti-Catholic homosexualist propaganda. A few points as a prelude. The homosexualists are working together with their allies in the dinosaur media to shift all the focus away from the … Continue reading →

Truly pathetic musings at the Fishwrap about priesthood and those halcyon days of Vatican II

Nov 20, 2018

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The Fishwrap sure lived up to its name this time.  Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) has gushy piece about a reunion of old men who were seminarians of class 1966 at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.  The arrived in Rome in … Continue reading →

19 Nov 1863: The Gettysburg Address

Nov 19, 2018 0:02:15

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Today is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.   It wasn’t much attended at the moment, but over time it has been recognized one of the greatest public speeches ever. Four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg, on the … Continue reading →

Christmas, Priests, Arms, and You

Nov 19, 2018

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Right on cue, some folks have written messages asking for advice about Christmas gifts for priests. I could give the same advice I gave in years past. However, here’s a new thought based on a project I have wanted to get … Continue reading →

Reliable Catholic and Pro-Life Causes

Nov 19, 2018

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Here are some efforts worth your attention. We are getting down to the end of the year. Some of you are starting to think about your end of year TAX DEDUCTIBLE giving. Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison First, in … Continue reading →

“”Transphobia is a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons”.

Nov 19, 2018

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Everyone should dash over to Fr. H’s place and read his latest: Transphobia, fox hunting, and the SS It’s jolly good.

ASK FATHER: My priest doesn’t carry the “emergency phone”

Nov 18, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: What’s the deal with priests carrying their emergency cellphone on them? [Hmmm… I don’t know what the deal is!] I was disturbed to learn that our priest doesn’t keep it with him. When I asked him about it … Continue reading →

To Prelates: “Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining.”

Nov 17, 2018

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I’ve just spent a few minutes in a hard-hitting piece about The Present Crisis at Crisis.  Here are a couple of outstanding paragraphs. The apostle Paul certainly saw the redemptive side of scandal and division: “For there must be factions among you … Continue reading →

Pre-Post Thanksgiving, Pre-Post Christmas Shopping

Nov 17, 2018

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I’ve already started on my Christmas shopping list.  I want to get everything settled so that I don’t have to think about it as Christmas draws near. May I ask for you, dear readers, to consider using my Amazon search box … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Could the Church make “communal services” the norm for the Sacrament of Penance?

Nov 17, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, In John 20:22-24, it says “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins … Continue reading →

UPDATED BRICK BY BRICK in Florida! New Sunday TLM established.

Nov 17, 2018

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UPDATE 17 Nov 2018: From a reader… more movement in Florida.  I think this was cut and pasted to me, but… oh well. Father Z – thought you’d like to see Florida is headed in the right direction. From Fr. Jeremiah Payne … Continue reading →

Latin-less Priests and Homeschoolers – UPDATED

Nov 17, 2018

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UPDATE 17 Nov: I’ve received some interesting emails since this discussion about Latin began in these electronic pages. First, Thank you for writing such an awesome blog. I am a big fan. In your recent blog about the future of NO/TLM masses you … Continue reading →

More Jesuit antics in that ‘caput malorum omnium’ the Church in Germany

Nov 16, 2018

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Putting the pessima in corruptio optimi pessima. From a reader: Dear Father, Apparently, the Vatican has accepted P. Wucherpfennig SJ as rector of the Jesuit High School Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany. He was recently denied the nihil obstat by the Vatican because … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Could Latin be suppressed? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Nov 16, 2018

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In a post yesterday, I wrote about the possibility that, before too long, the TLM might wind up being the “last Mass standing”. Why? Demographics are burning quickly and the present day hierarchy has only thrown more accelerant on the … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z rants

Nov 15, 2018

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More and more I’ve been musing, under the shadow of shifting demographics and the Church’s self-devastation wrought by those in the stratosphere of power, about the short and long term of the Novus Ordo and TLM.  I’ve been wondering if, … Continue reading →

A solid “state of the question” VIDEO about The Present Crisis

Nov 15, 2018

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When we write scholarly papers or monographs or theses, or even in depth blog posts, analyzing a burning question, we often begin with a status quaestionis section: What is the state of the question? This morning Michael Voris posted a “Vortex” video … Continue reading →

In how many ways is this creepy?

Nov 15, 2018

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We might make a list of how many ways this is a creepy. From Fox: Man, 35, reportedly marries computer hologram Surrounded by nearly 40 people, a 35-year-old man reportedly married a virtual hologram earlier this month. Akihiko Kondo, who works at a middle … Continue reading →

HEADS WILL ROLL! A new “You won’t believe your eyes ugly” altar

Nov 14, 2018

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You know about the flesh-eating amoeba that attacks brains?  Part of the problem in the Church today is the worldly, spirit-eating amoeba that is eating the souls of bishops. This is from La Repubblica. Here is a new altar in the Basilica … Continue reading →

Why homosexualists hate Papa Ratzinger so much.

Nov 14, 2018

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Fr. John Hunwicke has at his place a thoughtful piece about why some people hate Papa Ratzinger so very much.   I think he has it right.   He reposted some items which still hold up.   For example, from … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Delayed Edition & Fr. Z’s Kitchen

Nov 13, 2018

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When you are delayed because of equipment at a small airport you don’t have many options. My fate today. I’m glad I made a point of coming early. As it was, the rebooking line was long and the app was not too … Continue reading →

Solipsistic, self-aggrandizing @FatherRosica dares to vet Catholic news sources

Nov 13, 2018

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After the 2018 Synod (“walking together”) proposed that some authority should vet Catholic websites for their acceptability, THIS pops up. Care to explain this, Fr Rosica? And, no, we won’t let you get away with claiming it’s not news because it was … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: “I am doubting that the current Catholic Church is the Church it has always claimed to be”

Nov 12, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, Please pray for me as I go through some deep doubts. Additionally, I would appreciate it if you can shed some light on them: I have complete confidence in the veracity of the claims that the Church used to make, but … Continue reading →

Strange Signs, the End Times and YOU

Nov 12, 2018

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What times we are seeing. Benedict abdicated and lightning struck the dome of St. Peter’s. A Jesuit is elected.  A Jesuit, who trashes the symbols of office and sows confusion. Catholics vote for pro-abortion politicians. Total eclipses draw an X over the the Madrid fault … Continue reading →

A reader’s first impressions on attending the Extraordinary Form

Nov 12, 2018

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There’s a first time for everything. First times rarely encompass all that can be encompassed. But, they are a beginning. After that, brick by brick. From a reader… Father, I’ve been reading your blog for a few years, and thought you might … Continue reading →

Horrifying Big Business Abortion Ad

Nov 12, 2018

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From The DailyWire: WALSH: Here Is The Most Barbaric And Deranged Pro-Abortion Ad You Will Ever See “She deserves to be a choice.” A far-left advocacy group called the Agenda Project just put out a truly horrific ad in support of Planned Parenthood. … Continue reading →

US Bishop begin 2018 November meeting: PRAY & FAST!

Nov 12, 2018

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It think it may be up to us – up to you and me. The US Bishops begin their annual November meeting today in Baltimore. There will be protesters around the meeting, as there should be.   Some, seemingly within the USCCB … Continue reading →

Another really bad idea: Communion Pills

Nov 12, 2018

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Even though there is no danger of true true sacrilege (these Protestants have no valid Eucharist or anything like), there is danger of idolatry… and of being kinda dumb. Perhaps it’s a matter of lack of oxygen at higher altitudes? I bring … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Some say Advent is not a penitential season.

Nov 9, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m reaching out because I’m doing a bunch of research on Advent. I have been reading a number of things on Advent and about living liturgically in general and I’m trying to get a few things straight that I’m not totally … Continue reading →

FEEDBACK: “I went to confession for the first time in nine years tonight.”

Nov 9, 2018

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I suspect that most of you readers know that I often shout at you: GO TO CONFESSION! I did so yesterday, several times. This morning I received this. From a reader: I wanted to thank you for always pushing confession. I went … Continue reading →

Blog milestone: 90 Million

Nov 9, 2018

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An alert reader sent a note saying that the “StatCounter” button on the sidebar shows that we reached another milestone.  This must have happened sometime during the night. The blog is older than that and I don’t put huge stock in … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: If I am in the state of mortal sin, is there any point in praying?

Nov 8, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for the good work you do through this blog. I check it once or twice daily, because I always look forward to your insightful and incisive commentary. May I ask: If I am in a state of mortal sin … Continue reading →

SCOTUS Justice RBG falls, breaks ribs, hospitalized

Nov 8, 2018

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According to accounts, 85-yr old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had a fall, broke some ribs, and is not in the hospital. While one mustn’t wish ill on another, it could be that this episode might prompt in the Justice some thoughts … Continue reading →

“I had the image of a bishop sinking head downward…. sinking… sinking… clawing at the heavy miter on his head”

Nov 8, 2018

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Even as I stared at the title of the piece I am about to recommend, this passage from Luke about millstones came to mind.   I had the image of a bishop sinking head downward…. sinking… sinking… clawing at the … Continue reading →

MUST READ: The Papalatrous catholic Left and “Horizonal Schism”

Nov 8, 2018

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Speaking of brilliant, you will want to pay attention to the following. Canonist Ed Peters turns the canonical sock about schism, can. 751, inside out.  There are two dimensions of schism, you see.   The papalatrous catholic Left has probably fallen into one … Continue reading →

UPDATED: Holy See repression of a certain kind of bishop with a certain kind of message

Nov 8, 2018

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UPDATE 8 Nov: But wait.  There’s more. Over a Church Militant, Michael is reporting that an Italian author, Aldo Maria Valli, has published a book about whistleblower Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò. However, the publishing company has been pressured to restrict future editions. Recently … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: “Properly blessed” devotional objects

Nov 7, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: What does it mean for an article of devotion to be “properly blessed” as stated in the Enchiridion of Indulgences? Many of our sacramentals have been blessed by priests or deacons, and two by bishops (my daughter’s crucifix … Continue reading →

Fr. Z muses: repression of Catholic speech and what we can do about it.

Nov 7, 2018

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Right now we are told that transparency and dialogue are important.  When the Synod (“walking together”) opened, Francis called for openness, dialogue, even criticism, saying, “all to speak with courage and parrhesia (candour), that is combining freedom, truth and charity….  Only … Continue reading →

Did an alien vessel just pass by? The mystery of Oumuamua.

Nov 6, 2018

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Fascinating piece today at Spaceweather: DID AN ALIEN LIGHT SAIL VISIT THE SOLAR SYSTEM?: It sounds like a tabloid headline, but in this case it could be real. Mainstream researchers from the Harvard Center for Astrophysics have made the case that … Continue reading →

My While For Awhile: Election Day Edition

Nov 6, 2018

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I’m off to southern regions to visit my mother for a few days.   Florida is hotly contested.  I hope that my mere presence in the state will tip the election. My flight is delayed. Most Delta lounges these days have FNC … Continue reading →

JUST TOO COOL! Move to rename Hubble’s Law… for a priest

Nov 6, 2018

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A reader alerted me to something for a Just To Cool entry, or perhaps Look! Up In The Sky! There has been a recommendation to rename, or rather amplify the name of Hubble’s Law after Fr. Georges Lemaître.   HERE The statement … Continue reading →

Contrasts of projected visions of the Church

Nov 5, 2018

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At Church Militant, Michael Voris posted a sort of summary video commentary in the aftermath of the Synod (“walking together”).  What caught my eye comes at the end of his video commentary.  Michael juxtaposed images of the Summorum Pontificum procession … Continue reading →

VIDEO: A reaction to a first Traditional Latin Mass

Nov 5, 2018

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This is pretty interesting. Here is a thoughtful young man with his observations about participating at a Traditional Latin Mass for the first time.

GREAT NEWS! Baronius Press “Roman Breviary” AVAILABLE AGAIN!

Nov 5, 2018

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This is great news for all those who have been seeking out the wonderful reprinting of the The Roman Breviary by Baronius Press. It is at long last back in print. I wrote about it in 2012. This is a terrific … Continue reading →

Birettas and Berettas

Nov 5, 2018

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This is different. Priests officially opening a new shooting range in Poland earlier this week pic.twitter.com/qF2w7JH5bV — Notes from Poland ?? (@notesfrompoland) November 4, 2018 I have a problem with both of these guys, who don’t seem ever to have held guns in … Continue reading →

“It is just a building.” – UPDATE: Like Planned Parenthood selling off baby parts.

Nov 5, 2018

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UPDATE 5 Nov 2018: Here’s the deal.  I’ve been thinking about this demolition thing.  It’s not just a matter of demolishing a church and then selling the property. What happens is that scavenger experts come in and inventory all the beautiful architectural … Continue reading →

Screaming Man Charges Priest During Live EWTN Mass

Nov 5, 2018

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From Gateway Pundit: BREAKING: Deranged Man Charges Priest on Altar Screaming Profanities During Live EWTN Broadcast (VIDEO) Pray for @EWTN today!!!! It was super scary on LIVE tv during Mass! Thank God for the security! pic.twitter.com/FSwRhLllOF — Science Teacher ? (@JMJScience) November 4, … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Nov 4, 2018

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass to fulfill your Sunday Obligation? Let us know. You were paying attention, weren’t you?

URGENT – MUST WATCH: Arroyo with removed @BishopMDHolley and SUPERB #Synod2018 analysis

Nov 2, 2018

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MUST WATCH NOW

Your Holy Day Sermon Notes

Nov 2, 2018

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass to fulfill your  Obligation for the Feast of All Saints? Let us know. You were paying attention, weren’t you?

ASK FATHER: TLM workshops for U.S. diocesan priests with no EF Mass experience and marginal Latin?

Nov 1, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I spoke with our parish priest today and he is open to attending a Latin Mass Workshop. Will you please recommend a workshop(s) for a young, U.S. diocesan priest with no EF Mass experience and marginal latin background? … Continue reading →

Good Things Happening

Nov 1, 2018

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We have some good things going on where I am. For example, there is a new chapter of EnCourage forming in the Diocese of Madison.   HERE Tonight we have a Sung Mass for All Saints at 6:30 at St. Mary’s in Pine … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – All Saints: God’s glory, our intercessory help greatly increased with every soul entering heaven

Nov 1, 2018

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The Collect for today’s Mass for All Saints is the same in both forms of the Roman Rite.  It it found already in the 8th century Liber sacramentorum Engolismensis. It was also, with variations in the Gelasian Sacramentary, among the prayers … Continue reading →

Cringeworthy Narcissistic Jesuit Homosexualist Prayer from @JamesMartinSJ

Nov 1, 2018

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Narcissistic Jesuit homosexualist (I know… tautology) James Martin, LGBTQSJ is the topic of a post at LifeSite.  Jesuit-run Amerika is spamming people with a narcissistic Jesuit homosexualist prayer composed by Martin. This part caught my special attention: Michael Hichborn, president of the … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Priest attacked me for how I made my confession.

Oct 31, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Today, I went for confession to the capuchins like I usually do. The priests there tend to be great confessors. However, today I had quite a bad experience. I confess in kind and number and I keep a list … Continue reading →

How libs and their “gay” allies want you crushed into silence

Oct 31, 2018

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Crisis has a piece which talks about how homosexualist Jesuit (tautology?) James Martin, LGBTQSJ has urged his twitter and fakebook followers to attack LifeSite and other faithful Catholic sites for something they didn’t do. This isn’t the first time Martin has … Continue reading →

Recommended Reading as a catch up

Oct 31, 2018

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This is a post-Rome trip catch-up and catch-all. Today I drove back to the Cupboard Under The Stairs from The City of Broad Shoulders.   Immediately I set out on a series of tasks.   Whereas, after living in Rome for many years, … Continue reading →

All Saints 2017 – 1 Nov- Holy Day of Obligation – Deliberately ignore? Grave sin!

Oct 31, 2018

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In these United States, be sure to check your parish schedules for Masses. Thursday 1 November 2017 is a Holy Day of OBLIGATION. For our part, there will be a Missa Cantata at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI, in the Extraordinary Form.  6:30 … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Confessing remembered forgotten sins

Oct 30, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I tend to get very nervous in confession and I do better if I just stick to the script so to speak so I don’t start rambling. Is there a formula for confessing mortal sins that were forgotten in a … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Purgation Edition

Oct 30, 2018

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I’m offering up the mornings frustrations and irritation in reparation for the Synod (“walking together”). Apart from having to leave and leave before 4 for the sake of the early flight, the weather was horrific again this morning (have you seen … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Oct 30, 2018

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass to fulfill your Sunday Obligation? Let us know. You were paying attention, weren’t you?

Rome – Day 7: Mass for Benefactors and Cena di Congedo

Oct 29, 2018

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It has been a pretty nasty day in the Eternal City.  The weather was as dreadful today as it has been beautiful over the week.   I did get out for some last needful errands and got drenched. As promised, I … Continue reading →

More on #Synod2018 (“walking together”) document #146

Oct 29, 2018

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Today the pithily perspicacious Fr H looks at the Synod’s (“walking together”) notion about developing ways to certify Catholic blogs to avoid “fake news”. He wrote along the lines of what I wrote HERE.    He also wrote: We seem to have … Continue reading →

Saving a heritage church in Fall River

Oct 29, 2018

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In the near future, we will face more church closures.  Some won’t be that much of a loss.  Some, however, are part of our patrimony, lovingly built by our forebears, irreplaceable. I bring to the readerships attention the plight of parishioners … Continue reading →

The Wanderer: A Synod (“walking together”) of clichés

Oct 29, 2018

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At my old stomping ground, The Wanderer, there is a good summary and analysis piece by Peggy Moen (a terrific editor!) who attended much of the Synod (“walking together”). Clichés Of The Francis Era Dominate A Press Briefing ROME — Following the Thursday, … Continue reading →

Thanks for the birthday greetings and a clarification

Oct 29, 2018

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Many thanks to you who sent birthday greetings with notes. Several of you said that you would have Masses said for me, which is very much appreciated. Another several wrote along the lines of, “You are THAT OLD?!?” Others, reading my line about … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: How to gain the 1-8 November plenary indulgence

Oct 28, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thanks to you and your blog, I am intending to receive a plenary indulgence or three (aim high!) for the souls in purgatory over Nov 1 – Nov 8. Reading through the Manual of Indulgences, from the fourth edition (1999) of … Continue reading →

“I’ll take ‘25000 Words Of Blah Blah And Landmines’, for 200, please, Alex!”

Oct 28, 2018

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I’ve been, as much as possible ignoring the Synod’s (“walking together”) document.  First, I’ve wanted a pleasant day.  Was the Synod really about producing a document?   Or was it about creating smokescreens and providing cover for the placement of … Continue reading →

“Synodality” as new model (i.e. permanent revolution) imposed on #Synod2018

Oct 25, 2018

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I am in Rome while the 2018 Synod (“walking together”) is slouching towards its predicted, rigged conclusion.  I think we all knew that there would be shenanigans before the end.  They’ve come now not single spies, but in battalions. Tweets from … Continue reading →

The collapse of Dutch Mass attendance

Oct 25, 2018

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This came via a reader. Agensir.it: Netherlands: religious belonging and attendance still decreasing. Only 6% of those who say they are Catholic attend Sunday Mass 51% of Dutch people over 15 years of age do not belong to any Church or to any … Continue reading →

Rome – Day 2: Rolling with the punches

Oct 24, 2018

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Today I ran lots of little errands. Included in the errands was a stop at Barbiconi to order up a new thurible and boat for the TMSM, especially for my use and for the bishop’s Masses.   I’ve been having terrible shoulder problems, … Continue reading →

JUST TOO COOL: 2400 year old Greek ship discovered

Oct 24, 2018

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This is definitely for your Just Too Cool file. It hit the spot this morning in particular, because Anthony Esolen’s new book begins with the figure of Odysseus, trapped by Calypso, longing to go home. Read on. From BBC: Shipwreck found in Black Sea … Continue reading →

Rome – Day 1: Supplies and Bells

Oct 23, 2018

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Boring flight… mostly.  For a half hour or so we weren’t sure about a woman who wasn’t doing well south of the tip of Greenland.   A couple doctors were on the plane and I stuck my head in to … Continue reading →

Pope reacts to Viganò and #ViganòTestimony 3.0

Oct 22, 2018

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Okay, that meant Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington DC. He writes about the third Viganò Testimony HERE. A sample: As I finished reading Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s third letter, I had an immediate sense that I had just read … Continue reading →

Angels and liturgy

Oct 22, 2018

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It is a commonplace that even a so-called “private” Mass is never truly private. The steps, cruets, candles, paten, chalice, the fringe of the stole the edges of the pages and the priest’s fingertips are wreathed about with myriads of … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Roman Week

Oct 22, 2018

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Off I go to Rome for a short trip, especially for the sake of the annual Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage. At the airport, I am already getting Latin inscriptions, or at least photos of the Latin inscriptions. And a few steps later, more … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Oct 22, 2018

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass to fulfill your Sunday Obligation? Let us know. You were paying attention, weren’t you?

The reports of the various language circles of the Synod (“walking together”) are out. 

Oct 21, 2018

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The reports of the various language circles of the Synod (“walking together”) are out.  HERE Just try reading for a while.  

Romeward Bound for Summorum Pontificum 2018 and Masses for Benefactors

Oct 20, 2018

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A reminder to my friends and acquaintances in Rome that it is, once again, time to hide the silverware.  I hit the City on Tuesday, 23 October.  I think the Carabinieri have already been warned, if the Great Roman™ has … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 29th Ordinary Sunday: Pregnancy and Glory

Oct 20, 2018

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If I am not mistaken, at the ongoing Synod (“walking together”) on youth hasn’t done much at all about encouraging young people to marry (the opposite sex) and to have children. Vocations start with children.  No children no vocations.   No children … Continue reading →

Liturgical Ordo for the upcoming liturgical year, 2019.

Oct 19, 2018

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It is not to early to thinking about obtaining a liturgical Ordo for the upcoming liturgical 2018-2019 year. I received from the kind folks of the Latin Mass Society in England, their Ordo for the Extraordinary Form. BTW… I don’t live … Continue reading →

Terrific Benedictine Monks of Norcia! Yes, great things are also going on and YOU can participate.

Oct 19, 2018

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As we navigate The Present Crisis, let us not forget that there are wonderful things happening, too, by the grace of God and by fervent elbow grease.  Isn’t that how we are meant to carry out our vocations?  Grace and … Continue reading →

#ViganoTestimony 3.0!  Powerful response to accusations, points to crisis of homosexuality #sodoclericalism

Oct 19, 2018

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Huge. Archbp. Carlo Maria Viganò has issued a third Testimony.  It is a neutron bomb. First, at CNA we read that the present “Sostituo”, the 2nd in command in the Secretariat of State for matter within the Church, Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra “might … Continue reading →

The massive, glaring, screaming lacuna in #Synod2018

Oct 18, 2018

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Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, a participant in the 2018 Synod (“walking together”), has been interviewed by CatholicPhilly.com. This quote struck me: Q: What might the synod change in Church doctrine or in the interpretation of the doctrine? CHAPUT: No synod has the authority … Continue reading →

Requests for GREGORIAN MASSES and priests who can say them

Oct 18, 2018

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Sometimes when I post this, people send emails about various places that take Gregorian Masses.  That’s not what this post is for. ___ People sometimes write to me to request Gregorian Masses (i.e., the same Mass intention for 30 straight, uninterrupted days).  Many … Continue reading →

WHAT IS THAT? Francis wearing rainbow colored Cross.

Oct 18, 2018

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Would someone please explain this to me? Is this photoshopped? I don’t get it. The fellow who sent it to me, who is from Latin America, wrote: “They’re saying the colors represent regions of Latin America, but being from there, I don’t know how … Continue reading →

23 October: Bp. Egan of @PortsmouthRC calls for Masses of Reparation

Oct 17, 2018

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When His Lordship the Right Reverend Philip Egan was installed as Bishop of Portsmouth in England, I was in London.  I fondly recall watching a live stream of the event with not-yet-Fr  James Bradley of the Ordinariate in digs at … Continue reading →

Eugenics in our recent past

Oct 17, 2018

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On a sunny weekend day in my native place, I might have a bowl of cornflakes for breakfast, then stop at Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul to visit the graves of priests and then slide over to the Pierce Butler … Continue reading →

Some good news from Montana, a laugh, and some reactions to Paul VI canonization

Oct 16, 2018

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From a reader… In Great Falls, Montana, there are only 4 parishes where there used to be eight. The reasons are partly a drop in the city’s population, partly a drop in the number of observant Catholics, and mostly (I think) … Continue reading →

16 October 1978: Election of John Paul II – 40 YEARS!

Oct 16, 2018

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Where were you when you heard the news that a man from Poland had been elected to the See of Peter? Were you even born yet? It was on this date in 1978.   Wow.  40 years.  4 DECADES. Apropos recent debates that have strongly … Continue reading →

Archbp. Chaput interviewed by The Pill – #sodoclericalism

Oct 16, 2018

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The Tablet (aka The Bitter Pill aka RU-486) interviewed Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.  At present, the Archbishop is involved in the Synod (“walking together”) on Youth in Rome. He has some pointed comments about what faith both is and isn’t.  They … Continue reading →

Fr. Longenecker: “ALL ARE WELCOME…TO WHAT EXACTLY?”

Oct 15, 2018

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Pop over the Fr. Longenecker’s place and read his post: “All Are Welcome” He rips the skin from the faux calls for diversity and multiculturalism and, especially, “gay” hollering we are force to hear so much. Sample: I’m reminded of a gay activist … Continue reading →

#Synod2018 concerns in a couple of sharp sentences. Then Fr. Z rants.

Oct 15, 2018

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At my old stomping ground, The Wanderer, their weekly contributor and a ubiquitous tweeter Fr. Kevin Cusick, nailed the Synod (“walking together”) situation in a couple of sentences. Another rigged Synod is now underway with predictable results. All we need to know … Continue reading →

15 Oct: St. Teresa, calendars and fascinating fountains! (A note to NAC seminarians and Rome denizens.)

Oct 15, 2018

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Speaking of saints days and calendars (I posted about that a few hours ago… Here is something for NAC seminarians, especially, as you walk from the heights to the Centro.  There is something interesting to see just off your usual beaten … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Celebrating Conciliar Saint Popes in the Traditional Roman Rite

Oct 15, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: 26 September is the feast of the now-canonized Paul VI. Since this is a feria on the 1962 calendar, one could mark the day with the traditional Latin Mass “Si Diliges Me”, and name him in the Collect.  … Continue reading →

The future of the Church (hint – NOT #Synod2018)

Oct 15, 2018

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The demographics of the Church are on the move, at least in these USA.  We will, in the next few years, witness a dramatic drop in numbers of those who bother with the Church at all.  Everything will have to … Continue reading →

How the Left rolls

Oct 14, 2018

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Watch this video news story and consider how crazy things are getting. And then…

#Synod2018 underway but there are no rules. Making it up as they go?

Oct 14, 2018

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At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald – soon to have a US version! – comes this alarming report about the workings of the Synod (“walking together”). My emphases: Analysis: Will bishops push for clarity on the synod’s procedural rules? Two weeks … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Coalition in Support of “Ecclessia Dei” – What’s up?

Oct 14, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Several weeks ago, I noticed that attempts to access the TLM directory at the Coalition in support of Ecclessia Dei website, were coming up with nothing. I dismissed it as a server error, but it has persisted, and … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Oct 14, 2018

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass to fulfill your Sunday Obligation? Let us know. For my part, I was deacon for a Solemn Mass.  I heard five Aquinas’ five points about the wicked, ungrateful servant … Continue reading →

Dodging Global Extinction Events

Oct 13, 2018

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These days it is hard to look around and not wonder if we are at last really in the End Times.  We seems to be experiencing the Great Falling Away.  Signs and signs and signs of faster and faster autodestruction … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Pro-abortion propaganda v. Catholics in NYC

Oct 13, 2018

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Take a look at this propaganda video from a pro-abortion group in NYC. Listen to what the respective sides chant.  Listen to the claims. Think of how the Left and the Democrat Party of Death is calling for public action that is, … Continue reading →

JUST TOO COOL: The ‘tricolours’ ensign of Le Généreux, captured by Nelson on display

Oct 13, 2018

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Which it’s a post For you fans of the Aubrey/Maturin series. Which it’s all about that monstrous ol’ flag Nelson got off the Frogs at Malta but was at the Nile where Aubrey distinguished himself. In another story, I read that, … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Pastor won’t allow TLM wedding in “his church”

Oct 13, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: We were in a situation where (a) my fiancee and I had already booked a time slot in a Church for the Rite of Marriage and Nuptial Mass (b) After this, we requested from the parish priest to have Rite … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 28th Ordinary Sunday: Fascinating Collect, seminar on grace!

Oct 13, 2018

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The elegant Collect for the 28th Ordinary Sunday has been used for centuries on the 16th Sunday after Pentecost according to the traditional Roman calendar.  This is a lovely prayer to sing. Tua nos, quaesumus, Domine, gratia semper et praeveniat et … Continue reading →

The unhinged Left now turns to satanism, witchcraft to fight Pres. Trump, Justice Kavanaugh

Oct 13, 2018

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Under another post I mentioned something about libs, Dems, turning to witchcraft to fight Pres. Trump. Several of you have sent notes about a plan for “witches” to gather in Brooklyn and… and… sorry, I just had an image of hipster … Continue reading →

SSPX Superior Fr. Pagliarani interview: “we have to have souls ready for all sorts of sacrifices”

Oct 12, 2018

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The new Superior of the SSPX, Italian Fr. Davide Pagliarani, has given a hard-hitting interview.   Originally in Nouvelles de Chrétienté, it is in English HERE Samples: The Society holds a treasure in its hands. […] Our fondest wish is that the official Church will … Continue reading →

What to do with former-Card. McCarrick’s galero in the @WashArchdiocese Cathedral

Oct 12, 2018

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When a Pope names Cardinals they “get the red hat”.  These days the “red hat” is a Roman biretta in the cardinalatial red, porpora sacra.   However, as old paintings and present ecclesiastical coats-of-arms demonstrate, the old red hat was the great … Continue reading →

We’ll be right back after this message…

Oct 8, 2018

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Today – the 8th day of the month – is one of this blog’s very lean days. There are three people signed up to make monthly donations. That means when 8 September, 8 October, 8 November, etc., rolls around there … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Liturgical idiots

Oct 8, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR:  I was hoping to find your observations about the Sunday collect this week. What sense of meaning is one to make of the collect for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time which is given us in the Novus … Continue reading →

The Negative Power of Silence

Oct 8, 2018

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Perhaps you have the same reaction that I have.  One of the things that provokes in me the worst sort of anxiety is being told that something is up, but not being told what it is.  For example, you are … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Why did Father skip blessing children at Communion?

Oct 8, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: A priest blessing young children at mass, is it something that they should do? Is there a reason they would skip over a child? We had a homily today about the importance of blessing children and then our … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Convert -“Should I do as my fellow Romans do?”

Oct 8, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am a recent convert to the Church from a Continuing Anglican Church. I was a 45 year Anglo-Catholic. I make what I consider to be the appropriate Signing and obeisances during the Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, Benedictus qui venit, Elevations, … Continue reading →

“The roll was called, and it sounded like the gates of hell opened up.”

Oct 8, 2018

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From PJMedia comes this insightful comment on the Left: Kavanaugh Foes Fill Senate Gallery With Sounds of the Insane I’ll charm the air to give a sound, While you perform your antic round. – MacBeth I was in the Senate gallery this afternoon when Justice … Continue reading →

The answer to the chaos in the Church is…

Oct 7, 2018

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I received a note today from a friend in London – how I need a visit there! – who made one of the wisest comments I’ve read about The Present Crisis. “The answer to the chaos in the Church is to … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Referring to God as both “genders”

Oct 7, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it proper to refer to God by using the pronouns he/she? They argue God is both genders… heretical? GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson The current zeitgeist (and what a geist it is) seems to indicate that folks have … Continue reading →

@JamesMartinSJ close association with “comedian” whose writer is “glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life”

Oct 7, 2018

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Homosexualist activist and Jesuit Fr. James Martin, LGBTSJ, calls himself the “Show Chaplain” for the execrable and only occasionally amusing Stephen Colbert.  HERE and HERE Here’s something for the “Show Chaplain” to Colbert Report, Colbert’s former show before taking over a new … Continue reading →

Card. Ouellet’s Letter to Archbp. Viganò about the #ViganoTestimony

Oct 7, 2018

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The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops wrote an Open Letter to Archbp. Viganò, once the Nuncio to these USA.  As you know, Archbp. Viganò released a “Testimony“.   Then he went into hiding, for good reason. In the sequel to the Testimony, … Continue reading →

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Oct 7, 2018 0:09:13

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass to fulfill your Sunday Obligation? Let us know. For my part, I spoke about our roles in the terrible war raging in the Church today.

ASK FATHER: Intentions of the Holy Father, indulgences and you

Oct 7, 2018

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Today is the 1st Sunday of October and therefore we have the chance to gain the indulgence attached to the Supplication to Our Lady of Pompeii.  More on that HERE. Several people have written to me recently to ask about one … Continue reading →

INDULGENCE 1st Sunday of October – Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii

Oct 7, 2018

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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 →

Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Roman Saturday Tripe! “No tripe for the dems!”

Oct 6, 2018

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Romans have a tradition of making great food out of the quinto quarto, the fifth fourth, that is, the parts of the animals that weren’t sold for income or were very cheap. There’s a tradition in Rome of eating tripe on … Continue reading →

#Synod2018 – Wherein Fr. Z rants

Oct 6, 2018

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“For God so loved the world that He did not send a committee.” “If I ought to write the truth, I am of the mind that I ought to flee all meetings of bishops, because I have never seen any happy … Continue reading →

Does the new Statement of the Holy See about McCarrick address the root problem? #sodoclericalism

Oct 6, 2018

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A statement about McCarrick from the Holy See. HERE  My emphases. Comunicato della Santa Sede, 06.10.2018 Traduzione in lingua inglese After the publication of the accusations regarding the conduct of Archbishop Theodore Edgar McCarrick, the Holy Father Pope Francis, aware of and concerned … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Card. Müller and Bp. Morlino address The Present Crisis

Oct 5, 2018

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Last night, 4 October, both His Eminence Gerhard Ludwig Card. Müller and then His Excellency Robert C. Morlino were on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo. Here is the whole show.

What is that? #Synod2018 – UPDATED – EXPLAINED and EXPLAINED MORE

Oct 5, 2018

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UPDATE: 5 Oct That stick as a witches stang thing isn’t going away. In my email come photos of the moment that young people gave that stick to Francis. Not the red, knotted string.   No, big deal?  Maybe not. The red string on the … Continue reading →

Division, division and more satanic division

Oct 5, 2018

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I have over the last weeks watched the Kavanaugh hearings.  This morning I listened to speeches of Senators before the cloture vote.  The cloture vote passed and the vote to confirm Kavanaugh’s nomination to SCOTUS will take place in some … Continue reading →

4 Oct – St. Francis of Assisi – TWO points

Oct 5, 2018

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On this Feast of the great St. Francis of Assisi, I offer two things. First, I invite all of you to pray to St. Francis to intervene and end the persecution of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. Next, this is what … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 26th Ordinary Sunday: “man cannot live without love”

Sep 29, 2018

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Our Collect for the 26th Ordinary Sunday, slightly different from its ancestor in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary, is also in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost. Deus, qui omnipotentiam tuam parcendo maxime et miserando manifestas, gratiam tuam … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: Humidity Edition – UPDATED

Sep 29, 2018

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UPDATE 29 Sept: I billed this as the humidity edition and I wasn’t kidding.  It has been hot and humid summer in Mad City, but “humid” is equivocal. The sojourn in Florida was good, insofar as I had the chance to visit … Continue reading →

29 Sept: Feast of Angels (and chapel veils)

Sep 29, 2018

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In these days of The Present Crisis a few bishops took a step towards sanity and asked their people once again to pray the St. Michael Prayer after Mass. I think we should bring the Leonine Prayers back… all of them. … Continue reading →

Europe’s Oldest Intact Book Was Found in a St. Cuthbert’s Coffin

Sep 29, 2018

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Here is a super cool story from JSTOR (which I’m sure you all follow): Why Europe’s Oldest Intact Book Was Found in a Saint’s Coffin The St. Cuthbert Gospel is the earliest surviving intact European book. Some time around 698, it was … Continue reading →

Court case, Seal of Confession, and requiring priests to break the Seal

Sep 28, 2018

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From Lexology: A note about the Seal of Confession and requiring priests to break the Seal: State Could Not Require Priest to Breach Confessional Without Satisfying RFRA In Ronchi v. State, No. 5D18-194, 2018 WL 2988975 (Fla. 5th DCA June 15, 2018), the … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Sacraments and time travel

Sep 28, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I remember your posts about Space travel and Catholicism, but I’ve been wondering: what about time travel and our obligations? Specifically, what if someone were to be transported to a time before Christ and outside of Judaic influence? If the time-traveller … Continue reading →

Watching the #KavanaughHearings

Sep 28, 2018

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Yesterday I watched the Kavanaugh Senate hearing.  There were some important moments, including the fact that Kavanaugh arrived wearing his game face and Sen. Graham gave the Dems a piece of his mind.   Turning points, both. Amusing moments: Sen. Whitehouse … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Am I excommunicated for desecrating the Eucharist?

Sep 27, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have something in mind that has been troubling me. In my past, there has been an incidence where I dropped a host while receiving communion (I used to receive by hand, I no longer do), I may … Continue reading →

#ViganoTestimony – THE SEQUEL

Sep 27, 2018

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At LifeSite we see that Archbp. Viganò has released another statement. ROME, September 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has today issued a new extraordinary testimony, responding to Pope Francis’ refusal to answer the charge that he knew of Cardinal … Continue reading →

A story about St. Luke’s: “I have seen wonderful moments of grace there; priests and Religious who limped in, who left healed.”

Sep 27, 2018

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The other day I posted about how bishops have used “psychological evaluation” as a weapon against conservative and traditional priests. At the time I acknowledged that some priests really do need help. Along with the horror stories I have received … Continue reading →

Oppressed priests and portable altars and true emergency conditions

Sep 27, 2018

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St. Joseph’s Apprentice has made beautiful, practical portable altars for me and for many priests. I have called his portable altars “the ultimate gift for a priest”.  I have one that I can travel with, using a Pelican case, that houses … Continue reading →

A story about St. Luke’s: “you are totally in their power – you are utterly at their mercy.”

Sep 26, 2018

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The horror stories are pouring in from priests who have been through The Psych Strike Gambit by their bishops or superiors.   Here is one, with some detail, which I have permission to post and which I have anonymized.  His … Continue reading →

Fr. Z thanks readers who want to help priests.

Sep 26, 2018

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It doesn’t surprise me even as it surprised me.   I am ever amazed at the response I get from readers in certain circumstances, even as I have, over time, learned to expect it. Since I posted about Fr. Kalchik, and … Continue reading →

Wherein Fr. Z rants: the tyrannies of #sodoclerical euroweenies with their self-centered, condescending effeminate blather

Sep 26, 2018

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The old phrase is: Piscis primum a capite foetet. Over the many years I have been either going to or living in Rome, it has been interesting to see how the styles and modes change in the ecclesiastical shops. These modes … Continue reading →

“Why do I keep reading stuff Popes said? Pathetic old Roman Catholic me.”

Sep 26, 2018

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From The Great Roman today: Why do I keep reading stuff Popes said? Pathetic old Roman Catholic me. I can hear the cobbles in the Piazza screaming at me with the voice of my grandma multiplied by the thousands: “Pray! Fast! We could use … Continue reading →

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Sep 25, 2018

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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 by email asking … Continue reading →

25 September: Bl. Herman “the Cripple”

Sep 25, 2018

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One of my Roman interlocutors reminded me by text that today is the Feast of Bl. Herman of Reichenau, “the Cripple”, honored in the Benedictine Tradition.  This was an amazing guy!  He could barely move and hardly speak, stricken with … Continue reading →

In Atlanta protests about @JamesMartinSJ upcoming talk – #sodoclericalism

Sep 25, 2018

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There is a piece at LifeSite that you should see, if you want to understand something about how The Present Crisis grew, over the years, to the existential threat that it is in these USA. Remember: The Lord gave us an … Continue reading →

Read and weep: Soviet style “psych” tactics used against priests by bishops.

Sep 25, 2018

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What I am about to post, read carefully. Over the last few months I have been contacted by diocesan priests (and a religious) who were being sent by their bishops (superior) to be “evaluated” at one of these psych clinics for … Continue reading →

WDTPRS – 25th Ordinary Sunday: Each love fuels the other, when love of God is first.

Sep 21, 2018

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This week’s Collect for Mass for the upcoming 25th Ordinary Sunday (Novus Ordo, obviously), was introduced into the Missale Romanum with the Novus Ordo but it is influenced by a prayer in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary. Deus, qui sacrae legis omnia constituta … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Fr. Murray on aspects of The Present Crisis

Sep 21, 2018

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Let libs tremble and clutch their pearls upon their fainting couches. My good friend Fr. Gerald Murray was interviewed by Raymond Arroyo last night on The World Over.

ASK FATHER: Adding water to Holy Water

Sep 21, 2018

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What are priests for? Short answer: They offer sacrifice. The role of the priest is to confect the Eucharist, absolve sins, impart blessings, preside at all manner of approved rites.   The jocular Scriptural basis for this is, of course, “For God so … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: If in letters Benedict XVI imparts still the Apostolic Blessing…

Sep 20, 2018

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Debates about the true status of Benedict XVI could root the stuff of novels. There are those who say that Benedict XVI is still really Pope.  There are different reasons given.  One is that his abdication was under duress and is, … Continue reading →

A story of spectacular complexity, involving shady people, huge money, interlocking directorates, vast loans, and the Papal Foundation.

Sep 20, 2018

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Read this. Zenit reports. Pope Francis on September 20, 2018, received in the Apostolic Palace Consistory Hall of the Vatican, the participants at the Conference of the Sons of Holy Mary Immaculate on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Venerable … Continue reading →

One Mad Mom spanks James Martin, LGBTSJ – UPDATED

Sep 20, 2018

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UPDATE: I had a call from a friend who underscored her real shock at Martin’s ghastly suggestion in his tweets.  The more I think about it, the more loathsome the true content of Martin’s tweets appears. He told people that they shouldn’t … Continue reading →

Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City on #ViganoTestimony

Sep 20, 2018

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Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City has made a statement about The Viganò Testimony. […] As I mention our priests, seminarians and deacons, I want to thank the faithful of the Diocese of Sioux City who have offered support, prayers and … Continue reading →

Archd. Chicago parish burns a “rainbow flag”

Sep 20, 2018

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UPDATE: Right on cue, homosexuals are after this priest’s chitlins.  An Alder… woman?  Aldergal? is on his case, calling for protests. Chicago Tribune WGN – with the obligatory comments of shock from a protestant ministrix. It’ll be interesting to see what the Archdiocese does to … Continue reading →

And now a word from our sponsor…

Sep 20, 2018

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And now a word from our sponsor… Today – the 20th day of the month – is one of this blog’s very lean days. There are only three people signed up to make monthly donations. There are a lot of you out there who … Continue reading →

BOOKS RECEIVED: Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church

Sep 20, 2018

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So time ago, I received a new book from a reader about Vatican I. I am not a great fan of the author, John W. O’Malley, who is a liberal Jesuit (tautology).  His book on Vatican II was sharply partisan. Hence, … Continue reading →

The upcoming Synod’s “working document”

Sep 20, 2018

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George Weigel described the guiding document for the upcoming 2018 Synod of Bishops and Non-Bishops. Anyone looking for a remedy for insomnia might try working through the Instrumentum Laboris, or “working document,” for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Should we pray for or against the success of the Synod?

Sep 19, 2018

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I’ve had a few questions in email about the upcoming Synod.   People are worried that it is rigged.   Imagine such a thing!  “Surely NOT!”, you might gasp. Questions have ranged from the new constitution for the Synod’s operation to whether we … Continue reading →

What passes for important today.

Sep 19, 2018

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Once upon a time, Roman Pontiffs and the Curia they assembled as hired help concerned themselves with the great issues and questions of the day.   Minor issues were left to others to deal with. These days, in the age of the … Continue reading →

YOU are other people.  It’s always someone else… until it’s YOU.

Sep 19, 2018

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Last night I watched the news for the first time in a few days. One guy in North Carolina, who lost everything because of Florence, said that he’d seen things like this on TV but he never thought it would happen … Continue reading →

ASK FATHER: Are we are in the End Times?

Sep 19, 2018

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From a reader… QUAERITUR: Okay, I know that this is may be “edgy” given the fact it deals with prophesy, so hoping you can pull me back from the ledge. Am I crazy to think that Heaven is literally SCREAMING at us? … Continue reading →

Fr. Murray’s Open Letter to ex-Card. McCarrick. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Sep 19, 2018

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My good friend Fr. Gerald Murray of the Archdiocese of New York posted an Open Letter to ex-Cardinal McCarrick, also originally a priest of the same Archdiocese. Fr. Murray really lays it on the line, in spiritual terms. It’s strong medicine, … Continue reading →

Cri de Coeur about lost innocence and The Present Crisis

Sep 19, 2018

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I received this.  It may be helpful to some of you. Frankly, quite a few seriously meaningful notes have come. This is a fruit of The Present Crisis that the Enemy probably didn’t foresee.

Card. Müller: “the real danger to today’s humanity is the greenhouse gases of sin and the global warming of unbelief”

Sep 18, 2018

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Was was alerted to an item in German.  It seems that Gerhard Ludwig Card. Müller gave quite the sermon last Saturday in Rome for the ordination of Michael Sulzenbacher, SJM. The whole text in German is on kath.net Here are some of … Continue reading →

Thoughts on fatherhood and how priestly identity is undercut by short terms as pastors

Sep 18, 2018

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At Crisis there is a thoughtful piece about fatherhood and how priests are assigned to parishes. Permanent Assignments for Parish Priests Long Overdue The first part of the article is a something that every young man looking forward to marriage and fatherhood … Continue reading →

More Jesuit idiocy – BUT WAIT! There’s more!

Sep 18, 2018

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This is something that was perpetrated in a JESUIT church in NYC, the once and still mostly beautiful St. Francis Xavier, which is part of a large and once important High School. Watch and bite your lip till bloody. This was … Continue reading →

My View For Awhile: From the Starfield, back to Benghazi

Sep 11, 2018

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I’ve headed homeward.
Tonight, for 11 September, I will make myself watch

US HERE -UK HERE
For various reasons I find it very hard to watch this and other movies like it.  I’ll watch it early enough so that I don’t dream it … Continue reading →

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The Viganò Testimony: Was it justified or was it a violation of an oath?

Sep 11, 2018

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For a while I’ve been mulling The Viganò Testimony, as have we all.
When it came out, some libtards, especially those who are energetically defending the heavily embattled Card. Wuerl, said that we should attack equally other (more conservative) figures, because … Continue reading →

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Francis: Uncovering sins of Bishops is work of Satan. UPDATED!

Sep 11, 2018

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UPDATE:
I don’t pay daily attention to the Novus Ordo readings.  However, here is what the 1st reading was for Mass today in the Novus Ordo, which Francis would have had.
I’m not making this up!
Reading 1 COR 6:1-11
Brothers and sisters:
How can … Continue reading →

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SAVE THE LITURGY – SAVE THE WORLD: Thoughts on the Rites in the Starfield

Sep 11, 2018

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I will probably post more in the near future about the Rites we experienced in Gower, for the Consecration of the new Abbey church and Abbess.   Everything was done according to the traditional Roman Rite, using the pre-1961 Pontificale Romanum. … Continue reading →

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VIDEO & PICS – Pontifical Mass & Consecration of new Abbess, vows, clothing of nuns, revelation of location of new daughter house!

Sep 11, 2018

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Today I was blessed to attend, at the newly consecrated Abbey Church of Our Lady of Ephesus, the blessing of the new Abbess, Mother Cecilia. Also, we had, in the context of the Pontifical Solemn Mass celebrated by His Excellency … Continue reading →

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VIDEO & PICS – Pre-1961 Rites of Consecration of new Abbey Church!

Sep 10, 2018

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Yesterday I had the great privilege of participating in the consecration of the new abbey church of the monastic community of the  Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles near Gower, MO.   The rites of consecration and the Pontifical Mass … Continue reading →

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When they tell you it’s not about homosexuality, it’s about homosexuality.

Sep 9, 2018

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Well-organized and highly motivated Team Francis has rallied the MSM and circled their obfuscating wagons around their base camp position: It’s not about homosexuality, it’s clericalism.  THAT’s the problem!  Clericalism… clericalism… clericalism.
Their other tactic is to distract with the good, but … Continue reading →

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Sep 9, 2018

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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 will be involved in a Consecration of a Church with the traditional Pontificale Romanum.   That in itself is a 4 … Continue reading →

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LIVE VIDEO STREAM: 9-10 Sept. Traditional Consecrations of Abbey Church and new Abbess!

Sep 8, 2018

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Over the years, I’ve written often of the great Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, in Gower, MO near Kansas City.   They record wonderful music discs.  They make vestments. They, above all, pray for priests and bishops.   This … Continue reading →

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8 Sept. 2018 – Most Rev. J. Strickland @BishopOfTyler – Solemn TLM for Nativity of Mary

Sep 8, 2018

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Good news from Tyler… no… mooorrrre good news from Tyler, TX.
You might recall that Most Rev. Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, was just about the first US prelate out of the gate to say clearly that the content of Archbp. Viganò’s “Testimony” was … Continue reading →

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Popcorn Moment! James Keenan, SJ, and his 8 women cardinals!

Sep 8, 2018

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At Fishwrap, which is ever devolving into the delusions they have fomented over the years, you can read about the devious Jesuit promoter of sodomy – I know, I know – James Keenan. Weigel’s notes on Keenan’s antics are helpful.
Keenan penned … Continue reading →

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My View For Awhile: Abbatial Edition

Sep 8, 2018

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I’ve not been posting these travelogues for some time. This trip deserves attention, because it has as its scope a truly special occasion in the life of the Church as a whole and for the traditionally inclined in particular, not … Continue reading →

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The Hunting of the Viganò

Sep 8, 2018

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Church Militant has a fascinating story, the stuff of novels.
THE HUNT FOR VIGANÒ: VATICAN SPIES TRACKING WHISTLEBLOWER
By Rev. Michael X., JCL
Vatican officials are on the hunt for Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò.
According to sources within the Vatican, the Secretariat of State … Continue reading →

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Daily Prayer for Priests – Approved

Sep 7, 2018

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For a while I have had a link on the sidebar, with the image of the beautiful holy card of Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy, to a page with a Daily Prayer For Priests.
I would be pleased and consoled … Continue reading →

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Wherein Fr. Z channels his inner nerd – POLL

Sep 7, 2018

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UPDATE 7 Sept
I am watching the third day of hearings for SCOTUS nominee Judge Kavanaugh.  Today there are panels, with members pro and con his approval by the Senate.  I thought that the previous two days were going to have … Continue reading →

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A chuckle in the midst of chaos

Sep 6, 2018

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I’ve been consoling myself with amusing videos while exchanging texts about the Kavanaugh hearing and The Present Crisis with friends both foreign and domestic and in between.
This is CoE stuff, but it applies to Roman prelates.

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Will Francis punish Archbp. Viganò for his Testimony?

Sep 6, 2018

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Archbp. Carlo Maria Viganò is experience what virtually all whistleblowers experience.   He is being smeared and savaged by those on whom he has blown the whistle.  Also, there is the threat of punishment, or being sued or prosecuted.  That often … Continue reading →

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ACTION ITEM! 9 September is International Buy A Priest A Beer Day! #IBAPABD

Sep 6, 2018

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I’ll take this opportunity, ahead of time, to remind the readership that 9 September is
International Buy a Priest a Beer Day!
What a great opportunity to show support to your local priests and those brilliant, beloved priests whom you read via … Continue reading →

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Silence=Stonewall – Wherein Fr. Z rants

Sep 6, 2018

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My friend Fr. Raymond de Souza wrote at National Catholic Register “It’s time to turn down the temperature”. His basic idea is that Archbp. Viganò was wrong to call for Francis to resign and Team Francis were wrong to engage … Continue reading →

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6 September: St. Zechariah, Old Testament Prophet

Sep 6, 2018

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Today is the feast of St. Zachariah, the prophet of the Old Testament. Here is the entry in the Martyrologium Romanum with a translation.
1. Commemoratio sancti Zachariae, prophetae, qui populum de exsilio in terra promissionis reversurum prophetavit eique regis … Continue reading →

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Rumor Volat: Shouts in the piazza during Sunday Angelus Address

Sep 2, 2018

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There is a phrase: Rumor volat… Rumor, hearsay, noise flies”.   In this case, this may be just so much noise, but today during the Angelus in Rome “noise flew” in St. Peter’s Square.
I want to be careful with this.   It is worth … Continue reading →

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Sep 2, 2018

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Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of obligation?  Let us know.
Also, please note if your priest mentioned anything about The Present Crisis and The Viganò Testimony.
For my part, I am on an island … Continue reading →

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Wherein Fr. Hunwicke identifies a serious problem

Sep 2, 2018

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You strong supporters of Francis and you sharp critics of anyone who raises questions about certain of his actions and words should pay close attention to the following.
Over at his amusing and erudite Mutual Enrichment, Fr. John Hunwicke of the Ordinariate, … Continue reading →

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“The evasive coverage of this scandal by Team Francis hardliners is impossible to justify.”

Sep 2, 2018

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Damian Thompson has a good commentary at The Spectator.
He adds a wrinkle I had not thought about:
The evasive coverage of this scandal by Team Francis hardliners is impossible to justify. Certain ‘reporters’ should ask themselves whether they have become complicit … Continue reading →

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“The church was packed for confessions this afternoon, and they were some of the best I’ve ever heard.”

Sep 2, 2018

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Fathers…
Is this going on where you are?
This is from a friend, who sent it from a priest:
The church was packed for confessions this afternoon, and they were some of the best I’ve ever heard. The devotion and reverence during the … Continue reading →

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Beating the Devil

Sep 1, 2018

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Enthusiastic ChurchPop picked up on something “new” from Taylor Marshall (who has done good things recently): a title of Our Lady invoked as Exterminatrix of Heresies.   They posted an image of Mary which I’ve shown on and off on … Continue reading →

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Francis’ Four Guiding Postulates include: “Conflict cannot be ignored or concealed. It has to be faced.”

Sep 1, 2018

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“What is Francis doing?”
This is a question I get again and again in my mailbox.
I am at a loss.
This morning, however, it occurred to me that we might return to Francis’ “four postulates” which he included in his programatic document Evangelii … Continue reading →

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Archbp. Viganò on meeting between Francis and Kim Davis during USA visit

Sep 1, 2018

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Go to LifeSite and read Archbp. Viganò’s statement about what really happened with the meeting between Francis and Kim Davis during his visit to these USA.  It is fascinating.
The picture painted is … unsettling.
Once again, Viganò supplies details and refers to … Continue reading →

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US Bishop calls for meaningful investigation and action from Francis

Sep 1, 2018

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US Bishop after US Bishop have made statements about The Present Crisis in the wake of The Viganò Testimony.  Some are timid.  Some are in line with what a bishop ought to be.
The Bishop of Charleston, SC, Most Rev. Robert … Continue reading →

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Wile. E. Defarge goes to the zoo.

Sep 1, 2018

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Something is screwy in the head of Madame Wile E. Defarge. To wit, in his recent twirl into sycophantic papalotry, he compares those who are calling for Francis to make things clear and help us properly to deal with the … Continue reading →

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Petition to His Holiness, Pope Francis: INVESTIGATE!

Aug 31, 2018

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Some interesting petitions are being created and posted online.  There is one at popefrancispetition.com
The petition does not ask for Francis to resign.   However, those of you who strongly favor his resignation should still at least have a look at the … Continue reading →

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ASK FATHER: Mass for the Space Force in the Extraterrestrial Form

Aug 31, 2018

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This comes from a reader…
QUAERITUR:
On a somewhat lighter note, what liturgical changes do you think would have to be made for chaplains of a hypothetical Space Force to celebrate Mass in the Extraterrestrial Form? In particular, the Precious Blood seems particularly difficult to … Continue reading →

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Wherein homosexualist activist @JamesMartinSJ tries to deceive you

Aug 31, 2018

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Scandalous Jesuit and homosexualist activist James Martin has a 1700 word dece