When they claim “Clericalism!”, they really mean #sodoclericalism

There are a few terms in common usage which I would like to be able to reform in common usage.  For example, I wish that “priestcraft” wasn’t so relentlessly derogatory.  It can mean “professional knowledge and skill in respect to the exercise of priestly functions” but it almost always is taken to mean, “the scheming and machinations of priests”.  It would be nice to say that seminarians are learning “priestcraft”, the craft of doing things priests do.  That, alas, is not the common definition.

I would leave “jesuitical”, however, just as it is.  Just. As. It. Is.

I’ve been thinking about the term “clericalism”.  Definitions vary widely.

In a political sense, clericalism has to do with the involvement of clerics in governance and affairs of state, as opposed to “laicism”. Merriam Webster goes straight to “a policy of maintaining or increasing the power of a religious hierarchy”. Oxford says, “(especially in Roman Catholic contexts) the misuse or overextension of the clergy’s authority.”

When we hear clericalism, it is almost always pejorative. Clerics have or grasp at too much authority, beyond their spiritual sphere.

John Paul II identified a different kind of clericalism, one to which I have often referred on this blog: the attempt, especially by libs, to turn lay people into faux-clerics. I see it this way. If clericalism is a negative treatment of lay people, about the worse thing you can do to them is suggest that, on their own as baptized faithful, they aren’t good enough. Hence, the worst sort of clericalism is a condescending attitude whereby priests and bishop “allow” lay people to do things in the liturgy or elsewhere, that are really the bailiwick of clerics. Unwittingly, this is what those who seek the ordination of women are doing to women. It’s awful.

Another idea of clericalism is not that which comes from the clergy, but that which comes from the laity themselves. Some lay people have, whether clerics have promoted it or not, a distorted view of who clerics are and what they are for. This can lead, of course, also to the flipside of the coin: anti-clericalism.  Although I admit willingly to a strong dose of anti-clericalism, in the sense that I really don’t like some of my brethren.  The feeling is mutual.

I have, however, tried sometimes to promote a more positive idea of clericalism. For example, I think it is important for priests to spend time together, to give each other positive support, apart from the eyes and ears of lay people. Clerics are, after all, by definition, distinct from laity, especially these days, since the clerical state begins with the imposition of an indelible mark on the soul through sacramental ordination. To this end, I have, with tongue in cheek, hosted “Suppers For The Promotion Of Clericalism”, intended to bring men together for mutual support and the recharging of batteries.   But, alas, that’s not how most people hear the word, which is why I have fun using “promotion of clericalism” in that social context.  We have to keep a sense of humor.

In another, now sadly common use, Francis relentlessly speaks of clericalism but it is hard to know what he means. He is the master of the strawman, incessantly throwing censorious jabs and insults at vaguely – at best – identified groups. Right now, for Francis and his Team, “clericalism” seems to mean, “the desire to expose the truth about the crimes that bishops and the Curia have obviously been covering up and then root them out.”

Maybe it isn’t so hard to know what he means, at least right now.

The problem is, often, that clericalism is loosely defined and often a caricature of some usually negative reality.

These days, however, we are seeing clericalism use, along the lines I suggest above, as a kind of a dodge, a strawman.

It is increasingly clear that The Present Crisis has been largely brought about by homosexual clergy who have created a subculture in the Church.

Some of these clerics are homosexualists, seeking consciously to build this subculture for the sake of grasping the reins of power and maintain that power. Others, succumbing to the temptations of their disordered desires, simply want to stay on the low down. Either way, there is a culture of coverup. It’s clerical, in that it is in clerical circles and it concerns all that they do in their clerical lives. But it is, more fundamentally a homosexualist attitude or disorder which seeks to keep itself hidden so that it can get power or just get on. Also, because this disorder often preys on the young, which is mostly illegal and nearly always at least highly unethical, the desire to cover up the reality of this subculture is powerful. And then there is the influence of the Devil, and the demonic which attaches to the sins committed and the places where they are perpetrated.

It is really nasty business, this subculture, replete with nearly every sort of human depravity that the Enemy of the soul can promote in chains of sins, each leading to worse and worse lows.

Those who desire to avert our attention from the REAL cause of The Present Crisis cry “Clericalism!” as if it is a result of clerics, in general, wanting a distorted and exalted role of privilege and dominance. Sure, there is some of that kind of clericalism in the Church and it would be stupid and counterproductive to deny it. However, that’s apart from the sort of clericalism inflicted by the homosexual cabal in the Church.

We need a new term for the machinations of homosexualist clerics and their lay counterparts who are trying to deflect attention away from the true roots of The Present Crisis.

When Team Francis and their allies use the word “clericalism”, it is code for sodoclericalism.

The left and homosexualists have hijack the word “clericalism”. Nay, rather, they are trying to redefine “clericalism”.

We, however, know that when they claim “Clericalism!”, they really mean “sodoclericalism”.

When, for example, over at Fishwrap Madame Defarge writes about “clericalism”, or Mickens or Spadaro or Rosica or Faggioli or these usual suspects talk about “clericalism”, what they are covering over is sodoclericalism.  That’s what you should hear when you find their attempts to distract from the real problem we face.

BTW… moderation is ON.   And if I don’t think you “get it”, I’ll hold your comments for while, if I hold them at all.   I am not going to let this go down a rabbit hole… no… what we must now call a

… Cupich hole.

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My View For Awhile: Humidity Edition

Leaving a place of high humidity (at least right now a oh dark hundred) for a place of even higher humidity.

I’ve been exchanging texts this morning with friends about the betrayal of our Chinese brethren.

And I forgot my Kindle! It will be well-charged when I get home. So I’ll be reading off a smaller than usual screen for a few.


I got a post written in the lounge. I still have an article to write for the paper.

When they say “comfort”, they are not using the word in the same sense that normal people understand by the word.

In self- defense I have my earbuds in and a tune near max.

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ASK FATHER: Is a Communion plate or paten a “sacred vessel”?

From a reader…


Greetings in Christ. I hope this finds you well.

A good, holy, traditional priest in my home diocese has recently claimed in conversation that the Communion-plate is in fact a sacred vessel, hence why they have handles–the servers are not to touch the blessed, plate portion itself.

However this does not fit with my time as a server at ___. There we had plates which had no handles, but small lips on two opposite sides which we simply thumbed to hold the plates. Those Fathers are also very good, holy, and traditional–and if those plates had been sacred, I certainly think they would have told me about it.

I have looked into this myself, but I cannot find any clarity beyond which documents state the plates should be used. Do you know the answer, here?

The sacred vessels are any vessels that hold sacred things, things that have been consecrated. For example, the chalice and its paten hold the Eucharist. Hence, they are sacred vessels. They receive a special consecration. The monstrance, the ciborium, the pyx, the lunette. These, too, are sacred vessels. So rare as to hardly merit mention are the fistula and papal asterisk.  A tabernacle is a sacred vessel, too, as would have been the archaic Eucharistic dove.  Vessels that hold consecrated oils are sacred. The bucket for Holy Water is a little ambiguous, since Holy Water is only blessed. And we are encouraged to touch Holy Water with our hands.

However, the Communion paten or plate, which substitutes for the paten on the chalice, or a housling cloth, is intended to “hold the Eucharist”, should it fall. They are gilded. They are concave, like the chalice paten. If particles of the Host drop onto the paten, handle or not, they are born along. If the chalice’s paten is sacred, for it holds the Eucharist, then why not the Communion paten which does the same. The chalice’s paten and the Communion paten are designed for this purpose. They actually do function the way they are designed. A smaller amount of the sacred species is still just as much the Presence of Christ as a larger amount.

I come down on the side of the Communion plate or paten being a sacred vessel. They should be gilded and clean, just like the chalice paten. The handle eliminates a need for gloves, for those who are careful about touching sacred vessels with hands that haven’t been anointed. No handle, then it is better to use gloves when handling it.

I hope this helps.

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OCTOBER – ROME – Annual #SumPont2018 Pilgrimage

At the end of October, 26-28 October to be precise, is the annual Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome.  People from all over travel to Rome to participate in traditional liturgy, processions and talks… and to make contacts and greet old friends.

I have kicked myself the times I did not go.   Also, it is a nice birthday present to myself. [You can click the flag to make a donation toward my expenses.]

I will be in Rome from about 23-30 October.  Alas, a too short visit.

During that time, it would be nice to catch up with people who read these pages.  Perhaps there will be a chance for a “blognic”.  I’ll have Mass each day as well.

Benedict XVI’s 2007 Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum was of monumental importance for the future revitalization of the life of the Church.

It was important from the day it was issued.  It is even more important now that we are all suffering from The Present Crisis.

Let’s be clear about something.

We who are engaged in the restoration of our sacred worship through tradition aren’t so engaged because we think we are better or holier than everyone who uses the newer forms.  While we want to take to heart the positive admonishment of Paul at the beginning of his first letter to the community at Corinth, we recognize that we are sinners in a Church founded precisely for sinners.  The older forms of the Roman Rite teach us something about our identity which the newer forms – especially the way they are celebrated, but in themselves as well – do not.

We are our rites.

That’s why we have to have a restoration of so much that was lost.  If we are going to find our way our of The Present Crisis, we need the untrammeled might that flows from tapping into Tradition which is itself a gift from God.

We must do all we can, each according to our vocations, to help in the revitalization and restoration of Catholic identity.   The use of the older, traditional forms of sacred liturgical worship will be of great value as we pick our way through the rubble and go forward together.

¡Hagan lío!

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Thanks to Augustus on his birthday and to the Cohors Italicus

Today is the birthday of Augustus Caesar, born in ancient Velitrae (Velletri) in 63 BC.

When I was living in Rome, on this day I was accustomed to stroll to the Ara Pacis and read some of the bronze lettered text embedded in the wall before the Mausoleum of Augustus, the text of the Res Gestae Divi Augustii.

The first panel:

Try reading part of it aloud:

Annos undeviginti natus exercitum privato consilio et privata impensa comparavi per quem rem publicam a dominatione factionis oppressam in liberatatem vindicavi.

One of my favorite parts is where Augustus boasts about the accomplishment of closing the doors of the Temple of Janus. These doors were closed only where there was a state of peace. This was probably the occasion of the fullness of time, when the Roman state, so important for the foundation and “culture” of the Catholic Church Christ founded, was at peace… and therefore ready for the birth of our Lord into this our vale of tears.

13 Ianum Quirinum, quem claussum esse maiores nostri voluerunt, cum per totum imperium populi Romani terra marique esset parta victoriis pax, cum prius, quam náscerer, a condita urbe bis omnino clausum fuisse prodátur memoriae, ter me principe senatus claudendum esse censuit.

Janus Quirinus, which our ancestors ordered to be closed whenever there was peace, secured by victory, throughout the whole domain of the Roman people on land and sea, and which, before my birth is recorded to have been closed but twice in all since the foundation of the city, the senate ordered to be closed thrice while I was princeps.

So, Augustus brought about the conditions of peace necessary for the Incarnation of the Lord and, moreover, His escape from Herod.   As The Great Roman texted me today:

“Travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem would have been impossible a few years earlier, without the Cohors Italica making sure no one would even dream of robbing/raping/hurting in any way those traveling that route.”

The same goes for traveling to escape the predations of Herod.

It is an interesting starting point for reflection on Church State relations.

Today, the remains of the Temple of Janus form a part of the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere in the Forum Holitorium, in which I was ordained to the diaconate by the late great Card. Mayer in June 1990 for the place Augustus was born.

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If government leaders in China can now choose bishops, then in these USA…

One of the best things I’ve seen on Twitter since Rome began the sellout of the Church in China.

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Francis trades quips with Polish photographer in Vilnius

If AP is to be believed about anything having to with the Church or with Francis, AP has an interesting tid bit about Francis’ present trip to Lithuania.

First, remember the great photo of John Paul II by Grzegorz Galazka?

Now read this…

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to the Baltic countries (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

Pope Francis has acknowledged that his reputation pales a bit compared to St. John Paul II — at least as far as Poles are concerned.

Greeting journalists Saturday en route to Lithuania, Francis was given a book about the former pope by Polish photographer Grzegorz Galazka. Receiving the large book with a beaming John Paul on the cover, Francis quipped: “(Pope John Paul II) was a saint, I am the devil.”

Laughing, Galazka immediately corrected him: “No, you are both saints! You are both saints!”

Francis’ quip appeared to acknowledge that he has his detractors, particularly among conservative Catholics who long for the more doctrinaire papacies of John Paul and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

The criticism of Francis by conservatives has grown more vocal recently amid the church’s sex abuse scandals and the distress over his opening to letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion.

Moderation is ON.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

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 worked from the readings for this 18th Sunday after Pentecost.

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Archbp. Chaput of @ArchPhilly on upcoming Synod’s working document. Concerns.

Not only is there a new document out which changed the way the Synod (“walking together”) of Bishops runs, but a substantive supplemental document with more details (needed because the new document left things out) hasn’t yet been issued. The clock is ticking.

Before a Synod of Bishop convenes, a preliminary “working document” for the Synod’s meeting is issued. It is called in Latin an Instrumentum Laboris.

It seems that the IL for this upcoming Synod (on Young People) is… sub-par.

Archbp. Charles Chaput of Philadelphia – whom Archbp. Viganò says was personally maligned by Francis when they met for the first time (“[T]he Bishops in the United States must not be ideologized, they must not be right-wing like the Archbishop of Philadelphia!”) – received a summation of the IL from a noted theologian.  It concerned him enough to offer it to a wider audience through First Things.

Chaput wrote:

Over the past several months, I’ve received scores of emails and letters from laypeople, clergy, theologians, and other scholars, young and old, with their thoughts regarding the October synod of bishops in Rome focused on young people. Nearly all note the importance of the subject matter. Nearly all praise the synod’s intent. And nearly all raise concerns of one sort or another about the synod’s timing and possible content. The critique below, received from a respected North American theologian, is one person’s analysis; others may disagree. But it is substantive enough to warrant much wider consideration and discussion as bishop-delegates prepare to engage the synod’s theme. Thus, I offer it here:

If you are interested in the Synod (I think you should be), you should go to First Things and read the whole thing.  Sample:

The IL upends the respective roles of the ecclesia docens and the ecclesia discens. The entire document is premised on the belief that the principal role of the magisterial Church is “listening.” Most problematic is §140: “The Church will have to opt for dialogue as her style and method, fostering an awareness of the existence of bonds and connections in a complex reality. . . . No vocation, especially within the Church, can be placed outside this outgoing dynamism of dialogue . . . . [emphasis added].” In other words, the Church does not possess the truth but must take its place alongside other voices. Those who have held the role of teacher and preacher in the Church must replace their authority with dialogue. (In this regard, see also §67-70).

There were serious problems with the Final Report – and the procedure surrounding it – from the last Synod.  There were serious problems with the procedure of both the Synods on the Family.

Do you suppose, after the rigging of the last Synod, Zuhlio will have more to say about the Synod and present state of affairs?

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UPDATE – @ArchChicago parish burns a “rainbow flag”

UPDATE: 23 Sept

It just gets worse.

UPDATE: 22 Sept

From 2 Peter and Mahound.

Chicago Priest Who Burned Gay Flag Flees After Archdiocese Threatens Forcible Removal

Just hours ago, new Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Mark Bartosic arrived unannounced at Resurrection Parish on Chicago’s Northwest side and told Pastor Paul Kalchik that he had just minutes to get his belongings together and vacate the premises or the police would be called to arrest him for trespassing.  [… in mercy, of course, this is called “accompanying”.]

Fr. Kalchik was about to perform a wedding.

Soon after, Fr. Kalchik left for an undisclosed location, accompanied by his brother who had been visiting the parish.

Bp. Bartosic performed the wedding instead, hastily slipping out the door of the church only seconds after concluding the ceremony.  [Gosh it must have been special for them to have had a bishop.]

Fr. Kalchik had been ordered by Cardinal Cupich and the archdiocese to report for psychiatric counseling and perhaps confinement yesterday after controversy broke concerning the exorcism and burning of a “gay rainbow flag” on parish grounds last week.

Fr. Kalchik had also called for Catholics to “boycott” masses celebrated by Cardinal Cupich due to Cupich’s alleged involvement in the current clerical sex abuse scandal.


Today, a small group of parishioners not involved in the wedding but who had heard of the sudden appearance of Bp. Bartosic, stood stunned outside the Church. The group also included two employees who were hastily told by the bishop to report to work as normal on Monday.

One of the parishioners, a Chicago policeman, told me of some of the bizarre events of the last week, including numerous threats of death and rape against Fr. Kalchik, at least two probable attempted break-ins or acts of vandalism, one of which included breaking keys into all the locks in the doors of the church office. And then there was the visit by two Archdiocese representatives, yesterday, ordering Fr. Kalchik to vacate his parish and commit himself into psychiatric confinement.

One of these was Fr. Dennis Lyle, the same prelate who had visited St. John Cantius a few months ago to inform parishioners that their pastor, Fr. Phillips, had been relieved of his position there.

Fr. Kalchik had written of his own psychological trauma after being molested as a boy and young man by two priests in separate incidents. It is assumed that he will not comply with the order of the archdiocese. He is not now “hospitalized” as some reports have suggested.

The parishioners outside told me that Fr. Kalchik, who has been at Resurrection Parish for eleven years, has the full support of his parish.

Many of them will no doubt only discover what happened, tomorrow, when coming to Mass assuming it will be celebrated by Fr. Paul, will instead encounter Bp. Bartosic.

UPDATE: 22 Sept

Some of you will remember what I wrote recently about bishops sending priests for “evaluation”.


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 this priest.  I hope he is left alone, but that is not what I expect.    I expect that he will be “mercy-ed”.  Maybe even “accompanied”… out the door.


I see that the Church-hating McClatchy newspaper group is spreading the story.


NBC news’ local affiliate had informative video interview with Card. Cupich of Chicago. Remember?  He said that Francis has better things to do than investigate clerical abuse, like protect fish from plastic straws – HERE).

NBC now reports that there was an act of defiance in Chicago recently.  But they left out some critical information.   Better is ChurchMilitant and also Chicago Sun Times:

Priest defies Cardinal Cupich, burns LGBTQ flag on church grounds

A North Side priest who says he “can’t sit well” with Cardinal Blase Cupich burned a gay-friendly flag outside his Avondale church last week — against the wishes of the cardinal he claims is trying to minimize the clergy sex-abuse crisis.

Rev. Paul Kalchik says the banner, featuring a cross superimposed over a rainbow, had been featured prominently in the sanctuary at Resurrection Catholic Church but had been taken down and was forgotten in storage at the parish at 3043 N. Francisco for more than a decade.

Kalchik led seven parishioners in a prayer of exorcism Friday, and the flag was burned inside a portable fire pit placed the schoolyard next to the church. The ashes of the flag now rest in a church compost heap.

“That banner and what it stood for doesn’t belong to the Archdiocese or Cardinal Cupich. It belongs to the people of this parish who paid for it,” Kalchik said. “What have we done wrong other than destroy a piece of propaganda that was used to put out a message other than what the church is about?”


Kalchik, 56, claims he was preceded by three “bad priests” who were “big in promoting the gay lifestyle” before he was ordained as pastor of Resurrection by Cardinal Francis George in 2007.

The flag was first displayed prominently at the church’s altar in 1991 to welcome LGBTQ worshippers to the faith, according to Kalchik, but it was later taken down and put into storage — along with priestly vestments and candles emblazoned with rainbow colors.

Kalchik said he found the vestments and destroyed them when he arrived in 2007, but somehow missed the flag until another cleaning session last month.

“The people of this parish have been pretty resilient and put up with a lot of B.S.” Kalchik said in an interview in his office Tuesday night. “And it was just by accident that this banner that was made to celebrate all things gay … did not get destroyed when I first got here.”


In a church bulletin dated Sept. 2, Kalchik announced that he planned to burn the flag Sept. 29 for “the Feast of Saint Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.” But a few days later, the archdiocese told him to scrap the burning after officials were notified of his plans by a reporter for the Windy City Times.

The priest says the archdiocese threatened him with “canonical penalties” if he went through with the flag burning, and that Cupich has since blocked Kalchik’s request to transfer to a diocese in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where Kalchik has family.

Despite the orders from the archdiocese, Kalchik admits he went ahead and destroyed the flag “in a quiet way” on Friday.

Kalchik — who says he was sexually abused by a neighbor as a child, and again by a priest when he began working for the church at 19 — says the sex-abuse crisis plaguing the church is “definitely a gay thing.” Cupich has rejected a connection between the scandal and gay priests but has drawn criticism in recent weeks for comments claiming the church should focus on other priorities instead of being “distracted” by the sex-abuse crisis.

“I can’t sit well with people like Cardinal Cupich, who minimizes all of this,” Kalchik said. “Excuse me, but almost all of the [abuse] cases are, with respect to priests, bishops and whatnot, taking and using other young men sexually. It’s definitely a gay thing.”

Of gays in the church, Kalchik says “scripture is crystal-clear. It’s against God’s law.”

As of Tuesday night, Kalchik said the archdiocese had not contacted him since the flag was torched.

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THIS IS WAR! Wherein Fr. Z calls on bishops and priests to FIGHT BACK as priests and bishops!

Preliminary note:  For the last two nights, I have had nightmares.  Last night was as bad as anything I have ever had and it was incredibly real.  As I wrote this post, I had the dreaded BSOD.   Hasn’t happened for long time and I was freshly rebooted.  Coincidence?

Under another post, about Akita, Communion in the hand, and homosexuality, I mentioned that certain vile sins – I’ll spare you – invite demons to attach themselves to the people who commit them and to the places where they are committed.

When I travel, one of the first things I do is bless the hotel room or place I am staying with Holy Water blessed with the older, traditional form.

Given that The Present Crisis is grounded in homosexual sins and cover ups by those who perpetrate them, we must also consider the other, dire spiritually corrosive effects of the demonic which of necessity infiltrates when sodomy is committed.  Also, the effects of sodomy will be graver because they also involve sacrilege.   When a priest, a consecrated person, commits sodomy, he also commits the sin of sacrilege, because he is a consecrated person.

Let’s call it…


I suggest that demons revel in that opportunity and tenaciously latch onto any place where sacrilegious sodomy is committed.

If I were a diocesan bishop, I would quietly give all my priests the permission to use Chapter 3 of the traditional Roman Ritual‘s rites of exorcism. 

Chapter 3 covers exorcism of places.  I would give the priests permission to use it and then tell them that they should use it

  • in their rectories
  • in the convent if there is one
  • in the offices of the parish
  • on the grounds of the parish
  • in the school if there is one
  • in the sacristy
  • in the church

Si vis pacem para bellum!

Some time ago, I recorded the Latin of Chapter 3 and said that I would make it available to priests who request it.

The Devil hates Latin.  The Devil is also quite legalistic.  It is best to use good, clear Latin at all times when dealing with Hell.

NEVER FORGET:  Just as sacramental effects are not less real just because we can’t see, touch, hear, taste or smell them, so to other supernatural realities, such as the infestation or oppression of the demonic.

Priests are ordained to deal in these insensible supernatural realities more than they are ordained to deal with the administration of material goods, etc.   Anyone can do those things, but only priests and bishops and tackle the supernatural realm.  That’s what priests are really for.

Something important about the priest’s true identity has been obscured by the busyness of his daily life stretched out over years and years and years.   Couple that with the enervating long-term effect of celebration of weakened worship, with its deficient explication of priestly identity, and we have a real problem.

Priests and bishops and lay people alike need to wake up to who the priest is.

Fathers, let’s get some strong cups of traditional Catholic identity coffee and wake up.


It’s time to dust off and employ all our armor and weapons.  We have to get into the fight as priests who fight back as priests.  We aren’t just anyone.


And, Fathers, Excellencies…


That’s a preliminary to everything we do.

The rites of the Rituale Romanum are sacramentals.  Confession is a sacrament.  Sacraments are far more effective than sacramentals.

If you know that something really bad happened in a place, it might be a good idea not just to bless it and use Chapter 3.  You might say Mass there.    (Having an altar from St. Joseph’s Apprentice would be handy!)

Si vis pacem para bellum!

Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us.

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Akita, Communion in the hand, and homosexuality

The Bellarmine Forum there is a longish piece which makes a connection between some topics:

Our Lady’s Messages at Akita
Communion in the Hand

Said Our Lady at Akita:

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

Full of those who accept compromises??So the problem is broader than the homosexual contagion.?The problem is the detente with the devil.?Being lax on error.?Going along to get along, it seems.

Here is something that I didn’t remember about the Akita messages:

While the criminal perpetrators have been frolicking around in clerics, some of whom lectured us on the need to be more tolerant, Our Lady gave us a clue in her Akita apparitions as to where the battle line should be drawn. During those apparitions, Sr. Sasagawa received the stigmata on her left hand. The statue of Our Lady had a matching cross-shaped stigmata in the right hand.  She and Bishop Ito interpreted this as a sign against receiving communion in the hand. Japan had a vote of its bishops in 1970 permitting communion in the hand. Three years later, Our Lady would tell them it was wrong.  This aspect of Akita condemning communion in the hand is frequently ignored by commenters today.  Yet, Sister Sasagawa and Bishop Ito repeatedly told anyone who asked that this was a major aspect of Our Lady’s message.?

Our Lady was telling us that the compromise over Communion in the hand was too much.

The article goes on with a misstep, in stating that Bp. Morlino (aka The Extraordinary Ordinary) “ended Communion in the Hand” in his Diocese of Madison.   However, Bp. Morlino did ask the priests of the diocese strongly to encourage people to receive on the tongue while kneeling.  He said that First Communicants should, first, receive on the tongue.   This doesn’t go so far as ending Communion in the hand in the Diocese, but it is a step in the right direction and highly to be praised.

It is also … coincidence?… that Bp. Morlino also sees clearly that homosexuality is at the root of The Present Crisis.

What about “clericalism”?   Sure.  I guess we can say that the environment of cover-up that the homosexual cabal within the priesthood created is a kind of clericalism, because they are clerics who created it.  However, in other environments, such as public schools, it isn’t clericalism.   “Clericalism” is not the problem.  Everything that goes with homosexualist subculture is the problem.  It is simply more evil within a clerical sphere because it is also the perpetration and protection of sins of sacrilege.

And let us not forget that demons attach themselves to people who commit certain sins and to the places where they are committed.

More on that under another post.


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Card. Zen on the “Provisional Agreement” with the PRC on Bishops

When I lived in Rome I had some contact with the Chinese Catholic ex-pat community.  Today, I can only imagine their heartbreak and fear.

The reaction of His Eminence Joseph Card. Zen is at LifeSite.

“It’s a complete surrender … I have no other words.”

The only consolation is that this is a “provisional” accord.

concerning the signing of a Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China on the appointment of Bishops

Today, 22nd September 2018, within the framework of the contacts between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China that have been underway for some time in order to discuss Church matters of common interest and to promote further understanding, a meeting was held in Beijing between Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, Undersecretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, and H.E. Mr. Wang Chao, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, respectively heads of the Vatican and Chinese delegations.

During that meeting, the two representatives signed a Provisional Agreement on the appointment of Bishops. The above-mentioned Provisional Agreement, which is the fruit of a gradual and reciprocal rapprochement, has been agreed following a long process of careful negotiation and foresees the possibility of periodic reviews of its application. It concerns the nomination of Bishops, a question of great importance for the life of the Church, and creates the conditions for greater collaboration at the bilateral level.

The shared hope is that this agreement may favour a fruitful and forward-looking process of institutional dialogue and may contribute positively to the life of the Catholic Church in China, to the common good of the Chinese people and to peace in the world.

Comment of Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office:

This is not the end of a process. It’s the beginning. This has been about dialogue, patient listening on both sides even when people come from very different standpoints. The objective of the accord is not political but pastoral, allowing the faithful to have bishops who are in communion with Rome but at the same time recognized by Chinese authorities”.

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

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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 in tua et proximi dilectione posuisti, da nobis, ut, tua praecepta servantes, ad vitam mereamur pervenire perpetuam.


Father, guide us, as you guide creation according to your law of love. May we love one another and come to perfection in the eternal life prepared for us.


O God, who placed all things of the sacred law which were constituted in the love of You and of neighbor, grant us that we, observing Your precepts, may merit to attain to eternal life.


O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbor, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life.

This Collect seems to be founded on the exchange between Jesus and a lawyer:

“But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets’” (Matthew 22:34-40).

St Thomas Aquinas (+1274) glossed this verse in his Commentary on Saint Matthew:

When man is loved, God is loved, since man is the image of God.

In 1 John 4:21 there is a good explanation of this double precept: “This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.”

All of the Law is summed up in Jesus’ two-fold command of love of God and neighbor.

The first part of the two-fold law is about unconditional love of God. The second follows as its consequence.

We must cultivate our different loves in their proper order.

God comes first, always.


A married person must love God more even than a spouse. We must never put any creature, no matter how proximate to us in our hearts, closer than the God in whose image and likeness we are made. When this logical priority is properly in place, love of God and neighbor will not conflict or compete.

Each love fuels the other, when love of God is first.

HEY!  YOU out there promoting an agenda that can’t honestly be reconciled with the Church’s teaching!  You are putting something in God’s place.  That’s perilous.  You run the risk of burning in Hell for eternity.  You know who you are.  Some of you have SJ by your name.

Today’s Collect reestablishes that we have a special relationship with each person who lives, and not merely with God alone. People are made in God’s image. They are our neighbors, though some are closer to us than others.

But there is no person on earth who is not in some way our neighbor, even enemies.

This reciprocal relationship calls to mind another act of reciprocity which the Lord teaches us: forgive or you will not be forgiven.

When our Savior taught us how to pray what we now call the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), the first thing he then explained and stressed was forgiveness:

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (vv 14-15).

It is often hard to forgive.

The second section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church [US HERE – UK HERE ] digs into the Lord’s Prayer. When we get to the examination of “…as we forgive those who trespass against us” we read (2842):

“This ‘as’ is not unique in Jesus’ teaching: ‘You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect’; ‘Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful’; ‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.’ It is impossible to keep the Lord’s commandment by imitating the divine model from outside; there has to be a vital participation, coming from the depths of the heart, in the holiness and the mercy and the love of our God. Only the Spirit by whom we live can make ‘ours’ the same mind that was in Christ Jesus. Then the unity of forgiveness becomes possible and we find ourselves ‘forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave us.’”

QUAERITUR: When it is your time to go to Your Lord, will you be well-reconciled with the neighbors you leave behind?

Our time will come. Let us pray daily that we will not die without the solace and strengthening of the sacraments and an opportunity to make peace with our neighbor.

Do you have unfinished business?

Time is running out.

Reconcile with your neighbor.  Get right with God and others.


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VIDEO: Fr. Murray on aspects of The Present Crisis

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.

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