Monthly Archives: April 2011

Question about Pope Benedict’s Holy Thursday adoration at Altar of Repose

If any of you watched the Holy Father’s Mass at the Lateran, and perhaps recorded it, could you do me a favor?
I noticed that the Pope’s time of silent prayer before the Altar of Repose after Mass was especially prolonged.  … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s sermon for Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper

Pope Benedict’s sermon for the Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper.  My emphases and comments and I add some extra paragraph breaks.
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Lk … Continue reading

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I’ll bet you thought Jesus died for our sins. HAH! NCR has a new angle.

It is hard to know what to do when you see a “catholic” site post something that is simultaneously heretical and thoroughly dopey.
Do you ignore it?  Do you post about it and therefore drive traffic to it?
This is my dilemma … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Holy “Maundy” Thursday in the Triduum

The term “Maunday” or “Maundy” Thursday refers to Christ’s mandate (mandatum) in John 13:34 to His apostles in the service of the Church. It is also called sometimes “Shere” Thursday, perhaps from “shere” indicating “tolerance” and “remedy”, in the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can we attend non-Catholic weddings?

From a reader:
Is it wrong if not in fact sinful to attend the weddings and funerals
of non-Catholics? For as Pope Pius XI stated in his encyclical
treating on Christian unity, Catholics are never to participate in
schismatic or heretical congregations. I would … Continue reading

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THE list again: Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession (and Fr. Z rants)

You and I are going to die someday.  We don’t know when.
When we die we will be judged.
Scripture teaches, and Christ’s own words and actions make clear, that there are some sins bad enough to kill the life of grace … Continue reading

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Mercilessly grilled under the lights

Okay… grilled is a little melodramatic.
I was at the Newscorp Building where Fox News Channel is ensconced to tape some Q&A for some upcoming projects my good friend Greg Burke, FNC’s Rome correspondent, is preparing.
Some people will probably look at … Continue reading

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How is your Lent so far? II

A couple weeks ago I asked how your Lent was going… if you were sticking to your plan… if you had a plan, that is.
It is time to ask again.
So?
How’s it going?
Select an answer and add a comment in the … Continue reading

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Chinese Family Planning Official Kills Man Over Forced Sterilization

A few days old, but this comes from Life News:
Chinese Family Planning Official Kills Man Over Forced Sterilization
by Steven Ertelt | Beijing, China | LifeNews.com | 4/7/11 1:53 PM
Seeking to enforce the one-child policy that involves forced abortions and sterilizations … Continue reading

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REVIEW: L’Osservatore Romano’s new website and online editions

UPDATE: 20 April
The new L’Osservatore Romano site is working better today, though it is still clunky and a bit hard to navigate.
I was able to bring up the PDF of today’s daily.
One curiosity:   They fuzzed out the Vatican stemma … Continue reading

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If Easter is coming, it time to bash the Catholic Church.

Remember… if Easter is near, its the season to bash the Catholic Church.
Before Easter and before the beatification of Pope John Paul we are seeing the uptick in anti-Catholic gestures saved up by the MSM precisely for this period.
For example, … Continue reading

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California church destroyed by arsonist

I think we are going to see a lot more of this.
From CNA:
Calif. parish pledges to rebuild after arsonist destroys church
By Kevin J. Jones
Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 20, 2011 / 06:02 am (CNA).- Parishioners at St. John Vianney are determined … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict on keeping vigil this Triduum

Excerpts from the Holy Father’s Wednesday Audience via the site of Vatican Radio:
Today there is “a certain callousness of the soul towards the power of evil, an insensitivity to all the evil in the world: we do not want to … Continue reading

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AP Story on the Roman Station Churches

Speaking of my LENTCAzTs, which always spend a moment looking at the Roman Station church for the day….
Once upon a time I would be the celebrant for Lenten Station Masses in Rome for a confraternity dedicated to the Roman Martyrs, … Continue reading

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QUAERUNTUR: Of several issues, personal and other, with a few rants

I have far too many emails in my box about several points.  I hope with this I can put them to rest.
The resignation of Amb. Kmiec.  What do I think?

I think what I wrote before about the poor Ambassador:
Qui cum … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Using the new, corrected translation before Advent in private concelebration.

From a priest:
Dear Fr. Z, I’d be interested in your thoughts on this: The new translation of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal (Ordinary Form) becomes the official text for Mass in the United States on the first Sunday … Continue reading

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The Feeder Feed: unhappy edition (with a REQUEST… and some useful Latin)

This is not my shot.  I found it on the Twitter feed of Glacier National Park via Disputations.
Behold, Sialia pissedofftica, aka the Bluebird of Unhappiness.

It is the winter that will not end.
With that… if you use Twitter and you don’t … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Tuesday in Holy Week: strengthening our grasp on Christ, His grasp on us

[A special note for priests alone at the end.  Nobody else look! o{];¬) ]
COLLECT (2002MR):
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,
da nobis ita dominicae passionis sacramenta peragere,
ut indulgentiam percipere mereamur.

This prayer was in the 1962MR on Tuesday of Holy Week.  It was in the … Continue reading

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6 years ago… where were you?

Six years ago today, Joseph Card. Ratzinger was elected as Bishop of Rome and he took the name Benedict, sixteenth of that name.
Where were you? What were your thoughts at the time?
I was in Rome on an uncomfortable chair … Continue reading

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Royal Wedding preview

Do you remember the dancing wedding … entrance… ummm… procession?

Here is a rehearsal for the entrance procession for the upcoming royal wedding.

Yes… we need Summorum Pontificum.
o{];¬)

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