Monthly Archives: November 2015

Why the Martyrs of Uganda were killed

During his recently concluded trip to Africa (HERE), for whatever reason, Pope Francis chose not to speak about the reason why many of the martyrs of Uganda were viciously killed: they resisted the homosexual advances of the ruler, a ritual … Continue reading

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SSPX reacts to Pope Francis concession for the Year of Mercy

For the Year of Mercy Pope Francis has (in an indirect way) granted to the priests of the SSPX the faculty validly to absolve penitents in routine sacramental confession.   HERE
Under normal circumstances, the priests of the SSPX do not … Continue reading

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Cyber Monday Online Shopping?

It’s the legendary “Cyber Monday”.  I like to get my Christmas shopping done early, so I don’t have to think about it when things get really busy.
May I ask you, please, if you are going to shop online with Amazon, to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father denies Communion to girl who was “rebaptized”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My daughter attended a Christian Youth Camp this summer with her girl friends. She asked me if she could renew her baptism vows in Lake [removed]. [Renew “vows” or “promises”?  We do that at Easter.  But… in a lake? … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Voice Mail: A wish for a dying seminarian – ACTION ITEM! #wookies4wes

It has been a while since I have posted about my voice mail.  I enjoy your voice mail messages!
FIRST, about the seminarian who is dying from cancer.
[UPDATE: Okay, now she doesn’t want her voice mail here.  Go figure.]
What an awful piece of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Use of the Advent Preface in the TLM, Extraordinary Form

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Hello Father, Happy Advent! Today, our priest didn’t use the Preface for Advent which my hand missal says was promulgated (along with one for the Holy Eucharist, All Saints, and the Dedication of a Church) in
1962 for use. … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday Obligation?
Let us know.
I said Masses in both the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Form today, and wound up giving different sermons – as the spirit moved me. … Continue reading

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Blue Vestments: wherein Fr. Z rants

The use of blue vestments during Advent is pretty much cliché now, so cliché that not even the aging hippies are clinging to it.  Here’s my annual rant about the use of blue vestments in the Roman Rite.
At this point, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: 1st Sunday of Advent (Novus Ordo) – “they are His while they are ours”

We’ve come around again to the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year.
In the newer, post-Conciliar calendar this Sunday is back to back with the Solemnity of Christ the King, honoring the future Second Coming at … Continue reading

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“Admonish the sinner” reappears

A while back I posted something about a curious lacuna in Misericordiae vultus which listed some of the spiritual works of mercy but which omitted “admonish the sinner”. HERE
However, it now does in the online version in English HERE.

15. […] It is my … Continue reading

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Giving thanks, with Mass, for benefactors and donors

This morning we had a Norman Rockwell like Mass at St. Mary’s. It would have been nice to have a couple photos. We used the texts for the day, of course.
On civil holidays I also like … Continue reading

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Of scapulars, devotions and Russian jet fighters

Some people are quite disciplined in the matter of wearing a scapular. This comes from Latin scapulae, shoulder blades. Scapulars are garments, usually associated with religious habits, which fall down from the shoulders, mostly over the rest of the habit. … Continue reading

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Of wheels and mystical marriages

Today in the calendars of both sides of the Roman Rite is the Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr.  As a matter of fact, she is celebrated by just about all Christians (who have any doctrine and history).
In … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: No Catholic Mass on Sunday. Are we obliged to attend Orthodox Divine Liturgy?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My question comes from what my professor said in class and it doesn’t seem correct.
In class, we were told that if a Catholic was in Russia [and there being no Catholic Church; either Latin or Eastern] that the … Continue reading

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High praise for Card. Sarah from Archbp. Gänswein

Ed Pentin has a good note at the National Catholic Register:
Archbishop Gänswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness
Cardinal Robert Sarah’s boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North … Continue reading

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