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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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- TonyO: I was at the March. Looked for you. Did not see you. Perhaps because there were a couple hundred thousand others? I just wonder whether the Park Police put the location of the rally and the...
- cwillia1: If you memorize your prayer rule, the prayers are always with you. You don’ t have to flip through a book. You don’ t need a book. If your eyes go bad, you can pray. You can...
- TonyO: Imrahil, most of what you said, up to a point, was very well said. Up to the point where you said the ultimate decision whether they are ready and worthy is with the bridespeop le themsel...
- Fr. Kelly: Brother, I rejoice with you that you have so quickly come to this realizatio n of how completely the Mass informs our life as priests. This is true of the Mass in all of it̵...
- APX: With God in Russia is a great book and very inspiring without actually being written as a spiritual book. It was written discussing primarily Fr. CiszekR 17;s exterior experience in Russia....
- vetusta ecclesia: Is it permitted for a priest to say Mass at an altar set up in a private house? [Yes.] I thought a private altar was an episcopal prerogativ e. [No.]
- Sandy: Your young priestR 17;s account brings tears to my eyes, and the same for the priestR 17;s story of being in Russia. The very first thought I had while reading these words was that I...
- David L Alexander: “The problem with that is that we don’t know what was meant be ordination when it came to women.R 21; What we do know, is that it wasn’ ;t the same understand ing...
- hwriggles4: Fr Z: Went to the Dallas Texas March for Life yesterday. 11,000 were estimated in attendance according to one of the organizers who was a speaker. Quite a few Catholics, and several...
- Benedict Joseph: LIFESITE reported on Friday that it appears the spontaneou s event was not so…s pontaneous . https://ww w.lifesite news.com/n ews/weddin g-on-popes -airplane- not-as-...
- Suburbanbanshee: Let’ s be fair. It is not always easy to get around or to get off work, particular ly for rural people. I will say that I loved the music and chant at the Ichique, Chile...
- ServusChristi: Well along with the shrinking sizes of papal masses, I can see the number of vocations isn’ t promising, even in the Pope’ ;s home city Buenos Aires where only a handful...
- Legisperitus: Pappy is nice when you can get it, but Weller Antique is purt-near as good.
- Traductora: I read the Spanish and Latin American press and they have all been commenting on the lousy attendance at the Pope’s events. Also, one source in Italy says that the Piazza is practic...
- jhayes: Crux has confirmed that there were two witnesses to the wedding (a Cardinal and the CEO of the airline) and that there was a formal marriage license drafted by the Cardinals who accompa...
- chantgirl: Last year was estimated around 500k and it seemed much more packed this year. I was so encouraged to see so many priests marching. I would say that 90% of them were in cassocks! All in...
- Huber: Watching the papal Masses on EWTN, I had noticed that they didnt do any wide shots or panning the of the crowds. There were lots of closeups and relatively lows shots of the crowds and...
- Imrahil: Dear Ave Crux, I did not say it was a good thing, that is in all respects. As it were, I mentioned the problems. I did not say either that it was all about feeling good. In fact, I see a...
- acardnal: Watching the Pope address priests and religious in Peru now on EWTN I note that he used one of his commonly used phrases again, “self-abso rbed promethean neopelagia nism.̶ 1;
- DavidR: Re: the March for Life attendance coverage; Fake News.
- DavidR: So, do you fly Delta as a form of penance?
- SKAY: Great comment Kathleen10 . It expresses my feelings also. “I look forward to the day when the Good Lord sets it right again.R 21; So do I.
- JPD: People are more attracted to what is authentic; it has meaning to their lives. The Pro-Life movement is authentic; it upholds natural law, while Pope Francis does not appear authentic evident...
- Ave Crux: “An unnamed vicar general has commented on Pope Francis’ marriage on an airplane, ‘If he were a priest in my diocese I would ensure he was suspended, and at his age retired...
- Semper Gumby: A bit late here, just thought I’d chip in my two cents on these Signs of the Times. In 1982 George Kelling and James Q. Wilson wrote an article in the Atlantic (it’ s...
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- Your Sunday Sermon Notes
- From a priest: an interesting experience saying Mass
- OLDIE PODCAzT 127: The Eve of St. Agnes and a Bleak Midwinter
- My View For A While: Counter March
- #March4Life numbers and Pres. Trump’s words
- DC March for Life 2018 – DAY 2: Forward MARCH!
- DC March for Life 2018 – DAY 1: Paintings and plots
- Canonist Ed Peters on the Papal mid-air airplane nuptials
- The Pope marries a couple on the papal airplane. Hmmm.
- Big Business Is WATCHING!
- My View For Awhile: March For Life 2018 Edition
- “The Triumph of Marcantonio Colonna” described
- ASK FATHER: Would anything prevent a priest from always using the traditional formula of absolution?
- 2 Feb – MADISON – Candlemas – Pontifical Mass at the Throne
- Card. Müller on authority of Popes, possibility of others correcting contradictory papal teachings
- ASK FATHER: If I remember a sin after confessing, should I interrupt the priest and tell him?
- Slithery misdirection from the National Sodomitical Reporter: Bishops who avoid scandal commit scandal
- An Armenian bishop “ordains” a deaconette
- Two seriously ugly signs of the times involving papal honors and the silencing of bells
- BOOK RECEIVED about Martin Luther (not King but by “King”)
- ASK FATHER: How do I find out which territorial parish I live in?
- Who cares what libs think? Boldly recover and use great traditional items and vesture of yore.
- ASK FATHER: If I confess to watching porn, must I say it was homosexual porn?
- ACTION ITEM! Petition against removal of historic Cross where Fr. Marquette died
- ASK FATHER: We want our children to have reverent Masses. Can we go to the SSPX chapel?
- VIDEO Bp. Athanasius Schneider interview about “Amoris laetitia” Controversy
- ASK FATHER: Should I tell a noisy penitent that we can hear everything said in the confessional?
- Observing the Feast of the Ass – 14 January
- A false #missilethreat is NOTHING compared to this REAL DEATH THREAT
- 14 Jan – Happy Feast of the Ass!
Let us pray…
Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Monthly Archives: October 2016
On 2 November, All Soul’s Day Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison will celebrate a special Pontifical Requiem Mass at the Throne (Extraordinary Form) with an intention for the deceased priests and bishops of the Diocese of Madison.
The … Continue reading
It seems somehow fitting to post about indulgences on 31 October.
From the Handbook of Indulgences
Visiting a Church or an Oratory on All Souls Day
A plenary (“full”) indulgence, which is applicable only to the souls in Purgatory is granted to the Christian … Continue reading
It has been a great trip but it’s time to head back to The Cupboard Under The Stairs.
Who knew that a flick about Nixon and Elvis would be so amusing?
First burger back.
Now for another flight.
Since I was on the ceremony crew the other day for the Pontifical Mass at St. Peter’s I couldn’t get any photos. But, before Mass I found some interesting sights to record and share.
This is inside the sacristy of the … Continue reading
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I, for one, have had a successful and enriching sojourn in Italy, having experienced two pilgrimages and some days in between. Among the highlights must be counted participation in … Continue reading
People are beating me black and blue in email asking what I think about the major changes made by Pope Francis to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. As earthquakes rock Italy, earthquake Francis rocked the … Continue reading
Did you see this video on voter fraud? It seems that Obama did not qualify legally to be on one of the state’s ballots because of voter fraud.
I can only imagine what the Clinton machine is churning.
They even mentioned the Coleman and … Continue reading
Just as I got up today, everything started to sway around. I was feeling the strong 7.0 earthquake that struck just a few kilometers from Norcia. One text I received said that it was felt as far away as Salzburg, which … Continue reading
If today I were in a pulpit, I would stick my heels into the floor boards.
Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon for your Mass of Sunday Obligation?
I grew up Lutheran. I was admitted to Catholic Communion because I said publicly that I believed what the Catholic Church teaches.
I grew up Lutheran. It is of constant consternation and amazement to me that I have had to fight with Catholics over what the Catholic Church teaches about the Eucharist. I have met Lutherans who believe more about the Eucharist … Continue reading
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 digne … Continue reading
In the post-Conciliar, Novus Ordo calendar, the Solemnity of Christ the King is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, just before Advent begins. In the traditional Roman calendar it falls on the last Sunday of October.
The … Continue reading
From a reader…
It surprises me how popular it’s becoming among traditional Catholics to “white wash” Halloween. It’s certainly not traditional! The 3 days of this time have always represented a trilogy –Hell, Heaven, and Purgatory. A time to reflect on the realities of … Continue reading
This is beyond “Too Cool”.
Medieval crucifix in St. Peter’s Basilica ‘resurrected’ from obscurity
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — His toes curl in pain, his veins bulge from exertion, his bony chest heaves in the last throes of death.
The newly restored 14th-century … Continue reading
The Roman ceremonies of the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage have begun. We are jammed into a tiny church on the V. S. Giovanni Decollato (a favorite feast).
Card. Castrillon arrived a bit ago. I’m not sure why the choir sang Tota Pulchra Est.
I’ll have … Continue reading