Daily Archives: 6 January 2018

“Ad orientem” five years later. A pastor reflects on the effects.

You long time readers might remember that I posted photos of a “table” altar being hauled by some men out of a church and over the the rectory.
That was in 2013.  Five years ago.
That’s when St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The “Ultima” chant

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When my father died, about 11 years ago, the priest who offered his funeral Mass ended it by chanting what he called “the Ultima”. The priest who did it is a very good friend of mine, and this … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Epiphany Collect: Liturgy should be “epiphany”, wherein we encounter transforming mystery.

In the Novus Ordo calendar Epiphany (which is supposed to be 12 days after Christmas – the reason it is called “Twelfth Night”) is sometimes moved to the Sunday.  I suppose that they reasoned that more people would celebrate the important … Continue reading

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Fr. Murray on the Buenos Aires Bishops and the Pope’s affirming Letter

My good friend Fr. Gerald Murray has a helpful piece today at The Catholic Thing about the ongoing Amoris laetitia controversy.  He offers some clarity about the interpretation by the bishops of Buenos Aires of the ambiguous content of Chapter 8.  Subsequently … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are blessings, sacramentals from SSPX priests efficacious?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Are blessings made by SSPX priests efficacious? Like when they bless sacramentals, water, salt etc, are these really blessed?
Let’s see.
SSPX bishops validly ordain and confirm.
SSPX priests validly confect the Eucharist.
SSPX priests (now) validly absolve sins.
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“The solution is staring the bishops in the face”

The pastor of the parish where I came into the Church was downright disgusted with the Archdiocese’s approach to vocations and the priest shortage crisis that would follow. He used to compare the geniuses of the vocations office et al. … Continue reading

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