Monthly Archives: May 2018

Bp. Morlino’s clear commencement address: “let’s be politically incorrect”

There is a plentiful lack of clarity these days.  How refreshing it is when we hear or read something that is faithful, true and clear. I offer for your attention a commencement address given at Thomas Aquinas College in California … Continue reading

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LIVE VIDEO of FSSP priesthood ordinations

As a treat on my anniversary, I am watching the live stream of the the FSSP ordinations to the priesthood.   My old friend Archbp. Sample is doing the honors.  HERE UPDATE: It is hard to find the right balance of … Continue reading

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URGENT PRAYER – IRELAND

ORIGINALLY Published on: May 25, 2018 All, please pray today for the Irish people. UPDATE: 26 May I suppose you’ve heard the news by now. I was just reading a piece by Phil Lawler about the bishops in Chile. Ireland … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s 27th Anniversary of Ordination

Well… this is it.  I made it this far.  That’s what I say to myself when this date rolls around. Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, … Continue reading

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Concerning innovations

In The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy (US HERE – UK HERE), Martin Mosebach writes of the offended sensibilities of a rock that has been shifted from its perennial, traditional, place.   It might require centuries for the rock to settle down. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacons vesting in dalmatics for concelebrations

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I know priests are allowed to vest for Mass (chasuble, stole, etc.) together and concelebrate. It’s not a good thing, but it makes theological sense because many priests can consecrate one host as St. Thomas … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How do we get the TLM where we are?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I hope you can help. How do I approach my Bishop in ___ to have us have a TLM. I run from one church to another just before Consecration. Thank you. I am puzzled as to … Continue reading

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Card. Arinze: If you want Communion, become a Catholic

The simple but wise words of His Eminence Francis Card. Arinze, Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni, have rung often of late in the ears of my mind.  He famously responded to a question about Communion for public figure who are manifestly … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When to make an appointment for confession

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would it be better (in order for the priest to have more time with the penitent) to make an appointment for confessing VERY grave sins (something even the most lenient person would say needs confessing) or … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sorting out confusing, contradictory messages from priests

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to ask you a question since I know you are knowledgable and do not lead souls astray. My question is not meant to vent about the state of the … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z assigns some worthwhile reading

At First Things there are two outstanding pieces to which I direct your attention. Firstly, run, don’t walk, to read Martin Mosebach’s beautiful essay about “eternal Rome”.   The translator did a masterful job.  I read it yesterday on the airplane and … Continue reading

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Met “Gay-la” and new movie. Coincidence? I think not.

You all know about the “Gay-la” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  Each year, the Met has some big “fashion” exhibit.   This year, some folks in the Church were either duped or were consciously complicit in producing a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Forgetting sins during confession

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, is it okay if I didn’t said the sin I was about to confess because my mind blocked? I didn’t finished it with the lines “for these and all my sins…” because I got … Continue reading

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Day Of Prayer For The Church In China

My Vatican Curia calendar shows that today is the Day Of Prayer For The Church In China. Just a few days ago, I read at Canticum Salominis about the Feast of Our Lady of China, 12 May, and her proper … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on homosexual seminarians: This bridge is closed!

At Vatican Insider I spotted something interesting.  Each Spring the Italian bishops have a plenary meeting at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, in the smaller hall where the Synod usually meets.  The Pope attends at least part of the meeting.  … Continue reading

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