Monthly Archives: September 2019

Papal Commissioner imposed on the Heralds of the Gospel

What happens, generally, when a commissioner or “commissar” is appointed to oversee recently founded or forming groups which lead toward traditional Catholic values and are, therefore, succeeding? The latest commissar was announced to take care of the Heralds of the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Reader Request – Program for 1st Mass (TLM)

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Do you have an example of a program for a priest’s first Mass? Specifically, one that could catechize non-practicing Catholics or non-Catholics who might attend by explaining what goes on during the Liturgy? Thank you and … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 29 Sept 2019

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass of Sunday Obligation? Let us know. For my part, I spoke about angels and St. Michael.

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ASK FATHER: Mustaches and receiving the Precious Blood

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a fairly bushy mustache. I don’t feel comfortable receiving the Precious Blood as I sometimes get liquids on my mustache, my morning coffee is sometimes a chore. That said, a friend said I was … Continue reading

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Detroit cop intervenes. Stoic Fr. Z tries not to tear up.

I grew up surrounded by cops. My mother was the FIRST woman on the Minneapolis Police Department.  Imagine how they swarmed our house.  These were incredible men, family men, engaged, dedicated. I bleed blue. When I read of attacks on … Continue reading

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“Who is like God”? Vigil of Michaelmas

Here’s something that comes with this week’s Catholic Herald for Michaelmas, of which today is the Vigil. In the Novus Ordo calendar the 26th Ordinary TobitSunday supplants the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.  In the traditional calendar, these Archangels … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM: Priests in Rome, world to use Prayer of Exorcism (long St Michael Prayer) against diabolical influence in Vatican

UPDATE: I read the prayer this morning.  It is a powerful prayer, to be sure.  I hope other priests today will do the same, even if they are late to this post. Originally Published on: Sep 28, 2019 @ 01:06 I received … Continue reading

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Francis on ice hockey… yes, ice hockey

As a Minnesota kid I skated and played hockey.  Hockey is in the family. Hence, when I saw that Francis addressed himself to the International Ice Hockey Federation (they gave him a uniform sweater with a Roman numeral – you … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are permanent deacons necessary?

From a permanent deacon… QUAERITUR: What is your take on the state of the permanent diaconate? Permanent deacons don’t seem to have a “home” in the Church. Many in the traditional community bemoan permanent deacons as a Vatican II oddity, … Continue reading

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A note to benefactors

It has been a rocky few weeks.  But, in a few days, I’ll be on my way to Rome (via Brooklyn) for the better part of the month. There’s a lot going on during October, for sure.  John Henry Newman … Continue reading

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A young priest learns he was lied to about the Traditional Mass

Invariably, priests who learn the Extraordinary (because it’s great, not because supposed to be rare) experience a shift in their understanding of Holy Mass and their position as priest/victim at the altar. Here is a blurb I picked up from Messa … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! SATURNOS FOR CLERICS!

By now most of you know about the Biretta for Seminarians Project. You – seminarians and lay people – contact John Hastreiter in church goods at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul – 651-209-1951 Ext-331. Seminarians: give name, address, HAT SIZE and John will put you … Continue reading

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Michael Davies, RIP. VIDEO on Firing Line from 1980. Fascinating and familiar.

Yesterday, sorry I’m late, was the anniversary of the death of Michael Davies. I knew him, not well, but well enough. He would come to Rome and I had some meetings and meals with him. I found him to be … Continue reading

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Francis on priests in private Jesuit meeting: psych problems = rigidity = fixation on sex = clericalism = demonic

The ubiquitous Jesuit Antonio Spadaro is perhaps Francis’ closest adviser and gopher.  He is, among other, editor of La Civilta Cattolica and the administrator on his personal website, antoniospadaro.net, of a page dedicated to the homoerotic writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli. … Continue reading

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Francis’ circle of ardent defenders uses “diabolical cancer” against all whom they wish to silence

During the Wednesday General Audience, Francis strongly rebuked those who, in an organized way, as accusing people of being schismatic simply because they are exercising parrhesia. Here is something of his address (my translation): And the Apostles create seven deacons, … Continue reading

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