Fr. Murray on 1 year after ‘Amoris laetitia’: The state of the question.

Juan Manuel de Rosas (17th Governor of Buenos Aires Province 1835 -1852)

Juan Manuel de Rosas (17th Governor of Buenos Aires Province 1835 -1852)

My friend Fr. Gerald Murray, frequent contributor at The Catholic Thing and quite simply the best clerical TV commentator around (EWTN has to kick its game up to deserve him).

Fr. Murray has offered comments about Amoris laetitia one year after its release.  HERE

Amoris Laetitia: Year One

[… what I cut was good, but I wanted to get into the marrow…]

[A status quaestionis…] What are we to make of Year One of the Amoris Laetitia era? We have had: papal silence on the dubia; papal approval of a draft statement by a group of Argentine bishops of the Rio de la Plata region that opens the door to the reception of Holy Communion by divorced and civilly remarried Catholics; affirmations by Cardinal Müller that Holy Communion cannot be given to those living in a state of adultery; the publication by the pope’s own newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, of the statement by the Bishops of Malta that couples in invalid second marriages can receive Holy Communion if they at are at peace in their conscience with that decision; the reaffirmation by the Bishops of Poland that the teaching and discipline enunciated by St. John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio have not changed, and that only those civilly remarried couples who live as brother and sister may be admitted to Holy Communion; the Archbishop of Philadelphia saying the same thing; while the bishops of Belgium and Germany agree with the bishops of Malta and Rio del La Plata, Argentina.

This is the current unholy mess. As the four Cardinals lament: “And so it is happening – how painful it is to see this! – that what is sin in Poland is good in Germany, that what is prohibited in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is permitted in Malta.”

There cannot be a divided truth about the indissoluble nature of marriage, or the nature of mortal sin or the nature of human freedom and responsibility for one’s freely chosen acts. The truth is one and must be defended from errors and misinterpretations.  [Some claim that while doctrine has not changed, discipline has.  However, is that a distinction without a difference?  Praxis is rooted in doctrine and reflects it.  They can’t be inconsistent and be, well, Catholic.]

Geographically different doctrine within the same Catholic Church is not simply bizarre. It is impossible. If such is found to be the case, then we are dealing with error in one place and true doctrine in another. It is not that hard to tell which is which.

In an explanatory note accompanying the dubia, the Cardinals prophetically identified what would be at stake if Amoris Laetitia did, by the express intent of Pope Francis, change the Church’s discipline concerning the non-admission to Holy Communion of those living in an adulterous union:

It would seem that admitting to communion those of the faithful who are separated or divorced from their rightful spouse and who have entered a new union in which they live with someone else as if they were husband and wife would mean [wait for it….] for the Church to teach by her practice[There is it!  I asked if that was a distinction without a difference.] one of the following affirmations about marriage, human sexuality, and the nature of the sacraments:

— A divorce does not dissolve the marriage bond, and the partners to the new union are not married. However, people who are not married can under certain circumstances legitimately engage in acts of sexual intimacy. [If we break down what the innovators and libs want, it really comes down to sex.  To accomplish their agenda in the Church, sex has to be separated from the ends of marriage.  Thus, they find strong allies from the homosexualist lobby.]

— A divorce dissolves the marriage bond. People who are not married cannot legitimately engage in sexual acts. The divorced and remarried are legitimate spouses and their sexual acts are lawful marital acts.

The logic here is airtight. [NB] If either of these alternatives is in fact what Amoris Laetitia intends, then it is Amoris Laetitia that needs to be revised. If Pope Francis did not intend either of these alternatives, then it is reasonable to ask him to clarify this as chaos and division spread, thus putting an end to the further growth of beliefs and practices contrary to the doctrine of the Faith.

The lay faithful ask to be confirmed in the Faith of the Church, and pastors of souls, especially parish priests, ask to be freed from what the Cardinals call in their second letter a “situation of confusion and disorientation.” These are holy desires. It cannot be in anyone’s true interest to leave matters where they now stand.

Fr. Murray’s analysis is sound.  At the same time, there is another “if… then” which is suggested by what Tracey Rowland wrote in her terrific recent book Catholic Theology.

I’ve posted this before, but repetita iuvant.  I’m convinced that Dr. Rowland is on to something.  In relation to what Fr. Murray offers, Rowland description of the Pope’s ‘People Theology’ and his favorite four principles suggests another “if… then” binomial.  Thus, Rowland:

… ‘People’s Theology’. One of the most extensive articles on this subject is Juan Carlos Scannone’s ‘El papa Francisco y la teologia del pueblo’ published in the journal Razón y Fe. 86 In this paper Scannone claims that not only is Pope Francis a practitioner of ‘People’s Theology’ but also that Francis extracted his favourite four principles – [1] time is greater than space, [2] unity prevails over conflict, [3] reality is more important than ideas, and [4] the whole is greater than the parts – from a letter of the nineteenth-century Argentinian dictator, Juan Manuel de Rosas (1793– 1877) sent to another Argentinian caudillo [a type of personalist leader wielding political power], Facundo Quiroga (1788– 1835), in 1834. These four principles, which are said to govern the decision-making processes 17_06_27_screenshot_EGof Pope Francis, have their own section in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium [check out 217-237] and references to one or other of them can be found scattered throughout his other papal documents. Pope Francis calls them principles for ‘building a people’. A common thread running through each of these principles is the tendency to give priority to praxis over theory. [Read that again… priority of praxis over theory.  Remember my comments that, right now more than ever even in the 80’s and 90’s, “pastoral” is used as a weapon against “doctrine”, “intellect”, “academics”, even “magisterium”, and certainly “law”.] There is also a sense that conflict in itself is not a bad thing, that ‘unity will prevail’ somehow [Hegel] and that time will remove at least some of the protagonists in any conflict. The underlying metaphysics is quite strongly Hegelian, [yep] and the approach to praxis itself resembles what Lamb classified as ‘cultural-historical’ activity and is associated primarily with Luther and Kant rather than Marx. Professor Loris Zanatta of the University of Bologna has published an article entitled ‘Un papa peronista?’ in which he makes the claim that Pope Francis has used the word pueblo or people some 356 times in his papal speeches, that Pope Francis believes that poverty bestows upon people a moral superiority, and accordingly, that for Pope Francis, the ‘deposit of the faith’ is to be found preserved among the poor living in ‘inner city neighbourhoods’.  Such a reading situates Pope Francis squarely in the territory of Scannone’s ‘People’s Theology’.

Rowland, Tracey. Catholic Theology (Doing Theology) (Kindle Locations 4240-4257). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

So, Fr. Murray is accurate in his presentation of his “if … then” propositions.

However, if Tracey Rowland is right, then it may be that Pope Francis is simply not interested in such reasoning.

Are the Four Cardinals (and a lot of other people) using one operating system and the Holy Father (and those around him – including a lot of people who want to instrumentalize the chaos for their own agenda within the Church) using another?  Their operating systems don’t talk to each other or network together easily.

More on those “Four Priniciples”.  I found this at Iglesia Descalza:

Already as Provincial of the Jesuits, Bergoglio stated, and then as Archbishop of Buenos Aires explained in more detail, government priorities leading to the common good12, namely: 1) the superiority of the whole over the parts (being more than a mere sum of the parts), 2) that of reality over ideas, 3) unity over conflict, 4) time over space. Reportedly, they are taken from the letter of Juan Manuel de Rosas (Governor of Buenos Aires) to Facundo Quiroga (Governor of La Rioja, Argentina) about the national organization, written from the Figueroa estate in San Antonio de Areco (December 20, 1834). Rosas doesn’t make these options explicit, although he takes them into account. Later — now as Pope — Francis introduced the last two priorities in the encyclical Lumen Fidei (55 and 57). Finally he develops and articulates them in Evangelii Gaudium 217-237, presenting them as a contribution based on Christian social thought “for building a people” (first, the peoples of the world, but also the People of God).

There is a lot more there, including analysis of each of the Four Principles.


Friends, if you want to understand more about Pope Francis, you should obtain this book as soon as possible.

 Catholic Theology.  


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BOOKS RECEIVED: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment

Anything written by Edward Feser is reliable and worth time.  He recently joined forces with Joseph M. Bessette to create a new book exploring Catholic teaching about the hotly discussed “death penalty”.

James V. Schall, S.J. says of this book: “At long last, we have a serious and intelligent look at all aspects of the death penalty — its causes, its justification, its consequences for the victim of the crime, the criminal himself, his family, and for civil society. … This book brilliantly sheds some much-needed realism in the fuzzy thinking in our society and often in the Church on this basic question of the consequences of our most heinous acts.”

Endorsing the book are also Fr. Kevin Flannery, SJ (brilliant), Prof. Edward Peters (meh… just kidding, Ed!), Prof. Robert Royal (brilliant), Prof. J. Budziszewski (brilliant), et al.

By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment by Edward Feser and Joseph Bessette. Ignatius Press.


This is a good book for the strong reader, student of Catholic moral and social teaching, seminarians and clerics.

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ASK FATHER: “Quasi-parish” priests

roman-massFrom a reader comes a messy question, which a Guest Priest will answer…


Our “Quasi-parish”, due to rotation of clergy, has a new priest. His first outward change was to get the candles off the floor in front of the altar.

Still no scheduled time for confessions, and he doesn’t wear a stole with his alb and chasuble either. Before full vestments were purchased with a hefty donation by a local man working in the US, our assigned priests wore only a stole over the alb–probably a lot more comfortable when midday temperatures were nudging the 100° mark. This holy man serves from a church established more than a century ago, celebrating Mass two or three times a day, seven days a week, among some 20 chapels in villages scattered across a mountainous territory of at least 250 square miles.5

With the end of the school year, it can be hoped that the bishop will again send one of the priests from the seminary to help during the summer, because babies keep being born, people still want to marry, and people still reach the end of their earthly sojourn, and a second priest can lighten the load.

Is the priest assigned to a “quasi-parish”, formerly a vicar forane of a vicariate, a “quasi-pastor”?


No, unless the particular law provides otherwise (canon 516, 1), he is the proper parish priest (parochus – in American, pastor) of the quasi-parish.

Are you certain he’s not wearing the stole underneath his chasuble (as he should)? It would seem very odd for a “holy man” to neglect this important aspect of his sacred vesture for Mass. If there is an issue with heat, very lightweight fiddleback vestments are a better solution than foregoing the appropriate dress for Mass.


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Official LATIN version of ‘Amoris laetitia’ promulgated in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis

17_06_27_AAS_AmorisAt the beginning of the sad and confusing controversy that has surrounded the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, with its objectively ambiguous statements that have pitted bishops’ conference against conference, diocese against diocese, parish against parish, family against family, I suggested that, since the true, official version of documents is to be found in the Acta Apostolica Sedis, the Exhortation could be tidied up and made clear. Latin, along with being the Church’s official language, is great for clarity.

Edit the document and fix it for the official Latin version, I opined.  BAMMO!  Controversy concluded, the Four Cardinals get their answers to their dubia, some of the chaos subsides, things settle down.

Alas… or rather Heu!

I see now that Amoris laetitia is finally out in the Acta in the April 2016 issue (no no… they’re not behind at all… no no, who says it’s the age of modern communications?).


“But Father! But Father!”, some of you eager church-shredding beavers are barking, “What about the wonderful ‘Footnote 351’, the most wonderfulest footnote ehvur in the history of all pastóreal footnotes?  We love ‘Footnote 351’ because it undermines the mean institutional ‘church’ and sings a new faith community into being born of the spirit of THE Council which YOU HATE!”

Yes, the Latin version has the infamous Footnote 351:

351 Quibusdam in casibus esse etiam potest subsidium Sacramentorum. Quapropter, « sacerdotibus memoramus confessionale esse non debere aulam tormenti, sed locum Dominicae misericordiae » (Adhort. Ap. Evangelii gaudium [24 Novembris 2013], 44: AAS 105 [2013], 1038). Dicimus pariter Eucharistiam « non esse praemium perfectorum, sed debilium munificum remedium et alimoniam » (ibid., 47: 1039).

What the vernacular unofficial (English) version said:

Alas, the LATIN was not the original language of composition… a fact which in the history of facts was never more obvious.

How many problems could be avoided were Latin still the language of composition?  Now, de facto, the official version in the Acta is a translation.  But, de iure, with its promulgation it is now the official version to which all other versions must adhere.

Every vernacular version is now out of date.

This is a problem for scholarship, of course.  The problem is that virtually everyone now refers to the vernacular versions that were issued at the time of the press conferences for documents.  Months later the LATIN is issued in the AAS and THAT becomes the official version!  Who goes back and double checks to see if there were changes? If the Latin provides a different nuance?

QUAERITUR: Was His Holiness the Pope waiting for the definitive Latin to be promulgated in the AAS before making his response to the Four Cardinals of the Five Dubia?  

If I were still in Rome and around the Press Office, I’d ask that question of the Papal Spokesman.

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@TuckerCarlson interviews pro-lifer @LilaGraceRose about Twitter double-standard BIAS toward Big Business Abortion Planned Parenthood

While the first minute will irritate you, really tune in for Tucker Carlson’s interview with pro-life leader Lila Rose about Twitter’s incredible double-standard.

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Fr. Z’s Voice Mail and some Hate Mail

I had a question in my VoiceMail from a reader.

I believe what the questioner is asking about is the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary which, I believe, comes in two volumes, a missal for the altar and a lectionary for the ambo.  US HERE – UK HERE   This is for use in the Ordinary Form, or Novus Ordo.

I have a copy of this squirreled away in a box in storage.  It has been a long time since I looked at it.  I always kept a copy in my chapel for visiting priests if they cared to use it.  Since I say mainly the TLM, I don’t have a lot of use for it.  I find the Votive Masses of the Blessed Virgin to be more than sufficient for my purposes.  I often use the “Saturday” votive Masses.  That said, I recall that the prayers within were good.  As a matter of fact, a couple of my friends worked on the creation of that book of Masses, which was issued, if memory serves, at the conclusion of the special Marian Holy Year that St. John Paul declared in 1987.  san_pietro_maryThat year also produced John Paul’s encyclical Redemptoris Mater, one of his programmatic offerings before the Millennium observance.  Also, if memory serves, that was the year that John Paul had the image of Mary placed above St. Peter’s Square.

So, in sum, it is a nice book, a loving expression of devotion to our lady.  Priests and seminarians should at least know about it.

On another note:

When you do what I do, and when you defend the Church’s teachings, you are bound to get hate mail.   The most vicious hate mail comes from libs and homosexuals.

Hate mail is generally divided into a few basic categories, including obscene, mendacious, slanderous, and just plain stupid.  Sometimes a hate mail will check all those boxes and more besides.

Here is a good example of one that checks three of those boxes:

Our bishop and 5 of our pastoral priests met recently concerning restoring our pipe organ and re-doing the altar so the celebrant no longer faces the wall but the people. We got to ordering new vestments which was done. The bishop suggested we check out your site. That is, if we really want to see what gay priests want to wear. The gaudier the better soon it will be boas for all. As they said, all in the likeness of Ratzinger the gayest pope of our time. Evident Bergoglio is not far behind. What will we ever have to do to get rid of you gays and turn the church into the business of salvation and not fornication.

This is in the really stupid category, to be sure, but also the mendacious.   I don’t believe any of that for a moment.

When I get mail like this, I do a little research on the sender.  There are ways.  It doesn’t take long.  Sometimes I find that the haters have written before, often with a different name.  That is the case this time, too.

Here’s what I learned about this hater… I think in California. Of course I can’t be entirely sure about my findings but I’m fairly confident.

This same person – who seems to be into quilting (go figure – unless that’s some sort of smoke screen) wrote in a Yahoo Group on church music:

“Take a giant leap to the Episcopal Church. It has the same basic liturgy in all its facets. For eons it has been known as the church with real music.  They appreciate beautiful organs and those who can play them with distinction and ease. Music is a part of the central theme of this church. Beautiful boy and mixed children’s choirs are the hallmark of this communion. No one has to go into the priesthood due to being gay or lesbian…yes there you will find both men and women priests. Therefore, you don’t get the uptight priests one finds in those churches that are horribly evangelical or R.C.s.”

I found the hater’s email elsewhere, webwise, as well as on a different email to me.

And, hater, good luck with your diabetes.

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Homosexual sex obsessed Jesuit v. Bp. Paprocki of Springfield, IL – ACTION ITEM!

action-item-buttonACTION ITEM at the end!

A little while ago, His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois, issued a Decree “Regarding Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Related Pastoral Issues.”

This Decree reaffirmed Catholic teaching that a marriage is only possible “between one man and one woman.”

The Decree included the following directives:

  • No member of the clergy or representative of the Diocese should assist or participate in a same-sex marriage;
  • No Church property should be used to host same-sex marriage ceremonies or receptions;
  • Persons in a same-sex marriage should not present themselves for Holy Communion, nor should they be admitted to Holy Communion;
  • Those in a same-sex marriage can be restored to communion with the Church through the Sacrament of Reconciliation;
  • In danger of death, a person living in a same-sex marriage may receive Holy Communion “if he or she expresses repentance for his or her sins.”

You saw how Ed Peters handled one critic HERE.

Immediately, homosexual sex obsessed Jesuit James Martin blasted Bp. Paprocki HERE:

If bishops ban members of same-sex marriages from receiving a Catholic funeral, they also have to be consistent. They must also ban divorced and remarried Catholics who have not received annulments, women who has or man who fathers a child out of wedlock, members of straight couples who are living together before marriage, and anyone using birth control. For those are all against church teaching as well. Moreover, they must ban anyone who does not care for the poor, or care for the environment, and anyone who supports torture, for those are church teachings too. More basically, they must ban people who are not loving, not forgiving and not merciful, for these represent the teachings of Jesus, the most fundamental of all church teachings. To focus only on LGBT people, without a similar focus on the moral and sexual behavior of straight people is, in the words of the Catechism, a “sign of unjust discrimination” (2358).

This, friends, is the raving of a lunatic.

For a complete review of homosexual sex obsessed Jesuit James Martin v. Bp. Paprocki, try HERE, a blog by a Catholic man who suffered with same-sex affliction and is now striving to live a holy life.

URGENT: In his post he makes a great suggestion: drop Bp. Paprocki a supportive note! The diocese’s contact form and addresses:




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UPDATE: Challenge Coin – THEY’RE HERE!


Originally Published on: Apr 7, 2017

I had mentioned a while back that I resolved to have a challenge coin made.  I figured I’d start with one for my 25th anniversary.  This is what we have come up with so far.  The graphics are from Zuhlio’s official album cover designer.  The stemma is from D Burkart.


They will be polychrome on silver.  1.75″

So… that’s an update what what I’ve got so far. I’ve sent the images for estimates.

I’m not especially good at this sort of project, so it is a learning experience.

UPDATE 26 June 2017

After MANY delays, my challenge coins have finally arrived!  I had to nudge the company a few times, but they eventually came through.

The first, the obverse, is close to actual size.



These are numbered along the edge, so I can keep track of their destinations.

Now I will be able to fulfill my IOUs to NYPD cops and a longtime reader here… for starters.

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Wherein another reader does indeed “throw in the towel”

17_05_31_PontMass_Queenship_07From a reader:

In light of your rather depressed email correspondent [HERE], I want to share a more uplifting story.


I have again become a Roamin’ Catholic. After decades as a “Novus Ordo Catholic,” I have thrown in the towel and decided to attend the Latin Mass. I understand almost nothing. But I know there must be a reason why this Mass existed for so long, and continues to persist despite so much hatred.

Last weekend, I traveled home to Milwaukee for a wedding. I attended Mass at St. Stanislaus, which I am sure you have visited.[Indeed I have.]In a way, I felt like I was attending Mass itself for the first time ever. This was my first Latin Mass outside of my new small Latin Mass parish.

Again, I don’t understand the Latin Mass. But I feel dedicated and energized by my experience to understand it the way so many in my generation understand it.

If we want to fix the world, we have to [with reliance on the grace of God] fix ourselves. I have known for a long time that this is something I needed to do. And I am going to figure it out.

Amen, brother.

Do I hear an “Amen”?

How about a “¡Hagan lío!”?

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ASK FATHER: Sunday obligation and sick child at home

From a reader…


I have read that caring for the sick (i.e. children) lifts the Sunday Obligation to hear Holy Mass.

Does caring for a sick child lift it for the entire day, or would parents be required to go to Mass “in shifts”?

Thank you for all that you do in Our Lord’s Vineyard. Be assured of my family’s prayers.

As parents, your obligation to your children overrides just about everything else.   Of course you must, as we all must, love God even more than you love your spouse and children, but in terms of your vocation and its duties, taking care of your children is at the top of the heap.

If a child’s illness requires your presence at home, then you do not have the obligation to go to Mass on Sunday.

However, I like the fact that you brought up going “in shifts”, which I take means going alternately rather than in long, loose-fitting garments worn with or without a belt.

Sure!  If that is a viable solution, spouses, especially parents with lots of kids who might be at a difficult age to manage in church, can always go in shifts.  As a matter of fact, that might give parents a chance to pray at church.

While I understand that parents – often deprived of lots of facetime with their children during the week because of the restraints of jobs and so forth – like going to church all together as a family, it might be that the Shift Solution could also be helpful, not only for the individual parent, but also for fellow congregants who may not be as filled with joy at the antics of your little stupor mundi.

However, this is now verging toward The Third Rail™.

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ASK FATHER: When do traditional Catholics throw in the towel?

From a reader…


I have been engaged in a deep theological and spiritual crisis for 10 years now, struggling to remain Catholic or finally cross the Bosphorus and convert to Orthodoxy. [pffffft] It seems that with every passing day, Modern Catholicism continues its precipitous decline. How do we reverse it all? What outreach is being performed to open the closed minds of modern conservative Catholics?

Here is the point of my question: when do traditional Catholics throw in the towel? When is there a moment of realization that the Roman Church will never return to traditional worship, praxis, and teaching?

When is there a realization that no matter what they do, traditional Catholics wil not turn the tide?

I am fearful, anxious, and confused. Thank you and God bless.

Throw. In. The.  TOWEL?!?



Christ, God Man, Second Person of the Trinity, Eternal Word, Truth, Love and Light Itself founded the Catholic Church. Why would you want to belong to any other?

Is there dysfunction?  Sure.  Do you think there isn’t dysfunction among the Orthodox?  Don’t make me laugh.  I’ll take our dysfunction any day.

Hell attacks the Church – the CATHOLIC Church -that GOD FOUNDED with all its relentless fury and the Devil is very good at what he does.   The very fact that Hell attacks the Church so furiously is a demonstration of WHO and WHAT the Church is.

Today in the Traditional Form of the Roman Rite we heard St. Peter warn us that the Devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he might devour.  It is the sole desire of the Enemy to steal souls from heaven so that God will have just that much less glory, that there will be just that much less joy.  Therefore, the Enemy targets the Church that Christ founded, through whose mediation every soul is saved.

“But Father! But Father!, some trads whimper.  “Things are – *sniffle* – going so wr-wr-wrong now!  I need a s-s-safe space and hug.”  And the Libs, agents of the Enemy that they are chortle back “HA HA FATHER! You and your stupid Zed Heads hate VATICAN II!  And we know what the spirit of Vatican II wants.  Enough with sin and guilt! Enough with verticality!  Enough with oppressive patriarchalism!  Enough with claims of ‘truth’! Aren’t all faiths the same?  We are all grown up now and don’t need any controls.  In the spirit of Vatican II go ahead and leave.  Make our job of tearing everything down that much easier.”

B as in B, S as in S.  Toughen up and RESIST what they are do to our Church.  Such enemies of God have always been in the Church.  If there are enemy armies occupying our fatherland then be the maquis!  To conscript the language of the Left we need to form our own base communities and resistance bands and fight back.

If we see someone wounded, we run fast to help.  We open our veins to give blood in times of emergency. When we see people who are on fire or being attacked, we run towards the gunfire, towards the blaze.

Prepare for battle!

Some of you are in the front lines where the clash is.  Some will be in the supporting ranks, where the binding of wounds takes place.  Some will be on supply lines.  Some will provide QRF.  Some will be on oversight.  Some will provide command and control.  We all have to step up and own who we are as Catholics and own our vocations.

We must own our missions and our roles.

If we focus on our individual pain – boo hoo hoo! – we won’t serve our cause well and we’ll let our brother beside us down..

So, put aside some food and fast.  Set aside some money for almsgiving.  Turn off some program, dig that Rosary out of your pocket and PRAY – its a mighty weapon. GO TO CONFESSION!

Let us be warriors together, not worriers separated.

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ACTION ITEM! SUPER WORTHY Traditional Liturgy Project needs YOU

action-item-buttonI bring to your attention a wonderful and WORTHY project. I hope you will all click and explore the site as well.

The parish of Corpus Christi in London, on Maiden Lane near Covent Garden, as been the site of ongoing Holy Masses in the Traditional Roman Rite for decades.

The church itself is simple and lovely and it has been receiving a lot of TLC from its present pastor (parish priest). There is a great restoration going on there about which I have posted from time to time.

I just received this note from their parish administrator.

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to give you an update on Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane in London. I know you have celebrated Mass here and have posted about us on your blog before, for which we are very grateful.

As you may have seen online, the restoration should hopefully be done by the end of the year and next year His Eminence, Vincent Cardinal Nichols is coming to celebrate Mass for Corpus Christi and to ‘reopen’ the restored church.

We would like to have a procession of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass but we do not own a canopy at the moment (shocking, I know!). [OH THE HUMANITY!] We are trying to fundraise for one from Serpone. Perhaps the followers of your blog may be able to help us out? There is a link on our website where donations can be made online:

We have also set up a Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament – a Confraternity dedicated to more perfectly honouring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. [Very cool.] Anyone can be a member, wherever they are in the world. [Sign me up!] There is a monthly Mass with a different guest preacher each month and members receive a nice Monstrance badge to wear. Our next Mass (after the summer break) is on Thursday 7th September at 6:30pm, when Fr. Michael Lang, CO will be preaching. There is a monthly newsletter with all the homilies, so those who can’t be there in person don’t miss out!

If you are in London on the first Thursday of a month next year, we would be delighted if you were to come and preach for us. It would be an honour to host you for an evening! Please do let me know if that would be possible.  [I really want to return to London as often as possible.  There are such wonderful people there.]

If you were able to post about one, or both, of the links above, we would be most grateful. We really would like to make this the shrine that Cardinal Manning wanted it to be and hopefully the Sodality can play a role in that.

Here is the canopy they want.

I’m all for that!

You readers have been generous to projects for the TMSM (DON’T FORGET OUR PROJECT HERE!).

If a goodly percentage of you readers would donate even just a little bit, their project will be rapidly fulfilled.

Would you please give them a lift with a donation?


I would like to see the Blessed Sacrament carried about COVENT GARDEN with THAT canopy and all the incense and hand-bells going.  Imagine.

You Americans out there… show the Brits how it’s done.  Be swift and generous.  Don’t be outdone.  Make sure that when they pick up that canopy they remember that “Fr. Z’s readers – especially the American readers made this!”

HENCE – When you make your donation, use the “special instructions” item and tell them that Fr Z (Zed) sent you!

Speaking of restoration…

Here is what they have done with their Lady Chapel

Get it?

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VIDEO Edward Pentin and Fr. Murray on the Five Dubia of the Four Cardinals

Here is a great video for your information.

Ed Pentin, arguably the best English-language Vaticanista in Rome right now is interviewed.

Fr. Murray begins his remarks at 10:00 (don’t miss it).

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Is Communion now “we get the white thing in our hands and then we sing the song”?

There is a virus-like fixation pandemic in the Church today that everyone has to go to Communion at every Mass.  Therefore, even if there are people present manifestly in living in a state of mortal sin, spectacular contortions of doctrine and law are pretzeled together to justify what has NEVER been justified in the history of the Church: saying openly that the unconfessed Catholic in the state of mortal sin who does not have a firm purpose of amendment can be admitted to the sacraments.  If there is a mega-Mass, such as a papal Mass, astonishing lengths are attempted to get a Host out there to every single sincere and pious communicant, as well as the reacher-grabber and souvenir collector.

Of all the words I can think of to describe this, “reverent” isn’t one of them.

I don’t blame the unquestioning organizers… much.  They are infected with this aforementioned virus.  No… I guess I do blame them.  They should know better.

Today I reminded that The Great One, His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (which covers how Mass should be celebrated, how to preserve its reverent character, its holiness, its power to communicate what the Perfect Communicator wants to give to the world) has remarked on mega-Masses.

From InfoVaticana comes this with my usual treatment (not my translation but touched up):

Cardinal Sarah denounces mega-masses “with thousands of attendees”

“Men and women in adultery and unbaptized tourists who participate in eucharistic celebrations of anonymous crowds can receive without distinction the Body and Blood of Christ.” This is the situation that warns Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in his book The Force of Silence.  [Also in SPANISH – HERE]

Cardinal Sarah emphasizes the need for the Church to study with urgency “the ecclesial and pastoral suitability of these multitudinous eucharistic celebrations with thousands of attendees.” For the Guinean cardinal, today there is an immense danger of converting the Eucharist “into a vulgar verbena [open-air dance]” and of desecrating the Body and Blood of Christ.

“The priests who distribute the sacred species without knowing anyone and give the body of Jesus to anyone, without distinguishing Christians from non-Christians, participate in the profanation of the Holy Eucharistic Sacrifice,” says in his book The Force of Silence.  [The priest in large parishes can’t know every person who comes to Communion, but in that context it is often easy to tell who isn’t Catholic (by their behavior).  But the situation of mega-Masses… well.  Also, I note that Eastern congregations are often small enough that the priest can say people’s names as they present themselves for Communion.]

The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship warns that “with some voluntary complicity,” those who exercise authority in the church are guilty of permitting the sacrilege and desecration of the Body of Christ “in those gigantic and ridiculous self-celebrations, where there are very few who realize that the death of the Lord is announced until he comes.”

Sarah also regrets that some “priests unfaithful to the memory of Jesus” insist more on the festive aspect of the Mass than on the bloody sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. [ANAXIOS!] “The importance of the interior dispositions and the necessity to reconcile with God accepting to allow us to be purified by the sacrament of the confession are no longer in fashion,” concludes the prelate.

I’m afraid that, for many – even for many priests and even bishops – Communion is now the moment we get the white thing in our hands and then we sing the song.

The “White Thing” is a sign that people like me here.  Hence, if I can’t have the “White Thing” before we sing the song, I don’t feel good about myself in this setting… and that’s bad.  The “White Thing” in the hand is the token that this is a “safe space”.

The moderation queue is ON.

Just as a reminder, here’s Communion at a mega-Mass in Manila in 2015 during Pope Francis’ visit.

Distribution from plastic cups at Rio for Pope Francis’s World Youth Day Mass 2013.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during the Holy Mass in fulfillment your of Sunday Obligation? Let us know.

Here’s what I said (below).  This Sunday took me by surprise.  I had assumed that I didn’t have this Sunday’s TLM since I was supposed to be out of town.  Probably at the prompting of my guardian angel, I doubled checked the schedule!  “Well!”, quoth I, “let’s see what happens!”.  I read the orations. I read the readings.  I penned three notes and I promptly went to bed in preparation for a 6 am rising. This was on pretty much on the fly.  I don’t recommend this method for younger priests, by the way.


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