Category Archives: Classic Posts

The HORROR! Fr Z’s recurring nightmare… thanks to a reader’s gift.

Once upon a time I wrote here about the book I hate more than any other book… ehvur. Today I opened up a package to find that one of you readers… you wags you… send me a copy of the … Continue reading

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What did the Pope really say in his short, non-magisterial fervorino about “ideology”?

Some people are getting worked up – again – about something Pope Francis said during his morning sermonette yesterday.  His Holiness, in his non-magisterial fervorino, spoke about “ideology”.   A news report in the fervorino – HERE. Here is something … Continue reading

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A Roman Mystery: The Lost Tomb of St. Jerome

If there have to be reality TV shows or treasure hunt movies, I propose finding the tomb of St. Jerome (+420) in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. I may write a novel!  It would have vampires, I … Continue reading

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OLDIE PODCAzT 119: The Holy Name and Blasphemy

From 2011: Today is the feast of St. Bernardine of Siena (+1444) in both the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Forms of the Roman Rite, and therefore I use this opportunity to offer something from one of his discourses about the … Continue reading

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What is Pope Francis really saying?

Here is what I think Pope Francis is up to. In this explanation I am not necessarily endorsing specific things that he is doing (washing the feet of females in a prison) or not doing (refusing the mozzetta, etc.). I … Continue reading

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Dear Traditionalists,…

I had this from a reader. He said he was not advocating these things. However, liberals will advocate them. I’ve got some other suggestions.  But first the wacky liberal stuff: I have an idea for a blog topic – how … Continue reading

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How I received our new Pope.

Today was a day of deep blessings and deep frustrations. It was a day of wetness from rain and wetness from tears. Let me dispense with the frustrations. The cellular network and internet in the area was nearly completely overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI on Vatican II: Council of the Fathers v. Council of the Media

Today during his annual meeting with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome, of which Benedict is still the Bishop, the Holy Father spoke about the Second Vatican Council.  Not my translation, but my emphases and comments: [T]here was the … Continue reading

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29 August – Beheading of St. John the Baptist: diminishing returns

Today is the feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist. I consider this (also) my name day, and in so many ways it is more appropriate for me than the Nativity of John in June. Here is the Roman … Continue reading

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The bones of St. Augustine

Yesterday, I posted about the bones of St. Monnica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo.  Today we move to the mortal remains of her sainted son. Augustine died on 28 August 430. Sometime before the early 8th century, Augustine’s … Continue reading

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