Category Archives: Cri de Coeur

“I had the image of a bishop sinking head downward…. sinking… sinking… clawing at the heavy miter on his head”

Even as I stared at the title of the piece I am about to recommend, this passage from Luke about millstones came to mind.   I had the image of a bishop sinking head downward…. sinking… sinking… clawing at the … Continue reading

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Read and weep: Soviet style “psych” tactics used against priests by bishops.

What I am about to post, read carefully.
Over the last few months I have been contacted by diocesan priests (and a religious) who were being sent by their bishops (superior) to be “evaluated” at one of these psych clinics for … Continue reading

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Posted in Be The Maquis, Cri de Coeur, Liberals, Mail from priests, Pò sì jiù, Priests and Priesthood, The Coming Storm, The Drill, Wherein Fr. Z Rants | Tagged , , | 92 Comments

Your Sunday Sermon Notes.

I’ll bet that there were some really good sermons during your Masses of Sunday Obligation.
Was there a good point or two you could share?
For my part, I had no Sunday Mass assigned today!  I was on my own.
Relaxed day, I thought.  … Continue reading

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Letter of @BishopMorlino of @MadisonDiocese concerning the present crisis

Many bishops in these USA and in Canada are making statements in wake of L’Affaire McCarrick and the PA Grand Jury Report. Some are better than others.
The Bishop of Madison, Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino (aka The Extraordinary Ordinary) has … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z offers one of the hardest posts he has ever written – UPDATED WITH YOUR COMMENTS

This foreword was written after I wrote the rest, as forewords usually are.  This is one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written.  It was physically uncomfortable to hack this out, and I had to stop several times and walk … Continue reading

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Fr Z calls for solidarity

I saw this tweet from Ed Pentin:

Benedict XVI en route to Fatima 2010: “…today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin … Continue reading

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AN OPEN APPEAL TO THE CARDINALS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

You will want to check out, at First Things, an open letter – an appeal – to all of the Cardinals of the Catholic Church.
AN OPEN APPEAL TO THE CARDINALS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
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To their Most Reverend Eminences, the Cardinals of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Your questions weigh heavily

Upon our birth not a single one of us was promised a bed of roses.  Upon our baptism and admission to the other sacraments, not a single one of us was promised an easy path.
We regularly call this earthly life … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 164: Open Letter From A Young Priest To Bishops

At Crisis there is posted an open letter from an anonymous young priest to bishops.
It is a cri de coeur.
Where Are the Bishops Who Will Defend Faithful Priests?
I read this letter today, so that it will have greater exposure to … Continue reading

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Cri de Coeur: calls for punishing action against bishops complicit in L’Affaire McCarrick

Today I read at Crisis a smart piece by Eric Sammons which argued that, because of the unaddressed, indeed covered up scandal of McCarrick … and others, just wait!… Catholics should address the problem of feckless bishops by withholding money:  … Continue reading

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Concerning overly sweet cookies

I start with a photo of cookies.
They weren’t very good cookies; waaaay too sweet.  I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.  In general the sweet and, in other matters, the sentimental aren’t my first choice.  Never have been.  As … Continue reading

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Lovely, drippy, syrupy TLM and vocation video. Then Fr. Z rants about crying.

Pope Francis said something along the lines that certain realities can be seen only through eyes that have been cleansed by tears.
At the Italian site Messa in Latino, I saw a little video, beautifully produced, focused very much on the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Corpus Christi Eucharistic procession. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Here is a really sad tweet about this year’s Corpus Christi procession moved from Rome to Ostia. (Not a great idea, but, hey, they didn’t ask me.) There is a link to a video of the whole thing. Click ahead … Continue reading

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Chilling – probably correct – explanation of mass school shootings

I just read at NRO a piece by David French, who in turn gives us the substance of an explanation of what is driving the increasing phenomenon of school shootings.  I sense that the explanation – which provides quite the opposite … Continue reading

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Bp. Schneider on the Met “Gay-la”

Fallout from the sacrilegious Met “Gay-la” continues.
Today a priest sent a link to an article by Marybeth Hagan at Crisis called “Catholicism and Celebrity Culture at the Met”. He quipped: “a clue to why the New York seminary is emptying”. I … Continue reading

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