Category Archives: De Novissimis: Four Last Things

Wherein Fr. Z rants

Our Lord promised us that Hell would not prevail against the Church.
He did not promise that Hell would not prevail in the USA, or in your town or parish.
Today we are seeing a shrinking of Holy Church in many places.  The … Continue reading

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Quinque Puncta … Five Points To Be Recited Usefully

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If we don’t know who we are as Catholics, and if we don’t keep firmly in mind our common Christian vocation to holiness, we will not be able to fulfill our particular vocations and we … Continue reading

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7 August: St. Afra, “sinner” and martyr.

Each day I like to read the entry in the Martyrologium Romanum. Today there are several entries which could be the staring points for discussions of holiness and salvation.
Let us consider this one:
3. Augustae Vindelicorum in Raetia, sanctae Afrae, martyris, … Continue reading

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Will Christianity supplant Islam in Iran?

During the annual meeting of our “gang of priests” we have heard informative talks about Islam.  A propos the topic, this was forwarded by a priest friend and participant in our meeting.  From God Reports with my emphases and comments:
Islam … Continue reading

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Of Anger Management, Benedict XVI and the SSPX. Wherein Fr. Z imagines dire things.

Do the SSPXers think that Pope Benedict is so patient and kindly that he would never withdraw his outstretched hand?
Perhaps that is it.  Maybe that is why they dawdle and find excuses not to accept what the Holy See has … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: The “Three Days of Darkness” and You

From a reader:
I see you’ve posted about CMEs again [HERE] (I *think* I remember you addressing CMEs as a TEOTWAWKI situation before…). [If a really big one hits us head on, yes, I think it could be.] This all sounds … Continue reading

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Of caskets

Have you thought today yet about the fact that you are going to die?
Here, let me help.
I was recently told about a maker of caskets in the USA: Marian Caskets.
They are inspired by Pope John Paul II’s casket.

One day delivery … Continue reading

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A POLL provoked by your email! What color of vestments for your funeral?

There is a truly bizarre story coming to me in email about a rumor that His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, is now requiring priests to use either violet or black vestments for funerals rather than … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can the newly ordained hear confessions? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader:
Being that it’s ordination season and there’s lots of new young priests eager to do priestly things, there’s something that crossed my mind recently. My understanding is that in order to hear confessions and absolve sins, priests need … Continue reading

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In the face of this sort of revolt, what does one do?

I am torn between, on the one hand, pity for these men whose priesthood and ministry was tainted from the onset by bad formation and poor leadership and, on the other, contempt for them as arrogant quislings.
From Vatican Insider:
Germany: Catholic … Continue reading

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