Category Archives: Decorum

On the Pope’s clothes.

I firmly believe that occasions require decorum: the effect or result that we desire conditions the choices we make in outward expression.  We adapt and are “apt” for the situation.  Language and gestures can and should be adjusted according to the circumstances. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The inevitable “Rite of Thanking” at the end of Mass

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: I’m curious about your reaction to a part of the Mass I’m calling the “Rite of Thanking”. While it seems that it is especially common with bishops at most liturgies they celebrate, it also happens at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is it OK to clap at the end of the recessional hymn at Sunday Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At our Sunday Masses there is instantaneous applause at the end of the recessional hymn. Is this OK? I have sent many emails to the parish priest and he agreed that this is not correct but … Continue reading

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Make Church Great Again! “Free Our Churches From the Ugly and Stupid”

So I’m reading my email.  A reader sent the text of a Wall Street Journal piece (they have an evil paywall) entitled “Free Our Churches From the Ugly and Stupid“. “This hath potential”, quoth I, and in did I delve. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 33rd Ordinary Sunday: thoughts on the “sign of peace” – POLL

Since the day I was ordained, I have celebrated both forms of the Roman Rite, the Novus Ordo and the TLM.  When I am called upon to say the Novus Ordo, I jump up and help out.  After all, I am … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to become a papal knight of the Supreme Order of Our Lord Jesus Christ?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: How does one become a knight of the Papal Supreme Order of Our Lord Jesus Christ? This is the highest papal honor that can be given to a layman. There are a handful of “papal honors” that … Continue reading

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Chatter v. Silence

What is it like in your parish church before and after Mass?  Is it still, recollected, decorous?  It is agitated, busy, undignified?  Is it silent?  Is it noisy? Can we separate our identity as Catholics from our decorum in our churches? … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 33rd Ordinary Sunday: thoughts (rant) on the “sign of peace”

This Sunday’s Collect is rich.  The ancient author was skilled.  The translators of the current ICEL version blew it. We will see where they went wrong and then drill into a pair of words leading us back to the 3rd … Continue reading

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The importance – and legitimacy – of ‘ ad orientem ‘ worship

I bring to the readership’s attention a letter that was issued by His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.  A priest friend reminded me of this letter in an email. It … Continue reading

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SUCCESS! ACTION ITEM! Correct a GREAT INJUSTICE! (Hint: Birettas… seminarians…)

UPDATE 13 AUG: We have hit our initial goal! I distributed a few of the birettas to the guys yesterday and they were pretty chuffed. I should have some thank you notes pretty soon. “But Father! But Father!”, you liberals … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest’s cassocks with shoulder capes

From a reader… I was wondering if any secular/diocesan priest is allowed to wear a black mozzetta as part of their choir dress? I have seen pictures of some priests wearing a black mozzetta such as the Canons Regular of … Continue reading

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Bp. Tobin’s Tough Love: Hirsute flabmeisters… mature women with skimpy clothes… hyperactive gum-chewing kids checking their iPhones

His Excellency Most Reverend  Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence has sobering reminders for his flock. HERE No doubt His Excellency is addressing himself only to the Catholics of Providence. So, if you are not in that diocese pay no attention.  My emphases and … Continue reading

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Will Pope Francis be the only able-bodied diocesan bishop NOT to celebrate Mass of the Last Supper with priests and people?

From the marvelous Fr. Hunwicke.  I had to smile.  HERE Job Sharing? Why don’t people swap roles occasionally? Fr Lombardi could go riding around in airliners making remarks to journalists; then the Holy Father could do the News Conferences explaining … Continue reading

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More reasons for the promotion of Summorum Pontificum

The Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome received a new Prefect last November, His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah.  He should be a good, solid Prefect.  At the same time, however, there was a bit of a purge of, say, the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Revealing tops and dresses… dress code?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Do you think there should be a dress code for attending Mass? I am talking about girls and women wearing shorts and revealing tops and dresses? It would be a bad idea to have a dress code at … Continue reading

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