Category Archives: Hard-Identity Catholicism

#GoodFriday and You: Prayers for Holy Souls in Purgatory and Plenary Indulgences

Something which would enormously help every aspect of the life of the Church in the modern world is a revival of classic devotions and the return to a style of prayer which, to our ears, seems quite formal and, at … Continue reading

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Minimalist Catholics or More?

Fr. Jerabek, at his blog, has a good reminder about Lenten penance, and Fridays, and fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of the year are days of penance.  Fridays of Lent are more specific. All Catholics who have completed 14 years … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 171: The strange birth of the Novus Ordo – 50 years later

This last week saw the 50th anniversary of the “birth” of the Novus Ordo – after an unnaturally swift gestation – on 3 April 1969 when Paul VI promulgated the Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum. Today I read for you, and I … Continue reading

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We need Forty Hours Devotion! Please, Fathers and Bishops!

I long for the return of the Forty Hours Devotion, Quarant’ore.    This devotion developed in time of necessity.  It is not a kind of long Corpus Christi.  It is not a long Holy Thursday.  It grew up to beg … Continue reading

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Catholics and the kissing of rings… or not. Wherein Fr. Z rants. – UPDATES

UPDATE 27 March: Look at this spectacularly cheap shot from Christopher Lamb who writes for RU-486 (aka ultra-lefty The Bitter Pill, aka The Tablet) There are also plenty of ways to respect the office of the papacy without kissing the … Continue reading

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“Dear Fathers, dear seminarians…” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I was sitting in an airport one day, waiting for a flight. A young family approached the gate area. A youngster, seeing an empty place, jumped into it. It was next to me. Mom pulled the kid by an arm … Continue reading

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“You just want the 1950’s back!”

One of the things that the goulish faculty of my hellish US seminary hissed at me in my re-education sessions during my second awful year when I was under super double-top secret probation, was “You just want the 1950’s back!” … Continue reading

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Mass and Triumphalism. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

The other day I posted something about churches and synagogues losing membership.  HERE This is going to happen, friends.  Demographics, on top of decades of stupidity, are not on our side. I’m not saying that this is the great “falling … Continue reading

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Church groups are losing members. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

The fundamental reason why God gave us a Church which we could recognize by its marks is that we are sinners who are going to die. Through His Church, Christ provides the ordinary means of our salvation. We have the … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2019 – 01 Ash Wednesday: Emendemus in melius

NB: FAST AND ABSTINENCE! We begin now a series of daily 5 minute podcasts for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. I provide these … Continue reading

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CH: Traditional Latin Mass attendees more devout and orthodox, study says. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From the Catholic Herald. My emphases and comments: Traditional Latin Mass attendees more devout and orthodox, study says A new survey suggests Catholics who attend the Old Rite are more faithful to Church teaching Catholics in the US who attend the … Continue reading

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Open Letter From Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller to Conferences of Bishops: “The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church”

Open Letter From Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Brandmüller to Conferences of Bishops My emphases and comments: Open Letter to the Presidents of the Conferences of Bishops Dear Brothers, Presidents of the Conferences of Bishops, We turn to you with deep … Continue reading

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Fr. Rutler’s Weekly Column

Fr. Rutler’s Weekly Column February, 17, 2019 Like the optimist who sees a glass of water half-full and the pessimist who sees it half-empty, people assess the times in which they live by their personality. Each age has had its … Continue reading

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BOOK RECEIVED: 1962 Parish Ritual – HUZZAH!

Preserving Christian Publications has reprinted a 1962 Parish Ritual.  Hooray!   This book includes what the Collectio Rituum had but it includes more items and moments useful for parish life.  It’s like the British Sacristy Manual, but it is set up for use in these USA. … Continue reading

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Thoughts about ‘ad orientem’ worship and priests being bullied

The rubrics of the Novus Ordo Missale Romanum and the tradition of many centuries have the priest at the altar facing liturgical East.  That is to say, as he celebrates Holy Mass with a congregation present, there are moments when … Continue reading

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