Category Archives: Hard-Identity Catholicism

Trepidation Shot Through With Hope

I am in Toronto where I am speaking at a wonderful conference called SERVIAM, focused on renewal of the sacred in the Church. Many people have expressed to me their fears and concerns about where the world is today (many … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I was told that you are either supposed to always veil or never veil

From a readerette… QUAERITUR: I have developed a love for veiling at the TLM, I attend a daily NO Mass and veil there too. My mom dislikes and does not allow me to veil when I attend the NO Mass … Continue reading

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2 Nov – All Souls, Indulgences, and YOU!

It seems somehow fitting to post about indulgences on 31 October. From the Handbook of Indulgences Visiting a Church or an Oratory on All Souls Day A plenary (“full”) indulgence, which is applicable only to the souls in Purgatory is granted … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Bless or exorcize new home?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m a long time reader of your blog and thank you for your ministry. My wife and I are in the final stages of purchasing our first house. When we went to see the house the first … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants: Our worship, therefore our identity, needs orthotics.

I receive this from a reader…  I thought you might be interested in this; it at least is new to me. In Waterbury, Connecticut this morning, I came across this version of “Now Thank We All Our God” in WLP’s … Continue reading

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Archbp. Chaput: a smaller Church of fewer believers rather than compromise orthodoxy

Every once in a while people opine about whether or not it would be good (and not just inevitable) to have a smaller, leaner, more faithful Church rather than one filled (mainly?) by mere cultural Catholics or CINOs. Benedict XVI … Continue reading

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Are you hurt, disoriented, frustrated about what’s going on in the Church? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Two things struck me with special force today. Today I said the traditional Mass in the Duomo of Florence at the altar of St. Joseph, Patron of the Church, who protects the Church now just as he protected the Holy … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah: Reform the liturgy! “The future of the Church is at stake”

At Sandro Magister’s place there are some English translations of selected paragraphs – fantastic paragraphs – from Robert Card. Sarah’s new book, with Nicholas Diat, out only in French for the moment, La force du silence. Contre la dictature du bruit (Fayard, Paris, … Continue reading

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The forge in which future priests are hammered and annealed

From a reader in the Diocese of Charlotte, in North Carolina. Hey Father, On Respect Life Sunday, our newly instituted minor seminary[!] in the Charlotte Diocese (St. Joseph) [NC] took their 8 seminarians and recited a rosary in front of … Continue reading

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St. Francis of Assisi on treatment of the Eucharist, Communion, ornaments of the altar

If any of you have some notion that St. Francis of Assisi was in life like the kitty-hugging, pastel-toned image you see on a holy card or garden statuette, with little birdies sitting on his arms… think again. Some think that had … Continue reading

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Via Michaelica: a “Ley Line” Pilgrimage, and You

Have you ever heard of a “ley line”?   These are straight lines that can be draw on a map linking both man made and natural sites that line up in a significant way.  For example there is a Ley Line … Continue reading

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We are at a “precarious moment in our history” when churches must speak truth to power

As baptized Catholics we have a role and work to do in the world, each according to our vocations.  We must affect change… as Catholics. How can we imagine that we can do that if we don’t have a clear … Continue reading

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September Ember!

A friend sent an email with a reminder about Ember Days.  These days were penitential in spirit.  They were also traditional times for ordinations.  The short mnemonic “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy” can help you remember when they fall. Today in the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to “steel ourselves” and not come down off from our crosses?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father Z, In your post regarding the 18th Sunday after Pentecost you advised us to steel ourselves and not come down off from our crosses. Would you be so kind as to offer some specific … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why are we responsible for the sin of Adam and Eve when weren’t there?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, no priest/bishop/theologian/book has ever answered my question on how human beings after Adam & Eve can be responsible for their sins when, apart from our first parents, we weren’t even participants in their disobedience. I really don’t understand … Continue reading

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