Category Archives: Hard-Identity Catholicism

“If it’s just a symbol, then to hell with it!” Wherein a Lutheran tells it as it is and then Fr. Z rants a lot.

Years ago, I was – for my sins – sent by the pastor of the parish to attend a Thanksgiving Day “ecumenical” breakfast.  When I entered the place, a young man in clerical cloths and a tag identifying himself as … Continue reading

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Gallup Poll points to future demographic disaster. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

We are wobbling on the edge of a point where two demographic cliff faces converge.
First, there is in most dioceses a clamant, ongoing loss in the number of active priests.  This will get worse in the next few years.
Also, there … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: New adult convert son still with non-Catholic parents is pressured against the Faith

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Fr. Z, my daughter’s boyfriend became Catholic last night; she was his sponsor. His parents are protestant and go to Church on TV. This morning they told him if he didn’t watch the preacher with them that they … Continue reading

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UPDATE – JUST TOO COOL! Battle Flag of LEPANTO reproduction available!

UPDATE 21 March:
The flag arrived!
Here is the solemn unboxing.

Some literature about the organization is included.

As you can see it is large and vibrant!

A close up, so you can see the fabrics.  It is synthetic, of course, and printed, … Continue reading

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The Extraordinary Form “raises the bar”

At the National Catholic Register there is an interview with the head of Juventutem, Bertalan Kiss, about young people, the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite and how progressive they and it are.   He spoke with Ed Pentin in Rome during … Continue reading

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Dumb down liturgy. Great idea, right?

I seriously object to the dopey notion that liturgy has to made “understandable”. First, liturgical worship involves mysteries, such as that one about Christ turning the substances of bread and wine into His Body and Blood. How is that easy? … Continue reading

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Fr. Stravinskas breaks it down to the essential

At Catholic World Report, we find an address Fr. Peter Stravinskas recently gave to a chapter of Legatus about liturgical issues.   He breaks down, Barney style, some super important issues which, today, are controversial. Inter alia he:

strongly endorses Robert Card. Sarah … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessing objects through plastic wrapper, box, etc.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Today I asked a priest to bless a green scapular. I had the package open for it to be taken out, but to my surprise the priest left it inside the plastic packaging, sprinkling the holy water on the outside.
Can the … Continue reading

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What would your Lent have been like in 1873?

For those of you who may think that Lent is a pretty tough time to be a Catholic, giving up chocolate and so forth, this is what our forebears did for Lent in these USA (my emphases and comments):
DIOCESE OF … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 161: CDF Instruction on The Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian, “Donum veritatis”

In this podcast we hear the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 1990 Instruction Donum veritatis, “On the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian”.
I post this now because of the present claims of some who clearly want to turn the … Continue reading

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Jesuit Amerika Magazine laments: “Where are the millennial Catholic activists?” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jesuit-run (hence confused) Amerika Magazine has posted a lament: “Where are the millennial Catholic activists?”
The head-scratching writer is bumfuzzled. Protests for favored lib causes are drawing people with lots of gray hair. Where are the young, social media savvy protesters?
First, … Continue reading

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CAVIEZEL: You weren’t made to ‘fit in’… BE SAINTS!

No young person wants to follow an uncertain trumpet.
Here is a good video to rise to as the morning gets underway.
Actor Jim Caviezel speaking at Stuebenville. Posted at LifeSite.

¡Hagan lío!

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German bishops on Communion: Discernment über alles!

My old friend Msgr. Hans Feichtinger has penned for First Things a piece about the German bishops.
DISCERNMENT ÜBER ALLES
The German bishops have announced that they will soon publish new guidelines for reception of the Holy Eucharist. [Because the old guidelines really … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What are the Four Catholic Creeds?

From a reader…
What are the Four Catholic Creeds, and why don’t we use the most recent one in Mass?
Good question.  Let’s start with some basics, which many readers might not know.
Our English word “creed” is from Old English creda, in … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah: return to Communion directly on the tongue while kneeling

A combination of factors has lead to erosion of understanding of the Eucharist and reverence for the Eucharist.  Included in these factors is a near universal insistence that everyone go to Communion at every Mass and, of course, lay ministers … Continue reading

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