Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

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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ASK FATHER: Is there a good, conservative RCIA program?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I attend a Maronite church and our priest has decided he wants to offer an RCIA type program (Maronite Rite doesn’t technically have one). He’s a generally conservative priest and I was hoping you might suggest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Faculties of the Missionaries of Mercy after the Year of Mercy

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Do the missionaries of mercy still have the faculty to remit censures arising from reserved delicts? I’m working with a priest who is worried (I think he’s ok actually). But if a trip to the missionary would be able … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why on earth did they start offering Mass “facing the people”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When I first started attending the TLM, I really struggled with Mass celebrated ad Orientem. However, the more I attended the TLM and Mass according to the Missal of Divine Worship (aka, Anglican Use), which in … Continue reading

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Ad orientem in Cologne’s great Cathedral

One of our frequent and long-time commentators here, Henry Edwards, sent some screenshots of the Holy Mass celebrated by Rainer Card. Woelki at the spectacular Cathedral of Cologne’s high altar (i.e., the real altar, the grown-up altar, the main altar) for … Continue reading

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Brick By Brick: A church gets a make over

Some parish churches are victims of awful post-Conciliar, faithless wreckovation. Some are awful because of budget problems when they were being constructed. Some are just plain awful. There’s hope. A priest friend of mine has given a make over to … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 7th Ordinary Sunday: Spiritual, rational things pleasing to God

Let us look at the Collect for the upcoming 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Novus Ordo. Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, ut, semper rationabilia meditantes, quae tibi sunt placita, et dictis exsequamur et factis. Note the spiffy separation of et dictis…et … Continue reading

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Answers to “Dubia” from the Vatican! About the Traditional Mass and overly restrictive bishops.

If you are a priest who has been hassled by your bishop about saying the traditional Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum, pay attention.  Help has arrived. Recently a priest of my acquaintance sent two questions to my old haunts the … Continue reading

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Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some people are excused because they’re hard! Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Look. I’m the first one to admit that I am a sinner.  I sin and I go to confession with a firm purpose of amendment.  When I fall, I get back up, again with a firm purpose of amendment.  I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: St. Patrick’s Day 2017 on Friday in Lent

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am responsible for a brunch which is served after the Saint Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral in my Archdiocese. This year, Saint Patrick falls on a Friday of Lent. I believe this means I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Praying for the Holy Father’s Intentions

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When praying for an indulgence, is it better / okay to pray for Holy Father’s HOLY intentions, rather than simply his intentions? These days it seems that – laying aside his published universal intentions – some … Continue reading

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UPDATE: White Pontifical Vestments Project

UPDATE 14 Feb: The next phrase. I just finished, with the help of the Vocations Director and his assistant, the unfurling, cutting, and folding of the last bolt of fabric that remained here in The Cupboard Under The Stairs.  As … Continue reading

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It’s hard to find a purer liberal ideologue than this one.

Last night on FNC Tucker Carlson had an exemplary guest.  It is hard to find a purer ideologue, deeper into Leftist tactics than this one.   Watch this for a lesson in what we will see increase as the Left gets … Continue reading

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God the Son teaches about adultery (HINT: He disapproves)

Today in the Ordinary Form, the 6th Ordinary Sunday, the Gospel is from Matthew 5. First, the Lord says that he did not come to abolish the law and prophets but to fulfill them. He has stern words for those … Continue reading

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More on the “mutual enrichment” theme: West meets East Edition

More about “mutual enrichment” comes from Catholic World Report. First there was a piece Fr. Peter Stravinskas, who made suggestions about how the older, traditional form of Mass should be altered.  HERE I think he was wrong in the very … Continue reading

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