Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

Turn towards the Lord!

The esteemed scholar and liturgist Klaus Gamber said that the single most damaging thing that happened in the wake of the Council was the shifting around of orientation at the altar.   In The Spirit of the Liturgy, Joseph Ratzinger picked … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Dear Fr. Z, why do bad things happen?”

From a reader… no… readers… no… many readers, all the time! In summary… “Fr Z, why does X [X = bad thing] continue to happen in my [FILL IN BLANK]?” Many questions come in with the formula or some variation … Continue reading

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Happy news from Bradford

Within me two people are constantly vying for control.  First, there is the pessimist.  He says, “Things can’t possible get any worse!”.  Then, there is the optimist.  He responds, “Oh, yes they can!” Seriously, we do have good news. From … Continue reading

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June, Piety and You

June is traditionally dedicated to foster devotion and piety for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Speaking of piety, consider what you might do regarding your own pious, devotional practices. Hint: don’t be afraid to be pious! We lose nothing by … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: VEIL WARS!

From a reader… Our Latin Mass Community has no canonical status in the diocese. The FSSP has permission to be here, and we share (not rent as some communities do) the parish with the “Vatican II Congregation” (that’s how the … Continue reading

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Goals for Faithful Catholics in this time of confusion

A theologian friend feeds me stuff which I occasionally share here with some editing and editorializing. Perpend: Cardinal Raymond Burke gave a talk in Rome on May 7. I couldn’t attend, but the great organization, Voice of the Family, who … Continue reading

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Brick By Brick in Ohio

From a reader… Back in December you posted a Brick-by-Brick report about the TLM returning to Athens, OH (HERE) and I just wanted to update you that Fr. Jonas Shell continues to celebrate the TLM weekly on Saturday mornings with a regular attendance of about 20 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I say “Amen” if the priest is making up prayers?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When I attend Mass in the Ordinary Form, the priest sometimes illicitly modifies the texts or even makes up his own prayers. Is it sinful for me to silently pray along with the priest or to answer “amen”? Does … Continue reading

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Beware of scams and fraud

This morning I had several calls from someone (clearly from India) purporting to be from “technical support”, who started asked stupidly invasive questions. Friends, legitimate tech support for your products does NOT call you out of the blue and tell you … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is divorce never an option?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I hope you are doing well! First, I want to thank you for your blog. Your writings have been very educational and inspirational. I’m hoping you might share your thoughts on an example that came up during a discussion … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Q&A instead of homily

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, Is it permissible for a priest to instead of giving a homily at a Sunday Mass, “Open up that time to the congregation for a Q&A on any topics they would like to discuss?” I … Continue reading

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“demonic gender ideology”

Another note in the wake of the wonderful National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. During his speech, Card. Sarah referred to “demonic ‘gender ideology’“. I think we should all start using this description whenever the topic comes up. From the LifeSite report … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Maximized” priest returns to duties after marriage and divorce

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Maximized priest returning to priestly duties Our new parochial vicar (NO parish) is a priest who was married, divorced, and is now “returning to priestly duty.” What exactly does this mean? Can he licitly confect the Eucharist? Can … Continue reading

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Ingenious lights for portable confessional

The Sacrament of Penance has been devastated far and wide due to decades of neglect from bishops and priests.   However, in some places it is being revived.  Young priests especially are giving it some new impetus and some bishops … Continue reading

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“Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do; but let us watch, and be sober.”

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. “Why not come … Continue reading

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