Category Archives: Lighter fare

NEW Fr. Z Swag Available: Pope BENEDICT XIV Lambertini (1740-1758)

The XIVth Popes are pretty impressive Pontiffs. We know and love Papa Ganganelli – Clement XIV of Happy Memory – in particular for his suppression of the Jesuits. But let us also consider the greatness of Papa Lambertini – Benedict XIV of especially Happy … Continue reading

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More fun with the 1773 Suppression of the Jesuits by Clement XIV!

In my searching about on the interwebs for tidbits about Suppression of the Jesuits by Clement XVI, Papa Ganganelli, of happy memory – a topic which never fails to delight – I found a wonderful engraving. Behold! Allégorie sur la suppression … Continue reading

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Of public works

At Crux there is a story about the opening of a papal sponsored laundry available to the poor and homeless in Trastevere.  At the end we read… When a new McDonald’s opened a few months ago just a few yards … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Regular genuflections and… shoes

From a reader… QUAERITUR: All my previous shoes I used during the liturgy [?] died from the same plague. The sole of the right shoe is broken, presumably, due to regular genuflections. I guess the wisdom of the Church should … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! “Church Madness” Championship 2017 – FINAL!

Your attention is urgently needed. Last year, St. John Cantius in Chicago ascended the brackets to be Numero Uno in the Church Madness tourney. This year we see that the last surviving churches are the Institute of Christ the King’s … Continue reading

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Wherein Google confers a new ecclesiastical title upon His Eminence

Pewsitter can be useful in finding, quickly, what’s going on.  One of my gripes, however, is that they link to googly-translated pages.  Grrr. Today, however, that produced an amusing moment. They linked to an interview in German with Walter Card. … Continue reading

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Clever Clogs at Rorate

Rorate today has a rather unflattering piece about His Holiness of Our Lord, Pope Francis.  You might be saying, “In more news today, water is still wet!” I point to today’s offering, however, not for the sake of its negative … Continue reading

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Bad news on the “deaconette” front!

This day it seems that the news goes from bad to worse.  You can see what results from the ambiguities of Amoris laetitia. You have heard, I’m sure, about the quixotic attempts to pry open Holy Orders for women (an impossibility… … Continue reading

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Concerning Jesuit brains

UPDATE 1 April: I’ve been thinking about this story in light of some current trends in the MSM (mainstream media). What if…. What if zombies were to eat Jesuit brains?  Would they, too, have significant positive changes?  I can’t imagine that.  Can … Continue reading

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Franciscan. “Dancing”. Fail.

This …. fellow… jumped around in a church like a testosterone impoverished squirrel to the words “credo negli essere umani… I believe in human beings”. Fail. I’d also like to point out that this is a Franciscan and not a … Continue reading

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“No man is above canon law!”

As the Gorsuch Trials continue, this comes from the often amusing Eye of the Tiber: Catechumen nominee Neil Schlesing said that “no man is above canon law” when pressed on whether Pope Francis could allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion. … Continue reading

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15 March – Wherein Fr Z rants about the #IdesOfMarch

We call today the Ides of March, made especially famous in the English speaking world by Shakespeare in his play Julius Caesar. Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue shriller than all the … Continue reading

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Lawyer, lawyer, pants on fire!

I simply can’t not share this delicious irony. From the Miami Herald: Miami lawyer’s pants erupt in flames during arson trial in court A Miami defense lawyer’s pants burst into flames Wednesday afternoon as he began his closing arguments in … Continue reading

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Talk from Ruth Institute: “Tips for Happy Marriage and Effective Parenting.”

I have gotten to know Ruth Institute and its chief Jennifer Roback Morse over the years at Acton University. I direct the married and the engaged, and those who sense that their vocation is to the married life, to this … Continue reading

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UPDATE Fr. Z Swag: Pope Clement XIV (Ganganelli 1769-1774) – NEW ITEMS

Here is an IMPORTANT UPDATE about the new Clement XIV (Ganganelli) swag that is now available.  >>HERE<< First, Fr. John Hunwicke of the great blog Mutual Enrichment reports: Mugs! Popes! Jesuits!! They have arrived!! I am immensely grateful to two … Continue reading

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