Category Archives: Mail from priests

Leadership in the Church, Reading, and You (Fathers)

Donald Trump has made a stupendous decision to nominate Gen. James Mattis, USMC Ret., as Secretary of Defense. Here is a video of Gen. Mattis answering questions, especially about leadership. Fathers: watch this.  We could use this spirit. ♫ Gimme that … Continue reading

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Ad orientem: “his perspective on the priesthood and the Mass has changed”

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Fr Z, After my entry into the Catholic Church from Anglicanism and ordination as a Catholic priest, I approached the Archbishop about offering the Mass ad orientem.  His guidance to me was to “catechize the people” … Continue reading

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BRICK BY BRICK: more ‘ad orientem’ news

I am getting notes from people about changes at parishes to ad orientem worship. For example, from reader: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Big River, WI began ad orientem worship on Sunday. Our pastor, Fr. Kevin Louis, has been … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 03: Francis’ Admonition to Priests

Here is ADVENTCAzT 03, for Tuesday in the 1st Week of Advent. These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord, are a token of gratitude … Continue reading

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A parish TURNS TOWARD THE LORD for Advent

I had a note from a priest that St. Joseph the Worker in Berkeley, CA is going ad orientem as of Advent. What I found most interesting, is something that the pastor wrote to the people before he gets into explanations of the … Continue reading

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URGENT AID NEEDED FOR COURAGEOUS PRIEST

Today through mutual friends I received news of a Serious Tragedy™ that befell a fine and, one might say, heroic priest. You would know this priest as the one who delivered the superb sermon before the presidential election on 8 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why do traditional Catholic “white wash” Halloween?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It surprises me how popular it’s becoming among traditional Catholics to “white wash” Halloween. It’s certainly not traditional! The 3 days of this time have always represented a trilogy –Hell, Heaven, and Purgatory. A time to reflect on the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can the bishop forbid the cassock?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I am trying to find an answer to the question of whether a bishop can prohibit a priest from wearing the cassock. Below is the pertinent section from the Directory for the Ministry and Life of … Continue reading

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Chatter v. Silence

What is it like in your parish church before and after Mass?  Is it still, recollected, decorous?  It is agitated, busy, undignified?  Is it silent?  Is it noisy? Can we separate our identity as Catholics from our decorum in our churches? … Continue reading

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“Bring back the good old days of diocesan laws that have the form of law.”

Last July Robert Card. Sarah made a personal (not official) bid to priests to begin celebration of Holy Mass ad orientem, and that a good time to do that would be this coming Advent. I hope many priests will do this, … Continue reading

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Priests can indeed decline to hear confessions face-to-face

e must revive the Sacrament of Penance.  Fathers!  Preach about it!  Also, make sure that you have usable confessionals. Via California Catholic: Confessionals required in every parish Sacramento diocese reminds parishes they must “provide a fixed grille between the penitent and … Continue reading

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FOLLOW UP: Fr. Z asks help from priests: Can you take a Gregorian Mass set, stipend?

UPDATE 22 September: Since I updated, 10 priests have contacted me to say that they can take Gregorian Masses, in either the Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form.  You can work it out with them. If you need Masses said, drop … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why MUST one be in communion with Rome?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Why MUST one be in communion with Rome? The Eastern Church has celebrated the sacraments without communion with Rome for 1000 years, but still they have wonderworking Saints. GUEST “ASK FATHER” ANSWER from a priest who participates here: Why … Continue reading

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Would the young Joseph Ratzinger – or I – have had the same reaction if….

As I often write, we are our rites. In the new interview book with Peter Seewald, Benedict XVI was asked how the son of a Bavarian policeman became a priest. I have a measure of sympathy with Benedict’s answer. I, too, … Continue reading

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Rutler on Luther and Islam

As  a former Lutheran, I won’t look forward to Catholic-Lutheran hoopla in 2017.  I, for one, won’t celebrate theological revolt and the shredding of the fabric of Christendom. A must read is to be found at Crisis from the keyboard of Fr. George … Continue reading

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