Category Archives: Mail from priests

Down with pews! Away with them!

I have a recurring dream about having to build a church.  It’s Romanesque and open, uncluttered, especially by pews. My friend Fr. George Rutler is in Crisis.  He is talking about pews.   He has a few digressions – he … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priests who do not believe in the Real Presence

From a reader… It is my understanding that the priest’s intention to consecrate is necessary for transubstantiation to take place. I know that there are Catholic priests out there that do not believe in the Real Presence. If the celebrating priest does not … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Novus Ordo formula for Communion during TLM?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was told by a reverent, well-formed priest who celebrates the old Mass well and often that the formula for distribution for communion is not specified in the missal.  [Ooops!] He showed me that in the … Continue reading

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The importance – and legitimacy – of ‘ ad orientem ‘ worship

I bring to the readership’s attention a letter that was issued by His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.  A priest friend reminded me of this letter in an email. It … Continue reading

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Blessings for important things and things for everyday use

The traditional Roman Ritual has wonderful blessings for all sorts of things we use in our daily life, things and places not designated specifically for sacred purposes.  For example, you can get your grapes blessed, along with your airplanes, mountain climbing … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest’s cassocks with shoulder capes

From a reader… I was wondering if any secular/diocesan priest is allowed to wear a black mozzetta as part of their choir dress? I have seen pictures of some priests wearing a black mozzetta such as the Canons Regular of … Continue reading

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Fr. Terence Ryan, CSP, approves of lesbian marriages

At the blog of one Fr. Terence Ryan CSP, I saw this. Apparently Father believes that the moral doctrine of the Church reflects bigotry. Lesbian Dismissal Seems that a Catholic Academy fired a woman for being a lesbian. She was … Continue reading

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More “tactical clerical” attire

You clerics out there might recall that I have been making, or having made, tactical clerical shirts by adapting 5.11 uniform shirts.  HERE and, amusingly and most recently, HERE. Fathers, you are clerics and officers of the Church Militant.  Stay … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is it wrong or illicit to go to a different diocese to be confirmed?

From a reader… Is it wrong or illicit to go to a different diocese to be confirmed? Does an Ordinary have the right to confirm his subjects? Does the Bishop of another diocese have to have permission to confirm someone … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ – Ham Radio Saturday – UPDATED – Echolink use

I don’t have too much to report on the Ham front today. I’ve been busy with other things. There was a field day last weekend but I was unable to get involved. There was a 1st Mass to attend on … Continue reading

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