Category Archives: Mail from priests

ASK FATHER: Assistant priest wonders what to do if pastor won’t speak to adulterous couples who receive Communion.

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
Here is a question which perhaps you could answer for those of us who are parochial vicars.
What should we do if people regularly present themselves for communion who are married outside the Church?  Ordinarily, we have the very … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must the priest wear the cassock to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is the cassock required for a priest to wear a cassock under his vestments when celebrating the Extraordinary Form Mass?
I did not think so, and I know other priests who celebrate the 1962 Mass without it, but I was … Continue reading

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The Steamroller of Ambiguity and the Long Term. Wherein @FatherZ rants.

Many these days feel a little helpless as the lib Steamroller of Ambiguity squishes sickeningly forward, reducing clarity to an amorphous goo of permissive self-justification.
What can we do?
Feel helpless no longer.
You have at your disposal – 24/7 – powerful arms against the Enemy … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 155: Latin Forms of Absolution, Vetus and Novus Ordo

From a priest….
QUAERITUR:
Fr. Z,
Grace and peace.
Do you have an audio pronunciation of the absolution prayer (1962) or know of a link?
Thanks for the question.
Here is a brief PODCAzT, which can also be a PRAYERCAzT, about the forms of absolution, in … Continue reading

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Fr. Blake on faithful clerics’ fear of vicious liberal reprisals

Let’s be clear about something.  There is nothing more vicious than a liberal.  For over 30 years I dealt with this first hand and I have the ecclesial scars on my back and in my heart to prove it.
My friend … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants… about and to diocesan priests

A while back, I posted a comment on the post of a young man who had, quite properly, praised the work of those orders, fraternities and institutes set up under the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“.  He left out diocesan priests.
A … Continue reading

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FOLLOW UP: Requests for GREGORIAN MASSES and priests who can say them

UPDATE 25 SEPTEMBER:
A couple requests came in.  Are there priests out there who can do this?
Also, in Rome recently I met one of the priests who contacted me about this.  Nifty.
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People sometimes write to me to request Gregorian Masses (i.e., the same Mass … Continue reading

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How a priest was changed by learning the Traditional Latin Mass

My friend Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, whom I just saw in Rome during the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage, with some of the wonderful Sisters in Santa Rosa, has this at his place.  HERE
He talks about learning the Traditional Form of Holy Mass, the Usus … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What can we do to get these men into seminary?

From a reader:
I am a Youth Minister at a parish and have probably a dozen young men (age 12-19) who are discerning calls to the priesthood and are interested in seminary. I have young priests at the parish, but they are reluctant to … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z responds to some points made by Bp. McElroy

In the English speaking world, in the wake of the withdrawal of speaking gig invitations to Jesuit Father James Martin, Jesuits and their allies have coagulated.  They now pour it on,  to create a critical mass of hatred against those Catholics who stick up for … Continue reading

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A priest on what saying the Traditional Mass meant to him

I received this note from a priest:
Just a quick note to say you and the others attending the pilgrimage/conference were in my prayers this morning, joined at the sacred altar (thankfully in the Extraordinary Form on both sides of the … Continue reading

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How Pope John Paul II once saved a fallen priest from despair, homelessness and alcoholism

I have come to dread interviews with Popes.  I have from the beginning of the interviews decades ago.  I generally read them anyway because, well, I have to, don’t I.
The recent book interview / conversation with Dominique Wolton released in … Continue reading

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IN THE WILD: Prayer for Vocations in a parish bulletin

I sincerely believe that the Prayer for Vocations which I posted here, and which seems to be spreading across the lands, will bear great fruit.
Today I received a note from a priest in Sacramento with a link to a parish … Continue reading

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Food for thought for priests who use the 2nd Eucharistic Prayer

I don’t use the Second Eucharistic Prayer.  Okay, okay, I don’t say the Novus Ordo all that often either.  But when I do, I use the Roman Canon… always.  Even when I was saying the Novus Ordo often, I did … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z responds to Fr. H’s “brick by brick” comment

This from the inimitable Fr. Hunwicke at his always gratifying page with my Usual Treatment™:
How to introduce the Vetus Ordo to a country church overnight
“For weeks before my induction I had been in the parish seeing people in their homes and … Continue reading

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