Category Archives: Mail from priests

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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Literate: “What, Papa, is ‘Jesuit’?” Papa: “I think you’d better ask your Mother.”

From the erudite digital pen of Fr. Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment: September 3 Anno Domini 2116: a family dialogue An old favourite of some appreciative readers, reprinted by request with one or two tinkerings.  Literate and Latinate six-year-old: Papa, why was the … Continue reading

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A priest says his first Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form

Here is some good news. My friend Fr. Jeffrey Keyes has posted about saying his first Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  HERE Photos there. Sample: Once priests learn the older Form, they ever after say the newer Form in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Praying for the Holy Father’s intentions when those intentions are… odd

UPDATE: A reader sent: Father:   When the Pope is saying “human person at center”, I think this article might explain the thinking.  [The serendipitous article in question is from today’s page at Crisis.] Person as opposed to power and goods … Continue reading

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Photos from a Mass of Reparation for sacrileges and blasphemies

In the midst of ongoing bad news, seemingly on all fronts, I had some good news. My friend Fr. Dave Ireland in S. Euclid OH had at his beautiful Church of St. Gregory, a Solemn Mass in the Traditional Roman … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why no confessions on a feast day?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At the end of today’s mass (Feast of the Assumption), the priest announced no confessions would be heard because “Sundays and solemnities are joyous occasions, so we don’t hear confessions.” I was dismayed. I find reconciliation … Continue reading

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Mary: Cunctarum Haeresum Interemptrix – Destroyer of All Heresies

Over at The Catholic Thing there is a great entry by my friend Fr. Paul Scalia about Our Blessed Mother, whom we invoke as “Destroyer of All Heresies”. Here’s a sample… In Pascendi dominici gregis, [thank you for the correct orthography] … Continue reading

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The biggest problem today is Mass “facing the people”

I’ve written about Prof. Robert Spaemann before (e.g., HERE).  Even though German theologians today set a low bar for clarity and orthodoxy, Spaemann is clearly the best working theologian among them.  And he is faithful.  He is quite close to … Continue reading

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A new priest hat to covet

I could kick myself for not getting a Spanish biretta when I was in Madrid.  Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.   I guess I’ll have to go back. That said, I spotted a new priest hat to covet. Here is an image … Continue reading

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Last words of French priest murdered by Islamist terrorists: “Go away, Satan.”

From FNC: Funeral Mass for murdered French priest: attackers were ‘Satan’ ROUEN, France – The archbishop of Rouen, leading Tuesday’s solemn funeral Mass for an elderly priest slain a week ago by two extremists, said the Rev. Jacques Hamel tried … Continue reading

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Priests, bishops: Stop what you are doing and read.

I warmly direct the priestly and episcopal readership here to These Stone Walls, the blog of Fr. Gordon MacRae, an innocent priest unjustly jailed. He has a deeply moving and poignant post today which I won’t try to summarize or … Continue reading

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