Category Archives: Mail from priests

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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ACTION ITEM! Wherein Fr. Z makes suggestions to priests about “ad orientem” worship.

In an email exchange I had, and a conversation with a priest friend, a couple ideas came up. Context: Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made a plea to priests to begin offering Holy Mass ad orientem versus. … Continue reading

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“What’s the difference between a dissenting Catholic and a Protestant?”

On the heels of my post earlier today about bad Catholics, on the one hand, and the oblivious who drift (or dash) into some amorphous new “religion”, on the other, I note that Fr. Robert Sirico of Acton Institute has … Continue reading

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A new priest opines on “Extraordinary Ministers” and people with only minor sins after several years.

From a priest, on two points: For our vigil Mass, we had our extraordinary ministers failed to show up.  I also did not have a deacon.  I preached about a 12 minute homily, used the Roman Canon, and distributed Holy … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Ordinary Form Mass very much in the Roman style

I was sent a link to a video of the Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form celebrated at the Proto-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Seattle in Vancouver, WA for their Patronal Feast of St. James the Greater. At this parish … Continue reading

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1 August – Madison, WI – Pontifical Requiem at the Throne, “Month’s Mind”

His Excellency Most Reverent Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, the Extraordinary Ordinary, regularly celebrates Holy Mass also in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The next Solemn Pontifical Mass – a Requiem – will be offered by Bishop Morlino … Continue reading

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