Category Archives: Mail from priests

The crisis of priestly vocations: good advice from a smart priest

More on the issue of vocations to the priesthood.  Allow me, first, to say that the “crisis” of vocations was created and it’s perpetuation is also not only tolerated but, in some places, fostered.  That said, it is probable that in most … Continue reading

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“Dunkirk on the Bayou” – Houston parish flooded – VIDEO

A priest friend of mine in Houston sent the following about his parish:
Dry so far. A nearby creek is close to overflowing, so that could be trouble. About 800 made it to Mass over the weekend, 10% of our usual … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Recitation of Office completely silently? Prepare, Fathers, to wince!

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have seen a tendency for people who have a duty to say the Office attempt to satisfy their obligation without mouthing the words with air passing through the lips. Has the liturgical law changed? I’m pressure sure … Continue reading

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Speaking of the Prayer For Vocations…

UPDATE:
ORIGINAL TEXT HERE
From a priest in the UK…
We have printed the Vocations Prayer you recommended for our parish in three designs and we say it at Mass every Sunday, and I also use it at Benediction during the week. I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest received threat of violence

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
Greetings!  You have mentioned on your blog a few times that you sometimes receive threats.  I received one today.  On the advise of my lawyer I reported it to the authorities.  Do you have any insight or advise … Continue reading

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BRICK BY BRICK in Montana! Priests making the TLM HAPPEN!

This is for your Brick By Brick file.  Had I known about this, I might have attended!  I spent a lot of time during my young summers between Billings and Greybull in N. Wyoming.
From a reader…
Have you heard about this … Continue reading

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URGENT: for priests

Today at Crisis Fr. George Rutler is the purveyor of salutary advice to young priests.  HERE
Of particular interest to me, since I harp on the need for frequent confession:
The Holy Mass is the heart of the Christian life, but to be that, it must … Continue reading

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Wherein a popular beer is renamed to honor priests

Remember the recent story about the priests who denied entry to a pub in Wales because the bouncer didn’t know what they were wearing… who they were?   They were eventually admitted with apologies and applause and it all worked … Continue reading

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Sign of Peace as ratification of what has gone before or as reconciliation before Communion?

Today my friend Fr. John Hunwicke has a stunner of a post in which he detonates and explodes the present day commonly chaotic infra dignitatem group-grope “Sign of Peace” during Holy Mass.
First, he writes of period during which the Our Father was … Continue reading

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The Cassock

Use of the cassock.
In England… and in Wales?… it was illegal to wear the cassock in public.  Perhaps it still is.  I believe there is a tale told that Queen Elizabeth paid the fine for John Paul II.  Se non è vero….
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Jesuits and the Barque of Peter

My good friend Fr. Finigan, aka His Hermeneuticalness, has a doozy of a post today about admirable Jesuits, on this the feast of their founder, St. Ignatius.  HERE
He names some great Jesuits, many of whom I know and one of whom … Continue reading

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Did Pope Francis insult some young priests? Fr. Z opines and tells a story.

This isn’t the sort of thing that should pull much of our attention or energy.  However, I have been asked about it in email by a surprising number of people, including priests.
It seems that the site Messa in latino picked up … Continue reading

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Fr. de Souza responds to responses about “reconciliation” of newer and traditional Forms of the Roman Rite

UPDATE 26 July:
Joseph Shaw of the LMS posted a response to Fr. de Souza’s response to us, who responded… etc.  HERE
___ Originally Published on: Jul 25, 2017 @ 11:14
Some discussion about the “mutual enrichment” hoped for and promoted by Benedict XVI with Summorum Pontificum has … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 154: Card. Sarah in La Nef on 10th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum

Recently the great Robert Card. Sarah had a piece in the French magazine La Nef.  Only fragments were out on the interwebs.   I eventually got my hands on the entire thing in French.  I now also have a translation … Continue reading

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Mass “facing the people” and priest control freaks

The other day I had the privilege of meeting with a group of the Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulcher to talk about the Novus Ordo, the TLM and so forth. In talking about celebration of Mass I brought … Continue reading

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