Category Archives: Mail from priests

Concerning the movie ‘Silence’ movie by Scorsese, book by Shusaku Endo

I just read at The Catholic Thing a review by Brad Miner of the movie from Martin Scorsese Silence, from Shusaku Endo’s book. Here is the bottom line from the review: Scorsese’s Silence is not a Christian film by a Catholic … Continue reading

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The defense of ‘Amoris laetitia’ by recourse to the Two Synods on the family

My friend Fr Gerry Murray has an analysis piece at The Catholic Thing which could be useful in your discussions about Amoris laetitia. There are elements of Chapter 8 which are objectively unclear.  Many want clarifications, as is reasonable.  Some … Continue reading

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“Down with Rigid Narcissistic Pelagian Prelaticism!”

Fr. John Hunwicke of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has of late been applying his customary perspicience to matters current over at his fine blog Mutual Enrichment.   Today he tackles the wifty notions of the libs who yock “Clericalism!” at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The 100th anniversary of Fatima

From a priest… QUAERITUR: The 100th anniversary of Fatima: I don’t really know anything about the apparition or the message.  I am careful with what I read.  Especially on this topic things can derail into the realm of the kooky … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! NEW PROJECT – SATURNOS FOR CLERICS!

By now most of you know about the Biretta for Seminarians Project. You – seminarians and lay people – contact John Hastreiter in church goods at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul – 651-209-1951 Ext-331.  Seminarians: give name, address, HAT SIZE and John will put you … Continue reading

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Pope Francis pummels traditional priests, seminarians, laity … again. What can we learn from that?

UPDATE 14 Dec 2016: Jan Bentz of LifeSite has a follow up piece. ___  Originally Published on: Dec 12, 2016 ___ Over the last few years, Our Holy Father Pope Francis has said some pretty awful things about priests.  He doesn’t … Continue reading

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What makes a parish “great”?

My good friend Fr. Gerald Murray (of all the priests who regularly appears on network TV clearly the best prepared), wrote for First Things a review of a recently published book by William E. Simon, Jr., Great Catholic Parishes: How Four … Continue reading

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Leadership in the Church, Reading, and You (Fathers)

Donald Trump has made a stupendous decision to nominate Gen. James Mattis, USMC Ret., as Secretary of Defense. Here is a video of Gen. Mattis answering questions, especially about leadership. Fathers: watch this.  We could use this spirit. ♫ Gimme that … Continue reading

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Ad orientem: “his perspective on the priesthood and the Mass has changed”

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Fr Z, After my entry into the Catholic Church from Anglicanism and ordination as a Catholic priest, I approached the Archbishop about offering the Mass ad orientem.  His guidance to me was to “catechize the people” … Continue reading

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BRICK BY BRICK: more ‘ad orientem’ news

I am getting notes from people about changes at parishes to ad orientem worship. For example, from reader: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Big River, WI began ad orientem worship on Sunday. Our pastor, Fr. Kevin Louis, has been … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 03: Francis’ Admonition to Priests

Here is ADVENTCAzT 03, for Tuesday in the 1st Week of Advent. These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord, are a token of gratitude … Continue reading

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A parish TURNS TOWARD THE LORD for Advent

I had a note from a priest that St. Joseph the Worker in Berkeley, CA is going ad orientem as of Advent. What I found most interesting, is something that the pastor wrote to the people before he gets into explanations of the … Continue reading

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URGENT AID NEEDED FOR COURAGEOUS PRIEST

Today through mutual friends I received news of a Serious Tragedy™ that befell a fine and, one might say, heroic priest. You would know this priest as the one who delivered the superb sermon before the presidential election on 8 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why do traditional Catholic “white wash” Halloween?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It surprises me how popular it’s becoming among traditional Catholics to “white wash” Halloween. It’s certainly not traditional! The 3 days of this time have always represented a trilogy –Hell, Heaven, and Purgatory. A time to reflect on the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can the bishop forbid the cassock?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I am trying to find an answer to the question of whether a bishop can prohibit a priest from wearing the cassock. Below is the pertinent section from the Directory for the Ministry and Life of … Continue reading

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