Category Archives: Mail from priests

Latin. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Fr. John Hunwicke, priest, gentleman and Latinist, has a spiffing post at his blog Mutual Enrichment (which title is a reference to Summorum Pontificum). He writes about Latin.  Here is a taste of the first part with my oft-imitated emphases and comments: Since … Continue reading

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Advice to new priests in first assignments who suffer under liberal pastors. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

In June and into July, many newly ordained priests have reported to their first assignment as associate or assistant (as my old pastor used to say, “The first three letters are the same”).   These days we hear often the … Continue reading

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Implementing ‘ad orientem’ worship with charity, prudence and courage

My friend Msgr. Charles Pope has a piece at the National Catholic Register about celebrating Holy Mass ad orientem. Msgr. Pope is determined to teach his flock about ad orientem worship.  He thinks that Card. Sarah should, in his role as Prefect, … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 149: Interview with Fr. Richard Heilman – Part 2

In this PODCAzT we hear the the second, shorter, of two parts of an interview I did with Fr. Richard Heilman, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Pine Bluff, WI a few minutes to the west of Madison.  I’ve written about Fr. … Continue reading

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A US bishop “expects”, but doesn’t command, that Mass be said “facing the people”

If email were rain, I’d be soaked.  I was sent an image of a letter sent by Bp. Anthony Taylor of Little Rock, Arkansas, to priests.  In this letter, the Bishop says that he “expects” that Mass always be celebrated … Continue reading

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Card. Nichols’ Letter to priests, reacting to Card. Sarah’s ‘ad orientem’ appeal

I was sent the text of the official letter that His Eminence Vincent Card. Nichols sent to the priests of the Archdiocese of Westminster as a reaction to the unofficial, personal appeal made by Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the CDW, to … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 148: Interview with Fr. Richard Heilman – Part 1

In this PODCAzT we hear the the first of two parts of an interview I did with Fr. Richard Heilman, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Pine Bluff, WI a few minutes to the west of Madison.  I’ve written about Fr. … Continue reading

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Video of a 1st Mass in 1954

One of you kind readers sent me a link to a video of the 1st Mass on Trinity Sunday in 1954 of Fr. Gerald Coates.  The video was posted by the Tower Convent School (in West Sussex, founded in 1903 by … Continue reading

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FOLLOW UP: Fr. Z asks help from priests: Can you take a Gregorian Mass set, stipend?

UPDATE 27 June: So far I have managed to connect about a half-dozen people with priests for Gregorian Masses. Everyone… pray for the dead! UPDATE 13 June (again): Okay, this is working so far. UPDATE 13 June: My friend found … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL! “Beating of the Bounds!”

This is for your Just Too Cool file. My friend and a commentator here, Fr. Martin Fox has on his blog a post about starting the custom of the “Beating of the Bounds”.  In times past, around Ascension or the Rogation … Continue reading

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A priest’s plea: “Please, Holy Father: Enough”

My friend Msgr. Charles Pope has a piece at the National Catholic Register which echoes what I have heard and read from many priests.  He is as vexed as many priests about some off-the-cuff remarks made by His Holiness the Pope … Continue reading

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Prayers and Points about the Terror in Orlando

I was drafting something along these lines, but Fr. John Hunwicke has expressed also many of the points I wanted to get across (with my emphases and comment): Those who died in the most truly appalling events at Orlando … … Continue reading

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Turn towards the Lord!

The esteemed scholar and liturgist Klaus Gamber said that the single most damaging thing that happened in the wake of the Council was the shifting around of orientation at the altar.   In The Spirit of the Liturgy, Joseph Ratzinger picked … Continue reading

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Goals for Faithful Catholics in this time of confusion

A theologian friend feeds me stuff which I occasionally share here with some editing and editorializing. Perpend: Cardinal Raymond Burke gave a talk in Rome on May 7. I couldn’t attend, but the great organization, Voice of the Family, who … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination

Well… this is it.  I made it this far. Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember Days were common times for ordinations and Ember … Continue reading

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