Category Archives: Mail from priests

Prefect of Cong. for Bishops says more priests now decline becoming bishop

I have a priest friend who has 30+ reasons on his list for why he doesn’t want to be a bishop. [UPDATE: I was informed that the list is presently at 42 reasons for why he doesn’t want to be a … Continue reading

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Fr. Finelli’s podcasts about the Extraordinary Form

I direct the readership’s attention to the page of our friend and frequent commentator here Fr. Jay Finelli, iPadre. Fr. Finelli has a series podcasts about his experience of learning and saying Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Gosh… he’s up … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: House cassocks

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is a house cassock and what is the general etiquette regarding their use? Clerical decorum has nearly completely broken down. All you have to do is look at a group of concelebrants. There are hardly … Continue reading

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HEART WATCH! DAY 16: His Hermeneuticalness’ Health UPDATE

Here is your HHH UPDATE for Day 10 of… HEART WATCH! Fr. Finigan is in the hospital after a “Minor Cardiac Episode.” The other day Father was transferred to a spiffy new clinic whence he has a view of Parliament. (Thanks for … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why should we use black vestments for All Souls Day or funerals?

From a priest: My pastor said to me, “if you give me a good enough reason why I should wear black vestments on All Souls’ Day, I will do it.” What, exactly, would you recommend I tell him? My mind … Continue reading

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HEART WATCH! DAY 10: His Hermeneuticalness’ Health UPDATE

Here is your HHH UPDATE for Day 10 of… HEART WATCH! Fr. Finigan is in the hospital after a “Minor Cardiac Episode.” So, far, he has been freed from THE MINDRAY, and has dealt with THE PROTOCAL.  I think he might now be struggling with … Continue reading

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HEART WATCH! DAY 3: His Hermeneuticalness’ Health UPDATE

Here is your HHH UPDATE for Day 3 of… HEART WATCH! Fr. Finigan is in the hospital after a “Minor Cardiac Episode.” “Minor”?  Pffft.  What’s that?  Minor, perhaps in that it could have been worse, but there’s no “minor: when it … Continue reading

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Prayers for His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Finigan

My good friend Fr. Tim Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, the PP in Margate, is presently in the hospital. HERE In your kindness will you remember him in your prayers? Say a Rosary for him.

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ASK FATHER: Hindu service in my parish church! ANGRY!

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I’m a lowly parochial vicar at a parish whose pastor is people-pleaser. As I type this, there is a Hindu funeral ceremony going on in the nave of the church, at the foot of the altar. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sunday obligation and Saturday vigil Masses, revisited

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I was not at peace with the Sunday-obligation-Saturday-evening question and answer. HERE Imagine a penitent: Bless me Father, for I have sinned. Three weeks ago I was leaving on a anonruise, which was for fun, but … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Straight talk from Fr. Murray about secular media that mocks prayer and belief in God (ACTION ITEM!)

After the massacre in San Bernardino the liberal New York Daily News mocked people to pray and who believe in God. HERE My friend Fr. Gerry Murray provided some straight talk on Fox News with Neil Cavuto. This is outstanding! … Continue reading

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Reason #8573 for Summorum Pontificum

A priest friend sent a video of a Portuguese priest, Fr. José Cruz in Moita dos Ferreiros from Easter 2014. I can imagine statues of Our Lady of Fatima weeping at the sight of this. Enjoy more of Cruz HERE.

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ASK FATHER: Is it a sin not to have a cere-cloth on the altar?

From a preist reader… QUAERITUR: We recently began the Tridentine Mass in Santa Fe, at the oldest church building in the United States, San Miguel Chapel, built in 1610. [Kudos!  It would be nice to visit sometime.] I have a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The mantelletta and other clerical gear were “abolished” but under Summorum Pontificum can they be used? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am writing with a follow up question to your post yesterday (16 November) on the subject of the mantelletta. HERE In your response to the reader, you mentioned the (dolorous) decision, issued motu proprio, of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a priest wear a black zucchetto?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was wondering if priests are permitted to wear a black zucchetto nowadays and which types of priests can wear them or used to wear them prior to Vatican II? And if so, when does a … Continue reading

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