Category Archives: Mail from priests

“It is all the more effective for being so simple.”

I would like to echo what my friend, His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan posted about ad orientem worship.  HERE
Hint:
“[T]o explain to an eleven year old server the symbolism of the eastward-facing orientation of the Lady Altar which he used for the … Continue reading

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Summorum Pontificum. It won’t be stopped.

Here is some news to cheer you in these otherwise chaotic and troubling times.
From HPR:
Seven Years after “Summorum Pontificum”: Nearly 500 North American Churches Offer the Traditional Latin Mass
For those Catholics who are seeking even more regular access to the … Continue reading

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NEW BOOK: Joseph Ratzinger’s collected works on theology of liturgy!

UPDATE: PRE-ORDER ends soon.  Release date 5 May!
Ignatius Press has collected into one volume all of Joseph Ratzinger’s works on liturgy.
It is available for PRE-ORDER at a reduced price.  Hardcover for $26.38 rather than $34.95 (25% off).  Click HERE
Joseph Ratzinger-Collected … Continue reading

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The key to increasing vocations

It seems to me that if we want to see an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, we have to start praying more specifically about what we really want and about what we are willing to give.
For … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can priests determine not to distribute Communion under both kinds?

From a priest (extracted from a comment)…
QUAERITUR:
Are we priests canonically allowed to limit this practice [Communion under both kinds] to 2-3 times a year of our own authority? We are not taught in the seminary that we may make this decision. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Burying “extra” Hosts after Good Friday

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
I am a new priest. My pastor tells me that after the Good Friday
liturgy, he buries any leftover consecrated hosts, so that the
tabernacle is “fresh” for the “new beginning” of Easter. Is this a
legitimate practice? It seems suspicious.
This … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Apostolic Visitation of FSSP seminaries

I have had a few questions in my email about an upcoming Apostolic Visitation to be made of the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP).
You probably know that in the FSSP’s founders could not go along with the SSPX’s late Archbp. … Continue reading

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Interesting celebrant of Pontifical TLM at SS Ternità in Rome: a very non-trad leading Auxilary close to Pope Francis

No fooling… on Sunday one the Auxiliary Bishops of Rome went to the official parish for the Extraordinary Form in Rome, SS Ternità dei Pellegrini (real Romans say Ternità rather than Trinità).  There are some good photos at NLM.
Here is … Continue reading

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Priest pretends to concelebrate fake Mass with a woman, removed from ministry by CDF

Here is some cheery news. It is cheery in that the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is doing its job diligently and that justice has been done and that the Faith has been defended. It is sad news, … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z gives a gift to his brother priests, confessors

Today I watched the video of the Pope who made his own confession before hearing the confessions of others. HERE
That juxtaposition brought forcefully into my mind both the prayers I usually say before and after making my own confession, … Continue reading

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