Category Archives: “But Father! But Father!”

An Armenian bishop “ordains” a deaconette

My inbox is being pelted with a story that some Armenian Orthodox bishop in Tehran “ordained” a female deacon.  For example HERE and HERE.
To which I respond:
Ho hum.
First, I’m not sure that we care much about a single Armenian bishop … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Sunday 31 Dec – Holy Family: We must pray that God be appeased.

Sunday in the Octave of Christmas, in the Novus Ordo calendar, is the Feast of the Holy Family.  In the traditional calendar, the Feast of the Holy Family will be celebrated on Sunday, 7 January.
Our liturgical, seasonal context is Octave … Continue reading

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Blessing smart phones. Wherein Fr. Z rants about blessings and demons and present day stupidity.

Yes, I have blessed smart phones, tablets and computers.
Consultation with exorcists will inform you that demons are really good at infesting electronic equipment.  I’ve heard enough scary stories from exorcists about that to leave me cautious and, at times, alarmed.
Hence, yes, … Continue reading

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Latin. @RobertSRoyal opines while Fr. Z rants.

You all know that I tend to bang on about Latin in our sacred liturgical worship.
Most of us belong to the Roman Catholic, Latin Church.  The Latin Church.
Never using or hearing our language of prayer and teaching affects (defects) our … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Advent (N.O.): They are His but they are ours

We’ve come around this weekend to the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year.
In the newer, post-Conciliar calendar this Sunday is back to back with the Solemnity of Christ the King, honoring the future Second Coming … Continue reading

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NLM: Useful study of creation of the Novus Ordo Lectionary

Have you followed the tennis match back and forth that has resulted since Card. Sarah’s suggestion in La Nef that the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Forms of Mass should have a coordinated Lectionary?
Some were cool about that suggestion and others … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Holding hands or the “orans” position during the Our Father. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Over at the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) there is a question today about hold hands during the Our Father.  As you might guess they reference liberals who are probably unreliable.  What say you?  Is hand holding forbidden … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When do traditional Catholics throw in the towel?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have been engaged in a deep theological and spiritual crisis for 10 years now, struggling to remain Catholic or finally cross the Bosphorus and convert to Orthodoxy. [pffffft] It seems that with every passing day, Modern Catholicism … Continue reading

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I’m cool about a certain popular devotion. Wherein Fr Z goes all ‘RAH!’

UPDATE: 22 June
I was alerted to nastygram at Path…eos by a, presumably young, lady whose name was unfamiliar to me – Rebecca Bratten Weiss. Rebecca took exception to what I posted, below, although I’m not convinced that she read it.  Or … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can absolution be granted when no purpose of amendment exists?

Under another entry here a commentator asked:
Can absolution be granted where no purpose of amendment exists? If granted, with no purpose of amendment, does it even ‘take’?
No. And No.
In normal circumstances, when there isn’t danger or some other odd condition, … Continue reading

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