Category Archives: “But Father! But Father!”

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 … 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, … 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. … 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 … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 30 Dec – Holy Family: Pray that God might be appeased.

Through an oddity of the calendar, and because the great feasts of the season line up on Sundays, today is the Feast of the Holy Family… in the Novus Ordo reckoning.  In the traditional calendar, the Feast of the Holy Family … Continue reading

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The Blood of San Gennaro

On Saturday early I got a text message from a friend in Italy that, in Naples, San Gennaro’s blood did not liquify on one of the dates that it was… supposed to. Now I see the story at La Stampa. The … Continue reading

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It is as if the Church simply caved in before the world and its Prince.

Around the time of the Second Vatican Council some of our sound practices were simply dropped, as if they were no longer needed.  For example, the Leonine Prayers after Low Mass which included the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Annual Rant On Blue Vestments

The use of blue vestments during Advent has been dying out for several years as the aging hippies drop.  However, inspired by Pope Francis, perhaps we shouldn’t be so rigid and just – what the heck – use them anyway? … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Advent (Novus Ordo): 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 … Continue reading

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1962: Of Manners in Church, of the Vernacular, and of Vocations

One of you readers sent me a link to a video from 1962, made in Ireland, about the changes in the Ritual for administration of sacraments, especially of Marriage and Baptism.   They talk about the New Ritual, the introduction of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The priest said: “I give you the absolution …”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Reverend Father, If a priest in the confessional says “I give you the absolution in the name of the Father and the Song and the Holy Spirit” Is the absolution valid since he did not say … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 27th Ordinary Sunday: Ashes, Holy Soap and You

When we pray with the right attitude, particularly kneeling before the altar of Sacrifice, joined in heart and mind with the our mediator, the priest, Christ Himself makes up for what we are incapable of accomplishing on our own. St. … Continue reading

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5 August: Dedication of St. Mary Major – Our Lady of the Snows

Pope Liberius (352-366) was Bishop of Rome in difficult times. In 350 Constans was assassinated and Constantius became the sole Emperor by defeating Magnentius. Some bishops in the East who opposed St. Athanasius in Egypt appealed to Liberius to get … Continue reading

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Lawler on Papal Off-the-cuff Remarks. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Phil Lawler has some observations about what the Pope said the other day in his off-the-cuff remarks about marriage… and it seems also about priests. From Catholic Culture: The damage done (again) by the Pope’s statements on marriage During an address … Continue reading

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More analysis: “There will be those who will try and contort #AmorisLaetitia into the Kaspser proposal”

The newly released Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia in English is HERE. From the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, some analysis of Amoris laetitia. My emphases and comments. Francis has left Church teaching on Communion for the divorced and remarried … Continue reading

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