Category Archives: My View

My View For Awhile: Knickerbocker Edition

I’m off.  It is odd … I haven’t been on an airplane for about a month.    It’s like falling off a bicycle though.   These super early flights have some advantages.       At this hour, with the exception … Continue reading

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8 December 2005: this blog began. Tonight, Mass for Benefactors.

On 8 December 2005, I posted this photo.  This blog project began. This was a shot – from my apartment window – of the Basilica and Apostolic Palace on the evening of the day that Pope Benedict was elected. It … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can’t go to Mass on Sunday. Are we obliged to go on Saturday?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m satisfied that Canon 1248 clearly grants us a generous concession to fulfill / satisfy our obligation to assist at Mass on a Sunday by going on Saturday evening. If my Church has a Saturday evening … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does a chalice have to be consecrated before use?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My family plans to give a priest a chalice (he is from Ireland and does not have one of his own here in the US) and I have the following questions:  [Usually I take one question … Continue reading

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Papal airplane presser. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Once again, I am getting a stream of emails from people about the state of the Church and about Pope Francis. I redirect the readership back to my Long View Approach™ and say “breathe deeply… in.. out… in… out….” Remember, every … Continue reading

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Blue Vestments: wherein Fr. Z rants

The use of blue vestments during Advent is pretty much cliché now, so cliché that not even the aging hippies are clinging to it.  Here’s my annual rant about the use of blue vestments in the Roman Rite. At this … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Sunday Clerical Supper

I’ve been getting my cooking on these days it seems. I go through cycles between cooking up storms and, on the other hand, eating slapped together sandwiches or cans of soup directly out of the pan. In any event, Sunday … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Sole Food!

Never take for granted the love of a Good Woman. Therefore, when one of my readers mentioned in the combox a recipe called Sole Bonne Femme, “Good Woman”, I determined to get me some o’ that love. Since I was … Continue reading

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It’s “Stir Up Sunday”! What are your plans?

Tomorrow, 22 November, is the Last Sunday of the Church’s Liturgical Year. It is therefore… STIR UP SUNDAY! The “stir up” comes from the first words of the traditional Collect in the Roman Rite. It also comes from the tradition … 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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