Category Archives: My View

Venice Days 2-3: Bones, fabrics and views

A few more images of Venice before transitioning to another place. From the vaporetto on the way out to San Giorgio Maggiore, a view of Santa Maria della Salute. Over the door of the church you still find the arms … Continue reading

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Venice – Day 1-2: Of Mark and Mud-bugs

This improbable place never ceases to amaze. St. Mark’s Square, which at about noon today will start to fill up with water.  Raised sidewalks of metal scaffolding will be set up for people to file along.  In this age of … Continue reading

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Florence – Day 5-7: Red meat and musea

Welcome to Florence. Giotto’s bell tower.  The hotel is very close so I can hear the bells clearly. The new Museum of the Duomo is open and it is stunning.  After a few hours in this exquisite museum I understand … Continue reading

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Are you hurt, disoriented, frustrated about what’s going on in the Church? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Two things struck me with special force today. Today I said the traditional Mass in the Duomo of Florence at the altar of St. Joseph, Patron of the Church, who protects the Church now just as he protected the Holy … Continue reading

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Rome-Assisi – Day 4-5: Francis, Prayer and Exile

This is what is in the window of Gammarelli right now.  You can tell that they are getting ready for a consistory. Off to Assisi.  First stop, Santa Maria degli Angeli and a visit to the little Porziuncula church. \ … Continue reading

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Rome Day 3-4: sculpture and spies

I’ve been struggling with moving photos around and with wifi, so posting is a little tricky at the moment. Anyway, some shots. A wide angle view of our lunch spot from yesterday. I had rabbit for my second, but here’s … Continue reading

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Day 2-3: books and beauty

A quick shot from yesterday evening as I headed to the Vatican Museum to meet the group for the private visit. One of the most important statues in the history of Western art. And another one. And then there’s this … Continue reading

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Rome Days 1-2: Of clams and griffons

I’ve been on the move since I got here with a large group of people. A shot from last nights supper. About all I was able to manage was a place of veg. Today I stopped at the shop where … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Long Trip Edition

I’m on my way for what’ll be a fairly long Italian sojourn, to include two pilgrimages. Happily Hurricane Matthew has started out too sea, so it sseems he…she… it won’t be a factor today. Remember when hurricanes were all female? … Continue reading

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Pray against Hurricane Matthew! BISHOPS & PRIESTS – ACTION ITEM!

Please pray to the angels and saints to intercede with God to repress Hurricane Matthew which is barreling down on the Bahamas and then on to the Florida.  It could be a bad one.  It looks like it the eye will slide … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome’s guidelines for ‘Amoris laetitia’. Wherein Fr. Z rants, offers solution.

At the end I offer a solution.  But be patient and read. Sandro Magister provided an English translation of key parts of the Italian document issued by the Vicar of Rome, Card. Vallini (who runs the Diocese of Rome while the … 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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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2016

When we desire to obtain indulgences we are often asked to pray for the Holy Father’s intentions. Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for October The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for October is: “That journalists, in carrying out their work, may … 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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