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ASK FATHER: “I now have doubt about sorting the doctrinal from the papal opinion.” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
All this confusion with the death penalty has caused me to doubt the authority of what I assumed were books of bedrock Catholic Doctrine.
Of course there was the first JPII Catechism, then his revision, both of which I … Continue reading

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How I feel right now.

No. Way. The. Enemy. Wins.

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Pope Francis changed the Catechism about the death penalty. What next? Wherein Fr. Z opines.

I wonder if the recent move of the Holy Father to change the text – the teaching of the Church – of the paragraph in the Catechism of the Catholic Church about the death penalty will generate enough buzz to … Continue reading

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McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Before anything else…
Lots of people are really angry, indeed enraged.  Horrid situations such as those caused by men like McCarrick are painful.  We can make choices about how to view them.  Anger is appropriate, but not to the point where … Continue reading

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Lovely, drippy, syrupy TLM and vocation video. Then Fr. Z rants about crying.

Pope Francis said something along the lines that certain realities can be seen only through eyes that have been cleansed by tears.
At the Italian site Messa in Latino, I saw a little video, beautifully produced, focused very much on the … Continue reading

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“We have to learn how to be Roman priests again.” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

My morning coffee with homemade scone and my side-wise viewing of the Stage 4 of the Tour was enriched by the reading of Fr. Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment. He, also in stages, has been commenting on aspects of the Roman Canon … Continue reading

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30 years a priest, 60th birthday – a priest’s first real Solemn Mass! Wherein Fr. Z rants.

This is the season of First Holy Masses.   For example, on Saturday 30 June, I will be helping as Assistant Priest with the First Mass of a newly ordained priest to be celebrated in the presence of the bishop (coram … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “take” Communion instead of “receive”? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In light of your recent question about “First Eucharist ” I was wondering about something else heard frequently. When referring to reception of the Blessed Sacrament some people say they are going to “take” Communion. When I first … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Corpus Christi Eucharistic procession. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Here is a really sad tweet about this year’s Corpus Christi procession moved from Rome to Ostia. (Not a great idea, but, hey, they didn’t ask me.) There is a link to a video of the whole thing. Click ahead … Continue reading

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¡Hagan lío! Wherein Fr. Z is pretty angry and wants to fight back

I’ve been pondering the Met “Gay-La” in light of some experiences here in Rome.
As a preamble, I still stand by everything I have written and said in the past concerning my  convictions about Summorum Pontificum.  It was a tremendous gift to … Continue reading

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“If it’s just a symbol, then to hell with it!” Wherein a Lutheran tells it as it is and then Fr. Z rants a lot.

Years ago, I was – for my sins – sent by the pastor of the parish to attend a Thanksgiving Day “ecumenical” breakfast.  When I entered the place, a young man in clerical cloths and a tag identifying himself as … Continue reading

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Gallup Poll points to future demographic disaster. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

We are wobbling on the edge of a point where two demographic cliff faces converge.
First, there is in most dioceses a clamant, ongoing loss in the number of active priests.  This will get worse in the next few years.
Also, there … Continue reading

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Beautiful video about the Traditional Latin Mass. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I was given a link to a video about Holy Mass in the traditional Roman Rite made at the oratory of the Institute of Christ the King in San Jose, CA.

It is interesting to view this video immediately after posting … Continue reading

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Really Bad Idea: sand in holy water fonts during Lent

I was made aware of this by a reader.   I happily endorse one idea one priest had while I entirely repudiate a bad old cliché from another.
Castleton symbol of Lent: sand in holy water fonts
Alas, the silly season drags on.
However, … Continue reading

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Jesuit Amerika Magazine laments: “Where are the millennial Catholic activists?” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jesuit-run (hence confused) Amerika Magazine has posted a lament: “Where are the millennial Catholic activists?”
The head-scratching writer is bumfuzzled. Protests for favored lib causes are drawing people with lots of gray hair. Where are the young, social media savvy protesters?
First, … Continue reading

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