Category Archives: Wherein Fr. Z Rants

Wherein Fr. Z reviews and rants on important points about VALID baptism

Because Easter is a special time for baptizing, I hereunder assemble some observations from past ASK FATHER Question Box responses about baptism and validity.
INITIAL RANT: 
Bishops would do well to quiz priests, and seminarians before ordination as deacons, about how to baptize.  Some … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Neglect of the Precepts of the Church and Mortal Sin. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
I am trying to clarify whether or not the precepts of the church bind under mortal sin? According to the catechism of St. Pius X they do, however the current CCC gives no clear indication.
I have read it … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father said say Act of Contrition afterwards. Fr. Z rants… at priests.

From a reader… who recently went to confession!
Everyone… GO TO CONFESSION!
QUAERITUR:
I just went. Yay! After confessing my sins I had a question about a friend who fell away from church. It took 2 minutes, 3 tops. I don’t usually get into asking for … Continue reading

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Stupid and blasphemous TV devil show. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I occasionally turn on a regular network TV station. My gorge rises and I flee back to books, cable news or DVDs.
I understand that there is now a TV series called Lucifer. I won’t be seeing that one.
However, a priest … Continue reading

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Archbp. Léonard on priestly vocations. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From Catholic World News:
Former Belgian primate discusses synod, success in fostering vocations
In an interview with a French Catholic weekly magazine, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard reflected upon his five years as Primate of Belgium and Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels.
The prelate’s predecessor, Cardinal Godfried … Continue reading

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Conscience, Communion in this epoch of mercy. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

In this epoch of mercy, encounter and accompaniment, it seems that the categories of law, doctrine and conscience are becoming less and less meaningful.
Certain churchmen today are opining about, for example, conscience and the reception of Holy Communion.   The … 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 Mass but … 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 pontificate of … 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 point, … 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 the blessed … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 33rd Ordinary Sunday: thoughts (rant) on the “sign of peace”

This Sunday’s Collect is rich.  The ancient author was skilled.  The translators of the current ICEL version blew it.
We will see where they went wrong and then drill into a pair of words leading us back to the 3rd century.
Our … Continue reading

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The historical view – the “long view” – Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Pope Francis is confusing.  Reasonable people won’t deny that.  He is confusing to both the Left and the Right, as well as the tepid, but for different reasons.
Some people are really upset by him.  I spend quite a bit of energy in email … Continue reading

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Thompson on Bad Church Music (BCM). Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Sacred liturgical music is NOT an add-on in worship. It is – and must therefore be treated as – an integrating part (pars integrans) of liturgical worship, since it is prayer, liturgical music must be both sacred and also art.
The texts must … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 3: Synod Free Zone, Abbatial Mass and – Fr. Z rants

I have been – mostly on purpose – in a Synod Free Zone in the last few days, even though I am at Ground Zero.   Yes, I am hearing a lot.  No, I am trying not to let … Continue reading

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Great analysis of the “spin” of last year’s Synod on the Family. Fr. Z rants.

Synod Fatigue is sure to be setting in now, if it hasn’t already.
Just wait.  It’ll get worse.
But you must stay focused.  Don’t tune out Synod news.
“But Father! But Father!”, some will say, “It’s all too much!  I just can’t take … Continue reading

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