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Category Archives: Wherein Fr. Z Rants
Death can strike at any moment of any day. Wherein Fr. Z begs bishops and priests to preach unvarnished truths.
Just the other day I was catching up on episodes of the series Blue Bloods (Catholic family, cops in NYC, etc.). In one episode a rep from the police force in London pressed the NYC police commissioner about what he … Continue reading
A theologian friend feeds me stuff which I occasionally share here with some editing and editorializing.
Cardinal Raymond Burke gave a talk in Rome on May 7. I couldn’t attend, but the great organization, Voice of the Family, who ran the … Continue reading
Over and over, wrong and wrong again; with the Church not speaking to the world from her wisdom, but the world teaching the Church a lesson in its foolishness, and the Church going along, like the puny kid in the … Continue reading
I’ve written many times about the situation of vocations to the priesthood. We all know that there are certain parishes in dioceses which produce more priests. We all know that there are certain dioceses which produce more priests. We all … Continue reading
“Quantum potes, tantum aude” is what we sing in the Angelic Doctor’s wonderful Corpus Christi sequence. “Dare to do as much as you are able.”
Were this prudently applied to sacred worship in all our churches and chapels, and we might … Continue reading
ASK FATHER: My unconscious aunt died after being anointed: was she forgiven? (Wherein Fr. Z also rants.)
From a reader…
My aunt recently passed away two major strokes. After her second, my uncle, an openly declared agnostic, asked me if she should have a priest. I replied in the affirmative, and the hospital had a priest come. Since … Continue reading
Because Easter is a special time for baptizing, I hereunder assemble some observations from past ASK FATHER Question Box responses about baptism and validity.
Bishops would do well to quiz priests, and seminarians before ordination as deacons, about how to baptize. Some … Continue reading
From a priest…
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
From a reader… who recently went to confession!
Everyone… GO TO CONFESSION!
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
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
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
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
From a reader…
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
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
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
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…
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
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
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
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
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