Category Archives: Our Catholic Identity

30 November – MADISON – Confirmation in the Traditional Rite

His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, has graciously consented to confer the sacrament of Confirmation according to the traditional form of the Roman Rite on the evening of Wednesday, 30 November 2016 at St. Mary’s Church in … Continue reading

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Bp. Olmsted (D. Phoenix) interprets ‘Amoris laetitia’

Bp. Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix continues to impress.  Remember that he had the steel to remove the title “Catholic” from a hospital where – at the approval of women religious – a direct abortion was performed.   Lately, Bp. Olmsted has planned … Continue reading

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“O God, you are so big!” Maronite English liturgical translations: Devastation!

For decades we Latin Church Catholics in the English speaking world suffered from hideous liturgical translations, prepared by ICEL. Remember what they were like?  Here is the quintessential, typical, emblematic, prototypical,  illustrative, archetypal, representative Obsolete ICEL prayer: O God, you are … Continue reading

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September Ember!

A friend sent an email with a reminder about Ember Days.  These days were penitential in spirit.  They were also traditional times for ordinations.  The short mnemonic “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy” can help you remember when they fall. Today in the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to “steel ourselves” and not come down off from our crosses?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father Z, In your post regarding the 18th Sunday after Pentecost you advised us to steel ourselves and not come down off from our crosses. Would you be so kind as to offer some specific … Continue reading

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This saint, after 1969, never said Mass using the Novus Ordo

Summorum Pontificum was a tremendous gift to the whole Church.  It was certainly one of the most – if not the most – important achievements of Benedict XVI, part of what I cal his Marshall Plan.  It is a great … Continue reading

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“No one may share in the Eucharist except those who believe in the truth of our teachings…”

A reading from the first apology of Justin Martyr in defense of the Christians, c. 100-165 No one may share in the Eucharist except those who believe in the truth of our teachings and have been washed in the bath … Continue reading

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Bishops of Alberta stand up! No Communion for ‘remarried’ without continence

One good thing resulting from the confusion surrounding both the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia and the recent Argentinian Letter, is that the Church’s teachings on important moral issues, and about disposition to receive Communion, are being reviewed and clarified (and, … Continue reading

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Memories of Vatican II’s halcyon days. Who could have predicted that things would fall apart?

Over at Crisis there is a great piece recounting memories of Vatican II times… those spirit-filled, halcyon days! I particularly enjoyed this paragraph about the writer’s days in a Catholic girls school: We attended Mass in Latin, sang hymns in … Continue reading

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Was that a Catholic Mass or a Protestant service?

From the often amusing Eye Of The Tiber: No One At Mass Sure Whether They At Catholic Or Protestant Service Despite efforts to figure whether they were in a Catholic or Protestant service, local parishioners were left baffled after an “animated” … Continue reading

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“Catholics Come Home!” videos – then and now

In the past I have been impressed favorably by the short, inviting videos made by Catholics Come Home! REMEMBER: If you are a fallen away Catholic, or you have strayed a bit, all 99.9% of you have to do to … Continue reading

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Catholics! WAKE UP!

This leaves me disappointed and, frankly, disgusted. From The Spectator: Hillary’s Catholic Con Barack Obama won a majority of the Catholic vote both in 2008 and 2012. Hillary Clinton, according to pollsters, is poised to do the same. She is leading … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Formal defection from Catholic Church to Orthodox Church

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My brother, who was baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant and received the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation at the usual ages for our diocese, was received into the Greek Orthodox church by … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How are we supposed to remain Catholic these days?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: How are we supposed to remain Catholic in these days? A commission to study women deacons, after 2-3 previous studies said no? Beg forgiveness from gays? As if the Church was ever wrong to oppose the vice I’ve … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What to do if your parish is extremely liberal?

From a reader… I am starting the academic year at ___ and attended Mass at the local parish for the first time this Sunday and was disheartened. The tabernacle is absent from the sanctuary, the church itself is round, and many practices during the liturgy felt/were … Continue reading

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