Category Archives: Our Catholic Identity

Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some people are excused because they’re hard! Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Look. I’m the first one to admit that I am a sinner.  I sin and I go to confession with a firm purpose of amendment.  When I fall, I get back up, again with a firm purpose of amendment.  I … Continue reading

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Fr. Murray on Card. Coccopalmerio’s booklet defense of Communion for mortal sinners

I direct the readership to dash over to The Catholic Thing for a new column by my friend Fr. Gerald Murray.  He drills into the booklet offered to the public through the intermediary of the Vatican Press by His Eminence … Continue reading

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New booklet by Cardinal asserted to be response to the Five Dubia of the Four Cardinals

In the shallow, liberal, Italian Catholic weekly Panorama we are informed about a booklet now out over the name of Card. Coccopalmerio, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.  It is ballyhooed as “the response” to the Five Dubia of … Continue reading

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God the Son teaches about adultery (HINT: He disapproves)

Today in the Ordinary Form, the 6th Ordinary Sunday, the Gospel is from Matthew 5. First, the Lord says that he did not come to abolish the law and prophets but to fulfill them. He has stern words for those … Continue reading

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More on the “mutual enrichment” theme: West meets East Edition

More about “mutual enrichment” comes from Catholic World Report. First there was a piece Fr. Peter Stravinskas, who made suggestions about how the older, traditional form of Mass should be altered.  HERE I think he was wrong in the very … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters: What does can. 915 really say?

Some people on the Kasperite side (give Communion to the divorced and remarried who have no purpose of amendment, etc.) have a spittle-flecked nutty when can. 915 is brought into the discussion. Distinguished commonsense canonist Ed Peters has offered us … Continue reading

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Is ‘Amoris Laetitia’ being twisted in such a way that real blasphemy results?

The moderation queue is definitely ON for this one. Initial notes. Blasphemy involves words or gestures, also thoughts, which show contempt for God or dishonor God regardless of whether the person intends that contempt or dishonor or not.  Blasphemy is … Continue reading

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Serious priest taking it to the streets

Note that this priests says Mass for the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri.  They’re apostolate is to pray for priests and bishops.  I hope they pray for me. They have wonderful discs of music.   Speaking of … Continue reading

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The elation of a good confession humbly made

At The Catholic Thing there is a piece by Regis Martin about the Sacrament of Penance. When was the last time you went to confession?  When was the last time you made that good and complete confession of all mortal sins … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters on The Maltese Fiasco

Distinguished canonist Ed Peters, at his indispensable blog In The Light Of The Law, has posted in the wake of what we must now call… The Maltese Fiasco The Bishops of Malta issued a dreadful set of guidelines for the implementation … Continue reading

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IMPORTANT: Interview with Card. Caffarra about the Dubia and ‘Amoris laetitia’ confusion

UPDATE: I was sent this Tweet of Matteo Matzuzzi of Il Foglio: Diversamente da quanto si legge in giro, Caffarra @ilfoglio_it non risponde a Müller (questione cronologica) https://t.co/cSnq1DwrFk — Matteo Matzuzzi (@matteomatzuzzi) January 14, 2017 [Decoded: “Differently from what is … Continue reading

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Never underestimate the power of an invitation

I incessantly tell congregations never to underestimate the power of an invitation.   By that I mean that people should be inviting to others to go with them to Holy Mass or to church for confession and other events.  Invitations … Continue reading

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A serious Catholic way to “accompany” the sinner?

I had an interesting email in my box today.  What do you think? Hi Father, I’ve been reading through Ratzinger’s book “Behold the Pierced One“. [UK – HERE] In it, he addresses the issue of the prohibition of communion to the divorced … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “I was filling out a family liturgical calendar and got to thinking…”

From a reader… This doesn’t really apply to next year, but I was filling out a family liturgical calendar and got to thinking. My wife and I have recently started abstaining meat on Fridays. We were married on the Feast of the Dedication of … Continue reading

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Card. Burke’s interview in ‘La Verità”: More Cardinals are completely with the Four

Lots of lefties are hopping up and down in little circles because the Four Cardinals (Burke, Caffara, Meisner, Brandmueller) offered Five Dubia (questions, narrowly framed, asking for yes or no clarificatory responses) arising from the objective lack of clarity in … Continue reading

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