Category Archives: Our Catholic Identity

“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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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Good Shepherd – AUDIO

Today, in the traditional Roman Rite, is Good Shepherd Sunday.
In the Novus Ordo people heard for the Gospel a passage about a post Resurrection appearance of the Lord.
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Catholic betrothal rite, ceremony

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Have you ever heard of “betrothal ceremonies” in the Roman Rite prior to entering into marriage? Asking for a friend…
Once upon a time the notion of “betrothal” was far more rooted in both secular and religious consciousness (often … 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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“as the churches come down all around me”

Churches come and churches go.  They are means to an end.  When there is need for a church, a church is built.  When there is no need – or these days no desire – for a church, the church falls … Continue reading

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4 April – St. Isidore of Seville, the Internet and YOU

I often forget to pray before using the internet. I sometimes fail in charity when using it. This tool of social communication and research and entertainment has amazing upsides, but it also has spiritually deadly perils. We all should be very … Continue reading

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Two encouraging stories involving BISHOPS! Yes, you read that right! @ShrewsRCnew @NTCatholic

First, there is story at CNA about the 4th Bishop of Fort Worth, Most Rev. Michael Olson.
At the Chrism Mass during Holy Week, the bishop spoke about LITURGY!   I’ve been whining for a while now that bishops rarely speak about … Continue reading

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Audio from Fr. Z

Here also are my audio projects of the Way of the Cross.
On 1st Fridays, do please pray the Act of Reparation.
What we need right now is PRAYER, especially now.
And remember to GO TO CONFESSION!
For priests, especially, try The Way Of The Cross For Priests … Continue reading

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Peter Hünermann’s errors about marriage and their influence today

One of the figures who emerged from the shadows through the Lettergate scandal, is German liberal (wrong) theologian Peter Hünermann.   Benedict XVI had a strong negative reaction to finding him among the writers of the series that was intended to bolster … Continue reading

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“What young Catholics want.  What old Catholics want young Catholics to want.”

A couple of related stories.
Consider this against the background of some clever tweets that are going around.  Some wags post side by side images of something traditional and something liberal with the caption, “What young people want… What old people … Continue reading

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