Category Archives: Our Catholic Identity

Permanent Deacons and clerical attire

I have written before on the topic of the use of the Roman collar by permanent deacons.  HERE
I saw that the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Madison (where I usually am when not on the road) has a piece … Continue reading

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LONDON DAY 1: “Blognic”? After the 6:30 Mass?

Several people have written about meeting up with me while I am in London (which is only for a few days).
I don’t know if people regularly go to The Coal Hole after the 6:30 PM Mass at Corpus Christi on … Continue reading

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“Women aren’t women anymore.”

Card. Burke is taking it on the chin from a lot of nitwits right now because of his remarks about a feminization of the Church. He also mentioned the impact such a feminizing could have on vocations.
Agree or disagree with … Continue reading

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“In the last 35 years, those lives destroyed could have included…”

From Fr. George Rutler’s “pastor’s page” for 11 January.
There was a theologian who, when discouraged, would keep repeating to himself, “I have been baptized.” Since the Prince of Lies has discouragement as his chief strategy and purpose, the Rite of … Continue reading

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Observations about remarks by Cardinal-Elect John A. Dew

My good friend Fr. Gerald Murray has some observations and questions concerning remarks made by Most Reverend John A. Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington in New Zealand who is slated to become a Cardinal in the next consistory. People are … Continue reading

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Want to attract people to Mass? Get rid of Latin! (NOT!)

My friend Fr. Finelli has some good advice.
If you want to attract people to Mass, get rid of Latin!  [Don’t worry.  Keep reading.]
Almost every Catholic parish you enter in the US, it would be a slight miracle to hear the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does the Church “supply” what is lacking in doubtful absolutions?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’ve heard you say that one of the cruelest things a priest can do is hear your confession and not (at least) say “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and … Continue reading

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Confraternity of Catholic Clergy’s “Statement in support ofMarriage”

The conference I attended in Rome, held by the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, has concluded.   The CCC groups represented were from Australia, Ireland, the UK, and USA.
The CCC issued a joint statement, HERE, which follows (my emphases):

Statement in support of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Conflict with parents about use of artificial contraception

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am 20 years old, and I believe that contraception is immoral. My parents do not. This has caused much strife at home. We went to our trusted parish priest together to discuss it. He told me that certain circumstances within … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Parish fundraiser serves meat on 1st Fridays

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Every First Friday, a neighboring parish hosts a fundraiser dinner at which they serve beef or chicken, except during Lent. Many of our friends (homeschooling families) are parishioners there and attend every month. We hear that it’s delicious fare and as I … Continue reading

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