Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

The future of the Church (hint – NOT #Synod2018)

The demographics of the Church are on the move, at least in these USA.  We will, in the next few years, witness a dramatic drop in numbers of those who bother with the Church at all.  Everything will have to … Continue reading

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A Visual Image of Years of Priesthood – or – Good Clericalism

I really enjoyed this email, which is a kind of visual testimony about priesthood.
Please allow me to share with you a photo I think you will enjoy.
Last week, while in Rome, I took the opportunity to buy a new biretta … Continue reading

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Court case, Seal of Confession, and requiring priests to break the Seal

From Lexology:
A note about the Seal of Confession and requiring priests to break the Seal:
State Could Not Require Priest to Breach Confessional Without Satisfying RFRA
In Ronchi v. State, No. 5D18-194, 2018 WL 2988975 (Fla. 5th DCA June 15, 2018), the … Continue reading

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A story about St. Luke’s: “I have seen wonderful moments of grace there; priests and Religious who limped in, who left healed.”

The other day I posted about how bishops have used “psychological evaluation” as a weapon against conservative and traditional priests. At the time I acknowledged that some priests really do need help. Along with the horror stories I have received … Continue reading

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Oppressed priests and portable altars and true emergency conditions

St. Joseph’s Apprentice has made beautiful, practical portable altars for me and for many priests.
I have called his portable altars “the ultimate gift for a priest”.  I have one that I can travel with, using a Pelican case, that houses … Continue reading

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A story about St. Luke’s: “you are totally in their power – you are utterly at their mercy.”

The horror stories are pouring in from priests who have been through The Psych Strike Gambit by their bishops or superiors.   Here is one, with some detail, which I have permission to post and which I have anonymized.  His … Continue reading

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Fr. Z thanks readers who want to help priests.

It doesn’t surprise me even as it surprised me.   I am ever amazed at the response I get from readers in certain circumstances, even as I have, over time, learned to expect it.
Since I posted about Fr. Kalchik, and … Continue reading

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Read and weep: Soviet style “psych” tactics used against priests by bishops.

What I am about to post, read carefully.
Over the last few months I have been contacted by diocesan priests (and a religious) who were being sent by their bishops (superior) to be “evaluated” at one of these psych clinics for … Continue reading

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UPDATED Mary, Queen of the Clergy holy cards with Daily Prayer for Priests – AVAILABLE!

A few days ago I posted about receiving holy cards of Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy. HERE
Since them, I have been in close contact with the nice lady who made them and we have improved the cards.

The artwork on … Continue reading

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Daily Prayer for Priests – Approved

For a while I have had a link on the sidebar, with the image of the beautiful holy card of Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy, to a page with a Daily Prayer For Priests.
I would be pleased and consoled … Continue reading

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Spiffy holy cards with Our Lady Queen of the Clergy and a prayer for priests.

These days I have received numerous emails from lay people and priests alike describing what priests, especially, are doing in their parishes in regard to The Present Crisis.
Many priests are standing up in pulpits and making good statements and offering … Continue reading

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Infiltration of the priesthood. How did it happen? How bad is it?

A priest friend of mine sent a link to a piece at his site: Padre Peregrino.
I think he over estimates the number of priests who are homosexual. However, I will agree that the percentage is probably higher among bishops and, … Continue reading

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A sermon by an old friend about The Present Crisis

My old friend Fr. Robert Altier, back in my native place, gave a sermon last Sunday, 19 August, which is worth your while.
Fr. Altier and I were in seminary together, though he was a couple years ahead of me.

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An improvement to the “Ratio” governing formation of priests in seminaries

There is a Roman document which deals with formation of seminarians: “Ratio fundamentalis institutionis sacerdotalis”
A priest wrote (slightly edited):
Hi Fr, great post on the abuse issues, thank you.
I have written up an argument for adding to the RatioFIS the requirement … Continue reading

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Terrific movement of prayer for priests: Seven Sisters Apostolate

Recently, I’ve written about some things that bishops and priests should do in this crisis time.  I’ve also made suggestions to lay people about things they can do.
However, there is one thing that lay people can do… especially lay women… … Continue reading

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