Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

The Rome “summit”, “gay” priests, and #sodoclericalism – Wherein Fr. Z rants.

You’ve probably heard that a book is timed to be released simultaneously in several languages at the beginning of the Roman episcopal “sex summit”.  Bishops from around the world are to meet to discuss important problems that scandalize and wound … Continue reading

Posted in B as in B. S as in S., Clerical Sexual Abuse, Cri de Coeur, Liberals, Priests and Priesthood, Seminarians and Seminaries, Sin That Cries To Heaven, Wherein Fr. Z Rants | Tagged , | 42 Comments

Do you know priests who are struggling, under attack? Terrific movement: Seven Sisters Apostolate

The other day I posted about priests who are bullied when they do the right thing.   In my email I got notes from people offered financial help, a place to live, pro bono counseling, etc.  Some of you readers are … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Coda alla Vaccinara with digressions into Roman stuff, like a new old confraternity

Last night I had another Supper For The Promotion of Clericalism.  Of course you get what I mean.  There is a good clericalism, too, the sort whereby priests support each other in their identity, etc.   There’s a lot of hooey out … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Fr. Z's Kitchen, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged | 8 Comments

Priests and bishops who are probably going to Hell

There is a good piece at Crisis today about the Sacrament of Penance.  It touches on many issues, including availability of confession times, some poorly formed confessors who don’t acknowledge certain sins as sins, and the lack of support some … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, GO TO CONFESSION, Hard-Identity Catholicism, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, Priests and Priesthood, The future and our choices | Tagged , | 37 Comments

ADVENTCAzT 2018 05: The priest, John the Baptist, points toward Jesus

Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 05, for Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent. … Continue reading

Posted in ADVENTCAzT, ADVENTCAzT, PODCAzT, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Two stories about a great bishop

Two recent pieces about the late, great Extraordinary Ordinary, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, tell you a great deal about the man, who was misunderstood by many – purposely in the case of quite a few. First, there is … Continue reading

Posted in Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , | 17 Comments

Truly pathetic musings at the Fishwrap about priesthood and those halcyon days of Vatican II

The Fishwrap sure lived up to its name this time.  Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) has gushy piece about a reunion of old men who were seminarians of class 1966 at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.  The arrived in Rome in … Continue reading

Posted in Liberals, Our Catholic Identity, Pò sì jiù, Priests and Priesthood, Vatican II, You must be joking! | Tagged , , | 21 Comments

ASK FATHER: My priest doesn’t carry the “emergency phone”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What’s the deal with priests carrying their emergency cellphone on them? [Hmmm… I don’t know what the deal is!] I was disturbed to learn that our priest doesn’t keep it with him. When I asked him … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Lighter fare, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged | 29 Comments

Pope reacts to Viganò and #ViganòTestimony 3.0

Okay, that meant Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington DC. He writes about the third Viganò Testimony HERE. A sample: As I finished reading Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s third letter, I had an immediate sense that I had … Continue reading

Posted in ¡Hagan lío!, Priests and Priesthood, The Coming Storm, The Drill, The future and our choices | 32 Comments

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

Posted in ¡Hagan lío!, Priests and Priesthood, Seminarians and Seminaries, The future and our choices | Tagged , | 19 Comments

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Mail from priests, Priests and Priesthood, Seminarians and Seminaries | Tagged , | 3 Comments

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 … Continue reading

Posted in GO TO CONFESSION, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, Priests and Priesthood, The Coming Storm | Tagged | 13 Comments

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

Posted in Priests and Priesthood, The Drill | 9 Comments

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Be The Maquis, Hard-Identity Catholicism, Just Too Cool, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

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

Posted in Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , | 17 Comments