Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project: UPDATED

I am sure you recall the Birettas for Seminarians Project we had a little while ago.  It was a success.  HERE I am still getting notes from seminarians hither and yon who need birettas. John Hastrieter at Leaflet Missal in St. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: Women priests? “NO.”

Women don’t have the capacity to receive the sacrament of holy orders because they lack maleness.  That is the case for both the priesthood and the diaconate.  Not male? No ordination. During the during his flight back to Rome from … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Another nitwit priest changes words of absolution. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: During my recent confession, the words the priest used to absolve me was: “I release you from your sins in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” Is it a big deal saying “release” … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio #SilentKey priest ham… R.I.P.

I received a note from a member of Juventutem today: Silent Key: W8QXL Bishop Boyea reports the passing of Msgr. Tony Majchrowski (96), until now the oldest serving pastor in the Diocese of Lansing. In addition to his long and … Continue reading

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Read here the words of St. Francis Admonition to the Clergy

From a letter by St. Francis of Assisi (trans by Fr. K. Esser, O.F.M.) Read Here the words of St Francis Admonition to the Clergy.. “Let us attend, all clerics, to the great sin and ignorance, which certain men have … Continue reading

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7 Sept: International Buy A Priest A Beer Day!

I almost missed it, but I was saved by one of you readers – DR in Germany – who sent a donation using the button on the sidebar and included a note about IBAPABD. So, if anyone else wants to … Continue reading

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A note about the necessary faculty priests must have licitly and validly to absolve sins

I want to clear up something related to the upcoming grant from Pope Francis (I repeat… upcoming, and not yet) to SSPX priests to absolve the sins of penitents who come to them. Some people are claiming that the SSPX already validly absolve … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Latin Instituted Acolytes in Eastern liturgies

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have two Questions concerning the liturgical role of instituted acolytes in the Eastern Rites: 1) May a man who has been instituted as an acolyte according to the ordinary form of the Roman Rite vest and act … Continue reading

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BIRETTA PROJECT FOLLOWUP: You can still participate!

I received this from John at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul: Hello Fr. Z, I have tremendous news! The goal of 20 birettas for the Diocese of Madison has been reached and I express my gratitude to all who have … Continue reading

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SUCCESS! ACTION ITEM! Correct a GREAT INJUSTICE! (Hint: Birettas… seminarians…)

UPDATE 13 AUG: We have hit our initial goal! I distributed a few of the birettas to the guys yesterday and they were pretty chuffed. I should have some thank you notes pretty soon. “But Father! But Father!”, you liberals … Continue reading

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