Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

ADVENTCAzT 08: Little drummer boys

Here is ADVENTCAzT 08, for the 2nd Sunday of Advent. This presents a little identity prod for priests… and for lay people to remember who their priests are.  How are you to see them? These 5 minute offerings, to help … Continue reading

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Leadership in the Church, Reading, and You (Fathers)

Donald Trump has made a stupendous decision to nominate Gen. James Mattis, USMC Ret., as Secretary of Defense. Here is a video of Gen. Mattis answering questions, especially about leadership. Fathers: watch this.  We could use this spirit. ♫ Gimme that … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 03: Francis’ Admonition to Priests

Here is ADVENTCAzT 03, for Tuesday in the 1st Week of Advent. These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord, are a token of gratitude … Continue reading

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Great news about a new college seminary in Charlotte, NC!

While I was in Rome recently, I met a young priest engaged in studies.  He was the subdeacon with me for the Pontifical Mass celebrated by Archbp. Sample in St. Peter’s Basilica during the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage.  He is from the Diocese of … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project! UPDATES

UPDATE: From my email… I just received a biretta from John! [Hastreiter of Leaflet Missal] I am very happy with the biretta, and even more grateful for the work you and Mr. Hastreiter have put into this project. If you happen … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: An old priest gets confused, hard to understand

From a reader… Our parish has a mass that is served by an increasingly elderly and frail priest. His physical limitations are what they are. The concern that he needs prompting through the entire mass, not just the daily changes, but including prayers … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can the bishop forbid the cassock?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I am trying to find an answer to the question of whether a bishop can prohibit a priest from wearing the cassock. Below is the pertinent section from the Directory for the Ministry and Life of … Continue reading

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The forge in which future priests are hammered and annealed

From a reader in the Diocese of Charlotte, in North Carolina. Hey Father, On Respect Life Sunday, our newly instituted minor seminary[!] in the Charlotte Diocese (St. Joseph) [NC] took their 8 seminarians and recited a rosary in front of … Continue reading

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“Bring back the good old days of diocesan laws that have the form of law.”

Last July Robert Card. Sarah made a personal (not official) bid to priests to begin celebration of Holy Mass ad orientem, and that a good time to do that would be this coming Advent. I hope many priests will do this, … Continue reading

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MEXICO: Another priest kidnapped after two were murdered

Recently two priests in Mexico were kidnapped and killed. Now I read that another priest in Mexico is missing. Via Crux: Another Catholic priest in Mexico kidnapped, remains missing Coming on the heels of the kidnapping and murder of two Catholic … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession line very slow and Father looks out at people waiting

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In our parish, when our Associate Pastor is hearing Confessions, he comes from behind the screen, opens the door and “greets” each person, in view of all waiting in line, then is very insistent upon hearing … Continue reading

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Would the young Joseph Ratzinger – or I – have had the same reaction if….

As I often write, we are our rites. In the new interview book with Peter Seewald, Benedict XVI was asked how the son of a Bavarian policeman became a priest. I have a measure of sympathy with Benedict’s answer. I, too, … Continue reading

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Archbp. Myers suspends priests who confuses the faithful

When someone has been sacked for dissent from Catholic teaching or because of some immoral “lifestyle” choice, I have mixed feelings.  On the one hand, good riddance.  On the other hand, I would – by orders of magnitude – prefer … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What are the best arguments they have in the favor of the novus ordo?

From a reader… and please note that when I get emails with strings of questions I usually delete them instantly.  Answering this is an exception to the rule, which I indicate clearly on the ASK FATHER form.  If ya’ll want me … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: People say Mass prayers together with the priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been attending daily mass when I can at a particular parish. When at Mass I often hear some people in the pews who whisper to themselves every single word the priest says at mass. I would like … Continue reading

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