Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

Latin and You. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Each year – in fact more than once each year – a serious problem for our enervated Catholic identity rises to the surface to demand our attention. The lack of Latin in the Latin Church. I am sure that there … Continue reading

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Card. Piacenza to priests: “Wanna be a modern priest? HEAR CONFESSIONS!” Whereupon Fr. Z really rants.

There is a good piece at La Bussola Quotidiana (in Italian) about the Sacrament of Penance. I’ll give you a sample, but I don’t have the energy to translate the whole thing. Prelude: Apparently there was recently something called “Earth … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM: Help for a traditional Catholic seminarian continues! – UPDATED… for EASTER!

UPDATE 23 April: Check down at the bottom for more recent updates! Also, this seminarian posted a video about wartime Vatican City, 1941, narrated by Fulton Sheen. At this time, there are only 3 views.  That will increase.  And, when you’ve … Continue reading

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Audio from Fr. Z

Here also are my audio projects of the Way of the Cross. On 1st Fridays, do please pray the Act of Reparation. What we need right now is PRAYER, especially now. And remember to GO TO CONFESSION! For priests, especially, try The Way Of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m angry! Father’s sermons are boring, lack joy!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our priest’s sermons are dull, dry, predictable, boring, , too serious (they lack joy) don’t speak to the heart and are uninspiring. It’s like listening to a student teacher stand at the pulpit and give a … Continue reading

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Just For Nice! Deacons sing to Mary after their ordination.

Spotted on hated Facebook. A popular custom for ordinations at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary—the ordanandi [ordinati!] chant the Salve Regina in thanksgiving for their newly-received orders. From last Saturday: those who were ordained to the diaconate.

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ACTION ITEM! Terrific video of 1941 Vatican City and help for a seminarian! UPDATED

For the seminarian update project – continuation – go HERE. ___ Originally Published on: Apr 3, 2019 Over at Rorate I spotted on a rare visit a simply terrific video posted on YouTube about Vatican City in the time of Pius XII during … Continue reading

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“Dear Fathers, dear seminarians…” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I was sitting in an airport one day, waiting for a flight. A young family approached the gate area. A youngster, seeing an empty place, jumped into it. It was next to me. Mom pulled the kid by an arm … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2019 – 07 Tuesday in the 1st Week of Lent: Priests… brands plucked out of the burning

These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today Fulton Sheen tells us about the priests who returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Separating priest from altar in the Novus Ordo

From a reader… I have a question about the GIRM. If I’m reading it correctly everything except from the Offertory through Communion Rite must be done from the chair, and the missal and chalice placed elsewhere except for those times. … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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