Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.”

Fama volat, it is said.  No aphorism is truer than this when it comes to Rome all the way back to Virgil, who coined it. So, reminding everyone that we are in the realm of Rumor, I’ve been exchanging texts with … Continue reading

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Recommended online reading at “These Stone Walls”

Please run, don’t walk, to These Stone Walls, the blog of Fr. Gordon MacCrae, unjustly jailed and innocent of crimes against minors. It’s a long read, and a lurid in many ways, but it reveals the slimy underside of the Accuse–a-Priest … Continue reading

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UPDATED: A great Father’s Day note from a reader

UPDATE 19 June: Today I have received notes from readers saying that they have spotted this Prayer For Vocations in a couple other places as well.  A comment in the combox, below, speaks of one of them. To wit: [T]he … Continue reading

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Sobering memory of a murdered priest and advice renewed

About three years ago, Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, was murdered in Phoenix and another priest badly injured by assault.  Pray for Fr. Walker.  RIP. At that time I posted the following, which seems no less urgent today than it did … Continue reading

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The effect of lay participation on the souls of priests

Today during Mass I was struck hard with something, which reinforced an observation I read recently in an email.  In effect, the priestly writer said that priests, who are under constant and insidious attacks by the Devil, are therefore also constantly at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: First Mass of a new priest – Requiem?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have heard that there is an ancient tradition in which a newly ordained priest offers either his first Mass or one of the following Masses for the souls of the faithful departed, specifically for his … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project RENEWED!

YOU, dear readers, have supplied over 100 birettas to seminarians.  Kudos.  Some thank you notes from seminarians with spiffy new birettas HERE and HERE. Last night after the Pontifical Mass I was chatting with seminarians and learned to my horror that a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why do priests impose hands during ordinations?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I attended the sacerdotal ordination of 5 priests for my diocese last Saturday. After the bishop imposed hands, other priests participating in the Mass also imposed hands on the candidates. Since priests lack the fullness of … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season for ordinations

This is ordination season in many places.  I’ve been getting news about priestly ordinations and some of it is good. While my impression is that diocesan vocations are down in the last few years, some places there is growth. In … Continue reading

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A young priest recounts his experience and aspirations

For decades priests have done all sorts of goofy things to Mass and bishops did little or nothing to safeguard our sacred worship. Almost a year ago Robert Card. Sarah called for priests to celebrate Mass ad orientem more often, where possible, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Saturno tassel

From a cleric: I bought Saturno and a black tassel that goes with it. I was hoping that if you can teach us how to put the tassel on the saturno. Ahhh…. an important question.   Not like those frivolous … Continue reading

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CATASTROPHIC: Pray for vocations to the priesthood

I’ve been writing with friends about vocation numbers. From one of my interlocutors today: Catastrophic (HERE): “The past few weeks have again seen a number of ordinations of new deacons and priests in the dioceses of northwestern Europe. 24 of … Continue reading

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A priest writes about his 40 years of priesthood

Over at Catholic World Report there is a piece by Fr. Peter Stravinskas, who reflects on 40 years of priesthood… his own.  His 40th anniversary of ordination comes up on 27 May. This bit got my attention and sympathy. The college … Continue reading

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Bad priesthood vocations numbers? Not by accident. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I posted this last year, to the day. Any additional thoughts? ___ Originally Published on: May 3, 2016 ___ And yet, do other parishes and dioceses and religious groups change what they are doing? Not much.  It is if they really … Continue reading

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Confraternity of Catholic Clergy: a question

Fathers. Have you heard if there is much going on with the various national iterations of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy?  I’ve look around on their websites, but I don’t see all that much posted. Inquiring minds what to know. The … Continue reading

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