Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

“To label a priest “non-judgmental” is damning.” He is incapable of thinking clearly, affirms people in moral errors

At The Catholic Thing Fr. Jerry Pokorsky has a good piece about being non-judgmental, particularly about non-judgmental priests.  I think we have all met that sort, right?  These pathetic, flexi-spined cowards who would be, were Dante in charge, consigned to chase … Continue reading

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“Bless our families, bless our children. Choose from our homes those who are needed for Thy work.”

I have lately mused about vocations.  Last Sunday was the Day of Prayer for Vocations.  What I mean by vocations, by the way, is vocations to the priesthood.  Yes, yes… I think about religious life as well.  When I think … Continue reading

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Fr. John E. Halborg, RIP – Requiem Mass – Manhattan, NYC, Holy Innocents 12 April

I have a soft spot for priests who were Lutheran converts who say the Traditional Latin Mass of the Roman Rite. Hence, I ask your prayers for one.  Fr. John E. Halborg died recently.  I knew him only slightly.  He … Continue reading

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More Musings on #AmorisLaetitiae and a ‘Statement” from great #confccb priests

Now that the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation (P-SAE) Amoris Laetitia is settling in, I have few more observations. First, “left” and “right” have reacted predictably.   We are challenged by the P-SAE in different ways.   The P-SAE doesn’t change Catholic doctrine, though some … Continue reading

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St Thomas Aquinas House: A traditional Catholic religious community of men in the Archd. of Detroit

From a priest friend who passed this along to me: Would you please ask Fr. Z if he might be willing to feature our new experimental, extraordinary form community on his web blog?  We have Archbishop Vigneron’s endorsement for now, … Continue reading

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Why aren’t feminists angry at Francis for his foot washing changes?

Today I muse about why catholic feminists (an oxymoron – emphasis on moron –  I know, but bear with me) are not vexed by Pope Francis and his dramatically public choice to wash the feet of non-Christians. Think this through for … Continue reading

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LONDON: “Why thanking our priests has become a Holy Week tradition”

In the online pages of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, there is an interesting piece which you should know about.  It might inspire you. Why thanking our priests has become a Holy Week tradition When we saw … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacon wore the priest’s stole

From a reader… I am a sacristan at my parish. This past Friday we had Stations of the Cross and Benediction led by our Permanent Deacon. The strange thing was that the deacon wore the priest’s stole with the cope … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Where should the tabernacle be in our Minor Basilica?

Recently stories about the initiatives in the Diocese of Madison by The Extraordinary Ordinary Bishop Robert C. Morlino to get tabernacles back into the center of churches have aroused some interest where tabernacles belong.  I’ve gotten some email from people … Continue reading

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Priest shortage = self-inflicted wound

My old pastor, the late Msgr. Schuler used to make mordent remarks about the suicidal vocations efforts of the Archdiocese. “They’re like people during a famine who wring their hands and discuss how they are all going to starve to … Continue reading

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LOUISIANA: Judge strikes down law requiring confessors to report abuse

Have you followed at all the court battle in Louisiana concerning the Seal of Confession and obligation to report certain crimes? From CWN: A Louisiana judge has ruled unconstitutional a new state law requiring priests to report sexual abuse that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Excommunication of lay people for attending women’s fake ordination?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: A local Protestant affiliated hospital in my city hosted a so-called WomanPriest recently. She purported to confect the Eucharist in their chapel. This “event” received zero publicity (to my surprise). The usual small gaggle of grey … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 11 – Ember Saturday of the 1st Week of Lent: Blood, vigils, and priests

It is Ember Saturday in the 1st Week of Lent. These 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a daily boost in your discipline during this holy season, Lent.

 http://www.wdtprs.com/lentcazt16/11_lentcazt16.mp3 I provide these podcasts again this year in gratitude to benefactors who … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Difference between male and female?

From a seminarian… QUAERITUR: I’m a seminarian at __ in ___ and I was wondering what’s the reason for why women should not be in the sanctuary for things such as lecturing and EMHC? I’m totally on board with this teaching, I just don’t know … Continue reading

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Prefect of Cong. for Bishops says more priests now decline becoming bishop

I have a priest friend who has 30+ reasons on his list for why he doesn’t want to be a bishop. [UPDATE: I was informed that the list is presently at 42 reasons for why he doesn’t want to be a … Continue reading

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