Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

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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ASK FATHER: Reciting the Office or reading silently

From a seminarian… QUAERITUR: I am a seminarian and I pray the EF Office faithfully. I know I have read somewhere that even when praying alone the words should actually be pronounced (however quiet) and not read as completely silent. … Continue reading

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“I have confronted a few priests, as politely as possible, and hated every second of it.”

Most of us have have struggled at one point or another, often to the the point where a little trickle of blood emerges from the corner of our mouths, to bite our tongues during sermons.   Listening to at best pabulum and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: House cassocks

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is a house cassock and what is the general etiquette regarding their use? Clerical decorum has nearly completely broken down. All you have to do is look at a group of concelebrants. There are hardly … Continue reading

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Weigel on improvising priests. Fr. Z rants.

We had an honorable mention in a piece by George Weigel today, not by name, but pretty much everyone knows what’s what. In First Things, Weigel is rightly worked up about priests who, contrary to law and good sense, impose … Continue reading

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Archbp. Léonard on priestly vocations. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From Catholic World News: Former Belgian primate discusses synod, success in fostering vocations In an interview with a French Catholic weekly magazine, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard reflected upon his five years as Primate of Belgium and Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels. The prelate’s … Continue reading

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Reason #218994 for Summorum Pontificum – UPDATED

UPDATE 29 Dec: It seems that the priest involved has been involved with his diocese in this matter HERE. There is also an article in a local paper which explains the fallout. HERE In short, Father is sorry that he … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 24: The Christmas icon of the Eastern Orthodox

In gratitude to my donors and benefactors, during Advent I’m posting 5 minute daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. And so, here is ADVENTCAzT 24, for Tuesday … Continue reading

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Altar girls and liturgy dominated by women: bad ideas

I’m Fr. Z.. and I endorse this essay by Rachel Lu at Crisis! My emphases and comments: In 1994, the Congregation for Divine Worship issued a letter officially specifying that it is licit for females to serve the altar in … Continue reading

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