Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

Our leadership: autocrats and authoritarians

This applies to priests as well. From LifeSite: Why some bishops behave the way they do June 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Why can’t 40 Days for Life in my home town get any support from our local bishop? Why does … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination

Well… this is it.  I made it this far. Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember Days were common times for ordinations and Ember … Continue reading

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Kerknet – the portal website of the Catholic Church in Flanders – attacks Ordinatio sacerdotalis

How do you say Fishwrap in Flemish? My first thought was, this antic trumpery would not have been attempted in the pontificates of St. John Paul II or Benedict XVI. A Belgian Catholic newspaper, what seems to be the official Flemish language catholic newpaper … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Maximized” priest returns to duties after marriage and divorce

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Maximized priest returning to priestly duties Our new parochial vicar (NO parish) is a priest who was married, divorced, and is now “returning to priestly duty.” What exactly does this mean? Can he licitly confect the Eucharist? Can … Continue reading

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I am pretty tired of this B as in B, S as in S.

A few inflammatory points by way of introduction. First, there are those who say that many of the problems in the Church today can be traced back to the influence of a kind of “jansenism” impressed during formation in seminaries way back … Continue reading

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NB US CLERICS: Confraternity of Catholic Clergy meeting

The US version of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy will be holding its meeting 12-15 July in Philadelphia, PA. Click on over there and have a look. The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy is an association of 600 Roman Catholic Priests … Continue reading

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New Oratory of St. Philip Neri to form

I received today a press release from the Diocese of Portsmouth, England, which says that the great Bishop Philip Egan has “has invited Fr Dominic Jacob CO (co-founder of the Oxford Oratory) and Fr Peter Edwards and Fr David Hutton, generously … Continue reading

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Vocations to the priesthood: bad numbers? Those numbers didn’t just happen by themselves.

I’ve written many times about the situation of vocations to the priesthood. We all know that there are certain parishes in dioceses which produce more priests. We all know that there are certain dioceses which produce more priests. We all … Continue reading

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“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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