Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

Do I hear an “Amen!”?

From CNA:
Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests
Santiago, Chile, Aug 16, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Of canonical digits and purifications

From a reader:
Our priest does a fantastic job of guarding his thumb and index fingers once he has touched the Host. I was wondering if this is a symbolic gesture, as I have never seen our Eucharistic Ministers or Deacon wash their … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: How to correct a priest who is getting the rubrics wrong?

From a reader:
A priest has started saying the Extraordinary Form Mass at a local church. The congregation is very thankful, and we make sure to let him know. [Excellent!]
Unfortunately, even though he is enthusiastic about the Extraordinary Form, he doesn’t … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z responds cordially to a non-provocation and writes about Hard-Identity Catholicism

Over at his facebook page, my friend Fr. Richard Heilman (very cool priest) of the Diocese of Madison, has posted something that absolutely demands a response.
He caught my attention by sharing a pic with the caption “Daily Battle Strategy”.

Oh yah?
Respondeo … Continue reading

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How to get Francis wrong on homosexuality

Over at the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) I saw a self-indulgent piece by the new contributor, Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ.  He wrote a longish offering called “Sodom, homosexuality, drone strikes and prayer”.
Here is a sample of Reese’s post (with … Continue reading

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Card. Braz de Aviz moves on the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, curtails use of Usus Antiquior. Fr. Z rants, offers tough love.

It has been a tough week, friends.
Now there is news which will make a lot of the traditionally inclined go bonkers.  My email is filling up with panicky bile.
Before any of you readers have a spittle-flecked nutty, in a spittle-flecked … Continue reading

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“Dear Holy Father… about my car….” Wherein Fr. Z offers advice to priests about vehicles.

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to Pope Francis’ war on new cars for priests and religious.  HERE.
I saw this in an article in the Vatican’s underground satirical newspaper LA CIPOLLA:
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Priests far and wide are now under attack because … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z copes with his new paranoia

I am worried.
Given that Pope Francis has declared war on clerical new cars, I am concerned that other things will soon be in his cross-hairs.
For example, what could be more worrisome to the poor than the sight of cuff links … Continue reading

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How to revive a dying parish

For your Brick By Brick file.
I had this through email so I can’t vouch for this 100%.  But as Preserved Killick would say, ’Aye aye, sir. Rectory it is.’
I thought you might enjoy this bit of info. St. Anne church in … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: What is “ad nutum episcopi”?

From a reader:
Recently here in Minneapolis the 2 FSSP priests were assigned. One was assigned as ad nutum episcopi parochial vicar. What does this phrase mean and what does is say about his tenure? What we found on the web … Continue reading

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