Category Archives: Seminarians and Seminaries

The future of the Church (hint – NOT #Synod2018)

The demographics of the Church are on the move, at least in these USA.  We will, in the next few years, witness a dramatic drop in numbers of those who bother with the Church at all.  Everything will have to … Continue reading

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A Visual Image of Years of Priesthood – or – Good Clericalism

I really enjoyed this email, which is a kind of visual testimony about priesthood.
Please allow me to share with you a photo I think you will enjoy.
Last week, while in Rome, I took the opportunity to buy a new biretta … Continue reading

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Infiltration of the priesthood. How did it happen? How bad is it?

A priest friend of mine sent a link to a piece at his site: Padre Peregrino.
I think he over estimates the number of priests who are homosexual. However, I will agree that the percentage is probably higher among bishops and, … Continue reading

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A sermon by an old friend about The Present Crisis

My old friend Fr. Robert Altier, back in my native place, gave a sermon last Sunday, 19 August, which is worth your while.
Fr. Altier and I were in seminary together, though he was a couple years ahead of me.

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An improvement to the “Ratio” governing formation of priests in seminaries

There is a Roman document which deals with formation of seminarians: “Ratio fundamentalis institutionis sacerdotalis”
A priest wrote (slightly edited):
Hi Fr, great post on the abuse issues, thank you.
I have written up an argument for adding to the RatioFIS the requirement … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Lethal force against homosexual aggression in seminary?

From a reader….
QUAERITUR:
Is it morally permissible for one to use lethal force in stopping a predator in a situation of abuse (i.e. in a seminary or elsewhere)?
In my opinion, yes.
Given that homosexual aggression can be also horrifically violent, you do not … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – UPDATE: Photos of seminarians Solemn Mass

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass you frequented in fulfillment of your Sunday obligation?
Let us know what it was!
For my part, I am not scheduled today!  However, each year the seminarians of … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 164: Open Letter From A Young Priest To Bishops

At Crisis there is posted an open letter from an anonymous young priest to bishops.
It is a cri de coeur.
Where Are the Bishops Who Will Defend Faithful Priests?
I read this letter today, so that it will have greater exposure to … Continue reading

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HERESY PANDEMIC!

Now that I look at that post title, I can see why you might think that I am channeling the Id of Trad-dom.
In fact, today I had an informal lunch with some young priests: guys drop in between 12-2 for … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Using the traditional Breviarium Romanum: whole or just some?

From a seminarian:
I am a seminarian for ___ and have recently begun reciting the Divine Office using the traditional breviary. Some other seminarians and I are now wondering if a priest is still only bound to recite 5 of the … Continue reading

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Lovely, drippy, syrupy TLM and vocation video. Then Fr. Z rants about crying.

Pope Francis said something along the lines that certain realities can be seen only through eyes that have been cleansed by tears.
At the Italian site Messa in Latino, I saw a little video, beautifully produced, focused very much on the … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! The “Birettas for Seminarians Project” Continues

Pope Francis wants some “lío”.  “¡Hagan lío!”, right?  I’ve got some “lío” right here.
Some time ago I started a project whereby seminarians could contact the great John Hastreiter at Leaflet Missal Co. with their hat size. Meanwhile, you readers get in … Continue reading

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“Do you remember a time when…”

At The Catholic Thing, Anthony Esolen has again posted a clear-eyed piece about effeminacy in the Church.  Here’s a foray into his piece:
Vesting in Lavender
Do you remember a time, readers, when you could spend a whole day, actually a whole … Continue reading

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Did the catholic Left and homosexualists ignore Pope Francis’ words about seminarians?

The other day Pope Francis told the Italian bishops not to admit homosexual men as seminarians.    I wrote a post about it HERE.  CNA also reported it.   Reuters had it.
“If there’s a doubt about homosexuality, it’s better not to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on homosexual seminarians: This bridge is closed!

At Vatican Insider I spotted something interesting.  Each Spring the Italian bishops have a plenary meeting at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, in the smaller hall where the Synod usually meets.  The Pope attends at least part of the meeting.  … Continue reading

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