Category Archives: Seminarians and Seminaries

Would the young Joseph Ratzinger – or I – have had the same reaction if….

As I often write, we are our rites. In the new interview book with Peter Seewald, Benedict XVI was asked how the son of a Bavarian policeman became a priest. I have a measure of sympathy with Benedict’s answer. I, too, … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project!

UPDATE: First off… I am informed that, through this project, YOU, dear readers, have supplied about 100 birettas to seminarians.  Kudos. Next, I have had a few thank you notes from seminarians, who are receiving their new covers.  Here is … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can Lectors still bless bread and fruit?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently I have just read regarding the minor order of Lector (I know it has been abolished). It is said that the lector can bless bread and fruit. My questions are: Is the blessings reserved only … Continue reading

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The ULTIMATE GIFT for a priest revisited: Portable altar from St. Joseph’s Apprentice

I have written before about the ULTIMATE gift for a priest: the marvelous portable altars by St. Joseph’s Apprentice.  In 2014 HERE and in 2015 HERE With each iteration, these altars are being perfected.  He has taken some of my past suggestions … Continue reading

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Latin. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Fr. John Hunwicke, priest, gentleman and Latinist, has a spiffing post at his blog Mutual Enrichment (which title is a reference to Summorum Pontificum). He writes about Latin.  Here is a taste of the first part with my oft-imitated emphases and comments: Since … Continue reading

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Why aging liberals are so nasty and so frightened

At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is an analysis piece by a writer for First Things, Matthew Schmitz. He writes about the angst libs are experiencing, as they cope with the ticking clock: Pope Francis isn’t moving fast … 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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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ASK FATHER: Can seminarian bless an engagement?

From a reader… I am a seminarian. One of my family member is have a non-Christian wedding but wants me to bless her engagement at home. Is it okay to do so? No. Even if the marriage were to take place in … Continue reading

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