Category Archives: The Drill

Diocese of Rome’s guidelines for ‘Amoris laetitia’. Wherein Fr. Z rants, offers solution.

At the end I offer a solution.  But be patient and read. Sandro Magister provided an English translation of key parts of the Italian document issued by the Vicar of Rome, Card. Vallini (who runs the Diocese of Rome while the … Continue reading

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The “Wile E. Coyote of contemporary liberal catholicism” rides again!

Every once in a while the Wile E. Coyote of contemporary liberal catholicism over at Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) goes on a venom bender. Michael Sean Winters can last a few weeks without bashing Acton Institute and then he falls off the wagon. … Continue reading

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“Bring back the good old days of diocesan laws that have the form of law.”

Last July Robert Card. Sarah made a personal (not official) bid to priests to begin celebration of Holy Mass ad orientem, and that a good time to do that would be this coming Advent. I hope many priests will do this, … Continue reading

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Sober and sobering views of the “Francis Effect”

I point the readership to two must-read pieces. First, in of all places the New York Times (aka Hell’s Bible), an op-ed by Matthew Schmitz of First Things.  “Has Pope Francis Failed?” Next, Carl Olson’s opinion piece at Catholic World Report, which … Continue reading

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URGENT POLL – 26 Sept 2016 – Trump v Clinton Debate

PLEASE SHARE THE POLLS WIDELY! A great deal hangs on the outcome of tonight’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (boooooooo).  I, for one, would vote for the corpse of Millard Fillmore to keep the later out of … Continue reading

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Acton on giving the powerful a pass because they are famous

I am presently reading Lord Acton by Roland Hill.  US HERE UK HERE  It was highly recommended to me by Fr. Robert Sirico of ACTON INSTITUTE. I found this passage, which deals with Acton’s most famous quote, relevant to one of the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issue a binding interpretation of #AmorisLaetitia

From a reader… QUAERITUR: As a recent convert and a lawyer (but definitely not a canon lawyer), in view of Pope Francis’ recent endorsement of the broad view of AL, can the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issue … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters on Pope Francis’ “Argentinian Letter”

Distinguished canonist Ed Peters (who also comments here) has posted on his fine blog In The Light Of The Law some thoughts about Pope Francis’ latest move, the letter to the Argentinian bishop about a draft document that seems to attempt … Continue reading

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Did Pope Francis really write that letter?

UPDATE: I have found a “news story” (but not really) at the site of Vatican Radio by Philippa Hitchen saying something about the letter. HERE Also, in today’s L’Osservatore Romano of 12-13 September there is an unsigned piece on p. 7 … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Address: 10 years later

Has it been 10 years already?   Job 7:6!  John Allen at Crux reminded me of the anniversary. Ten years ago Benedict XVI delivered his famous Regensburg Address which sparked huge controversy over his inclusion of the example of Islam … Continue reading

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How to pray the “Cursing Psalms” against our enemies

Saturdays are my field days.  I field strip my computers (scan, defrag, update etc.), police the Cupboard Under The Stairs, do laundry, try to fill up a garbage bag or two (that’s satisfaction), police both the fridge (especially on a wake-up) and my conscience.  Well, that last … Continue reading

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Women-priest fakers AGAIN allow Protestants to define who Catholics are. Fr. Z rants about consequences.

First, those who promote ordination of women as deacons (aka deaconettes) claim that they are only interested in diaconate for women, not priesthood. While your planet’s yellow sun doesn’t give me mind reading powers, I think that’s not true. No … Continue reading

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Rutler on Luther and Islam

As  a former Lutheran, I won’t look forward to Catholic-Lutheran hoopla in 2017.  I, for one, won’t celebrate theological revolt and the shredding of the fabric of Christendom. A must read is to be found at Crisis from the keyboard of Fr. George … Continue reading

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“Catholics Come Home!” videos – then and now

In the past I have been impressed favorably by the short, inviting videos made by Catholics Come Home! REMEMBER: If you are a fallen away Catholic, or you have strayed a bit, all 99.9% of you have to do to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis creates a one new Dicastery out of four, which will be suppressed

Today it was announced that Pope Francis created a “Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development” through a Motu Proprio published on today in L’Osservatore Romano.  More from Vatican Radio HERE. The Dicastery will come into effect on 1 January 2017 … Continue reading

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