Category Archives: The Olympian Middle

SILENT NO LONGER: A priest speaks out!

This post is aimed in a special way at priests and bishops out there – office holders in the Church of awesome spiritual authority, as teachers, as wielders of prophetic potential – but who are not yet committed to doing something to help Holy Church, … Continue reading

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Card. Burke on Islam and our choices for the future

Just days after a 17-year-old Afghan refugee who aligned himself with Islamic State wounded four people with an axe and knives on a train near Würzberg, as I assemble this post I’m watching an active shooter situation at a shopping mall … Continue reading

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Attacks on Catholic church in France and Belgium

I was just in Toledo… not Ohio. While I was in the glorious cathedral, and I heard that it had been the site of a mosque after the Visigothic church was torn down, it occurred to me that there are … Continue reading

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In the wake of #AmorisLaetitia (aka #FamiliarisDivortio )

The other day I wryly wrote about what may take place in the wake of the now Post-Synodal Apostolic Letter Amoris laetitia (aka Familiaris divortio): Benedict, in Summorum, emancipated both the older form of Mass and priests who say it! … Continue reading

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Something dire you should read: Progressivism’s (Liberals’) Dark Side

At The Catholic Thing there is a piece that you should review.   It explains some of the dark, actually evil, underpinnings of progressivism – the “liberal” agenda. Progressivism’s Dark Side […] [T]he modern Progressive movement has been dominated by a … Continue reading

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Is Christianity becoming a religion filled with cowards?

Go read the piece at Crisis: Has Christianity Become a Coward’s Religion? Sample: In such times it is right to wonder whether Christianity really has become a religion filled with cowards. Christianity is not a coward’s religion, for its truth … Continue reading

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Reducing Christianity to a fading smile

I direct the readership’s attention to a provocative piece at The Catholic Thing about an effective weapon perennially deployed to destroy Christianity. It is one of which the Serpent has long made use. The Cheshire Cat The let’s-destroy-Christianity project has … Continue reading

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Ross Douthat explains the situation to liberal ‘c’atholic academics.

Ross Douthat is not lying down and letting the effete liberal catholic academic mafia kick him. He has declared war. Rather, perhaps he has openly stated that a state of war does in fact exist – he didn’t start it – and that … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters’ stern words about the dangers of anti-law mentality

Distinguished canonist Ed Peters has something to say about canon law and the disasters that follow when a spirit of antinomianism ticks up.  HERE  My emphases and comments. Canon law has never been ‘the frame of reference’ for the Church When … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 3: Synod Free Zone, Abbatial Mass and – Fr. Z rants

I have been – mostly on purpose – in a Synod Free Zone in the last few days, even though I am at Ground Zero.   Yes, I am hearing a lot.  No, I am trying not to let it … Continue reading

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Synod rule changes to be announced on Friday. Hold on to your socks.

From the Bollettino: Avviso di Briefing, 29.09.2015 [B0737] Si informano i giornalisti accreditati che venerdì 2 ottobre 2015, alle ore 11.30, nell’Aula Giovanni Paolo II della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, il Cardinale Lorenzo Baldisseri, Segretario Generale del Sinodo dei … Continue reading

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The Flag, Pope Francis, Cuba and Religious Freedom

Look… Pope’s meet with all sorts of people.  That said, I direct your attention to a piece at USA Today by Nichols Hahn of Real Clear Religion.  My emphases. Havana’s U.S. flag no victory for pope: Column Secretary of State John Kerry’s … Continue reading

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The Decline and Death of Christianity. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Our Lord promised that, in the end, the gates of Hell would not prevail. He did not promise that they would not prevail where you live. They may indeed prevail in these USA, or in Europe. One way in which they … Continue reading

Posted in Global Killer Asteroid Questions, Hard-Identity Catholicism, New Evangelization, Si vis pacem para bellum!, Sin That Cries To Heaven, The Coming Storm, The future and our choices, The Last Acceptable Prejudice, The Olympian Middle, The Religion of Peace, Wherein Fr. Z Rants | Tagged , | 23 Comments

ASK FATHER: Seminarians required to stand for Communion. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Okay… this is going to be hard. From a seminarian: I am currently a ___ year seminarian attending ___ . antecently, a new ‘policy’ was adopted here: all must receive Holy Communion standing. The Holy See has made it absolutely clear that we all have … Continue reading

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CINOs

I point the attention of the readership to something at American Catholic.  This is dreadful, but I sense that much of our struggle for our Catholic identity will be circumscribed by situations like this. The University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) says, … Continue reading

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