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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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- Odin777: How has Father Martin not been publicly rebuked? He is leading so many people into sin and error̷ 0;it’ ;s insane!
- LeeGilbert: Also, the Tom Playfair series, by Fr. Francis Finn, S.J. . . .if no one has mentioned it yet. Once I asked my Trappist friend, Fr. Daniel Lenihan, O.C.S.O. ( 1907-2012) if he had read...
- The Astronomer: I think Fr. Martin has had so much homosexual Kool-Ade that he couldnR 17;t care less what Fr. Longenecke r thinks or says.
- LeeGilbert: Father, you write, “In addition to finding books for boys of that age, might I suggest also some effort to read aloud?R 21; Here you suggest something with huge potential both...
- Malta: I baptized my 1 1/2 y/o grandson. What do I want him to read/watch as he grows older: whatever wholesome he likes to see!
- Imrahil: Addition to my comment: though that latter is not a book but a radioplay
- Sportsfan: Any book by Father Francis Finn is good for boys. I think TAN publishes the Tom Playfair trilogy as well as some others. Also the Redwall series is excellent.
- Imrahil: Using the opportunit y to beg forgivenes s of the spelling nomination s above, I second the recommenda tion of Tom Sawyer and especially of Treasure Island. (For the latter, there is an...
- TonyO: [PLEASE don’t let children anywhere near the movies… at least until they have thoroughly enjoyed the books (= entirely different = the real thing).] Absolutely right, Father. Please don...
- OldProfK: Second the recommenda tion of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (books, not films). I’d add Tom Sawyer, Huckleberr y Finn, Treasure Island, Johnny Tremain, and Carry On, Mr....
- Chuck4247: I would include more mystery novels in here. Both Chesterton ’s Father Brown and Doyle̵ 7;s Sherlock Holmes are great story telling, and the minds of Holmes and Brown would be...
- SenexCalvus: Let’s add two classics about heroic missionari es: Willa Cather’s DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP and AJ Cronin’s KEYS OF THE KINGDOM. Both got me in trouble with my ninth-grad e...
- tho: Enjoyed reading all the wonderful comments, especially acardinal& #8217;s recommenda tion of Nicholas Monsarrat& #8217;s The Cruel Sea. One of my favorites, as I got a little older, was Mutiny...
- frjim4321: “ 230; it seemed as if everyone with a slight headache was invited to come forward 230;” ; How would you know what a person is suffering? We have some very healt...
- roma247: Looking forward to adding these to my sons’ ; reading list when they are just a little bit older. They love the Hardy Boys too, but right now my 12 year old son’ s favor...
- adriennep: On website called ReadBright ly there is a List of Books for 9-10 Year Olds, with descriptio n and covers. You can tell which ones boys might like. Many of these are not older classi...
- Fallibilissimo: Sounds like Fr Longenecke r had enough! It was refreshing to read his article which was frank and direct. I could hear the voice of a very concerned father coming out of the text....
- Ellen: I am one of the people who select books for our children 8217;s section. You all have no idea how much bilge there is out there. It’s quite disappoint ing to open my copy of Bookli...
- Fallibilissimo: Understood Fr, I’ll keep it for another time.
- Neal: Just finished reading Watership Down to the kids. They loved it, and I’d forgotten how great it is. Otto of the Silver Hand, not so much.
- sibnao: These are good recommenda tions. I have two sons, 19 and 14, both excellent readers now, who were both “del ayed” ; in fluent reading until well into 4th grade. I credit reading...
- jaykay: MacCheese: “Can anyone else point/link to others that would be appropriat e for a 10 yr old boy?” ; It’s almost 50 years ago, but my generation was still brought up on...
- frjim4321: “ 230;then expalined how the prayers of the “Introduct ory Rites” make clear who we are… ” I like that frame, and I like the idea of letting the Introducto ry Rites...
- Katherine: To you and Mary Jane: Do not be afraid to read stories that are over their heads! You will be amazed at their comprehens ion. Another favorite of ours is Captains Courageous . I, myself,...
- robtbrown: frjim4321 says: It was a fervorino on the upcoming communal celebratio ns of the Anointing of the Sick and Sacrament of Penance. As related to restoratio n of convenenta l relations with...
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- LENTCAzT 2018 07 – Tuesday in the 1st Week of Lent: subtle temptation
- Attacks on the family
- My View For Awhile: Capital Edition
- Books for boys. Suggested titles and an additional point.
- LENTCAzT 2018 06 – Monday in the 1st Week of Lent: “I warned you!”
- Wherein Fr Longenecker schools @JamesMartinSJ
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes
- WDTPRS 1st Sunday of Lent (N.O.): The Lenten “Sacrament”
- LENTCAzT 2018 05 – 1st Sunday of Lent: Anger and Reason
- Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some are excused because, “They’re tooo haaard!” Wherein Fr. Z rants.
- JUST TOO COOL – Cops, ashes, and podcasts
- VIDEO Fr. Murray and Prof. Royal on some tough issues
- LENTCAzT 2018 04 – Ash Saturday: Getting ready for… it.
- Pontifical Requiem Mass for a great lover of the Church’s sacred liturgy
- LENTCAzT 2018 03 – Ash Friday: Grant me a little more time
- Role of #MSM in mass shootings: If it bleeds, it leads. Angry @fatherz asks fearful questions
- Wherein Fr. Z rants in the wake of the Florida school mass murder
- Friday after Ash Wednesday: Feast of the Crown of Thorns
- LENTCAzT 2018 02 – Ash Thursday: What you are I was, what I am you shall be.
- Your #AshWednesday Sermon Notes #ashtag – AUDIO Fr Z
- Ash Wednesday, Fasting, Abstaining, and You – with notes on alligator, endothermic moonfish, and muskrat
- LENTCAzT 2018 01: Ash Wednesday – Unto dust thou shalt return.
- Fun with @OneMadMomBlog – BuzzFeed – Alt-Right and @SebGorka
- LENTCAzT 2018 00: Shrove Tuesday – Get out your armor, pilgrim’s shoes and cloaks
- Singing and confession – Just Too Cool!
- Writing to Fr. Z
- Excellent Letter for Lent from Archbp. Chaput of @ArchPhilly – Fr. Z rants, gives 3 points of advice about sin.
- ASK FATHER: Why can lay people read at Mass?
- ASK FATHER: When should babies be baptized?
- OLYMPICS 2018 12 Feb: CURLING!
Let us pray…
Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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The other day, Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro, who associates himself very closely with the Holy Father, tweeted this:
Antics like Cameli’s [HERE] can only be topped by Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro’s tweet yesterday.
Theology is not #Mathematics. 2 + 2 in #Theology can … Continue reading
From a friend in email:
It would seem to make little difference in pastoral practice at this point, I think, to admit Lutherans to Communion: most of our own Catholic people don’t believe in the Real Presence and probably are … Continue reading
I’ve seen some pretty dumb things on the internet. I’ve seen some pretty evil things on the internet. I’ve seen things that are both pretty dumb and pretty evil on the internet.
This has to be right up there with the … Continue reading
Did you hear that the Bishops of the Atlantic region of Canada, the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly (Archdioceses and Dioceses of Antigonish, Bathurst, Charlottetown, Corner Brook and Labrador, Edmundston, Grand Falls, Halifax, Moncton, Saint John (NB), St. John’s and Yarmouth) veered towards … Continue reading
IMPORTANT UPDATE – Dean of Rota: Pope could strip Four Cardinals of Cardinalate because of Five Dubia
UPDATE 1 Dec:
This we now read at Religion Confidencial:
Religión Confidencial publicó el martes una noticia que ponía en boca de monseñor Pio Vito Pinto, decano de la Rota Romana, la afirmación de que los cuatro cardenales que han escrito al … Continue reading
And now for something completely different…
Something not so fresh, as usual, from the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter). The combox (in theory having a new policy) under that piece is not revealing wholehearted enthusiasm about the event.
I wonder how much the Clinton/Podesta … Continue reading
For your “Sissy” File….
The Catholic Theological Union in Chicago has been a theological byword for … awful… for decades.
An alumnus of the CTU sent this:
Talk about Self-Absorbed Promethean Neopelagians!
If you think that his name is familiar, Mark Francis, that you have … Continue reading
See the write up on this in the Detroit News.
When pro-life students at the largest Catholic university in America set out to recruit others to their cause, they probably didn’t expect a Catholic cleric to brand them bigots for it.
But that’s … Continue reading
I am minded of a witty review back in the day by Dorothy Parker, who wrote of a book that it should not be put down lightly; it should be hurled with great force.
A scan of the acknowledgments at the … Continue reading
A few days ago Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese, who had been relieved of his post as editor of America Magazine when Card. Ratzinger was Prefect of the CDF, and who now writes for the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) came … Continue reading
This makes me angry.
From Independent Sentinel:
Historic Church Turned Into a Mosque with Taxpayer Funding
Muslims are converting a former Roman Catholic church into mosque. The plan, approved by US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board, is funded by U.S. … Continue reading
This entry has a convoluted origin, but here goes…
I saw a story at Stream about a lesbian couple who are suing New Jersey, which is oppressing them. Get this…
Erin and Marianne Krupa, a lesbian couple struggling to get pregnant due … Continue reading
Here is something pretty bizzare…
This has come out of the blue like a… that thing that comes out of the blue. A bolt? A raise in your health insurance premium? A sprained ankle? My point is that, as I write, none of … Continue reading
It is possible that some wywympryst wannabes, representatives of the militant women’s association Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW), are supposed to meet with someone in the Vatican. Via Eponymous Flower and Katholisches.info.
I think most of these wymyn and those who aid … Continue reading
You’ve seen the recent stories about leaders of US women religious being summoned to Rome for to explain the situation.
On the heals of another such story today (HERE) comes this, which I spotted at Church Militant.
Apparently the US weird sisters … Continue reading