OLDIE PODCAzTs for the Octave of Pentecost

Some Pentecost oldie PODCAzTs.

I made these in 2008 during the Octave of Pentecost.  Perhaps they will be of interest to WDTPRS newcomers.

056 08-05-12 Octaves – Fr. Z rants & Augustine on PentecostPENTECOST MONDAY
057 08-05-13 John Paul II on the unforgivable sin; Our Lady of Fatima and the vision of HellTUESDAY
058 08-05-14 Ember Days; Chrysostom on St. Matthias; Prayer to the Holy SpiritWEDNESDAY
059 08-05-15 Leo the Great on Pentecost fasting; Benedict XVI’s sermon for Pentecost SundayTHURSDAY
060 08-05-16 Pentecost customs; St. Ambrose on the dew of the Holy SpiritFRIDAY
061 08-05-17 Pope Leo I on a post-Pentecost weekday; Fr. Z rambles not quite aimlessly for a whileSATURDAY

And don’t forget this one on the Pentecost Sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus.

087 09-05-06 Veni Sancte Spiritus – The Pentecost Sequence dissected

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Wherein Fr. Z rants

Over and over, wrong and wrong again; with the Church not speaking to the world from her wisdom, but the world teaching the Church a lesson in its foolishness, and the Church going along, like the puny kid in the schoolyard who sucks up to the bully and learns to cheer when the bully beats up the kid’s own brothers.

Thus endeth Anthony Esolen, in another pure-gold essay at Crisis.

We are, right now, in serious trouble,  Having cut ourselves free from our moorings, having slipped out into the worldly stream without a propeller, the world seems to be sweeping the Church, as she is manifest in many places, toward the rocky waterfall.  I am reminded of a scene in African Queen.  They have to get the propeller straightened out and working or else the current will simply take them careening out of control.  They have to go faster than the current in order to steer.  So, the thing that is the most aft in the boat, connected to their past, is the only thing that allows them to navigate into their safe future.

Another sample from Esolen’s piece:

But the surest way to get everything wrong in the realm of nature is to ignore the wisdom of one’s forebears. Here the words of Edmund Burke ought to be seared into every Christian’s mind. Says he, referring to the good solid Englishmen of his day: ?”We are afraid to put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason; because we suspect that this stock in each man is small, and that the individuals would do better to avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations and of ages.”

To apply Burke’s words to our time: there is nothing new about mankind, about men and women, about children, about liberty, principles of government, the good of the family, work, public servants, public varmints, education, piety, honor, purity, and all the other virtues, that has not been a part of the immemorial heritage of the human race. We are not wiser than our grandparents. Feminists have toiled in the traces for a century and not brought to our attention a single genuinely great writer or artist or thinker who had been neglected because of her sex; though they have slandered a few and warped our understanding of others. Educationists have come up with one New and Improved Method after another, and not one has enjoyed any success, and some have been disastrous; liturgists have penned New and Improved Music, and never a masterpiece, nay, not even a decent off-Broadway ditty among them. Cut yourself off from the wellspring: run dry and wither.

This is essentially right.  Libs, mired in their immanentism, want us to think that human beings can evolve out any need to kneel, to submit to outside authority (other than when we are to submit to them, that is).   We evolve out of old, stodgy mores and taboos.  And, to celebrate ourselves in our self-defining autonomy, we need ever shifting ways to express ourselves, including “liturgy”.

That’s rot, of course.

For the umpteenth time, I’ll get on my hobby horse.

I have argued that Summorum Pontificum, the centerpiece of Benedict XVI’s “Marshall Plan” (my image) for the Church, is one of our greatest tools for a true revitalization of the Church and Catholic identity.

After World War II these United States rebuilt war-ravaged Europe for humanitarian reasons, but also to help create trading partners and a prosperous bulwark against Communism.

After Vatican II, many spheres of the Church were devastated, ravaged by internal dissent, a loss of continuity with our tradition, and from erosion by the secularism and relativism of the prevailing modern world.

We need a Marshall Plan for the Church in the modern world.  Certainly what we have been doing up to this point isn’t producing fantastic results across the board.  That’s because we don’t seem to know who we are anymore.

Joseph Card. Ratzinger had been concerned for years about the loss of Christian identity, which is at the heart of Western Civilization. Later, as Benedict XVI, he gave us a great tool by which we could reinvigorate our Catholic identity and, so, resist the negative influences of secularism and relativism.  I think that Benedict intended Summorum Pontificum to play a key part in a long-term strategy to rebuilt our Catholic identity, to correct our way of reading … well… just about everything over the last half century or so, and to establish a strong defense against the dictatorship of relativism.

Only with a solid identity can we, as Catholics, have something positive and healthy to offer to the world at large, a clear voice offering important contributions in the public square.  Look, for example, at the clarity and courage of the Little Sisters of the Poor against the evil machinations of the Obama Administration.  They have a clear identity and they are steadfast.  As a result they provide an inspiring example and they keep certain values before the public eye.

Our identity as Catholics is inextricably bound together with the way we pray as a Church.

To give shape and strength to our Catholic identity in these difficult times, we need an authentic liturgical renewal, a renewal that reintegrates us with our tradition, brings us into continuity with the deep roots of our Catholic Christian experience of two millennia.

Contrary to the notions of most progressivists, “the Catholic thing” did not begin in the 1960s.

There can be no authentic change for a better future without continuity with our past. Liturgy is the tip of the spear.  Benedict XVI pointed us toward a healthier vision of the Church’s doctrine, history, public worship and our very identity as Catholics.

Just as a return to, for example, reading the Fathers of the Church can help us, collectively, correct the way we have been reading Scripture, so much and too long under the domination of an over-played historical-critical method, so too the Extraordinary Form can help us learn how to worship God as a Church which is not fragmented into tiny shards, and to reorient ourselves away from ourselves.

No positive initiative that we undertake in the Church will succeed unless it is rooted in and oriented by a revitalized sacred liturgical worship of God.  Everything comes from worship and everything goes back to worship in a dynamic, ongoing commercium.

Start your local movement for the implementation of Summorum Pontificum NOW.  I don’t think we have a lot of time to waste.

¡Hagan lío!

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ASK FATHER: “Maximized” priest returns to duties after marriage and divorce

From a reader…


Maximized priest returning to priestly duties

Our new parochial vicar (NO parish) is a priest who was married, divorced, and is now “returning to priestly duty.” What exactly does this mean? Can he licitly confect the Eucharist? Can he hear confessions? I do not know anything else about his situation. I want to give him a fair shake, as it were, but this whole situation is a little confusing to me.

I can’t say that know the term “maximized priest”. I am unsure of its meaning. Did Father eat too many jelly donoughts after Sunday Mass?

There are a couple possible scenarios to explain what’s happened here.

If Father did not get a dispensation, and simply walked away and attempted marriage, the marriage would have been invalid, and that attempt would have rendered him irregular for the exercise of Holy Orders. If he then woke up, obtained a civil divorce, and came back on his knees to his diocesan bishop, the bishop could have then sent the case to the Holy See.  The Holy See then might have given the priest an appropriate penance and then lifted the irregularity, permitting him once again to resume his priestly duties.

Otherwise, if Father did obtain a dispensation from the clerical state and from the obligation to celibacy and got married legitimately, but then later divorced, he would have had to submit his marriage to the judgment of the Church. If the tribunal found that his marriage was invalid, and he wanted to return to the active exercise of his priestly orders, the bishop could have submitted the case to the Holy See. If the Holy See saw fit, they could have allowed him to return to the active exercise of his orders.

In whatever case, we be happy that a priest has returned to the exercise of the Holy Orders he received. If he’s gotten the nod from the Holy See (and it’s safe to presume that he did, otherwise the bishop would not have appointed him as parochial vicar), then, without questions, he can both validly and licitly consecrate the Blessed Sacrament and validly absolve penitents from their sins.

Bottom line: If he is in the parish because the bishop put him there, there is virtually no chance that this priest does not have faculties to exercise Orders.

Another thing: This episode underscores once again that priests are human beings too.  They have flaws.  They make mistakes.  They suffer from loneliness and doubts. They repent and convert and to penance.  It is wonderful when priests are far closer to being saints than habitual sinners.  However, it is not the priest’s personal holiness which is the guarantee of the validity of sacraments.  His being a sinner affects his own soul but not the graces and effects of sacraments you receive.  When he says, “This is my Body…”, “I absolve you…”, he truly confects the Eucharist and he absolves your sins.  Our mysterious God, whose ways are not our ways, gives us His mercy and gra

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National Catholic Prayer Breakfast 2016

I am at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast!

With Card. Sarah.  Paul Ryan is behind us.



… with Sam Gregg and Alejandro Chafuen, both with Acton Institute.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.  No political red-meat, and he was charming.


Sr. Constance Veit, LSP (Little Sisters of the Poor).  She gave a wonderful talk.


Card. Sarah.  He was pretty attached to his text, as one is when speaking in a language that is not so familiar.  However, when he repeated that we should “pray“, he looked up in a way that was quite intense.


This girl’s choir was marvelous.


All in all, a great morning.  I would happily go again.  There were many familiar faces.

Many thanks to my hosts.

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Prof. Thomas Stark interviews His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke on ‘Amoris laetitia’

Prof. Thomas Stark interviews His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke on Amoris laetitia.


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Your Good News

Do you have good news to share with the readership?

Let us know.  We need some positive charges.

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The 169th Fighter Wings new portable altar in action!

I have posted before about the coolest, the ultimate gift for priests eh-vur: the portable altar made by St. Joseph’s Apprentice.  One of my posts about it:  HERE and  HERE

This fine Catholic carpenter who portable altars of wood, rather like a suitcase, with wings that fold out, and having an embedded altar stone.

St. Joseph’s Apprentice

I received this in email and had to share it.

1st Lt. (Fr) Matt Gray celebrates Pentecost with the new portable altar. We have a consecrated altar stone, but still need a relic.  Fr. Gray is a traditional guardsman with the South Carolina Air National Guard  “Swamp Fox” and a resident Priest at St. Gregory the Great Parrish in the Diocese of Charleston.



(I still want to swap my altar or get some of the upgrades I suggested.)

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Another unhappy feminist turns on Francis

Despite all the MSM and catholic media hoopla, brouhaha and hullabaloo in the wake of Pope Francis’ impromptu remarks about studying the notion of deaconesses (aka deaconesses), I don’t think much is going to happen.

Neither does a writer at The Guardian:

Pope Francis is a master at playing to the crowd. But we won’t get female deacons


Initial, breathless media reports that suggested the pope was on the verge of allowing women to be ordained as deacons: “Francis’ openness to studying the possibility of women serving as deacons could represent an historic shift for the global Catholic church, which does not ordain women as clergy.”

As much as I would like to believe it, that’s not going to happen.

Francis is the master of being all things to all people, using “off the cuff” remarks to sound progressive but changing nothing when it comes to actual church rules.

Remember Francis’ comment in 2013 about homosexual people: “who am I to judge?” Francis’ teaching on the family released last month did not remove the church’s judgement that homosexual people are disordered.  [Ummm… that’s not what the Church teaches, but let’s move on.]

In this case, the pope isn’t just playing to the crowd; he’s setting them up for disappointment. [No, this is also wrong.  There is no “crowd” who wants this.  There are a few people here and there.] The pope says the role of ordained women deaconesses is unclear and he will ask the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to study it.

Great! I’m guessing they’ll start with their 2002 report, From the Diakonia of Christ to the Diakonia of the Apostles. Its conclusion? Deaconesses in the early church “were not purely and simply equivalent to the deacons.” [If they truly “study” the question, they can’t ignore that document.]

Then the CDF will likely move on to the book Priesthood and Diaconate, written by its head, Cardinal Gerhardt Mueller. It also determines that there is no equivalence between deaconesses and male deacons in the early church. [If they honestly study the notion, they can’t ignore that book.]

The point? There is zero chance that this study, by this congregation headed by this cardinal, is going to find some theological basis that women can be ordained permanent deacons today. [Yep.]

More likely we are going to hear the usual “feminine genius” and “complementarity of the sexes” claptrap. You know: women deacons played a particular role. They were a minor deaconate. They were not equivalent to men. They were only ordained in the early church to minister to women (eg, baptise them by full immersion when it would have been improper for men to see a woman naked). There is no need for such a ministry now. Their ordination did not equal “holy orders.” Blah, blah, blah. [In other words, she doesn’t like “reality”.]

I hope I’m wrong. Forty years of being a Catholic feminist tells me I’m not going to be. [Nope.  You are not wrong.]

I’m not alone. [Indeed not!  There are tens of supporters for this!] The Women’s Ordination Conference, [which could also be Conference for the Ordination of Women…] while welcoming the study, notes that in the same meeting with the women, Pope Francis repeated the church’s argument that women cannot act “in the person of Christ” and therefore cannot preach or preside over the Eucharist. The conference commented:

WOC rejects this flawed interpretation that a male body is a necessary condition representing the Body of Christ. Upholding this discrimination, as though it were the will of God, is simply indefensible.  [God discriminates all the time, by the way.]


So, another unhappy feminist turns on Francis.

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Ingenious lights for portable confessional

The Sacrament of Penance has been devastated far and wide due to decades of neglect from bishops and priests.   However, in some places it is being revived.  Young priests especially are giving it some new impetus and some bishops are asking that confession times be more widely offered.  I hope that this Year of Mercy might, if it accomplishes nothing else, give a little oomph to the revival of the Sacrament of Penance.

Thus to my point.  A relatively new priest where I am is as part of his pastoral mandate serving as chaplain for a large Catholic summer camp.  He put together a handy portable contraption which serves as confessional lights.  You know the drill.  Father gets into the confessional and turns on the light indicating that he is in there.  The light over the penitents door – when there is no penitent within – is either dark or green.  When a penitent enters and (usually) kneels down, the outside light either turns on or turns red, depending on how the system is set up.

Now to this video…

Ingenious, no?

I wonder if Father has made a clear diagram of the circuitry so that other priests can make these.

Kudos to Fr. Gernetzke who, by the way, took the bishop’s urging seriously and learned how to read Holy Mass also in the traditional form of the Roman Rite before he was ordained.  He is now one of the priests who actually knows his Roman Rite and is not half-informed.  Father also generous serves on Pontifical Mass crews when the Extraordinary Ordinary pontificates.  I believe his next outing will be for the Feast of the Most Precious Blood when we use our new red pontifical set for the first time in its fullness.

Finally, everyone…


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Happy Birthday Your Eminence!

His Eminence Karl S.R.E. Card. Lehmann turns 80 today!

Such a landmark should not pass unnoticed.

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