My View For Awhile: Maternal Edition

Having just returned from a fast assault on Chicago’s fare…

… and to work out details of the portable altar and sacristy for the upcoming pilgrimage, I’m off to the depths of the south.

I’ve been getting texts from Rome since I arose (at 3:15) about the splatter of front page coverage of Benedict XVI claiming that Francis thought is consistent with his own.

This is rather interesting. That’s just a few of the photos I got. Lot’s of coverage. Probably coordinated.

Remember this?

And so we board, yawning and reading tiny print in photos of newspapers sent from the other side of the pond.

And this… in case you forgot where you are…

More later.


I’m in Atlanta, waiting for another flight.  Meanwhile, I’m reading the coverage of Benedict’s letter.   Liberal Leftist La Repubblica says that Benedict several things:

ROMA – Benedetto XVI esce dal silenzio, per scrollare via bruscamente le frange tradizionaliste[anyone who believes in God is “traditionalist fringe” for this paper] che tentano di trascinare il suo nome nelle beghe contrarie all’attuale pontefice. Il Papa emerito scrive una lettera alla vigilia del quinto anniversario del conclave che ha eletto Bergoglio. E contesta lo “stolto pregiudizio per cui papa Francesco sarebbe solo un uomo pratico privo di particolare formazione teologica o filosofica, mentre io – aggiunge Ratzinger – sarei stato unicamente un teorico della teologia che poco avrebbe capito della vita concreta di un cristiano di oggi”.[Strange.] Un cenno – quest’ultimo – con il quale il pontefice tedesco sembra rivendicare una considerazione diversa anche per il magistero e l’opera che lui ha portato avanti negli 8 anni trascorsi sul soglio di Pietro. E infatti nella lettera viene ribadita “una continuità interiore” tra i due pontificati “pur con tutte le differenze di stile e di temperamento”.

What I find so odd is that phrase, that it’s a, “stupid (stolto… foolish, moronic, idiotic) prejudice by which Pope Francis would be only a practical man, without specific theological or philosophical formation, whereas I would merely a theoretician of theology who would little understand the concrete life of a Christian today.”   First, the style of the language is … how to put this… looser than what one might expect from Ratzinger.  Second, it is self-referential… which anyone who has read Ratzinger over the years will recognize as something which he would vigorously avoid.  As a matter of fact, there is a full doctoral thesis available in the topic of “self-referentiality in the writings of Joseph Ratzinger”.   He abhors it.   He doesn’t abhor his own experience as a starting point.  In the past, I would have opined that he would avoid such a self-defensive reference.

In any event, they’ve changed my gate, so I have less time in the lounge than I originally thought.


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UK: 29 April 2018 – Rosary on the Coast – London Oratory Trip to Ramsgate

From the Catholic Herald:

Catholics plan mass-rosary prayer around the British coast

The ‘Rosary on the Coast’ will mark 50 years since the Abortion Act came into effect

After similar events in Poland and Ireland, Catholics plan to pray the rosary around the coast on Great Britain in April this year.

The event, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, will mark 50 years since the Abortion Act coming into effect.

Organisers say the mass-rosary prayer will help combat the “present threats to faith, the dignity of the human person and to peace”, and encourage a “re-flourishing of our Faith”.

They intend to launch a website with an interactive map of prayer locations on March 1, the feast of St David, patron of Wales. Then, on the feast of St Joseph on March 19, they will begin forty days of spiritual preparation under the protection of the saint, ending on April 27, the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act coming into effect.

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley said he was “more than happy” to support the initiative. “Hopefully all these rosary sites will join up together and form a ring of grace around our coast for faith, life and peace.”

“May God bless this important venture and begin the conversion and reconciliation of our isles.”

Organisers hope Catholics will gather not just on the coast of the British mainland but also on surrounding islands including Orkney, Shetland, the Hebrides, the Isle of Man, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.

The mass-rosary prayer in Poland saw hundreds of thousands of Catholics pray the rosary around the country’s borders. Poles gathered at around 4,000 locations to commemorate the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima, and implore protection for their homeland and for the world.

“We believe that if the rosary is prayed by about a million Poles along the borders of the country, it may not only change the course of events, but open hearts of our compatriots to the grace of God,” the organisers said.

GREAT initiative!  Site HERE

I am told that the London Oratory is organizing a trip to St. Augustine’s Shrine at Ramsgate.

For more information and to reserve a seat contact: or Margaret Forrester on 07733299968
Or please leave your details at the Oratory house.
Return journey on coach from Oratory £25.00 per person
and children under 10 travel free
The cost of travel should not be a barrier for the unwaged

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LENTCAzT 2018 28 – Tuesday in the 4th Week of Lent: “They would pay any price for an hour!”

Today is Tuesday in the 4th Week of Lent.   The Roman Station is San Lorenzo in Damaso. 

In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in your own use of this holy season.

Today we hear St. Alphonsus Liguori about the value of time, from Preparation for Death.  


And if you have not yet tasted it, try Robert Card. Sarah’s great book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.


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READER FEEDBACK: “I want to be treated as an adult when it comes to catechesis and the Sacred Liturgy.”

From a reader, reacting to my post: Communion in the hand. Wherein Fr. Z rants and provokes.

Firstly, I want to thank you for your recent post/rant about “age appropriate food” when it comes to the Catholic Faith. I have had many conversations with friends and others about how at some parishes and masses, I feel as if I am back in grammar school, learning how to color in the lines while still retaining all current knowledge. To be honest, I typically feel insulted when I go to Mass and Father (or the deacon if it is not the priest who is preaching) ends up treating the faithful as if we were all five years old. Eventually, I am reminded this is something we have more or less done to ourselves over the last 50 or so years. (And from my own experience, this is the case in seminaries, as well.)

I currently attend a parish where Father says both forms of the Mass. Regardless of the form of the Mass, I have never felt as if I was being treated as a child when it comes to matters of Faith. Sadly, this modus operandi is not the norm in my diocese. But, thankfully, there is the slow trickle of young, well educated priests being ordained within the diocese that this “watering down” will eventually be done with.

As a member of the Faithful of the Catholic Church, I will testify that I want to be treated as an adult when it comes to catechesis and the Sacred Liturgy. Most people seem to discount my opinion since I’m “too young to remember the times before Vatican II, and can’t want something back I never had.” Well, they are correct. I was not around before Vatican II. I was not even around to remember the fall of Communism. But, I am a child of God.  I am the inheritor of nearly two thousand years of Christian Tradition, not merely the last fifty years or so.

Now, my rant is complete. I apologize for the length, but this is something I feel very strongly about, and you have managed to put it into words very eloquently. Thank you.

I think you are not alone.  Many people hunger for what you have the opportunity to experience.  Hopefully, in the future and with the help of more priests who are waking up and coming up in the ranks, that will accelerated.

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@CatholicCincy repudiates @JamesMartinSJ et al. homosexualist event

Vibrant Fr. Z Kudos™ to His Excellency Most Rev. Dennis M. Schurr, Archbishop of Cincinatti.

The Archbishop. sent out a note distancing the Church from an upcoming homosexualist event featuring homosexualist activists Jesuit James Martin, Sr. Jeannine Gramick (silenced by the Holy See and by her own congregation) and Jamie Manson (open lesbian writer for the Fishwrap with a coveted MDiv, tutored by the dreadful Margaret Farley).

Archbp. Schnurr wrote:

March 9, 2018

Dear Fathers and Deacons,

You may hear from some parishioners about an upcoming event at the University of Cincinnati subtitled, “A Dialogue on Faith, Catholicism, and the LGBTQ Community.” To be very clear, despite its billing, the event is in no way sponsored by, sanctioned by, or associated with the Catholic Church. In fact, one of the scheduled speakers has been ordered to not speak on behalf of the Catholic Church in the United States due to the grave error of her teaching. [Gramick] The Code of Canon Law (Can. 216) states in part that “no undertaking shall assume the name Catholic unless the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority is given.” My permission was not sought in this case, nor would it have been given.

If you receive any media inquiries regarding this event, please direct them without comment to our Communications Department: […]
Fraternally in Christ,
Archbishop Schnurr

I think it is pretty underhanded of the organizers and the speakers at this event to do this end around of the Archdiocese.  That tells you a great deal about them, and their contempt for the Church.

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Priestly Feedback: “entirely familiar realm in an entirely hostile world”

Some feedback from a priest, reacting to my post: ASK FATHER: Mass without proper gear? Pusillanimous stingy ignorant pride.

I am writing simply to share with you my reaction to the four videos you posted showing Masses offered in difficult (to say the least) circumstances among American soldiers. Although you posted them to show how it is both possible and good to offer Mass even in less than I deal circumstances, doing the very best we can and not being hampered by the practically impossible, what struck me deeply about those videos was something else. It was the piety of those men who were praying, praying a form of the Mass that was supposed to be too haaaard for most people, as you like to say. And yet, these men, from so many different parishes throughout the country seemed to be in an entirely familiar realm in the midst of that entirely hostile world. They were at the one Mass that was (practically) the same anywhere and everywhere.

Like you, I too am a convert. I have been a priest for less than ten years, but I have been a priest long enough to no long be a “new” priest. Perhaps that is why I find it remarkable that, while in parishes too many (where I am) complain about kneeling or other haaaard things in the new Mass, these men seemed to be truly devout. Whatever complaints about “formalism” in the praying of the usus antiquior, these men seemed nonetheless *interiorly* enter into the mystery. And I thought (again), oh how stupid we have been to have (nearly) thrown it all way!

Yes, Father.  You get it.

Many young priests and many lay people are getting it too.   This is why the libs have a spittle-flecked nutty every time Card. Sarah – a man who understands adversity and danger – makes a suggestion about our liturgical worship of God.

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LENTCAzT 2018 27 – Monday in the 4th Week of Lent: Which of the sons am I?

Today is Monday in the 4th Week of Lent.   The Roman Station is Ss. Quattro Coronati. 

In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in your own use of this holy season.

Today we hear an Angelus address of Benedict XVI in 2010 on the Prodigal son.

We hear also a bit of Chefs-d’œuvre Grégoriens


And if you have not yet tasted it, try Robert Card. Sarah’s great book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.


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Your Sunday Sermon Notes and a ‘Laetare’ Sunday ROSE POLL

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard at the Mass to fulfill your Sunday obligation?  Let us know.

For my part, for the TLM this morning, I spoke of how we must have deprivation before we appreciate abundance.  Taking on voluntary penances and mortifications is helpful for us.

We had a Solemn Mass today, with our newly completed rose set.  Yesterday I received – finally – a shipment with silver appliques I ordered for this set.  We spent a good share of yesterday putting them on the vestments, which were deeply spiffy once completed.  I think they turned out well.

For more on the liturgical color rosacea, HERE

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And in action… alas, from a mobile phone camera.  We may get better ones in a while.

From the Live Stream:

And now, since this is Laetare Sunday, what vestments did you who belong to the Roman Rite see for Mass?  Let’s have a POLL.

Anyone can vote but you have to be registered and approved to use the combox.

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Bulletin blurb from 1967 from a Long Island Parish

This, from a priest friend, is too good not to share.

Apparently Father had had enough with the nuptial confetti.

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JUST TOO COOL: Unboxing my new portable altar – UPDATED!

UPDATE 11 March:

This just came in from a US Army chaplain!

I enjoyed the joy you showed in your recent posting after receiving your newest portable altar.  I ordered mine last year in preparation for the Afghan deployment that I’ll finish this summer.  I’m using a Pelican Air 1615, and I have the altar, the Missale Romanum, small candles, all of the linens that St. Joseph’s sent with the altar and accoutrements, my SPORCH cards, a couple of Latin-English guides from Ecclesia Dei for any Faithful who might attend, an extra stole, and an Italian portable Mass kit that was an ordination gift.  I’m hauling that all over eastern and northern Afghanistan each week.  Monday, I’ll be in Jalalabad, and Tuesday I’ll be in Gardez.  A couple weeks ago, I was in Mazar-e-Sharif, and then over in Kunduz.  While I have to offer Mass in the Ordinary Form pro populo, my regular daily Masses end up being private most of the time, so they are all in the Extraordinary Form.

What a huge blessing.  Many kudos to St. Joe’s!

That was GREAT!

Meanwhile, I’ve been working on my own Pelican case.  I pulled some foam to make places for various items so that they don’t rattle about when being transported.

Here’s the whole thing set up.  Note that I have too little clip on LED lights on either side.  Sometimes I have said Mass in places without great light.  I think I may toss in a pair of “cheaters”.


Originally Published on: Mar 9, 2018

I recently had the pleasure of unboxing my new portable “backpack” altar fromSt. Joseph’s Apprentice.

Looking for something for a priest, rookie or vet?

You never have to worry about how what you get will be packaged.

“But Father! But Father!,” you are saying, “What are those little gizmos?”

You shall see.  Eventually.  Once I get the whole thing set up.

The other portable altars (aka Ultimate Priest Gift™) have internal storage.

Look at how the grain is.  Hard to tell, but there is a depth to it and a opalescent quality.

The underside.  NB: the two little knobs.  They open up the retractable legs which bring the altar up to perfect altar height when placed on a standard table… or jeep hood.

There’s a magnet that holds the wings/legs in place.

Cover up and mensa wings deployed.

There are little hooks on the front face.  I added little eyes to the antependia of my travel vestments.

The purple and rose set…

Another view.

My next move is to pull and shape the interior foam insert of my Pelican 1620 case [US HERE – UK HERE], for the little chalice, paten, SPORCH cards, missal, cruets, host boxes, etc.

If you need something done, you will not find a nicer fellow than St. Joseph’s Apprentice.  I spoke with him by phone a few times during this project, and I understand what it means to him to make these altars.  That makes them even more valuable.

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