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Our Catholic future and the war of attrition: an object lesson

It is interesting to compare dioceses for the numbers of their vocations to the priesthood.  Some swanky and tony dioceses have few.  Some fly-over dioceses have many.  What are they doing differently?  Which are the differentiating factors?  Is it something … Continue reading

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A bishop explicitly charges all his seminarians to learn the Extraordinary Form. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

For your Brick by Brick file. In another entry I answered a question from a lay person who desired to pray for a priest as he learns the Extraordinary Form of Holy Mass at the request of his bishop. It … Continue reading

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United States of America: “Mission Territory”. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

For a long time the Church in the USA was under the aegis of the Holy See’s then Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, called now the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. This is why, for example, … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI: “So many of the baptized have lost identity.”

The Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) has been meeting in a plenary session these days.  The Holy Father addressed them about the harsh reality we face as countries which were at least Christian but are now losing their identity.  In Italy, … Continue reading

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A writer’s first experience of Mass “ad orientem”

Matthew Warner has a piece in which he descibes participating at Mass ad orientem for the first time. My emphases and comments. […] Not too long ago, however, I attended an Ordinary Form of the Mass where the priest was … Continue reading

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Louisville, KY: 10-12 July: Conference for priests on being a better confessor

I have been harping on the need for a revival of the Sacrament of Penance.  This means that priests have to hear confessions and preach about confession.  As a matter of fact, if Pope Benedict has a “Marshall Plan” for … Continue reading

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“the time has come for us to be courageous in working for a true reform of the reform and also a return to the true liturgy of the Church”

A friend and I have been talking about the provisions of Summorum Pontificum and the need to press press press them forward again.  We need to keep pressing and working. On that note, I was delighted to read at NLM … Continue reading

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I sense a trend.

Over at Orwell’s Picnic there is a post entitled “Face it, Hippies”, which this graph. I sense a trend. The growth is slow, some will say.  But there is growth.  There is growth in several important spheres of the Church’s … Continue reading

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CARA study on trends for parishes, Mass attendance

Over at the Fishwrap, their elder-dissenter Richard McBrien posted a column about shifts in Mass attendance.  He works from a study about the “‘Supersizing’ the U.S. Catholic Parish Life” conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI refers to riots, relativism when welcoming new British Ambassador. Fr. Z rants.

In the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, there is a sound observation about a comment made by Pope Benedict as he formally received the credentials of the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great … Continue reading

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