Tag Archives: priesthood

NEW BOOK: Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization

I recently received a book by Fr. William J. Slattery which has been truly intrigued.
Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization
US HERE – UK HERE
What’s this about?   Our author says:
With stubborn facts historians have given … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in Hard-Identity Catholicism, Priests and Priesthood, REVIEWS, Seminarians and Seminaries | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Liturgical worship… priestly vocations… Is what we are doing working or not?

I had mentioned that I was re-reading Robert Hugh Benson’s prophetic Lord of the World.  I finished it yesterday. US HERE – UK HERE
Just as I finished it, I found these things.
First, I want to preface with this: When you are on a journey towards a … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Hard-Identity Catholicism, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, Priests and Priesthood, Seminarians and Seminaries | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

How Pope John Paul II once saved a fallen priest from despair, homelessness and alcoholism

I have come to dread interviews with Popes.  I have from the beginning of the interviews decades ago.  I generally read them anyway because, well, I have to, don’t I.
The recent book interview / conversation with Dominique Wolton released in … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in ¡Hagan lío!, Hard-Identity Catholicism, Mail from priests, Pope Francis, Priests and Priesthood, Semper Paratus | Tagged , , | 17 Comments

IN THE WILD: Prayer for Vocations in a parish bulletin

I sincerely believe that the Prayer for Vocations which I posted here, and which seems to be spreading across the lands, will bear great fruit.
Today I received a note from a priest in Sacramento with a link to a parish … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in In The Wild, Just Too Cool, Mail from priests, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , | 10 Comments

New Book of Benedict XVI’s collected sermons on the priesthood

This has gone immediately on my wishlists.
It seems to be slated for publication on 1 August.
Some of his books include an appendices of sermons. It will be great to have them in one volume.
Get copies as gifts for your priests … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in Benedict XVI, The Campus Telephone Pole | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

Your Good News

Do you have some good news to report?  We could use some.
Here is some good news… well… it’s also bad news.  I guess it depends on your perspective.
One Quarter of Ordinations in France Belong to the Tridentine Rite
In 2017 all … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in Priests and Priesthood, Seminarians and Seminaries | Tagged , , | 16 Comments

ASK FATHER: How to support a seminarian assigned to our parish?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Our parish has received a terrific seminarian this summer. He comes from a great background and his older brother is a priest so he seems to have a strong support at home. My question is how can my … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Priests and Priesthood, Seminarians and Seminaries | Tagged , | 7 Comments

UPDATED: A great Father’s Day note from a reader

UPDATE 19 June:
Today I have received notes from readers saying that they have spotted this Prayer For Vocations in a couple other places as well.  A comment in the combox, below, speaks of one of them. To wit:
[T]he Diocese of … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in Just Too Cool, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

ASK FATHER: Why do priests impose hands during ordinations?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I attended the sacerdotal ordination of 5 priests for my diocese last Saturday.
After the bishop imposed hands, other priests participating in the Mass also imposed hands on the candidates. Since priests lack the fullness of the priesthood, what … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , | 13 Comments

“If modern feminists truly knew the fundamental values Catholic priests are called to embrace…”

The other day I read about another dreadfully misguided and spiritually dangerous fraud perpetrated in North Carolina, another fake “ordination” of a woman.   Women, of course, cannot every be ordained to any of the Holy Orders (that includes diaconate). … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in Liberals, The Drill, The future and our choices | Tagged , , | 16 Comments

CATASTROPHIC: Pray for vocations to the priesthood

I’ve been writing with friends about vocation numbers.
From one of my interlocutors today:
Catastrophic (HERE):
“The past few weeks have again seen a number of ordinations of new deacons and priests in the dioceses of northwestern Europe. 24 of them, in 13 … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in Hard-Identity Catholicism, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , | 32 Comments

A priest writes about his 40 years of priesthood

Over at Catholic World Report there is a piece by Fr. Peter Stravinskas, who reflects on 40 years of priesthood… his own.  His 40th anniversary of ordination comes up on 27 May.
This bit got my attention and sympathy.

The college seminary experience … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in Mail from priests, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , , | 33 Comments

Disaster. Vocations. Identity. Liturgy. Prayer. ACTION ITEM and Fr. Z rants.

A while back I wrote that people get the priests that they deserve.  Collectively, at least.  Priests don’t just spring full grown from the heads of… cabbage.
Recently, a writer at hyper-liberal Commonweal suggested that vocations are down because his grand vision of the … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ACTION ITEM!, Priests and Priesthood, Seminarians and Seminaries, Semper Paratus, The Coming Storm, The future and our choices, Turn Towards The Lord | Tagged , , , | 31 Comments

Robert Mickens is exactly wrong about priestly vocations. Here’s why.

One of the worst of the hyper-liberal catholic publications, Commonweal, publishes a regular column by long-time Rome correspondent Robert Mickens.
Many readers here will recall that Mickens loathes Benedict XVI.  He lost his job with The Tablet, the UK’s worst catholic weekly, … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in Liberals, Our Catholic Identity, The Drill, The future and our choices | Tagged , , , | 18 Comments

LENTCAzT 2017 44 – Holy Thursday: The great ministry of great mystery

Today is Holy Thursday of Holy Week.  Today we celebrated how Our Lord established the Sacrament of the Eucharist and, inseparably from the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Holy Orders and the Holy Priesthood.
The Roman Station is St. John Lateran.
Examine your consciences, … Continue reading

Please share!
Posted in LENTCAzT, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, PODCAzT | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments