Tag Archives: priesthood

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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“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

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Vocation to priesthood, but I want only the Traditional Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have been reading it for 4 years and it has greatly helped me as a Catholic and in discerning my vocation. I am 18 and strongly feel called to the priesthood. My question is, are … Continue reading

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A Forty Hours Devotion and Prayers for Priests. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I am in Denver, preaching for a Forty Hours Devotion following, of course, the Clementine Instruction in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. On Thursday we had a Sung Mass, after which I exposed the Blessed Sacrament, we had … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Book recommendations for young men discerning priesthood

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In reference to one of your latest posts, do you have any solid book recommendations for young men discerning priesthood. A lot of the stuff usually recommended is emotionally based and does little in the way … Continue reading

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Would the young Joseph Ratzinger – or I – have had the same reaction if….

As I often write, we are our rites. In the new interview book with Peter Seewald, Benedict XVI was asked how the son of a Bavarian policeman became a priest. I have a measure of sympathy with Benedict’s answer. I, too, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: People say Mass prayers together with the priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been attending daily mass when I can at a particular parish. When at Mass I often hear some people in the pews who whisper to themselves every single word the priest says at mass. I would like … Continue reading

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

From a reader… QUAERITUR: 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 … Continue reading

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Vocations to the priesthood: bad numbers? Those numbers didn’t just happen by themselves.

I’ve written many times about the situation of vocations to the priesthood. We all know that there are certain parishes in dioceses which produce more priests. We all know that there are certain dioceses which produce more priests. We all … Continue reading

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