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WDTPRS – 26th Ordinary Sunday: Out of our gourds with anger at God for not conforming to our will

We explore the mystery of true mercy this 26th Ordinary Sunday.

Perhaps we can pick up something helpful for dealing with the cruelty with which those of a traditional leaning are being treated by the papalatrous Modernists right now.  Perhaps they can pick something up from this about kicking people when they are down.

Our Collect for Sunday, slightly different from its ancestor in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary, is also in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost.

Deus, qui omnipotentiam tuam parcendo maxime et miserando manifestas, gratiam tuam super nos indesinenter infunde, ut, ad tua promissa currentes, caelestium bonorum facias esse consortes.

A consors is someone with whom you share a common destiny (cum, “with” + sors “lot, fate, destiny”).  Parco means, “to spare, have mercy, forbear to injure; forgive.”  We see this verb often in our prayers.  Think of the responses during the litanies: “Parce nobis, Domine… Spare us, O Lord!”


O God, who manifest Your omnipotence especially by sparing and by being merciful, pour Your grace upon us unceasingly, so that You may make us, rushing to the things You have promised, to be coheirs of heavenly benefits.


Father, you show your almighty power, in your mercy and forgiveness. Continue to fill us with your gifts of love. Help us to hurry toward the eternal life you promise and come to share in the joys of your kingdom.


O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy, bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us and make those hastening to attain your promises heirs to the treasures of heaven.

We can slip into the trap of associating justice only with the exercise of power.

Today we affirm the other side of power’s coin: mercy.

Nevertheless, the affirmation of God’s mercy does not diminish God’s justice.

One of the ways God reveals Himself as “almighty” is by being forgiving and sparing.

God knows all things which ever were, are or will be, as well as how each human action impacts every other throughout history.

For God, balancing mercy and justice is no problem at all.

For us, however, this balancing act is exceedingly difficult.  Our will and our limited intellect are wounded.  We struggle with passions. It is hard to see what is good and right and true and then rein in our emotions. We oscillate between being just and then being merciful. Bringing the two streams of mercy and justice together in just the right way is a tremendous challenge.  When we encounter a person who does this well, we are deeply impressed by him and hold him up as an example of wisdom because he seems to act more clearly as an image of God.  His example moves us because we know that we too must conform to God’s image.

When I catch myself out of balance with mercy and justice, I call to mind God’s will for Jonah.   God sent Jonah to Nineveh to tell them of their destruction by God in forty days.  For a change, the Ninevites believed this prophet and started doing penance, such that God did not destroy them.  Jonah was furious that they were not destroyed.

Let’s see that whole passage and find the flow the God’s teaching Jonah about compassion and peace in the Lord’s will.  This is chapter 4:

But this [God sparing the city because they did penance] was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. 3 And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4 And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” 5 Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

6 The Lord God appointed a bush, [Heb kikayon varying versions, castor oil plant, and in LXX gourd vine, Jerome says “ivy”] and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”

9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” 10 Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”

Jonah seems to get everything wrong.  He is “out of his gourd”, if we go with the Septuagint. But God tries to bring him around.

I have to add this.  In the Abruzzi region of central Italy there is a tiny, amazingly well preserved jewel of a 12th c. Romanesque church, Santa Maria in Valle Porclaneta.  The pulpit is magnificently carved with reliefs, including Jonah sitting under his gourd vine.  God is above and the worm is below.  I think it captures the prophet perfectly.

Let’s not be out of our gourds with anger because God does not punish the wicked in the way we would like him to.

One way in which we act the most according to God’s image, behaving as Christ’s good consortes, is precisely when we act with compassion.

In biblical language, such as the Hebrew racham, compassion is often interchangeable with mercy.  The Latin word compassio comes from Latin cum+patior, “to suffer/endure with” someone.  We are moved when we witness suffering and attendant compassion because they reveal in a mysterious way who we are as human beings and how we ought to act.

In a famous passage from the Council’s Gaudium et spes, we are taught that Christ came into the world to reveal man more fully to himself (GS 22).  Christ did this in His every word and deed during His earthly life.  His supreme moment of revelation to us about who we are was His Passion and death on the Cross and subsequent rising from the tomb.  When we imitate His Passion, in sacrificial love and in the genuine “with suffering” which is compassion, we act as we were made by God to act.   In sincere and concrete acts of compassion we, in our own turn, reveal man more fully to himself!  We in turn show God’s image to our neighbor.  Only the stony, cold and dead are not to be moved by examples of genuine compassion rooted in the sacrificial love which is charity.

Pope John Paul II wrote in his first encyclical, Redemptor hominis 9, that “man cannot live without love”.  By this he meant both the love we give and the love we receive.

Unmerited acts of charity, mercy, and compassion make visible to our neighbor the God after whose likeness we ourselves are fashioned.

In sincere and concrete acts of compassion, in our biblical “bowels of mercy” (Colossians 3:12), we in our turn reveal man more fully to himself.

Individuals can by their example effect great changes in a society.

If one person can do much, how much more could be done by armies of men and women thirsting for holiness and righteousness (i.e., a Church), striving to act in compassion, justice and mercy?

By His justice, God will give us what we deserve.

By His mercy, He will not give us certain elements of what we deserve.

By His pouring forth graces upon us, God gives us what we do not deserve.

God’s justice must be received with joyful trepidation, whether we want it or not.

God’s mercy we must beg for with humble confidence.

God’s grace, unmerited by us, we embrace with exultant gratitude.

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This is the sort of person whom the House voted that it’s okay to kill up to birth

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Just to lighten your day a little,…

Just to lighten your day a little, I saw this at Anne Barnhardt’s Saturday meme roundup.

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Francis appointed a “Special Delegate” to take complete control of the group “Memores Domini”. They take care of Benedict XVI. – UPDATED


And… the traditional Carmelites in Pennsylvania are being investigated with an “Apostolic Visitation”, 25-28 September.  The nuns have been served by a priest who was a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.  Remember them?

The sisters are in the middle of a building project… because they have vocations.

Obviously, there must be a Visitation to see what they are doing so that….

…. they can tell all the women religious in the world to do the same thing.


In the Bolletino we read today that Francis has appointed the Archbishop of Taranto as “Special Delegate” to take control of the group called “Memores Domini” (“Mindful of the Lord”).  All of its governance has been suspended and the Delegate has control.  The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life appointed Jesuit Fr, Gianfranco Ghirlanda as an “Pontifical Assistant” for canonical issues related to the group.

Memores Domini is tied to Communion and Liberation.  It is an association with both religious and lay members.  It was under the Diocese of Piacenza.  It has some 1600 members in 32 countries.

Sisters of Memores Domini take care of Benedict XVI.

They’ve been scrutinized by Francis before.  There is a summary of their tale at Eponymous Flower, I think perhaps originally in Italian at Messa in Latino.  MiL also had THIS.

The EpFlower piece … I’ll share one bit:

The leadership of the community, elected for a five-year term in 2018, was summoned to read the papal decree on June 26 in the presence of Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Roman Dicastery. Present were Antonella Frongillo, the President of Memores Domini and board members and managers of some houses of the same. Father Ghirlanda was also present, outlining the line of his action.

As is customary in such cases, the reason for the papal intervention can only be guessed at. Cardinal Farrell said in the summons that some of the statutes had to be changed, but despite a corresponding announcement by the chair in May 2018, the Vatican had no concrete proposal. For this reason, the dicastery decided “in agreement with the Pope” to appoint P. Ghirlanda as papal delegate, so that he would “lead the revision process of the directorate and the statutes”. The cardinal let something through: Part of the duties of the de facto Commissar was also to “fix some problems that were reported to the dicastery”.The decree criticizes the dual function of Don Carrón as superior of CL, who is also the spiritual assistant of Memores Domini. There is a lack of the necessary separation between the leadership function and spiritual guidance, which affects the conscience and freedom of the individual.
On June 2, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the chairwoman, according to Cardinal Farrell, to “keep watch over the good practice of the charisms.” Almost identical words had taken the Pope on March 7, 2015 when he received the whole of the community leadership Communion and Liberation (CL) and tens of thousands of its members on the occasion of its 60th founding anniversary on St. Peter’s Square. At that time, the choice of words was a reproachful reference to the “danger of self-centeredness”. It was previously known that the conservative community was not among the Argentine Pope’s preferred groups. “Francis did not approve of the founding charism of CL, but put it on the index,” said Vaticanist Sandro Magister at the time.

Only as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires did he maintain close contacts with the so-called Roman Community. Andrea Tornielli, the house and court Vaticanista and now editor-in-chief with coordination and guidelines for all Vatican media, comes from this circle of just six people. Nevertheless, the harshness with which Francis admonished the community in March 2015 was surprising. He literally accused CL of stifling the fire and extinguishing the embers:

“Don Giussani would never forgive you if you lost your freedom and turned into a museum guide or admirer of the ashes.”


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What Fr. Z is up to.

After several decades, and not of the Rosary in this context, along with other things I had loved to do and that I was good at and I that I had shelved because of seminary and priesthood, I’m getting back into chess.

I’m beating intermediate level “bots”.  I’m losing to the higher ranked “bots”, unless they keep coming at me with the same openings or defenses.

Compared to how I played decades ago, my opening game sucks.

But, my middle game sucks.

On the other hand, my end game sucks.

But my end game is a little less sucky in suckingness, even though, paradoxically, fewer pieces on the board usually make for more complicated strategy.  Maybe my end game sucks so bad that I don’t even know just how bad it really sucks.

This, however, both discouraged me and spurred me at the same time.

I can understand super famous match games.  I can understand entirely crazy positions and bizarre developments or traumatic experiences.

Still… sheesh.

I’m not going to be Magnus or Maximus in chess.

At least I can be Maior … autem me.

In worldly endeavors, so too in the spiritual life.  You can be better than you are now, with elbow grease and God’s grace.

When you love something, you engage your will so as to potentialize all your gifts.  How crucial it is to know this in order to live our God-given vocations in the way God asks, so that we can fulfill the tiny part He ordained for us from before the creation of the cosmos, and chess.  Love must first be given to God.  Everything else follows.  All else is less good.

Supply the grease and grace will come.

That video was a spur, as is the unbelievable explosion of young people following chess online in live videos.

Great Caesar’s Ghost, what is happening?

It is not an exaggeration to see tens of thousand of viewers live and hundreds of thousands of views of archived live chess play.  No.  Really.  Tens of thousands of people watch chess games, on line, while one of the players comments… on his moves, on his favorite drink, on his moves, on whether hot dogs are better than hamburgers, on his moves, on whether some 25 yr old “pog” (not sure what that is), played against the Pirc.  Sometimes, during their hours long podcasts they also are streaming their latest play list, which makes chess seem like the favorite game of Hell.  Never mind the scrolling live comments on the side, recorded for perpetuity and the Final Judgment.

It’s enough to raise your hands to heaven and whisper … “Really?”

The video above, as I write, has 1,315,527 views in the 174 from Apr 30, 2021 till now.

7560 views per day.

Young skulls full of mush are competing, coached by masters, in online tournaments for SIX figures.  And I do NOT mean the famous painting in the museum of my native place depicting Dante.  I’ll give a shout to Robert Royal’s ongoing online courses on the Divine Comedy, presently in Paradiso.  Magari. Utinam.  HERE  I’ve always wanted to teach Dante.  Dante is complicated and alluring.  What a kick it would be to teach Dante with Royal and Anthony Esolen, who made “the great translation”.  (Part 1, Inferno US HERE – UK HERE).  I digress.

Chess has its complicated, alluring complexities and its enticing engagement with the “other”.

How much more complex and enticing is Scripture, the orations of the Church, her history, mission and FOUNDER, who is wholly OTHER?

7560 views per day.

That’s more than my daily live-streamed Masses. (Those tens of you who followed, drop a line for developments.)

About my level in chess.  Maior if not Magnus.

I invoke Piccarda, whose ascent to her level was swift (cf. Purgatorio, 24.10-15 and Paradiso 3.85).

I renew an invitation for CLERICS (bishops, priests, deacons) who play chess to drop me a line. Maybe we could have a private (very “clericalist”, set apart) chess group. HERE

BTW… if I have Fr. Z’s Kitchen, I might have to have Fr. Z’ Workshop.

I’m presently fixing up and old, dinged-up wooden folding chess box.  Maybe this is self-reflective.  I haven’t done any wood working since .. since… when I was still winning at chess and when Fischer played Spassky and when I read Tolkien, a huge divine force vector, for the first time.

I need more tools.

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When the Vicissitudes™ are winding you up… UPDATED


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Hopefully that can be expanded to the UK!

Are things looking grim in secular society and even grimmer in the Church?

Do you look at the present political leadership and say, “What in the blazin’ red HELL are these people doing?”, and at the leadership in the Church and say… well, I don’t even want to go there.

After all, corruptio optimi pessima.  Right?

When the Vicissitudes™ are winding you up, wind down by ordering some ….


I’m talking, of course, about the wonderful monks of Le Barroux in the ethereally beautiful area near Avignon in S. France.  They built a glorious medieval but modern abbey and they fill it with chant you can listen to online.  They have taken over vineyards that go back to the time of papal sojourn in Avignon and are making good wine.

You can have their wine in YOUR glass in no time!

And this is a way to help the works of religion and the Church in way that you know is a good cause (monks who are preserving Tradition) and your oenological enjoyment.  Win – win.

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These Benedictines, like the great men in Norcia and the beautiful nuns of Gower Abbey, are going to be, as has happened before, lights in the darkness, oases of preservation, until better times return.

Until better, brighter times return.

Or the Lord comes, which is fine with me.   Bring it on!

After all, motus in finen velocior.  Right?

I’m okay with living to see better, brighter times.  Even times not so obviously, palpably…. yeeeach would be okay, too.

Your Vetus Ordo (olim aka Extraordinary Form) or reverent Novus Only celebrating, and surely sorely striving, priest would like an introduction to the good Benedictines’ wine through their 3 bottle pack: HERE

I sent in a query about wine for those of you in the UK.  Patience.

So, as you contemplate the big HERE prompt, here’s is a little song to cheer you up. It was sent to me by a, O6 buddy of mine for whom I have at times asked you to pray: T.



Order some wine and “Help Is On The Way!”  And I don’t mean the Little River Band.

Between Tom Petty and Mahler, I like doses of good ol’ honest, pious Bluegrass.


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Today, by the way, is his birthday, in 63 BC.

For more, see HERE.

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Cri de Coeur: “What next?” After which, Fr. Z rants.

Holy Church is indefectible. That doesn’t mean that everything we do in it or all the people who guide it are doing God’s will.

From a reader in reaction to the dialogue between Francis and Jesuits in Bratislava.  HERE

I had closed the combox on that post.  My correspondent, a long-time… loooongitime reader and very knowledgeable about the state of the Church in these USA said, “Better to keep the combox closed” and added this…

See if it doesn’t strike a chord.  Edited for anonymity.

I am starting to feel like Jonah, who complained that God took away the shade tree that grew over him. So now the Pope is going after EWTN– which, while solidly orthodox, is hardly the fringe right that some might like to portray it as being. What next? A condemnation of one of the four Gospels? I’m getting to the point where I can’t even stomach Catholic news any more much less secular news. I get the sense that the Pope is engaged in a nasty game of baiting the orthodox in an attempt to trap them into doing something stupid– and many will eagerly jump into the trap.

What a tightrope we walk these days. Perhaps the example of Jesus before Pilate is the best to follow for now for most of us.

Yes, “they win” to some extent, but we have to believe that Jesus has a plan– a grander plan than anything that Satan can concoct and certainly grander than anything you or I could develop.


I really feel bad for good orthodox priests these days. I’m not under nearly the pressure that many of you must be and I find myself muttering to myself all day and wondering how long before the stress does me in. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t work for a tiny company that mostly flies under the radar where I can escape the worst of the nonsense that is going on these days.

Try to hang in there. You and I may yet live long enough to see the beginnings of a reversal.

When I was young, I thought that GM would always be around, but that “old” GM stock is worthless today. The Soviet Union seemed as if it was indestructible, but today it is but a memory and Eastern Europe is free of Soviet domination.

There will be a day when people talk about the collapse of China and the liberation of those subjugated by China. God may yet have a miracle in store to prevent Islamic fundamentalists from overrunning the West, though I’m not sure that we deserve such a miracle.

There are any number of things and any amount of sufferings that seemed as if they would never end or go away, but only God can make the claim of being all-powerful and ever-living.

Others can but pretend for a while, like Ozymandias.

No matter how badly those who oppose a whole, integrated understanding of Tradition will drive and harass us, we have to strive not to hate them (as many of them do hate us) and pray for their conversion by whatever means God’s knows will work.   We want as many people as possible to have the happiness of Heaven, even those who treat us badly.  This earthly life is brief, and so whatever it is that they might need for their benefit would be short compared to the unending bliss of the Beatific Vision.  The same applies to us.

We have to examine ourselves carefully and purify our loves.

O God, lover of and guardian of peace and charity: to all our enemies grant peace and true charity; and give to them the remission of all their sins, and mightily snatch us away from their plots.

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BOOK ALERT: The Sabbatical by Michael D. O’Brien

I have just received a Kindle edition of the mystical Catholic writer Michael D. O’Brien’s new novel, The SabbaticalUS HERE – UK HERE

This is a sequel to The Father’s Tale.

I am excited to get to this soon.

The Father’s Tale – US HERE – UK HERE – was the story of a man who leaves his normal, comfortable life to go in search of his son who has fallen into a cult.   It is a
“prodigal son” story with twists and tendrils into Eliot and Hopkins and Russian writers.  That’s a massive reduction for such a massive work, over 1000 pages.    While I have often thought that O’Brien could have listened to his editor a little more often, each page turn remains oddly compelling.  Surely this is because O’Brien writes from depth and a rooting in a strong prayer life.  Look at his artwork sometime.  HERE

The Sabbatical is about one third the length of The Father’s Tale.

Sticking with O’Brien, some of you are in for a treat.  You get to discover his books.

I recommend the following.


Father Elijah

and then the series that hooks back into Father Elijah beginning with:

Strangers and Sojourners

Outside that series is his extremely successful venture into SciFi:

Voyage to Alpha Centauri

I believe his most recently released work was, brief and charming.

The Lighthouse.

I really liked that one.

In effect, you can choose where to dive in.

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Archd. of Guadalajara – the ‘Traditionis custodes’ spiritual segregation continues

Perhaps this new will give rise to a new wave of spiritual Cristeros, namely, Custodes Traditionis.   Please, everyone, I implore you to consider doing this, joining this informal confraternity.

With this news, let us now invoke also Bl, Miguel Pro and the holy martyrs of Mexico to soften the hearts of those in Mexico who will implement and then enforce the cruel Traditionis custodes.

In Guadalajara, Mexico, there has been a bad, and confusing, development.  The Cardinal Archbishop of the place is slamming down on the Vetus Ordo in the wake of Traditionis Custodes, Francis’ Plessy v. Ferguson to Benedict’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Card. Robles Ortega issued a decree – you won’t find it on the dioceses’ truly cruddy website – for their implementation of TC.

NB: I was sent an English translation.  I didn’t find the original or this translation on the truly cruddy website.

Low points and oddities.

The Cardinal body slammed the faithful there who are desirous of Tradition, and he put fetters on the FSSP, too.  By the way – if the English is accurate – the document gets their name wrong, calling them the …

You know… I am not going to quote the translation on the weird variants in the text because I am not entirely sure that there are not canary traps either in the original (which we haven’t seen yet) or in the translation.  Let’s just say that one variant for naming the FSSP might be an ironic Freudian slip of some kind or it could be an accidental conflation of their name with the parish where they serve.

In any event, if it’s in the decree this is sloppy for something that will affect a lot of people lives in a seriously upsetting way.

The decree says that Masses at that quasi-parish, St. Peter in Chains, can continue but with readings only in the vernacular.

They can’t add Masses and, once COVID winds down, the number of Masses will be reviewed.

That’s little ironic, since officialdom wants the pandemic to last until entropy cools the planet or the Lord returns.

For the other places, daily Masses can continue at Our Lady of the Pillar, on weekdays only one Mass in the Chapel of Christ the King and on Sundays and Tuesdays at the parish of St. Francis Xavier of the Hills.  I don’t know the geography of that area.  One wonders how far O.L. Pillar and St. Francis Xavier might be from each other.

As Job cried, “Blessed be the name of the Lord!  That’s “¡Viva Cristo Rey!”, I guess.

As for inside the House of Formation of those in the FSSP, present in the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Masses will be regulated, here it comes…. by the Congregation for Religious in Rome.  These are the same pastoral ambassadors of love who tenderly regulated the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, and who are sure to be putting forth soon an Instruction for the formation of all the new entrants into traditional communities now under their umbrella, rather than under the CDF’s.

That was one of the scariest results of TC, by the way.   That, and that regulation of liturgical issues will be under the Congregation for Divine Worship.

The decree further stipulates that people can’t go to the chapel of the Fraternity’s house.

Next, the quasi-parish of St. Peter in Chains is canonically suppressed.

¡Viva Cristo Rey!

Priests of the archdiocese must now be authorized on a case by case basis…. back to TC now from TJC.  Both older and newer priests must formally declare that, I will summarize these rather than quote because of possible canary traps in the text.   That’s how bad things are now, I think.

So… summarized, the priests who want to use the Vetus Ordo must formally declared that

a – they don’t deny the validity of the Novus Ordo and the Council and the Magisterium of the Supreme Pontiffs,

b- they recognize that the “only” expression of the Roman Rite is in the books promulgated by Paul VI and John Paul II (which seems false, because clearly the Vetus Ordo is the Roman Rite and always will be… it can’t be anything else, but I digress),

c – they are obliged to use the Novus Ordo and, if they don’t have explicit permission, they can’t use anything other than the 1962 Missale Romanum for anything, because – as the decree claims – all other provisions of Summorum were abrogated.   Not sure about that.

This loyalty oath business is deeply insulting and also – I suspect – indicative of a potential double standard of treatment of priests.

Will priests who are so poorly trained that they don’t know how to celebrate Mass with the 1962MR, who can say only the Novus Ordo, be required to take a loyalty oath about the Magisterium and that they will hereafter always stick to the rubrics of the Novus Ordo as they are written?

I’m thinking about the probability that in Mexico all the Novus Ordo Only priests are, even now, following the Novus Ordo rubrics precisely and not changing any texts.

Later, under the business section, in the part where he gives his little peroration he says –  again I don’t want to quote exactly because of the possibility of canary traps – that it is his, the Cardinal’s, duty to ask everyone commit to celebrating the liturgy with fidelity to the books.  He says that there is a healthy liturgical tradition there now and it is like a beautiful garden to be tended and not treated with laziness which degenerates into abuses.

Again, will all the Novus Ordo Only priests have to take a loyalty oath? 

Will they be disciplined if they stray from the rubrics and official text of the Novus Ordo Only books?   (And there’s the problem of the language “only” expression of the Roman Rite, because we don’t have a Latin document of TC so we can figure out the ambiguity between the possible meanings of the vernacular versions – German, Spanish, English, Italian.)

It might be understandable to imagine that this Cardinal might drop the weight of the world on a priest who continues without his extra-special motu-inappropriate super-double-top-secret permission to say what is not unjustly called “the Mass of ages”.

How bad will the double-standard be?

¡Viva Cristo Rey!

Here’s a helpful suggestion.

Perhaps the faithful of Guadalajara might start documenting with their phone cameras how the Novus Ordo is being celebrated in the diocese, and share those video and audio proofs on social media, so that we can all be edified and motivated to do our very best.

¡Hagan lío!

Mind you, I am working with a translation that was provided.   The official version will eventually be extruded into public view and we will have to double check this.   I don’t have a strong reason to think that the translation was off base.  However, little items in it seem just a tad bit … off.


The Spanish.

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Look at what is happening in the Church and in these USA. A visual image.

I’ve been on the phone talking and texting for a good portion of the day.  A lot of people I know are feeling a bit grim right now, but they know that this world is passing.

Tonight I was sent a video.

Look at what is happening in the Church and in these USA, in both the (supposedly) sacred sphere and in the (ever more) secular: the relentless terrorizing from the press and civil authorities about COVID, the unfathomably large goat rodeo that is federal government, budget, and the national debt, motu proprios and interviews and transcripts with Jesuits, wokeness and race theory and the incessant slithering of the homosexualist agenda, … a visual image is needed.

Inexorably destroying everything good and orderly in its path.

Hmmm… the Spanish PM isn’t in hiding somewhere.

I’ll add some points I’ve made before many times on this blog.  They bear repetition.

I. Of all the universes God could have created, He created this one, into which He called us into existence at exactly the right point in time and with exactly the right set of tools to carry out our little piece of His overarching, divine Plan. If we dedicate ourselves to our state in life, as it is hic et nunc, here and now, God will give us all the actual graces we need to fulfill our part in His economy of salvation. It is an honor to have been called by God to live in these difficult times.  WE are the team He has assembled for His purposes hic et nunc.  Fidelity and the pursuit of His will bring greater graces than if our paths were smooth.

II.  Popes come and go.  There have been good Popes and bad Popes, important Popes and forgettable Popes.  Men pick them, not the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit’s role in their election is to make sure that the Pope isn’t a total disaster for the Church.  Some disaster, maybe.  Total disaster, never.  Moreover, generations of faithful Catholics lived and died without even knowing the Pope’s name.   In a lot of ways, in daily life, they just aren’t that important.  Modern communication our perception, and the media changed the role.  That said, the RUACH hasn’t stopped either in the Church or in your soul.  The day to day is what you need to work on.

III. For priests, especially…. learn the Traditional Latin Mass.  Time and again, priests have told me that learning the TLM changed them profoundly.  They began to grasp aspects of their priesthood which they hadn’t gleaned before.  In turn, that produces a knock on effect in other aspects of their work, in particular how they celebrate the Novus Ordo.  Congregations note the differences.  The knock on effect continues to knock.  This will be for you a suit of armor.   You can tell how important it is by how much certain people are afraid of it and work to shut it down, denigrate it with utterly absurd claims that both the Rite itself and people who desire it are at odds with an Ecumenical Council.  They are practitioners of The Big Lie.  We must persevere.

IV.  For priests, seminarians, lay people alike… consider your CONFIRMATION. Confirmation strengthens us to make the hard call and then stand firm when we are challenged in our Christian living.  We can call upon the power of this sacrament, which has imparted an indelible character, like the potter’s mark of ownership, into our souls.  Confirmation is an ongoing reality in our lives just as the Pentecost event is an ongoing reality in the Church. In these troubled and troubling times, make a conscious choice to call upon that mighty sacrament you received.  Activate it. The sacrament will be mighty in you when you are in the state of grace.    A daily prayer HERE.


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ACTION ITEM! Help 13 and 11 year olds raise money for a pregnancy center. – UPDATE

We are all looking for good ways to support the Church materially right now without our money going to… well… sub-optimal places.  I recently mentioned that purchases of wine support the wonderful Benedictine monks of Le Barroux.

Consider this.

Some time ago, two youngsters asked for my help to raise money for a pregnancy care center.   They’ve written again!

A few years ago you helped me raise money to help The Pregnancy Care Center by asking your readers to donate, and because of you and your readers’ help, we made the record for most money raised ever. My brother Ronan and I are raising money again this year, and because it was so successful last time, I was wondering if you would be interested in helping The Pregnancy Care Center again. If not, I completely understand that, I just thought I would ask in case you were interested. Some information about us and the Center (and a link to donate) is below if you would like to share. We are offering our daily Masses and rosaries for our donors in the month of September.

And their pitch for 2021!

Hello! We are Xavier and Ronan Howard from Wisconsin. We are 13 and 11 years old, and we are the 3rd and 4th out of 9 children. Coming from a big family, we love babies and want to help babies who are in danger of abortion. We are raising money for The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford’s Hike for Life, and we were wondering if you would like to help us by donating. The Care Center is devoted to helping moms and babies who come to them in need. Since 1983, they have been saving babies from abortion, helping moms to care for them, and offering many other services.

Here is the link if you would like to donate. Any amount helps. We are offering our daily Masses and rosaries for our donors throughout the month of September.


Whaddya say?  Folks?

Their parents confirmed that I could post the photo they sent.

These are good kids from a great family.  They’ve served Mass for me.

Here is where they are right now.

UPDATE 21 September

A note from the boys…

Thank you so much for posting on your blog! We were able to raise more than $3,000 in a single day because of you and your readers, and donations came in the days after, too. Before you posted, we had gotten about 250 page views but only 11 donors, and now we are up to 55 donors. Most of them were your readers. Because of you, we reached our initial goal and have now raised it to the amount I raised 3 years ago. I have gotten some of my younger siblings to help us fundraise by posing for pictures. Here are the pictures in case you want to see.

We are praying for you and your readers in thanks for your generosity.

From 2018… 503%.

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Francis’ dialogue with Jesuits in Bratislava about the Vetus Ordo, homosexuality, people who “wanted him dead”, a global Catholic TV channel doing the “work of the devil”

From La Civiltà Cattolica, which is run by Jesuit Fr. Antonio “2+2=5” Spadaro, a transcript of a meeting between Francis and Jesuits in Bratislava.   HERE

I think it’s best for me simply to send you over to LCC to read Francis’ words and to form your own opinions about the people who “wished him dead” and homosexuality, etc.

Since I tend to focus on liturgy I’ll only pull out something he said about the traditional Roman Rite.

BTW… it is important that you go to the LCC site and read that whole section of the Q&A carefully.   His comments on what he did about Vetus Ordo flow from his answer to a question about the people who don’t like him, look at him with suspicion.  He also takes a shot at what can only be EWTN as doing the “work of the devil”.

Back to liturgy.

My emphases and comments

“Now I hope that with the decision to stop the automatism [“the performance of actions without conscious thought or intention … ” for example, used in a sentence… “diabetic patients who commit crimes while hypoglycemic may be able to plead automatism” – and in art automatism produces mainly semi-conscious scribbles.] of the ancient rite we can return to the true intentions of Benedict XVI and John Paul II. My decision is the result of a consultation with all bishops of the world made last year. From now on, those who want to celebrate with the vetus ordo [There it is.] must ask permission from Rome as is done with biritualism. [Two rites.] But there are young people who after a month of ordination go to the bishop to ask for it. This is a phenomenon that indicates that we are going backwards “.  [But… why do young priests and young people want the Vetus Ordo?]

A cardinal told me that two newly ordained priests went to him asking to study Latin to celebrate well. He, who has a sense of humor, replied: ‘But there are many Hispanics in the diocese! Study Spanish to be able to preach. Then when you have studied Spanish, come back to me and I will tell you how many Vietnamese there are in the diocese, and I will ask you to study Vietnamese. Then, when you have learned Vietnamese, I will give you permission to study also Latin ‘. So he made them ‘land ‘ [“atterrare”, used for landing an airplane], he brought them back to earth. I go forward, not because I want to make the revolution. I do what I feel I have to do. It takes a lot of patience, prayer and a lot of charity”.

A sense of humor.

Permission to study Latin.

It’s all really hysterically funny, isn’t it.

Tell me how a bishop playing cat and mouse with young priests that way is charitable?

First, one doesn’t need permission to study Latin.  If anything, because of the unequivocal clarity of can. 249, seminarians should have to obtain explicit permission not to study it.

This is the world turned inside out and upside down, colors inversed, polarities shifted.

Read the rest of that piece.

And, while you are at La Civiltà Cattolica, notice the rotating graphic on their right sidebar which had endorsements from the people whom Spadaro must hold in high esteem.

Can’t disagree with that.

Followed by two of the most harmful voices in the Church today.

By the way, Fr. Spadaro is deeply interested in the life and works of Italian homosexual writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli, so much so that he created his own website about him (HERE).

I’m closing the combox on this.  You can mail me your comments if you wish.


Fishwrap‘s coverage of this, from the very first words, latched onto Francis’ thinly veiled attack on their hated rival and polar opposite EWTN.   As the New catholic Red Guards do, they named some people in order to let the troops know whom to attack.

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Vatican City State now demands COVID-1984 “Green Pass” or you can’t enter. Meanwhile, in Canada….

Vatican News says that beginning 1 October, anyone wishing to enter Vatican City State will have to have a Green Pass… to help stop the spread of COVID… because SCV has been a hot spot, having had only one case in the last year.

An exception to the Decree is granted for those participating in liturgical celebrations, but only “for the time strictly necessary for the celebration,” during which health regulations regarding distancing, the use of personal protective equipment, limitation of movement and the assembly of people, and the adoption of specific hygiene norms must be respected.

So, when and if I go to stay in Rome for a while, and I want to do something with my accounts at the “Vatican Bank”, if I can’t prove that I’ve been “jabbed” (to only God knows what effect… it seems not much again COVID) no ticky no laundry.

I don’t think anyone takes this move terribly seriously.

This is from Francis, by the way.

The new measures come in the form of a decree from the office of the President of the Pontifical Commission of Vatican City State on the subject of Public Health emergencies, issued in response to a request made by Pope Francis during an audience on 7 September.

In effect, this virtue signaling will now give cover to dioceses all over the world to shut their doors in people’s faces if the haven’t received a mark on their forehead or in their hand.

Meanwhile, in Union of Canadian Soviet Republics…

The National Catholic Register says….

Canadian Archbishop: Only Fully Vaccinated Can Attend Mass
The New Brunswick rules apply to those 12 and older seeking to attend “indoor organized gatherings,” including weddings, funerals, conferences, workshops and parties, excepting parties at a private dwelling.

MONCTON, N.B. — Anyone age 12 or over attending a gathering at Catholic churches, rectories or community centers under the responsibility of the Archdiocese of Moncton must present proof that they are fully vaccinated, the archdiocese announced Friday.

The new policy applies to all religious celebrations, Sunday and weekday Masses, baptisms, wedding and funerals, parish and pastoral meetings, catechesis, and social meetings.


The archbishop said volunteers are expected to be at the church doors to ask attendees for full proof of vaccination and to collect their names. This list can be used again each Sunday to avoid repeated requests for proof of vaccination from repeat visitors.

“This list may eventually be requested by the government,” the archbishop noted.




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Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 17th Sunday after Pentecost (25th Ordinary – N.O.)

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday (obligation or none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

What was attendance like?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I was getting reports that it was way up.  But now COVID… again….  Tell me it doesn’t have a demonic component.

Was the Motu Proprio mentioned?  Any local changes or news?

For those of you who regularly viewed my live-streamed daily Masses – with their fervorini – for over a year, you might drop me a line.

I have some remarks about the TLM – HERE