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Unpleasant but useful reading ALERT!

Today at Rorate I see two very useful pieces.

First, Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society (join even if you are not in the UK) in which he eviscerates one of the most embarrassing of the papalatrous left, Austen Ivereigh, for his latest insult strewn attack on people who prefer, or even just respect, the Traditional Latin Mass.  HERE   Ivereigh had written an absurdly long B as in B – S as in S laden sneer at just sort of publication for that sort of thing, Commonweal.  Shaw drills into what Ivereigh was really trying to say.  Ivereigh thinks you are “corruption”.

Next, Peter Kwasniewski has a close look at Archbp. Roche, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, the origin of the Dubious Dubia and their Responsa. HERE  In a recent interview Roche displayed a rather casual relationship with Truth.  As Peter says, Roche

“does not merely tell lies, but says the exact opposite of the truth. However, he will not leave his opponents speechless. One can hardly read a paragraph of this article without cringing at his befuddlement.”

Neither of these pieces are pleasant to read.  Then again, reading police reports about crime scenes isn’t pleasant either, but the reports are instructive: they tell you about the evidence of crimes, and a crime has been perpetrated against the people of God and Tradition.

We have to know what has been perpetrated, who the perps are, and who is covering for the perps.


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“Gregorian Mass” match ups: available priests with people who have requests

UPDATE 20 January 2022:

From a reader…

Thank you very much for your help in securing a series of Masses for the repose of the soul of my father. I am very grateful and much relieved to be able to have this done for my father who was not Catholic. Such a beautiful gift and honor to do this for those we love. Please be assured of my prayers for you.

Right now, the number of requests waiting:
4 – TLM only
2 – NO or TLM

Right now, the number of priests available, waiting:
0 – TLM or NO
0 – TLM only
0 – NO only
0 – TLM and NO (must be able to mix day by day)

Lay people… don’t ask me to match you up if you aren’t serious about it.

And remember: some priests (older, students, in mission countries) really need intentions to help make ends meet. Consider being generous when you make your own arrangements. I will have nothing – zero – to do with you making your arrangements.

____ ORIGINALLY Published on: May 24, 2020

In the past I have played “yenta” and put lay people who want Gregorian Masses (30 consecutive Masses for a single intention – usually, but not limited to, for the deceased).


If you can take such an intention write to me.  Drop me a note HERE

Put in the subject line


Not anything else.  Just that. Only that…. as in NOTHING OTHER THAN THAT.   Not “Free for Gregorian Mass” … not “I’m available”… not “Gregorian Mass request”… not “Free for Masses”.  (It’s amazing how many guys seem not to be able to follow this… and therefore I MISS THEIR EMAIL.)

  • In the body of the email, indicate what your present assignment/ministry is and where.  
  • In the body of the email, indicate if you can celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass or only the Novus Ordo.
  • I will forward to priests the email from the people who made the requests.
  • You work out stipends on your own.  I will have ZERO to do with that.
  • NB: Some people want only Traditional Latin Masses, some are indifferent as to which Missal is used.  Work that out with them.


STOP AND READ THIS… do not go on without READING this.

If lay people (although I have also had priests ask!) want a Gregorian Mass set, write to me HERE.  Put in the subject line:


If you put something else in the SUBJECT line, I might not see your email.

I’ll try to match you up with an available priest.

In the body of the email, provide these details:

  • Traditional Mass only or
  • Novus Ordo only or
  • either TLM or NO (this will probably result in a quicker response)
  • for the living
  • for the dead

REMEMBER: The Novus Ordo is VALID.  There will be a great many more opportunities for Gregorian Mass sets if you are willing also to have Masses in the Novus Ordo.  I’m just sayin’.  Especially now that the cruelty of Francis’ document is making itself known.

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Today’s Fervorino from the daily Mass stream.

Here is the book I mentioned in today’s sermonette on St. Agnes.

With Glory and Honor You Crowned Them: The Female Martyrs of the Roman Canon by Matthew Manint


Go ahead and click it even if you are not shopping for one of those. Once you enter through my link, I’ll get credit for it. It’s another way to help, while helping yourself.

Thanks in advance!

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21 January – “O glorious St. Agnes, intercede with Christ the High Priest for a return of orthodoxy, sanity and sanctity to the Roman Church!”

The Church, especially the Church in Rome, is in an objectively dreadful state.

For the sake of the Roman Church, let us today invoke St. Agnes, virgin and martyr.

O glorious Agnes who, though weak, was chosen by God to make His own might manifest in your martyrdom, together with the Peter and Paul and the other Roman martyrs and confessors, intercede now before the throne of our Christ the High Priest in heaven and beg a return of orthodoxy, sanity and sanctity to the Church especially in Rome and in particular the Roman Curia at every level.  O holy Agnes, who bravely suffered torments, ask Mary, the Queen of the Clergy, to protect and aid all priests, so that they will all stand up boldly and teach the truth about the Sacrament of Matrimony, the integrity of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the truth about the Most Holy Eucharist, and beg for the restoration and renewal of our sacred liturgical worship of the Lamb who was slain.  We entrust this to you, blessed Saint Agnes, with all our confidence.  Amen.

I have posted the following in times past, but it bears repetition. Newcomers to this blog may not have seen it.

Behold the skull of Agnes, in situ, in her beautiful church in Rome on the Piazza Navona.

The dies natalis (“birthday into heaven”) of Agnes was recorded in the register of the depositio martyrum as 21 January.

St. Agnes was slain probably during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian in 304. Some say she died during the time of the Emperor Valerian (+260).

The little girl was buried by her parents in praediolo suo, on their property along the Via Nomentana where there was already a cemetery.

This cemetery expanded rapidly after that, because many wanted to be buried near the grave of the famous martyr. The ancient cemetery grew in stages between the Basilica which Constantina, daughter of Constantine and Fausta began over her tomb from 337-350 and the small round Basilica of Constantia (Constantine’s daughter).

There was an acrostic inscription from that time in verses about the dedication of the temple to Agnes:

Constantina deum venerans Christoque dicata
Omnibus impensis devota mente paratis
Numine divino multum Christoque iuvante
Sacravit templum victricis virginis Agnes…

You get the idea.

The Basilica of St. Agnes was reconstructed towards the end of the 5th c. by Pope Symmachus (+514). Honorius I (+638) rebuilt it as a basilica with three naves, adding a wonderful fresco of Agnes. It was worked on again in the 16th c. by St. Pius V and in the 19th by Bl. Pope Pius IX.

Excavations in 1901 uncovered the silver sarcophagus made by Pius V for St. Agnes together with St. Emerentiana.

It contained the headless body of a young girl.

Zadock gave us a photo of the miraculous protection of Bl. Pius IX when once at the Basilica there was a near disastrous cave-in/collapse and no one was injured.

While Agnes’s body is in her tomb on the Via Nomentana, her skull is now at the place of her supposed martyrdom at the Piazza Navona in Rome’s heart. It is a fitting place to venerate a saint so much in the heart of the Roman people even today. It is not unusual for people today to name their children Agnes in honor of this great virgin martyr, whose name is pronounced in the Roman Canon.

The skull was bequeathed to that church at the Piazza by Pope Leo XIII who took it from the treasury of the Sancta Sanctorum.

The Piazza itself was in ancient times the Stadium of Domitian (+96) a place of terror and blood for early Christians, far more than the Colosseum ever was. The Piazza is thus called also the “Circo Agonale” and the name of the saint’s church is Sant’Agnese in Agone. “Navona” is a corruption of “Agonale”, from Greek agon referring to the athletic contests of the ancient world. St. Paul used the athlete’s struggle as an image of the Christian life of suffering, perseverance, and final victory even through the shedding of blood. Early Christian tombs often have wavy lines carved on the front, representing an metal instrument called a strigil, used by athletes to scrape dirt and oil from their bodies after contests. Victory palm branches are still used in the iconography of saints, as well as wreathes of laurels.

We know about St. Agnes from St. Jerome, and especially St. Augustine’s Sermons 273, 286 and 354. St. Ambrose wrote about Agnes in de virginibus 1,2,5-9 written in 377 as did Prudentius in Hymn 14 of the Peristephanon written in 405.

Ambrose has a wonderful hymn about Agnes (no. 8), used now in the Roman Church for Lauds and Vespers of her feast. The Ambrosian account differs somewhat from others. For Ambrose, Agnes died from beheading. Prudentius has her first exposed to shame in a brothel and then beheaded.

Here is the text of the hymn from the Liturgia horarum for the “Office of Readings” with a brutally literal translation.

Igne divini radians amoris
corporis sexum superavit Agnes,
et super carnem potuere carnis
claustra pudicae.

Shining with the fire of divine love
Agnes overcame the gender of her body,
and the undefiled enclosures of the flesh
prevailed over flesh.

Spiritum celsae capiunt cohortes
candidum, caeli super astra tollunt;
iungitur Sponsi thalamis pudica
sponsa beatis.

The heavenly host took up her brilliant white spirit,
and the heavens lifted it above the stars;
the chaste bride is united to the
blessed bride chambers of the Spouse.

Virgo, nunc nostrae miserere sortis
et, tuum quisquis celebrat tropaeum,
impetret sibi veniam reatus
atque salutem.

O virgin, now have pity on our lot,
and, whoever celebrates your victory day,
let him earnestly pray for forgiveness of guilt
and salvation for himself.

Redde pacatum populo precanti
principem caeli dominumque terrae
donet ut pacem pius et quietae
tempora vitae.

Give back to this praying people
the Prince of heaven and Lord of the earth,
that he, merciful, may grant us peace
and times of tranquil living.

Laudibus mitem celebremus Agnum,
casta quem sponsum sibi legit Agnes,
astra qui caeli moderatur atque
cuncta gubernat. Amen.

Let us celebrate with praises the gentle Lamb,
whom chaste Agnes binds to herself as Spouse,
he who governs the stars of heaven
and guides all things. Amen.

We can note a couple things from this prayer. First, the reference to fire probably a description of Agnes’s death related in a metrical panegyric of Pope Damasus about how Agnes endured martyrdom by fire. On the other hand, St. Ambrose, when speaking of her death, speaks of martyrdom by the sword.

Pope St. Damasus composed a panegyric, an elogia, inscribed in gorgeous letters on marble (designed and executed by Dionysius Philocalus) in honor of Roman saints, including Agnes.  This was the period when the Roman liturgy shifted from Greek to stylized (not common or everyday “vernacular”) Latin.  Damasus was also trying to make a social statement with these great inscriptions, set up at various places about the City.   The panegyic of St. Agnes was placed in the cemetery near the saint’s tomb, but through the ages it was lost. Amazingly, it was at last rediscovered in 1728 inside the basilica, whole and complete: it had been used as a paving stone!  Fortunately, upside down!  Its rediscovery was a find of vast importance.

Now it is affixed to the wall in the corridor descending to the narthex.

damasus inscription agnes


It is told that one day the holy parents recounted that Agnes, when the trumpet had sounded its sad tunes, suddenly left the lap of her nurse while still a little girl and willingly trod upon the rage and the threats of the cruel tyrant. Though he desired to burn the noble body in the flames, with her little forces she overcame immense fear and, gave her loosened hair to cover her naked limbs, lest mortal eye might see the temple of the Lord. O one worthy of my veneration, holy glory of modesty, I pray you, O illustrious martyr, deign to give ear to the prayers of Damasus.

Damasus used the sources available. There were the stories told by her parents, the 4th edict of Diocletian against Christians in 304 (lugubres cantus tuba concrepuisset). Agnes did what she did of her own free will (sponte). Note the reference to the body as temple of God (1 Cor 3:16 and 2 Cor 6:16).

St. Agnes of Rome, has two grand churches in Rome.  She has two feast days in the traditional Roman calendar.

Since the reform of the calendar, Agnes now has only one day, alas.

Ask Agnes to intercede with God for a return of sanity to the Roman Church.

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Hyper-papal maximalists! Pay attention.

Check out the sobering piece at Crisis about hyper-papal maximalism.  HERE

It is of great need to shake off this near pope-worship.

The peroration:

[T]he problem in the Church is not the papacy itself, but rather the gross misunderstandings which accompany popular understandings of it. Catholics do not need to abandon the papacy in order to make peace with the current pontifical crisis. All that is required is a “conversion of the papacy,” one that turns away from idolatrous conceptions and moves toward understanding the pope as a servant of the tradition and not its creator.

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D. Arlington @arlingtonchurch – Devastated faithful petitioning @BishopBurbidge to ease restrictions he imposed on Catholics who want the Tradition Roman Rite

Take note… I saw this at CNA:

‘Devastated’ Traditional Latin Mass devotees petition Arlington bishop to ease restrictions

Supporters of the Traditional Latin Mass are petitioning Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, to lift restrictions he recently imposed on the celebration of the sacraments in the Extraordinary Form.

“In the spirit of the Synodal Path that the church has embarked upon, we humbly ask that you engage in consultations with the faithful of each parish church potentially affected by restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass,” says the petition, which was published on the petition website on Jan. 14.

“And we pray fervently that you might offer permission to allow the Extraordinary Form and other traditional sacraments to continue across the Diocese of Arlington.”

The petition had garnered more than 1,000 signatures by 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 18.


In early January, Burbidge issued a statement concerning the celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the diocese. While Burbidge did not restrict any of the existing Latin Masses in the diocese, he said there is to be no “scheduling of new celebrations of the Sacraments (such as baptisms and weddings) in the Extraordinary Form.”


The petition adds that the laity have been “devastated” at the new restrictions, and that there is a “profound sense of loss and grief at the prospect of losing the ability to celebrate the Mass and other sacraments in the Old Rite.”

“At a time when there is so much darkness and despair in the world and in our country, we find the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to be a beacon of light and hope — one which touches our hearts and nourishes our Catholic Faith,” says the petition.


Some take-aways from this.

First, consider the harshness of saying, “No more weddings, funerals!” to people who have returned to the Church because of the TLM, who have grown up with the TLM as their primary experience of Mass, who are simply strongly attracted to it for whatever reason. Think of a large traditional family – which is almost repetitive! – in which all the older children were able to be married with older Ritual and Nuptial Mass and then along come the younger siblings and the bishop says to them, “Sorry, you can’t have what your family grew up with. Too bad. It’s for your own good and you are not being marginalized.” Think of the wishes of a dying man or woman and family, who want the consolation of a traditional Requiem Mass. The bishop says, “Nope, too bad. You chose to die at the wrong time so, NO. Have a great day!” It is so cruel. And now think about how at the next parish over, the funeral mass looks like a clown car with balloons crashed a canonization ceremony. But a traditional Requiem? Forfend!

Second, if your bishop has imposed overly restrictive policies – or bullied his priests – do not roll over and die. Pray for him. Do penances in reparation for his action. Petition him respectfully, as is due to his office, and intensely. Support your priests who are under fire.

Third, let’s be clear about something.   The restrictions being imposed under the shadowy Francis’ legacy document Traditionis custodes and the Dubious Dubia are really NOT restrictions on “the traditional Roman Rite”.  The restrictions are on the people who want the Vetus Ordo.  This is a move against people.

Lastly, be a true Custos Traditionis, an authentic “guardian of Tradition” rather than what some of the bishops have become, “jailers of tradition”.  Read more about that HERE   

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ASK FATHER: Can a dying Catholic receive the Apostolic Pardon if there is no priest present?

From a reader…


Can a Catholic receive the Apostolic Pardon if he/she dies without a priest present. I read somewhere that, even in the absence of a priest, the Catholic Church grants a plenary indulgence to all Catholics at the moment of death if they are disposed to receive it.

This is a very good question.  Thank you for asking.

We know about, or ought to know about, the Apostolic Pardon, or Blessing, before death.  This is a remission of temporal punishment due to sin for one who is properly disposed (in the state of grace).  Thus it is to be imparted by the priest primarily after sacramental absolution and anointing.   The Apostolic Pardon can be given once during the crisis.  If the person recovers, the Pardon could be given once again if there is a relapse.

HOWEVER… what if a priest is not available?

That happens, as we have seen to our great sadness in this time of COVID-1984 Theatre.

Just as an aside, if the whole COVID thing has in fact been overblown to keep people in the state of fear, and therefore people died (for whatever reason) without the sacraments because priests were forbidden access… imagine for a moment the implications for the judgment of those who were responsible for whipping up the terror and causing the restrictive policies.  I digress.

The Church provides for those who are dying when there is no priest.  A person who is in articulo mortis, near death, can obtain a plenary indulgence provided that they had a habit of prayer in their lifetime.  The use of a crucifix to look at is very helpful to obtain this indulgence.

If this seems a little vague, that’s okay.  There is flexibility here in that, often, at the point of death, people are unable to speak, and so they cannot perform the work of a vocal prayer.  However, if they had the habit of prayer, especially certain prayers – think of the daily Rosary, praying the Angelus or Regina Caeli as a regular daily practice, praying the canonical hours – that stands in the place of the prayers that the dying person certainly would have offered he if could have.

So, it is habitual prayer that substitutes.

This one of the reasons why I have, on this blog and in preaching, tried to get the point across that we should “practice” dying, through mortifications and prayer.

If we want to be good at playing the piano, we have to practice.  If we want to be good at just about anything we have to apply ourselves so that we get good at it and it becomes easier to do.   Virtues, for example, are habits that we must develop through repetition and effort.  If something is hard to perform, we don’t have the virtue.

In a similar way, if we want to make a good death, we should “practice” those aspects of dying that we can control: daily penances, reflections on death while healthy and active, prayers to God for a good death by whatever means He wills, prayer for the dying and the dead, etc.

Think about this, and the fact that one say you are going to die.

Does this issue of the plenary indulgence at the point of death make you consider establishing regular habits of prayer?

Remember, the priest might not get there in time.

Moreover, because the priest might not be right there when it is time…


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Today’s Fervorino, including Prayer against the Pandemic from after Mass.

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Online classes, courses opportunities – UPDATED

I had mentioned the good opportunity for priests to work on Latin in an online course with Joseph Shaw, at Oxford, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society.  HERE He is offering discounts for clergy.

Also, the esteemed Dr. Robert Royal has been offering a course on The Confessions.  It might be a little late to get involved. Check it out.  HERE  I warmly endorse Dr. Royal’s courses.  I followed the tripartite courses on the Divina Commedia.  Although I know it quite well, I gained some great insights.   The for Augustine’s Confessions.  New perspectives are great and these are outstanding for “beginners”.

Another course will be offered by Dr. Edmund Mazza, very bright and traditional, with a great sense of humor.  He is offering an online class on “World History and Church History”.  I have a sneaking suspicion that it is not going to be entirely irenic, when the topic is aimed at one particular end of the spectrum.   It starts 1 February.  HERE

UPDATE -20 Jan 2022:

I received a note from Romanitas Press that priests can sign up for a 12 session course on how to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass. HERE

How wonderful it would be were a whole bunch of priests from Chicago to sign up!

Also, perhaps you might consider sponsoring a course for a priest whom you know.

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Qui distinguit bene docet. Fr. Hunwicke opines.

It is a day of contrasts.

I had posted about “A Tale of Two Archbishops”.  Now I see Fr. Hunwicke making distinctions about contrasting pairings.  Qui distinguit bene docet.  My emphases.

Ecclesial disorders


“If the word had not come to have as offensive a sound for many as ‘clericalism’ itself, the old term ‘sacerdotalism’ might well be used to describe the reconciling principle of the primitive church, so dear to S Paul, ‘that there are diversities of ministries, many members, yet but one Body’, in which they find their hierarchic unity; and that all are necessary to the perfection of the Church, the Body of Christ. Clericalism, I take it, means in itself simply undue exaltation of the person and importance of the minister, whether he claims priestly character and special sacramental power, or not. ‘Sacerdotalism’, on the other hand, means simply the belief that certain men are given by God certain priestly powers on behalf of their fellows, which their fellows have not got. These are not the same thing … the pre-Nicene Church was certainly not ‘clericalist’, but it was profoundly ‘sacerdotalist’.”

So wrote Dom Gregory Dix; he went on to quote I Clement XLI, with its emphasis on the Bishop, presbyters, deacons, and laics having each their own tagma. [In classical Greek the ordering of military units, such as a battalion.  Similarly in NT Greek, “things that have been arranged in order”.] He loved to point out that the Puritan liturgical drafts which were promoted as replacements for the Prayer Book were profoundly clericalist, with page after page of ministerial monologue.

(En passant, [Also an action in chess, which I employed yesterday.] I must protest against the dishonest, thoroughly mendacious, implication in the disgraceful documentation accompanying Traditionis custodes, that affection for the Authentic Use of the Roman Rite is fomented by self-seeking clerics. Quite the opposite is the truth. Traddidom is lay-based, lay-driven, and lay-dominated. Most of its academic writers seem to be lay men and lay women, and very fine scholars they are, too. Perhaps clergy are too scared … now … tell me … why should that be?)


Just as Clericalism and Sacerdotalism need to be distinguished because they are so often and easily confused, so the Petrine Ministry, and Bergoglian Ueberhyperpapalism, need to be kept carefully separate because they are so radically different. The just and proper exercise of the Petrine Office as a remora [“a drag, brake”, by analogy with the nasty, pertinacious sea critter with suckers that latch on to other sea critters and create, inter alia, a drag.] against novelty and a guarantee of the unchanging Apostolic Tradition, the Deposit of Faith, is a million miles from the wicked corruption memorably described by Joseph Ratzinger as “the impression that the pope really can do anything”.


I promise that if you go to read the rest, you will find at least one gem.   HERE

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NEW PROJECT “100!” Wherein Fr. Z asks for help. – UPDATED

One year ago, when a tectonic plate shift in life took place, I started a campaign for 200 new monthly donation subscribers.

Your response was a source of great consolation and encouragement.  Today, when donations arrive earmarked “200!”, like a battle cry, it’s a boost for my day.

Given the vicissitudes of life now – tectonic plates continue to shift, don’t they? – I must start another campaign.  While I would really like to get another lift like the amazing “200”s, I’ll start with the “100!”s and, hopefully even more will respond.

Here’s my request for at least “100” of you to sign up for a $10 monthly donation.

I am grateful for larger donations, of course.  I don’t want to limit you to $10/mo.   If someone signs up for, say, $20, and tells me it is for this “100!” target, I’ll be doubly happy.  It’ll be like one person doing the lifting for two.

“Many hands make light work.”

One thing you should consider is that, these days, almost all the daily Masses I offer, I say for the intention of my benefactors.  It is my open, and stated intention.  It is my pleasure as well as my duty to pray for you who are so good to me.

Firstly, there’s Paypal. This is easy.

There is this link:


Some options

Some of you might think to increase what you are giving.  Instead of changing your already established donation by $10, perhaps simply add a new one with that particular purpose: “100!”.  If you need to contact me because it is hard to figure out, drop me a line: HERE

Next, there is Venmo.  I can’t set up a regular donation subscription on Venmo, but if you simply told me you were going to do this monthly, I’d believe you. Add a note like, “100!” so I can tabulate it for my project drive.  HERE I got a notice yesterday of a “200!” donation via Venmo, which was a very pleasant point in the evening.

You can aim your phone at this.  It should work.

I also have signed up for Wise (once called “Transferwise”), especially for those of you OUTSIDE these USA.  I invite you to take a look.  There are a few hoops to jump through but it doesn’t take long.  HERE  This is a really cool service that can take any currency and then I can, with change fees that are a tiny fraction of what bigger services gouge, move it to a US bank.

There are also snail-mail options, including the P.O. Box of the TMSM of which I am still “prez”.

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
733 Struck St.
PO BOX 44603
Madison, WI 53744-4603

Someone will regularly check that P.O. Box and forward my mail, so this is a slow, but sure method.

Please, dear readers – new and old – I could use some help.  I still have moving issues: storage, insurance (gasp), repairs, I need a new roof, and recently my three major kitchen appliances have begun to mutiny (water leaks, etc.), including the lower coil in my oven starting on fire.  That was exciting, and not in a good way.

Thanks to all of who visit here. I appreciate your time, attention, participation, prayers, and support.

It has been hard to slog forward this last year. Some days have been better than others. But, with a set jaw, the only way out of this is forward and through it. Powerful forces are arrayed against us now and they must not be allowed to bash us down into silence with their bullying and Stasi tactics. Persevere.

UPDATE 19 Jan 2022

Some kind folks have sent donations.  Thank you!  I am not sure if they are for “100!” or not.  One is from a “200!” donor.  I’ll try to sort it.

CB – 100! Venmo (V)
DS – Paypal (P)
OK – P
CN – P
MF – V
EA – V
SP – 100! P
KC – 100! Continue To Give (C)
MdeM – 100! V
DC – 100! P
KT – 100! V
LG – 100! P
JK – 100! V
RT – 100! P
PA – 100! P
BLS – 100! P
MM – 100! V


UPDATE 120 Jan 2022

KL – 100! P
JO – 100! P
DS – 100! P
SD – 100! P
BE – 100! P
JV – 100! P
CK – 100! P
CC – 100! P


MH – 100! P
PR – 100! P
TC – 100! P
JS – 100! P
JB – 100! P
PLFFC – 100! P
SN – 100! P



EC – 100! P
SS – 100! P
MC – 100! P
LH – 100! P
LE – 100! P
JG – 100! P
SP – 100! P



21 Jan 2022

DG – 100! P
JM – 100! P
SD – 100! P
JC – 100! P
JM – 100! V
JF – 100! V



22 Jan 2022

ME – 100! P
SP – 100! P
JH – 100! P


And thanks to the many of you who have made one time donations, which are not monthly subscriptions.  The monthly method helps me to budget, but every bit is deeply appreciated.




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Daily Mass Fervorino.

The book I mentioned by Kennedy Hall from good old faithful TAN, Terror of Demons: Reclaiming Traditional Catholic Masculinity.

Effeminacy is undermining and sapping the vigor from the Church and larger society. It is a tool and temptation from Hell and it must be resisted. Hall writes:

Effeminacy does not mean “femininity,” as femininity is a perfection, like masculinity. Effeminacy is a different word entirely, and in its etymology, we find a definition for things like “softness” in its Latin usage. The Greek word for effeminacy in the New Testament is malakia, which means “softness.”
St. Thomas defines effeminacy as a reluctance to suffer due to an attachment to pleasure. He explains that effeminacy is a vice opposed to perseverance. In essence, effeminacy is a vice that is opposed to the cross, which is an unfortunate characteristic that might explain the multitude of soft men who reject life’s redemptive sufferings in pursuit of temporal pleasure.

As I have mentioned before, effeminacy is not the jesuitical limp-handed lisping of a confused boy-man with a streak of sullen teen-age girl purple across his half-shaven skull full of mush.   Women can be effeminate, too.   We want women to be feminine, not effeminate.  We want men to be neither, but rather, both virile and masculine.  Get the distinction?

There is another kind of effeminacy, by the way.  It’s the sort whereby, in defiance of their wiring, they relate to others more as women might than men, thus leading to one of the wisest premonitory insights I ever received from a bishop about clergy: “There are old women of both sexes.”  Another analogy about how some of clergy with power work is: high-school mean-girls in the bathroom.

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A tale of two Archbishops

It is the best of times, in that God has called us into existence now, to be His team according to His plan.

It is the worst of times, in that God has called us into existence now, when from our limited perspective things are flying apart at the seams.

At National Catholic Register (never to be confused with the National catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap aka National Schismatic Distorter), there is a piece regarding the implementation of Traditionis custodes – the Plessy v. Ferguson legacy document of the Francis Regime – that contrasts the cruel, clerical rigidity of one midwestern Archbishop with the pastoral and flexible application made by another.

The piece tells about how, after the auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who handled most of the pontifical ceremonies of the Vetus Ordo was translated to Crookston, Archbp. Hebda stepped in to administer Confirmation using the Traditional Roman Rite… after a snow storm typical of my native place, Minnesota.

The peroration:

Archbishop Hebda’s approach to both forms is one that would be preferable to see coming from Rome — an openminded, tolerant approach that does not see the two forms of the Roman Rite as a source of division. I truly hope that those in Rome see the pain they are causing so many devout Catholics so that the Church can move forward in unity embracing both forms of the Roman Rite.

Rather than hunting down priests, one after one, to unperson them for voicing doubleplus ungood Oldthink, Archbp. Hebda acted like a bishop interested in his flocks true good (charity) rather than make a harsh display of rigidity to impress clerical climbers elsewhere.

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A bishop’s prayer petition for this Week of Christian Unity: for Catholics who want the Traditional Latin Mass

From Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, RI.

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Your Good News

Do you have good news for the readership today? Great things happening? Some victories or accomplishments? Clear movements and moments of grace?

There is so much bad news in the Church and the world right now, what with lunatic political office holders and shepherds determined to oppress their flocks. Let’s have some good news.

  • For my part, I made a couple of DX QSOs today using a rig remotely, which I haven’t done for a long time.  I tried to get Rodriguez Island but, no joy. But Italy and Slovakia boomed in.
  • I was victorious yesterday in a tough game in which I used the Albin Gambit.
  • The alstroemeria in the Two Trinities chapel has never been as nice.  I guess more time in the dark really helps them bloom and last longer.
  • A great text chat with a super-determined and faithful, traditional Catholic family man: they drive 2.5 hours each way with little kids for a Sunday SSPX Mass, because it is the closest TLM they have.
  • More Christmas cards came yesterday and there was a large donation to the TMSM.
  • I had supper with the local priest last night, which was very pleasant.
  • Tonight Dr. Royal’s very good online course on Augustine’s Confessions will continue. Worthwhile. New insights.
  • Some very useful things arrived from my amazon wishlist… there were no packing slips except in one box, so I am not sure whom to thank but… THANK YOU. These days I have been saying Mass for my benefactors almost every day. You are remembered by me and God knows who you are even when I am in the dark.

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Today’s Fervorino.

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17 Jan ’08 – Bobby Fischer

From Twitter…

Keep in mind that Fischer probably was received into the Catholic Church before he died.

Just… suggestin’

So, two childhood heros named Bobby.  One is still alive.

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New Anthology of Fulton Sheen about “The Greatest Commandment”

Soooo many books.  So little time.

I bring to your attention a new but old, nova sed vetera, book:

The Greatest Commandment: A Fulton Sheen Anthology on Love edited by Al Smith.


(No matter what you are shopping for, please use my amazon affiliate links.  More important than ever.)

Right off the bat, looking at the Table of Contents and spot reading, this could provide good sources to combat critical race theory and the diabolical distortion of friendship that are same-sex “active” relationships.

The book is flawed in that there is no index, but the sections are pretty well systematic in their distinctions.  It is a little on giving complete citations, which is a lacuna.

How refreshing it is to spend some time with a mind like Fulton Sheen’s, his eloquence, even when it is coming through the pages of a book.

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