PODCAzT 46: Gregory the Great on when pastors should SPEAK UP; priests and getting your way; voicemail feedback

Today St. Pope Gregory the Great (+604) speaks to us from across the centuries in his Liber regulae pastoralis about when a bishop or priest (rector or pastor) should speak out bodly for the sake of their flock.  They mustn’t be timid or worry about being liked.  Instead, they have a responsibility to defend the flock and to correct errors.  We hear first the English and then the Latin of the excerpt from this mornings Office of Readings in the Liturgia horarum for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Also, we look at the qualifications for the "perfect priest". 

We talk about how not to approach priests when you want to make a petition for something or speak your mind.

Finally, I have voice mail feedback from a listener in my home state of Minnesota about how they are organizing to get celebrations of the older, "Traditional Latin Mass" in keeping with Pope Benedict’s provisions in Summorum Pontificum so they won’t have to drive so far just to have the older Mass.

Then I rant about what some of the people putting up obstacles are so afraid of, anyway.

045 07-09-28 Augustine on pastors; my Motu Proprio sermon in England; chapel veils
044 07-08-27 St. Monica dies, Augustine weeps; Pope Benedict greets American seminarians
043 07-08-23 Benedict XVI on Mass “toward the Lord” and a prayer by St. Augustine
042 07-08-10 St. Augustine on St. Lawrence and how to be a Christian
041 07-08-09 Ratzinger on liturgical silence; silent Eucharist Prayer
040 07-08-02 Eusebius of Vercelli in exile; my column in on detractors of Summorum Pontificum
039 07-07-27 St. Augustine on Christ the Mediator; “for all” or “for many”?
038 07-07-25 Ratzinger on “active participation”; The Sabine Farm; Merry del Val’s music
037 07-07-18 The position of the altar and the priest’s “back to the people”


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  1. Dev Thakur says:

    Dear Father,

    I’ve recently become a regular reader of your blog. Thanks, it’s awesome!

    I just tried to subscribe to your podcast via iTunes, but the feed is empty … thought I’d let you know, in case that is unintentional.

  2. Andrew says:

    Fr. Z

    I just listened to your podcast and it was a great delight, particularly the complete reading of the lectio divina in Latin. I would suggest to anyone who is interested in becoming acquainted with Latin pronounciation to listen and allow the words to sink in, even if they don’t understand everything right away. An integral part of learning a language is becoming familiarized with the sound of it. I recommend repeated listening as a useful exercise. And of course for those who are not tirones any more: where do you find an opportunity to have someone read to you in Latin? Right here!

  3. Thomas says:

    iTunes is not picking it up for me either. Of course the link above woriks, but it’s useful to me to have it on my mp3 player.

  4. The main reason I am posting is to say that your Latin reading is actually quite beautiful. It is also really great to have you read it in English then in Latin. I could actually follow some of the Latin. I just “discovered” your podcazts, but please do the English then Latin whenever possible in the future (if you don’t do this already), that was very cool.

    Father, you owe me a new keyboard. Unfortunately I was drinking tea when you got to the “perfect priest” part. At least I could clean off the screen. LOL.

    This particular podcazt is absolutely amazing. Thank you, Father.

  5. Gretchen says:

    Dear Father
    I am a fairly new reader of your blog and am especially fond of your Podcazts. I also love the humor you insert in your writings.
    God Bless you
    With Joy

  6. Edgar Fernandez says:

    Fr. Z, for some reason in the last podcast (Podcast 45) when downloading it or hearing it online you only get the background music and not your voice, as the comment box for that podcast is now closed I am posting it here.Could you please check if something got messed up with the file? Thanks.


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