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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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- ASK FATHER: Form of absolution was just “I absolve you OF your sins” instead of “FROM your sins”.
- #ASonnetADay – 78. “So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse…” HALF WAY POINT!
- Food for thought: American Venerables and the election
- To the tune of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
- LIVE VIDEO – 31 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – B.V.M. on Saturday – Prayer in time of pandemic
- 31 Oct – 1 Nov – USA: CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS – “Fall Back!” – POLL on Daylight Savings Time
- #ASonnetADay – 77. “Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear…”
- LIVE VIDEO – 30 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart & Exorcism
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- NOTA BENE! Special Decree extends opportunity for Plenary Indulgence for Poor Souls through whole of November
- Prayer Request from Fr. Z – UPDATE!
- #ASonnetADay – 76. “Why is my verse so barren of new pride…”
- LIVE VIDEO – 29 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit – Prayer against the Wuhan Devil
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- A tribute to my mother on my birthday
- #ASonnetADay – 75. “So are you to my thoughts as food to life…”
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- LIVE VIDEO – 28 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – Sts. Simon & Jude, Apostles
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- LIVE VIDEO – 27 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – Votive Mass of Holy Angels (with Exorcism)
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- ASK FATHER: Use of a microphone during Traditional Latin Low Mass. Wherein Fr. Z rants.
- #ASonnetADay – 73. “That time of year thou mayst in me behold…”
- ASK FATHER: Is a vote for “the lesser of two evils” still a vote “for evil”?
- ASK FATHER: Can einkorn flour be used for the Eucharist? It is lower in gluten.
- 28 October 2020 – Feast Sts. Simon and Jude: MASS FOR BENEFACTORS
- LIVE VIDEO – 26 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – Monday in 21st Week after Pentecost
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Monthly Archives: January 2009
The road is long and dusty. You are parched… or you just fancy a sip of something. POLL CLOSED Which refreshing beverage do you prefer? Water (still or sparkling) (43%, 775 Votes) Adult Beverage (includes Irish Coffee & Long Island … Continue reading
Patrick Madrid caught that EWTN will air the CatholicVote.org pro-life ad which NBC refused. Irondale, AL (EWTN) – See the pro-life commercial NBC refused to air during the Super Bowl on EWTN Global Catholic Network this Sunday Feb. 1, beginning … Continue reading
Check John Allen’s piece on the SSPX thing going on. My friend the nearly ubiquitous John L. Allen, Jr. is, of course, the fair-minded columnist for the ultra-lefty National Catholic Reporter. Let’s look, with my emphases and comments. In the … Continue reading
And oldie but a goodie from Creative Minority Report… just to lighten things up a bit.
The excellent blog of the diocesan newspaper of Kansas City, MO, The Catholic Key has an interesting piece. You remember the Apostolic visitation of seminaries? Vatican to Visit U.S. Women Religious Institutes Breaking. Just came across my desk. More to … Continue reading
Thanks to Fr. ER of Orthometer for this! Spurred by this.
From Robert Micken’s of the far-left leaning English weekly, The Tablet. My emphases and comments. Benedict’s high risk strategy Benedict XVI and the Lefebvrists 31 January 2009 Robert Mickens The Pope has described it as an act of paternal mercy. … Continue reading
A reader alerted me to the following from Jesuit magazine America, which I share with my emphases and comments. The Good WordA Blog on Scripture and Preaching South Africa & Liturgical ChangePosted at: 2009-01-27 11:08:00.0Author: Chris Chatteris, S.J. In many … Continue reading
A reader alerted me to this from The Telegraph. Priests [not] stage fashion show The latest fashions among the clergy were on display in Devon as local priests [not] swapped pulpits for the catwalk. Last Updated: 1:40PM GMT 30 Jan … Continue reading
UPDATE: 23:35 GMT Some people have freaked out that I posted some fairly well-founded reports that Bp. Williamson was perhaps gravely ill. I clearly stated where I got the reports and I what my motives were. If his health is … Continue reading
From the always vigilant Rorate this is the apology sent be SSPX Bp. Williamson to His Eminence Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos, President of the P.Comm. Ecclesia Dei. It was written to 28 January 2009. Apology Letter of Bishop Richard Williamson … Continue reading
Now we must all pray that in the near future men of good will can work out differences with humility and charity towards each other.
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Some say the burger is the perfect food group. So what’s it gonna be? A hamburger? A cheeseburger? Of course, you can add all sorts of other things, such as lettuce or tomato, or a smear of mustard or mayo. … Continue reading
The traditional Catholic paper The Remnant has a piece by a frequent comment writer here, Brian Mershon, about a possible reconciliation of the SSPX with Rome perhaps by Candlemas, 2 February. I will not parse Mershon’s whole piece, for it … Continue reading
I received this very interesting note from a staffer of a US Congressman whom I will not identify for obvious reasons. I have his permission to share this: My emphases Fr. Z: As a Congressional staffer, I am extremely concerned … Continue reading
The johnny-on-the-spot site Rorate has two good pieces you would do well to look at. First, there is an entry called Cardinal Castrillón: Relevant declarations to Corriere della Sera Also check Corriere. Here is a salient point or two: The … Continue reading
And now… another dog bites man story from a washed up dissenter. This is in from ANSA: Liberation theologian and dissenter Leonardo Boff has determined that the lifting of the excommunications of the four SSPX bishops was a mistake. It … Continue reading
Several alert readers have sent me the following which I finally tracked down to our friends at NLM. Go check them out and spike their stats. The piece says it is from The Catholic Herald, the best Catholic paper in … Continue reading