PODCAzT 81: Benedict XVI’s Letter on SSPX excomms; your voicemail

A fast PODCAzT this time.

I am so grateful to the folks who sent the new microphone and the boom.  They really help.

In this session I read Pope Benedict’s Letter to Bishops on the lifting of the excommunications of the SSPX bishops and add some of my own comments both before and after.

Then I delve into your wonderful voicemail!

  • A question about the older, traditional form of Sacrament of Penance.
  • A big family devours eggplant.
  • A priest talks about woes in Austria and implementing Summorum Pontificum.
  • A father uses my PODCAzTs to keep his kids quiet.


In the meantime, I think the iTunes feed is working as long as this blog entry doesn’t scroll off the feed.  At least that is my present theory.




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  1. Irenaeus says:

    You have an incredible ministry, Father. Thank you for being a rock in trying times.

  2. Malta says:

    Fr. Z, you are doing a wonderful thing here, but I would cation about resting too surely on your laurels in all of this. Yes, tradition is coming back, slowly, but we shouldn’t expect a rush. [And I have not written otherwise. It process is speeding up, but there is a long way to go.]

    Think on this: for over twenty years SSPX were made to feel that they were not part of the Church for supporting the very liturgy that the Council of Trent said was indissoluabe, then, after Vatican II prelates said the liturgy was maleable…

    The great Cathedrals in Europe were forged over hundreds of years to house an even greater treasure: the Liturgy. St. Bernard said is was the greatest treasure on earth, next to Scripture.

    So, if the cathedral builders on the great planes spent centuries building a proper housing for a liturgy which itself took centuries to build, what possessed a mere man to change the former in a few years? What possessed a man to do that?

  3. Kaneohe says:

    Fr Z, just to let you know iTunes podcast/download is working fine – received the download automatically via my subscription.

    Malta: Fr Z is always saying “brick by brick” so he is far from resting on his laurels – rather he is fighting in the front lines and I for one greatly appreciate all his work, effort and sacrifice. As they say in the trenches “Thanks for the ammo Padre!” May God bless you in your work Fr. Z!

  4. ssoldie says:

    From an old ‘Gregorian Mass’ lover, God bless you and thank you. Your pod cast comes in so clear. We all must pray daily for our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI

  5. RichR says:

    I echo the voicemail caller who used Don Camillo to placate the kids. I was waiting in the grocery store parking lot with 3 little boys under the age of 6 while my wife braved the shopping crowds for half an hour. Your story had the boys quite entranced.

  6. Creagh says:

    Thanks Fr.Z. – great pod cast!

  7. Jeff Pinyan says:

    I feel like Pope Benedict is channeling the very voice of God (cf. Jonah 4:11) in his plea for concern… at the very least, I would guess he was inspired by it:

    “Can we be totally indifferent about a community which has 491 priests, 215 seminarians, 6 seminaries, 88 schools, 2 university-level institutes, 117 religious brothers, 164 religious sisters and thousands of lay faithful? Should we casually let them drift farther from the Church?”

    “And should not I pity 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 much cattle?” (Jonah 4:11)

  8. Jonathan says:

    Dear Father Z:

    Thank you for another great PodcaZt which I enjoyed on my run this morning. It really struck me how well the text sounds when read aloud, almost as though it had been written to be read, like a sermon. It really disappoints me how the press has taken what it wants from this masterful writing to pursue its own agenda to sensationalize and discredit the Church and our wonderful Holy Father.

    Can anyone help me with the mechanics of downloading ALL of Father’s PodcaZts? The iTunes feed dribbles them out, and I would like to have a complete set of them.

  9. Frank H says:

    Jonathan, go to the area on the left under “Pages” – Fr. Z’s Podcazt Page”


    They are all listed, and, on a PC, you can right click and save as.

  10. carl says:

    At my parish we had a priest visiting from the diocese of Santiago de Compostela, who heard my confession. He started the absolution as I started the act of contrition. I thought at first that he was speaking Spanish, but then as I listened to him finish up, realized it was Latin. Is there any chance he was doing this in the EF form of the sacrament, or was he just letting the EF practice influence the OF?

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