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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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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
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- From a reader – “Idea: Spiritual battle/Catholic Church fullness of faith.” Wherein Fr. Z rants.
- OLDIE PODCAzT 127: The Eve of St. Agnes and a Bleak Midwinter
- 20 Jan: St. Sebastian, invoked against the pandemic
- ASK FATHER: Prayers “for the Pope”
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- PROJECT “200!” Wherein Fr. Z asks for some help.
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- LIVE VIDEO – 18 Jan 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Requiem
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- LIVE VIDEO – 17 Jan 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
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- ASK FATHER: Can I be a Catholic AND a Libertarian?
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- ASK FATHER: Why isn’t there a paper book with the Sunday propers in Latin and English?
- Another sign of the times
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- LIVE VIDEO – 15 Jan 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – St. Paul, Hermit (Intention: benefactors)
- 14 January – Festum Asinorum #FeastoftheAss Day!
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- Various prayers or “Orationes diversae” in the traditional Missale Romanum
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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: December 2009
I mentioned on Plurk/Twitter that I was going to make what I call "spaghetti al seminario". This is pretty simply stuff and you can put it together with brutal speed. The name comes from the fact that in my seminary … Continue reading
May God bless you all abundantly for this New Year of Salvation. Have any resolutions?
From a priest friend and reader in an e-mail entitled simply: MANIPLE In honor of Fr. Z, I’m tying one on tonight, and tomorrow morning! Happy New Year! I love it when a priest is determined to tie one on … Continue reading
One of you readers caught the partial eclipse of the blue moon! Very cool. As view from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, GB at 1928 local time. Another, a priest friend, sent this from Ascona, Switzerland at 2010 GMT!
During 1st Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with the singing of the Te Deum for the end of the year, the Holy Father said, in my translation: Dear brothers and sisters, Rome needs priests who will … Continue reading
A couple weeks ago in my column for The Wanderer I spoke of the work of Christine Mohrmann. Also, I have on various occasions opined that sometimes it is okay for something you know to be a translation to actually … Continue reading
In a FOXNews story: HONOLULU — Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was taken to a hospital with chest pains on Wednesday, a Honolulu television station reported. Paramedics responded to a call at 2:41 p.m. from the Kahala Hotel … Continue reading
Space Weather News for Dec. 31, 2009 BLUE MOON ECLIPSE: For the first time in almost 20 years, there’s going to be a "Blue Moon" on New Year’s Eve. In Europe, sky watchers will witness an even rarer event–an eclipse … Continue reading
Want to have a chuckle while looking at a serious issue? Serious for the Lutherans, that is. You remember the ELCA decision last summer about homosexual clergy and same-sex unions? I picked up on the site of First Things their … Continue reading
Between various bouts with the keyboard today, I took a few photos of the every busy birds at the feeder. Lots of black and white these days. Though other muted colors come around. I am glad to see some House … Continue reading
You might remember that there was a dust up in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. Some parishoners of Our Lady of Fatima were trying to get their pastor, Fr. Jeffrey Robideau, removed. So often these stories about about a conservative-minded … Continue reading
In the now defunct but still relevant series The West Wing there is an episode in which the staff must chose figures for new US postage stamps. Witty political correctness ensues. At the time of the actual run of the … Continue reading
In your discussions of things ecumenical, remember to refer to Pope Benedict as "the Pope of Christian Unity". A reader alerted me to the following piece In the Canadian daily The Globe and Mail by Ian Hunter, Ian Hunter is … Continue reading
Today would have been the 89th birthday of Msgr. Richard Schuler, pastor and musician. He labored in the dark years after the Council to keep sound liturgy alive, promote proper sacred music, foster vocations to the priesthood, and hold the … Continue reading
A reader alerted me to an interview in the execrable Newsweek with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), pro-abortion but self-named "Catholic". You might remember some of her scintillating theological explanations about how she justified promoting abortion. Here is a bit … Continue reading
I’m back and the birds are busy! This Red-bellied Woodpecker is having a hard time with the shape of this feeder. This Hairy Woodpecker spent some time tapping on my window next to my desk. Chickadee. Nuthatch, scrounging.
1 January 2010 is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States. It is among the Holy Days for the Latin Church. If you are able to go to Mass on 1 January and do not go, you commit … Continue reading
We all know that Pope Benedict would not want to be completely surrounded by bullet proof glass everywhere he went. On the other hand, security around our Popes has been relatively light. The use of the sedia gestatoria would both … Continue reading
I case you had stopped wondering about why we needed Summorum Pontificum, try this. For Christmas Mass, we had a different priest by the name of Fr. ___. He started to get all the children to sit in front of … Continue reading