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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
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- ADVENTCAzT 2020 02: “The wonders of creation are a mystical ladder that leads us to God.”
- #ASonnetADay – 103. “Alack, what poverty my Muse brings forth…”
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 1st Sunday of Advent – 2020
- Daily Rome Shot 10
- Send Fr. Z your snail-mail 2020 CHRISTMAS CARDS!
- LIVE VIDEO – 29 Nov – 1200h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – 1st Sunday of Advent (Exorcism re: election/vote results)
- An important apostolate: SEVEN SISTERS
- Daily Rome Shot 09
- ADVENTCAzT 2020 01: “Jesus thirsts for us to thirst for Him”
- #ASonnetADay – 101. “O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends…” & 102. “My love is strengthen’d, though more weak in seeming…”
- Mass schedules… then and now
- GOOD NEWS: “Key” available for Scanlon’s “Latin Grammar: Grammar Vocabularies, and Exercises in Preparation for the Reading of the Missal and Breviary”
- ACTION ITEM – POLL: New possible vestment for ADVENT for live streamed Masses
- Daily Rome Shot 08
- LIVE VIDEO – 28 Nov – 1200h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – B.V. Mary on Saturday (Exorcism re: election/vote results)
- Is it time to exorcize the Democrat Party?
- Liturgical tweaking: rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
- ACTION ITEM! Seminarian in need of prayers
- ASK FATHER: What happens to the Eucharist if the priest does not communicate during Mass?
- Daily Rome Shot 07
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- #ASonnetADay – 100. “Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget’st so long…” Thanks, @sirpatstew …
- VIDEO for Thanksgiving: Archbp. Carroll’s Prayer For Government & Exorcism Against Satan and Fallen Angels for the sake of Election Integrity
- “Devout” Biden and the Palmist
- LIVE VIDEO – 26 Nov – 1200h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Votive of the Holy Ghost & Thanksgiving (Exorcism re: election/vote results) – INTENTION: My benefactors
- Wherein Fr. Z reacts to a seminarian’s “cri de coeur”
- A brief moment of relief from SCOTUS for religious liberty in Brooklyn
- #ASonnetADay – GUEST Sonnet – Dorothy Parker – “I dunno yer highfalutin’ words, but here’s th’ way it seems…”
- LIVE VIDEO – 25 Nov – 1200h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – St Catherine of Alexandria (Exorcism re: election/vote results)
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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: September 2010
From a reader: Our last pastor decided we should all stand up before the Great Amen (going so far as to pause the Mass until all were standing -and some peoples refusal to stand became a horrible distraction and battle … Continue reading
From a reader: It was announced during our school Mass today, by the associate here at the parish where I teach, that henceforth, whatever class has “planned” the school Mass each week will be invited to gather around the altar … Continue reading
I have of late received more than one email from readers with similar questions. In effect, they have asked if diocesan bishops can forbid pastors to add a Traditional Latin Mass to the Sunday Mass schedule, or if the local … Continue reading
From Creative Minority Report with my emphases and comments: Well, for all those who said it was just a slip of the tongue last time or that his speechwriters were to blame, Obama just made sure you knew that he … Continue reading
Have you ever seen an ordination to the priesthood with the older, traditional Roman Rite…. A reader sent notice of the following: FSSP ORDINATION KANSAS CITY THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 Rev. Mr David Kemna will be ordained to the priesthood … Continue reading
Some of you will recall that I visited Wyoming Catholic College last winter. I found it splendid. Here is an update from the WCC blog (in case you know young people trying to figure out where to go to college). … Continue reading
Previously on RATS IN THE RECTORY (here). On the blog Southern Orders I saw that Fr. M has some news, as well as a very satisfying and at the same time disgusting photo. Well, I got access to a computer … Continue reading
For those of you who like to have that last shot at previewing your comments before hitting that submit button… I believe I have a working Preview function up and running.
I just received word that Fr. Thomas Dubay, SM, has died. Please pray for the repose of his soul. Fr. Dubay was a fine author on issues of the spiritual life. His books are very good.
I am sure you remember my review of artist/illustrator Daniel Mitsui’s Crucifixion. Mitsui has a blog called The Lion and the Cardinal, an obvious Patristic reference which never fails to delight me. Today I received another print from him, a … Continue reading
From a reader: Can a beretta be used in the OF? When would it be used? Yes, without question! But make sure that it is clean and in good working order so that it doesn’t misfire. I would use … Continue reading
From a reader: While about to receive Communion today I was told by a Eucharistic minister “nice to see you” immediately after she had said “Body of Christ,” to me. I had not even responded, “Amen” yet. Is this permissible? … Continue reading
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From the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, comes this analysis piece by William Oddie. My emphases and comments. There are various perspectives from which we can view the papal visit: and one of them is as a PR … Continue reading
A friend wrote to whine at me that the blog seemed – to him – to be loading slowly. I rather think he might be raving mad, even nuts. Surely a side effect of living too close to the Vortex. … Continue reading
From a reader: I was in a discussion with someone about eating in the Church not necessarily at Mass AND use of the Church for plays, community events, shelter, etc. What are the rules for behavior inside a Catholic Church? … Continue reading
As I look at the calendar, as I read comments on the blog, as I read my email, pace Johnny Mercer, is you is or is you ain’t Ember Saturday? Today I said the Mass for Ember Saturday. I think … Continue reading
A kind reader, AN, sent a photo of her travel mug the other day, thus brightening up a pretty dismal battle with the blog. Fill yours with some coffee. And send your snaps!
There is a good deal of controversy in England right now about comments made by Anglican Archbp. Rowan Williams before Benedict XVI’s visit to England. In an article in The Times published today, the contents of an interview with Archbp. … Continue reading