Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wherein Fr. Z is REJECTED by the LCWR!

I am sure you are filled with anticipation for the upcoming meeting of the LCWR to be held from 13-17 August at one of Orlando’s swankiest resort hotels, the Caribe Royale. When I found their page for applying for media … Read More

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George Zimmerman rescued people from overturned SUV

From AP: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle in central Florida last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, officials said Monday. … Read More

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From the Daily Mail: Revealed: Buzz Aldrin took Holy Communion on the MOON (but NASA kept it secret) Former astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin may have been the second man to walk on the moon, but he was the first – … Read More

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More gender bender news

From Right Wing News: Democratic California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has written a bill that would require public schools in his state to allow students to choose which bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams match their gender identity. Both the Assembly … Read More

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Francis in Brazil, or…

… or World War Z? As I write I am with a group if priests, as we watch the Holy Father’s helicopter taxiing around a tarmac for what seemed like a long while, with that big headlight reaching out like … Read More


Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a really good point in the sermon you heard for the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Mass obligation? The undersigned preached about sacramentals today… for them, not against them.


QUAERITUR: Confirmed, but in state of sin. Am I confirmed?

From a reader: If a person is confirmed in Mortal Sin, does it ‘count’, or must he/she be conditionally re-confirmed. What you are asking is “Was the sacrament validly conferred?” or “Is she confirmed?” Yes.  The sacrament was validly confirmed and … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Can the priest say the older, Latin Mass ‘facing the people’?

From a reader: A local retired priest wishes to begin offering the EF of the Mass, but he wishes to offer it versus populum. He honestly believes he has that option. Is there a specific Church document forbidding this? If … Read More

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Are we now a nation of blatteroons?

When I take a break from movies with lots of explosions, I like period pieces.  You can’t beat a well done production of a Jane Austen novel or just about any of the 19th century writers. It happened the other … Read More

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“brutal, cruel, ferocious and inhuman crimes”

On the Pro Life Wisconsin blog there is a good remind of how strong has been the Church’s teaching – not “policy” as many liberals, even catholics, claim – about abortion. In 1588, Pope Sixtus V issued a Papal Bull, called … Read More

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DETROIT: “If I had a city….”

Detroit has joined the ranks of the bankrupt. When I have been driven around in Detroit I had a sense, in some neighborhoods, of what the Russians did to Berlin: looked like a war zone. What caused the phenomenon “Detroit”, … Read More

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PODCAzT 136: John XXIII opens Vatican II – ‘Gaudet Mater Ecclesia’ – optimism and naïveté, error and continuity

 have wanted to do this for some time. Today we have as our guest, Pope John XXIII. I read for you the whole of John’s address to the opening of the Second Vatican Council, a speech called Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, … Read More

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Pope Francis is “We”

Today Pope Francis established a new committee – because we needed another committee -the (take a deep breath) Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organisation of the economic-administrative structure of the Holy See. HERE So far what I like about this … Read More

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Miracles and You. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

The Canonical Defender Ed Peters has been asking for prayers and even the intercession of God with a miracle for his injured son, blogger and good Catholic activist Thomas Peters.  Thom is doing better but he has a long way … Read More

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UPDATE on Thomas Peters, neck broken in accident, and REQUEST for prayers for a miracle

Preamble: Thomas Peter’s broke his neck in a swimming accident.  HERE He has some control of his arms so far.  The well-known canonist Ed Peter’s, Thom’s father, has asked people to invoke the intercession of  Servant of God Fr. Felix Cappello … Read More

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Tax reform, USCCB, Catholic Charities USA

Our friend The Motley Monk has some observations about tax reform, the USCCB and government funding of charities.  Here is the first part: If you’re really interested in tax reform, the USCCB and Catholic Charities USA may not be… A Wall … Read More

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Sister goes door to door asking Catholics to return to Mass

Never underestimate the power of an invitation. Once upon a time there were groups like Legion of Mary, which could canvass parish neighborhoods.  Once upon a time, priests even walked about neighborhoods working on a census.  Then again, parish neighborhoods … Read More

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Handy tool tip!

This has nothing to do with anything controversial for a change. I just used my diminutive keyring-sized multi-tool to fix something and I thought I would share the joy. This is the Swiss+Tech ST53100 Micro-Max 19-in-1 Key Ring Multi-Function Pocket Tool. … Read More

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Bishops of England and Wales about passage of same-sex ‘marriage’

From the Bishops of England and Wales (emphases mine): Statement on on the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act Statement by the President and Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales In receiving Royal Assent, … Read More

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