Monthly Archives: August 2013

QUAERITUR: Can you confess in Latin?

From a reader: I know that the use of Latin is good for large international Masses (and for parish Masses, too…!), but what if, say, a priest and penitent didn’t speak the same language? Could a confession be made in … Read More

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Roman Curial appointments: a few observations

A couple things popped up on the screen today. First, Pope Francis has finally named a Secretary of State: Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela. He starts on 15 October 2013. Also, the Holy Father assigned Spanish-born Fr. Fernando … Read More

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Super Fun Video (especially for Trekkies)

Have you seen this?  It is a worthy successor of the VW Darth Vader commercial.

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Note to readers about registration and commenting

This blog is under constant attack by spammers and various other internet trolls (my they roast in the deepest cinders of Hell, as Dr. Maturin would put it). I, therefore, require that people register to comment. In the registration form … Read More

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Fr. Z summoned to a Tribunal

It has finally happened. I have at long last – for my sins – been summoned on pain of censures to appear at an ecclesiastical tribunal.

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Omnium Gatherum

Here is an article about electronic surveillance and you. I have always liked Montana. Montana the first state to pass spy law Montana made history this spring after passing the first state law to prevent the government from spying on … Read More

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DETROIT – 30 August Pontifical Mass & CHARLOTTE – 31 August – Solemn Requiem

For your kind attention: Friday 30 August, 7 PM at Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, the Most Reverend Donald Hanchon, auxiliary bishop of Detroit, will be celebrant for Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  The Mass is organized by Juventutem Michigan, an … Read More

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Sr. Joan calls for revolt against medieval monarchical genderizing restorationist authoritarianism!

Where in the world is Sr. Joan? For a while I have been wondering where Sr. Joan Chittister has been.   Shouldn’t she be back in Egypt again, helping the Egyptians to sort out there problems?  Shouldn’t she have been … Read More

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POLL: How long should the Eucharistic Fast be?

I would appreciate it if other bloggers would link to this so that we can get a really large response. Every once in a while I run into someone who doesn’t know about the Eucharistic fast before reception of Holy … Read More

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QUAERITUR: The Holy Spirit revealed to me that I’ve been an ass.

From a reader: I woke up this morning and had an epiphany from the Holy Spirit- I’m an ass. I don’t want to be one anymore, so I would like to confess this and amend my life ASAP. One problem. … Read More

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GUEST POST: “Why I’m Not a Traditionalist (But We’re Going to Latin Mass Anyways…)”

From the blog The Back of the World, comes a blog post worthy of everyone’s attention.  I’ll add this fellow to my blog role. Here it is with my patented Fr. Z treatment (you know… emphases and comments): Hi, my name … Read More

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Bill Clinton blatant prevarication about voting and ID laws

At the Lincoln Memorial today, with Pres. Obama – The First Gay President – sitting nearby, former President – The First Black President – Bill Clinton: “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an … Read More

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“I have a dream…” is possible only when you are allowed to be BORN

I saw this on CNS (video link HERE): Martin Luther King’s Daughter: ‘Life Begins In a Woman’s Womb’ August 26, 2013 By Penny Starr ( – Bernice King, the daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said on Thursday … Read More

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Then they opened their mouths and removed all doubt.

There were some attacks on me over the last couple days because I (in a moment of stupidity) responded to a anti-Catholic bigot who had launched a mendacious attack on the Church. In a moment of weakness, I cared.  Oh … Read More

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NASA and Latin

This is pretty cool. From the Beeb: Mars images to go on social media feeds in Latin By Zoe Kleinman Pictures of the surface of Mars, taken from Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), are to be captioned in Latin on … Read More

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Pope Francis on St. Augustine’s Feast: Mass streamed LIVE today

Pope Francis say Mass today, 28 August, at the Church of St. Augustine in Rome. The Mass will be streamed live via the Internet beginning at 5:55 PM CET, 10:55 AM CDT, 11:55 AM EDT. To watch on the Vatican … Read More

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Whole new horizons of theobabble.

On Coast to Coast AM (the radio show) the other night they were talking about Martians living on earth. As it turns out, Martians mixed it up with the Celts a long time ago. This is why there are Celts … Read More

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At WaPo, disgraced ex-priest and expert whiner Roy Bourgeois has an op-ed piece. Roy’s fundamental problem is that he sees ordination as a question of power and “policy”. Here is a sample paragraph: I saw the exclusion of women from … Read More

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A new book from J.R.R. Tolkien (+ 1973)

For all you fans of The Professor, J.R.R. Tolkien, … he has a new book! The Fall of Arthur US link HERE US Kindle HERE UK link HERE UK Kindle HERE  Here is the blurb from amazon: The Fall of … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Women should cover their heads, not just in church, but all the time?

From a reader: I am a traditional Catholic woman (attend an ICKSP oratory) and always cover my hair when in a church. I was taught that 1 Corinthians 11 is referring to women covering their hair in church only, which … Read More

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