Monthly Archives: September 2014

ASK FATHER: Baptizing aliens who burst into flames from water. No. Really.

From a reader (who has sent queries before about a writing project): I’m sorry if I’m been annoying at all in the past. But I have another question this one is for a writing project that might never get off … Continue reading

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Give a little thought to the “what ifs”.

I write once in a while about being prepared for emergencies.  You never know when something is going to happen and you will need to scramble to protect your family and friends.  We all have an obligation to be prepared … Continue reading

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Of Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady of Ransom, and a prayer

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom and of Our Lady of Walsingham. Two years ago I was in London, watching with a fine young priest of the Anglican Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham the episcopal consecration … Continue reading

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Suggestions for your donations to good Catholic causes

More and more often these days, I have notes from people who wonder about reliable Catholic charities or causes to which they can contribute their hard won money.  They ask for suggestions. I have some suggestions right now! Even though … Continue reading

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VIDEO: TLM at “Dome of Home”

Have you seen yet the new video about the Traditional Latin Mass? Beautifully done. The history of the church is interesting. What I find inspiring is the fact that, when people want to do something enough they can get it … Continue reading

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St. Pio and the Smell Test

Today is the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.  “Padre Pio”.  A prayer HERE What do you suppose Padre Pio would have thought about the notion that the divorced and civilly remarried should be readmitted to Holy Communion without a … Continue reading

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Pope Francis to change the name of St. Peter’s Basilica

As we look around the faith landscape of these USA, we see clusterings of parishes, such that the Churches of St. Christiana the Astonishing, St. Alphege the Bald, and St. Olav the Thick are all merged into one parish called … Continue reading

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OKLAHOMA CITY: Reparation, adoration of Christ VICTOR after sacrilege, blasphemy, evil

The other day some nitwits did something like a satanic “black mass” in city government facility of Oklahoma City.  You know the controversy, so I won’t go over it here. I hope that the local Archbishop, Most Reverend Paul Coakley, … Continue reading

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SSPX officials met with Card. Müller, Prefect of CDF

As crazy as it is may now sound, perhaps Pope Francis is the one who can reconcile the SSPX. I’ve floated this idea before.  I don’t have any illusions that Francis likes much of anything about the SSPX.   The other … Continue reading

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Card. Burke: “It simply makes no sense to talk about mercy which doesn’t respect truth.”

His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke, still Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, has been interviewed by Catholic World Report.  HERE The first part reminded me of one of the very last things Pope Benedict said in public.  During an audience just … Continue reading

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BOOK: Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church

There are all sorts of rumors out there about how The Book™ is being received in Rome as the days tick off to the opening of the Extraordinary Synod. The book I am talking about is, of course, the new … Continue reading

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These days, this is what I feel is being done to our Church.

UPDATE 25 Sept: I had a note from someone suggesting that the photoshopping with pink may have something to do with October – just around the corner – being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Pink seems to be the official color … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants

First, the moderation queue is ON. Before you reach to my rant (below), there is a must read piece at the blog of Prof. Ed Peters, canoniste extraordinaire, about the two groups who are tugging on the annulment process issue.  … Continue reading

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We are at your planet’s tipping point!

My Roman Curia calendar indicates that the Autumnal Equinox occurs at 2:29 GMT (I like using the retro GMT).   So, it occurs today, 23 September in some places.  Here at the Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue, the Equinox takes … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard at Sunday’s Mass? Let us know.

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Talk Like A Pirate Day – FOOT NOTE

Now for some important news. I am happy to report that I was greeted a few times with “YARRRR!” yesterday, once in the bishop’s office. A footnote is offered… just one foot-note, of course… to yesterday’s Talk Like A Pirate … Continue reading

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“Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism….”

At First Things George Weigel has a short piece about how Benedict XVI was right in his memorable, controversial Regensburg Lecture in 2006.  He has prompted me to go back to review what Benedict said.  Weigel gives a précis: Eight … Continue reading

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PSA: Talk Like A Pirate Day

Setting aside all the insignificant stuff, like referenda and indissolubility of marriage, let’s keep our eyes focuse on what really matters. Today is… Talk Like A Pirate Day. If you do nothing else, please use the exclamation “YARRRR!” (aka “ARRRR!”) … Continue reading

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The blood of San Gennaro liquefied!

Neapolitans hold their breath on the Feast of the great patron San Gennaro, St. Januarius.  There is a relic of dry blood which, as the Cardinal Archbishop moves the reliquary, liqufies and visibly flows again.  When it doesn’t… bad things … Continue reading

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Irish bishop caves under pressure, won’t ordain only male deacons

Over at Crisis I saw that there is a piece by the esteemed Anthony Esolen called The Serpents Return to the Irish. That seems to be the case not only in these USA but also in the “old country” itself. … Continue reading

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