Daily Archives: 26 September 2015

ASK FATHER: Another nitwit priest changes words of absolution. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: During my recent confession, the words the priest used to absolve me was: “I release you from your sins in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” Is it a big deal saying “release” … Read More

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WDTPRS – 18th Sunday after Pentecost: Sometimes correction hurts.

The Collect for Sunday Mass this week in the Extraordinary Form wound up in the Ordinary Form Missale Romanum as the Collect for Saturday in the 4th Week of Lent. Go figure. It had an ancient source in the Gelasian … Read More

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Was the election of Pope Francis “invalid” because Cardinals committed certain crimes?

Canonist Ed Peters looks into the issue of the excommunication incurred by a cardinal elector who “canvasses” for votes in the context of a papal conclave.  HERE I won’t, here, get into Dr. Peter’s proposal that automatic (late sententiae) excommunication should … Read More

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Tokyo – Day 4: Kabuki, shrine, sushi and Caption Call

For the last full day in Tokyo, let’s start out with another great subway PSA. Caption call!   Yesterday was Sumo wrestling.  Today, Kabuki. In the Kabukiza, Ginza.  Photos were not allowed during the performance itself. Inside. We went for … Read More

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Thomas Merton, the example

At the UN Pope Francis held up Thomas Merton as an example. Here is a bit of Thomas Merton, the example: Pope Francis quoted Thomas Merton. Here is Merton on chant: This is what I think about the Latin and … Read More