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There is nothing not to like about this photo of Bp. Conley with some FSSP seminarians.


  • He wears his pectoral Cross properly.
  • They are all wearing cassocks.
  • There is an extremely large potato gun… bazooka, actually.
  • They have more than one of them.

I am reminded of the photo I posted some years ago of my friend His Hermeneuticalness Fr. Finigan testing fire extinguishers with some of the altar boys.

Men.  Things that shoot stuff and make loud noises.  Traditional liturgy.  Fun. Vocations.

How is this hard?


“No, Your Excellency, Card. Kasper is a little more to the left.”

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  1. acardnal says:

    “Hand me one of those camouflaged guns down there. I don’t want Bp. Bruskewitz to see me.”

  2. Sword40 says:

    Great seminarians and a great Bishop. What’s not to like?

  3. jltuttle says:

    “Men, you just can’t leave Card. Kasper like that. It’s not humane. You have to put him out of his ‘mercy!'”

  4. Fr. Timothy Ferguson says:

    … and that’s how we bring the “Lumen” to the “gentium.”

  5. Baritone says:

    Caption: “The bishop demonstrates how to use the .915 cannon”.

  6. Former Altar Boy says:

    Big LOL at your caption suggestion, Father!

  7. Gregg the Obscure says:

    If you study canon law, you get to practice shooting the cannon!

    (I don’t know if any cannon could swivel left enough to get sight on Cdl. Kasper.)

  8. Jack says:

    Potatoes today, Pumpkin Chunkin tomorrow!

  9. Burke says:

    ‘Now, men: this is how we deal with any future light-shows at the Vatican.’

  10. Paulo says:

    “Next week, we’ll practice with the berettas that Father Z. arranged to send!”

  11. Charles E Flynn says:

    Heavily-armed FSSP commandos open fire on a warehouse containing the liberals’ strategic stockpile of liturgical banners, large pseudo-puppets, and sheet bad music.

  12. Bosco says:

    Ach! And here’s me thinking the bishop is looking out through the wrong end of a telescope.

  13. Auggie says:

    The Knights of Barnhardt prepare for the Year of Mercy.

  14. Auggie says:

    The Knights of Barnhardt prepare for the Year of Mercy.

  15. robtbrown says:

    “I never realized that through a telescope the moon looks like a potato.”

  16. Aj09op says:

    With this canon, we can and will protect tradition and holy mother church!

  17. HyacinthClare says:

    The young man on the far right side, front row, wearing glasses, is from Mater Misericordiae in Phoenix! We watched him grow up serving on the altar ever since the church began (2004) and now he’s in seminary and we are SO PROUD!! Blessed be God!

  18. donato2 says:

    “I thought the Swiss Guard could use some help.”

  19. Kathleen10 says:

    The Gender Theorists can rail away all they want, there are some things about male and female that are just true, and will always be true. You have to disrupt the process to change that.

  20. Stacy says:

    “O LORD, bless this Thy cannon that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy.”

  21. JKnott says:

    N never
    R run
    A away
    from men in cassocks proclaiming truth and their Shepherd

  22. Mariana2 says:

    “And this lapis lazuli and gold painted gun we can hide in full view in the Sumerian section at Vatican Museums. Useful should any more light shows need to be brought to an abrupt end.”

  23. Vincent says:

    “and this is how we deal with seminarians who prefer Canon II….”

  24. Mr. Graves says:

    And oldie but a goodie:

    And the LORD spake, saying, “First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.”

  25. Gaz says:

    Lol Mr Graves. As a non-citizen of the United States I have to ask why potato-bazooka-ownership is encouraged by the episcopate. There’s no amendment to the commandment.

  26. Imrahil says:

    Mhm… don’t like to contradict here…

    so, yes, defending oneself is good… and also, of course, particularly male.

    Also, there is a lot of leftist and/or moralist shaming of it, which does get on one’s nerves. To the point when one has to justify oneself merely for fulfilling one’s legal duty (conscription) as a Christian, but I digress.

    All the same: abuse does not take away use; nor does non-use justify over-use. And in this sense:

    It has, of old, been the maxime that clerics do not take up a weapon: they who perform the Holy Sacrifice should aim more directly to be like Christ, rather than like His crucifiers (see e. g., S.th. II/II 64 IV).

    Hence, do not understand me wrong: the picture would be all fine – and a very nice counter-cultural blow against pacifism and shaming the defenders – if it was about a Catholic youth club, with the bishop, who may be paying them a visit, watching their success.

    Just with the bishop aiming at the moment and clerics practicing… not so much.

    Leave something to do for us laymen.

  27. Kerry says:

    A fine crew served weapon!

  28. MacBride says:

    “Would you like fries with that?”

  29. Grumpy Beggar says:

    Apparently on gas-powered models , the potato can leave the barrel at a speed of 400 m.p.h. (with the exception of couch potatoes – which travel at a much slower speed , regardless of the means used to launch them ) . . . I guess it’s likely that friction alone would cause the spud to be entirely peeled by the time it reaches its target . . . talk about fast food.

    They have larger diameter barrel models which fire tennis balls too.

  30. LarryW2LJ says:

    “Your Excellency …… would you bring this to Field Day?”

  31. bsjy says:

    “After we put this in the chancel, we no longer have to wait at the Offertory while the musicians finish.”

  32. marianna331 says:

    The caption in the MSM
    ” Close minded conservative Catholic men waste food that could have gone to refugees”

  33. iPadre says:

    “Everybody run, I just blew out the windows of the rector’s office!”

  34. MAJ Tony says:

    Grapefruit Mortar, Mk-13 (Bible Verse linkage intended by me) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UCZZT5HyB8

  35. MAJ Tony says:

    Apologies for the double post.

  36. Titus says:

    There is an extremely large potato gun… bazooka, actually.

    Right the first time, Father. The bazooka propels a projectile by discharging an explosive propellant out the back of the barrel. Most potato guns operate on more traditional principles, enclosing the propellant’s combustion within the breech. Given where His Excellency is standing, and the construction of the ordnance, I think those are manifestly not bazooka-style potato guns.

    (I think, following Fr. Hunwicke’s instruction of today, I should tag this comment {P}.)

    [Thanks for the tutorial in bazookology.]

  37. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:


    “This is how to use liturgical blue”.


    “I would rather be roasting heretics, but this will have to do for now”.

  38. Art says:


    “Catholics: Delivering mercy with extreme prejudice since 33 AD”

  39. Mary Jane says:

    “I *told* the choir if they ever sang ‘Gather Us In’ again there’d be serious consequences!”

  40. Sonshine135 says:

    Caption: “Exhale, double tap, and aim for center of “Mass”….. That’s how you eliminate the Spirit of Vatican II.”

  41. Mr. Graves says:

    Spot on, Mary Jane! Don’t forget to save the more compact, denser root vegetables for “Lord of the Dance.”

  42. Paulo says:

    If I could I award gold medals on the blog, I would stick one onto Mary Jane’s comment!

  43. TheDude05 says:

    “It’s important to bend the knees and lean away, that way when the heretic turns you have already run to the bushes for the next shot.”

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  45. Absit invidia says:

    ” . . . and THAT gentlemen, straight and precise, is how you should carry out your vocation.”

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