Monthly Archives: January 2016

RISEN – New movie about the Resurrection from the view of a non-believer

A new movie will soon be released. Here are a couple trailers. I, for one, look forward to seeing it.

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ASK FATHER: Talking about homosexuality without sounding cruel

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m a consevitive ctholic teen and my friends are not and when they ask about my faith I try my best to answer correctly but then we get to Gay’s and why don’t we except them, … Read More

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Did I mention Acton Institute?

You have to both chuckle and wince over Michael Sean Winters’ obsession with Acton Institute. There is no subject with which the Wile E. Coyote of contemporary liberal Catholicism cannot associate Acton. Writing about Pope Francis’ recently released Message for World … Read More

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COOL THING ALERT! A passel of planets!

Here is something very cool for all of you to enjoy for free! At Spaceweather we get the details about how all sorts of planets – alas, as far as I know not Planet X – will be visible in … Read More

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Stupid and blasphemous TV devil show. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I occasionally turn on a regular network TV station. My gorge rises and I flee back to books, cable news or DVDs. I understand that there is now a TV series called Lucifer. I won’t be seeing that one. However, … Read More

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Mr. Trump and Physicking the Body Politic

I saw something today which reminded me of Dr. Stephen Maturin in the Patrick O’Brian novels. He dosed and physicked the sailors and officers with black draught and blue pill… which have, how to say, laxative effects.   He made his concoctions truly … Read More

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PODCAzT 140: Paul VI’s 1966 Letter Sacrificium laudis on the use of Latin and Gregorian chant by religious

It has been quite awhile since I made a PODCAzT, over a year, if you don’t count the offerings during Advent and Lent. I was inspired to get back into it by something I saw at the website of the … Read More

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WDTPRS: Conversion of St. Paul – Collects compared (1962MR & 2002MR)

In honor of the Apostle to the Gentiles let us make a rapid comparison of the Collects, or “Opening Prayers”, for today’s feast. We’ll look first at the 1962 Missale Romanum and then the 2002 edition. The Collect is nearly … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Should women say “Domine, non sum digna”?

From a readerette: Could you answer this for both the EF and the OF? Is the “Domine non sum dignus” a part of the Ordinary of the Mass that pertains to Sacrosanctum Concilium 54, and so would be something that … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know what it was. For my part, I stressed the importance of confession.  Our sins hurt everyone.  We are all in this … Read More


Septuagesima: “Burying the Alleluia”

I have in the past written, just the other day as a matter of fact, about a French custom of “burying the Alleluia” on Septuagesima.  On this pre-Lent Sunday, scrapped with the incept of the Novus Ordo, we wear the … Read More

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16th c. Samurai, martyr, advanced closer to beatification

I like this story.  From CNA: This sword-wielding Samurai just moved closer to sainthood! Vatican City, Jan 23, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The martyrdom of a 16th-century Samurai who died for his Catholic faith was approved this week … Read More

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Pope Francis: “there cannot be confusion between the family desired by God and every other type of union”

The other day His Holiness Pope Francis gave the annual address to the Roman Rota. HERE The Rota, the Tribunal Apostolicum Rotae Romanae or Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota is the Church’s highest appellate court.  It takes its name from the round … Read More

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Some profess respect for separated heretical brethren, but hate unseparated traditional brethren

Fr. John Hunwicke has an interesting comment about the FSSP over at his excellency blog Mutual Enrichment.   This is the second of a short series.  He has a penchant for chain-posts, it seems.  You can find the rest over there.  Meanwhile, … Read More

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Tales from a snow-stuck pilgrim bus: “Here in this place new snow is falling…”

I received an amusing note (and various SMS) from a friend in KC whose daughter is stuck on a bus in the snow after the March for Life.   A priest on the bus said Mass.  Here is a photo… grainy … Read More

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Saturday: Middle Of Nowhere

Now for another edition of Ham Radio Saturday. I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list. I’ve been really busy lately, so I … Read More

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WDTPRS Septuagesima Sunday: “What am I getting myself into?!?”

In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter.  Already!  It is quite early this year. This number, 70, is more symbolic than arithmetical. The Sundays which follow are Sexagesima (“sixtieth”) and … Read More

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URGENT! Wash DC #MarchForLife – Extraordinary Form Mass NOT CANCELLED – 3 PM – Old St. Mary’s

Contrary to tweets – the Extraordinary Form Mass in honor of Nellie Gray IS GOING AHEAD! There was word put out that it was cancelled.  NO!  Even the parish website (as I write) indicates that Mass was cancelled. NO!  IT IS … Read More


22 January: Sts. Vincent and Anastasius, martyrs

Each week I write an eclectic column of precisely 400 words called “Omnium Gatherum“ for the UK’s best Catholic weekly The Catholic Herald.  This column, which follow my four year series on translations, is now in its second year. For this last week’s (22 … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Why is a baptismal certificate so important for annulment process?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Trying to get an annulment. Can’t find his baptismal record. Why is it so important? Well! That was pithy. There is a Latin adage from ancient Rome: Verba volant, scripta manent… Words merely spoken fly away, … Read More

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