My View For Awhile: Northward bound

To go North I must first go East, rather like starting Mass ad orientem so that you can sing the Gospel to the liturgical north.

I thought my native Minnesota was flat!

Had I greater presence of mind I could have shot some photos of very spiffy black helecopters lined up as we entered the airport, which had been an old Air Force Base.   You know the type, like the ones that circle over my building and follow me in my car.

I’ve been to some pretty laid back airports but this place takes the étouffée.  TSA wasn’t even open for biz until a few minutes ago.  How will they reach their quota of nail clippers, coffee cups, and water bottles?


And so it begins…



As I sit here helplessly, a prisoner of Late Delta, I am receiving photos from Rome of the presentation of Msgr Nicola Bux new book.

Con i sacramenti non si scherza!

(You don’t fool around with sacraments!)

Cardinals Burke and Sarah are in attendance.

Comments and quotes from the presentation are coming in:



I would much rather be at that book presentation than on this incredibly late, extremely uncomfortable flight.



Some one behind me is on the phone saying “inshallah” kind of a lot.

See you all around.


Priest friends in Chicago are learning the traditional Mass!



I barely made a connection.

Fantastic notes are coming from The Great Roman™.

For example



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  1. Elizabeth D says:

    We probably ought to say “inshallah” more–or, well, “God willing.”

    “After the election of Pope Sarah, Mass ad orientem will soon be the norm, inshallah.”

  2. Elizabeth D says:

    What am I thinking, oh boy, wouldn’t we get called “taliban Catholics then”! We can stick with “God willing.”

  3. einkleinerknabe says:

    Our pastor announced he would be in Chicago this week for something liturgy related (he’s also the liturgical director for the diocese). I do know that he has commented on this blog in the past, so there’s hope he is at this workshop.

  4. Uncle Miltie 615 says:

    So where and when can I get a copy of this book in English?

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    “If God wills it”. I would be uneasy hearing a lot of that on a flight. I have to be on a Delta flight next Wednesday and going through Hartsfield to Atlanta too! I despise flying. I don’t know how you do so much of it. Only my kids are enough of a draw.
    April 8 is coming and with it the exhortation or whatever it is being called. That ought to be revealing. Hurrah for more lio! Those in the peanut gallery would like to see more action more quickly. So much damage is being done.

  6. Kathleen10 says:

    Although Cardinals Sarah and Burke would make flying worthwhile of course!

  7. Kathleen10 says:

    Hey nifty blog header there Fr. Z!

  8. jameeka says:

    Thank you very much, Father Z and Great Roman!

  9. Absit invidia says:

    Driving ad orientem . . .

    Am willing to bet any passengers in the back seat are not complaining that your back is to them.

  10. Denis Crnkovic says:

    The good cardinals make the right connexion between lack of understanding the Church – because of the widespread lack of knowledge about what She does and how She should go about doing it – and the loss of faith. As many have pointed out, a most effective way to practice and teach the Church’s Charity is through the reverent celebration of the Mass. If our clergy and bishops don’t have even that simple insight then the following irony will be perpetuated: “In the old Latin liturgy few people knew what the priest was saying, but nearly everyone knew what he was doing. In the new liturgy everyone knows what he is saying, but few know what he is doing.”

  11. oldconvert says:

    The other day a proponent of innovation in the liturgy explained to me that the “so-called abuses” that have taken place since VII are not abuses at all but “a good thing” because “it gets the people more involved in what is going on”. I suggested that a Mass was not an interactive TV programme but she couldn’t see the objection.

  12. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    Papa Sarah — God willing! I also like the new skyline header, but is the sun rising or setting?

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