Monthly Archives: May 2016

My View For Awhile: Silver Edition

I’m off! It is nice to have visual verification that your bag is going with you. I was in a bit of a hurry at the end of packing.  I had carefully put out everything that had to go, except … Read More

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Beware of scams and fraud

This morning I had several calls from someone (clearly from India) purporting to be from “technical support”, who started asked stupidly invasive questions. Friends, legitimate tech support for your products does NOT call you out of the blue and tell you … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is divorce never an option?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I hope you are doing well! First, I want to thank you for your blog. Your writings have been very educational and inspirational. I’m hoping you might share your thoughts on an example that came up during a discussion … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Q&A instead of homily

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, Is it permissible for a priest to instead of giving a homily at a Sunday Mass, “Open up that time to the congregation for a Q&A on any topics they would like to discuss?” I … Read More

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Your Trinity Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two in the sermon you heard for your Sunday Mass of obligation? I’ll bet some of you heard some odd things about the Trinity. Here is a little Trinity Sunday question for you. In … Read More

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Benedict XVI says he never told anyone the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima was incomplete

There has been a bit of a dust up in the last days about the Third Secret of Fatima.  Was the whole of the Third Secret truly released?  Some say that it wasn’t. One blog recently posted some claims about … Read More

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Thanks and Request for Prayers

First and foremost, I am very grateful for the monthly donations which have come in since the beginning of May.  I have been behind the eight-ball for quite a while and, hence, I haven’t been updating the sidebar where I usually … Read More

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Wherein Fr. Z asks the readership for information – UPDATE

ORIGINAL Published 11 May 2016 First, where is a good herald when you need him?   I want to do a decent version of my coat-of-arms (I will revert to my family’s which is part of the one I was using). … Read More

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Synodality? Collegiality? Not so much.

This morning early I received an SMS: “Parolin announces ‘clarification’ of CIC by which no diocesan institute of religious can be erected validly without Vatican OK.” “Gosh!”, or words to that effect, “So much for the collegiality and decentralization that … Read More

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NEW BOOK on Mother Angelica with never before published information

The other day I chatted for a bit with Raymond Arroyo of EWTN, who stopped at our table at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.  When I got home from DC, I found waiting for me a copy of his new book … Read More

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Reason #74 for Summorum Pontificum

This was sent by a priest friend. “OUCH!” doesn’t quite capture my reaction. Let me preface your viewing by saying that the older, traditional form of the Roman Rite is not susceptible to this sort of madness. BTW… the real … Read More

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My realistic solution to the problems in Amoris laetitia

I am trying to think back through the Church’s long history for an instance in which a Pope has withdrawn one of his own teaching documents, on faith and morals. Of course Popes have superseded previous documents by issuing their own. … Read More

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Kerknet – the portal website of the Catholic Church in Flanders – attacks Ordinatio sacerdotalis

How do you say Fishwrap in Flemish? My first thought was, this antic trumpery would not have been attempted in the pontificates of St. John Paul II or Benedict XVI. A Belgian Catholic newspaper, what seems to be the official Flemish language catholic newpaper … Read More

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Adventures in Preaching! And another, far more important event.

This is both smile and face-palm inducing at the same time. I picked this up from Church Militant. It seems that Bishop Donald Hanchon played a ukulele in the pulpit of Assumption Grotto in Detroit during a Confirmation Mass last Tuesday. I’ve … Read More

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Interviews you should look into

First, there is an interview with Card. Burke at LifeSite.  In the summary before the interview itself: Answering a question in which I remarked that “many Catholics are troubled by the text,” Cardinal Burke did not deny that some of … Read More


“demonic gender ideology”

Another note in the wake of the wonderful National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. During his speech, Card. Sarah referred to “demonic ‘gender ideology’“. I think we should all start using this description whenever the topic comes up. From the LifeSite report … Read More

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My View For Awhile: Westward Edition

I am on my way home after a few great days in Washington DC. I love Uber. Airport Burger review…. Ben’s Chile Bowl… It’s only after you order and pay that they tell you it’ll take more than 10 minutes. … Read More


OLDIE PODCAzTs for the Octave of Pentecost

Some Pentecost oldie PODCAzTs. I made these in 2008 during the Octave of Pentecost.  Perhaps they will be of interest to WDTPRS newcomers. 056 08-05-12 Octaves – Fr. Z rants & Augustine on Pentecost – PENTECOST MONDAY 057 08-05-13 John … Read More


Wherein Fr. Z rants

Over and over, wrong and wrong again; with the Church not speaking to the world from her wisdom, but the world teaching the Church a lesson in its foolishness, and the Church going along, like the puny kid in the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “Maximized” priest returns to duties after marriage and divorce

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Maximized priest returning to priestly duties Our new parochial vicar (NO parish) is a priest who was married, divorced, and is now “returning to priestly duty.” What exactly does this mean? Can he licitly confect the Eucharist? Can … Read More

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