Monthly Archives: June 2016

Take firearms training for the sake of your safety and for your loved ones

The AR-15 and its variants are much in the news again these days, as some call for their sales and ownership to be banned and some seek to defend them. Whichever side of the divide you are on, here is … Read More

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Pope Francis v. Pope Francis about indissolubility and marriage

So Pope Francis in unofficial off-the-cuff remarks says that the majority of marriages are invalid because people don’t get what marriage is.   Those off-the-cuff remarks were quickly amended and are now the official off-the-cuff remarks, whatever that means. I was … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard during your Mass of Sunday Obligation? Let us know what it was.   For my part, on this 5th Sunday after Pentecost, I spoke about how dangerous anger is, what … Read More


Lawler on Papal Off-the-cuff Remarks. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Phil Lawler has some observations about what the Pope said the other day in his off-the-cuff remarks about marriage… and it seems also about priests. From Catholic Culture: The damage done (again) by the Pope’s statements on marriage During an address … Read More

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There’s “That’s wrong!” and then there’s …this…

Someone ought to have a few words with this … fellow. From a reader… I hope that this isn’t really a photo of Mass.  Maybe it’s some, I dunno, bible church group doing their thing.   But I fear that it … Read More

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Undercover CBS reporter breaks law in purchasing a weapon, gets caught

Liberal journalists try to buy an AR-15 to prove how easy it is to obtain a long-gun under false pretenses (i.e., for the purposes of terror).  Alas, the system worked. From Free Beacon: Store Owner: Undercover CBS Purchase of AR-15 … Read More

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Pope Francis’ latest remarks on the majority of marriages being invalid

His Holiness the Pope does like an opportunity to talk, and he readily offers off-the-cuff remarks which, while at times interesting and entertaining and sometimes insightful or helpful – or not – are not moments when he is teaching for … Read More

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WDTPRS – 12th Ordinary Sunday: His Name – Holy Fear, Holy Consolation

This coming Sunday’s prayers is wonderful sing!  It is stark and lavish and carefully balanced and quintessentially Roman. This week’s Collect, also in 1962 Missale Romanum for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary for the Sunday after the Ascension … Read More

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115 Spanish martyrs beatified – It happened before, in living memory, it can happen again.

I was recently in Spain.  We visited a lot of churches – as one does.  Time after time, we would encounter a church that was seemingly uncharacteristically bare, or where there were great gaps in decorations, only to find that … Read More

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#ActonU – Day 2-3: Economics, Benedictine Option, and Physics

Day 2 (aka 1st full day) of Acton U was replete – as always – with great presentations.   In the afternoon, I went to a talk about the Benedictine Option.  This is not about the arrangement of candles and Crucifix on … Read More

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#ActonU Day 1-2: For the study of religion and liberty

This time, my view for a while involved a windshield and, for a long stretch of Illinois and Indiana, Krazy Kaplan discount fireworks signs. I mean, there were literally dozens of big billboards, one after another. A bird’s eye view … Read More

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Our leadership: autocrats and authoritarians

This applies to priests as well. From LifeSite: Why some bishops behave the way they do June 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Why can’t 40 Days for Life in my home town get any support from our local bishop? Why does … Read More

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There are times when irony isn’t funny. This is one of them.

There are times when irony isn’t funny.  This is one of them. I read this at FNC: Orlando gunman made multiple visits to nightclub he attacked, reports say Omar Mateen made multiple visits to Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in the weeks … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Healthy and Not

In an earlier post, I affirmed my love of country. I think honorable men should love God, family and country. Today I love America also because of this. Last night at the parish we had a BBQ with a large … Read More

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Just Too Cool: Bike thief meets cowboy!

I like the idea of sports that grew out of practical skills.  It’s fun to watch things like lumberjack competitions and rodeo.  As a kid, I spent summers in the Wild West and got a real taste for rodeo and … Read More

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Prayers and Points about the Terror in Orlando

I was drafting something along these lines, but Fr. John Hunwicke has expressed also many of the points I wanted to get across (with my emphases and comment): Those who died in the most truly appalling events at Orlando … … Read More

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Ready? Daily Carry Stuff and You.

You can’t be perfectly prepared for every possible contingency, but you can be prepared for some of them, including injuries. On some blogs you will at times see people post their “daily carry” stuff. Those posts often also involve “readiness” … Read More

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New book from Sam Gregg of ACTON INSTITUTE: For God and Profit

I’ll be seeing my friend Sam Gregg during Acton U, which takes place next week in Grand Rapids, MI. Acton U is run by ACTON INSTITUTE.  Hey Fishwrap!  That’s ACTON INSTITUTE. In any event, Sam has a new book, with … Read More

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National Memorial for the Fallen Killed by Radical Islamic Terrorists

An idea came up in one of my conversations today about the terrorist attack in Orlando by an Islamic terrorist who had declared his allegiance to ISIS. Perhaps we need to raise people’s awareness of the nature of these attacks by the … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know. For my part, I spoke about different kinds of suffering and about the fact that everything we might endure … Read More

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