Monthly Archives: July 2016

Who is Sen. Tim Kaine as a Catholic?

I saw this Tweet and a story about this Tweet at LifeSite. Senator @timkaine: Do us both a favor. Don’t show up in my communion line. I take Canon 915 seriously. It’d be embarrassing for you & for me — … Read More

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Your Good News

Do you have some good news to share with the readership? We probably all need it as an inoculation to what will go on on US TV this week. For my part, I’m heading off to the annual Canon Law … Read More

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Z-SWAG: HOLY MASS – TURN TOWARDS THE LORD AGAIN!

UPDATE 25 July: I just received one of my new mugs!  This is one with both English and Latin.  They are spiffy! As the GIRM WARS heat up over the catalytic movement in favor of ad orientem worship, I thought it might … Read More

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Wherein Fr. Z becomes a fan of the Samoan Rugby Team

I was sent this video today, though it is from last year.  This is from the Church of St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton, where the great PP is my friend Fr. Ray Blake. Looks like an ad orientem altar, doesn’t … Read More

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SILENT NO LONGER: A priest speaks out!

This post is aimed in a special way at priests and bishops out there – office holders in the Church of awesome spiritual authority, as teachers, as wielders of prophetic potential – but who are not yet committed to doing something to help Holy Church, … Read More

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Mike Piazza – Baseball Hall of Fame Speech: “…the greatest gift a mother could give a child, the gift of my Catholic Faith.”

Famed-catholic Mike Piazza (AVG .308 HR427 RBI1335 OB% .377 Total Bases 3768 Slugging % .545) was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame today. During his understandably emotional speech he thanked his mother for… “…the greatest gift a … Read More

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Latin. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Fr. John Hunwicke, priest, gentleman and Latinist, has a spiffing post at his blog Mutual Enrichment (which title is a reference to Summorum Pontificum). He writes about Latin.  Here is a taste of the first part with my oft-imitated emphases and comments: Since … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard at Mass for your Sunday Obligation? Let us know.

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Saturday: Zuhlsdorf’s Law isn’t finished with me yet, CW, and Echolink

I told you last week about my ongoing travails with Zuhlsdorf’s Law. It’s isn’t quite done with me yet, I’m afraid. We had a big storm rip through here, a consequence of which was that a big pine tree I … Read More

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Feminist v. Christian

Those zany Lutherans over at Lutheran Satire have another video. I hope these guys will come into unity with the Church right after the SSPX is reconciled!

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WDTPRS – 10th Sunday after Pentecost: Mercy does not mean turning a blind eye to Justice

The Collect for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost in the Extraordinary Form survived, sort of survived, to live in the post-Conciliar, reformed Missale Romanum!  You can find it, somewhat wounded, for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form Missale … Read More

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The blog, donations and you.

Many people come each day to use the blog, and I am happy to see everyone. If so, if you come everyday, please consider subscribing to send a monthly donation. That way I have steady income I can plan on, … Read More

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GIRM WARS: Another front opens in Iowa

When the 2000 GIRM was issued (now usually cited as 2002 GIRM because it is in the 2002 Missale Romanum), a question was put to the Congregation for Divine Worship: Can a bishop, in his role as moderator of the Sacred Liturgy in … Read More

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Card. Burke on Islam and our choices for the future

Just days after a 17-year-old Afghan refugee who aligned himself with Islamic State wounded four people with an axe and knives on a train near Würzberg, as I assemble this post I’m watching an active shooter situation at a shopping mall … Read More

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22 July: Happy FEAST of St. Mary Magdalene

Today in the Ordinary Form calendar is the (recently elevated) Feast of St Mary Magdalene.  I wrote the following for my column in the print version UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald – which is availble in its entirety in digital form. … Read More

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Why aging liberals are so nasty and so frightened

At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is an analysis piece by a writer for First Things, Matthew Schmitz. He writes about the angst libs are experiencing, as they cope with the ticking clock: Pope Francis isn’t moving fast … Read More

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#gopconvention reminds me of two wonderful things

I’ve been watching the Republican National Convention speeches. Tonight, I’ve been reminded of two wonderful things, one in the past and one in the future. First, in the past, today is the anniversary of the amazing moment when man first … Read More

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Advice to new priests in first assignments who suffer under liberal pastors. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

In June and into July, many newly ordained priests have reported to their first assignment as associate or assistant (as my old pastor used to say, “The first three letters are the same”).   These days we hear often the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is it a sin to laugh or joke when in need of confession?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it grave matter to laugh or joke when in need of Confession? (That is, when one has committed mortal sin and intends to go to Confession at the next opportunity.) Aristotle points out that man … Read More

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Why are certain people afraid of “ad orientem” worship?

Ad orientem worship in the Latin Rite is important just just because, practically, it helps to keep priests and bishops under control (i.e., Mass isn’t about them), it helps to create the necessary conditions for the apophatic experiences which facilitate an encounter with … Read More

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