Monthly Archives: April 2017

Confraternity of Catholic Clergy: a question

Fathers. Have you heard if there is much going on with the various national iterations of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy?  I’ve look around on their websites, but I don’t see all that much posted. Inquiring minds what to know. The … Read More

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Reader Feedback

I appreciate notes and feedback, especially like this. From a reader… I *finally* took the advice that you keep hammering into the readers of your blog and went to confession last evening, a year since my last confession. I’m glad … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes and a “fervorino”

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know. Here’s a mini-sermon, a bloggy fervorino for this Sunday. For a couple days one of you readers has been sending me … Read More

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ASK FATHER: TLM of “anticipation” on Saturday evening

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf in Christ, A blessed Eastertide to you. I hope you are well. Although I’ve been offering the Extraordinary Form almost exclusively (unless I’m called upon to offer an NO Mass in some parish), … Read More

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“Things have gone terribly, terribly wrong.”

The other day, I posted a thought about a ridiculous claim (HERE).  I wrote: There is no lack of priestly vocations where bishops are capable of projecting solid clerical identity and where they teach perennial Catholic truth in charity and in … Read More

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BELGIUM: Brothers of Charity, Catholic psychiatric hospitals to provide euthanasia

A couple times lately, in reaction to a seriously messed up claim (HERE) about downward trend of priestly vocations and how wonderful everything would be if only we could throw off the bad stuff that Vatican II tried to get … Read More

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Cellos, differently

I ran across this again. A little fun for Saturday. It reminds us that tool can be used in a variety of ways.

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Fun with papal reporting!

Friday needs a little fun. Sometimes Homer nods and sometimes Google translate applies the soporific! From the other day via Google and HERE Ummm… something was lost in translation.  Thanks, Google, for the chuckle! And there’s this, which I … Read More

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ASK FATHER: In Communion Services to do people “self communicate”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is anyone other than a Priest allowed to self-Communicate as in a “Communion” service? Thank you. GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson Herein we get some fairly complicated liturgical law, and this is one of those … Read More

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Swiss Guards: Armor and “the most powerful weapon that exists”

Many of you will remember that project we had to make fitted armor for one of the Swiss Guard.  HERE I was alerted to a great photo at the National Catholic Register of the Guard in his splendid armor…. made by … Read More

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Of Prisoners and Devotions

If we want to succeed in our initiatives in the Church, initiatives directed both ad intra and ad extra, we must revitalize our Catholic identity.  To revitalize our Catholic identity, we need, first and foremost, a renewal of our sacred liturgical worship, primarily … Read More

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BOOK: The Devil Hates Latin

The title of this book intrigued me from the start, since it is a phrase that I have written many times.  It came out last year (I’m surprised that I wasn’t alerted, frankly). The Devil Hates Latin by Katherine Galgano … Read More

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St. Peter Canisius, pray for the Jesuits!

Today is the Feast of St. Peter Canisius (+1597), a Jesuit priest and Doctor of the Church.  There is a good write up about this great son of Ignatius HERE. Peter was a great counter-Reformation saint who worked tirelessly in … Read More

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Happy Birthday Universe!

Fun! This is from History: On this day in 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Non-standard form for Confirmation – valid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Yesterday I acted as sponsor for a person receiving Confirmation. I noticed that the bishop, at the moment of anointing the candidates with the sacred chrism, did not say the standard formula. The bishop (a native … Read More

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Disaster. Vocations. Identity. Liturgy. Prayer. ACTION ITEM and Fr. Z rants.

A while back I wrote that people get the priests that they deserve.  Collectively, at least.  Priests don’t just spring full grown from the heads of… cabbage. Recently, a writer at hyper-liberal Commonweal suggested that vocations are down because his grand vision of … Read More

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BOOK RECEIVED: Traditional LECTIONARIUM from Fraternity Publications

I recently received a new, old Lectionarium from Fraternity Publications, the publishing arm of the FFSP, Fraternity of St. Peter.  This liturgical book is used during Solemn Mass in the traditional Roman Rite.  It contains the texts of the Epistles and the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Should I consider permanent diaconate if I can’t serve the traditional community?

From a reader… My pastor and several bishops have urged me to enter the diocesan permanent diaconate program. I will be beginning my studies in Sacred Theology this September. But I am having second thoughts, mainly because I have been … Read More

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Firstly, do give some attention to… YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS Next, some links, because they scroll off the front page pretty quickly. Enjoy! ASK FATHER: Deacons in Novus Ordo Masses ASK FATHER: Do I fulfill my Sunday obligation at an … Read More

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