Monthly Archives: April 2018

My View For Awhile: Mezzogiorno Edition

I’m heading out on an adventure as chaplain to a pro-life pilgrimage group which will travel in S. Italy, where I have never been: Puglia, Calabria, Sicily with some time in Naples and, on my own, a few days in … Read More

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20 April 2007 – Msgr. Richard Schuler – RIP

Today is the anniversary of the death of Msgr. Richard Schuler, a well-known Church musician and pastor for many years of the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN. This was a man who fought the good fight, in … Read More

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19 April 2005: Benedict XVI elected

Today, 19 April, is the 13th anniversary of the election of Benedict XVI. I’ll bet you remember where you were. How time flies. I was with FoxNews at the time.  Here’s the coverage…

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“And Paul VI wept”. More fascinating notes about the Pope and the liturgical reform.

Today, Sandro Magistero offers some information about Paul VI’s true attitude about the liturgical reform sparked by “experts” such as Annibale Bugnini well before the Council, during the Liturgical Movement, and carried out through and after the Council by the … Read More

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Wherein Fr. Z rants about the Church as “field hospital”. Brutal horror, heroic wonder.

In his preaching and writings, St. Augustine of Hippo (+430) frequently presents Christ as Medicus, or doctor/physician of the soul. Christ heals the ills of man brought upon ourselves by sin. This is hardly a surprise, given that in the … Read More

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WDTPRS: 4th Sunday of Easter (2002MR) – Mighty humble Shepherd, humble mighty flock

Coming up this weekend… Those who generally frequent Holy Mass with the traditional form of the Roman Rite heard the Gospel about the Good Shepherd last week.   In the Novus Ordo, that Gospel is read this week, for the 4th … Read More

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HUGE Fr. Z kudos to a reader who wrote to bishops about the important Apostolic Pardon

I have on occasion written about the important Apostolic Pardon or also Blessing, to be imparted to a person who is close to death. The Apostolic Pardon imparts to a person who is properly disposed, please God through the last … Read More

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My View For A While: Mystery City

I’m sure that with this first shot, many of you will be able to tell where this is. If that elevated hint wasn’t enough. And then there’s this.   It was pretty cold out there, I can affirm.  But the 2nd … Read More

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Connection of home-schooling and entering seminary

A study shows that men who are home-schooled enter the seminary at a higher rate than those who were in Catholic schools. 1 in 10 priests were home-schooled at some point and are 4 times more likely to enter seminary … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “My 4 year old insists on praying in Latin.” Latin resources for young children?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for the delightful and edifying omnibus that is your blog. It is my understanding that Pope St. John XXIII or his delegate created a syllabus of works to be read when studying Latin. Do … Read More

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A bishop, black vestments and refreshing commonsense!

Here is a great tweet from Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence in Rhode Island. It struck me during a Funeral Mass today – most of the mourners, family and friends, were wearing black. The priests were all … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priest Mumbles Words of Absolution. Fr. Z says: FATHERS! Stop being JACKASSES and do it right!

FATHERS!  This fellow’s note gives another example of why we priests must must must be careful and precise when giving absolution to penitents. Use the prescribed form of absolution in Latin or appropriate vernacular language and say the essential words … Read More

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Shamefaced self-promotion with warm thanks to benefactors

I am deeply grateful to all of you who have subscribed to be monthly donors.  My usual practice is to write email “thank yous” when I get notifications that donations have come in.  This month it has been…let’s say hard … Read More

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“If it’s just a symbol, then to hell with it!” Wherein a Lutheran tells it as it is and then Fr. Z rants a lot.

Years ago, I was – for my sins – sent by the pastor of the parish to attend a Thanksgiving Day “ecumenical” breakfast.  When I entered the place, a young man in clerical cloths and a tag identifying himself as … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Good Shepherd – AUDIO

Today, in the traditional Roman Rite, is Good Shepherd Sunday. In the Novus Ordo people heard for the Gospel a passage about a post Resurrection appearance of the Lord. Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Communion twice in a day. But is Communion under both species already twice?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question about the number of times Holy Communion May be received in a day. And I know the answer sort of. The question is, if you may receive twice in the same day … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Catholic betrothal rite, ceremony

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Have you ever heard of “betrothal ceremonies” in the Roman Rite prior to entering into marriage? Asking for a friend… Once upon a time the notion of “betrothal” was far more rooted in both secular and … Read More

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Some of you long time readers may recall that I’ve been a character in a sci-fi series. I was even killed… at least once. If that isn’t a motivation to read them, I don’t know what is. I became a … Read More

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I’ve decided. I’m for arming teachers and the Rule of Law

After looking at the photo which a friend sent me, I’ve decided. Armed teachers and the Rule of Law. HERE

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Fr. Murray and Prof. Royal opine on latest developments

Here is the latest from Fr. Murray and Prof. Royal.