Monthly Archives: July 2018


Now that I look at that post title, I can see why you might think that I am channeling the Id of Trad-dom. In fact, today I had an informal lunch with some young priests: guys drop in between 12-2 … Read More

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“An awful lot of clergy dislike the Novus Ordo, once you add both those opposing groups together”

The inimitable Fr. H today has a spiffing piece at his blog Mutual Enrichment.  Let’s have a look. Taking a breath We are told that a certain sort of Novus Ordo cleric complains that the current 2010 English translation of the Roman … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Extraordinary Ministers and blessings at Communion time

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am a laywoman recently hired by my archdiocese as a sacristan. In this role I am frequently pressed into service as an extraordinary minister. Last Sunday, as I distributed Communion, a young woman approached with … Read More

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BOOKS RECEIVED: 3 new and 2 important reminders

I have received new books.   Recent arrivals include First, from the pen of Fr. Cliff Ermatinger comes If You Knew the Gift of God: Grace: What it is, what it does, and how to cooperate with it according to Church … Read More

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VIDEO: Bishops saying private Masses during Vatican II

This is terrific.  Here is old video of some bishops at the Second Vatican Council saying their private Masses! The best form of concelebration! Council Fathers offering their Private Masses after the Second Vatican Council was solemnly opened by Pope … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass you frequented in fulfillment of your Sunday obligation? Let us know what it was! NB: Share a GOOD point.  This isn’t a gripe post. For my … Read More



Enough of this! It’s time for Pope Francis to appoint an “Indagator Particularis… Special Prosecutor”. He will have to be a “Burke’s Law” kind of guy, who will find out who knew what and when. A “Burke’s Law” kind of … Read More

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HISTORY: The Rite of Degradation of a Bishop

Something has been nagging me from the back of my mind today.  I finally, late in the evening just as I was about to turn in, dredged it up. One of my favorite Popes, Papa Lambertini, Pope Benedict XIV, was … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Proper Form of Address for Former Cardinal McCarrick

From a reader… Following the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, I have noted various articles that refer to him now as Mr McCarrick. It occurs to me to wonder what the correct style would be in … Read More

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Signs of the times

Australia passes a law to require priests to violate the Seal of Confession. HERE Then L’Affaire McCarrick flares. Today I read that in India, a government agency, the National Commission for Women, wants the Catholic Church to abolish the Sacrament … Read More

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NRO: The Latin Mass Endures.

From the National Review Online: Despite Misunderstanding, the Latin Mass Endures By LIAM WARNER The same riches that profited Saint Teresa of Ávila and Saint Francis de Sales are available to Catholics today. Not a small group of people will … Read More

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McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Before anything else… Lots of people are really angry, indeed enraged.  Horrid situations such as those caused by men like McCarrick are painful.  We can make choices about how to view them.  Anger is appropriate, but not to the point … Read More

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Look! Up in the Sky! MARS in opposition, MOON in bloody conjunction

On a far happier note, from SpaceWeather and from APOD come astronomical notes of interest. First, APOD says that Mars is in opposition.  This mean that the entire planet is lined up against liberals, in a kind of solar systemic … Read More

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Cri de Coeur: calls for punishing action against bishops complicit in L’Affaire McCarrick

Today I read at Crisis a smart piece by Eric Sammons which argued that, because of the unaddressed, indeed covered up scandal of McCarrick … and others, just wait!… Catholics should address the problem of feckless bishops by withholding money:  … Read More

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At the core of the rot

As a preamble, today at Crisis, two new pieces touch the same issue: virtues that govern what is owed to God and what is owed to man. These virtues are closely related. Justice governs what is due to another human … Read More

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ACTION ITEM! Spiritual Bouquet for Bp. Morlino

On 1 August, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary, will mark the 15th anniversary of his installation as the 4th Bishop of Madison. The TMSM has begun to gather a Spiritual Bouquet for His Excellency, especially … Read More

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D. Madison – 29 July – Missa Cantata in the DOMINICAN Rite

I am pleased to inform the readership that in Madison, WI, at the parish staffed by the Order of Preachers, there will be a Sung Mass in the Dominican Rite. On Sunday 29 July at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Fr. James … Read More

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Concerning overly sweet cookies

I start with a photo of cookies. They weren’t very good cookies; waaaay too sweet.  I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.  In general the sweet and, in other matters, the sentimental aren’t my first choice.  Never have been.  … Read More

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Rage over Card. McCarrick and Total War

I had this note from a priestly reader: Thank you for drawing attention to the Mme Defarge rhetoric of the Left (Catholic and otherwise) and for pointing out the danger of letting the Left provoke us also into a lynch … Read More

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Marriage, unrealistic ideals and Paul VI’s advice

Some committed Catholics today, like Donatists, think that one strike is the only and permanent strike, without possibility of conversion, penance and return to the path of holiness. Some others today, on the other hand, claim that the Church – … Read More

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