Monthly Archives: July 2018

We should tread carefully.

Comment moderation is ON. These days the gulfs that already yawn between different parties in the secular world as well as within the Church are becoming wider still. If there is any sort of controversy or disagreement, someone demands that … Read More

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PODCAzT 163: 25 July 2018 – 50th anniversary of promulgation of ‘Humanae vitae’

Here is an audio offering in which I read the post, here-under. Hopefully this will allow more people to absorb a few of my poor thoughts on this important anniversary. Let’s start with a taste of the text…  there’s some … Read More

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Film from 1934 Chicago

Here is an interesting bit of video from 1934 in Chicago, dealing with Church stuff.  Toward the end, you see a procession into church and you hear some of the liturgical music.  In other words you get a  sense of … Read More

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What Catholics do when the Church’s Body is being torn apart

We live in confusing times.  Confusion racks the Church, like horses pulling limb in four directions.  Confused faithful even wonder about the indefectibility of the Church or their continued membership. Confusion like this is a sign of the Devil’s work. … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Using the traditional Breviarium Romanum: whole or just some?

From a seminarian: I am a seminarian for ___ and have recently begun reciting the Divine Office using the traditional breviary. Some other seminarians and I are now wondering if a priest is still only bound to recite 5 of … Read More

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Croatian pro-life coin and Archbishop of Avignon lets gender-benders have it

Here are a couple of noteworthy and encouraging bits of news. First… I have to go to Croatia.  It keeps popping up on my radar.  I had a note from a recently ordained Croatian priest looking for a little help … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two made in the sermon you heard at the Holy Mass to fulfill your Sunday obligation? Let us know what it was.


Fr. Z’s Kitchen and Remembrance of Things Past

Each year when the Feast of St Mary Magdalene comes around, I remember certain people, and not just those named Magdalene. I remember, for example, a certain priest and his mother. On a hot Roman summer evening in 1989, on … Read More

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22 July: Mary Magdalene and the Creed at Mass – POLL!

At NLM there is a really good post by Greg DiPippo about the roller coaster history of the liturgical observance of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. You might recall that in 2016 Pope Francis made her day – in … Read More

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Can you imagine bishops doing something like this today?

Can you imagine more than a handful of bishops today doing something like this? In the days of the King’s Great Matter, only one bishop in England stood fast. Today at The Catholic Thing, Nicholas Senz has a good piece … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Blessing for a Wheelchair, Stretcher, or Ambulance

From a reader… QUAERITUR:  What formula would be appropriate for blessing a power wheelchair? Wow!  That’s an easy one. First, you can always use the Blessing “ad omnia“.    But we can do better than that. With a slight twist I … Read More

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FEAST DAY! 21 July 1773 – Clement XIV suppressed the Jesuits!

It is a great FEAST today. I am enjoying an icy cold limonata! Today, 21 July, in the year of grace 1773, Pope Clement XIV of happy memory, issued his Bull by which he suppressed the Jesuits. I have all … Read More

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R.I.P. Msgr. Camille Perl, once Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”

I beg the readership today for prayers for the repose of the soul of my dear old friend Msgr. Camille Perl, who died recently.   He had been from the beginning the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“.  He was … Read More

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And now for your Friday SSPX news!

The SSPX leadership has been meeting to elect officers and make decisions about their future direction. Recently, they elected as their Superior an Italian priest, Fr. David Pagliarani.  If stories be true, he has some game.  There is an anecdote … Read More

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For your consideration…

This blog works from your donations, especially monthly, subscribed donations. Today, the 20th of the month, there are only two people subscribed. Please consider signing up? NB: Some people had a hard time using the form, below. I figured out … Read More

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The hurly burly of Medieval Studies!

You might think that this is a joke.  It is a joke, but not the kind sane people think up. From Campus Reform (with my emphases and comments I’ll leave links in as texts): Activists demand more social justice in Medieval … Read More

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News especially for P… …from SpaceWeather: SPIDERS AND SPACE WEATHER: Did you know that spiders can fly? Biologists call it “ballooning.” Spiders spin a strand of silk, it juts into the air, and off they go. Airborne arachnids have been … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Mass texts for St. Elijah, Old Testament Prophet

Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and have a day in the Roman liturgical book called the Roman Martyrology. I post about them on occasion. The Martyrology says that when the day is clear … Read More

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What could possibly go wrong? – UPDATED

UPDATE 20 July: They opened the sarcophagus and found… “a mummified family of three swimming in red liquid.” HERE ___ Originally Published on: Jul 11, 2018 From Science Alert: A Massive, Black Sarcophagus Has Been Unearthed in Egypt, And Nobody … Read More

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YOUR GOOD NEWS… and Washington DC’s new Auxiliary Bishop and key priest at Detroit’s major seminary

Do you have some good news to share with the readership?  Let’s hear it!  We need good news. Here’s some good news for you. A few weeks ago, the Archdiocese of Washington DC got a new Auxiliary Bishop, Most. Rev. … Read More

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