Monthly Archives: December 2018

End of year 2018 charitable giving and YOU. A suggestion.

We are coming to the end of the calendar year. Sometimes people want to make deductible donations, but they don’t know to whom.  Is the organization doing something good? Here’s a pitch for the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese … Read More

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Holy See Spokesman Greg Burke resigned

Today I was greeted with the excellent new that my old friend Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office and papal spokesman, has resigned.  I am delighted for him. While you could not assemble a better man … Read More

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On changing the Italian text of the “Our Father”. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

At First Things, Charlotte Allen deftly explains the spectacularly bad move to change the official wording of the Lord’s Prayer in Italian. In effect, she points out that this tinkeritis (my word) is yet another abysmally obtuse reaction by bishops … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at your Mass of Obligation for Sunday in the Octave of Nativity of Our Lord? Let us know what it was! Yes, a good point!


As the Christmas Octave continues…

The Christmas Octave is underway.  It is still Christmas!   We should revel in the happy feast and celebrate the mystery of the Word’s incarnation and coming into our midst.  Happily, the Church halts her liturgical clock for this Octave so … Read More

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More thoughts about upcoming Pont. Comm. “Ecclesia Dei” document or suppression

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the implications of a new Motu Proprio by which the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” might be suppressed because the “pastoral emergency” for which it was created is no long present.  It’s brief would, … Read More

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests … Read More


UPDATE – Portuguese Bishop “corrects” claims about the perpetual virginity of Mary

UPDATE 28 Dec: My correspondent sent a fast translation a new piece. Observador has written a new piece explaining the mess and quoting Bishop Linda. He appears as a victim who was unfairly involved in a misunderstanding. This was put … Read More

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RUMOR VOLAT: Buzzing about the suppression of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”

Reports are circulating into my phone, my mail box and onto the interwebs (Messa in Latino and Tossati) that the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” (PCED) could be suppressed soon and absorbed into the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Must we do penance on Friday in the Octave of Christmas?

Some of you, in this busy time of visits and dashing about, may want to plan ahead for Friday of this week. Inevitably questions come up about penance on Friday during the Christmas (or Easter) Octave. The Octave of Christmas … Read More

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Audio: Politically Correct Night Before Christmas

Here’s something fun.   The Great Roman alerted me to a podcast from Madison’s best radio host – she should be national – Vicki McKenna: the voice of reason in a city of chaos. POLITICALLY CORRECT NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS So, word reached … Read More

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WDTPRS – 2nd Mass of Christmas (1962MR): bathed in new light

Originally, the second Mass of Christmas went together with Lauds.  The antiphons of Lauds form a kind of call and response, or question and answer cant about the experience of the shepherds coming to find the Christ Child.  Sometimes the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Your favorite Nativity image

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is your favorite Christmas image? Well, a rather personal and extremely difficult question. Without a lot of reflection, what came quickly to mind is the 1597 painting in the Prado by Federico Barocci. There’s stillness … Read More

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Remembering @BishopMorlino at Christmas

The late, great Extraordinary Ordinary, Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, enjoyed Christmas.   On Christmas Eve he had priest friends come for supper before his vigil Mass.  That’s where, surely, we would be as I type this. Alas. … Read More

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Your Christmas Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at your Mass of Obligation for the Nativity of Our Lord?   Or perhaps you went to more than one Mass? Let us know what it was! Yes, a good … Read More


Portuguese Bishop denies perpetual virginity of Mary

UPDATE 26 Dec: The bishop “corrected” things – he thinks – in a sermon.  HERE UPDATE 24 Dec: Note below that I wrote: “what they are reported to have said” From a reader … Quick update: as expected Bp. Linda … Read More

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Anti-Catholicism alive and well in Democrat (aka Party of Death) Senators

From CH: Senators quiz nominee about membership of ‘extreme’ Knights of Columbus A spokesperson said the Knights were ‘extremely disappointed’ with the questioning Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have questioned a candidate for the federal bench over his membership … Read More

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday of Advent: “Crede ut intellegas!  Believe that you may understand!”

Let’s view the Collect in the Novus Ordo for the 4th Sunday of Advent, which is also the Post Communion for the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962MR). The Annunciation was … Read More

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ASK FATHER: When to sing the Christmas Proclamation

From a reader… QUAERITUR: The Christmas Proclamation (from the Martyrology).  I know it is sung prior to Midnight Mass in the OF.  Does it fit in the Traditional Mass, or is it relegated to the hour of Prime? We are … Read More

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Wherein Francis gives Tanquerey as Tonic to the Curia

  I must say that Francis hasn’t lost his penchant for springing surprises. Yesterday was the annual audience with the Roman Curia for their exchange of Christmas greetings, etc.  The “etc.” has also in years past included a couple of … Read More

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