Monthly Archives: February 2019

Of Flaring Suns and Starry Nights

While Ham Radio operators are vexed by the lack of spots on your planet’s yellow star, there is still activity. Frankly, having read recently 48 Hours by William Forstchen – US HERE – UK HERE – this sort of story makes me … Read More

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A quick book plug: A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament

May I have a moment of your time to plug a book? Since it has been a loooong time since I’ve had formal courses in Scripture (and some of that wasn’t so great), I’ve determined I need some refreshers. I’ve … Read More

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Opportunity: R.I.P.

How sad.  Mars rover Opportunity seems to have come to the end of its mission.  HERE Low batteries and a bad dust storm.  That was it. A 3 month mission lasted almost 15 years.

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POLL: Prayers after Mass

There is a poll at the ridiculously liberal blog Pray Tell which some of you readers might want to look at. The question of the poll: Should additional prayer texts be recited communally after the dismissal of the Mass? HERE While … Read More

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“Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times.”

From Matins today: Lesson from the second letter of St. Paul the Apostle to Timothy (2 Tim 3:1-5) Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, … Read More

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Do you know priests who are struggling, under attack? Terrific movement: Seven Sisters Apostolate

The other day I posted about priests who are bullied when they do the right thing.   In my email I got notes from people offered financial help, a place to live, pro bono counseling, etc.  Some of you readers are … Read More

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Movement in the causes of Bl. John Henry Newman and Card. József Mindszenty

Here’s some news from today’s Bolletino. Francis met with the Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints and he approved some decrees.  Among them… il miracolo, attribuito all’intercessione del Beato Giovanni Enrico Newman, Cardinale di Santa Romana Chiesa, … Read More

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ASK FATHER: During sick call, tea and biscuits before administering Communion

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When a priest arrives at a sick person’s house in order to provide Communion, should the Communion rite happen immediately upon arrival? I presume that tea, biscuits and chatting should certainly not happen beforehand? I was … Read More

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Another look at Catholic/Islamic statement: “diversity of religions … are willed by God in His wisdom”

What about that joint document of Francis and the Imam? Francis signed something that very strongly suggested that God wills, in his active/positive will, a diversity of religions.  This is impossible.   The only way to interpret that in a Christian … Read More

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Your Good News

It has been a while since we’ve heard your good news. What’s up? For my part, I am still on the mend.   I’ve also been delving more into the Old Testament.


“Rumors that a certain prelate threatens his orthodox priests with institutionalization or laicization are not rumors… they are truth”

Back in August 2018 I posted one of the hardest things I’ve ever written for this blog.  HERE This just came from a reader.  I’ve anonymized it a little. Dear Fr. Z., I hope these days find you better in … Read More

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BREAKING: Rubrics and color-blindness

From the often amusing Eye Of The Tiber: Explaining his frustrations at not being able to properly do the red and say the black in his missal during Mass, local color blind priest Father Richard Wendell asked congregants to try as … Read More

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Card. Kasper attacks Card. Müller who publicly proclaimed Catholic doctrine

Be sure to check out these important posts and podcasts: PODCAzT 169: Bp. Athanasius Schneider on “the only God-willed religion” PODCAzT 170: Card. Müller – Manifesto of Faith: “Let not your heart be troubled!” The second of those presents Gerhard … Read More

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Thoughts about ‘ad orientem’ worship and priests being bullied

The rubrics of the Novus Ordo Missale Romanum and the tradition of many centuries have the priest at the altar facing liturgical East.  That is to say, as he celebrates Holy Mass with a congregation present, there are moments when … Read More

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How many baptist pastors are married?

Sometimes you hear the argument that, if only priests could marry, the problem of abuse of minors would be solved. One is tempted to ask… QUAERITUR: How many baptist pastors are married? I read at FNC: Hundreds of Southern Baptist … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Coda alla Vaccinara with digressions into Roman stuff, like a new old confraternity

Last night I had another Supper For The Promotion of Clericalism.  Of course you get what I mean.  There is a good clericalism, too, the sort whereby priests support each other in their identity, etc.   There’s a lot of hooey out … Read More

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One of the best titles ever… From SpaceWeather: TRANS-NEPTUNIAN COMET APPROACHES EARTH: In only a few days, newly-discovered Comet Iwamoto will split the orbits of Earth and Mars, making a relatively close approach to our planet visible through small telescopes. … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know what it was.


PODCAzT 170: Card. Müller – Manifesto of Faith: “Let not your heart be troubled!”

Gerhald Ludwig Card. Müller, former Prefect of the CDF, has issued a “Manifesto of Faith”.  It has a title reference of “Let not your heart be troubled!” (John 14:1). You can get the text HERE. The idea clearly is that … Read More

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L’Affaire McCarrick: Soon to be “Mister”

This is an interesting development in L’Affaire McCarrick. From Vida Nueva Digital: Francisco expulsará del sacerdocio a Theodore McCarrick por abusar de menores Theodore McCarrick está viviendo quizá sus últimos días como sacerdote. El que fuera cardenal y uno de … Read More

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