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Monthly Archives: June 2019
Mail from a priest: “It finally dawned on me that the dysfunction could be demonic.” Then a short rant from @FatherZ
A priest sent an interesting email, in the wake of what I wrote HERE about the need to perform exorcisms of all church properties. I short, I wrote: […] If I were a diocesan bishop, I would immediately go through my entire … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a deacon serve as acolyte in the Extraordinary Form Mass? Sure. If there are not enough servers for the sake of a Solemn Mass, and for some reason you have a plethora of deacons and … Read More
At work in the Collect for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time are themes of divine adoption and the splendor of truth. Our prayer connects being wrapped up in error with separation from God. It joins divine adoption with coming … Read More
I wrote this for the current issue of the Catholic Herald, now published in both the UK and these USA. Each week I write 400 words for the issue. ___ As this number of the weekly you now peruse was issued, … Read More
People have been writing to ask, “How’s the new bishop?” They refer, of course, to the newly installed successor to the late Bp. Morlino of Madison. Bp. Donald Hying, late of Gary, officially took his crook and cathedra in Madison … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I wonder if you can help me out here. I have a good old friend who is having the dickens of a time with the confirmation of his children. He and his wife and children really … Read More
The Pan-Amazonian Synod is coming up in October. Expect it to be highly engineered toward the expectations inhering in the Instrumentum Laboris, now available also in English. HERE Meanwhile, the experts of organization – who put faithful, traditional Catholics to shame … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, I feel [unsafe] going to Church, which I unfortunately cannot bring myself to do. I firmly believe in the Catholic Faith and all of its traditional teachings. However, going to Mass anywhere has proved … Read More
You might recall that the fire in the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris brought down part of the roof precisely over the modernist star-trek altar set up in the crossing of the nave and transepts. A massive rubble smashed down … Read More
I saw at Pathetic from the esteemed Rev. Mr. Kandra a fluffy bit about more and more seminarians and priests – of the Latin Church – sporting beards. HERE A couple things. It has not been the custom of Latin … Read More
The other day, I posted about the upcoming Pan-Amazonian Synod at which the members will among other things discuss married priests as a solution to the shortage in that mission territory. I wrote that “I try try try to give … Read More
UPDATE: There is MORE. McCarrick’s victim was also abused by Bernardin. He’s on the record in a video interview with Michael Voris. HERE Do NOT watch any of this with children present. And if you are at all hesitant on … Read More
There was just an earthquake 1 KM north of Colonna, Italy, in the Castelli Romani 24 KM SE of Rome. 20:43:47 (UTC) Magnitude 3.4 at a depth of 5 KM. This is near well-known places such as Frascati and other … Read More
My friends Fr. Murray and Dr. Royal were on EWTN with Raymond Arroyo last Friday, 21 June. They spoke at length about the upcoming Synod, about the new document from the Cong. for Catholic Education on “gender theory”, about ongoing … Read More
UPDATE 24 June I had a note from Peter Vere which, with his permission, I should add to the post. A number of folks have sent me the following link, in which you mention my name directly, regarding the SSPX. … Read More
I try try try to give these Synod (“walking together”) guys the benefit of the doubt, but does anyone sincerely believe that talking about married clergy is really about shortage of priests in a mission country? Really? I can’t say … Read More
Every once in a while, some legal case pops up whereby one side tries to undermine the Seal of Confession. These attempts usually go down in defeat. However, each time they are advanced, the needle is bumped ever so slightly … Read More
I received this from a priest… Dear and Reverend Father, I thought that you may find the attached image useful, as heartbreaking and enraging as it is. Today, an elderly woman came into my office. She was very confused and … Read More