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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
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- Vatican City State now demands COVID-1984 “Green Pass” or you can’t enter. Meanwhile, in Canada….
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- Fishwrap posts about a profound spiritual experience, probably demonic, but profound
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- 17 September 1621 – St. Robert Bellarmine – Doctor and Pot Scrubber of the Church – 400th anniversary of his death
- Benedict XVI breaks silence: intro to new volume in an anthology series – includes thoughts on “same-sex unions”
- Can Ecumenical Councils ever be failures?
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- ASK FATHER: Is it sinful to make or use fake papers, vaccine passports, or false documents?
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- 15 September: Seven Sorrows of Mary – The “Our Lady of Sorrows Project”
- Hurricane paths mapped from 1985 to 2005. Wherein Fr. Z rants about life-saving stuff.
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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ASK FATHER: Why are the Novus Ordo and the Traditional Latin Mass just two “forms” instead of two different “rites”?
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There’s a first time for everything. First times rarely encompass all that can be encompassed. But, they are a beginning. After that, brick by brick. From a reader… Father, I’ve been reading your blog for a few years, and thought … Read More
Some (enlightened) bishops have asked the faithful in their dioceses to observe the traditional Ember Days as times of penance in reparation for sins. From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Fr Z, I wish you would do a “how to” post … Read More
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At the newish blog LAJ, Shawn Tribe has a good post about boldness in regard to some traditional vesture and other items of yore. In the 60s Paul VI abolished quite a lot of good things. That was a mistake. … Read More
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You know about the BIRETTAS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT. I reminded you of it the other day. I had a note from a seminarian in these USA: First, I wanted to thank you on behalf of my seminarian brothers and myself for … Read More
This from the inimitable Fr. Hunwicke at his always gratifying page with my Usual Treatment™: How to introduce the Vetus Ordo to a country church overnight “For weeks before my induction I had been in the parish seeing people in their … Read More
Though some of the Rorate folks have waged a bit of a war on me, I have tried occasionally to acknowledge their good contributions. I was sent a link to one contribution which I would like to endorse. Fr. Richard Cipolla, … Read More
The newly ordained are celebrating their First Masses. I had a note about the First Mass of a new young priest in San Francisco. Congratulations to Fr. Alvin Yu. Here he is at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, where he … Read More
This is good news for the Diocese of Victoria… Canada, not Texas. Cathedral site HERE