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ASK FATHER: Priest omits some of the words of absolution. Valid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, if the confessor forgot say “IN THE NAME” in absolution formula, is the sacrament VALID? But, the confessor makes the sign of the cross. Again we have some jackass who doesn’t use the proper “form” … Read More

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WDTPRS – 7th Ordinary Sunday: Rational things and a student’s prayer

Let us look at the Collect for the upcoming 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Novus Ordo. Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, ut, semper rationabilia meditantes, quae tibi sunt placita, et dictis exsequamur et factis. Note the spiffy separation of et dictis…et … Read More

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Priest invalidly baptized for 27 years. But those “rigid”, traditional priests who stick to the words are the problem! It’s a Vatican 2 thing.

I’ve probably had half a dozen emails about this disaster today, so I will post on it and comment. It is reported at lib outlets CNN and NPR, that a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix ordained in 1995, 27 … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can a dying Catholic receive the Apostolic Pardon if there is no priest present?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a Catholic receive the Apostolic Pardon if he/she dies without a priest present. I read somewhere that, even in the absence of a priest, the Catholic Church grants a plenary indulgence to all Catholics at the moment … Read More

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A rabbit ran under the wheels of my car. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

The other day I was on my way home from a social engagement and a rabbit ran under my wheels. I did not mourn for the rabbit.   I wasn’t happy about it, but I wasn’t especially sad either.  I couldn’t … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Father said “I absolve you OF your sins” instead of “FROM your sins”.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently made a confession (of mortal sins) where the priest used the full absolution formula, EXCEPT, he said “I absolve you OF your sins” instead of “I absolve you FROM your sins.” Do I need … Read More

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Assault on the Seal and Creeping Incrementalism

One of the direct assaults of Hell on the Church is the undermining by the state of the Seal of Confession. At the Italian La Nuova Bussola, there is a report on the disaster in FRANCE over the abuse scandal … Read More

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A priest’s prayers before and after making his own confession

Firstly, animi caussa, 1st Vesper for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost from the Breviarium Romanum.  Try HERE More for the brethren. Here is something I haven’t posted for a while.  It’s from an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before … Read More

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Hurricane paths mapped from 1985 to 2005. Wherein Fr. Z rants about life-saving stuff.

Take in this photo from APOD.  These are hurricane paths mapped from 1985 to 2005. A few really bad ones are in there. Disasters always happen to other people… until it’s your turn. You should have plans and backups, especially … Read More

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ASK FATHER: The priest said, “I forgive you” and not “I absolve you”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is my confession valid if the Priest says, “I forgive you” instead of “I absolve you”? Everything else sounded normal. Thank-you Once again we have an example of some jackass priest who thinks he is being … Read More

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ASK FATHER: The priest only said, “I absolve you from your sins”. Is that sufficient for a valid absolution?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I went and confessed all sorts of actual mortal sins to a priest, and for the absolution, I definitely heard him say either “I absolve you from your sins” or “I absolve you of your sins” … Read More

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Day 1: St. Ann Novena

Share and re-tweet, please. 17 July through 26 July, Ann’s feast day in both traditional and post-Conciliar calendars, we can pray a NOVENA to the grandmother of God, the mother of Mary. Here is one novena prayer to St Ann.  There are … Read More

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ACTION ITEM! PRAY! NOVENA to St. Ann – 17-16 July. WHO WILL JOIN ME?

Today I have often thought of the late, great “Extraordinary Ordinary”, Bp. Robert Morlino, Bishop of Madison, who died in November 2018. After Summorum Pontificum Bp. Morlino embraced the Church’s traditional liturgical worship and responded to requests with fatherly generosity … Read More

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Imagine the shock of the Jews, who knew their Scripture, when they heard Jesus say…

“Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”  Genesis 9:4 From the very beginning, when God instructed humanity about our stewardship rights and responsibilities, the consumption of blood was forbidden by divine decree.  Later, in … Read More

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6 July: St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr

Today is the Feast of St. Maria Goretti, who died defending her virginity and also in the attempt to prevent her killer from committing a terrible sin. The story of her appearance to him, Alessandro Serenelli, in prison, and his … Read More

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ASK FATHER: In confession, the priest insisted on his Act of Contrition rather than the one I know.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I went to confession this afternoon. It was my first time going at this particular church. When the priest asked me to say an Act of Contrition, I started, “O my God, I am heartily sorry…” … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priest anointed me and then, without confession, absolved me.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently I was in the hospital being treated for cancer. I had a private room and my wife was in the room with me. Suddenly a priest came into the room, introduced himself and asked if … Read More

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ASK FATHER: If the priest says an invalid absolution and I drop dead after… what happens to me?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, a question – if a penitent is in a state of mortal sin, and they go to confess their sins to a priest, and the penitent does everything necessary on their part for the sacrament … Read More

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ASK FATHER: When giving me absolution, Father did not say “ALL your sins”. Was that invalid?

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: At my last Confession, during the absolution, the priest said: “I absolve you from your sins, in the name, etc.” Note that he did not say “from ALL your sins”. Does this mean the absolution is … Read More

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“Our ordinary world, the one in which we work and fall in love and watch TV—it’s thinner than paper, and the demons pour through it in hordes.”

According to the Talmud, the demons are more numerous than we are. “They stand over us like mounds of earth surrounding a pit.” Rav Huna teaches that “each and every one of us has a thousand demons to his left … Read More

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