Category Archives: Hard-Identity Catholicism

13 May 609 – Exorcism, screaming demons, people fainting from fear – Dedication of Santa Maria ad martyres (the Pantheon)

Dear readers, this is the sort of thing that Popes do!  They fight against the forces of Hell and they work for the salvation of souls. For example, when the ancient obelisk that was in the Circus of Caligula off … Read More

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The Lord’s Ascension and Roman Beans

We have lovely customs in our wonderful Roman Catholic Church, including special blessings on certain feast days, often tied to the changing of the seasons… in Rome, that is.  It’s the Roman Church, after all. Tomorrow, the Feast of the … Read More

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The shift toward “the old ways” is really a step forward into the future.

There is an interesting piece – interesting because it was in the first place written and published – from the AP about the shift among younger Catholics to “conservative” and even – gasp – traditional ways. HERE ‘A step back … Read More

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“you must not remember your forefathers…” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I ran into a notable quote today at one of my daily stops, the estimable Laudator.  The quote is from the work On the False (or Dishonest) Embassy by the ancient Athenian orator Demosthenes (+384 BC).  The context is the negotiation of the … Read More

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Faith practice declining far and wide…. except…

I saw a piece at the Baltimore Sun which says that the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be the 30th diocese to declare bankruptcy.   They will close parishes.  What will be left?  21 of 61.   Meanwhile, there is an FSSP parish … Read More

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Card. Sarah: “Many Western prelates are tetanized… the dream of being loved by the world”

At Crux there is an account of an address that Robert Card. Sarah gave to the Bishops Conference of  Cameroon. Some tastes with my emphases and comments… “Many Western prelates are tetanized* by the idea of opposing the world. They … Read More

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Instructive blog post about how fasting before liturgical changed over time.

At the blog A Catholic Life there is an interesting post, with a graphic, that explains how, over the years, fasting changed for liturgical vigils. You can draw your own conclusions, but I think it is telling. It is well … Read More

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An eerie 1968 NBC documentary VIDEO: “The New American Catholic”. Fr. Z comments and reminisces about many things.

I spotted a video on Twitter/X. But first…  let me help you get into the mood. Now that that’s in your head…. The video I spotted is a 1968 documentary from NBC “The New American Catholic”. The Masses you see … Read More

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Book Notices: “Super Hanc Petram” and “Ultramontanism and Tradition”

One interesting thing that has emerged over the last few provocative years has been a deep dive by highly intelligent and well-educated people into the nature of the Petrine Ministry, its role, parameters, etc. I just finished reading a piece … Read More

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Card. Burke invites everyone to join in a Nine Month Novena to culminate on 12 December 2024

I’m calling on every Catholic in America to return to Our Lady and join in prayer. – RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE The website is HERE Sign up and each month you will received an email from Card. Burke. This video … Read More

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Friday of the 1st Week (after the 1st Sunday) in Lent: Feast of the Holy Lance and Nails

Before I forget, this is Ember Friday of Lent, but as the Friday of the 1st Week of Lent it is also the Feast of the Holy Lance (Spear of Longinus) and the Nails.  It was established by Pope Innocent … Read More

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“Let y’all know!” The “Noveritis” Epiphany chant announcement of 2024’s movable dates and feasts

At Epiphany we Latins have – traditionally – chanted a solemn proclamation of the key liturgical dates or movable feasts for the new year of salvation, just begun. This underscores how these dates and seasons are all interconnected. The liturgical … Read More

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IMPORTANT ASK FATHER: Blessing wine on 27 December – St. John’s Day… or “another beverage”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: You usually give your readership an annual reminder for the blessing of wine on St. John’s Day. The Rituale says “Benedicere… hunc calicem vini et CUJUSLIBET POTUS”- so presumably any hard beverage could be blessed with … Read More

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Priests and the imparting of blessings for same-sex “couples”. Risks? Wherein Fr. Z prays.

This comes via a comment under another post HERE QUAERITUR: Serious question – if a priest were to bless an unholy act, would he be bringing a curse upon himself? God the Father is very clear in the Dialogue of … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Validity of absolution and reception of Communion in the state of grace

In light of several missives I’ve received – probably because of news about a recent confusing document – I reiterate hereunder what the Church holds to be true about the Sacrament of Penance, or Reconciliation. From Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic … Read More

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ACTION ITEM! “I will not permit myself to be confused.”

Let me repeat… Repetita iuvant!  Repeated things help! Repetitio mater discendi!  Repetition is the mother of learning! Changing the image a bit… Si vis pacem, para bellum!  If you want peace, prepare for war. A couple weeks ago in Rome I attended … Read More

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Full marks plus an extra kudo to Jesuit Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ. for his comments on “Eucharistic Revival”

I give full marks plus an extra kudo to Jesuit Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ. His article at Catholic World Report is OUTSTANDING. How many times have I here urged GO TO CONFESSION! Have I not again and and begged priests … Read More

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Another reason why the TLM cannot be killed off. Boys.

At Aleteia, which I also never look at, there is a piece very much worth reading from top to bottom.  I’m glad a friend alerted me to this. A man with sons set them to a hard task.  He muses … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “active participation” in the Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question about “active participation”. The priest that used to service my SSPX chapel was very adamant about is using a missal to follow and pray the Mass. He added that it wouldn’t be … Read More

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Card. Müller makes some terrific points about what a Synod (“walking togther”) is and must never be

At First Things there is a really helpful piece by Gerhard Card. Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and a present participant in “Walking Together about Walking Togetherity”. Card. Müller gives some background to … Read More

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