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A dying Catholic school reborn and flourishing

At Crisis there is a wonderful piece about the revival of a dying Catholic school through the application of – dare I say it – Catholic common sense.  HERE The school is attached to Sacred Heart parish in Grand Rapids, … Read More

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Bp. Provost of Lake Charles implements ‘Traditionis custodes’, Francis ‘Plessy v. Ferguson’ legacy document

The motto on the coat-of-arms of Most Rev. Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles (Louisiana), is Pro Futuris Serit… He sows for the sake of those to come.  His CV is HERE.  A quick scan suggests that he is a … Read More

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ACTION ITEM! Fascinating VIDEO about a common phone scam and big time payback with glitterbomb traps, stink bombs, and law enforcement

This is really important to watch and spread around. My mother has received these calls.   However, mom was a cop. Apart from being informative – how the scammers work – it is highly satisfying. This guy is amazing. I wonder if … Read More

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Beautiful Pontifical Mass with Bp. Athanasius Schneider in Detroit – PHOTOS

This last weekend in Detroit there was held the annual Call To Holiness conference, with which I have been involved in the past. This year, Bp. Athanasius Schneider was a speaker and the celebrant for a Pontifical Mass at the … Read More

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Majority of Catholics don’t know about the cruel attempt to suppress the Traditional Latin Mass. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

We need to work harder, friends. Some time ago, Pew Research Center did a poll and found that “Two-thirds of U.S. Catholics unaware of pope’s new restrictions on traditional Latin Mass”. HERE This is interesting, because it shows how Catholic … Read More

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ASK FATHER: If women can’t be priests, can they be deacons?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I know women can’t become priests, but…can they become deacons? The thought never entered my mind before, but upon gathering some resources for a friend who had asked why women cannot become priests, I found a video … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can a bishop forbid people from attending Masses of the SSPX?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was wondering if the diocesan ordinary has the authority to forbid the faithful from attending a particular mass. A common example of this would be the masses celebrated by the SSPX. Though the canonical status … Read More

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FIUV’s magazine: Gregorius Magnus 12, Winter 2021

The newest edition of Una Voce’s biannual magazine is available HERE. In this edition: Reactions to Traditionis Custodes From members’ magazines: Peter Kwasniewski on proclaiming the Gospel to the north; Pope Francis and Dante; Remembering Mgr Richard Soseman; Cardinal Merry … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Blessing of guns and ammo

From a priest… QUAERITUR:  I hope you are well … TC Motu Inapproprio and all else considered. I need to bless new guns and ammo for some Catholic men. I remember something like this on your blog. Is there something … Read More

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From Jocko, applicable wisdom

Think about this, potential seminarians, young priests and your dioceses, prospective religious, priests who are isolated, people looking for parishes or places to relocate.

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ASK FATHER: St. Irenaeus… Doctor of the Church?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Pope Francis has said that he is going to name St. Irenaeus of Lyon a “Doctor of the Church”. Is it possible that too many doctors, like too many pope saints, waters down the whole thing? … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Father is not preaching on Sundays. Does this violate Canon Law?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our pastor is a wonderful, faith-filled priest who absolutely loves the traditional liturgy. We are lucky to have him. He’s also a magnificent preacher. However, I’ve noticed he sometimes doesn’t preach at Sunday Mass. Even though … 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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ASK FATHER: Purchased a former Masonic Temple…. now what?

From a reader… A former parishioner of mine asked me to come and bless/pray/cleanse the Masonic Temple he just purchased at auction.  I said I’d research and prepare and get back to him with a date to do so. I’ve … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is it sinful to make or use fake papers, vaccine passports, or false documents?

This is a really interesting question from a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it sinful to make or use fake papers, vaccine passports, or false documents? It depends. I direct you and others to a video of a debate about this issue … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Good sources for chapel veils, mantillas

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father – back in 2009, you posted asking for help finding high-quality chapel veils.  Most, if not all of the suggested businesses listed in the answers are closed up, (sad).  Could you post the question again, … Read More

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Wherein a priest alumnus of the North American College responds. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From an alumnus of the North American College (US seminary in Rome) … edited so that the style of writing can’t be traced to any one priest by those who might recognize it. As a NAC grad, I read your … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is it OK to get a divorce if you do not intend to get remarried?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it OK to get a divorce if you do not intend to get remarried? Although I admit to all my faults and know I am far from perfect, my wife has been an alcoholic for … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Griping about canon lawyers and marriage “annulments”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My experience is that any marriage can be annulled on the grounds of gross immaturity or mental defect. (Didn’t know “porneia” was Greek for these terms….) And when canonists are asked about church laws regarding the … Read More

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Wherein Fr. Z thanks donors and also makes a suggestion to those who want alternatives

I am so very grateful to my donors, both those who contribute occasionally and those who subscribe to a monthly donation.  Thank you to the “200”‘s!  I am so very grateful to those who send items from my wish list.  … Read More

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