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The “trowel” and the “sword”.  That’s what is needed now.

The other day we saw at the liberal outlet Religion New Service an absurd piece about supposed “liturgical reform” by a Jesuit.  It contained an attack on people who attend the Traditional Latin Mass. “Children and young people should not be allowed … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “What’s the deal with tarot cards?” 

From a reader… Father, what’s the deal with tarot cards.  I saw something about them being dangerous for the soul.  I don’t get why.  They’re just pieces of paper with art on them.  What’s the story here. If you are … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can we eat meat on Friday in the Octave of Easter?

We are now in the Easter Octave – Happy Easter! Let’s get out in front of this before the calendar clicks over to Friday From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife and I recently returned to the traditional Friday abstinence from … Read More

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“Gregorian Mass” match ups: available priests with people who have requests

UPDATE 8 April 2021: From a reader… Fr. Z, just a note to THANK YOU for arranging me a priest for Gregorian Masses for my late parents. You set me up with Fr. ___, who has been very kind and … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Why doesn’t baptism require a delegation from the bishop?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Why is it that some sacraments require a delegation from the bishop, i.e., penance and marriage? Why doesn’t baptism fall under this heading? The reason that baptism doesn’t require delegation from the bishop or the pastor … Read More

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Good Friday FASTING and ABSTINENCE explained, links to recipes, notes about what breaks the fast, what doesn’t

It’s Good Friday!   Here are a couple of recipes for good food for this day of fasting and abstinence.   Since I made the lentils, by the way, I now have celery and I won’t have to improvise. Fr. Z’s Kitchen: … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What does Jesus mean by “where the body is, there also the vultures will gather” (Luke 17:37)?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At the end of His teaching on the the Day of the Son of Man in St. Luke’s Gospel, Jesus says something that has always left me puzzled. What does Jesus mean by “where the body … Read More

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GALLUP: US Church membership declining FAST

I’ve been incessantly writing and talking about a “demographic sinkhole” opening up under the Church in these USA. Gallup published (oddly, under “Politics”) about US Church membership.  When you go over there to read the article, be aware that they … Read More

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Card. Sarah – @Card_R_Sarah – calls for reversal of the St. Peter’s Suppression of daily Masses

At the National Catholic Register (never to be confused with the Fishwrap), we read that Robert Card. Sarah has joined his voice to those of Cards. Raymond L. Burke, Gerhard L. Müller and Walter Brandmüller, who have objected to the St. … Read More

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“If great big bishops will not guard the noble deposit, then it may be time to depose them.

At Crisis today there is a well-written, well-argued piece by Regis Martin which merits wide attention.  Share it. Does the Church No Longer Defend the Deposit of Faith? The writer laments that we are living in strange times: “Times in … Read More

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ASK FATHER: 1st Friday Communion and pre-55 Good (1st) Friday (no Communion): What to do?

I had this question come in…. QUAERITUR: I’m curious to know what happens to First Friday and First Saturday devotions when the Triduum falls on those days. I’ve searched the Internet a bit and cannot readily locate guidance. Is it … Read More

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“Do you really think you should be doing that?” Regarding the St. Peter’s Suppression. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Robert Royal has written eloquently about the cruel and blinkered Saint Peter’s Suppression (SPS) at The Catholic Thing. An excerpt: [I]t reflects yet another instance of the Church – or at least some high-placed officials in the Vatican – reducing … Read More

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Finding the TLM in S. Peter’s now that Masses have been suppressed.

This is the first day for the heartless, lawless San Pietro Suppression (SPS) of Holy Mass by individual priests at the many altars of the Basilica. The Traditional Latin Mass is restricted to a single altar in the Clementine Chapel … Read More

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Welcome to AEQUINOCTIUM!

In the North, which is where most of you readers are, it is the first day of Spring, the Vernal Equinox, today.  We are interested in this day in particular because we date Easter as the 1) first Sunday 2) … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “Is there a reverent and proper way to receive Communion in the Hand?”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I came across to a decree of the CDW last year regarding the reception of Communion. Cardinal Sarah said that we need to follow the directives of the Conference of Bishops or the local Ordinary … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can a deacon enroll people in the Brown Scapular?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: A couple of years ago, I attended an investiture of the Brown Scapular at my local parish. The ceremony was officiated by one of the parish’s permanent deacons. A priest was not present. A few days … Read More

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INULGENCES for St. Joseph’s Day and YEAR

Today, the Feast of St. Joseph, remember to seek the indulgences attached to invoking the intercession of St. Joseph – Cf. Preces in honorem S. Joseph. Enchiridion 1999, conc. 19; Enchiridion 1986, conc. 6. Also, since this is a year … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Friday penance in Lent on the Feast of St. Joseph

From a reader… QUAERITUR: You have frequently posted blogs stating that the Friday penance is abrogated when that Friday is a solemnity. Would that apply to a Lenten Friday also, in this case tomorrow – the solemnity of the glorious … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Bishop says no TLM on weekdays

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It seems that the diocese has disallowed the celebration of any daily Masses to be in the EF, after finally adding an official EF to the regular Sunday schedule. You’ve said multiple times that a priest … Read More

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Patrick Coffin interviews ex-gay Milo Yiannopoulos. @FatherZ answers their Latin question. @CoffinMedia

Patrick Coffin has a terrific – and long – interview with now ex-gay Milo Yiannopoulos. Milo, a Catholic, has had an amazing conversion with the help of St. Joseph.  As a matter of fact, he mentioned Fr. Calloway’s book on … Read More

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