Category Archives: Linking Back

A Roman Mystery: The Lost Tomb of St. Jerome

Here’s an oldie post, which I promised a priest I would repost. If there have to be reality TV shows or treasure hunt movies, I propose finding the tomb of St. Jerome (+420) in the Basilica of St. Mary Major … Read More

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15 September: Seven Sorrows of Mary – The “Our Lady of Sorrows Project”

Today, the day after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, is the Feast of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  There is an analogous commemoration on Friday after 1st Passion Sunday. Some time ago, I wrote a … Read More

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FOLLOW UP to “Of Leo XIII, Caruso, and Chess”

From a reader reacted to THIS post… I see from your recent post that you are a denier of the Fifth Lateran Council. You resist its Canons on the playing of chess and association with actors. After 800 years, we … Read More

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St. Monnica: “put my body anywhere”

Here is an oldie post, appropriate for the day: Today in newer, Ordinary Form calendar of the Holy Roman Church is the feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo.  In the traditional calendar her feast was … Read More

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It might be the real Holy Grail

On this Feast of St. Lawrence this seems appropriate. The Holy Grail might be in Valencia, Spain. There is an interesting book by Janice Bennett entitled St. Laurence and the Holy Grail: the story of the Holy Chalice of Valencia … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Are those who must read the Liturgy of the Hours, obliged to read it aloud? Vocal recitation?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was recently reading Quigley’s “The Divine Office: A Study of the Roman Breviary.” In it he mentions that vocal recitation was necessary to validly fulfill the obligation of reciting the office. Does this still hold … Read More

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REVISITED: Moral Injury, traditional Catholics and burnt out priests

Sometimes I go back to look at what I posted on this day of the year in the past. This is from last year, 2020.  It was an interesting question at the time because COVID 1984 Theater was ramping up.  … Read More

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Tartan of the “Anglican” Personal Ordinariates is READY and things are arriving

In November of 2020 I wrote about a new tartan developed for the the Personal Ordinariates of Walsingham (UK), St. Peter (US) and O.L. of the Southern Cross (AUS). Today I received this: I don’t know if you are interested in … Read More

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“Katonda!” The Feast of St Charles Lwanga, Martyr. Best patron saint for LGBT month!

“Katonda!”   This year today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, but in 2022 I will with real pleasure be able to celebrate, using the Traditional Missale Romanum, the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga.  The decree Cum sanctissima allows for the … Read More

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26 May 1991: 30th anniversary of ordination

When this date rolls around, I usually say to myself: “Well… I made it this far.” Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember Days … Read More

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A Pentecost Monday lesson

It was a terrible mistake to eliminate the Octave of Pentecost in the Novus Ordo. It could be restored. REPOSTED: Years ago I told this Pentecost Monday tale and it has made the rounds.  It has made the rounds everywhere, … Read More

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30 April (N.O.) – St Pius V – A Pope who dealt with clerical depravity

Today in the Novus Ordo calendar is the Feast of St. Pius V, a great Pope, at the time of the important Battle of Lepanto. Some years ago I made a podcast about Pius V and his bull Quo primum.  HERE … Read More

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ASK FATHER: A Transitional (to priesthood… not something else) Deacon asks about how to give people blessings

From a transitional deacon… QUAERITUR: I am a transitional deacon soon to be ordained a priest. As that day draws near, I realize that my seminary has taught me absolutely nothing about how to bless people and things. As I … Read More

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Two years ago, today: Notre-Dame fire

Two years ago today we witnessed with horror the Notre-Dame fire. My post HERE Two years on, the work on the cathedral continues. I read today that the side chapels are being cleaned. EWTN posted a short video of some … Read More

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The Easter Sequence: Victimae paschali laudes

20 April will be the 14th anniversary of the death of Msgr Richard Schuler.  A great deal as been written about him and we all owe a debt of gratitude to him for what he did. In his memory, and … Read More

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3 April – “There was an old Bishop of Chichester…”

Today is the Feast of St. Richard of Chichester (+1262), who defended the rights of the Church against the state. I am reminded of a limerick which my old, late pastor, Msgr. Richard Schuler used to cite: There was an … Read More

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Benedict XVI’s 2012 sermon for Holy Thursday’s “Lord’s Supper” Mass – a theology of kneeling

The Pope’s sermon for Holy Mass evening “Supper” Mass in 2012.  HERE Within this sermon there is a tremendous reflection on the posture of kneeling. My emphases and comments: Dear Brothers and Sisters! Holy Thursday is not only the day … Read More

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Latin version of Good Friday Prayer for “Pandemic Time” (2020)

UPDATE: It seems that the “Pandemic prayer” was approved for this year as well.  HERE A friend contacted me saying that their local diocese had mandated the use of the Good Friday Prayer issued last year for “Pandemic Time”.  That … Read More

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25 March 1991: Archbp. Marcel Lefebvre – R.I.P. 30 years ago today.

On this day in 1991 Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre died.  30 years ago, today. Lefebvre was in his day a great churchman, an astoundingly effective missionary in Africa. Of course you most of you know Lefebvre only as the “renegade” who … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Lenten Lentils

My post about Benedictines making wine (France) and beer (Italy) reminded me that I once posted a great Lenten recipe for lentils.  I recall that there was some controversy about the use of chicken stock. I made the lentils last … Read More

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