Category Archives: Linking Back

@BishopStika responds to @FatherZ, who responds in turn. And feedback about yesterday’s furious post.

Yesterday, I expressed my anger at the selfish jackasses who verbally abused a woman working the switchboard of a US diocese because that diocese’s bishop, Most. Rev. Richard Stika of Knoxville banned Communion on the tongue due to COVID-1984. He … Read More

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OLDIE PODCAzT 084: Quo Primum of St. Pius V (1570) and the Missale Romanum – “henceforth, now, and forever”

I’ve been getting questions about the infamous “survey” sent out to bishops about Summorum Pontificum and its implementation (or more likely NOT!) in their dioceses.  I wrote about it HERE.   The important thing is not to panic and act like … Read More

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23 April: Talk Like Shakespeare Day – a review and a foretelling

As it is the twenty-third of the what the other Poet dubbed “the cruelest month”, this day henceforth shall ever be renowned as Talke Lyke Shakespeare Daye. I’ve been digging around in archives and I have uncovered yet another rare … Read More

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Friday after 1st Passion Sunday: Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows and the “Our Lady of Sorrows Project”

Today, Friday after 1st Passion Sunday, and a 1st Friday this year, we commemorate Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows.  Priests can say the Mass of Our Lady of Sorrows today, with counter-intuitive white vestments, a Gloria and other aspects usually … Read More

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21 January St. Agnes: “Intercede and beg a return of orthodoxy, sanity and sanctity to the Roman Church!”

Let us today invoke St. Agnes, virgin and martyr. O glorious Agnes who, though weak, were chosen by God to make His own might manifest in your martyrdom, together with the Peter and Paul and the other Roman martyrs and … Read More

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OLDIE PODCAzT 127: The Eve of St. Agnes and a Bleak Midwinter

As a favor to a friend, I’ll repost this old podcast.  It is the Eve of the Feast of St. Agnes, which of course reminds us of the famous poem by Keats. I, fan of poetry that I am, read … Read More

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ASK FATHER: How to pray the “Cursing Psalms” against our enemies?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can you once again address the maledictory Psalms and how to use them? I think you last did so over 3 years ago. Thank you! Wow.  Another third rail question today. This is what I wrote … Read More

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ACTION ITEM! Helmet for one of the Swiss Guards – UPDATES

We’ve all had the experience at some time of spending time in poorly fitting clothing, perhaps with little opportunity to move about for relief.  We just have to bear it. Now imagine that the ill-fitting clothing is completely unyielding, because … Read More

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24 Nov 2018: Bp. Morlino – 1st anniversary – R.I.P.

Today, 24 November, is the 1st anniversary of the death of Madison’s former Bishop, Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary. While I am confident in his eternal destiny, for he was deeply devout and he received the Last Sacraments with … Read More

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“How are they down, how have they fallen down Those great strong towers of ice and steel”?

There are times when being a priest has its perks.  Today was one of them.  I had an early call from the oldest friend of my life who needed a prayer intention covered.  I was able to say Mass for … Read More

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5th Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Our Lady

Today is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, in the newer, Novus Ordo calendar. Here is an oldie post from 2006, the final installment of my Patristic Rosary Project. ___ We conclude our Patristic Rosary Project today with the: … Read More

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22 July: Mary Magdalene – one tough cookie

At NLM there is a really good post by Greg DiPippo about the roller coaster history of the liturgical observance of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. You might recall that in 2016 Pope Francis made her day – in the Novus … Read More

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The Church Militant and You

I had reason this morning to review what I might have written about our state in the Church in this earthly realm and I found this. It struck me as something that might be helpful, given what’s going on right … Read More

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07/07/07 – 12th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum – Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Today is the 12th Anniversary of the release of the of Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. Just for fun, this blog’s page on that day: HERE I call the Motu Proprio “The Emancipation Proclamation”. Summorum Pontificum was a hugely important … Read More

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Fr. Z’s 28th Anniversary of Ordination: St. Philip plays a prank.

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

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30 April (NO) – St Pius V – A saint against clerical depravity

Allow me today, the Novus Ordo Feast of St Pius V, to repost something edifying and useful.   NB: Pius V’s feast is observed in the traditional Roman calendar on 5 May. _______ At The Josias, which a friend and patron … Read More

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WDTPRS and AUDIO: The Exsultet – explained, translated, sung

It’s hard to believe but this post goes back to 2005! 14 years ago! I always get requests about the Exsultet, so here you are. ___ Originally published in 2005 The EXSULTET is one of the most spectacular moments of … Read More

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VIDEO: Archbishop – ooops – “consecrates” whisky instead of wine.

Wait long enough and that hardly-to-be-imagined thing will happen. Holy Church has been at this Holy Mass thing for a really long time and in really diverse circumstances.  Hence, she has been through a great many “What if X happens…?” … Read More

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4 April – St. Isidore of Seville, the Internet Prayer and You

I often forget to pray before using the internet. I sometimes fail in charity when using the internet. This tool of social communication and research and entertainment has amazing upsides, but it also has spiritually deadly perils. We all should be … Read More

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A Rose Vestment follow up and GREAT news! – UPDATED

UPDATE 3 April 2019: You can “Pound Fr. Finigan” by using this address/link: And of course mine is ___ Originally Published on: Apr 2, 2019 The great Fr. Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, who is recovering from serious health issues … Read More

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