Category Archives: Mail from priests

The effect of lay participation on the souls of priests

I was requested by a reader to repost something I wrote back in the relatively happier times of 2017. Upon re-reading it, I think it stands still, adjustments having been made for the cruelty of Traditionis custodes. Published on: Jun 4, … Read More

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A canceled priest speaks. ACTION ITEM!

The ramifications for a priest of being canceled are manifold.  Depending on their past (whether they are late vocations and have a pension) or their families (perhaps well-to-do), life can be really complicated. “Canceled” usually means not just emotional turmoil … Read More

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With so much that is British in the news right now, I have in mind my dearly missed priest friends in England. VIDEO suggestion.

With so much that is British in the news right now, I have in mind my dearly missed priest friends in England. I haven’t been able to visit them for a long time. That being the case, here is a … Read More

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ASK FATHER: A priest asks, “Is it okay to learn how to say the Traditional Latin Mass?” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Is it okay to learn how to say the Traditional Latin Mass? Where are we at with the whole overblown, skewed notion of obedience and authority today that it would enter into a priest’s mind that … Read More

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URGENT ACTION ITEM! UPDATE on Fr. Dana Christensen: final earthly journey. Renew a petition to Ven. @FultonSheen for him.

Update on Fr. Dana Christensen:.   He is the young priest who has been struggling heroically with ALS. More than ever now, pray for him. Dear friends and family of Fr. Dana: This is Annie, his sister. Our family wanted to … Read More

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How is what Paul VI did to the Mass entirely unlike what Pius V did?

From the great Fr. John Hunwicke at his elevating blog Mutual Enrichment [emphases and comments mine]: Popes, Liturgy, and Authority (3): S PIUS V compared with S PAUL VI and PF We are sometimes told that the imposition of a new … Read More

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But remember… the problem is the Traditional Latin Mass!

But remember… the problem is the Traditional Latin Mass! If only we could shut it down, the seminaries would fill up again. Right? The average age of a priest in the United States is 67. The large ordination classes of … Read More

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Thoughts on Francis’ claim that non-vernacular readings are “laughing at the Word of God”

Fr. John Hunwicke’s blog is a constant source of fascinating details, amusing invective, and inverting insight. Those first two may be obvious, but what do I mean by “inverting insight”? I mean that Fr. H has a keen ability to … Read More

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ACTION ITEM & BOOK NOTICE: A “how to” manual of ceremonies for the PRE-1955 TRIDUUM and PENTECOST! Wherein Fr. Z rants on the times we are in, books you should buy, and why you should buy them.

I have an action item for you.  Below, I am pushing a couple of books, one old and one new.  Here on my treasure chest, this blog, I am channeling my inner Matthew 13:52. But first, a rant from your … Read More

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VIDEO: Priest calls out Francis, Roche for their actions against traditional Catholics

I saw quite a piece at The Remnant about a priest – Father James Mawdsley – who, in unmistakable terms, called out Francis and Roche and those others who have been trying to oppress the faithful who desire traditional Catholic liturgical … Read More

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The ‘buck’ starts here.

Consider a few points, in no particular order. Traditionis custodes and the Dubious Dubia (TC&DD) are an incoherent mess. TC&DD are founded on faulty theological grounds: that Vatican II is the lens through which all doctrine and discipline of the … Read More

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Qui distinguit bene docet. Fr. Hunwicke opines.

It is a day of contrasts. I had posted about “A Tale of Two Archbishops”.  Now I see Fr. Hunwicke making distinctions about contrasting pairings.  Qui distinguit bene docet.  My emphases. Ecclesial disorders CLERICALISM versus SACERDOTALISM “If the word had not … Read More

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Vetus Ordo – Viganò – VIDEO

At Rumble – HERE – there is a longish and passionate video from 2 Jan ’22 in English with transcript by Archbp Carlo Maria Viganò, once Nuncio in these USA, then targeted for cancelation by the powers-that-be for knowing too … Read More

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Wherein Fr. Z recommends a new blog

I direct the readership to the blog of a good friend Fr. Cliff Ermatinger, a priest in Milwaukee.   HERE He will be putting his reflections and other good items… which I assure you will be worthwhile.  You might bookmark it … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can Holy Water, Epiphany Water, Easter Water, be diluted and still maintain their efficacy?

I had this question from a reader. I get this every once in a while. QUAERITUR: Can Holy Water, Epiphany Water, Easter water, be diluted and still maintain their efficacy? And, if yes, to what extent? Since I get this … Read More

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FATHERS! ACTION ITEM! Great idea from a priest about the Dubious Dubia and the Traditional Latin Mass for New Year’s Day

I received this great suggestion from a priest friend: There is great deal of angst among TLMers after Saturday’s Responsa. Thank you for what you have written in the aftermath. In addition to encouraging prayer and Confession, perhaps we could … Read More

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ACTION ITEM! Raise money for a cancelled priest’s portable altar – UPDATED

UPDATE: We made our goal! Thank you to everyone who contributed. If you continue to donate to the TMSM, we will put the funds to good use! ___ Oringinally Published on: Nov 24, 2021 I have a plea to make … Read More

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UPDATE From Fr. Christensen, warrior priest against ALS – READ and PRAY

From Fr. Dana’s blog… Our Lady of Loretto The very icon that Fr. Dana Ambrose took to the hospital. I haven’t posted since my extended stay in the hospital, more on that later. What I wanted to do today is … Read More

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All Souls Masses – Rubrics change when a priest says three Masses without interruption

I am getting ready to say my three Masses today. A note from a priest reader prompts to post. On two days of the year, from the calendar and law itself a priest has the privilege of saying three Masses: … Read More

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UPDATE on Fr. Christensen (ALS) and Seven Sisters Apostolate – Good news!

Elsewhere I asked about your good news.  This news, however, deserves its own post. Awhile back I suggested that some of you could join the Seven Sisters Apostolate to pray for Fr. Dana Christensen, a young priest suffering with ALS … Read More

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