Category Archives: Mail from priests

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST for a young priest diagnosed with ALS – #padresfight

I have sad news. Fr.  Dana Christensen, a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, who comments here frequently, has been diagnosed to be in the initial stages of  amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.   There is no … Continue reading

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To save the world, we have to save the liturgy. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

My mantra in these electronic pages for years was and is and will be “Save The Liturgy, Save The World“. Sounds odd at first? Consider that of all the relationships we have, that which we have with God is and … Continue reading

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“With all the priests, we pray: Save us, Lord, we perish!” A snippet from the new Benedict/Sarah book

A snip of the co-authored introduction from the new book, by Sarah and Benedict.   The book is offered “en hommage” to all the priests of the world. We thought in particular of priests. Our priestly heart wanted to comfort them, … Continue reading

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FIRST REMARKS about the new book by Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI

Robert Card. Sarah and Pope Benedict XVI have collaborated on a new book. They respond to certain aspects of The Present Crisis.™ From the Depths of our Hearts The dedication of the book says it all. En hommage aux prêtres … Continue reading

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Insight from Fr. Longenecker about about a devious tweet by a priest. Wherein Fr. Z also rants. – UPDATED

UPDATE 31 Dec 2019: Fr. Sichko’s response… ___Originally Published on: Dec 30, 2019 Over at his place, Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a post which challenges, by asking, whether every family is a “Holy Family”.  He has reacted to some unfortunate tweets … Continue reading

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Support for Fr. Joseph Illo. Fr. Z rants about denial of Communion

I want to offer my public support for Fr. Joseph Illo in San Francisco at Star of the Sea (beautiful title).  He wrote about a tough call he had to make as pastor.  HERE The basics: A women took her … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM: Rapid response to help a priest

Dear readers, without going into details, I suggest a rapid response of charity for a priest whom I believe to have been falsely accused of something and poorly treated thereafter… for a long time in a kind of hellish diocesan … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are vestments made of materials other than silk tolerated for Mass in the Extraordinary Form?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: My sincere thanks and respects for your good work you do with your “blogapostolate”. Your words have helped my keep my head and remain in my foxhole fighting on while trusting Our Lord. My question: Are … Continue reading

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@FatherTF good explanation of “Perfect Contrition”

Sometimes we Catholics use technical terms which, over time, have become a little confusing.  For example, recently I wrote a clarification about what praying for the “Pope’s intentions” really means. My good friend Fr. Tim Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, has a good post … Continue reading

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A ‘Humanae vitae’ moment for this pontificate? It’s time to pray for a miracle.

I have in the past written, when writing about miracles, that it we don’t pray for miracles, we won’t receive them. Praying does not compel God to grant them, but praying prepares us to accept all that God grants and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: A priest asks about “behind the lines” warfare against the Enemy.

From a priest in a European country writes… QUAERITUR: First thanks for your blog. It`s one of the things that kept me sane during my seminary years. [Thanks for that!] I`m a newly ordained priest from ___. A few moments … Continue reading

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A priest opines on the effect of optional priestly celibacy

I received this from a priest friend who, for reasons that are riotously obvious these days, desires anonymity. He reflects on the discussion of optional celibacy that the Amazon Synod is sure to push.  Of course the Germans, who are … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Hunwicke amuses

Today at his engaging spot, Mutual Enrichment, Fr. Hunwicke amuses. He begins with a riff on the stole Benedict XVI wore when he visited England. He ends with a suggestion that if Francis is really interested in “the peripheries” would would … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM: Priests in Rome, world to use Prayer of Exorcism (long St Michael Prayer) against diabolical influence in Vatican

UPDATE: I read the prayer this morning.  It is a powerful prayer, to be sure.  I hope other priests today will do the same, even if they are late to this post. Originally Published on: Sep 28, 2019 @ 01:06 I received … Continue reading

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A young priest learns he was lied to about the Traditional Mass

Invariably, priests who learn the Extraordinary (because it’s great, not because supposed to be rare) experience a shift in their understanding of Holy Mass and their position as priest/victim at the altar. Here is a blurb I picked up from Messa … Continue reading

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