Category Archives: My View

Fr Z’s Kitchen: Hardwear and soft-fare.

This was the situation in the oven. I was making supper for my mother, smelled the wrong kind of smoke, looked in the oven. The heating element was on fire. I TURNED OFF THE POWER AT THE BREAKER BOX. I … Read More

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You might be able to improve the preaching in your parish and change a priest’s life. Wherein Fr. Z suggests.

Sometimes I muse on the truly horrible formation we seminarians in the 80’s received in Sacred Scripture.  I broke through that deficit with my knowledge of classical languages and studying Patristic Theology at the best place to do so in … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany (N.O.: 3rd Ord) 2023

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff. It is the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time in the Novus Ordo and the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany in the Vetus Ordo. … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Francis said priests must NEVER deny absolution. True? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I’m getting a lot of questions about something that Francis said to seminarians from Barcelona.  Story at the Catholic Herald HERE. As the tale goes, Francis delivered profanity-studded “off the cuff” remarks to seminarians, including “not to be clerical, to forgive everything”, adding … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Penance and abstinence on Friday, 6 January, Epiphany

From a reader… QUAERITUR: The feast of the Epiphany is a Friday this year. Our FSSP calendar has it marked as a day of abstinence, according to 1962 law, but my TLM planner from The Liturgical Year calendar family does … Read More

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Ever the optimist. Fr. Z’s first rants of the year.

This year 1 January, the Octave of Christmas or the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God fell on a Sunday.  All Sundays are Holy Days of Obligation.  Next year, 2024, 1 January falls on a Monday.  That means that, … Read More

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My View For Awhile: Wind at my back

My sojourn in northern parts has come to an end. It was nice to hear and feel he crunch of snow underfoot. No more. Here are a few sights and (hopefully they loaded) sounds of the last few days. Pre-prandials. … Read More

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My View For Awhile: Windy Edition

I’m heading into the proverbially windy urban zone. I look forward to catching up with friends even at the cost of dealing with flights and airports. UPDATE It is still hard for me to get my head around all the … Read More

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Mornië utúlië

I’m banging my head against something I am trying to write about the Vetus Ordo Epistle for Sunday’s Mass, the 4th Sunday of Advent.  It happens.  A losing battle against the clock?  No, I always get there. So, while keeping … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Rögtönzött Magyar-Római Paprikás Csirke.

Last night I had the plan of making a “Cornish Game Hen” (aka CGH aka little chicken) for supper. Hence, I brined it and determined that I would spatchcock it and put it on the grill. Did you know that … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Father omits both “for all” and “for many” from the consecration of the Precious Blood. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Yesterday I posted a response to a question about the validity of Mass if a priest says “for all” instead of “for many” in the English version of the Novus Ordo.  HERE That raised a question in the combox so … Read More

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NOVENA for the Immaculate Conception (8 Dec): Day 6

Today is the 6th Day for a Novena before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Will you participate?  Even if you are late to starting, that’s okay!  Start anyway.  And remember that there is no one way to observe this Novena.  … Read More

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DIEBUS SALTEM DOMINICIS – 2nd Sunday of Advent: Patience

The Gospel for our 2nd Sunday of Advent according to the Vetus Ordo, the Roman Mass, has two sections which need to be addressed separately, though they are connected. Firstly, in Matthew 11 John the Baptist is in prison because … Read More

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A zwischenzug

I’ve been reading something co-written by scholars whom I have hitherto respected.  These are not “libs”.   These are not Fishwrap types.  They are sound scholars.  What they signed is over-the-top ideological cant about the Novus Ordo and its Spirit-inspired glories, with a strong polemical … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Our bishop refuses to consecrate sacred vessels. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My parish has recently been gifted a beautiful new set of Sacred Vessels for use at Holy Mass. We have asked the bishop to bless them when he’s next due to come here for Confirmations but … Read More

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YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

PLEASE use the sharing buttons! Thanks! In your charity would you please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. Let’s remember all who are ill, who will … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Should priests wear the biretta when preaching? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a priestly reader… QUAERITUR: I cannot find when to use the Biretta at the Homily, should it be worn, if so, then does one wear at for the Epistle & Gospel readings in the vernacular/English? Thank you for your … Read More

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ROME 22/11 – Day 34: Four Last Things… Vetus v. Novus… Wherein Fr. Z rants

In Rome today the sun rose well after I did, at 6:43 and it will set at 17:04. I, however, unlike the sun, may have a nap: there will be no eclipse today… at least visible from Rome. If there … Read More

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ROME 22/10 – Day 21: Sirah, Sirloin and Sirleto

Sunrise: 7:27.  Sunset 18:22.  Ave Maria 18:30. It is the (new calendar) Feast of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, a great saint who fostered devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus.  An exorcist friend of mine describes how imploring a … Read More

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Diebus Saltem Dominicis – 18th Sunday after Pentecost: Have we forgotten who we are?

I’m pretty much at the end of  Trent: What Happened at the Council by John O’Malley. [US HERE – UK HERE]   O’Malley cannot be thought to be a proper theologian, but he is a pretty good historian and a good writer.  His book … Read More

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