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ASK FATHER: Some say @TaylorRMarshall, Tim Gordon, Archbp. Vigano are schismatic. Is this true?”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am a relatively new re-convert to Christiantiy. I have learned much from Dr. Taylor Marshall and I have started attending my local Traditional Latin Mass and have picked my latin missal at his recommendation. Some … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about Vatican II

Since I was responded elsewhere to a question about Bp. Barron’s recent videos and his view of traditional Catholics, and since every answer he gives seems to circles around Vatican II, it occurred to me that some of you might … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants and points a finger

In another post, I commented on some good points made by Joseph Shaw in a piece at HPR. I want to return to Shaw’s piece for some final points.  Picking up toward the end… […] It certainly would not have … Continue reading

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Communion in the time of Coronavirus. Best Practices, Risk, and You.

My recent voyage to the Holy Land, with many Masses at holy sites and lots and lots of hand sanitizer, and my return home through the massive hub AMS and lots and lots of hand sanitizer, and catching up on … Continue reading

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UPDATE – HILARITY ENSUES- Lib reactions to the new book from Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI

UPDATE 15 Jan 2020: Antonio Socci (not a fan of Francis) says in Facebook (I’m not a fan of Facebook) that Francis summoned Archbp. Gänswein, read him a riot act, and demanded that Benedict’s name be removed from the book. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Advent (N.O.): They are His but they are ours

We’ve come around this weekend to the beginning of a new liturgical year. It will be the 1st Sunday of Advent. In the newer, post-Conciliar calendar this Sunday is back to back with the Solemnity of Christ the King, honoring … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Guidelines for sitting in choir, including birettaquette and also hoodiquette. With a short Fr. Z rant.

From a Dominican… QUAERITUR: Regarding the Pontifical Mass, there were Dominicans in choir. There is a resurgence of the traditional Dominican Rite. I am writing to ask if you can point to a source that tells what Dominicans are supposed … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Gaining indulgences and “the Pope’s intentions”. Prayer for the Pope, or for what the Pope designates?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: The people in the chapel I attend – lay people and even the priests – insist on saying that the rules for indulgences include praying for the pope. [No.] I have tried and failed to instruct … Continue reading

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“But Father!  But Father!”, some of you pussivanting libs are zeeping,…

I have often commented that the cutters and pasters who glued the Novus Ordo orations together on their scholarly desks systematically excised certain concepts, such as sin, guilt, propitiation, etc. You know, the “scary” stuff that might make people feel … Continue reading

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UPDATE- A confluence of promptings leads Fr. Z to rant and to make a plea to bishops.

UPDATE: 1 July 2019 (Precious Blood) Concerning the video about the late Card. Bernardin (linked below) and my association with the novel Windswept House (which has identifiable real people as fictionalized characters), I bring an update.  This is one of … Continue reading

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@MadisonDiocese prepares for the transition to @BishopHying – UPDATED

UPDATE 27 April: I’m very fortunate to know and have worked with a fine graphic artist, David P. Burkart.  You can see my coat-of-arms – my family’s historic arms –  on my right sidebar.  He’s terrific! David just made a … Continue reading

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What went through my during the Gospel this morning?

This morning at Mass a detail in the Gospel pericope struck me with force.  Buried in the longish reading is the key, probably, to its selection by our forebears, who so lovingly polish the gems of our sacred liturgical rites … Continue reading

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VIDEO: This explains the Church in Germany

Germany seems to be the caput malorum omnium in the Church today.  Every weird, heretical, and just plain stupid thing comes from that dark swamp of arrogant confusion. “But Father! But Father!”, you libs are blubbering “you are the arrogant and confused … Continue reading

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Sweetheart Grips and Fortune’s Wheel

I can’t resist posting this. There are a lot of after market gizmos and gadgets that one can use to bling-up?… pimp?… one’s 1911 (“Nineteen-Eleven”), that classic, US military issue pistol to which so many (I am not one of … Continue reading

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GERMANY: Catastrophic! USA next? @USCCB bishops meeting and YOU. ACTION ITEM!

An image to consider. Two rays extending from the same point get farther and father apart the longer they extend.   If the one ray is the trajectory of Christ’s true Church, then the other ray, that departs from it, … Continue reading

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Cri de Coeur: calls for punishing action against bishops complicit in L’Affaire McCarrick

Today I read at Crisis a smart piece by Eric Sammons which argued that, because of the unaddressed, indeed covered up scandal of McCarrick … and others, just wait!… Catholics should address the problem of feckless bishops by withholding money:  … Continue reading

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An Armenian bishop “ordains” a deaconette

My inbox is being pelted with a story that some Armenian Orthodox bishop in Tehran “ordained” a female deacon.  For example HERE and HERE. To which I respond: Ho hum. First, I’m not sure that we care much about a … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Sunday 31 Dec – Holy Family: We must pray that God be appeased.

Sunday in the Octave of Christmas, in the Novus Ordo calendar, is the Feast of the Holy Family.  In the traditional calendar, the Feast of the Holy Family will be celebrated on Sunday, 7 January. Our liturgical, seasonal context is … Continue reading

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Blessing smart phones. Wherein Fr. Z rants about blessings and demons and present day stupidity.

Yes, I have blessed smart phones, tablets and computers. Consultation with exorcists will inform you that demons are really good at infesting electronic equipment.  I’ve heard enough scary stories from exorcists about that to leave me cautious and, at times, … Continue reading

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Latin. @RobertSRoyal opines while Fr. Z rants.

You all know that I tend to bang on about Latin in our sacred liturgical worship. Most of us belong to the Roman Catholic, Latin Church.  The Latin Church. Never using or hearing our language of prayer and teaching affects … Continue reading

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