Category Archives: Our Catholic Identity

ASK FATHER: Should there still be “parking lot Masses” even though churches are opening again?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In a not-so-hypothetical situation wherein the faithful are able to attend mass on Sunday inside a church, under nearly normal circumstances (face masks, 6 foot distancing), would it be permissible, or even advisable, to opt instead … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a Roman Catholic in good conscience date a Sedevacantist?

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: I have been on Catholic Match and found a lady whose family considers themselves independent Catholics. They attend Mass at the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI) or SSPV. Can a Roman Catholic in good conscience date … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confirmation using an instrument. Tradition says “NO!”, but the CDW said “YES”.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In a May 14, 2020 dubium to the Holy See, the USCCB asked if an instrument such as a cotton ball may be used for the anointing with sacred Chrism during the celebration of the sacrament … Continue reading

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12 June – Traditional Latin Mass – LIVE VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

I will LIVE stream a Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Daylight Time (= GMT/UTC -5 and ROME 1900h). Today: Friday of the 1st Week after the Octave of Pentecost. It is the Feast of St. John Facundo. Today we … Continue reading

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Quick thoughts about Archbp. Viganò’s Letter to Pres. Trump

I’ve had a lot of people asking me via email to comment – or rather why I haven’t commented – on Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s Letter to Pres. Trump (V2POTUS). I’ve been busy! However, a little gap of time before … Continue reading

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Another vain attempt to impose Novus Ordo lockstep unity on the faithful: Archdiocese of Seattle

It is at least ill-advised to attempt the same thing again and again and again with unvarying poor results, and yet keep on the poorly chosen course. Yet another discouraging example of episcopal over-reach, in the interest in trying to … Continue reading

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The longer we follow a false course, the farther we get from our goal, the harder it is to correct the error.

Today’s China is still reeling from the damage done during the Cultural Revolution.   Generations were pitted against generations.  Heritage, patrimony, identity were nearly irrevocably destroyed. The late and lamented Carlo Card. Caffarra (one of the Five Dubia Cardinals) had received … Continue reading

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The demographic sinkhole opening under the Church

I had an ongoing discussion with a friend who claimed that, one day, the Traditional Latin Mass would be the only Mass left in the Latin Church (sorry, Ambrosian Rite! We weren’t thinking of you, and I guess we were … Continue reading

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8 May Indulgence: Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii

There is a beautiful tradition for 8 May, this day (often right at 1200 noon).  I will recite this before my live-streamed Mass today at Noon CDT. Once upon a time one could obtain this day a plenary indulgence by … Continue reading

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25 April – St. Mark and the Major Rogation Day – Wherein Fr. Z rants

Years ago I was outside the Paul VI audience hall waiting for my bishop.  There were there various drivers, priests waiting for their bishops, newsies, etc.  An old Italian bishop, tired of the yakking inside the meeting of their conference, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How do we fulfill our Easter Duty in this time of pandemic lockdown?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hi Father – my question is about how to fulfill the Easter duty during this time of quarantine. Does a spiritual communion during a “parking lot mass” on Easter Sunday count? Also, our pastor has insisted … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Collect of the new Mass “In time of pandemic” v. Collect of traditional Mass, “In time of pestilence”. Wherein Fr. Z rants

Remember: We are our rites. The way we pray has a reciprocal relationship with what we believe.  Change our prayers and our belief will, over time, shift and vice versa.   This dynamic is at the core of the phrase from … Continue reading

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@MadisonDiocese : Bp. Hying’s Decree altering conditions for gaining Plenary Indulgences

This could be a model for other dioceses. Below is a decree from Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, of the Diocese of Madison, by which he grants that people within the Diocese of Madison can gain plenary indulgences without confession … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM – In this time of mostly private Masses, priests should use the Traditional Latin Mass, the Extraordinary Form!

From a priest … QUAERITUR: All priests in many countries are now just doing private masses. How about saying them in ef? Thats my plan. [kudos!] Same time every day in the parish church. Can’t get more obviously private than … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to gain a plenary indulgence if I can’t receive Communion? PRIESTS! BISHOPS! PAY ATTENTION!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can you please clarify the conditions to gain an indulgence? My diocese thankfully has not yet closed churches but my archbishop has forbidden communion on the tongue. In obedience, my TLM pastor is continuing to say … Continue reading

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