Category Archives: Our Catholic Identity

ASK FATHER: Can bishops or priests forbid Communion on the tongue?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Please help me to understand something about Communion on the hand.  As I’m understanding it, people can receive Communion on the hand if they want to but also on the tongue if they want that and … Read More

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In a time when 75% of US Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence… NEWSFLASH!!!! … 75% of bishops vote to teach about the Eucharist!

Today the USCCB overwhelmingly voted yes to the drafting of a document about the Eucharist.  Only 66% was needed to move that document forward and the approval garnered 75% of the bishops’ votes. Given that the Pew survey a couple … Read More

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An interesting video from a completely trad “personal apostolic administration”

In Brazil, within the Diocese of Campos, there is a “Personal Apostolic Administration” dedicated to St. John Vianney (PAASJV).    Just as there is a “Personal Ordinariate” for former Anglicans, which have their own governance and liturgical books, etc. and … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can we eat meat today, Friday, Feast of the Sacred Heart or must we abstain?

A couple people have asked today about Friday abstinence from meat. Canon 1251 of the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church says: Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, … Read More

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CRISIS: A Catholic response to “Pride Month”

Today I saw with disgust that the US Embassy to the Holy See in Rome has displayed a homosexuality flag. At Crisis today there is a good piece entitled “The Catholic Response to ‘Pride Month’” by John A. Monaco. After … Read More

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JUNE: Recite an Act of Reparation is for “the sins that continue to plague our world”.

The District Superior of the SSPX, Fr. John Fullerton, has asked in a newsletter that people pray an Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart during the month of June. The Act of Reparation is for “the sins that continue … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can I baptize myself?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I know in an emergency someone who is not Catholic can perform a baptism, provided they have the requisite intent, the right words, and water on the head. Does that mean a person can baptize himself? … Read More

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You – we – this blog – received an honorable mention

A friend of mine sent me a link to an interview with Card. Burke published in French by the excellent folks at Paix Liturgique.  When His Eminence was asked about the high awareness of Americans about the Traditional Latin Mass … Read More

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13 May 609: Dedication of the Roman Pantheon, “Santa Maria ad martyres”. An account of Boniface IV’s exorcism of the temple and the screaming of the demons.

In keeping with a couple of other recent posts about the supernatural battle going on around us, between the holy angels and apostate demons, here is something to chew on for your Catholic identity. In 609 the Emperor Phocas gave … Read More

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There’s a first time for everything.

The other day I repeated my Novus Ordo and Vetus Ordo food analogy.  I’ve often compared the shift from attendance at the Novus Ordo to participation in the Traditional Latin Mass as a kind of growing up and out of … Read More

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

There is a beautiful tradition for 8 May, this year Sunday (often right at 1200 noon). Once upon a time one could obtain this day a plenary indulgence by reciting the Supplication to the Madonna of Pompeii.  The other day for … Read More

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“If you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Every once in a while I get a question about Fr. John Corapi, once a highly sought and popular speaker who influenced a lot of people.  He eventually had a sort of train-wreck in his life and dropped out of … Read More

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“To refuse to give Holy Communion to dissident Catholic politicians is not to politicize the Eucharist.”

Today at The Catholic Thing, there is a great, clear piece by distinguished theologian Fr. Thomas Weinandy, OFMCap about politicizing the Eucharist. Libs and those antinomians who have given themselves to the wisdom of this world falsely accuse those who … Read More

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Once upon a time there was a super-Catholic land called Quebec.

Once upon a time there was a super-Catholic land called Quebec. [… insert here MODERNISM – SPIRIT OF VATICAN II – WET NOODLE BISHOPS …] And, boys and girls, the moral of the story is corruptio optimi pessima. From UCANEWS: Canadian … Read More

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Before “Alleluia!”, comes “Eli! Eli! Lama sabachthani?” – Wherein @FatherZ rants.

At The Catholic Thing Russell Shaw pressed on a neuralgic point in a discussion of what I call the “demographic sink hole” that is opening inexorably under the Church in these USA. While at toward the end he brings up … Read More

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The “trowel” and the “sword”.  That’s what is needed now.

The other day we saw at the liberal outlet Religion New Service an absurd piece about supposed “liturgical reform” by a Jesuit.  It contained an attack on people who attend the Traditional Latin Mass. “Children and young people should not be allowed … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “What’s the deal with tarot cards?” 

From a reader… Father, what’s the deal with tarot cards.  I saw something about them being dangerous for the soul.  I don’t get why.  They’re just pieces of paper with art on them.  What’s the story here. If you are … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can we eat meat on Friday in the Octave of Easter?

We are now in the Easter Octave – Happy Easter! Let’s get out in front of this before the calendar clicks over to Friday From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife and I recently returned to the traditional Friday abstinence from … Read More

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GALLUP: US Church membership declining FAST

I’ve been incessantly writing and talking about a “demographic sinkhole” opening up under the Church in these USA. Gallup published (oddly, under “Politics”) about US Church membership.  When you go over there to read the article, be aware that they … Read More

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“If great big bishops will not guard the noble deposit, then it may be time to depose them.

At Crisis today there is a well-written, well-argued piece by Regis Martin which merits wide attention.  Share it. Does the Church No Longer Defend the Deposit of Faith? The writer laments that we are living in strange times: “Times in … Read More

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