Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

Msgr. Richard Soseman – R.I.P.

I heard today that a good friend of mine Msgr. Richard Soseman died from the Wuhan Devil.   He was 57.   A story HERE I’ve known him for many years.   He worked in Rome in the Curia for a time and … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 2020 05: “Dissipation is the mark of the worldly and the mediocre”

Here is ADVENTCAzT 05, for Thursday in the 1st Week of Advent. Today we hear about dissipated souls from Cardinal Bacci.  We also pray for priests. Continue reading

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An important apostolate: SEVEN SISTERS

As this new liturgical year begins, I want to bring this back up to the readership’s awareness.  I think this is an extremely important apostolate.. specially right now.  It’s an older post. Do you know about the Seven Sisters Apostolate? … Continue reading

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GOOD NEWS: “Key” available for Scanlon’s “Latin Grammar: Grammar Vocabularies, and Exercises in Preparation for the Reading of the Missal and Breviary”

There is some GOOD NEWS. It’s down below.  Meantime… I’ve been ranting for years about the need for clerics to know the language of their Latin Church, Roman Rite. In most cases that means that priests and seminarians have to … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Seminarian in need of prayers

It is deeply troubling that the tactics of the 80’s and 90’s are being redeployed now. From a reader… In connection with your psyops article from just over two years ago, there is a seminarian in need of serious prayer. … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z reacts to a seminarian’s “cri de coeur”

I have written quite a few times here that – in this time of erosion and reversal in the Church – young priests and seminarians will increasingly be exposed to the sort of thing we older guys had to endure … Continue reading

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St. Robert Bellarmine on priests (Jesuits) who don’t learn to celebrate Mass and don’t follow the rubrics

From  a reader comes this apposite passage. Long-time reader here. Your recent posts (“rants”) about priests learning Latin and their Rite recalled to mind a passage I believe you will heartily enjoy from an excellent older biography of St. Robert … Continue reading

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They just need to keep doing what they’re doing!

Someone once said something along the lines of, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The Bitter Pill (aka The Tablet aka RU-486) has a story that 130 year old Wonersh Seminary in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest says, “May Almighty God bless US” instead of “YOU”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Due to a new pastor at our parish, I’ve been hearing all sorts of novel things as Mass, and was particularly struck by the use of “May Almighty God bless US” instead of “YOU” at the … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Seven Sisters Apostolate – Fr. Z’s group

Do you know about the Seven Sisters Apostolate? I’ve written about them several times.   HERE In a nutshell, 7 women and perhaps a couple alternates, commit for 1 year to 1 hour of prayer for 1 priest each week.   Hence, … Continue reading

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UPDATE – Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ – R.I.P.

UPDATE 3 Sept 202 15:12 CDT I checked the page of the Midwest Province of the Jesuits.   Fr. Mankowski did pass away. HERE The family says that he died at 1PM CDT.  In other words, just minutes after I finished … Continue reading

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19 August – LIVE VIDEO Traditional Latin Mass – 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5): St. Jean Eudes

Daily, I live-stream a Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Daylight Time (= GMT/UTC -5 and ROME 1900h). Today: St. Jean Eudes Prayers Added: For the gift of tears After Mass: Prayer in time of pandemic Will you please tell … Continue reading

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A priest makes changes: Ritus Covidensis!

What are some of the consequences of COVID-1984? I really enjoyed this email. During lockdown,our pastor permitted 5 participants daily (he probably enjoyed the days when too many showed up). He offered the TLM exclusively. He refers to the “new … Continue reading

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First Blessings by new priests. Indulgenced? NO! Interesting Latin texts. And Fr. Z rants.

There have been quite a few ordinations in the last month or so.  I am always glad to see the pictures or good video.  However, year in and year out, I note with a measure of concern among the newly … Continue reading

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Identity Crisis of Catholic Priests. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

At Crisis, there is a piece about the crisis in the Catholic priesthood. No, this was not penned by a bishop.  Nor by a priest.  Nor even by a seminarian.  Constance T. Hull wrote it, wife, mother, homeschooler who has … Continue reading

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Fr. Jonathan Robinson, CO – R.I.P.

I received word today that Fr. Jonathan Robinson of the Toronto Oratory passed away this morning.  It seems that he had a fall on St. Philip’s Day (26 May) and had been in the hospital. Would you in your kindness … Continue reading

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Your Good News

If there were a time for some good news for the readership, this is it. Do you have some good news to share? Here is some great news. Last Saturday three new priests were ordained for the Archdiocese for the … Continue reading

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The priest’s traditional Vesting Prayers – Wherein Fr. Z rants

A while ago I ranted about wanting the “salt” back in the Holy Water. Of course I bless Holy Water every Sunday, and I use exorcised and blessed salt.  What I mean by “salt” in this context, are the other … Continue reading

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26 May 1991: Ordination

When this date rolls around, I usually say to myself: “Well… I made it this far.” Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember Days … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass at a side altar during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament? And a short rant.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It is permissible for to have Public Mass at a side altar during Adoration.? And does it matter that the side altar is in the sanctuary, which is quite small? It just seems odd to me … Continue reading

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