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At Rumble – HERE – there is a longish and passionate video from 2 Jan ’22 in English with transcript by Archbp Carlo Maria Viganò, once Nuncio in these USA, then targeted for cancelation by the powers-that-be for knowing too … Read More
In your kindness please pray for the repose of the soul of a priest friend who died one year ago, today, Christmas Day. Fr. Reginald Foster, OCD, was a famous Latinist. He was a complicated guy and not always easily … Read More
Wherein a painting helps Fr. Z drill into the mystery of the Visitation and authentic Active Participation
In the Kunsthistorisches Museum there is a canvas by Josef von Führich depicting the journey of Mary – in haste – over the hills to visit her cousin Elizabeth. This is the Gospel of today’s Mass in the Vetus Ordo, … Read More
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today Dom Prosper Gueranger reminds us that, from ancient times, this is the day that the upcoming ordinations to orders would take place on Saturday at St. Peter’s … Read More
UPDATE: We made our goal! Thank you to everyone who contributed. If you continue to donate to the TMSM, we will put the funds to good use! ___ Oringinally Published on: Nov 24, 2021 I have a plea to make … Read More
UPDATE 4 November 2021: From what I have heard, Fr. Jackson is now being held on federal charges. This is not a good development, as it implies that there is something more complicated than simple possession of illegal material. A … Read More
From VaticanNews.va in Italian: Italy, CEI: fewer seminarians, families may be a nursery for vocations [What’s….. family?] The data of a report by the Italian Bishops’ Conference reveal that in just ten years the decline in vocations has reached 28%: … Read More
I read at the National Catholic Register that the newly converted, former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, has a couple of goals for his new life as a Catholic, under the provisions of Anglicanorum coetibus. Remember: Benedict XVI is the Pope of … Read More
UPDATE 10 Oct 2021 This is from Fr. Christensen: Things have been harrowing. Two weeks ago I went to the hospital with what I thought would be something fairly simple, but soon I was transferred to the hospital in Sioux … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our pastor is a wonderful, faith-filled priest who absolutely loves the traditional liturgy. We are lucky to have him. He’s also a magnificent preacher. However, I’ve noticed he sometimes doesn’t preach at Sunday Mass. Even though … Read More
Firstly, animi caussa, 1st Vesper for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost from the Breviarium Romanum. Try HERE More for the brethren. Here is something I haven’t posted for a while. It’s from an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before … Read More
UPDATE: From a reader: Hi Father, long time follower, I would like to respond to your remark on Ireland. Perhaps I don’t need to register to tell you about the good news in Ireland. Before Traditionis Custodes, the ICKSP is … Read More
Quite a few of you have written to me about something that my good friend Fr. James Jackson, FSSP (recently moved from Colorado to Rhode Island) published in his parish’s bulletin. I received two such emails this afternoon. Father is … Read More
Perhaps this new will give rise to a new wave of spiritual Cristeros, namely, Custodes Traditionis. Please, everyone, I implore you to consider doing this, joining this informal confraternity. With this news, let us now invoke also Bl, Miguel Pro … Read More
From an alumnus of the North American College (US seminary in Rome) … edited so that the style of writing can’t be traced to any one priest by those who might recognize it. As a NAC grad, I read your … Read More
The craven faculty of the North American College (US seminary in Rome), perhaps under the pressure of their board, has snuffed out the Traditional Latin Mass, which was a regularly scheduled Mass on Saturdays. There was also training for the … Read More
Unless you are either a true student of a) history, b) hagiography, or c) liturgy, you might have no idea what the phrase “Church Triumphant” means. Of course that phrase ultimately has an eschatological meaning, but for us in the … Read More
Today I posted elsewhere something I wrote about before: Moral Injury. I originally wrote about Moral Injury because I had also, previously, written about how bishops use “psychological evaluation” – the Psych Strike Gambit – against priests to remove them … Read More
Today is the Feast of St. John Eudes, a great saint of the 17th c. A great missionary. He was a promoter of devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and spiritual writer. Canonized in 1920’s, he has a … Read More
¡Hagan lío! Invitation to Bishops and Priests to Fast, Recite Leo XIII’s Exorcism Prayer on Vigil of the Assumption
I was sent this. It seems like a good thing to do (pace certain prelates). INVITATION TO BISHOPS AND PRIESTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO A DAY OF FASTING AND THE RECITATION OF THE EXORCISM OF LEO XIII ON THE … Read More