Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

A Fr. Z OLDIE rant! First Blessings by new priests. Indulgenced? NO! Latin texts for blessings.

This has been ordination season, for deacons and priests even in the Diocese of Libville.  It is always a pleasure to read of ordinations.  HOWEVER… there are issues concerning claims of indulgences and about the manner of newly ordained priests … Read More

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Francis to Italian bishops: excessive “f******y” in certain Italian seminaries

I was sent a piece from the Italian news agency ANSA about an address Francis gave to the Italian bishops, whose plenary is at this time of year.   My contacts in Italy say the press is going bananas over this. … Read More

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WDTPRS: (1962MR) Mass Prayers “Pro seipso sacerdote – For the priest himself”

This time of year many new priests are being ordained and, consequently, many priests observe their own anniversaries. In the traditional, Vetus Ordo of the Roman Rite a priest can add orations for himself, Pro seipso sacerdote, on the anniversary … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Kissing the priest’s hand in the Latin Mass v. the liturgical spirit of Judas. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Finally I got my first Latin Mass and it was wonderful.  I want more more more and I can’t understand why the Pope doesn’t want us to have it.  I know he doesn’t like things he … Read More

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FATHERS! Enlightening article at CWR – Civil Suits by Catholic Priests: A Status Report by Michael Mazza

Reverend and Dear Fathers… Here is a link to an article that was just released late yesterday on the website of The Catholic World Report. Civil Suits by Catholic Priests: A Status Report by Michael Mazza HERE Michael Mazza is … Read More

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VIDEO INTERVIEW with a Canon Lawyer specialized in penal law who defends priests

This is a valuable, highly instructive interview with Dr. Michael Mazza, a civil lawyer and canon lawyer who defends priests in canonical processes. His workload?  “Swamped.” Consider the implications of that. Some of the things he deals with. Above all: … Read More

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Another prayer for priests

Do you consciously pray for priests? For those local priests whom you know and those far away? For those whom you love? For those who are annoying or obviously in grave spiritual danger? On the sidebar I have an image … Read More

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Priests and the imparting of blessings for same-sex “couples”. Risks? Wherein Fr. Z prays.

This comes via a comment under another post HERE QUAERITUR: Serious question – if a priest were to bless an unholy act, would he be bringing a curse upon himself? God the Father is very clear in the Dialogue of … Read More

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Now THAT’S what I call “concelebration”!

Amazing. Photos of the ordination of 842 priests at the XXX International Eucharistic Congress in Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Montjuich on May 31, 1952. 21 altars were erected on which 21 bishops celebrated Holy Mass simultaneously. Each bishop … Read More

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Number of Priestly Ordinations in Free Fall

A recent piece at the SSPX site deals with the “vertiginous” drop in priestly vocations in France, in particular, Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe.    The figures they used are from the French bishops conference and other non-SSPX sources. The … Read More

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MAZZA: The Importance of the Value of Reputation, Part II

At Homiletic and Pastoral Review (yes, it still exists), find the second part of important work by civil and canon lawyer Michael Mazza (whom I’ve known for a zillion years).   He now works as a canonist especially in defense of … Read More

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VIDEO: Dr. Janet Smith at the Coalition For Canceled Priests conference

I debated within myself attending this conference held near Chicago by the Coalition For Canceled Priests.  This talk makes me wish that I had. NB: Coalition FOR Canceled Priests not Coalition OF Canceled Priests. That means YOU.

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“The clerics’ starting gun … Itinerarium Clericorum” read in Latin, an mp3 audio file available for priests.

I just concluded a driving road trip that chalked up over 3400 miles.  There were a few perilous moments and one or two that were, frankly, frightening.  One involved a human who shouldn’t be allowed to drive and the other … Read More

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It takes real effort to make something like this happen

I was sent this news: France: Number of Ordinations at A Low Only 88 French candidates will be ordained priests this year, announced Eglise.Catholique.fr (June 22). 52 of them belong to dioceses. It is the lowest number of ordinations in … Read More

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QUESTION FOR PRIESTS: Are you going to the St. Paul Center July conference?

Fathers, are any of you going to the St. Paul Center’s July conference for priests in West Virginia? I’m working out transportation, whether to fly, drive and see things and people along the way, etc. Drop me a line?  If … Read More

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WDTPRS: Mass Prayers “Pro seipso sacerdote – For the priest himself” (1962MR)

This time of year many new priests are being ordained and, consequently, many priests observe their own anniversaries. In the traditional, Vetus Ordo of the Roman Rite a priest can add orations for himself, Pro seipso sacerdote, on the anniversary … Read More

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26 May 1991: 32nd anniversary of ordination

Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember Days were common times for ordinations and Ember Days fall during the Pentecost Octave. It is my … Read More

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Bad floods in Italy! A priest. A book. A bridge.

You long-time readers will know that when there is a hurricane or some natural phenomenon like storms that spawn tornadoes coming along I plead with bishops and priests to put on their gear and pray against the storms using the … Read More

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FATHERS! Called into the chancery? Possible trouble? The first 24 HOURS are critically important. Be CAREFUL. TAKE ADVICE.

One of the advantages to being in Rome is that I can catch up with friends and acquaintances who come for pleasure or for work. What work? Sometimes journalistic. Often canonical. There are canon lawyers who come to Rome for … Read More

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ROME 23/04 – Day 18: Viewed from afar

The sun rose at 0624 and set at 1956. The Ave Maria is at 2015. Weather in Rome has been… unpleasant.  Very cool, breezy and off and on rainy.  So, you can’t plan easily. Tomorrow should be nicer.  I hope … Read More

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