Fr. Z's Blog
WDTPRS – Trinity Sunday: Are you beautiful at Mass?
Sat, 26 May 2018 20:16:06 +0000
At some point we wind up taking a stab at explaining the Trinity to someone.  Results vary. Today, to get at the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, let’s use the final prayer at Holy Mass in the venerable, traditional form … Continue reading
Did the catholic Left and homosexualists ignore Pope Francis’ words about seminarians?
Sat, 26 May 2018 19:10:56 +0000
The other day Pope Francis told the Italian bishops not to admit homosexual men as seminarians.    I wrote a post about it HERE.  CNA also reported it.   Reuters had it. “If there’s a doubt about homosexuality, it’s better not to … Continue reading
Bp. Morlino’s clear commencement address: “let’s be politically incorrect”
Sat, 26 May 2018 17:45:10 +0000
There is a plentiful lack of clarity these days.  How refreshing it is when we hear or read something that is faithful, true and clear. I offer for your attention a commencement address given at Thomas Aquinas College in California by … Continue reading
LIVE VIDEO of FSSP priesthood ordinations
Sat, 26 May 2018 16:27:37 +0000
As a treat on my anniversary, I am watching the live stream of the the FSSP ordinations to the priesthood.   My old friend Archbp. Sample is doing the honors.  HERE UPDATE: It is hard to find the right balance of providing commentary … Continue reading
Sat, 26 May 2018 15:51:49 +0000
ORIGINALLY Published on: May 25, 2018 All, please pray today for the Irish people. UPDATE: 26 May I suppose you’ve heard the news by now. I was just reading a piece by Phil Lawler about the bishops in Chile. Ireland came up: Pope Benedict XVI … Continue reading
Fr. Z’s 27th Anniversary of Ordination
Sat, 26 May 2018 15:39:16 +0000
Well… this is it.  I made it this far.  That’s what I say to myself when this date rolls around. Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably … Continue reading
MADISON 31 May – Corpus Christi – Pontifical Mass at the Throne and Procession
Sat, 26 May 2018 14:22:47 +0000
On Thursday, 31 May at St. Norbert’s Church in Roxbury, WI at 6 PM, His Excellency, Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison – the Extraordinary Ordinary – will celebrate a Pontifical Mass at the Throne in the Extraordinary … Continue reading
Concerning innovations
Fri, 25 May 2018 19:00:25 +0000
In The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy (US HERE – UK HERE), Martin Mosebach writes of the offended sensibilities of a rock that has been shifted from its perennial, traditional, place.   It might require centuries for the rock to settle down. There … Continue reading
ASK FATHER: Deacons vesting in dalmatics for concelebrations
Fri, 25 May 2018 17:00:51 +0000
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I know priests are allowed to vest for Mass (chasuble, stole, etc.) together and concelebrate. It’s not a good thing, but it makes theological sense because many priests can consecrate one host as St. Thomas Aquinas says. However, … Continue reading
ASK FATHER: How do we get the TLM where we are?
Fri, 25 May 2018 15:22:46 +0000
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I hope you can help. How do I approach my Bishop in ___ to have us have a TLM. I run from one church to another just before Consecration. Thank you. I am puzzled as to why you would … Continue reading
Card. Arinze: If you want Communion, become a Catholic
Fri, 25 May 2018 15:06:35 +0000
The simple but wise words of His Eminence Francis Card. Arinze, Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni, have rung often of late in the ears of my mind.  He famously responded to a question about Communion for public figure who are manifestly … Continue reading
ASK FATHER: When to make an appointment for confession
Thu, 24 May 2018 23:12:50 +0000
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would it be better (in order for the priest to have more time with the penitent) to make an appointment for confessing VERY grave sins (something even the most lenient person would say needs confessing) or should you … Continue reading
ASK FATHER: Sorting out confusing, contradictory messages from priests
Thu, 24 May 2018 20:00:44 +0000
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to ask you a question since I know you are knowledgable and do not lead souls astray. My question is not meant to vent about the state of the church, since … Continue reading
Wherein Fr. Z assigns some worthwhile reading
Thu, 24 May 2018 16:30:25 +0000
At First Things there are two outstanding pieces to which I direct your attention. Firstly, run, don’t walk, to read Martin Mosebach’s beautiful essay about “eternal Rome”.   The translator did a masterful job.  I read it yesterday on the airplane and I … Continue reading
Met “Gay-la” and new movie. Coincidence? I think not.
Thu, 24 May 2018 16:07:07 +0000
You all know about the “Gay-la” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  Each year, the Met has some big “fashion” exhibit.   This year, some folks in the Church were either duped or were consciously complicit in producing a … Continue reading
ASK FATHER: Forgetting sins during confession
Thu, 24 May 2018 15:01:32 +0000
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, is it okay if I didn’t said the sin I was about to confess because my mind blocked? I didn’t finished it with the lines “for these and all my sins…” because I got a little … Continue reading
Day Of Prayer For The Church In China
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:47:20 +0000
My Vatican Curia calendar shows that today is the Day Of Prayer For The Church In China. Just a few days ago, I read at Canticum Salominis about the Feast of Our Lady of China, 12 May, and her proper Mass.  … Continue reading
Pope Francis on homosexual seminarians: This bridge is closed!
Wed, 23 May 2018 22:47:08 +0000
At Vatican Insider I spotted something interesting.  Each Spring the Italian bishops have a plenary meeting at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, in the smaller hall where the Synod usually meets.  The Pope attends at least part of the meeting.  … Continue reading
My View For Awhile: Urban Devastation Edition
Wed, 23 May 2018 18:56:00 +0000
I’m heading home after a truly enjoyable stay at the great Assumption Grotto parish. Still, every time we left the parish, what I saw was alarming. Block after block of houses, abandoned, boarded up, burned, falling to ruin, businesses and large … Continue reading
Does Pope Francis have a “long game” strategy?
Wed, 23 May 2018 18:50:14 +0000
We had a phrase in the Curia that described our approach to some questions and challenges: Cunctando regitur mundus.   This is a fundamental dimension of Romanitas: the world is ruled by delaying. You outwait your opponents, rather than outwit them.  Think Cincinnatus and the … Continue reading