Fr. Z's Blog
When they claim “Clericalism!”, they really mean #sodoclericalism
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:09:28 +0000
There are a few terms in common usage which I would like to be able to reform in common usage.  For example, I wish that “priestcraft” wasn’t so relentlessly derogatory.  It can mean “professional knowledge and skill in respect to … Continue reading
My View For Awhile: Humidity Edition
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:15:38 +0000
Leaving a place of high humidity (at least right now a oh dark hundred) for a place of even higher humidity. I’ve been exchanging texts this morning with friends about the betrayal of our Chinese brethren. And I forgot my Kindle! It … Continue reading
ASK FATHER: Is a Communion plate or paten a “sacred vessel”?
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:02:12 +0000
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Greetings in Christ. I hope this finds you well. A good, holy, traditional priest in my home diocese has recently claimed in conversation that the Communion-plate is in fact a sacred vessel, hence why they have handles–the servers are … Continue reading
OCTOBER – ROME – Annual #SumPont2018 Pilgrimage
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:50:05 +0000
At the end of October, 26-28 October to be precise, is the annual Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome.  People from all over travel to Rome to participate in traditional liturgy, processions and talks… and to make contacts and greet old … Continue reading
Thanks to Augustus on his birthday and to the Cohors Italicus
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 17:08:23 +0000
Today is the birthday of Augustus Caesar, born in ancient Velitrae (Velletri) in 63 BC. When I was living in Rome, on this day I was accustomed to stroll to the Ara Pacis and read some of the bronze lettered text … Continue reading
If government leaders in China can now choose bishops, then in these USA…
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:30:08 +0000
One of the best things I’ve seen on Twitter since Rome began the sellout of the Church in China. @Pontifex @MassimoFaggioli @CardinalDolan since China can now choose their own bishops. I propose that Donald Trump now be able to chose bishops … Continue reading
Francis trades quips with Polish photographer in Vilnius
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:06:22 +0000
If AP is to be believed about anything having to with the Church or with Francis, AP has an interesting tid bit about Francis’ present trip to Lithuania. First, remember the great photo of John Paul II by Grzegorz Galazka? Now read this… VILNIUS, … Continue reading
Your Sunday Sermon Notes
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:29:55 +0000
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass to fulfill your Sunday Obligation? Let us know. For my part, I worked from the readings for this 18th Sunday after Pentecost.
Archbp. Chaput of @ArchPhilly on upcoming Synod’s working document. Concerns.
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:48:40 +0000
Not only is there a new document out which changed the way the Synod (“walking together”) of Bishops runs, but a substantive supplemental document with more details (needed because the new document left things out) hasn’t yet been issued. The … Continue reading
UPDATE – @ArchChicago parish burns a “rainbow flag”
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:26:05 +0000
UPDATE: 23 Sept It just gets worse. “Rather, I act out of concern for Fr. Kalchik’s welfare and that of the people of his Parish.” This claim from @CardinalBCupich is Orwellian. He acted because Fr. Kalchik publicly resisted Cupich and his gay … Continue reading
THIS IS WAR! Wherein Fr. Z calls on bishops and priests to FIGHT BACK as priests and bishops!
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:35:37 +0000
Preliminary note:  For the last two nights, I have had nightmares.  Last night was as bad as anything I have ever had and it was incredibly real.  As I wrote this post, I had the dreaded BSOD.   Hasn’t happened for … Continue reading
Akita, Communion in the hand, and homosexuality
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:11:58 +0000
The Bellarmine Forum there is a longish piece which makes a connection between some topics: Our Lady’s Messages at Akita Communion in the Hand Homosexuality Said Our Lady at Akita: “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such … Continue reading
Card. Zen on the “Provisional Agreement” with the PRC on Bishops
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:46:35 +0000
When I lived in Rome I had some contact with the Chinese Catholic ex-pat community.  Today, I can only imagine their heartbreak and fear. The reaction of His Eminence Joseph Card. Zen is at LifeSite. “It’s a complete surrender … I have … Continue reading
WDTPRS – 25th Ordinary Sunday: Each love fuels the other, when love of God is first.
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:00:31 +0000
This week’s Collect for Mass for the upcoming 25th Ordinary Sunday (Novus Ordo, obviously), was introduced into the Missale Romanum with the Novus Ordo but it is influenced by a prayer in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary. Deus, qui sacrae legis omnia constituta … Continue reading
VIDEO: Fr. Murray on aspects of The Present Crisis
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:38:03 +0000
Let libs tremble and clutch their pearls upon their fainting couches. My good friend Fr. Gerald Murray was interviewed by Raymond Arroyo last night on The World Over.
ASK FATHER: Adding water to Holy Water
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:06:14 +0000
What are priests for? Short answer: They offer sacrifice. The role of the priest is to confect the Eucharist, absolve sins, impart blessings, preside at all manner of approved rites.   The jocular Scriptural basis for this is, of course, “For God so … Continue reading
ASK FATHER: If in letters Benedict XVI imparts still the Apostolic Blessing…
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:31:05 +0000
Debates about the true status of Benedict XVI could root the stuff of novels. There are those who say that Benedict XVI is still really Pope.  There are different reasons given.  One is that his abdication was under duress and is, … Continue reading
A story of spectacular complexity, involving shady people, huge money, interlocking directorates, vast loans, and the Papal Foundation.
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:57:09 +0000
Read this. Zenit reports. Pope Francis on September 20, 2018, received in the Apostolic Palace Consistory Hall of the Vatican, the participants at the Conference of the Sons of Holy Mary Immaculate on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Venerable … Continue reading
One Mad Mom spanks James Martin, LGBTSJ – UPDATED
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:51:50 +0000
UPDATE: I had a call from a friend who underscored her real shock at Martin’s ghastly suggestion in his tweets.  The more I think about it, the more loathsome the true content of Martin’s tweets appears. He told people that they shouldn’t … Continue reading
Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City on #ViganoTestimony
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:42:24 +0000
Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City has made a statement about The Viganò Testimony. […] As I mention our priests, seminarians and deacons, I want to thank the faithful of the Diocese of Sioux City who have offered support, prayers and … Continue reading