Fr. Z's Blog
ACTION ITEM! Pray for important pro-life SCOTUS case! Arguments on 20 March.
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:50:11 +0000
Can the government force Christian pro-life centers to advertise taxpayer-funded abortions?  California says they can. That’s the essential question the US Supreme Court will consider in its oral argument phase tomorrow – Tuesday 20 March – in National Institute of Family … Continue reading
A charming 15th century view of St. Joseph
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:00:35 +0000
Originally Published on: Mar 20, 2017 Today is [was, last year in 2017] the transferred Feast of St. Joseph.  Yesterday, a Sunday in Lent, “outweighed” the feast. St. Joseph has many titles in his beautiful litany.  We will sing them tonight after our … Continue reading
My View For Awhile: Northward
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:13:24 +0000
Off I go into the sunrise… sort of. Back to the northern chill after a good visit with my mother. UPDATE The trip continueth after a hiatus in the lounge in ATL. It is by now nearly an inexorable cosmic truth that at least … Continue reading
Author of “The Dictator Pope” revealed (officially) and book format now available
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:46:58 +0000
Some people were clued in a long time ago, but were asked to keep it under wraps.  Now it is out in the open. The Dictator Pope (revised and updated) – now available in hard copy from Regnery for pre-order (23 April … Continue reading
LENTCAzT 2018 34 – Monday – 5th Week of Lent, Passiontide: sin makes you stoopid
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:01:35 +0000
Today is Monday in the 5th Week of Lent, Passiontide.  The Roman Station is San Crisogono. In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in … Continue reading
ASK FATHER: Absolution at jail through glass, phone in visitor’s room
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:48:02 +0000
From a priest… QUAERITUR:  I’m a priest who occasionally gets asked to hear confessions in a jail where the only way to speak to a person is through glass and a telephone headset. Without using the phone, one can barely hear the other talking through … Continue reading
The fruits of dumbing everything down, down, ever down.
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:30:41 +0000
Over at my old stomping ground, The Wanderer, there is a good piece by Chris Montesano which uses as its springboard the shooting at the school in Florida.  Along the way he quoted Book IX of Plato’s Republic: “The teacher fears and … Continue reading
REALLY BAD NEWS from St. John Cantius in Chicago – @SJCantius
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:40:08 +0000
UPDATE 18 March: From a reader… A dear friend who has been a parishioner of St. John Cantius for over 20 years was shocked to hear the recent news…being something of a social activist for causes like this, he suggested signups for … Continue reading
Your Sunday Sermon Notes and Passion Sunday POLL: veils on images
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:06:03 +0000
Was there a good point made during the sermon you heard for your Mass of obligation this  5th Sunday of Lent (Novus Ordo). From this Sunday, traditionally called 1st Sunday of the Passion, it is customary to veil images in churches. … Continue reading
LENTCAzT 2018 33 – 1st Passion Sunday, 5th of Lent: marked with the light of Thy countenance
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:01:43 +0000
Today is 1st Passion Sunday, the 5th Sunday of Lent.  The Roman Station is St. Peter’s Basilica on the Vatican Hill. In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute … Continue reading
Dumb down liturgy. Great idea, right?
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:22:00 +0000
I seriously object to the dopey notion that liturgy has to made “understandable”. First, liturgical worship involves mysteries, such as that one about Christ turning the substances of bread and wine into His Body and Blood. How is that easy? … Continue reading
UPDATE: Even more comes about The Letter™: additional missing text
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:54:34 +0000
UPDATE 18 March: Here is an interesting tweet from expert canonist Ed Peters. 1983 CIC 1391. The following can be punished with a just penalty according to the gravity of the delict: … n. 1. A person who … changes … or … Continue reading
FSSP North America Blog
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:27:53 +0000
Okay… I’ll give this a boost. From my email… I am the editor of the Missive (, the official blog of the North American District of the FSSP. We are trying to expand our readership, and I was wondering if I … Continue reading
WDTPRS 5th Sunday of Lent: Undergoing liturgical death
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:08:23 +0000
Traditionally this upcoming Sunday is called First Passion Sunday or First Sunday of the Passion.  “Passiontide” begins. It is also known as Iudica Sunday, from the first word of the Introit of Mass (from Ps 42/41), and sometimes Repus (from repositus … Continue reading
“Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,…” The Lorica of St Patrick
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:55:50 +0000
During these dark days, we can benefit from the use of this prayer, called the Breastplate, or Loríca of St. Patrick, “The Cry of the Deer” (Latin Lorica is pronounced lo-REE-ka).  It is said that St. Patrick (+461) sang this when an … Continue reading
LENTCAzT 2018 32 – Saturday in the 4th Week of Lent: ungenerous, unscrupulous
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:53:15 +0000
Today is Saturday in the 4th Week of Lent.   The Roman Station is San Nichola in Carcere.  In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in … Continue reading
UPDATES – More of and about The Letter™ of Benedict XVI on the booklets
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:24:29 +0000
Because I have about 60 emails having to do with this, and since I’ve already made a few comments about this odd story elsewhere, here is a follow up, for the sake of completeness. Sandro Magister posted the full text of … Continue reading
Fr. Stravinskas breaks it down to the essential
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:01:16 +0000
At Catholic World Report, we find an address Fr. Peter Stravinskas recently gave to a chapter of Legatus about liturgical issues.   He breaks down, Barney style, some super important issues which, today, are controversial. Inter alia he: strongly endorses Robert Card. Sarah … Continue reading
The Three Days of Darkness 2018 are underway in LA!
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:10:16 +0000
The Three Days of Darkness are underway in LA! (aka Religious Education Conference) I wasn’t invited. It might be interesting to have a photopost of your favorite moments. Videos HERE We can start with the front page, where there is an ad for the … Continue reading
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:47 +0000
Here also are my audio projects of the Way of the Cross. On 1st Fridays, do please pray the Act of Reparation. What we need right now is PRAYER, especially now. And remember to GO TO CONFESSION! For priests, especially, try The Way Of The Cross For Priests … Continue reading