Monthly Archives: March 2021

ASK FATHER Z: “Is there a reverent and proper way to receive Communion in the Hand?”

From Fr. Z’s blog A reader’s QUAERITUR: Father, I came across to a decree of the CDW last year regarding the reception of Communion. Cardinal Sarah said that we need to follow the directives of the Conference of Bishops or the … Continue reading

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Cancelling Culture

CP&S comment: There is an outstanding video from Michael Matt at The Remnant about the current dire situation in the Church, contaminated as it has been by the grave evil rampant in the world, and beseeching the Church’s bishops to … Continue reading

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Feast of St Joseph (19th March): “True masculinity involves taking on the challenges of life”

From ‘Venite Prandete’ Masculinity is denigrated in our culture today – it is disparaged as ‘toxic” and polarised as against the interests of women. With the advent of the sexual revolution, indeed, many aspects of masculinity did, in fact, become … Continue reading

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The Power of Tears

A meditation by St Ambrose of Milan Peter became saddened and cried because he erred like all men. I cannot find what he said; I find only that he cried. I read his tears; I do not read what he … Continue reading

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The Story of Saint Patrick and the Shamrock as a Teaching Symbol of the Trinity

Shamrock, the emblem synonymous with Saint Patrick, has a very long and colourful tradition. It means many things to different people and can evoke messages relating to national pride, religion, history, celebration etc. In horticultural terms what is Shamrock and … Continue reading

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Saint Patrick, pray for us!

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints. He was born in Roman Britain and when he was fourteen or so, he was captured by Irish pirates during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as … Continue reading

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CDF responds about blessing same-sex unions: “[God] does not and cannot bless sin”

From Fr Z: In a clear and long-overdue slap-down of the German bishops and their dreadful “synod” process, today the CDF released the text of a response to a dubium (that doesn’t happen as often as we would like, does … Continue reading

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Venerable Fulton Sheen on the true age of St. Joseph

Excerpt from Fulton Sheen’s ‘The World’s First Love: Mary, Mother of God’ Fulton J. Sheen – March 16, 2021 Was he [St. Joseph] old or young? Most of the statues and pictures we see of Joseph today represent him as … Continue reading

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We must not capitulate before this world, but recapitulate all things in Christ

An interview with the Superior General of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X on the pontificate of Pope Francis. [CP&S comment below] DICI: Reverend Father, it has been eight years since Pope Francis ascended the throne of Saint Peter, … Continue reading

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Inquisition at the Liturgy Congregation?

From Fr Z: According to La Nuova Bussola, on 15 March an investigation (“Visita Apostilica”) of the Congregation for Divine Worship will begin. The writer says that the man appointed for the investigation, head of the bishops conference liturgy office, leans … Continue reading

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Sunday Readings and Reflections

Sunday, March 14 Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare) Roman Ordinary calendar St. Maud (or Matilde) and St. Leobinus 2nd book of Chronicles 36,14-16.19-23. In those days, all the princes of Judah, the priests and the people added infidelity to infidelity, practicing all the … Continue reading

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Francis Effect: The End of the Traditional Latin Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica

From Rorate Caeli: The Traditional Mass used to be celebrated hidden, out of sight, in the crypt of the Vatican Basilica (the Hungarian Chapel) from the days of the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei to Summorum. Since the 2007 motu proprio … Continue reading

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Next head of Pope’s marriage and family institute is pro-contraception

From LifeSiteNews: A new president has been appointed to the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Matrimonial and Family Science: Msgr. Philippe Bordeyne, at present rector of Paris’ famed Catholic University, L’Institut catholique de Paris, is a proponent of Amoris Laetitia, … Continue reading

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The First Oak Tree Selected for the New Spire of Notre-Dame de Paris

Back in the day, far sighted people planted groves of trees for use decades in the future. Even the US Navy still does this, for the sake of USS Constitution. I remember in ‘The Cardinal’, the little parish Steve was … Continue reading

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Mary’s Fiat is a Guide for Managing Our Time

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” —Mother Teresa By Mary Tillotson at NCR Blogs: The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few, and many of us feel like we’re working … Continue reading

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