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Fat Priests

“The last thing the Church needs is more fat priests!” — a (now deceased) priest whom I had the privilege of knowing in college (when I weighed about 90 lbs less…) It’s easy enough for priests today to resign ourselves … Continue reading

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The Options That Divide Us

There can be rather drastic liturgical differences between parishes — most of us have experienced this. Some of us have chosen to attend a parish precisely because of the way it “does liturgy”. But does that necessarily mean that the … Continue reading

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Sanctifying Holy Days of Obligation

Last November 1, I posted a blog about work on Holy Days of Obligation. Since we have a Holy Day this week — the Solemnity of the Assumption — I again want to direct people to that post and encourage them to … Continue reading

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[Through Christ our Lord. Amen.]

I remember following along in the missalette during Mass as a layman, and whenever the Roman Canon (the first Eucharistic Prayer) was used, wondering why there were words in red brackets that no priest (!) ever read: [Through Christ our Lord. … Continue reading

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I Often Don’t Like the Longer Form

For a long time I was critical whenever the choice was made to use the “shorter form” of a reading at a Mass. This coming weekend there are two opportunities to use “shorter forms”, in fact: for both the second … Continue reading

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An Idea for Diocesan “Traditional” Vocations

It has now been 12 years since Pope Benedict XVI issued his document Summorum Pontificum, which clarified that any priest may celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass according to the liturgical books of 1962. The result of this legislation has been a … Continue reading

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The White Cassock

A “current trend” in clergy fashion is to wear a white cassock during summertime. Some wonder if this is permitted. The answer is probably something like, “technically, no, but it doesn’t really matter”… Technically, no — because, back in the … Continue reading

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High Altars and Side Altars: A Matter of Justice

During and following the Second Vatican Council there was an almost-frenetic push to remove or drastically alter the high altars and, as the case may be, side altars in many churches. No authoritative Church document ever called for their removal … Continue reading

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Supplying the Exorcism Prayers of Baptism

I have written here a few times about baptism in the Extraordinary Form, including making note of the powerful exorcism prayers included in it. I believe I have also shared the sentiment that I, like so many others, wish I … Continue reading

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The Older Profession of Faith for Converts

When a person who is already baptized is received into the Catholic Church now, the ordinary profession of faith used is quite simple. The person states (without having to put his or her hand on a book of the gospels … Continue reading

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Can a priest offer Mass “privately”?

No Mass is truly private, in at least two senses: The Mass belongs to the Church and is celebrated only with her authorization; The angels and saints are present at every Mass, as well as whatever other faithful may be … Continue reading

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Sufficient Confession Times

A priest-friend of mine has remarked that every priest should take his weekly confession time (in minutes), multiply by 52 weeks, then divide by the number of individual parishioners over the age of reason. The result is how many minutes … Continue reading

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