Tag Archives: Rome

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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The Seal of Confession

Non ut homo, sed ut Deus — Not as a man, but as God The Apostolic Penitentiary – the office of the Holy See that handles matters relating to the internal forum – recently issued a “note” on the Seal … Continue reading

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Rose Petals on Pentecost

This past Sunday, June 9 — Pentecost — we had our second annual “Shower of Rose Petals” in my parish at the conclusion of our 11am Solemn Mass. This custom picks up on the rather ancient tradition at the Pantheon … Continue reading

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Retirement of a Bishop

My bishop, the Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, S.T.D., turns 75 today. Happy Birthday! Many people of course realize that bishops ordinarily retire when they reach 75, and so are wondering “what happens next” — some are also anxious about … Continue reading

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Who may use the Exorcism of Pope Leo XIII?

I remember once, many years ago, when I was more involved in pro-life activities, I was in a certain place praying outside an abortion clinic and the other good lay people who were praying there (I was a layman also … Continue reading

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Eucharistic Faith and Reverence for the Renewal of the Church

Some rather profound commentaries in French have passed through my Twitter feed in the past few days, and there is an awful lot that I would like to say and share, even as I lack the time to do so. … Continue reading

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Other Things Priests Say

One of the most popular posts on this blog is entitled, The Sort of Things Priests Say, and has to do with some of the “shop talk” that a priest may encounter in conjunction with celebrating Mass. Back when there was … Continue reading

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Where do the candles go in a procession?

Worship is not a DIY affair; we can all come up with ways to make it more interesting or “meaningful”, but that is not our place, for we receive it from the Church and her tradition. In recent years, of course, … Continue reading

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Blessing of Holy Water

There are major differences between the blessing of holy water in the more modern or “Ordinary Form” of the liturgy and the older or “Extraordinary Form”. In the older form, salt and water are mixed — after they have both been exorcised … Continue reading

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St. Peter Damian, Pray For Us

At Mass this morning I noted how it was fortuitous that the so-called Summit on Abuse at the Vatican was beginning today, on the feast of St. Peter Damian, a great reformer-saint (and Benedictine) of the 11th century, who contended … Continue reading

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Where May the Blessed Sacrament Be Reserved?

I’ll never forget the time, many years ago in a far-off place, when an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion who visited the sick told me about the “stash” of the Blessed Sacrament that she kept in a pyx in her … Continue reading

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How to Incense the Altar

123. The Priest goes up to the altar and venerates it with a kiss. Then, if appropriate, he incenses the cross and the altar, walking around the latter. That’s the extent of the directions the General Instruction of the Roman Missal … Continue reading

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