Saturday, June 29, 2013


In a statement on the twentieth anniversary of the non-canonical schismatic consecrations of four Society of Saint Pius X priests to the office of bishop, the three remaining pontiffs, Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais and Alfonso de Galarreta, essentially tell the Pope to piss off.  The fourth, Richard Williamson, was booted from the society last year.

The traditionalist bishops announce that, in practice, the dialogue with the Vatican is over and that, from now on, they will wait “either when Rome returns to Tradition and to the faith of all time — which would re-establish order in the Church” or “when she explicitly acknowledges our right to profess integrally the faith and to reject the errors which oppose it, with the right and the duty for us to oppose publicly the errors and the proponents of these errors, whoever they may be — which would allow the beginning of a re-establishing of order.”
The statement concludes: “We persevere in the defense of Catholic Tradition, and our hope remains entire.”

Read more here. (National Catholic Register)
Read the full text of the statement here. (SSPX website)

Poggi Arrested for Calumny

Don Patrizio Poggi who made wild accusations about a gay prostitution ring for priests has been arrested for making false accusations. Of course this does not mean it's not true.

More to come....

Friday, June 28, 2013


Whispers are blowing in the wind that Pope Francis is considering
Archbishop Pietro Parolin to become the next Secretary of State.

Italian authorities have arrested former pretty boy banker turned priest Msgr. Nunzio Scarano along with a broker and an Italian secret services agent for an alleged plot to smuggle 20 million Euro into Italy from Switzerland via a private jet. 

Still nothing solid on the alleged impending shake up in the Curia over the banking scandal and the priestly prostitution ring.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Vatican Gay Prostitution Ring Catering to Priests RENT A BOY

According to Italian media reports, a prostitution ring in Rome to be busted. Even high-ranking clerics should be involved.
A sexual abuse of minors convicted former pastor had called the police the names of nine priests who are said to have regularly met in Rome with underage male prostitutes, reports the newspaper “Corriere della Sera”.
The prosecutor’s office in Rome has started investigations against nine priests, for an alleged prostitution ring. The investigations are based on statements of sexual abuse of minors.



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

VATICAN RUMORS... Pope to Clean Curial House

I tried so very hard to find an image of Pope Francis looking angry or shooing people away.... Go figure eh?  Long may he reign!

Rumors are buzzing as they tend to do in Rome that His Holiness is about to make some wide sweeping changes in the Curia.   Stay tuned. 

One source says it is related to the so called lavender mafia and another insists this is a general curia wide reform intended to curb corruption and the start of cleaning house at the Vatican Bank.

We might not have it first, but we will have it best, and most likely with a twist or two.

And my one hopeful summer Roman correspondent has lost his passport.... Saint Anthony pray for him!

Saturday, June 22, 2013


PISTOL PACKIN' PADRE: Can and/or Should Priest Carry Guns in Church?

Father Zzzzzzz opines over at his blog...

From a reader:
Are priests allowed to carry handguns? I have heard stories of priests owning guns, going hunting, etc, but could a priest have a handgun, conceal and carry, etc? What do you think about a priest having a handgun underneath his vestments while saying Mass?
In short, yes. Priests and bishops can carry hand guns, according to the laws of the place where they live. Priests are not second class citizens. They are – right now at least – not prohibited by laws of the state or laws of the Church.
Should bishops carry hand guns?  That is another question.
Father D says, NO.  Not in Church. Not during Mass. Period.
If safety is a concern, there are trained professional layman and women that are qualified and capable to serve as guards if necessary. 

Nuns with guns? No problem. Line 'em up outside the church and let them stand guard.

I expect to see each and every one of you at Confession on Saturday.

Say hello to my little friends.  First Collection & Second Collection.
And I do NOT want to hear the jingle of any coins. Only the rustle of paper.

Pope Francis appoints special commission to implement reform of the Roman Curia
FOLLOW UP-- A commenter at Fr Zzzzzzzz's posted something well thought out, with spiritual reflection, and worthy of consideration.

SpesUnica says:
I am extremely uncomfortable with the idea of priests carrying a handgun at all, and am completely opposed to his having a weapon while saying Mass. We could bicker about “what about a pocketknife!?” but that is primarily a TOOL which can be used as a weapon. Perhaps then you’ll tell me that a firearm IS a tool. True, but its a weapon first. A pocketknife is a tool which can be used as a weapon–so is a screwdriver. A gun is a weapon that can be used as a tool. I am a gun rights supporter, I grew up with guns and own a couple myself. I would NEVER carry one on a daily basis and I am troubled by the idea of a priest having one on his person while saying Mass.
Christians had to quit the military to be able to be baptized in the early centuries. I can’t imagine what the martyrs would tell us today if they could be a part of this conversation. They begged to not be deprived of their chance to witness to God’s love the same way Christ did, by shedding his Blood. Someone murders a priest because he is a priest? Hello, newest martyr. Someone threatens his congregation? Ever hear of those folks “and companions?” Who said, “vengeance is mine”? Its not that I don’t believe in self-defense or protecting ones family, but if you are being killed because of your faith, smile and give thanks to God for the chance to witness to the Power that overcomes the powers of this world.
When I celebrate Mass, unworthy though I am to be a priest, I take off all my jewelry (class ring, “vows” ring, symbol of my order, watch) and leave my keys and phone in the sacristy. I just can’t imagine keeping a piece on me at the altar. Jesus was stripped of all worldly protection of dignity, the New Adam naked on the new Tree of Life. The priests’ vestments represent, in manifold ways, the dignity of the High Priest. Nothing fake or artificial or sullied is allowed into the sanctuary, and I can imagine “vesting prayers” appropriate to every item I have on my person when I enter into it. I just can’t see a firearm in that line up…the priest is in the person of the Victim, the Lamb who cries not out.
I don’t disagree with many of the posts here, usually, but I really, really don’t see this one, for my part.

Monday, June 17, 2013


More on the Gay Cabal in the Vatican?
No.  Not really.  Just the same talking head beating the same ole drum.

I have been trying to think of a response to all this. Not a lot of effort expended as you can see.  I knew that someone much more knowledgeable and eloquent than I would fashion an appropriate reply that represents via media.

Sunday, June 16, 2013


This is not a parody, lampoon or attack.  These are Fr. Z's real words.  

Father Zzzzzz closed his Combox after making this post.  I think that these topics need to be discussed with CHARITY and CIVILITY. 

Therefor the Combox is OPEN.  

BE KIND-- be passionate, please... but charitable. 

Fr. D

What is “lobby” all about in the Vatican “gay lobby” chatter going on?

There is a lot of chatter on the interwebs about the whole “homosexuals in the Vatican” thing.
This has been so obvious to me for so long that it isn’t news. It also makes me angry, and not in a good way. I hate reading or writing about it.
I detest this whole story because I suffered at the hands of these types for decades both in my home diocese and in Rome. And to be clear, they weren’t always liberals. Most were liberals and dissenters, but a few here and there were solidly on the traditionalist side which makes them even more loathsome.  But most of them were dissidents and liberals and were well networked. And they were vicious to anyone who was conservative.  These evil twisted men need prayers for the shameful way they treat the priesthood and the Church and because they risk the eternity of Hell. If I sometimes seem to have little sympathy for homosexuals – including and especially pedophiles – in the priesthood, that’s part of the reason.
Many homosexual priests and bishops strive to live holy lives, truly. While I still think they should have chosen a different vocation, because I think deeply-rooted same-sex attraction makes it too hard to relate properly to the Church as a priest (much less bishop), they have all the sympathy and admiration I can muster. Their cross must be very hard to bear. If they bear it and die a holy death in God’s friendship, I suspect their place in heaven will be very high indeed. However, when homosexual clerics act in the twisted and underhanded ways the whole “gay lobby” issue points to … they don’t get a pass from me just because our wretched society is blindly rushing like a hoarde of lemmings towards a “new normal”.
I digress.
One of the words flung around in the blogosphere and opinion items is the word “lobby” as in “gay lobby”. Because this story is driven by Italian sources we need to be clear about what this “lobby” means.
In Italian, “lobby” has a different connotation than it does in English. To get a good description of the different impact, I asked my old friend the great Roman Fabrizio, whose facility in English is amazing. Here is what he sent:
Although increasingly used in a more Anglo-Saxon political sense, the term “lobby” has a decidedly more negative and at times conspiratorial flavor to it in Italian. We otherwise use “gruppi di pressione” [pressure groups] o “gruppi di interesse” [interest groups] when referred to organized and official entities. Another negative term would be “poteri forti” [like "powerful forces"]. In short, it means sinister people who maneuver in the dark and who have leverage enough to make things happen or to prevent them from happening.
In other words, there is nothing benign about “lobby” in this context. When you see it in this context, know that this is nasty business with lots of passive-aggression, villainous-smiling, lying-in-wait, and backstabbing.
I may not write much on this blog about the whole “Vatican gay lobby” thing. It makes me pretty mad. But it is time for me to say this:
For decades our society has been slowly but surely and purposely shifted by those in control of the mainstream media and entertainment industry. At first, because of the rise of AIDS, active homosexuals were constantly portrayed as innocent, though perhaps quirky, victims. Once the notion of homosexuality was shifted from its moorings and a new status was created in the minds of the public, another shift took place in the media. Now, TV shows and movies are saturated with homosexuals who are far more sophisticated, with it, intelligent, good looking than their more dysfunctional heterosexual counterparts. Victim time is over. It is cool to be “gay”.
For years an artificial sub-culture was carefully crafted and now it is busting out into a “new normal”.
But – contrary to popular opinion – human nature and God’s revealed truths have not changed. Homosexuality is not normal. Christ’s priesthood and homosexuality converging is like pushing misaligned magnets together. It can be done, but it requires force. It is no wonder that some of these misaligned clerics do gawdawful things, especially to other clerics. They are out of sorts with themselves at their deepest core. How they must suffer! That suffering will sometimes come out sideways. Homosexual violent crime is often the most brutal and bloody that the police see. Homosexual clerics usually won’t be physically violent. Their conflicts manifest in other ways.
There is an old macaronic-Latin phrase in clerical circles in Rome: homo homini lupus… sacerdos sacerdoti lupissimus.

The combox is closed. NOT HERE IT ISN'T.  Be kind.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

COOL PRIEST STUFF: Just Too Cool To Let It Pass By!

NOT Father Richard Heilman just a random "cool priest" image from a Google Search.

It's no secret I'm not a big fan of Father Zzzzz.  Even though we are liturgically of very similar minds there is just so much in his manner of presentation that makes me cringe like fingernails on a chalkboard.  Sometimes though, he nails it head on.

His post about Father Richard Heilman of Pine Bluff Wisconsin is one of those times.  When solid liturgically and theologically orthodox priests come up with new and innovative ideas they need to be recognized and encouraged by their brother priests and lay men and women alike.  Drop Father Heilman a note of encouragement. (If you can't say anything nice... you know...) Share Father Zzzzz's post with your pastor.

Sunday, June 9, 2013


The custom of a bishop remaining "married" to his diocese for life has been ignored for almost a century now.  I remember a Benedictine abbot being made an auxiliary bishop of the diocese where I grew up. I was but a high school junior discerning a possible vocation, but I remember a young priest who was a mentor of sorts comment "he (the new auxiliary) won't be here very long. He is far too smart and deeply spiritual to spend the remainder of his service here. They have something else planned for him."

Father was right. Within two years the bishop was transferred to his own diocese where he remained until his retirement. 

Sandro Magister has posted an anonymous post titled The Scourge of Divorce Between Bishop and Diocese. With many quotes from the late Cardinal Gantin, who advocated a change in church legislation that would keep a bishop in his diocese and eliminate "cardinalate sees" .  
 "The notion of the so-called cardinalate dioceses needs to be made very relative. The cardinalate is a service asked of a bishop or a priest taking many circumstances into account. Today in recently evangelized countries, in Asia and in him and him and Africa for instance, there are no so-called cardinalates, in that the purple is conferred on the person. That should be the case everywhere, even in the West. "
If Pope Francis is sincere about ending clerical careerism (and I have no doubt that he is very sincere) we most likely will see more priests elevated directly to the Office of Bishop and fewer transfers. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Mr. Voris takes a huge swipe at Cardinal DiNardo of Houston, the United Methodist Church and other "heresy supporters." Once again displaying his usual arrogance and ignorance, he gets his facts a bit wrong concerning the history of Methodism, implying that the Methodist church did not exist until the late 1960's. The truth is that there were Methodist "circuit preachers" two hundred years before that "By the 1770s, however, they had their own chapels. In addition to salaried circuit riders (who were paid just over one-quarter what salaried Congregationalist ministers earned at the time)" 1   

I am not making the argument that the UMC is anywhere close to being Catholic.  The point being, if Roman Catholic bishops can be installed in sports and entertainment arenas why can't the local Protestant community use a Catholic Church?  As long as the Blessed Sacrament is removed and they do not use the altar itself or in the case of an Eastern Rite church, do not enter behind the iconostasis, there should be no problem.  How many Roman Catholic parishes started using a protestant chapel or public hall or school gymnasium?  When a Catholic church is destroyed in a fire, flood or other catastrophe  are they not usually invited to share space with one of the local protestant faith communities?  

A little research will show you that His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is no theological "namby-pamby" limp wrist.  When he was made a bishop the co-consecrators were Bishop Donald Wuerl and Bishop Raymond Burke. 

Enough of that.  In case you have not yet seen it His Holiness Pope Francis set aside his five page prepared talk to a group of students from Jesuit run schools in favor of a Papal Q & A. Rocco Palmo over at Whispers in the Loggia has done some over voice translations in two segments, with hopefully more to come. If you have not heard it yet go there.  It will brighten your day.   

Update:  Over at Clay and Spittle there is an interesting take on Voris' behavior. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Long aware that my 100th post was approaching, I was contemplating several topics aiming for a "stat spiking" piece of comic or spiritual significance. What to do?
-A BIG OLE Zzzzzzzzzzzinger lampooning Faddah Zzzzz?
-Political piece on the Nuns on the Bus going round and round?  (an EXCELLENT very pointed and funny suggestion was made)
-Voris?  (Way too easy... as he almost lampoons himself.)
-His Holiness, Pope Francis and his humble reverence and repeated encouraging us (RIGHTLY SO) to Jesus... to Jesus!  (Pope Francis is best interpreted and read AS IS rather than through anyone

UPDATE 07 JUNE 2013:  His Holiness to Diplomatic Students: Careerism is Leprosy.  In case you have not yet read it.

Then I saw this on FaceBook.   

 Orthodox Catholicism. Genuine pastoral compassion without doctrinal compromise.
Long live Pope Francis! 

Father, we pray for your protection and guidance over our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Give him strength and wisdom to stand as a prophet for our times. May he be a light in darkness around which we gather in hope. We ask you to bring about reconciliation through his faithful teaching of peace and justice. Grant him compassion and care to live the gospel in love and service to all people. Let him follow in the path of Peter and Paul who, filled with the Holy Spirit, preached that the Lord saves all who call upon his name.  Amen.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

ETERNAL MEMORY! Andrew M. Greeley, author, priest, sociologist dead at 85

Self described "loud mouthed Irish priest" ("And may they carve it on my gravestone!" he once quipped), a best selling author and sociologist, Andrew M. Greeley parted the final veil in his sleep May 30, 2013.

 The controversial novelist authored The Cardinal Sins, Thy Brother's Wife  and the  Blackie Ryan series in addition to dozens of other novels and a few sociological studies, one with his sister Mary Greeley Durkin titled How to Save the Catholic Church.  He was also one of the earliest and most vocal critics of the clergy sexual abuse scandal going back to the mid 1980's.  In addition to his unorthodox writing style (his novels are rather sexually graphic) his criticism of the Church's teachings on birth control, clerical celibacy, and the ordination women left him at odds with his bishops, Cardinals  Cody and Bernadin, who refused to give him a parish assignment.  Most bishops were "mitered pinheads" according to him. 

My favorite Andy Greeley story was told to me by a former classmate of his over a dozen years ago.  Back in the early 80's Andy invited a group of clergy from the Chicago Archdiocese to his family summer home on the lake outside of the City.  Expecting perhaps a BBQ and a swim, many priests brought or wore their swim trunks.  Upon arrival they were shown to rows of chairs set in front of a podium by the edge of the water.  Father Greeley appeared dressed in Roman collar and jacket, addressed them from the podium for about half an hour and then dismissed them!  And without so much as a glass of water!  He was not popular among his fellow clergy nor did he care for those whom he considered "clerical elitists".

Love him or hate him.  Pray for the repose of his soul.