Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Most of the press, at least here in the States, is reacting to the part of Pope Francis' unexpected letter this morning that extends the faculty to absolve from abortion.

I don't know about you, every priest I know has been absolving along those lines for years. 

So I thought the BIG NEWS concerned

The Bishop Fellay Show

and Papa Francesco being nicer to them than they and their Krazy Katholic Konverts from the Kraposphere driving their custom-made gas-guzzlers down the Road to Econe have been to him with their hateful, slanderous, sedevacantist krapola day after day after (for them) miserable day.  Can you imagine how quickly the whiskers are growing this morning on the grim grimace of The Bitter Bag O' Onions? It will be enough to make that fetching mustache twitch on Bishop Cagey-Uh-Know-Nuttin's smilin' face. Reverend Mother M. John Cunniwicke, meanwhile, will probably still be pissed off that he spent all those years making all those British pounds sterling by saying all those utterly-null-and-absolutely-void make-believe Masses before being assumed into the Ladies of Walsingham's Fraudinariate by The Ordinary Newton. Well, Reverend Mum, the quality of mercy is not strained with Papa Francesco and may yet droppeth retroactively upon your place below! 

The Bishop Fellay Show part of Pope Francis' letter:

A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X.

This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one.

From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice, combined however with an uneasy situation from the pastoral standpoint.

I trust that in the near future solutions may be found to recover full communion with the priests and superiors of the Fraternity.

In the meantime, motivated by the need to respond to the good of these faithful, through my own disposition, I establish that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.

Trusting in the intercession of the Mother of Mercy, I entrust the preparations for this Extraordinary Jubilee Year to her protection.

From the Vatican, 1 September 2015


Let's just hope the SSPX and their RETROrate affiliates make some changes to their usual approach to the Sacrament of Penance:

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth’s sorrows
Are more felt than up in Heaven;
There is no place where earth’s failings
Have such kindly judgment given.

There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Savior;
There is healing in His blood.

There is grace enough for thousands
Of new worlds as great as this;
There is room for fresh creations
In that upper home of bliss.

For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.

’Tis not all we owe to Jesus;
It is something more than all;
Greater good because of evil,
Larger mercy through the fall.

If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.

Souls of men! why will ye scatter
Like a crowd of frightened sheep?
Foolish hearts! why will ye wander
From a love so true and deep?

It is God: His love looks mighty,
But is mightier than it seems;
’Tis our Father: and His fondness
Goes far out beyond our dreams.

But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.

Was there ever kinder shepherd
Half so gentle, half so sweet,
As the Savior who would have us
Come and gather at His feet?

Frederick W. Faber
Born 1814
Ordained Anglican Priest 1839
Ordained Roman Catholic Priest 1847
Died 1863


  1. The SSPX has given the response that I thought that they would. "Thanks, but we haven't been doing anything wrong."
    No one can say that Pope Francis is not giving this the old college try.

  2. Imagine that! Arrogance from the SSPX. Who would have thought.
    Pope Francis should declare them to be fully reconcilled with the See of Rome and invite the three remaining bishops to concelebrate with him to give witness to that unity. Then they will need to put up or declare of their own choice, their state of schism.

    1. Oh what a good idea. Perhaps, Francis should put Marini I in charge of planning this Mass as well. They can then have a nice lunch with Pope Francis' Jewish friends.

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    1. Hey Pax Mark Thomas:

      Have you thought about changing YOUR last name to Perl, to kind of match the string of pearls you wear with your black resting-at-home-on-my-computer cassock?

    2. Blah, blah, blah..... We have heard this word salad for the last thirty years.
      They are schismatic.

    3. So... Let me get this straight, since Francis the Great has basically pretty much called them Catholic, then we should be upset? Jp2 excommunicated them, that was good, Benedict lifted the excommunication that was bad, Francis grants faculties and that's bad too? So much for it unum sint

    4. I believe that is Ut unum sint, dumbass. Have you even read the it? Or are you just semi familiar with the title, and sort of what it means? I'm not even Catholic and I've read it. I find that most Catholics are ignorant of their own Church. Its sad because those of us non Catholics appreciate the historical role of the church and the pope. As we see Pope Francis extending his hand in genuine welcome, the rank and file bishops and priests don't even come close to that spirit. Too bad. Many of us are searching, and not many are willing to dialog and journey with us. But if we're willing to act as ignorant pagans and sign up for catechism, they'll happily enlighten us.

  4. Poster Tony Phillips gives Lacy Boy a serve over SSPX schismatics:

    "Now, I realise that Fr Z may not only disagree with what I say, but in the interests of professional survival may feel it necessary to delete this comment or cover it with his trademark bold red ink."

    Bullshit hubristic response from the Brass Ass:

    [I have no idea what that last part means. But I can clarify that in 99.99% of occasions, discussion of what I do or don’t do with comments results in deletion of the comments and persistence in commenting on my moderation choices results in being placed in the moderation queue and then in being banned.]

  5. What Fr Z would really like to do is depicted in your historical print up above.