Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ASK FATHER: Is A Deconsecrated Church Still a Church?

Dear Father,
If a church is deconsecrated is it still a church? I'm asking because of the recent earthquake in Italy.  The church of Saint Francis in Cascia, after being deconsecrated is host of a pornographic art display.  Is this why God sent the earthquake to this region?
Reader Peter
Madison WI

Dear Reader Peter,
Yes. God is smiting the people of this region as well as the bishop who allowed the former church to be used in such a perverted manner.  However you can make a difference by constant ejaculatory prayers and exclamations and by purchasing a few cases of the Norcia Benedictine Beer. Please use the link on Father's blog is that Father gets a little taste too. (N.B. Beer makes a great gift for Father any time of the secular or liturgical year. )

Seriously folks,  stop and say a Pater and an Ave for those who have suffered real loss in this earthquake. There is a link to Italian Red Cross here if you can help.

Monday, August 15, 2016

HUH? Diocesan Newspaper Editor Needs New Glasses

From the Savannah Georgia Diocesan newspaper article about two new priests ordained in June.  To whom are they referring?

If you're having trouble read from top to bottom.

The Latest In The Promotion of Clericalism

While I've not yet seen reference on a certain blog, I'm guessing it won't be long.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Kanadian Krazy Kanned?

Former Carmen Miranda impersonator, Father Paul Nicholson's social media pages have gone silent eh. Any word on the Opus Dei affiliated "Missionary Preacher for the New Evangelization " would be appreciated.  Father D has heard that Sister Mary Carmen has been placed under a vow of silence (at least online) and ordered to return to her convent.
Usually when super traditional priests are given an obedience by their Bishop with which they disagree, they began looking for a new bishop.
Perhaps he might like to consider trying his vocation with the Carthusians.
Ora et Labora.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


I'm a bit behind reporting in on the Olympics. The handball competition brought back memories of my several seminaries and playing hand balls with the guys at recreation time.  Sweaty manly times.

I have four monitors going, so I opened up several streams as I worked.  Also, the DVR helped me to catch a few events without the commercials.
I was a bit surprised at how difficult and technical the cycling course is.  The commentators (who also announced the Tour de France) were remarking on how hard and dangerous parts of it were, particularly the downhill stretches in rainforest (= wet roads).  Sure enough there were a bunch of nasty crashes in descents which blew away some major figures.  Too bad.

I also saw some of the swimming prelims.
A highlight of the morning was seeing the young lady from these USA win the large bore air rifle medal.  Apparently the bullseye isn’t much bigger than a pencil point.  Remarkable concentration and discipline especially for yucky girlz.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Okay here's the situation.
Priests like to take a summer vacation.
But someone has to cover their parish and their Sunday Mass;
So they call on Father D to get off his lazy ass.
From the end of Easter until the Summer's end;
Father D needs the cash from their Mass stipends.
No time to blog traveling from Memphis to Portland.
No need to argue,  lay folks just won't understand.

Chanted to the tune Parents Just Won't Understand by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince or something close to that.

Seriously folks, it's been a heck of a summer. Father D just has not had the time to blog.  When I receive an email that there is a comment pending approval on an older post, I usually reply to post that comment. Remeber, Father does not moderate this blog but prefers to allow Free Speech have its proper place. It's worked out for us pretty good so far.

I'm posting from my new smartphone. Unfortunately it has the same dumb user. So they'll be no fancy pictures and graphics to accompany this brief post.

I know that I owe some of you an email reply or response to your Facebook message. I am going on two weeks time off of my own in August and will hopefully have some time to catch up with email and messages then.  I have not slept in my own bed in over two months.

Before I depart, let me say a little bit about ad orientem worship.

Stop. Do not read any further. Please turn and face East before you finish reading this post. You see, I am typing this ad orientem, the way it should be. Now I'm sure no matter what way you're facing you will still be able to successfully read this post , but if you're facing East the way our Lord has intended, you will be much more edified and enlightened.

Father D is not opposed to East Facing worship. The majority of the liturgies he has presided over have been ad orientem. The ordained priest standing at the head of the priesthood of all believers is quite a strong symbol in line with Vatican II. However, for the past fifty years the church has done things quite differently. We can't have the priest turning every which way like a whirling dervish, willy-nilly according to his personal preference.

There is a Church in Sydney(?) Australia ( and I'm sure many other places as well) which would allow for ad orientem worship as well as allow those who wish to have more of a view to do so as well. The nave of the church is more of a horseshoe-shape. (PICTURE) Many monastic churches also have this design.
Win win? Father D thinks so.
I'm still waiting for Pope Francis to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass using the Missa Creole! THAT would send many into apoplexy!!!