Category Archives: Mass

Is Jesus Locally Present in the Eucharist?

Saint Robert Bellarmine maintains that our Lord can be locally present here on earth, in the Eucharist, even though He is also present in Heaven. He teaches that a body can be in two places at once. So, in the … Continue reading

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Common Errors on Accidents, Substance, and the Eucharist

This article is a continuation of my previous article: Understanding Accidents, Substance, and the Eucharist. The division of any created thing into accidents and substance is a metaphysical distinction. It is not possible for us to physically separate the accidents … Continue reading

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Five wounds inflicted on Christ’s Mystical Body through our liturgy

Here’s one view, expressed by Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan, and quoted by Fr. Z. 1. Mass versus populum [facing the people]. 2. Communion in the hand. 3. The Novus Ordo Offertory prayers. 4. Disappearance of Latin in the Ordinary … Continue reading

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The lesbian communion incident: Canon law versus the Eternal Moral Law

Fr. Marcel Guarnizo was in the sacristy, preparing for a funeral Mass, when the daughter of the deceased entered with another woman. The daughter, Barbara Johnson, identified the other woman as her lover. She made a deliberate disclosure to the … Continue reading

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The lesbian at a Catholic funeral incident

Here is an update on the incident from a Catholic who knows the priest, Fr. Marcel. The important new information is as follows: “The woman in question brought her lesbian partner into the vesting sacristy just before the funeral Mass … Continue reading

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Is it a mortal sin not to fast or abstain from meat during Lent?

Is it a mortal sin not to fast on Ash Wednesday or on Good Friday? Is it a mortal sin not to abstain from meat on a Friday of Lent? Is it a mortal sin to miss Mass on a … Continue reading

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Christ did not establish the Mass in immutable specifics

All seven Sacraments were established by Jesus Christ, during His Divine Ministry on earth. Before that time, there were no Sacraments. However, non-formal Baptism (by desire or by blood) was available to bring persons into the state of grace, for … Continue reading

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Jimmy Akin’s new heresy on transubstantiation

On the “Catholic Answers Live” radio show of 26 January 2012, Jimmy Akin discusses the Protestant idea of consubstantiation. After correctly refuting consubstantiation, Akin adds his own heretical claim: “because what Jesus says is not ‘this contains my body’ or … Continue reading

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Say the black. Do the red. Or else. PART II

[Continued from PART I] Various uncharitable comments are found after several different posts by Fr. Z. The comments in question revile and denigrate any priest who deviates in the least from the exact form of the Mass approved by the … Continue reading

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Say the black. Do the red. Or else.

PART I — The expression “Say the black; do the red” is used at Fr. Z.’s blog WDTPRS to refer to the liturgical texts of the Church. The text in black is the words that the priest is to say; … Continue reading

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Invalid Consecration of the Eucharist due to Heresy

Suppose that a validly-ordained Catholic priest uses the correct formula for consecrating the bread and wine during a Catholic Mass. Is it nevertheless possible for this attempted consecration of the Eucharist to be invalid? Yes, it is possible. There are … Continue reading

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Gnats, Camels, and the New Mass Translation

Too Literal The New Mass Translation, which goes into effect in the U.S. this November (2011), is a more literal translation of the official Roman Missal (Latin text). The current (soon to be former) Mass translation is a fairly loose … Continue reading

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