Fr. Z’s Predictions for 2019

2019 Predictions

1. Pres. Trump will get yet another SCOTUS pick.
2. Francis and the meeting in Rome about protection of minors will miss the point of The Present Crisis and do nothing concrete.
3. The Diocese of Madison will remain vacant.
4. The blog will be wholly renovated.
5. The number of places with Holy Mass ad orientem will grow quietly but significantly.
6. Card. Dolan will be made head of the Holy Sepulcher.
7. Card. Wuerl will still be Administrator in Washington DC.
8. Holy See media policies and statements will make Baghdad Bob proud.
9. A large number of priests will begin to use the Usus Antiquior but seminaries will become more hostile.
10. Fr. Z will still not be a Monsignor.

How did I do last year?

2018 Predictions

1. Pres. Trump will acknowledge North Korea a nuclear state to diffuse the military option.   [-0 – Nope, but he did diffuse the situation another way.]
2. The building of The Wall will begin.  [+1 – Building is on, slowly.  Negotiating money is part of it.]
3. Justice Kennedy will resign from the Supreme Court, and Pres. Trump will get another pick. [+1]
4. Pope Francis – still Pope – will beatify Pierre Teilhard de Chardin with the intention to canonize him and declare him Doctor of the Church. [-1]
5. The Synod on Youth will discuss “viri probati”, which will be approved as a step to making clerical celibacy optional. [-1]
6. The Holy See and Palestine will establish full diplomatic relations, Nunciature in Bethlehem. [-1]
7. The number of places with Holy Mass ad orientem will grow quietly but significantly. [+1 This is happening.]
8. Card. Sarah will be transferred to Propaganda and Archbp. Roche will takeover at CDW. [-1 – I’m glad I was wrong about this.]
9. Doctrinal evaluation of professors and theological writings will be devolved to local episcopal conferences. [-1 – I’m not sure if any work is done on this now.]
10. Fr. Z will still not be a Monsignor.  [+1 – Quosque?]

How did I do last year? HERE

Fr. Z’s Predictions for 2018

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6 Responses to Fr. Z’s Predictions for 2019

  1. Lusp says:

    Are all bishops Monsignors? If so, I think I know of one move that would make you wrong on both #3 and #10!

  2. Dimitri_Cavalli says:

    Here are mine:

    1) Commonsqueal magazine will go all-digital.

    2) The Southern Poverty Law Center will lose more money when it settles more libel suits filed against it.

    3) The gay gene will not be discovered.

    4) Frances Kissling will threaten to sue me when I announce plans to write about her history as a shill for the Fidel Castro regime. (Yes, she was a once board member for the pro-Castro Center for Cuban Studies and even led tours of Cuba in the late 1970s.)

    5) The New York Islanders will go the playoffs.

    6) Twitter and Facebook will not ban the use of profanity.

    7) A major magazine that can be found in Barnes and Nobles will continue to tell me that it has no idea when it will finally publish a big article of mine on Pope Pius XII–which it accepted in late 2011.

    8) Fr. John Conley’s occasional column will be the only thing worth reading in America magazine.

    9) A group of ill-tempered Chilean sea bass will show up at Fr. Z’s door informing him that they would never allow themselves to be degraded by being wrapped in the National Catholic Reporter.

    10) Sr. Simone Campbell will continue to lobby for more federal programs but will not help pay for them by surrendering her two organizations’ tax-exempt statuses.

    11) Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will become nationally known for publicly crying a lot and her gigantic bug eyes.

    12) Fr. James Martin will leave the priesthood.

    13) Michael Sean Winters will finally undergo a sex-change operation (remember when it was still called that?) and become known as Michelle Shania Williams.

    14) James Martin and Michelle Shania Winters will marry and both hyphenate their surnames.

    15) The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue will appear in a Super Bowl ad, daring viewers: “Do you see this battery on my shoulder? I DARE you to knock it off!”

  3. Patrick L. says:

    “10. Fr. Z will still not be a Monsignor.”

    I remember once when I was traveling for Christmas and attending Christmas Mass. As one would expect, there were far more people at this Mass than on a normal Sunday Mass at this parish. Right before Communion was distributed, the prestigious Monsignor who was celebrating Mass boldly proclaimed,

    “If for some of you who here are Catholic, the only reason you aren’t planning to come up for Communion is because you haven’t been going to Mass, and you haven’t confessed this yet, then you go ahead and come up for Communion. And you can come to confession later. And if anyone comes to you and has a problem with that, you tell that person to COME TO ME.”

    This experience confirmed an important lesson for me. Much of the world is run by bullies with prestigious titles. And the Church is, apparently, not an exception.

  4. TNCath says:

    1. Pres. Trump will get yet another SCOTUS pick.
    And this time the Democrats will successfully block his first choice.

    2. Francis and the meeting in Rome about protection of minors will miss the point of The Present Crisis and do nothing concrete.
    As he already has.

    3. The Diocese of Madison will remain vacant.
    Along with a number of other already vacant dioceses. These days, who really wants to be a bishop?

    4. The blog will be wholly renovated.
    I look forward to the new look.

    5. The number of places with Holy Mass ad orientem will grow quietly but significantly.
    To the bewilderment of bishops.

    6. Card. Dolan will be made head of the Holy Sepulcher.
    If he can last long enough. Recent information that has come to light may dictate otherwise.

    7. Card. Wuerl will still be Administrator in Washington DC.
    For as long as he wants to be, I’m afraid.

    8. Holy See media policies and statements will make Baghdad Bob proud.
    The Holy See’s media policies and statements are going to take on the flavor of Pravda.

    9. A large number of priests will begin to use the Usus Antiquior but seminaries will become more hostile.
    Just as bishops will become hostile to ad orientem worship

    10. Fr. Z will still not be a Monsignor.
    These days, that’s probably a good thing.

  5. Semper Gumby says:

    #8: “Nothing to see here…all is well…the infidels will be crushed like insects.” *rumble of Coalition tanks in the background*

  6. acardnal says:

    I always enjoy this annual post. Thanks