Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)

New music from the London Oratory: Sacred Treasures of Spain!

Last May in Rome, on the steps of Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, I ran into Charles Cole, director of the magnificent boys choir at the Brompton Oratory in London.  He said that they had a new disc coming of sacred … Continue reading

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Toxic Masculinity and Sequels

I just saw this tweet from my friend, the Rush of Madison on WIBA, Vicki McKenna: The new Top Gun had better be teeming with toxic masculinity or I’m not watching. — Vicki McKenna (@VickiMcKenna) July 19, 2019 A … Continue reading

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What a difference a day made

I’m on the road and I’m having problems with my laptop WiFi. I can see networks, but I can’t connect to any networks, including my mobile hotspot and my mobile phone. It was working well last night.  Today, not so … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Traditional “Supplied rites” after emergency or modern rite baptism

From a reader on Twitter… QUAERITUR: @fatherz Thx for posting about the Taylor Marshall & Fr Nix talk which I also watched. How can we get the Baptism old rite elements supplied? My priests r unaware it’s permitted. Is there … Continue reading

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Sick-Call Sets and You

From a reader… Hello Father, Old time follower here (chat room and bird feeders at Sabine Farm). Thought you might find this picture interesting. I’m a cradle Catholic in my 70s and I just unpacked these from old family boxes. … Continue reading

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Day 2 – St. Paul Center Priesthood Conference

About that strange card game last night. One of you readers wrote: They are playing a game called The Grizzled, which is a tricky cooperative game about soldiers in World War I. You may be interested to know that the … Continue reading

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17 July 1794: “Mother, permission to die?”

In 1794, the Place de la Nation on the east side of Paris was called the Place du Trône-Renversé… Toppled Throne Square. In 1792 a guillotine was set up here and the killing began. Robespierre and Barère made terror an … Continue reading

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URGENT ACTION ITEM: Note from long-time reader who is dying

I received a note from a long-time reader and comment contributor, Supertradmum … I have been in hospital again because one of my lungs with cancer is failing. This means that the fluid which builds up and was expelled every … Continue reading

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16 July 1969 – #Apollo11 and Our Lady of Mt Carmel

I have amazingly clear memories of  the whole Apollo 11 mission.  Indeed of all the missions before and after, but this and 13 in particular. I received this… From a reader: Today, July 16, is the 50th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Day 1 – St. Paul Center Priesthood Conference

I’m in WV for the St. Paul Center (East Coast) conference/retreat for priests in West Virginia. The trek from PIT by shuttle van was uneventful, if a little bumpy.   The location for this conference, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, is impressive.  … Continue reading

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Mark Shea is sad because seminarians are Catholic

UPDATE 19 July: Another voice chimes in about Mark Shea.  HERE ___ I was amused by this, which provoked some interesting twitter comments. Mark Shea strikes me as… bumfuzzled.  Too bad.  He had promise. The left has had its time. … Continue reading

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Amazon Prime Day Discounts

A public service announcement for those of you who shop online. At Amazon there are “Prime Day” deals today and tomorrow. You would think that they would call this “Prime Days”. But no. PRIME DAY DEALS   For example… And, … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: To the East and to priests

I’m heading to a conference for priests held by the St. Paul Center. We shall see. More to come.

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Good VIDEO for people who aren’t familiar with the TLM or with our traditions

I occasionally catch video interviews that Taylor Marshall has with folks who interest me. Today I saw most of a video he did with Fr. David Nix, a good young priest in Denver whom I’ve met.  They both are both … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sex before Communion

UPDATE 15 July 2019: Rev. Mr. Kandra remarked at his blog about this post.   He disappoints. The non-canonist deacon disagrees with the canonical arguments of the esteemed canonist Ed Peters.  Fine.  Kandra can state a position and attempt to defend it. So … Continue reading

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